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USA fracking off out of the Middle East

Balatarin

 

If you are somewhat confused by a seemingly sudden shift in USA’s foreign policy objectives in the Middle East region, then you might find some answers in “Hydraulic Fracturing”, also known as ‘fracking’. This is enabling USA to wean itself off its addiction to foreign oil. USA is now – at long last – becoming more competent at producing its own energy rather than terrorizing other nations for it.

 

This is obviously good news for all those people who have been suffering from USA’s brutality in the Middle East region. USA will not anymore feel the urge to invade, interfere with and cause mass murder in the region. It will instead turn in on itself and devour the American environment, probably because of soaring costs of foreign plunder and loot.

 

Being the most highly indebted nation on earth in absolute terms, the country can certainly do with additional income from a natural – albeit unsustainable – source. It can also save tremendous amounts of money by reducing its military costs in the Middle East too.

 

USA’s terrifying weapons of mass destruction and its highly trained and ruthless military personnel (including mercenaries, private contractors and all branches of the military) in the Persian Gulf region and South Asia cost a lot of money.

 

Saudi and other Persian Gulf vassal states of the US can only pay so much, and only for so long. Most of them can’t afford to maintain themselves.

 

Then there is that endless black hole of violence, Apartheid and racism occupying Palestine (the ‘State’ of Israel) that is very hard to quantify in terms of its financial burden on the corporate fascist regime in USA. It is not just 3 or 4 billion dollars of military aid every year (and constantly so since the 1970s at least) that goes to the world’s largest begging bowl of a ‘state’ that is Israel. On top of that, many American corporations and financial institutions also prop up Israel, probably on a far larger scale than the official aid from the American government.

 

Then there is that Egyptian military that appears to live off uncle sam too, at a cost of around $1 billion or so a year. And that is military aid alone. How much more does Egypt cost the US taxpayer?

 

Then there is the Palestinian ‘Authority’ (were they being ironic when they named it that?). Here too it is likely that close to a billion a year is being spent.

 

Then there is Jordan. More like $1.5 billion a year.

 

Of course we have not talked about the trillion or so lost in Iraq and Afghanistan. And few of us would have a clue about what the US costs of terror and domination are in Yemen, Sudan, South Sudan, Libya etc.

 

And true to form and beautifully predictable, the ‘reason’ for this shift in the Middle East is given by US officials as a ‘need’ to pivot to Asia. This can only really mean that the US has less reason for interfering in the Middle East, and would instead like to mess more with China, as the country is becoming rather powerful.

 

This is bad news for the world’s most populous region. Really bad.

 

But as far as Middle Easterners are concerned, USA cannot frack off out of our region fast enough.

 

May be now we will have a greater chance to see indigenous movements and greater participation with less foreign-instigated violence in the countries of the region. It could be a period of awakening.

 

Iran will have a very important role to play in the region over the coming period, as the current geopolitical environment is heavily in favour of the country:

 

-          USA is in deep trouble and cannot get out of the region fast enough for its own sake. Only if the Israeli regime would wipe itself off the pages of time sooner than later…

 

-          A resurgent Russia is preoccupied with several other challenges and can do with Iran’s help.

 

-          China will be facing a formidable challenge from the US over the coming period as it ‘pivots’ that way, and could certainly do with an ally in the shape of Iran with the potential to increase its oil and gas exports significantly above current levels.

 

-          Ukraine has shown Europe (as if Georgia hadn’t already) that it needs to get alternative sources of natural gas or else it will remain helpless against Russia, as it is now today, despite all the false posturing. And one of the best alternative options for Europe is Iranian gas.

 

-          Turkey is in internal turmoil and will need some time before it can worry about countering Iran.

 

-          Pakistan and Afghanistan will unfortunately remain unstable for some time to come yet, and Iran will therefore be the main corridor for the transit of goods from the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf to Central Asia. (As an aside: This has been the main driver of war in Afghanistan since the defeat of the Soviets there, and Iran has emerged as a winner of this war in this sense.) This will drive India toward Iran over the period.

 

-          Iraq will remain a close ally of Iran’s for the foreseeable future with large investment and trade contracts being signed on a regular basis.

 

-          Qatar has broken ranks with the Saudis, and the GCC is likely to be gridlocked for some time, and may even fall apart.

 

-          Oman is strengthening its relations with Iran, while Kuwait and even the UAE are uneasy about Saudi moves of late.

 

2014 is indeed Iran’s year!

 

Frack away, USA.

 

Balatarin

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maziar58

maziar 58 Maziar

Mr Karl Schreiber
Seems like contrary to your own FREE THINKER claim
Your countinouse eers and anti any one but…
Start to smell like a fish
You may want to consider moving to "um ol ghara"
And schreibe your name to Kamal ol din Alkateb
And if you get there quick enough
You can be circumcised for FREE ey!
Happy nurooz

KarlSchreiber

Karl Schreiber writer, author, free thinker, against dictatorship and censorship

Have you heard about constructive criticism as opposed to one sided bashing, and i don't mean beer bashing, if you get my drift. Please look up the difference between these in any dictionary your like.

