Ahmadinejad’s letter to Obama

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نامه مهم دکتر احمدی نژاد به اوباما منتشر شد + تصاویر نامهOn August 8, 2016, former Iranian president Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent a letter to Swiss embassy in Tehran addressed to the US ‘duck’ president Barack Obama. In the letter Ahmadinejad has accused Barack Obama for not living up to his 2008 campaign promise of CHANGE when it comes to the US-Iran relations during his 8-year presidency ending in December 2016.

Swiss embassy in Tehran is responsible for the interests section of the United States in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Ahmadinejad said in the letter that he was writing to Obama not as politician but as an Iranian citizen who is concerned about the victimization of his nation since the removal of American puppet King Reza Shah in 1979 by people’s revolution.

Ahmadinejad mentioned the seizer of Iranian assets worth $2 billions as compensation to the victims of 9/11 terrorist attacks ordered by US Supreme Court on April 20, 2016. It’s a common knowledge now that 9/11 terrorist attacks were carried out by Israel with the help of American Zionist leaders.

Washington seized Iranian assets worth $16 billions in 1980. Since then, as result of the US and UN sanctions, Iranian assets worth $150 billions are laying frozen in Western banks.

I don’t know what made Ahmadinejad to waste his time writing this letter after facing vicious character assassination at the hands of US-Israeli leaders and the Jewish-controlled mainstream press during his 8-year presidency.

In 2009, Washington spent $400 millions to stop Ahmadinejad’s re-election.

I wonder when Iranian leadership is going to listen to US Vice-president Joe Biden who admitted in September 2015 that Israel was behind America’s anti-Iran policy.

“The only thing that would satisfy (US-Iran nuclear) deal opponents including Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is ‘a regime change’ that could only come with US power,” Biden said while addressing Ahavath Achim synagoguein Atlanta.

I agree with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei statement that Muslims are victims of US-Israel-UK terrorism.

Although Iran is a solid Multipolar state, it still faces daunting challenges from a hostile Unipolar US, and its regional proxies particularly Israel and Saudi Arabia; the Saudis have positioned themselves as the ”attack dog” against Iran in the region, however their actual capability apart from using terrorist proxy forces is limited and Iran could easily defeat any direct Saudi aggression against its homeland. With the possibility of an Israeli sneak attack on Iran’s key nuclear facilities and other military targets, Iran has been relying on its growing ballistic missiles capability and Hizbullah’s missile arsenal, its staunch ally in Lebanon. In fact , it can argued that Hizbullah’s military capability has been ‘strategic stabilizer” in the region because it seemingly deterred Israel from engaging in a major destructive war with Iran, Syria or Hizbullah itself, not to mention its huge contribution to the fight against terrorism in Syria and Iraq,” Daahireeto Mohamud wrote on July 6, 2016.

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I Was Born in Israel Many Years before I Realized Israel Was Palestine

February 14, 2015  /  Gilad Atzmon

By Whatsupic with 7sabah

I was born in Israel and it was many years before I realized that Israel was Palestine. I was relatively patriotic. I was looking forward to serving in the army and then I grasped that there was little truth in the Jewish historical narrative. I then gathered that I was living on someone else’s land. At the same time I discovered the saxophone.  By the age of 30, I left Israel and never went back.

Q: There is some kind of rebellion in your music; how do you explain this?

A:  My music can be very soft and reflective. Sometimes it is very funny and occasionally it is furious. There are too many reasons to be angry. I’m far from happy when I see Israel flattening Gaza. I’m furious when I find out 80 percent of British conservative MPs are ‘friends of Israel.’ I’m angry when I find out the Jewish lobby is pushing America into another World War and instead of becoming violent, sometimes I use music as a channel to express my anger.

Q: What type of music is close to your music in the world?

A: It’s very simple. I’m a jazz artist, a Bebop player. But I’m inspired by near east music whether it is Arabic, Turkish or Greek. I find my own way to fuse the Arabic Mawwal with John Coltrane…

Q: What do you think of the social and political state of Turkey?

A: Listen, I’m really against any forms of interventionism, so I’m definitely not the right person to judge the situation here. I can only talk about my impression, and it’s not an academic observation. I’m touring all over the world and I see a lot of sadness. I see impoverished countries, people with no work, with no prospect of production. I see youngsters who are third generation poor and in their deserted main street they don’t eat their own food anymore, they instead eat McDonalds, Burger King, Coca Cola, Starbucks. And I’m here in Turkey and see a lot of people on the streets, and I see fish from your sea, and tomatoes from your fields, and I see a lot of people working in the restaurants that have Turkish names and don’t even offer a menu in English, and it makes me happy for you. You have managed to maintain your authenticity and culture. This is a great victory. You are so lucky that Islamophobic Europeans didn’t accept you in the EU. Your country is now a superpower.

Q: You were born in Israel but you are against Israeli occupation and its politics. You are living in the West, how do you cope?

A: Let me tell you something and it is crucial. In my entire career, I have never been subject to abuse by the British government, never been subject to abuse by the American government. Although the infamous Alan Dershowitz, who is now implicated in a huge sex scandal with minors, labelled me ‘as the number one enemy of the Jewish people,’ I’ve never been subject to direct abuse by the Israeli government. Even the NSA doesn’t harass me. The only people who stalk me continuously are the Jewish left and the Guardian newspaper. I can say that it’s not a problem but I came to the realization that the biggest enemy of our elementary freedoms are the progressives and I’ll explain why.

