Of course: Europe fails to enforce its own sanctions against Iran

December 16, 2011

(Carl) Yet another reminder that sanctions will never stop Iran’s nuclear program… because Europe won’t enforce them.

Continental Europe’s zig-zag course with sanctioned Iranian officials remains a counterproductive leftover vestige to the EU’s nearly 30 year failed policy of dialogue with Tehran’s clerical rulers. Take the example of Irans foreign minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, who on December 4 appeared in Bonn to attend the Afghanistan conference. Though Salehi is sanctioned by the EU because of his work on Iran’s illicit nuclear weapons program, he met with Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle [pictured above. CiJ] and schmoozed with the conference attendees. The EU has waived its own visa restrictions against Salehi.
Attention to a second case this week raises again the point of impotent EU diplomatic sanctions. Iranian oil minister Rostam Ghasemi swooped into Vienna on Tuesday to attend the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting on Wednesday. Ghasemi commands Iran’s revolutionary guards’ Khatam al-Anbia military. The EU, Australia and the United States have sanctioned Ghasemi. His tentacles are immersed in blacklisted revolutionary guard companies. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps is defined as a global terrorist organization by the US government. Yet his presence at the Vienna parley makes a mockery of Iran-based sanctions. Diplomatic business as usual is precisely what Tehran seeks. And the EU, sadly, is reciprocating.

The irony is that the Europeans probably have a greater interest than anyone outside of Israel in stopping Iran. Their economies are already teetering on the brink – a sharp rise in the price of oil resulting from a war could tank Europe’s economies for a generation. And yet, the Europeans continue to throw a stick in the spokes of the one thing that might have a chance of averting war. They seem to have a death wish, provided of course that they can take as many Jews as possible with them (God forbid).
What could go wrong.

Carl must of written this blog post on the fly. They not only want to avoid war with an aggressive state, but they want to do business with people who are religiously inclined to be martyrs. These aren’t Shinto Buddhists or Communists, these are Muslims and you can not co-op their emperor or prove their system doesn’t work. It is obvious that Europe wants their cake and to eat it to. It seems like the whole world does.

(Have one’s cake and eat it too – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) A French equivalent expression is: vouloir le beurre et l’argent du beurre, meaning literally to want the butter and the money for the butter. The idiom can be emphasized by adding et le sourire de la crémière (“and the smile of the female buttermaker”).
The expression avere la botte piena e la moglie ubriaca (“to have the barrel full and the wife drunk”) is used in Italy with an equivalent meaning.
In Spanish, querer estar en misa y en procesión (“wishing to be both at Mass and in the procession”) and nadar y guardar la ropa (“swimming and keeping an eye on the removed clothes”) are similar in meaning.
There is a Serbian equivalent as well, Не можеш да имаш и јаре и паре (“You can’t have both goatling and money”).
Similarly, in Chinese, “也要马儿好,也要马儿不吃草” (pinyin: Yě yào mǎ hǎo, yě yào mǎ bu chī cǎo) means “you want the horse to be the best, but don’t want it to eat any grass”.
There is a Greek equivalent as well: “Και την πίτα ολόκληρη και τον σκύλο χορτάτο” (“you want the pie whole and the dog full”).
A similar expression in Swiss German is Du chasch nit dr Füfer und s Weggli ha (“you can’t have the five cent coin and a -certain type of swiss- bread roll”).
A Nepalese equivalent also exists that goes dubai haat ma laddu, which means having laddu (a sweet candy) in both your hands.
In Argentina, the expression la chancha y los veinte literally means “the pig and the twenties”. It comes from the old piggybanks for children that used to contain coins of 20 cents. The only way to get the coins was to break the piggyback open — hence the phrase. This can be emphasized by adding y la máquina de hacer chorizos, which translates to “and the machine to make sausage”.
In Bulgaria it’s a very often occurrence for the expression to be used: “И вълкът сит, и агнето цяло” (“The wolf is full, and the lamb – whole.”)


Nuclear Cooperation between Argentina and Iran?

July 27, 2011
an ineffective foreign policy… obviously! The Ladies are all smiles, but they bite and scratch when backs are turned.
Kirchner and Clinton… Ha ha ha ha ha…..

With the help of Venezuela, there is reason to believe that Argentina is cooperating with Iran on its the nuclear issue in a deal that involves Argentina’s willingness to drop the accusations against Iran for the 1994 bombing in return for business.

