The false image of Iran

A beautiful and ancient country
celebrating it's 2,500th birthday (not like Israel which is younger than Helen Thomas)

"The image of Iran presented by the Western media does not leave us happy," says the Ambassador

By Eduardo SáMedia Blog Making

To give voice to the Iranians and break stereotypes manufactured by the Western media, civil society organizations called on Iran's ambassador in Brazil, Mohammad Ali Ghanezadeg Ezavladi, to talk with intellectuals, artists and journalists of the Brazilian Press Association (ABI), in Rio de Janeiro . The auditorium was crowded during the event, and was attended by singer, Beth Carvalho.

Ezabadi made a little speech and then answered all the questions from an audience that was mostly sympathetic to questions such as Iran's nuclear bomb, repression of women, comparison with Brazil, Iran, media coverage, among other topics were analyzed by the diplomat.

Speech by Mohammad Ali Ezayladi before questions

It is important that we succeed in presenting Iranians, because unfortunately the news disseminated about Iran is so dark that it sometimes hides the real country. We are a country with 70 million inhabitants, one of the creators of one of three world civilizations.

I want to talk about the present and a country that 33 years ago the people made a revolution in order not to serve plunderers and major powers. As soon as the independence, the sovereignty of that country was announced, problems started to appear.

It was a path chosen by us, and in the light of this determination. Iran moved ahead and have won many successes and achieved rapid development. From the data of international institutions on scientific activities in the world, Iran registered a high average worldwide. In studies of nanotechnology, we were in 12th place in the world, stem cell the 6th country, and we are the only Islamic country that could launch a satellite into orbit.

We have created good conditions for our people at various levels, and education became a priority in our country. The level of the student population was 150,000.  After the revolution and today, there are 4 million college students. It was not allowed to study electronics and nuclear physics, and even specific fields of medicine, but today we raise and educate doctoral atomic physicists. Today it is a great honor for our country.

Despite the propaganda against Iran's nuclear program, our study has never been directed to non-peaceful purposes. History shows that countries which produced 10,000 atomic bombs had collapsed and failed to advance.

Our power and our current political and scientific development is for the country. This determination is stronger than a thousand atomic bombs. At the same time, we emphasize that there is no doctrine to produce Iranian atomic bombs. Those who have an idea about the doctrines, know there is a decree by our leaders prohibiting the use and production of atomic weapons.

Today we manufacture drugs with new compositions, and our women are present in various social fields. It would be interesting to hear this, 67% of the student population are women. They are in different fields in universities, in parliament and in different fields of society as bus drivers, for example. But we are accused of not respecting women's rights.

We are determined in the way we choose to develop and maintain our sovereignty, and to not be defeated or abandon what is our right.

In this point of view, we have a sincere partner, which is Brazil. There are many similarities between us, surely our role to play in the world will be very large and essential. Apart from political and economic fields, I think via the oil business, the two countries can establish and increase their ratio of contacts.

Examining the invasion of Iraq and problems in Afghanistan, the U.S. presence in these territories has to do with oil. Excessive use of this product motivates the U.S. and other countries to want to dominate the world and its resources.
Iran is the second country in the world in natural gas and first in oil, and we are the first in the level of hydrocarbons. There will be a great impact in the world if we can work with these resources and technologies with Brazil. In the future, certainly energy will be an end point of conversations.

A bomb means having power, including geopolitical. The country does not need to have the bomb ready, but all the conditions that make it ready in time are greatly reduced. Is Iran in this condition?

This is a slogan of the U.S. on technology development in Iran We develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. We do not believe that having an atomic bomb or building the atomic bomb is capable of providing security for any country.

Take the case of the former USSR. The country had many atomic bombs and that did not prevent its dissolution. South Africa, with all its atomic arsenal, could not cope with the large demonstrations that put an end to apartheid. We believe that the security of a country is assured by social justice, the distribution of wealth for the people, who enjoy strong positions in the nation.

The media has little mercenaries that generate discord and war in countries like Syria and Libya, for example. Is Iran part of a long-term strategy of the U.S. to stop Chinese expansion?

What was happening in our region, the Middle East and North Africa, was according to U.S. desire, but today is a different thing. What is happening is not an Arab spring, but an Islamic awakening in the region. The slogans and movement begins in Islamic centers, the mosques, which is the motto of these street demonstrations. Then Islamic movements were elected.

This makes sense if the U.S., ever further from that region, just looks at the situation in Egypt. They wanted to keep [Hosni] Mubarak, but failed. They tried to maintain the structure of the country,  he and the army that was trained and educated by them, but they failed to reach these goals. Who has the first word in this country now is the people.

