Lieberman says Israel will hit Tehran if Iran attacks Tel Aviv

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Israel would retaliate against any Iranian attack on Tel Aviv by striking Tehran, Israel’s defense minister said in remarks published on Thursday, as the arch-foes faced off over Syria. The comments by Avigdor Lieberman were an unusually explicit Israeli threat to take military action within Iranian territory, and followed a surge of unprecedented confrontations between the countries’ forces in civil war-torn Syria. “Israel doesn’t want war ... ...

Khamenei affirms continued Iranian resistance in face of US ‘bullying’

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Iran’s supreme leader called on Muslim nations to unite against the United States, saying Tehran would never yield to “bullying”, state television reported on Thursday. “The Iranian nation has successfully resisted bullying attempts by America and other arrogant powers and we will continue to resist... All Muslim nations should stand united against America and other enemies,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said. Iran’s top authority criticized Trump for saying on ...

ANALYSIS: Iran and the ‘JCPOA 2.0’ conundrum

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

In Iran the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, is known as “barjam.” Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei himself once said he only signed the JCPOA, or Barjam, after the Sultan of Oman convinced him. To save face and wash his hands of any possible mayday calls in the future, Khamenei said he was certain that talks with the United States would be useless, yet went ahead to show good faith (read, “We had no other choice.”) In a recent ...

Security forces suppress Iran’s Ahwaz protests as they reach fourth day

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Iranian security forces, backed by units of anti-riot police and the Revolutionary Guard, suppressed night demonstrations on the fourth day of protests by Arab citizens in the center of the city on Saturday. According to eyewitnesses, security forces used tear gas and violence against protesters to break up the demonstrations that took place west of the city. Videos and images shared on social media and local Ahwaz TV channels showed protesters holding up signs in Arabic, English and Ahwazi ...

The Shirazis and the media

Friday, 30 March 2018

In 1968, a total of 40 people, divided into four groups, gathered to learn literary writing under the supervision of Sayyid Mujtaba Shirazi, the son of late reference Mehdi Shirazi in Karbala. This was part of their Resalah related work (treatise on practical law) led by Sayyid Mujtaba’s brother Sayyid Ayatollah Mohammad al-Shirazi.Only four of these 40 people graduated from this course. One of these four men was Sheikh Ahmed al-Katib, the author of the book The Development of Shiite ...

Hassan Al Mustafa

Why Iranian people welcome Bolton’s new position

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Iranian people have begun the new year with three messages from Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the US President Donald Trump. In his remark, Khamenei, humiliated the Iranian people, especially the poor, by connecting their demands of improved living standards raised during the nationwide uprising early this year, which continue desultorily across the country, to western countries. Instead, he praised activities of the Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) in the Middle East while blaming ...

Hamid Bahrami

With Trump ready to confront Iran, is death knell sounding for the regime?

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

With the removal of Rex Tillerson by Donald Trump from his post as Secretary of State, it could well prove to be the end of the line for the Iran deal. Donald Trump had frequently condemned the one-sided agreement during his campaign trail, calling it the “worst deal ever”, and has continued that stance as US president, while Tillerson has continued to endorse the agreement. As far as being a risk to world security is concerned, over recent years, Iran has been striving hard to ...

The early disputes between al-Shirazi family and Iran

Friday, 16 March 2018

We met with Ayatollah Sayyid Muhammad al-Shirazi at a nondescript house in a narrow alley near the street of ChaharMardan in Qom in 1994. I was part of a group of men visiting from eastern Saudi Arabia. The purpose of the visit was to meet Shirazi, the controversial figure who at that time was under house arrest due to disputes between him and the Iranian authorities. Shirazi talked about the importance of writing and said it was important for the youth to read and spread intellectualism, as ...

Hassan Al Mustafa

Why Saudi Crown Prince mentioned 1938 pact during meeting with French President

Friday, 16 March 2018

“We will not repeat an agreement that was reached in 1938 and that led later to the Second World War”, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in Paris on Tuesday. Addressing a press conference alongside French President Emmanuel Macron, Mohammed bin Salman referred to the Munich agreement with the Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler. The Crown Prince has earlier described the Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei as “the new Hitler” in a famous interview ...

Iran’s famous Festival of Fire turns into anti-regime demonstrations

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Iran’s famous Festival of Fire, also known as Chaharshanbe Suri, has turned from a festival into protest gatherings in Tehran and several other cities according to videos shared by Iranian activists on social media.Activists had been calling for people to take to the streets on the day of the festival, which features fire displays in public streets, under the slogan ‘the dictator is in the fire’.Most of the videos shows a few protesters throwing fireworks at a security ...

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