Sunday, November 24, 2013

Pepe Escobar- Follow the Money: How lobby interests are spinning Iran nuclear deal

There is a video available at the link. I can't embed it unfortunately.
Do take the six minutes to watch it
Pepe rightly calls the beginning of the "spin war" and assumes the spin war will continue for the next six months.... I agree
He also states that Iran has no interest in breaking the deal. None. Therefore, they won't.
Reference is made back to the news of clandestine meetings, mentioned in the previous post.
....P5+1 make a deal with Iran. Israel steams. Clandestine Meetings

Anyway........ here is Pepe from RT

Iran’s nuclear deal with the P5+1 group of world powers in Geneva has triggered a spin war which will last for the next 6 months, as many of the parties involved will pursue their own business interests in this situation, journalist Pepe Escobar told RT.

RT: As we see, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammed Zarif came out of the talks with different views. Why's there such diversity in the interpretation of the deal? 
Pepe Escobar: Because the spin war started at 3am in Geneva. It’s going to go on for another six months, until May 2014, that’s the duration of this “first step” deal.

[It’s] very important: Kerry had to say [this] so that he could appease the Israel lobby, the US Congress and the Wahhabi petrodollar lobby in the US, not to mention some neocons in the US as well, [who are] still very powerful.

In Iran it’s different. They are saying, “We still have our right to enrich uranium,” and this is correct, because they will keep enriching uranium to 5 percent for the next six months, [while] 20 percent [enrichment] is frozen. They will discuss… the next deal, which will be the definitive deal, starting from May 2014.

And all the 20 percent enriched uranium that they have is going to be diluted, so it cannot be used later on for weapons-grade material.

RT: As you’ve said, the spin war has started, but how that would affect the implementation of the deal now and six months down the road? Who will eventually benefit from it, if the two sides have such diverse opinions? Won’t it stall one day at some point?

PE: No, we have to follow the letter of the agreement. This means enrichment until 5 percent OK, no further enrichment till 20 percent for the next six months, no new centrifuges. If Iran follows this – they are abiding by the deal, no problem.

The thing is, if among these IAEA inspectors [who] should be in Iran practically on a daily basis from now on, if you had the usual Eiffel traders [Parisian residents who fraudulently “sell” the Eiffel Tower to unsuspecting visitors – RT] who start spinning something else.
 I’m sure Iran won’t break their promises, it’s in their own interest not to break any promise.

RT: It's emerged that Washington was engaged in secret talks with Iran long before the Geneva agreement, and even their closest allies were unaware. What do you make of this?
PE: Look, this is an extremely complex negotiation. Can you imagine that you have sherpas going to Geneva a month or three weeks ago, and hammering out the final deal so [that] we have foreign ministers [who] can sign it? It’s impossible. Sherpas usually start such things months in advance and obviously we had America’s sherpas, Iranian sherpas and Russian sherpas, these are the ones that count. Britain and France are spectators; they don’t count at all.
France counts [regarding] the 20 percent [enriched uranium], because they have cornered the market in medical isotopes. If Iran reaches 20 percent enrichment and starts selling their own medical isotopes cheaper, especially to the developing world, it’s not a good deal for France. So for the moment France is protecting its business interests.

RT: Let’s turn to America’s assessment of the situation, specifically what President Obama said. Looking at the Geneva deal, he said this is just a first step to reach a comprehensive solution in the future. What in your opinion would make Washington consider a full agreement?
PE: Obama is correct when he said, “This is the first step.” But, very important, the way he said it was very condescending, in fact even insulting, to Iran. He said nothing about Iranians’ role in the deal, mentioning only the role of absurd sanctions, which should be dismantled, because most of the sanctions bypass the UN, like Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has been saying for months in fact.
Very important, for the next few months: follow the money. The Americans say they are going to unfreeze some of the Iranian money, perhaps $32 billion or even more. There is $10 billion in European banks. These are not going to be unfrozen. If the US unfreezes $4 to $5 billion – Obama can do it by executive order, bypassing the US Congress.

RT: John Kerry believes the sanctions have done their job and were quite helpful in sealing this deal. To what extent do you agree with this?
PE: In fact, it is the Iranian population that is paying the price of the sanctions; the Iranian government has found ways to bypass it. They’re selling, or bartering or trading energy, especially with their Asian customers. You know how much money Iran has [with] mostly Asian clients, China, Japan, Turkey and South Korea? $50 billion, [yet] they still cannot bring that money to Iran, so they have to buy products from these countries. So this is something that must be hammered out in the next agreement.
For the moment we have a breakthrough – it’s going to last for six months. There will be all sorts of interests that will try to bombard this deal; I’m saying especially about Wahhabi petrodollar monarchy interests and the Israeli lobby as well.
But for the moment we have diplomacy in action, something that we haven’t seen, especially between Iran and the US, for 34 years. This is the major breakthrough at the moment. But we have to be vigilant. 



  1. Crack-smoking Toronto mayor more popular than Obama

    "Rob Ford, the embattled mayor of Toronto, notoriously known for his crack-smoking “drunken stupors” and murder threats, has managed to get a 42 percent approval rating from Toronto voters beating Obama’s rating of 40 percent.

    Amid the continuing Obamacare disaster, the US President’s approval rating has fallen to 41 percent. In the meantime, Mayor Rob Ford, who recently admitted to smoking crack has seen an increase in the approval of his performance. Ford’s latest rating was in fact even higher than the 39 percent he achieved in October.

    In a series of embarrassing press conferences, Ford admitted he “might have tried” the forbidden class A drug during one of his “drunken stupors.” In another leaked video of Ford’s drunken rant he was threatening to kill someone, slapping his hands together aggressively.

    The mayor – who has been stripped of most of his powers since then – insists he hasn’t got a problem with substance abuse. But almost 70 percent of Torontonians do not believe him.

    According to a Forum Research poll of 1,049 Toronto voters released this week, 60 percent think the mayor should resign, even though they approve of his job performance.

    Obama, by contrast, is looking at declining popularity, after an incredibly costly website for his much trumpeted health insurance reform has proved to be effectively unusable because of technical glitches and security holes.

    While only 40 percent of Americans said they approved of the President’s performance, 53 percent disapproved, according to the latest Gallup figures, based on a three-day rolling average.

    In the meantime, the Congress fared a good deal worse and managed a paltry 7 percent approval rating, according to a poll by the Huffington Post."

    While the Iran deal might raise Obama's popularity, in spite of the coming zionazi media blitz supporting the Israeli lies, the sitting U.S. Congress will probably remain pariahs at the same low popularity level or lower.

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  2. One of those rare good days. Iran, the US, and the world cheering for peace, and one nasty group united against peace on the other side. Moral clarity. It has never been more obvious where the wars come from.

  3. As expected Oil prices slide on news of Iran deal

    Oil prices fell as much as 2 per cent on Monday, after Iran reached a deal with six world powers to halt its uranium enrichment program in exchange for the relaxation of sanctions that have pushed its oil-based economy into deep recession.

    In late morning European trading, Brent crude, the global benchmark, was down about 1.9 per cent, to just under $109 (U.S.) a barrel, while West Texas Intermediate was off by about 1.5 per cent to about $93.40. Falling oil prices are bad news for the Alberta oil sands, whose output already trades at a substantial discount to American and world prices.

    According to the FT, the FACTS Global Energy consultancy said the easing of insurance sanctions on shipping could boost Iranian exports immediately by as much as 400,000 barrels a day.