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Misreading Khamenei's Approach to the United States and Iran's Geopolitics PDF Print E-mail
Written by Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett   
Monday, 22 March 2010 00:00

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Most of the Western media failed to report on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's annual, live Nowruz (Persian New Year) address yesterday in his hometown of Mashhad.  Instead they took conventional snippets from his earlier pre-recorded message for state television.  In doing so, the Western media have again missed important content and context regarding Khamenei's approach to dealing with the United States and Iran's geopolitics.

The critical point in Khamenei's live address this year was his reiteration of last year's ground-breaking offer: "We [the Islamic Republic] have no history with the new [U.S.] administration and president.  We reserve our judgment.  If you change, our conduct will change as well."

But, this year, Khamenei questioned Obama's determination to change the core substance of America's approach to the Islamic Republic and emphasized that Iran would not be swept up in Obama's emotional but, from Khamenei's perspective, substantively empty rhetoric of "change."  Khamenei said:

I don't know who the decision makers in the U.S. are -- the President, Congress, others behind the scenes -- but what I do know is that Iran has acted on the basis of logic . . . we do not act emotionally with regard to the issues important to us.  We make decisions on the basis of calculations, rather than emotions.

To be well understood, Khamenei's live Nowruz address this year needs to be read in conjunction with his live Nowruz speech in Mashhad last year.  Last year's address came on the heels of President Obama's attention-getting 2009 Nowruz video message, which had been released just a couple of days before.  In that video message, Obama had directed his remarks to "the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran" (actually referring to the country by its official name) and proclaimed that: "my administration is now committed to diplomacy that addresses the full range of issues before us, and to pursuing constructive ties among the United States, Iran, and the international community."  Even more importantly, Obama noted that "this process will not be advanced by threats. We seek instead engagement that is honest and grounded in mutual respect."

The Coup Plotters - The Albert Einstein Institution PDF Print E-mail
Written by onlinejournal   
Saturday, 20 March 2010 04:24

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SharpThe Albert Einstein Institution (AEI) has played the key role in recent years in training and deploying youth movements to help prepare the conditions for coups through fostering the impression that the targeted regimes are deeply unpopular, and through destabilizing those regimes through their demonstrations and the like. The group, which is funded by the Soros foundations and the US government, is led by former DIA officer Col. Robert Helvey, and Harvard University's Dr. Gene Sharp.

According to the Albert Einstein Institution's report, Dr Gene Sharp (curriculum vitae and Biographical Profile) "founded the Albert Einstein Institution in 1983 to promote research, policy studies, and education on the strategic uses of nonviolent struggle in face of dictatorship, war, genocide, and oppression."

Dr. Sharp has held research appointments in Harvard University's Center for International Affairs for nearly 30 years. His writings, which on the strategic use of nonviolence in overturning states, have been translated into 27 languages. Through funding provided by the Soros foundations, and through the National Endowment of Democracy and other US government conduits, Sharp and his associates have regularly traveled to targeted regions to facilitate revolutions, since the group's creation.

Interamerican Court of Human Rights caught conspiring against justice and Venezuela PDF Print E-mail
Written by Arturo Rosales   
Saturday, 20 March 2010 00:00

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Germán SaltrónAudio evidence from the official transcripts of the Interamerican Court of Human Rights (CIDH) conclusively proves that the seven magistrates of the CIDH conspired to prejudice Venezuela. On March 3rd national and international public opinion was witness to the fraudulent actions of an institution, which forms part of the Organization of American States (OAS), which prejudiced the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Germán Saltrón, Venezuela’s legal representative before the CIDH and the lawyer María Alejandra Díaz, presented the video titled “Secrets of the Human Rights Imperial Court", on the state TV program Dando y Dando. In the interview they analyzed the grave consequences of the violations perpetrated by this OAS institution, which should be supporting human rights and their transparency in the region.

The recording in question concerns the case of the Venezuelan General, Francisco Usón, a retired military officer who denounced Venezuela before the Human Rights Court after being sentenced to five and a half years jail time for his defamatory declarations in a TV program shown on the private channel Televen in April 2004. On the same program were the opposition journalists Marta Colomina and Patricia Poleo. Without producing any proof Usón accused the Venezuelan army of burning several soldiers incarcerated for bad conduct with a flame thrower at Fort Mara in Zulia State. In the same interview he also said that elections would not be enough to defeat the government of President Chávez but that there was “another solution” which would not be peaceful.

