Which “Human” Rights Do You Call for?

One of my close friends is suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a severe mental illness which has almost paralyzed his entire life. He was diagnosed with the psychosis at the age of 15 and now, more than a decade after that time, he is married and has two children. The psychiatrists in Iran have recommended him to go abroad and pursue his treatment under the supervision of a group of qualified, experienced practitioners; however, he was financially unable to afford the expenses of such a solution and remained in Iran.

Psychiatrists in Iran have prescribed several drugs for my friend and he has been taking them over the past years; however, when I met him a few weeks ago, he informed me of a shocking, unanticipated incident which I’m still unable to believe. My friend told me that the Canadian and Italian manufacturers of his medicines have ceased exporting their products to Iran following the imposition of United Nations Security Council’s fourth round of sanctions against Iran and it’s possible that they refuse to export their other pharmaceutical products to the country as a result of the sanctions as well. He told me that his psychiatrists are not able to prescribe the high-quality, original medicines for him anymore and this may seriously jeopardize his mental health and even put his family life into risk.

My instinctive reaction to what my friend told me was nothing but perplexity and confusion. I couldn’t understand the relationship between a set of sanctions which are aimed at what is claimed to be Iran’s “controversial” nuclear program and the mental health of thousands of patients who are suffering from different kinds of psychoses all around the country.

At the first glance, what should be noted is that the four rounds of sanctions which were imposed on Iran by the UNSC so far are entirely illegal, unfounded and baseless as the International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly pointed out in its reports that Iran has never diverted toward enriching uranium to the extent that is utilizable in the atomic weapons;. The reports of intelligence services in the United States also confirm that Iran has never had the intention of producing nuclear weapons and thus should not be penalized with sanctions and other punitive measures. The National Intelligence Estimate report of November 2007 has clearly expressed that Iran does not have a nuclear arsenal and is not moving towards producing nuclear weapons; therefore, bringing up Iran’s nuclear dossier in Security Council and imposing several rounds of crippling sanctions against its people has been merely politicizing Iran’s case which should have been investigated from a legal and scientific viewpoint, not a political one.

However, what is of high importance is the hypocritical and inhuman approach of the United States and its allies concerning Iran’s nuclear program which is turned into an opportunity to confront with the Iranian nation and curb its scientific and political developments.

We have been witness to the fact that, under the pretext of abiding by the UNSC sanctions, several countries in Europe, Asia and Northern America have adopted a counterproductive stance toward Iran and ceased their ordinary financial transactions with Tehran.

Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea and EU member states are among the countries which imposed unilateral, extra-resolution sanctions against Iran and caused several problems for the Iranian nation. Refusing to refuel the Iranian planes in the European airports, suspending the accounts of Iranians in foreign banks and financial institutions, delaying the issuance of visas for the Iranians who want to travel abroad, banning the Iranian students from studying certain fields in the foreign universities and ceasing the exportation of vital goods including foodstuff, medical facilities, fruits and medicines to Iran are among the belligerent policies which these countries have adopted against the people of Iran.

With this unconstructive approach, however, the belligerent countries who have stood against the nation of Iran demonstrated their dishonesty and proved that are not worthy of being trusted. First and foremost, they showed that their claims of being a friend of the Iranian nation are entirely futile and pointless. They demonstrated that their “Nowrouz” greeting messages and stretched hands are fake and deceitful. They can not come to terms with the Iranian nation and are fated to be the enemies of Iran, because it’s in their interests to spread animosity and hostility to retain their influence and power.

Secondly, these countries have clearly demonstrated that they have the least respect for human rights and what they claim to be their exclusive realm. A country that deprives the mental patients of another country, which is in dire need of high-quality medication to meet its pharmaceutical needs, of its medical products cannot be called a defender of human rights. Thousands of innocent civilians are suffering here in Iran, and they should not be punished by the supercilious, arrogant powers simply because these powers favor being at odds with the independent and self-determining nations.

Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon regularly lashes out at other countries for what he claims to be their abuses of human rights; however, his own country, with a long period of abusing the rights of its ethnic minorities, refuses to export medicines to Iran because it wants to “abide by the UNSC resolutions”. It might be interesting to know Mr. Cannon’s viewpoints regarding human rights and the way his country glorifies the humankind. Thousands of mental patients are suffering in a remote country and those who promote themselves as the harbingers of human rights, deprive these “humans” from their most essential right which is a proper medication. How is it possible to justify the Canadian style of respecting the human rights, we don’t know!

