on Russia’s predominant position in Syria & Iraqi Kurdistan places Moscow right in the middle of the misleadingly characterized “Shiite Crescent” and allows the Kremlin to “balance” Iranian influence in the Mideast better than any other country ever possibly could. It’s impossible to ignore the geopolitical reality that the “progressive” faction […]
Documented some tweets, written by US Sen (Democrats) following John Bolton’s appointment as national security adviser
John Bolton supports proactively bombing Iran and conducting a first strike on North Korea without provocation. Appointing him to be Nat Sec Advisor is a grave danger to the American people and a clear message from @realDonaldTrump that he is gearing up for military conflict.
“With the appointments of Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, @realDonaldTrump is successfully lining up his war cabinet. Bolton played a key role in politicizing the intel that misled us into the Iraq War. We cannot let this extreme war hawk blunder us into another terrible conflict,” he tweeted.
“John Bolton supports proactively bombing Iran & striking North Korea with nuclear weapons first without provocation. Appointing him to be Nat Sec Advisor is a grave danger to the American people & a clear message from @realDonaldTrump that he is gearing up for military conflict,” Senator Markey added.
Wanted war w Cuba, arguing wrongly that Cuba had WMD
Wanted war w Iraq, arguing – wrong again – that Iraq had WMD
Believes – wrongly – that Islamic law is taking over America
If you’re always wrong on security, you’re the wrong person to be National Security Advisor
The choice of Bolton as the national security adviser has also been questioned by Senator Jeff Merkley from Oregon, who has pointed out many flaws with the new appointee’s policies. “If you’re always wrong on security, you’re the wrong person to be National Security Advisor,” Merkley tweeted.
This is dangerous news for the country and the world. John Bolton was easily one of the most extreme, pro-war members of the Bush Administration.
Imagine what havoc he could wreak whispering in Donald Trump’s ear…I hear the drumbeats of war. https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/976954424483631104 …
11:56 PM – Mar 22, 2018 Rep. Barbara Jean Lee of California’s 13th congressional district was also disappointed by Trump’s choice, claiming she is hearing the “drumbeats of war.”
The President is surrounding himself with combative lawyers. He’s replacing Tillerson and McMaster with Pompeo and Bolton.
It’s almost like the President is preparing to go to war in the legal and foreign relations sense…
Fears expressed by some Capitol Hill members and the public seem justified. The notoriously hawkish former United Nations ambassador was a chief architect of the George W. Bush administration’s justification for the war in Iraq in 2003, that was based on false accusations that Baghdad possessed weapons of mass destruction.
This is one of the most dangerous developments I’ve seen in our foreign and nat’l security policy. Period. #Bolton #McMaster . https://twitter.com/amy_siskind/status/976949689500291072 …
Trump’s choice of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director Mike Pompeo as the new secretary of state also made many in Washington uneasy. Unlike his predecessor, Rex Tillerson, Pompeo seems better aligned with Trump’s confrontational foreign policy, namely on the Iran nuclear deal, on North Korea, and on the shift of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Besides politicians, the American public also expressed concern about the feasibility of a looming armed conflict.
John Bolton was part of the effort to mislead the US into the disastrous Iraq war and has supported military action against North Korea and Iran. He was too extreme to be confirmed as UN ambassador in 2005 and is absolutely the wrong person to be national security advisor now.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders called Bolton “absolutely the wrong person to be national security advisor now,” recalling how he deceived the public about the Iraq war.
“John Bolton was part of the effort to mislead the US into the disastrous Iraq war and has supported military action against North Korea and Iran. He was too extreme to be confirmed as UN ambassador in 2005 and is absolutely the wrong person to be national security advisor now,” Sanders tweeted.
“John Bolton is a dangerous radical. President Trump’s decision to make Bolton his National Security Advisor is deeply disturbing,” Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) said in a written statement. “John Bolton has spent his entire career pushing fringe conspiracy theories, espousing radical ideas about multilateralism, and undermining key alliances across the world.”
