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September 24 2019


Abandon illusion that Iran can be defeated by pressure: Zarif to US

«Trump’s goal has been to get another deal as he has already described the JCPOA as "the worst deal ever negotiated.” The White House position has been that maximum pressure will continue until Iranian officials accept to sit at the negotiating table.

Iranian officials, however, say it was Washington that left the JCPOA last year although the international and multilateral deal was endorsed by the UN Security Council in the form of a resolution. Tehran says talks with Washington are impossible as the latter is pressing ahead with its hostile policy and refuses to lift sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

In an interview with Malaysia's official news agency Bernama in August, the Iranian foreign minister said the country will not renegotiate its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, but is open to talks on finding ways to implement the existing accord.

"We are ready to talk and consult with others on how to best implement this deal. We are talking about Europe coming to comply with its own obligations under the deal," Zarif said.

Elsewhere in his interview with the NPR, Iran's foreign minister said, “The United States can have a much better deal with Iran if they started talking to us based on respect, based on mutual respect and based on moving forward.”

Referring to a forthcoming meeting between Iran and the four remaining members of the P5+1 group – the UK, France, Russia, and China plus Germany – next Wednesday, Zarif said, “Four of the five permanent members [of the UN Security Council] plus Germany will be seated around the table along with me and the High Representative of the European Union.”

He added, “There is an empty chair there for the United States, but there is a ticket for that chair and that is to be law abiding.”»

September 01 2019


Dissident Voice: We Are Not Fooled By The Hong Kong Protests

Hong Kong situation - from leftist, anti-MSM perspective.

September 12 2018


Moscow Has Upped the Ante in Syria – Consortiumnews

open letter - from: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity; to: The President

“We hope that John Bolton has given you an accurate description of his acerbic talks with his Russian counterpart in Geneva a few weeks ago. In our view, it is a safe bet that the Kremlin is uncertain whether Bolton faithfully speaks in your stead, or speaks INSTEAD of you.

The best way to assure Mr. Putin that you are in control of U.S. policy toward Syria would be for you to seek an early opportunity to speak out publicly, spelling out your intentions. If you wish wider war, Bolton has put you on the right path.

If you wish to cool things down, you may wish to consider what might be called a pre-emptive ceasefire. By that we mean a public commitment by the presidents of the U.S. and Russia to strengthen procedures to preclude an open clash between U.S. and Russian armed forces. We believe that, in present circumstances, this kind of extraordinary step is now required to head off wider war.”


Ron Paul: 'Why Are We Siding With al-Qaeda in Syria?'

“Last week, I urged the Secretary of State and National Security Advisor to stop protecting al-Qaeda in Syria by demanding that the Syrian government leave Idlib under al-Qaeda control. While it may seem hard to believe that the US government is helping al-Qaeda in Syria, it’s not as strange as it may seem: our interventionist foreign policy increasingly requires Washington to partner up with ‘bad guys’ in pursuit of its dangerous and aggressive foreign policy goals.

Does the Trump Administration actually support al-Qaeda and ISIS? Of course not. But the ‘experts’ who run Trump’s foreign policy have determined that a de facto alliance with these two extremist groups is for the time being necessary to facilitate the more long-term goals in the Middle East. And what are those goals? Regime change for Iran.”

July 17 2018

Well, what’s the crucial fact about Iran, which we should begin with, is that for the past 60 years, not a day has passed in which the U.S. has not been torturing Iranians. That’s 60 years, right now. It began with a military coup, which overthrew the parliamentary regime in 1953, installed the Shah, a brutal dictator. Amnesty International described him as one of the worst, most extreme torturers in the world, year after year.

