Al Sayyed took upon himself the loyalty to Jerusalem السيّد حامل أمانة القدس

Al Sayyed took upon himself the loyalty to Jerusalem

Written by Nasser Kandil,

When Al-Imam Khomeini announced thirty –seven years ago to turn the last Friday in Ramadan in every year to a day for Jerusalem he was putting the foundation stone for a memory that would be able to confront anyone who tries to abandon Palestine. Throughout the years many generations which do not know him and may belong to camps that oppose the Iranian policies have celebrated and still celebrate in millions a day that many people of those who participate in it do not know that it is a day of Iran, and a day from the days of Khomeini which will last for years to come by the force of this day. More than one hundred major cities across the world commemorated this day in which tens of millions participated.

Al Sayyed Al Khamenei continued the commemoration of Jerusalem Day with the same awareness of the position of that day in the strategy which aims to show that the historic and the geographic task of Iran based on giving the priority to restore Palestine and to dismantle the occupation entity, so according to this compass Iran draws its policies and alliances, moreover, it builds its capacities moving forward to demonstrate the knowledge of the resistance. Iran proved with the successes of the forces of the resistance in Lebanon, Palestine, and the historic dilemma which Israel entered according to the confession of its leaders, and which led to the US direct presence in the region and its falling into the swamps which Iran succeeded in running it, towards exhausting all the reserves on which Washington depend in managing its interests, mixing the matters in the region, and involving the systems affiliated to Washington in wars and crises, that it is able to manage its consequences not getting involved in them on one hand, and preventing it from obliterating the Palestinian cause and Jerusalem on the other hand. So the Jerusalem Day is one of the tools of these successes.

From the beginnings Al-Imam Khomeini was aware, he declared that Syria and Lebanon are the lungs of Palestine and their holly day is for Jerusalem, he was making efforts in order to send his message to Lebanon and Syria where the first commemorations of that day were in them. After the emergence of the resistance in Lebanon, the revival of that day has moved to it with the support of Syria and Iran. So the Jerusalem Day turned to be politics, fighting, martyrs, liberation, and wars, and its symbol became Al Sayyed Hassan Nasrollah who has carried the torch of Jerusalem which was lit by Al-Imam Khomeini, and was adopted by Al Sayyed Khamenei. Jerusalem Day became in a direct relation with the fighting of the occupation, so it is interpreted practically where the blood, champions, sacrifices, and victories.

Al Sayyed Hassan Nasrollah meets his regional opponents from the position of Jerusalem, the conflict between them is revealed as a conflict between two opposite parties around the issue which is Jerusalem, it is easy for Al Sayyed Nasrollah to ask his opponents what did you offer to Jerusalem and what we offered, everything in the region revolves around it from the war on Syria to the war on Yemen, the emergence of ISIS and the Gulf-Israeli normalization, and most importantly targeting Iran. Jerusalem explains all of that. Al Sayyed Nasrollah says confidently according to the recognition of the opponents before the friends that the Jerusalem Day which was intended in order to prevent the forgetting of Jerusalem has achieved its goals. Today Jerusalem Day is for mobilizing the necessary force to liberate it. The problem of the occupation is that its silence and fear of war gives more time for mobilizing the capabilities and accumulating the power, if it hastens to war then it will be faced with hundreds of thousands of fighters in the world.

The people pf Palestine whom Jerusalem is their capital are the first ones who follow -up what Al Sayeed who took upon himself the loyalty to Jerusalem says and they follow his plan which they trust its password “We will be where we should be”.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

 

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السيّد حامل أمانة القدس

يونيو 24, 2017

ناصر قنديل

– عندما أعلن الإمام الخميني قبل سبعة وثلاثين عاماً تحويل آخر جمعة من رمضان كل عام إلى يوم للقدس كان يضع الحجر الأساس لذاكرة ستتكفّل بقتال كل من يحاول التخلي عن فلسطين، بأجيال لا تعرف الخميني وربما تنتمي لمعسكرات تخالف السياسات الإيرانية، لكنها نزلت ولا تزال تنزل كل عام إلى الساحات والشوارع بالملايين لتحتفل بيوم، ربما لا يعرف الكثير من المشاركين فيه، أنه يوم من أيام إيران في العالم ويوم من أيام الخمينية التي ستبقى حاضرة لسنوات مقبلة بقوة حضور هذا اليوم، الذي أحيته هذا العام أكثر من مئة مدينة كبرى عبر العالم وشارك فيه عشرات الملايين.

