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So what’s goin’ on in Iran? How did the Islamic Republic really respond to Covid-19? How is it coping with Washington’s relentless “maximum pressure”?

These questions were the subject of a long phone call I placed to Prof. Mohammad Marandi of the University of Tehran – one of Iran’s premier, globally recognized analysts.

As Marandi explains, “Iran after the revolution was all about social justice. It set up a very elaborate health care network, similar to Cuba’s, but with more funding. A large hospital network. When the coronavirus hit, the US was even preventing Iran to get test kits. Yet the system – not the private sector – managed. There was no full shutdown. Everything was under control. The numbers – even contested by the West – they do hold. Iran is now producing everything it needs, tests, face masks. None of the hospitals are full.”

Expanding Marandi’s observations, Tehran-based journalist Alireza Hashemi notes, “Iran’s wide primary healthcare system, comprising public clinics, health houses and health centers is available in thousands of cities and villages”, and that enabled the government to “easily offer basic services”.

As Hashemi details, “the Health Ministry established a Covid-19 call center and also distributed protective equipment supplied by relief providers. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei ordered the armed forces to help – with the government deploying 300,000 soldiers and volunteers to disinfect streets and public places, distribute sanitizers and masks and conduct tests.”

It was the Iranian military that established production lines for producing face masks and other equipment. According to Hashemi, “some NGOs partnered with Tehran’s chamber of commerce to create a campaign called Nafas (“breath”) to supply medical goods and provide clinical services. Iran’s Farabourse, an over-the-counter stock market in Tehran, established a crowd funding campaign to purchase medical devices and products to help health workers. Hundreds of volunteer groups – called “jihadi” – started producing personal protective equipment that had been in short supply in seminaries, mosques and hussainiyas and even natural fruit juices for health workers.”

This sense of social solidarity is extremely powerful in Shi’ite culture. Hashemi notes that “the government loosened health-related restrictions over a month ago and we have been experiencing a small slice of normality in recent weeks.” Yet the fight is not over. As in the West, there are fears of a covid-19 second wave.

Marandi stresses the economy, predictably, was hurt: “But because of the sanctions, most of the hurt had already happened. The economy is now running without oil revenue. In Tehran, you don’t even notice it. It’s nothing compared to Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Turkey or the UAE. Workers from Pakistan and India are leaving the Persian Gulf in droves. Dubai is dead. So, in comparison, Iran did better in dealing with the virus. Moreover, harvests last year and this year have been positive. We are more self-reliant.”

Hashemi adds a very important factor: “The Covid-19 crisis was so massive that people themselves have pitched in with effort, revealing new levels of solidarity. Individuals, civil society groups and others have set up a range of initiatives seeking to help the government and health workers on the front line of countering the pandemic.”

What a relentless Western disinformation campaign always ignores is how Iran after the revolution is used to extremely critical situations, starting with the eight-year-long Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. Marandi and Hashemi are adamant: for older Iranians, the current economic crisis pales in comparison with what they had to put up with throughout the 1980s.

Made in Iran soars

Marandi’s analysis ties up the economic data. In early June, Mohammad Bagher Nobakht – responsible for planning Iran’s state budgets – told the Majlis (Parliament) that the new normal was “to sideline oil in the economy and run the country’s programs without oil.”

Nobakht stuck to the numbers. Iran had earned just $8.9 billion from the sale of oil and related products in 2019-20, down from a peak of $119 billion less than a decade ago.

The whole Iranian economy is in transition. What’s particularly interesting is the boom in manufacturing – with companies focusing way beyond Iran’s large domestic market towards exports. They are turning the massive devaluation of the rial to their advantage.

In 2019-20, Iran’s non-oil exports reached $41.3 billion. That exceeded oil exports for the first time in Iran’s post-revolutionary history. And roughly half of these non-oil exports were manufactured goods. Team Trump’s “maximum pressure” via sanctions may have led to total non-oil exports going down – but only by 7%. The total remains near historic highs.

According to Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) data published by the Iran Chamber of Commerce, private sector manufacturers were seriously back in business already in the first month following the relaxation of the partial lockdown.

The fact is Iranian consumer goods and industrial products – everything from cookies to stainless steel – are exported by small and medium enterprises to the wider Middle East and also to Central Asia, China and Russia. The myth of Iranian “isolation” is, well, a myth.

Some new manufacturing clusters bode well for the future. Take titanium – essential for myriad applications in military, aerospace, marine industries and industrial processes. The Qara-Aghaj mine in Urmia, the provincial capital of West Azarbaijan, which is part of Iran’s mineral belt, including the country’s largest gold reserves, has tremendous potential.

Iran features in the Top 15 of mineral-rich countries. In January, after getting the technology for deep-level mining, Tehran launched a pilot project for extraction of rare earth minerals.

Still, Washington pressure remains as relentless as the Terminator.

In January, the White House issued yet another executive order targeting the “construction, mining, manufacturing, or textiles sectors of the Iranian economy.” So Team Trump is targeting exactly the booming private sector – which means, in practice, countless Iranian blue-collar workers and their families. This has nothing to do with forcing the Rouhani administration to say, “I can’t breathe”.

The Venezuelan front

Apart from a few scuffles between the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and the Health Ministry about China’s response to Covid-19, the Iran-China “comprehensive strategic partnership” (CSP) remains on track.

ORDER IT NOW

The next big test is actually in September. That’s when Team Trump wants to extend the UN arms embargo on Iran. Add to it the threat to trigger the snapback mechanism inbuilt in UNSC resolution 2231 – if other Security Council members refuse to support Washington and let the embargo expire for good in October.

China’s mission at the UN has stressed the obvious. The Trump administration unilaterally abandoned the JCPOA. Then it reimposed unilateral sanctions. Thus it has no right to extend the arms embargo or go for the snapback mechanism against Iran.

China, Russia and Iran are the three key nodes of Eurasia integration. Politically and diplomatically, their key decisions tend to be taken in concert. So it’s no wonder that was reiterated last week in Moscow at the meeting of Foreign Ministers Sergey Lavrov and Javad Zarif – who get along famously.

Lavrov said, “We will be doing everything so that no one can destroy these agreements. Washington has no right to punish Iran.”

Zarif for his part described the whole juncture as “very dangerous”.

Additional conversations with Iranian analysts reveal how they interpret the regional geopolitical chessboard, calibrating the importance of the axis of resistance (Tehran, Baghdad, Damascus, Hezbollah) in comparison with two other fronts: the US and its “stooges” (the House of Saud, UAE, Egypt), the master – Israel – and also Turkey and Qatar, which, like Iran, but unlike the “stooges”, favor political Islam (but of the Sunni variety, that is, the Moslem Brotherhood).

