Monthly archive : "January, 2013"

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Google following CIA’s path in confronting Iran

Google following CIA’s path in confronting Iran

Kourosh Ziabari - To Iranians, Persian Gulf is not simply a name referring to a geographical region on the world map. To Iranians, the name of Persian Gulf is interwoven with a sense of national dignity and honor which makes them a united and powerful troupe against the relentless attacks of the enemy. The name of Persian Gulf resembles a feeling of pride and decorum for them which cannot be replaced by any other gift or reward. It reminds them of the impressive days when the flag of ancient Persian Empire honorably fluttered and waved in the sky and there was no other competitor to supersede this mighty empire. Of course Iranians’ attachment to Persian Gulf and the cultural heritage which it carries does not emanate from blind...

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Obama will not launch a war against Iran

Obama will not launch a war against Iran

  Kourosh Ziabari - Award-winning U.S. investigative journalist Dave Lindorff said in an interview with Tehran Times that the American people are deceived by the government about the alleged threats jeopardizing the States’ security and also about the size of military budget. “When the 9/11 attacks happened, most school districts in the country cancelled all class trips to museums, parks, etc., for fear that terrorists would be attacking school buses… I think Americans would like to see spending on the military cut, and polls show a majority would like the wars ended and troops pulled back to the U.S. from abroad, but it’s not high on their list of concerns. In part they are lied to about the size of the military budget,...

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Anti-Imperialist Sentiments Growing across the World

Anti-Imperialist Sentiments Growing across the World

  Kourosh Ziabari - It’s an undeniable yet bitter reality that the United States is not a popular power. We are not talking about the American nation, because interaction and exchanges between the nations is something which takes place smoothly, regardless of political equations; however, even those nations who admire the American people for different reasons cannot hide their consternation and dismay at the imperial and colonial policies of the U.S. government. The United States has established a military base whenever it set foot into a new country. According to former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Ron Paul, the United States has military personnel in some 130 countries and statistics show that it has bases in...

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Iran is the most important country in world politics today

Iran is the most important country in world politics today

Kourosh Ziabari and Jérôme Guillet - Erri De Luca is an internationally-renowned Italian poet and writer. "Corriere della Sera" literature critic Giorgio De Rienzo has called him "the writer of the decade". He started writing since he was 20; however, his first book was published in 1989, when he was 39 years old. Upon graduating from high school in 1968, he joined the newly-established far-left, extra-parliamentary organization of Lotta Continua. The political activities of the organization were terminated early in 1976. Erri De Luca speaks several languages, including English, French, Hebrew and Yiddish. He is the author of several books including "Montedidio" which has won him The Prix Femina award. Erri De Luca has translated...

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War on Iran in an interview with Afshin Rattansi

War on Iran in an interview with Afshin Rattansi

Kourosh Ziabari - Afshin Rattansi is an award-winning journalist who has worked at the BBC Today program in the run up to the war on Iraq in 2003, CNN International, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera Arabic, Press TV and a number of Channel 4 (UK) commissioned production companies. Afshin has been a columnist for Guardian between 1986 and 1992. He has written articles for the New Statesman, Attitude, Flaunt and The Oldie. He has anchored news for Press TV from Tehran and was was one of the first English-language employees of Al Jazeera and worked at the Arab satellite station’s flagship programme, ‘Top Secret’ which uncovered the Al Qaeda plot to attack Washington and New York in 2001. Rattansi is currently hosting the Double Standards show...

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Science fiction is the most powerful mode of writing

Science fiction is the most powerful mode of writing

  Kourosh Ziabari - Adam Roberts is a British academician, literary critic and science fiction writer. He has a degree in English language from the University of Aberdeen and a Ph.D. from the Cambridge University on Robert Browning and the Classics. He has been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award of the best science fiction novel in 2001, 2007 and 2010. Roberts has published 11 novels of which the most prominent ones are Salt (2000), Stone (2002), The Snow (2004), Gradisil (2006) and Swiftly: A Novel (2008). Roberts' "Palgrave History of Science Fiction" has been translated into Chinese. Several reviews of his books have appeared on international newspapers and media outlets. Adam joined me in an exclusive interview to...

