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  • The nations of the world 2018-12-14 14:57

    By Martin Love

    What dooms nations can be surprising, and it resides internally 

    NORTH CAROLINA - One can believe without fear of realistic opposition that people in general are much the same everywhere. Sure, cultures vary, religions and social systems vary, but the fundamental aspects and challenges and even joys of human life remain constant. This is no great epiphany, just simply the result of exposure. That said, feel-good narratives are all over the U.S. media, but most all of it is propaganda to give the largely unexposed public the impression that all is well. It isn’t.

  • The nature of Zionist regime in Operation Northern Shield   2018-12-11 11:50

    By Sa’adollah Zarei 

    The nature of Zionist regime in Operation Northern Shield  

    TEHRAN - On 4 December 2018, the Zionist regime announced the launch of Operation Northern Shield to destroy Hezbollah tunnels that reach into Northern Israel from Lebanon. According to Israeli Channel 10, the decision was made by the Security Council at the main headquarters of the Israeli army.

  • Fragile Alliance in the Gulf Cooperation Council 2018-12-10 10:07

     By Fatemeh Salehi

    Fragile alliance in the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council

    Qatari Energy Minister Saad al-Kaabi announced a few days ago that Qatar intended to leave the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) starting from January 1, 2019. This news has fomented worldwide reactions.

  • Student Day in Iran after the 1979 Revolution 2018-12-08 10:11

    By Abdollah Shahbazi 

    16 Azar the beginning of an uprising 

    The first protest  TEHRAN - 16 Azar (7 December) has become the official Student Day in Iran after the 1979 Revolution. On that day, December 7, 1953 (16 Azar 1332 in the Iranian calendar) three students of the University of Tehran were murdered by Iranian police in the Pahlavi era. Every year there are local demonstrations at many universities organized by students.

  • oil price 2018-12-05 22:52

    By Mahmood Khaghani in association with Chris Cook

    Iran at the crossroad of 1398 budget

    TEHRAN - A journalist called me the other day and requested my opinion with regard to the next Iranian year 1398 budget that it seems the government considers oil prices will be higher than 50 dollars per barrel. I, in turn, asked a Senior Research Fellow at University College London about his prediction with respect to oil market during 2019. He said: "As a wise man said, "It is difficult to make forecasts, especially about the future."

  • Trump 2018-12-05 09:42

    By Martin Love

    The loss of the American “empire” is baked in the cake

    NORTH CAROLINA - So much going on round the world of note, and too few remarking at attempts to torture or waterboard free speech in the U.S., except this time if the subject literally drowns or dies, which journalist Jamal Khashoggi did in his own blood, no problem – that may be the intent anyway, to eliminate all dissenting voices that are, to one degree or another and maybe too loud about it, appalled by various rampant, overextended “isms”: Zionism, Neo-liberalism, run amok Capitalism, Communism, Nationalism, Nazism, Wahhabism, Americanism, and others. 

  • Trump 2018/12/03

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    U.S. propaganda war against Iran doomed to fail

    TEHRAN _ At a time when the Trump administration is facing backlash at home over its military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen and disgraceful defeat in Afghanistan after 18 years of war, spin doctors in Washington are looking for convenient scapegoats to escape accountability.

  • Trenches in the Champs Elysées, from the “Paris Commune” to “Gilet jaune” 2018-12-03 10:29

    By Abdollah Shahbazi 

    Trenches in the Champs Elysées, from the “Paris Commune” to “Gilet jaune”

    France is the leader of the contemporary revolutions, so long as the term “revolution”, in its new meaning, came to political culture largely through the successive French revolutions of the late eighteenth and the first half of the nineteenth century.

  • Golan Heights 2018-12-02 11:37

    By Ramin Hossein Abadian

    The Golan Heights front to reopen; the Zionists fear of attrition warfare 

    TEHRAN - The advancement of the Syrian army in the south of the country in the battle against the U.S., Zionists-backed Takfiri terrorists has been a matter of grave concern for Tel Aviv officials.

  • Dr. Altaf Hussain 2018/11/30

    By Dr. Altaf Hussain

    Understanding essence of Islam key to fostering unity

    TEHRAN_ We are fully aware of the dangers and challenges facing the Islamic world today. Evil influences not only threaten its unity, distort its identity, tarnish its tenets but brutally attack the very message of Islam.