Guten Abend an die Listen,
die jüngsten Entwicklungen im Iran um den Jahreswechsel herum haben nicht nur in scheinbar spontanen Tweets westlicher Staatsmänner ihren Niederschlag gefunden, sondern auch die beiden deutschen Fernsehanstalten waren sich unisono einig, dass sich ein neuerlicher Umsturz dort anbahne. Einig schienen sich die meisten Medien auch darin zu sein, dass sich der Zorn der Massen gegen das verhasste Mullahregime, fehlende Demokratie und vor allem gegen steigende Preise und zunehmende Arbeitslosigkeit vor allem unter Jugendlichen richte. Ein Regime Change sei daher notwendig und stehe unmittelbar bevor.
Keine Erwähnung dagegen finden die erheblichen Auswirkungen zurückliegender Wirtschaftssanktionen, die teilweise auch nach dem Abschluss des Atomabkommens immer noch aufrechterhalten werden. Der Iran hatte das Abkommen vor zwei Jahren mit den USA, Russland, China, Frankreich, Großbritannien und Deutschland in Wien geschlossen und keine seriöse Nachrichtenquelle bezweifelt bislang, dass das Land sich an die beschlossenen Auflagen halte.
Im Folgenden soll eine Auswahl von Texten dokumentiert werden, die dieses einseitige Bild von den Demonstrationen in einigen Städten des Iran noch aus anderen Perspektiven betrachten:
04.01.2018 — https://deutsch.rt.com/meinung/63101-was-ist-los-in-iran/
1) Was ist los im Iran? Die Hintergründe der Proteste und die westlichen Narrative (I)
Von Rainer RUPP
Die USA, Israel und die Saudis machen sich Sorgen um Demokratie und Menschenrechte im Iran. Deutsche Staatsmedien leisten Schützenhilfe. Obwohl ein Umsturz im Iran unwahrscheinlich ist, scheinen die Ereignisse Teil eines größeren Plans gegen Teheran zu sein. (…)
2)Yavuz ÖSOGUSWas ist los im Iran, was in Israel
Werner Beyer schrieb auf FB: „Es ist doch immer wieder interessant sich auch mal die andere Seite anzuhören. Jenseits des medialen Einheitsbreis betreiben die Brüder Yavuz Özoguz,und Gürhan Özoguz das Portal Muslimmarkt, bei dem ich auch immer wieder mal vorbeischaue und interessante Beiträge entdecke. Bevor mir jemand Einseitigkeit oder gar Verblendung vorwirft: (…)“
3) Communiqué des ZKs der Tudeh Partei (KP) Iran:
Der Kampf des iranischen Volkes, das die Nase von Gewalt, Unterdrückung, Teuerung und Despotie voll hat, ist real. Dieser Kampf darf nicht zugunsten der Interessen der reaktionären Kräfte im In- und Ausland verein
Veröffentlicht: – Jan 02, 2018
Die politisch-ökonomische Krise der bankrotten Regierung der Welajate-Faghih (religiöse Obrigkeit) im Iran nimmt täglich größere Ausmaße an. Die Auswirkung dieser Krise kann bei den internen Auseinandersetzungen der Regierenden und infolge dessen in den beispiellosen Enthüllungen der Machtzentren gegeneinander beobachtet werden. (…)
TUDEH-INFO – NR. 101- 01. Januar 2018 in PDF
4) Pedram SHAYAR Der Aufstand der Hungrigen
Veröffentlicht am 3. Januar 2018 von Pedram Shahyar
Iran: Aufstand der Hungrigen
Seit einer Woche demonstrieren bei Dunkelheit Menschen im Iran auf den Straßen. Der Staat und Eliten sind gespalten und verunsichert, die geopolitischen Gegner in Washington, Tel Aviv und Riad feiern eine Party. Es sind noch nicht die großen Massen, die in der Dunkelheit Parolen rufen. Doch diese Protestbewegung ist eine große Herausforderung für den iranischen Staat: Anders als die grüne Bewegung 2009 sind die spontanen Protesten sehr radikal und fordern das Ende der politischen Herrschaft des islamischen Klerus. (…)
Allen unseren Mitlesern noch ein gutes und friedliches 2018!
