Who to blame?

Political and corporate dictators


Who to blame?
by Mohammad Ala

All the unrests in the Middle East part of Asia and Africa demonstrate that Western governments and corporate economic dictators can only keep a lid on news and support of political dictators for so long before oppressed people get fed up with their situation and demand a change. This raises the question who should one blame, Western governments, political dictators or the corporate economic dictators who control the natural resources?

Now that there are protests all over the Middle East and some parts of Africa, the next protests should be against the corporate economic dictators and their governments that support their corruptions. Similar to several Middle East leaders, corporate leaders must be arrested, their wealth confiscated for their crimes against humanity. We have seen the protests in the Middle East and Africa against brutal dictators; now this anger should also be focused on the global corporations such as Exxon/Mobile and British Petroleum which often support these dictators because of their economic interests in these countries. At the very least, such corporations should also be made accountable for their actions by restoring to the populace some of the wealth that they have wrongfully taken.

Closer examination of what is really happening regarding oil production reveals that Western corporate interests are not telling the truth. These interests claim that the amount of oil coming into the West has declined; yet the tax revenues from oil have not declined. Nor has the amount of oil refinement in the West declined. These are public information and available readily. But the general public gets its news from the controlled mass media and follows what the corporate economic dictators feed them.

It is truly awe-inspiring to observe what is occurring in the Middle East as people are demanding accountability from their governments and the opportunity to have a role in those governments. Global corporate economic interests should recognize that their support of political dictators will ultimately be detrimental to their interests in the region.

The recent events in the Middle East have revealed much of the Western media to be inaccurate in its reporting and narrow-minded in understanding its causes. It is a fact that the Western governments and their corporate dictators have supported political dictators in the Middle East and other parts of the world. This has been done against the will of the majority of people in the name of "stability" not for democracy.

In a democratic country, corporate economic dictators will not survive. In the past the West has supported dictators in the Middle East and elsewhere to promote its economic interests, contrary to the will of the majority of the people living there. In a true democracy the corrupt relationship between economic and political interests will not survive.

The Western governments have been involved, covertly or overtly for decades through financial institutions (such as IMF and World Bank) and military involvement (for example, selling Arms to Saddam Hussein and other countries in the Persian Gulf region).

The abuses within countries controlled by these dictators could never have existed without the knowledge and support of the West and its corporate interests. Although there has been some trickle-down benefit to the people living in these countries, in fact most of the financial profit has gone to the dictators and corporate economic interests.

It is a common knowledge that Western countries breeds and feeds corrupt dictators who practice torture to stay in power. The jargon about human rights and reforms is a trick used to fool people. The murdering of innocent people, especially in Bahrain where there is an enormous naval base, is carried out under the supervision of the US. It is beyond logic that corrupt regimes where women are forbidden to drive a car can survive without the help of Western governments. Many in the Middle East believe that the West encourages and supports corrupt and brutal dictators to promote its economic interests; lip service is paid to "human rights" but the reality is different.

In order to work with the citizen participants in these uprisings, the West must deal honestly with the historical background of its involvement in the Middle East and recognize that ultimately, despite having military power on their side, political dictators, and the economic interests that support them, will not survive.


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by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

Thats like saying that Africans are responsible for the rape of Africa or that Slaves were primarily responsible for slavery, the logic is ridiculous.

Yes they are using us, intellectual and leaders alike, but you honestly aren't looking at scope and size.

If I were to put my finger on a tiny ant I see crawling across a bench and crush it to death, would you say that it was the ant not taking responsibility for its own actions?  Of course not.

You JJ and ten thousand people like yourself, plus a $1billion dollar gift from fans couldn't do a thing to resolve the root causes of our difficulties.

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by Tiger Lily on


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by Tabarzin on

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In Dubai, Beijing, Moscow, all over Western Europe, Asia, North America and South America. The IRI's money trail of murdering and looting goes well beyond the reesh o pashm in Iran itself. There is an international cast of corporate/business partners who are doing business with the mullahs making the mullahs sleaze-fest possible and so are complicit. One example, who sold one of the most up to date cell-phone surveillance technologies to the IRI just before the fake elections of 2009 and continues to service it: Nokia. And the list goes on and on...


Doctor joooon

by Cost-of-Progress on

what about the religious dictators in the middle, I say, Middle East? What about the rampant corruption and incompetence in your homeland? What about the billions upon billions of dollars being robbed from Iran and her people by the alliance of reesh-o pashm?

It is easy to blame those who are smarter than us, to say it is their fault we are so assbackward, when it is us who choose to remain in the 7th century (632 to be exact AD).

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by Reality-Bites on

Yes, international corporate power certainly does have a lot to answer to, but it seems to me that "bashing the corporates" has become bit of a sport recently with a lot of people jumping on the bandwagon and blaming everything on these "nasty" corporations. I don't think it's quite as simple as that.

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In Iran's case the regime IS the main corporation.

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by Brian Appleton on

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by iamfine on

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by G. Rahmanian on

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by Roozbeh_Gilani on

 "their wealth confiscated for their crimes against humanity"

Easy Tiger!

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"Personal business must yield to collective interest."

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by Jahanshah Javid on

Corporations as well as world powers are certainly not blameless. But the PRIMARY blame falls on us alone. WE are responsible, far more than foreigners, for what has and is happening in OUR country.

The Islamic Republic (or any other regime) is DIRECTLY responsible for the crimes committed against the people. Protesters in the street were killed by IRANIAN security forces, critics and activists have not been executed or jailed or silenced by foreigners.

As long as we don't take responsibility for our own actions, nothing will change.


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by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

Here is a different point of view on the wests pursuit of democracy and rule of law for oil producing countrys.