- If you've ever tried to search for reliable information and analyses
which expose the concealed and obscured side of the Israeli –
Palestinian conflict, you've surely come across to the website “If
Americans Knew.” This website belongs to a non-profit organization which
focuses on the Israeli – Palestinian conflict and the foreign policy of
the United States toward the Middle East . “If Americans Knew”
publishes commentaries and articles that the American mainstream media
pusillanimously shun and reject because of their fear of the influential
Zionist lobby which predominantly rules the U.S. administration and
Congress. “If Americans Knew” releases statistical reports on the
history of Israeli – Palestinian conflict including the number of
Palestinian casualties, the number of children murdered by the Israel
Defense Forces, the number of Palestinians detained in the Israel jails
and the number of Israel's illegal settlements on the Palestinian lands.
American freelance journalist and researcher Alison Weir is the founder and executive director of “If Americans Knew.” She has written several articles and compiled investigative reports on the Israeli Palestinian conflict and provoked the furious and frantic criticism of Zionist organizations such as Anti Defamation League. Her articles have appeared on a number of media outlets and news websites including Counter Punch, Antiwar.com, The Link, Znet, Los Angeles Times, Greenwich Post, Poynter.org and Washington Report for Middle East Affairs.
Alison Weir is at the forefront of combating the biased coverage of Israeli – Palestinian conflict in the mainstream media and through her sincere efforts has revealed the plight of the Palestinian nation under the occupation of Zionist regime. She believes that criticizing Israel in public will cost a journalist his career. She says that it's far less damaging for an American journalist to write critically of the United State government than of Israel .
What follows is the complete text of my interview with Alison Weir in which we discussed a variety of topics including the dominance of Israeli lobby over the U.S. administration and Congress and also the biased coverage of the Israeli – Palestinian conflict by the western mainstream media.
This website belongs to a non-profit organization which focuses on the Israeli – Palestinian conflict and the foreign policy of the United States toward the Middle East. “If Americans Knew” publishes commentaries and articles that the American mainstream media pusillanimously shun and reject because of their fear of the influential Zionist lobby which predominantly rules the U.S. administration and Congress. “If Americans Knew” releases statistical reports on the history of Israeli – Palestinian conflict including the number of Palestinian casualties, the number of children murdered by the Israel Defense Forces, the number of Palestinians detained in the Israel jails and the number of Israel’s illegal settlements on the Palestinian lands.
Kourosh Ziabari interviews American investigative journalist Dave Lindorff
“When the 9/11 attacks happened, most school districts in the country cancelled all class trips to museums, parks, etc., for fear that terrorists would be attacking school buses… I think Americans would like to see spending on the military cut, and polls show a majority would like the wars ended and troops pulled back to the U.S. from abroad, but it’s not high on their list of concerns. In part they are lied to about the size of the military budget, which they think is much smaller.”
Dave Lindorff is a regular contributor to Counter Punch, The Nation, Businessweek and currently runs the “This Can’t Be Happening” online journal. Lindorff has won two Project Censored awards in 2004 and 2011 and his writings on the U.S. military expeditions and the War on Terror are widely read around the world.
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Kourosh Ziabari - A few weeks ago, German political analyst and author Dr. Christof Lehmann put me in touch with an Australian journalist whom he said possessed precious and valuable information about an underground arm smuggling deal and needed to publicly talk about the long way he has come to unveil one of the most complicated and vicious machinations of the United States for dominating the Caucasus region.
After some correspondence, I conducted an interview with the Australian journalist and filmmaker Tim Byrnes, who was fired from his job at the Australian Government’s Department of Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy after acquiring some secret information and leaked documents about the plans by the U.S. government to illicitly transfer arms and ammunitions to Georgia, where it had successfully brought to power its close ally Mikhail Saakashvilli in a Rose Revolution in 2003.
Byrnes and his American colleague Jeffrey Silverman have obtained some materials and information which indicate that the United States has had furtive plans and an intricate agenda for dominating the Caucasus region by compelling Georgia to become a NATO member and establishing a huge military base in the country, which will then become a potential threat to Iran and may be used as a leverage for containing and pressuring Iran over its nuclear program.
The Australian journalist was dismissed from his job after his employers found out that he has got hold of the leaked documents regarding the U.S. arms smuggling to Georgia, and brought up this excuse that he should have disclosed the documents to them, but failed to do so. Now, Byrnes wants to produce a documentary about the secret relationships between the United States and Georgia and their underground arms deal and is looking for a sponsor to fund his project and an audacious media outlet to air his documentary.