– واصل السيد الخامنئئي الاهتمام الذي أولاه الخميني بيوم القدس بالإدراك ذاته لمكانته في الاستراتيجية الهادفة لوضع مهمة إيران التاريخية والجغرافية، القائمة على منح الأولوية الأولى لاستعادة فلسطين وتفكيك كيان الاحتلال، ووفقاً لهذه البوصلة ترسم إيران سياساتها وتحالفاتها، وتبني مقدراتها وتسير قدماً في إرساء ثقافة المقاومة. وقد أثبتت إيران مع نجاحات قوى المقاومة في لبنان وفلسطين والمأزق التاريخي الذي دخلته «إسرائيل» باعتراف قادتها، وما ترتب عليه من استدراج الحضور الأميركي المباشر إلى المنطقة، ووقوعه في مستنقعات نجحت إيران في إدارة غرقه فيها، وصولاً لاستنفار كل الاحتياطي الذي تستند إليه واشنطن في إدارة شبكات مصالحها، وخلط أوراق المنطقة وانزلاق الأنظمة التابعة لواشنطن إلى حروب وأزمات أظهرت إيران أنها قادرة على إدارة نتائجها وعدم التورّط فيها من جهة، ومنعها من طمس قضية فلسطين والقدس من جهة مقابلة. وكان يوم القدس كل عام واحدة من أدوات هذه النجاحات.

– منذ البدايات كان الإمام الخميني يدرك ويصرّح أن سورية ولبنان هما رئتا فلسطين وجناحا يومه المقدّس للقدس، وكان يبذل الجهد لتصل رسالته هذه إلى لبنان وسورية. وكانت الإحياءات الأولى لهذا اليوم فيهما. ومع انطلاقة المقاومة في لبنان انتقلت إليها راية هذه الأمانة بدعم من سورية وإيران، وتحوّل يوم القدس إلى سياسة وقتال وشهداء وتحرير وحروب، وصار ليوم القدس رمز هو السيد حسن نصرالله حامل مشعل القدس الذي أضاءه الإمام الخميني ويستسقي زيته السيد الخامنئي، وصارت ليوم القدس علاقة التماس المباشرة بالقتال مع الاحتلال، ليترجّل من الذاكرة والإحياء إلى الحياة الواقعية حيث الدماء والبطولات والتضحيات والانتصارات.

خطابات يوم القدس العالمي

– يقابل السيد نصرالله خصومه الإقليميين من موقع القدس عنده وعندهم، فتنكشف حقائق الصراع بينه وبينهم بصفته صراعاً بين ضفتين متقابلتين تفصل القدس بينهما، ويسهل على السيد نصرالله أن يسائل خصومه ماذا قدّمتم للقدس وماذا قدّمنا؟ فكل ما يدور في المنطقة يدور من حولها، من الحرب على سورية إلى حرب اليمن، وما بينهما ولادة داعش والتطبيع الخليجي «الإسرائيلي»، وأولاً وأخيراً الاستهداف لإيران، فالقدس تفسّر كل ذلك،

وحامل الأمانة يقول بالثقة التي يعترف بصدقية حساباتها الأعداء قبل الأصدقاء، أن يوم القدس الذي أراد صيانة القدس من النسيان قد حقق أهدافه. ويوم القدس الآن لحشد القوة اللازمة لتحريرها. ومشكلة الاحتلال أن صمته وخوفه من الحرب يمنحان المزيد من الوقت لحشد المقدرات ومراكمة القوة، وإن سارع للحرب فسيُواجِه هذه المرة مئات آلاف المقاتلين من العالم.

