TEHERAN/BERLIN | | iran

TEHERAN/BERLIN (Own report) - New reprisals against Iran will be among the main topics to be discussed with the Israeli president, during his visit, which begins today. The German chancellor has announced her willingness to apply stiffer economic sanctions, even without a UN mandate. The EU and the USA have made similar declarations. With a fear of losing out in the long-run to the People's Republic of China, German export enterprises are still putting up resistance. The question of how to handle Teheran's striving to become the major power at the Persian Gulf, in the aftermath of the extensive destruction of Iraq, is at the heart of the dispute among the Germans. One alternative, supported for example by the state-financed Deutsche Welle radio station, is the replacement of the current government by forces imputed to be more acquiescent to Western demands. Germany is also involved in the US war preparations, aimed at applying pressure on Iran. This provides Berlin several variations for compelling the recalcitrant military regime in Teheran to comply with German hegemonic plans for this resource-rich region bordering on the Persian Gulf. more…

TEHERAN/WASHINGTON/BERLIN | | iran

TEHERAN/WASHINGTON/BERLIN (Own report) - The trail of an US-backed Iranian terrorist secessionist offensive leads back to Germany. Simultaneous with the bombing attack, end of last week, in eastern Iran, killing more than 40 people, terrorists have begun new attacks also in western Iran. The "Party of Free Life of Kurdistan" [PJAK), which for years had recruited its members in West Germany is behind these attacks. Its leader lives in Cologne and, just a few days ago, he reiterated that his organization can "strike anywhere" in Iran. Both attacks were aimed at decisively weakening Teheran's control over large sectors of the nation. Recently, the foundation affiliated with the party of Germany's incoming foreign minister (FDP) adopted the goals of wresting power from the hands of Teheran and giving extensive special rights to ethnic minorities, thereby promoting the destabilization of Iran, which is rejecting the Western concepts of stabilization. In German military circles it is being said that support for centrifugal forces in Iran are an appropriate "lever in Western policy below the threshold of direct military intervention." more…

TEHERAN/BERLIN | | iran

TEHERAN/BERLIN (Own report) - In spite of explicit warnings, German organizations are trying to escalate the internal power struggles in Iran. The state-financed Deutsche Welle radio station is one of the foreign broadcasters, whose Farsi-language program is firing the protesters on, with hourly reports on reactions from the west. Party-affiliated foundations, including the German Free Democratic Party (FDP) -affiliated Friedrich Naumann Foundation are offering their partnership to those opposing the central structures of Iran's government. After initial hesitations, the German Foreign Ministry has also begun to openly intervene in the domestic affairs of a fellow UN member nation, making "demands" on the government of a sovereign country. Over the weekend, the chancellery also assumed the position of a challenging partisan in the Iranian domestic power struggles. German press organs are indulging in blood-lecherous anticipation of the "chaos in Teheran." Every intervention in the current power struggles is "highly detrimental," assessed Bahman Nirumand an expert on Iran. It makes the protest demonstrators appear to be "guided by the West, their leaders will be branded as collaborators." Indeed, the current support for the Iranian opposition is essentially motivated by foreign policy objectives. As long as the West had its Shah regime in power in Teheran, the Iranian movement for democracy was repressed, in a bloodbath, with western help. more…

BERLIN/WASHINGTON/TEHERAN | | iran

BERLIN/WASHINGTON/TEHERAN (Own report) - Berlin is getting ready for a Western policy change toward Iran. The German Foreign Ministry's special envoy for Afghanistan announced his imminent visit to Teheran to discuss Iran's contribution to the counterinsurgency effort in Afghanistan. It is being said in Berlin that this type of cooperation with the Iranian government could help reach a negotiated solution to the dispute over Iran's nuclear program, particularly since the new US-administration announced it would hold back on military threats and enforce western hegemony over the Persian Gulf through non-military means. But comprehensive talks can be expected to begin only after the Iranian presidential elections in June, so as not to provide indirect support to Ahmadinejad's election campaign. Berlin has been exploring possibilities for new cooperation with Iran since the beginning of the year. German businesses are pushing for this cooperation to counterbalance, with new exports, the losses they are suffering through the crisis. In exchange, Teheran is offering access to its natural gas reserves. more…

MUNICH/WASHINGTON/TEHERAN | | iranusa

MUNICH/WASHINGTON/TEHERAN (Own report) - Prior to this year's Munich Security Conference, Berlin is pushing for a change in the Western Middle East policy. Wolfgang Ischinger, chairman and host of the Munich Security Conference is demanding a new approach to Teheran, and particularly that the USA establishes "normal relations with Teheran". High ranking Iranian politicians are expected in Munich this weekend for talks. This has to be seen in the context of Berlin's attempt to obtain access to Iran's extensive natural gas reserves. The planning of an appropriate pipeline ("Nabucco") was accelerated last week. US sanctions against Iran are presently an obstacle to the implementation of German plans. Think tanks in Berlin are elaborating strategies for facilitating access to the Iranian resources while simultaneously preventing Teheran's rise - not through open military threats but through a Western controlled balance of weakness in the Middle East. more…

