War With Iran Is Inevitable Unless It Caves In To Western Pressure

January 27, 2012

War With Iran Is Inevitable Unless It Caves In To Western Pressure

Anonymous writes from Tehran: These are tense times in Iran as more tough Western sanctions loom.  Oil exports accounting for 80 per cent of the country’s foreign earnings are to be cut off to EU countries that take about a fifth of its exports. Any deals with the Central Bank of Iran will face sanctions. What is the goal of sanctions? To throttle the Iranian economy. Deny it the wherewithal to continue the race to acquire nuclear weapons. The problem with this scenario is that no government on earth would give in to such pressure from outside powers. If it did, it would lose all legitimacy. It would not be seen as defending national sovereignty and the national interest. So what is going to happen? There has to be compromise. Why? Because the West has concluded that a war with Iran before... 

So Is A Big War On The Cards This Year Or The Year After? Yep, One Big War Coming Up

January 24, 2012

So Is A Big War On The Cards This Year Or The Year After? Yep, One Big War Coming Up

Ted Obvious writes from Tehran: Let’s be cynical for a change and ask ourselves this: is a big war on the cards this year or the year after? And let’s be just as cynical in answering ourselves; yep, one big war is coming up soon. How come I sound so confident, you may wonder. Well, it so happens that the European Union’s very own foreign ministers got together in Brussels yesterday and agreed to introduce some pretty tough sanctions against Iran, hitting it below the belt, if you pardon the expression, and approving an oil embargo and a freeze of assets of the Iranian central bank held in Europe. All in the name of preventing Iran from developing its own nuclear weapons. But if you ask me, these sort of sanctions represent an act of war in themselves, so it’s only a matter of time before... 

Is Iran Heading For War With the United States?

January 14, 2012

Is Iran Heading For War With the United States?

Martin McCauley writes from Tehran: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is on a love in in Central and South America. First he went to Caracas to have a schmooze with that Marxist American hater, Hugo Cháves. Fine words were exchanged but not even the loquacious Cháves would lend support to Iran in its fight with the US. Why not? America buys most of Venezuela’s oil. President Obama has Cháves where he wants him: under his foot. Another point. Venezuela is an oil exporting country and has no need of Iranian oil. Ahmadinejad is making for Cuba to have a pow wow with Raul Castro and his doddering brother, Fidel. Can Cuba put a spoke in America’s wheel? Hardly. Cuba is almost broke and cannot afford to give the ayatollahs much help. Then the Iranian President makes for Nicaragua and Ecuador –... 

News Sucks. The More Of It We Get, The Less We Know

November 17, 2011

News Sucks. The More Of It We Get, The Less We Know

Ben Delicious writes from London: News sucks. Yes, the more of it we get, the less we seem to know what’s actually going on. Take the mess in the Euroland. For months now we’ve been hearing how the debt crisis spiralled out of control, dragging down Ireland, Greece and Portugal and threatening to engulf Italy and Spain. Countless reports on the box have been devoted to the EU leaders getting together, along with the EU bureaucrats and heads of international financial institutions, and supposedly give it heir best to find a solution. But hacks never told us that these very same people have contributed to creating all the mess in the first place, concealing reports that warned about the danger of mounting sovereign debts and letting bankers fiddle the books. The whole news coverage boiled... 

Is A Big War On The Cards Over This Financial Mess The World’s In?

November 13, 2011

Is A Big War On The Cards Over This Financial Mess The World’s In?

Adam Lovejoy writes from Brussels: I know it’s probably not a good time to talk about it, having everyone on the edge with that debt crisis in the Eurozone, but does anyone feel that a great big war is coming? Because if you look back on the two previous big wars, you would notice that both of them were preceded by massive economic and financial crises that could not be resolved peacefully. Just like it is happening now, with the banks playing their nasty games and the speculators making things even worse and politicians pretending that they have no idea what is going on. No one is really prepared to say that the whole financial system sucks and needs to be totally redone. Otherwise it’s curtains. I’d say the current situation has eerie similarities with what was going on before WW1 and... 

