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  1. Salam Aleikom, I recently made a video on Iran and North Korea's friendship and how it began. Feedback is greatly appreciated. You can check out the video by clicking on the thumbnail below or clicking here. How Iran and North Korea became the best of friends in an age of imperialism, and challenged the world. What are the origins of this strange relationship and how does it endure? This vlog is about how Iran and North Korea became the best of friends in an age of imperialism. Information on Iran and North Korea is pretty hard to come by. And there's a reason for that. Both of these countries were born out of revolution and war. They insist on their national sovereignty, their economic, cultural and military independence. And that culminates into both of them being a thread to the American Grand Strategy, its global imperialism and the imposed hegemonic order of Bretton Woods. But these countries are more than just strategic partners in light of an American threat. The Islamic Republic and the People's Democratic Republic of Korea, they generally like each other. What are the origins of this strange relationship and how does it endure? This vlog is about how Iran and North Korea became the best of friends in an age of imperialism.
  2. Hi all, I've started a commentary podcast on a vlog channel I have on YouTube and I'd like to share the link for you all. The first discussion with my friend, a European psychologist, involves the economic underpinnings of the Saudi Women Driving campaign. Feel free to drop me some feedback. YouTube video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BG54zHlNd3E As congestion and emission concerns in the mobility sector have accelerated policies to reduce car ownership and enhance 'Green' economies of scale in Western Europe and the United States, client export markets in West Asia are increasingly instructed by hegemonies in the core to stimulate higher volume imports of ICE vehicles. Recently in Saudi Arabia, regulatory obstacles stemming from the country's religious class were removed in an effort to enlarge supply and demand mechanisms. The debate about women driving in Saudi Arabia began in the 1980s, and resulted in prohibitions by Ibn Baz and al-Uthaymeen who declared women's driving an opportunity for corruption and an invitation for Muslim women to imitate other impious women. Citing Quranic verses on modesty and the veil, Ibn Baz reached the conclusion that women should not be allowed to travel alone or with a non-mahram driver, and that under no circumstances should be allowed to drive cars (Al-Rasheed, 2013). This obstacle became not only an inconvenience for Saudi women, but also for major US and semi-peripheral Japanese car manufacturers. With the gradual decline of an American empire, the increasing difficulty and failures of imperialist war to break open markets and the forging of trade and physical walls, the Trump administration has reiterated repeatedly that "Saudi Arabia must pay." It must not only pay for patronage, security and the continued American regional presence, but also for trade inefficiencies that have been tolerated and have persisted for decades. This commentary podcast suggests that in concert with the white feminist movement, mainstream political parties and newspapers, neoliberal NGOs, Saudis in exiles and domestic compradors, the American State Department has spearheaded a new mode of policy framing modeled after the Torches of Freedom campaign initiated by Edward Bernays in 1929. In that campaign, Bernays, a public relations mogul, teamed up with American feminist groups and linked the prohibition of women smoking in the United States to their lack of emancipation, paying female actors to smoke in public in an effort to increase the American Tobacco Company's market share. This podcast further suggests that by means of a coordinated public relations campaign, car manufacturers such as Ford and GM are the real 'winners' of #SaudiWomenDriving. Retrospectively, it argues that the people of Saudi Arabia are the unintended victims of surplus extraction by Western capitalists and of consumerism, all whilst being discouraged to consider the domestic means of production in Saudi Arabia's automotive sector.