One of these analysts, pen name Blake Archer Williams, significantly remarks, “the main reason Russia holds back from helping Iran (mutual trade is almost at zero) is that it fears Iran. If Trump does not have a Reagan moment and does not prevail on Iran, and the US is in any event driven out of the Middle East by the continuing process of Iran’s weapons parity and its ability to project power in its own pond, then all of the oil of the Middle East, from the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain, to Iraq, of course, and not least to the oilfields in Saudi Arabia’s Qatif region (where all the oil is and is 100% Shi’ite), will come under the umbrella of the axis of resistance.”

Still, Russia-China continue to back Iran on all fronts, for instance rebuking the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for giving in to US “bullying” – as the IAEA’s board last week passed a resolution submitted by France, Britain and Germany criticizing Iran for the first time since 2012.

Another key foreign policy front is Venezuela. Tehran’s soft power, in quite a spectacular manner keenly observed all across the Global South, de facto ridiculed Washington’s sanctions/blockade in its own Monroe Doctrine “backyard”, when five Iranian tankers loaded with gasoline successfully crossed the Atlantic and were received by a Venezuelan military escort of jets, helicopters, and naval patrols.

That was in fact a test run. The Oil Ministry in Tehran is already planning a round two of deliveries to Caracas, sending two or three cargos full of gasoline a month. That will also help Iran to offload its huge domestically produced fuel.

The historic initial shipment was characterized by both sides as part of a scientific and industrial cooperation, side by side with a “solidarity action”.

And then, this past week, I finally confirmed it. The order came directly from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. In his own words: “The blockade must be broken”. The rest is – Global South – history in the making.

(Republished from Asia Times by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. bluedog says:

    Excellent as always Pepe is always on target as he talks to the movers and shakers, cut thru the propaganda to put out the truth….

  2. A123 says:

    How is Venezuela going to buy from Iran when it has no exports generating hard currency? This is a very limited export market that will go to zero when Maduro expends the last of his nation’s foreign currency reserves.

    Buying a limited amount of Iranian oil at 50¢ on the dollar was a good business for China, even with the overhead to smuggle it. However, the willingness to sanction tankers engaged in activity prohibited by international law makes that less attractive for Chinese ship owners.

    Even with Chinese assistance, Iran’s oil sales remain dismal — DOWN 92.5%: (1)

    Iran earned just $8.9 billion from the sale of oil and related products in the year to March, down from a peak of $119 billion less than a decade ago, according to Mohammad Bagher Nobakht, the head of planning and budget organisation.

    The Iranian currency continues its freefall towards collapse. (1)

    The Iranian rial plunged to new depths against the US dollar on Monday in what economists said was a slump partly induced by the Middle East’s deadliest coronavirus outbreak.

    At Tehran’s foreign exchange hub on Ferdowsi Street, the currency was being traded at around 192,800 to the dollar at midday, according to AFP journalists.

    The objective facts are clear. The authoritarian rule of Iran’s theocracy has badly damaged the nation. And, there is no good way forward until the Iranian people get rid of the Ayatollah and rejoin the community of civilized nations.

    PEACE 😇
    _______

    (1) https://news.yahoo.com/iran-rial-plunges-virus-induced-lows-144519444.html

  3. Have you heard of barter and mutual trade?
    Damn, you really an Isreali troll, paid and working for the zionists.
    And the ‘peace’ emoji you attach to all your replies looks like the poisonous end of a scorpion.
    Peace

    • Replies: @A123
  4. A123 says:
    @Rev. Spooner

    Mullah Spooner of Iran,

    Barter…. Really…. ROTFL… Just how delusional are you?

    Good to see that you are living up to your Shia Islamic standards of misbehaviour. Please return to Qom for additional training. Your inept TROLLing is painfully obvious…

    We are all laughing at you, not with you.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Bro43rd
    , @MEexpert
  5. Begemot says:
    @A123

    And who are these civilized nations?

    • Thanks: showmethereal
  6. Bro43rd says:
    @A123

    Have to agree with Spooner on this one.

    The objective facts are clear. The authoritarian rule of US’s militaristic corporatocracy has badly damaged the nation. And, there is no good way forward until the United States people get rid of the zionazi regime and rejoin the community of civilized nations.

  7. You wrote this whole article on something everyone knew like 6 years ago? Wow. you are really on top of it.

  8. Hegar says:

    “Iran after the revolution was all about social justice. It set up a very elaborate health care network, similar to Cuba’s, but with more funding. A large hospital network.”

    Okay, I’m gonna stop right there, Marxist Pepe. Communists are always hilarious with their claims. Cuban communists ruined a great economy where people had a higher living standard and lived longer than the average European. The communists stole everything for themselves and forced people to live like slaves.

    The “free health care” you Marxists praise doesn’t exist. They get some aspirins. Advanced surgery is only available to the party bosses and those they favor.

    When Cubans have a guest from another country, they have to borrow gasoline from others so they can go out with the boat and catch a fish, so they have something to offer for dinner.

    Weren’t the communist countries supposed to “bypass the West” while the West broke down? That was the communist claim for generations. What happened, Pepe? Who broke down? And don’t pretend it’s because “the communist countries were isolated from the West”. From … “capitalist” countries?

    As for Iran. Nice try. I happen to know a bit about Iran. While they had health care like in Europe, it was not “all about social justice.”

    Social justice is a propaganda term invented by leftists in the U.S. The Iranian revolutionaries would never, ever, use that. And their revolution was about removing a corrupt shah and about Islam. Not your beloved leftism.

    The leftist leaders were imprisoned after the Iranian Revolution. The communist party was destroyed. Marxists fled to Europe. The Marxist MeK organization fled to Iraq, from which they terrorized the Iranian people with car bombs and assassinations. They have now been moved by Washington to a training camp in leftist Lebanon.

    Iranians in Europe at the time were the worst possible people. Iranians who have come to Europe later, because of the leftist, anti-conservative Washington’s sanctions, are different and don’t want anything to do with that earlier wave.

    But, nice try.

  9. Hasan says:
    @Hegar

    “I happen to know a bit about Iran.”
    “Social justice is a propaganda term invented by leftists in the U.S. The Iranian revolutionaries would never, ever, use that.”

    Your astonishing claim can be countered in many ways. But what follows below I found the most charming. A search for the Persian translation of “social justice” on the website of the Leader of the Islamic Republic shows, among other results, the following:

    Article: Strategies for Realizing Social Justice
    Article: Social Justice in Islam
    Article: Islamic Pathways for Realizing Social Justice
    Article: Presuppositions and Theoretical Orientation concering Social Justice
    Article: Concepts and Criteria of Social and Economic Justice in the Framework of the Goal of Islamic-Iranian Progress
    Article: Analysis of the Relationship between Justice and Freedom with Emphasis on the Concept of Religiosity and its Effect on Social Justice

    “I happen to know a bit about Iran.” ☺

  10. Thanks, Pepe. Another example of the suicidal stupidity of America’s criminal sanctions on any country so impertinent as to think it’s a sovereign country, independent of the USA. Always trumps itself, Cuba onward.

