Martin Love


  • Martin Love 2018-08-19 11:43

    By Martin Love

    Can U.S. government do without friends in long run? No

    Iran’s neighbor, Turkey, with a population almost as large as Iran’s is suffering some of the same economic problems that Iran is suffering: a currency that has fallen precipitously against the “almighty” U.S. dollar, much higher inflation, and in Turkey’s case debt rating downgrades by the likes of the debt rating agencies (those with the most clout based in the U.S.), calls for the Turkish authorities to bend over to Western financial authorities and institutions, to borrow money from the IMF and well, you know, lose gobs of their sovereignty.

  • Perils could actually herald positive change 2018-08-09 12:40

    By Martin Love

    Perils could actually herald positive change

    NORTH CAROLINA - Sometimes, more often than not, I write against the U.S. as it was and as it has been since. I was born right after Fat Man and Little Boy were thrown at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The public was told these two crimes against Japanese civilians, when Japan was already prepared to surrender, saved lives and shortened World War 2. It did neither. The war was already won in the Pacific The U.S. in fact was sending a message to the USSR, which more than any country had defeated Nazi Germany: “Look what we can do to you if you don’t behave.” Hundreds of thousands of Japanese perished to deliver what amounted, at bottom, to a threat to the USSR. And since then?

  • Martin Love 2018-08-04 15:03

    By Martin Love

    Iran may need reforms, but U.S. aims are absurdly regressive

    Reports are rampant in the Western media about protests in Iran against the plummeting value of the currency and other economic ills. The same is happening or has happened in many other countries: Venezuela, Turkey, Argentina, to name just three. The U.S. dollar has been strong of late. Even the Chinese yuan has been weak, but this is partly intentional to offset the threat of U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods and services.

  • Martin Love 2018-07-29 13:41

    By Martin Love

    The U.S. has become a threat to itself, too…

    I can’t help but imagine what a glorious world we might have were there to be accord between the U.S. and Iran, and if not actual accord, at least a Middle East where the U.S. treats each country in the region individually and equally, determining policies and initiatives and even criticism in a two-way give and take, the critique based solely on whether any actor is pursuing their own foreign policies with an aim to rid the region of violence and focus on beneficial, mutual trade and better relations.

  • Martin Love 2018-07-23 14:11

    By Martin Love

    A litmus test of sanity: the fate of Iran and Assange both

    Americans are mostly a parochial, unsophisticated people. A clear majority have never traveled abroad. Almost 70 percent of Americans don’t even have and never have had passports, and even for those that do their passports largely go unstamped by a foreign country.

  • Martin Love 2018-07-18 12:44

    By Martin Love

    Let’s hope Ocasio-Cortez has real guts

    A comely 28 year old restaurant employee with a Latin name and background from the Bronx, New York City, knocks off the multi term Congressman in a primary election who may ultimately have become the Democratic Party leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, displacing Rep. Nancy Pelosi (who really is no leader at all). This is heady stuff, and she arrived on the political scene with a slate of progressive ideas, including calls for an end to U.S. warmongering and universal healthcare for all citizens.

  • Martin Love 2018-07-10 12:16

    By Martin Love

    Iran is not alone at all in these difficult times

    Iran has been “Iran” for a long time. Yes, I have read Herodotus and other historians about ancient Iran, and other historians in periods since. So while full condemnation of whatever forces are keeping Iran in the 21st century from reaching its full potential economically or as a society or both is perfectly justified, one ought not to worry about Iran longer term.

  • Martin Love 2018-06-28 13:38

    By Martin Love

    Take heart: the next 100 years will be better

    Occasionally it makes sense to stand back and take a look at history from a long-term perspective, and in this regard I am talking about the last 100 years, which really have not been kind to the Middle East, its diverse people, and even to Islam.

  • Trump 2018-05-26 11:36

    By Martin Love

    U.S. may be hoisting itself on its own petard

    NORTH CAROLINA - The Chinese suggestion that “May you live in interesting times” is now fulfilled, it appears. Who made current times most interesting, in some respects like never before since World War II, is a lame minded Donald Trump this Spring, plunging the thoughts of many across the world into chaos and trepidation.

  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative public policy think tank, in Washington, Monday, May 21, 2018. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP) 2018-05-23 11:50

    By Martin Love

    Who does Pompeo think he is kidding?

    Mike Pompeo, the new U.S. Secretary of State in the Trump administration, has this week made radical demands upon the sovereign and significant and thousands of year old state of Iran (or Persia, as you will) and its 90 or so million people that, in effect, can either make a sane and reasonable person do one of two things, or both: Be rolled with uncontrollable laughter and/or curled up into a ball of lachrymose despair. And I alone, as a U.S. citizen, am not alone in thinking so inside the U.S.

  • 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.