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Chavez in Iran
Sunday July 30, 2006 20:32 by iosaf barcelona
"I want you to understand globalisation is going from strength to strength & the celtic tiger can't compete"
"what if everyone who opposed the USA united?"
That has been a question for a very long time, it has found a few answers through the end of the war & immediate post war period (1944-1950) when it first became apparant that the US led recipe for neo-liberal imperialist and globalised hegemony just might turn out worse than the 19th century European imperialist order. It brought the world through the cold war superpower camps, to then be countered by the Sino-Soviet split, It brought a young and charismatic Fidel Castro to the UN to appeal for a non-aligned block to then be countered by time. But the question has never really resolved and is being asked again, most recently in Tehran this weekend where the President of Oil producing Venezuela is meeting with the prime minister of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. They share much in common - they've both written open letters to Bush. They're both into sport, Chavez favours baseball whereas Mahmoud is a soccer fan.
Mr Chavez & Mr Ahmadinejad, hugging, kissing, behaving like little girlies in Tehran today.
Many of you will want to know what they talked about - & perhaps some of you will be surprised they hugged at all, or even more surprised that Hugo got a shiney medal from the Iranians.
& I will append details in the comments later during the week, suffice to say that Chavez has assured the Iranians that Venezuela will stand by them "come what may" and that the Iranians have not asked for more modest beachwear, any changes to the Telly schedule in South America or even mentioned the words "death penalty".
They probably talked very little about Lebanon or Palestine, as everyone who watches FoxTV knows, the leftwing states of South America and in Europe - Spain have been "wrapping themselves in Palestinian flags" for the last 3 weeks. & indeed President Kirchner of Argentina took time out to make a special Mercosur declaration of support for the sovreignty of the nation-state of Lebanon only a week ago.
Before the casual reader digests these titbit of news, I just want to sprinkle one more ingredient on the cake - nay bread & butter of your geopolitical understanding.
In the introduction to this article I wrote :- "That has been a question for a very long time, it has found a few answers through the end of the war & immediate post war period (1944-1950) when it first became apparant that the US led recipe for neo-liberal imperialist and globalised hegemony just might turn out worse than the 19th century European imperialist order"
I chose 1944 because that was the birth point of the globalised capitalist system. The one which still exists, the one to which (Putin's Russian gas renationalisation & Ukranian real estate restrictions aside) first the Soviet and latterly the Chinese systems relented.
you are all waiting on the titbit aren't you?
Ok - in the last year divestment of Iranian assets ahead of any threatened sanction process relating to the Iranian right to mess up their environment with nuclear power - saw lots of money ( & I mean trillions ) move "out east". very far "out east". A tiny amount of that got redirected from Kuala Lumpur to building a big road from China through Pakistan to Iran.
If you're not a European or a North American - you see that this is "globali$ation" a type of globalisation which is unrelentless yet doesn't serve Irish or Western Capitalist interests, we can't compete... therefore .:. we need the war machine to stop globalisation. At end the titbit I want you to digest this Sunday is that almost close to final analysis - its the Western war machine which is the real anti-capitalist and anti-globalised force.
other recent articles to read .-
globalised TV blocks & the Lebanon war - http://indymedia.ie/article/77517
the Suez crises & end of the anglofrench block - http://indymedia.ie/article/77504
Chavez joins the Arab League -http://indymedia.ie/article/77391 & particularly this comment to that article which touched on the last Mercosur gig "I want you to understand globalisation is going from strength to strength" http://indymedia.ie/article/77391#comment160136
I'll update developments on South American & Islamic block relations in the comments .