Your such a comedian, have tried to perform at he comedy clubs.

Happy Nowruz

irajkhan

iraj khan Peace Is The Way

"Iran is an island of stability in a sea of chaos.."
I remember some one said that once.

KarlSchreiber

Karl Schreiber writer, author, free thinker, against dictatorship and censorship

http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/73611000/gif/_73611135_ukraine_crimea_russia_map3_624.gif

Its all about Russian control, and their hunger for territory, natural resources, pride and ego. Now Putin is trying to give the impression, he is the almighty and no one can stop him or has the will to do so. Hitler first aggression started with the illegal invasion and take over of the "Sudetenland", how many had to die before the world had to intervene and put an end to this genocidal man. Putin is not far off, Crimea is not the first aggression and it won't be the last: https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/t1.0-9/p320x320/1920285_675996275770126_820398663_n.jpg

Nobody should belittle this aggression! All those anti-western and anti-American critics or bullies should step aside or better retire.

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi

Karl,

Let's take a sober look at the numbers involved over the past 3 decades:

- No. of invasions
- No. of wars
- No. of civilian deaths (collateral or not)
- No. of bombs dropped on people
- Amount of weapons of mass destruction produced
- Amount of deadly weapons exported throughout the world
- Share of national budget dedicated to warmongering
- Share of national economy dominated by weapons industries
etc.

Do you think Russia scores higher than USA on any one of those measures?

KarlSchreiber

Karl Schreiber writer, author, free thinker, against dictatorship and censorship

Nilofar,


Let's take a sober look at the numbers involved over the past 9 decades since the Lenin-Stalin putsch, why stop at 3 decades only:




- No. of invasions
- No. of wars
- No. of civilian deaths (collateral or not)
- No. of bombs dropped on people
- Amount of weapons of mass destruction produced
- Amount of deadly weapons exported throughout the world
- Share of national budget dedicated to warmongering
- Share of national economy dominated by weapons industries
etc.


Don't you think the USSR and post USSR outweighs all records in Genocide? They were alone just in # of invasions! All their budgets is about military expenditure and nothing for the people?

KarlSchreiber

Karl Schreiber writer, author, free thinker, against dictatorship and censorship

NO C O M P A R I S O N!

In #no of invasions and occupations mother Russia was always the master since 1922, look at it from the pure angle of historical analysis through famous historians, and please avoid any propagandists or conspiracy literature that use to propagandise the 'workers paradise'.

What Russia has done since 1922, well rather since the October 1917 Lenin-Stalin putsch and the whole aftermath of the establishing tyranny and empire build up until its demise, would only take up numerous and endless volumes and space just on the sheer # of grisly wars, massacres and genocides, devastations, imprisonments, collateral death's, of which some most were highly publicised and many others had to be searched out, such was the nature of the fascist soviet league, and in particularly were disputed by a sheer # of very talented propagandists in history. As they say Russia's dirty and bloody hands were everywhere! I know the truth sometimes hurts and is very shocking, the truth will always reveal itself!

-# O C C U P A T I O N' S, (no comparative)
-# of civilian death's (no comparative)
-no of bombs (no comparative)
-use of chemical, biological, other deadly weapons (all weapons of mass destruction) for sole purpose of hurting and killing (no comparative)

-all used with no impunity and no 'mass demonstrations' around the globe, if you catch my drift here?

Now here is my trick question: how much do you think the Soviet and post Soviet regimes allocated their budget on peoples W E L F A R E and D E V E L O P P M E N T of its own people, never mind foreign aid, that never came to their minds? and how much on (defence or war) ministry of was later reconverted in later years under more revisionist regimes

there are so many examples on this, that it seriously would take up endless volumes of their crimes and invasions and please don't confuse with the term intervention?

If you still think that Russia which i mean naturally the whole soviet fascist era and post soviet fascist era since Stalin's rise to power in 1922 excluding naturally the brief period after 1991 when the whole corrupt soviet system crumbled and their ex-communist oligarchs having amassed fortunes beyond comprehension, began to re-align themselves under a new regime and a period where the poor people of Russia tried to reassemble and re-educate themselves and their lost lives, dignity, and seek justice and hoping for freedom, peace, democracy and civil laws has arrived in Russia finally, were awakened brutally and cruelly to the fact that almost in one day a new and more ruthless but but very sly and so called populist leader was installed back in power with a 'smiling face' bare naked on a white horse, all hopes for a better life all suddenly lost and 'back to the future' again! Mr. Putins 'glorious' rise to power and his dream to recapture lost 'territory' and riches became an obsession and henceforth started wars, invasions, brutal occupations and annexing 'lost territories' (see previous link of maps and more to come), isn't this obvious and pretty devastating and wretched by now!

Lets avoid the usual ideological innuendos or so called debates between communism and fascism and the blame game on the west! Any ways it wouldn't wouldn't solve anything!

