120 Non-Aligned countries meet in Iran

The 120-nation Non-Aligned Movement opened a week-long meeting today in Tehran, Iran.   The video above shows Prof. Vijah Prasad, a professor of international relations, discussing the significance of the meeting with the Real News Network’s Paul Jay.  It is an important meeting, representing a majority of the world’s nations, and attended by the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Prime Minister of India, among others.  It shows that Iran is not as isolated as governments of the United States, Israel and their allies would like, and that it is possible to defy the world’s military superpower.

Another recent declaration of independence from the United States was the recent Organization of American States resolution upholding Ecuador’s right to offer the sanctuary of its London embassy to Julian Assange of Wikileaks.

I think there is a new world order emerging, but not the one described by the elder President Bush.  I hope American leaders have the wisdom to accept the position of the United States as one of the world’s important nations instead of the world’s only important nation, while it is still possible to do so gracefully.

Click on Defying Western Sanctions, Iran Opens NAM Conference for a Reuters dispatch.

Click on Mossadegh and the legacy of the Non-Aligned Movement for analysis by Hamid Dabashi, who teaches Iranian studies at Colombia University.

Click on Non-Aligned Movement wiki for the Wikipedia article on the Non-Aligned Movement.

The Real News Network did not, as I had expected, carry a follow-up this weekend of its Aug. 17 interview with political scientist Thomas Ferguson.  I was disappointed, because I’m a great fan of Ferguson’s.

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