Posts tagged : "Arab Spring"

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There Are No Clear Winners in the Saudi War on Yemen: Prof. Charles Schmitz

There Are No Clear Winners in the Saudi War on Yemen: Prof. Charles Schmitz

Kourosh Ziabari - Fair Observer: When Saudi Arabia and a coalition of its regional partners embarked on a military campaign against Yemen in March 2015, it was hardly predictable that the war would drag on for more than a year and morph into a humanitarian crisis. The emergency is characterized by massive civilian casualties, displacement of citizens, nationwide water and fuel shortages and deepening poverty in the already-impoverished country. Saudi military engagement was a response to an uprising by the Shiite Houthis in northern Yemen trying to push the government of Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi from power. In late March, UNICEF warned that some 320,000 Yemeni children faced the risk of life-threatening malnutrition, while 82% of...

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ISIS, An Important Wake-up Call about Arab World’s Problems and Deficiencies: Interview with Rami G. Khouri

ISIS, An Important Wake-up Call about Arab World’s Problems and Deficiencies: Interview with Rami G. Khouri

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: The Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) is referred to as the richest terrorist organization in the world. In 2015, it earned $2.4 billion through oil exports and illegal taxation and extortion from the desperate people living under its harrowing rule. Defeating the ISIS terrorists militarily appears to be a daunting task, and people hesitate to call the annihilation of ISIS an easily-reachable and plausible target, at least for the time being when the international community is divided on whom to support and whom to fight in Syria, and the influential actors pursue apparently conflicting interests. The latest estimates by the U.S. intelligence community put the number of ISIS recruits at 25,000,...

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Tensions Between Riyadh, Tehran Detrimental to Arab World: Prof. Madawi Al-Rasheed

Tensions Between Riyadh, Tehran Detrimental to Arab World: Prof. Madawi Al-Rasheed

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: More than a month ago, the Saudi government executed 47 prisoners in a day, sending strong tremors across the Middle East. The prisoners were claimed to be al-Qaeda affiliates and terrorists behind the killing of Saudi and foreign citizens between 2003 and 2006. Among those put to death row was Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a noted Shiite cleric known for his outspoken advocacy of the rights of the underrepresented Shiite minority in the kingdom. The execution of Sheikh Nimr sparked tensions in the region, and ignited protests in Iran that culminated in a violent attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran and its consulate in the northeastern city of Mashhad. In response to the embassy rampage, Saudi Arabia severed its...

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Sectarian conflict eroding the crisis-hit Syria

Sectarian conflict eroding the crisis-hit Syria

Kourosh Ziabari - Press TV: It’s now three years that Syria has been engulfed in a destructive civil war which is leading nowhere but simply continues to claim the lives of innocent civilians falling prey to the greediness and voracity of imperial powers and those who intend to disintegrate Syria and disrupt the solidarity of its people. More than 130,000 Syrians have reportedly been killed and well over 2 million displaced in the ongoing clashes in the war-torn country since March 2011. The Western mainstream media persistently try to portray the violence in Syria as part of the wave of revolutionary movements in the Arab world that started from Tunisia three years ago known as the Arab Spring, but the irony is that there is...

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Syria will be praised internationally for its resistance

Syria will be praised internationally for its resistance

  Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: French author and researcher believes that President Francois Hollande has adopted an aggressive policy toward Syria in order to satisfy the Israelis and win their pleasure, but this policy will ultimately fail. According to Laurent Guyenot, the previous French administrations had gained some reputation for the nation with their independent foreign policy, but Sarkozy and Hollande have adopted unconventional policies which only serve to please the Tel Aviv regime. “France under Chirac and Dominique de Villepin had gained some respect by standing against the Iraq invasion. François Hollande has now brought shame on our nation. France could redeem itself somewhat by coming to the...

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Interview with Vietnam War veteran S. Brian Willson

Interview with Vietnam War veteran S. Brian Willson

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: Vietnam War veteran and renowned peace activist S. Brian Willson believes that the Arab states of the Persian Gulf are destabilizing Syria by sending arms and ammunitions to the rebels and Al-Qaeda fighters operating in the Arab country simply in order to gratify the United States and make sure that they will be never destabilized politically. “Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia either have US military bases or possess strategic resources desired by the US and the West. Perhaps many of the Arab nations want to be sufficiently supportive of the US and its desire to finish off Syria as the US did recently to Libya so as not to be so vulnerable themselves to being destabilized by the...