In the West and maybe in Turkey as well, we have issues with political correctness. What is political correctness? Political correctness is politics that doesn’t allow political opposition. But this is clearly the definition we associate with dictatorship. But political correctness is far worse than dictatorship. Why? Because in the case of dictatorship you experience an opposition to a regime that is distinct from you, but in the case of political correctness it is you who silence yourself. Political Correctness is a form of self-censorship. The Jewish left and the progressives made us into a collective of impotents. Our task is to move on and to erect our resistance against this cancerous ideology.

Q: Can we separate Judaism from Zionism?

A: No. Israel isn’t called the ‘Zionist State,’ it defines itself as the ‘Jewish State.’ The parties in the government are called “Israel Our Home” and the “Jewish Home” not the “Zionist Home”*. Now the Israeli cabinet has approved the National Bill that defines Israel as the Jewish state not the Zionist state. Zionism from an Israeli perspective died in 1948. Zionism was a promise to erect a Jewish state in Zion (Palestine). Once, Israel was established, Zionism was finished with its role. The only people who maintain the Zionist nonsense are the Jewish left because they want to differentiate between Jewishness and Zionism.  This is why they call Israel colonialism. But Israel is not colonialism. Colonialism is a clear exchange between a mother state and a settler state. Israel is a settler state, yet there is no Jewish mother state. This is why they call it apartheid. Israel in not apartheid: Apartheid is a racist system of exploitation. But Israel doesn’t want to exploit the Palestinians, it wants them gone. Israel is a Hitlerian ethnic cleansing model. The Left uses the terms ‘Colonialism’, ‘Zionism’, and ‘Apartheid’ in an attempt to divert attention from the ‘J’ word. For solidarity with Palestine to be meaningful, we have to de-Judify our terminology. Not to kick out the Jews, but to prevent Jewish interests from defining the boundaries of the discussion.

Q: Can we see Israel and Palestine as two states?

A: No.

Q: Will the Palestinians be able to return to their county?

A: This is what they are fighting for. And any person who doesn’t accept the right of return is not a genuine supporter.

Q: What do you think about what Ahmadinejad said about the Holocaust?

A: I agree 100 percent with everything Ahmadinejad said about the Holocaust. Ahmadinejad basically said that Holocaust must be treated as a historical chapter. At the moment it is treated as a religion. And if it is a religion I want to maintain my right to be an atheist. In contemporary Judified reality it is OK not to believe in God but if you don’t believe in Auschwitz you will be penalised and severely. I don’t accept it.

Q: What does the US gain from supporting Israel?

A: We cannot think of America as an independent entity anymore. America’s political system is a Jewish occupied zone. America, Britain, France, [and generally] the West woke up one morning to realize that there was a loop hole in their legal system that facilitated the ability of invasive foreign lobbies such as AIPAC, CFI, CRIF to interfere with their foreign affairs. America has sacrificed its foreign interests on the Jewish alter. It is a disaster. But history teaches us that this Jewish political impunity always comes to an end in a totally tragic circumstance.

Q: Do you agree that a Holocaust is happening in Gaza?

A: I don’t know what the Holocaust is anymore. I’m like Ahmadinejad in that regard. When I was a kid they taught me that the Nazis made soap out of Jews. And then I grew up and realized it was all a fantasy. They taught me that the Arabs were going to throw us into the sea. And when I was mature enough to learn the history on my own I realized that it was actually the Jews who threw Palestinians into the sea. Then I realized that Jews (like everyone else) tend to project their cultural symptoms on others. The Jews are fearful of the Palestinians because the Jews witness their army engaged in murderous activity. They must believe the Palestinians are as murderous as the IDF happens to be.

I don’t want to talk in terms of the Holocaust because it is too Jewish. I don’t want to compare Israel with Nazism because Israel is bad enough.  From some perspectives Israel is worse than Nazism (Israel is a Jewish democracy it implies a collective responsibility). When I compare Israel with Nazism I reaffirm the Holocaust religion and sustain the primacy of Jewish suffering. We have to establish a new discourse where Israelis are the worst enemy of humanity and the Palestinians are the ultimate sufferers. Auschwitz was indeed bad, but not as bad as Gaza.

 Q: Iran is not after nuclear arms the whole world knows that. How do you explain the fuss around the Iranian nuclear project?

A: I have no problem with Iranian nuclear arms. I want Iran to have a bomb. Just One Iranian bomb will bring peace to the region. Because all this mess in the Middle Ease caused by Israel and America is because they know they can kill with impunity and endlessly. And my problem with the Shias is that they are too nice. They really don’t want to bomb anyone. An atomic bomb is Haram they say.

Q: What is your opinion about Iran’s role in the Middle East?

A: Iran is the most beautiful political power. It supports the Palestinians. It supports the resistance. Iran has developed very strong industry. This country that was a client state of America 34 years ago now produces submarines, airplanes, drones, very strong computers. It is beautiful.

Q: Obama is the first black president of America but statistics show scores of black people are shot dead every year. How do you analyze this contradiction?