A reminder also about the illegal referendum on the forced annexation of Crimea, highly publicised as a victory by the Kremlin and their propagandist supporters by a score of 97% of votes? short of 3% of a perfect score and what's the score of those who participated in this hoax under Russian military occupation, guns and tanks?

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi

Did the Russians/Soviets also drop nuclear weapons on civilians? Twice?

What have Lenin or the Soviets have to do with the situation today?

By refusing to consider the same basic criteria for judging USA against other countries such as Russia, you are falling into the 'exceptionalist' or 'supremacist' camp. The 'chosen people', racist type that runs Israel too.

You are not special.

End of discussion until you eat a humble pie.

KarlSchreiber

Karl Schreiber writer, author, free thinker, against dictatorship and censorship

I said it already, and won`t repeat, but a very last time, history judges the USA fairly and objectively about their interventions, bravery, and mistakes and tragedies as well, but please do not exclude the 2 devastating world wars, the cold war, which really was ww3, and the whole holocaust period and the dictatorships and their atrocities as well. Until you do and accept any constructive criticism instead of the cumbersome America, Israeli and western bashing of its entire history by all its detractors you are right, end of discussion!

But whether I or you for that matter being special or not , history will reveal all truth`s and the day will come where all detractors will humbly eat the pie and ask forgiveness for their sins. I guess you are `special`time will tell. Until then Salam, Shalom or how do you say Khoda-hafez......................................:)))

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi

That is just the history that you write for yourself. It's fiction. 35 million soviet people died in WWII. They were the ones who defeated Germany. Your American education is inferior. Your 'history' is mere myth. There is no greater bloodshed and genocide in history than the ones you committed against the natives in America and Africa. You are the worst barbarians in history. You make Chingis look good.

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy I Love Waterfalls and Find One of the most humorous things in the world; is the notion that Americans are a greater force for good & more civilized than Nazi's, Mullahs and Communists.

You are factually correct NP, money and power judge the USA, so long as she has both and uses it to destroy others and she continues to be the wealthiest country on the food chain, history will continue to judge her well, that is because it is not real history, it is US propaganda. Human Rights, Rule of Law, or tyranny and dictatorship, which is at the very heart of all democracies.

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi

It is only they who believe it all. This means around 15% of all people in the world, and that includes all westerners, which is an exaggeration as they do not all buy into the propaganda, thanks to figures like Zinn and Chomsky.

ShahpurShamshiri

Shahpur Shamshiri Born in Shemiran in 1953. I enjoy questioning myself whenever possible how to better serve my homeland.

Mr. Schreiber, I believe any citizen, who wishes to improve his country toward a more open, democratic society, needs to first look at the HIS OWN behavior (nation), to realize what needs changing or reform. For me, an American citizen, to close my eyes to my own country's mistakes and focus on others (Russia/USSR) instead, will never fix any of my nation's problems.

FIRST, we have to look at ourselves and our role in the world, THEN we can point our fingers at everyone else. For example, a criminal doesn't go to court and say '' Your Honor, you might think I robbed that man, but do you know how many robberies the last guy who was in here committed? I should obviously be released with an apology because the other guy's crimes were WAY WORSE!''
Doesn't that sound funny? I would like to see the look on that judge's face right then.
Listen, the reason we judge ourselves first is because we are responsible for OUR own actions, not Russia's. We do it because we love our country and we don't want it completely taken over by multi-national corporations and billionaire investors, who's ONLY aim is short term profit. Not morals or values or anything else. Short term profit.
Since,we, the U.S., go around the world telling everyone how they should behave and '' give 'em some darn democracy'', and brag about how exceptional and moral we are, we need to show it first. We can't go rebuke Putin, or any other independent leader, when just a few years ago, we were the ones invading Iraq based on LIES. Lies by our own government and those defense industry lobbies that literary run our government? Weapons of mass destruction? Did you forget that ''little'' lie we were told by our puppet leaders to justify an invasion of a sovereign nation that was no threat to the U.S.? Then a million people slaughtered by our military machine just in Iraq. I didn't even mention: Iran coup 1953, Pinochet, Vietnam, Cambodia, mustard gas, agent orange, (Monsanto made those by the way, thats the same Monsanto that ''regulates itself'' by putting it's own people in government positions to pass any nasty chemical right into our society). I didn't mention the ''contras'', basically blockading Cuba just because they kicked our corporations and gangsters out in the 1950's, illegal sanctions against Iran, supporting all human rights atrocities by Israel, or vetoing any UN action condemning that apartheid state that is the last one, after South Africa ended it's racist policy.

But what I will mention is the damage your way of thinking has done to this country for so many decades. Its the ''home team'' mentality that we are trained in since birth to worship, by early on being exposed to things like organized sports, wrestling, etc. that gives some of us a false impression. But those people don't know that the ''home team'' they blindly root for is the interests of a few elite businessmen and investors, not the PEOPLE of the US.I'll tell you why it results in the types of people we have called ''conservatives'' or ''republicans''.

