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Why the Western media are angry at Tehran NAM summit

The 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran was unquestionably a diplomatic triumph for Iran, and the Western politicians know this very well. Perhaps it’s in this context that the frustration and annoyance of the Western state-run mainstream media at the Tehran summit can be explained.

During the one-week meetings of the experts, foreign ministers and heads of state and government of the NAM member states, several high-ranking delegations from 120 countries in the five continents traveled to Tehran to take part in what is seen to be the most important diplomatic gathering of the world after the UN General Assembly.

This gigantic international gathering which was unprecedented in Iran’s political history took place while the United States, Israel and their European allies have been going through fire and water for a long time to push Iran toward isolation and portray a horrific, distorted image of Iran as a threat to global peace and security. However, it seems that the non-aligned nations cared little about the Western-Israeli media hype about Iran as hundreds of delegations from around the world came to Iran to attend the 16th NAM summit and also hold talks with Iranian officials and use the opportunity to urge for the expansion of bilateral ties with the Islamic Republic.

However, the mainstream media’s coverage of the important diplomatic event in Iran reflected the depth of the Western powers’ fury and disappointment at the successful summit in Tehran and Iran’s being featured as a defining role-player in the international developments. A quick glance at the articles, commentaries and interviews published on the Western news agencies and newspapers will give us an insight of how much the United States and its allies are exasperated at the NAM summit and most importantly, the fact that it was hosted by their popular villain, Iran.

In an article published on August 30, the Guardian correspondent questioned Iran’s giving importance to the NAM summit, insolently ridiculing Iranians’ hospitality and their reception of the high-ranking guests: “[t]o watch Iranian state television, you’d think the country was hosting the Olympics. Rolling television coverage included reporters at the airport covering the landing of diplomats as if they were top athletes and ongoing interviews with delegates being asked to comment on the hospitality of Iranians and their impressions of Tehran.”

Censoring all parts of the Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s opening speech to the NAM leaders, the British paper Guardian selectively published those parts in which he had blamed the Syrian government for the eruption of violence in the country, calling his remarks “disturbing” for the Iranian leaders.

In an editorial published on Guardian one day earlier, the British paper called Iran a “bankrupt” country whose objective for hosting the summit is “to prove a point: sanctions-racked it may be, but isolated it is not.”

Such stringent verbal attacks on Iran have been pervasively seen in the Western mainstream media during the past months, especially since the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad started to send letters of invitation to the leaders of the Non-Aligned Movement. The agitprop campaign intensified during the days of the summit and now is at its peak as some 30 world leaders have gathered in Tehran to discuss the most important global developments.

The New York Times which has long been at daggers drawn with Iran has declared a total war on the Non-Aligned Movement and Iran.

In an article published on August 28, the hawkish American author Thomas L. Friedman who is ostensibly infuriated with the fact such a high-ranking politician as the Egyptian President has attended the summit, firstly asks that to whom the members of this movement are non-aligned.
He then continues, “[i]s Morsi nonaligned in that choice? Is he nonaligned when it comes to choosing between democracies and dictatorships — especially the Iranian one that is so complicit in crushing the Syrian rebellion as well? And by the way, why is Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary General, lending his hand to this Iranian whitewashing festival? What a betrayal of Iranian democrat.”

In a fanatically-written article published on the Emirati newspaper The Nation, the author, Afshin Molavi, who is an Iranian citizen working with neo-conservative organizations in the U.S. calls the whole Non-Aligned Movement “useless”, saying that “the visit of a few diplomats from Asia, Africa and Latin America will do nothing for the Iranian father who must hold two jobs just to make ends meet – caught between a choking sanctions regime, [and] an economy raven by corruption and mismanagement.”

Other American media also embraced the summit hypocritically, extraordinarily aggrandizing some of Ban Ki-moon’s remarks that Iran should improve its human rights record: “U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had signaled he would not shy away from criticism of Iran during his visit to the Nonaligned Movement gathering in Tehran, but the sharp comments appeared to catch Iranian officials off guard just hours after his arrival,” wrote Huffington Post in an August 29 article.

NPR’s correspondent called Iran an “often isolated” nation that has been selected to host the huge summit. “Countries that are part of the Nonaligned Movement have mostly cut back economic ties with Iran in order to remain on better terms with Washington,” it quoted a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace fellow who has tried to downplay the significance of the NAM summit and convince the readers that Iran cannot gain reputation as an international leader through hosting the summit.

There are hundreds of other such examples which attest to the duplicitous, deceitful approach of the Western media toward the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran. In a concerted and communal effort aimed at undermining the importance of this remarkable international event, many of them attacked and even insulted Iran, resorted to making prejudiced and lopsided statements about Iran’s position in the international community and turned a blind eye to the successful hosting of the summit by Iran and the important remarks made by the NAM leaders who have called Iran an important and crucial role-player in regional and international affairs.

The animosity of the Western media with Iran is nothing new. Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979 which deposed the U.S.-installed monarch Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, they started their campaign of misinformation and black propaganda against Iran. The NAM summit gave them an opportunity to renew their attacks on Iran; however, this time it was quite evident that they had become increasingly angry and incensed that politicians from 120 countries of the world decided to come to Tehran and affirm or strengthen their ties with Iran while the media wing of the superpowers has been sparing no effort to show Iran an isolated, friendless country.

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10 Responses to Why the Western media are angry at Tehran NAM summit

  1. Rehmat September 1, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    The 96% of western mainstream media is owned by six Zionist Jew families – who don’t like to see Israel as the only ME Bully being marginalized.

    “There were attempts by the neo-conservative oligarchy in Washington, represented notably by Robert Kagan (Zionist Jew) of the elitist Brookings Institution and his State Department spokesperson wife Victoria Nuland (Zionist Jew), to convince Ban, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, and other recipients of U.S. aid to boycott Tehran,” wrote investigative journalist Wayne Madsen on August 30, 2012.