  • Trump 2018-11-28 10:57

    By Martin Love

    Bold counter moves even if naïve are worth marginal examination at least

    NORTH CAROLINA - President Rouhani and other leaders in Iran have lately been appealing for unity among all Muslims to counter the threats posed by the Israelis and the U.S. and the Saudis to sow yet more chaos in the Middle East. No one can argue against the idea of such unity, but aside from a few discrete periods in Islamic history the effective unity of the “ummah” has been and seems to remain a chimera, a least when viewed from any purely political angle.

  • Islamic unity 2018/11/26

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Iran, a torch-bearer of Islamic unity

    TEHRAN _ At a time when many countries in the Muslim world have brazenly become facilitators and enablers of America’s neo-imperialism, helping to advance its political and economic hegemony, there is one country that clearly and categorically says ‘no’ to Washington and its allies.

  • From America First to Energy First  2018-11-26 11:19

    By Mahmood Khaghani 

    From America First to Energy First 

     America First Anyone who has read Trump's book “Art of the Deal”, as I have several times since buying the book when it was published, will understand that the rules of Trump's America First policies are very different to the current multilateral rules of the global game. 

  • Donald Trump 2018-11-25 12:41

    By Martin Love

    U.S. policy errors mount with Trump’s banalities and delusions

    NORTH CAROLINA - It is aggravating to see Donald Trump and minions squirm and contort themselves about the misdeeds of Muhammad bin Salman, otherwise known as MBS. Might I suggest the real meaning of “MBS”, and apply it to Trump and minions, too? Is not M-ighty B-ull S-hitter better? Yes, I think it is much better.

  • Mahmood Monshipouri 2018-11-20 09:58

    By Mahmood Monshipouri

    A real European army: A naive or prudent idea?

    A new strategic debate has engulfed not only the European continent but also other great powers across the globe.  The idea of an EU collective defense, now dubbed as “an integrated EU military” is not new—as it has in the past been briefly mentioned by Silvio Berlusconi when he was the Italian prime minister, but more recently, by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

  • Yemen 2018/11/19

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Why no global outcry over Saudi war in Yemen?

    TEHRAN - On Sunday, the U.S. intelligence agency confirmed that the brazen killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was ordered by the Saudi crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman, which must have finally given some comfort to his restless soul. The truth was not hidden from the world, as it was already established by the Turkish authorities, but now we have the word straight from the horse’s mouth.

  • Pashtun Tahafuz Movement and the dubious international media 2018-11-19 11:10

    By Taimur Khan

    Pashtun Tahafuz Movement and the dubious international media

    LAHORE - Information and knowledge is power and the methods of presenting information and knowledge has profound impact on shaping perceptions and perspectives of the masses. Revolution in communication technologies in this age of globalization has bestowed the field of “Media” with immense power and unlimited outreach.

  • The missiles that brought Tel Aviv to its knees 2018-11-19 10:53

    By Rouhollah Ghasemian

    The missiles that brought Tel Aviv to its knees

    TEHRAN - The situation in Gaza on Sunday, November 11, 2018, was in crisis when a group of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) infiltrated the Gaza Strip but faced the reaction of the Palestinian resistance forces.

  • Saudi Arabia 2018/11/17

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Pakistan PM’s Saudi affair likely to backfire

    TEHRAN - Pakistan’s relations with Saudi Arabia flourished during the previous government headed by Nawaz Sharif, primarily due to his personal business interests in the Kingdom and friendly association with members of the Saudi royal family. Despite the criticism at home, Sharif never missed an opportunity to eulogize the Saudi rulers and support their wrongs.

  • The recent liberalized scene at Azadi is a purely good, smart anodyne 2018-11-17 12:02

    By Martin Love

    The recent liberalized scene at Azadi is a purely good, smart anodyne

    NORTH CAROLINA - Just to demonstrate how inaccurate and craven the U.S. mainstream media can be, one must note a late-night news broadcast this week about the further carnage in the Gaza arena. The talking head commented that the Zionists responded with massive bombing runs on Gaza because Hamas sent flying 300 or so (ineffective) “firecracker” rockets in to Israel, and now Israel may be preparing another invasion of what amounts to the largest open-air prison on earth – an amplified and defenseless Warsaw Ghetto redux.

