A one hour discussion on the Syrian conflict.
It is Political, not Sectarian.
The video quality is rather low. We’d also like to make a shorter version of it in the future.
The first 20 minutes are the most important ones.
Westernization is the application of neo-liberal policies in non-western countries. It is taking away peoples history and culture; and replacing them with consumerism and dependency on western powers. For the application of such foreign values in third world countries, a puppet leadership is necessary. A leadership which appeals to the traditionalists of that country, does not hesitate to use authoritarian tactics when necessary, and promotes neo-liberal agenda at the same time. Whether it be Pinochet, the Shah, Saudi Dynasty, or Erdogan; the combination of these three is apparent in their policies.
It is important that we see through their political ploy of using pseudo traditionalism as a way of garnering support. In the fight against such authorities, often times we blame the traditions and religion of those people as being authoritarian. That is a false assumption, by doing so, we try to alienate the people from what gives them hope, and what will ultimately be their salvation against foreign culture and neo-liberalism. It is important we speak out against the pseudo traditionalism the puppets promote and put them against the actual values and traditions of the people.
Today, Erdogans authoritarianism and pseudo islamist stance is necessary for him to be able to act the neo-liberal puppet. In Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah takes a pseudo islamic stance with the same tongue he later uses to kiss the backside of U.S and Israeli governments and corporations. The same deals that make Saudi Arabia a consumerist heaven and a dissident hell.
Similarly, in Chile, it was Pinochet who came to power as an authoritative dictator, paid lip service to the tradionalists, and led Chile to a “free market’ economy. He made Chile more dependent on U.S goods and allowed U.S companies to exploit Chilean people and resources. In other words, followed the neo-liberal policies and westernized his country.
The Shah of Iran himself played the same tactics. He paid lip service to the religious authorities and invigorated Persian pride through tales of old Kings and rulers. He was also authoritative, and he was also following the neo-liberal agenda. During his time, Iran saw faster westernization and “progress” than any other nation. The difference between the Shahs failure, and Saudi Arabia and Erdogans Turkey’s success (so far), was that in Iran, the religious authority was not pseudo islamic. It was and is legitimately Islamic. Hence, it did not care about the Shahs lip service and called on the people to overthrow him. The true traditions and religion of the country were key to the overthrow of the puppet. The religious authority in Iran called out Shahs pseudo traditionalism and moved the people towards overthrowing him.
Severing that tie of pseudo tradition between the puppet and the people is key to victory. After that tie is severed, all the authoritarian tactics of the world could not save him.
In Turkey, Erdogans authoritative behavior and lip service to pseudo islamic morality is very much in line with westernization and neo-liberal agenda. Even though the real Islamic morality lies in the opposite direction of authoritarianism and neo-liberalism, by preaching a pseudo islamic morality which is in line with those goals, Erdogan has successfully made the people see Islam as an enemy as it seems to be in line with neo-liberal policies and authoritarianism.
What needs to happen is that the religious Turks have to realize that Erdogan is only promoting pseudo islam. The religious Turks need to abandon Erdogan and stand against neo-liberalism and westernization. The rope of lies and heresy that ties the puppet to the people needs to be severed.
Rare picture of Iranian Grand Ayatollah Khamenei in civilian clothes (normally he is dressed as a cleric). Men’s fashion has historically been a political charged arena of contestation in Iran, as it has been elsewhere. Those accompanying Khamenei in this picture wear a style of clothing associated with hardcore regime loyalists: untucked shirts, no ties, and beards.
Just as the Pahlavi regime preceding the Islamic government had insisted women appear in public unveiled, it had also expected men to be unshaven and to wear ties and suits. As a result, at the same time that the Islamic Revolutionary regime made hijab mandatory for women, men were expected to dress in a new, simple fashion (pictured here) that expressed resistance to bourgeois Western clothing norms.
via @eborujerdi at https://twitter.com/eborujerdi/status/290895566286770177/photo/1
Since the era of enlightenment, western society has generally moved towards a materialistic point of view. Of course coming out of the failure of religion during the middle ages in western countries, it was only logical for the to seek salvation and world view in the materialistic dimension. Hence, the roots of modern western values is Materialism.
