Record absence of sunshine in central Europe

Saturday, 20 January 2018

In recent weeks, Belgium has experienced a record absence of sunshine. A lack of light that can sometimes affect morale, and even cause a depressive state. December was Belgium's darkest month since 1934. The country's meteorological institute says there was barely more than 10 hours of sunshine during the whole month. The lack of light is hard for some to bear. A psychiatrist says it can even help cause depression. December was also unusually wet, with twenty-six days of rain. While ...

At beloved falafel shop, Syrians get taste of pre-war Raqqa

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Amid the ruins of Raqqa, a small red shop is bringing some color back to the city. The al-Malik falafel restaurant, a culinary institution serving the city center for 40 years, finally reopened in early January. The owners had fled during the four-month battle to expel the Islamic State group from the city. But they've now returned, and so have their customers. Ammar Qattab, a restaurant owner, said "Our business is good, thank God. There is more and more work. There was a slowdown for a ...

Report: Pakistan-Iran train services to resume this year

Friday, 19 January 2018

Pakistan and Iran have decided to resume a fortnightly passenger train service between the countries beginning September, a news report has revealed. According to the report, the decision has been taken in the wake of improvement in the security situation. The decision was taken at a meeting of railway officials from the two countries on Thursday in which Zahedan Railways director general Majid Arjouni led the Iranian delegation and Railways Board secretary Zubair Shafi Ghauri chaired the ...

What’s Iranian Azad University’s game plan in opening branches across region?

Thursday, 18 January 2018

The Iran-based university Islamic Azad University is in the process of spreading its footprint by opening branches in cities across Syria, extending Tehran’s influence and raising many eyebrows in the region. Islamic Azad University was founded in 1982 in Iran and is the second largest university after Tehran University. It is a non-governmental university founded by the late Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. The university is also launching operations in Lebanon and Iraq. ...

Muslim World League, Council of Religious Leaders to organize UN conference

Thursday, 18 January 2018

The Muslim World League signed a cooperation agreement with the World Council of Religious Leaders to organize an international conference at the UN. The conference which will include religious leaders, politicians and intellectuals will help confront extremist and terrorist ideas and encourage moderation. The agreement was signed between the Muslim World League Secretary General Sheikh Mohammed al-Issa and the World Council of Religious Leaders Secretary General Bawa Jain who commended the ...

ANALYSIS: Will Iran learn from past mistakes of other regimes?

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Several factors that led to the fall of the Roman Empire, can clearly be seen in the problems now facing the Iranian regime. When the Roman Empire was close to collapse, it had been notching up victories in foreign wars, while at home economic stagnation had taken hold, political corruption was rife, and as a result of the administration’s money wasting, much of which came in the form of military spending, the poor had taken the brunt of the country’s woes, and as a result, serious ...

Report: Iran feeling Europe pinch following Trump threat on nuclear deal

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

European countries have increased pressure over Iran’s ballistic missile program and its role in regional conflicts even as they try to tackle President Trump’s threat to nullify nuclear deal with Tehran, a news report has revealed. A Financial Times report, quoting foreign ministry sources in Berlin, said that German, French and British foreign ministers – and EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini – agreed with Iran to hold an “intensive and very ...

ANALYSIS: Unveiling Iranian pro-government trolls and cyber-warriors

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Lately, many media outlets write about “Kremlin Troll factory”. But, we should remember that these methods are used not only by the Russian authorities. Many different countries with regimes of varying degrees of oppressiveness use internet-trolls and many other methods related to internet-trolling, manipulation of public opinion and spreading disinformation. One of those countries, which use the advantage of internet-trolls, is Iran.It is noteworthy that the Iranian army of trolls ...

In India’s Sikkim state, trees are up for adoption like humans

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

India has enacted a revolutionary new green law which empowers citizens to adopt a tree as a child, brother or sister by filling up prescribed government forms to formalize the bond. There are also provisions for legally taking up a tree and preserving it in remembrance of a departed relative. The new legislation in Sikkim – the picturesque Himalayan province in northeastern India bordering China – for forging familial relationships between trees and humans - which are recognized ...

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