soft and velvet coups

July 20, 2007 at 6:07 pm (from the Iranain press)

Provisional Friday Prayer Leader of Tehran Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami said here Friday in his second sermon confessions of three US agents proved Washington is after launching “soft and velvet coups’ not only in Iran, but also in many other countries.

According to IRNA Political Desk reporter from central campus of Tehran University, addressing thousands of Tehrani worshipers, this week’s Friday preacher of Tehran added, “This policy has worked in some countries, but in Iran, it has faced defeat, just like the other failed US policies on Iran.”

Khatami reiterated, “In order to pursue its interferences in independent countries of the world, the United States always backs up the process of soft coups, resorting to promotion of Western culture in so-called civil societies, creation of gaps between the nations and their governments through crisis generation and systematic activities of certain individuals, and launching psychological wars.”

He added, “Then in the long run, taking full advantage of the press, mass media, and intellectual circles, and launching feminist campaigns, they try to reap the fruits of their vast scale efforts.” Pointing out that getting involved in such broad activities aimed at interference in foreign countries costs the United States millions of dollars, he once again referred to the confessions of the arrested US agents in Iran, arguing, “Those confessions have enraged the US statesmen and press, prompting them to react angrily.” Ayatollah Khatami reiterated, “During the past fifty years the United States has directly or indirectly interfered in the internal affairs of 25 countries of the world militarily, and the funny thing is that Washington also claims it is after the establishment of democracy throughout the world.”

Member of the Leadership Experts Assembly highlighted the Islamic Republic of Iran’s role in preserving stability and security in the Middle East region, adding, “Iran’s policies regarding Iraq have always been aimed at promoting security measures there and serving the oppressed Iraqi nation, and yet the United States has always, resorting to fake pretexts, been accusing Iran of interference in Iraq’s affairs.”

He added, “The US policy in Iraq today is aimed at bringing the Ba’th Party back to power, and fueling the flames of tribal and sectarian wars there.”

Elsewhere in his second sermon, Ayatollah Khatami referring to the the Palestine issue, said, “In Palestine, the government and parliament took shape relying on people’s votes, but you noticed how the oppressive powers treated that government and that parliament.” He added, “Now the world nations know very well that the only matter about which the United States does not care about the slightest bit is establishment of democracy, and that at the peak of that country’s ideals there is exertion of US hegemony in as many independent countries in the world, as possible.

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US seeks velvet revolution

July 20, 2007 at 9:33 am (from the Iranain press)

Cleric says US seeks velvet revolution

Fri, 20 Jul 2007 15:51:03

Source: IRNA

Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, Tehran’s Friday prayers leader
Friday prayers leader Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami has said that the US seeks to spark velvet revolution not only in Iran but in all countries.

“This US policy has been successful in certain countries but it failed in Iran like all the other US conspiracies failed in Iran,” Khatami said during his Friday prayers sermon in Tehran.

“The US has always taken velvet revolution into consideration by promoting Western culture in the society and by causing strife between people and the government through propaganda, organizing certain individuals, psychological warfare and making intentional use of media, intellectual circles, university student’s establishments and feminism movements in order to implement its interfering policies,” he added.

The US spends millions of dollars towards its policies, he said, adding that the confessions made by those arrested who intended to implement US policies in Iran brought anger to the US statesmen and the US media and has forced them to reciprocate.

“The US has had direct and indirect military interference in 25 countries during the past 50 years and it is funny to know that this country claims to establish democracy in the world,” the cleric said.

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in the name of democracy (farsi)

July 19, 2007 at 9:33 pm (from the Iranain press)

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Iranians warned against psywar

June 23, 2007 at 8:23 am (from the Iranain press)

Sat, 23 Jun 2007 19:44:19

The chief of the Iranian Armed Forces Headquarters has encouraged awareness of all Iranians to stymie the psywar launched by the enemies.

Major General Seyyed Hassan Firouzabadi said people from all walks of life should be aware of the psychological war launched by the enemies and try to thwart their efforts.

Addressing a crowd of top military commanders in Tehran, he stated that Iran enjoys authority and dignity and that its religious policy has overshadowed all the current policies in the world.

He added that Iranian sovereignty has served as a deterrent against the aggressive, shameless and hegemonic enemies.

As the leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said, the enemies are making efforts to disrupt national Iranian unity.

The enemies are seeking to disrupt social unity in order to achieve their fiendish goals, he added.

The member of the Expediency Council also emphasized the importance of economic development and scientific and technological advances in Iran.

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US puppets line up against Iran

June 21, 2007 at 9:19 pm (from the Iranain press)

The US, along with its own funded psyop and “democracy promotion”, is also using its puppets to ratchet up the propaganda against Iran. Since the revolution, the puppets of the region have been fearful of Iran – lest their own population take a lesson or two out of Iran’s book, and do to them what was done to the “shah.”