The current ideology of the republican party, for several decades now, has been TWO important factors:
1. SMALLER GOVERNMENT
2. LESS TAXES
This is why the rich love this party.
a. they don't want to pay their taxes
b. they don't want government regulation on their businesses.
The first point about the taxes is obvious. The second point ''smaller government'' is just a play with words. It means, for example, that a company should not have to answer to any neutral agency who wants to know why that company keeps dumping their toxic waste into the local water supply. Well, it's simple why they would rather not be bothered by ''big government''.It's so they can make maximum profit. Transporting or treating the toxic waste just COSTS more.
Obviously, no one in their right mind would vote for a party that behaves this way( except the rich investor). But they get lots of votes. Whats their secret?
The billionaires, like the koche bros, Exxon Mobile, etc. came up with a brilliant plan. Use the latent racism of middle and lower class white Americans to galvanize this huge voting block. Next, use people's religion to get the votes. Tell people '' that Obama is muslim and a communist!'' Like the old ''godless'' communists argument. They also used the ''this is our darn country, so if you don't like it, get out!''
I'd just like to end this by saying the Democrats are also payed for by corporations and their lobbyists. Only the Republicans are so ''out there'' that they makes it easy to beat them. I mean Sarah Palin? Are you serious? Anyway...

ArvandRud

Arvand Rud Arvand Rud is the proper name of the "Shatt al Arab". Let's just say I would never sell out Iran to the mullahs or the communists.

The democrats get their funding from corporations just like the republicans. The entire system is returning to the capitalist dominated government that the U.S. was before the Great Depression of the 1930's forced Roosevelt to increase taxes on the rich and major corporations to 95%. At that time, Roosevelt, was able to convince the rich to take this huge tax increase by playing on their fears of a workers' revolution that was strongly advocated by many labor unions. Labor unions are the single most important factor needed to balance out the money and power corporations exert on policy.

KarlSchreiber

Karl Schreiber writer, author, free thinker, against dictatorship and censorship

There are points you mentioned in your paragraphs, they are valid. I do agree, but there are also points that i sharply disagree because they are the usual fallacies or exaggerations that, dependant who presented the original news and this violates the democratic principle, clearly you and many others profess to this type of stereotyping in their anti-american bashing independant of the source or wrongful data, the end justifies the means do ignore or belittle completely the aspect of dictatorship atrocities, invasions, human rights abuses and other violations and massacres that does not fit into the usual norm of america bashing over the last decades. The ingredients are there for a constructive criticism on american foreign policy, but what i absolutely object is the usual bravado of america, western and Israeli bashing what always goes around and comes around incessantly and tirelessly and cumbersomely................................One of the principles of debates is as well to accept the other points of views and no self righteousness or imposing once point of view. Thank you and have a great day!

KarlSchreiber

Karl Schreiber writer, author, free thinker, against dictatorship and censorship

Your long comment is just the same old propaganda routine full of historical fallacies and innuendos, mixed with sarcasm> really grow up, and of course we always stretch the truth; the cold war only ended finally 1991 where finally the brutal soviet system crumbled and the world population realized all the lies that came out of this evil empire, the whole period was extremely devastating to the whole world because of the Russian hegemony and aggression over so many years. America and the west always gets blamed for the wrong reason, because its simply an open society and everything is transparent unlike closed societies or dictatorships and in particularly it is a free society and so easy to obstruct and criticize. Please don't show self-righteousness and be sarcastically here. Its totally out of line. It is so obvious by now whatever America does whether good, bad it gets blamed, truthful or not its irrelevant here, of course the other side always gets card blanche and the usual blame game tactic starts over again, no constructive criticism, all conspiracy theory's and propagandist out in force, every act of aggression by the dictators aggression and atrocities it commits and they are numerous ,i gets rolled over, and just move away. And in business Capitalism gets always blamed when the American business man does profit in general gets blamed no matter what, without understanding of the theory, but wait when the russian or chinese do business it all great and fantastic, how pathetic is this?

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy I Love Waterfalls and Find One of the most humorous things in the world; is the notion that Americans are a greater force for good & more civilized than Nazi's, Mullahs and Communists.

The Mullahs are going to be over one way or another, Western support or not, the Iranian people who support Iranian culture first, want to have the same hopes and freedom and independence they enjoyed that existed when the shah was in Iran and want to start being able to enjoy their lives after this long and terrible period of the IRI being imposed by the USA and UK.

KarlSchreiber

Karl Schreiber writer, author, free thinker, against dictatorship and censorship

Pure propaganda!

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy I Love Waterfalls and Find One of the most humorous things in the world; is the notion that Americans are a greater force for good & more civilized than Nazi's, Mullahs and Communists.

This is actually why your so called democracy is so pointless and ridiculous, you don't even know the difference between truth and lie, what good is such a system with such misinformed people? Power only in the hands of those with money. Does this seem moral to you?

