Posts tagged : "anti-Iran sanctions"

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Iran’s problem is its independence and disobedience

Iran’s problem is its independence and disobedience

  Kourosh Ziabari - Prominent American journalist, filmmaker and former university professor believes that Iran is targeted by the United States and its allies not because of its nuclear program but because of its independence and disobedience toward the big world powers. “Washington’s approach to the world is: “don’t bother us with facts.” Israel, for example, possesses some 200 nuclear weapons, which Washington ignores as it ignored India and Pakistan as they made nukes. Iran’s problem is its disobedience; it does not do what Washington dictates and therefore the word goes out to the media that it is a danger to US security,” said Saul Landau in an exclusive interview with Fars News Agency. Saul Landau has...

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Anti-Iran Sanctions Violate International Law: James H. Fetzer

Anti-Iran Sanctions Violate International Law: James H. Fetzer

Kourosh Ziabari - Many independent and conscientious thinkers and scholars in the world agree with this assumption that the sanctions which the United States and the European Union have imposed on Iran over its nuclear program are inhumane, unjust, contrary to the principles of human rights and constitute an act of war and collective punishment. The United States says that the sanctions are put in effect in order to prevent Iran from producing a nuclear bomb but ironically, the United States is the largest possessor of nuclear weapons in the world itself. Even the intelligence agencies of the United States have published official reports which indicate that Iran does not have the intention to build nuclear weapons. In order to...

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US Approach to Iran’s Nuclear Program Hypocritical

US Approach to Iran’s Nuclear Program Hypocritical

  Kourosh Ziabari - American journalist and author believes that the United States’ approach toward Iran’s nuclear program is hypocritical and duplicitous as Washington is the world’s largest possessor of nuclear weapons and does not have the moral ground to tell Iran to abandon its nuclear program. “There’s no doubt the U.S. posture regarding the Iranian “nuclear threat” is rife with hypocrisies. The U.S., after all, remains the only state to actually deploy nuclear weapons in war, with the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The U.S. has also conducted well over 1,000 nuclear tests, the latest coming as recently as December. And if all that weren’t enough, the U.S is currently in the midst of upgrading its...

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Sanctions Show US Foreign Policy Hypocrisy

Sanctions Show US Foreign Policy Hypocrisy

  Kourosh Ziabari - Much can be said about the enormous amount of sanctions imposed on Iran by the United States and its European allies. Apparently, the purpose of the sanctions is to frustrate the Iranian people and turn them against their own government, but it seems that this objective is not going to be realized, as it failed with regards to Cuba when the United States began to impose sanctions on the Latin American country in 1960. It cannot be denied that the sanctions are harming Iran’s economy at the detriment of the ordinary people who should buy foreign goods at increasingly unstable and unusual prices, but at the same time, the sanctions are igniting anti-American sentiments among the Iranian citizens who blame the...

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Anti-Iran Sanctions Are Illegal and Ineffective

Anti-Iran Sanctions Are Illegal and Ineffective

  Kourosh Ziabari - Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979 which removed from power the close U.S. ally Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, the United States virtually stopped all its trade and business transactions with Iran after branding it a state sponsor of terrorism. Iran’s economy was not significantly dependent on the United States, and it could make important achievements with time, even to the extent of becoming the world’s 15th economic power in terms of nominal GDP in 2009. However, as the controversy over Iran’s nuclear program become more serious in the early 2000s, the United States used the West’s skepticism on Iran’s nuclear program as an opportunity to ratchet up the sanctions and mount pressure on Iran with the...

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The United States Has Waged An Economic War Against Iran

The United States Has Waged An Economic War Against Iran

  Kourosh Ziabari - Pepe Escobar is unquestionably one of the world's leading progressive, anti-war journalists. He is Brazilian and has lived in several countries across the world, including the United States , France , Italy , Singapore , Thailand and Hong Kong . He runs a regular column on Asia Times Online titled “The Roving Eye” in which he writes commentaries and articles about the Middle East and Asia affairs and the U.S. foreign policy. He has been interviewed by Russia Today, Press TV, Al-Jazeera and The Real News Network. Pepe's articles have also appeared on such magazines and news websites as Huffington Post, Tom Dispatch, The Nation, Voltaire Net, Salon, Common Dreams, Information Clearing House and Antiwar.com....

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US Sanctions on Iran Tantamount to Collective Punishment

US Sanctions on Iran Tantamount to Collective Punishment

  Kourosh Ziabari - The United States claims that Iran is after developing nuclear weapons, and has been repeating this allegation for nearly one decade. Although it has constantly failed to confirm its claims by presenting reliable and valid evidences and witnesses, it has imposed hard-hitting economic sanctions against Iran which have taken a heavy toll on the ordinary Iranian citizens, but interestingly haven’t demoralized them or undermined their solidarity and resistance. Hundreds of academicians, peace activists, journalists, media personalities, authors and thinkers have admitted that these sanctions are criminal and tantamount to a gross violation of human rights, but the United States officials have been relentlessly...

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American Free Press interviews Kourosh Ziabari

American Free Press interviews Kourosh Ziabari

Dave Gahary - Zionist-directed sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran, ostensibly meant to cripple the country’s fledgling nuclear power ambitions, are exacting a heavy toll on ordinary Iranians, who would most likely have a hard time explaining the process of nuclear fission, let alone understanding why it is they who are targeted by the countries that make up the New World Order. Last year, the United States toughened sanctions and coerced the European Union, Asia and Africa to stop buying oil from Iran. Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea and Switzerland soon followed, and the rial, Iran’s currency, continued its precipitous decline, and is “currently the world’s least valued currency unit.” Along with this came...

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Electronic discrimination: Iran’s web-based enemies

Electronic discrimination: Iran’s web-based enemies

Kourosh Ziabari - The inhumane sanctions of the United States and its European allies against Iran know no boundaries. At the cost of the lives of thousands of Iranian patients suffering from different types of cancer, thalassemia, hemophilia, HIV/Aids, psychiatric disorders and other diseases, the West has banned the export of life-saving medicines and medical equipments to Iran and this is deteriorating the lives of those patients who cannot find medicines needed for their survival. The companies that do business with Iran will be immediately penalized by the U.S. government and so far no exemptions have been made to ensure that ordinary Iranian citizens will at least get access to foodstuff, medicines and other humanitarian...

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The ‘nuclear’ program is just an excuse to wage war on Iran

The ‘nuclear’ program is just an excuse to wage war on Iran

Kourosh Ziabari - Mark Glenn is an American journalist and radio host based in Washington D.C. He runs the Ugly Truth radio show which features interviews with political activists, journalists, academicians and informed people who talk about the most important political developments of the world, and especially the Middle East. The Ugly Truth radio show has some co-hosts such as the Palestinian journalist Sammi Ibrahem. Mark Glenn is a staunch supporter of Iran and has dedicated many of his radio programs to the Iran affairs, including Iranian culture, lifestyle and civilization, the media propaganda campaign of the United States and Israel on Iran, the war threats of the same countries against Iran and the terrorist operations of MKO,...

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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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