The U.S. failed in various situations in the region, such as Iraq and Afghanistan. They spent more than four trillion dollars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and what was the result of this process?  They lost over 6,000 soldiers, left more than 70,000 wounded in this operation.

This is our vision: the future belongs to the people, the people of those countries.

The corporate media always puts Iran in the index as a country that does not want peace. Several newspapers have used stereotypical and manipulated forms. Does the country care about the image that is promoted, especially in Latin America?
Iranian Jewish group says community's identity not for sale; donors offer $10,000 to move to Israel.
The $10,000 offer doubled the existing $5,000 allocated each Jewish Iranian upon arrival to Israel by the Ministry of Absorption and the Jewish Agency.  Their statement:  "Iran's Jewish community has remained loyal to the Islamic Republic and that their "Jewish Iranian identity is not a commodity that passes from the hands of one merchant to another in return for money."

And of the holocaust issue propagated by the media, I would like you to speak to the Jews living in Iran who even practice their religion freely and are in parliament.

Nothing better than the truth to repair this damage caused by the smear campaign which my country has faced in the world. The image of Iran, presented by the western press, does not make us happy.

Just look at Iran's contemporary history: we never invaded any country, never even had a conflict initiated by Iran.  We can prove that in all these last 30 years, there was never a terrorist attack in which Iran was behind, it was never proven. In the attacks of September 11, will it be that Iran was behind all this?

Anyone heard or read news that a Jew, anywhere in the world, was ever assassinated by an Iranian? We have nothing against Jews. Historically, the Iranian people saved the Jewish people and this was recorded in our history.

The Jewish people are concentrated in the State of Israel, but there is a large community of Jews living in Iran.  There are more than 20,000 Jews in our country, and so it's important to have representatives in our parliament. We consider the Jews who live in our country as our brothers, we have a very peaceful coexistence with them.

Iran has an Iranian state oil company. Is it the only company that operates in all the country's oil fields?  Is there any western country that stopped buying oil from Iran?

We have already sold the oil produced in Iran for the next six months, many companies in the world are working with Iranian oil. Two countries do not get our oil, they were restricted by Iran and not from them.

Moreover, the European Union approved sanctions against Iran's oil at the beginning of July, but before that we decided not to sell to France and England.

There are some foreign companies working in Iran, including Petrobras. A delicate point in these sanctions on Iranian oil, is that there is great propaganda for the U.S. to move against our country, but they found that at any point, while their interests were concerned, they were issuing authorizations specific to their businesses to work with Iran.

There were over 10 permits issued to companies to work with their Iranian partners, and many require oil companies to abandon Iran. They still think that the Iranian market belongs to them and do not want other companies in our territory. The message that we send to Petrobras is that at the present time, it is ideal for Brazil to work in Iran

Lula's presence in Iran was very important at that time. And Iran was also willing to help them in the health field with the technology we have. Dilma, in turn, says she does not accept any restriction on Iran to make nuclear energy. How do you see that?

In my opinion, it was a great job and courageous political act done by former President Lula da Silva to enter into the Iranian nuclear issue. Because the powers of the world have no interest in letting Brazil enter these global issues.

But I think if you want to show that Brazil is an emerging country and wants to participate, this has to go. The performance of Lula at that time was very intelligent and well thought out. We have structured our bilateral relations right now, and signed many documents in different fields.

In three points we can develop our relations, science and technology, can be up in the area of ​​nano and biotechnology, aerospace, medicine, studies of stem cells, for example. Even in the nuclear field, there can be a reason to increase our cooperation. The fields of manufacture of drugs or new formulations in agriculture, are also very important for both countries.

The second field is the oil, Iran has a history of more than 110 years in this technology area and we are experienced in studies of the earth. We know the Brazilian experience in deep sea areas, I think that our experiences can complement each other and develop the field of interaction.

An investment is planned of 48 billion in the refinery, 50 billion in petrochemical and 35 billion dollars in the gas industry. These are the fields that we can count on the partnership in Brazil.

Another field that we can increase our cooperation in is the exchange of technicians and professionals, many Iranian professionals go to western countries.  Dilma's program of "Science without Borders" is where we can increase our exchange between professionals and students from both countries.

Last month, Iran has managed to develop ethanol production in the country, and also transform natural gas for industrial use. Only three countries, South Africa, Norway and the U.S. have this technology to make natural gas and LPG.
There is a willingness on the part of Iran to exchange this experience with our Brazilian friends.

How is Iranian policy towards Syria?  What is happening there seems rather delicate and it is not clear what your position is.

