Posts tagged : "U.S. foreign policy"

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Interview with Ret. Admiral James Stavridis on the Iran-U.S. relations

Interview with Ret. Admiral James Stavridis on the Iran-U.S. relations

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: Although Iran and the group of six world powers (Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States) that have been working for several years to find a solution to the controversy over Iran's nuclear program failed to meet the self-imposed July 20 deadline for reaching a comprehensive agreement after concluding an interim accord on November 23, 2013, the fact that the time limit for the negotiations have been extended for another 4 months leaves room for great optimism and hope that the decade-long dispute can finally be settled, though with difficulty and intricacy. A former NATO official and high-ranking U.S. Navy officer believes that the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1...

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International Law Is a Tool in the Hands of Great Powers

International Law Is a Tool in the Hands of Great Powers

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: Prominent international lawyer Gilles Devers says that Israel is an occupying power and according to the principles of international law, it has a responsibility to protect the civilian population under its rule. Gilles Devers believes that Israel's blockade against the Gaza Strip constitutes a form of collective punishment and should be lifted as part of its obligations to ensure the protection and safety of the besieged people of the tiny coastal enclave. In an exclusive interview with Fars News Agency, the French lawyer stated that Israel is not only failing to do enough to help the people of Gaza, but is also exacerbating the conditions of their daily lives. Expressing his surprise that...

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Majority of Young Americans Don’t Support Israel Anymore

Majority of Young Americans Don’t Support Israel Anymore

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: An Iranian-American professor of Islamic studies believes that the world is waking up to the atrocities and cruelties of the Israeli regime and this is manifested in the mass rallies being held in condemnation of Israel across the world. According to Prof. Omid Safi, although the Western governments have been mostly silent on the carnage of the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, the people in different countries, from France to Brazil and from Malaysia to Argentina have strongly stood by the people of Palestine and held massive demonstrations to voice their support for them. "The latest studies indicate that now a majority of younger people in America are no longer supportive of Israeli...

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The War on Terrorism Provides the Basis for Demonizing the Muslims

The War on Terrorism Provides the Basis for Demonizing the Muslims

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: A world-renowned Canadian scholar says that the project of War on Terror was launched with a view to demonize the Muslim nations and then dominate their vast oil reserves. Prof. Michel Chossudovsky is of the opinion that the United States created the terrorist cult Al-Qaeda and is now pretending to be fighting and eradicating it while in effect funding and assisting it. He also believes that the United States has been responsible for the demise of democracy in several Asian and Latin American nations through waging unprompted wars and coups against the democratic governments in such countries as Chile, Argentine, Guatemala and Brazil. According to Prof. Chossudovsky, the Western mainstream...

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Interview with Prof. John McMurtry on 9/11 and the War on Terror

Interview with Prof. John McMurtry on 9/11 and the War on Terror

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: A world-renowned Canadian philosopher argues that the United States holds the world record of illegal killings of unarmed civilians and extrajudicial detention and torturing of prisoners who are detained without trial. Prof. John McMurtry says that the U.S. government is a gigantic mass-murdering machine which earns profit through waging wars, and is never held accountable over its unspeakable war crimes and crimes against humanity. He also believes that the U.S. has become a police state, which treats its citizens in the most derogatory manner. “I have travelled alone with only backpack possession through the world, and have found no state in which police forces are more habituated to...

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US Veto Power Ensures Israel’s Impunity from Int’l Law

US Veto Power Ensures Israel’s Impunity from Int’l Law

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: Prof. George Bisharat, a renowned Palestinian-American professor of law, is of the opinion that without the US moral support, the Israeli regime would not have been able to massacre the Palestinian people so ruthlessly. "The United States’ veto power in the United Nations Security Council is the single most important factor in enabling Israel’s decades long impunity from international law," Prof. Bisharat said in an exclusive interview with Fars News Agency. Prof. Bisharat whose commentaries on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict regularly appear on the academic publications and major newspapers in the United States says that there's no elctoral advantage for the politicians to criticize...