    Make Iran Great Again? Thanks, Trump!

    A couple of days ago on SOTT I saw an interview with Yehuda Garami, Iran’s chief rabbi: “Iran’s head rabbi claims Jews are safer in Islamic Republic than in Europe”.

    Says the Jews always, throughout history, were safer in Persia than in Europe. Never persecuted.

    He loves Iran and in effect says Israel is a fraud, nothing to do with Judaism, has used the persecutions in Europe (me: always vastly exaggerated) as cover for the theft.

  11. @Hegar

    Cuban communists ruined a great economy where people had a higher living standard and lived longer than the average European.

    Today Cubans have a higher living standard and live longer than the average American. Search for life expectancies listed by country.

    America is very low on the list, among the banana republics.

    Cuba is only a little higher, Cubans only live a little longer than Americans, but Cuba is under American sanctions. Without them, Cubans would live a decade longer than Americans.

    And there are no homeless on the streets in Cuba. And every, every Cuban can afford to go hospital without going into debt, but few Americans can. So, Cubans have a higher living standard than Americans, obviously!

    Hegar, you are so, so stupid!

    • Replies: @Malla
  12. Bobii says:

    The World Zionist Organization/ Congress (Regime/WZO~WZC) cannot conquer Earth in the East, Middle East, South, et al. This WZO/C Regime is going to be in a frothing panic. The USA & Hong Kong, et al, in this time thumbnail sketches. No doubt China, Iran, Russia, Et Al are prepared for the dying beast’s beyond words insanity.

  13. @A123

    Only failed or broken countries live by the dollar,but those relying on their own resources don’t need to rejoin the civilized crooked community,this privilege is reserved for slaves and beggars’ countries. Joining the so called civilized community means first you have to give up your sovereignty and put the slavery shackles and wait for some bones to be thrown from your master if your are enough docile and obedient.

  14. Biff says:
    @Hegar

    Weren’t the communist countries supposed to “bypass the West” while the West broke down?

    It happened about two months ago when Americans were standing in long lines for toilet paper and food, with no health care system to control the virus.

  15. Malla says:
    @Ann Nonny Mouse

    Today Cubans have a higher living standard and live longer than the average American.

    Yet Cubans take on boats and escape to America!.

    Cuban Migrants Arrive in Miami After Days at Sea


    Boaters Come Across Cuban Migrants Trying To Reach US Soil

    It should have been Americans escaping to Cuba. We human beings must be crazy.

    • Replies: @Biff
    , @Curmudgeon
  16. Reger says:

    I hope Mr Escobar’s optimism is well-founded, Some years ago I was a little dismayed when I bought shirts in Tehran which were made in China since I knew Iran had a vibrant tailoring heritage and an unemployment problem.
    But one’s heart sinks on learning that the Government wants to massively increase the population and has taken measures to curtail birth control. Knowing the Irani people, they will get around the restrictions. But it shows a grievous ignorance of environmental problems in Iran. Especially when environmentalists are smeared as spies and imprisoned.

  17. MEexpert says:
    @A123

    We are all laughing at you, not with you.

    Only fools laugh at their own jokes.

  18. MEexpert says:
    @A123

    And, there is no good way forward until the Iranian people get rid of the Ayatollah and rejoin the community of civilized nations.

    Do you mean civilized nations like Saudi Arabia?

    • Replies: @one_for_truth
  19. @Hegar

    “When Cubans have a guest from another country, they have to borrow gasoline from others so they can go out with the boat and catch a fish, so they have something to offer for dinner.”
    Really ? — I thought they catch sparrows, rats & feral cats or feed out of the trash bins at the back of party bosses’ houses. Having gouged on fricassee of rat, I believe they use dirt as a form of tooth paste. Real fish ? wow things have improved.

  20. MEexpert says:

    An excellent article by Pepe Escobar. Pepe be careful. You might be next on the US sanctions list.

    The problem with the west is that they look at Iran through the western lenses. Iran will not be understood even if it is looked through the traditional Muslim eyes. To understand Iran, one needs to understand what the Shiite doctrine is. Once you fully grasp the Shiite beliefs as opposed to Sunni (Saudi Arabia) beliefs, you will understand why Iran has not buckled under US pressure. No amount of sanctions will break Iran.

    Once you understand the Shiite beliefs, that is, the true followings of the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that you will understand why a small band of resistance fighters (Hezbollah) defeated the mighty Israeli army and why Israel hesitates to attack Iran herself.

    Once you understand the Shiite beliefs, you will understand why the fatwa from Grand Ayatullah Ali Al-Sistani, achieved in Iraq in few months by volunteers, what the US military experts predicted will take 30 to 40 years by the mighty US army, that is, the defeat of ISIS.

    If the West continues to follow the current path, it will only lead to failure. Death to true followers of the Prophet (PBUH) and his rightful successor Imam Ali (AS) is a blessing. Every Iranian will die defending his country, but will not surrender.

    • Replies: @Hossein
  21. “The main reason Russia holds back from helping Iran (mutual trade is almost at zero) is that it fears Iran.”
    Moscow naturally wants to have a stable pro-Kremlin regime in Tehran: anything else would pose a risk to Russian security interests. An Iran that is too strong – dominating the ME oil sector – could undermine commercial interests. Even legitimate interests can cause a wider war, as history warns.
    https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

  22. Chris Moore says: • Website
    @Hegar

    Perhaps Iran has realized that Globalists (money worshipers), international Marxists (government worshipers) and international Zionists (Jew worshipers) all play on the same team (the Globalists and Zionists just cycle in and out of Marxism, which acts as their government clearinghouse or slush fund).

    These “secularists” (yes, they have the chutzpah to pass Jews off as “secularists”) have crucified Christendom, and are attempting to destroy Islam. The fact that they allow “Jews” (fake Jews, really; soulless Moneychangers and Zionists in reality) to pass themselves off as secularists should tell you all you need to know about who runs this psychotic shit show.

    • Replies: @A123
  23. @MEexpert

    Do you mean civilized nations like Saudi Arabia and Israel? FIFY

  24. I don’t like the regime in Iran, but whenever the existing authority crumbles in the region due to foreign meddling, the result is something like Libya:

    https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/libya-the-ultimate-free-for-all-foreign-intervention/

  25. A123 says:
    @Chris Moore

    Perhaps Iran has realized that Globalists (money worshipers), international Marxists (government worshipers) and international Zionists (Jew worshipers) all play on the same team

    There are multiple problems with this theory:

    — Iran is Socialist/Marxist — Aligned with other Marxist nations, such as Venezuela
    — Iran is SJW Globalist — Aligned with Mullah Merkel’s Globalist vision for an Elite authoritarian EU and UN/NWO.

