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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

1 October 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin: 23-27 September 2013

00 Sergei Yolkin. Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin. 23-27 September 2013. 2013

Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin: 23-27 September 2013

Sergei Yolkin



Here are the difficulties of the week as Sergei Yolkin saw them… a possible increase in fees for divorceIran after Ahmadinejad, and, of course, the almost complete absence of Indian summer.

1 October 2013

Sergei Yolkin




Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Rouhani Set to Ease USA-Iran Tensions… “Won’t Budge” On Nukes

00 USA Iran. 19.06.13


US President Obama and Iranian President-elect Rouhani appeared to be willing to improve ties between their nations Monday, but made it clear that progress in resolving the dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme requires a great deal of work. In his first news appearance since his election as Iranian president on Friday, Hassan Rouhani ruled out suspending Iran’s nuclear enrichment program, saying, “Those days are behind us.” Many consider Iran’s uranium enrichment the biggest source of tensions between the nations. Mr Rouhani said, “All should know that the next government won’t budge in defending our inalienable rights”. A former nuclear mediator, Rouhani is to take office on 3 August. Speaking at the news conference, he said he called the animosity between the two sides “an old wound that must be treated”.

Obama also appeared to rule out any easing of economic sanctions soon, saying, “Those won’t be lifted in the absence of significant steps in showing the international community that Iran isn’t pursuing a nuclear weapon”. The ban slashed Iranian oil revenue by over a third and drastically reduced the value of Iran’s national currency. Rouhani outlined several preconditions to beginning of a “constructive dialogue” with the USA. He said, “First, America mustn’t interfere in Iran’s domestic affairs based on the Algiers Accords”, referring to the agreement that ended the Iran hostage crisis in 1981. “They have to recognise our nuclear rights, put away bullying policies against Iran. If such is so, and they have good intent, then, the situation will change”.


President-elect Hassan Rouhani expressed hope Monday that Iran can reach a new agreement with other international powers over its nuclear programme, saying they should reach such a deal through more transparency and mutual trust. He said, “To settle the nuclear dispute, I’d first show more transparency for strengthening trust (with the world) and whenever our trust is tarnished, I’d try to rebuild it again”. Rouhani, a moderate cleric, won the Iranian presidential election on Saturday, ending eight years of conservative rule, also described the sanctions imposed against the Islamic republic over the nuclear issue as unfair and unjustified. The 64-year-old’s victory raised hopes of an easing of strained ties with Western nations, but he used his first news conference on Monday to rule out a halt to his country’s controversial enrichment of uranium.


On Monday, Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani vowed to pursue moderate policies during his first press conference, after beating hardliners close to Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Rouhani told reporters in Tehran, “This was more than an election; it was a call by the majority of the people for moderation and respect, and against extremism. Iran has started a new chapter of moderation. I’ll not forget the promises I made before the elections, but what I can say now is that the era of sadness has ended”, he added, referring to the eight-year presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

18 June 2013

Voice of Russia World Service




Editor’s Note:

Let’s keep it simple. Rouhani is taking a hard line on the nuclear programme for two reasons. Firstly, it makes him more amenable to the circle around Ali Khamenei. Secondly, it means that Russia and China have given Iran guarantees. Both mean that Rouhani isn’t going to cave to the West… no way, no how. In any case, Rouhani is a close and devoted disciple of Grand Ayotollah Ruhollah Mostafavi Musavi Khomeini. He’s a solid Twelver, and a believer in the concept of an Islamic Republic. Don’t believe the lies circulated by Fox News and the Israeli media… Iran isn’t a cheerless and retrograde police state (Ayotollah Khomeini’s fatwa on transsexuals is proof of that). Iran has powerful enemies who wish to demonise it due to it being an Islamic Republic and a semi-socialist society. Be careful… the corporate media usually lies by omitting things…not by making things up (although it does lie when it thinks it can get away with it… as most of their audience is ignorant, they get away with all too much). Have a care…


Sunday, 16 June 2013

16 June 2013. Is There Hope for Iran?

00 What Would Jesus Do. Terry Jones. Political Cartoon. 9.12

THIS is what Our Lord Christ thinks of the anti-Muslim haters…


A friend wrote me:

I have some hope that Rouhani might actually make a difference. He has the cred to have standing with the powers-that-be in Tehran, but also may find a way to dialogue with the West in a way that’s neither obsequious nor terminally dysfunctional (like Ahmadinejad). Fingers crossed and candles lit; may God shed his grace on all of us and bring an honourable and peaceful end to the ridiculous nuclear stand-off. The Iranian people deserve it.

I quite agree. As a god-fearing Christian, I oppose Potapov, Dreher, Paffhausen, Webster, and Jacobses, who support the American demonisation of Iran, neocon warmongering throughout the world, and rightwing lunacy in general. All decent people hate their vicious and god-denying drivel (may God offer them “the onion”, though)…


Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Putin Hails Chávez as ”Strong” Leader

Vasili Nesterenko. Hugo Chavez. 2008

Hugo Chávez

Vasili Nesterenko



World leaders reacted to the death of Venezuelan leader Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías, the populist figurehead of Latin American socialism whose larger-than-life personality split both international and domestic opinion, with President Vladimir Putin amongst those praising his legacy. Putin said in a Kremlin message of condolence after Chávez’s death on Tuesday following a prolonged battle with cancer, “He was an unorthodox and strong person, who looked to the future and always set himself the highest standards”. Putin added that he was confident that the Venezuelan people would be able to overcome what he called the “test” presented by Chávez’s death and continue to build a “strong, independent, and prosperous” nation. Ties between Russia and Venezuela flourished under Chávez, whose 14-year-rule brought Moscow a number of lucrative arms deals and a close ally in South America. Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev said that Chávez had devoted his life to the battle for “justice and equality”, saying in a message of condolence to the Venezuelan people, “We share the pain of your loss… we’ll always remember this wonderful person, patriot, and citizen”.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Venezuela had lost a “brave, wise, and revolutionary leader”. US President Barack Obama… whose country was frequently the subject of Chávez’s ire… was much more lukewarm, saying, “At this challenging time of President Hugo Chávez’s passing, the USA reaffirms its support for the Venezuelan people and its interest in developing a constructive relationship with the Venezuelan government. As Venezuela begins a new chapter in its history, the USA remains committed to policies that promote democratic principles, the rule of law, and respect for human rights”. Former US President Jimmy Carter said in a statement that Chávez would go down in history “for his bold assertion of autonomy and independence for Latin American governments”.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said simply that he was “conveying condolences to Chávez’s family and the people of Venezuela”. British Foreign Secretary William Hague said, “I was saddened to learn of the death of President Hugo Chávez today. As President of Venezuela for 14 years, he left a lasting impression on the country and more widely”. In Cuba, the government said in a statement that Chávez had “stood by Fidel [Castro] like a true son”. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said, “This death should fill all Latin and Central Americans with sadness. Hugo Chávez was, without doubt, a leader committed to his country and to the development of the people of Latin America. Chávez was a great leader, an irreparable loss, and, above all, a friend of Brazil”.

6 March 2013



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