Martin Love

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  • A wild theory about Trump is a sign of natural despair and desperation 2019-03-13 11:14

    By Martin Love

    A wild theory about Trump is a sign of natural despair and desperation

    NORTH CAROLINA - Donald Trump is more than halfway through his first term and (insha’a Allah) last term as U.S. President and by most sane accounts he’s been a looming disaster so far -- a disaster that remains mostly prospective because of things already done and decided and which await some kind of unpleasant denouement.

  • Maybe it is always darkest, like now, before any dawn 2019-02-23 12:19

    By Martin Love

    Maybe it is always darkest, like now, before any dawn

    NORTH CAROLINA - The best possible slap in the face of the GOP and Trump and his gaggle of warmongering advisors and appointees arrived recently when the National Iranian American Council as well as the Democratic National Committee apparently adopted a resolution to return the U.S. to compliance with the JCPOA and suggests it is possible…should the Democrats manage win back the White House in late 2020. But don’t count on a Democratic victory in 2020 yet, whoever the nominee turns out to be. Why?

  • Rarely has the world been so challenged by U.S. hubris 2019-02-04 16:58

    By Martin Love

    Rarely has the world been so challenged by U.S. hubris

    NORTH CAROLINA - Who knows, but it may be that the people of Venezuela, beset with upheaval and possible civil war if not an invasion by the U.S. or proxies, will become the sacrificial lambs who finally sink the U.S. thoroughly in world opinion and the U.S. could get bogged down there to some extent the way they did in Vietnam and Iraq, not to mention the real costs in money and lives.

  • Trump may get his personal donnybrook, but in Venezuela 2019-01-29 11:17

    By Martin Love

    Trump may get his personal donnybrook, but in Venezuela

    NORTH CAROLINA - It appears that Trump (and now especially with his appointments of some of the worst of the Zionist Neocons who planned decades ago the march to destroy polities that did not exactly kowtow to U.S. demands and submit to the “Empire of Chaos”) has been searching for a signature interference and possibly a war to assert U.S. hegemony.

  • It behooves largely Muslim lands to avoid becoming like Saudi Arabia 2019-01-19 10:46

    By Martin Love

    It behooves largely Muslim lands to avoid becoming like Saudi Arabia

    NORTH CAROLINA - A fire broke out in a school building in Makkah back in 2002 from which young female students tried to escape. The Saudi “religious police” allegedly forced some if not all the teen school girls back inside the burning school because they were, in their hasty attempts to escape the fire, not wearing their headscarves and black robes.

  • A random litany of potentially better news for Iran seen from 8000 miles 2019-01-08 14:21

    By Martin Love

    A random litany of potentially better news for Iran seen from 8000 miles

    NORTH CAROLINA - Iran is allegedly planning joint naval exercises with Russia in the Caspian Sea. The government in Kabul is said to be open to stronger ties and cooperation with Tehran. More countries are allegedly intending to keep open trade channels with Tehran, especially India and Pakistan, even if there’s no clear evidence yet of a European “Special Purposes Vehicle” to bypass U.S. economic sanctions on Iran for trade purposes.

  • Iran 2019-01-05 10:33

    By Martin Love

    For Iran as with Syria, a critical mass of unified and determined citizens will defeat aggressors

    TEHRAN - No one can say whether U.S. President Donald Trump is changing his stripes. But he is sure as the perfection of the Muslim “Jannah” or the beauty of an exquisite Iranian rose or a fine carpet from Shiraz shaking up his usual allies, and not those merely in the U.S., but overseas, too.

  • Trump 2018-12-29 12:26

    By Martin Love

    Trump may have begun a serious turn for the better in the Middle East

    NORTH CAROLINA - Rarely does a U.S. President show common sense and a recognition of what is obvious. Donald Trump is indeed having some second thoughts about U.S. foreign policy, as suggested in a recent column, and it is extremely welcome even if hopes for change prove erroneous. He told some top brass in the military that: “We are spread out all over the world. We are in countries most people have not even heard about. Frankly, it’s ridiculous. You can’t have any more time. You’ve had enough time,” Trump stated.

