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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US congress wants its puppets to indict President Ahmadinejad

June 20, 2007 at 11:42 pm (anti-Iran Propaganda)

Aside from the fact that this so-called resolution is based on a falsified translation of the President of Iran’s statement… exactly who is the United States to be passing such resolutions?

The United States government that is responsible for the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, just in the past three years – and in the millions over the past decade or two of genocidal sanctions.

If there is a government that should be indicted for genocide it is the US government — not only Iraq, but for the slaughter in Vietnam, the slaughter in Central America — and lets not ever forget the Holocaust of the Native/First Nation peoples of this continent – for which the American government has never been held accountable.

Of-course, this has nothing to do with standing up for human rights – or being against genocide – this has everything to do with increasing the psychological pressure on the Iranian government that chooses to remain outside of the American puppet sphere.

This afternoon the House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to urge the United Nations to indict the President of Iran for inciting genocide. The charge is over a disproven allegation (based on a mistranslation) that Ahmadinejad was called for the destruction of Israel.

Only two members of the House voted against the resolution, Republican Ron Paul and Democrat Dennis Kucinich. Eleven members voted “present” indicating a weak opposition. Usually-consistently-antiwar Rep. Barbara Lee supported the hawks in this vote.

see also Vineyard’s blog entry on this “resolution.”

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a “new” strategy

June 17, 2007 at 10:25 pm (anti-Iran Propaganda)

by

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar,
President,

International Movement for a Just World (JUST).

Malaysia.

A strategic shift has taken place in US-Israel policy in the Middle East. The new strategy seeks to isolate, emasculate and decimate Iran. Through this shift, the elite in Washington and Tel Aviv hope to achieve their ultimate goal which is ‘the conquest of the Middle East’, to borrow a phrase from Robert Fisk.

The Washington-Tel Aviv elites thought that they would be able to accomplish their objective through the invasion and occupation of Iraq. They would have gained effective control over one of the richest oil reserves in the region and would have eliminated a government— the Saddam Hussein leadership—that was an impediment to Israeli dominance of the Middle East.

Their strategy failed for two reasons. Armed opposition to the occupation mainly from the Sunni Arab community has turned out to be more organized and more determined than the occupiers had anticipated. The Shiite majority that was in a sense empowered through the invasion and the subsequent elections, has also become increasingly critical of the occupation and a segment of the community under the leadership of Muqtada Sadr has chosen to take up arms. What is even more significant, Shiites as a whole including the government of Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki appear to be more inclined towards Shiite Iran. This is what prompted the American academic Juan Cole to make that cryptic remark, “The Iraq war is over and the winner is Iran”.

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democracy promotion funding

June 16, 2007 at 12:09 am (faux democracy promotion, Faux Iranian Dissidents)

This article, from the Financial Times, does a positive spin to the counter-revolutionary activities of the so-called “pro-democracy” groups in Iran.  The reality is that, if one looks at any of these groups even with just a low powered reading glasses, we get to see the real motivations, and loyalties – that are primarily towards making Iran into a pro-US country, with its very own loyal to America puppet regimes. But still an interesting article to read – as it openly admits to the role of American $$$ that are being used to promote puppet groups within the Islamic Republic. 

The US allocated $66.1m (€50m, £34m) in 2006 to promote democracy in the Islamic republic. Most of the money was for organisations outside Iran including the Washington-based Voice of America TV but $20m was earmarked for activities inside the country.

Recipients remained anonymous unless they chose to reveal the funding themselves.Critics in Tehran and Washington, including some within the US administration, allied governments and prominent NGOs, say this secret funding is damaging Iran’s NGO movement and the few US organisations working openly with Iranians, such as the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Open Society Institute.

 

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A whose who in the faux democracy pomotion movement

June 10, 2007 at 10:57 pm (faux democracy promotion)

Jim Lobe has a couple of good articles on Neo-Con targeting of Iran. I do not agree with him on some points, where he suggests that certain faux dissidents are “real” even though they are hanging out with the US neo-con anti-Iran soft and hard (counter) revolutionists. No self-described “dissident” can possibly be considered legitimate while they are collaborating with such an atrocious crowd.

