Posts tagged : "Middle East"

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A Blame Game: The Worst Thing Iran and Saudi Arabia Can Instigate

A Blame Game: The Worst Thing Iran and Saudi Arabia Can Instigate

Kourosh Ziabari - The Huffington Post: Iran and Saudi Arabia have been embroiled in a bitter diplomatic spat over the past days. The face-off was triggered when the kingdom executed 47 people in a day, including a prominent Shiite Muslim cleric, who is claimed to have incited unrest by taking up arms and calling for foreign intervention in the country. The claim is refuted by many journalists and commentators who have reported that Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was a non-violent preacher and simply advocated greater freedoms for the suppressed Shiite minority of Saudi Arabia. In the wake of the provocative execution, a mob of angry protesters -- totally unduly and unjustifiably -- attacked the diplomatic compounds of Saudi Arabia in the Iranian...

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Great Powers Unable to Forge a Coherent Strategy to Deal with Syrian Crisis: Interview with Prof. Sumit Ganguly

Great Powers Unable to Forge a Coherent Strategy to Deal with Syrian Crisis: Interview with Prof. Sumit Ganguly

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: On July 14, Iran and the group of six world powers – comprising China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States – reached a comprehensive agreement that drew a happy end to over a decade of exhausting tensions surrounding Iran’s nuclear program. The deal would ensure the exclusively peaceful nature of Tehran’s nuclear activities and in return, terminate all the nuclear-related sanctions placed on Iran. International observers expect that in the light of the nuclear agreement, Iran and the United States would initiate some limited cooperation to address the Syrian crisis and extinguish the flames of destruction and bloodshed that have engulfed the Arab country for some...

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Islamophobes’ Understanding of Islam is Oftentimes Fabricated and Concocted: Qasim Rashid

Islamophobes’ Understanding of Islam is Oftentimes Fabricated and Concocted: Qasim Rashid

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: The terrorist group ISIL is moving ahead with its cruel campaign of killing the innocent civilians en masse, while its atrocities are being depicted by the corporate media as the actions of an Islamic organization. The criminal modus operandi of the ISIL is playing into the hands of those who desire to portray Islam as the source of all the evil emerging across the world and a cause of instability and conflict in the Middle East. A prominent human rights activist and Muslim author who has researched the global Islamophobic propaganda tells Fars News Agency that “tens of millions of dollars” are being poured into the “anti-Islamic and anti-Muslim industry.” “There’s ample research...

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Iran and Turkey Will Find Ways to Manage Their Differences Peacefully

Iran and Turkey Will Find Ways to Manage Their Differences Peacefully

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: On the sunny spring afternoon of Monday, April 13, I got to the Istanbul Bilgi University’s central campus with a tram which took me from the Aksaray neighborhood in the Fatih District to the Kabatas quarter where the shuttles for the Santral Campus, available every 30 minutes, would pick up the students and drop them at the entry gate of the university. Istanbul Bilgi University, founded in 1996, is ranked among the top 10 institutions of higher education in Turkey. Although I arrived at my appointment with some 45-minutes delay, Prof. Ilter Turan, one of Turkey’s leading political scientists and the former rector of the Istanbul Bilgi University, received me warmly, and after a few minutes of...

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It Is Impossible to Address Terrorism Without the Role-Playing of Religion

It Is Impossible to Address Terrorism Without the Role-Playing of Religion

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: The horrific actions being committed under the banner of religion, as manifested in the atrocities of the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), have made people across the world, especially youths, doubtful about the peaceful nature of divine religions and raised many questions on the relationship between Islam and terror, and the growth of what some have come to call Islamic fundamentalism. There are hardline commentators and pundits who capitalize on the mass killings and executions of civilians by the ISIS to propagate this belief that Islam is a religion of violence that preaches the killing of innocent people, and that Islam and peace are irreconcilable. They ignore the calls by...

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Interview with former Icelandic Foreign Minister Jon Baldvin Hannibalsson

Interview with former Icelandic Foreign Minister Jon Baldvin Hannibalsson

Kourosh Ziabari - Fair Observer: We usually don’t find it making the headlines, but Iceland is a nation that has struggled with the question of whether to join the European Union (EU) or not. It has historically played a significant role in regional developments and made important contributions to security and democracy in Europe. Along with Haiti, Mauritius, Monaco, Panama and Vanuatu, Iceland is one of few countries that have no standing army but a limited military. It has been Iceland’s policy to not maintain an army since 1869, however, it is an active and founding member of NATO and joined the Atlantic coalition in 1949. Iceland is an official candidate to join the EU, even though its former foreign minister, Jon Baldvin...

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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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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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My exclusive interview with Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak

My exclusive interview with Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak

Fair Observer - Kourosh Ziabari: The Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák was the 13th European foreign minister to visit Iran since the moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani became President of Iran in June 2013. Lajčák came to Iran less than a week after the Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard concluded his trip to the country, and took part in an exclusive interview with Fair Observer. Aside from his role as the foreign minister, Miroslav Lajčák is also serving as the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovakia in the cabinet of Robert Fico. Lajčák is a veteran diplomat who has held several high-ranking political offices prior to beginning his tenure as the Slovak Foreign Minister in April 2012. From 1994 to...

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Interview with Vijay Prashad on the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria

Interview with Vijay Prashad on the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria

Kourosh Ziabari - International Policy Digest: The rise of the terrorist group which has declared itself an Islamic State and intends to establish a caliphate over significant parts of Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Turkey is now the most pressing and urgent matter for the international community, bringing together countries from different parts of the world together to form a coalition against it. An offshoot of Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State (IS), also known as ISIS or ISIL, has carried out several terrorist attacks in Iraq and Syria in the recent years, especially following the fomentation of unrest in Syria in 2011. The Islamic State considers itself an Islamic authority whose ultimate mission is to govern the whole Muslim world. It...

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Washington Supports Israel for Constant Bloodletting in the Middle East

Washington Supports Israel for Constant Bloodletting in the Middle East

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: A Canadian scholar and academic, who was fired from the university where he was teaching because of his pro-Palestinian viewpoints, believes the US government is funding and supporting Israel for its continued bloodletting in the Middle East. According to Prof. Denis Rancourt, Israel's plan in the Middle East is ethnic cleansing and the total obliteration of Palestine and its citizens in order to realize a colonial, imperial agenda backed by the US military, economic and finance empire. "Israel’s program is to eradicate or neutralize all Palestinians who make claim to a home in Palestine. This is exactly what Israel has been doing since before its artificial creation," said Prof. Rancourt in...

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Israel-Hamas Truce a Victory for the Resistance Movement in Gaza

Israel-Hamas Truce a Victory for the Resistance Movement in Gaza

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: With the agreement of Hamas and the Israeli regime to a long-term truce and the cessation of hostilities, it's now evident that it was the resistance movement in the Gaza Strip that emerged victorious from the 7-week-long Israeli war on the beleaguered territory. A Canadian journalist and political commentator tells Fars News Agency that although Israel does not ever abide by the agreements it makes and its international obligations, the ceasefire, whether it holds or not, has showed that the people of Gaza support the resistance movement and that Hamas is the true winner of the unequal battle that the Gaza Strip has been witnessing these past two months. "The current truce, whether it holds or...

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