  • U.S. may be bumping up against the limit of its “empire” schemes 2018-12-23 11:17

    By Martin Love

    U.S. may be bumping up against the limit of its “empire” schemes

    NORTH CAROLINA - Ray Dalio, head of Bridgewater, the largest and one of the most most successful hedge funds in the U.S., and no fool when it comes to finance and economic matters, has warned that because of the expansion of debt both personal and governmental the country might be facing sooner or later an inflationary debt crisis that could see the value of the dollar decline by 30 percent or more.

  • Trump fails 2018-12-21 15:16

    By Martin Love

    At bottom, what ails the U.S. looks like mental illness

    NORTH CAROLINA - Frequently, if a person in America has friends in Iran, one must address those friends with empathy when they write directly or on social media about their dismay and even fear of U.S. policies and actions in the Middle East. It hardly warrants repeating what the dismay consists of and why it exists because almost everyone knows already. It’s been obvious for years, especially after Bush invaded Iraq. 

  • The nations of the world 2018-12-14 14:57

    By Martin Love

    What dooms nations can be surprising, and it resides internally 

    NORTH CAROLINA - One can believe without fear of realistic opposition that people in general are much the same everywhere. Sure, cultures vary, religions and social systems vary, but the fundamental aspects and challenges and even joys of human life remain constant. This is no great epiphany, just simply the result of exposure. That said, feel-good narratives are all over the U.S. media, but most all of it is propaganda to give the largely unexposed public the impression that all is well. It isn’t.

  • Trump 2018-12-05 09:42

    By Martin Love

    The loss of the American “empire” is baked in the cake

    NORTH CAROLINA - So much going on round the world of note, and too few remarking at attempts to torture or waterboard free speech in the U.S., except this time if the subject literally drowns or dies, which journalist Jamal Khashoggi did in his own blood, no problem – that may be the intent anyway, to eliminate all dissenting voices that are, to one degree or another and maybe too loud about it, appalled by various rampant, overextended “isms”: Zionism, Neo-liberalism, run amok Capitalism, Communism, Nationalism, Nazism, Wahhabism, Americanism, and others. 

  • The recent liberalized scene at Azadi is a purely good, smart anodyne 2018-11-17 12:02

    By Martin Love

    The recent liberalized scene at Azadi is a purely good, smart anodyne

    NORTH CAROLINA - Just to demonstrate how inaccurate and craven the U.S. mainstream media can be, one must note a late-night news broadcast this week about the further carnage in the Gaza arena. The talking head commented that the Zionists responded with massive bombing runs on Gaza because Hamas sent flying 300 or so (ineffective) “firecracker” rockets in to Israel, and now Israel may be preparing another invasion of what amounts to the largest open-air prison on earth – an amplified and defenseless Warsaw Ghetto redux.

  • Martin Love 2018-11-10 09:43

    By Martin Love

    The world prays for the wisdom and cool of Iranians

    NORTH CAROLINA - An Iranian friend, a photographer known internationally for fine documentary work, asked plaintively last week when the U.S. might stop trying to sink Iran and Iranians. I had no ready answer, but the question was painful to hear because I could also hear concern, grief and empathy for others.

  • Ignorance is the bane of humanity 2018-10-31 09:20

    By Martin Love

    Ignorance is the bane of humanity

    NORTH CAROLINA - U.S. citizens will likely not anytime soon hear the end of the horrible tale of the gunman who last week went into a Pittsburgh, Pa., synagogue and killed 11 Jews who were worshipping there.

  • Iran - U.S. 2018-10-27 11:22

    By Martin Love

    A general overview of this era of discord

    NORTH CAROLINA - Yes, it is obvious. Iran and a number of other countries would be far better off today, economically and thus socially, if the U.S. was not militarily attacking or threatening to attack someone, somewhere, and especially in the Middle East. It’s vital to know some facts about all this and try to analyze it and prognosticate what may or may not happen geopolitically, and the Tehran Times does as good a job of this as any newspaper I know.

