“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Monday, January 25, 2016

Rank and File Union Members of The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Get Screwed By Union Leaders Supporting Neocon Hillary Clinton - Iran to buy 114 Airbuses to revamp aging fleet


The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) announced Friday that it would endorse Hillary Clinton as its preferred Democratic presidential candidate. The machinists are now the third AFL-CIO union to endorse a candidate, following National Nurses United’s endorsement of Senator Bernie Sanders four days ago and the American Federation of Teachers’ Clinton endorsement on July 11.



  1. Iran will be buying pare parts from Boeing to rejuvenate the fleet of 6 operational 747s.
    They announced in November of 2015 the purchase of 13 used Boeing 737s, with an average age of above 15 years.

    Iranian airlines have bought 13 narrow-body Boeing 737 aircraft in their latest move to rebuild the country’s commercial fleet, a news agency says.

    Two of the used aircraft, of the vintage 737-400 model, will fly in from a European country on Monday night, Fars quoted an informed source as saying Sunday without disclosing any names.

    The two aircraft are the first of the eight Boeing 737s bought by Nasim Air, a new airline based in the central city of Isfahan, the unnamed official said.

    Caspian Airlines has purchased three other and Aseman Airlines another two of the 150-seat short- to medium-range jets.

    Meanwhile, a UK-built Avro RJ short-haul airliner, bought by Mahan Air, flew into Iran on Friday, the source added.

    According to Fars, the aircraft are aged above 15 but the official said it was a non-issue.

    “The main issue about an aircraft is being able to procure parts. It doesn’t matter much how old a plane is. What is essential is to have the manufacturing company ensure parts supply,” the official said.

    The purchase of new Boeing aircraft is still problematic.

    While a purchase of 114 Airbus planes was already announced last week, Boeing did not show up at the Iran Aviation Summit in Tehran where a wide gathering of government, airline and airport officials were present. Akhoundi said Boeing is “unfortunately not here,” while carriers such as Iran Air expressed interest in the U.S. company’s planes. Iran’s interest in the A380 was first reported by Reuters.

    1. The purchase story ...


    2. Mr. Kashan said Iran also may buy 40 turboprop short-haul planes from ATR, the joint venture between Airbus and Italy’s Finmeccanica SpA. Deliveries would unfold this year and next, he said.

      He said it was unclear how soon a deal with Boeing could be completed. The plane maker still was trying to sort out how to deal with Iran and comply with U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control rules, he said.