Ummah source reports that the State Department has established Dubai as the new Berlin of the Cold War with Iran.
Behind the Harem Curtain. Part 1.
Dubai is State's watchtower, where it has staffed 12 extra positions to connect with Iranian dissenters and liberation movements. This means that it is where the Iranians are watching the U.S. as well, and within 24 hours of State announcing its funding of freedom speakers, the Iranian secret police started rolling up big mouths in Tehran.
The dissenter celebration, Fire Festival, celebrated on March 14 throughout Iran, was a success. Tens of thousands of young people turned out to celebrate an ancient Zoroastrian holiday not because they are thinking of converting but because it is a way to remember Iran before Islam conquered Persia. To speak of the Zoroasters is a way of decrying the Shia mullahcrats at Qom.
(My memory is that Zoroaster has in it the root "aster" from which English gets the word "star.")