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Ergänzend sei auch noch besonders auf das folgende Interview von Ken Jebsen mit Petra Wild vom 5.01.2018 hingewiesen:
KenFM am Telefon: Petra Wild zu den Massendemonstrationen im Iran
Dieser Artikel ist auch als kostenlose MP3 für Dich verfügbar!
Der Iran ist der drittgrösste Erdöl-Förderstaat der OPEC und war zwischen 1953 und 1979 der Lieblingspartner des Westens.
Mehr als 30 Jahre verkaufte das Land Öl und Gas zu günstigsten Konditionen und wurde im Gegenzug vor allem von den USA mit sündhaft teueren Waffen hochgerüstet. Freie Presse oder ein demokratisches System existierte im Iran zu dieser Zeit nicht. Stattdessen regierte bis 1979 der Schah von Persien mittels Geheimpolizei Savak.
Die Folterkeller des Landes waren über Jahrzehnte rappelvoll, aber das störte in der westlichen Wertegemeinschaft niemanden, solange der Diktator seine Lieferdeals einhielt und die Region stabil blieb.
Als es 1979 zur Revolution kam und das Land vom schiitischen Geistlichen Ajatollah Chomeini übernommen wurde, fiel der Iran in Ungnade. Seither gilt er als Teil der Achse des Bösen und wird politisch isoliert und sanktioniert. Die Mangelwirtschaft soll das Land von innen zerrütten und das Volk gegen die Regierung aufbrigen. Immer wieder kommt es deshalb zu Unruhen, die in der West-Presse als Befreiungsschlag verkauft werden, was sie nicht sind.
Das persische Volk möchte innerstaatliche Reformen, aber misstraut jeglicher Hilfe aus dem Ausland, mit der es in der Vergangenheit keine guten Erfahrungen gemacht hat. Wie soll man die aktuellen Unruhen, bei denen rund 20 Personen umgekommen sind, geopolitisch bewerten? Ist die Regierung Rohani tatsächlich angezählt oder deutet hier der Westen eine Entwicklung um, um vor ganz anderen Problemen in der Region abzulenken, die den Iran zwar betreffen, aber weit über ihn hinausgehen?
Die Lage ist komplex. Islamwissenschaftlerin Petra Wild bringt im Gespräch mit KenFM Licht ins Dunkel. Sie bewertet nicht. Sie analysiert.
Why there won’t be a revolution in Iran
Regime change is unlikely but what is in play is setting the scene for a further renewal of economic sanctions
By Pepe Escobar January 3, 2018 5:01 PM
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani did the right thing going on television and at least acknowledging popular anger over hard economic times. Inflation is high at 12% but down from 40% at the start of Rouhani’s first term. And the recent increase in fuel and food prices by up to 40% has hardly helped.
That was part of Team Rouhani’s 2018 budget, which cuts subsidies for the poor – a key feature of the previous Ahmadinejad administration.
Then there is youth unemployment, which hovers around the 30% mark. Similar figures recently came out of Spain, a member of the European Union. Of course, that explains why the bulk of the protesters are under 25 from working class backgrounds.
What Rouhani should have explained to Iranians in detail is the direct consequences of hard economic times and United States sanctions, which are affecting the country.
These were coupled with financial threats against western firms now back in business, or at least contemplating opening up operations, in Iran.
Rouhani did promise after signing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal, in the Austrian capital of Vienna in 2015 that it would lead to more jobs and stimulate the economy.
While that has not been the case, legitimate protests singling out economic problems have never gone away. In fact, they have been part of the Iranian picture for decades.
If we consider the Islamic Republic experiment, a sort of “theocracy with democratic characteristics,” the most striking element is how deeply rooted it is in the country.
I learned this during my many trips to Iran and it has a great deal to do with the basij, or voluntary militias. They have permeated all aspects of social life from unions to student bodies and civil servant groups.
In this respect, there is a strong similarity to China, where the Communist Party is embedded in the very fabric of society.
Talking to young people in places such as Kashan or Mashhad showed me how solid the popular base was behind the Islamic Republic experiment. It was certainly more thought-provoking than listening to ayatollahs in Qom.
