• U.S. president phones new Iranian leader to discuss peace
• AFP only alternative news media invited to UN conference
By Mark Glenn
NEW YORK, New York—On September 27, newly elected President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Dr. Hassan Rouhani and his political entourage strolled into the diplomatic ballroom at the United Nations building in New York City to address the 80 or so journalists from mainstream media assembled there.
Seemingly out of place in all of this hullabaloo was the lone populist newspaper, AMERICAN FREE PRESS, the only alternative media outlet in attendance.
Well-known personalities were all there from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX, Al Jazeera, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, as well as up-and-coming news organizations like Press TV and RT.
The day before the conference, this AFP writer was contacted by the office of the Iranian ambassador to the UN and invited to attend the momentous gathering in New York.
The press conference carried all the seriousness and sobriety that would be expected with the type of heady events taking place these days, with a mad-dog state known as Israel hell bent on getting a war started with Iran—at the expense of American blood and treasure, of course.
AFP had been told beforehand that the likelihood of sitting down with Iran’s new president was very good if time allowed. However, shortly after Rouhani’s arrival, it was obvious that this was not to be, as the news was announced that something had “come up” that required Rouhani’s immediate departure following the press conference.
Later, the world found out what that “something” was when it was broadcast that President Barack Obama had phoned the new Iranian president to discuss the possibility of the two nations working to improve the strained relations that have existed since Iran’s 1979 revolution and the overthrow of the American-backed Shah.
Despite a much anticipated one-on-one interview that did not take place, it was a victory for AFP to have been present at such an historic gathering of media interests, easily compared to a hard-driving fish swimming in a tank of sharks.
‘Back Story’ on Putin-Obama Deal: Plug Pulled on Israel, Warmongers
• Zionists up in arms that peaceful solutions to Mideast problems being considered
By Mark Glenn
NEW YORK, N.Y.—To say it has been a month of political roller coasters powerful enough to give even the most seasoned veterans a case of severe whiplash is an understatement. This all culminated when the U.S. president, for the first time in three-and-a-half decades, telephoned the newly elected Iranian president on September 27 to discuss firsthand the future of the two countries they lead.
September began with the possibility of yet another military disaster in the Middle East for Israel’s benefit. By all appearances, a nagging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had finally gotten on President Barack Obama’s last nerve and pushed him into doing what he had resisted doing for the last four years—war with Syria.
The calls for war were built around circumstantial evidence implicating the Syrian government led by Bashar al-Assad in a chemical weapons attack that took place in a suburb of Damascus on August 21. Secretary of State John Kerry was out in front, accusing the Syrian military of gassing its own people. Ghastly videos of children dying were quickly posted to the Internet for the world to see, and estimates of the death toll escalated to more than 1,400 Syrians.
It was Iraq all over again. In spite of weak proof that the Syrian military was actually behind the attack, it looked as though Washington had made up its mind and was going to war whether or not the Assad regime was responsible or not.
With up-to-the-minute news reports featuring U.S. military assets steaming toward the Syrian coast, the drama was breathlessly reported by the mainstream media.
And then, almost as quickly as it all started, the shouts for war ended abruptly. Suddenly, Obama announced there would be no military action without Congress being brought in, just as the Constitution demands.
Of course, even the most politically naive would have a hard time leaving out of this curious political equation the fact that a few days before Obama had suddenly became a conscientious Constitutionalist he and other world leaders met in St. Petersburg, Russia for the G20 conference. Equally difficult would be dismissing the possibility of Obama having discussed the messy business of Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who up to this point had made it clear that, when it came to a war with Syria, “nyet” means “nyet” and that his country was not going to sit by as another Middle Eastern country was bombed into oblivion by the United States.
However, even the most optimistic watchers of politics found it hard to believe that the Russian president could rein in the lawless America. After all, Putin does not control the U.S. Congress, the U.S. media or the U.S. financial system like Netanyahu’s kith-n-kin. Jewish groups around the globe have made it clear that wars in the Middle East are vital for the continued survival of Israel.
It was against this backdrop that the crazy notion of an American president calling his Iranian counterpart on the phone actually took place on the last Friday in September, despite 34 years of silence between the two offices.
The mainstream media was in an uproar over the phone call. Fox News headlined its report: “Netanyahu decries Iran’s Rouhani as ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing.’” The Washington Post titled its article: “Worries about the Rouhani phone call.” And The New York Times printed this bizarre story: “Iranians Welcome Home Rouhani With Protest.”
However, Obama’s gesture in reaching out to Rouhani and intimating that a deal could be struck between the two nations to resolve the difficult diplomatic situation only makes sense when the events of the last month involving Syria and Russia are factored in.