– أهل فلسطين الذين تشكل القدس عاصمتهم، هم أول مَن يتابعون ما يقول السيد حامل أمانة القدس، ويتبعون معه خطته التي يثقون أن كلمة السر فيها قد وصلتهم، «سنكون حيث يجب أن نكون».

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Iran’s Khamenei Blames U.S. for Creation of Islamic State

Iran’s Khamenei Blames U.S. for Creation of Islamic State

By Parisa Hafezi

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday blamed the United States for instability in the Middle East and said Washington’s fight against the Islamic State militant group was “a lie”.

“You (the United States) and your agents are the source of instability in the Middle East…who created Islamic State? America … America’s claim of fighting against Islamic State is a lie,” Khamenei said in a meeting with high-ranking Iranian officials, according to his official website.

Iran and the United States cut diplomatic ties shortly after Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution and enmity to Washington has long been a rallying point for hardline supporters of Khamenei in Iran.

Khamenei has made several statements denouncing the United States since the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, while U.S. President Donald Trump has spoken out against Iran in harsh terms since taking office, indicating that he will reverse the previous administration’s attempts at rapprochement with Tehran.

The Iranian leader has accused the United States and its regional ally Saudi Arabia of funding hardline Sunni militants, including Islamic State, which carried out its first attack in Iran on Wednesday in Tehran, killing 17 people.

Riyadh has denied involvement in the suicide bombings and gun attacks on Iran’s parliament and the mausoleum of the Islamic Republic’s founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who favors opening up to the world, has condemned the attacks, without pointing a finger at any country.

The pragmatist president championed a nuclear deal with the United States and five other powers in 2015 that led to the lifting of most sanctions against Iran, in return for curbs on its nuclear program.

But the deal has not led to normalization of ties between the two countries that Rouhani hoped for. Trump has frequently called the agreement “one of the worst deals ever signed” and said Washington would review it.

Khamenei said Iran had no intention of normalizing ties with the United States.

“The American government is against an independent Iran … They have problems with the existence of Islamic Republic of Iran…Most of our problems with them cannot be resolved,” the semi-official Fars news agency quoted him as saying.

Khamenei’s hardline loyalists, drawn from among Islamists and the Revolutionary Guards, fear that normalization of ties with the United States might weaken their position.

“America is a terrorist country and backs terrorism … therefore, we cannot normalize ties with such country,” he said.

(Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Alison Williams and Angus MacSwan)

This article was first published by Reuters

The Iranian elections and the surprises الانتخابات الإيرانية والمفاجآت

The Iranian elections and the surprises

يونيو 4, 2017

Written by Nasser Kandil,

In every election season Iran gives a message and a moral, everything has been arranged quietly and carefully in order to fix the lesson and the message. The Islamic Republic in Iran is a unique example of a regime that is able to keep its stability, its constants, and the sources of its power, but at the same time it can produce a flexible formula to the authority in which the public opinion plays a crucial role in its concerns, interests, and the distribution among its blocs. The Iranian democracy emerges to meet the aspirations of the supreme interests of the country to the same extent of resorting to the ballot boxes, as an expression of the public and elitist interaction and a framework for measuring the balances and the roles of the component movements of the regime and those which compete on its leadership.

The Supreme Leader occupies the role of the compass which directs the regime, its interventions, and delusions which are not far from determining the message needed by Iran in every election season. Along with the President Mohammed Khatamei, the President Ahmadinejad, and the President Hassan Rouhani it has a meaning and a role, it is directed to the enemy or the friendly abroad that surpasses the limits of the class which wins or the movement which leads the country in its internal policies. The supreme leadership of the country is entrusted to the Supreme Leader to protect the constants and to determine the active factors of the defense and the foreign policies, as well as the pivotal mission of building the capacity which was and still the first Iranian issue, from the time of the nuclear capability to the time of the missile capability, along with building the regional role.

