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Interview with former Lithuanian Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas

Interview with former Lithuanian Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas

Kourosh Ziabari - Fair Observer: Lithuania is one of the smallest countries in Europe. A diverse nation in terms of its ethnic make-up, Lithuania has a population of around 2.9 million people. After two occupations by Soviet forces in June 1940 and July 1994, and a Nazi invasion in June 1941, Lithuania eventually declared independence in 1990 and joined the European Union (EU) in 2004. Lithuania does not make international headlines as often as its neighbors, but is strategically positioned as an eastern NATO member and is considered a free country by Freedom House. The country became a NATO member during the second post-Cold War round of enlargement in 2004, and has a thriving economy with plans to adopt the euro in early...

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My interview with Najibullah Lafraie, the former Afghan Foreign Minister

My interview with Najibullah Lafraie, the former Afghan Foreign Minister

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: Afghanistan has not been a safe and stable country for several decades, and its security conditions have deteriorated gravely after the first American and NATO troops set foot into its cities. The U.S. war on Afghanistan, which was launched by former President George W. Bush with the purported aim of eradicating terrorism from the country, has so far failed to realize the dream of ultimately defeating the Taliban and Al-Qaeda insurgents. Despite all the failures and setbacks that Afghanistan has experienced over the recent years, especially following the 2001 U.S. invasion of the country, and notwithstanding the widespread economic insufficiency and corruption that have taken over Afghanistan, it can...

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Washington Heartened by President Rouhani’s Decision to Engage in N-Negotiations

Washington Heartened by President Rouhani’s Decision to Engage in N-Negotiations

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: The self-imposed November 24 deadline for the conclusion of negotiations over Iran's nuclear program is approaching, and the Iranian nation, as well as thousands of enthusiastic people across the world, are waiting to see if more than one decade of strife and conflict over Tehran's nuclear activities will finally come to an end or not. President Hassan Rouhani's administration has shown its strong willingness and firmness to resolve the nuclear controversy through diplomatic channels and peacefully. Since he came to power in June 2013 presidential elections, Iran and the group of P5+1 (five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) held several round of intensive talks the lengthiest...

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It Is not Anti-Semitic to Point Out that Israel Is an Apartheid State

It Is not Anti-Semitic to Point Out that Israel Is an Apartheid State

  Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: An American singer and songwriter who has composed several songs in solidarity with the people of Palestine says that Israel is conducting a campaign of slow genocide in the Gaza Strip. David Rovics believes that the Israeli regime kills the Palestinian people with impunity and no country in the world dares to take military action to prevent it from carrying out its project of mass killing in the Occupied Territories. The Oregon-based singer, who has been called an anti-Semite by the Israeli-allied media in the United States for his outspoken criticism of the Israeli regime tells Fars News Agency that the truth should be said regarding the nature of this regime: "I have been branded...

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There’s Little Doubt That the US Was Involved in the 9/11 Attacks

There’s Little Doubt That the US Was Involved in the 9/11 Attacks

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: Professor Diana Ralph, a retired Canadian university professor and prominent social worker says, there's little doubt that the United States was involved in the 9/11 attacks. Prof. Diana Ralph believes that the 9/11 attacks played into the hands of the US government and Israel to launch a long-awaited global war on the Middle East and Central Asia, dominate the regional countries' extensive energy resources and create a foothold for a permanent presence in the region. "The 9/11 pretext served the interests of all those who benefit from military sales and oppressing people. It effectively derailed the rising anti-globalization movement worldwide, including the 2001 World Conference Against...

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My exclusive interview with Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak

My exclusive interview with Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak

Fair Observer - Kourosh Ziabari: The Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák was the 13th European foreign minister to visit Iran since the moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani became President of Iran in June 2013. Lajčák came to Iran less than a week after the Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard concluded his trip to the country, and took part in an exclusive interview with Fair Observer. Aside from his role as the foreign minister, Miroslav Lajčák is also serving as the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovakia in the cabinet of Robert Fico. Lajčák is a veteran diplomat who has held several high-ranking political offices prior to beginning his tenure as the Slovak Foreign Minister in April 2012. From 1994 to...

