Posts tagged : "Arab Spring"

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Washington Not Really Concerned about Syrian People’s Rights

Washington Not Really Concerned about Syrian People’s Rights

  Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: Australian university professor and political scientist Binoy Kampmark believes that the United States and its allies have been looking for an excuse to launch a military strike against Syria for many years, and the recent allegations that the government of President Assad has used chemical weapons against the civilians has given them the pretext. “Emails released by WikiLeaks via the security firm Stratfor show discussions in December 2011 taking place between officials of France, Britain and the U.S. contemplating military action against Syria. What is required there, claims the message, is some humanitarian catastrophe to tie it in and justify the intervention,” said Dr. Binoy...

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West Using Sunni–Shiite Split to Keep Syrian Conflict Fresh

West Using Sunni–Shiite Split to Keep Syrian Conflict Fresh

  Kourosh Ziabari - American columnist and environmental activist Dean Henderson believes that the Western powers are using the religious and ethnic diversity in Syria to create a deep and long-life sectarian conflict in the Muslim country. “The Sunni/Shiite split is being used to divide Syrians so that old imperial forces can retake the country. The real issue is that Assad leans left and this is a threat to the monopoly capitalist system which employs these intelligence operatives,” Dean Henderson said in an exclusive interview with Fars News Agency. Dean Henderson was born in South Dakota and earned an M.Sc. in environmental studies from the University of Montana in 1991. He founded the political newsletter “Missoula...

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West and Arab States Are More Harmful to Syria than Al-Qaeda

West and Arab States Are More Harmful to Syria than Al-Qaeda

  Kourosh Ziabari - American author and military expert believes that the Western states and their Persian Gulf allies have done more harm to Syria in the recent months than Al-Qaeda and Taliban. According to Jim W. Dean, the United States, UK, France and the Arab states of the Persian Gulf that have engaged in a long-fought war against Syria have a variety of motives for trying to dismantle and bring down the government of President Bashar al-Assad. “As for a motive, the West wants to cut off arms supply routes through Syria to Hezbollah and to be able to stage bases in Northern Syrian for offense against Iran both with planes and missiles. That is the military reason. They also want to block Iran’s long term pipeline...

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The Arab uprising is a rebellion against Washington’s Empire

The Arab uprising is a rebellion against Washington’s Empire

Kourosh Ziabari - William Norman Grigg is an author and journalist of Mexican and Irish descent. He was born on February 4, 1963 in Idaho. He was a senior editor of "The New American" magazine and has authored several books from a Constitutionalist perspective. Grigg graduated from Utah State University in political science. He was a "Provo Daily Herald" columnist for a while and also covered the United Nations summits and conferences from 1994 to 2001 for the John Birch Society's official biweekly magazine. Grigg is also a studio musician and served as lead guitarist in the Wisconsin band "Slick Willie and the Calzones" until his 2005 move to Idaho. As a journalist, Grigg has interviewed prominent world leaders, including former...

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Countering Iran the major factor behind US support for Bahrain

Countering Iran the major factor behind US support for Bahrain

Kourosh Ziabari - Deepak Tripathi is a British historian, journalist and researcher who specializes in South and West Asia affairs, terrorism and the United States foreign policy. He was born into a political family in Unnao, the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. His grandfather, Pandit Vishwambhar Dayal Tripathi, was a prominent leader in the Indian independence movement and Member of the Constituent Assembly and later the Indian Parliament. Deepak Tripathi worked with BBC for almost 23 years and ended up his cooperation with the British broadcaster in 2000. During these years, he served as a South Asia specialist and correspondent, Afghanistan correspondent and Syria, Nepal, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka reporter. He has also been a BBC...