    Let me Fix That For You:

    Iran has realized that their team of Globalists (money worshipers), international Marxists (government worshipers) and international Islam (violence worshipers) is losing.

    The SJW Globalist Iranian Theocracy was wholly unprepared for Christianity’s re-emergence in the U.S., Russia, and EU. Your Globalist troika of Macron, Merkel, and Khameni are impotent in the face of Christian Populism.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Chris Moore
  26. Biff says:
    @Malla

    Did Castro open the prison gates again?

    • Replies: @Malla
  27. Vidi says:
    @A123

    How is Venezuela going to buy from Iran when it has no exports generating hard currency? This is a very limited export market that will go to zero when Maduro expends the last of his nation’s foreign currency reserves.

    The illegal blockade on Venezuela will fail, for at least two reasons:

    (1) There is such a thing as credit, you know. Iran can simply loan Vz the money to buy Iranian oil. In turn, Iran can borrow from other countries. If China is the ultimate lender, Vz’s borrowing can last a long, long time.

    (2) If Iranian oil can enter Vz, Vz oil can go out, regardless of the blustering of Trump.

    • Replies: @Malla
  28. Malla says:
    @Biff

    If the USA opens its prison gates, will they all run to Cuba?

    • Replies: @Biff
    , @showmethereal
  29. Malla says:
    @Vidi

    Iran can simply loan Vz the money to buy Iranian oil.

    Why would Vz buy Persian oil when Vz itself has so much oil reserves??

    • Replies: @Vidi
  30. Hossein says:

    Nice try by Pepe who has become a mouthpiece for Persian racism and ethnocentrism.

    If Pepe had any decency , he would mention the ongoing oppression, forced demographic changes and a creeping apartheid by the centralised Persian run regime . But no he will not.
    The sad fact is the formerly decent journalists Like Pepe, have become a tool for a racist regime masquerading as “Islamic” while implementing Zionist like policies in places like AlAhwaz, Baluchistan and Kurdistan where the ongoing destruction of the environment , forced migration of non Persians and replacing them with Persian settlers, just like Jewish settler colonial movement, is an official policy.
    I invite Pepe and the Arab hating racist, Marandi , and others like him to pay a visit to AlAhwaz to see the destruction, ethnic cleansing , oppression and colonial policies of the criminal regime and examine the Persian Apartheid policies that has turned the Ahwazi Arabs into 3rd class citizens depriving them of most basic rights.

    Shame on Escobar for writing such screeds on behalf of a racist regime while at the same time condemning, rightly and correctly , the foreign policies of the US.
    By examining and paying attention to the ethnic racial policies of the Persian racist regime, likes of Escobar will find out that in reality the Persian racist regime is using the same racial/ethnic methods that the Zionists in occupied Palestine have and continue to use.

    https://www.dusc.org/en/articles/6632/

  31. @A123

    Iran is Socialist/Marxist — Aligned with other Marxist nations, such as Venezuela

    Really? You liberal internationalists/neocon fascists say they’re “Islamofascists.” Which is it? Marxists or fascists?

    international Islam (violence worshipers)

    So now you Judeofascists are projecting your own violent, Big Government essence onto Iran and Islam. Is Saudi Arabia part of “violence worshiping” Islam? Or do they get a pass since they were partners with Judeofascism in the 9/11 inside job?

    You fake Jews keep trying to shoehorn everything into a 20th Century analysis of your greatest hour when your various fifth columns brought down all competing ideologies and won a victory for a thousand year reich of Big Government/Federal Reserve Mammonism.

    LOL. You’ve barely lasted 70 years, and you’re already senile.

    “PEACE” — to those with a soul.

    • Replies: @A123
  32. A123 says:
    @Chris Moore

    they’re “Islamofascists.” Which is it? Marxists or fascists?

    All true Marxists are Fascists. It is Fascist authoritarianism that sends those that believe in liberty to the Gulag for re-education. Hitler and Marx shared the same playbook. Remember, you cannot have National Socialism without first having Socialism.

    You’ve barely lasted 70 years, and you’re already senile.

    I am an American Christian, so well over 200 years. The Black Muslim Lives Matter attempt to destabilize Christian America for Jihadi assault will not work. Your violent SJW IslamoGlobalism is failing.

    The mental incapacity is on your side. Is that why you picked Biden to speak for you? Are you so damaged that you cannot tell that he is mentally ill?

    “PEACE” — to those with a soul.

    Christians and Jews have souls, we appreciate you support.

    Now, can you get Muslims to be peasceful?

    PEACE 😇

  33. @A123

    Apparently you, like many others here, haven’t been paying attention. The 20+ year old Bolivarian Revolution is about trading commodity for commodity – bankers need not apply. I have no idea what Venezuela may be offering in return, but it could be minerals, particularly if Iran has a growing telecommunications manufacturing sector.
    https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/11372

  34. Chris Moore says: • Website
    @A123

    I am an American Christian

    Christians and Jews have souls

    You are a (fake) Christian Zionist, or a (fake) Jew posing as a Christian.

    Real Christianity has always been “anti-Jewish”– or did you forget a previous iteration of Zionist dogma?
    https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/arts-letters/articles/a-world-without-jews

    No, the truth is you’re a pathological liar who spins self-serving lies as you and your gang of grifters, killers and cut throats hurl your way through history, taking in and then shedding fellow scoundrels and scumbags along the way.

    Some of these scoundrels and scumbags have now turned against you. After all, there’s no honor among thieves.

    This battle between the civilized and the coalition of scoundrels and desert cut throats goes all the way back to Moses, who was the first to see that you had to be cut out in a big way. He was a true nationalist, and he’s sharpening his swords again.

  35. @Malla

    There are many ways to look at “standard of living”. Almost 50 years ago while in Scandinavia, I figured out that “standard of living” in North America meant how big your property is, how many bathrooms did you have, and what kind of car (or how many) did you own. In Scandinavia it meant how many people were able to compete equally, economically speaking, free post secondary education earned by academic achievement, and access to health care that wasn’t going to bankrupt them. I grew up in a middle class home, but that didn’t mean cash was being tossed around. How people actually lived in Scandinavia was much better than my parents could, and their middle class, as a percentage of the population was much bigger. I didn’t see any slums.

    The US, and Canada by extension have projected the Hollywood lifestyle as being the norm. While that may have been closer to the truth 70 years ago, it is pure fantasy today, but the rest of the world hasn’t figured that out yet. That aside, there are plenty of countries where our “worst” is much better than their “good”. The Cuban refugees claim to be political refugees, not economic refugees like the masses that are now “undocumented Americans”.

    • Thanks: showmethereal
    • Replies: @Malla
  36. Vidi says:
    @Malla

    Why would Vz buy Persian oil when Vz itself has so much oil reserves??