Immoral filth is what you are defending with out knowing it. You can't even believe what crimes are being committed and by whom against Iranians. But you hopefully choose to read, the head of the french secret service in the early 1970's told the shah the vast sums of money the USA, UK and French secret services had been given by the oil companies, he explained the plan to remove him and gave him details to prepare for it. He wrote about it in his book and it matches the info given in the book by the head of SAVAK and some of the heads of the shahs court who spoke with him about this meeting who due to secrecy have not spoken about it. You will have to wait until they pass away.

Iran was no Dictatorship, the Shah never used or had abolute power to make a unilateral decision even if he wanted to against the wishes of his team of qualified experts. The west however is concealed and totally exposed pure tyranny thanks to Julian Assange God bless him and hopefully thousands of criminals who he exposed will one day be pursued by the people who like yourself are living in an illusion of democracy. Lets for arguments sake say the shah had 2 horns, a tail and 3 balls, the west couldn't find a single educated person to lead Iran? No, because that was not the goal, the goal was a filthy one and it continues today, thwarting Iranians, bringing incompetence, poverty, mismanagement, theft, corruption, torture, mass murder, and total denial of womens equal rights.

Human Rights, Democracy, Rule of Law, Yeah sounds just like Saudi Arabia and those who are so foolish as to support the systems of government that want Saudi Arabia or Bahrain for the region against the will if the people. regressive unlike the shah which was progressive and modernizing.

The Mullahs are the most hated group by most Iranians in Iran, while the monarchy is the most unifying and widely supported (although illegal to support openly) because the people believe the monarchy undermines the western aim of divide and conquer and Unites Iran. Where is the concern for people power ????? When it doesn't serve western aims for domination and exploitation.

KarlSchreiber

Karl Schreiber writer, author, free thinker, against dictatorship and censorship

Your infatuation with your dictator `shah-in-shah` is by now so out of tune with reality and extremely atrocious not to say purely `filthy`, and as far as your rants are concerned against our democracy, our human rights, civil rights, our freedom and evolutionary theory, it is really pathetic, but happily, history taught us otherwise:)))

Just the last 3 decades, we had witnessed or experienced the great democratic revolution in Eastern Europe in 1989 where the iron curtain and Berlin wall finally came down, people rose up and drove out the old corrupt dictatorship oligarchs, the filth that was brought on by soviet tanks, who had occupied, and devastated eastern Europe, destroyed peoples lives for over 40 years for far to long until its liberation and demise on revolution day, i was there, i witnessed and cherished and have seen the happiness on the peoples faces, ths great revolution for freedom and democracy. This was the beginning of a long struggle for democracy, human rights, economic progress, and certainly not the end, this goes for every country in the world until final VICTORY is achieved over tyranny.................

You are just one of those unbelievable and unfortunate dogmatic people who prefer to shut their eyes and create their own fantasy island-land that does not exist, and to push away the truth and overlook any atrocities and genocide committed by these filthy dictators that had brought not only filth, chauvinism, discriminations, violations against women and children, minorities religious, or ethnic, simply against anyone who doesn`t agree with their atrocious rules of the past and present dictators! Really by know the whole free world knows the truth about these atrocious numerous atrocities, massacres, genocides, rapes, tortures and famines committed across the globe by these very same tyrants. They have their very many `loyal`and very `talented` interlocutors in place to sow their web of lies, deceit and propaganda .

Whether you like it or not democracy, human rights and civil laws is the only alternative to all those filthy dictatorship systems.

Iran by itself had a great period since the great King Cyrus who always will be remembered as a great humanitarian and King, he was by far advanced of his times, he was as well the founder of today's UN`s Human Rights Charter. Iran's greatest literature and music comes from these great period (s) until the treachery in 1921.

Don't even dare to compare Iran's great Aristocracy and historical monarchies, culture, history from this period to the period of the treachery`s coup d'etat in favour of the filthy rates that was brought to power in 1921 by stalin`s soviet guns and tanks with only one purpose to disrupt the constitutional revolution`s goals in 1906 towards parliamentary democracy, reform and civil society and of course to grab land and natural resources of the country. These 2 filthy dictators crowned themselves kings to the deception of their people and stole billions from the countries treasury; they have brought nothing good to the country or region in terms of genuine development, and women`s liberation, but oppression, repression, misery, poverty, chauvinism, treachery, injustice, senseless killings, executions to the people and minorities (religious, ethnic and otherwise). They were hated by all nations in the region, hated by its own people and by the entire free world. The only period where Iranians tried to free themselves from these treacherous pair of vultures, was the period from 1951 to 1953 where the country experienced a kind of recess from the brutal dictatorship period with some press freedom, free speech and free assembly under the great leadership of Prime minister Dr. Mohamed Mossadegh! Unfortunately this period came to an abrupt end through the gun`s of the treacherous generals of the shah himself on behalf his order and strong assistance from the most vile and treacherous tudehi-communist agitators and backers on behalf of their stalinist masters in Moscau! The clergy`s had played a historical role but nevertheless in spite of their own differences they had organized the revolution of 1979 and for 3 decades now have been in power, the verdict is still out on their behaviour and their numerous executions and unlawful imprisonment, the free world is watching closely any developments in this country and expresses their solidarity with the people in the countries struggle towards evolution towards women`s liberation , education, freedom, independents, human rights and democracy.