A: We like to think in terms of racial division because this is the heritage of the left, but it is wrong. In the west and in the last 50 years there has been a collapse of manufacturing partially because of automation, machinery, and computerization but also because Milton Friedman taught us that is better to be a service economy. The meaning of it in America, Britain, France, etc. is that we don’t need working people. The people who used to be working class are now workless class, 8and they are doomed to poverty with no hope, they are called under-class. As things stand, existing jobs demand very high cognitive ability (very high I.Q.) such as engineers, financiers, bankers, PRs. This group of privileged people is what I call the ‘cognitive elite,’ and they are few in number. We live in a society where we witness the under-class growing rapidly and a small cognitive elite maintaining its power. Obama is well within the cognitive elite and not because he is black, but because he is clever and he clearly found his way to the top. When it comes to the under-class we realize that there are a lot of immigrants including many Hispanics and Blacks. They are the primary sufferers of the new cruel, merciless division not between the rich and the poor but between the able and the less able. It is very devastating.  This is why Turkey is so important. You manage your economy and currency in a manner that facilitates manufacturing.

(Reporting by Mehmet Gurhan).

Read the interview in Turkish on 7sabah.

*The Zionist Home party was formed a month after this interview was conducted.

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Using the Holocaust to justify war on Assad

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Since its creation after WWII, Israel and friends have been masters at manipulating emotions, endlessly invoking the memory of Hitler’s Germany as a pretext for starting further wars as in the recent Holocaust-themed propaganda against Syria’s government.

“The irony is that the Nazi holocaust has now become the main ideological weapon for launching wars of aggression,” Norman Finkelstein tells Yoav Shamir in“Defamation”, the Israeli filmmaker’s award-winning 2009 documentary on how perceptions of anti-Semitism affect Israeli and US politics. “Every time you want to launch a war of aggression, drag in the Nazi holocaust.”

If you’re looking for evidence in support of Finkelstein’s thesis today, you need look no further than the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s exhibit of images of emaciated and mutilated bodies from contemporary Syria.

The small exhibit, entitled “Genocide: The Threat Continues,” features a dozen images said to be from an archive of 55,000 pictures allegedly smuggled out of the country by “Caesar”, a mysterious source who claims to have defected from his job as a Syrian military photographer after being ordered to take photos of more than 10,000 corpses.

Emphasizing the threat of an impending genocide, the reportedly conscience-stricken defector warns that a similar fate awaits the 150,000 people he says remain incarcerated by President Bashar Assad’s government.

“They’re powerful images, and viewers are immediately reminded of the Holocaust,”Cameron Hudson, the director of the museum’s Center for the Prevention of Genocide, was cited as saying in an October 15 Associated Press report. Hudson’s intriguing career in genocide prevention includes a stint as intelligence analyst in the CIA’s Africa Directorate.

The museum’s promotion of these Holocaust-recalling images dates from a few months earlier, however. In his July visit to Washington that included a series of meetings with US government and congressional officials, Caesar’s first stop was at the Holocaust Museum.

On July 28, Michael Chertoff, the former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and a member of the museum’s governing board of trustees, presented the purported defector to a small group of reporters and researchers. According to the Washington Post’s Greg Miller, this event was the first time that Caesar had appeared publicly to answer questions about the photos deemed bysome human rights organizations as evidence of war crimes committed by Assad.

Among the other members of the Holocaust Memorial Council noted for their staunch support of Israel and American interventionism are the pardoned Iran-Contra neocon intriguer Elliott Abrams and Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.

Writing in Foreign Policy’s The Cable on April 23, 2012, Josh Rogin drew attention to Wiesel’s pointed introduction of President Barack Obama at a ceremony in the Holocaust Museum. Comparing the Syrian president and then Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the perpetrators of the Nazi holocaust, Wiesel implicitly criticized Obama’s supposedly obtuse inaction, “So in this place we may ask: Have we learned anything from it? If so, how is it that Assad is still in power?”

As Rogin, a regular media conduit for anti-Assad interventionism, pointedly observed, the speech was reminiscent of another one Wiesel gave at the opening of the museum in 1993, when he urged President Bill Clinton to take military action in Bosnia:“Similarly, that speech came at a time when the Clinton administration was resisting getting entangled in a foreign civil war, but was under growing pressure to intervene.”

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Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images/AFP

The Israel lobby’s Syrian Interpreter

In a revealing interview published on August 11, 2013, by the Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman, Caesar’s interpreter at the museum echoed Wiesel’s criticism of President Obama’s resistance to doing the bidding of the neocons and “liberal interventionists”seeking greater American intervention in Syria.

Asked by the Gülen movement-aligned daily if America had forgotten the Syrian war, Mouaz Moustafa replied, “It is the president who is against action in Syria not the whole of the US government. President Barack Obama has been very insular and cautious about Syria.”

It is hardly a coincidence that Moustafa’s rhetoric bears a striking resemblance to that of Israel’s friends like Wiesel. One of best known media-promoted faces of the Syrian opposition in Washington, the executive director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force has undeniable links to one of the Israel lobby’s leading think tanks.

After it emerged that Moustafa’s non-profit had coordinated Senator John McCain’s May 2013 trip to meet with the so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels, an examination of the SETF executive director’s background revealed that he was one of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s “experts”; a contributor toWINEP’s Fikra Forum,“an online community that aims to generate ideas to support Arab democrats in their struggle with authoritarians and extremists”; and had addressed the AIPAC-created think tank’s annual Soref symposium entitled“Inside Syria: The Battle Against Assad’s Regime.”

Even more damningly, it was discovered that one of SETF’s web addresses was“syriantaskforce.torahacademybr.org.” The torahacademybr.org url belongs to the Torah Academy of Boca Raton, Florida whose key values notably include promoting “a love for and commitment to Eretz Yisroel.”