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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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U.S. support for dictators source of frustration in the Middle East

U.S. support for dictators source of frustration in the Middle East

Kourosh Ziabari - Anthony DiMaggio is a university professor, writer, political commentator and media expert. He is the author of numerous books, including Mass Media, Mass Propaganda (2008), When Media Goes to War (2010), and Crashing the Tea Party (2011). He has taught U.S. and Global Politics at Illinois State University, and published articles and commentaries in a number of publications, including Z Magazine, Counterpunch, Truthout, Common Dreams, Alternet, Monthly Review, and Black Agenda Report. Together with Paul Street, he co-edits the “Media-ocracy”, an online journal which describes itself as “committed to combating the entrenched media system.” Media-ocracy “caters to progressive intellectuals and activists, and is...

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U.S. Congress is in the hands of the Israeli lobby

U.S. Congress is in the hands of the Israeli lobby

  Kourosh Ziabari - Brian Cloughley is an Australian of British origin author, journalist and political commentator. Cloughley specializes in South Asian affairs. He mostly writes on military and political affairs and his articles are published on different newsletters and websites such as CounterPunch, Antiwar.com and Pakistani papers such as the Nation, Daily Times and Dawn. Cloughley is opposed to the U.S. militarism and its military expeditions around the world. With regards to Iran, he says that Israel is forcefully persuading the United States to launch a military strike against Iran, while the people at the White House know that Iran doesn't have any intention of producing nuclear weapons. He believes that Israel has...

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Interview with Yvonne Ridley on Iran, the U.S. and Arab Spring

Interview with Yvonne Ridley on Iran, the U.S. and Arab Spring

Kourosh Ziabari - You would certainly know Yvonne Ridley or at least heard of her name if you have been a regular follower of Press TV, especially in Britain, albeit before the state-run media regulator Ofcom took the news network off the Sky platform, depriving millions of Britons of the opportunity to watch a TV channel which has always tried to shed a light on the obscured, concealed aspects of the events and tell the truth about what's happening around the world. Ridley is a renowned British journalist, war correspondent and TV host. She made the headlines on September 28, 2001 when she was arrested by the Taliban members in Afghanistan while working for the Sunday Express. She converted to Islam after she was released by Taliban on...

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No political system can function without a free press

No political system can function without a free press

  Kourosh Ziabari - Prof. Mark Kingwell is a world renowned Canadian author and philosopher. He is the associate chair at University of Toronto's Department of Philosophy. Kingwell is a fellow of Trinity College. He specializes in theories of politics and culture. Kingwell has published twelve books, most notably, A Civil Tongue: Justice, Dialogue, and the Politics of Pluralism, which was awarded the Spitz Prize for political theory in 1997. Spitz Prize is annually awarded by a panel based in the Department of Political Science of Columbia University to the author of the best book in liberal and/or democratic theory. Kingwell is the contributing editor to Harper's Magazine. His articles on philosophy, culture, journalism, art...

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Iran breaking free from its imperial chains

Iran breaking free from its imperial chains

  Kourosh Ziabari - "Iran has a long rich history dating back to ancient Greece and Rome, and its culture predates the rise of Islam in the seventh century. Reclaiming its dignity and patrimony in the 1979 revolution, it is logical that Iran would be the first country in the Middle East to break free from its imperial chains given its vast reservoir of history and knowledge from which to draw on in getting back on its feet," said Dr. Colin S. Cavell during an exclusive interview with Tehran Times. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Dr. Cavell is an American author who earned his Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Cavell is currently Assistant Professor...

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Silencing alternative voices in the U.S. academia

Silencing alternative voices in the U.S. academia

An interview with Prof. Henry A. Giroux Kourosh Ziabari - American philosopher and cultural critic Henry A. Giroux believes that under the influence of the government, the higher education system in the United States has moved toward silencing progressive and alternative voices which try to challenge the U.S. militarism and its expansionistic policies. He also believes that the American students are not trained to be critical thinkers “I think many students are weary of America’s expansionist policies but there is not enough dissent among college students over such policies at the present time to actually challenge them. Many American students are educated largely to be consumers not critical thinkers and those who do escape the...

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