In a confidential letter that was sent by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who chairs the House Foreign Relations Committee, to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Ros-Lehtinen sought to establish “status of any possible economic projects Argentina may be engaged in with Venezuela that may involve Iran.” Ros-Lehtinen also sought to establish “the extent of any nuclear cooperation that may be at play between Argentina, Venezuela and Iran.” The letter was co-signed by Florida’s Republican Congressmen Connie Mack and David Rivera. “We are writing to express our concerns about information that our offices have received about potential efforts by Iran of nuclear cooperation with Argentina, using Venezuela as its intermediary,” the three legislators wrote.
The existence of economic projects linking Iran, Venezuela and Argentina have long been known. Univision, a Spanish-language television network in the United States, mentions that, in the framework of this cooperation, Venezuela has launched a program for the development of at least 200 “socialist factories” through agreements with Iran and Argentina — mainly food processing plants and industrial equipment factories. Although the funding involved about $300 million, most of these factories have not been built and, very likely, will never be built. The suspicion is that financial resources have been diverted for different purposes: in particular that the so-called agricultural program is a cover-up operation to hide payments that have nothing to do with food factories.
In the past, Argentina and Iran maintained a nuclear cooperation agreement that, under pressure from U.S. President George Bush, was suspended in the early 1990s by then-President Carlos Menem, But more recently, Iran has become interested in acquiring scientific know-how and technology from the Argentine nuclear program. The Miami Herald reports that in 2007 Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had asked Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, on a personal basis, to to use his good relations with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez Kirchner to convince her to restart nuclear cooperation with Iran. Further, the website La Patilla published information about a meeting on February 6, 2010 between the Venezuelan vice President Elias Jaua and the Argentinean Planning Minister, Julio De Vido, close assistant to President Fernandez Kirchner, in which they discussed nuclear cooperation. Though the evidence implicating Argentina with Iran in nuclear development is yet not clear, last April the Argentinean paper Perfil reported that in a meeting last January with Iran’s ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, the Argentinean Foreign Minister, Hector Timerman, offered to drop investigations in Iran relating to the 1994 bombings in Buenos Aires against the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA). In return, it seems, Timerman’s desire was to deepen economic relations between Buenos Aires and Teheran.
According to Perfil, Syria then passed the Argentinean FM’s offer to Iran. In a leaked cable quoted by the newspaper, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi allegedly told the Iranian President that “Argentina is no longer interested in solving those two attacks, but in exchange prefers improving its economic relations with Iran.”
The AMIA bombing
This year marks the 17th anniversary of the AMIA bombing, which killed 87 people and injured more than 100, in 1994. Argentina was also hit by a terrorist attack in 1992; the bombing targeted the Israel Embassy in Buenos Aires, killed 29 people and wounded 242. In both events, Hezbollah and Iran are suspected of having perpetrated the terrorist attacks. To date, however, there has been no justice.. The person believed to be the bombings’s planner is Ahmad Vahidi, the current Iranian Defense Minister, who recently visited Bolivia after a controversial official invitation by Bolivian President Evo Morales.
The Iranian government recently said that is offering its help to “uncover the truth” behind the AMIA bombing. The Iranian Foreign Ministry wrote in a statement that “the ministry denounces the fact that the truth about the criminal action has become the target of plots and political games and that Argentine officials at the time, whose illegal actions have been disclosed and convicted by the court in this regard, misled judicial investigation and set the stage for the escape of real culprits behind the atrocity from the hands of justice through pointing a finger of blame at a number of nationals of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
Despite these hypocritical remarks, and despite the fact that Iran says that the Argentinean justice leveled false allegations against Hezbollah and Iran, the current Argentinean government thanked Iran for offering its help. Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman said that Iran’s offer is “an unprecedented and very positive step.” The Associated Press reported that Iran, which denies that Iranian citizens were involved, is even preparing its own report on the bombing and wants to begin a dialogue with the Argentines to help solve the case. Given the fact that in the past the Iranian government has accused the “Zionists” of perpetrating the 1994 bombing, the report will most likely bring paradoxical allegations that the “Jews” committed the attack against the Jewish center in Buenos Aires.
Still, the Argentinean FM Timerman said he is optimistic that Iran will help solve the case: “There is sufficient evidence to bring to trial various Iranian citizens, and we want to see if, through this dialogue, they will understand that we all have to submit ourselves to justice.” As some Argentinean media recently put it, Buenos Aires is apparently more interested in pursuing a rapprochement with Tehran, with all the good business that will follow, than pursuing the cause of justice. It is clear from Timerman’s words of appeasement that even a country such as Argentina, which suffered from terrorist attacks inspired by Iran, is willing to turn the page and open its doors to doing business with the Ayatollahs. What then are the chances for trade and military sanctions against Iran to succeed?
Iran looks to diversify allies in Latin America
The worries expressed by Ros-Lehtinen and her colleagues only add another tessera to the mosaic that Iran is preparing south of America’s doorstep. In response, the U.S. State Department answered Ros-Lehtinen with the following statement: “We have no evidence to support the claim that Venezuela serves as an interlocutor between Iran and Argentina on nuclear issues, nor that Argentina is granting Iran access to its nuclear technology. Argentina has long maintained a constructive position at the International Atomic Energy Agency with respect to Iran’s nuclear program”. There is no reason, unfortunately, to be reassured by the words of the State Department.
Meir Javedanfar, an Iranian-Israeli political analyst, points out that, as Iran’s staunchest ally in Latin America, Venezuela’s President, Hugo Chavez, was diagnosed with a cancer, which means that the Venezuelan President might move further down in his alliance with Iran on its priority list. Chavez’s illness may be why Iran could try to forge a strong alliance with another important Latin American country:: Argentina. Although it is not yet clear whether Argentina is sending nuclear technology to Iran with the help of Venezuela, it is a reality that Teheran wants to diversify its relations in Latin America away from Venezuela.
For now, the Argentinean government is responding exactly as Iran wishes, as can bee seen in the Argentinean FM’s warm and friendly statements on Iran’s cooperation in the case of AMIA. Argentina is not just helping the mullahs’ regime by opening new doors in Latin America, it is also whitewashing Iran’s terrorist record, would leave hundreds of victims and their families permanently deprived of justice.

