Friday, July 4th, 2014

Some Notes on the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs' Video Calling For “Mutual Respect” in Upcoming Nuclear Talks

1. It begins beautifully when, looking dapper in a beautiful suit and sunglasses, he emerges from a beautiful building to walk past a beautiful fountain.zarif

2. As Zarif strolls, we see the person who opened the door of the beautiful building for him has, strangely, neglected to close it. What are they waiting for? Screen Shot 2014-07-03 at 4.39.30 PM

3. There's a very weird jump cut around 1:12 from a close-up to a wider shot as a sort of punctuation around his chastising the United States for eight years of sanctions: Screen Shot 2014-07-03 at 4.58.50 PM“They then opted for pressure and sanctions. For eight years.”

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“The sanctions were crippling.” (Now I’m standing in a whole new place!)

4. There’s a truly bizarre lol cut at 1:44 where, now, suddenly, Zarif is not looking at the viewer but off to the side, into the distance. Who is he talking to??

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5. For the entire four-and-a-half-minute video, Zarif manages to look both full of conviction and purpose and super annoyed that he even has to do this shit.


Sarah Miller is the author of Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn and The Other Girl. She lives in Nevada City, CA.

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eizverson22 (#277,962)

Now, the nuclear issue is an important issue has been the impact of the global security.

UncleStu (#232,509)


So Iran threatens the entire world?

Get serious, please.

UncleStu (#232,509)

I am not an Iranian, nor a Muslim. I'm just an American who believes in knowing our true history, rather than swallowing the BS handed down by – all – of our "leaders" and politicians throught our history.

The average American doesn't know that, in 1953, the United States and the British engineered a coup in Iran, overthrowing a democratically elected government and installed a brutally repressive regime (the Shah) that ruled for decades.

Iranians, on the other hand, are very aware of those major events of their recent history. This explains why, to this day, many Iranians are gravely suspicious of American intentions. It also helps explain the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, an event that most Americans think was caused by religious hatred.

The reason for the 1953 intervention in Iran was to benefit American and British oil companies – nothing else. (Bush/Cheney's invasion of Iraq comes to mind.)

Check out the wikipedia entry here:

It starts with:
Mohammad Mosaddegh was the democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran from 1951 until 1953, when his government was overthrown in a coup d'état orchestrated by the British MI6 and the American CIA

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