When confronted with these embarrassing revelations, Moustafa responded viaTwitter, “call me terrorist/Qaeda/nazi as others have but not Zionist Im [sic] denied ever entering palestine but it lives in me..” Dismissing the intriguing connection to a pro-Israel yeshiva in Florida, he claimed that the“url registration was due to dumb error by web designer.”

The WINEP-linked Moustafa also interpreted for Caesar, who was wearing dark glasses and a blue rain jacket with the hood pulled over his head, when hetestified before a closed-door session of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs this July. At least some of its members would no doubt have recognized the interpreter, however.

As Foreign Policy’s The Cable reported on June 6, 2013, two leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Reps. Ed Royce (R-CA) and Eliot Engel (D-NY), dispatched aides to Turkey to meet leading members of the Syrian Free Army between May 27 and June 3. As The Cable had learned, the meeting had been coordinated by Moustafa’s Syrian Emergency Task Force.

Interestingly, the FP article noted that “the two lawmakers don’t exactly see eye-to-eye on the question of whether the United States should intervene more aggressively in the protracted civil war,” with the stridently pro-Israel Democratic congressman from New York having “carved out one of the most hawkish positions in Congress on Syria, being the first to introduce legislation authorizing lethal assistance for the rebels.”

While Caesar and his American-based Palestinian-Syrian interpreter clearly have the enthusiastic support of Israel’s friends in Washington, the photos presented as evidence of an alleged Syrian “holocaust” by Assad’s forces received their initial boost from one of Tel Aviv’s closest, albeit covert, Arab allies in their mutual war against the Syrian government.

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Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images/AFP

The Israeli-Qatari Nexus

As part of a review of the photos commissioned by the government of Qatar, David Crane, a former war-crimes prosecutor for Sierra Leone, reportedly spent hours interviewing Caesar. An October 13 Yahoo News report by Michael Isikoff quotes Crane as saying that they document “an industrial killing machine not seen since the Holocaust.”

Like the director of the Holocaust Museum’s Center for the Prevention of Genocide, Crane has also worked for the US government in the intelligence field. His former posts include Director of the Office of Intelligence Review, assistant general counsel of the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Waldemar A. Solf Professor of International Law at the United States Army Judge Advocate Generals School.

Having ostensibly left the intelligence world behind him, Crane founded and directs the Syrian Accountability Project (SAP) at Syracuse University’s College of Law, which describes itself as “a cooperative effort between activists, non-governmental organizations, students, and other interested parties to document war crimes and crimes against humanity in the context of the Syrian Crisis.”According to its website, SAP has “worked closely with the Syrian National Coalition” which is listed as one of its clients.

Founded in Doha, Qatar in November 2012, the Syrian National Coalition represents the Free Syrian Army, which has reportedly collaborated with the Al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamist Ahrar al-Sham in massacres of Syrian civilians such as the one this March in the village of Kassab, an ancestral home of Syria’s minority ethnic Armenians, on the Turkish border.

Professor Crane is also vice-president of I Am Syria, whose mission statement describes it as “a non-profit media based campaign that seeks to educate the world of the Syrian Conflict.” I Am Syria’s president, Ammar Abdulhamid, has been a fellow at two of the most prominent Washington-based pro-Israel think tanks, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy and the neocon Foundation for the Defense of Democracies; while one of its education directors, Andrew Beitar, is a regional education coordinator for the Holocaust Museum.

As the case of the mysterious Caesar and his trove of photos clearly shows, those who want to launch a war of aggression on Syria (as they have succeeded in doing in Iraq and Libya) have at every opportunity sought, as Finkelstein put it, to drag in the Nazi holocaust.

As more and more people become wise to this ruse, they should keep in mind the two words espoused by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum: “Never Again.”

Maidhc Ó Cathail

Maidhc Ó Cathail is a widely published writer and political analyst

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

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New Horizon Conference: Meeting of minds in Tehran

Written by Eric Walberg Эрик Вальберг/ Уолберг إيريك ولبر    Tuesday, 07 October 2014 10:08

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The 2nd conference “New Horizon: the International Conference of Independent Thinkers” was held in Tehran, September 29–October 1 2014, including over 30 journalists, writers and academics from around the world presenting papers and arguing issues of world geopolitics, with a focus on the Middle East.

 

I represented Canada, along with University of Lethbridge Globalization Studies Professor Anthony Hall, author of Earth into Property: Colonization, Decolonization, and Capitalism (2010). It was greeted in western media by hysterical denunciations, in the first place by the American Jewish Committee which accused it of “promoting hatred of Jews and Israel” and the Anti-Defamation League which accused it of “promoting anti-Semitic propaganda”.The conference almost didn’t take place at all, having been officially cancelled, supposedly as a gesture to the West, after the new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was elected last year. But after a flood of criticism at Iranian websites sympathetic to the organizers, the Iranian Foreign Ministry reversed itself. Nader Talebzadeh, the principle organizer, had had to lobby hard to reinstate the conference, calling the cancellation of the conference “a major mistake on the part of our government”. “Have our leaders given in so much to the world that they are even afraid of a conference that might hurt Mr Obama’s feelings?” asked one blogger sarcastically.