What incentive could the United States give Argentina to keep her from working with Iran? Follow the money! Good foreign policy would be to engage with Argentina as opposed to directly with terrorist groups.
image via hillary.foreignpolicy.com

IAEA worried over Iran plans to triple uranium production. UN nuclear chief Amano to meet Iranian FM Salehi, says "further cooperation is needed to restore confidence of int’l community."

July 7, 2011
Iran announced last month it would shift its production of higher-grade uranium to an underground bunker and triple output capacity in a defiant move that further fueled Western unease about Tehran’s intentions.
The UN nuclear chief said on Wednesday that he planned to meet with Iran’s foreign minister next week and that he was “quite concerned” over plans by Tehran to triple uranium production capacity.

Yukiya Amano, director general of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told Reuters in the Colombian capital, Bogota, that he planned to meet Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi next week, but had no firm details.

Iran is Ready To Resolve a Crises… I repeat… Iran is Ready To Resolve a Crises…

May 27, 2011

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has expressed Iran’s readiness to help Somalia resolve its ongoing crisis.
At a meeting today with his Somali counterpart on the sidelines of the 16th ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on the island of Bali in Indonesia, Salehi announced Iran’s readiness to use all capacities to help end bloodshed in Somalia and alleviate the suffering of the Muslim nation.
Somali State Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Ali Hamud, for his part, explained the latest developments in the country and hailed Iran’s humanitarian aid as well as its efforts to help resolve the crisis in the war-ravaged country.
Source: Press TV, Iran, May 27, 2011

Never mind the Prison Rapes and Revolt In Tehran.

Roubini warns Turkey that they are about to have an economic crises

April 29, 2011
Renowned economist Prof. Dr. Nouriel Roubini said that the Turkish Central Bank should be supported by economic policies. Roubini said that the current account deficit and high domestic demand posed a risk to the Turkish economy. via hudson-ny.org

Turkey will be on it’s hands and knees begging for stimulus money when their economy collapses. The unemployment is high and the loans can not be paid. The alarm bells are ringing now. Our terrorist enabling business men in the West are about to get a wake up call.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu (L)
meets with his Iranian counterpart, Ali Akbar Salehi,
in Urmia. AA photo.

“The most significant existing relationship between Iran and the Turkish financial system is through the Bank Mellat branches in Turkey,” David Cohen, acting undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review on Tuesday. via hudson-ny.org

“Our prime minister has set a target of $30 billion in annual trade with Iran. That is why we are opening this border crossing,” Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said Saturday. “We are announcing to the world that Turkey and Iran will be friends for eternity.” via hurriyetdailynews.com

Me wonders how much those biz contacts with Iran are worth when Turkey needs a loan.Hardly a model of Democracy for the region to follow.  If you want Democracy the world needs to learn from the good business people who have a healthy economy in Israel