    Venezuelan oil is mostly “sour”. The world has only a few desulphurization units capable of refining it. Perhaps Venezuela’s aging plant is down because the US has cut off the supply of spare parts. (That is exactly the sort of thing Trump would do.) If that is so, Venezuela would need to buy refined petroleum in spite of having a surfeit of the crude.

    However, now that Iran has broken the blockade, Venezuela can export its sour crude.

    • Thanks: Malla
  37. @A123

    Keep up your delusion. I offer Malla`s response to my exploding the myth of Marxism. Fascists opposed the banksters, the Marxists were in bed with them.
    https://www.unz.com/estriker/what-the-bourgeois-bolsheviks-want/#comment-3997456

  38. Hossein says:
    @MEexpert

    Sistani, the Rasputin of Iraq and back stabber of his guests, the Iraqis, is an agent of western Imperial powers, The Fatwas of Rasputin were destructive and meant to divide the Iraqis based on their religious affiliation rather than their nationality ,Arab Iraqi. The Rasputin, made a pact with likes of Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld and other Zionists such as Paul Brenner to unleash sectarian bloodshed and stab Iraqi nationalism in the back.
    Your nonsense about his “achievements” are laughable and in particular appalling. The murder of tens of thousands in Fallujah and the participation of Persian Quds force,what a joke, and sectarian terrorists in that massacre in accordance with Imperial forces is proof that likes of Sistani ,Sadr and other Mullas,all agents of Persian regime, are all evidence of collusion between the Imperialist wannabe Persian regime and the barbarous western powers that destroyed Iraq and fracture it further by implementing sectarianism.
    As for other rubbish you have spewed here, the prophet(PBUH) never ever mentioned Ali, the hero of Islam as his successor and ALI never disputed the decision to appoint Abu Bakr .
    Cheers.

    • Replies: @Malla
    , @MEexpert
    , @Anon
  39. Malla says:
    @Curmudgeon

    Very true, the American Hollywood idea of “What is prosperity” is very incomplete. The Kingdom of Bhutan came up with the concept of Happiness Index in which Denmark, many a times has come out tops while the USA came out pretty low.

    My point is that Cuba’s miracle healthcare system is a bit of a scam, pushed on Westerners. There was this Brazilian intellectual who had spoken about this on youtube (Portuguese with English subtitles) but his videos seem to have been scrubbed. I am searching for it.
    Also according to the American ambassador to Cuba during the Castro revolution, the US State department secretly put Castro into power. He wrote a book about it called “The Fourth Floor’. There are many others who have written about this.
    The CIA trying 600 different ways to kill Castro but failing is obviously B.S.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  40. Malla says:
    @Hossein

    I had seen a video long time ago on youtube, where some Ayatollahs openly admitted that they collaborated with the USA to get rid of Saddam. The video is hard to find now. Well cannot blame them, Saddam did invade Iran and the Iranians fought back bravely losing a lot of men.
    Even Brendan O O’Connell (the guy who exposed Operation Talpiot) who had gone to Iran after being hounded out of Australia by the Zio run Govt there, also came to the conclusion that Iran is not what it seems but some kind of fake opposition to Israel like what the USSR was to the USA during the cold war. Indeed Iran with its “death to Israel’ slogans actually helps Israel as Israel can market itself as the democratic “rational’ country threatened by crazy Persian Mullahs. According to him it was a set up. According to him Mahatir’s Malaysia was a more real anti-Zio nation.

    Orya Maqbool Jan, a Pakistani Civil Servant on a Pakistani TV show (it was in Urdu, since Urdu is 90% same as Hindi, I could understand) was saying something like how Iranian supported Hezbollah destroyed Beirut to help the rise of Dubai. Lebanon was once the UAE of its time. Had a huge Arab Christian population, and close to Europe. But to create the miracle city of Dubai (where a lot of Zionist money is poured behind the scenes even if average Israelis are barred from entering), Lebanon had to be destroyed and the Iranian supported groups did the dirty deed for ((them)). Now is Mr Maqbool Jan is speaking the truth and giving us some insider knowledge or he is sayin some B.S. against Iran because of Pakistan’s own issues with its Western neighbour, I do not know. But after seeing his other videos, I think, he is quite legit.

    If the above is true, Truth is much stranger than Fiction. Things in international politics (or even national politics) are not what they seem.

    Also Iran’s new parliament (Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran) is a freakin NWO like pyramid!!!!!

    But to be fair to the Iranians, the police badge of their Saudi enemies is this weird NWO anti-Christ Dajjal all seeing one eye!!!

    Like that eye of Shauron in Lord of the Rings. Makes me wonder if Lord of the Rings was some kind of warning from John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, LOTR was much deeper than it looks.

  41. MEexpert says:
    @Hossein

    Sistani, the Rasputin of Iraq and back stabber of his guests, the Iraqis, is an agent of western Imperial powers

    Your entire post is a bunch of rubbish. You start out with a wrong statement. First, Iraqis are the host, not the guests. Second, Sistani is not the agent of the West.

    The Rasputin, made a pact with likes of Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld and other Zionists such as Paul Brenner to unleash sectarian bloodshed and stab Iraqi nationalism in the back.

    Paul Brenner tried several times to see Sistani, who always refused. One time Brenner cooled his heal outside Sistani’s residence, for three hours, wanting to see him but could not. It is easy to lie. Get your facts straight.

    The murder of tens of thousands in Fallujah and the participation of Persian Quds force,what a joke, and sectarian terrorists in that massacre in accordance with Imperial forces is proof that likes of Sistani ,Sadr and other Mullas,all agents of Persian regime, are all evidence of collusion between the Imperialist wannabe Persian regime and the barbarous western powers that destroyed Iraq and fracture it further by implementing sectarianism.

    What jibberish. Make some sense.

    As for other rubbish you have spewed here, the prophet(PBUH) never ever mentioned Ali, the hero of Islam as his successor and ALI never disputed the decision to appoint Abu Bakr .

    Read your own books. He nominated Ali several times. I don’t have time nor there is space here for me to give you proof. But remember the feast of Zul Ashira, the night of hijrah, the battle of tabuk, the event of Ghadeer. These are some of the many occasions when he announced Ali as his successor.

    • Replies: @Hossein
  42. MEexpert says:
    @A123

    Christians and Jews have souls,

    1. Is that why Israel is killing Palestinians and grabbing their land, even during the pandemic, because Jews have soul.
    2. Is that why Israel is bombing Syria, even though she is not at war with Syria, because Jews have soul.
    3. Is that why Israel is bombing to kill Iranians in Syria, who were invited by the Syrian government, because Jews have soul.
    4. Is that why Israeli is constantly bombing or target killing Hezbollah, because Jews have soul.
    5. Is that why Israel goes out and kills innocent Iranian scientists and engineers, because Jews have soul.
    6. Is that why the US has imposed sanctions on Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, China, Russia and hoards of other countries, because Christians have soul.
    7. Is that why US is helping to cause the largest case of famine in Yemen, because Christians have soul.
    8. Is that why the US did not relax sanctions on Iran, so they could import medical supplies to combat Coronavirus, because Christians have soul.