When he was overthrown in 1979, the U.S. almost immediately turned to supporting Saddam Hussein in an assault against Iran, which killed hundreds of thousands of Iranians, used extensive use of chemical weapons. Of course, at the same time, Saddam attacked his Kurdish population with horrible chemical weapons attacks. The U.S. supported all of that. The Reagan administration even tried to—succeeded in preventing a censure of Iraq. The United States essentially won the war against Iran by its support for Iraq. It immediately—Saddam Hussein was a favorite of the Reagan and first Bush administration, to such an extent that George H.W. Bush, the first Bush, right after the war, in 1989, invited Iraqi nuclear engineers to the United States for advanced training in nuclear weapons production. That’s the country that had devastated Iran, horrifying attack and war. Right after that, Iran was subjected to harsh sanctions. And it continues right until this moment.

So we now have a 60-year record of torturing Iranians. We don’t pay attention to it, but you can be sure that they do, with good reason. That’s point number one.
— Noam Chomsky (via iranian-diaspora.tumblr.com)
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June 13 2018

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January 14 2018


September 28 2017


イラン外相,「イランはアメリカを信用できない」 - Pars Today





July 06 2017


Virtual Embassy Iran

Why Virtual Embassy Tehran?

This place is for you, the Iranian People…

The Virtual Embassy Tehran, which includes this website and our USAdarFarsi social media properties, is the primary official resource for the Iranian people to get information directly from the U.S. government about U.S. policy and American values and culture. We created this platform, and work hard to keep it updated with fresh content, to provide information about travel to the U.S., educational opportunities, and our policies towards Iran and the rest of the world. We have grown over the past few years from a simple website to a whole variety of online properties, including our USAdarFarsi accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Instagram and Telegram. This amazing growth is thanks to you, our audience. This website is not a formal diplomatic mission, nor does it represent or describe a real U.S. Embassy accredited to the Iranian Government. But, in the absence of direct contact, we hope it can serve as a bridge between the American and Iranian people.”

June 29 2017


Secretary of State Rex Tillerson effects on US Venezuela relations - Business Insider

“…Tillerson's experiences as a high-level oil executive, coupled with Trump's approach to US foreign policy, may augur trouble for Venezuela, the Latin American petrostate writhing in intense political and social turmoil.

Venezuela — where oil accounts for most of the government's revenue and almost all of its export earnings — has had an antagonistic relationship with the US since late President Hugo Chavez took office in 1999.

In the mid-2000s, Chavez set out to renegotiate many of the contracts held by foreign oil companies operating in Venezuela, aiming to bolster his socialist government's outreach to the poor.

A number of these companies played ball, but ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips blanched at the government's desired changes.

‘While other corporations negotiated with the Venezuelan government so that Venezuela could obtain majority stakes in oil ventures throughout the country, only ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips rejected the deals and sought international arbitration,’ Tim Gill, a post-doctoral fellow at Tulane's Center for Inter-American Policy and Research who focuses on US-Venezuelan relations, told Business Insider.

Venezuela expropriated both companies' assets, and ExxonMobil pursued legal recourse. Seven years later, the World Bank's international arbitration court ruled in favor of ExxonMobil but awarded the firm a significantly smaller sum than it was looking for — $1.6 billion, instead of the requested $16.6 billion.

Tillerson ‘fell into the trap completely,’ Ghassan Dagher, a Venezuelan oil-industry consultant, told The New York Times. ‘In my opinion, he took it very personal with Chávez.’

Tillerson again tangled with Venezuela — this time with Chavez's successor, Nicolas Maduro — in 2015, when ExxonMobil started oil-exploration efforts off the coast of Guyana, Venezuela's eastern neighbor.

‘Even more than ExxonMobil’s unwillingness to negotiate, its efforts in 2015 to tap into oil off the coast of the Essequibo region enraged President Maduro and the Venezuelan government, including the opposition,’ Gill told Business Insider.

Guyana, an English-speaking country of less than a million people, has clashed with Venezuela over the Essequibo, a long-disputed territory in the western half of the country.

Venezuela's claim amounts to about two-thirds of Guyana's territory.