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US Supports Terrorists When They Fight its Adversaries

US Supports Terrorists When They Fight its Adversaries

  Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: Syria has become a battlefield for the face-off between the forces of government, Al-Qaeda terrorists and foreign-backed mercenaries that are hell-bent on removing President Bashar al-Assad from power. So far, more than 100,000 Syrians have been killed in the civil war which has extricated the Arab country. After a chemical attack in the Ghouta district of Damascus killed around 1,400 people, as claimed by the United States, the White House announced that it intends to launch a “surgical”, “limited” military strike against Syria, and that the attack would certainly take place. It later postponed its plans after the Russian government presented a proposal that would demand Syria to...

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Governments Condemn War Crimes When it Serves their Interests

Governments Condemn War Crimes When it Serves their Interests

  Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: More than two years after the outburst of conflict and violence in Syria, the government of President Bashar al-Assad is being accused of killing its own citizens and using chemical weapons against the rebels. Although these claims haven’t been substantiated with credible evidence yet, the United States and its allies are ratcheting up their war rhetoric against Syria and lobbying to ensure a UN Security Council resolution that will permit them to launch limited, surgical attacks against Syria’s military and government sites and perhaps lead to the removal of President Assad from power. The crisis in Syria has embattled the country in a complicated and unusual situation which sounds...

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The United States doesn’t Recognize Syria’s Sovereignty

The United States doesn’t Recognize Syria’s Sovereignty

  Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: The United States has seemingly lost the battleground in Syria by ashamedly retreating from its war threats against the Arab country; however, there are still extremist neo-conservatives in the US administration and the Congress who persistently call for a new costly military adventure in the Middle East. American author Douglas Valentine says that the United States does not abide by any of its international obligations and its calls for war against Syria violate the international law and the UN Charter. "The US has threatened about 50 nations with military attack. Warmongers on the Left and Right claim this right on the basis that America is an "exceptional" nation. That means the US has...

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Syrian Government Has No Motive for Using Chemical Weapons

Syrian Government Has No Motive for Using Chemical Weapons

  Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: American writer and journalist Jason Hirthler says that the United States has adopted a hypocritical approach by claiming that the Syrian government has crossed a red line by using chemical weapons against the rebels in the Ghouta district of Damascus and should be punished for this alleged crime. “I haven’t seen any media in the States point out that America’s own allies in this conflict have crossed the red line themselves. If it wanted to be logically consistent, the United States should have bombed the rebels for using WMDs, then attacked itself for associating with al-Qaeda. Of course, consistency has never been a hallmark of American foreign policy… A false flag operation in...

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No One Has Appointed the US to Be the World’s Policeman!

No One Has Appointed the US to Be the World’s Policeman!

  Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: Prominent American author and political scientist Sheldon Richman underlined his opposition to a US strike on Syria, saying even if the US could prove its allegations about the use of chemical weapons by the Damascus government, there would still be no way to justify a U.S. military action against the crisis-hit Mideast country. “For some time, American presidents have assumed the prerogative to launch or enter wars unilaterally and imperialistically. This has been done to achieve the geopolitical and economic objectives of a ruling elite. Congress, shirking its responsibility, has refused to stand in the way, but that is because most members of Congress share the ruling agenda. The...

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Syria Should Sue Aggressors at the International Court of Justice

Syria Should Sue Aggressors at the International Court of Justice

  Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: The U.S. drum beating for war against Syria over the allegations that the government of President Assad has used chemical weapons against the civilians in the Ghouta district of Damascus has raised many eyebrows across the world as few people expected the seemingly pacifist and peace-loving President of the United States to call for a new war in the Middle East, especially now that there’s no threat posed to the U.S. national security or national interests. A possible unilateral U.S. war on Syria, if approved by the Congress, while it has not been sanctioned by the UN Security Council, will be another sign of Washington’s inattention to the international law and its fervent attempts to...

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