This is the real reason behind the anti-Iran and anti-Shi’a sectarianism – the flames of which are being fanned from D.C.

Egypt blaming Iran on Gaza no surprise

Egypt has stepped up support for Fatah by blaming Tehran for the Hamas takeover in Gaza and endangering its border in the process.

In an interview in Egypt’s Al-Masri Al-Yom newspaper Egyptian Foreign Minister Abul Geit was quoted as saying, “Iran’s policies encouraged Hamas to do what it has done in Gaza and this represents a threat for Egypt’s national security because Gaza is a stone’s throw from Egypt.”

Abul Geit said the situation has made Egypt to rethink its relations with Iran. “The Iranian influence in Iraq also represents a threat for Egyptian and Arab national security. This obliges Cairo to restrict its relations with Tehran,” he noted.

The Egyptian government, which reinforced its military presence on its border with the Gaza Strip last week, said that it would do everything possible to prevent an Islamist regime from cementing control of the territory.

Not surprisingly the Egyptian minister’s remarks reflect a concensus that has been growing among regional and western analysts alike: namely that Washington’s Arab allies, most notably Israel, Jordan and Egypt would be working in tandem to hem in Hamas and even harass Hezbollah in Lebanon as another Israeli assault there seems out of the question.

All these measures are connected to limiting Iranian influence in Iraq where US forces are badly mired down. The American investigative journalist Seymour Hersh laid out this scenario in a March issue of the New Yorker magazine. He wrote of “black money” gone missing out of US coffers in Iraq to fuel the machinations and the organizing of non-Lebanese Arab fighters to confront Hezbollah in Lebanon.

When reminded of his previous accurate analyses on the different schemes to hamstring and blame Iran for US failures in the region, including the failure to foresee Hamas’s electoral victory in Palestinian elections in January 2006, Hersh noted he is not to be blamed if his information has been proven accurate.

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Chavez accuses US of soft-coup

June 7, 2007 at 12:19 am (faux democracy promotion, from the Iranain press)

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has accused the United States of trying to orchestrate a soft coup in his country.

Chavez said the US has been triggering soft coups in various countries by provoking people and with the help of media and organizations, under the pretext of protecting human rights, Chavez said at a news conference in Ayacucho Hall of Miraflores presidential palace on Wednesday.

They are trying to do the same in Venezuela, he added.

He stated, however, that what the US leaders have overlooked is the fact that Venezuelan people fervently support the tenets of democracy in their country.

The outspoken president predicted that his people would frustrate the enemy plots thanks to their awareness.

“Sirs, forget about your plan here in Venezuela. What could eventually happen is a revolutionary outburst. We do not want it to happen. However, in that case, I would be at the forefront. If this ever happens -and I will make a great effort for this not to occur- the government would join the people and lead the revolutionary outburst. Therefore, you would rather stop it.”

Referring to the Americans’ egotism and expansionism, Chavez criticized them for exerting control over 20 percent of the globe’s energy reservoirs, despite housing only five percent of the world’s population .

However, people in many countries are living in pain and misery, he regretted.

Spanish speakers should also check out this Tele Sur interview:

La CIA utiliza el m├ętodo del golpe suave manejando las emociones del pueblo, afirma periodista Thierry Meissan.

(The CIA uses the method of the soft coup, manipulating the emotions of the people said (French) journalist Thierry Meissan. )

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Iran Foreign Ministry slams US

June 5, 2007 at 4:47 pm (from the Iranain press)

The US officials have made irrelevant statements on the arrest of Iranian nationals for spy charges, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said on Tuesday.

He told IRNA, responding to a question about US officials interventionist statements about arrest of several Iranian nationals for spy charges, that those under arrest are subject to Iranian legal code.

The spokesman said that the US Administration had better respect the legal code of other countries, calling on the US to give up inappropriate recommendations to other nations and instead, review its own record of human rights inside covert prisons in Europe and violation of human rights of prisoners in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib.

“The US officials waged propaganda campaign against arrest of a number of suspects in Iran, while they have perpetrated numerous human rights violations against innocent people from various nations, abused them in CIA jails, and violated international regulations and human rights,” Hosseini added.

He said that the the US officials are used to employ double standard in dealing with Iranian nationals and termed their recent remarks about the spy suspects under investigation in Iran as and opportunist practice and without any logical basis, he said that they both support such people, conspiring against Iranian national security and stability, and continue with mistreatment of Iranians when they arrive at the US airports.

Hosseini said that the US Administration has committed disrespect for Iranian academics and expatriates living in the United States citing cancellation of membership of Iranian scientist from the US Chemical Association and arresting Iranian scholar Mr. Alavi for baseless allegations.