In order to learn more about the important case of Tim Byrnes and his colleague, the reasons why he became involved in this affair, the case which was brought up against him by the Australian government and the details of what he knows about the U.S.-Georgia ties, Iran Review conducted an in-depth interview with him last week. What follows is the full text of this interview
Kourosh Ziabari - The United States gained independence from Britain 236 years ago, so it’s almost a young nation. However, in these almost two and a half centuries, it successfully managed to thrive as an economic, political and technological superpower thanks to its diligent population and the opportunities it has provided for the immigrants to come and share their manpower, talents and abilities for the wellbeing and prosperity of the nation. Therefore, it’s not the case that they were simply the natural resources or the intelligence of the American people that contributed to these achievements. However, it seems that all of these socioeconomic, political and scientific achievements are gradually disappearing and one of the main reasons contributing to this disappearance, as stipulated by high-ranking political scientists, is the aggressive foreign policy the United States has adopted.
The United States is failing to cooperate and interact with the world nations in a peaceful and constructive manner, and it’s estimated that it has been directly or indirectly involved in some 50 wars and military expeditions since its independence in 1776. This is the main reason the world nations are learning to hate the U.S. militarism and political hegemony as manifested in the killing of innocent civilians and suffering of the masses.
The economic influence and dominance of the United States is also being contested by emerging powers such as Russia, China, Brazil and Iran, and it seems that the economic values which have been promoted and practiced by Washington are giving their place to fresh alternatives.
In order to investigate the compasses of the decline of the U.S. Empire, Iran Review has started to conduct exclusive interviews with world-renowned political scientists. What follows is the 5th interview in the series of U.S. decline interviews conducted with Tahir Abbas, Professor of Sociology at Fatih University in Istanbul, Turkey.
Prof. Abbas was born in Birmingham, England and is the editor and co-editor of 10 books and author of more than 70 scholarly articles. He has delivered public lectures in some 30 countries and until June 2009, he was the Reader in Sociology and founding Director of the University of Birmingham Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Culture. He has cooperated with different world governments and organizations as the World Economic Forum, EU, the Council of Europe, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the United Nations. What follows is the text of our interview with Prof. Tahir Abbas
Kourosh Ziabari - The fatal shootings in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, which claimed the lives of 28 people, including 20 innocent children under the age of 10, once again brought to light the dilemma of gun ownership in the United States.
Despite the fact that there was no response from gun rights advocates except deafening silence, it became clear to everyone else that the United States must revise its gun policies.
The shooting rampage, in which a mentally disturbed, heavily-armed 20-year-old man named Adam Peter Lanza opened fire on innocent schoolchildren and school staff at the Sandy Hook Elementary School -- after killing his mother earlier -- was so tragic and heartbreaking that many world leaders, including Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, issued condolence messages to the families of the victims and all of the people of the United States, who were incredibly shocked by the appalling massacre.
The incident was the second-deadliest school shooting in the history of the United States, after the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, in which 33 students and professors, including the perpetrator himself, were killed. It stirred a wave of terror and trepidation, as well as anger, among U.S. citizens, and many are demanding restrictions on the freedom of gun ownership and saying they don’t want to see such bitter experiences repeated again and again
Kourosh Ziabari writes on gun ownership in the United States
Kourosh Ziabari - What will the future of the U.S. Empire look like? Where is it heading to? Is the United States capable of sustaining its hegemonic dominance over the world or is it becoming costly and expensive for the United States to continue featuring itself as an uncontested economic and political superpower? There are lots of questions and ambiguities regarding the future of the U.S. Empire and the repercussions of the decline it has begun to experience, and these questions are being seriously discussed in the intellectual circles around the world.
Realistic and independent political scientists and even some prudent American officials have been long warning against the consequences of the political downfall of the United States and the serious blows it has been receiving as a result of the strategic mistakes the different U.S. administrations have made in their calculations in dealing with the developing world and the emerging powers such as China, Russia and Brazil.
Along with the foreign contenders, there are a large group of domestic opponents of the U.S. militarism, capitalism and political expansionism who have been challenging the policies of the U.S. government routinely, and are growing more dynamic and vivacious every day. They are the progressive academicians, journalists, intellectuals and peace activists that have been working hard to shed a light on the hidden and unnoticed aspects of how the United States is ruled and rules the world.
Iran Review has started to conduct a series of interviews with the prominent political scientists across the world to investigate and explore the different dimensions of the decline of the U.S. Empire. Today, we have done an interview with Prof. Walter Hixson, a distinguished professor of history at the University of Akron, Ohio. He has been working on the history of American settler colonialism in theoretical and comparative context and is in the process of completing a book manuscript tentatively entitled, “The Boomerang of Savagery: Settler Colonialism, Ambivalence, and Ethnic Cleansing in American History.” Prof. Hixson has also carried out research on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and presented a public lecture titled “People and Places in the Israel-Palestine Conflict.”
What follows is the text of Iran Review’s interview with Prof. Walter Hixson, historian and political scientist from the University of Akron with whom we have discussed the different political, social and economic aspects of the decline of the U.S. Empire