Still, what is happening now in Iran is that legitimate protests related to economic hardships have been hijacked by the usual suspects in a move to influence the minority. After all, Rouhani’s administration is comparatively liberal compared to the populist Ahmadinejad government.
So, what we have is a concerted attempt to turn legitimate protests into a “revolutionary” movement with the aim of bringing about a regime change. In all practical purposes, this would be civil war.
Well, it will simply not work. Anyone familiar with Iran knows the country’s civil society is far too sophisticated to fall into such a crude and obvious trap.
For a clear take on the foreign influence angle, you should watch Professor Mohammad Marandi, of the University of Tehran, an academic of absolute integrity, arguing with a former BBC employee on the Qatari-owned Al Jazeera television network.
Indeed, what is certain is that foreign elements are acting as provocateurs to influence the protests. This “whole world is watching” tone is meant to intimidate Tehran’s response.
Yet there has to be a crackdown against the violence as Rouhani strongly hinted. Imagine the police response if the level of violence seen on Iranian streets was happening in France or Germany?
Regime change is unlikely but what is in play is setting the scene for a further renewal of economic sanctions against Iran. Possibly, in this case by the EU. Hopefully, it will not fall into this trap.
Anyway, Tehran is already gearing up to increase business across Eurasia through China’s new Silk Roads, the Belt and Road Initiative, and the Eurasia Economic Union.
In the end, it is up to Team Rouhani to be creative in alleviating the burden on the economic front.
|What Is Happening in Iran? Is Another “Color Revolution” Underway?|
|By Brandon Turbeville
Global Research, December 31, 2017
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A familiar sight is taking place across Iran tonight and it has been for the last three days. Protests are taking place in numerous cities citing grievances and demanding that the Ayatollah and Iranian President step down. For a few days, the protests remained non-violent but now violence has indeed flared up as protesters have laid waste to a number of government properties and those belonging to “pro-government militias.”
The reason this sight is familiar is because we have seen it in Egypt, Libya, and Syria in the past as well as in Iran itself in the late 2000s. Protests that turn violent, a subsequent crackdown that either is violent or is reported as such, and the weight of American propaganda against the target government are all “Arab Spring” repeats that are themselves nothing more than the color revolution/destabilization apparatus that has been used by the West in countries all across the world for decades, particularly in the last twenty years.
What Do The Protesters Want?
The alleged demands of the protesters seem reasonable and legitimate enough. The Western media has, up until this point, been reporting that the main argument being made by the demonstrators center around economic concerns, i.e. falling living standards, unemployment, and rising food prices. However, as the third day of protests took place, the Western media began reporting that the protesters are demanding an end to religious dictatorship and policies of both the Ayatollah Khamenei and President Rouhani. According to some reports, female protesters have gone so far as to shout “death to Khamenei” and shed their hijabs in order to construct makeshift flags. Others say the protesters are focused on government corruption. (…) Full text attached: Barandon TURBEVILLE What Is Happening in Iran? Is Another “Color Revolution” Underway?
„Explosive“ Leaked Secret Israeli Cable Confirms Israeli-Saudi Coordination To Provoke War
Early this morning, Israeli Channel 10 news published a leaked diplomatic cable which had been sent to all Israeli ambassadors throughout the world concerning the chaotic events that unfolded over the weekend in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, which began with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s unexpected resignation after he was summoned to Riyadh by his Saudi-backers, and led to the Saudis announcing that Lebanon had „declared war“ against the kingdom.
The classified embassy cable, written in Hebrew, constitutes the first formal evidence proving that the Saudis and Israelis are deliberately coordinating to escalate the situation in the Middle East.
The explosive classified Israeli cable reveals the following:
- On Sunday, just after Lebanese PM Hariri’s shocking resignation, Israel sent a cable to all of its embassies with the request that its diplomats do everything possible to ramp up diplomatic pressure against Hezbollah and Iran.
- The cable urged support for Saudi Arabia’s war against Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen.
- The cable stressed that Iran was engaged in „regional subversion“.
- Israeli diplomats were urged to appeal to the „highest officials“ within their host countries to attempt to expel Hezbollah from Lebanese government and politics.
