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NAM Summit: Ban Ki-Moon, the Spanner in the Works*

NAM Summit: Ban Ki-Moon, the Spanner in the Works*


by Finian Cunningham

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (C), Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) and Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi at the opening ceremony of the 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran on August 30, 2012.

Seated alongside Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the day that Iran took over presidency of the NAM of 120 nations, the presence of Ban could be seen as a blow to the diplomatic machinations of the United States and its Western allies, including Israel.

But, rather than making a forthright statement of support for Iran, the veteran South Korean diplomat showed his true colours as a servile puppet of American imperialism.

In the weeks leading up to the 16th summit of the NAM, Washington had been calling on the UN top official to decline attending the conference in Tehran. When Ban announced last week that he was going ahead, the US government was evidently peeved, calling his decision “a bit strange”.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was predictably more strident, denouncing Ban’s visit to Iran as “a big mistake”. In typical vulgar and provocative language, Netanyahu subsequently attacked the NAM summit as “a stain on humanity”.

What the United States and its Western allies feared most from the NAM summit was a global display of goodwill and solidarity towards Iran. For more than three decades now, Washington has invested huge political capital in a global campaign of vilification against Iran, denouncing the Islamic Republic as a “rogue state”, a sponsor of “international terrorism” and, over the last 10 years, as “a threat to world peace” from alleged nuclear weapons development.

The Western powers of the US, Britain and France in particular continually arrogate the mantle of “international community” to browbeat Iran, claiming that the nation is in “breach of its obligations”.

In attempting to portray Iran as a “pariah state” these powers, along with Israel, have partly succeeded in turning reality on its head and to assume the outrageous right to threaten Iran with pre-emptive military strikes and enforce crippling economic sanctions.

However, the attendance of some 120 nations in Tehran this week – two-thirds of the UN General Assembly – is a clear statement by the international community that resoundingly rejects this Western campaign of vilification.

Clearly, the majority of the world’s people do not see Iran as a rogue state or a threat to world peace. Indeed, the endorsement of Iran’s presidency of the NAM for the next three years is vindication of the country’s right to develop on its own terms, including the pursuit of peaceful nuclear technology.

In one fell swoop, the NAM summit liquidated Washington’s political capital for denigrating and isolating Iran as worthless. Seated at the top of the summit’s gathering in Tehran, the mere presence of the UN General Secretary to witness the appointment of Iran as the new leader of the Non-Aligned Movement was partially a symbolic vote of confidence.

But then, in his speech on this historic day, Ban engaged in a disgraceful diplomatic offensive. He pointedly denounced those who “deny the [Nazi] holocaust” and who call for the Zionist state’s destruction. Ban championed “Israel’s right to exist” without a word of condemnation of Israel’s decades-long crimes against humanity on the Palestinian people and its violation of countless UN resolutions. In that way, the UN chief was peddling the spurious Western propaganda that seeks to besmirch Iran’s principled opposition to the Zionist state’s record of criminality.

Ban went on to cast bankrupt Western aspersions on Iran’s nuclear rights. He said that Iran needed to use its presidency of the NAM to demonstrate peaceful intent, allay fears that it was developing nuclear weapons and to engage positively with the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Western-dominated P5+1 group – the group that has used every step in bad faith to hobble and hamper a negotiated agreement with Iran.

The question is: what planet has Ban Ki-Moon been living on? The fact is that Iran has done everything to comply with the IAEA and its obligations to the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Iran has consistently demonstrated its peaceful nuclear ambitions and its responsibility to the NPT – unlike the Western powers and their illegal nuclear-powered Zionist rogue state. Just this week, Iran even invited the member states of the NAM to visit its nuclear facility at Natanz – an unprecedented show of openness.

For Ban to reiterate such unfounded, scurrilous suspicions against Iran on the day that it assumes the presidency of the NAM is a reflection more of his abject servility to Western powers – and it underscores the urgent need for a total structural reformation of the UN to make it more democratically accountable.

What was even more telling was what Ban omitted to say in his speech at the NAM summit. Unlike his pointed jibes at Iran, he only used the vaguest language to condemn the violence raging in Syria whenever the evidence is glaring that the US, Britain, France and their Turkish, Israeli and Persian Gulf Arab allies are now openly flouting international law by fuelling a covert war of aggression in that country.