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi

Will the GCC survive Qatar-Saudi rivalry?

"The council, formed in 1981 to counter the threat of the new revolutionary Shia republic in Iran, was considering a Saudi proposal, tabled in 2011, to transform the GCC into a closer union, as dictatorships around the Middle East were facing protests. But like many of the council's plans, this one failed to garner consensus. Normally quiet Oman refused to go along with the Saudi proposal, preferring to maintain good ties with nearby Iran. Kuwait declined too, due to constitutional restrictions.

"Strategic relations appear to be spiralling downwards," Karasik said, adding that Doha is "running the risk of being shoved outside of the GCC if there are not signs of dropping support for the Muslim Brotherhood across the region". The Brotherhood, whose rise across the region was facilitated by protests against decades-old regimes, has been supported by Qatar amid Saudi Arabia's efforts to contain the group."

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/03/will-gcc-survive-qatar-saudi-rivalry-201431864034267256.html

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi

And just for the drama:

"OPEC fracked

The days when OPEC could hold the West to political ransom are gone...

According to a Citigroup report in February 2013, the record surge in US oil production – in the first ten months of 2012 US domestic production met 84 percent of its energy needs – now threatens the very existence of OPEC. The EIA reports that US oil production expanded by a record 790,000 barrels a day last year. According to the Citigroup report, by the middle of 2013 the US Gulf Coast will be supplied with oil from much closer to home – from North Dakota and Texas, displacing imports from Saudi, Iraq and Kuwait.

OPEC itself has been forced to downgrade its economic prospects. OPEC’s World Oil Outlook anticipates a decline in global demand for its oil to 2016 with production falling to 29.7 mpbd. That’s a drop of 1.6 mbpd from the forecast just a year ago. For the moment, much of the consequent fall in demand from the West is likely to be offset by a rise in demand from Asia, especially China and India. But the real fear for the Saudis and for OPEC’s members generally is what would happen to OPEC once US shale fracking technologies are exported worldwide.

http://www.thecommentator.com/article/3339/opec_fracked

KarlSchreiber

Karl Schreiber writer, author, free thinker, against dictatorship and censorship

We are hearing a lot about the 'crimes' of the US or the west these days on the net, going on now for almost several decades, if not more, while in practice these never were really crimes, at best only unfortunate incidences, but were forcefully exploited by the adversaries of democracy either by the usual anti-western or anti-american tirades in defence of tyranny or simply sterile and boring propaganda or as a badly managed foreign policies executed poorly by western democracies due to competition or incompetence or other exploits and all these fatal errors were exploited dutifully by the democracies adversaries and propagandists; it is only naturally that under these circumstances, things go spiral and fatal at times due to cold war antagonism with an enemy that knew or knows no mercy; and with that said our twentieth century went spiral with 2 brutally devastating major world wars that fought 2 criminally insane ideologies: fascism and communism alike with their mini tyrants side by side that had caused the deaths of millions of innocent victims, committed numerous genocides, went thru the holocaust, went thru the cold war that knew no humanity and caused much famine and disasters in our world, and not to forget all the mini wars instigated by tyrants satellite states or their masters and none lesser in brutality than the 2 world wars only strategically different with their mini tyrants or subservient states that were clawed to mother Russia by either invasions, occupations, or forced obedience and propaganda that executed complete naked brutal aggression, countless rapes, murders, executions of its own citizens, unlawful imprisonment and assassinations, plunders, all these in the name of a very criminally insane ideology that were at first celebrated by their countless supporters and propagandists as liberation from the so called reckless capitalists, as opposed to their `workers paradise` but when these crimes became too obvious and embarrassing to the whole world community, they simply vanished and reconfigured themselves and their views became the new apologists and mouthpiece for a new kind of `modern dictator`, but with the same goal of preventing the world nations regional and industrial development and advancement and the complete eradication of any illiteracy; these brutal adversary`s simply changed tactics but their goals remained the same. Under these gruesome circumstances humanity has to live with these errors and with evolution and education can humanity progress and will reduce drastically these errors or fatalities in due time amongst the democratic forces who fought these brutal dictatorships and their propagandist in almost all human life and will eliminate all tyranny and their propagandists in due time. Education is the answer and will bring victory to DEMOCRACY, CIVIL RIGHTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS!

Imagine for a brief moment how our world could have been if Russia and China were truly democratic from the beginning; freedom, democracy and civil rights could have flourished in a dictatorship free world with full education, free speech, free flow of information, constructive criticism with free debates in every corner of the world with fully developed nations in every aspect. No chauvinism in a world where all religious and ethnic minorities, history and different cultures were protected by civil laws everywhere!

Happy Nowruz or Eid `shoma mobarak`!