  • Trump - Netanyahu 2018-10-21 11:54

    By Martin Love

    Human pigs find pleasure in fights so avoid them when possible

    NORTH CAROLINA - Oddly enough, but not surprisingly, I had a bit of an altercation this past week with one Josh Block on Twitter. I hurled a condemnation at a post of his, and he hurled one back at me and called me an “anti-Semite” and a bit more. To his invective, I did not respond, recalling British play writer George Bernard Shaw who wrote decades ago that tangling with pigs was bound to be unproductive and that pigs actually LIKE a fight, that fighting with them gives them pleasure.

  • Martin Love 2018-10-15 12:26

    By Martin Love

    The beginning of Trump’s unravelling may be at hand

    You have to wonder about the Saudis who, aside from the Zionists, are considered the number one U.S. ally in the Middle East. And the latest incarnation of Saudi Arabia’s “leadership” is Muhammad bin Salman, the designated crown prince of the Kingdom, who for stupidity may know no equal at the moment.

  • Martin Love 2018-10-03 09:35

    By Martin Love

    Banality and crudeness on display in Washington

    The latest turn in attention in the U.S. in recent days has been somewhat away from imperial pretensions and overreach, sanctions on other countries, threats of attacks on Syria (and Iran) and any other country, including even Venezuela, that fails to bow to U.S. demands, whatever they may be. Long gone are the days (as when George W. Bush launched the so-called “War on Terror” to believing citizens), when the U.S. government could claim to be spreading (militarily, which is an oxymoron) some sort of enlightened “democracy” across various flashpoints and countries, particularly in Asia.

  • Trump 2018-09-24 11:21

    By Martin Love

    Change is coming, but when is the question

    It has been claimed that when Neocon warmonger John Bolton won his appointment as Trump’s National Security Advisor and showed up at the White House that Trump, in jest or not, told him he was not going to permit him to start another war. Trump was signaling his alleged refusal to allow Bolton to start a war with Iran in particular.

  • Trump 2018-09-16 10:52

    By Martin Love

    Not an easy time at all and no thanks to the U.S.

    The world waits to see what the Syrian Arab Army and allies are going to do now that the "West" has warned it will attack Syria if there’s a full scale assault on the terrorists in Idlib. I would humbly suggest surrounding Idlib with a single exit corridor for civilians and starve al Qaeda and the rest of the terrorists into submission. Syria can appeal for support on the civilian question in Idlib.

  • Martin Love 2018-09-10 12:21

    By Martin Love

    Faint stars in a blackened heaven still exist

    Trump, in fighting parlance, may be on the ropes, may be impeached sometime in the coming months, and it does appear that the Democrats may achieve a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in the midterm elections in November. The so-called “Deep State” and the MIC (Military Industrial Complex) are now going full tilt to bring Trump down, and Trump, given the loose cannon he has been, may prove his stupidity once again and try to deflect attention from his woes by starting another war.

  • U.S. 2018-09-05 10:57

    By Martin Love

    Overreach and arrogance are the curses of every empire

    I have an acquaintance and occasional correspondent who was a famed U.S. Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. At age 20 he began two years in Nam and logged over 800 combat missions in F-4B Phantoms and other aircraft. He won Distinguished Flying Crosses.

  • Martin Love 2018-09-02 12:19

    By Martin Love

    No, it’s not the strongly cruel who survive in the longer run

    “The weak crumble, are slaughtered and are erased from history while the strong, for good or for ill, survive. The strong are respected, and alliances are made with the strong, and in the end peace is made with the strong.”

  • Saadi 2018-08-29 12:30

    By Martin Love

    Saadi's words from 13th century are worth remembering right now

    History is not going to forget the JCPOA no matter what happens to the agreement itself. Ideally, it ought to stand with continued backing by the other signatories, which means the other signatories make it worthwhile for Iran to continue faithfully respecting its terms.

  • Martin Love 2018-08-25 11:20

    By Martin Love

    Geopolitical and economic transitions are nothing but painful

    Who knows what the real numbers are, but it’s been estimated that since the end of World War 2 the U.S. has been responsible, one way or another, for the demise of some 25 million souls across the planet – many of them innocent, who were victimized by the overweening insistence that the U.S. grab or maintain military or economic hegemony by damaging potential rivals.

  • 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.