Just this week, a US Congressional report revealed that the United States is responsible for nearly 80 per cent of all global arms sales in 2011 – some $66 billion worth – a figure that has tripled on previous years. Half of this trade in weapons and death has been plied by the US to the Persian Gulf monarchies who are in turn laundering the arms to Syria. No words of condemnation from Ban on that.

Nor did the UN chief speak out to condemn the illegal economic sanctions that Washington and its coterie of imperialist allies have slapped on Iran – sanctions that are, in effect, an act of war and are viciously imposing hardship on Iranian civilians, including thousands of infirmed people in need of vital medicines.

Nor did Ban condemn the Western powers’ covert war of sabotage and assassination of Iranian scientists, some of whose bereaved families were attending the NAM summit as he spoke.

In a further reprehensible omission, the UN General Secretary lauded the Arab Spring pro-democracy movements. He mentioned several countries by name, but significantly did not include Bahrain even though the people of that country are being butchered and incarcerated daily since their uprising in February 2011. The Western powers and their corporate media do not mention the depredations of their despotic ally in Bahrain against women and children. And neither does Ban Ki-Moon.

No, he would rather engage in pejorative, baseless innuendoes against Iran, while disgracefully covering up Western crimes of aggression in Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Iran and the ongoing slaughter of innocents with US drones in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.

NAM stands for solidarity against imperial aggression. In his address to the NAM, Ban Ki-Moon was acting like an ambassadorial puppet for his Western masters. Maybe in reforming the UN, the Non-Aligned Movement should from now on seek to ensure that any future head of the United Nations be truly representative of the concerns and anguish of the world’s majority, and not a diplomatic salesman for imperialist powers.


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Iran: U.S.-Backed Terrorist Group Out to Make WWIII a Reality*

Obama Declares New Sanctions (Act Of War) Against Iran By Executive Order

NATO Plot Unfolding in Syria*

Syria and the New American Century


Heavenly Signs: Full Moon in Pisces August/September 2012

Full Moon in Pisces August/September 2012


By Hwaa Irfan

As a little sanity reappears from the August, we end with a month that has experienced two Full Moons (August 2 and 31).  The 2nd Full Moon in the same month is referred to as a Blue Moon –  this is indeed rare, but happens every three years.

Noticed the emphasis on the colour blue in the Para-Olympics!

The double Full Moon should bot be confused with the Signs of Al-Mehdi:

“… The moon will be eclipsed (lunar eclipse) on the first night of Ramadhan, and the sun will be eclipsed (solar eclipse) in its middle (of Ramadhan).” (Imam al Akbar Ali bin Umar Al-Daraqutni’s Sunan Al-Daraqutni )

AlsoIbn Hajar al-Haithami’s book Al-Qawl al-Mukhtasar fi `Alamat al-Mahdi al-Muntazar, p. 47, Muhammad Al-Barzanji, Al-Isha’ah li Ashrat AsSa’ah, p. 199

أخرج نعيم (642) عن شريك أنه قال:(( بلغني أنه قبل خروج المهدي تنكسف الشمس في شهر رمضان مرتين ))

“There will be two solar eclipses in Ramadhan before the Mahdi’s advent.” (Imam Qurtubi’s book Mukhtasar Tazkirah , p. 440)

 “When you see it, then store up one year’s supply of food.” (Nuaim ibn Hammad’s book Kitab al-Fitan)

The Sun makes a Sign or rises as a sign

حدثنا ابن المبارك وابن ثور وعبد الرزاق عن معمر عن ابن طاووس
عن علي بن عبد الله بن عباس قال لا يخرج المهدي حتى تطلع الشمس آية

Ali bin Abdullah bin Abbas said: “The Mahdi will not emerge unless the Sun rises as a sign (or unless a sign emerges from the Sun).” (Al-Baihaqi, Al-Haakim, Al-Harbi, AsSuyuti, Nuaim bin Hammad’s Kitab Al-Fitan, Ibn Hajar al-Haithami’s book Al-Qawl al-Mukhtasar fi `Alamat al-Mahdi al-Muntazar, p. 47, Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi’s book Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir al-Zaman, p. 33

