Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Stati Uniti, Trump, Unione Europea

Merkel. I numeri della débâcle in Iran. Sconfitta come nel 1945.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2018-09-25.

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E quivi, deposta l’usata minaccia,

Le donne superbe, con pallida faccia,

I figli pensosi pensose guatar.


Per Treccani la superbia è

«una considerazione talmente alta di sé stessi da giungere al punto di stimarsi come principio e fine del proprio essere …. esagerata stima di sé e dei proprî meriti (reali o presunti), che si manifesta esteriormente con un atteggiamento altezzoso e sprezzante e con un ostentato senso di superiorità nei confronti degli altri»

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«we Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands» [Bundeskanzlerin Frau Merkel – NYT]

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«“political schizophrenia”» [Mr Putin – Bloomberg]

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Mr Putin ha risposto alla Bundeskanzlerin Frau Merkel con il suo solito stile lapidario.

Frau Merkel può al massimo prendere nelle proprie mani lo straccio per lavare per terra, sempre che Mr Trump da una parte e gli Elettori dall’altra glielo permettano.

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Le premesse erano state roboanti some di consueto in casa liberal.

Merkel: Continueremo a rispettare accordo con Iran

Dazi all’Europa e accordo con l’Iran, gelo Trump-Merkel

Iran, Merkel: accordo nucleare “non è perfetto” ma va preservato

«“Tutti nell’Unione europea condividono l’opinione che l’accordo non è perfetto, ma che dovremmo rimanere in questo accordo e condurre ulteriori negoziati con l’Iran sulla base di altre questioni come il programma sui missili balistici”, ha detto Angela Merkel.»

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Già.

A parole la Bundeskanzlerin Frau Merkel sembrerebbe essere fortissima:

Continueremo a rispettare accordo con Iran“.

Ma chi mai si crederebbe di essere questo Mr Trump, un volgarissimo populista?

Vero. Verissimo. Chi mai si crederebbe di essere. Ma anche chi mai si crederebbe di essere Frau Merkel?

Germania. Le cose vanno così bene che Merkel pensa di far fagotto.

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Mr Trump ha fatto un executive order semplicissimo: le ditte devono scegliere se operare sul mercato americano oppure su quello iraniamo.

Le illusioni europee sull’Iran. – Al Arabiya.

Chi lo avrebbe mai detto? Total snobba Macron e fugge via dall’Iran.

Macron & Merkel Masonry Ldt sulla graticola di Mr Trump.

Trump. Executive Order EO13846. Della vera novità nessuno ne parla.

Trump. Sanzionare l’Iran per distruggere la Germania, meglio Frau Merkel. – Handelsblatt.

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Mr Trump mica che abbia fatto forza su Frau Merkel oppure su Mr Macron: li ha semplicemente ignorati.

«Trump’s ploy to force countries to choose between doing business with the US or Iran is working»

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«To avoid exposure to US secondary sanctions, foreign firms have been advised to use the time period to wind down activities with or involving Iran»

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«This means many German companies are caught in the crosshairs»

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Ma il ridicolo, sarcastico si direbbe, è che le tanto esecrate azioni di Mr Trump non sono di Mr Trump, bensì del suo predecessore duodecimano:

«the US pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreed by the Obama administration in 2015»

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A seguito è riportato l’elenco incompleto delle aziende tedesche che, incuranti dei weise Ratschläge di Mutti Angela, hanno fatto fagotto e se ne sono già andati via dall’Iran.

I malignassi, e ce ne sono a questo mondo, si aspetterebbero anche un simile provvedimento per le ditte tedesche che collaborano al Nord Stream 2.

Deutsche Welle. 2018-09-21. German firms lead exodus out of Iran.

Trump’s ploy to force countries to choose between doing business with the US or Iran is working. While German firms in Iran have been preparing for months for the sanctions, the outflow of companies is not slowing down.

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In May, the US pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreed by the Obama administration in 2015 to lift economic sanctions in return for Tehran limiting its nuclear activities and allowing international inspectors to examine its nuclear sites.

To avoid exposure to US secondary sanctions, foreign firms have been advised to use the time period to wind down activities with or involving Iran.

The focus is on “bottleneck sectors” — areas where there is little or no way to avoid a US connection, including aviation, insurance, shipping, logistics, and especially banking. This means many German companies are caught in the crosshairs.

The EU has responded to the sanctions by updating a Blocking Statute to protect EU companies doing business with Iran from the impact of US sanctions.

But the EU signatories to the  deal — Germany, France and the UK — have failed so far to convince US President Donald Trump not to reimpose sanctions, or to persuade him to grant waivers for EU-based companies doing business with Tehran.

Many observers expect many more big firms to leave Iran. “We expect almost all of the European and Japanese companies along with major Korean companies to leave Iran,” Sara Vakhshouri, the president of SVB Energy International in Washington DC, told DW.

“This will have a negative impact on Iran’s economy and manufacture processes of different industries. On the other hand, Chinese and Russian companies will benefit from lack of competition in Iran but we shouldn’t forget that under the nuclear sanctions, Chinese companies took over many projects but most of them remain uncompleted.” 

Read more: Germany wants Europe to form a ‘counterweight’ to US

“Now, I think, we should be looking to see what small and medium-sized enterprises look to get into Iran.  They will be the only ones in Europe, I think, that will risk sanctions if they can find payment mechanisms that work,” Richard Nephew, an adjunct professor at Columbia University, told DW.

Germany’s role in Iran under threat

Many of Germany’s biggest businesses are working with Iran, as are hundreds of the country’s medium-sized firms, and Germany remains Iran’s biggest trading partner. In 2015, when the Iran deal was reached, German exports grew 27 percent. In 2017, German exports to Iran were worth an estimated €3.5 billion ($4.2 billion).

Berlin has said it will help German companies stay in Iran after the US decision to reimpose sanctions. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said last week that Berlin, Paris and London were working on a payment system with Iran that could allow the continuation of business transactions after US sanctions start.

But the major German companies to withdraw or scale back their activities in Iran include:

Volkswagen: This week the German car giant appeared to bow to American pressure, according to Richard Grenell, the US Ambassador to Germany. VW would reportedly still be able to do some business in Iran under a humanitarian exception. VW has scrapped plans it announced in July last year to sell cars in Iran for the first time in 17 years. VW’s Iran operations are small and contribute little to its turnover, with local partner Mammut Khodro holding a 4 percent market share. Its turnover in North America was €38.8 billion in 2017 by comparison.

Daimler: The carmaker has suspended activities in Iran “until further notice according to applicable sanctions,” according to a company statement. It has not resumed the production or sale of Mercedes cars or trucks in Iran. But Daimler had little business there to begin with. Teaming up with Iran Khodro Industrial Group, the region’s biggest carmaker, it had targeted a goal of becoming market leader in commercial vehicles and trucks, but financing hindered these plans. Daimler sells no more than a few hundred vehicles per year, compared to 10,000 at its Iranian peak.

Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, DZ Bank: Commerzbank said recently it now has no business relationship to customers in Iran. Germany’s second-largest bank was fined €1.45 billion in 2015 by US authorities and Deutsche Bank was fined €258 million for its own Iran operations. Deutsche Bank has “no interest in Iran transactions … this hasn’t changed,” a spokesperson told Handelsblatt newspaper. DZ Bank halted financial transactions with Iran as of July 1, including foreign payment transactions.

Airbus: The Franco-German plane maker and its US rival Boeing face a major challenge. About 10 percent of its plane parts come from US suppliers, like United Technologies, Rockwell Collins and General Electric, which puts the delivery of 95 planes in its order books in jeopardy. Airbus said it will analyze the effect of US sanctions before making a decision.

Siemens: Siemens Corporation, which manufactures healthcare, industry, energy and automobile products, has said it will no longer take new orders from Iran and will wind down its business interests there. The Munich-based company said it would take appropriate steps “to bring business activities in Iran in line with the changing multilateral situation.” Siemens said a report by monthly Manager Magazin that it might cut 20,000 jobs as part of its Vision 2020+ strategy was “completely unfounded.” In 2017, the engineering conglomerate booked €130 million worth of business with Iran. “We will complete what we have started, within the legal guidelines,” CFO Ralf Thomas said. The question is whether Siemens will be able to secure future contracts.

BASF: BASF has made a commitment to comply with all US sanctions against Iran, which means it will have to steer clear of Iran’s oil and gas industries, its main interest in the country, where the company had hoped to invest through its oil exploration subsidiary, Wintershall. A spokesman for BASF told the French news agency AFP on Thursday that it “will continue to do business in Iran and obey all legal rules and regulations.” He added that “around half” of the 80 million euros ($93.5 million) in revenue BASF earned in Iran last year came from sectors — energy, automobiles and petrochemicals — affected by American sanctions. The Ludwigshafen-based group’s business with the country represents a tiny fraction of its €64.5 billion in annual turnover. BASF generates a quarter of its revenue in North America.

Allianz: The insurance giant is identifying Iran-related business and developing wind-down plans in response to the sanctions.

Munich Re: The world’s biggest re-insurance company has said it would withdraw from Iran in case of sanctions so as not to risk its larger US activities.

Deutsche Telekom: In May DT terminated business in Iran that was previously conducted via a subsidiary, Detecon. It said its activities have expired in Iran because of the new sanctions. Its Iran turnover this year was around €300,000. Speculation is that DT wants to avoid giving the US authorities a pretext to halt a merger between the US subsidiary of T-Mobile and Sprint.

Lufthansa / Austrian Airlines: Lufthansa will continue flights to Tehran, along with its partner, Austrian Airlines, “until further notice.”

Deutsche Bahn: A spokeswoman for Deutsche Bahn said the company will no longer work on plans to improve services at the Iranian railway company Bonyad Eastern Railways (BonRail) after cooperation expires this month. Deutsche Bahn is currently involved with its subsidiary DB Engineering & Consulting in two projects in Iran, but many international banks are now refusing to handle major financial transactions with the country. In May 2017, the company signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with BonRail for the first project. The second project involved a consultancy contract for the Iranian state railway, RAI.

