Nothing frees one from the remnants of idealism better than when a journalist is “bone sawed” alive to pieces in a Saudi Consulate and the US president as a well as a number of elected representatives remind themselves and us that they will not endanger the USD 110 billion mega arms deal with Saudi Arabia as this will hurt America’s economy.

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In times of crisis, it is important to not get muddled.

The current US administration wants Iran to also renege on the Iran Deal; this way they will not have to go in confrontation with the EU.

The extremists in Iran want out of the Iran Deal, so that they can continue with their creeping coup, embezzlements and possibly even drag the country into war.

The Iran Deal however is both an important agreement for International peace and development as also in the  interest of Iran’s civil society.

Extremists within and without Iran oppose the Iran Deal. Let’s stand up to extremism by speaking for and acting on behalf of the Iran Deal.

A number of related links:

United Europe plans to bypass Trump sanctions on Iran

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/united-europe-plots-to-bypass-trump-sanctions-on-iran-7b0vqvkkc

 

Brüssel will europäischen Unternehmen per Gesetz verbieten, die neuen Iran-Sanktionen der USA umzusetzen. Damit droht eine Eskalation des Konflikts mit Washington.

http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/iran-atomdeal-eu-kontert-us-sanktionen-mit-abwehrgesetz-a-1208321.html

 

The EU has put itself on a collision course with the US over Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran, as major European firms started to pull out of the country to avoid being hit by sanctions.

In an attempt to shield EU companies doing business with Iran, the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, said he would turn to a plan last used to protect businesses working in Cuba before a US trade embargo was lifted on the Latin American country.

“We will begin the ‘blocking statute’ process, which aims to neutralise the extraterritorial effects of US sanctions in the EU. We must do it and we will do it tomorrow [Friday] morning at 10.30,” he said at the end of a summit in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/17/maersk-tankers-pull-out-of-iran-in-blow-to-nuclear-deal

 

The EU is to begin reviving legislation that will allow European companies to continue doing business with Iran, despite US sanctions.

The so-called “blocking statute” was introduced in 1996 to circumvent US sanctions on Cuba but was never used.

The EU will begin redrafting and preparing the legislation so it applies to the latest Iran sanctions.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44162017

 

Jean Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, said on Thursday the commission has a “duty to protect European companies” from American sanctions.

“We now need to act, and this is why we are launching the process to activate the ‘blocking statute’ from 1996.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/eu-moves-block-sanctions-iran-180517134848253.html

Members of Think Peace worked for decades towards and for the Iran Deal – in the context of various groups of experts as well as Think-Tanks – and deeply regret Mr. Trump’s decision to renege on the Deal.

Dr. Shiva Kambari

A number of relevant links and assessments:

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Mr. Trump, you threaten North Korea with annihilation because they have developed nuclear weapons. You threaten Iran with fates such as Iraq and Afghanistan which is not much better – because we have accepted not to develop nuclear weapons and have agreed to undergo rigid inspections. Iranians have a joke about such tactics.

With concern for the  wellbeing of the Iranian people as well as Americans, we hope that they reach out to one another and that together they may pave another path of national development, each for and using the resources of their own people and country.

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The Iranians are observing the President’s regional trip with a raised eyebrow. Viewed from Iran, the administration’s words and actions in Riyadh seem hypocritical. Standing next to Saudi FM Adel al-Jubeir, who represents a country that puts Tehran to shame when it comes to human rights violations, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson only had eyes for Iran, calling for it to respect “the rights of Iranians to freedom of speech, to freedom of organization, so that Iranians can live the life that they deserve.”

Meanwhile, Iranians were quick to point out, that unlike Saudi Arabia, their country had held elections, rejected hardliners, and one of its poorest provinces had elected hundreds of female city and village councillors.

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