Author Archives: Kourosh Ziabari

The last naïve election

An interview with Linh Dinh

Linh Dinh is the author of two books of stories, five of poems, and a novel, Love Like Hate. He’s tracking our deteriorating socialscape through his frequently updated photo blog, State of the Union. Continue reading

Self-immolations speak of Israel’s bankruptcy

In the past weeks, the streets of Tel Aviv have been witness to desperate people setting themselves on fire in protest at the growing social and economic inequalities and the rising cost of living in Israel. Continue reading

Who is the winner of sanctions game?

Two weeks ago, the European Union put into effect its comprehensive oil embargo against Iran upon which the member states had reached an agreement on January 23. Continue reading

Tehran NAM summit: an event which disappoints the United States

While the United States, Israel and their European allies are pulling out all the stops to isolate Iran over its nuclear program, the upcoming meeting of the heads of state of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran seems to be throwing a spanner in their works. Continue reading

Terrorists arrested, hopes renewed

The announcement by Iran’s intelligence ministry that it has arrested 20 people associated with the terrorist operations in which two of the country’s nuclear scientists were assassinated received the Western mainstream media’s meaningful silence, but clearly demonstrated the influence and might of Iran’s intelligence apparatus, giving a serious warning to the hell-bent enemies of the nation that their further plots and conspiracies can be immediately nipped in the bud. Continue reading

The menacing plots of MKO for Iran

The ill-omened, inauspicious plots of the terrorist gang, the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization, against Iran seem to have no end. The recent letter signed by 44 U.S. senators addressed to President Obama in which it was implied that time for diplomacy with Iran is over and other options to deal with Iran’s nuclear program should be considered is said to be the work of the MKO. Continue reading

American hypocrisy on Iran’s nuclear program can’t be clearer: Noah Gimbel

It’s been almost a decade that the United States, Israel and their European allies have been pressuring Iran to give up its nuclear program. Economic sanctions, threats of military strike, assassinations and cyber attacks were all the options which they have resorted to in order to ruin Iran’s nuclear program. At the same time, Israel, which admittedly possesses up to 200 atomic warheads, has been unconditionally supported by the United States and Europe and every effort to investigate Israel’s nuclear arsenal by international organizations has been stalled by Washington. Continue reading

Those who benefit from failed Iran talks

With less than a week remaining to the sensitive, determining talks between the top negotiators of six world powers and Iran over the latter’s nuclear program, some wicked forces from here and there are trying their best to deliver a lethal blow to Tehran and weaken the chances of a successful, productive agreement between the two sides which, during the past years, have interacted with each other in a fluctuating atmosphere of trust and mistrust. Continue reading

Why anti-Israelism is not anti-Semitism

The leaders of the Israeli regime have long been after spreading this fallacy that criticizing the actions and policies of this regime is tantamount to being anti-Jew and anti-Semitic, thereby sanctioning any condemnation of their brutal and aggressive ploys by the international community. Continue reading

The devilish plan of Saudi-Bahrain merger

The recently declared plan by the members of Persian Gulf Cooperation Council to annex Bahrain to Saudi Arabia and form a greater Arab union has attested to the fact that the tyrannical and merciless rulers of Arab sheikhdoms in the Persian Gulf are still obliviously living in the colonial era, dating back to the early 1550s, when the world’s major colonial powers relied on the power of arms and ammunitions to conquer and attain new territories and put the rivals’ nose out of joint in a conspicuous show-off of muscle-flexing. Continue reading

UAE leads an anti-Iranian alliance

The United Arab Emirates officials are burning with a low blue flame. They have once again started insulting the Iranian nation using an arrogant and offensive language. What has irritated them this time is the recent visit paid by the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the Iranian island of Abu Musa in the Persian Gulf as part of his provincial trip to the southern province of Hormozgan on April 11. They claim that the island belongs to their soil and that Iran has violated their territorial integrity by continuing its “occupation” of the strategic island. Continue reading

Saudi Arabia: Dancing to Israel’s tune

The fact that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has joined the vicious triangle of the United States, Israel and Britain to destabilize the Islamic Republic of Iran and put pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program is not a secret anymore. The Saudi officials have openly stated their opposition to Iran’s access to peaceful nuclear energy and even have boastfully promised to make up for the amount of crude oil which the EU member states will be losing after imposing a multilateral oil embargo against Iran, which is seen as an effort to force Iran into giving up its nuclear rights. Continue reading

The all-out hypocrisy of the Arab League and the West

After the Arab League hypocritically suspended the membership of Syria amid the mounting pressures of NATO and the United States, the resurgence of violence in Egypt and the increasing use of excessive force in Bahrain and Yemen, and the unrelenting massacre of innocent civilians by the barbaric regime of Al Khalifa and Ali Abdullah Saleh once again attracted the attention of conscientious observers in the international community. Continue reading

Open microphone tells tale of growing US-Israel gap

Despite pretentiously showing gestures of friendship and cordiality, the ideological gap between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is becoming increasingly wider. Continue reading

Israel’s war threats: Sheer hollow propaganda

Israel has awkwardly and desperately renewed its outworn war threats against Iran in the recent weeks, indicating that it’s getting prepared to launch a military strike on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear facilities. Continue reading

Satisfying the Zionists: Obama’s first priority

When Barack Obama entered the Oval Office with his luminous and glowing slogan of “change,” which appealed to millions of frustrated Americans who couldn’t tolerate the hawkish and warmongering policies of George Bush anymore, it was hardly predictable that he would be going to simply present a moderated example of his aggressive predecessor who owed his legitimacy and power to the Zionist lobby in the United States. Continue reading

Berlusconi: the man of scandals

Silvio Berlusconi is an internationally renowned figure, but not for his good reputation as an upright and respectable statesman, rather as a notorious man who can be called one of the most corrupt politicians of the world in all terms. Continue reading