‘Both Venezuela and Guyana have laid claim to this area, and, as a result, oil companies have generally decided not to rattle relations between the two countries by exploring for oil in the region,’ Gill added.

‘ExxonMobil, however, sought to work with the newly elected, more centrist government [in Guyana] to tap into these resources.’”

“…it's likely that Trump's approach to Venezuela will, in some ways, mirror that of the Obama administration and verge toward confrontation.

Obama has leveled sanctions at a number of Venezuelan officials and declared the country an ‘unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy’ of the US.

While some Obama administration officials and Maduro himself have expressed interest in improving relations, the president has said he doesn't ‘anticipate major changes in policy from the new administration’ — likely an accurate assessment, considering that Trump has lumped Venezuela in with Cuba for criticism over restrictions on political, social, and economic rights.

‘The next President of the United States must stand in solidarity with all people oppressed in our hemisphere, and I will stand with the oppressed people of Venezuela yearning to be free,’ Trump said in October. Maduro has responded in kind, mocking the US president-elect.”

“Trump's shifting stances make predicting his policies difficult, but considering Tillerson's history, the possibility that foreign-policy hawks may join him at the State Department, and the administration they would be representing, it's likely that US ties with Venezuela are headed for rougher waters.

‘Given Tillerson’s background and ExxonMobil’s acrimonious relationship with Venezuela, I think we might actually expect to see Trump sanction more Venezuelan state officials,’ Gill told Business Insider. ‘It's also possible that the US and Venezuela return to the kind of verbal sparring we witnessed under the Bush administration that generally went nowhere for the relationship.”

June 13 2015


Obama’s Cuba Legacy May Run Through Venezuela

By Mark Weisbrot - Aljazeera America, June 10th 2015

“The latest move [US government’s “deeply ironic step of removing Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism”] removes one obstacle from the normalization of relations with Cuba, but there are many more ahead, including the 53-year-old U.S. embargo, which has been condemned by nearly the entire world for decades, and the much-hated U.S. military base and prison at Guantánamo, which the Cubans have indicated is a deal breaker if it is not closed down. Another irony: The U.S. government lectures Cuba about human rights while it illegally imprisons and tortures people on the island.

But another issue Cuba has raised with Washington could have even more important implications for the region. It is now apparent, as I first suggested a month ago, that the Cubans made it clear to President Barack Obama that normalization of relations would be limited if Washington was unwilling to normalize relations with Venezuela. This is important because U.S. hostility toward Venezuela, especially Washington’s support for regime change there, has poisoned relations with Latin America even more than the embargo against Cuba.

Obama appears to have gotten the message. He met with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro at the Summit of the Americas on April 11 and backtracked from his executive order that declared Venezuela an ‘extraordinary threat’ to U.S. security. Obama has sent a top State Department official, Tom Shannon, to Caracas twice since April 7 to make peace. A career diplomat and an assistant secretary of state under President George W. Bush, Shannon is considered pragmatic in Washington circles. In the context of Venezuela, this means someone who favors support for groups that want to get rid of the government mainly through electoral means rather than through violence or a military coup.

This is not the first time Obama has moved toward normalizing relations with Venezuela. In 2010 the administration attempted to re-establish relations at the ambassadorial level. This was sabotaged by then-Sen. Richard Lugar’s office, probably in collaboration with like-minded people in the State Department. Last summer, the U.S. accepted a chargé d’affaires — the No. 2 position after ambassador — at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington. A few weeks after that, U.S. federal prosecutors had a Venezuelan retired general, Hugo Carvajal, arrested in Aruba despite his diplomatic passport, in apparent violation of the nearly sacrosanct Vienna Convention protecting diplomats. An island with a population of 100,000 that is 17 miles from Venezuela, Aruba is part of the Netherlands. The arrest almost destroyed diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Venezuela, but the Netherlands intervened and ordered him freed on the grounds of diplomatic immunity.