The Revolutionary Guard forms the source of password which plays an organized and a crucial role in the elections when the Supreme Leader has a preference of a hint or a statement. The Guard which forms the shield of Iran is neither a local political background nor a movement which competes to rule even if its leaders wish in their feelings and choices that the winning be in favor of the one whom they find closer to the necessities of the mission for which the Guard was found to protect, they form the party of the Supreme Leader that does not deviate from the supreme interest in favor of its own account, they adjust their behavior according to what ensure the achievement of what they want in every event and occasion. As it was clear in the inaugural speech of the President Khatami where the regime needed time to be able to overcome the difficult obstacles in the issue of building the nuclear capacity, and as it was required for challenge and going on in the choice of construction in the era of the President Ahmadinejad, it was required for negotiation and for showing the professionalism of diplomacy to assert the rights and to reap the fruits of steadfastness as well as to profit diplomatically, politically, and economically when the opportunity arises.

This time, the cultural chaos which prevails in the world seems as the surrealistic scene of the collapsing democracy in its values which prevails on the western countries, as the example of Donald Trump who depends on non-regulation, and the example of Macron who is as a robot that is made by the machinery of regulation, so Iran wanted to make the results of its elections ambiguous and to show an example of democracy where the winning depends on points, so they bore a lot of surprises. There were estimations and withdrawals; the suspense was till the last day and even till the last hour, where the Supreme Leader emerged to say that the winner is the regime and the people not the name of the candidate who will win the presidency.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

الانتخابات الإيرانية والمفاجآت

مايو 19, 2017

ناصر قنديل

– تقدم إيران في كلّ موسم انتخابي عبرة تريدها ورسالة توجّهها وبعناية وهدوء يكون قد رُتِّب كلّ شيء لتصل الرسالة وتترسّخ العبرة. ففي إيران بعد الجمهورية الإسلامية نموذج فريد لنظام قادر على حفظ استقراره وثوابته، ومصادر قوّته، لكنه قادر في الوقت نفسه على إنتاج صيغة مرنة لتداول السلطة يلعب فيها الرأي العام وهمومه واهتماماته، وتوزعه بين تكتلاته، دوراً حاسماً، لتظهر الديمقراطية الإيرانية ملبّية تطلعات المصالح العليا للدولة بالقدر نفسه الذي تشتغل فيه آلة الاحتكام لصناديق الاقتراع لتبقيها تعبيراً عن تفاعلية جماهيرية ونخبوية، وإطاراً لقياس الأوزان والأدوار للتيارات المكوّنة بإجماليها للنظام والمتنافسة على قيادته.

– يحتلّ المرشد دور البوصلة الموجهة لدفة سفينة النظام، وتدخلاته أو إيحاءاته ليست بعيدة عن تحديد الرسالة التي تريدها إيران في كلّ موسم انتخابي، وقد كان لها ذلك في مواسم مضت، فمعها كان للرئيس محمد خاتمي وللرئيس أحمدي نجاد وللرئيس حسن روحاني معنى ودور في الرسالة الموجّهة للخارج الصديق والعدو، يتخطى حدود الشريحة التي تنتصر والتيار الذي يقود الدولة في سياساتها الداخلية. فالقيادة العليا للدولة معقودة للمرشد في حماية الثوابت وتحديد الموجّهات العاملة للسياستين الدفاعية والخارجية، وللمهمة المحورية في بناء القدرة، التي كانت ولا تزال قضية إيرانية أولى، من زمن القدرة النووية إلى زمن القدرة الصاروخية، ومعهما بناء الدور الإقليمي.