This was only a simple instance of how the pioneers of human rights fail to respect and venerate what they consider to be their first and foremost social value. Who knows about the real, on-the-ground abuses of human rights by them?

Kourosh Ziabari is an Iranian freelance journalist and media correspondent. His articles have appeared on a number of media outlets and newspapers. He is a member of Tlaxcala Translators Network for Linguistic Diversity. Read other articles by Kourosh.

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  1. shabnam said on November 15th, 2010 at 3:16pm #

    Mr. Zibari:

    Your objection against illegal sanction is well taken. The war criminals sitting in the Western and Eastern capitals who voted for illegal sanctions against Iranian children are CRIMINALS. These criminal and arrogant ‘leaders’ who are using Iranian trump card to gain more CONCESSIONS from the JUDEOFASCISTS are PETTY PEOPLE, to say the least. We should include leaders of the racist state of Russia and capitalist state of China where on the one hand using Iranian market for their cheap quality goods, and on the other hand stab Iran on her back to remain as ‘favored nations’.
    China has gone further to insult Iranian people to gain more benefits from the terrorist state of Saudi Arabia where a petty Zionist stooge, Obama, BOWED in front of its ‘moderate leader’ Abdulla, to save US broken economy from total collapse.

    According to the latest news, Iranians raised hackles to protest after organizers of the 16th Asian Games held in Guangzhou, China, referred to the Persian Gulf, the stretch of water separating Iran from the Arabian Peninsula, as the “Arabian Gulf.”
    The ambassador played down the incident, saying it was only a mistake by the sports event organizers and didn’t reflect China’s foreign policy and its view of Iran. And the Chinese Foreign Ministry instructed organizations to not repeat Friday’s incident and make sure that the term “Persian Gulf” and nothing else is used in the future.
    Why should the sport event organizer make such a mistake? Aren’t they educated? We have learnt history and geography where clearly this body of water has been identified as Persian Gulf for centuries.
    I have a book with folded a map published in 1870 in the West, where clearly identifies this body of water as Sinus Persicus, in Latin, which is translated as PERSIAN GULF in English

    The Zionist stooge, like Hillary Clinton, who is determined to destroy Iran for the interest of the apartheid state where she has recently strenthen her connection to the ‘jewish state’ further through marriage of her daughther, has used ‘Arabian’ at the state department to insult the Iranian Nation so she can squeeze more than $60B out of the Saudis for the American WMD where are almost obsolete to create tension in the region to benefit US and Israel. The history tells us:

    The present-day name of the gulf comes from the Greek and classical writers who, after calling it the Sea of Erythras for many decades, came to call this body of water Sinus Persicus, meaning the Gulf of Persis. Persis at the time referred to the part of the Iranian plateau which was Pars, today’s Fars province. There was also at the time the province of Carmania, whose remains today represent the much smaller Kerman Province, without frontage on the gulf. The term Persian Gulf is the Anglo-Saxon as well as other later European translations of Sinus Persicus or Mare Persicum (Persian Sea).

    Now, the Chinese who have flooded Iranian market with their cheap quality goods have cooperated with US and Israel along other racist states such as Russia voted for the 4th round of sanction against Iranian children and workers. Due to US controlled foreign policy by the Judeofascists and their stooges, Iran has become a trump card to be used for gaining concessions from the ‘leaders’ in Washington directed by the Israel Lobby. Russia, China, Japan, Saudis, South Korea, even Turkey are only a few to be mentioned here, where have benefited from their cooperations with axis of evil, US-Israel-Britain.

    I must tell the illiterate and ignorant American leaders who do not know where China is located, according to Bloomberg, Iran is an ancient country with more than 7000 years of proven history.
    According to Professor Richard Frye at Harvard University: There is only two great cultures, two great civilizations in all of the Eurasia, one is Iran and the other one is China.
    Why has china followed the footsteps of the illiterate and ignorant war criminals and voted for the sanction to kill Iranian people? If Turkey and Brazil can afford to vote against the fourth round of sanction, then China and the racist state of Russia have NO REASONS TO JUSTIFY THEIR CRIMINAL ACT by voting yes to illegal sanction to keep Iran in a box to keep their nation as ‘favored nation’. Iranians people all over the world must boycott these countries’ goods. People of the world must raise their voices against illegal sanctions supported by China, Russia, US, Britain, France where they insult an ancient civilization and its people. Threat of war must be viewed as a CRIMINAL ACT and those who use it must be arrested and put on trial as a war criminal.
    There is no difference between China and Russia and other war criminals of the West.
    Thank you for your work of exposing the ‘democratic’ west.

