Monthly archive : "January, 2013"

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Zionism needs the Israeli Jews to feel frightened

Zionism needs the Israeli Jews to feel frightened

  Kourosh Ziabari - Alan Hart is an indispensable name in journalism. Unquestionably, he has been one of the most influential British journalists with an expertise in the Middle East affairs. A former BBC Panorama presenter, Hart was a close friend of Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat. Hart has interviewed several prominent leaders including Saudi Arabia's King Faisal, Jordan's King Hussein and Egyptian Presidents Nasser and Sadat. He was a media correspondent for the Independent Television Network and has covered the Vietnam War and Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well. He is a vocal critic of Israel and its expansionistic policies and has repeatedly reprimanded the Arab leaders...

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U.S. cannot tell Iran to abandon its nuclear program

U.S. cannot tell Iran to abandon its nuclear program

Kourosh Ziabari - Mark Vorpahl is an American social justice activist, union steward and anti-war writer. He mostly writes for the Workers Compass but his writings have also appeared on a number of international journals and news websites such as Common Dreams, Global Research, CounterPunch and Counter Currents. He is opposed to U.S. military expeditions around the world and believes that the United States is not in a position to tell Iran to abandon its nuclear program. With regards to the emergence of the Occupy Wall Street movement he opines, “The Occupy Wall Street Movement was a damning critique of the policies of President Obama. It would not have come into existence if it weren’t for his continuation of the same policies...

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Interview with Prof. Gilbert Achcar on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Interview with Prof. Gilbert Achcar on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Kourosh Ziabari - Prof. Gilbert Achcar is a renowned Lebanese academician, writer, socialist and anti-war activist. He left Lebanon in 1983 and taught international relations and politics at the University of Paris VII for several years. Since 2007, Achcar has been Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London. He is a frequent contributor to Le Monde Diplomatique, Dissident Voice, Fronpage Magazine, Jadaliyya and ZNet. Some of his prominent books include "The Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder" and "The 33-Day War: Israel’s War on Hezbollah in Lebanon and its Consequences." Prof. Achcar joined me in an interview to discuss...

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My 2009 interview with Prof. Noam Chomsky

My 2009 interview with Prof. Noam Chomsky

Kourosh Ziabari - Noam Chomsky needs no introductory note. He is inarguably the most significant sociopolitical analyst and lecturer of the contemporary era and “ranks with Marx, Shakespeare, and the Bible as one of the ten most quoted sources in the humanities, and is the only writer among them still alive” as said by the Guardian. On Chomsky’s “Hegemony or Survival”, the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, speaking at the United Nations, “I would like to invite you, very respectfully, to those who have not read this book, to read it.” Answering to a 2006 interview question by the New Statesman’s correspondent Andrew Stephen on what would he had done if he were the U.S. president, Chomsky proposed: “I would set...

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Interview with Yvonne Ridley on Iran, the U.S. and Arab Spring

Interview with Yvonne Ridley on Iran, the U.S. and Arab Spring

Kourosh Ziabari - You would certainly know Yvonne Ridley or at least heard of her name if you have been a regular follower of Press TV, especially in Britain, albeit before the state-run media regulator Ofcom took the news network off the Sky platform, depriving millions of Britons of the opportunity to watch a TV channel which has always tried to shed a light on the obscured, concealed aspects of the events and tell the truth about what's happening around the world. Ridley is a renowned British journalist, war correspondent and TV host. She made the headlines on September 28, 2001 when she was arrested by the Taliban members in Afghanistan while working for the Sunday Express. She converted to Islam after she was released by Taliban on...

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Talking with Antony Loewenstein on Iran, Israel and the U.S.

Talking with Antony Loewenstein on Iran, Israel and the U.S.

Kourosh Ziabari - Middle East is witness to continuous developments these days. Iran's active diplomacy to convince the indispensable 118-member bloc of non-aligned countries to support its nuclear program, the growing isolation of Israel in the European countries and within the academic circles of the U.S., Arabs' fear of losing the power game in the Persian Gulf region, the expansion of illegal settlements of Israel in the West Bank and its unremitting disobedience to UNSC resolutions have turned Middle East into the center of international attentions. Iran as the Persian Gulf region's only non-Arab nation, Israel as the world's sole Jewish state and a host of fragile Arab countries who are being immersed in the waves of West's economic...

