Martin Love

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  • 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.

  • 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.”