– يشكل الحرس الثوري مصدر كلمة السرّ التي تلعب دوراً منظماً وحاسماً في الانتخابات عندما يكون للمرشد ترجيحاً بتلميح أو بتصريح، والحرس الذي يشكل درع إيران ليس دكاناً سياسياً محلياً، ولا تياراً يشارك في التنافس على الحكم، ولو رغب قادته بعواطفهم وخياراتهم بأن يكون الفوز من نصيب من يرونه أقرب لتوجهات المهمة التي وجد الحرس لحمايتها، فهم حزب المرشد الذي لا يحيد قيد أنملة عن حسابه للمصلحة العليا، ويضبطون إيقاعهم بما يضمن تحقيق ما ترجوه من كلّ محطة واستحقاق. وكما كان واضحاً في رسالة وصول الرئيس خاتمي أن يشتري النظام وقتاً ليتمكن من تخطي مراحله الصعبة في ملف بناء القدرة النووية، وكان مطلوباً أن يتحدّى ويمضي قدماً في خيار البناء في مرحلة الرئيس أحمدي نجاد، كان مطلوباً أن يفاوض ويظهر مهارة الدبلوماسية لتثبيت الحقوق وقطاف ثمار الصمود، وترصيد الأرباح دبلوماسياً وسياسياً واقتصادياً عندما تحين الفرصة.

– هذه المرة تبدو الفوضى الثقافية التي تسود العالم، كما يبدو المشهد السريالي للديمقراطية المتهالكة بقيمها على مساحة دول الغرب، من نموذج دونالد ترامب القائم على اللانظام إلى نموذج ماكرون المصنّع كروبوت من صلب ماكينات النظام، تريد إيران لانتخاباتها أن تكون غامضة النتائج، وأن تقدّم نموذجاً لديمقراطية يجري الفوز فيها بالنقاط وتحمل الكثير من المفاجآت، فتتأرجح التقديرات وتتمّ الانسحابات ويستمرّ خلط الأوراق حتى اليوم الأخير، بل والساعة الأخيرة، ويخرج المرشد ليقول إنّ الفائز هو النظام والشعب وليس اسم المرشح الذي سيتولى الرئاسة.

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خامنئي: السعودية كالبقرة الحلوب بالنسبة لأميركا وسيُقضى عليها في النهاية..

خامنئي: السعودية كالبقرة الحلوب بالنسبة لأميركا وسيُقضى عليها في النهاية

قال المرشد الإيراني السيد علي خامنئي «إنّ السعودية كالبقرة الحلوب بالنسبة لأميركا»، معتبراً أنّ «المجتمع الإسلامي اليوم كبقية المجتمعات يعاني من مشاكل».

ولفت خامنئي إلى أنّ «هناك بعض الناس الوضيعين ممن سلبوا بعض عناصر الأمة الإسلامية حقها في تقرير المصير كالحكومة السعودية، وهذا بسبب البعد عن القرآن وانعدام الإيمان «.

وقال: «لا يجب الانخداع بالمظاهر وهؤلاء سيسقطون، لأنهم باطل وسيزولون ويُقضى عليهم، وسرعة ذلك مرتبطة بصحة عمل المجتمع المؤمن».

وأضاف «حماقة السعوديين جعلتهم يظنون أن بإمكانهم جلب صداقة أعداء الإسلام بالأموال، لكنهم في الحقيقة يفرطون بالثروات الوطنية لأعداء الشعوب».

وذكّر خامنئي بأنه «يوماً ما كانت هناك حكومة إيرانية قال لها الأميركيون صراحة إنها شرطيهم في المنطقة، لكن الشعب الإيراني تمكن من إسقاطها رغم كل الدعم الذي كانت تحظى بِه وجاء بنظام الجمهورية الإسلامية الذي لا تطيق القوى العالمية رؤيته».

ودعا الحكومة الإيرانية «للوضوح في التأكيد على أصول الإسلام»، معتبراً أنّ هذا الأمر «لا ينافي العلاقات العالمية». وأوضح المرشد الإيراني خلال جلسة «الأنس بالقرآن» في أول يوم من شهر رمضان المبارك أنّ «السعوديين أشداء علی المسلمین، رحماء مع الكفار، لكن سيقضى عليهم في النهاية».