Hapag-Lloyd: The shipping line Hapag-Lloyd has halted one of two feeder services to Iran and will decide on the remaining one before the November 4 deadline imposed by the US. Hamburg-based Hapag-Lloyd, the world’s fifth-largest container company, said it did not have any direct services handling Iran volumes of its own, using partners instead.

Herrenknecht: The world leader in mechanized tunneling technology has been closely associated with business in Iran. Two of its machines were used to build Tehran’s metro system, a decade-long project that carried on even through the last round of sanctions. A spokesperson said recently that the company has always followed relevant national and European rules, “and we will continue to do this in future.”

Henkel: Even before the Iran deal, consumer goods company Henkel had almost completely withdrawn due to political considerations.

Samson: Samson, which specializes in control valves, has been active in Iran for 40 years.

Dürr: The German automotive supplier halted its activities in Iran in August.

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Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Trump, Unione Europea

Chi lo avrebbe mai detto? Total snobba Macron e fugge via dall’Iran.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2018-08-21.

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Quanto vale Mr Macron? Quanto vale Frau Merkel? Quanto vale Mr Juncker?

Tre personaggi che hanno tuonato contro l’intervento di Mr Trump: o si commercia con l’Iran oppure con gli Stati Uniti.

Alterum non datur.

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Orbene, dopo gli annunci delle grandi imprese tedesche, adesso anche Total abbandona l’Iran.

«French energy giant Total has quit its multi-billion euro gas project in Iran after the US has reimposed sanctions when president Donald Trump walked away from a nuclear arms control deal earlier this year»

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«The pullout came as Iran said on Monday that Europe should speed up its efforts to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and other powers, including Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia.»

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Se Mr Macron non è in grado di imporre alla Total una strategia politica in assonanza con quella del governo, ebbene, allora vale meno di un venditore di noccioline.

Macron & Merkel Masonry Ldt sulla graticola di Mr Trump.


Eu Observer. 2018-08-21. France’s Total pulls out of Iran due to US sanctions

French energy giant Total has quit its multi-billion euro gas project in Iran after the US has reimposed sanctions when president Donald Trump walked away from a nuclear arms control deal earlier this year. The pullout came as Iran said on Monday that Europe should speed up its efforts to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and other powers, including Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Medio Oriente, Unione Europea

Le illusioni europee sull’Iran. – Al Arabiya.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2018-08-18.

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I problemi culturali, politici, economici e militari legati all’Iran sono complessi e sfaccettati. Difficile cercare di comprenderli senza aver anche valutato attentamente come le svariate componenti in gioco vedano la questione.

A seguito saranno riportate alcune considerazioni fatte dagli arabi.

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«It was an almost surrealistic scene the other day when the European Union’s foreign relations spokeswoman Federica Mogherini traveled halfway around the world to New Zealand to lobby for “continued trade with the Islamic Republic of Iran” in defiance of sanctions re-imposed by US President Donald Trump»

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«Here was an official of a bloc of democracies supposedly allied to the United States not only criticizing an American policy, something quite legitimate, but inviting others to oppose it with full resolve»

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«Trump may have been impolitic or provocative. But he has betrayed no signature and violated no treaty»

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«To start with, they all insist that the so-called “nuke deal” concocted by former US President Barack Obama is inviolable because, in Mogherini’s words, the EU must “honor its signature.”»

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«However, the EU never signed the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), nor did anyone else»

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«the EU was never part of the negotiations that took place between Iran on one hand and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany on the other»

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«the so-called 5+1 group that negotiated with the Islamic Republic was an informal group with absolutely no legal existence»

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«If Mogherini and Alistair Burt are serious in their campaign in favor of the JCPOA they should re-write it in the form of a treaty signed by EU members and ratified by their respective parliaments or at least the EU’s Council of Ministers»

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«With the re-imposition of American sanctions, thousands of firms trading with both Iran and the US would face a dilemma: which of the two markets do they choose? It is not in the EU’s mandate to resolve that dilemma for them.»

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«Four-fifths of Iran’s trade with the EU bloc is with Germany, France, the UK and Italy.»

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«That may or may not be the right policy, but it is at least a policy»

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Trump. Executive Order EO13846. Della vera novità nessuno ne parla.

Al Arabiya evidenzia alcune problematiche, diplomatiche e giuridiche, di non poco conto.

In primo luogo, l’Iranian deal non esiste, né può esistere, da un punto di vista diplomatico e giuridico, non essendo le parti contraenti legalmente abilitate a firmare trattati internazionali. Non lice invocare the rule of laws per poi disattenderle.

In secondo luogo, l’Unione Europea non compariva tra gli attori dell’Iranian deal, di conseguenza Mrs Mogherini non ha diritto di intervenire in materia, cercando di assumere il ruolo di parte contraente. Una cosa è esprimere pareri politica, ed un’altra invece il farlo con autorità giuridicamente legale.

In terzo luogo, Mr Trump non ha violato nessun termine degli accordi: il provvedimento EO13846 stabilisce soltanto che le imprese che commercializzano o producono in Iran non saranno ammesse al mercato statunitense ed i loro beni confiscati. In altri termini, questo provvedimento inerisce le imprese europee, noni relativi governi né, tanto meno, l’Unione Europea.

In quarto luogo, sta di fatto come l’Unione Europea si sia fatta cogliere del tutto impreparata dalle mosse del presidente Trump. I dirigenti europei dovrebbero prendere atto come si possa ragionare ed agire anche in modo differente da come loro pensavano fosse l’unico modo possibile.

In quinto luogo, quattro quinti del commercio europeo con l’Iran è sostenuto da imprese tedesche, francesi, inglesi ed italiane, sicuramente europee ma non per questo rappresentative dell’Unione Europea.

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Sono tutte considerazioni che sembrerebbero esser degne di nota.


Al Arabiya. 2018-08-14. Europe’s dangerous illusions about Iran

It was an almost surrealistic scene the other day when the European Union’s foreign relations spokeswoman Federica Mogherini traveled halfway around the world to New Zealand to lobby for “continued trade with the Islamic Republic of Iran” in defiance of sanctions re-imposed by US President Donald Trump.

Here was an official of a bloc of democracies supposedly allied to the United States not only criticizing an American policy, something quite legitimate, but inviting others to oppose it with full resolve. Almost on the same day Alistair Burt, the minister in charge of the Middle East in the British Foreign Office, told BBC Radio 4 that the United Kingdom, still part of the EU, was adopting a similar position against Trump’s move.

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«By re-imposing some of the sanctions imposed by four of his predecessors, Trump may have been impolitic or provocative. But he has betrayed no signature and violated no treaty. All he has done is refusing to continue suspending some sanctions as Bill Clinton and Barack Obama had done before him»

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Illegitimate intervention.

To start with, they all insist that the so-called “nuke deal” concocted by former US President Barack Obama is inviolable because, in Mogherini’s words, the EU must “honor its signature.” However, the EU never signed the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), nor did anyone else. There is no signature to honor or not.

In any case, though hovering on the sidelines like a ghost, the EU was never part of the negotiations that took place between Iran on one hand and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany on the other.

Moreover, the so-called 5+1 group that negotiated with the Islamic Republic was an informal group with absolutely no legal existence and certainly no legally binding mission and no mechanism for enforcing its decisions and answerability.

If Mogherini and Alistair Burt are serious in their campaign in favor of the JCPOA they should re-write it in the form of a treaty signed by EU members and ratified by their respective parliaments or at least the EU’s Council of Ministers. Even then, for JCPOA to acquire some legal dignity it would have to be re-written in the form of an act of parliament and submitted to the Islamic Majlis in Tehran for proper ratification according to the Iranian Constitution, something that the Islamic government is loathing to do.

All of that would require an agreement on a single official version of the deal, which means discarding the various English and Persian versions in circulation.

By re-imposing some of the sanctions imposed by four of his predecessors, Trump may have been impolitic or provocative. But he has betrayed no signature and violated no treaty. All he has done is refusing to continue suspending some sanctions as Bill Clinton and Barack Obama had done before him.

Other factors point to EU’s hypocrisy in this matter.

With the re-imposition of American sanctions, thousands of firms trading with both Iran and the US would face a dilemma: which of the two markets do they choose? It is not in the EU’s mandate to resolve that dilemma for them. So far, and at least two years after the ”nuke deal” was unveiled, European firms are not quite sure how or even if they can treat the Islamic Republic as a normal trading partner. Nor has the EU’s lobbying for the mullahs persuaded them to free a dozen European Union citizens still held hostage in Tehran about whom neither Mogherini nor Burt ever make a noise.

If sincere, the EU could use a range of tools at its disposal to encourage at least some firms to continue trading with Iran in areas affected by the re-imposed sanctions. Four-fifths of Iran’s trade with the EU bloc is with Germany, France, the UK and Italy. All those countries have well-established mechanisms for export protection but none is prepared to use them in support of trading with Iran. Interestingly, some of the sanctions that the EU is still keeping in place against Iran are tougher than those re-imposed by Trump.

Trump-bashing.

Leaving all that aside, the EU’s Trump-bashing on the issue will not change some facts. Even supposing the EU did something to render the re-imposed American sanctions less painful or utterly ineffective the concerns that Trump has raised about aspects of Tehran’s behavior would remain worthy of consideration by Europeans.

Shouldn’t one try to persuade or force Tehran to stop “exporting revolution” i.e. terror? Doesn’t peace and stability in the Middle East benefit from an end to Tehran’s meddling in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain, not to mention Afghanistan and Pakistan? Would it not be a good thing if the present rulers in Tehran allowed the Iranian people a greater space for self-expression and participation in shaping their nation’s destiny?

The EU could play a positive role by acting as a broker between Iran and the US rather than go for empty diplomatic gesticulations. The EU should seek to persuade Iran that its traditional cheat-and-retreat strategy peaked out under Obama and its pursuit would only lead to disaster.

