Monthly archive : "January, 2013"

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Why anti-Israelism is not anti-Semitism

Why anti-Israelism is not anti-Semitism

Kourosh Ziabari - The leaders of the Israeli regime have long been after spreading this fallacy that criticizing the actions and policies of this regime is tantamount to being anti-Jew and anti-Semitic, thereby attempting to block any condemnation of their brutal and aggressive ploys by the international community. The politicians and policy-makers in Tel Aviv have realized that, at least in Europe, the Achilles' heel of the statesmen is being accused of anti-Semitism, the reason being that because of the alleged hardships that Hitler imposed upon the Jews during the World War II, the European leaders should continue to pay ransom to the Israeli regime so as not to be charged with the blame of anti-Semitism. Why? Because Israel is the...

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Myanmar Muslims suffering amid media blackout

Myanmar Muslims suffering amid media blackout

Kourosh Ziabari - As the Muslims around the world cheerfully get prepared for the holy month of Ramadan, the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar are painfully subject to the barbaric and appalling atrocities of the extremist Buddhists, finding their life in a constant state of trepidation and suffering. Branded by the United Nations as one of the most persecuted minorities of the world, Rohingyas are a Muslim people living in the Rakhine State, located in west of Myanmar. With a population of 3 million, Rakhine state is bordered by the Bay of Bengal to the west and the majority of its residents are Theravada Buddhists and Hindus. The suppression of the Rohingya Muslims of the Arakan region dates back to the World War II. On March 28, 1942, about...

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David Griffin speaks: 9/11 questions remain unanswered

David Griffin speaks: 9/11 questions remain unanswered

Kourosh Ziabari: 11 years after the shocking attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001 which claimed the lives of 3,000 people, there are still many questions unanswered about the horrendous events as several independent researchers, who have been mostly vilified by the U.S. mainstream media as “conspiracy theorists,” have seriously questioned the official accounts the U.S. government and 9/11 Commission have presented regarding the attacks. As alleged by the U.S. government and mainstream media, 15 hijackers who were all the citizens of Saudi Arabia and affiliated with the Al-Qaeda terrorist group took over the American Airlines Flight 11, United Airlines Flight 175 and American Airlines...

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Isolation and defamation: The cost of thinking differently

Isolation and defamation: The cost of thinking differently

  Kourosh Ziabari - Michael Behe is an American scientist and biochemist. Being an intelligent design advocate, he serves as a professor of biochemistry at the University of Lehigh in Pennsylvania. He is also a senior fellow at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Behe has controversially challenged the evolution theory of Charles Darwin which underpins the ideology of western thought with regards to the material life and universe. In his 1996 book “Darwin’s Black Box”, Behe has proposed the notion of irreducible complexity which underscores the role of an intelligent designer in the emergence of complex biological systems. According to this theory, certain biological systems are too complex to have...

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West-led armed opposition in Syria will fail: Manuel Ochsenreiter

West-led armed opposition in Syria will fail: Manuel Ochsenreiter

Kourosh Ziabari- German journalist and magazine editor Manuel Ochsenreiter believes that the Western powers along with the regional countries are backing and financing terrorists and insurgents in Syria, because each of them have certain interests linked to the disintegration of the Syrian government and the removal from power of President Bashar Assad. He also says that these countries are supporting such dangerous groups as Al-Qaeda to destabilize Syria and fight the Syrian army at the expense of the lives of innocent Syrian citizens whose only crime is supporting their government. "These groups like Al-Qaeda, but also other armed militias that have infiltrated Syria during the course of the past year now fight the proxy war of...

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The ‘nuclear’ program is just an excuse to wage war on Iran

The ‘nuclear’ program is just an excuse to wage war on Iran

Kourosh Ziabari - Mark Glenn is an American journalist and radio host based in Washington D.C. He runs the Ugly Truth radio show which features interviews with political activists, journalists, academicians and informed people who talk about the most important political developments of the world, and especially the Middle East. The Ugly Truth radio show has some co-hosts such as the Palestinian journalist Sammi Ibrahem. Mark Glenn is a staunch supporter of Iran and has dedicated many of his radio programs to the Iran affairs, including Iranian culture, lifestyle and civilization, the media propaganda campaign of the United States and Israel on Iran, the war threats of the same countries against Iran and the terrorist operations of MKO,...

