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On the Need to Re-Establish Sensible Diplomatic Relations Between Canada and the Islamic Republic of Iran

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Dr. Hall, Professor of Globalization Studies, University of Lethbridge, Canada, promotes the radical idea that the process of Globalization should be one that respects national and international laws, the rights of First Nations, and democratic self-determination. In short, the opposite to our current system of globalized poverty and war in the service of corporate monopoly predation and supranational totalitarianism.

In the following excerpt from a longer piece, he decries the current Western strategies -- instrumentalized by psychological operations (psy ops) campaigns that create unreasonable fear and hate -- that are setting the stage for on-going economic, and possibly kinetic, warfare against Iran.

Mark Taliano

On the Need to Re-Establish Sensible Diplomatic Relations Between Canada and the Islamic Republic of Iran

The state of formal relations between the governments of Canada and the Islamic Republic of Iran are abysmal. Just days ago Stephen Harper implicitly urged on an internal uprising within Iran. In a speech in Vancouver he ushered in Nowruz, the Persian New Year, by conveying the view that Iran's current government rules through "tyranny and oppression."[tag]

In September of 2012 the Harper government unilaterally terminated Canada's embassy in Tehran while simultaneously expelling Iranian diplomats from Ottawa. "Canada views the Government of Iran as the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today," declared Harper's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird.

In my view the Harper government's characterization of both the domestic condition and the international orientation of Iran is grossly inaccurate. Our own foreign policy towards Iran is ill considered and inconsistent with Canada's genuine national interests, but especially our economic, cultural and geopolitical interests.

The heartland of the ancient civilization of Persia, Iran is a resource-rich country at the cross-roads of Eurasia. Poised between the Persian Gulf in the south and the Caspian Sea in the north, Iran is home to a diverse population of almost 80,000,000 people. Last autumn I was invited to Iran's capital, Tehran, as a delegate to a New Horizon International Conference of Independent Thinkers and Film Makers.

In Tehran I enjoyed stimulating, wide ranging and free flowing intellectual discourse with a distinguished group of colleagues primarily from throughout Europe, North America, and the Middle East. The host of the conference, Nader Talebzadeh, is a renowned journalist and filmmaker who regularly hosts on TV one of Iran's most popular public affairs shows.

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