“The United States also has a bleak record of beating Iranian students by the US police, and getting in the way of Iranian businessmen,” he said adding that such practices are examples of American double standards towards Iranians.

Hosseini reminded the US officials to avoid interference in Iranian internal affairs with the aim of sowing discord among various tribes in the country, and said that such strategies are in contradiction with moral values and respecting sovereignty of other countries.

As per bilateral agreement in Algiers in 1981, the US has undertaken not to meddle in Iranian national affairs.

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Indian academic denounces US abduction of Iranian diplomats in Iraq

May 29, 2007 at 10:32 pm (from the Iranain press)

Indian academic on Tuesday denounced US abduction of Iranian diplomats in Iraq as in contravention with international law and disrespect for diplomatic immunity.

Dr. Baseer Ahmad, who is head of the department of Islamic Studies at Hamdard University in New delhi, said that US raid on Islamic Republic of Iran’s Consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil was an open violation of the Vienna Convention.
He said in an exclusive interview with IRNA that US action is an abuse of power by the occupying forces and negligence of their responsibility to provide security in Iraq.

He said that according to the Geneva Convention, the occupying powers are required to provide security for foreign diplomats in Iraq as a part of their duties.

“This raid raises questions about President Bush’s new strategy on Iraq and the mission of the newly beefed-up American military presence in this country. Iraqi’s stability and security should not be used as cover for hostility against other nations,” Baseer said.

He pointed out that behavior of US forces is being seen as direct interference in Iran-Iraq relations whose negative consequences would aggravate the Iraqi situation for which the US forces should be blamed.

Baseer Ahmad asked India, Russia and China the three emerging superpowers to use their influence and pressurize US for the immediate release of diplomats of Islamic Republic of Iran’s consulate in the Iraqi city of Arbil.

US forces on January 11, 2007 raided the Iranian consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil and after disarming the consulate’s guards and breaking open its gate, entered the consulate building and abducted its five staff members besides looting some document and computers.

The Islamic Republic of Iran set up its consulate in Arbil in as per the wishes of the Iraqi Kurdish people and which was later on confirmed by the Iraqi government for facilitating the travel of Iraqi people especially those seeking medical help in Iran.

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the mistakes of history

May 28, 2007 at 8:42 pm (from the Iranain press)

The history is worth knowing, but let’s have it right from the horse’s mouth as recounted by Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington offered on the U.S. House floor.

In 1953, the United States and United Kingdom launched Operation Ajax, a covert CIA operation to destabilize and remove the democratically elected government of Iran, including then Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh. Under Mossadegh, the Iranian government decided to reclaim Iran’s rightful ownership of its national oil treasure, which had been exclusively controlled by the British who were taking 85 percent of the profits.

Oh, and by the way, the UK also kept the books secret, merely telling Iran what its 15 percent take was. As soon as Mossadegh began to reclaim Iran’s oil treasure, it was all over. Operation Ajax was set into motion. The U.S. embassy in Tehran provoked phony internal Iranian dissent, while the Brits engineered an Iranian financial crisis by orchestrating a global boycott of Iranian oil.

“We brought down the Iranian government and installed the Shah. For two decades, we propped up the Shah against the will of the Iranian people. It was all about controlling Iran.” It still is. Today, ABC News is reporting exclusively that Bush has authorized a new covert CIA plot to bring down the Iranian government. The plan reportedly includes a coordinated campaign of propaganda, disinformation and manipulation of Iran’s currency and international financial transactions. The ABC News had earlier reported that the U.S. supported and encouraged an Iranian militant group, Jundullah, that has conducted deadly terrorist raids inside Iran.

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CIA covert efforts

May 24, 2007 at 7:21 am (CIA, from the Iranain press)

PressTV

CIA covert efforts to destabilize Iran

Thu, 24 May 2007 10:07:18

CIA is launching covert operations to destabilize Iran.

American ABC News Network has revealed CIA’s covert operations designed to destabilize Iran and instigate a soft revolution in the country.

The network on Wednesday quoted former CIA and Defense Department officials as saying that President George W. Bush has signed a document authorizing secret operations inside Iran to destabilize the Iranian government.

Based on the report, this non-military campaign involved media propaganda, publication of articles in newspapers and manipulation of Iran’s currency and banking transactions.

A former CIA agent told ABC television that the Bush administration has come to the realization that military operations against Iran have negative impact.

The disclosure of US’s sabotage plot against Iran coincides with the arrest of Washington-based academic Haleh Esfandiari who has been working as the Soros Foundation representative.

Esfandiari has admitted that Soros Foundation has established an unofficial connection network inside Iran under the pretext of promoting democracy and human rights but with the covert aim of overthrowing the Iranian government.

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