Secret Obama-Era Deal With Iran Derails Key Sanctions on Iran’s Propaganda Network
Iranian dissidents outraged over Trump admin decision to waive sanctions of Tehran’s propaganda machine
US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on April 22, 2016 /
BY: Adam Kredo February 21, 2018 12:50 pm
The Trump administration waived key sanctions on Iran’s main propaganda network last month, causing outrage among Iranian dissidents and administration insiders who tracked the effort to a little known Obama-era side deal with Iran that bars these sanctions from being implemented, according to multiple sources who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.
The Trump administration, in an unpublicized move, waived sanctions on Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, or IRIB, a satellite service that disseminates propaganda across Iran and routinely censors content.
Iranian dissidents who took to the streets in a renewed wave of protests had called on the Trump administration to sanction the IRIB in a bid to prevent the Iranian regime from crushing the latest protests.
While the Trump administration had initially promised to issue new sanctions on the IRIB, the State Department blocked the effort due to a little-known agreement reached between the Obama administration and Iran during the sensitive negotiations that led to the landmark nuclear agreement…
HWH COMMENT: This confusing article fails to mention what type of sanctions were imposed on Iran for disseminating propaganda via their media to their populace.
How would the USA determine in Iran what is false news and what is not false news? It’s difficult enough in the USA to fact-check the lying fact-checkers.
It really isn’t our business to be proof reading the news stories in a foreign country, or to be issuing sanctions based on what Iranians report in their news programs. What have we become the professor of the world, grading every country’s homework? That’s an over-reaching manipulation, dictator-style tactic that we accuse everybody else of doing, yet we engage in the same behavior. It’s a waste of time, effort and money.
Yes, propaganda (fake news) is bad, but freedom of speech appears to allow it. So either believe nothing or believe everything and the propagandists will finally get the picture – that their lying news stories are not influencing the views of those whose minds they want to control – for personal or political or social benefit. In fact if one believes everything and nothing it deletes all efforts to influence. People are smart enough to make up their own minds.
Dissidents disseminate their own propaganda. So who is fact-checking the rhetoric they claim as facts? All dissidents of any nation want with a fervor to take down the existing leader and existing system of governance, yet nobody has a plan for what happens next. It’s all piece meal. Every individual in the movement has a suggestion as to what the country needs, but no one has a solution on how to make it happen, except to unseat a leader and a governing system.
They think erroneously that somebody else will step in and know exactly what to do and how to do it. Look back at Egypt and Libya and Iraq and Syria. Do you really think the USA had a plan of action beyond taking down a leader? How successful has the USA been In Palestine? Everybody thought all they had to do was get rid of Yasser Arafat, then Ariel Sharon, yet look where we are now? The same place. Nowhere.
Obama supposedly issued sanctions on Iran regarding their media propaganda machine, but made a private deal not to enforce those sanctions, an action the USA often takes when trying to satisfy all voting members of representative parties when in the process of forming an agreement or legislating laws. It accomplishes nothing but confusion, and confusion leads to chaos.
We criticize Russian Nationalists for trying to sway the USA populace via propaganda efforts prior to USA elections, but we in turn do the same in foreign countries – all countries where we have an interest in who wins an election. We support the foreign candidates in their respective countries whom we believe we can work with on common goals, or who will work with us. And we go to great lengths – corrupt lengths – to get them elected.
In essence we want these elected officials in foreign countries to put the interests of our country before the interests of their own, and yes we will and do pay a lot of money for that type of commitment. But in the end, what self-respecting country would make such a deal? It’s a slave-master relationship that the USA propagates all over the planet and punishes severely those who won’t go along with the program – Russia is one that refuses to be the slave of the USA. Ukraine on the other hand would give the keys to their country to the highest bidder for a tin of caviar.
Right now the USA is trying to overthrow a leader in Iran by giving comfort and financial support to its dissidents. How is that different from Russian Nationalists trying to influence American elections? A lot different. A lot worse. A lot more intrusive and dictatorial. We need to stop acting like the gangsters of the planet.
President Trump is going to have a problem deciding on any action he takes regarding sanctioning Iran for disseminating propaganda due to his own frustration with the democratic propaganda machine in the USA that dominates most of the news and opinion shows designed to take down the current USA president.
The dissidents are equally corrupt in the theatre of telling lies. They again erroneously think that the end justifies the means, that whatever lies it takes to unseat a dictator will be forgiven and in fact are necessary, because they regard the populace in the same way governments regard the populace – too stupid to make smart decisions, so the government aka dissidents work hard to make their minds up for them.
The smart move is to stay out of it. Let the Iranians sort out their own fake news issues. The USA government cleans their own stories the same as Iran or any other country cleans theirs. Words are cheap right now and there are no word battles worth fighting that any side on any issue can hope or claim to win.
Everything anybody says is meaningless in a chaotic climate.
Speak with actions not sanctions. People aren’t believing words right now.