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Interview with Giorgios Iacovou on the rise of extremism in the Middle East

Interview with Giorgios Iacovou on the rise of extremism in the Middle East

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: The proposal made by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to the UN General Assembly to form a global coalition against violence and violent extremism has received widespread commendation across the world and was adopted as a resolution by the General Assembly on December 18, 2013 with the unanimous vote of the member states. Iran is now seen as the forerunner of fighting terrorism and extremism, even though it’s located in a geographic region that is replete with ethnic and religious tensions, frequent uprisings and social unrest, shattered with incessant foreign military intervention. The Conference on World Against Violence and Extremism was held in Tehran on December 9-10, 2014. It brought hundreds of...

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David Barsamian on the rise of alternative media in the United States

David Barsamian on the rise of alternative media in the United States

Kourosh Zibari - Fars News Agency: David Barsamian, a leading Armenian-American radio journalist, believes that as a result of the good performance of alternative press, the young Americans don’t pay attention to the propaganda of the corporate, mainstream media anymore. David Barsamian, who is the founder and director of Alternative Radio broadcast from Boulder, Colorado, tells Fars News Agency that the journalists in the United States don’t need to be censored or monitored by the government, because they are accustomed to a full-fledged self-censorship. Mr. Barsamian says that the US government orchestrated a large project of media propaganda against its own people to rationalize and justify its illegal 2003 invasion of...

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Iran is a victim of violence and extremism: Paolo Cotta-Ramusino

Iran is a victim of violence and extremism: Paolo Cotta-Ramusino

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: The International Conference on World Against Violence and Extremism was held in Tehran from December 9-10 to honor the proposal put forward by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in his speech at the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly regarding the exigency of forming a global coalition to fight the growth of extremism and radicalism across the globe. In his address to the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, President Rouhani underlined the fact that the Middle East has been burning in the fire of extremism and violence for a long time as a result of the presence of forces that are not genuinely concerned about the wellbeing and tranquility of the people living in the region; forces...

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Mogens Lykketoft: Crisis in Crimea is Dangerous for Europe

Mogens Lykketoft: Crisis in Crimea is Dangerous for Europe

Kourosh Ziabari - Fair Observer: A prominent Danish politician believes the conflict between Russia and Ukraine over the sovereignty of Crimea is threatening the security of Europe. According to Speaker of Danish Parliament Mogens Lykketoft, Denmark is ready to comply with the European Union’s (EU) punitive measures against Russia and, at the same time, encourages the promotion of political and economic stability in the crisis-hit Ukraine. A respected politician, Lykketoft has presided over the Danish parliament since 2011, and had previously served in the government of Prime Minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen as the finance minister and minister of foreign affairs. In his capacity as an intellectual, Lykketoft has authored and...

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Bill Ayers, a thinker who considers the United States a threat to world peace

Bill Ayers, a thinker who considers the United States a threat to world peace

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: A leading American intellectual an anti-war activist believes that the United States is the most serious threat to the world peace and that the US government is a major terrorist entity. Bill Ayers says, according to the most standard and reliable definitions of terrorism, "US is indeed a terrorist nation." He adds, "It’s also the greatest purveyor of violence on earth over the past half century, and the foremost threat to world peace today." Bill Ayers, a retired professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, believes that despite its destructive and dreadful impacts on the livings of American people and other nations across the world, the US imperialism is...

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Military Planners Always Need to Invent or Manufacture New Enemies

Military Planners Always Need to Invent or Manufacture New Enemies

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: Ismael Hossein-zadeh, a renowned political economist, believes that the US government, inextricably connected to the pro-war lobbies, is always in need of concocting new enemies to be able to justify its military aggressions across the world. Prof. Ismael Hossein-zadeh notes that the "militaristic US planners" need pretexts to carry out the “National Security Strategy” of the post-Cold War world through waging wars, selling weapons and making significant profits. "The monstrous attacks were treated not as crimes but as “war on America.” Once it was thus established that the United States was “at war,” military buildup and imperialist aggressions followed accordingly," said Prof....

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EU will assist Latin America on the path of progress: Benita Ferrero-Waldner

EU will assist Latin America on the path of progress: Benita Ferrero-Waldner

Kourosh Ziabari - Fair Observer: Trade ties and political exchanges between the European Union (EU) and Latin America are growing. The EU is the second biggest trade partner for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and some 2.2 million Latin Americans live in Europe. According to recent data, the EU is the largest foreign investor in the continent. There are a large number of prominent European politicians and diplomats who have dedicated their careers to boosting economic and political relations between the EU and the Latin America. One of these politicians is Benita Ferrero-Waldner. She had served five years as the European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighborhood Policy and was the head of protocol to...

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My interview with Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos

My interview with Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos

Kourosh Ziabari - Tehran Times: Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos was the 13th European Union chief diplomat to visit Iran following the election of Hassan Rouhani as the country’s president in June 2013. Venizelos, who also serves as the Greek deputy prime minister, conferred with high-ranking Iranian officials during his visit to Iran in March and reiterated his country’s interest in expanding economic, cultural, political, and technological relations with Iran and in helping to effect a complete normalization of ties between Iran and the EU if the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the six major powers result in a final pact. In an exclusive interview with the Tehran Times, Venizelos said that Greece regards Iran...

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Finland’s economy in the middle of a lost decade: Jutta Urpilainen

Finland’s economy in the middle of a lost decade: Jutta Urpilainen

Kourosh Ziabari - Fair Observer: Located in the Fennoscandian region of northern Europe, Finland shines as one of the most successful democracies in the world, coming first in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders. The Nordic country has very good economic indicators and was classified by The Heritage Foundation as the world’s 16th country in terms of economic freedom. Despite being affected by the global economic crisis, Finland has a flourishing economy with a nominal gross domestic product (GDP) of $267 billion. Finland is a country in which you rarely experience such phenomena as inflation or overpricing. Transparency and government accountability are the major characteristics of the nation’s...

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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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