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi

Not so simple Karl. It's always been about resources and use of brute force over their control, sugarcoated with talk of ideology. USA was not so 'innocent' even in WWII. Bush's grandfather did banking business with Nazi Germany, and did so right through the war.

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi

A more recent article from December 2013 puts it more specifically:

"Fracking boom frees the US from old oil alliances:

The US will soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's largest producer of crude oil, liberating its foreign policy from dependency on a handful of oil-rich Arab allies...

"The United States, which currently imports around 20 per cent of its total energy needs, becomes all but self-sufficient in net terms – a dramatic reversal of the trend seen in most other energy-importing countries."

Far from sending its armies round the world to secure oil, in other words, before long it will be sending marketing consultants to sell it...

“Our country is facing continuous threat because of its almost total dependency on oil,” Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the country's most prominent businessman, wrote in an open letter to the oil minister and his own uncle, King Abdullah, in the summer, urging them to wake up to the danger. “The world is increasingly less dependent on oil from OPEC countries including the kingdom."
By the time new talks with Iran over its nuclear programme were announced in the autumn, such sensitive issues had even reached the ever-cautious Saudi press. Moreover, writers had begun to notice that the issue wasn't just economic - important though it is for Saudi Arabia's oil-dependent economy and public finances for oil sales to keep up, prices to remain stable, and the cash to keep rolling in.

It has been lost on no-one that the United States in general, and President Barack Obama in particular, is less concerned nowadays to soothe Saudi Arabia's highly-strung nerves on regional politics than it used to be. The outcome of those talks, a deal about which Saudi Arabia remains deeply nervous, was one result."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/oil/10476647/Fracking-boom-frees-the-US-from-old-oil-alliances.html

alimostofi

Ali Mostofi Astrology, Current Affairs. Princeton Class of 1981. Iranian.com member since 2005 http://iranian.com/main/member/alimostofi.html http://iranian.com/mostofi.html

Actually it is not the US. It is the oil companies they needed to keep looking for alternatives. Here is the story.

Most of the troubles in the Middle East were created to raise the price of oil and insurance.

If you look at all the major wars in the Middle East, you will see that they were followed by finding oil in more and more expensive places.

Oil was in Iran's control until Mossadegh made a fuss and Venezuela came on-line, as Esso pushed the US to kick the Brits out, or form the Consortium. Of course I am simplyfying here. So please no cheecky comments.

Then you the North Sea come on-line, once Khomeini started to have a tete-a-tete with Saddam.

Next we had the US invasions of Iraq and that led to drilling in the South China seas.

Recently with oil going past 100 the fracking technology has brought on-line the massive Orinocco Shell oil fields in Venezuela.

But most important is that oil should never be a fuel but used for downstream derivatives such as Petrochemicals. And thanks to my dad Iran is ahead in that area, even though the Ayatollahs were planning to shut it all down and Saddam ran a few bombing raids over Bandar Shahpour complex.

And finally all of this goes hand in hand with weapons trade.

KarlSchreiber

Karl Schreiber writer, author, free thinker, against dictatorship and censorship

The oil issue is an old historical subject that is now completed and it comes back once in while in a debate for the purposes of reinitializing the blame game.

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi

Reason why I regularly describe the US regime as a 'corporate fascist' one is precisely because such corporations own the US government and media and military and the American regime as a whole. It is not meant as an insult. well not purely!

KarlSchreiber

Karl Schreiber writer, author, free thinker, against dictatorship and censorship

Sorry i can't help from your comments on our free market economy, I noticed there are plenty of fallacies in your analyses and dialogue or hatred, frustration or just plain ignorance? what do you have with our free market economy which is really democracy without any politics at its best and there is a place in it for everyone, not only the 'rich', it is for the poor , the middle class ,the consumer is becoming more and more the king and getting preferential treatment, look to the case of Bresil where just 40 million people has been moved up from poverty to the middle class only in one decade, big companies have opened up shopping malls and chain stores and more are to come in what is known to be a slum area, why ? Because they recognized the power of the consumers, which is everybody without class difference, and these business hiring like crazy , these people get a good shot in lives improvement, and start making good money, so that they can buy more and more products, hence the consumer really becomes the King, and of course every single individual become full and active participant in our great free market economy which is good for democracy, and always improving our civil laws at the same time democratically for the betterment of mankind and our free society. We call this buying power. The consumer is the king everywhere in a free market economy, please don't tell you are still reminiscent of the totally failed 'socialist' or 'communist' models which has caused nothing more than misery and backwardness for all citizens.There are some wonderful and great economic books out there, take advantage of it and enlightened yourself.

alimostofi

Ali Mostofi Astrology, Current Affairs. Princeton Class of 1981. Iranian.com member since 2005 http://iranian.com/main/member/alimostofi.html http://iranian.com/mostofi.html

So explain to me Niloufar, what the alternative is. Perhaps you mean, that no one interfers in the role of government. In other words, we have people's representatives who will knowingly not accept donations.

