Category Archives: Iran

Don’t touch the Iran nuclear deal, Trump!

Good: EU will honour the deal with Iran

Happy to speak positively about the EU foreign policy chief’s commitment to stand by the nuclear deal with Iran – a clear signal also to Trump.

That’s good – the alternative could very well be war.

As we move into the new year – 2017

The old years went – in as little a time as it takes to turn around and see who is tapping you on your shoulder. And it is the new, the next year.

I hope it will pass too – in as little time as it takes for me to turn my head and look forward again – because the face of 2017 doesn’t look good or kind to me.

Neither do the next ten or so years.

Beyond that the world will become a better place. If, that is, if we survive and don’t destroy it all.

It is actually already becoming a better place!

The thing that has too pass – or pass away – is the United States Empire.

In a few years it will go the way Rome and all the rest plus the Ottoman, British and Soviet empires did. No empire lasts forever.

But before we go for it – a video from Beirut, December 2016:

 

Some indicators of Empire dissolution

The indicators, the cracks, in the Empire are there for all to see – the Americans and other Westernes will be the last and remain in denial for some time until the discrepancy between the self-image and the reality, the self-delusion, has grown too big. Like East Germany or Russia at in the early 1980s.

The rest of the world, the non-West sees some of these cracks quite clearly: Continue reading

Why on earth renew old sanctions on Iran?

It’s destructive for all!

It’s difficult to see this as rational policy-making. It’s more of an indication of the grumpy super-power feeling that it’s losing influence and credibility. In addition, if this goes through it will only strengthen the hardliners in Iran and weaken the reformist circles.

Klummer i “Arbejderen”

Arbejderen

Arbejderen er Danmarks eneste avis, der giver udenrigs- og globalpolitik en rimelig stor dækning i forhold til andre stofområder og samtidig forholder sig kritisk til de dele af dansk udenrigspolitik, der går voldens vej.

Derfor har jeg det fint med at være columnist på Arbejderen. Og den seneste klumme skrev jeg på min rundrejse i Iran og den handler om min vision af Iran og hvorfor billedet af Iran i vestlige medier – også danske – er så hårrejsende snæversynet, negativt og uinformeret.

Til højre for artiklen finder du nogle af de tidligere klummer. God læselyst – og kig ind hos de andre gode columnister!

Turkey’s coup – Another example of the West’s disintegration

Here is my take on the July 15 coup in Turkey – why it happened the way it did and what is the least unlikely hypothesis – followed by some examples of regional and international consequences this coup is bound to have.

And it ends:

NATO comes across as a very tired alliance that should have been closed down or re-invented itself 25 years ago when its raison d’etre – the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact – disappeared. (That was always false because the Warsaw Pact was created 6 years after NATO had been established).

And, then, now this coup too – and rapid decent into instability, extreme authoritarianism, chaos and possible violence or civil war in Turkey.

One may wonder what the Western press and politicians would have made of such purges had they happened in Russia or Iran? Now we hear mainly vague ’worries’ or full endorsements of a dictator. Self-censorship because of Turkey’s NATO status, or what? Why?

One crack in the Empire after the other. Indeed, we are living in interesting – and dangerous – times.

Obama is urged to make closer ties with Iran

In an open letter – hardly mentioned by the Western mainstream press, a group of high-level and rather “Realpolitik” US diplomats, scholars, military and politicians urge President Obama to take concrete steps to intensify the co-operation with Iran.

There are obviously concerned that the U.S. shall be perceived as an obstacles for the implementation of the JCPOA, or the Iran Nuclear Deal that, on Thursday the 14th, turns one year.

I argue here why I think it is very important that the U.S. moves ahead, one because it was a good deal under the circumstances and, secondly, because it could have absolutely terrible consequences if the deal and its provisions are not honoured – both in Iran, for the Middle East and for the credibility and honour of the US and the rest of the West.

Here my comments on Iran’s international channel, PressTV:

PressTV