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News number: 9106060984

13:39 | 2012-08-31


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Tehran NAM Summit: When US, Israel Get Embarrassed

TEHRAN (FNA)- While the media wing of the major world powers, spearheaded by the United States, UK and Israel is sparing no effort to further isolate Iran over its nuclear program, the one-week summit of the experts, foreign ministers and heads of state and government of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran seems to disappoint them, rendering their plots for isolating and demonizing Iran futile, unsuccessful.



Hundreds of politicians and diplomats from some 120 countries have gathered in Tehran to participate in the 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement, an international organization whose members are considered to be independent of the major Eastern and Western superpowers.

In an article resplendent with offensive and insulting references to Iran, the Iranian nation and the developing countries which have close economic, political ties with the Islamic Republic, the neoconservative member of the Council on Foreign Relations and former advisor to President George W. Bush, Elliott Abrams called the Non-Aligned Movement "a relic of the Cold War days," writing that "the underlying problem of the NAM has always been its indifference to basic human rights." He talked of the purported indifference of the NAM members to human rights while the United States which has usually boasted of being committed to the principles of human rights has been mostly silent about the suffering of Shiites in Bahrain under the oppressive measures of the Al Khalifa regime since the eruption of popular uprisings in 2011, the massacre of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar since the beginning of unrest in the Rakhine state and the detention of hundreds of political activists in Saudi Arabia during the recent months.

Moreover, the author has apparently forgotten to mention that the United States, throughout the past 64 years, has been the number one supporter and financial sponsor of the Israeli regime which has brutally killed hundreds of Palestinian civilians, detained thousands of others and tortured them in grave violation of the essentials of human rights. He has also failed to point out that his country's statesmen have all turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to the assassination of Iran's nuclear scientists by the foreign intelligence services since 2010.

So, what's clear is that the Western mainstream media pulled out all the stops to downplay the importance and significance of the NAM summit in Tehran and change the TV station to other issues which may attract public attention. By calling it an outdated, outworn organization which does not have any position in the international community, they are trying to convince their audience that this 120-member movement cannot pose a threat to the hegemony of the United States and its allies. However, the reality seems to be different from what they claim. If united and came together, this strong global alliance can change the world order and demonstrate that the term "international community" is not devised to be exclusively referred to the United States and its allies.

I've been constantly monitoring the coverage of the Western media of the important NAM summit in Tehran and distract public attention from this remarkable diplomatic event. These media have been following two policy lines: firstly, they pretend to boycott this major event, simply because its host is a country which has resisted the militarism and colonialism of the United States and its allies for more than 30 decades after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. But this policy has failed to some extent as a result of a lack of unanimity among the mainstream media as some of them prefer to give coverage to the frequent arrival of presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers and international figures in Tehran. The second policy which is more popular is the policy of recklessly insulting Iran, its people, its allies and underestimating the unprecedented gathering of hundreds of high-raking world politicians and diplomats in Tehran. For example, the Canadian writer Elias Bejjani has written such a derogatory and pejorative article about the Non-Aligned Movement, calling them "a bunch of dictators and hypocrites."

"The puzzling question that every sane person is asking, is there any rational or truth in tagging the Iranian regime as a non-aligned entity?" he wrote in the article published by Canada Free Press.

Arranging a set of deprecating, derogatory adjectives in describing the movement members, the writer who is of Lebanese origin wrote, "who can take this summit seriously and even imagine for a moment that these countries are going to draw up a new peace resolution to solve the crisis in Syria or to handle nuclear disarmament issues among many other items on the table?"

The other media outlet which irresponsibly insulted the NAM summit and its participants was the UAE's West-funded The National newspaper. In an article titled "Iran hypes a summit that is meaningless to its people," the newspaper noted that holding summits has been a repetitive tradition in Iran and cannot help the people solve their daily problems.

All in all, it's evident that the world superpowers are angry at Iran's presidency over the world's second largest organization. They know that Iran will use this precious opportunity to oppose the bullying powers and undermine their international stature while at the same time, gaining reputation as a global harbinger of peace and equality. It's no surprise that they are angry at the 16th NAM summit in Tehran in such a fanatical manner.

By: Kourosh Ziabari

Kourosh Ziabari is an Iranian journalist and media correspondent. A graduate of English language and literature, he received the national medal of Superior Iranian Youth from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2010.