  2. shabnam said on November 15th, 2010 at 4:25pm #

    I think Mr. Ahmadinejad must abandon his political game that should not show ‘weaknesses’ against the enemy by admitting that ‘sanction kills people’. The world is familiar with Iraq’s death toll, more than 650,000 deaths where majority of whom were children younger than 5 years of age, then he must ask the world to stand up against these war criminals demanding that these sanctions to be removed. Why the Zionist stooge, Obama, goes to India, a racist state, to shower that country with more advanced technology and WMD, India like Israel has not signed the NPT, to keep India on board against Iran, but Iran, a NPT signatory, cannot enrich uranium for its own fuel? Shame on you Mr. Obama.
    Iranian people must be united against their enemies to protect their ancient civilization from brutality of the west.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBEzGAjaiqM&feature=player_embedded

    Now, it is obvious that the Black activists like the white activists are struggling to expand their own tribal interests. If anyone goes to their sites will see that they are worried about the re-election of the Zionist servant more than anything else, therefore, their activities are limited to attacking the Tea Party not to inform the public about criminal activities of Obama and Susan Rice and Clinton in African countries including Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen. The Zionists let a black man to power to change US image in the Middle East and Africa, to implement destabilization and partition policy in the region to benefit the “Greater Israel” project. The Zionist stooges have cooperated fully and are supported by the black ‘freedom fighters’. You do not see any word on the PARTITION OF THE SUDAN WHICH IS PUSHED BY THE LOBBY and their actors, George Clooney , disguised under the referendum to be carried out in the coming January 2011. Shame

  3. shabnam said on November 15th, 2010 at 7:39pm #

    The US sanction is illegal and criminal. The foreign policy of the United States directed by the Jewish lobby has created an opportunity for many opportunists, nations and individuals.

    There are so many lies circulated around by the ‘opposition’ to obtain visa or win ‘award’ or ‘prizes’ for their cooperation with the intelligent agencies of the West disguised as NED, Freedom house, Human rights organizations, and other entities.
    Due to sanction and restriction by ‘the security council’, a criminal body, the Iranian economy is under severe stress. This situation has created golden opportunity for countries like China, Russia, India, Turkey and many Iranian opportunists Iranian while majority of the population go hungry and jobless. The illegal sanction has brought hardship for the Iranian poor and the middle class but has provided opportunity for the elite. The sanction has created tension among the Iranian communities abroad due to criminal policy of the United States. For example:

    Some 60 years ago, Iranian merchants settled in Dubai and established strong trade relations in Dubai as well as Emirates. There are now more than 400,000 Iranian residents in the UAE, making them the second-largest Iranian community outside Iran. The volume of trade between the two countries is huge, but it has been hard hit by the sanctions.

    Over the past two years, Iranian-UAE trade has dwindled, taking an especially severe plunge over the past two months. UAE banks have severed relations with 17 Iranian banks on the US blacklist, including the Iran Export Bank and the Melli Bank of Iran, and the UAE Central Bank has closed 40 accounts belonging to Iranian companies and individuals.
    UAE insurance firms now refuse to offer coverage for commercial shipments destined for Iran. Experts maintain that in taking these measures, the UAE is complying with instructions from the Security Council, adding that their combined effect has been to reduce bilateral trade between the UAE and Iran by more than 50 percent.

    Another belligerent activity of the West against Iran is propaganda campaign to spread lies and deception to form public opinion against Iran.
    The World Philosophy Day an event is held in Teheran on Nov. 21-23 this year had been one of four flagship UNESCO-backed events scheduled around the world. This event was targeted by the US criminal officials and the Iranian ‘opposition’ in the service of the intelligent services of the West, Jahanbeglou, and others. As a result of this conspiracy the US installed director-general of UNESCO, a Romanian, Irina Bokova has declined to support the conference.

    {The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova withdrew its support from World Philosophy Day events set to take place in Tehran Nov. 21-23. UNESCO’s decision recognizes the unacceptability of Tehran as a location to celebrate peace and free exchange of ideas, given the regime’s long history of censorship, domestic repression, and hateful rhetoric toward Israel, a U.N. member state.}

    No one expects independent leader in a world where the ‘new world order’ is based upon the PROTOCOL, an iron cage. Iranian culture throughout the history has produced many philosophers, but the ignorant pro west Iranian opposition in the service of the west does the bidding to insult Iran which is welcome by the United States. We read in the newspaper:
    “The French Foreign Ministry and the United States mission to UNESCO hailed the decision.”

