Le saviez-vous ? Peugeot sous embargo en IRAN

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PEUGEOT, L’IRAN ET GENERAL MOTORS

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France info s’intéresse à la vérité quand c’est trop tard. ça fait longtemps que Marine Le Pen accuse l’actionnaire Général Motors d’avoir fait perdre l’un des marchés les plus juteux de Peugeot. Nous vous le disions nous même en juillet dernier : Après peugeot, Obama oblige Renault à quitter l’Iran. (+vidéo du représentant CGT)

La France a obtempéré aux injonctions de la firme américaine. Le but pour l’oncle Sam était d’empêcher Peugeot d’être le constructeur de totomobiles favoris des Iraniens. C’est réussi. Aujourd’hui que les rapports avec l’Iran s’améliorent, l’Amérique compte bien se réserver le marché pour elle toute seule, et nous on compte nos chômeurs….

Maintenant que les chinois viennent de mettre la main sur la marque au Lion, il ne faudra pas s’étonner quand demain nos usines partiront en masse au pays de la muraille de Chine.

Alors qu’un groupe chinois entre dans le capital de PSA, la présidente du Front national craint pour l’indépendance du constructeur français. Elle affirme « que quand General Motors est entré dans le capital de PSA, sa première exigence a été de demander d’arrêter de fournir le marché iranien, un débouché considérable pour PSA ». Vrai ou faux ? Réponse ici.

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PSA n’a jamais voulu le reconnaître. Il a toujours affirmé que ce sont les sanctions internationales contre l’Iran qui l’ont obligé à stopper les ventes à ce pays. Mais une grande partie de la presse économique et des analystes du secteur confirment que l’américain General Motors a exigé début 2012 que PSA gèle ses ventes à l’Iran, grand ennemi des Etats-Unis.

Pierre Paturel, spécialiste du secteur automobile au cabinet d’études économiques Xerfi rappelle plusieurs éléments troublants. « PSA n’avait aucun intérêt à arrêter les ventes à destination de l’Iran. Il ne faut pas oublier qu’à ce moment là, PSA vendait environ 460.000 voitures à l’Iran. C’était son 2eme marché mondial et cela représentait 800 millions d’euros de chiffre d’affaire, quelque chose d’énorme ». Pierre Paturel ajoute que « comme par hasard, PSA déclare qu’ils vont arrêter de vendre des véhicules à l’Iran pile au moment où General Motors annonce qu’il va effectivement entrer dans le capital de PSA« .

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L’Affaire Peugeot Un documentaire de Francesco Condemi

Au printemps 2012, Peugeot se retire de son premier marché à l’international : l’Iran. Cette amputation coïncide avec l’annonce par le constructeur automobile de la fermetures de sites industriels et de milliers de licenciements en France et en Europe.
Qui a décidé d’abandonner un marché de 800 millions d’euros par an tout en envoyant à la casse 8000 salariés ?

En ce printemps 2013, le sort de plus de 10 000 salariés de Peugeot PSA semble maintenant scellé par les décisions des dirigeants de la firme. Les syndicats, quant à eux, paraissent incapables de renverser le rapport de force pour empêcher ces licenciements et, déjà, certains promoteurs lorgnent sur les 180 hectares du site d’Aulnay.

Comme à leur habitude, les médias ont escamoté les véritables raisons de la crise traversée par le constructeur automobile. L’idéologie néolibérale nous a distillé son prêt-à-penser sur la faible compétitivité des ouvriers français et sur les difficultés de la conjoncture économique mondiale.

Pourtant, de rares analystes on révélé comment, sous la pression du lobby anti-irannien, Peugeot s’est amputée de son principal client à l’international.
En rompant avec le marché iranien début 2012, PSA s’est privé de 650 à 840 millions d’euros de chiffre d’affaire annuel.

L’équipe de Clap36 a enquêté sur les instigateurs de ce qu’il convient d’appeler « l’affaire Peugeot ».
Un film documentaire de Francesco Condemi.
Sortie française le 22 mai 2013.

