Traveling over borders has been a pain since WWII at least (before that the number of travelers was probably too small for governments to bother). This very site is filled with TSA-abuse, and it could be worse(you don't have to bribe anyone). Governments bothering travelers is the rule. Is this stupid rule really that much worse than the others.
That's cherry picking : you only contest the statement about one of eight countries he talks about. He is right, the relationship between Iran and the US is pretty well summarised by "they really hate each other (but they promised to talk without hitting)"
The Pirate Party actually has a clear view on that, while most political don't. Is anybody yelling socialists are 'one issue'? (The Pirate Party says trade marks are for identifying producers, not for claiming markets)
To check facts you take two steps: Embed them in a theory. Try to measure the unknowns from the theory. These steps are easy in common tasks (mass is preserved so you can put stuff on the scale), but most political facts are a bit note complicated (that's what makes them political)