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initial thoughts on the new Iranian President Rouhani #iranelection

17 Jun

President elect Rouhani is essentially a protege of Rafsanjani and an ideological compatriot of Khatami. Both of them are Iranian nationalists, whose first and really only concern is with Iran. As such they would be more than willing to make deals with what they term “major powers” if it would benefit Iran, even if such an action would mean betraying their old and new friends around the world. Essentially we should expect (but not hope for) a realignment of priorities, where the main focus will move away from the global south, and towards building “friendships” with the imperial, or as they call it, “major powers.” Such a policy would be in line with the nationalist leanings of this political faction within Iran. For them, the revolution was firs and foremost about Iran, and maybe secondarily about Islam. Although, Imam Khamenei does have a final say, and is responsible for foreign policy, he will not intervene as much so as to preserve the fragile political balance within Iran.

We are now beginning to see the first steps towards an implementation of such policies in the recent press conference by Rouhani:
some comments:

Things don’t look very good … these are the first hints of a misguided policy that Rohani will pursue:

Enhanced ties with neighbors, Iran’s first foreign policy priority

The first priority in Iran’s foreign policy will be the promotion of friendly and close relations with all its neighbors based on mutual respect and the principle of good neighborliness, he said.

He also highlighted the importance of brotherly relations with Persian Gulf Arab states, particularly Saudi Arabia, and expressed hope that the new Iranian government would be able to improve friendly ties with these countries.

“The first priority” to establish “brotherly relations” with “Saudi” Arabia is ludicrous to say the least, while the gulf nations are engaged in destroying an ally of Iran, and specifically massively funding the worst enemies of Shi’a Muslims, indeed not only Shi’a Muslims, but also Sunnis, and of humanity as a whole. These organ eating monsters that they are promoting, sicken any decent human being. One can have a cold tolerant relations so as to not get into an all out war, but a “brotherly” relations with these countries is absurd. The first priority should be to continue the current priorities which is to engage in brotherly relations with independent loving civilized nations such as Venezuela, Syria, and other up and coming nations in the continent of Africa, and South America. However, given that Rouhani (and, in the background, Rafsanjani and Khatami) are much more interested in “major powers” – we can expect a downgrading of relationships with Venezuela, and other nations of Latin America.

Iran will continue nuclear talks more actively
On the process of talks between Iran and the six major powers, namely the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France, and Germany, which are known as the P5+1 group, about the dispute over the country’s nuclear program, Rohani said that his government would continue talks with the 5+1 group more actively.

“We believe that the solution to the nuclear issue can only be found through dialogue. Threat is not effective, not sanctions, and the solution is holding negotiations,” he said.

Asked whether he will meet some Western countries’ demands that Iran should halt uranium enrichment, he said that the era of suspension had come to an end.

“We are now in a special situation, and I think that there are many ways to build confidence,” he said.

Rohani formerly served as the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council and was Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator in the talks with Britain, France, and Germany between 2003 and 2005.

Iran agreed to temporarily suspend uranium enrichment-related activities in 2004.

Rohani wants to be more transparent re: nuclear issues – fact is that being anymore “transparent” would mean Iran giving up her sovereignty … why should she do anymore than that which is required by the IAEA? Just because “major powers” require it? This is tantamount to recognizing that the “major powers” are legitimate, which they are not.

The statement on the US is OK, or at least looks OK, but it also appears that he is laying the groundwork to appease the US. That is dangerous, to say the least, what is needed is not being nice, but nicely telling the US that Iran is equal to the US, and that there needs to be pre-conditions, such as the US being informed that the international community (the real international community of independent nations) does not have much interest in the US being a “major power” anymore… And that Iran will find other ways to move forward. Hopefully Rohani will not turn out like Chamberlain who made a paper deal with Hitler. Betraying the other nations of the world, who Hitler went on to wreck.

Remember the US is not a nationalist country, it is an international imperialist nation… and in the face of it, it is very dangerous to assume a purely nationalist response — i.e. one of, we’re only concerned with Iran…

Inshallah, events will prove me wrong in this analyses, and Rouhani will turn out to be a decent President….

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Lukashenko y Ahmadineyad realizan guardia de honor a Chávez

8 Mar

Ahmadinejad: Pueblo venezolano seguirá la lucha que empezó Chávez

8 Mar

Chavez, ‘martyr’ of preserving human values: Ahmadinejad

6 Mar

TEHRAN, March 6 (MNA) – Iran’s President has issued a statement, and has sent condolences for the death of Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan President.
The text of the statement by President’s office is as follows:

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

Inna lillah va Inna Ilayhi Rajeun(2: 156) (Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return)

Dear friend Mr. Nicolas Maduro,

The Honorable Vice-President of Venezuela,

The spirit of a great man of justice and freedom-seekers ascended to the heaven, and plunged the world into the griefVenezuela lost its bravest and courageous child, and the world lost a wise and revolutionary leader.