GAZA/BERLIN/TEHERAN | | iranisrael

GAZA/BERLIN/TEHERAN (Own report) - The German government is resolutely pressing for rapid deployment of German repressive forces at the border of the Gaza Strip. In Berlin one has been hearing for days that a "team of experts" of the German federal police is ready to fly to the Middle East. Up to now, Egypt has refused to relinquish its sovereignty and allow German "advisors" to be involved in its border controls. The German Foreign Ministry's more far-reaching demand for a German military mission in Gaza, has also not been approved by the local authorities. But because of the struggle with Iran over hegemony, the German government is very attentive to questions of reconstruction. In the aftermath of the Israeli aggression on Lebanon in 2006, Teheran rendered tangible support to the local reconstruction effort and thereby, won sympathy. This runs contrary to Western Middle East policy and, if Berlin has its way, will not be repeated in the Gaza Strip. Government advisors are working out strategies for prohibiting the rise of Iran to become a leading Middle Eastern power, even beyond the current crisis. more…

TEHERAN/BERLIN | | iran

TEHERAN/BERLIN (Own report) - Demands to change Western policy towards Iran are being heard in Berlin. An influential policy advisor is calling for the EU and the USA to replace their sanctions and war threats with a policy "mixture comprised of détente and deterrence" - as formerly used in relations with the Soviet Union. Berlin should offer Teheran "a strategic partnership" - in anticipation of possible developments. This policy change could be implemented in accord with Washington, if the Democrats win the presidential elections. These demands are being expressed by influential think tanks. They correspond to those of German companies, whose business with Iran has suffered a setback under the sanctions. Business consultants are beginning to worry that their strong business position with this Middle Eastern nation could be surpassed by the People's Republic of China. Arrangements made during the Iranian Vice-Foreign Minister Mehdi Safari's visit to Germany in April, took these concerns into account and are seeking to insure German influence in Iran. For the time being, the German government is maintaining the intense pressure on Iran. A new round of sanctions are not to be excluded, declared German Foreign Minister Steinmeier. more…

ERBIL/TEHERAN/COLOGNE | | irakiran

ERBIL/TEHERAN/COLOGNE (Own report) - Germany is supporting armed separatists in Western Iran, in their struggle against the Iranian government. In spite of repeated protests from Teheran, a leader of the Kurdish secessionist movement is continuing to recruit insurgents in Germany - in plain view of German intelligence services. The separatists are held responsible for the killing several hundred Iranian soldiers. A professor of the Bundeswehr Academy in Munich is pleading for supporting the insurgents: Iran should be weakened and "if necessary disbanded". German aid to Kurdish insurgents is complementing German contacts to the Kurdish autonomous government in Iraq and is strengthening Berlin's role in the framework of a possible ethnic reorganization of the entire Middle East. Plans to this effect were drawn up by the US military quite a while ago. Currently Masoud Barzani, president of Iraq's "Kurdish Autonomous Region", is the most aggressive proponent of Kurdish secessionism. For a long time, he has also been the contact person for German foreign policy experts, and has already met with Angela Merkel on various occasions. more…

WASHINGTON/BERLIN/PARIS | | iraklibanonpakistansaudi-arabienjordaniensyrientuerkeiaserbaidschaniranyemen

WASHINGTON/BERLIN/PARIS (Own report) - American military circles are recommending a re-organization of all nations in the Middle East along ethnic lines. Loss of territory and drawing new borders will effect Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan among others. Through the complete dissolution of states, new actors will be created in international law, along the lines of ethnic and religious affiliation. According to this plan, a country, by the name of "Free Kurdistan" will be created, three times the size of Syria, from territory taken from today's northern Iraq and eastern Turkey. The remainder of Iraq will be divided, the capital, Baghdad, smashed. Iran would lose extensive areas of its coast, as well as, territory bordering on Pakistan, where a "Free Baluchistan" is to be founded. Mekka and Medina, until now located in Saudi Arabia, will be promoted to capitals of an "Islamic Sacred State," that will extend to the southern borders of Jordan - doubling the surface of the Hashemite territory ("Greater Jordan"). This ethnic re-organization is depicted on several US maps, that the historian Dr. Pierre Hillard (Paris) has now published in France. In his talk with german-foreign-policy.com Hillard deems that "German policy plays an important role in propagating these ideas". German-foreign-policy.com publishes, for the first time in Germany, the US cartography. more…

MUNICH/TEHERAN/MOSCOW | | irangeorgien

MUNICH/TEHERAN/MOSCOW (gfp.com) - Possible sanctions against Iran is the subject of a meeting of approximately 40 foreign and defense ministers, as well, as more than 200 high-ranking politicians from approximately 50 states, that is to take place on the first weekend in February at the Munich Conference on Security. The meeting will begin one day after the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Board of Governors special session on February 2, at which the German government intends to have the so-called atomic controversy referred to the UN Security Council. Based on German influence in Russia, Berlin is hoping for Moscow's support for getting Teheran integrated into the periphery of the European Union or to get the Kremlin's endorsement for sanctions. Beijing is "not yet" strong enough to resist, according to Berlin. In view of the expected collapse of the oil market, analysts consider the threat of economic sanctions to be a disaster and are predicting the development of serious economic tensions. more…