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Elections in the U.S. are about scaring the people

Elections in the U.S. are about scaring the people

Kourosh Ziabari - David Swanson is a renowned American anti-war activist, radio host, blogger and journalist. He obtained a Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Virginia in 1997. He served as press secretary for Dennis Kucinich’s 2004 presidential campaign. David Swanson is opposed to the U.S. military expeditions around the world and has been one of the influential voices in the United States, calling for the impeachment of former U.S. President George Bush and his Vice President Dick Cheney for committing war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Swanson believes that Barack Obama is also a war criminal and should be prosecuted. Swanson is the author of three books and his latest book, “War Is A Lie” was published in...

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Israeli policies are manifestly evil: Philip Giraldi

Israeli policies are manifestly evil: Philip Giraldi

Kourosh Ziabari - Philip Giraldi is a former counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. Now, he chairs the Council for the National Interest as the Executive Director. CNI is a nonprofit organization that advocates for the alteration of United States’ Middle East policy. As a CIA officer, Giraldi served in different countries including Turkey, Italy, Germany and Spain. He is now a Francis Walsingham Fellow at The American Conservative Defense Alliance. He has appeared on several radio and TV programs on MSNBC, NPR, Fox News, BBC, Al-Jazeera and CBS News. Giraldi works with the American Conservative magazine as a contributing editor and writes a regular column for...

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All free speech systems are works in progress

All free speech systems are works in progress

  Kourosh Ziabari - Craig LaMay is an associate professor of journalism at the Northwestern University. He is a former editorial director of the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center and editor of Media Studies Journal; and a former newspaper reporter. LaMay’s articles and commentaries have appeared on New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Communication and the Law and a number of other media outlets. LaMay has published several books on journalism and mass media of which we can name Journalism and the Problem of Privacy (2003), Commercial Transformation of the Nonprofit Sector, with Burton Weisbrod (1998) and Abandoned in the Wasteland: Children, Television and the First Amendment with Newton Minow...

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U.S. support for dictators source of frustration in the Middle East

U.S. support for dictators source of frustration in the Middle East

Kourosh Ziabari - Anthony DiMaggio is a university professor, writer, political commentator and media expert. He is the author of numerous books, including Mass Media, Mass Propaganda (2008), When Media Goes to War (2010), and Crashing the Tea Party (2011). He has taught U.S. and Global Politics at Illinois State University, and published articles and commentaries in a number of publications, including Z Magazine, Counterpunch, Truthout, Common Dreams, Alternet, Monthly Review, and Black Agenda Report. Together with Paul Street, he co-edits the “Media-ocracy”, an online journal which describes itself as “committed to combating the entrenched media system.” Media-ocracy “caters to progressive intellectuals and activists, and is...

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U.S. Congress is in the hands of the Israeli lobby

U.S. Congress is in the hands of the Israeli lobby

  Kourosh Ziabari - Brian Cloughley is an Australian of British origin author, journalist and political commentator. Cloughley specializes in South Asian affairs. He mostly writes on military and political affairs and his articles are published on different newsletters and websites such as CounterPunch, Antiwar.com and Pakistani papers such as the Nation, Daily Times and Dawn. Cloughley is opposed to the U.S. militarism and its military expeditions around the world. With regards to Iran, he says that Israel is forcefully persuading the United States to launch a military strike against Iran, while the people at the White House know that Iran doesn't have any intention of producing nuclear weapons. He believes that Israel has...

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Interview: Antony Hewish,1974 Nobel Prize laureate in physics

Interview: Antony Hewish,1974 Nobel Prize laureate in physics

Kourosh Ziabari - Interview with Prof. Antony Hewish, the 1974 Nobel Prize laureate in physics is important for me since I consider it an exploration in the history of radio astronomy. Antony Hewish, Fellow of the Royal Society was born on May 11, 1924 in Cornwall, Britain. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1974, together with fellow radio-astronomer Martin Ryle, for his work on the development of radio aperture synthesis and its role in the discovery of pulsars. The 88-year-old scientist is one of the first Nobel Prize laureates who are still alive. His close friend and colleague Martin Ryle passed away in 1984 and a great number of his students and fans, lost the opportunity to learn from this prominent British...

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