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28-Oct-13 World View -- Iran officials order removal of anti-American posters in Tehran

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28-Oct-13 World View -- Iran officials order removal of anti-American posters in Tehran

Volgograd Russia suicide bombing raises question about Sochi Olympics

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Iran officials order removal of anti-American posters in Tehran


Billboard poster in Tehran. It depicts U.S. and Iranian negotiators sitting at a table, but under the table the American is wearing khakis and combat boots, pointing a gun at the Iranian.  The caption questions American honesty. (khanetarrahan.ir)
Billboard poster in Tehran. It depicts U.S. and Iranian negotiators sitting at a table, but under the table the American is wearing khakis and combat boots, pointing a gun at the Iranian. The caption questions American honesty. (khanetarrahan.ir)

Iranian officials have ordered the removal of unauthorized anti-American posters. The posters referred to the proposed negotiations between Americans and Iranians, and graphically implied that Americans would be dishonest. The implication is that the real American goal in the negotiations is to attack Iran militarily.

This very public dispute is the latest event in the political conflict between the two sides in Iran's generational Awakening era "generation gap." In 2009, we saw large demonstrations of young people protesting the reelection of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for president. Those protests were crushed by force.

But what we've seen this week were protests by groups representing the older generation, the survivors of the Great Islamic Revolution of 1979. The posters were public protests by this group wanting to maintain the "Death to America" culture that's pervaded Iran since 1979.

During America's last generational Awakening era, in the 1960s, there were massive protests by young people, and those are what's remembered today. However, it's rare to recall the occasional protests by political conservatives, especially during the 1964 presidential bid of Barry Goldwater.

The hardline Tehran poster protesters are not finished yet. On November 4, the 24th anniversary of the storming of the American embassy in Tehran, the "Death to America Committee" will lead a huge rally at the embassy building:

"The crimes of U.S. leaders and international Zionism in dealing with Iranís great nation will never be erased from public memories and minds."

Large crowds are expected to be present, chanting "Death to America!" khanetarrahan.ir and Reuters and Fox News

Sectarian bombings kill 62 across Iraq on Sunday

A coordinated series of car bombings across Baghdad, as well as a suicide assault in a northern city, killed at least 62 people in Shia neighborhoods across Iraq on Sunday. Although no one has yet claimed credit, it's assumed that the new attacks were perpetrated by the al-Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The sectarian violence in Iraq has increased each month since the withdrawal of American troops in December 2011. AP

Volgograd Russia suicide bombing raises question about Sochi Olympics

Suicide bombings in Russia usually occur in the North Caucasus, Russia's southern provinces. where tensions have been especially high since the war between Russia and Chechnya in the 1990s. But on October 21, a female suicide bomber blew herself up on a passenger bus in the city of Volgograd, from the Caucasus. It's thought that the terrorists were sending a message that they could strike anywhere in Russia, and the security forces couldn't stop them.

What Russian officials fear the most is an attack in Sochi, on the west end of the Caucasus, where the Winter Olympics will be held in February of next year. Militant groups have been threatening to disrupt the Olympics with terrorist attacks. Russian security forces have locked down the region around Sochi so tightly that it's possible that the attack was moved to Volgograd because an attack on Sochi was not possible.

Since the start of the second Russia-Chechnya war in 1999, there are been 78 suicide terrorist attacks on Russian territory by 121 suicide bombers, of whom 52 have been females. Female suicide bombers are often called "black widows," because it's assumed that they're avenging the deaths of their husbands in the Chechnya war. However, the Volgograd bomber was the wife of Dmitry Sokolov, who is very much alive. He's 22 years old, and was born in Moscow. In 2011, he left home, converted to Islam, and joined the militants in Dagestan in the North Caucasus. The suicide bomber herself was born in Dagestan. She married Sokolov, after which she immersed herself in Islam, and started wearing the hijab (head scarf). Jamestown

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