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My exclusive interview with Rt. Hon. Jack Straw

My exclusive interview with Rt. Hon. Jack Straw

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: Jack Straw is not an unknown or unfamiliar politician to the Iranians. When the current President of Iran Hassan Rouhani was the country’s lead nuclear negotiator with the EU3 (Britain, France and Germany) under President Mohammad Khatami, Jack Straw traveled to Iran several times as the British Foreign Secretary and conferred with him on a number of occasions. Straw is a veteran politician who has experienced working at the different administrative and law-making levels in the British politics. From 1987 to 1992, he was the Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Science and for the next two years, he served as the Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment. From May 1997 until June 2001, he...

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It’s Not Surprising that the War on Terror Has Failed in Its Objectives

It’s Not Surprising that the War on Terror Has Failed in Its Objectives

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: As the people of Afghanistan gear up for electing a new president, their security concerns for the future of the war-torn country also grow. In the recent decades, Afghanistan has gone through consecutive ups and downs and there have been few moments of peace and tranquility in the landlocked country which has been long coveted by the Eastern and Western powers because of its strategic and geopolitical importance. Afghanistan, which has begun striding on the path of democracy, is now rising from the ashes of the dark years of tyrannical rule by the Taliban fundamentalists who had turned the lives of the Afghan citizens into a state of constant trepidation and anxiety throughout the years they were in...

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I Hope that Peace Will Be Established Between Iran and U.S.

I Hope that Peace Will Be Established Between Iran and U.S.

  Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: Although Iran and the United States have not had close diplomatic relations for more than three decades, and despite the fact that the two countries have been at loggerheads over many grievances, academic and cultural exchanges have usually brought the two nations closer together and created opportunities for increased mutual understanding between the two peoples that in spite of their greatness and magnificence, have usually failed to take note of each other’s concerns and sensitivities. It’s possible to remove the acrimonies of the past in the Iran-U.S. relations through constructive and meaningful dialog and negotiations. Academicians, scholars, intellectuals and media people can play...

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My exclusive interview with FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley

My exclusive interview with FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: Prominent American peace activist and FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley believes that the United States is violating the international law by supporting the rebels and terrorists in Syria. According to Coleen Rowley, “the US funding and arming” of the terrorists and insurgents in the crisis-hit Syria “mostly through US’ ties with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, to help the Syrian opposition fighters topple Assad, are all acts of war and actually also violate international law.” “Even threats to bomb are supposed to be illegal under international law, i.e. under the Kellogg-Briand Treaty, later engrained in the Nuremberg Principle that wars of aggression be considered the ‘supreme...

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My exclusive interview with Senator Richard H. Black

My exclusive interview with Senator Richard H. Black

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: For more than three years, Syria has been engulfed in a deadly conflict that has so far claimed hundreds of lives and displaced, orphaned and widowed thousands of others. At the outset, there were people who claimed that the unrest in Syria was part of the democratic, revolutionary wave sweeping the Middle East and North Africa known as the Arab Spring, but it’s now clear to everyone, both friends and foes, that the unrest in Syria is a proxy war to which tens of countries are contributing for one end: bringing down the government of President Assad. Syria has now turned into a battlefield for the face-off between the government forces and ordinary people loyal to President Assad and trained...

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The US Wars Are Based on Partial Truths and Outright Lies

The US Wars Are Based on Partial Truths and Outright Lies

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: Award-winning American journalist Robert Koehler says the conscious members of media should resist the warmongerings of the conservative politicians and work to promote peace and stability globally. “The idea that a war can be waged justly is the beginning of the problem. Every leader who has an interest in waging a war will, of course, claim that this war is absolutely necessary and absolutely just. That’s how it was a decade ago when the “war on terror” got underway,” said Robert Koehler in an exclusive interview with Fars News Agency. “Forget all those other wars, forget Vietnam. These wars are necessary. And the corporate media always goes along with the present justification,...

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