Obama encouraged the mullahs in their reckless strategy by supposedly granting them “the right to enrich uranium” as Islamic Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif goes around boasting. However, all nations have the right to enrich uranium if they so wish or even to build nuclear weapons.

The mullahs wanted another “victory over the Infidel” and Obama gave them the illusion of one through secret negotiations in Oman. Obama’s behavior persuaded the mullahs that regardless of what mischief they may make at home or abroad no one would make them pay a price for it.

Even better, a faux anti-American profile might give a morally bankrupt and repressive regime some prestige in parts of the world where anti-Americanism is the last refuge of every scoundrel. In a talk in New York in 2016, Zarif noted that without its “anti-Imperialist” profile the Islamic Republic would be “just another Pakistan”, which in his world view means a nobody.

Trump isn’t repeating Obama’s mistake by getting involved in secret shenanigans favored by the mullahs; he is playing above board. His message is, behave differently and you shall be treated differently.

That may or may not be the right policy, but it is at least a policy. The EU, on the other hand, has no policy on Iran apart from using it as an excuse for a little bit of Trump-bashing, a favorite global sport these days.

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Trump. Sanzionare l’Iran per distruggere la Germania, meglio Frau Merkel. – Handelsblatt.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2018-08-17.

Ivan Iv. Il Terribile. 001. Viktor Michajlovič Vasnecov. Ivan IV il Terribile

Gran brutta cosa essere ideologizzati, assumendone i dogmi come fossero credo religioso non soggetto alla revisione critica della ragione. Pensiero ed azione diventano deliri coatti del tutto avulsi dalla realtà fattuale. Si pensa e si attua ciò che teoria impone, non ciò che sia retto, giusto e logico.

Se poi alla dipendenza dall’ideologia si associasse una smisurata superbia ed un inflessibile orgoglio si vivrebbe un delirio onirico caratterizzato da allucinazioni di grandezza autoreferenziale.

Potrebbero sembrare parole dure, ma sono invece mera constatazione di un dato di fatto. È nei fatti un delirio di onnipotenza: ma basta un nonnulla e la realtà strangola.

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Nel novembre 2016 la dirigenza europea, Mr Juncker, Mr Hollande e Frau Merkel nutrivano la certezza assoluta che Mrs Hillary Clinton ed i liberal democratici avrebbero stravinto le elezioni presidenziali: una incapacità di vedere e percepire la realtà del tutto anomala per capi di governo. Arrivarono al punto di mandare a Mr Trump le congratulazioni per la nomina oltre una settimana dopo le elezioni, comportamento che da un punto di vista diplomatico corrisponde ad uno sgarro severo. Quindi ne dissero tutto il male possibile, denigrandolo in ogni modo e maniera: ma le loro invettive si rilevarono presto essere altamente controproducenti. Ma chi mai si credevano di essere?

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Le parole della Bundeskanzlerin Frau Merkel furono chiare:

«we Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands» [Bundeskanzlerin Frau Merkel – NYT]

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«really take our fate into our own hands.» [Bundeskanzlerin Frau Merkel – Cnn]

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I tedeschi sono in un vicolo cieco, dal quale non potranno uscirne se non a costo di immani disastri: sono strategicamente battuti, proprio come cento anni or sono lo furono alla battaglia di Amiens, che decretò la fine della prima guerra mondiale. Adesso stiamo assisitendo alla sua agonia.

Germania. La demografia che stritola. Mancano tre milioni di lavoratori. – Vbw.

Germania. Realtà geografica, non più umana, politica ed economica.

Germania. Non è povera. È misera. – Financial Times.

Germania. 13 milioni di poveri e 330,000 famiglie con la luce tagliata.

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Stiamo adesso assistendo ad un progressivo ripudio fatto dalla confindustria tedesca nei confronti dei liberal socialisti e, soprattutto, di Frau Merkel.

Merkel, Trump e G20. Vincere o morire. – Handelsblatt.

Industriali tedeschi: Trump ha ragione e Merkel torto. – Handelsblatt.

Questa Unione Europea si sta collassando. – Handelsblatt.

Germania. ‘Conservative Manifesto’ vuole defenestrare Frau Merkel.

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L’Unione Europea e Frau Merkel si sono sempre opposte fieramente alle sanzioni poste dagli Stati Uniti all’Iran. Usarono anche parole grondanti di orgoglio.

Europe requests exemptions from Trump’s Iran sanctions for energy, aviation and more [Cnbc]

«”As allies, we expect that the United States will refrain from taking action to harm Europe’s security interests.” [Frau Merkel»

EU sets course for US clash with law blocking Iran sanctions

«The EU has put itself on a collision course with the US over Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran, as major European firms started to pull out of the country to avoid being hit by sanctions.

In an attempt to shield EU companies doing business with Iran, the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, said he would turn to a plan last used to protect businesses working in Cuba before a US trade embargo was lifted on the Latin American country.

“We will begin the ‘blocking statute’ process, which aims to neutralise the extraterritorial effects of US sanctions in the EU. We must do it and we will do it tomorrow [Friday] morning at 10.30,” he said at the end of a summit in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia.»

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EU To Activate ‘Blocking Statute’ Against U.S. Sanctions On Iran

«Speaking after a meeting of EU leaders in Sofia, Bulgaria, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told a news conference that the EU will launch on May 18 the process of activating its so-called blocking statute.

“We have to protect our companies. We have to protect mainly those who bona fide — mainly small and medium-sized enterprises — did invest in Iran, and we cannot leave them alone,” he said.»

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Alla fine Mr Trump perse la pazienza.

Trump. Colpire l’Europa attraverso la Turkia. Knockout.

Trump. Executive Order EO13846. Della vera novità nessuno ne parla.

Mr Trump aveva semplicemente ignorato eurodirigenza e governi europei, ottenendo in questa maniera il massimo risultato con il mimino sforzo. Non solo, Mr Trump aveva piantato un cuneo tra il governo tedesco e la realtà del comparto produttivo e commerciale, ponendoli in un’antitesi di vita o di morte.

Frau Merkel è diventata il nemico numero uno della confindustria tedesca,

«Anyone doing business with Iran will not be doing business with the United States»

Visto? Basta una riga per piegare l’altera Frau Merkel.

«Even as European leaders oppose the measure, the likes of Daimler and Siemens are scrambling to comply rather than risk disruption of their US business»

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«How quickly they caved — Daimler, Volkswagen, Siemens, Bayer and many others. Despite all the brave words of defiance when the US announced renewed sanctions against Iran, German firms are suspending business with the Middle Eastern country now that they are in place for fear of President Donald Trump’s wrath»

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«Whatever German executives might think about the wisdom or legality of the sanctions, the US market is simply too important to risk disruptions»

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«The Berlin government has pledged to find ways to protect German companies from secondary sanctions, but they seem to prefer the safer path of not flouting sanctions to begin with»

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«Daimler, the maker of Mercedes-Benz luxury vehicles, announced as soon as the sanctions became effective on Tuesday that it has suspended its “activities in Iran in accordance with applicable sanctions until further notice.”»

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«Oil and gas producer Wintershall said it will close down its office in Tehran»

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«VW warned that the truck and bus sales of its Scania unit in Iran could be completely lost»

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«Siemens said it is taking measures to make its business activities conform to the “changed multilateral framework.”»

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«Chemicals giant Bayer and consumer goods producer Henkel said they are reviewing their Iran business.»

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«On the face of it, the US threat puts German firms in a quandary. “Adherence to US sanctions can conflict with EU law, which can be an offense in Germany that carries a fine of up to €500,000,” said Constantin Lauterwein of the law firm Hengeler Mueller. “At the same time, ignoring US sanctions can be a major disadvantage, especially in terms of access to the US market.”»

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«The showdown over sanctions demonstrates once again the economic clout of the United States, severely restricting the ability of Germany or any other European country to follow a different policy»

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«The gap between Europe’s aspirations as a wannabe great power and its impotence in the face of US power is as wide as ever»

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«Then as now, US officials will not be paying much attention to the damage inflicted on European companies through the sanctions»

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Ci sarebbero molti validi motivi per dubitare di questa ultima affermazione: tutta questa operazione è stata condotta per obbligare i governi europei a togliersi lo scolapasta dalla testa e rientrare nei ranghi.

Nulla è più apprezzabile di un governo che eserciti la Realpolitik.


Handelsblatt. 2018-08-12. German firms bend to US sanctions, cutting ties to Iran

Even as European leaders oppose the measure, the likes of Daimler and Siemens are scrambling to comply rather than risk disruption of their US business.

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How quickly they caved — Daimler, Volkswagen, Siemens, Bayer and many others. Despite all the brave words of defiance when the US announced renewed sanctions against Iran, German firms are suspending business with the Middle Eastern country now that they are in place for fear of President Donald Trump’s wrath.

“Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States,” the US president tweeted unequivocally on Tuesday.

Whatever German executives might think about the wisdom or legality of the sanctions, the US market is simply too important to risk disruptions. The Berlin government has pledged to find ways to protect German companies from secondary sanctions, but they seem to prefer the safer path of not flouting sanctions to begin with.

Firms adapt to ‘changed multilateral framework’

Daimler, the maker of Mercedes-Benz luxury vehicles, announced as soon as the sanctions became effective on Tuesday that it has suspended its “activities in Iran in accordance with applicable sanctions until further notice.”

Oil and gas producer Wintershall said it will close down its office in Tehran. VW warned that the truck and bus sales of its Scania unit in Iran could be completely lost. Siemens said it is taking measures to make its business activities conform to the “changed multilateral framework.” Chemicals giant Bayer and consumer goods producer Henkel said they are reviewing their Iran business.

The US said it would renew sanctions when it unilaterally pulled out of the Iran nuclear accord in May. European allies, including Germany, opposed the move and said they will uphold their end of the agreement.

Mr. Trump considered the accord reached by his predecessor, Barack Obama, to lift sanctions in exchange for Iran suspending development of nuclear weapons to be a bad deal, too full of holes to be effective. European countries fear that abandoning the accord will lead to accelerated development of nuclear weapons in Iran.