Souscription

Contribuez à l’édition du DVD « L’affaire Peugeot » en participant à la souscription pour 20 € (frais de port inclus). Vous recevrez le film fin juin.
Durée : 59 mn.
Format : 16/9ème, HDV, stéréo.

‘US doesn’t need UN to oust Assad’ – Clinton

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (AFP Photo/POOL/Jim Watson

Hillary Clinton threatens the US and “like-minded states” might pursue regime change in Syria in circumvention of the UN if the new resolution on Syria is “toothless”. Russia’s Foreign Minister believes the conflict is still solvable diplomatically.

Having conducted talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has acknowledged that the Russian position is steadfast: foreign intervention in Syria is intolerable.

“We have to be realistic. We haven’t seen eye-to-eye… that may continue,” Clinton revealed on Sunday.

Since the Russian and American positions on Syria do not converge, “then we will work with like-minded states to support a Syrian opposition to hasten the day when Assad falls and to help prepare Syria for a democratic future and help it get back on its feet,” she declared.

There is no point to passing a new UN resolution on Syria “with no teeth”, she said, “because we’ve seen time and time again that Assad will ignore it and keep attacking his own people,” Clinton told reporters.

“As I underscored yesterday with Foreign Minister Lavrov, that will only be effective if it includes consequences for non-compliance,” she added.

Russia together with China has vetoed three consecutive Western-drafted UN Security Council resolutions on Syria, claiming the resolutions were unbalanced.

Still, Clinton promised that she will continue to work with Lavrov “to see if we can revisit the idea of putting the Syrian transition plan that we agreed to in Geneva earlier this summer into a Security Council resolution.”

The disagreements on Syria between Moscow and Washington are not only limited to the UN resolutions. The foreign minister explained that Russia is firmly against bilateral sanctions the US and EU are imposing on Syria. Continue reading

India to Boost Oil Imports from Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- India is due to receive the first state-insured oil cargo from Iran in weeks after New Delhi joined Tokyo in offering government-backed insurance for ships carrying Iranian crude in order to bypass European sanctions against Iranian supplies.

The first Indian ship to carry oil from Iran with Indian insurance is scheduled to load up in Iran on Wednesday, a shipping company executive said. This is a breakthrough for the Indian government, which has sought to maintain vital Iranian oil imports after European sanctions blocked third-party insurance in July.

The MT Omvati Prem – a tanker contracted to carry 85,000 metric tons of crude oil from Iran for Indian state refiner Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd. – is scheduled to arrive in India by Aug. 25, said Kowshik Kuchroo, president of shipping for Mercator Ltd., an Indian shipping company.  Continue reading

Analyst: US sanctions on Iran constitute crimes against humanity

The latest round of illegal US sanctions on Iran constitutes crimes against humanity as they have been designed to hurt ordinary Iranian civilians, a political commentator tells Press TV

“Iran is a grain importer and the US knows that and, by creating obstacles in the way of grain exports to Iran, the US is clearly committing crimes against humanity because it only affects ordinary Iranians who have got nothing to do with the country’s nuclear energy program,” Hamid-Reza Emadi said in an interview with Press TV on Thursday.

In a statement, released by the White House, US President Barack Obama has said the existing sanctions on Iran’s oil industry has been expanded “by making sanctionable the purchase or acquisition of Iranian petrochemical products.” He said that the US sanctions will apply to any financial institution that allows Iran to access the international financial system.  Continue reading

‘Don’t be duped by Western humanitarian rhetoric on Syria’ – Russia’s UN ambassador

Russia and China have for the third time vetoed a UN Security Council resolution on Syria which would entail tragic consequences for Damascus. Russia’s ambassador to the UN told RT why a diplomatic solution to the crisis remains the only option.

In an exclusive interview with RT, Vitaly Churkin gave his explanation of what is going on in Syria and why he thinks the conflict has spread beyond that country’s borders.