Remembering Malcolm X on his 92nd Birthday

 

On May 19, 2017, tens of millions of Muslims around the world will celebrate the 92nd birthday of America’s top human rights defender Malcolm X who was assassinated at young age of 40 on February 21, 1965.

American historian William Manning Marable, PhD (died 2011) had blamed FBI and CIA for the assassination of Malcolm X at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem over his political views on American racism, hatred toward non-Whites and blind support for the Zionist entity.

The organized Jewry has never stopped comparing Malcolm X with civil right movement leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., a Friend of Israel. The only time Malcolm X bumped into Martin Luther King was at the Capitol Hill on March 26, 1964. The meeting lasted only for a minute. Professor David Howard-Pitney (Jewish) who witness the meeting noted in his book, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and the Civil Rights Struggle of the 1950s and 1960s, that King learned militancy from Malcolm X.

On February 21, 2017, Iran’s Spiritual Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei offered special prayers on the 52nd anniversary of Malcolm X martyrdom.

I have posted several articles here highlighting Malcolm X’s contributions to human rights and speaking truth to the Authority based on Islamic traditions. US-born Canadian writer and musician Norman (Otis) Richmond, however, in his May 17, 2017 article, entitled, Malcolm X in the 21st Century, claims Malcolm X was a socialist.

We do know that Malcolm X was on top of the technology of the time of his departure and was deeply interested in studying languages to bring Africa, Africans, Bandung forces (The first large-scale Afro–Asian Conference— a meeting of Asian and African states, most of which were newly independent, which took place on April 18–24, 1955 in Bandung, Indonesia), and the oppressed period together to create a better world. We know that he was leaning heavy towards Socialism and was attempting to unite the many to divide the few,” Richmond said.

According to the Oxford Dictionary of Islam – Islamic socialism took root in the Middle East and North Africa and was most successfully used as an ideology in Egypt, Syria, and Iraq. Reformists saw Islamic socialism as a cure for economic backwardness, human exploitation, and moral bankruptcy. Spiritual and economic improvement were not possible until the lives of people could be improved and the decent treatment and justice stipulated by the Islamic Shari’ah could be provided to them. Islamic socialism allows the public sector to exist side by side with the private sector, advocating harmonious relations between social groups, not class warfare. The basis of social solidarity in the Islamic socialist model is a combination of equality, justice, mutuality, and responsibility.

Reputed Islamic revolutionary thinkers such as Sayyid Abul ‘Ala Maududi (Pakistan), Sayyid Qutb (Egypt), Dr. Ali Shariati (Iran), etc. all ridiculed Marxism, Western Socialism and Capitalism.

 

Pentagon – and Daesh – Target Iran

By Pepe Escobar

April 03, 2017Information Clearing House” –  “Sputnik” – CENTCOM commander Army Gen. Joseph Votel channeled his full Dr. Strangelove in front of the US House Armed Services Committee this past Wednesday.

“We need to look at opportunities where we can disrupt [Iran] through military means or other means.”

As Orwellian as our times may be, this still ranks as a declaration of war. With the inbuilt consequence of smashing to bits the UN nuclear deal struck with Iran in the summer of 2015.

Joseph Strangelove did not bother to chainsaw his words.

Iran is one of the greatest threats to the US today (Pentagon official doctrine; number four after Russia, China and North Korea). Iran has increased its “destabilizing role” and poses “the greatest long-term threat to stability” in the entire Middle East.

Iran is sneaky; “I believe that Iran is operating in what I call a gray zone.” And that’s “an area between normal competition between states — and it’s just short of open conflict.”

Iran is involved in “lethal aid facilitation”; the use of “surrogate forces”; plenty of “cyber activities.”

The US has “not seen any improvement in Iran’s behavior.” The naughty boy/country in question still poses “credible threats” through its “nuclear weapons potential” and “robust” ballistic missile program.

So this is it; we’re going to take them out.

CENTCOM’s Endless Jihad

The easy way out would be to characterize this juvenile mobster-style outburst as brought to you by the House of Saud petrodollar fund.