Europe’s aspirations vs reality

On the face of it, the US threat puts German firms in a quandary. “Adherence to US sanctions can conflict with EU law, which can be an offense in Germany that carries a fine of up to €500,000,” said Constantin Lauterwein of the law firm Hengeler Mueller. “At the same time, ignoring US sanctions can be a major disadvantage, especially in terms of access to the US market.”

The showdown over sanctions demonstrates once again the economic clout of the United States, severely restricting the ability of Germany or any other European country to follow a different policy. The gap between Europe’s aspirations as a wannabe great power and its impotence in the face of US power is as wide as ever.

The so-called “blocking statute” put into place by the European Union is not much help. The measure “allows EU operators to recover damages arising from US extraterritorial sanctions from the persons causing them and nullifies the effect in the EU of any foreign court rulings based on them,” the European Commission said in a press release Monday. It also forbids EU persons from complying with those sanctions.

However, Mr. Lautwein said it isn’t likely to bring a wave of lawsuits. Who is the person causing the losses – a government, a bank, a company? How do you quantify the damage?

Washington has promised further sanctions for November, directly targeting Iran’s oil and gas exports, if Tehran does not meet its demands regarding uranium enrichment and supporting terror. Then as now, US officials will not be paying much attention to the damage inflicted on European companies through the sanctions.

Pubblicato in: Armamenti, Cina, Medio Oriente, Problemi militari

Arabia Saudita. Potrebbe sviluppare armamenti atomici.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2018-03-21.

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مبررات القنبلة النووية السعودية


Saudi Crown Prince slams ‘harmful’ Iran for sheltering Osama bin Laden’s son [Full Video]

«Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s highly-anticipated interview on CBS’s 60 minutes aired on Sunday night in which the young royal spoke on a wide-range of topics, including the link between al-Qaeda and Iran.

The television interview, the first in which he is addressing an American audience, was broadcast two days before the crown prince’s meeting with US President Donald Trump in Washington.

Co-host of CBS This Morning Norah O’Donnell bagged the exclusive interview, in which the crown prince said the son of former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is being supported by Iran. 

“Unfortunately, Iran is playing a harmful role. The Iranian regime is based on pure ideology. Many of the Al-Qaeda operatives are protected in Iran and it refuses to surrender them to justice, and continues to refuse to extradite them to the United States. This includes the son of Osama bin Laden, the new leader of Al-Qaeda. He lives in Iran and works out of Iran. He is supported by Iran,” Prince Mohammed said.

He also said that Saudi Arabia would build its own nuclear capabilities “immediately” if Iran develops a bomb.»

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Allo stato attuale della scienza e della tecnica, qualsiasi paese che abbia qualche ragionevole disponibilità economica è in grado di progettare e costruire un ordigno nucleare.

Se entrare nel novero delle superpotenze atomiche richiederebbe molto tempo ed investimenti mastodontici, perché ordigni atomici senza adeguati vettori e tutto il relativo supporto logistico sarebbero virtualmente inutili, arrivare ad avere un qualche armamento atomico ad uso locoregionale è diventato accessibile a molti.

Nel Medio Oriente l’Iran sta cercando di sviluppare una sua bomba atomica. Si dice, ma non esiste al momento alcuna conferma ufficiale, che Israele abbia da tempo simili armi.

L’iniziativa iraniana è comprensibile, ma occorre prendere atto che altera i già labili equilibri locoregionali.

Sono quasi millequattrocento anni che gli arabi odiano gli iraniani e tutti i loro vicini, adeguatamente ricambiati.

Sunniti, sciiti e wahabiti si odiano cordialmente ed al di là delle buone maniere diplomatiche, se potessero si sterminerebbero dal primo all’ultimo.

Poi, quasi che non fosse sufficiente, oltre a detestarsi per motivi politici e religiosi, è in corso una lotta all’ultimo sangue per il controllo dei bacini idrici e dei campi petroliferi.

Studiare il Medio Oriente è cosa desolante: ma siccome al peggio non c’è mai limite, si dovrebbero anche considerare le ambizioni politiche, economiche e militari delle superpotenze, che di fatto si stanno fronteggiando in quella regione in una lotta all’ultimo sangue.

Arabia Saudita. Un progetto da 500 miliardi.

Cina ed Africa. Una politica di rapporti internazionali paritetici.

Merkel. Una gran brutta figuraccia in Arabia Saudita.

L’Unione economica eurasiatica accoglierà l’Iran dal febbraio 2018.

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«Saudi Arabia held talks with China around six months ago to establish a nuclear infrastructure for peaceful purposes»

Se un cinico constatasse come solo una guerra distruttiva e massacrante potrebbe, forse, risolvere la situazione attuale, verosimilmente direbbe un qualcosa non molto lontano dalla verità.

Sotto queste considerazioni risulta chiaro il messaggio lanciato dal Principe Ereditario Mohammed bin Salman:

«Saudi Arabia will develop nuclear weapons if Iran builds a nuclear bomb».

Sempre una persona cinica ma raziocinante arriverebbe a concludere che l’unico modo di conservare uno straccetto di pace, nome pomposo per una realtà ove la gente non si ammazzi su scala industriale, sarebbe quella di cercare di mantenere equilibri politici e militari in termini ragionevolmente accettabili.

Infine, cinico o disincantato, si dovrebbe ammettere come i trattati siano meri pezzi di carta, che valgono solo ed esclusivamente se supportati a garantiti da eserciti pronti, agguerriti, e soprattutto in equilibrio.


Al Arabiya. 2018-03-19. Saudi nuclear bomb justifications.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman dropped a bombshell when he said Saudi Arabia will develop nuclear weapons if Iran builds a nuclear bomb. Before this week, Saudi Arabia’s strategy was either based on not letting Iran develop nuclear weapons, via international negotiations and pressure, or depending on the international community – which we know is not reliable – to deter it.

Saudi policy has now changed. Prince Mohammed bin Salman chose CBS to announce the kingdom’s new policy before meeting with US President Donald Trump. His statements had tangible consequences in Washington whose stances are usually divided. The crown prince’s task to convince legislators in the Congress and the different political powers in Washington will be difficult.

Washington’s approval to let Saudi Arabia develop nuclear weapons is almost impossible especially that some countries, like Israel, oppose this. However, the prince linked this to Iran’s attempt to build its own nuclear weapons. This resembles the Pakistani scenario with India.

Deterrence

The new Saudi policy conveys to the Europeans and the Americans, particularly those who seem lenient towards Iran, that they must understand that Riyadh will not settle with any guarantees if Iran develops its nuclear weapons and that it will do the same within the context of balance of deterrence.

First of all, we must ask, is Saudi Arabia capable of building a nuclear bomb?

No one can confirm that. However, the kingdom does have scientific competencies. This year, it will set up projects related to reactors, factories and infrastructure to develop its nuclear capabilities for peaceful purposes. What distinguishes Saudi Arabia from Iran here is that it has uranium in its desert. Therefore, the kingdom does not need to buy it, and it has actually adopted a plan to extract it for development projects that are part of Vision 2030.

The second question is how will Saudi Arabia confront international opposition and possible political risks?

I do not think Riyadh will take this step to develop nuclear weapons without the approval of the concerned superpowers which cannot ignore the fact that Iran targets Saudi Arabia and that the former has reached an advanced stage of readiness to build nuclear weapons. If Tehran decided to enrich uranium and resume its nuclear project for military purposes, the crown prince’s statement will thus be justified.

Those who oppose the crown prince are not just in Iran but also in Washington itself. US Senator Ed Markey, also member of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, immediately responded to the prince’s statements and said: “Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has confirmed what many have long suspected—nuclear energy in Saudi Arabia is about more than just electrical power, it’s about geopolitical power,” adding: “The United States must not compromise on nonproliferation standards in any 123 agreement it concludes with Saudi Arabia.” Opponents have noted that Saudi Arabia refuses to sign the “gold standard” or the “123 agreement” which guarantees that it does not enrich uranium and does not reproduce plutonium.

It’s worth noting that a week before the crown prince kicked off his tour in the US, the kingdom announced that it approved its national policy of the atomic energy program and confirmed its commitment to international agreements and the principle of transparency while emphasizing the program aims to serve peaceful purposes. The prince’s recent statements ahead of his travel to Washington prepared everyone there to understand that keeping silent and being lenient with Iran, thus allowing it to produce nuclear weapons, will mean that Saudi Arabia will do the same and possess a nuclear bomb. His statements may be looked at from two angles. The first one is that Saudi Arabia does not intend to develop nuclear weapons if Iran commits not to, and the second one is that the prince is warning of being lenient with Tehran because he will thus develop nuclear weapons to defend his country and create “a balance of terror.”
Everyone takes Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s statements seriously. In addition to announcing its national policy of the atomic energy program, Saudi Arabia held talks with China around six months ago to establish a nuclear infrastructure for peaceful purposes. This will probably be among the topics he will address in Washington. Discussing these matters will not be easy due to all those skeptics who doubt Saudi Arabia’s aims and intentions. These skeptics have two choices, to either work seriously to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons – in this case Saudi Arabia and the world will not sense nuclear threats – or approve Saudi Arabia’s right of readiness to possess weapons like Iran’s. Iran is headed by an extremist fascist and religious regime which may use any nuclear weapons it builds to attack its rivals. Even if it does not directly use these weapons, it will exploit them to blackmail the region and the world and it will threaten to use them to achieve its expansive activities it’s currently endeavoring.

 

Pubblicato in: Geopolitica Mondiale, Medio Oriente, Putin, Russia

L’Unione economica eurasiatica accoglierà l’Iran dal febbraio 2018.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-12-19.