RT: Russia’s decision to veto this latest resolution has caused consternation and widespread criticism of Moscow’s stance – is Russia supporting the Assad regime?

Vitaly Churkin: Of course not. It is all about what needs to be done in order to settle the crisis. Unfortunately, the strategy of our Western colleagues seems to be to try to whip up tensions in and around Syria at every opportunity. And this time they took the occasion of the need to extend the mandate of the monitoring mission in Syria and attached a number of unacceptable clauses to their draft resolution. So, we needed to veto together with China that unacceptable draft to allow Kofi Annan more space to work on the document which was adopted by foreign ministers of a number of countries of the so-called “action group”, which calls for setting up transitional national body and that requires of course the dialogue between various parties. So, in this context, to introduce a resolution which would only entail pressure and almost inevitable sanctions on the Syrian government did not look like a good idea to us at all and we blocked the decision, which in our view was counter-productive. Continue reading

Obama’s War On Iran

By Stephen Lendman

Washington’s war on Iran includes cyber attacks, other sabotage, targeted assassinations, deadly explosions, sophisticated satellite, drone, and other type spying, bogus accusations, a virtual blockade, hostile saber rattling, multiple rounds of sanctions, and attempts to cripple its central bank and oil industry.

Targeting its nuclear industry is a red herring. At issue is replacing an independent regime with a pro-Western one. All options are considered, including war. If others fail, expect it, perhaps with nuclear weapons targeting its underground facilities. The potential consequences are unthinkable.

On March 17, the Belgium-based Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) said it cut services to Iranian financial institutions subject to EU sanctions. SWIFT serves as a financial and communication clearing system most major global banks use.

Iran no longer may transfer funds to or from other worldwide banks conventionally. Henceforth, its trade must be conducted other ways, including how it sells oil. It accounts for 80% of Tehran’s exports and half of government revenues.

Iran’s able to circumvent Washington through China, Russia, India, and other nations eager to do business. They oppose policies harming their own interests. So do Brazil, South Africa, and others globally. One day perhaps most will.

On July 1, an imposed oil embargo becomes effective. It includes crude oil, petroleum and petrochemical products, oil related business, equipment and technology, selling Tehran refined products, new investments, and dealing with Iran’s central bank.

So far it hasn’t worked and won’t. Major Iranian customers and allies won’t comply. They include China, Russia, India, Turkey, Japan, South Korea, and others.

In addition, Washington exempted 11 countries, including Belgium, Britain, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain.

By imposing its own sanctions, EU nations shot themselves in the foot. Europe buys 20% of its oil from Iran. Its valued high quality won’t easily be replaced. No combination of Gulf states can do it, including Saudi Arabia. Nor can heavy oil suppliers. European refineries can’t handle it without costly upgrades.

Moreover, targeting Iranian oil exports sent US WTI crude up to $103 a barrel and European brent to $123 as of March 30 closing prices. Increased tensions may head it much higher. Independent analysts agree. Whoever planned this scheme should be fired. Iran’s beating Washington and EU nations at their own game.

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Criminal OBAMA Sanctions on Iran aimed at Starving the Iranian People

Tighter sanctions see Iran default on India rice payments

Iranian buyers have defaulted on payments for about 200,000 tonnes of rice from India in a sign of the mounting pressure on Tehran from a new wave of Western sanctions.

The default prompted the head of the All India Rice Exporters’ Association to call on members to stop exports to Iran based on credit, which would be a fresh blow to a country where imports of staple foods are already being hampered by sanctions.

Indian sources said the Iranian buyers had defaulted on payments worth about $144m (£90m) for shipments under long-term supply deals.

The country is finding it increasingly difficult to repatriate the hard currency from its crude oil exports that it needs to pay for shipments of food other imports. A sharp drop in the value of the rial is also adding to Iran’s import costs.

(Source: The Independent)