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Interview with Prof. John McMurtry on 9/11 and the War on Terror

Interview with Prof. John McMurtry on 9/11 and the War on Terror

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: A world-renowned Canadian philosopher argues that the United States holds the world record of illegal killings of unarmed civilians and extrajudicial detention and torturing of prisoners who are detained without trial. Prof. John McMurtry says that the U.S. government is a gigantic mass-murdering machine which earns profit through waging wars, and is never held accountable over its unspeakable war crimes and crimes against humanity. He also believes that the U.S. has become a police state, which treats its citizens in the most derogatory manner. “I have travelled alone with only backpack possession through the world, and have found no state in which police forces are more habituated to...

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US Veto Power Ensures Israel’s Impunity from Int’l Law

US Veto Power Ensures Israel’s Impunity from Int’l Law

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: Prof. George Bisharat, a renowned Palestinian-American professor of law, is of the opinion that without the US moral support, the Israeli regime would not have been able to massacre the Palestinian people so ruthlessly. "The United States’ veto power in the United Nations Security Council is the single most important factor in enabling Israel’s decades long impunity from international law," Prof. Bisharat said in an exclusive interview with Fars News Agency. Prof. Bisharat whose commentaries on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict regularly appear on the academic publications and major newspapers in the United States says that there's no elctoral advantage for the politicians to criticize...

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Israel Is Using Banned Weapons against the People of Gaza

Israel Is Using Banned Weapons against the People of Gaza

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: Prominent Muslim American activist Khalilah Sabra believes that the Israeli regime is using banned weapons against the besieged people of the Gaza Strip and committing grave human rights violations in the coastal sliver. As the Tel Aviv regime continues its deadly campaign of airstrikes against the densely populated Gaza Strip, where some 1.6 million people are living in an area of 360 km2 under critical conditions exacerbated by continuous water shortage, power blackout and lack of access to foodstuff and medicine, conscious activists across the world are raising their voice in protest against the inhumane measures adopted by Israel in Gaza, which has been under siege for more than 7 years...

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Israel Practices Terrorism in the Full Meaning of the Word

Israel Practices Terrorism in the Full Meaning of the Word

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: As the Israeli regime continues its campaign of mass killing and terror in the besieged Gaza Strip, more conscious people across the world feel the necessity to condemn it in strong terms. Canadian-Egyptian Activist Ehab Lotayef believes that what Israel is doing is terrorism "in the full meaning of the word" and that the Western powers and their reactionary Arab allies in the region have remained silent and indifferent to the plight of the people of Gaza because they are immensely afraid of the influence of the Israeli lobby. "The world has to change first for Israel to change the way it responds. As long as Zionist lobbies remain so powerful and unchallenged and world leaders remain complicit...

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Israel Sees No Problem in Killing Large Groups of Men, Women and Children

Israel Sees No Problem in Killing Large Groups of Men, Women and Children

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: Elizabeth Murray, a former US intelligence analyst, says the international community should do its utmost to make sure that the Israeli regime will end its deadly incursion into the Gaza Strip soon and stop the relentless killing of innocent Palestinians. According to Elizabeth Murray, the subjugated people of the Gaza Strip are facing a serious humanitarian crisis as a result of the apartheid policies of Israel that has cut their access to food, medicine and other goods, but the world needs to break the wall of silence and take action to protect this oppressed nation living in an extremely densely-populated region. "World governments, international charities, and medical and religious groups...

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Iran-U.S. mistrust makes the nuclear negotiations difficult

Iran-U.S. mistrust makes the nuclear negotiations difficult

Kourosh Ziabari - Tehran Times: As Iran and the group of six world powers are engaged in a marathon of intensive and breathtaking negotiations in the Austrian capital Vienna to find a solution for ending the decade-old controversy over Tehran's nuclear program, it becomes more important to ask the experts and scholars how a comprehensive agreement between Iran and the P5+1 (Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States) looks like and how the two sides of the dispute should approach the talks to obtain significant and substantive results. A prominent American nuclear expert believes that the coming to power of the moderate politician Hassan Rouhani as the President of Iran and the subsequent recommencement of nuclear...