    Apparently, the conference has not been cancelled, but the US puppet, Irina Bokova, has been pressured not to send a supporting message to the conference, according to Alef site, a Persian website close to the Iranian government.
    One of the judeofascists who was actively involved to cancel the philosophy conference in Tehran was an imposter poses as a ‘philosopher’, Bernard Henri Levy, from the Islamophobia industry who was working closely with the Iranian ‘oppositions’ like Jahanbeglou, Nikfar and Ashouri to cancel the conference.
    Another target was the creation of UN Women, this new UN agency suppose to promote the cause of women in the world, where the Asian region chose a representative of the Iranian government as one of the 41 members of the board of directors. The West and the Iranian traitors went after this nomination where they were successful. The media reported:
    Even though international pressure got Iran rejected for the executive board of the newly established agency, UN Women, it’s still a disgrace that Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Libya and Congo are among the 41 countries represented. Saudi Arabia, which plays whatever tune it can get away with, won’t allow women to drive cars, and views them as the property of men. It even tried to force U.S. military women stationed in Saudi Arabia to wear head-coverings.

    Canada’s beloved PM, Stephen Harper, along with the U.S. and Australia, apparently led the charge against Iran’s inclusion to the agency. UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki-moon showed minimum leadership in the case.
    The criminal west and their stooges, the Iranian ‘opposition’ have no objection to Saudi Arabia where women are denied to drive a car, but they go after Iran to maintain the ‘new world order’ according to the protocol in order to keep their petty positions.

  4. hayate said on November 15th, 2010 at 8:03pm #

    Interesting to see that shabnan is more upset at Russian and Chinese roles in the anti-Iran sanctions than it is about israel’s stooges in the usa and eu. Since neither Russia nor China imposed extra sanctions or are preventing medicines reaching Iran and the ziofascist stooges are. It was these extra zionist imposed sanctions which the writer of the article, Kourosh Ziabari, was talking about in the article. The writer never mentioned Russia or China having a role in these extra sanctions, in fact didn’t mention them at all. Rather revealing, that shabnam thought it important to falsely associate these two countries with what Ziabari wrote. It’s an old smear tactic, actually.

  5. hayate said on November 15th, 2010 at 8:09pm #

    I should also add that both China and Russia are increasing their trade with Iran, not reducing it as the zionist sanctions are intended to cause. What these sanctions are doing is removing ziofascist competition for trade with Iran. What ziofascism incs. puppets wont sell to Iran, or buy from Iran, China, Brazil, Russia, Turkey, and growing list of other countries, will. IE: the ziofascists are cutting off their nose to spite their face.

    So it makes sense to demonise China and Russia- from a zionist pov.

  6. shabnam said on November 15th, 2010 at 8:25pm #

    hayate:

    Apparently you are not able to understand that Russians and Chinese always go with their interest, like the United States and Israel. Both China and Russia have active relations with the apartheid state. They were given concessions in order to buy their votes and they did accordingly and voted along with other criminal states in favor of illegal sanctions against Iranian nation to kill the population.

    China and Russia preferred to cooperate with Israel and US to protect their interests. They don’t give a damn to either world peace or humanity as long as their vote protects their interests.

    So, these l states could have rejected the bribes from the criminal states offered by the Jewish Lobby in order to support humanity and world peace by joining Brazil and Turkey, but they preferred not to do it.

  7. hayate said on November 15th, 2010 at 9:03pm #

    shabnam said on November 15th, 2010 at 8:25pm

    Neither Russia nor China are involved with those extra sanctions, and both protested them. They are not observing them at all. The article was about the extra sanctions zionism, inc’s quislings are now enforcing. Your concentration of associating China and Russia with those sanctions blows your cover as far as I’m concerned.

    Get it?

    China and Russia acting in their own interests? I’m flabbergasted! Of course they are. So is Iran. Turkey and Brazil. Nobody’s an angel here. They are all capitalists. What the Chinese and Russians are doing with ziofascism, inc. is playing ziofascism, inc. the way zionists play everybody else. It’s in their interests to get a larger share of business with Iran, the sanctions do that for them. The idiotic extra zionist imposed sanctions do that even more for them. No doubt it was expected, since the official sanctions really are quite watered down.

    For Iran, is it better they do business more with China, Brazil, Turkey, Russia and the rest of the countries now increasing their business with Iran, or is it better to do more business with the zionist quislings in the usa and the eu?