Or to be reminded that Joseph Strangelove was addressing the very same crowd who despite acronym-laden 17 multibillion dollar intel agencies telling them over and over, via National Intelligence assessments, that Iran did not have, and was not planning to have, nuclear weapons, still mightily denounced Iran’s “nuclear threat.”

But reality always tops fiction.

No one less than the Islamic State/Daesh released a video in Farsi – complete with a message to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei —   declaring war on Iran because they are apostate Shi’ites and because they “tolerate” Jews.

No, this is not a Monty Python sketch. In fact, we have been propelled to the curioser and curioser situation of a CENTCOM that invaded and occupied Afghanistan and Iraq; distributed death and destruction free of charge; provoked a myriad, monster refugee crisis; is back at war in Iraq; is still implicated in regime change by all means in Syria; and “leads from behind” the Saudi destruction of Yemen, is now de facto, on the record, allied with Daesh – which it let fester – to take out Iran.

Feel free to call it CENTCOM’s jihad.

Joseph Strangelove’s performance took place right on cue as the neocon/neoliberalcon axis hysterically peddling its Russophobia – and Iranophobia — across the Beltway and beyond was celebrating a tasty geopolitical candy: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in the magnificent Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow. Or, in neocon shorthand, “the mullahs” meet “Hitler”.

There were predictable developments; Foreign Minister Javad Zarif confirmed the Russian military may use air bases in Iran on a “case by case basis” – essentially against Salafi-jihadis in Syria, as was the case in August last year, when Tu-22M3 long-range bombers and Su-34s flew missions from Hamadan airbase.

But, as Rouhani and Putin made it quite clear, the meeting went way beyond cooperating on a real, on the ground, war on terror.

The partnership now encompasses increased trade; energy investments; scientific exchanges; Russia building two new nuclear power plants in Bushehr, site of Iran’s first reactor; the upcoming membership of Iran in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO); and in the near future, the possibility of Russia-China helping Iranian banking institutions.

As the White House tries to get its act together before Secretary of State “T.Rex” Tillerson’s first official trip to Russia, in two weeks time, Russian “overtures to Iran” is now being packaged as one of the key problems preventing some sort of deal – alongside the same old “Russian aggression” meme in Ukraine, Eastern Europe and cyberspace.

For the Pentagon, Iran-Russia cooperation is anathema – in Syria or anywhere else, especially after Aleppo. That happens to mesh quite well with the White House Richelieu/Macchiavelli Steve Bannon’s worldview; Bannon was a naval officer during the Iran hostage crisis and regards Iran as an existential threat as much as the Pentagon brass.

So the picture now sold to internal US public opinion could not be more frightful; Iran “destabilizes” the entire Middle East while Russia “destabilizes” Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans, Ukraine, actually the whole planet.
What Nuclear Deal?

At least Washington’s road map ahead on Iran is now being fully laid out; more – and tougher – sanctions; non-stop harassment coupled with brainwashing of Western public opinion; covert ops; and last but not least, outright war.

Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is avidly promoting the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Bill which, if approved, will bury the American commitment to the UN-sponsored nuclear deal; brand the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization; and open the gates to yet another sanctions flood.

It might as well be a case of all bark, no bite. Anyone who’s seen the writing on the wall across the Beltway knows that the Iran-Russia strategic partnership is one of the three key nodes, along with China, in the big story of the young 21st century; Eurasia integration, with Russia and Iran closing the energy equation and China as the investment locomotive. And there’s not much they can do to prevent it.

So once again the dogs of demonization bark while the Eurasian caravan passes.

Pepe Escobar is an independent geopolitical analyst. https://www.facebook.com/pepe.escobar.77377?

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Information Clearing House.

Iran under Trump

All revolutions are constantly in evolution – on a never-ending quest for legitimacy and self-improvement. The revolution that gave birth to the Islamic Republic of Iran is no different.

Iran under Trump

Some experts argue that the Islamic revolutionary order had been solidified by the Iran-Iraq war [1980-1988], which was fueled by western states and Arab monarchies. The conflict that served to reaffirm the revolution’s anti-imperialist zeal also charted the course for Tehran’s national security agenda.