Russia's president Putin visits city of Yaroslavl

«The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) is an economic union of states located primarily in northern Eurasia. The Treaty aiming for the establishment of the EAEU was signed on 29 May 2014 by the leaders of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, and came into force on 1 January 2015. Treaties aiming for Armenia’s and Kyrgyzstan’s accession to the Eurasian Economic Union were signed on 9 October and 23 December 2014, respectively. Armenia’s accession treaty came into force on 2 January 2015. Kyrgyzstan’s accession treaty came into effect on 6 August 2015. ….

The countries represent a market of some 183 million people and a combined GDP of around $4 trillion. ….

Russia has the 12th largest economy in the world by nominal GDP and the 6th largest by purchasing power parity. ….

The EAEU introduces the free movement of goods, capital, services and people and provides for common policies in macroeconomic sphere, transport, industry and agriculture, energy, foreign trade and investment, customs, technical regulation, competition and antitrust regulation.» [Fonte]

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E così l’Iran aderirà all’Unione economica eurasiatica. Ma siamo solo agli inizi.

«L’Unione eurasiatica potrebbe estendersi anche ad altri paesi che sono stati storicamente o culturalmente legati alla Russia, come la Finlandia, l’Ungheria, la Repubblica Ceca, la Bulgaria, la Cina e la Mongolia, che sarebbero uniti in un’unione federale dove il russo verrebbe usato come lingua di comunicazione e cooperazione economica.» [Fonte]

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Inutile dilungarsi sui dettagli protocollari, per quanto essi siano interessanti.

Il vero risultato è quello politico, che potremmo schematicamente riassumere nei seguenti punti.

– La Russia ha fatto transitare Siria ed Iran nella sua sfera di influenza politica, economica e militare.

– L’Occidente, e soprattutto gli Stati Uniti, hanno subito un severo smacco in Medio Oriente, prolegomeno alla perdita di influenza sia nel sud – est asiatico sia in Africa.

– Il blocco russo – asiatico si dimostra autoconsistente, coeso, in grado di vivere ed espandersi indipendentemente da quanto dica o faccia l’Occidente.

China’s CNPC weighs taking over Iran project if Total leaves – sources

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E mentre gli asiatici continuano a lavorare come castori intenti a costruirsi la diga, gli europei si accapigliano sulle regole da applicare alla ripartizione dei migranti e danno soddisfatti alle stampe il tratto dell’Unione sulla coltivazione dei broccoletti di Bruxelles, sintetizzato in undici volumi venduto quasi a diecimila euro.

Gli americani invece sono tutti intenti a farsi guerra a colpi di sexual harassment, tagliando così tutte le teste che fossero incorse nell’orrendo reato di essere accusati di aver guardato dentro una scollatura. La grande conquista dei liberal è che una denuncia, ancorché fatta ai media e non alla magistratura, è una sentenza passata in giudicato.

È giusto che scompaiano dalla scena politica.

Post Scriptum.

Se qualcuno incontrasse la Bundeskanzlerin Frau Merkel, glielo dica, per cortesia.


Aurora. 2017-12-15. L’Iran aderice all’Unione economica eurasiatica, addio Brzezinski

L’Iran aderisce all’Unione economica eurasiatica (UEE). All’inizio del prossimo anno, a febbraio secondo questo resoconto, l’Iran aderirà all’Unione e aprirà le porte alla Turchia per l’adesione entro la fine del 2018. Tra questa e la fine della guerra in Siria, non è difficile dichiarare la dottrina Brzezinski del caos centroasiatico guidato dagli Stati Uniti esalare gli ultimi respiri. L’Iran che infine aderisce all’UEE risponde a una serie di fattori, il più importante, la continua bellicosità degli Stati Uniti. Le sanzioni economiche estese all’Iran e al leader dell’UEE, la Russia, ha creato la necessità di un maggiore coordinamento su obiettivi economici e di politica estera. E crea la nuova realtà regionale che rimodellerà questo concetto per i prossimi cento anni.

La scommessa nucleare

Negli ultimi giorni dell’amministrazione Obama sembrava che l’obiettivo fosse placare l’Iran per fermarne la svolta verso Russia e Cina. Credo che fosse la forza trainante del negoziato di Obama sul controverso accordo nucleare. In effetti, Obama cercò di scambiare i miliardi congelati degli iraniani detenuti nelle banche occidentali con l’Iran ignorare la disintegrazione della Siria e conseguente disastro totale. Quando si pensa quanto siamo venali? Dopo aver sanzionato l’Iran economicamente, averne congelato i conti, impeditogli la comunicazione interbancaria coi clienti (rimozione dallo SWIFT), indotto l’iperinflazione per istigare il cambio di regime, avrebbe accettato di consegnare l’alleata Siria agli animali wahhabiti. In cambio avrebbe ripudiato la Russia e sarebbe stato grato per l’opportunità di riavere i soldi firmando un accordo che gli vietava di avere armi nucleari? Questa è la “logica” dei ritardati che guidavano la nostra politica estera sotto Obama. Quindi, ora, dopo aver visto Russia ed Esercito arabo siriano sconfiggere lo SIIL, l’Iran fa la mossa intelligente d’integrare l’economia, che ha bisogno di diversificazione ed investimenti, aderendo all’Unione economica che raggrupperà tutti gli interessi dell’Asia centrale lungo un percorso simile. Non c’è altro da dire. Non solo è morto Zbigniew Brzezinski, ma anche la sua strategia. Lasciamo Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain e i bambolotti dell’amministrazione di Bush il minorato prima di loro, buffoni raggirati ogni volta da Vladimir Putin, da Xi Jinping e dal Presidente iraniano Hassan Rouhani. E il mondo sarà perciò, presto un posto migliore.

Status di meraviglia

Tutto ciò che riguarda lo status quo degli ultimi trenta anni cambi. La Siria ha chiarito a tutti che gli Stati Uniti non sono infallibili. Di fatto, sono incompetenti militarmente e diplomaticamente. L’intervento russo ha evidenziato le vere radici del conflitto e quanto la nostra leadership mente, inganna e ruba per raggiungere i suoi caotici obiettivi regionali. Il presidente Trump cambia rotta a questa nave, ma è un processo lento e combattuto a tutti i livelli da chi aderisce ai dipartimenti della burocrazia. Ciò detto, l’ingresso dell’Iran nell’UEE a pieno titolo aprirà le porte a nuovi aderenti. La Russia corteggia tutti nella regione mentre l’UEE lavora sulle regole e costruisce l’organizzazione. L’adesione dell’Iran vedrà l’unione crescere rapidamente e contribuire a completare i progetti cinesi della Nuova Via della Seta. Facendo un ulteriore passo avanti, il quadro più ampio viene messo a fuoco con l’istituzione della New Development Bank, sfidando la Banca di sviluppo asiatica guidata dagli Stati Uniti, finanziando i progetti infrastrutturali. Con la raffica di grandi progetti annunciati di recente, compresa la nuova versione dell’IPI, gasdotto Iran/Pakistan/India, questo annuncio non è solo un colpo diplomatico per Putin e la Russia, ma piuttosto un fatto compiuto. Era sempre questione di quando, e non se, l’Iran aderiva all’UEE. E con esso a bordo, Paesi come India, Pakistan e Turchia possono aderirvi, sapendo di avere parità di condizioni su cui negoziare, smorzando animosità e dispute persistenti.

Picco USA

Come sottolineava Federico Pieraccini su Strategic Culture Foundation, anche le tensioni tra India e Cina si sono placate quando è diventato chiaro che gli Stati Uniti sotto Trump non sono disposti né possono mantenere il dominio sull’Asia centrale. “In questo senso, la mancanza d’interesse da parte dell’amministrazione Trump su alcune aree del globo è emblematica. Mentre la chimica tra Trump e Modi sembra buona, le tensioni tra India e Cina, accresciute dalle dispute sui confini, sembrano tuttavia essersi dissolte. In seguito al fallimento dei neocon nel dividere Russia e Cina, anche le tensioni di confine tra India e Cina sembrano ora estinguersi. Inoltre, in Ucraina, anche la decisione d’inviare armi a Kiev è stata minimizzata, e il Paese ora affronta un contro-golpe di Saakashvili (sì, ancora lui). L’Ucraina è un Paese in disordine che vive in prima persona le conseguenze della pessima posizione atlantista con la sua viziata politica anti-russa”. L’argomento di Pieraccini è che Trump è un mix di inettitudine e pragmatismo in politica estera. E questo mix ha portato all’attuale situazione, dove Stati Uniti, Israele e Arabia Saudita si agitano cercando di rimanere rilevanti. Non andrò così lontano, dato che questi Paesi hanno ancora una mano potente da giocare, se non altro per stabilizzare la maggior parte di ciò che hanno attualmente. E giocheranno tali carte fino in fondo per creare qualcosa che assomigli alla pace. Ma, l’Iran traccia una nuova strada, allontanandosi dalle ferite aperte dall’occidente, verso le opportunità che riposano in ogni altra direzione. Come ho detto recentemente, il quadro per un grande accordo in Medio Oriente è possibile. E l’adesione dell’Iran all’UEE è un forte indizio che vuole aderire alla maggiore economia mondiale da attore affidabile. Putin è diventato di fatto negoziatore degli alleati contro Israele e Trump, che s’impunta anche con Israele. Una volta che l’accordo sarà in vigore e Trump accetterà di rimuovere la presenza militare degli Stati Uniti dalla maggior parte della regione, allora si vedrà come apparirebbe il mondo senza conflitti istigati.

Pubblicato in: Medio Oriente

Arabia Saudita entra nel nucleare, dall’estrazione ai reattori.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-11-07.

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Pochi giorni or sono abbiamo registrato alcuni importanti fatti nuovi.

Cina. Centrali elettriche nucleari. 37 reattori attivi, 60 in costruzione, 179 programmati.

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Nigeria. Nuove centrali nucleari.