    Obviously, the ziofascists want regime change in Iran and an Iranian puppet. Not an Iran that is closer allied to the countries ziofascism, inc. does not dominate, or is losing control of. Demonising the most threatening players is in zionist interests. Brazil and Turkey are still minor players, China and Russia most certainly are not.

    BTW, Russia is not a zionist colony, now. It was under yeltsin. That period of time saw 3-5 million ex-USSR’ians die due to ziofascist control of the country and their destruction of the infrastructure. The violence in Chechnya, et al, is zionist run violence,just like it is in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, you name it. Just about every Russian knows this. The Russian Duma even voted on a pronouncement that zionism equates to racism. How many of your precious zionist quisling guvs have done that, eh? All this “racist Russia” propaganda, is right out of the zionist hasbara’s handbook on how to refer to Russia. If you are so anti-zionist, why do you use their propaganda?

    As for China being a zionist puppet, that is so bloody bleeping absurd…it’s a ziofascist wet dream to have China as a puppet.

    That aint gonna happen.

    Ever.

    Get used to it.

  8. shabnam said on November 15th, 2010 at 9:22pm #

    {Neither Russia nor China are involved with those extra sanctions, and both protested them. They are not observing them at all.}

    You apparently so focused on your zionazi that you are not able to see the lies of Russia and China when they say we are against the sanctions but they go and vote for it. I am sorry for you. Russia and China go after their interests not what you think.

  9. shabnam said on November 15th, 2010 at 9:23pm #

    I think Mr. Ahmadinejad must abandon his political game, instead, he should tell the world that the sanction is really hurts the Iranian economy and brings unemployment, deterioration of the health services, many deaths due to outdated technological machinery and means of transportation like airbus. Mr. Ahmadinejad should not think that telling the truth is a sign of ‘weaknesses’ where strengthen the enemy of Iran. We know what happened to Iraqi people and their society as the result of ‘dual containment’ designed by Martin Indyke, a Zionist from the Jewish lobby in Clinton administration. The world is familiar with more than 650,000 deaths in Iraq due to sanctions, where majority of them were children younger than 5 years of age. Thus, he must ask the world to stand up against the war criminals demanding sanctions to be removed. Why the Zionist stooge, Obama, goes to India, to shower that country with more advanced technology and WMD where India like Israel has not signed the NPT and sit on hundreds of illegal nuclear weapons, whereas Iran as a member of NPT cannot enrich 3% uranium for its fuel which is Iran’s rights according to NPT. Shame on you Mr. Obama.
    Iranian people must be united against their enemies to protect their ancient civilization from brutality of the west.

    [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBEzGAjaiqM&feature=player_embedded]

    To Professor Frye, the Iranian people are the source of inspiration to have one of two great culture and civilization in Eurasia, the other one is China.
    Now, it is obvious that Black activists like white activists are struggling to expand their own tribal interests. If anyone views their sites will find out that they are worried about Obama’s re-election more than anything else, therefore, their activities are limited to attacking the Tea Party, and not to inform the public about war crime activities of Obama, Susan Rice and Hillary Clinton in African countries including Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen. The Zionists let a black man to power to change US image in the Middle East and Africa, to implement destabilization and partition policy in the region to benefit the “Greater Israel” project. The Zionist stooges have cooperated fully and are supported by the black ‘freedom fighters’. You do not see any word on the PARTITION OF THE SUDAN WHICH IS PUSHED BY THE LOBBY and their actors, George Clooney , disguised under the referendum to be carried out in the coming January 2011. Shame

  10. hayate said on November 15th, 2010 at 9:36pm #

    shabnam said on November 15th, 2010 at 9:22pm #

    “{Neither Russia nor China are involved with those extra sanctions, and both protested them. They are not observing them at all.}

    You apparently so focused on your zionazi that you are not able to see the lies of Russia and China when they say we are against the sanctions but they go and vote for it. I am sorry for you. Russia and China go after their interests not what you think.”

    “You apparently so focused on your zionazi”

    That bugs you, don’t it? That I focus on zionist manipulations. I guess I’m not a sanctioned hasbarat and therefore unqualified to criticise the sacred racism, eh? :D

    The fact you wont address the crux of my argument, but persist with hasbara talking points is even more revealing.

    Here’s a spade, let’s see you dig that ‘ole a bit deeper, eh.

  11. hayate said on November 15th, 2010 at 10:02pm #

    shabnam said on November 15th, 2010 at 9:23pm

    “To Professor Frye, the Iranian people are the source of inspiration to have one of two great culture and civilization in Eurasia, the other one is China.”