The 1st New Horizon Conference in September 2012 was denounced in the West when it was addressed by the previous president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, probably best remembered in the West for his 2005 soundbyte that Israel should be “wiped off the map”, referring to Ayatollah Khomeini’s prediction that “the regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time.” The translation of the Persian text was later corrected but this was ignored in the West, where Ahmedinejad was further accused of “holocaust denial” for suggesting the figure of six million as the number of Jews who died in the holocaust was exaggerated, and mocked for suggesting that 9/11 was a conspiracy.

Indeed, most Iranians see 9/11 as involving some degree of conspiracy by the US and/or Israel, but then so do, for instance, 55% of Egyptians. So, not surprisingly, prominent at the New Horizon Conference this year was the world’s leading 9/11 conspiracy theorist, France’s Theirry Meyssan, who in 2002 published what is still considered the classic work on the topic, 9/11: The Big Lie (L’Effroyable imposture), translated into 28 languages, arguing that the attacks were organized by a faction of “the US military industrial complex in order to impose a military regime.” Meyssan also argues that the attack against the Pentagon was not carried out by a commercial airliner but by a missile. Also present was American filmmaker Art Olivier, who produced the feature film “Operation Terror” (2012), whose scenario followed Meyssan’s.

In a YouGov poll last year, 60% of Americans rejected the official explanation as published in the 9/11 Commission Report(2004), so Meyssan’s call for a UN investigation of 9/11 and the recent petition signed by 100,000 New Yorkers for an investigation of the collapse of World Trade Center building 7 are surely legitimate, though they have been blocked by politicians as “absolutely ridiculous” and “wild fantasies”.

Iran’s current President Rouhani was not associated directly with this year’s conference, instead embroiled in a controversy with UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who both extended his hand in friendship to Rouhani at the UN General Assembly in a “historic meeting”, and then slapped him in the face from the UN General Assembly podium, attacking Iran for its “support for terrorist organizations, its nuclear program, its treatment of its people”, called it “part of the problem in the Middle East”.

“On the contrary,” said a peeved Rouhani in his address to the UN, blaming the West and Saudi Arabia for sowing the seeds of extremism in the Middle East with “strategic blunders” that have given rise to the Islamic State and other violent jihadist groups. He also criticized the West’s sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program and reiterated his government’s desire to resolve the dispute, stating that no cooperation with the West against ISIS is possible until the sanctions are lifted. He called Cameron’s comments at the UN “wrong and unacceptable.”

Appropriately, the New Horizon Conference opened with the book launch of the Persian edition of US journalist Gareth Porter’s Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare (2014). Porter told me, “Through painstaking checking with experts and an IAEA official, I discovered that the documents submitted to the IAEA, which supposed showed Iranian plans to put nuclear warheads on their missiles, were fabricated by Mossad and passed on to the IAEA by the terrorist group People’s Mojahedin of Iran. Mossad was sloppy. They were contradictory—clearly doctored blueprints for an obsolete missile system.” Porter was awarded the UK Gellhorn Prize for investigative journalism in 2012 for exposing official lies concerning US policies in Afghanistan and Pakistan. With this latest expose, Porter did for the Iranian nuclear dossier what he and others did after 2003 in exposing the lies that prompted the US invasion of Iraq.

The sessions were varied. “The Gaza War and the BDS Movement Strategies” was addressed by Code Pink activist Medea Benjamin, who

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has been arrested dozens of time for her plucky protests at Congressional hearings against the war in Iraq, and who famously interrupted a speech by President Barack Obama in May 2013 protesting his continued use of drones against civilians. (She is barred from entering Canada.) Benjamin suggested a new project to highlight illegal Israeli settlements: activists hope to target one of the largest US-based real estate firms, RE/MAX, which “operates in over 90 countries, including Israel, where it sells homes complete with swimming pools in the West Bank to Israeli settlers in defiance of international law.”

Every Sunday tens of thousands of “open houses” are held by RE/MAX around the world. Benjamin hopes activists will picket these open houses to embarrass RE/MAX into ceasing their West Bank activities.A session on Islam and the West, “Postsecularism and its Discontents”, emphasized the importance of ethics in Islamic civilization which makes subservience to market diktat unacceptable, and is a major stumbling block to understanding between the West and the Muslim world. “There is no teleology in western society, no guiding morality, only an obsession with materialism, with logos,” argued organizer Arash Darya-Bandari. “We believe it is necessary to control the negative tendencies in culture, such as pornography, alcohol, drugs, prostitution, to strive towards a more moral and justice society.”

“The ‘Islamic’ State Meme, its Precursors, and the US-Israel-Saudi Triangle” heard frontline reports from Meyssan and others about the intentional destruction of the Iraqi and Syrian states by the invasion of Iraq and ongoing western and Israeli support for insurgents in Syria, directly resulting in ISIS’s phenomenal success. “The West has abetted Sunni-Shia differences in the process to keep Muslims divided and allow continued western penetration and control of the growing chaos there,” charged Meyssan. Rouhani’s comment at the UN—“Certain intelligence agencies [who] have put blades in the hands of madmen, who now spare no one,”—is hard to argue with.

In the session “The Israeli Lobby in England”, Stephen Sizer, Anglican vicar and author of Christian Zionism—Road Map to Armageddon? (2004), explained that the vast majority of Zionists are not Jewish, but Christian. This prompted him in 2006 to draft what became known as the Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism signed by four of the Heads of Churches declaring Christian Zionism a heretical belief, both immoral and a contradiction of faith. The rector of the University of Middlesex was pressured to rescind Sizer’s PhD but the examination committee wouldn’t budge. Nor has Sizer been cowed by constant harassment, including a break-in and the theft of his computer. At the same time, on his visits to Tehran, Sizer lobbies on behalf of Iranian religious minorities and always brings Persian-language New Testaments as “gifts”. “My intent is to show the Iranians that genuine Christians are not a threat to anyone, but bring the message of peace and love.”