    However, don’t forget, Ban Ki-moon, took along with him the most anti-Syria-Hizbullah-Iran Jewish thug, Jeffrey Feltman – and even presented him to Iran’s Spiritual Leader Ayatullah Khamenei.

  2. etominusipi September 2, 2012 at 10:10 am #


    perhaps i am old-fashioned, but from my kindergarten days i remember our history teacher Mrs Parkcroft used to stress the difference between a rebellion – an armed (and almost invariably brutal and thuggish) insurgency, funded and assisted by outside powers with the aim of bringing about violent regime change in the interests of the paymasters – and any form of legitimate attempt to exert pressure for political change.

    it therefore shocked me to read the following in your paper the other day:

    “…especially the Iranian one that is so complicit in crushing the Syrian rebellion as well…”

    Mr Friedman’s wording inadvertently gives the whole game away. i suggest that his employers ought to be notified – they pay good money after all, and deserve watertight propaganda in return. as a first offence perhaps not a sackable mistake, but such sloppiness should be rewarded with a ‘slap on the wrist’, at least. we must all be vigilant guardians of the extremely high standards of journalism to which we have long been becoming accustomed.

    long may your esteemed organ remain the beacon of democratic hope and the bastion of freedom of opinion and expression that it has, increasingly, always been,

    yrs faithfully

    Sophie Gabbelnutter (Ms)
    Fairfax, VA

  3. who_me September 3, 2012 at 1:31 am #

    “Why the Western media are angry at Tehran NAM summit”

    surely that is a typo and it was meant to say the jewish run western media?

  4. Warren Metzler September 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    I accept that the US, and whoever it gets to agree, are being very irrational and unjust in their efforts to punish Iran. And further agree it is reasonable that Iran host meetings like NAM. But shouldn’t there be a bit of admittance that Iran is a dictatorship, where there is little to no personal freedoms? And where the so called religious leaders are lining their pockets left and right?

    • Roy Bard September 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

      Have you been there? Or are you just relying on the propaganda?

  5. Ariadna Theokopoulos September 5, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    No, Roy, you are wrong (as so often).
    It is a question of BALANCE. Not to take the time to point out Iran’s authoritarian regime and its human rights issues at this particular juncture is as wrong as not discussing Palestinian corruption during Cast Lead. Warren has assimilated the important principle of balance from the MSM. You still have some work to do in that regard.

    • David Holden September 6, 2012 at 6:35 am #

      with a notorious aggressor-nation like Iran, with its stockpile of undeclared 400 nuclear warheads, its persistent refusal to sign the non-proliferation treaty, its decades long arrogant cocking of snooks at a whole bookful of UN resolutions, its shameful persecution of its small Jewish population (who have even been tortured and brainwashed to say they prefer living in Iran to Israel!), its ritual execution of all women over the age of sixteen, its building of an ugly 2000-mile long concrete wall to pen in the Kurdish minority and separate them from their traditional pasturelands, its threat to wipe all nations off the face of the earth, the continual harassment of simple Turkish fishing boats using all the might of its powerful navy, its annual grants of trillions of rial from powerful allies like Russia and China, its planting of dual Iranian-American citizens throughout the top echelons of the US political system, who subvert foreign policy to wage murderous warfare against neighbouring Arab countries it sees as a threat, its use of electronic voting systems to rig elections…the list of Iran’s crimes might fill a large book.

      i think, yes, we need balance. and let us not forget how its army of propagandists blare out a constant stream of mind-polluting pro-Iranian drivel through their control of the media in all Western nations (a la Hollywood), just as they squeeze and extort what little remaining resources are available to the world’s poor through their stranglehold on the global banking system.

      quite simply Iran is an Axis of Evil in itself, and the sooner it is bombed back to the stone age, the sooner we will all be able to sleep peacefully in our beds. many people are unaware of how the Iranians (originally a relatively small nomadic people scattered through the nations of the world) enriched themselves by thievery, blackmail and conspiracy, then came as usurpers to the ancient holy land (formerly known as Persia), the cradle of the Mazdean religion which was a precursor of Christianty, and forcefully and cruelly drove out the handful of millions of farmers who had lived in peace on their ancestral pasture-lands from time immemorial. do not the cries of their spilt blood reach up to the throne of Almighty God, Protector of the Innocent, and Upholder of Justice? will He not hear them? will He not, when the appointed Hour of Destiny strikes, stretch out his Mighty Hand to avenge them?

      • fool me once... September 6, 2012 at 7:39 am #

        David H? 😀 Does the nick change mean you’re going to do an article? If so, nice one!

        • David Holden September 6, 2012 at 8:33 am #

          yes, only a tiny one, but first i have to get my head round wordpress. as one of the few remaining greybeards born in the eighteenth century i do find all this newfangled technology rather baffling. but with good quills now beyond the pockets of those of limited means, and decent ink increasingly difficult to find, i have no realistic choice but to learn quickly how to wield the double-edged sword of electronic communications technology so accurately foreshadowed by seminal futurologists Diderot and Voltaire, and so foolishly ignored at the time by all the rest of us who prided ourselves on our ‘progressive’ credentials. la lutta continua! 😉

      • Ariadna Theokopoulos September 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

        Thank you for supporting my observation with your excellent summary of Iranian history.
        My common sense point surely reached Roy but your comment is of great value to all the readers of deLib who may not be serious students of history and to Israelis like cosmo who FEEL the truth but do not have solid arguments to express it.
        Iran is, as it has always been, a great threat to civilized nations. Cato Sr. famously said “Iran delendum est.”