    That’s quite chauvinistic or racist if you ask me. Only 2 “great culture and civilization in Eurasia”? Out of what?, 100s of cultures and countries? Give me a “bleepin” break. This is rightwing spam.

  12. hayate said on November 15th, 2010 at 10:04pm #

    Sorry, I didn’t finish my thought.

    “This is rightwing spam.”

    Should have been:

    This is rightwing spam posing as something it absolutely is not.

  13. shabnam said on November 16th, 2010 at 5:06am #

    “To Professor Frye, the Iranian people are the source of inspiration to have one of two great culture and civilization in Eurasia, the other one is China.”

    Watch the video and if you have any questions write to Richard Frye. I am sorry that you get so ‘emotional’ that forget to watch the video. I am using a quote from Frye. Watch the video first and then hit the keyboard.

  14. shabnam said on November 16th, 2010 at 8:33am #

    The foreign ministers of China, Russia and India urged Iran today to prove to the world that its nuclear ambitions are peaceful, and urged a return to talks.
    The criminals once against have asked Iran ‘TO PROVE’ its nuclear program is ‘peaceful’ , while themselves are sitting on thousands of nuclear bombs where NPT has asked them to reduce to zero long time ago.
    Racist state of Russia and India must destroy their weapon and then tell the world THEIR NONSENSE so people won’t laugh at them. India refused to sign the NPT, like Israel, and is sitting on hundreds of illegal nuclear bombs, like the racist apartheid state.

    China on the other hand, with hundreds nuclear bombs, has cooperated with Israel and US belligerent policy on the one hand, and has used the Iranian market for its cheap quality goods to receive oil on the other hand.

    The Iranian people tell the criminals states to destroy their nuclear bombs first and then SHUT UP.

    [http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/world/article/china-russia-urge-iran-to-show-nuclear-plans-peaceful/]

  15. shabnam said on November 16th, 2010 at 10:53am #

    The ‘security council’, a criminal body, is hold responsible for Iranian death due to economic strangulation of Iran and any military action against Iran. India also must take responsibilty for supporting criminal acts of US and Israel against Iran

    DOWN WITH THE CRIMINAL STATES AT THE “SECURITY COUNCIL” and their extension WHO VOTED FOR IRAN SANCTION.

    source: Arab Monitor)
    Friday, November 12, 2010

    Giving in to US pressure, the Foreign Ministry of Kuwait ordered the central bank to call on all banks, investment companies and money exchange agencies to start implementing enhanced restriction on trade with Iran, taking a step further than what was sanctioned by the UN Security Council (SC) on 9 June. The Kuwait central bank issued a circular banning the opening of branches or representative offices for Iranian banks in Kuwait and forbidding Kuwaiti banks and financial operators to open offices or accounts in Iran.

    The order from the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry to join in the economic warfare against Iran comes only days after its first victims among the GCC business community turned to their sovereigns for help. On Monday businessmen and traders from the UAE met with deputy governor Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid al-Maktoum in Dubai asking the government to intervene and to ease the restrictions already imposed on their trade with Iran in compliance with the UNSC vote of 9 June. The businessmen complained about the restrictions imposed by banks in terms of opening letters of credit and finance, necessary to continue import and export operations with the foodstuff, medicine, building materials and auto spare parts their businesses are relying upon. The businessmen asked the UAE authorities to find a viable mechanism to steer clear of restrictions hitting sectors far away from the military or nuclear industry field the UNSC vote on 9 June intended to target.

    Iran is traditionally one of the UAE’s closest trading partners, with some 400 thousand Iranian citizens living and working in the Arabian side of the Persian Gulf. The economic warfare against Iran had already brought down bilateral trade between the UAE and Iran from 12 billion dollars in 2008 to only eight billion in 2009, but now, after a fourth round of sanctions in 2010, trade is expected to come down to 6 billion, with a much steeper decline to be expected, if the GCC governments decide to abide with US requests to slap restrictions on literally all trade with the neighbour country.

  16. shabnam said on November 16th, 2010 at 4:29pm #

    Ron Pual said:

    Sanction against Iran is a stupid policy. Sanctions is an act of war.
    We’ve Already Declared War on Iran.

    [http://www.juancole.com/2010/11/ron-paul-weve-already-declared-war-on-iran.html#respond]

    Shame on Congress, dominated by pro zionist supporters to serve the war agenda in the Middle East.

  17. shabnam said on November 16th, 2010 at 7:31pm #

    Lifting sanctions must be a precondition for Iran-5+1 talks’

    TEHRAN — MP Mohammad Dehqan says Iran must link a lifting of sanctions on the Islamic Republic to a resumption of talks with the 5+1 group(the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, and Germany).

