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Impact of Iranian revolution in world

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Interview for IRNA on 30th anniversary of Ayatollah Khomeini's death  

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Iran's 1979 revolution created a seismic shift in world politics. At the same time as the socialist world teetered and would soon collapse, renewing predatory capitalism under US hegemony, Iran rejected both systems, establishing Islam as the foundation of society.

Iran rallied around the Ayatollah and triumphed against a US-backed Iraq at great cost.

Khomeini's first foreign policy initiative was to hand the Israeli embassy to the Palestinians, and to declare the last jummah of Ramadan al-Quds Day. This put Palestine at the centre of world politics, and with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, left only Iran supporting the Palestinian resistance movement.

This principled foreign policy put Iran at the crosshairs of the US, and left Iran isolated among major world powers. As the worldwide support for Palestine grows, this emphasizes Iran's importance in the transformation of society away from unbridled capitalism.

As western culture embraces commercialism, militarism and moral decay, the importance of Islam as a basis for a healthy culture grows.

At the same time, Iran's stature grows as it extends support to Iraq and Syria in the fight against Wahhabi-inspired terrorism.




IRNA interview (Persian): Trump's antisemitism envoy vs BDS

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نویسنده کانادایی: لابی صهیونیست ها در پی ارعاب مخالفان است

نیویورک – ایرنا – یک نویسنده کانادایی به تلاش لابی رژیم صهیونیستی در کانادا و آمریکا برای جلوگیری از گسترش جنبش بایکوت و تحریم این رژیم اشاره کرد و گفت: آنها به ارعاب مخالفان خود روی آورده اند

'اریک والبرگ' روز جمعه در گفت وگوی اختصاصی با ایرنا درباره اقدام دولت ترامپ برای ایجاد نهاد 'مبارزه با یهود ستیزی' اظهار کرد: این کار وی فاقد قدرت قانونی است و صرفا گامی تازه برای ارعاب منتقدان رژیم اسراییل در آمریکا خواهد بود.

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Kayhan interview: Macron's Comeuppance

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Interview with Eric Walberg and Rodney Shakespeare, author of Binary Economics: the new paradigm (1999)

1) What is the major problem of the French yellow vests that has pushed them into the streets?

This protest started not in Paris, but among motorists across the country, especially farmers, whose livelihood is on the line, with no easy option to reduce fuel consumption to produce and transport food to the hungry, newly ecologically conscious city folk. “Our organizations support the demands of tax and social justice brought by the movement of yellow vests. They call for demonstrations Saturday, December 15, for social justice and tax, for a real democracy, for equal rights, for a true ecological transition.”

2) How can social justice be assessed in France? Is everyone treated the same in this country?

France is in many ways a model country in today's world. It is now in its fifth republic, each one ending in
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Une véritable nationalité israélienne est-elle possible ?

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Depuis longtemps les Israéliens méprisent les juifs de la diaspora, qu’ils considèrent comme des mauviettes, des poules mouillées, trop fainéants pour venir vivre (et se battre) dans la “patrie juive”. Mais l’impérialisme – Israël est le dernier spécimen de cette espèce en voie de disparition  – nécessite une croissance continue, toujours plus de corps à exploiter, pour combattre l’ennemi, pour s’imposer. Il a aussi besoin d’exploiter financièrement d’autres pays et de terroriser ses ennemis pour prospérer. C’est pourquoi Israël ne reniera jamais les traîtres, les « expatriés ». Ils lui fournissent quelques recrues, au compte-gouttes (l’« antisémitisme » est là pour ça) et se rendent utiles en soutirant des milliards de dollars aux USA  (sans oublier l’Allemagne).


Mais l’impérialisme exige aussi une identité nationale fanatique et chauvine pour armer psychologiquement sa machine à tuer. C’est ce qui a donné, aux 19e et 20e siècles, à la Grande-Bretagne sa britannité, à l’Allemagne sa germanité, et aux USA  leur « américanité ».

Aujourd’hui nos États postmodernes ont perdu de leur éclat. Néerlandais, Belge, Canadien, Luxembourgeois…, qui s’en soucie ? Mais « Américain », Israélien…, voilà qui vous fait frissonner, soit de peur, soit d’enthousiasme. Israël n’a pas de véritable nationalité, seulement des ethnies : des juifs et des arabes dans le cadre d’un État juif.  Pas de place pour une « nationalité ».

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Kayhan interview: Fighting imperialism from Damascus to Tehran

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Persian text http://kayhan.ir/fa/news/131253 

How do you assess the situation in Syria? What do you make of the on-again off-again accusations of chemical weapons? 

The US, French and British have effectively invaded Syria in order to overthrow the Syrian government after six fruitless years of arming and training rebels and inflicting 'advisers' and NGOs as part of their policy of subversion. This new boldness in promoting the imperial agenda worries the entire world from Russia, to China and Iran, and many in the West itself, where demonstrations have sprung up in the past few weeks as the US ramps up its campaign to topple Syrian President Assad.

The latest gas is actually an Israeli one, which was tested in the Gazans' Great March of Return in April.

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Canadian Eric Walberg is known worldwide as a journalist specializing in the Middle East, Central Asia and Russia. A graduate of University of Toronto and Cambridge in economics, he has been writing on East-West relations since the 1980s.

He has lived in both the Soviet Union and Russia, and then Uzbekistan, as a UN adviser, writer, translator and lecturer. Presently a writer for the foremost Cairo newspaper, Al Ahram, he is also a regular contributor to Counterpunch, Dissident Voice, Global Research, Al-Jazeerah and Turkish Weekly, and is a commentator on Voice of the Cape radio.

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