On the other hand, Islam was introduced to a society which was the epitome of materialism. Naturally it called on to fight that materialism. So it is that the root of Islamic values is Love. All western values are linked to materialism, all Islamic values are linked to Love.
Islam values three relationships, relationship of man with self, relationship of man with society, and relationship of man with God. The third relationship is the fundamental relationship which directs the other two in Islam.
Starting from Equality in western view, we find that equality is highly dependent on worldly and material benefits. Between men and women it has to do with worldly desires. Women becoming equal to men by exposing more of their bodies. Clothing and hiding ones body is a sign of civilization. Yet in the western view of equality, women are encouraged to clothe less in order to become equal to men. Even in the equality between rich and poor, the entire problem is seen as nothing more than material wealth. When in reality there are other factors such as racism, inhumanity and loneliness that also contribute to a persons lack of wealth.
Islam on the other hand does not establish equality. It establishes brotherhood in mans relationship with society. Islam asks a woman to observe hijab for it allows the society to move forward. Islam puts taking care of the family’s money as an obligation on a man because that allows the society to move forward with the least burden on it. Fulfillment of such duties cannot be possible under the value of equality. Fulfilling such duties is only possible under the value of brotherhood (which stems from love). Because it is in brotherhood and love that people can negate selfish desires and work towards betterment of society.
Freedom of expression in the west comes directly from materialism as well. This is the reason why even liars and false accusers are heard with loudest voices in the West. Since freedom of expression is linked to materialism, the party with the most material wealth will have the most expression. Regardless of their lies.
Islam values Truth. The Quran establishes great punishments on those who accuse falsely and those who preach polytheism in a society. Because both of those expressions are devoid from the truth. Freedom is limited to only being expressed if it is the truth. That allows the society to move forward in the best manner.
The Islamic values we discussed can be seen applied in Iran as Bahais are not allowed to preach their shirk and those religious “scholars” who say lies and put the country in turmoil are jailed and stripped of their titles. There is no harm to society if one believes in a lie. But there is plenty of harm if that lie is expressed.
Oh my beloved! After witnessing your Infinite Beauty I become entangled.
Seeing, the manifestation of Your Glory, I become saturated with joy and ecstasy.
I forget my own existence and proclaimed the slogan -‘I am the truth’,
and like the Mansoor Hallaj volunteered my self for hanging.
The agony and pain of your love has burnt my entire existence.
That I become fed up with my own self; and my affairs become the talks of the town
"Let the doors of tavern be opened,
and let us go there day and night.
Because, I become disgusted with,
the Mosque as well as from the School.
"I took off the dress of ascesticm and dissimulation.”
And become awakened after wearing the robe of a tavern’s haunter.”
"The town’s preacher with his preaching made me uncomfortable
Therefore, I sought refuge in someone who was inwardly upright but outwardly lewd.”
Let me allow to remember the temple’s sweet memories.
Where I was awakened from the sweet touch of my beloved’s hand.
Ghazal-e-Sufi by Imam Khomeini
People tend to remember his politics but forget the spirituality and asceticism that was the core of his actions.
Here is the link which explains the meaning behind these Sufiyana verses which seem to be verses of an apostate to the ignorant eye. This is indeed the beauty of Dravidian and Indo-Dravidian languages. Whether it be Persian, or Urdu, or Dari, or Hindi. The words people use to describe their materialistic desires hold such spiritual weight indeed.
There is PANIC in Washington. A country of only 75,000,000 people (17th in the world list), without an atomic bomb, is extending its influence!
A country surrounded by American military bases and aircraft carriers is somehow managing to break free! A country whose television and radio broadcasts are being suppressed is somehow managing to get its message through!
A country which is not attacking any other country, which is not occupying any other country, which is not dealing in drugs, which is not dealing with al Qaeda, which is not deliberately stirring up sectarian hatred, which is not bent on trapping everybody else into debt, which dares to want justice for Palestine and whose foreign policy is based on conferences and discussion rather than conflict and drones, is being honoured by others!