The pattern is clear and easily understandable: There are many people in the Obama administration and Congress who do not want to normalize relations with Venezuela. (As was noted in the press, the same is true to a lesser extent for normalizing relations with Cuba. Obama kept top State Department officials in the dark for more than a year of negotiations.) So it was not surprising to see a 2,500-word Wall Street Journal article on May 18, with a far-fetched allegation that the head of Venezuela’s National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, was the chief of a drug cartel.”

April 30 2015



“… 安倍首相はアジア諸国の女性に対する戦時中の日本軍の犯罪については謝罪しませんでした。

【解説】 アメリカ議会での安倍首相の演説

March 26 2015





悪名高いイラク戦争の時に制定されたのが、「イラクにおける人道復興支援活動及び安全確保支援活動の実施に関する特別措置法」 (略称「イラク特措法」) であった。最初は4年間の時限立法だった。2007年3月の閣議決定で2年間延長したが、期限の到来により失効した。




March 16 2015


venezuelanalysis.com: US sanctions on Venezuela

  • U.S. President Barack Obama Brands Venezuela a "Security Threat," Implements New Sanctions (Mar. 9 2015)

    “‘Venezuelan officials past and present who violate the human rights of Venezuelan citizens and engage in acts of public corruption will not be welcome here, and we now have the tools to block their assets and their use of U.S. financial systems,’ announced White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

    The U.S. has failed thus far to disclose evidence that might bolster its claims of human rights violations, leading Venezuelan and other regional leaders to condemn what they regard as the arbitrary and political character of U.S. sanctions.

    While regional bodies such as the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) have called for dialogue, Washington has so far refused to support negotiations or to recognise the organisation's stance.

    ‘We will continue to work closely with others in the region to support greater political expression in Venezuela, and to encourage the Venezuelan government to live up to its shared commitment, as articulated in the OAS Charter, the Inter American Democratic Charter, and other relevant instruments related to democracy and human rights,’ reads the latest White House statement.

    The order goes on to call for the release of all ‘political prisoners’ allegedly held by the Venezuelan government, including ‘dozens of students’.”

  • Castro, Correa and Morales Rally Behind Venezuela to Condemn US Sanctions (Mar. 10 2015)

    “The Cuban government has slammed the U.S. sanctions as ‘arbitrary and aggressive.’

    ‘How is Venezuela a threat to the United States? Thousands of kilometers away, without strategic weapons and without the resources … to conspire against the U.S. constitutional order; the (White House) declaration has little credibility,’ read a statement published in newspaper Granma on Tuesday.

    Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has also praised Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's ‘brilliant and valiant’ response to what he described as ‘brutal’ U.S. plans against Venezuela. The comments were made in a short letter to Maduro on Monday night.

    Earlier in the day, Bolivia's President Evo Morales said the regional blocs CELAC and UNASUR should immediately hold an ‘emergency meeting,’ arguing the U.S. sanctions pose a threat to ‘all of Latin America and the Caribbean.’

    ‘We condemn, we repudiate, in the 21st Century we won’t accept this kind of intervention by the United States,’ Morales said. ‘All of our solidarity and our support goes to President Maduro, and the revolutionary Bolivarian government and people of Venezuela.’

    UNASUR's head and other regional leaders including Ecuador's President Rafael Correa have already slammed the White House's decision to impose more sanctions on Venezuela.

    ‘An executive order by Obama declaring Venezuela a national security threat and declaring a national emergency to face this threat... It must be a bad joke, which reminds us of the darkest hours of our America, when we received invasions and dictatorships imposed by imperialism... Will they understand that Latin America has changed?’ said the Ecuadorean leader Tuesday through his Facebook account.”