  • Nigeria 2018/11/15

    By Mahdi Garba

    Nigeria, persecution of Shia Muslims and the continued quest for justice

    TEHRAN _ Come December 12, people of conscience around the globe would be joining members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria to commemorate the third anniversary of the premeditated attack on armless citizens using armed-to-the-teeth security operatives while bracing up to hoist a flag on the dome of the Hussainiyya Baqiyatullah, Zaria.

  • Taliban talks 2018/11/12

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Taliban talks: Dialogue and violence can’t go together

    TEHRAN _ Dialogue and violence cannot go hand in hand. The first cardinal principle of ‘peace negotiations’ is an unconditional ceasefire. That is how the two warring sides build trust, bury the hatchet and make peace with each other. You cannot extend an olive branch and point the barrel of gun at the same time. That renders the whole exercise futile.

  • US Senate 2018-11-12 11:41

    By Hanif Ghaffari

    A contemplation on the U.S. midterm elections 

    TEHRAN - Referring to the Republican's partial victory in the Senate (which was quite predictable from the beginning), Donald Trump, president of the United States, has cheered over his great victory in the U.S. midterm elections! Democrats, on the other hand, claim victory for midterm elections based on their win in the House of Representatives, which has temporarily put an end to the Republican's dominance on this collection.

  • Khashoggi 2018/11/10

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Saudi regime’s war on free speech, free press

    TEHRAN _ A free and independent media is the watchdog of society, custodian of public interest and stimulus of political and social change. For a free and fearless journalist, truth is sacred, even though it may be unpalatable. In our times, to invoke George Orwell, telling a truth has become a revolutionary act, and often it has landed journalists and activists in troubled waters.

  • Martin Love 2018-11-10 09:43

    By Martin Love

    The world prays for the wisdom and cool of Iranians

    NORTH CAROLINA - An Iranian friend, a photographer known internationally for fine documentary work, asked plaintively last week when the U.S. might stop trying to sink Iran and Iranians. I had no ready answer, but the question was painful to hear because I could also hear concern, grief and empathy for others.

  • Hezbollah’s Culture of martyrdom 2018-11-10 09:31

    Sonduos Al-assad

    Hezbollah’s Culture of martyrdom

    BEIRUT - Annually, Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance marks the Martyr’s Day, on the 11th of November. A martyr, who sacrifices his life to safeguard his homeland’s causes, sovereignty and freedom; deserves to be celebrated every day and every moment. Hezbollah’s pervasive culture of martyrdom has sustained since its establishment, in the 19880s, in the aftermath of the Zionist occupation of the Lebanese south.

  • Arab NATO against Iran, an unfulfilled dream 2018-11-06 14:57

    By Fatemeh Salehi

    Arab NATO against Iran, an unfulfilled dream

    TEHRAN - The largest military drill- land, naval, air and special forces kicked off in Egypt on Sunday with participation of the U.S., Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Jordan, and the observers Morocco and Lebanon.

  • Soleimani-Trump 2018/11/06

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Trump’s ‘Iran sanctions’ bluster boomerangs

    TEHRAN - U.S. President Donald Trump’s lame attempts at projecting himself as a formidable world leader continue to boomerang. This week, he released a meme on his official Twitter handle, intended to replicate the uber-popular book series/TV show Games of Thrones (GOT) message, warning Iranians that the sanctions were coming.

  • Trump - Bin salman 2018-11-05 10:56

    By Roohullah Ghasemian

    Khashoggi’s murder: the beginning of the Greater Middle East Project

    TEHRAN - It's not the first time that the Al-Saud regime brutally treats opponents, but it is the first that Western countries react to its hostility. The West generally hides and rejects anti-humanitarian measures because of their dependence on Saudi’s oil, or the sale of billions of weapons or generous suggestions made by the ruling regime.

  • US-Mexico border 2018-11-04 11:40

    By Jack Perry

    Border chess

    ARIZONA - As the world has seen, President Trump is sending 15,000 troops to the border with Mexico to stop what the news calls the "migrant caravan". The so-called "migrant caravan" are actually Hondurans on a pilgrimage for justice from the United States, whose policies have oppressed and impoverished people throughout Latin America for over a century. And typical of the United States to see an oppressed people as an enemy to be feared.