What India should realistically do is to deepen its engagement with Iran, irrespective of the pressure coming from Western capitals. In that context, the Tehran summit is an opportunity for India to make its Iran line even stronger. Stanly Johny writes as the NAM summit in Tehran commences.
Introduction: Iran is presently in centre of international controversy with Israel leading a strong campaign against it. As per the logic of Tel Aviv, nuclear programme of Iran pose an existential threat and it is ready to take all measures to ensure its survival. Similarly, Washington and the European Union are also up in arms and giving several reasons to justify sanctions against Iran.
Iran’s social contradictions have once more erupted into conflict. It does not help for us to wave the flag of intervention, or even to throw our support between one or the other camp in this current situation. The best solidarity from afar is to be analytical, not emotional about what is occurring. Things are easier in the case of the Honduras, where the Generals are not only trained by the U. S. at Fort Benning but where it seems plain that the U. S. State Department might bank on this coup to send a message against Bolivarianism across Central and South America. Here we have a clear role, to demand an end to interference in Central America and an end to the School of the Americas. Writes Viijay Prashad.
A look at the different interpretations and positions over the recent protests in Iran.
''Despite the fact that 300 women protestors in Kabul faced with more than a 1000 counter protestors who throw stones at them and called them " dog" and spat at them, despite the fact that the Iranian women who demand change to the discriminatory laws in Iran are facing arrest and detention, despite the fact that their websites being filtered, papers being banned, and their safety and security is fragile, the movements for rights and dignity, for equity and equality, keep moving forward and gaining more strength''. -Elahe Amani writes for Pragoti
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''Using the rhetoric of “justice,” “equality,” “rights and democracy,” and the “center of society” is hardly meaningful if such discourse is not supported by action. Western imperialists are using this language to invade and destroy the infrastructures of other nations, under the banner of “democracy and human rights.” Religious extremist transnationally, regardless of whether or not they are in positions of power in Iran, Afghanistan or the FLDS camps in United State, cannot talk of “upholding justice,” “security,” and the “well-being of women and girls” while violating the human rights of women and girls in polygamist, patriarchal power structures'', says Elahe Amani.
''Defending rights of women, sexual, ethnic, religious and other minorities are perhaps indicators of democratization in society. Perhaps it was not frightening to defend women’s rights before, but now failure to defend women’s rights will be condemned widely by women in society, even if it is not always fruitful. Defending the rights of minorities also is an experience of this sort'', observes Parvin Ardalan.
Some perspectives from the Women's Movement in Iran (Courtesy: Iran Women Solidarity).
Among India's worries, the point at which Iran has to deliver gas is the most important one. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has agreed that the gas should be delivered at India's border with Pakistan, says S. Rahim Mashaee, vice president of Iran in an interview with Atul Aneja, the west Asian correspondent of The Hindu. Interview, courtesy, The Hindu newspaper.
The push has come to shove. The political crisis that appeared imminent last fortnight could have been averted if the UPA government had refrained from pushing ahead with the Indo-US nuclear deal, an issue that was not part of the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) on the basis of which the Left parties extended outside support. Unfortunately, this was not to be. With the open declaration of a ‘go ahead’ by the Prime Minister, the Left had no other option but to enforce the decision taken nearly two years ago to withdraw support if the government goes ahead.
Gary Ackerman, Chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on the Middle East and South Asia, made it very clear in his statements yesterday that the Indo-US Nuclear Deal is part of a much larger strategy to make India's foreign policy further subservient to US imperialist designs specifically in Iran and generally in West Asia as a whole.
Two news items 'America set to seek its pound of flesh' (Courtesy: The Telegraph) and 'Ackerman hopes India will complete internal processes' (Courtesy: The Hindu) reveal quite candidly, that contrary to the assurance from proponents of the Indo-US Nuclear Deal, the deal will come with several strings attached to India's foreign policy.