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi

Representative democracy is inherently prone to corruption. We need to take much closer control over government, preferably through a system of direct democracy. Greater and greater public participation in political decision making is the answer to corporate power.

alimostofi

Ali Mostofi Astrology, Current Affairs. Princeton Class of 1981. Iranian.com member since 2005 http://iranian.com/main/member/alimostofi.html http://iranian.com/mostofi.html

Well, what you are saying is already afoot in the consumer retail business. How do you think products are sold? People vote directly in their buying behavoiur.

But politics has limitation on the choice it presents. The problem is that we only have three varieties of cheese in politics at best.

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi

Consumers are mass managed, just like goods are mass produced. The market is anything but a place for free choice. It's actually the place where competition is killed because the political checks and balances are not in place. Well they are in place, but in favour of the rich.

alimostofi

Ali Mostofi Astrology, Current Affairs. Princeton Class of 1981. Iranian.com member since 2005 http://iranian.com/main/member/alimostofi.html http://iranian.com/mostofi.html

If the market was just for the rich, you would only have a few very expensive products, and just one for the poor. A bit like North Korea and other failed socialist states.

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi

I said it was in favour of the rich. the whole system is based on favouring the rich. that's how you get mass poverty.

alimostofi

Ali Mostofi Astrology, Current Affairs. Princeton Class of 1981. Iranian.com member since 2005 http://iranian.com/main/member/alimostofi.html http://iranian.com/mostofi.html

The consumer is King. I am sure you have gone into a shop and checked the price against ebay or amazon. It was not like that before. We used to have this annoying monopoly in the 70's with music, and films. Now the poor have a lot more choice and much cheaper. The power of the market is there.

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi

did you hear how some Iranian customers were being refused service in Apple stores?

did you hear that some Iranians are having trouble getting mortgages from banks?

did you know that more people can be in abject poverty in 'free market' economies than elsewhere?

alimostofi

Ali Mostofi Astrology, Current Affairs. Princeton Class of 1981. Iranian.com member since 2005 http://iranian.com/main/member/alimostofi.html http://iranian.com/mostofi.html

It is very easy to politicize. But it was a lot worse back in 70's. In fact Iranians are regarded as the best immigrants in the US, with highest credit ratings.

And the irony is that all these millionnaires of Iran were the first to abandon the very pro-rich system you are criticizing.

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi

Higher credit ratings than the Brits, Norwegians and Germans?

The market is a dangerous ruthless animal that must be controlled. I fear the Rand clan has brainwashed you. You seem to think the market is your saviour somehow. Can you define what the market is? I would like to understand your perspective.

alimostofi

Ali Mostofi Astrology, Current Affairs. Princeton Class of 1981. Iranian.com member since 2005 http://iranian.com/main/member/alimostofi.html http://iranian.com/mostofi.html

As an Astrologer, I am quite a bit cynical about the market. By the way labelling people is no way to carry a dialogue. To label an Astrologer as someone who follows anyone, is strange. I have used a model to predict human moods for thirty odd years. And yes the markets do follow it most of the time.

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi

I'm not into that 'playing the victim' thing, and I have no clue about astrology.

I truly believe that many Americans and others are completely brainwashed about the 'market'. It's like a god to them, one that they cannot really define or touch, but believe in nevertheless. Most can't even define it.

alimostofi

Ali Mostofi Astrology, Current Affairs. Princeton Class of 1981. Iranian.com member since 2005 http://iranian.com/main/member/alimostofi.html http://iranian.com/mostofi.html

As far as I know most high school students in US know Adam Smith, Ricardo and Malthus, just for starters.

I think your brush off there is quite out of line. Try saying what you have in Harvard Business School and you really would be given the rolling eyes.

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi

I would say that America has an unhealthy number of overfed and under-educated people who are quite arrogant with it too. honest opinion, and I don't care what you or Harvard thinks of it.

KarlSchreiber

Karl Schreiber writer, author, free thinker, against dictatorship and censorship

What is wrong with you, that you cannot lead a normal debate without name calling and making incredulous accusation. I guess with you constructive criticism is out of the window, bashing and rejection of the truth is welcomed.

Here is a small hint about our capitalism: We have had Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, he gave us windows and Microsoft, and employs thousands of professionals and around the world, what would our universities look like without this incredible innovation, he gets bashed, and on top he has numerous charity foundations around the world helping millions. Remarkable the work he does in Africa to get Africans an education and a life out of poverty! Does it get credited, sadly no. I can name plenty of western or american capitalist entrepreneurs, right out of my head who contributed positively to the well being of societies in our world, we always hear criticism wait no criticism, rather western capitalist bashing has always been on the menu well at least for last 3 decades. And lots of these so called basher comes right out of pure ignorance about the workings of the capitalist economy, how many have read john maynard keynes, or galbraith? But there are tons of Russian corrupted oligarchs billionaires and /or millionaires, stole money from the treasury, produced nothing with that money, no one else benefited all for their greedy pockets any slightest criticism at least ? No , of course not. just move away and ignore.