    Now, can you get Muslims to be peasceful?

    If the Christians and Jews stopped meddling in Muslim affairs, they can eventually learn to live with each other. But the Peaceful Jews and Christian will not let them do that.

    Let the US get out of the Middle East and see how fast Israel will learn to live peacfully with its neighbors.

  43. Hossein says:
    @MEexpert

    Nonsense. Sistani’s first and utmost loyalty is to the Persian regime and their expansionist agenda in Mashregh , where every ten years one of the Arab countries is slated to fall under the sphere of clerical empire. An empire that can NOT even build a public toilet in their cities and yet dreaming of becoming the master of the middle East, with help from the Zionists.
    All the Persian Mullas, operating in Iraq, including the sadr, Khui, Sistani and other turbanned ones are spies. Either for imperial powers or for sure the Persian regime and their mission is very clear cut and that is to fracture societies on sectarian grounds facilitating ,first the destruction of intended countries and then domination by a backward medieval regime. They have failed miserably .
    Sadly the Iraqi nationalists have allowed these reptiles to operate freely in their wounded land for they need to be rounded up and be sent back to their shit hole in Qom.

    • Replies: @MEexpert
  44. Jiminy says:

    It sounds like the yanks seeding Iran with the virus could have been the best thing to happen to Iran, bringing everyone closer with a common goal in mind. How the US can continue with their bizarre imperialistic controls over other nations while their own goes to the wall is just plain ludicrous. On the plus side, Iran and Venezuela should still have healthy supplies of crude in decades to come, whilst everywhere else has run dry.

  45. MEexpert says:
    @Hossein

    Sistani’s first and utmost loyalty is to the Persian regime and their expansionist agenda in Mashregh ,

    Again nothing but total nonsense. Nothing makes any sense at all. So Sistani is a Persian agent now. In your earlier post he was the agent of Western powers.

    Sistani, the Rasputin of Iraq and back stabber of his guests, the Iraqis, is an agent of western Imperial powers,

    Next you are going to say that Iran is in bed with the Western powers, asking them to impose sanctions on its poor people.

    Again, I will remind you to get your facts straight. Sadr is an Iraqi.

    where every ten years one of the Arab countries is slated to fall under the sphere of clerical empire. An empire that can NOT even build a public toilet in their cities and yet dreaming of becoming the master of the middle East, with help from the Zionists.

    I think you are talking about your masters the Saudi Wahabis. They along with their Emirati puppets are the ones in cahoots with the Zionists. Iran is a modern country, not backward like Saudi Arabia. It’s Iran’s power that is keeping the Zionists in check. It is you and your Masters, the Saudis, who are licking the Zionist boots. Or are you one of those Shah’s loyalists?

  46. Alvin says:

    What do you make of the large explosion in Iran a couple of days ago? Accident or deliberate sabotage of their nuclear site?

  47. @Malla

    I think Cuba’s “miracle” health care system is only a miracle in the context that it has done surprisingly well despite all of the US sanctions which have blocked access to many treatments. Other than that, from what visitors to Cuba have told me, it is pretty basic.

    I don’t recall where I read it, but many years ago I read that the first CIA installation was Mao, followed by Kim Il Sung. The article alleged that all of the “communist” takeovers, including Castro, were CIA ops. Mugabe was on the list as well.

    While I suspect the 600 is total BS, I also suspect that the Castro brothers went off script, and actually started believing what they were saying. I would not be surprised if there weren’t a few worms in their inner circle suggesting that a hit was needed.

    • Replies: @Malla
  48. Biff says:
    @Malla

    If the USA opens its prison gates, will they all run to Cuba?

    No, but many others would.

  49. Malla says:
    @Curmudgeon

    I don’t recall where I read it, but many years ago I read that the first CIA installation was Mao, followed by Kim Il Sung. The article alleged that all of the “communist” takeovers, including Castro, were CIA ops. Mugabe was on the list as well.

    I believe that too. I did not know about Kim Il Sung. All I thought was that the Soviets conquered part of Korea/ Japanese Empire and installed him. but of course Stalin was taking a lot of instructions from the Rockefellers. You could add Ayatollah Khomeini to that list. The West screwd the Shah of Iran. Remember the Shah came on camera and spoke candidly against the powerful Jewish lobby in the USA. That would have sealed his demise. Besides he was too intelligent a man to be kept in power in the Middle East, check out his videos on youtube if you can. Just like Junior Assad. Assad is a smart guy, whatever his Dad did.

    I also suspect that the Castro brothers went off script,

    I believe the same. Many of them went off script. Even the Soviet Union (And Warsaw Pact countries) went off script with its Social Realism and probably that is why had to be destroyed. And has President Xi gone off script too and hence the present attack on PR China? Who knows.

    Also Castro was very influential in South America, with a Castro Club especially in Brazil, Venezuela and Peru. According to that Brazilian intellectual Olavo de Carvalho, Castro along with Chavez looted out Venezuela Oil wealth for Cuba.

    • Replies: @Malla
    , @Curmudgeon
  50. Malla says:
    @Malla

    Remember the Shah came on camera and spoke candidly against the powerful Jewish lobby in the USA.


    Shah of Iran on the power of the ‘Jewish Lobby’ (60 Minutes interview by Mike Wallace)

    Hell, even Idi Amin of Uganda spoke about the Jewish control of the British and American economy!!

  51. @Malla

    I remember the Shah very well, and Amin.

    As for looting the oil for Cuba, I suppose that depends on how that is viewed. It is true that Cuba benefited by receiving oil. However, in the context of the Bolivarian Revolution, the “payment” to Venezuela was commodity for commodity. Cuba sent hundreds of doctors and other health care professionals to Venezuela which dramatically improved their health care “system”, or rather lack of one. I don’t live there, have never been there, and therefore not in a position of commenting on whether the “looting” was a reality, or a political point of view. To the poor in Venezuela it was probably not looting, as they benefited. To the finance capitalists, there is no question that it would be.

    • Replies: @Malla
  52. Malla says:
    @Curmudgeon

    Cuba sent hundreds of doctors and other health care professionals to Venezuela which dramatically improved their health care “system”, or rather lack of one.

    Yeah, maybe you are right. Trade for doctors with oil. Sounds good to me.

    • Replies: @Anon
  53. Anon[240] • Disclaimer says:
    @Hossein

    Now we can’t blame every instance of stupidity on A123 anymore.

    • Agree: MEexpert
  54. KA says:

    “ But Craft said the U.S. won’t hesitate to call for a “snapback” of all UN sanctions on Iran under the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, even though the Trump administration withdrew from the multinational accord in 2018.”

