Who gets isolated by the anti-Iranian sanctions – Teheran or Trump?

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The word ”checkmate” comes from the Persian ”shah” (king) and mat (dead) (photo: Pixabay, CC0)

The EU, Russia and China work on mechanism through which they could continue developing economic relations with the Islamic Republic

Vladimir Mitev

This article was published on 9 November 2018 on the site ”The Barricade”. 

”Our revolution was not a fundamentalist revolution advocating a return to the past…. The progress we are familiar with was the modernity we experienced before the revolution and we saw that it did not lead to benefits and progress in our society…. Our revolution was not for creating a completed version of new modernity, however, until the time the West starts to crumble from within, not only do we not oppose technology and technological knowledge, but truly embrace this new knowledge.”, says the Iranian philosopher and president of the Iranian Academy Reza Davari in a quote, which has gained prominence among the Iranian Studies scholars in the West. His words sound pointedly in the international context after Donald Trump came to power in the United States and the draconian sanctions against the Islamic Republic returned.

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Pe cine izolează sancţiunile antiiraniene – pe Teheran sau pe Trump?

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Şahmat în limba persană înseamnă ”regele este mort” (foto: Pixabay, CC0)

UE, Rusia şi China lucrează asupra mecanismelor, prin care să continue dezvoltarea relaţiilor economice cu Republica Islamică

Vladimir Mitev

Acest articol a fost publicat pe 9 noiembrie 2018 pe secţia românească a site-ului Baricada. 

”Revoluţia noastră nu a fost o revoluţie fundamentalistă, care susţine întoarcerea în trecut… Progresul, pe care noi îl cunoaşteam, a fost legat de modernitatea din timpurile înainte de Revouţia Islamică. Am văzut că el n-a adus beneficii şi progres societăţii noastre… Revoluţia noastră nu căuta crearea unei versiuni noi a modernităţii. Numai că până când Occidentul nu va începe să se descompună pe dinăuntru, noi nu numai că nu ne opunem tehnologiilor şi ştiinţei tehnologice, ci acceptăm pe deplin această noua cunoaştere”, spune filosoful iranian şi preşedinte al Academiei Iraniene, Reza Davari, într-un citat care a devenit celebru printre cercetatorii de Studii Iraniene din Occident. Cuvintele lui sună semnificativ în contextul internaţional după venirea lui Donald Trump la putere în SUA şi în special după întoarcerea sancţiunilor draconice împotriva Republicii Islamice.

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The Romanian fight against corruption as Game of Thrones

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The chief prosecutor of DNA Laura Koveși (foto: YouTube CC-BY via Wikipedia Commons)

The renewed attack against the chief of the anti-corruption prosecution Laura Kovesi and the recently appeared tendency for conditional liberation or conditional condemnation of people sentenced for corruption in Romania show that the system reacts to the changes in the external and the internal political balances

Vladimir Mitev

This article appeared on 28 July at the site ”The Barricade”.

The Romanian fight against corruption reminds of the series “Game of Thrones”, where all the relations between the protagonists are those of power. They either kill one another, or practice war in the form of intimate relationships, but at the end of the day everything they do is to participate in the eternal fight for power. Anticorruption to the north of the Danube is often presented as a clash between good and evil. In fact it represents the current balance of forces between the participants in the political game.

The events of the last months show that perhaps there is an ongoing redefinition of the Romanian fight against corruption, through which it sets itself for the new external and internal political conditions of Romania. The process became more visible even in Bulgaria in the last weeks after different Bulgarian media discovered with a delay of one month that audio recordings have appeared in Romania, showing how the chief of the Romanian anti-corruption prosecution DNA Laura Kovesi “orders” a criminal investigation against the prime minister Sorin Grindeanu.

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