    Tehran must announce to the G5+1 group that it is ready for the talks only if they lift the sanctions on Iran and revise their approach toward the country, said Dehqan, a member of the Majlis presiding board.

    “We must adopt a more active stance than before in the new round of negotiations,” he observed.

    EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has agreed with Iran’s proposal that the talks be held on December 5.

    Earlier Iran’s Supreme National Security Council secretary Saeed Jalili had proposed meeting in Istanbul on either November 23 or December 5.

    The Security Council MUST LIFT THE SANCTION before the talk can take place.

    PEOPLE OF THE WORLD MUST BOYCOTT GOODS FROM THE CRIMINAL STATES WHO VOTED FOR ILLEGAL SANCTION, WHILE SITTING ON THOUSANDS OF NUCLEAR BOMBS THEMSELVES.
    Iran should not enter the talk with the criminal states unless they stop killing Iranians through illegal sanctions.

  18. hayate said on November 16th, 2010 at 8:56pm #

    (Notices dirt being flung out of a hole and walks up to it to see what’s going on. Ah, it’s shabnan still furiously digging its hole.)

    shabnam said on November 16th, 2010 at 5:06am #

    “To Professor Frye, the Iranian people are the source of inspiration to have one of two great culture and civilization in Eurasia, the other one is China.”

    Watch the video and if you have any questions write to Richard Frye. I am sorry that you get so ‘emotional’ that forget to watch the video. I am using a quote from Frye. Watch the video first and then hit the keyboard.”

    It was obvious that quote was from the video link and that is why I didn’t waste my time watching it. Anyone who would say such chauvinistic dribble isn’t worth listening to. Any one who would quote such chauvinistic dribble because they agree with it, is obviously not worth much, either.

    You are still deliberately conflating the mild u.n. sanctions against Iran, which China and Russia voted for, with the much more drastic sanctions the ziofascist quislings imposed unilaterally afterwards, which China and Russia have not part of. Let me repeat the facts for you:

    The u.n. sanctions against Iran are not the ones that are hurting Iranian people, it’s the non-u.n. sanctions israel had its puppets enact against Iran that are hurting Iranian people. The Russians and Chinese are involved with those sanctions and they are not observing them.

    So why is shabnan pretending the Russians and Chinese are part of those zionist sanctions and why is it more hostile towards China and Russia, than it is towards the zionist quislings who imposed those harmful sanctions? The fact it wont address this criticism makes the answer to that quite obvious.

    You are still using zionist hasbara propaganda to describe Russia. IE:

    “Racist state of Russia”

    There’s more racism in your precious usa and sacred israel than there is in Russia.

    Then there is this:

    “China on the other hand, with hundreds nuclear bombs, has cooperated with Israel and US belligerent policy on the one hand, and has used the Iranian market for its cheap quality goods to receive oil on the other hand.”

    American fascists/ziofascists have been saying crap like that about forunners’ products (that’s imports, btw) since the last century. It’s the standard xenophobic bs spiel used by fascists to get people hating the “evul forunners”. Rather revealing of you, eh? :D BTW, China is not forcing Iran to buy their products any more than they are forcing the usa to. That’s a totally bogus argument, as well as the xenophobic rubbish of a typical rightwing fascist bigot.

    There is absolutely no evidence that China is a zionist stooge, as you imply, and previously stated, in so many words. You have provided no evidence of this, just your own rightwing xenophobic anti-Chinese views.

    shabnam said on November 16th, 2010 at 4:29pm

    “Ron Pual said:

    Sanction against Iran is a stupid policy. Sanctions is an act of war.
    We’ve Already Declared War on Iran.

    [http://www.juancole.com/2010/11/ron-paul-weve-already-declared-war-on-iran.html#respond]”

    Is paul talking about the u.n. sanctions, or those your israeloamericans imposed unilaterally, which China and Russia opposed? Do you even know or care? Not differentiating between the two helps further zionist propaganda against China and Russia, and against Iran. What a coincidence, eh. I agree the sanctions your zionists imposed unilaterally are an act of war. Your zionists are at war with everyone, even including themselves. As for cole, he’s a rightwing stealth zionist who supported the criminal ziofascist attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq. He also supports the ziofascist regime change op against Iran codenamed “green revolution” and plugged all sorts of their propaganda on that crime.

    But he’s a great source for a zionist hasbarat to be using. It seems rather odd someone supposedly opposed to zionism would even bother reading his site, other than to write up a criticism of it. Is that another oops?