Contrary to the shrill cries in the western media that the conference was anti-Semitic, it was unique in my experience in addressing Zionism and US imperialism forthrightly and intelligently, without a hint of racism. The issue of anti-Semitism was addressed and dismissed, as “There is no issue with Jewish people or the Jewish religion,” explained Darya-Bandari, “but rather with Zionism, that secular distortion of Judaism that itself is racist, and has been used as a pretext to dispossess  and kill Palestinians.”

The American Defense League loudly attacked the conference for focusing on Zionist control of western media and the outsize influence of the Zionist Lobby in the US and around the world. So what’s wrong with that? There is more than enough documented proof of this, as I discover when I researched Postmodern Imperialism. The ADL labelled several of the delegates as anti-Semitic, including ex-US Marine Ken O’Keefe, who has led several relief convoys to Gaza, has appeared several times on BBC’s Hardtalk in support of Gaza, and famously renounced his US citizenship in view of US crimes around the world. It should be remembered that the ADL was successfully sued in the 1990s for false accusations of anti-Semitism.

The conference issued a resolution condemning ISIS, Zionism, US unconditional support of Israel, Islamophobia, and calling for activism locally to boycott Israeli goods and to promote understanding between the West and the Muslim world, and to fight sectarianism. “This was a great opportunity to meet anti-imperialist activists from around the world, to bring Russians, Poles, western Europeans, North Americans together with Iranians and other Muslims, both Sunni and Shia, in a forum without sectarianism, truly supporting peace and understanding,” said delegate Mateusz Piskorski, director of the European Centre of Geopolitical Analysis in Warsaw and former MP in the Polish Sejm.

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Rabbi Wolpe: King David committed ‘genocide’

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Rabbi David Wolpe of LA Sinai Temple, was declared America’s most influential “religious authority” by Jewish Newsweek magazine a few years ago. Wolpe in his latest book, ‘David the Divided Heart’, has claimed that “David’s achievements in helping unite the Jews did not come without cost – he had innocent people killed, looked away violence among his children and bedded married women.”

Hold it, before any Muslim call Wolpe an “anti-Semite Zionist Jew” – let me explain Wolpe’s Zionist agenda to demonize a biblical prophet in order to legalize the killing of tens of thousands of innocent people in occupied Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and the around the world by the Israeli army, Mossad and the armed Jewish settlers.

In an article published at the Jewish Journal (September 10, 2014), Wolpe compared state of Israel with David and Gaza with Goliath.

Wolpe happened to be among the 400 America’s Jewish leaders who signed a statement in August 2014, denouncing charges against Israel for committing genocide in Gaza. The racist Zionist Jews claimed that Israeli army had to kill over 2,500 civilians in retaliation for Hamas’ killing seven Israeli civilians and 69 Jew soldiers.

In October 2007, Wolpe slammed a prominent Orthodox Rabbi Josef Kanefsky for writing an OP-Ed at Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, suggesting that Israel should return Gaza, West Bank and East Jerusalem to PA to have peaceful co-existence with its Arab neighbors.

Rabbi Wolpe had a long history of suffering from “Ahmadinejadphobia”. Like a typical professional Zionist propagandist, Rabbi Wolfe never felt ashamed for accusing former Iranian president Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for equating Israeli state with “cancer”; threatening to “nuke Israel off world map”, and commit new “holocaust” against Jews – all of which have been proven to be nothing but Israeli lies.

Holy Qur’an describes Dawud (David) as one of Allah’s great messengers (prophets) and a powerful king of Israelite tribes. Allah bestowed upon him with several miracles. Though, it’s narrated that King David practiced polygamy – Holy Qur’an refutes Biblical lies about him that David practiced adultery or committed genocide of innocent people.

Born in Egypt, prophet Dawud must have been of dark colored. Read more on Islamic story of King David here. Also listen to David Sheen (Jewish) study on King David’s Zionist admirers and Israel’s ‘War on Africans’ below.

 

Iran: Is Bread Connected to the Nuclear Agreement?

