Demonizing Iran: An Inside Look Into What The US Is Trying To Hide

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The United States has a long history of interfering in Iranian politics. Perhaps the most famous is the coup of the democratically-elected prime minister Mohammad Mossadegh in 1953 followed by the re-installation of the US-friendly brutal shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Since the revolution in 1979, which overthrew the shah and put in place a representative theocratic government, the US has sanctioned Iran and both supported and threatened military attacks. Now, in addition to increased sanctions, Iranians are banned from traveling to the US and US citizens have great difficulty getting visas to visit Iran. We spent nine days in Iran and bring you this interview with Dr. Foad Izadi, a professor who teaches American Studies at the University of Tehran, about the impacts of the sanctions, their state of democracy and how Iranian students view the US and Iran.

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Dr. Foad Izadi is a professor at the Faculty of World Studies and the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, University of Tehran. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics and a masters in mass communication studies from the University of Houston, and he is a PhD graduate of mass communications of the Louisiana State University. Izadi has written articles and books on political and international issues, including ” U.S. Public Diplomacy toward Iran: Structures, Actors, and Policy Communities” and “Terrorism and Peace: A Bibliography”.

  • il corvo

    What strikes me about this interview with Professor Izadi and other interviews with non government folks is how similar people are no matter what government rules them. Common people want to live in peace, have food, medicine and adequate housing. Folks like you and I are the norm no matter where one travels. It is always the ruling government that postures, suppresses and threats. All of the worlds problems start and continue with government and their legislative directives. Makes one wonder when will the people stop doing the bidding of the psychopaths that rule the world. Most of us just want to live our lives in peace.

  • kevinzeese

    So true. In this case the problem is the US government. The Iranian government has not attacked another country. It has provided defense (often against the US or US-funded terrorists) when asked by a country for help. Iran negotiated the nuclear deal for more than a decade and has lived up to it. The US has unilaterally withdrawn and escalted sanctions and war threats. The problem is the US government. The people of the United States must do all we can to transform US foreign policy from aggression to diplomacy, from not respecting the sovereignty of nations to respecting all nations. We have a lot of work to do in a very difficult political system that does not like to listen to the people.

  • il corvo

    Thank you for your comment Kevin.

    The irony of your last sentence “a political system that does not like to listen to the people” is staggering. Besides countries like Iceland, how many nations do listen to it’s citizens? As this world gets smaller through the internet and a coming world wide 5G web, control of the populace becomes so much more essential. China and its 5G network and social crediting is showing us just where things are going. Banking and the IMF seem to be calling the shots especially in countries like Iran, North Korea and Venezuela which don’t fall under the IMF.

    My point being Kevin, is that it makes me wonder how great is the collusion between industrial countries and it seems that, that collusion has picked the US as its enforcer. These few leaders of government and business, as compared to the masses of the general population, have a New World Order plan that makes it a point to disregard the masses and their wishes for peace, harmony, and the ability to live a caring life. I agree, in the above case, that the US is exerting its influence as the world bully and yet, as you know, there are those behind the scene that are calling the shots with a game plan that is inflexible in its intent of world domination. If only the citizens of the world knew just how easy massive non-compliance could change things, but as long as we stay fragmented into subgroups that uprising of the people becomes especially difficult.

  • kevinzeese

    Excellent points on the power of unity and noncompliance. We see people active in movements learning these realities. We need to keep educating people on the power we have and mobilizing them to using it.

    One thing I found interesting in Iran was when Foreign Minister Zarif talked with us he mentioned public opinion and upcoming elections. The Trump unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear agreement and increase in sanctions has impacted public opinion. More people in Iran think that negotiating with the US is a waste of time because our government cannot be trusted. They have seen the US abusing Iran since the 1953 coup. We have a terrible record.

    Zarif quoted polls and how they were changing and how upcoming elections could impact future relations between the US and Iran. He seemed more aware of what the people of Iran were concerned with than US politicians seem to be aware of US citizens concerns. It was interesting to see how Iranian government is a form of democracy and it may be more responsive to their people than US democracy.

    We discuss that issue in our most recent podcast in more depth. Listen to the podcast here:

  • chetdude

    You are correct. I’ve worked for years with a group opposing the dominant paradigm and we label the systemic underlying disease “Dominator Hierarchies”.

    Dominator Hierarchies are counter-evolutionary systems of domination of the many by a few that has been the way most human societies have been organized for about 6000-8000 years now. It’s so deeply ingrained that it’s hard to get people to recognize them let alone think outside of the limits imposed by them.

    Now that we live on an overcrowded, over-polluted, over-exploited Planet entering a new post-AGW Age with a more hostile Climate they’re the source of our existential dangers and suicidal path. We must develop more egalitarian, sustainable paradigms that promote the better angels of our nature and that will allow us to live within the built-in limits of a non-fossil-fueled world.

    The best discussion of the history and parameters of the systemic disease in print is “The New Human Rights Movement” by Peter Joseph.

  • chetdude

    In the micro – at the end of the 20th Century War (1914-1945) there was only one highly industrialized nation still standing almost untouched in the rubble. It also happened to be the most seriously hypocritical dominator hierarchy (see above) created yet on the Planet. So naturally, it chose itself to dominate the global economy in the “American Century (1945-2017)”.

    But as I explain above the underlying systemic disease is the almost universal internalized consensus among human beings gives permission to the few to dominate the rest and continues to block any consideration of different ways of organizing human societies. With very few exceptions (the Zapatistas in Chiapas for instance), hardly any decent sized group has been able to (allowed to) achieve the level of non-compliance and embrace of different paradigms that would be needed for real systemic change.

    And yes, ‘Divide and Conquer’ is definitely one of the dominators favorite weapons.

  • Great points all.

  • il corvo

    Again thanks for your response Kevin.
    I am sure that Kim Jong-un has watched what happened when the US pulled out of the treaty with Iran, as he also realized what happened with Kadafi when he signed a nuclear treaty with the US. Why would Kim sign a treaty when he knows the US doesn’t keep its word? His only bargaining chip is their nuclear weapons, if he gave up that chip what does he have left to stop a US regime change?

  • il corvo

    Thanks for this info. Chet. We have been acculturated through thousands of years to accept belief in authority at the expense of our self esteem and coherent minds. The revolution must start in each of us to both know ourselves and to recognize how acculturation presents itself as our thoughts.

  • il corvo

    Good insight Steven. Some have called the last century as the Century of the Self. When most see their worlds as ambition, competition and acquisition how do we not have a culture that is caring, empathic and supporting communities of connection and contact? It is no wonder that those wealthy folks, who do rule most of the world, stay in power. The real revolution must start with each of us using our coherent minds and opening our closing hearts. A critical mass could form but it must start with each of us not by just following another authority. Let the facts lead rather than following our acculturated, propagandized minds.

  • il corvo

    We must also remember that “giving permission” to have others rule us is a function of a psychologically fragmented mind. The ruling class does its best through crises du jour to keep us fear based and a fear based minds will usually look for security in the promises of authority.

  • Josh

    Thanks for giving me some hope, great thread.

  • Beakmaster

    I just wonder why Iran thinks they need a Nuke program,really,Is it worth living like that? They need to get their Govt. to get out of the Nuke program and life would be much better

  • kevinzeese

    Iran has never had a nuclear weapons program. Israel has hundreds of nuclear weapons and the US has nuclear weapons pointed at the Middle East. Your question shows the effectiveness of US propaganda.