French President Emmanuel Macron denounced “capitalism gone mad” in an address to the UN’s International Labour Organization, while urging enhanced social protections in a global economy plagued by inequality.
Drums of a war are beating loudly again, in the Middle East. On one side stands the military power of USA and its regional allies; on the other, the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Escalating tensions could, in the worst- case scenario, —intentionally or unintentionally —, spark a new war in the region. The undersigned wish to bring a call against the imminent war and appeal to the conflict parties to return to negotiating table. Please consider signing.
You can tell when a war starts,
but when does the prewar start?
If there are rules about that, we should pass them on.
Hand them down inscribed in clay, in stone.
What would they say?
Among other things they would say:
Do not let your own people deceive you.
(From Cassandra; A Novel by Christa Wolf)
Emadi believes that the downside of Salehi’s approach may be the credence it gives to the portrayed image of Islamic Republic by President Trump who repeatedly has stated that Tehran always intended to use its nuclear program toward military application. “I offer the view that this indeed could be a sever dent in the credibility of Tehran’s position that Iran does not wish to obtain nuclear arms. This position so far has been supported by the regular inspections undertaken by the IAEA staff.” (more…)
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.