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9/11 was used as a pretext to launch new wars

9/11 was used as a pretext to launch new wars

  Kourosh Ziabari - Danny Schechter is an American journalist, filmmaker, media critic and author. He has the experience of working with global television networks such as CNN, ABC News, Press TV, Russia Today and Al Jazeera. He has visited 65 countries as a journalist and has traveled to Iran twice. As a media critique, he believes that the mainstream media sometimes fail to give fair and balanced coverage to the important international developments. "I know how the mainstream media frames issues and excludes critical perspectives. As an independent filmmaker, and occasional trouble maker, I also know how difficult it is to offer counter-narratives or critique of policy, especially in build ups to war in many media...

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I do not think we need more human beings on this planet

I do not think we need more human beings on this planet

Kourosh Ziabari - Peter Singer is a world-renowned Australian philosopher and bio-ethicist. He is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. Singer specializes in applied ethics and is known for his secular and preference utilitarian viewpoints. In 2004, he was recognized as the Australian Humanist of the Year by the Council of Australian Humanist Societies. Peter Singer holds controversial and widely contested viewpoints regarding abortion, infanticide and euthanasia and has written several articles and books on these subjects. His 1975 book "Animal Liberation" is considered to be the hallmark of animal...

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Harper’s foreign policy contributes to human rights violation

Harper’s foreign policy contributes to human rights violation

  Kourosh Ziabari - Canada-based British journalist and media correspondent Joshua Blakeney believes that recent hawkish statements made by the Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird against Iran are "fanciful." "I think Mr. Baird would be wise to recognize the sophistication of Persian culture, history and civilization. It also behooves him to read the history of imperialist intervention in Iran which might make him understand the significance of the Iranian Revolution," said Blakeney. "Canada has historically been ruled largely by political actors from Montreal and Toronto. But things have changed; the Harper government has its base of support in the oil-patch city of Calgary, Alberta. There has been a tectonic shift in...

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Ordinary citizens: the silent victims of anti-Iranian sanctions

Ordinary citizens: the silent victims of anti-Iranian sanctions

Kourosh Ziabari - While the United States and European Union are vehemently competing with each other in the seemingly endless race of imposing sanctions on Iran, the ordinary Iranian citizens are experiencing the most breathtaking, agonizing impacts of the crippling embargoes. On July 31, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) sent a letter to all members of the U.S. Congress, demanding a concerted action to approve The Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act which imposes a new set of sanctions on Iran's energy and transportation sector. On August 1, the media reported that the Congress has ratified the bill and it's waiting to be signed by the president. Iran is already under 6 rounds of sanctions...

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It’s certain that 9/11 was a false flag operation

It’s certain that 9/11 was a false flag operation

Kourosh Ziabari - Mark Dankof is a prolific American author, Christian pastor, radio host and political commentator. He has been interviewed by Press TV and Russia Today as an expert on international developments. His articles have appeared on Veterans Today, and he runs a weekly program on Mark Glenn's the Ugly Truth radio show. Almost two weeks have passed since the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and scholars, journalists and authors are still trying to figure out the hidden realities behind the "most hideous terrorist attacks ever perpetrated in American soil," as described by Victor Argothy of the University of Delware's Disaster Research Center. Israel's involvement in the 9/11 attacks and the possibility that it might...

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Interview: Anthony Leggett, 2003 Nobel Prize laureate in physics

Interview: Anthony Leggett, 2003 Nobel Prize laureate in physics

Kourosh Ziabari - Sir Anthony James Leggett was born on March 26, 1938 in Camberwell, London, UK. Honored with the Order of British Empire, Leggett is the 2003 Nobel Prize laureate in physics. He is a Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As one of the most prominent physicists of the 21st century, Sir Anthony Leggett specializes in the low-temperature physics and was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in physics for his extensive research on super-fluidity. The forbearers of Prof. Leggett's father were cobblers in a small village in Hampshire. However, his father changed this tradition and started working as a greengrocer. His father explains that how he would ride with Anthony to London to buy vegetables and...

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