Taking A Cynical Look At The War In Libya. It Does Look Like A Big Contract Hit

October 21, 2011

Taking A Cynical Look At The War In Libya. It Does Look Like A Big Contract Hit

Ted Obvious writes from Tripoli: Let’s be cynical about the war in Libya in the context of Colonel Gaddafi’s death that was filmed for posterity in its gruesome detail – apart from the moment when the two bullets went through him that is. So what’s next for Libya and the world, now that the despot is dead? First of all, I bet all dictators, having seen Gaddafi’s demise on the box, are thinking now: must get my hands on a couple of nukes, or some WMDs, as quickly as possible – before the West gets me. Yep, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the Saudi royals, the Syrian strong man Bashar al-Assad and the mad Iranian mullahs, not to mention a lot of seriously nasty people in Africa and Asia, are thinking hard about acquiring some bargaining power, by getting themselves a nuke... 

New Regime In Libya Finding It Tough To Be Any Different From The Old One

October 18, 2011

New Regime In Libya Finding It Tough To Be Any Different From The Old One

Ted Obvious writes from Tripoli: Dramatic stuff is happening in Libya where the new NATO supported freedom loving regime finds it tough to look any different from the one it has replaced. Yes, despite the upbeat reporting by Western hacks, who are trying hard to convince the world that the new age of democracy is dawning on Libya, a lot of the locals remain sceptical and prefer to take up arms and resist the interim government that is now busy squabbling over the future oil proceeds. In the past several days Gaddafi loyalists, as any opponents of the regime are called these days, have been demonstrating some gutsy resistance in several areas of Tripoli. In Sirte and Bani Walid the war is still raging, with the freedom loving government forces seemingly bent of raising both cities to the ground,... 

Pretty Much Nothing To Celebrate On The Tenth Anniversary Of The War In Afghanistan

October 9, 2011

Pretty Much Nothing To Celebrate On The Tenth Anniversary Of The War In Afghanistan

Daria Sharapova writes from Kabul: We girls don’t understand how wars work. Take the one in Afghanistan that has been going on for ten long years now, at a cost, as some clever men have told me, of $1 trillion. Imagine how much money that is. We could have resolved world hunger and found a cure for cancer and Aids and other killer diseases if we’d had all that money at out disposal. I know it’s a girly thing to say but that is how I feel. But I digress, as we girls do when we can’t concentrate on things. In case you’ve missed it, men with stern faces were making comments about Afghanistan lately. It all had to do with the tenth anniversary of the war that for some strange reason wasn’t celebrated that much, even though a lot of people, me included, came from all over the world... 

Do NATO And China Have Plans Of Kicking Each Other’s Butt? Must Have

October 5, 2011

Do NATO And China Have Plans Of Kicking Each Other’s Butt? Must Have

Anton Goryunov writes from Beijing: Sure, sure, both NATO and China like to talk a lot about world peace and non-intervention in other countries’ affairs and all that other meaningless rubbish. But I bet deep in the dungeons of NATO headquarters in Brussels and in the Chinese Ministry of Defence in Beijing there are detailed plans of having a go at each other – if the need arises. Let’s start with NATO that was created to defend Western Europe from the former Soviet Union and its allies. Nowadays it’s busy kicking butt thousands of miles away from Europe, like in Afghanistan and Libya. Not to mention that Iraq was, technically speaking, invaded by NATO as well, considering that the US and Britain were at the time the two most militarily powerful countries in the organisation.... 

The Thing About TV News Coverage Is That The Background Scenery Speaks Louder Than Words

September 18, 2011

The Thing About TV News Coverage Is That The Background Scenery Speaks Louder Than Words

Ted Obvious writes from Tripoli: Everything about the war in Libya has been strange, not least the TV news coverage by hacks, who were obviously at pains a lot of the time to prove that a brutal crackdown was launched by the Gaddafi’s regime against the rebels and that these rebels were not some gangsters or Muslim fundamentalists, but freedom loving citizens who wanted to liberate their Motherland from oppression. And it was no mean feat to make it look that the tyrant Gaddafi had absolutely no support among the Libyans, having pillaged the country for decades and hiding the proceeds from the oil sales on his off-shore accounts across the world. Countless interviews were shown with people who told of unbearable suffering, poverty and ruthless suppression of any dissent. As a result, the... 

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