7 Things You Should Know About Democracy in Iran


by ayatoilet1

1. Iran was the first country in Asia with a democratic constitution (1906) ….that was before a British backed coup that put Granddaddy Reza Shah in as a self-appointed dictator king…who then allowed the Brits to steal Iranian oil for a pittance for decades.

2. Iran reverted to a democracy again after the second world war, when Grand daddy Reza Shah was ousted out of Iran (for secretly leaning towards an alliance with Hitler), and his young son Mo Reza was put in his place (by the allies fighting Hitler), and Iran slowly reverted to open elections, and a parliamentary democracy.

3. Several elections later (after the second world war), Iranians elected a nationalist Prime Minister, who caught the Brits red handed stealing Iranian oil with one year’s domestic (British) taxes on profits for BP amounting to more than 40 years’ worth of “royalties” to Iran. After he nationalized Iranian Oil, the Brits persuaded the Americans to join in toppling the democratic system in Iran, and elevated the young Mo Reza Shah to dictator status (1953). The Brits and Americans then jointly exploited Iranian Oil, with the Brits now taking a 40% cut, which by the way resulted in them making more than before the coup, because Iranian oil production more than doubled.

4. 25 years later (1978), Mo Reza Shah decided not to renew the contract with Western oil companies for oil exploitation. In 1979, a joint propaganda effort by Brits and American media “in support” of Iranian demonstrations against the Shah, destabilized the regime and led to the toppling of the Shah, and a temporary democratic situation inside Iran….i.e. free elections, freedom of press, multi-party representations… This came to a halt very quickly with a “Western inspired” invasion of Iran by Saddam Hussein (Iraq)

5. Within a few years after the toppling of the Shah (or the revolution as it is now called) and the start of the War, Islamic thugs (the Pasdars or IRGC) who were quickly formed to fend off Iran’s invasion, took over the government of Iran and banished newspapers, killed political opponents, established essentially a one party system that continues to today. Elected officials in Iran are "preselected’ and something like 50% of Iran’s parliament are now former IRGC guards.

6. Several times in these past 30 years, ordinary Iranians have taken to the streets to oppose the Islamic “thug” regime, and show resistance to electoral fraud. But, the demonstrators have not been able to withstand armed suppression. Opposition leaders have been imprisoned tortured, killed…in huge numbers while the world sits idly by. Iranians inside Iran simply do not have arms to resist the regime. The human rights situation is deteriorating. Ordinary Iranians are impotent and suffering.

7. Having not been able to destroy Iran (via Saddam Hussein’s invasion), the West has essentially decided to contain and maintain its siege of Iran and Iranians. Iran has been sanctioned. Both its neighboring countries have been invaded and Iran is now surrounded with US military and military bases. The Iranian regime’s current allies are being systematically weakened – Syria, Libya etc. Iran is being systematically weakened. Separatists’ movements inside Iran are receiving foreign assistance. The hope of Iranian democracy is being replaced by the dream of provisional governments in Iranian Kurdistan, Iranian Azerbaijan, Al Ahwaz, Baluchestan…. And Queen Maryam Rajavi for the remainder of Iran (to be called Persia).


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Perham - Made the change

by ayatoilet1 on

THe constitutional revolution was actually spread over 6 years from 1905 to 1911; but yes, the actual document was written and ratified in 1906. You are right. Thanks for the feedback.


Sorry, but...

by Parham on

... that date in the beginning for the constitutional revolution should read 1906, not 1911.



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so ayatoilet1, is it now time for top seven?

by Anahid Hojjati on

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