Posts tagged : "U.S. foreign policy"

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The Chinese dilemma: Interview with Prof. Zhiqun Zhu

The Chinese dilemma: Interview with Prof. Zhiqun Zhu

Kourosh Ziabari - Today, most of the international relations analysts and experts consider China as the world’s second political and economic power after the United States. China came second in the International Monetary Fund’s 2011 ranking of countries by GDP (nominal) and is one of the main producers of agricultural products, industrial commodities and the world’s number one exporter of goods to other nations. China is also the United States’ first trading partner and at the same time, it’s major economic and political competitor. The politics of China are thoroughly complicated and in most cases, incomprehensible. National interests define the limits of China’s foreign policy while some traces of opposition to the Western...

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The United States Not completely Controlling its Allies

The United States Not completely Controlling its Allies

  Kourosh Ziabari - Today even the most optimistic advocates of the U.S. foreign policy are confessing that the aggressive attitude of the consecutive U.S. administrations in the recent decades have contributed to the weakening and undermining of the American Empire, portraying a detestable image of the cultural hallmarks, lifestyle and socioeconomic values of the United States. In Iran Review, we have started a project to discuss the issue of the future of U.S. Empire and the survival of imperialism with the world’s renowned political scientists and public intellectuals. We reflect the viewpoints and ideas of world’s academics regarding the decline of the U.S. Empire, and whether they agree or disagree with these...

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Patriot Act: US version of democracy

Patriot Act: US version of democracy

Kourosh Ziabari - Just a few hours before the midnight deadline of May 26, 2011, the US President Barack Obama signed a 4-year extension of the controversial USA Patriot Act to prove that his strategic plans are not significantly different from those of his hawkish predecessor, George W. Bush, who showed to the international community the real face of the American democracy with his warmongering policies. Patriot Act is an Act of the US Congress which allows private security firms under the supervision of the government to monitor and search American citizens' phone conversations, email communications, medical, financial and official records to discover potential terrorism-related threats and foil the probable plots which can jeopardize...

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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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Criticize Israel and lose your career: interview with Alison Weir

Criticize Israel and lose your career: interview with Alison Weir

Kourosh Ziabari - If you’ve ever tried to search for reliable information and analyses which expose the concealed and obscured side of the Israeli – Palestinian conflict, you’ve surely come across to the website “If Americans Knew.” This website belongs to a non-profit organization which focuses on the Israeli – Palestinian conflict and the foreign policy of the United States toward the Middle East. “If Americans Knew” publishes commentaries and articles that the American mainstream media pusillanimously shun and reject because of their fear of the influential Zionist lobby which predominantly rules the U.S. administration and Congress. “If Americans Knew” releases statistical reports on the history of Israeli –...

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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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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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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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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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