Martin Love

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  • Martin Love 2018-05-19 12:52

    By Martin Love

    Aching for positive resolutions to frightful questions

    NORTH CAROLINA - Remember the Sharpeville massacre in South Africa? Probably not because it was long ago, in 1960, when South Africa was suffering apartheid and a crowd of some 7000 protesters gathered in this town in what is now Gauteng.

  • Martin Love 2018-05-13 11:15

    By Martin Love

    The onus of idiocy on Iran could be vanquished

    NORTH CAROLINA - My 25 year old car, albeit an old BMW, would not start yesterday and I had to call for assistance, including a tow and a visit to my local auto mechanic shop here in North Carolina, USA. No big deal, but I took a poll with everyone I encountered, some seven people, all of them very “average” Americans without much sophistication or any serious “education”, asking them what they thought about Donald Trump’s move against the JCPOA and any hostile reimposition of sanctions on Iran.

  • Trump and Bin salman 2018-05-09 10:42

    By Martin Love

    Summer 2018: a bit of fear and loathing are natural

    A bit of fear and a bunch of loathing mark the days of intelligent people anywhere, and I’m hearing this from Iranian friends in Iran and in the US. It seems that this summer may be like no other in recent memory: either good sense and rationality will somehow prevail, or the world, and particularly the Middle East, will be plunged into some sort of all or nothing conflict to tie up loose ends of US and Zionist and Saudi imperialism.

  • Martin Love 2018-04-25 11:19

    By Martin Love

    Actress Portman is now essentially a de facto BDS supporter

    Natalie Portman has refused to accept an Israeli prize worth $2 million. She is an Israeli citizen but lately she has been “disturbed” by the killing and maiming of Palestinians, including women and children, inside the Gaza border by IDF snipers, and for some time has not been a fan of Netanyahu.

  • Martin Love  2018-04-23 09:52

    By Martin Love

    U.S. seductions are dangerous balderdash

    An American journo can’t be unaware of protests in Iran against some aspects of the status quo. However much this may be falsely and crudely amplified in broadcasts via the usual channels such as Twitter by unhappy Iranians outside Iran I don’t know, but it is hard to not see some commentary and even videos of this.

  • Martin Love 2018-04-15 09:31

    By Martin Love

    Amid chaos, patience is the prime virtue...

    NORTH CAROLINA - Even if you have the best possible sources to try to figure out what’s happening and where it is going in the U.S., it’s virtually impossible to know exactly given the daily frantic, frenetic shifts of alleged action and policy.

  • Martin Love 2018-04-06 12:31

    By Martin Love

    Psychopaths seem to have gathered of late

    A message from a friend this week, writing: “Martin, perhaps you are one of the few Americans who can actually broadcast to the Iranians that we, the mass of the people here in the U.S., do not see them as enemies.”

  • Martin Love 2018-03-17 10:39

    By Martin Love

    The challenge of a U.S. government losing its marbles

    NORTH CAROLINA - Any watcher of the international scene, and especially the Mideast, has to be dismayed, bewildered and even, for that matter, a bit frightened. Growing complications and threats abound.

  • Martin Love 2018/03/14

    By Martin Love

    There is hope in enlightened individuals in any culture

    Plato, perhaps the most notable Western philosopher who lived in Athens some 2500 years ago, wrote: “Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let along believed by the masses.”

  • Martin Love 2018-03-10 20:56

    By Martin Love

    The zealot at Hamra Checkpoint: a prime world danger

    NORTH CAROLINA - Twelve years ago I found myself at a place called Hamra Checkpoint deep in the West Bank at the western edge of the Jordan River valley.

  • Martin Love 2018-02-26 11:09

    By Martin Love 

    The zealot at Hamra Checkpoint: a prime world danger

    NORTH CAROLINA - Twelve years ago I found myself at a place called Hamra Checkpoint deep in the West Bank at the western edge of the Jordan River valley.

  • Martin Love 2018-02-20 13:53

    By Martin Love

    The charges against Russians are Mickey Mouse   

    NORTH CAROLINA - If it were not simply insane, you’d have to laugh: Months of investigation, many millions of bucks spent, and U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a former head of the FBI, announces last week an indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities, accusing them of interfering in the 2016 presidential election and operating fake social media accounts.

  • Martin Love 2018-02-13 10:07

    By Martin Love

    Pence and the troubling prospect he is

    I enjoy a number of news sources about Iran here in the U.S. This is the wonder of the Internet. Some of these sources are Iranian dissidents in the West; Iranians who likely would not be welcome in Iran. I feel bad for them in this regard, but this in nothing new.