A country subject to economic sanctions, political sanctions and international sanctions; which is shackled, embargoed and restrained; which is hindered and prohibited, is somehow managing to trade with others!And it’s not dealing in dollars! And it’s running, with increasing success, the Non-Aligned Movement!
Worst of all, Iran (yes, you’ve guessed it, well done) is “pursuing cooperation with Latin American countries by signing economic and security agreements in order to create a network of diplomatic and economic relationships to lessen the blow of international sanctions and oppose Western attempts to constrict its ambitions.”
Panic! Do something
Which is why the USA has just passed into law the Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act particularly aimed at countering Iran’s growing influence in South America. This law requires the USA State Department, within 180 days, to develop a strategy to “address Iran’s growing hostile presence and activity” in Latin America.
The legislation makes it clear that American policy is to counter Iran’s influence by requiring a coordinated and targeted strategy that uses all elements of national power. It charges the USA Administration to detail the presence of Iran, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, the Qods Force, Hezbollah, and Hamas in the Western Hemisphere.
Additionally, it calls for a plan to secure the Southwest border of the USA and prevent Iranian-backed Hezbollah or Hamas ‘terrorists’ from entering the United States. The legislation also requires the Administration to isolate Iran and its proxies from sources of financial support and report back to Congress and the American people on the progress made towards implementing the strategy.
Of course, there are problems with this. For example, much though Hezbollah no doubt dreams of conquering the Amazonian jungle, and the Qods force aspires to climbing mountains in Patagonia (don’t we all?), they are not in South America and are not known to have any ambition to go there.
Furthermore, floods of Iranian ‘terrorists’ have not passed over the (very open) Southwest border of the USA even though hundreds of thousands of Mexicans undoubtedly do.Indeed, in the absence of American false flag attacks (which must now be expected and at which the USA, like Israel, is adept), the Iranians are only peaceably present in South America and in very small numbers e.g. in embassies and delegations.
And, to cap it all, passing legislation “to isolate Iran and its proxies from sources of financial support” is an attempt to isolate all those countries which the USA thinks are its friends but which, increasingly, are not. For example, more and more countries are having doubts about the good faith of the USA’s continual military attacks and aggressions (the latest news is that the USA is moving troops into thirty five African countries. Since there are fifty four countries in Africa, there’s only another nineteen to go….)
So what is to be done? And do it now!
This author humbly recounts his experience at a recent conference in Beirut which, although particularly concerned with the vicious suppression in Bahrain, became a celebration of democracy and free speech and a determination to create economic and social justice. So please ask yourself this question - Could Washington or London now hold such a conference without everybody laughing their heads off?
Of course not! The USA and the UK are now recognised as the main agents of suppression and, as for economic and social justice, they can’t even get things right for their own people.Therefore, the advice for the USA, even though it is now paranoid and thoroughly corrupted, is that it should not panic. Rather, it should calmly and simply set about implementing the following list and then, no doubt to its surprise, it will find its influence in the world growing again (as opposed to catastrophically diminishing).
The USA should:-
• Stop attacking and occupying other countries
• Cut its military expenditure to reflect the USA’s percentage of the world’s population
• Implement social and economic justice, particularly in the USA (which has not got any)
• Announce that free speech will everywhere be upheld
• Ensure a genuine justice for Palestine (which can now, in practice, only be a non-racist one-state solution)
• Make a New Year’s Resolution to practice what it preaches.
However, nobody should hold their breath expecting that any of these things, particularly the New Year’s Resolution, is going to be implemented.
The Real Fake- a Press Tv documentary about the 2009 elections.
Before anyone jumps on me about how press TV is an Irani government channel, i would advise them to actually watch the documentary and see the evidence and how it is presented.
Press Tv, RT, and some other news sources have consistently proven their legitimacy by giving factual reports and backing them with evidence, this documentary is no different.
So please watch, this is only the first part, the rest of the videos (5 in total) can be found on youtube.
Dr. Ali Shariati on the true role of Leadership and Government.