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Alinsky’s Rules for Obama’s Iran Strategy

For instance, the same week that Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg boasted of assurances from Royal Dutch Shell that the company would not invest in Iran, the British press reported that Shell had increased its import of Iranian crude oil and paid $1.5 billion to Tehran. Royal Dutch Shell, it could be argued, essentially just pumped $1.5 billion into the lifeblood of Iran’s coffers, which could be used to finance its nuclear-weapons program and support its terror subsidiaries, Hamas and Hezbollah. Why is the U.S State Department issuing public relations statements for a company that is turning the U.S. sanctions strategy into a theater of the absurd?

October 5, 2010

By Benjamin Weinthal

Berlin — Pres. Barack Obama chose last week to sanction the Swiss-based Naftiran Intertrade (NICO) energy-trading company for violating the recently enhanced U.S Iran Sanctions Act, which bars significant investments in Iran’s energy and gas sectors.

Obama and Secretary of State Clinton are well-versed in Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, yet they are failing to apply its core ideas to their Iran policy. Alinsky, after all, took to heart Frederick Douglass’s imperative: “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” Unfortunately, the U.S. State Department’s meek approach toward sanctions enforcement was on display in the handling of NICO, a subsidiary of Iran’s national oil company, which has no economic presence in the United States. read more and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

16 foreign oil companies may have violated Iran sanctions

Date: Wednesday, October 06, 2010

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that 16 foreign oil companies, including BP Global, may have violated U.S. sanctions on doing business with Iran. The companies, according to the GAO, sold or are selling gasoline to Iran, which is punishable under U.S. law.

The report, based on a GAO survey of thousands of publicly available energy industry and other publications, found that 16 firms had sold refined petroleum products – things such as gasoline and fuel oil – to Iran from January 2009 to June 2010. read more and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

Shell Industrial Espionage

By John Donovan

We are in high level email correspondence with Royal Dutch Shell regarding extraordinary – some might say sensational – information confirmed by the U.S. Dept of Defense. The correspondence has not been productive thus far as Shell officials are playing peek-a-boo and pass the parcel. We intend to publish the information tomorrow unless we receive a request from Shell today providing an indication of when we can expect a substantive response. Shell has no need to play for time. We will delay publication to give Shell further time to investigate provided a clear indication is given of when we can expect a substantive response. By coincidence or otherwise, our website has, for some unknown reason, crashed several times in the last 24 hours. We have had 28 notifications of “technical problems” with our website (hosted on a dedicated server) within the last 15 hours. If we have further problems, or disappear from the Internet altogether, you can draw your own conclusions on what might have happened. In an episode of the intrigue we have come to expect from Shell, it managed to close down  once before, fortunately only briefly. That was after Shell’s failed attempt in 2005 to seize the domain name.? read more and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.