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Posted on Sep 27, 2007

After delivering a fiery U.N. speech, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad swung through Latin America to strengthen ties with a couple of friendly leftist leaders: Evo Morales of Bolivia and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. Chavez, who’s no stranger to President Bush’s hot temper, called Ahmadinejad “one of the greatest anti-imperialist fighters,” clearly a reference to his opposition to the United States.


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Ahmadinejad’s trip underscored his growing ties to Latin American nations, including Nicaragua and Ecuador, even as the United States tries to isolate him internationally.

“It’s a connection that is growing stronger all the time,” said Alberto Garrido, a Venezuelan writer and political analyst. “It’s Iran’s answer to the United States on its own home turf. The United States is in the Middle East, so Iran is in Latin America.”

The closer ties are viewed with alarm by the opposition in Venezuela and Bolivia, and by Washington. U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, a Florida Republican, said they remind him “of the relationship that Fidel Castro had with Russia.” He urged Washington to reach out more to a region analysts say it has largely ignored since 9-11.

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By Luis Cayetano, September 28, 2007 at 5:36 pm Link to this comment
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“Anti-imperialism is merely a slogan?  That’s the neo-con and liberal hawk position when calling for humanitarian cluster bombing.”

I’m saying that many demagogues have used anti-imperialism as an excuse to crush their enemies at home, in much the same way as Bush et al seek to use the pretext of terrorism to stamp out opposition to their policies. We should not fall for the lies and deceits of either.

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By cyrena, September 28, 2007 at 12:18 pm Link to this comment

#103203 by nefertiti

If America was serious about Justice and human rights it wont support and Arm to the teeth the dictators of the Middle east , the most oppressive regimes on earth.
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nefertiti,

Herein lies the key. You hit it. The operative word here is -IF-! IF America cared about Justice and Human Rights. In short, America does NOT. At least not in the past 7 years, and at least not the people who control things. And, one need only look around America, to find that out.

Check out New Orleans, LA (only one of a several hundred USA spots on the terrain). It’s been over 2 years, and that City looks like Iraq. (just a smaller verison). It looks exactly like it did the day after Katrina hurled through, and all of the white folks somehow were able to “get notice” and “get out”. The majority of the population was left to perish, because the leadership of America does NOT care about Justice or human rights.

Now, I only bring up New Orleans as an example because by now, pretty much everybody knows the deal there. But, there are millions of other “New Orleans” here in the US, and nobody much gives a damn. (at least not anyone who can DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT)!

So, 2 years down the road, after they were allowed to perish, (they knew the hurricane was coming, and they knew the levees would NOT hold, and they KNEW of the destruction it would create.) They did NOTHING! (except to send in Blackwater to control the crowds)

Now there are no schools open, orphans (young adults, nearly all black) roam the streets. And, they’re ANGRY! Why would they not be? A trillion to make war, but nothing for the folks next door.

And, if you read some of the comments on this or any other thread, you will hear “Americans” from Maine to San Clemente, making it very clear that they don’t CARE about “distant” troubles, (like the next state over from them, or the other side of town) when they have to look out for “their own”.

And, as much as it breaks my heart to say it, Americans have become even MORE self-centered and stupid, over the past few decades. So stupid in fact, that they don’t get that when the blowback comes, (and it’s already here) it’s not gonna just skip over that little town where they may be all wrapped up in the bubble of “their own”, because NUKES and other weapons aren’t picky about where they strike.

So, while these Americans don’t know it, America is falling/declining, just like Rome and all other “empires” have done, when they’ve perpetrated the same arrogance and unilateral aggression.

It’s easy enough to hide (as an average person) behind the helpless claim…“what can we do”? These people in Washington are just making it bad for everybody. But, there’s nothing we can do.

EXCEPT of course, there IS. There are 535 people in our “Congress”. There are 300 million Americans. Tell me why 300 million Americans can’t fire those 535 people, along with all of their OTHER “elected” officials? If we “elected” them, we can FIRE their asses. It hasn’t happened, because just as Iraq lived under a dictator for 30 years, so do we.

Didn’t Saddam hold “elections” that he ALWAYS “won”?

Same here.

Didn’t Saddam oppress the majority in Iraq, (just in order to maintain absolute control)?

Same here.

And, look at what they did to us on 9-11.

So, as you can see, the Mob that controls the US doesn’t care about Justice or human rights, for anyone outside the 1% of them that rule.

And, so it is. That “IF” is only an “if” as in an “option” for the Mob, and clearly not one that they have given any indication of choosing, and the Rule of Law no longer exists in the US. Only the rule of the dictator, and our dictators make Saddam look like an alter boy. (or whatever the equivalent is in Islam).

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By P. T., September 28, 2007 at 11:04 am Link to this comment

“anti-imperialism (which seems to be a God in itself for many socialists, as though fundamental human rights should take a back seat to a slogan)”


Anti-imperialism is merely a slogan?  That’s the neo-con and liberal hawk position when calling for humanitarian cluster bombing.