  • Iran's flag 2018/02/13

    By Martin Love

    Iran tops in “human development” improvements since the revolution

    Western countries like the U.S. and Middle Eastern ones such as Israel and Saudi Arabia like to put the Islamic Republic of Iran down as some kind of medieval state that presents a threat to the region and, at least from the standpoint of the U.S. government, the world, but it’s all a big lie unless “threat” literally means an Iran that has or is becoming a relatively more prosperous and powerful country that internally at least has been improving the lives of its citizens.

  • Martin Love 2018/02/12

    By Martin Love

    Pence and the troubling prospect he is

    I enjoy a number of news sources about Iran here in the US. This is the wonder of the Internet.

  • Martin Love 2018-02-04 19:59

    By Martin Love

    Exhibiting confidence and strength can be a delicate dance

    Fiction or not, and it’s probably not at all, there is this term floating about regarding who really runs the U.S. government called the “Deep State”.

  • Martin Love 2018/01/27

    By Martin Love

    An American looks at a mandatory hijab

    Iran’s most visible leaders to writers like me in the U.S. seem to support the rights of Iranians to protest some mandates they may not like. Consider the delicate matter of women having to wear the hijab if they are out and about in public. Certainly lots of women in Iran probably prefer to wear a head scarf. What might be uncomfortable is not the scarf itself, but occasionally getting arrested if they are seen without hijab, as noted recently in an article about Iran here in the U.S.

  • Ibn Khaldun 2018-01-20 09:38

    By Martin Love

    Ibn Khaldun’s insight centuries ago applies today

    NORTH CAROLINA - Dr. Franz Rosenthal, was a Jewish man and scholar of great wisdom and repute. I happened to take a couple classes of his at Yale University in the U.S. in the early 1970s. Though deceased now, he was the top Western scholar of Islam, Islamic history and Semitic languages in his day, and also one lucky Jew who as a young man before World War 2 managed to exit Nazi Germany, but many of his elder relatives who never escaped in the 1930s died.

  • Martin Love 2018-01-06 12:09

    By Martin Love

    Wealth moving from West to East

    CALIFORNAI - Protest and turmoil. Social or political or economic or all three. Some turmoil has been happening in Iran of late.

  • Martin Love 2017-12-31 11:08

    By Martin Love

    Objections may be constructive

    California - Go to an Internet search engine and type: “What has Iran done to hurt the United States?” And guess what? Little to nothing comes up to suggest Iran had ever done anything to “hurt” the U.S., aside from the hostage crisis during Jimmy Carter’s presidency. Carter cut diplomatic relations with Iran, and so it’s been ever since. Sadly.

  • Martin Love 2017-12-25 13:20

    By Martin Love

    Ali Salameh: His life changing opportunity 46 years ago

    He came from a most depressed place at age 18 and made a good life for himself in the U.S. and has been able to help his family in Gaza enormously for decades as a result. He is among the fortunate few Palestinians.

  • Martin Love 2017-12-19 11:06

    By Martin Love  

    Moral objection valid

    North Carolina _  This is part personal, it is passionate, but it is nonetheless fully substantiated by facts and long study, experience and observation, real time objective observation, over decades. And after a while, if a person has half a brain and heart, one stops mincing words and throws caution to the winds and tries hard to tell and write truths that some others don’t want to hear and they, the others, try to squash such truth telling. But here goes, from an American journalist no less writing gladly for an Iranian newspaper.

  • Martin Love 2017/12/16

    By Martin Love

    The U.S. is no beacon of democracy

    I am pleased now and then to write something for the Tehran Times from the U.S., more honored than I would be to write, say, a regular column for the New York Times or the Washington Post, both of which are at the heart of the corporate print media complex in the U.S.

  • Martin Love  2017-12-04 11:44

    By Martin Love 

    Exceptionalism versus magnanimity

    There is no reasonable justification for citizens anywhere to consider themselves or their country necessarily “exceptional”. When one is talking about particular governments pushing the meme of “exceptionalism” (rather than, say, humility) in some grandiose way, watch out. 

  • Trump 2017/11/24

    By Martin Love

    Illusion and disillusion with Trump

    Let’s make one thing clear right off the bat. I did not vote in the 2016 presidential election. I would have voted had Bernie Sanders won the Democratic Party nomination, but Hillary Clinton rigged the primaries to give herself the nomination to run against Trump.