Q: How effective can the non-aligned nations be in solving the regional and international problems, including the crisis in Syria, the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, violence in Bahrain and the restructuring of the United Nations? Do they have the power to change the international equations practically?
A: To be effective, NAM nations must transform rhetoric into policies. It's not easy, especially as most of them have close Western ties and vote with America often at the General Assembly.
At the same time, Washington and Israel are losing influence. It takes time, but at some point they'll reach a point where more nations defy them. Challenging them on Iran and Syria would be a wonderful way to start.
On Syria, it's not likely. I fear full blown intervention without world opposition. It's very disturbing, and it could happen soon or post-US elections.
Solving the Palestinian issue is many years away. Palestinians must do more on their own. Getting rid of Assad/Fayyad leadership is key. They're Israeli/pro-Western stooges. A real Palestinian spring is needed. The so-called Arab one is fake. It's a Western term. Manipulated policy followed.
Q: What do you think about the Western mainstream media's coverage of the NAM summit in Tehran? Has it been a fair and balanced coverage? Have they reacted to the summit in an objective and impartial manner?
A: Western media coverage has been abominable. I've written many critiques. I call them all scoundrels for good reason. They're pro-imperial, pro-war, pro-corporate, and anti-populist. They lie for power. They're not journalists. They're propagandists, including the New York Times and Washington Post. At times, they make earlier yellow journalism look good.
They gave rotten coverage to NAM but mostly ignored it.