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By Douglas Chalmers, September 28, 2007 at 7:31 am Link to this comment

Dollar economy: “The dollar economy is not limited to the US. Oil reserves traded in dollars belong to it too. Also enterprises, banks and investments, anywhere in the world, belong to it when paid with dollars. They are like small islands of the dollar economy. Benefits and dividends are flowing back to the owners. The value of the investments is influenced by the rate of the dollar. Oil sellers, receiving their proceeds in dollars, are actors in the dollar-economy and usually behave like perfect representatives of the US’ interests. They consider this as their own interest.”

How do you steal oil reserves? “There is still another aspect to the abuse of the dollar. During the demonstrations against the US-invasion of Iraq, a lot of demonstrators understood it was not about weapons of mass destruction. Iraq has world’s second largest oil reserves. Some demonstrators thought, the US was after the oil. And that is also true. But how can you steal oil reserves, which are in the ground and so huge you cannot take them with you?

You do it with currencies. By imposing, that this oil can only be traded in dollars, in one move the US becomes owner of this oil. The US is the only country, which has the right to print dollars and thus can dispose of the oil any time. Other countries that want to buy this oil, have to buy dollars first. In fact they pay their oil to the US at that moment. The dollars they receive are rights to collect a quantity of oil. (Just like when you go to Ikea to buy furniture, you pay first and you receive a note, with which you can collect your furniture at the shop’s back door.) So, basically, dollars are rights to collect oil. And because everybody needs oil, everybody wants these green notes.

So, Saddam’s switch to the Euro at the start of November 2000 was not just an attack on the rate of the dollar. The switch implied at the same time the US could not dispose freely of the oil anymore. The US would have to buy euros to dispose of it. 

Since switching back the dollar on 5 June 2003 [21], the US has, financially, free disposal of the Iraqi oil again. Now it is a matter of installing a strawman-government and to prevent the Iraqi oil trade from switching away from the dollar once again. That is easy to say, but turns out to be more difficult than expected.” http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=6893

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By nefertiti, September 28, 2007 at 7:02 am Link to this comment

Luis

I agree , No to war , NO to aggression, no to Preemtive strikes , Yes to Human rights (right now forgotten about by America ) and Yes to the rule of Law . If America calls Saudi kuwait and the emiratis Modeates, it tells me a lot about America . If America was serious about Justice and human rights it wont support and Arm to the teeth the dictators of the Middle east , the most oppressive regimes on earth. America calls many of them MODERATE , yet if i had ONE Single choice between iran or saudi Arabia i would choose iran . saudi is the worst country ever in terms of Minorities (shias oppressed ) NO Jews , NO Christians , even Hindus are not allowed to worship . yet they seem hand in hand with America . Hypocrisy makes me sick .

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By nefertiti, September 28, 2007 at 5:37 am Link to this comment

Ahmadinejad , tried with the Arabs but soon noticed they were US doormats and he could not count on their help . Ahmadinejad noticed that ONLY latinos said NO to America when it went too far , so he is right to strengthen the bonds with them , the Arab cowards are a bunch of losers and a waste of time.  ONLY a revolution will help us get rid of them. soon i hope .
(Arab citizen )

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By Luis Cayetano, September 28, 2007 at 12:43 am Link to this comment
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Personally, it shits me to tears when a leftist government forms ties to reactionary, religiously deluded idiots like Ahmadinejad on the basis of “anti-imperialism” (which seems to be a God in itself for many socialists, as though fundamental human rights should take a back seat to a slogan), inaugurated with displays of fake “respect” and fawning admiration. And like drooling douche bags, many on the left buy into it, adopting a species of tunnel vision no more respectable than that employed by religious and market fundamentalists. NO to war, but NO also to repressive regimes that rule on the basis of superstition, fear and demagogic cries of “Down with the oppressors of the world!”

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By Internet Activist, September 27, 2007 at 9:26 pm Link to this comment
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The United States and Israel have been working for at least the last couple of years to isolate Iran from the world community and have been failing miserably. InternetActivist.Org has done a comprehensive recent media survey of how this effort has been going among all United Nations member states. The results are that 79 UN member states are currently entering into new agreements with Iran, expanding existing agreements, or otherwise enhancing cooperation with the Islamic Republic. Conversely, only 11 states are actively trying to isolate Iran and/or are threatening violence; all of whom except one are primarily white and dominated by right-wing governments. The remaining member states aren’t really involved at all, neither dealing with Iran nor actively campaigning against it.

To see who is enhancing their relationships with Iran (with documentation & links), to see who is trying to isolate or pressure Iran (also with documentation and links), as well as who is just staying uninvolved, visit:
http://iablog.blogspot.com/2007/09/so-how-have-usisraeli-efforts-to.html

This is a very comprehensive “report card” on how the US/Israeli effort to isolate Iran has fared.

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