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Criticize Israel and lose your career: interview with Alison Weir

Criticize Israel and lose your career: interview with Alison Weir

Kourosh Ziabari - If you’ve ever tried to search for reliable information and analyses which expose the concealed and obscured side of the Israeli – Palestinian conflict, you’ve surely come across to the website “If Americans Knew.” This website belongs to a non-profit organization which focuses on the Israeli – Palestinian conflict and the foreign policy of the United States toward the Middle East. “If Americans Knew” publishes commentaries and articles that the American mainstream media pusillanimously shun and reject because of their fear of the influential Zionist lobby which predominantly rules the U.S. administration and Congress. “If Americans Knew” releases statistical reports on the history of Israeli –...

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Introducing the heritage of Omar Khayyam

Introducing the heritage of Omar Khayyam

Kourosh Ziabari - May 18 is dedicated to the commemoration of Omar Khayyam in the Iranian solar calendar; the calendar which Khayyam has invented himself. To the Western world which has always been enchanted by the magnificence and glory of oriental culture, Omar Khayyam is a venerable and honored figure who brings to mind the delicacy and gracefulness of ancient Persian civilization. The Iranian polymath, astronomer, philosopher and poet is internationally known for his insightful rubaiyyat (quatrains) which the influential British poet Edward FitzGerland translated from Persian into English 150 years ago. Omar Khayyam constitutes an inseparable part of Iran’s impressive history of literature and science. He is associated with the...

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Foreign support for the terrorists should be stopped: Syrian activist

Foreign support for the terrorists should be stopped: Syrian activist

Kourosh Ziabari - The U.S.-based Syrian activist believes that the foreign-backed terrorists in Syria are committing atrocities against the innocent civilians while they receive military and financial support from a certain number of countries such as the U.S., Britain, France, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. “The role of Israel and Israel’s backers such as the U.S., Britain, France, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, is very clear in this conflict. We know that this is part of a bigger plan for the so-called Middle East Road Map to divide the Middle East into smaller countries. Those who think this is a revolution are wrong,” said Elaine, who preferred not to disclose her full name since her computer and email accounts were targeted with 14...

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We need interfaith dialogue to establish mutual understanding

We need interfaith dialogue to establish mutual understanding

  Kourosh Ziabari - We’re living in a tumultuous and confused era when human’s need for moderation and ethics can be felt more than ever. The self-alienated mankind is being immersed in a quagmire of immorality, depravity and corruption as a result of his enchantment with modernity and globalization. Traditional values are being lost and people behave toward each other dishonestly, deceitfully. In such a turbulent time, it seems that religions can come to the help of sinking man to be rescued from the ocean of moral decadence and decline. At the same time, the followers of different religions need to interact with each other effectively so as to settle the redundant disputes and come to a comprehensive and lasting...

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Morality and religion in an interview with Prof. Roger Crisp

Morality and religion in an interview with Prof. Roger Crisp

Kourosh Ziabari - The humankind has always been busy with answering the questions on what is morally good and what is morally unacceptable as he wanted to adhere to what the members of the society admire and appreciate. People have always been after finding the codes of ethics and the behaviors which are morally justifiable. Although the citizens of liberal societies are less concerned with the issues of morality as they believe that what does not violate the freedom of others and does not molest them is socially acceptable, the fact that morality has historically occupied the mind of human being as a major question of life is undeniable, especially given that moral issues have always had religious implications, as well. Roger Crisp is...

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Islamophobia: Modern crusade against Muslims

Islamophobia: Modern crusade against Muslims

Kourosh Ziabari - Despite constituting a significant minority in the western countries, Muslims around the world are subject to disproportionate, unjustifiable bias. Such attitudes distance them from their most fundamental social rights by portraying them as extremists and fanatics. The group is represented as able to endanger the interests of Europe and America. As reported by the German Central Institute Islam Archive, there are 53 million Muslims living in Europe (excluding Turkey) who represent some 7.2% of the continent’s population. According to a Pew Research Center 2011 demographic study, globally Islam has 1.6 billion adherents, making up 23% of the world’s population. Muslims exist with other groups in peace and...

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