  • Maybe Obama's Sanctions on Venezuela Are Not Really About His "Deep Concern" Over Suppression of Political Rights (Mar. 12 2015)

    “The White House on Monday announced the imposition of new sanctions on various Venezuelan officials, pronouncing itself ‘deeply concerned by the Venezuelan government’s efforts to escalate intimidation of its political opponents’: deeply concerned. President Obama also, reportedly with a straight face, officially declared that Venezuela poses ‘an extraordinary threat to the national security’ of the U.S. — a declaration necessary to legally justify the sanctions.

    Today, one of the Obama administration’s closest allies on the planet, Saudi Arabia, sentenced one of that country’s few independent human rights activists, Mohammed al-Bajad, to 10 years in prison on ‘terrorism’ charges. That is completely consistent with that regime’s systematic and extreme repression, which includes gruesome state beheadings at a record-setting rate, floggings and long prison terms for anti-regime bloggers, executions of those with minority religious views, and exploitation of terror laws to imprison even the mildest regime critics.

    Absolutely nobody expects the ‘deeply concerned’ President Obama to impose sanctions on the Saudis — nor on any of the other loyal U.S. allies from Egypt to the UAE whose repression is far worse than Venezuela’s. Perhaps those who actually believe U.S. proclamations about imposing sanctions on Venezuela in objection to suppression of political opposition might spend some time thinking about what accounts for that disparity.

    That nothing is more insincere than purported U.S. concerns over political repression is too self-evident to debate. Supporting the most repressive regimes on the planet in order to suppress and control their populations is and long has been a staple of U.S. (and British) foreign policy. ‘Human rights’ is the weapon invoked by the U.S. Government and its loyal media to cynically demonize regimes that refuse to follow U.S. dictates, while far worse tyranny is steadfastly overlooked, or expressly cheered, when undertaken by compliant regimes, such as those in Riyadh and Cairo (see this USA Today article, one of many, recently hailing the Saudis as one of the ‘moderate’ countries in the region). This is exactly the tactic that leads neocons to feign concern for Afghan women or the plight of Iranian gays when doing so helps to gin up war-rage against those regimes, while they snuggle up to far worse but far more compliant regimes.”

  • Venezuelan Social Movements Take to the Streets to Oppose U.S. Aggression (Mar. 13 2015)

    “Chanting ‘Yankee go home’ and ‘Venezuela respects itself’, thousands of Venezuelans of all ages filled the streets with their characteristic red shirts, exhibiting national pride and indignation in response to the White House’s announcements.

    ‘We are here to defend the motherland left to us by Chávez, Bolívar, Zamora, and all of our heroes and heroines, because we've also had many heroines, many barefooted women who defended this country. We're following in the same legacy as all of them,’ Lies Guzmán of the Socialist Environmental Workers' Front told Venezuelanalysis.

    ‘We are steeled, knee to the ground, for anything that happens, with the women in the vanguard, prepared on all fronts, including the diplomatic, military, and guerrilla fronts if necessary.’

    In his executive order, President Obama expressed concern for alleged human rights violations in Venezuela.

    Olenia Quintana, 32, of the Pioneers Encampment collective challenged what she perceives to be a clear double standard underlying the U.S president's accusations.

    ‘If you're talking about human rights, the first thing that Obama needs to do in his country is revise all of the laws. [The United States] is the only country [in the hemisphere] with the death penalty. Here there is no death penalty.’

    This critique has been repeated on numerous occasions by President Nicolas Maduro who has denounced the U.S. government's human rights record vis-a-vis its own people.”


Obama Absurdly Declares Venezuela a Security Threat | venezuelanalysis.com

by Mark Weisbrot - Al Jazeera America, March 10th 2015

“In the major U.S. and international media, we see that Obama has taken a historic step by beginning the process of normalizing relations with Cuba. But among Latin American governments, the sliver of restored credibility that this move has won has been swiftly negated by the aggression toward Venezuela. You will be hard pressed to find a foreign minister or president from the region who believes that U.S. sanctions have anything to do with human rights or democracy. Look at Mexico, where human rights workers and journalists are regularly murdered, or Colombia, which has been a leader for years in the number of trade unionists killed. Nothing comparable to these human rights nightmares has happened in Venezuela in 16 years under Chávez current President Nicolás Maduro. Yet Mexico and Colombia have been among the largest recipients of U.S. aid in the region, including military and police funding and weapons.