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/us-to-seek-un-vote-on-iran-arms-embargo-this-month-craft-says/ar-BB16dRcv

    Remember those days following the US decision to leave JCOPA ? We do. The rabid hateful armchair chicken hawks were rambling about on this site pointing to the validity and legality of that decision because it was not passed by US Congress or Senate and because of not being put on a vote .

    Those paid hasabarist and Christian zionists are pretty quiet now. Same stupid flocks of dimwitted donkeys who bolted out of the treaty because it was “ illegal” are using the same treaty to push for illegal sanctions even though they are not legally part of the treaty anymore .
    Only those with an argument asserting the existence of an oxymoron like Democratic and Jewish state of Israel can assume this type of intellectually ,morally and legally malformed grotesque shape.

  55. Anon[240] • Disclaimer says:
    @Malla

    Ask yourself if Cuba is any shape and form better than Ukraine, Kosovo, Haiti, El Salvador , Honduras , Colombia, Zimbabwe , Congo, Libya, Iraq , East Timor, S Sudan- the miracle fruits of US intervention,friendships,coup,coruoting partnership.

    • Replies: @Malla
  56. MEexpert says:

    Those paid hasabarist and Christian zionists are pretty quiet now. Same stupid flocks of dimwitted donkeys who bolted out of the treaty because it was “ illegal” are using the same treaty to push for illegal sanctions even though they are not legally part of the treaty anymore .

    The US wants to have its cake and eat it too. Trump and his advisers were so eager to get out of the agreement (JCPOA) that they didn’t think it through. Now they are trying to strong arm the UN and the European countries to help the US to extend the arms sale ban on Iran.

  57. Malla says:
    @Anon

    Ask yourself if Cuba is any shape and form better than …… the miracle fruits of US intervention,friendships,coup,coruoting partnership.

    The problem with that question is that Cuba was itself a case of US intervention and coup.

    An interview with Mr. Earl T. Smith, American Ambassador to Cuba in between 1957 and 1959.

    US Government Brought Fidel Castro to Power (Full Documentary)

    A rare detailed account of the Communist takeover of Cuba and America’s role in Fidel Castro’s dictatorship. Former US Ambassador to Cuba, Earl T. Smith is interviewed and reveals the State Department’s involvement in violation of neutrality laws, supporting a known communist with a documented history of violent criminal behavior, and committing high treason by deliberately aiding an enemy of the United States and concealing a clear and imminent threat to our national security. This conspiracy against the citizens of Cuba has cost thousands of lives, devastated families, and has left the dispossessed Cubans stateless and destitute. It is a deliberate case of economic and cultural genocide that merits investigation and restitution. Please watch, share and expose. Smith also details this collusion in his book, “The Fourth Floor”, a curiously hard to find book he wrote in 1962 “as a footnote to history and to the science of government”. He added “I am convinced that my experience as the United States Ambassador to Cuba was unusual in the sense that I lived through the Castro Communist Revolution, and I feel that I owe it to the American people to try to establish the fact that the Castro Communist Revolution need never have occurred. From this experience, i learned not only that our techniques of relations with Cuba were faulty but that the modus operandi for the determination of policy is not only inadequate but dangerous to the defense of our country”

    Batista was their guy too but he was backstabbed just like the backstab done to the Chinese Nationalists in favour of Mao. Even Stalin did not want a 100% Communist mainland China but 50% Communist 50% Capitalist mainland China like Korea or Vietnam (The USSR after the war did not have the resources to support a 100% Communist China just after the War according to the pragmatic Stalin) but the Rockefellars insisted upon him for a 100% Communist China

    Mr Smith openly states that in general the United States has always preferred to support the spread of Left Winged dictators over Right Winged dictators because the lefties are considered more progressive. (a dubious term, progressing towards what? A One World dictatorship, a New World Order?) The U.S. Government have supported right winged dictators in the past too, when the situation suited them but they by default they prefer lefty dictators.

    What is also interesting is that the wider Jewish Castro family had been big time players in the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade of Africans, centuries ago, as per Prof. Tony Martin.

    • Replies: @KA
  58. anon[339] • Disclaimer says:

    That is part of the story based on reality( Fidel nor HoChi Min were looking for communism but for liberation from dictatorship colonization and exploitation ) . The conclusion is plain bull shit though {United States has always preferred to support the spread of Left Winged dictators over Right Winged dictators} unless US is 1- make the two fight ( known exhortations from Truman to his cabinet ) to come out on the top . But then that is superficial US eventually accepts and incorporates the rightwing policies for those countries .

    US does try to get rid of the dictators after supporting them 30-40 years -Marcos ,Batista.Congo’s leader , Egypt’s. may Be Shah of Iran and Saddam after the revenue from them become less and less and propaganda to keep them become more expensive .

    USA does it same at home by having two terms presidency . How many times can you use Bush to cause war? You have to give a facelift and bring Obama . In case of senator or congressman ,it can be complex . Michigan senator ( or ? congressman ) wanted to investigate Biush for Iraq war . He earned his badge and liberal antiwar MSNBC plaudits . Then that bastard threw his dirty weight for war against Syria and Iran .

    • Replies: @Malla
  59. KA says:
    @Malla

    America has always used one set against another to advance its interests like other empires have before . Truman wanted to see Nazi and Soviet fight each other to exhaustion . Rest of the sentence need to be told but I will write – then they become targets of easy picking -low hanging fruits in the cherubic garden of liberal democracy for photo ops . NYtimes’s Israeli supporters inside and outside the country convinced USA to let Syrian government and rebel kill each other and calibrate military and financial support accordingly .

    May be Batista and Marcos were becoming high maintenance . So was Saddam in 1990 ,Mubarak in 2013 . Castro and Ho Chin had the premonitions . Soon after opting for liberal free democracy ,they figured it out taht these the rascals in the jungles of wall street had different plans to screw them and the countries . That what happened to Hondurus and Panama and Nicaragua thanks to liberal ancestries of Anderson of CNN

    American fight for left and right starts first with distorting the table ,the emanating and the role. Then USA makes the original disappear . We get GMs left and GMs right . Fake description and fake relevance generate real fight limited to the playground and guarded by the GM leaders of the fake right and fake the left .

    • Replies: @KA
    , @Malla
  60. KA says:
    @KA

    ‘American fight for left and right starts first with distorting the ‘descriptions and tasking them with new roles.

  61. Malla says:
    @KA

    Truman wanted to see Nazi and Soviet fight each other to exhaustion .

    Very unlikely, the US mostly wanted a Soviet victory from the very get go. The US govt was full of Soviet agents like Alger Hiss and Harry White. The USA supported the USSR with landlease but did not do the same for the Third Reich or Japan.

    Soon after opting for liberal free democracy

    Who? Castro and Ho Chi Min adopted liberal democracy? What?