A few days ago a passenger climbed into a taxi in Tehran. He asked the driver about his opinion of rapprochement with the United States. The man’s answer was simple: “I do not understand politics and cannot elaborate on the issue. But I know one thing, whenever the United States gets close to us, a disaster occurs, and when it is far we feel better.”
Published Thursday, January 16, 2014
In Iran, an organic connection exists between internal mobilization and the country’s performance on the regional and international levels. Tehran is showing extraordinary vitality. The past two decades were spent in political tumult, but today is an exceptional moment as the United States changes its approach toward the region, Iran in particular.
Iran has been sending out conflicting signals for a while, unleashing the imagination of some. They spoke about a “crisis” and “a sheikh who changed the face of Iran,” meaning President Hassan Rouhani. He was even described as the “Sadat of Iran.” This was all linked to the position of the United States and the unprecedented conversation between the two countries. But fundamentalist leaders are skeptical and want to confront these developments.
The situation cannot be understood without addressing the tactics used by Rouhani during elections. At the time, he announced his first endeavor: to improve the situation of Iranian citizens by stimulating the economy, maintaining that such a task could not be achieved without lifting the international sanctions against Iran. Lifting the sanctions would, of course, entail reaching a solution on the nuclear file, which could not happen without Iran opening up to the world and starting a dialogue with the United States. Thus, the new administration mixed daily bread with yellowcake, inflation with enrichment levels, and unemployment rates with its inventory of uranium. A family wanting to heat its home in the Iranian countryside would have to wait for negotiations with the 5+1 group (read: the United States).
Rouhani won, and his team, an odd mix of Reformists and state-builders, took power. The Geneva nuclear agreement, to which the new administration linked its fate, was achieved. Moreover, as soon as the nuclear file was moved from the Supreme National Security Council to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, the administration put all its eggs in Mohammed Javad Zarif’s basket, who became the star. Isn’t it remarkable that no one knows the names of the Iranian cabinet, except that of its foreign minister?
On the other hand, there is another faction in Iran, which takes care of essential files and uses a different logic. In Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and other places, Iran is locked in fierce political and security battles. It is moving forward in some and achieving victories in others. However, none of those achievements are exploited politically on the regional and international levels. Such harmony existed during the days of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, where any achievement on the field was used diplomatically. Today it is different. The administration, supposedly the political and diplomatic wing of the other faction, lives in a different world. This could explain media statements by someone like Revolutionary Guard Commander Mohammed Ali Jafari or head of al-Quds Force Qassem Soleimani.
This does not mean that Rouhani’s tasks are different from Ahmadinejad’s. The same files undertaken by Ahmadinejad in 2005 were transferred to Rouhani in 2013: the economy, the nuclear program, and the relationship with the United States. Until now, Rouhani has been completing what his predecessor began, especially in the last two files. He is merely reaping what Ahmadinejad sowed.
On the level of dialogue with the United States, Ahmadinejad opened the lines of communication in the first months of his first term. He carried out a prolonged dialogue with the George W. Bush administration, represented by his brother-in-law Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, through the chairman of the American-Iranian Council, Hooshang Amirahmadi.
The dialogue reached an advanced stage and almost succeeded in achieving two breakthroughs: direct flights between Iran and the United States, and Iranian consular representation in the United States. However, several factors thwarted the dialogue, primarily Ahmadinejad’s holocaust denial. But Washington was not ready either, at the time, for outcomes of this kind, since it was still betting on its ability to overthrow the Islamic regime in Tehran.
Even at the level of the nuclear program, some might be surprised to know that the Geneva accord, celebrated by the world today, was reached (in content) by the Ahmadinejad administration two years before the end of his second term. What prevented it at the time was Barack Obama’s administration backtracking and refusal to sign it. The Obama administration knew that such an agreement would effectively lead to lifting the sanctions against Iran, and it would then lose the stick used against the Islamic Republic.
The divergences between the two factions in Iranian politics do not extend to the content of the Geneva agreement, which could not have happened without the support of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. This is evident in the content of the agreement reached at the height of fundamentalist rule. Ultimately, Iran does not need this amount of uranium enriched by 20 percent. It only started enriching, because the West refused to give it the nuclear fuel needed by Tehran’s medical reactor. The only item that could be explained negatively in Iran is the one dictating that future enrichment should be agreed upon by the two sides, Iran and the 5+1 group. But even this item would not be a problem, according to concerned officials; Iran will not ask to enrich more uranium than it needs.
Terms of Dispute: Prospects, Approaches, and Utilization
Rouhani’s team seems more optimistic than the other team with regard to US negotiations reaching a happy ending. Rouhani’s team built its whole negotiation strategy on this optimism, basing it on the idea that Uncle Sam did not have a fundamental problem with Iran, but Iran was the one who had the problem with the United States. Thus, merely opening up and sitting at one table would remove all doubts between the two parties and solve outstanding issues.
The Rouhani administration is betting everything on the Geneva agreement, making it more flexible and more susceptible to blackmail. It cannot allow the agreement to collapse, and it is ready, of course, to do all it can to prevent this from happening. This is why Zarif was being friendly with the Saudis in his recent tour of the Gulf.
Yet some in Iran want to use the disagreement about Geneva to wage a fierce internal battle. The decisive battle is still early and needs time to mature. It is a necessary period to test which side is right and who is wrong, although Khamenei has expressed his pessimism regarding the dialogue several times. In the meantime, the hardliners, led by former presidential candidates Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, Mohammed Bagher Ghalibaf, and Saeed Jalili, are preparing to form a new front against the current administration’s approach.
A few days ago a passenger climbed into a taxi in Tehran. He asked the driver about his opinion of rapprochement with the United States. The man’s answer was simple: “I do not understand politics and cannot elaborate on the issue. But I know one thing, whenever the United States gets close to us, a disaster occurs, and when it is far we feel better.”
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.

HOLOCAUST OF LIES: US MAINSTREAM MEDIA

By Dr. Kevin BarrettThey’ve done it again.

The mainstream US media has once again mistranslated an Iranian president’s words.

Last time, they were lying to make the former President of Iran sound anti-West and anti-Israel. Now they are lying to make the new President of Iran sound pro-West and pro-Israel.

I suppose that is an improvement. Lying for peace is at least marginally better than lying for war.

But for those who care about truth, the Western mainstream media’s non-stop lies are nothing short of an ongoing holocaust.

Let’s take a closer look at the latest example of Western media duplicity.

