Oliver Stone Slams US Involvement in Middle East During Visit to Tehran Film Festival

Oliver Stone, the filmmaker, has slammed America’s involvement in the Middle East during an appearance at Iran’s Fajr International Film Festival.

Stone was hosting a workshop for aspiring filmmakers at Tehran University on Wednesday night, where he told students: “We [the US] have always been involved in wars in the Middle East from Iraq to Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and now Iran, which has never been off the map. It has always been a target … we are dealing with the issue of Afghanistan for more than 18 years. Why?”

Stone, director of politically charged factual movies such as Nixon, Looking for Fidel and Snowden, as well as classics such as Midnight Express and Platoon, went on to blame the US for much of the violence and trauma that has rocked parts of the region in recent years: “America, combined with ISIS, and Israel aims to destroy the Middle East and make it a parking lot for America; to make it over and I think it is a very destructive plan and it is a tragedy,” he said.

Stone added that he didn’t expect the current troubles in the region to benefit either his own country, or those in the Middle East, any time soon: “Americans have always been involved in war in different countries but have never got any lesson from the disastrous results and still plan to start other wars,” he said.

Italian Ambassador to Libya Says Immigrants are at Risk as a Result of Poor Coordination at Sea

The Italian Ambassador to Libya, Giuseppe Perrone, said that the competition between the Libyan Coast Guard and non-governmental organizations in the Mediterranean is putting the lives of migrants at risk.

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