Ka’b said: “It is a star that rises from the East and illuminates for the people of the Earth like the illumination of a moon in a full-moon night.” (Nuaim bin Hammad’s book Kitab Al-Fitan)

عن الوليد قال بلغني عن كعب أنه قال
يطلع نجم من المشرق قبل خروج المهدي له ذناب
قال وحدثت عن شريك أنه قال بلغني أنه قبل خروج المهدي تنكسف الشمس في شهر رمضان مرتين

Ka’b said: “ ‘A star will rise from the East before the appearance of the Mahdi and it has a tail.’ And Sharik said:‘ Before the appearance of the Mahdi, the sun will have an eclipse in the month of Ramadan twice.’ ”(Nuaim bin Hammad’s book Kitab Al-Fitan)

“A star with a tail that illuminates all places will originate from the East, at three or seven-day intervals.” (Muhammad Al-Barzanji’s book Al-Isha’ah li Ashrat AsSaa’h)

The Moon is the expression of man on earth. The ‘Blue Moon’ of August 31 enters the constellation of Pisces giving us 13 moons in one year. In opposition to the Sun, we are to keep a check on ourselves, reflect on what we do as it pertains to our aspirations. Are they true to who we are, and is what we doing true to who we are? We are to learn to be more sensitive to our needs so that we can lead more balanced lives. We can set goals for ourselves, and without double-checking, get lost in striving towards those goals, burying the fact that actually, we are not happy!

“If ten men want to enter a house, and only nine men find their way in, the tenth must not say: “This is what God ordained.” He must find out his own shortcoming was.” – Jalaludin Rumi

In opposition to the Sun in Virgo, the ‘Blue Moon’ in Pisces is also about opposites… accepting them, because by doing so we accept ourselves for a more fruitful life.

The Sun in Virgo means a change is taking place, are we ready for it! By reflecting on each day, we can make those adjustments to make sure that we are ready! The Moon in Aquarius on the 30th has been preparing for that by eliminating obstacles, even obstacles we create for ourselves!

It is sextile Pluto the discloser that brings issues to the surface. So any pent up energy needs to be expressed creatively in order to transcend a potential destructive nature. By expressing the pent up energy creatively, it one nips complexes before it is too late. This intangible cannot be understood with the mind, but with the body, because the mind is affected by societal tendencies. This means slowing down enough to let one’s body speak, it is not the mechanical instrument that modernity has taught us to treat with an on/off switch – it the vessel of our spirit, so it must be treated with respect! By listening to our bodies, it will inform our minds. Meditation, prayer, and contemplation will help greatly, and if one has not been so inclined, well something creative of the arts and crafts, can also help.

The ‘Blue Moon’ activates Uranus square Pluto, which is about what is no longer sustainable on a personal level and on a socio-economic level, as well as political level. This will be difficult for many, because for too long we have abdicated our choices, and handed it over to external forces, mentors, friends, etc. When they can no longer provide we lash out, but it was never their responsibility in the first place, especially if we left them to get on with it. In other words, it is time to learn to take responsibility for ourselves: health, diet, interests, education, livelihood etc. No more overdoing for others, and outdoing ourselves – how long can a piece of elastic stretch! On a global level we have just gone with the flow of things, but the tide is changing and there is no more room for denial, and it is time to heal.

Once we can heal and remove the wall of denial, whether it is about others, the system, and/or ourselves we will be closer to our truer selves, more whole and more able to attract those who will act as mirrors of what hurt us. This is a way of helping us in the physical world, a jihad an nafs, but not to make us hard, but with compassion to learn our boundaries with joy. To eclipse the heart with pain, anger, hurt etc is to shut it away from what nourished it – the process of forgiveness and letting go of the past in order to live in the present instead of using the past define the present and therefore missing out on what the present has to offer with tolerance for ourselves and therefore others.

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The Outlaws and the Champion…

The Self Control Gland and Self Awareness!

A Growing Number of People Choose to Live off the Grid

My business

The Train that Left the Station

A School for the Whole Child*

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Heavenly Signs: Pluto Discloses