I express my condolences, in the extreme grief, the death of Hugo Chavez to Venezuelan government and people, and his bereaved family, and Your Excellency.

Hugo Chavez was a name known to all nations. His name is reminiscent of pure innocence, kindness, fortitude, and love for the people, to serve the people, especially the poor and the victims of colonialism and imperialism by arrogance powers.

He was deeply pious, committed to human and spiritual values and a helper of God’s messengers and global rule of justice and love by the leadership of Reformers.

Chavez stood against – with all his bravery- the excessive interests of the arrogance hegemony powers, and the broken propagandist, economic pressures, and even coup d’états; but yet his eminence was being so modest to find a time to put his gentle hands on a child’s head, and whispering the clear song of freedom and pride into their ears, to ignite the spirit of love for rest or his life.

Chavez was a symbol and heritage of all brave, warriors, and the revolutionaries in the glorious, but grief-stricken history of Latin America. He was the epitome of the spirit of magnanimity of people of this land, and all nations under suppression; he was a pioneer of anti-colonialism, justice-seeking, and friendship among the nations.

He was a spiritual ballast and support for all revolutionaries and freedom-seekers of the region and the world. Indeed, he was an evident epiphany of a passionate, idealistic, and lovable Venezuela, and Venezuela’s great nation, put him to the presidency with all their sage-like wisdom, helped him in against thick and thin, and he exploited all opportunities and power for serving his people, and heightening the name of his country and bringing freedom to other nations.

And ultimately, he gave his body and soul to this honor-bound path. He is indeed a martyr of the road to service to Venezuelan people, and preserving human and revolutionary values. Although, apparently, a lovely and kind friend left us, I am sure that his heavenly soul and his bright thoughts will rise every day in the higher horizons in the hearts of each and every Latin American and Venezuelan people more brighter than ever, and will lit the path to pride and esteem for all.

Chavez is alive, as long as justice, love and freedom are living. He is alive, as long as piety, brightness, and humanity are living. He is alive, as long as nations are alive and struggle for consolidating independence, justice and kindness. I have no doubt that he will come back, and along with Christ the Savior, the heir to all saintly and perfect men, and will bring peace, justice and perfection for all.

Once again, I express my condolences for this heavy loss, and entreat from God happiness, health, welfare, and pride for you and Venezuelan nation.

Your friend and brother Ahmadinejad,
President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
March 6 2013”

SH/MH
MNA
END

Mensaje de condolencia del presidente Ahmadineyad por el fallecimiento de Hugo Chávez

6 Mar

“En el nombre de Alá, el Misericordioso y el Clemente

De Alá somos y a Él regresamos

Estimado amigo Sr. Nicolás Maduro

Honrado sucesor del presidente de Venezuela

El espíritu elevado de un gran hombre, de la tierra de justos y libres, ascendió al cielo y sumió al mundo en el dolor; Venezuela perdió un hijo valiente, y el planeta, un líder sabio y revolucionario.

Quiero expresar mi más profundo pesar por esta gran pérdida a todos los pueblos, la gran nación venezolana y sus distinguidos familiares.

Chávez, es un nombre conocido por todas las naciones, que nos recuerda la pureza, la amabilidad, el coraje, el heroísmo, el amor y la dedicación hacia la gente y el esfuerzo sin descanso para servir a la gente, en especial, a los oprimidos y afectados del colonialismo e imperialismo.

Chávez era un hombre fiel a los valores humanos y divinos así como un creyente en la senda de los profetas y el imperio universal de la justicia.

Él, que durante todos los mandatos disfrutaba del apoyo popular, resistió ante las presiones de enemigos y se valió de todas las oportunidades y poderes para servir tanto a su patria como a su pueblo.

Hugo Chávez es el símbolo de todos los combatientes y revolucionarios de la historia gloriosa y trágica de América Latina, y es un ejemplo de la voluntad liberal de la nación latinoamericana, de la bandera izada de las luchas anticoloniales en busca de la justicia y la fraternidad entre las naciones del mundo.

Chávez sigue vivo hasta que la justicia, el amor, la libertad y el valor humano estén vivos. Él sigue vivo hasta que las naciones estén vivas y se esfuercen por establecer la independencia, la bondad y la justicia en el mundo.

Su hermano y amigo, Ahmadineyad

El presidente de la República Islámica de Irán

1391.16.12 (Hégira Solar)

Seis de marzo de 2013”