World Cup 2022: Iran internationals challenge regime leaders in their country – The Guardian

World Cup 2022: Iran internationals challenge regime leaders in their country – The Guardian
World Cup 2022: Iran internationals challenge regime leaders in their country – The Guardian

World Cup 2022: Iran internationals challenge regime leaders in their country – The Guardian

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Iranian players stood in silence as their country’s national anthem was played

The Guardian newspaper published an editorial on the position of the Iran national football team in their first game at the World Cup in Qatar against England.

The Iranian players unusually refrained from singing their country’s national anthem, which was played before the start of the game.

The Guardian saw the actions of the Iranian players as a challenge to their country’s rulers and as a gesture of solidarity with the protests led by women, which were then joined by various sections of society.

The newspaper added in its editorial that what started as a refusal to force women to wear the hijab has evolved into a collective expression of anger at a repressive regime.

And I quoted a statement by the Iranian national team captain, Ehsan Haj Safi, in which he says: The bereaved need to know that we are with them, that we support them and that we sympathize with them, that the conditions in our country is not together and that our people are not happy.

The Guardian explained that instead of fines or warnings, players who did what they did face punishment from a retaliatory state. They have joined other athletes and stars, as well as hundreds of thousands of ordinary people who took to the streets in 155 Iranian cities.

The newspaper pointed out that fame offers no protection in Iran, as actresses Hengama Ghaziani and Katyon Riahi were arrested for “provocative” publications after removing the hijab on social media.

The Guardian says Tehran blames foreign enemies for organizing the protests, but the Iranian people know the truth. As the weeks went by, protests over their demands widened and spread as students went on strike and students dropped out of schools.

Supporters of the protests are also boycotting companies linked to the Revolutionary Guards, but the affair has not sparked the widespread strikes across the country of the kind that brought down the Shah’s rule in 1979. This is likely due to the government, the newspaper said, raising some wages and benefits.

Reforms are not enough

The Times published an op-ed by Roger Boyes saying that Iran’s secularists are not content with mere reforms in their country.

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Women at the forefront of protests in Iran

What worries Iranian players, according to Roger, is not the result of the football match but what awaits them when they return to their country. They are treated there by the police state, he says, as agents manipulated by enemies.

Perhaps her only hope of continuing her football career, according to Rogers, is to win the second game against the United States, the Big Devil.

The author mentioned that all attempts at insurgency in Iran from 2009 to 2019 ended in tears, rubber bullets, full prisons and supervised funerals.

He believes these protests can turn into a revolution. It expresses what the Czech revolutionary and later President Vaclav Havel called the power of the powerless.

Those following the protests will note the participation of actresses, directors, journalists, athletes, soccer stars and doctors, all of whom have taken to social media to voice their positions. The demands are no longer limited to women’s right to choose how they dress. And her expression isn’t limited to video images of a woman showing off her hair, either. And she rides a bike.

Anger spread to the more liberal sections of the ruling elite when Faezeh Hashemi, the daughter of Hashemi Rafsanjani, one of the leaders of the 1979 revolution, defended the protesting women.

Former parliament speaker Ali Larijani questioned the powers of the vice squad. Manufacturing workers used the mess in the system to snag a raise.

And according to Rogers, there is deep unrest among ethnic minorities, especially the Kurds, because the protests were fueled by the death of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman.

The author believes that the success of any revolution depends on the stability of the alliance between opponents. This lasted three months. These are based not on the beating of a woman and killing 300 people in the clashes, making them the bloodiest events since 2009, but on the rigging of elections in favor of Ibrahim Raisi.

Ukraine needs help to keep its people warm

In its editorial, the Financial Times called on Ukraine to provide heating for its population, which is facing the winter under bombardment.

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Power plants in Ukraine were the target of Russian missiles

The Financial Times says: After nine months of war, millions of Ukrainians face new hardships, namely darkness, cold and dry taps.

And as temperatures plummeted below zero in some regions of Ukraine, streams of Russian missiles poured into the country, destroying half the infrastructure and shutting down power plants.

The newspaper explained that last month’s wave of Russian missiles aimed at Ukraine’s infrastructure, people believed it was revenge for the bombing of the Kerch Bridge, which connects Russia to the Crimea peninsula.

But the ensuing waves confirm that this is the beginning of an organized strategy, according to the Financial Times. Last week Moscow bombed natural gas production facilities, also in eastern Ukraine.

Gazprom’s threat to divert gas supplies to Western Europe via the Trans-Ukraine pipeline also does not bode well for Kyiv. Ukraine no longer purchases gas from Russia, but re-imports volumes of Russian gas from Europe.

The newspaper believes that Moscow is trying to impose a miserable life far from the front lines on millions of Ukrainians in order to force Kyiv to seek peace.

According to the Financial Times, the immediate task for all humanitarian organizations working in Ukraine is to partner with governments to provide everything from power generators to blankets and other necessities.

Millions have opened their doors to Ukrainian refugees outside Ukraine, but now, according to the newspaper, there is a need to provide assistance to people in the country during the harsh winter.


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