The Obama administration is more isolated today in Latin America than even George W. Bush’s administration was. Because of the wide gulf between the major international media and the thinking of regional governments, this is not obvious to those who are unfamiliar with the details of hemispheric relations. Look at who co-authored the legislation that imposed sanctions against Venezuela in December: soon-to-be indicted Sen. Robert Menendez and Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, both ardent defenders of the embargo against Cuba. Yet the administration proudly announced that its new sanctions ‘go beyond the requirements of this legislation.’”

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US Preparing for Military Aggression on Venezuela | venezuelanalysis.com

by Atilio Boron - TeleSUR English, March 10th 2015
  • Barack Obama ... has received a strict order from the “military-industrial-financial” complex: he must create the conditions to justify a military aggression against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. The presidential order issued hours ago, and broadcast by the White House press office, establishes that the country of Bolivar and Chavez is an “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States,” and declares a “national emergency” to deal with that threat.

  • This type of declaration tends to precede military aggressions, either by its own hand, as was the case of the bloody invasion of Panama to overthrow Manuel Noriega in 1989, as well as the one issued in relation to Southeast Asia that culminated with the Indochina war, especially in Vietnam, starting in 1964. But it can also be the prelude to military operations of a different kind, in which the United States acts jointly with its European minions, grouped under NATO, and the region’s oil theocracies.

  • When a “rogue state” like the United States — which it is because of its systematic violations of international law — issues a threat like the one we are commenting on, it must be taken very seriously. Especially if one remembers the persistence of an old U.S. political tradition that consists of carrying out coups that serve as pretext for justifying its immediate military response.

  • Nobody could be surprised if, in the following hours or days, Obama authorizes a secret operation of the CIA, or some other intelligence service, or maybe the armed forces themselves, against some sensitive U.S. target in Venezuela, for example the embassy in Caracas. Or begin some other deceitful operation against innocent civilians in Venezuela — as in the case of “terrorist attempts” that shook Italy- the murder of Aldo Moro in 1978, or the bomb in the Bologna train station in 1980 — to create panic and justify the Empire’s response in “restoring” human rights, democracy and public liberties. Years later it was discovered that these crimes were committed by the CIA.

  • Remember that Washington birthed the 2002 coup in Venezuela, maybe because it wanted to assure for itself the oil supply before attacking Iraq. Now it is in the process of a two-front war: Syria/Islamic State, and Russia, and also wants a secured energy rearguard. Serious, very serious. This calls for the active and immediate solidarity of South American governments, in individual fashion and through UNASUR and CELAC, and popular organizations and political forces in our Americas to denounce and stop this maneuver.

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November 22 2014


October 14 2014


Foreign Policy With Eye to US Means Misery for Japan: Former Prime Minister | World | RIA Novosti

“‘When I was the foreign [sic] minister of Japan, the situation was similar – the Japanese government, in particular the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, always had to keep an eye on the position of the United States. By doing this, we – the Japanese diplomacy – will lose our independence, Japan taking such a position will lead to misery, it is a misery for us,’ [Yukio] Hatoyama said during a meeting with the speaker of the lower chamber of the Russian parliament, Sergei Naryshkin.

Naryshkin in turn said that Russia knew from the very beginning that Japan only joined the sanctions against Moscow under strong pressure from the United States and that the same thing happened to the European Union.

The Russian parliamentarian said that such a situation has a negative impact on bilateral relations.

‘Japan is a big and strong country with a developed economy, a country with a highly educated population which has all the means to conduct a fully independent [foreign] policy, independent from its American partners,’ Naryshkin explained.”

September 21 2014


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