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U.S. anti-war, religious leaders meet with Iranian President Ahmadinejad

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The following article below was originally published by Fight Back! News, the news wing of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization

September 26, 2012

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaking at the 67th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

New York, NY – 150 prominent anti-war activists, religious leaders and supporters of Iran attended a special here on Sept. 25 with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He is in New York to address the opening meeting of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly.

For the past year there have been escalating threats by the U.S. over Iran’s alleged development of nuclear weapons. Many speakers made it clear that Iran has no nuclear weapons and no plan to develop them. In fact, Phil Wilayto, one of the event organizers, said, “Iran has called for a nuclear free Middle East.” Unlike Israel, which has over 150 nuclear weapons, Iran has signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and allows inspectors of its nuclear facilities.

According to a number of speakers, the U.S. is already intervening. Economic sanctions are an act of war, according to international law; the U.S. has admitted to carrying out cyber attacks on Iran’s nuclear processing facilities; and to having special operation troops on the ground. As with Libya and Syria, the U.S. is also looking for opposition groups to back inside Iran.

In addition, this past week the U.S. government removed the Mojahedin el Khalk from the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations. It is widely believed that they have carried out assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists.

Ironically, two of the anti-war activists attending the meeting – Joe Iosbaker, a key organizer of the Chicago anti-NATO protest and Sarah Martin, a member of Women Against Military Madness and Freedom Road Socialist Organization – have been targets of a grand jury investigation for allegations of “providing material support to terrorist organizations” in Palestine and Colombia.

‘Terrible time in history of America’

Prominent among guests was Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam. “This is a terrible time in the history of America. America and Israel are pushing this nation to war with Iran over alleged attempts to build weapons of mass destruction.” He warned, “We have to stand against the war mongers.”

Ramsey Clark, who was U.S. Attorney General when the Non-Proliferation Treaty was signed in 1968, said, “The heart of the treaty was for the nuclear powers to eliminate their nuclear weapons.” He concluded, “The nuclear powers failed,” explaining how the U.S. has not lived up to its end of the deal.

Ellie Ommani, of the American Iranian Friendship Committee congratulated Iran “… for successfully hosting the 16th summit of the Non-Aligned movement with 125 nations. This puts to rest the myth of Iran’s isolation.”

Leah Bolger, president of Veterans for Peace, called for the U.S. to, “Remove carrier battle groups armed with nuclear weapons from the region.” In a proposal to President Ahmadinejad, Bolger also called for a delegation of vets to visit Iran.

In closing remarks, President Ahmadinejad said, “The U.S. wants to expand its hegemony over the center of energy. Iran will not allow this.” This brought cheers from the crowd.

Governments of Venezuela, Belarus sign accords in strategic areas

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June 27, 2012

Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko (left) with Venezuelan presidnt Hugo Chavez (AVN)

Caracas, 27 Jun. AVN.- On Tuesday, the governments of Venezuela and Belarus signed over 20 accords in matters of mining, petroleum and energy, as well as housing, food security, technology and communication.

The signing was headed by Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in  a meeting at Miraflores Presidential Palace, in Caracas, with Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko.

The accords endorsed include a memorandum of understanding between Venezuela’s petroleum and mining ministry and Belarus to design and construct a gas pipeline as part of a national gas development plan.

A framework contract to commit Belarus to foreign-economic cooperation between China and Venezuela, aimed at constructing and launching a thermoelectric power plant in the western state of Barinas was also signed.

Furthermore, a memorandum of understanding was signed with Venezuela’s petrochemical venture Pequiven for technical accompaniment, analysis and assessment in the petrochemical development industry, also in Barinas.

Venezuela’s ministries of industries and housing signed a memorandum of understanding with Belarus’  ministry of industries to set up a second production line in a blocks factory in the central state of Miranda.

In addition, a memorandum of understanding was signed to set up a formwork manufacturing plant for Venezuela’s housing mission.

In matters of agriculture, the two nations signed a memorandum of understanding to carry out agroindustrial communes projects in the eastern states of Anzoategui and Bolivar and in the western states of Zulia and Barinas.

Another memorandum of understanding was signed to bolster industrial capacity in Venezuelan food-processing plants.

The governments of Venezuela and Belarus endorsed agreements in the areas of technology transfer and scientific knowledge for innovative activities. The plan is to coordinate public institutions in the two countries in the areas of housing, development, health, food security, information and communication technology, as well as alternative energies.

In the last six years, Venezuela and Belarus have signed around 200 accords in matters of science, technology, agricultural and industry.

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