Thursday August 17, 2017

Iran: Opposite Orientalism

Academia in the West has named the Western sense of superiority over the Eastern countries as “orientalism”. This concept encompasses stereotypes and distorted views of the Middle East. 

Harvard-educated Iranian-American political scientist and expert of Iran and US foreign policy Dr. Majid Rafizadeh points out that orientalism shaped the outlook of academics who began to view, from the seventies onwards, the Middle East as a victim of the West. He said: “They started criticizing their own Western governments for imperialism, colonialism and suppression of Easterners, and for not respecting the cultural and religious authenticity of the Middle East. Soon, people avoided making comments that would characterize them as orientalist. Calling someone orientalist became an insult.”


The Eye-Opening Facts Behind Iran's Economic Powerhouse

Iran’s economy has undergone a so-called ‘privatization’ for a number of years.  The ‘privatization campaign’ as it is called, began with a turn of events that occurred in 2005. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had become the regime’s president, and the executive branch was filled with loyalists who agreed with Khamenei’s strategic blueprint for the future.

Oil revenues were rapidly increasing, and Khamenei saw the opportunity to restructure Iran’s economy. Shortly after Ahmadinejad came to office, in May, 2005, the first official order was issued for the purpose of placing 80% of all economic enterprises under the supervision of “non-government public, private and cooperative sectors," to be completed by the end of 2009.


Iran Sanctions: Turkish Banker Arrested in US

A well-known ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a Turkish banker, arrived in the United States earlier this week to speak to investors about new dollar bonds that his (state) bank is planning to sell. 

However, Atilla was arrested on Monday by US authorities in New York at the John F. Kennedy International Airport and was charged with colluding to violate sanctions. He is said to have teamed up with Turkish gold trader Reza Zarrab and they had plans to carry out illegal transactions that would direct hundreds of millions of dollars from the US to the Iranian government.


Plan to Limit PMU by Iraqi Prime Minister

The al-Arab daily published a piece titled, “Iraqi Prime Minister in Washington announces plan to limit the Popular Mobilization Units.”

In a clear message Haider al-Abadi emphasized on his determination to join the U.S. option aimed at annihilating Iran’s control over Iraq and supporting steps to tighten relations with Saudi Arabia. The Iraqi Foreign Minister’s meeting with his Saudi counterpart in Washington is a reference in this regard.


US Crackdown on Iran

Last week, House and Senate lawmakers revealed details about new sanctions legislation in the biggest effort to crackdown on Iran for several years. The legislation has bipartisan support and imposes mandatory sanctions on the country’s ballistic missile program. It also enforces existing legislation banning the sale of weapons to Iran. 

The legislation was announced just in time for the 2017 AIPAC policy conference which has just started in Washington.


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