In the years that followed, the isolated, Shiite-majority state emerged as a regional powerhouse, mastering the process of mobilizing and fighting alongside external ‘non-state actors’, to keep Washington’s dogs of war away from its borders.

The last two decades, defined by the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the war effort against the Damascus government, only reaffirmed Tehran’s chosen path, hardening its resolve.

In many respects, the arrival of Donald Trump is simply a continuation of this process, reassuring the Iranian public and political establishment that their decades-long approach towards Washington’s regional agenda has always been spot-on.

And while Trump’s election polarized the western world, it served to strengthen the unity of the Iranian nation and bridge any existing gaps between the country’s reformist and conservative camps.

“Thank you, Mr. Trump”

During the 38th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution on February 7, the Supreme Leader, His Eminence Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei, mockingly addressed the Trump administration’s hostile stance towards Tehran.

“Thank you, Mr. Trump, for showing the true face of America,” Sayyed Khamenei said.

Iranian president Sheikh Hassan Rouhani also addressed the crowds gathered to laud the Revolution.

“We are not after tensions in the region and the world,” he said. “We are united in the face of bullying and any threat.”

Interestingly, the nationwide rallies, which came at a time of sharp anti-Iranian rhetoric in Washington, further highlighted Tehran’s ability to exercise restraint and its constant readiness for dialogue.

According to the New York Times, the national holiday was marked “with far less of the usual vitriol for the United States.”

“Most notably, there were no missiles on display, as had been customary in previous years,” NYT’s Thomas Erdbrink writes.

“[Tehran] does not want any confrontation with the US. Don’t be surprised, we have no interest with tensions,” said the Iranian political analyst Farshad Ghorbanpour.

Of course, all of this should hardly come as a surprise, given that the Islamic Republic has absolutely nothing to gain by ratcheting up tensions across the region.

Trump’s approach

It is very difficult to understand President Trump’s reasoning behind his decision to slap fresh sanctions on Iran. It is equally difficult to analyze the key components of the Trump administration’s foreign policy agenda, especially with respect to the enduring climate of instability in the Middle East.

Despite the fact that Trump’s campaign rhetoric often promised to undo the Iranian nuclear agreement, no concrete steps have been taken in this regard. Suggestions that the American president could simply tear up the multilateral accord reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries should be taken with a grain of salt, given that such a move lacks any semblance of serious international support.

Instead, the Trump administration appears to believe that a new round of negotiations with Tehran over its growing role in the region, which includes its alliances with Damascus and Hezbollah, is still possible. Trump’s reset with the Arab monarchies and ‘Israel’ is designed to send a message that his administration is unwilling to accept the new realities on the ground, particularly in Syria, where a long-term Iranian presence is looking increasingly likely.

Recent ‘Israeli’ airstrikes, which struck targets deep in Syrian territory, as well as the deployment of hundreds of additional American soldiers to Syria, suggest that Trump wants to be heard, and that the current state of affairs in the Middle East is not acceptable for the US president.

But the sheer notion that Tehran would be willing to negotiate over its regional alliances – one of the defining features of its national security policy since the early years of the Islamic Revolution – has been dismissed as a nonstarter in Iran.

To what degree this lack of common ground, combined with the increasingly desperate Tel Aviv and Riyadh may contribute to further regional instability, is still an open question.

A senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment and professor at Georgetown University, Karim Sadjadpour, offers a pessimistic outlook of the future.

“In Donald Trump’s first term, there is a serious possibility of a military conflict, whether intentional or inadvertent, between the United States or ‘Israel’ and Iran,” Sadjadpour, who also reports on Iran, writes for The Atlantic.

And a combination of mistrust, aggressive action and isolated incidents could set the course towards a direct military confrontation, which, needless to say, is clearly not in any regional or international player’s interest at the moment.

Al-Ahed News

25-03-2017 | 07:44

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