First I want to explain the difference of Syria in relation to other countries. Weapons are going to some groups that are in this country, allowing them to attack police and the population.  The government acts against these terrorist groups, and five members of foreign countries were caught that I do not want to identify, but they are working in Syria.

What is happening there is not a desire of the majority of the population of this country, that some groups are being supported by western countries, especially the U.S. The army and the armed forces continue to support the president, as well as their intelligence agencies. Diplomats from Syria abroad support the government.

The religious field and its elite are still defending the president, and the government also has great support of the majority of the population. But that does not mean we advocate the reforms that are happening in this country, we argue that reforms have to have an increase in the participation of the population. There is exaggeration on the events in Syria by the media.

Here in Brazil, ​​the woman is highly valued, and there recently a woman was stoned. I'd like you to explain how this is done? And who's boss in Iran, Ahmadinejad or the Islamic Council?

Based on the Iranian constitution, just after the supreme religious leader of the country is the second most important, the president of the republic. In relation to the condemnation of stoning in Iran, this is not accurate and precise. This woman was not sentenced to stoning in our country, and nobody has ever been sentenced to it. This citizen that you said is a woman accused of murder who practiced against her husband, and because of this charge is in prison.

But I hope that our brother also spoke about the murder of 16 innocents killed by U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Or, for example, attacks by American forces on wedding parties, killing innocent people because we have to talk about these people too.

We believe that the peoples of the region have to decide their destiny, about their future. We are against the intervention of the powerful in the affairs of any country.

What about the negotiations between Iran and the so called P5 +1 (the five powers of the UN Security Council plus Germany)? Is there hope of anagreement this time leading to the suspension of sanctions?

And do you consider that the relationship with the Dilma government has remained at the same level? Because Ahmadinejad did not come to Brazil when he came to Latin America?

We think that dialogue and negotiations are the only way to solve the Iranian nuclear issue, and we are optimistic about the outcome of these talks. And indeed we should not think otherwise about these negotiations. I think making predictions before obtaining the result is not a right act, and we also know that until you reach the ultimate goal, we have much work ahead.

A comparison made between Lula and Dilma, we recorded an increase in the relationship with Brazil and the Dilma government. We found no difference in the positions of Brazil, and the two countries continue to work together. Why Ahmadinejad did not visit, because it was not on the agenda for him to come to visit Brazil, but surely you'll see him in a future visit.

Throughout the history of Arab Islamic civilization, although there was conflict between Shiites and Sunnis, the tools colonialism were used to promote their integration and domination and to provoke and instigate sectarian differences. They did this with the Ottoman Empire and still do. How far is it possible to restore the social fabric of these sectors?

Agree on community living. There are various facets within Islam, we also find that all past events that have increased the differentiation of these groups were propitiated by colonialism. We think that Islamic communities are the best way to integrate.

Certainly Egypt's future will be closer to Iran and we also have to be careful as the tools of the colonizers become increasingly complex. Press advertisements, press wars, they are developed. Our community cannot get into this trap they want to create.

Israel's government has expressed its intention to interfere with the Iranian nuclear project. The Iranian government believes that this expression is only pro forma, or is there the possibility of attack as in the past?

Israel does not dare attack Iran, and our leader of the revolution said that any attack on Iran will receive an answer at the same level. These threats are not new. For 30 years, we have heard them. Somehow, we have reached the limit of our patience.

Threats have to be answered with threats. The Israelis do not want to realize the words they say that our president is talking about them [Israel should be wiped off the map]. If we are attacked, our missiles will give a strong response.

The U.S. used the argument that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction to invade that country. Iran has invested heavily in technology, but what has been their effort in the media area to show the world that that image, especially that the U.S. shows, does not correspond to reality?

Our enemy has used the media well, and somehow there are some weaknesses on our part to do with the same with the instrument. But we are investing to improve this flaw. Currently we have 17 TV channels and three of them are international. One broadcasts programs in English, another in Spanish and one in Arabic.

I would also emphasize that the holocaust question, when our president said he had three questions: Did it happen or not happen? If it is a historical fact and it happened, why it is forbidden to study it?  Because if scholars question or speak of it in Europe why are they are convicted of a crime?

Second question: Did it happen in Europe or the Middle East?

If this happened in Europe, why do people from other regions have to pay for it? Do these questions have no logic? Is it irrational? Is that because so many of these questions have generated controversy? We were never against the Jewish people.

Historically, the Iranian people are known as defenders of the Jewish people. Those who claim to be "Democrats" could not accept these questions and answer them.

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