By all appearances, this is exactly what has taken place. An out-of-control America, firmly in the grip of the Israeli lobby and its voracious appetite for war, would not restrain itself on principles of the Constitution, the rule of law or even the basic tenets of right versus wrong. The U.S. establishment would only stop the drive to war if it were trapped in a cave with a large, angry bear that was standing in its way.
Mark Glenn is a commentator and activist fluent in several languages. He is currently based in Idaho. See more from Glenn at www.crescentandcross.com.
Iranians Object to CNN’s Distortion of President’s Holocaust Comments
• Iranian politicians call for banning, suing CNN for altering statements
By Ralph Forbes
Can you trust the mainstream media to give you the straight facts without the filter, as does AMERICAN FREE PRESS? A recent report by CNN on one of the most contentious issues today is evidence that major news outlets in the United States have no problem lying to satisfy an agenda.
Take this recent headline from CNN: “Iran’s President Rouhani Calls Holocaust ‘Reprehensible’ Crime against Jews.” All the establishment media then parroted this, ignoring the real statement made by Rouhani, according to Iran’s Fars News Agency.
Here are the exact words provided by Fars:
I have said before that I am not a historian and historians should specify, state and explain the aspects of historical events. . . . We fully condemn any kind of crime committed against humanity throughout the history . . . both against the Jews and non-Jews, the same way that if today any crime is committed against any nation or any religion or any people or any belief. We condemn that crime and genocide . . . but the aspects that you talk about, clarification of these aspects is a duty of the historians and researchers, I am not a history scholar.
Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the chairman of Iran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee in the Majlis, Iran’s parliament, said: CNN “must be banned following the distortion of the statements by the president of our country, and it is appropriate to take required legal actions in this respect.”
This is small compared to the big lie when the Western media reported that former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, “Israel must be wiped off the map.” Ahmadinejad actually said in his October 2005 speech, “This regime that is occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time.”
Ahmadinejad was being prophetic, not threatening. He was citing Ayatollah Khomeini,who said this in the 1980s—when Israel was actually selling arms to Iran. Ahmadinejad was reminding everyone that the shah’s regime, the Soviet Union and Saddam Hussein had all seemed enormously powerful and immovable, but they are gone now. So, too, the occupying regime in Jerusalem would someday be gone. Professor Virginia Tilley wrote that his message was, in essence, “This too shall pass.”
As AFP has reported in the past, Ahmadinejad’s real crime was that he called for historical research for truth. He protected free speech and freedom of thought for researchers in Iran who honestly investigated the Holocaust—when virtually every government makes it a crime to investigate this taboo subject. That is why Ahmadinejad was demonized and misquoted.
Compared to CNN and all of the other mainstream “news” outlets out there, AFP appears like a voice crying in the wilderness. But the father of lies and his spawn tremble in terror of truth—and flee like vermin scurrying from the light.
Ralph Forbes is a freelance writer based in Arkansas. He is also a member of AFP’s Southern Bureau.
Sane Minds Seek Peace, Not War, With Iranians
• Israeli government urges president to take warlike posture against Iran; U.S. must pursue peace, not war
By Willis A. Carto
The Associated Press again reports, in a September 30 release from their White House correspondent, that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is urging President Obama to “keep tough economic sanctions on Iran in place even as the U.S. weighs a potential warming of relations and a restart of nuclear negotiations with Tehran’s new government,” specifically pressing Obama for “credible threats of military action.”
In other words, Netanyahu is urging an air strike against Iran because an American invasion of that country is totally impossible.
Iran is a nation of 80 million, meaning that it could without strain muster an army of some 7 million, and there is no way whatsoever that the U.S. can field an invasion force of anywhere near that number plus battleships, aircraft carriers, tanks, planes to meet that force, halfway around the Earth.
Any attack on Iran or practically anywhere in the world by this nation could only be by air, meaning that we would murder thousands of Persians by dropping bombs on their cities. Such an act would be nothing less than genocide, illegal by any standard, and America’s reputation around the world would sink even lower than it already is.
The solution, of course, is for the administration of this country to ignore the demands of a foreign nation and to conduct the foreign relations of the United States in our own national interest, regardless of Israeli demands trumpeted by innumerable Zionist activists in the press and in Congress.
Willis A. Carto is a longtime national editor and publisher. In 1955, Carto founded LIBERTY LOBBY, the first all-American, pro-middle class lobby group. In 1975 he launched Spotlight newspaper which at one time had 375,000 subscribers. Currently he is the editor and publisher of THE BARNES REVIEW Revisionist history magazine. For a free sample issue and brochure, please contact TBR, P.O. Box 15877, Washington, D.C. 20003.