Posts tagged : "anti-Iran sanctions"

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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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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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The heartrending story of anti-Iran sanctions

The heartrending story of anti-Iran sanctions

Kourosh Ziabari - It’s not all about Iran’s nuclear program. When Iranians removed from power the Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who carried the accolade of the closest ally of the White House in the Persian Gulf region, the first flames of hostility between Tehran and Washington were fanned. For more than three decades Iran and the United States have failed to sit at a negotiation table and settle their disputes and come to a comprehensive agreement over forgetting the grievances and starting a new era of reconciliation, mutual understanding and rapprochement. The Iranians every year storm into the streets to chant “Death to America,” and the United States every year intensifies the anti-Iranian sanctions, funds...

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All Western foreign policy is influenced by Zionism

All Western foreign policy is influenced by Zionism

  Kourosh Ziabari - Prof. Rodney Shakespeare is a renowned political commentator and visiting professor of binary economics at Trisakti University in Jakarta, Indonesia. A co-founder of the Global Justice Movement, Shakespeare is a member of the Christian Council for Monetary Justice. Mr. Shakespeare has written several articles on the Middle East affairs, with a special focus on Iran, Bahrain and Syria. His latest book "The Modern Universal Paradigm" was published in 2007 by the Trisakti University publications. He is a strong advocate of Iran, its people and its culture and in several articles has decried the unilateral, unjustifiable pressures of the United States and its allies on Iran. What follows is the complete...

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The war on Iran is already underway

The war on Iran is already underway

Kourosh Ziabari - Economic sanctions, psychological warfare, media propaganda, threats and assassinations; what other sort of evidence one may need to believe that the United States, Israel and their European allies have already started their much liked war against Iran and that this unjustifiable war is taking its toll on the innocent, ordinary Iranian citizens? They say that they have a problem with Iran's nuclear program; that Iran's nuclear activities aren't transparent; that they fear Iran may one day develop nuclear weapons; that Iran may some day drop atomic bombs on Israel and that Iran poses a threat to global peace and security. But this is not really the case. Perhaps the American journalist and radio host, Mark Glenn, has...

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CIA is the foremost criminal organization in the world

CIA is the foremost criminal organization in the world

Kourosh Ziabari - American journalist and political commentator Sherwood Ross believes that CIA is the world's foremost criminal organization and that the anti-Iranian sanctions of the United States and its European allies are contrary to the principles of human rights. "Iran is one of the world's most peaceful nations. It has not made war on a neighbor in modern times. Its crime is oil. The U.S. overthrow of the elected government of Iran in 1953 came about at the behest of the UK, whose British Petroleum antecedent was driven from the country for cheating the Iranians out of their fair share of the proceeds from the sale of oil," he says. Sherwood Ross is an award-winning journalist who formerly worked for the City News Bureau of...

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Iran has three options to restore the value of national currency

Iran has three options to restore the value of national currency

  Kourosh Ziabari - Targeted with the biting sanctions of the United States and European Union over its nuclear program, Iran's economy is experiencing difficult and breathtaking days. The import of vital goods, including medicine and foodstuff is being impeded, the energy, insurance, transportation and industrial companies are unable to smoothly do business with their foreign counterparts and their financial transactions have been obstructed and the price of goods increases on a daily basis. Prof. Steve H. Hanke, Professor of Applied Economics at the Johns Hopkins University believes that Iran is facing hyperinflation, with a monthly inflation rate of nearly 70% per month and its national currency, rial, has lost its value...

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Yes; they have even banned medicine and foodstuff

Yes; they have even banned medicine and foodstuff

Kourosh Ziabari - The fact that the inhumane sanctions of the United States and its European allies against Iran are taking a heavy toll on the ordinary Iranians is still hard to believe for many Western citizens who suppose that their governments are sincere in their claims of being concerned for human rights and freedom. In different articles, I've pointed out this fact that the economic sanctions against Iran have become so intensive and rigorous that they have nothing to do with Iran's nuclear program anymore; rather, they are aimed at paralyzing the daily life of the innocent civilians in the country with the ultimate goal of persuading them to revolt against the government to protest the deteriorating living conditions, hence...

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Four myths about Iran which need to be debunked

Four myths about Iran which need to be debunked

Kourosh Ziabari - It’s not my words, but I’ve learnt it from tens of foreign tourists, journalists and academicians who have traveled to Iran in the recent years, that Iran is the most misrepresented and misunderstood country in the world. In a concerted and mischievous attempt, the world’s mainstream media have started to pull out all the stops in order to portray Iran a dangerous, abnormal, weird and horrible country which is seeking to develop nuclear weapons in order to annihilate Israel. Iranians are brazenly depicted as fanatics, terrorists and uncivilized people and the whole Iran is shown as an out-of-the-way desert in which no trace of civilization, urban life and modernity can be found. Demonizing and isolating Iran...

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Iranian people suffer through what Western diplomats enjoy

Iranian people suffer through what Western diplomats enjoy

  Kourosh Ziabari - Iran’s nuclear program seems to have reached a dead end. Iranian officials have politically invested a lot on the country’s nuclear program, which was initially set in motion 6 decades ago when President Dwight D. Eisenhower decided to help his close friend Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi construct the first nuclear reactors in Iran, and it seems to be embarrassing for the Iranian government to announce out of the blue that they don’t want to pursue nuclear technology anymore, which will give the West a pretext to launch a new psychological war against Tehran and trumpet this victory that it has retreated from its position. And from the other hand, the obdurate United States and its European allies have not...

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Interview with Glenn Greenwald

Interview with Glenn Greenwald

The U.S. and Israel have made a joke of the Security Council: Glenn Greenwald   Kourosh Ziabari - Glenn Greenwald is a prominent American journalist, author, lawyer and blogger. His writings and articles have appeared on several newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The American Conservative, The National Interest and In These Times. Greenwald has received different awards including the first Izzy Award for independent journalism in 2009, and the 2010 Online Journalism Award for Best Commentary. Until a few months ago, he was a columnist and blogger for Salon.com, but he left his job there and continued cooperating with The Guardian newspaper which he has been contributing to since...

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