Speech by Zeinab Mehanna at the Global Conference on Multipolarity, 29 April 2023

Dear Professor Dugin and esteemed guests,

It is quite symbolic (to me at least) that the Multipolarity Global Conference is held on today the 29/5/2023 which marks the 1st anniversary of the martyrdom of my late husband Nader Talebzadeh, Professor Dugin’s close friend and comrade in the resistance movement against the Anglo-American hegemony and deviated cavillations that is being imposed on the world. I would like to also express my deepest condolences for the martyrdom of my friend Daria Dugina.

The first time multipolarity was mentioned in Iran by Professor Dugin was in 2014 when he was invited by Nader the Head of New Horizon Conference. It followed in 2015 at the Arbaeen walk in the holy city of Najaf and in Iraq and then again in 2018 in the holy city of Mashhad, Iran and finally in 2019 in Beirut Lebanon. In all these events, Professor Dugin presented a multipolar world as a concept which is an inevitable response to the US’s total abuse of power and its hegemony around the world.

How do I as Lebanese national see “Multipolarity” as a necessity as a natural world order to follow to end the catastrophic economic crisis that Lebanon has been going through since 2019 as a result of the direct interference of the American and the Western forces in our internal politics and decision making?!

I would like to also bring the attention of the esteemed audience that the fact that the US Embassy is currently constructing its second- largest embassy in the world (after Baghdad) over 43- acres of land costing its taxpayers an amount of ONE BILLION DOLLARS, is concerning, given the dire economic situation in the country. …. Are we looking at a Baghdad scenario on the Mediterranean cost?

So why do we need multipolarity now?

  • Greater stability: where no single power can dominate global and local affairs which may lead the risk of conflict
  • Greater diversity of ideas and perspectives in a country that has 18 religious dominations
  • Greater distribution of wealth among its citizens without sectarian influences
  • Greater opportunities for corporations and an increased competition among the diverse political fractions in Lebanon

In my opinion, the current situation in Lebanon reflects the urgent need to follow the multipolar model especially with the defiance of certain forces to the voices herald by the Islamic Resistance (Hezbollah) and its allies in Lebanon where the Secretary of the Part Sayyed Hassan Nasrullah called for the corporation with Russia and China. The discourse in Lebanon is either “US” (meaning the allies of the United Sates and the West) or “Them” (meaning the EAST) …In other words, not an inclusive international system that respects the sovereignty of all nations and an equitable global governance and finally based on balance of power and respect of diversity of cultures and civilizations.

It is heartening to see the commencement of talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia, orchestrated by China, which gives hope to many in the region and around the world that the multipolarity concept is on its way to being applied and established globally.

In conclusion, I wish for peace in a multipolar world, where no single power can dominate global and local affairs, leading to greater stability, diversity of ideas and perspectives, and distribution of wealth among its citizens without sectarian influences.

Thank you,

Zeinab Mehanna