Erfan Fard

Khamenei’s Reign: Global Threat & Islamic Tyranny

Ali Khamenei, the dictator of Iran / Picture in Radio California - Free for all platforms.

As of 2024, the global stage remains overshadowed by the dark silhouettes of approximately 20 dictators, each exerting iron-fisted control over their respective nations. These leaders, from Miguel Diaz-Canel in Cuba to Yoweri Museveni in Uganda, share the commonality of absolute power but diverge in the paths and policies they pursue to maintain their regimes.

Miguel Diaz-Canel in Cuba continues the legacy of the Castro regime, maintaining strict government control over all economic and political life, stifling dissent and restricting freedoms under the guise of preserving socialist ideals. Similarly, Ismaïl Omar Guelleh of Djibouti has perpetuated his rule through constitutional manipulations and an almost ceremonial electoral process that leaves little room for opposition.

In Eritrea, Isaias Afwerki rules without the pretense of democracy, imposing national service that is effectively indefinite conscription, which many Eritreans flee only at great personal risk. Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia, once celebrated as a reformer, now faces intense criticism for the repressive measures he has employed during the Tigray conflict, including widespread reports of human rights abuses.

Ali Khamenei of Iran, however, stands distinctly apart not just for internal repression but for his active sponsorship of external militancy. Under Khamenei’s direction, Iran has become a pivotal player in regional conflicts, extending support to proxy militias across the Middle East, thus perpetuating its influence through force and ideology beyond its borders.

In Myanmar, Min Aung Hlaing seized power, overturning a nascent democracy and implementing a brutal crackdown against dissenters and ethnic minorities, exemplifying the military dictator archetype. Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua has dismantled all semblances of democratic institutions, manipulating laws and suppressing opposition voices with violent consequences.

Vladimir Putin ’s Russia presents a case where internal suppression is mirrored by aggressive foreign policies, invading neighboring countries and crushing dissent within, under the pretext of national security and restoring historical Russian dominance.

Kim Jong-un  of North Korea and Bashar al-Assad of Syria further exemplify the extremes of personalistic and military dictatorships, with vast human rights violations ranging from nuclear threats and famines to civil war atrocities against their own populations.

Iran Protests / Picture of social media – Free for all platforms.

Under the long tenure of Ali Khamenei , Iran has experienced a series of significant national protests against his rule, each met with harsh repression. Since ascending to power in 1989, Khamenei has overseen a regime marked by its brutal crackdowns on dissent and opposition. The scope of these protests has grown over the years, encompassing a wide range of grievances from economic mismanagement and corruption to demands for more political freedoms.

The pattern is stark: from the student protests in 1999 to the widespread unrest in 2009, 2017, and more notably in November 2019, each wave of dissent has been met with increasingly severe measures. The 2019 protests, triggered by a sudden spike in fuel prices, saw one of the most violent crackdowns, with human rights organizations citing hundreds killed as authorities attempted to quell the unrest by force. These events have been part of a broader strategy by Khamenei’s regime to maintain an iron grip on power, which involves not just physical repression but also a tight control over information and the media.

Khamenei’s regime has not only targeted protestors but also systematically weakened any potential opposition through intimidation, imprisonment, and often execution. This approach has effectively stifled political debate and ensured that any challenge to Khamenei’s rule is met with overwhelming force.

Internationally, Khamenei’s influence extends through Iran’s support of proxy groups across the Middle East, aligning with his vision of spreading the Islamic Revolution. This foreign policy strategy has been both a tool for projecting power and a means to divert attention from domestic issues. The regime’s actions, under his direction, have had a destabilizing effect on the region, contributing to conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, and exacerbating tensions with Western nations, particularly the United States and its allies.

Khamenei’s role thus casts a long shadow, not just over Iran, but across the broader Middle East, as his regime continues to prioritize its survival through internal repression and external aggression. This has positioned him as a particularly notorious figure on the global stage, perpetuating cycles of conflict and authoritarianism not only within Iran but across the region.

Among these despotic figures, Khamenei stands out as the most criminal &infamous. Khamenei, the dictator of Iran, isn’t ashamed that with a meter-long beard, his thugs rape women & girls in Iran? This savage cleric deludes himself to be God on Earth, considering himself the voice of God & viewing himself as the leader of Muslims worldwide, yet he wants to kill Iranian women for a couple of strands of hair?

About the Author
Erfan Fard is a counter-terrorism analyst and Middle East Studies researcher based in Washington, DC. He is in Middle Eastern regional security affairs with a particular focus on Iran, Counter terrorism, IRGC, MOIS and Ethnic conflicts in MENA. \He graduated in International Security Studies (London M. University, UK), and in International Relations (CSU-LA), and is fluent in Persian, Kurdish, Arabic and English. Follow him in this twitter account @EQFARD
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