«Russia and Nigeria signed agreements on construction and operation of a Nuclear Power Plant and a Research Center housing a multi-purpose nuclear research reactor on the territory of Federal Republic of Nigeria»

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«According to the latest information provided by Bloomberg, Nigeria is in talks with Russia’s Rosatom to build as many as four nuclear power plants costing about $80 billion as Africa’s biggest economy seeks to add 1,200 megawatts of capacity by the end of the decade»

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«A further three nuclear plants are planned, taking total capacity to 4,800 megawatts by 2035, with each facility costing $20 billion»

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Adesso è il turno dell’Arabia Saudita, che entra nel nucleare con un programma quanto mai ambizioso.

«Preliminary studies have estimated Saudi Arabia has around 60,000 tonnes of uranium ore»

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«Saudi Arabia is considering building some 17.6 gigawatts of nuclear capacity by 2032, the equivalent of about 17 reactors»

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«Saudi Arabia is reaching out to potential vendors from South Korea, China, France, Russia, Japan and the United States for its first two reactors.»

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«Extracting its own uranium also makes sense from an economic point of view»

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«The world’s top oil exporter says it wants to tap atomic power for peaceful purposes only in order to diversify its energy supply»

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«Regarding the production of uranium in the kingdom, this is a program which is our first step towards self-sufficiency in producing nuclear fuel»

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«Saudi Arabia would be the second country in the Gulf Arab region to tap nuclear after the United Arab Emirates, which is set to start up its first, South Korean-built reactor in 2018»

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Da molti punti di vista la decisione presa dall’Arabia Saudita di costruire 17 reattori atomici appare del tutto ragionevole: si diversifica anche la fonte di produzione energetica e di genera anche tutta la trafila produttiva che va dall’estrazione del minerale alla sua raffinazione ed arricchimento.

Questa linea strategica è già stata seguita dall’Iran e dagli Emirati, che però non hanno giacimenti significativi.

Tuttavia in un Medio Oriente così irrequieto, questa decisione potrebbe anche preludere ad ambizioni di maggiore portata, al di là delle drastiche smentite odierne.

L’Iran sta avviandosi ad essere un altro paese dotato di armi atomiche. Certamente al momento attuale ciò  è ancora in fase programmatica ed altrettanto certamente le armi atomiche senza vettori efficienti e sicuri varrebbero ben poco. Però nulla vieta di pensare che nel volgere di un decennio molti paesi del Medio Oriente possano essere diventati piccole potenze atomiche, rudimentali quanto si voglia, ma pur sempre dotate di armi di distruzione di massa.

Dotarsi di armamento atomico sarebbe una tentazione troppo forte per molti governi mediorientali, ma complicherebbe a dismisura una già intricata situazione politica e militare.


Reuters. 2017-10-30. Saudi Arabia to extract uranium for ‘self-sufficient’ nuclear program

ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia plans to extract uranium domestically as part of its nuclear power program and sees this as a step towards “self-sufficiency” in producing atomic fuel, a senior official said on Monday.

Extracting its own uranium also makes sense from an economic point of view, said Hashim bin Abdullah Yamani, head of the Saudi government agency tasked with the nuclear plans, the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE).

In a speech at an international nuclear power conference in Abu Dhabi, he did not specify whether Saudi Arabia seeks to also enrich and reprocess uranium – steps in the fuel cycle which are especially sensitive as they can open up the possibility of military uses of the material.

The world’s top oil exporter says it wants to tap atomic power for peaceful purposes only in order to diversify its energy supply and will award a construction contract for its first two nuclear reactors by the end of 2018.

“Regarding the production of uranium in the kingdom, this is a program which is our first step towards self-sufficiency in producing nuclear fuel,” Yamani told a conference organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). “We utilize the uranium ore that has been proven to be economically efficient.”

Atomic reactors need uranium enriched to around 5 percent purity but the same technology in this process can also be used to enrich the heavy metal to higher, weapons-grade levels.

This issue has been at the heart of Western and regional concerns about the nuclear work of Iran, Saudi Arabia’s foe, and led to the 2015 deal in which Iran agreed to freeze the program for 15 years for sanctions relief.

On Monday, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said Iran was complying with the nuclear deal signed with world powers and which U.S. President Donald Trump has called into question.

Under the agreement, Iran can enrich uranium to 3.67 percent purity, around the normal level needed for commercial power-generation.

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Saudi Arabia would be the second country in the Gulf Arab region to tap nuclear after the United Arab Emirates, which is set to start up its first, South Korean-built reactor in 2018. The UAE has committed not to enrich uranium itself and not to reprocess spent fuel.

Industry sources have told Reuters Saudi Arabia is reaching out to potential vendors from South Korea, China, France, Russia, Japan and the United States for its first two reactors.

The plans have received extra momentum as part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, an ambitious economic reform program launched last year by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Yamani said Saudi Arabia will soon pass laws for its nuclear program and will have set up all of the regulations for its nuclear regulator by the third quarter of 2018.

“The IAEA also has been requested to conduct an integrated review of our nuclear infrastructure during the second quarter of 2018,” he said, which will allow the agency to assess efforts to prepare Saudi infrastructure “to introduce nuclear power for peaceful purposes.”

Saudi Arabia is considering building some 17.6 gigawatts of nuclear capacity by 2032, the equivalent of about 17 reactors, making it one of the strongest prospects for an industry struggling after the 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan.

Preliminary studies have estimated Saudi Arabia has around 60,000 tonnes of uranium ore, Maher al Odan, the chief atomic energy officer of KACARE said at an electricity forum in Riyadh on Oct 11.

Pubblicato in: Medio Oriente

Sanzioni. Esportazioni Iran verso il Qatar aumentate del 60%.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-09-02.

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«Lo scorso 23 giugno le autorità del Kuwait, che svolgono un ruolo di mediazione, hanno consegnato al Qatar una lista di 13 richieste presentate dai paesi del Golfo per porre fine alla crisi»

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«Tra le richieste, che dovevano essere soddisfatte da Doha entro 10 giorni (con scadenza il 3 luglio), vi erano la chiusura dell’emittente televisiva “al Jazeera” e la fine dei rapporti con l’Iran»

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«Una terza richiesta riguardava la chiusura della base militare turca in Qatar e la fine della cooperazione tra Ankara e Doha»

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«Lo scorso 5 giugno i quattro paesi arabi e del Golfo hanno annunciato la rottura dei rapporti diplomatici con Doha, ritirando i propri ambasciatori»

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«L’Iran ha incrementato di circa il 60 per cento le esportazioni di prodotti non petroliferi verso il Qatar nei primi cinque mesi del corrente anno persiano (dal 21 marzo al 21 agosto), rispetto allo stesso periodo di riferimento dell’anno precedente»

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Annunciare prese di posizioni drastiche, quali per esempio l’imposizione di sanzioni, ha un senso logico solo ed esclusivamente se si sia poi in grado di mantenere ciò che è stato annunciato.

Senza una netta preponderanza economica e finanziaria, le sanzioni altro non fanno che spingere lo stato sanzionato a rafforzare i propri legami politici, militari ed economici con quanti si siano dimostrati essere amici.

Questo discorso vale sia per le sanzioni poste dall’Unione Europea alla Russia, sia per quelle dei paesi del Golfo contro il Qatar. Si sono rivelate essere inutile, se non anche dannose.

Solo le vie diplomatiche producono frutti.


Agenzia Nova. 2017-08-28. Iran-Qatar: esportazioni prodotti non petroliferi verso Doha in aumento del 60 per cento.

L’Iran ha incrementato di circa il 60 per cento le esportazioni di prodotti non petroliferi verso il Qatar nei primi cinque mesi del corrente anno persiano (dal 21 marzo al 21 agosto), rispetto allo stesso periodo di riferimento dell’anno precedente. Lo rivelano i dai dell’Agenzia delle dogane, secondo quanto riporta oggi l’agenzia stampa iraniana “Fars News”. L’Iran ha esportato verso il Qatar nel corso dei primi cinque mesi dell’anno persiano 737.500 tonnellate di merci del settore non petrolifero, pari ad un valore di 67,5 milioni di dollari. Le esportazioni verso il Qatar hanno registrato una crescita del 30,8 per cento e del 60,57 per cento rispettivamente in termini di volume e valore rispetto allo stesso periodo del precedente anno fiscale. Le imprese iraniane, specialmente quelle del settore alimentare, si sono impegnate ad espandere i legami con il Qatar in seguito alla crisi diplomatica fra Doha ed i paesi del Quartetto arabo (Arabia Saudita, Bahrein, Emirati Arabi Uniti ed Egitto) proclamata lo scorso 5 giugno. I dati dell’amministrazione doganale iraniana mostrano, inoltre, che nel mese di agosto sono stati esportati prodotti pari ad un valore di circa 24,6 milioni di dollari, mentre nel mese precedente la cifra si è aggirati sui 20 milioni di dollari circa.


Agenzia Nova. 2017-08-28. Iran-Qatar: fonti stampa, ambasciatore di Doha riprende sue funzioni a Teheran.

Lo scorso 23 giugno le autorità del Kuwait, che svolgono un ruolo di mediazione, hanno consegnato al Qatar una lista di 13 richieste presentate dai paesi del Golfo per porre fine alla crisi. Tra le richieste, che dovevano essere soddisfatte da Doha entro 10 giorni (con scadenza il 3 luglio), vi erano la chiusura dell’emittente televisiva “al Jazeera” e la fine dei rapporti con l’Iran. Una terza richiesta riguardava la chiusura della base militare turca in Qatar e la fine della cooperazione tra Ankara e Doha. Le autorità del Qatar avevano subito fatto sapere di ritenere “irragionevoli” e “ostili” alla sovranità nazionale le 13 richieste. La crisi che sta coinvolgendo il Qatar e gli altri paesi della regione potrebbe durare a lungo con gravi rischi, non solo sul piano diplomatico ed economico.

Pubblicato in: Criminalità Organizzata, Energie Alternative, Unione Europea

Macron. Affarucci in barba a sanzioni, ‘clima’ e diritti umani. Gli affari francesi sono sacri.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-07-05.

