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Washington should take the threat of military force off the table

Washington should take the threat of military force off the table

  Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: The new openings in the relations between Iran and the international community following the election of moderate President Hassan Rouhani in June 2013 presidential polls are indicative of the fact that the future of Iran’s nuclear standoff is bright and that there are hopes for a comprehensive and final solution that can bring the decade-long controversy to an end. There are difficulties on this path, as Iran and the six world powers (Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany) have started intensive and breathtaking negotiations for a comprehensive deal, but both sides have voiced their optimism and hope that the talks will be fruitful. In order to discuss the...

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The Reason Behind All Wars Is Egoism: Michael Nagler

The Reason Behind All Wars Is Egoism: Michael Nagler

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: American academic and peace advocate Prof. Michael Nagler believes that non-violent activism is the best means to challenge the hegemonic powers and hold responsible those who commit acts of violence against the defenseless civilians or restrict their personal freedoms. According to Prof. Michael Nagler, the Occupy Wall Street movement was a popular uprising against the greediness and materialism of the influential 1 percent that controls and runs the media, multinational corporations and interest groups. Regarding the future of the peaceful, non-violent movements in the United States and other parts of the world, Prof. Nagler said, “I can’t predict what will actually happen, but I can...

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Geneva Accord a Product of the Failure of the US Policies on Iran

Geneva Accord a Product of the Failure of the US Policies on Iran

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: Prominent Iranian academician believes that even if Iran gets access to nuclear weapons, it will not spark an arms race in the Middle East, because the Arab states of the region have long lived with the sole possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East that is a reactionary, expansionistic and occupying regime. “The usual argument presented by the Israeli and US officials, including many times by President Obama himself, that the Arab States fear an arms race in the Middle East if Iran acquires nuclear weapons has never made any sense. The Middle East has lived for many decades with a nuclear armed power in its midst, Israel, a power that is most belligerent, expansionist, and warmongering. Yet,...

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Who has appointed the U.S. to be the world’s policeman?

Who has appointed the U.S. to be the world’s policeman?

Kourosh Ziabari - Tehran Times: The fact that the United States has been long treating other nations in a derogatory and irresponsible manner and allows itself to intervene in the internal affairs of other countries is a source of frustration for many people, even if the world’s politicians don’t dare to criticize Washington over its arrogant behavior. The United States, blasted by many critics of its domestic and foreign policy as a newly-emerged police state interacts with the other nations across the world in such a way as if they are all its subordinates and inferiors. The people occupying the different rooms of White House think that they are the owners of the world and that they have a right to look down upon the other...

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Geneva Deal Has the Potential to End Iran’s Nuclear Standoff

Geneva Deal Has the Potential to End Iran’s Nuclear Standoff

  Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: Following the November 24 agreement between Iran and the P5+1 bloc of six world powers, hopes were revived that the controversy over Iran’s nuclear program can be finally resolved in a peaceful and diplomatic manner. A prominent Iranian academic and political author believes that the Geneva interim accord has the potential power to end the decade-long standoff between Iran and the Western powers over Iran’s nuclear activities, but its implementation demands goodwill and seriousness on the side of the United States and its European allies that are obliged by the Joint Plan of Action to refrain from imposing additional sanctions on Iran. “The polls indicate that a solid majority...

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Glaring Western hypocrisy on the notion of human rights

Glaring Western hypocrisy on the notion of human rights

Kourosh Ziabari - Press TV: Now that Iran is reconstructing its international relations through a dynamic nuclear diplomacy and gaining reputation as an emerging regional superpower, the United States and its allies, infuriated and frantic, consider it as worthwhile to test Iran’s patience by using the notion of human rights as a leverage for pressuring and annoying the Islamic Republic. On Wednesday, December 18, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution proposed by the Canadian government to condemn the alleged violations of human rights in Iran. 83 countries votes in favor, 36 against and 62 others abstained. The adoption of the anti-Iran resolution, despite failing to get the vote of the majority of the 193 UN member...

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Interview with Vietnam War veteran S. Brian Willson

Interview with Vietnam War veteran S. Brian Willson

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: Vietnam War veteran and renowned peace activist S. Brian Willson believes that the Arab states of the Persian Gulf are destabilizing Syria by sending arms and ammunitions to the rebels and Al-Qaeda fighters operating in the Arab country simply in order to gratify the United States and make sure that they will be never destabilized politically. “Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia either have US military bases or possess strategic resources desired by the US and the West. Perhaps many of the Arab nations want to be sufficiently supportive of the US and its desire to finish off Syria as the US did recently to Libya so as not to be so vulnerable themselves to being destabilized by the...

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When the lawless superpower irks its allies

When the lawless superpower irks its allies

Kourosh Ziabari - Press TV: The contemporary American scientist and award-winning author Glen David Brin once made an astutely brilliant statement, which he probably didn’t know would come true about one of the most shameful debacles of the recent history for the U.S. government; however, he wisely said: “When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.” It’s quite intrinsic and natural that when a member of the international community is never held accountable over the crimes it perpetrates and is allowed to get away with its inattention to the rule of law and the internationally-recognized conventions and regulations, it will grow a lawless,...

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Who benefits from the protraction of war in Syria?

Who benefits from the protraction of war in Syria?

Kourosh Ziabari -  It all started on March 15, 2011, when groups of the Syrian people took to the streets of Damascus to protest what they considered to be the government’s unfavorable social and economic policies. The Western powers tried to portray the scattered demonstrations as a continuation of the revolutionary wave in the Arab states of the Middle East and North Africa known as the Arab Spring. However, there was a major difference, that Syria was simply dissimilar to all the other countries where the people had taken to streets to demand a regime change: Syria was not a U.S. puppet regime! Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain and Yemen where the core of the “Arab Spring” had taken shape and come to existence were all countries...

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Iran’s Nuclear File: How Does The Future Look Like?

Iran’s Nuclear File: How Does The Future Look Like?

Kourosh Ziabari - With the recommencement of nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers, hopes have been revived that more than a decade of conflict and dispute between the two sides can finally come to an end and the concerns over the possible diversion of Iran’s nuclear activities toward an atomic weapon will be completely allayed. The international observers hailed the latest round of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 (Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States) on October 15 and 16 in Geneva as constructive, calling it a step forward on the path of finding a conclusive and definite resolution for Iran’s nuclear standoff. The Iranian negotiators demanded that the contents of the talks...

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Iran-U.S. rapprochement possible with goodwill and determination

Iran-U.S. rapprochement possible with goodwill and determination

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: People in Iran and the United States are enthusiastically monitoring the headlines on the newspapers and the TV channels to see if a historic breakthrough between their countries will finally emerge at the critical juncture when the two rivals are expected to strike a deal over the decade-long controversy on Iran’s nuclear program and move toward a momentous normalization of bilateral relations. After the foreign ministers of Iran and the United States met and greeted each other on the sidelines of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, and following the groundbreaking phone conversation between the presidents of the two countries in the final hours of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s...

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World awaits Iran nuclear talks

World awaits Iran nuclear talks

  Kourosh Ziabari - Press TV: As Iran and the six world powers are slated to convene in Geneva on October 15 and 16 to discuss Iran’s nuclear energy program for the first time since the election of President Hassan Rouhani, the international community will anxiously and enthusiastically wait to see if the new round of talks can put an end to the decade-long standoff over Tehran’s nuclear file. The main question ahead of the talks is that whether the new round of negotiations which are being held after a five-month hiatus will finally lead to a negotiated deal and “win-win” solution, as termed by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. And for the Iranians across the globe, the more important question is, “will...

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