Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says holding negotiations with the US is banned as it has countless disadvantages and no benefits.
Regardless of what direction developments in the Middle East will take in the future, the sure thing is that the region will not go back to where it stood before the developments, which have come to be known as the Arab Spring. The traditional models of power structure have changed and new mentalities have come into play. A review of developments in the Middle East and North Africa will reveal that reconstruction of power in its past centralized form would be almost impossible and governments would sooner or later have to accept the reality that they must experience new modes of governance.
“There is a possibility of using the 5+1 format to tackle the Syrian crisis,” Jahanpour, a former senior research fellow at Harvard University, tells the Tehran Times.
In the meantime, apart from all negative consequences of the Mina incident for Saudi Arabia’s domestic and foreign policy, this country can still take advantage of the capacity of world religions to hold Hajj rituals away from state biases. Riyadh can also take a large-scale nongovernmental approach to this issue and come up with a management model acceptable to the entire Islamic world in order to continue hosting this global congregation.
Daesh-making and Daesh-ism as a way of thinking represent an extremist way of thinking, which has a desecuritizing effect and whose ensuing risks pose growing threats to international and regional security day after day. The effects of this way of thinking have influenced remarkable structures, actors, players, governance spheres, as well as political, racial and identity frontiers in international arena.
It seems, however, that there is a great number of intelligence and analytical propositions available with regard to the Mina incident right now, which prove that it is different from incidents that took place in previous years. For example, there are many media and intelligence reports that prove suspicious and out of the ordinary nature of this year’s Hajj incidents.
Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Balkhī also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī and popularly known as Mowlana was born in Balkh (then a city of Greater Khorasan in Persia), on September 30, 1207. His impact on philosophy, literature, mysticism and culture, has been so deep throughout Central Asia and most Islamic countries that almost all religious scholars, mystics, philosophers, sociologists and others have referred to his verses during all these centuries, since his death. Each year on December a religious celebration is held at the site of Rumi's tomb, to which tens of thousands of pilgrims come.
Hamid Reza Dehghani-Poudeh
The catastrophic incident at Mina is an incident, which has shocked the world’s public opinion and has elicited widespread critical reactions in many Islamic countries, especially in Iran. In reality, holding of Hajj rituals has been characterized by regrettable and bloody incidents in consecutive years and it is necessary to think about an effective and rapid solution to prevent repetition of such incidents or, at least, reduce their frequency.
For many years, the Middle East and Africa are considered as one region in many divisions of geographical regions. However, it was difficult in the past to establish a meaningful relationship between these two regions because people in large parts of the Middle East lived in the lap of luxury while African people were plagued with endless woes. However, as time goes by similarities between the Middle East and Africa increase more and more. The following report is an effort to shed light on the expanding similarities between these two regions and their consequences for Iran.
One of the main goals of the strategy pursued by the United States and its allies in the Middle East following withdrawal of the American forces from the region has been to form a new current known as the “Third Force.” This force was supposed to replace the US ground forces in the Middle East. To achieve this goal, three models have been designed so far, but all of them have failed in practice.