Posts tagged : "Middle East"

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ISIL Is Being Aided and Abetted by Israel: Brandon Martinez

ISIL Is Being Aided and Abetted by Israel: Brandon Martinez

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: Brandon Martinez, a Canadian journalist and freelance writer, believes that the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) is the co-product of the Israeli regime and the United States who are supporting it financially and militarily. According to Brandon Martinez, ISIL is pursuing a Zionist agenda that was set out in 1980s by a fanatic Israeli strategist Oded Yinon who had envisaged the balkanization of the Middle East nations that are not supportive of Israel’s expansionistic, imperial agenda. “Recently we saw Israel bomb several Syrian military sites to aid the ISIL insurgency in the south of the country, which illustrates quite clearly that ISIL is being aided and...

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Western media’s biased coverage of the war on Gaza irrational: Ilan Pappé

Western media’s biased coverage of the war on Gaza irrational: Ilan Pappé

Kourosh Ziabari - Tehran Times: As Israel continues its massive military aggression against the Gaza Strip, which has already cost the lives of more than 2,000 Palestinians, the international condemnation of the atrocities committed by the Tel Aviv regime and its cruel massacre of the unarmed citizens of the besieged Gaza grows steadily. Just recently, a group of Jewish scholars, most of whom were born in the Occupied Territories and teaching at the Israeli universities, have signed a petition, calling on the government of Benjamin Netanyahu to stop its deadly incursion into the coastal territory. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 2,030 Palestinian have been killed so far, including...

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Interview with the Norewegian physician who helped the oppressed people of Gaza

Interview with the Norewegian physician who helped the oppressed people of Gaza

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: Dr. Erik Fosse, a prominent Norwegian medical doctor, who has been in the Gaza Strip during the recent Israeli incursion tells Fars News Agency about his experiences with the deadly Israeli aggression and its impacts on the Palestinian civilians. According to Dr. Erik Fosse, more than 400 children were killed during the Israeli regime's military operation in Gaza since early July and about 30% of the injured are children 18 years old or below (the international bodies have put the number at over 475). "I've worked in the Middle East and with the Palestinians for more than 30 years, and what often surprises me is not the fact that so many people get traumatized by these wars, but that all the...

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Exclusive interview with former UN Assistant Secretary General Denis Halliday

Exclusive interview with former UN Assistant Secretary General Denis Halliday

Kourosh Ziabari - Tehran Times: The growing worldwide condemnation of the atrocities of the Israeli regime in the occupied Gaza Strip by the young students, activists, media personalities, public intellectuals, independent politicians and former UN officials underlines the fact that Israel cannot always get away with its criminal, discriminatory treatment of the Palestinian people and enjoy impunity from being held accountable. Despite the deafening silence of the Western leaders regarding the mass killing of Palestinians in what the Tel Aviv regime termed "Operation Protective Edge" and claimed more than 2,000 lives including 541 children, there are courageous public figures who have spoken out frankly against the illegal conduct...

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Interview with Prof. John McMurtry on 9/11 and the War on Terror

Interview with Prof. John McMurtry on 9/11 and the War on Terror

Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: A world-renowned Canadian philosopher argues that the United States holds the world record of illegal killings of unarmed civilians and extrajudicial detention and torturing of prisoners who are detained without trial. Prof. John McMurtry says that the U.S. government is a gigantic mass-murdering machine which earns profit through waging wars, and is never held accountable over its unspeakable war crimes and crimes against humanity. He also believes that the U.S. has become a police state, which treats its citizens in the most derogatory manner. “I have travelled alone with only backpack possession through the world, and have found no state in which police forces are more habituated to...

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My exclusive interview with Senator Richard H. Black

My exclusive interview with Senator Richard H. Black

Kourosh Ziabari - Iran Review: For more than three years, Syria has been engulfed in a deadly conflict that has so far claimed hundreds of lives and displaced, orphaned and widowed thousands of others. At the outset, there were people who claimed that the unrest in Syria was part of the democratic, revolutionary wave sweeping the Middle East and North Africa known as the Arab Spring, but it’s now clear to everyone, both friends and foes, that the unrest in Syria is a proxy war to which tens of countries are contributing for one end: bringing down the government of President Assad. Syria has now turned into a battlefield for the face-off between the government forces and ordinary people loyal to President Assad and trained...

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Interview with former Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga

Interview with former Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga

Kourosh Ziabari - Tehran Times: “I firmly believe that the world can become a better place, if a critical number of people join hands in creating it. Then we can make this Earth a place where every human can live in dignity, where other species are respected for their rights to survive next to us, and where humankind is committed to care for our planet, for it is our common Mother and our common Home.” These are the aspirations of one of the world’s prominent leaders and a democratic president who introduced strategically important social, political and cultural reforms to her country and is now a member of several international organizations. Vaira Vike-Freiberga is a high-profile Latvian politician and the first female president...

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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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My exclusive interview with former Portuguese President Mario Soares

My exclusive interview with former Portuguese President Mario Soares

Kourosh Ziabari - Tehran Times: Mário Nobre Lopes Soares is the 17th President of Portugal who served two terms in office from 1986 to 1996. He was also the nation’s Prime Minister from 1976 to 1978 and from 1983 to 1985. At the time when the former dictator António de Oliveira Salazar was ruling Portugal, Soares diligently fought him and the dictator’s secret police PIDE that arrested him 12 times and expelled him to different countries. Soares is endowed with the highest-ranking military order of Portugal titled “Military Order of the Tower and of the Sword, of Valour, Loyalty and Merit” which was created by King Afonso V in 1459. Mario Soares’s father João Lopes Soares was a minister, anti-fascist republican...

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Turmoil in the Middle East cannot affect Iran-Turkey’s friendly ties

Turmoil in the Middle East cannot affect Iran-Turkey’s friendly ties

  Kourosh Ziabari - Fars News Agency: A world-renowned Turkish Muslim scholar says that Iran and Turkey are two major countries in the Middle East and should establish an Islamic alliance to serve as a role model for all the Muslim nations of the world. According to Harun Yahya, the friendly and amicable relations between Iran and Turkey have always been robust and dynamic and nothing can negatively affect these relations. “The turmoil and civil conflict in the Middle East have never affected the friendship of these two countries, which from time to time has different points of view. This is how it’s supposed to be. For years, it is well-known by all that I have called for the importance of an alliance between Turkey...

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My interview with former Spanish Foreign Minister Ana Palacio

My interview with former Spanish Foreign Minister Ana Palacio

Kourosh Ziabari - Tehran Times: Former Spanish foreign minister Ana Palacio believes that the controversy surrounding Iran’s nuclear program should be solved through dialog and negotiations, and that a diplomatic solution to Iran’s nuclear standoff would be in everybody’s best interests. Palacio, who was the Spanish foreign minister under Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar from July 2002 to March 2004, said that despite the fact that Spain has been a traditional ally of the United States, her government “never subscribed to the ‘axis of evil’ approach.” “I arranged and conducted a state visit of King Juan Carlos to Syria and of President Khatami to Spain. I strongly believe that exchange, even a critical exchange, 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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