A resolution for new sanctions against Iran was adopted by the United Nations Security Council last week exposing yet again the councils dubious role in world affairs. Rather than ensuring security in the region, the new sanctions have sown the seeds of war. It is no secret that the United States is relentlessly working towards engineering a military confrontation with Iran, while simultaneously fomenting trouble and working for a regime change in the Islamic republic next door. In approving the unwise and dangerous sanctions pushed by the US, the UNSC has acted, once again, as a tool to further the agenda of this global bully. So what is one to make of our brave new multi-polar world? It does not take an expert on international relations to decipher the US-Iran standoff and how it is obviously spiralling in a dangerous direction. The new round of sanctions can be used to create precarious situations and skirmishes as war-mongering US ships, in the garb of enforcing the sanctions, attempt to inspect and even attack Iranian vessels. In fact, given its track record, it is safe to say that this is exactly what the US plans to do next. It is known for inventing similar reasons to start wars. In recent history, weve seen how the devious superpower eventually invaded Iraq using provocations disguised as enforcement of sanctions and fabricated weapons of mass destruction as an excuse. In Irans case, there has been a build-up since the Bush days, and Obama has continued with his predecessors overt and covert operations to destabilise the Iranian government. The US government has openly allocated funds to cultivate and encourage dissenting local Iranian groups for what it calls the promotion of democracy, and allowed its army in neighbouring Afghanistan to carry out spying and other subversive activities. Using Irans nuclear programme as an excuse, it has consistently built public opinion at home and internationally for military intervention. While the European powers are known to be little more than American puppets, even Russia and China seem to be oblivious to the dangerous game that the US is playing in their neighbourhood. Or have they been co-opted through nefarious trade bargains and strategic carrots? They went along with other permanent UNSC members in approving the new sanctions. It is not incorrect to say that new centres of power are assuming more significance, and China and Russia are recognised as two of the most important players in the emerging order, but there is little to inspire hope that they are interested in anything other than joining the exploitative club of old bullies. Do they have the clarity of vision to resist corruption by the established poles of the US and Europe or will they be satisfied with their piece in the global pie? What the world needs today is not just an increase in the number of exploitative poles that use the power of money and weapons to have their way, but a new approach towards co-existence that respects the diversity of people and their right to use their resources for their development. In the present instance, Brazil and Turkey stand out as the silver lining around the dark clouds of so-called multi-polarity: the only two UNSC members who voted against the sanctions. Through their sincere peace-building efforts, they brought Iran round to signing the May 17 Tehran Declaration, that should have given a boost to diffusing the tension around its nuclear programme. Acting in a manner that is characteristic of the two-faced American diplomacy, Obama first encouraged the leadership of the two countries, at the Nuclear Summit he hosted and later in separate letters to Brazilian president Lula and Turkish president Erdogan, to talk to Iran, and after they had succeeded in bringing Iran round to an agreement that the American president had clearly supported, his administration took a somm-ersault and pushed ahead with the sanctions. President Lula has now released that letter for the whole world to see the insincerity of the US. It is obvious that the US is only interested in raising the temperature, and for that it needs to keep the mountain it has created around the mole-hill of Iranian nuclear programme intact. Again, it is hard not to notice that Iran is being systematically isolated. It is being singled out to be punished for a crime that has not been established against it. The IAEA has yet to find evidence that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. The US, our self-appointed global nuclear policeman, on the other hand, is happy to openly dish out vulgar helpings to Israel and India of the same goodies that it suspects Iran of having. Isnt it strange that when Iran was ruled by the Shah who did what the Americans wanted, the US actually helped in setting up of the nuclear programme that it now views as a danger to world peace? Is it just a coincidence that the last time the US engineered a coup against the Iranian government, it was also against a democratically elected regime that refused to throw away its precious natural resources to western oil companies? Unless, one does not wish to read it, the writing on the wall is clear as daylight. We live in a sick world with a rotten global architecture that supports the perpetuation of powerful interests. What makes it even sicker is the ability of the powerful actors, greedy dirty corporations and the governments they bring to power and sustain in the 'developed world, to co-opt the challenges to their evil domination. The solution does not lie within the perverse pillars that uphold the stench-filled status quo; the UN system, World Bank, IMF, WTO and other instruments of global domination that have been crafted behind a faade of lofty principles but only work to strengthen the stranglehold of established powerful interests. They are designed to suffocate efforts to work towards a peaceful and just world. They are all part of one exploitative pole. Multi-polarity as a concept needs revisiting. Some of the actors being dished out as challenging the status quo might just be standing in the queue to join the old bullies club. What is required are new structures for operationalising the strength of credible new power centres. We already have two to start with: Brazil and Turkey. The writer is a freelance columnist.