Posts tagged : "Iran’s nuclear program"

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Iran and the United States should work toward reconciliation

Iran and the United States should work toward reconciliation

  Kourosh Ziabari - Prominent American political scientist Prof. John J. Mearsheimer believes that as a result of the enormous influence of the Israeli lobby on the U.S. politicians, one can hardly think of rapprochement between Iran and the United States in short-run, but they can move toward reconciliation by recognizing each other’s rights and responsibilities. “What the Americans and Iranians have to do is to reach a compromised agreement, where the Americans would recognize the fact that Iran is allowed to have a nuclear enrichment capability and we should recognize that, and at the same time, Iranians should accept the fact that there have to be limits on this enrichment capability, so that they don’t march up to the...

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