    Sorry, but but to me, you still seem like somebody who posts what they think others will think would be from an Iranian patriot, rather than as an Iranian patriot.

    Oh, I almost forgot, here’s a ladder and a bucket. Flinging that dirt out of such a deep hole must be murder on your arms. :D

  19. hayate said on November 16th, 2010 at 9:00pm #

    Damn

    “The Russians and Chinese are involved with those sanctions and they are not observing them.”

    Should have been:

    The Russians and Chinese are NOT involved with those sanctions and they are not observing them.

  20. mary said on November 17th, 2010 at 3:30am #

    Q. What is the first thing that Tristan Anderson, who was brain damaged by the Israelis, do?

    A. Go on Democracy Now and attack Iran.

    http://www.democracynow.org/2010/11/16/in_first_interview_since_critical_injury

    In First Interview Since Critical Injury at West Bank Protest, U.S. Peace Activist Tristan Anderson Urges Iran to Free Jailed Hikers
    The U.S. peace activist Tristan Anderson has given his first interview since being critically injured when Israeli soldiers fired a high-velocity tear gas canister directly at his head in 2009. Anderson was taking part in a weekly nonviolent protest against Israel’s separation wall in the West Bank. On Sunday, he helped unfurl a banner calling for the release of his friends Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, the two U.S. hikers who remain imprisoned in Iran. Anderson and the freed American hiker Sarah Shourd also sat down for a joint interview. [includes rush transcript]

    He should be going all out on Israel’s crimes and their plan to demolish Iran.

    PS What were these US ‘hikers’ doing in Iran in the first place one asks? I think that there is something dubious about Ms Shourd too.

  21. mary said on November 17th, 2010 at 5:02am #

    Q. What is the first thing that Tristan Anderson, who was brain damaged by the Israelis, did after he recovered?

    A. Go on Democracy Now and attack Iran.

    (www.democracynow.org/2010/11/16/in_first_interview_since_critical_injury)

    In First Interview Since Critical Injury at West Bank Protest, U.S. Peace Activist Tristan Anderson Urges Iran to Free Jailed Hikers

    The U.S. peace activist Tristan Anderson has given his first interview since being critically injured when Israeli soldiers fired a high-velocity tear gas canister directly at his head in 2009. Anderson was taking part in a weekly nonviolent protest against Israel’s separation wall in the West Bank. On Sunday, he helped unfurl a banner calling for the release of his friends Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, the two U.S. hikers who remain imprisoned in Iran. Anderson and the freed American hiker Sarah Shourd also sat down for a joint interview. [includes rush transcript]

    He should be going all out on Israel’s crimes and their plan to attack and demolish Iran.

    PS What were these US ‘hikers’ doing in Iran in the first place one asks? I think that there is something dubious about Ms Shourd too.

  22. hayate said on November 17th, 2010 at 12:04pm #

    Mary

    “He should be going all out on Israel’s crimes and their plan to demolish Iran.

    PS What were these US ‘hikers’ doing in Iran in the first place one asks? I think that there is something dubious about Ms Shourd too.”

    Very good points. One wonders why he’s Iran focused, instead of israel focused. Friends with the hikers? Or co-workers. I’ve wondered about what those three were really up to Iran. A while back several of us discussed this after an article posted at Monthly Revue. At the time, I was suspicious of the hikers, but not convinced they were “on a job”. Now I’m definitely leaning towards the view that these are deep cover mossadies, cias, or both. One of the hikers, Bauer, did “hunanisation reporting” on some the people backed by the mossad/cia in Sudan.

    Ziofascism, inc. really wants Iran bad.

  23. mary said on November 17th, 2010 at 12:27pm #

    Hayate Quite. To think I once felt very sorry for Tristan Anderson. My comments are here on a Cyrano’s Journal Showcase article dated Marcg 2009. I am amazed that he has now actually recovered.

    (http://www.cjournal.info/?p=5709)
    (you have to keep refreshing the page to view it properly)

  24. mary said on November 17th, 2010 at 2:33pm #

    Hayate – Alexa info here (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexa_Internet) I see it is part of Amazon and is considered to be spyware by Symantec. When I look on Amazon to check up on a book, I am told what other books I would be interested in. I guess that our patterns of purchasing goods online, visiting websites, leaving comments, etc is used to analyse who we are including our sex, age, location, education, marital status etc. They probably know more about us than we would like.

  25. hayate said on November 17th, 2010 at 8:16pm #

    Mary, thanks.