    Communism is the ultimate wet dream of the globalist elites, you get a slave class of labour who cannot even go on strike. No wonder the corporations in the West ran to China to use the slave labour China provided after developing them via education and healthcare for this use. No wonder the Rockefellers pushed for a 100% Communist China. What they hate is conservatism.

    • Replies: @KA
    , @Barr
  62. Malla says:
    @anon

    but for liberation from dictatorship colonization and exploitation

    The USA for its own ulterior motives played a big role in destroying the European Colonial Empires.

    The conclusion is plain bull shit though

    It is not. The US elites hate conservatism & traditionalism that is why you have Cultural Marxism in the media and arts. The US elites are progressive (an idiotic term but anyways).

    may Be Shah of Iran and Saddam after the revenue from them become less and less and propaganda to keep them become more expensive .

    Revenues from the Shah of Iran? What? Propaganda to keep Saddam? What? Why would the USA have to spend on propaganda to keep Saddam?

    How many times can you use Bush to cause war? You have to give a facelift and bring Obama .

    Yeah that is true.

    . Then that bastard threw his dirty weight for war against Syria and Iran .

    He got a Nobel prize for peace!!!! Besides he was black and so people from the left hesitated to criticize him at first. Bush was easy to bash.

    • Replies: @KA
  63. KA says:
    @Malla

    Get some basic facts correct on Truman Castro and Ho Chi Min before commenting .

    ” No wonder the corporations in the West ran to China to use the slave labour China provided after developing them via education and healthcare for this use. No wonder the Rockefellers pushed for a 100% Communist China. What they hate is conservatism.” That your opinion . Anyone can say same things about so called conservatism which for 70 years cohabited with US war machine, slept with Wall Street at home and went along with Regan’s dirty job on hostage issue, invasion of Granda and tax increase at home and supported expansion of drug war- an older version of war on terrorism and was a replica of war on communism .

    No body hates conservatism They are sad sack bunch of stupids who didn’t know how to save themselves from ex -Trostykites Social Democrats ,carpetbaggers from the left. By the they they did not build anything . Only pioneer visionary iconoclasts courageous and those who changed the status quo, only they built something ,transformed something ,and added something new .Conservatives will always be asked to come and play second fiddle to preserve those new creations . They would always be happy to oblige .

    • Replies: @Malla
  64. KA says:
    @Malla

    Mistakes . He did not get noble prize, he is from Michgan and not black He is of Jewish descent .

  65. Barr says:
    @Malla

    Harry S. Truman was never a friend of communism. In 1941, after Germany invaded Russia, the then-U.S. senator said, “If we see that Germany is winning the war, we ought to help Russia; and if that Russia is winning, we ought to help Germany, and in that way let them kill as many as possible.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/07/17/he-is-honest-but-smart-as-hell-when-truman-met-stalin/

    BOSTON, Wednesday, June 30 (AP)—The Christian Science Monitor said today that the United States “ignored eight direct appeals for aid fro mthe North Vietnamese Communist leader, Ho Chi Minh, in the first five winter months following the end of World War II.”
    The New York Times is restrained by Federal court order from publishing further articles in its Vietnam series. This dis patch is based on an article in The Christian Science Monitor and was distributed by The Associated Press to all its news paper, radio and television subscribers.
    “And, according to previ ously unpublished Pentagon papers,” the newspaper said. “Ho also sent several messages through secret channels even earlier, in August and Septem ber of 1945, proposing that Vietname be accorded the ‘same status as the Philippines’—an undetermined period of tutelage preliminary to indepence.”
    Bpt, The Monitor said, the Pentagon study shows Ho Chi Minh’s reputation as a Com munist, plus Washington deter mination to support France, were fatal bars to aid for the North Vietnamese leader, even though Government analyst de scribed him as possessing “real political strength.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/1971/06/30/archives/us-ignored-ho-chi-minh-pleas-for-aid-monitor-article-says.html

    You can do some digging on Castro yourself .

    • Replies: @Malla
    , @Malla
  66. Malla says:
    @Barr

    Harry S. Truman was never a friend of communism. In 1941, after Germany invaded Russia, the then-U.S. senator said, “If we see that Germany is winning the war, we ought to help Russia; and if that Russia is winning, we ought to help Germany, and in that way let them kill as many as possible.”

    That is B.S. They never helped Germany or Japan the way they were helping the USSR. The War turned against Germany after Stalingrad, why did the USA not help Germany then? Instead FDR, Churchill sat together with Stalin to plan the future world.

  67. Malla says:
    @KA

    No body hates conservatism

    I do not mean Republicans of USA or Conservatives of Britain. Most (not all) of them are scumbag losers, the political right is most probably a fake opposition to the Left.
    What I meant was conservative culture which was progressively destroyed by Cultural Marxism via the media & academia. You know promoting promiscuity, ugly modern art, homosexuality, gangsta rap etc… that sort of thing.

  68. Malla says:
    @Barr

    The Christian Science Monitor said today that the United States “ignored eight direct appeals for aid fro mthe North Vietnamese Communist leader, Ho Chi Minh, in the first five winter months following the end of World War II.”

    Well the USA (I mean Govt not the people) is known to screw it allies as well as enemies.
    But the OSS (precursor to the CIA) and Ho were good buddies. They worked together against the Japanese Empire and even the French. Besides even the Soviets did not formally recognise North Vietnam for many years as Stalin the pragmatic was not much keen on spreading Communism after the War as the Soviet Union was economically devastated due to WW2 and he did not want to spend resources on upstart Communist regimes.

    The United States and Ho Chi Minh, were once allies. Indeed, during the last year of World War II, American spies in Indochina found themselves working closely with Ho Chi Minh and other anti-colonial factions—compelled by circumstances to fight together against the Japanese.

    The men of General William Donovan’s newly-formed Office of Strategic Services closely collaborated with communist groups in both Europe and Asia against the Axis enemies. In Vietnam, this meant that OSS officers worked with Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh, whose ultimate aim was to rid the region of all imperialist powers, not just the Japanese. Ho, for his part, did whatever he could to encourage the OSS’s negative view of the French, who were desperate to regain their colony. The allies developed their network of informants, sabotaged the Japanese Empire infrastructure, conducted guerrilla operations, and searched for downed American fliers and Allied POWs.

    The OSS support for the Viet Minh played a significant symbolic role in helping them fill the power vacuum left in the wake of Japan’s surrender.

  69. @Hegar

    I do hope Cuba opens up it’s economy… But some of what you say is nonsense. In the developing world – there is no healthcare system better than Cuba’s. Also that is garbage to claim before Castro took over that the average Cuban had a good life.. It was run by a dictator who worked at the behest of the Mafia and the US gov. I guess you think Las Vegas is a healthy economy too….?

  70. @Malla

    No because Cuba has very low crime rates and deals harshly with criminals. The US is a bastion for criminality. All organized crime establishes branches in the US for a reason.

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