CNN mistranslated President Rouhani’s recent interview to make it sound like Rouhani “condemned the Holocaust.”

In fact, both former President Ahmadinejad and current President Rouhani share a common outlook on Israel and the Nazi holocaust – an outlook that is also shared by the vast majority of the people of the Middle East, perhaps even the whole non-European world.

First and most importantly, they agree that whatever the Germans did to the Jews during World War II does not excuse the Zionist theft of even one acre of Palestinian land – much less the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and the creation and maintenance of an apartheid “Jewish state.” Second, they believe that the use of the Nazi holocaust story to create a new holocaust in Palestine is an ongoing crime against humanity. Third, they believe that revisionist historians who argue that certain aspects of the Nazi crimes against Jews have been exaggerated deserve a fair hearing – and that the West’s persecution of these historians, by imprisoning them and/or destroying their reputations and livelihoods, makes a mockery of Western pretensions to support human rights, free speech, and free inquiry.

But the Western media is dominated by Zionists, as former New York Times journalist Phillip Weiss so beautifully explained in his essay: “Do Jews Dominate in American Media? And So What If We Do?” And to most of the pro-Zionist ethnic Jews who dominate the Western media, it is an article of religious faith that the sacred Holocaust somehow justifies the establishment of the Jewish state of Israel. These people are actually devotees of a new religious cult that has been termed “Holocaustianity.”

Israeli professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz first developed the idea that the Holocaust is a new religion. His analysis has been taken up by Israeli-born British philosopher Gilad Atzmon.

The Western media elite therefore reacts to all discussion of “the Holocaust” in the same way that a medieval inquisitor might react to discussion of “the Trinity.” The whole discussion gets reduced to: “Are you a believer or a heretic?”

The mainstream media lied by condemning former President Ahmadinejad as a Holocaust-denying heretic. Now it is lying again by falsely claiming that current President Rouhani is a Holocaust-worshipping true believer like themselves.

The truth is that both presidents view World War II as history, not sacred mythology. And neither accepts the inevitability of an apartheid “Jewish state” in Palestine.

The truth is that outside of Europe and the US, hardly anyone “believes in” the Holocaust the way Americans and Europeans do. For those not under the influence of the Holocaustianity-dominated Western mainstream media and academia, the Germans’ World War II-era crimes against Jews, Gypsies, Slavs, dissidents, and others are no more sacred than dozens or even hundreds of other examples of man’s inhumanity to man.

The American slave-trade holocaust, according to various estimates, killed tens of millions, as did the Native American holocaust. Even if the sacred “six million” number of Jews killed by the Nazis is correct, both the Native American holocaust and the African slave trade holocaust were vastly larger in scope. Yet in the US, where these holocausts of tens of millions happened, “Holocaust museums” serve as sacred temples that enshrine the holy story of “six million Jews” while downplaying the vastly larger holocausts perpetrated by the ancestors of the museum visitors themselves.

Jesus is reported to have said: “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”

Apparently it is more comforting to deplore other people’s holocausts than to think about the ones you yourself have committed… or are still committing.

And if we are taking the word “holocaust” to mean “a epic-scale horrific destruction of something precious or sacred,” then perhaps the biggest holocaust of all is the ongoing immolation of truth in the mainstream media. Instead of fretting about the Nazi holocaust of seventy years ago, we should be horrified by the “holocaust of lies” that is happening today.

The latest atrocity against truth: The mainstream media’s account of the chemical weapons incident in al-Ghouta. The media liars claim that Syrian President Assad perpetrated this atrocity. But available evidence strongly suggests that the al-Ghouta attack was a Western intelligence operation designed to create a pretext for a US attack on Syria.

According to credible accounts, Alawi Syrian children from Latakia were kidnapped by Western-supported forces and murdered so they could be displayed to the world as alleged victims of Assad. This was a holocaust of innocent children – and part of the ongoing Western holocaust of lies.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh recently revealed that the whole official Western story of the “war on terror” is a holocaust of lies. Hersh, the dean of American investigative reporters, says that the official account of the alleged killing of Osama Bin Laden is “one big lie… not one word of it is true.”

The torrent of lies about Bin Laden, who died in December, 2001, issues from a contaminated source: The biggest lie ever told by human beings. That, of course, is the official story of 9/11.

The American people are beginning to realize that their country is being murdered in an accelerating holocaust of lies. They did not buy the rationale for attacking Syria. They noticed the surging wave of doubters using the term “false flag” to describe such events as al-Ghouta, the Boston bombings, Sandy Hook, the Sikh temple shooting, the Aurora Colorado shooting, the underwear bomber, and virtually all other attention-grabbing “terror” events going back to 9/11… and before that, Oklahoma City, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Operation Gladio, Operation Northwoods, and the wave of political assassinations that has decimated American leadership since 1963.

And then there is the “holocaust of lies” about what historian William Blum calls the “American Holocaust”: US military and CIA interventions that have killed millions, and destroyed the lives of tens of millions, since World War II.

Today, the holocaust of lies that passes for contemporary American life is threatened by a surge of resistance led by genuinely independent, internet-based media. As a result, “Americans’ trust in US political institutions… is near historic lows, a new poll has revealed,” according to Gallup.

No wonder Americans refused to be stampeded into an attack on Syria.

Will the “holocaust of lies” ever end? Will Americans one day build museums to enshrine the memory of how the Big Liars took over their country… and how Americans rose up and overthrew them?

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