As is already well-known, the Saudi and Israeli common cause against perceived Iranian influence and expansion in places like Syria, Lebanon and Iraq of late has led the historic bitter enemies down a pragmatic path of unspoken cooperation as both seem to have placed the break up of the so-called „Shia crescent“ as their primary policy goal in the region. For Israel, Hezbollah has long been its greatest foe, which Israeli leaders see as an extension of Iran’s territorial presence right up against the Jewish state’s northern border.
- I published on channel 10 a cable sent to Israeli diplomats asking to lobby for Saudis/Harir and against Hezbollah. The cable sent from the MFA in Jerusalem [Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs] to all Israeli embassies toes the Saudi line regarding the Hariri resignation.
- The Israeli diplomats were instructed to demarch their host governments over the domestic political situation in Lebanon – a very rare move.
- The cable said: „You need to stress that the Hariri resignation shows how dangerous Iran and Hezbollah are for Lebanon’s security.“
- „Hariri’s resignation proves wrong the argument that Hezbollah participation in the government stabilizes Lebanon,“ the cable added.
- The cable instructed Israeli diplomats to support Saudi Arabia over its war with the Houthis in Yemen. The cable also stressed: „The missile launch by the Houthis towards Riyadh calls for applying more pressure on Iran & Hezbollah.“
Watch today’s Hebrew broadcast Channel 10 News report which features the Israeli diplomatic cable – the text of which is featured in Channel 10’s screenshot (below) – here.
Below is a rough translation of the classified Israeli embassy cable using Google Translate as released by Israel’s Channel 10 News:
„To the Director-General: you are requested to urgently contact the Foreign Ministry and other relevant government officials [of your host country] and emphasize that the resignation of Al-Hariri and his comments on the reasons that led him to resign illustrate once again the destructive nature of Iran and Hezbollah and their danger to the stability of Lebanon and the countries of the region.
Al-Hariri’s resignation proves that the international argument that Hezbollah’s inclusion in the government is a recipe for stability is basically wrong. This artificial unity creates paralysis and the inability of local sovereign powers to make decisions that serve their national interest. It effectively turns them into hostages under physical threat and are forced to promote the interests of a foreign power – Iran – even if this may endanger the security of their country.
The events in Lebanon and the launching of a ballistic missile by the signatories to the Riyadh agreement require increased pressure on Iran and Hezbollah on a range of issues from the production of ballistic missiles to regional subversion.“
Thus, as things increasingly heat up in the Middle East, it appears the anti-Iran and anti-Shia alliance of convenience between the Saudis and Israelis appears to have placed Lebanon in the cross hairs of yet another looming Israeli-Hezbollah war. And the war in Yemen will also continue to escalate – perhaps now with increasingly overt Israeli political support. According to Channel 10’s commentary (translation), „In the cable, Israeli ambassadors were also asked to convey an unusual message of support for Saudi Arabia in light of the war in which it is involved in Yemen against the Iranian-backed rebels.“
All of this this comes, perhaps not coincidentally, at the very moment ISIS is on the verge of complete annihilation (partly at the hands of Hezbollah), and as both Israel and Saudi Arabia have of late increasingly declared „red lines“ concerning perceived Iranian influence across the region as well as broad Hezbollah acceptance and popularity within Lebanon.
What has both Israel and the Saudis worried is the fact that the Syrian war has strengthened Hezbollah, not weakened it. And now we have smoking gun internal evidence that Israel is quietly formalizing its unusual alliance with Saudi Arabia and its power-hungry and hawkish crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.
12.06.2017 Four days have passed since the terrorist strikes in Tehran but Iran has not retaliated with any “surgical strike” against Saudi Arabia – and, typically, there isn’t going to be any. The political leadership pointed the accusing finger at Saudi Arabia, US and Israel. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said that the terror strikes “will only increase hatred for the governments of the United States and their stooges in the region like the Saudis.” However, Iran will not react in a hurry, given the crisis over the Saudi-Qatar standoff that is fraught with profound consequences for regional politics. (…)
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M K Bhadrakumar