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My exclusive interview with Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn

My exclusive interview with Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn

Kourosh Ziabari - Tehran Times: The new opportunities created by the coming to power of a new government in Tehran has instigated the European Union officials to think of ways for solving the nuclear controversy with Iran once for all, reconstructing the damaged bilateral and multilateral relations with the oil-rich country and returning to its lucrative market as permitted by the step-by-step removal of the economic sanctions. The Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn was the 9th EU foreign minister who traveled to Iran following the election of Hassan Rouhani as the President of Iran in June 2013 elections. Jean Asselborn's trip to Iran earlier in June was the first trip by a high-ranking Luxembourg official to the country in...

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My exclusive interview with Rt. Hon. Jack Straw

My exclusive interview with Rt. Hon. Jack Straw

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: Jack Straw is not an unknown or unfamiliar politician to the Iranians. When the current President of Iran Hassan Rouhani was the country’s lead nuclear negotiator with the EU3 (Britain, France and Germany) under President Mohammad Khatami, Jack Straw traveled to Iran several times as the British Foreign Secretary and conferred with him on a number of occasions. Straw is a veteran politician who has experienced working at the different administrative and law-making levels in the British politics. From 1987 to 1992, he was the Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Science and for the next two years, he served as the Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment. From May 1997 until June 2001, he...

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It’s Not Surprising that the War on Terror Has Failed in Its Objectives

It’s Not Surprising that the War on Terror Has Failed in Its Objectives

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: As the people of Afghanistan gear up for electing a new president, their security concerns for the future of the war-torn country also grow. In the recent decades, Afghanistan has gone through consecutive ups and downs and there have been few moments of peace and tranquility in the landlocked country which has been long coveted by the Eastern and Western powers because of its strategic and geopolitical importance. Afghanistan, which has begun striding on the path of democracy, is now rising from the ashes of the dark years of tyrannical rule by the Taliban fundamentalists who had turned the lives of the Afghan citizens into a state of constant trepidation and anxiety throughout the years they were in...

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My exclusive interview with Slovenian Parliament Speaker Janko Veber

My exclusive interview with Slovenian Parliament Speaker Janko Veber

Kourosh Ziabari - Tehran Times: Janko Veber, the president of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia, visited Iran in early May 2014, in the first trip by a European parliament speaker to Iran in more than a decade. Veber had travelled to Iran at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart Ali Larijani and was one of many high-ranking EU officials who came to Iran following the election of Hassan Rouhani as the President of Iran in June 2013. Like the majority of the EU officials who travelled to Iran recently, including 9 foreign ministers of the 28-member bloc, Mr. Veber voiced his optimism about the further expansion of ties between Iran and the international community and the diplomatic settlement of dispute over...

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I Hope that Peace Will Be Established Between Iran and U.S.

I Hope that Peace Will Be Established Between Iran and U.S.

  Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: Although Iran and the United States have not had close diplomatic relations for more than three decades, and despite the fact that the two countries have been at loggerheads over many grievances, academic and cultural exchanges have usually brought the two nations closer together and created opportunities for increased mutual understanding between the two peoples that in spite of their greatness and magnificence, have usually failed to take note of each other’s concerns and sensitivities. It’s possible to remove the acrimonies of the past in the Iran-U.S. relations through constructive and meaningful dialog and negotiations. Academicians, scholars, intellectuals and media people can play...

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Global Capitalism Is In the Midst of Its Most Severe Crisis

Global Capitalism Is In the Midst of Its Most Severe Crisis

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: Prominent American sociologist Prof. William I. Robinson believes that the United States government is the biggest perpetrator of terror in the world and its military adventures across the globe have claimed the lives of millions of innocent citizens. According to Prof. William I. Robinson, “if we define terrorism as the use of violence against civilians for political objectives, then the US state is the world’s leading terrorist.” “US intervention abroad in the 20th century – the forging of a US empire - claimed tens of millions of victims, inflicted untold suffering, and set back the aspirations of freedom and democracy in dozens of countries,” said Prof. Robinson in an exclusive...

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