Britain’s Chilcot inquiry: A whitewash of war crimes and Iraq war PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert Stevens   
Thursday, 18 March 2010 17:09

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Sir John ChilcotThe inquiry into the war in Iraq, headed by Chairman Sir John Chilcot, has halted its proceedings until after the expected May 6 British general election.


Its hearings, however, have confirmed that the fundamental purpose for which it was convened was to ensure that those responsible for waging an illegal war of aggression are not held to account. Instead, the inquiry has been utilised to legitimise the invasion of Iraq and affirm the basis on which it was carried out—the US doctrine of pre-emptive war.

In Praise of Shared Outrage PDF Print E-mail
Written by Roy Eidelson   
Thursday, 18 March 2010 00:11

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photo (Image: Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: _ambrown, Muffet) "We have to tolerate the inequality as a way to achieve greater prosperity and opportunity for all." These were the words of Lord Brian Griffiths, Goldman Sachs international adviser, when he spoke at London's St. Paul's Cathedral last fall. With inequality at historic levels here in the United States and around the world, it's a reassuring message we all might wish to be true.

Unfortunately, scientific research reveals a sharply different reality: inequality is a driving force behind many of our most profound social ills. The Equality Trust reviewed thousands of studies conducted by the US Census Bureau, the World Health Organization, the United Nations and the World Bank. Consistent patterns emerged, both among and within countries. Inequality is associated with diminished levels of physical and mental health, child well-being, educational achievement, social mobility, trust and community life. And it is linked to increased levels of violence, drug use, imprisonment, obesity and teenage births. In short, Lord Griffiths' claim - despite the venue - was a self-serving fiction.

Israel’s Message PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ilan Pappé   
Tuesday, 16 March 2010 18:11

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In 2004, the Israeli army began building a dummy Arab city in the Negev desert. It’s the size of a real city, with streets (all of them given names), mosques, public buildings and cars. Built at a cost of $45 million, this phantom city became a dummy Gaza in the winter of 2006, after Hizbullah fought Israel to a draw in the north, so that the IDF could prepare to fight a ‘better war’ against Hamas in the south.

When the Israeli Chief of General Staff Dan Halutz visited the site after the Lebanon war, he told the press that soldiers ‘were preparing for the scenario that will unfold in the dense neighbourhood of Gaza City’. A week into the bombardment of Gaza, Ehud Barak attended a rehearsal for the ground war. Foreign television crews filmed him as he watched ground troops conquer the dummy city, storming the empty houses and no doubt killing the ‘terrorists’ hiding in them.

‘Gaza is the problem,’ Levy Eshkol, then prime minister of Israel, said in June 1967. ‘I was there in 1956 and saw venomous snakes walking in the street. We should settle some of them in the Sinai, and hopefully the others will immigrate.’ Eshkol was discussing the fate of the newly occupied territories: he and his cabinet wanted the Gaza Strip, but not the people living in it.

Russian family commits suicide after being denied asylum in UK PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve James   
Monday, 15 March 2010 04:40

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Neighbours heard screams as Sergei Serykh, his wife Tatiana and their 21-year-old son fell from the 15th floor of a Glasgow tower block at 8:45 a.m. last Sunday morning. Their bodies hit the ground, alongside a wardrobe they used to break through netting on the landing from which they jumped. All three were killed instantly.

The family had recently been told by the UK Borders Agency (UKBA) their asylum claim had been rejected. They had been asked to leave their high rise accommodation in the city’s Red Road flats. Facing deportation or, at the very least, destitution consequent to failure to make it through the UK’s asylum machinery, the family concluded that their situation was beyond hope.

The deaths elicited a display of public sympathy. A vigil was held at the foot of the tower block in the city’s Springburn district, attended by over 100 people including local residents, current and former asylum seekers and civil rights campaigners. Among those attending was ten-year-old Precious Mhango. Precious and her mother Florence have recently won the right to a judicial review of the UKBA’s decision to deport them to Malawi.

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