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«Pecunia non olet» se è denaro francese: è sterco del diavolo se la Francia di Mr Macron non ci guadagna. Sanzioni, ‘clima’, diritti umani? Fregnacce. Roba per i gonzi. Mr Macron se ne fa un baffo a torciglione: uno di qua ed uno di la.

Mr Macron adora il dio denaro e sarebbe disposto a tutto pur di ottenerlo.

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Cerchiamo di fare un minimo di chiarezza in un settore zeppo di disinformazione.

Il Consiglio Europeo ha pubblicato le

Misure restrittive dell’UE nei confronti dell’Iran

«Le misure restrittive dell’UE sono state adottate nel quadro di un approccio politico integrato che associa pressioni ed impegni, volto a convincere l’Iran a rispettare i propri obblighi internazionali.

Parallelamente, si sono svolti colloqui diplomatici tra l’Iran e l’E3/UE+3 (Francia, Regno Unito, Germania e UE + Stati Uniti, Russia e Cina) sulla questione della proliferazione nucleare. Questi hanno portato, il 14 luglio 2015, ad un accordo su un piano d’azione congiunto globale (PACG). L’UE parteciperà all’intero processo di attuazione di questo piano, compresa la progressiva revoca delle sanzioni relative al nucleare nei confronti del paese.

Dal 2006 il Consiglio di sicurezza delle Nazioni Unite ha adottato una serie di risoluzioni in cui si chiede all’Iran di cessare l’arricchimento dell’uranio a fini di proliferazione nucleare. Tali risoluzioni sono state progressivamente accompagnate da misure restrittive allo scopo di convincere l’Iran ad ottemperare alle richieste.

Il 20 luglio 2015 il Consiglio di sicurezza delle Nazioni Unite ha adottato la risoluzione 2231(2015) relativa al piano d’azione congiunto globale (PACG), concordato tra l’Iran e l’E3/UE+3. …

Oltre ad attuare le sanzioni delle Nazioni Unite, nell’ultimo decennio l’UE ha deciso una vasta gamma di sanzioni economiche e finanziarie autonome nei confronti dell’Iran, tra cui:

– restrizioni sul commercio di vari prodotti: divieti di esportazione verso l’Iran di armi, di beni a duplice uso e di prodotti che possono essere utilizzati in attività connesse all’arricchimento; divieto di importazione di petrolio greggio, di gas naturale e di prodotti petrolchimici e petroliferi; divieto di vendita o fornitura di attrezzature essenziali utilizzate nel settore energetico, di oro, di altri metalli preziosi e diamanti, di talune attrezzature navali, di determinati software, ecc. ….

Il 16 gennaio 2016 (data di attuazione dell’accordo) il Consiglio ha revocato tutte le sanzioni economiche e finanziarie dell’UE relative al nucleare nei confronti dell’Iran. Tuttavia, restano in vigore alcune limitazioni. ….

Dal 2011 l’UE ha inoltre adottato misure restrittive connesse con violazioni dei diritti umani, tra cui:

il congelamento dei beni e il divieto di visto per le persone ed entità responsabili di gravi violazioni dei diritti umani

il divieto di esportazione verso l’Iran di attrezzature che possono essere utilizzate per la repressione interna e di attrezzature per la sorveglianza delle telecomunicazioni

Tali misure sono regolarmente aggiornate e resteranno in vigore. L’ultimo aggiornamento, risalente all’11 aprile 2017, le ha prorogate fino al 13 aprile 2018.»

Iran: il Consiglio proroga di un anno le sanzioni in risposta a gravi violazioni dei diritti umani (11/4/2017).

«L’11 aprile 2017 il Consiglio ha prorogato fino al 13 aprile 2018 le misure restrittive in risposta a gravi violazioni dei diritti umani in Iran. Le misure comprendono:

– il divieto di viaggio e il congelamento dei beni nei confronti di 82 persone e un’entità

– il divieto di esportazione verso l’Iran di attrezzature che possono essere utilizzate per la repressione interna e di attrezzature per la sorveglianza delle telecomunicazioni

Tali misure sono state introdotte nel 2011. Gli atti giuridici sono pubblicati nella Gazzetta ufficiale del 12 aprile 2017 e sono stati adottati mediante procedura scritta.»

Misure restrittive dell’UE nei confronti dell’Iran.

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«In recent weeks, Total, the French energy giant, has been sending small amounts of euros from banks in Europe to Tehran.

It was the corporate equivalent of setting up a direct deposit. Total wanted to test the banking system and learn how difficult it was to make day-to-day transactions in Iran.

As it considers investing in Iran, the company is moving cautiously. It has assigned a full-time compliance officer to the country to ensure it doesn’t run afoul of any rules: It can’t allow any Americans to work on its projects there, and has to be careful to avoid sanctioned Iranians.

Like many international oil players, Total has been lured by the promise of a large and lucrative market with vast energy reserves. But the changing geopolitical landscape has made companies wary of the sanctions and restrictions tied to working there.

Those risks have been amplified by President Trump, whose administration has said it is putting Iran on notice.” The tough talk from Washington has given early movers like Total pause, raising concerns as to whether long-awaited opportunities will materialize, or if the Trump administration will take a harder line and tighten already-complex rules on doing business with Tehran. ….

American companies are still effectively barred by Washington from making investments in Iran’s energy sector ….

Total’s investment would be for a slice of the world’s largest natural gas field, shared between Iran and Qatar in the Persian Gulf. ….

In particular, Total is watching whether Mr. Trump will renew a waiver allowing international companies to work in Iran» [The New York Times]

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«The French energy giant Total has agreed to invest $1 billion in Iran to develop a huge offshore gas field, Iranian news media reported on Sunday.

The agreement, the largest by a Western energy company in Iran since the 2015 deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear program, had been delayed in February as Total waited to see how the Trump administration’s policy toward Iran would proceed.

President Trump has spoken out against the multilateral nuclear agreement, and his antipathy toward the pact and talk of further sanctions has raised concerns among foreign energy firms looking to invest in Iran. But the administration has approved sanction waivers allowing deals under the nuclear agreement.

Total will take a 50 percent stake in the development of the 11th phase of the South Pars gas field, investing $1 billion into the $4.8 billion project, the semiofficial Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday.»

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Il Congresso degli Stati Uniti ha esteso le sanzioni contro l’Iran

Il Congresso degli Stati Uniti ne ha rilasciato il testo completo.

H.R.6297 – Iran Sanctions Extension Act

«House – Foreign Affairs; Financial Services; Judiciary; Ways and Means; Oversight and Government Reform.

12/15/2016 Became Public Law No: 114-277.»

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«Dopo il Senato, anche la Camera ha approvato il rinnovo dell’Iran Sanction Act, rovesciando la politica diplomatica che aveva portato all’accordo sul nucleare»

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«Giovedì 1 dicembre il Congresso degli Stati Uniti ha approvato a larga maggioranza il rinnovo dell’Iran Sanction Act (Isa), per estendere di dieci anni le sanzioni a Teheran. Il voto rappresenta una rottura con la politica diplomatica di negoziazione dell’amministrazione Obama e lancia un chiaro messaggio al governo iraniano.»

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«L’Isa è stato creato nel 1996 per condannare gli investimenti nel campo dell’industria energetica e ostacolare lo sviluppo di armi nucleari.»

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Ricapitolando.

– Nonostante l’Unione Europea abbia elevato specifiche sanzioni contro l’Iran, sotto la presidenza di Mr Macron le industrie francesi hanno continuato a commerciare con l’Iran, ed alla grande.

– La cosa non avrebbe suscitato malumori, se non fosse stato messo divieto di fare altrettanto alle società italiane, nel silenzio di un Governo succube di, oppure stipendiato da, Berlino e Parigi.

– Si ripete per l’Iran la stessa cosa successo per il Nord Stream 2, ove le ditte francesi e quelle tedesche hanno monopolizzato la commessa escludendo quelle italiane, ed anche questo in barba alle sanzioni erogate dall’Unione Europea contro la Russia.

– La cosa lascia anche stupefatti perché molte sanzioni erano state messe adducendo come motivazione un’inosservanza dei diritti umani da parte delle nazioni sanzionate. Francia e Germania si ergono a paladine dei ‘diritti umani‘ solo quando ci guadagnano, altrimenti se ne infischiano.

– Infine, la Francia del Presidente Macron ha sottoscritto l’Accordo di Parigi, e lo sostiene a spada tratta per tutti gli altri, tranne che per sé stessa. Le sarebbe infatti precluso investire nell’energetico fossile, a dir loro inquinante.

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«Pecunia non olet.»

Anche all’ipocrisia umana dovrebbe esserci un limite.

Se si può comprendere bene che Mr Macron vuole solo guadagnare, ci si ricordi come i piani di investimento Total siano gestiti da Banca Rothschild che tanto sta a cuore al Presidente francese, se di può comprendere bene il comportamento di quanti ci lucrano sopra, resterebbe del tutto incomprensibile il comportamento fideistico del gregge belante a favore di ‘diritti umani’ e ‘clima’: più microlissencefali che corrotti.


The New York Times. 2017-07-03. French Energy Giant to Invest $1 Billion on Iran Gas Field

TEHRAN — The French energy giant Total has agreed to invest $1 billion in Iran to develop a huge offshore gas field, Iranian news media reported on Sunday.

The agreement, the largest by a Western energy company in Iran since the 2015 deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear program, had been delayed in February as Total waited to see how the Trump administration’s policy toward Iran would proceed.

President Trump has spoken out against the multilateral nuclear agreement, and his antipathy toward the pact and talk of further sanctions has raised concerns among foreign energy firms looking to invest in Iran. But the administration has approved sanction waivers allowing deals under the nuclear agreement.

Total will take a 50 percent stake in the development of the 11th phase of the South Pars gas field, investing $1 billion into the $4.8 billion project, the semiofficial Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday. The other partners are the China National Petroleum Corporation and the Iranian company Petropars.

The offshore South Pars gas field, which is shared by Iran and Qatar, was first developed in the early 1990s.

