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ANALYSIS: Iran’s wrecked economy and violations of human rights

Thursday, 24 May 2018

The recent US withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal has stirred a new fierce debate between opponents and supporters of the notorious agreement. On one side, those who believe Trump’s decision was the worst possible option and, on the other, those who sustain that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) not only did not ameliorate the economic situation of average Iranian families, but also that it emboldened the Islamic Republic of Iran to expand further its presence and ...

Saudi dad tells heartbreaking story about son’s rare cancer, vows to find cure

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Fate was not on Saudi teenager Yousef Yasser Khoja’s side when a rare type of cancer claimed his life and took him away from his family and loved ones. Speaking to Al Arabiya.net, Khoja’s father explained that his “son was taken away from my embrace last year.” Since, Yousef’s father has vowed to find a cure to fight the illness, he said: “I will work hard with centers across the globe until I find a cure to this illness. Any child who survives this illness is ...

WATCH: A close look into the Kaaba’s Black Stone

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Every year, Muslim pilgrims from around the globe visit the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to perform Hajj or Umra. During a pilgrim’s ritual, many tend to seek the Black Stone situated in the eastern corner of the Kaaba. While the Black Stone is thought to be a whole, which can be seen placed in a silver encasement, it is actually comprised of eight small rocks but molded together using Arabic frankincense. The smallest stone is no bigger than 1 cm, while the biggest does not exceed 2 cm. ...

Saudi ambassador to US hails steps to curb Iranian support for Houthis in Yemen

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, Prince Khalid bin Salman, has thanked the United States for taking steps to target Iranian individuals providing ballistic missile support to Houthis in Yemen. In a tweet on Wednesday, Prince Khaled bin Salman said he is grateful to US for taking this step. “To date, over 140 ballistic missiles were fired at civilian targets in KSA. Iran claims its missile program is defensive. I ask @JZarif how is supplying missiles to a Yemeni militia ...

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh: The father of Iranian regime’s nuclear bomb

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Dr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a brigadier general in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), and a professor of physics at the Guard’s Imam Hussein University, is a man cloaked in mystery. Until April this year, no photograph has ever existed of him, and on top of this, after the killing of several nuclear scientists, a protective shield of secrecy and security had been thrown around him, in an effort to protect him against Israeli assassins. Then in another twist to his shadowy existence, ...

How baby powder is helping to fund ISIS in Afghanistan

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

ISIS fighters in Afghanistan are making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year from illegal mining of talc, much of which ends up in the United States and Europe, advocacy group Global Witness reported on Tuesday.About 500,000 tonnes of talc, used in products ranging from paint to baby powder, were exported from Afghanistan in the year to March, according to Afghan mining ministry figures cited in the group's report.Almost all went to Pakistan, where much of it is re-exported. Pakistan provides ...

Houthi prisoner confesses: We received cultural courses, including Iranian films

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Television Channel Yemen Today broadcasted a videotape of the confessions of a captured Houthi militia commander, in which he said that militants had received military courses for less than a week as well as cultural courses which included Iranian films.The Houthi commanders was captured by military formations, led by Brigadier General Tariq Saleh, on the west coast front.The channel said that the Houthi militiant, identified as Abdullah Jarmuzi, confessed that the militias “instilled the ...

Israel reveals secret: Used world’s first F-35 for strike on Iran in Syria

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

The F-35 stealth fighter was unveiled to the world when Israel used them to carry out an operational attack against Iranian targets in Syria. The F-35 is a fifth generation combat aircraft and is designed to carry out ground attacks and air superiority missions. Despite critiques pointed out design flaws the project continued and was the most expensive military weapons system in history. By 2014 it was already $163 billion over budget. “The F-35 squadron has become an operational squadron. ...

Nipah virus: What is this brain-damaging outbreak sweeping India?

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

A rare virus spread by fruit bats, which can cause flu-like symptoms and brain damage, has killed 10 people in southern India, health officials said on Tuesday, with at least two more cases being monitored. Infectious disease outbreaks can be a challenge in the world’s second most populous country, where infection control and surveillance are weak, leading to hundreds of deaths annually from diseases such as mosquito-borne dengue. There is no vaccine for the Nipah virus that has broken out ...

Understanding the US policy on Iran in light of Pompeo speech

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Dedicating his first foreign policy speech to the grave subject of Iran, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo outlined the Trump administration’s new strategy vis-à-vis Iran on Monday, coming shortly after President Trump announced the US would withdraw from the Obama-era nuclear deal. Speaking at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., Secretary Pompeo vividly explained how the US administrations is standing alongside the Iranian people and their aspirations for freedom and ...

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