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Interview with Vijay Prashad on the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria

Interview with Vijay Prashad on the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria

Kourosh Ziabari - International Policy Digest: The rise of the terrorist group which has declared itself an Islamic State and intends to establish a caliphate over significant parts of Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Turkey is now the most pressing and urgent matter for the international community, bringing together countries from different parts of the world together to form a coalition against it. An offshoot of Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State (IS), also known as ISIS or ISIL, has carried out several terrorist attacks in Iraq and Syria in the recent years, especially following the fomentation of unrest in Syria in 2011. The Islamic State considers itself an Islamic authority whose ultimate mission is to govern the whole Muslim world. It...

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My trip to Iran was one of the most delightful experiences of my life

My trip to Iran was one of the most delightful experiences of my life

Kourosh Ziabari - International Policy Digest: Italy’s former culture minister, Massimo Bray, has just concluded his second trip to Iran which he believes has been one of the most delightful and charming experiences in his lifetime. When Massimo Bray visited Iran in January of this year, he was a member of the cabinet of Prime Minister Enrico Letta; however, following the growing criticism of the prime minister’s economic policies and his tensions with the left-wing Secretary of the Democratic Party, Matteo Renzi, Letta resigned and the cabinet was reshuffled. Subsequently, Dario Franceschini replaced Massimo Bray. However, Bray’s enchantment with the Iranian culture and history and his fascination with the delicacy and...

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Europe Should Salvage Nuclear Talks with Iran: Ellie Geranmayeh

Europe Should Salvage Nuclear Talks with Iran: Ellie Geranmayeh

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: The Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard is just departing from Iran. He was the 13th European foreign minister to visit Iran following the election of Hassan Rouhani as the President of Iran in June last year. The rate of diplomatic exchanges between Iran and Europe has increased dramatically, and the continent that was literally detached from Iran for around one decade is once again seeking ways for reengagement with one of the world's most important emerging powers and energy hubs. An Iran policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations explains to Iran Review her viewpoints about the rapprochement between Iran and the European Union and the leading role the powerful 28-member bloc of...

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9/11 Attacks Were Used as a Pretext for Launching an Imperial Project

9/11 Attacks Were Used as a Pretext for Launching an Imperial Project

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: Mathias Broeckers, a German author and journalist, is of the opinion that 9/11 attacks were carried out with the foreknowledge of the US government and the complicity of Israel to pave the way for launching the imperial agenda of dominating the Middle East. Mathias Broeckers says that the 19 hijackers who are said to have been recruited by Osama Bin Laden to crash the American Airlines and United Airlines planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center and Pentagon were being closely monitored by the CIA while they were in the United States, but for unknown reasons, the federal police were prevented from taking legal action against them. On the wars launched by the United States and its...

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Washington Supports Israel for Constant Bloodletting in the Middle East

Washington Supports Israel for Constant Bloodletting in the Middle East

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: A Canadian scholar and academic, who was fired from the university where he was teaching because of his pro-Palestinian viewpoints, believes the US government is funding and supporting Israel for its continued bloodletting in the Middle East. According to Prof. Denis Rancourt, Israel's plan in the Middle East is ethnic cleansing and the total obliteration of Palestine and its citizens in order to realize a colonial, imperial agenda backed by the US military, economic and finance empire. "Israel’s program is to eradicate or neutralize all Palestinians who make claim to a home in Palestine. This is exactly what Israel has been doing since before its artificial creation," said Prof. Rancourt in...

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Israel-Hamas Truce a Victory for the Resistance Movement in Gaza

Israel-Hamas Truce a Victory for the Resistance Movement in Gaza

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: With the agreement of Hamas and the Israeli regime to a long-term truce and the cessation of hostilities, it's now evident that it was the resistance movement in the Gaza Strip that emerged victorious from the 7-week-long Israeli war on the beleaguered territory. A Canadian journalist and political commentator tells Fars News Agency that although Israel does not ever abide by the agreements it makes and its international obligations, the ceasefire, whether it holds or not, has showed that the people of Gaza support the resistance movement and that Hamas is the true winner of the unequal battle that the Gaza Strip has been witnessing these past two months. "The current truce, whether it holds or...

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