Total is the first Western energy company to invest in a large infrastructure project in Iran since the nuclear agreement, and analysts say they expect other European companies to follow. Royal Dutch Shell, another energy giant, has signed several memorandums of understanding for projects in Iran, as have dozens of other companies.

“We are proud and honored to be the first international company to sign” one of Iran’s new oil and gas contracts, a Total spokesman said in an email.

Several multibillion-dollar airplane deals between the American plane maker Boeing and its European competitor Airbus had been part of the nuclear agreement. And the French carmaker PSA has committed $320 million to manufacture Citroen cars in Iran.

The Trump administration is undertaking a 90-day review of its policies toward Iran. At a meeting on Saturday in Paris, the former American ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, said he was certain the Trump administration would make a change in the leadership in Tehran a priority of its Iran policy.

Pubblicato in: Medio Oriente, Problemi militari

Iran. Adesso dispone anche di missili anti-nave.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-03-13.

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Gli Stati Uniti sono tutti presi a discutere su temi della massima importanza per i destini del mondo. Roba da massimi sistemi.

Obama e la guerra delle toilette. Fatto disperatamente vero.

Texas Republicans fuel new row with transgender toilet bill

Las Vegas. Matrimonio gay con un elettrodomestico.

Ma negli ultimi tempi gli americani hanno anche scoperto che il corpo dei marines deve necessariamente essere riformato alla radice.

‘It’s Marine Corps wide’: Female Marines detail harassment in wake of nude photos scandal

I was a Marine. I can’t be silent about the sexual harassment I faced anymore.

Qualcuno ha suggerito di trasformare i marines in un corpo interamente femminile. Poi non si venga a dire che Mr Putin non stia sovvertendo le forze armate americane. È lì che si sta fregando le mani e saltellando di gioia.

L’idea di base è semplice.

Le forze armate americane devono adeguarsi alle esigenze della loro componente femminile, mica contrastare le azioni di quelli screanzati maschilisti che potrebbero diventare i potenziali avversari, se non anche nemici sul campo. Insomma, che i nemici si adeguino: mettano le tendine alle finestre delle caserme e vasi di fiori sulle corazze dei blindati.

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Gli americani possono avere tutte le tecnologie di questo mondo che poi, alla fine, se sono degeneri, si comportano da tali: non fanno più paura a nessuno. Nessuno ha paura dei debosciati.

Sembrerebbe che l’unica preoccupazione degli americani sia il sesso. Purché degenere, ovviamente.

Così, dopo aver perso il controllo del Mare Cinese del Sud, ove la Cina si è costruita un bel numero di isole artificiali, dopo aver preso pesci in faccia dalla Korea del Nord che si è sviluppata l’arma atomica e prosegue nella costituzione di un congruo numero di vettori, ecco arrivare le news dallo Stretto di Ormuz.

– Due siluranti iraniane hanno fato invertire la rotta di una squadra navale americana. Si dirà per amor di pace, ma fatto sta che se ne sono andati con la coda tra le gambe.

– Dopo aver installato i sistemi anti-missile russi S-300, adesso gli iraniani hanno testato un loro missile anti-nave.

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Si dirà: è un missilotto da 300 km di raggio di azione. È rudimentale, ha un’elettronica scadente, non ha una guida satellitare, non consente i video-games. Tutto vero, verissimo.

Ma è altrettanto vero che prima non c’era.

Ed ora, che li americani lo spieghino ai loro alleati in Medio Oriente.

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Zero Hedge, una testata molto vicina ai servizi segreti russi, pubblica un titolo che è tutto un programma:

Defiant Iran Conducts More Ballistic Missile Tests; This Time From Naval Vessel

«As tensions between the U.S. and Iran continue to mount, the semi-official news agency Tasnim is reporting that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has successfully conducted yet another ballistic missile test, this time from a navy vessel.  Called the Hormuz 2, these latest missiles are designed to destroy moving targets at sea at ranges up to 300 km (180 miles).

Reports on the latest test quotes Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC’s Aerospace Force, who confirmed that “the naval ballistic missile called Hormuz 2 successfully destroyed a target which was 250 km away.”

The missile test is the latest event in a long-running rivalry between Iran and the United States in and around the Strait of Hormuz, which guards the entrance to the Gulf. About 20% of the world’s oil passes through the waterway, which is less than 40 km wide at its narrowest point.

Of course, this latest provocation follows additional tests conducted earlier this week in which Iran test-fired a pair of ballistic missiles into the Gulf of Oman and subsequently proceeded to provoke a U.S. Navy ship in the area.  For those who missed it, here is what we wrote earlier this week:

Trump’s geopolitical headaches continue to mount.

One day after North Korea launched 4 ballistic missiles, 3 of which fell into the East Sea inside Japan’s economic exclusion zone, and which have painted a spotlight on how Trump will react to this latest provocation, Fox reports that Iran also test-fired a pair of ballistic missiles this weekend into the Gulf of Oman, with one missile destroying a floating barge approximately 155 miles away.

The launches of the Fateh-110 short-range ballistic missiles were the first tests of the missile in two years, one official said. It was not immediately clear if this was the first successful test at sea — raising concerns for the U.S. Navy, which operates warships in the area.

According to one quoted official, Iran launched the two short-range ballistic missiles from Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps bases in Bandar-e-Jask, in southeastern Iran. The first missile was fired on Saturday, but missed its target, though it landed “in the vicinity,” one official said. A day later, Iran made another attempt and was successful. The Iranian Fateh-110 Mod 3 has a new “active seeker,” helping the missile locate ships at sea, according to one official.

“It’s a concern based on the range and that one of the missiles worked,” said one official, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to disclose the launch. Two years ago, Iranian cruise missiles destroyed a large barge designed to look like an American aircraft carrier. Iranian state-television broadcast the images publicly at the time.

The new Iranian short-range ballistic missile launches come a week after Iran successfully test-fired Russian surface-to-air missiles, part of the S-300 air defense system Russia sent to Iran recently.

According to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Iran has conducted as many as 14 ballistic missile launches since the landmark nuclear agreement in July 2015. A senior U.S. military official told Fox News that Iran had made great advances in its ballistic missile program over the past decade.

Late last month, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said Iran’s behavior had not changed since the White House put the Islamic Republic “on notice” following Iran’s successful intermediate-range ballistic missile test-launch in late January.

This launch appears to be in addition to what we reported on Saturday, in which Iran successfully test-fired a sophisticated, Russian-supplied S-300 air defense system, according to the official IRNA news agency reported on Saturday. The drill took place during a recent military exercise named Damvand, and was attended by senior military commanders and officials according to Tasnim.

In a separate report, Reuters notes that Iranian vessels came within 600 yards of U.S. Navy ship in Strait of Hormuz, forced it to change direction, Reuters says in tweet, citing unidentified official.»


Il veleno è sempre nella coda.

«The Iranian Fateh-110 Mod 3 has a new “active seeker,” helping the missile locate ships at sea»

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«The new Iranian short-range ballistic missile launches come a week after Iran successfully test-fired Russian surface-to-air missiles, part of the S-300 air defense system Russia sent to Iran recently»

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«This launch appears to be in addition to what we reported on Saturday, in which Iran successfully test-fired a sophisticated, Russian-supplied S-300 air defense system»

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«Reuters notes that Iranian vessels came within 600 yards of U.S. Navy ship in Strait of Hormuz, forced it to change direction»

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«forced it to change direction»

La reazione di Al Arabiya è stizzosa.

Si sentono mazziati e cornuti.


Al Arabiya. 2017-03-11. Iran successfully tests naval missile: reports

Iran has successfully test-fired a naval missile which hit its target 250 kilometers away, local news agencies reported Thursday.

“We have this week tested the Hormuz-2 missile,” the Fars and Tasnim agencies quoted the commander of the air wing of the elite Revolutionary Guards, General Amir-Ali Hadjizadeh, as saying.

“The missile succeeded in destroying its target 250 kilometers (155 miles) away,” in the Gulf of Oman, Hadjizadeh added. According to the local news agencies the new Hormuz-2 missile has a maximum range of 300 kilometers.

The missile test was carried out at a time of heightened tension between Iran and the United States. On Wednesday a senior Revolutionary Guards official accused the United States of provoking tensions after two separate incidents in the Gulf last week.

 “A US Navy ship crossing the Strait of Hormuz changed its international route and approached to within 550 metres of Revolutionary Guards’ boats in an unprofessional way,” Mehdi Hashemi told the Guard’s website Sepahnews.

He said actions by the United States and the United Kingdom in recent days showed they have “harmful, illegitimate and provocative objectives”. The Pentagon on Monday blasted the “unprofessional” behavior of the Iranian navy.

The spike in tensions follows the inauguration of Donald Trump as US president. Washington imposed fresh sanctions on Iran following a missile test in late January.


Reuters. 2017-03-11. Iran successfully test fires a naval missile, Tasnim reports

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps has successfully test-fired a naval missile, the semi-official news agency Tasnim said on Thursday, a move likely to heighten concern in Washington, whose warship operate in the waters near Iran.

Tasnim said the missile, called the Hormuz 2, could destroy moving targets at sea at ranges up to 300 km (180 miles). The missile was built in Iran, Tasnim said.

“The naval ballistic missile called Hormuz 2 this week has successfully destroyed a target which was 250 km away,” said Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC’s Aerospace Force, according to Tasnim.

The missile test is the latest event in a long-running rivalry between Iran and the United States in and around the Strait of Hormuz, which guards the entrance to the Gulf. About 20 percent of the world’s oil passes through the waterway, which is less than 40 km wide at its narrowest point.

Most recently, several Iranian fast-attack boats came within 600 yards (550 meters) of the USNS Invincible, a tracking ship, forcing it to change direction.

A Revolutionary Guards commander told Iranian state media on Wednesday that it was the fault of the U.S. ship, warning the United States of the “irreversible consequences of such unprofessional actions”.

In January, a U.S. destroyer fired three warning shots at four Iranian fast-attack boats near the Strait after they closed in at high speed and disregarded repeated requests to slow down.