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.
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.
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United Europe plans to bypass Trump sanctions on Iran
Brüssel will europäischen Unternehmen per Gesetz verbieten, die neuen Iran-Sanktionen der USA umzusetzen. Damit droht eine Eskalation des Konflikts mit Washington.
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.
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.
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.
And despite much we have done, we fear war with Iran and hope for “a bit of peace” and the chance for change from within, even without worrying about all the opportunities we missed in order to concentrate on that which is best or Iran, Iranians, peace and mutual cooperation, resulting in mutual prosperity.
Calling for a whole country to be evicted from the Middle East is the same as calling for its destruction. Who will then take over its natural resources, we wonder?
Mr. Reza Pahlavi has joined this “opposition” and is their main candidate. But the eyes of those who count are on the natural resources.
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.
“In the past 45 days,” Goldenberg said, “there have been 190 incidents against Jews and Jewish institutions throughout the United States. This is unprecedented, we don’t know how to explain it, and, frankly, I’m worried.”
As the recent welcome received by the US wrestling team in Iran has again made obvious, Iranian people have much respect for and sympathy with US Americans. We hope that 45, his administration and Iranian lobbyists will not squander away all this by showing them the darkest and profit above all else seeking side of America.
When we set up Think Peace online, we envisioned ourselves as a small independent peace group that would concentrate on its relevant message of the week based on the group’s analysis of international developments and thus did not think that we would get too much attention or have adversaries who would want to hack us.
Along the way, our site was hacked a number of times, by simple hackers – seeking to push various political messages.
However, in 2014 at a time when the site was far less active – as we were concentrating on the same work elsewhere – it was “hacked hugely”.