by Jim W. Dean, …with Press TV, Tehran

Feature image – Imam Reza Shrine, photo Jim W. Dean, 2018

[ Editor’s Note: The US sanctions war continues. Instead of Teddy Roosevelt’s motto to “walk softly and carry a big stick”, we have “promote unipolarism by sanctioning often and cutting off access to international banking and electronic settlement networks.”

Somewhere in that is supposed to be a line about “defender of the free world”, but I am having trouble locating that part. It seems to have been swept under the rug somewhere.

Pompeo and Trump have hunkered down against any objections to the current US policy being in conflict with what we taught our children about America.

Their attitude seems to be, “Hey, we have the power in our hands, why not use it to do what we want, as after all, it is the voting public that gave the power to us.” And, they might have a point there.

We have a point, too, and that is to throw their asses out and also prosecute them for anything they did that was against the law, regardless of their being ‘in charge’.

As Glenn Kirschner has said in his ex-prosecutor video blog, perjury and obstruction of justice are not items that even high ex-officials have immunity from.

In January, if the winds of freedom blow our way, we have to fix the loopholes that allowed a president to turn the Justice Department into his own personal law firm.

We also have the recent disclosures of how he had used interim appointments to put his cronies inside the Department of Homeland Security, so they could help out with his attempts to deal with his sinking in the election polls.

All elections are critical, but we are now faced with defending ourselves from an attack from inside. I will not call it ‘friendly fire’. Americans have to clean up the mess, and that will involve more than just rotating who sits in the seats of power. We will need some serious accountability, structural reforms hardwired into the system … JD ]

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The Iranian culture has been around for a long time, and is not about to be regime changed any time soon

– First aired … August 01, 2020

Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali khamenei has denounced US sanctions as a major crime against the Iranian nation. Ayatollah Khamenei said the US, by imposing sanctions against the Islamic Republic, seeks to achieve an array of goals such as halting Iran’s scientific progress and wrecking its economy.

But has Washington’s maximum pressure campaign failed? US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo believes his country’s strategy towards Iran has not achieved its ultimate objective. Washington says the campaign aims to end what it calls Iran’s malign activity in the region.

Tehran has strongly dismissed the accusation and says the US is the real source of instability in the region. Has the US reached its objectives or has Iran taken advantage of the sanctions and strengthened its indigenous production capabilities to an unprecedented level? Find out what our guests think on tonight’s debate.

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