  3. Would appreciate feedback from those who have watched the video.
  4. Salam all, Just finished my sixth vlog on Youtube called "Can Iran Still Trust Russia?" which deals with the purchase of the S-300 system and Russia's attitude vis-a-vis Iran. Let me know what you think. Watch it here: More detailed description of the video: After nine years, Russia delivered Almaz-Antey's S300 missile to Iran in April, 2016. But why the delay? Find out here. The political détente between Iran and Russia began in 1989. In that year, Russian Foreign Minister Shevardnadze met Ayatollah Khomeini after the Soviet pullout in Afghanistan. A few months later, president Rafsanjani met with Mikhail Gorbachev to discuss cooperation on the use of peaceful atomic energy. These series of meetings spawned atomic cooperation agreements to be signed in 1992. The Soviet Union's weakness and its ultimate dissolution accelerated calls within Russia to revive Russia's nuclear industry abroad. From the mid-2000s, both countries had seen relations deteriorate. In Iran, the deregulation of the Khatami administration shifted towards an autarky-minded Ahmadinejad government insisting on Iran autonomously developing a full nuclear cycle. Russia's buildup after the Soviet collapse left it desperate to maintain Iran as a purchasing market. The Russians provided Iran with light-water nuclear reactors (LWRS) in 1992, the Bushehr plant was reconstructed through a $1 billion contract in 1995 and other side agreements included the negotiated delivery of a gas-centrifuge uranium enrichment facility. With the prospects of an increasingly independent Iran ahead and rapprochement with Washington, Russia decided to punish the Iranians through various international mechanisms. The delay of the S300 therefore serves as a case study illuminating the selfish economic interests of two states on the one hand, and the indifference by Russia to enhance regional security on the other.
  5. Hi Sumayyeh, All of my videos have bibliographies. Check the description section of the video.
  6. Hello all, Sharing a new vlog with you on the PFLP. If you have any feedback or criticism, feel free to reply. Iran Military Vlog #5 discusses the PFLP's infancy and the movement's early incremental development. One of the major consequences of the 1948 war was the mobilization of nationalist militias in Palestine. Gradually, Palestinian movements with a regional Arab outlook became increasingly disillusioned with Arabism and instead opted for grassroots guerrilla tactics as a means of liberating Palestinian territory. The removal of Arab primacy also involved appeals to the Soviet Union and the PRC through the adoption of international Marxism. One of the most prominent movements born out of the 1967 Arab defeat was the PFLP, the second-largest of the groups forming the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). The movement was founded and led by George Habash and has maintained amicable relations with states of the Resistance Axis, including Iran and Syria. This vlog looks back at the PFLP in its early stages.
  7. Salam all, I uploaded a new vlog on Iran's F-14 and the hunt for spare parts. Hope you like it and would appreciate any feedback. If you have suggestions for other topics, please let me know. Description: Iran Military Vlog episode 4 discusses the IRIAF's endeavor to keep its fleet of F-14As flying. Under the Shah, Iran became the only country in the world authorized to purchase the interceptor aircraft as a joint US-Iranian project to deter habitual incursions by the Soviet Union. Following the Islamic Revolution in 1979, all maintenance support for the Tomcat ended and a sanctions regime denied Iran all access to spare parts. Because the F-14's sensitive maintenance knowledge was denied to Iran as part of the initial deal, the Tomcat was expected to remain non-operational. This vlog problematizes that enduring myth.
  8. Ditto. Documentaries about Iran aired by American and European media are heavily Eurocentric and stupefy the mind. Avoid them at all costs.
  9. Find out how differences within Islam shape attitudes on evolution and its most famous protagonist, Charles Darwin. Iran Military Vlog #4: Evolution and Islam Hello guys, I have a vlog on Youtube and In my playlist Iran and the Sciences I added a new video shedding some light on the treatment of biological evolution in Iran and Saudi Arabia. Note that I'm not a biologist nor at all involved in the natural sciences, and some statements may be simplified for general audiences. Most of my information is pulled from E. Burton's research on school textbooks in Iran and Saudi Arabia. .
  10. She makes some good points. Whatever she said about Adam is her personal opinion. I've been working on a vlog concerning evolution and how Islamic states teach it. Should be online soon.
  11. Hello there guys. I've recently tried to start vlogging again and the first video in a series about Hezbollah's relationship with Iran is online. The video posted is a short overview. Here's a brief description: Where does Lebanon's Hezbollah come from? What are the grievances that contributed to its establishment? A short introduction to how it all got started, in English. In August of 1994, then-State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism Barbara Bodine referred to Hezbollah as an Iranian creation. Despite the political color of her statement and of those preceding and succeeding her, the theory that Hezbollah is a foreign-imposed construct in Lebanon has also remained afloat in more serious discussions and literature. This short introduction corrects that view, arguing that Hezbollah is an organic and natural evolution within Lebanon. An evolution that gradually took place within the Shiite community following the end of the Great War.
  12. I honestly don't know anything about that. But that's what research is for. Did you have a specific topic in mind?
  13. Ali, I started a video blog. How is that relevant to my purpose?
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