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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: IRAN TAKES ITS FOURTH MEASURED STEP AWAY FROM THE TERMS OF THE NUCLEAR TREATY – AND THERE’S NO ONE TO BLAME BUT TRUMP HIMSELF WITH HIS ANGRY-CHILD DESTRUCTION OF A WORKING TREATY AND HIS VICIOUS SANCTIONS AND THREATS AGAINST 80 MILLION INNOCENT PEOPLE   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CBC NEWS

 

“Iranian president announces another break from nuclear deal

“Landmark 2015 nuclear accord has all but collapsed”

 

This marks the fourth step Iran has taken at two-month intervals to reduce its obligations under a treaty Trump destroyed. Iran proceeds gradually, but it can hardly be expected to behave as though nothing has happened, and this gradual reduction of obligations is the only means it has to generate any pressure.

According to every international expert, Iran scrupulously followed all the rules of the nuclear treaty for four years.

Then Trump suddenly came along and ripped it up, despite there being a half dozen other signatories who disagreed with his wild claims and confirmed that Iran had been honoring its obligations.

Imagine just tearing up a legal business contract that half a dozen others were involved with, all on your own? Only, you see, in international affairs, there’s no court in which to sue or judge to offer a binding decision.

Trump then launched all-out economic war, with the harshest possible sanctions, on Iran’s 80 million people who had done nothing wrong.

He also threatened the country with fleets of warships and bombers, and in his blind raging used the word “obliterate” against them.

He appointed some of most disagreeable men in the United States to high posts, John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, who further raged against Iran.

Iran is absolutely doing the right thing here. It’s Trump, after all, who says there is no treaty.

Iran’s view is on record: it will happily talk to the United States if it halts its economic terror (there really being no other suitable term to describe America’s extreme behavior) and holsters its guns. I think most people can agree with the reasonableness of that.

The United States has yet to respond to reason.

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: TWISTED NEWS COVERAGE OF THE SECOND CONVICTION OF OLIGARCH KHODORKOVSKY BY RUSSIA ‘S COURTS – AND A WORD ON THE AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE   Leave a comment


JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

“You shouldn’t express your views about something you don’t have a clue what it is.”

Yes, precisely, but then the author of this comment violates his own sound principle.

What a trivial observation to make comparing two rich men, almost neither of whom the author knows personally or knows a very great deal about.

But this dictum covers exactly the problem with such reportage of events in Russia.

The newspapers have made no real effort to investigate the matter: they report only an interpretation which suits the anti-Russian tone of a great deal of American press coverage.

And America takes the same approach to China and many others.

Never mind that international torture gulag of the CIA’s, of which Guantanamo is only a small part, there being facilities at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan and on Diego Garcia which no one is allowed to visit.

Never mind the three thousand prisoners in the early days in Afghanistan who were in American custody but taken out in batches in sealed trucks to suffocate in the desert (then buried in mass graves) by one of the wonderful humanitarian warlords American allied itself to against the Taleban, shedding a minimum of its own blood in its pointless crusade.

And never mind that the United States has the highest proportion of its own citizens behind bars of any Western society, many of them in prison for minor matters, about half of them black, and a substantial number in so-called Super-Max prisons, hell holes where prisoners are kept in terrible isolation forever.

And never mind the many, many reports of American police brutality, America having been cited by Amnesty International and others time and again for inordinate brutality.

Never mind America’s ghastly practices such as sending Canadian citizens, who happen to have been born in the Middle East and end up unfortunately landing in a stopover at an American airport, to exotic lands places for long periods of torture.

And of course the approximately 9,000 Palestinians held illegally and tortured in Israeli prisons are not even to be mentioned. How about a mention of bloody piracy on the high seas? Or the murder of hundreds of children?

But let a billionaire in Russia get in trouble, and the matter is immediately given the colorization of injustice, with never a mention or investigation of the conditions around the fall of the Soviet Union in which people like Khodorkovsky scrambled, elbowing others out of the way, to seize Soviet assets for themselves.

I’d be willing to bet that the journalists who write this bilge, do not have the slightest grasp of Russian laws or courts, nor does the author of the comment I’ve quoted.