I.P.O. Information Service, Moscow / Vienna, April 17, 2015 RE/25453c-is
President of International Progress Organization addresses expert meeting at Peoples' Friendship University of Russia
In a televised speech earlier today, Professor Hans Köchler, President of the International Progress Organization (I.P.O.), told a seminar on the theory of international conflicts in Moscow that Security Council resolution 2216, adopted on 14 April 2015, has further exacerbated the conflict in Yemen. Instead of imposing an inclusive arms embargo on all warring parties, the Council chose to ban the sale and transfer of arms to only one party to the conflict, namely the Houthi insurgents. As in any situation of domestic strife, such partisan support will make peaceful settlement between the adversaries much more difficult. Calling upon neighboring states to inspect all cargo to Yemen (operative para. 15 of the resolution), the Council has, though unintendedly, provided a further excuse to those who are responsible for a de facto humanitarian embargo that has caused even more death and suffering among the civilian population.
An Interview with Hans Köchler, President of the International Progress Organization, Russia Direct, April 14, 2015
The big problem is whether the U.S. will mentally be prepared at some stage to accept that it has to share power with other centers of power. Will the U.S. be ready to accept that structures of power, for instance in Europe, will develop independently of its influence?
By Come Carpentier de Gourdon, Convener of the Editorial Board of the World Affairs Journal, Pressenza, April 12, 2015
Tocqueville wrote that “history is a picture gallery where there are many copies and few originals” (1). The enormous demographic, technological, economic and cultural changes of the last few decades should have proved him wrong but, instead we can notice many parallels and similarities with past processes and situations in the current transformations and developments of the present.
The foreign policy quandary facing President Barack Obama is that America’s traditional allies in the Middle East – Israel and Saudi Arabia – along with Official Washington’s powerful neocons have effectively sided with Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State out of a belief that Iran represents a greater threat to Israeli and Saudi interests.
But what that means for U.S. interests is potentially catastrophic. If the Islamic State continues its penetration toward Damascus in league with Al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front and topples the Syrian government, the resulting slaughter of Christians, Shiites and other religious minorities – as well as the risk of a major new terrorist base in the heart of the Middle East – could force the United States into a hopeless new war that could drain the U.S. Treasury and drive the nation into a chaotic and dangerous decline.
There is no guarantee that the preliminary agreement reached in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 2nd April 2015 between Iran, on the one hand, and the United States and five other world powers, namely, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia, on the other, in relation to Iran’s nuclear programme will lead to a final accord at the end of June this year, as envisaged by the parties concerned.
There is considerable opposition to the agreement especially in the US. A lot of Republican lawmakers and some democrats are opposed to it. They allege that the deal does not protect Israeli interests. There are powerful Israeli lobbies in the US who have condemned it. The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, an implacable opponent of any negotiations with Iran from the very beginning, has described the agreement as a threat to the very survival of Israel! Netanyahu and his allies in the US are mobilizing various groups and individuals to stop the signing of the final accord.
Liberal life, violent ideologies: the anomalies of Europe’s youth being attracted to extremist dogma
A Speech by Kanwal Sibal, former Foreign Secretary of India, delivered in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom on March 24, 2015
Let me begin by making some general observations, which may not be scholarly but which express a commonsensical reaction to the topic that we are discussing this afternoon.
It is indeed anomalous that European youth, whether Muslim or non-Muslim, should be attracted to such a cruel ideology as the one represented by the Islamic State.
That non-Muslim European youth should be beguiled by such an inhumanly violent set of beliefs is truly astonishing.
As regards European Muslims, it defies logic that having been brought up in liberal, democratic societies which guarantee human freedoms, especially freedom of thought and speech, they should be attracted to the kind of obscurantist thinking that is espoused by jihadi groups.
It is not easily comprehensible how the liberal societies in which they live, the liberal education they have received in secular institutions, should have left such little impact on them.
By Sara Flounders and Lamont Lilly, Workers World, March 17, 2015
U.S. efforts to overturn the government of Syria have now extended into a fifth year. It is increasingly clear that thousands of predictions reported in the corporate media by Western politicians, think tanks, diplomats and generals of a quick overturn and easy destruction of Syrian sovereignty have been overly optimistic, imperialist dreams. But four years of sabotage, bombings, assassinations and a mercenary invasion of more than 20,000 fighters recruited from over 60 countries have spread great ruin and loss of life.
The U.S. State Department has once again made its arrogant demand that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must step down. This demand confirms U.S. imperialism’s determination to overthrow the elected Syrian government. Washington intends to impose the chaos of feuding mercenaries and fanatical militias as seen today in Libya and Iraq.
A delegation from the International Action Center headed by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark traveled to Syria in late February to present a different message.
There is no military solution to the Yemen crisis. It is essentially a tussle for power between various political actors. The solution has to be political.
Military air-strikes helmed by Saudi Arabia, and supported by most of the other Gulf monarchies and other governments in the region, notably Egypt, have exacerbated an already volatile situation. If these governments decide in the next few days to launch a ground offensive, the consequences will be horrendous.
Statement by H.E. Mr. Gholamali Khoshroo, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations in the Open Debate in the Security Council on the Victims of Attacks and Abuses on Ethnic or Religious Ground in the Middle East, March 27, 2015
In the name of God, the Compassionate and the Merciful
Allow me to begin by expressing my appreciation to you and French Presidency for convening this meeting on the multifaceted challenges that we face in combating violence and extremism in the Middle East and beyond. I also thank the Secretary-General and High Commissioner for Human Rights and other briefers for their inputs to this debate.
The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly condemns widespread targeting and killing of ethnic and religious minorities by Daesh terrorists and all other extremist groups. We also condemn the destruction of Mosques, holy shrines, churches, temples as well as artifacts, and archeological treasures representing the rich cultural heritage of humanity.