However, he has linked to some fascinating documents on two recent conferences of the (faux) “democracy promotion” crowd.

The first one, sponsored by the Foundation for Defence of Democracies, was in Bahamas, and specifically focused on Iran.

You can read the agenda of that conference here

Articles and papers from the Bahamas conference can be read here

The second one was sponsored by the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI), the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies at the Likudist Shalem Center in Jerusalem, and Spain’s Foundation for Social Studies and Analysis (FAES) headed by former Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar.

The conference program can be read here

A list of the conference participants can be read here – worth reading over a few times, so that next time you see their names associated with this or that (faux) “dissident” you’ll know what is going on…

Also check out this photograph (from their web site) titled “dissident round table” – more like puppets wannabes.

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Vali Nasr

June 10, 2007 at 4:42 pm (Faux Iranian Dissidents, Think Tanks)

Vali Nasr has become the US media’s new favorite Muslim expert – especially on Shi’a Islam, Iran, and sectarianism. He has also become a favorite of some liberals, who like to quote him authoritatively from a couple of his books, again, especially when discussing Shi’as.

For these liberals, quoting a Shi’a Muslim scholar (i.e. an Ayatullah) on Shi’a Islam, would be anathema, because they are all considered to be “fundamentalists”, and “backwards.” And also because many liberals have adopted the neo-con hatred and Islamophobia for scholars of Islam, so they now have a supposed “liberal” American educated dude, who they can quote safely as a supposed representative of Shi’as.

So, now lets take a closer look at this guy. Who exactly is he? Who is he speaking for, and what are are his affiliations?

The Wikipedia entry on Vali Nasr offers some interesting insights that are worth examining:

First, Nasr, in January, 2006, was named the Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

Now, I’ve talked about the awful liberal Brooking Institute.. But, if that is not bad enough, the CFR is like plain rotten – amongst its members are the following:

Dick Cheney
Condoleezza Rice
Paul Wolfowitz
Robert M. Gates
John D. Negroponte
Richard Perle
Leslie Gelb
Colin Powell
Alice Rivlin
Madeleine Albright
Zbigniew Brzezinski
Henry Kissinger

more here

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International Conference on Democracy

June 10, 2007 at 10:05 am (faux democracy promotion, Faux Iranian Dissidents)

Among the participants at Prague’s International Conference on Democracy and Security were Reza Pahlavi, a son of Iran’s autocratic shah who was listed as an “opposition leader to the clerical regime of Iran,” and Farid Ghadry, often referred to as Syria’s Ahmed Chalabi. Many other invitees, including Richard N. Perle, were leading U.S. neoconservatives and Iraq war advocates.

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Promoting ‘Democracy’ through Civil Disobedience

June 7, 2007 at 11:07 pm (faux democracy promotion, Think Tanks)


The two authors of A Force More Powerful are Peter Ackerman and Jack DuVall. Linking both writers to the ‘democracy promoting’ community is fairly straightforward as the overt nature of most ‘democracy promoters’’ work means that the authors feel free to openly publicise their ‘democratic’ affiliations on the internet. Dr Ackerman is the founding chair of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), chairman of Freedom House, and a member of the U.S. Advisory Council of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). [8] His coauthor, Jack DuVall, is the president and founding Director of the ICNC, and is also a founding member of the Arlington Institute. [9]

The ICNC, of which both Ackerman and DuVall are founding directors, describes itself as “an independent, non-profit, educational foundation that develops and encourages the study and use of civilian-based, nonmilitary strategies to establish and defend human rights, democracy and justice worldwide.” [10] Yet as will become clearer later, the name of their organisation belies its actual unstated objective, which is to help promote revolutions in geostrategically useful countries. Bearing this in mind, it is not surprising that most of ICNV’s principals of nonviolence were trained within the heart of the military-industrial complex: ICNV Vice-chair Berel Rodal, was formerly Director-General of the Policy Secretariat in the Department of National Defence; ICNV Manager of Educational Initiatives, Dr. Maria J. Stephan, has worked “at the U.S. Department of Defense and with the international staff at NATO Headquarters in Brussels”; and Shaazka Beyerle (former vice-president turned Senior Advisor of ICNV), is a founding Vice President of the European Institute.

more here

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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 método 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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