The Hajj (Mina) Stampede Tragedy in Saudi Arabia, and How to Respond
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Saudi Arabia needs a total paradigm change and analysis of the entirety of its Hajj operations and oversight, including all engineered and administrative control mechanisms. These issues cannot be taken for granted; Saudi Arabia and more than thirty other countries paid a big price in terms of death and injury to their citizens, as well as damage to Saudi's national pride. More importantly, Saudi Arabia owes these bold accident investigation and safety improvement steps to the legacies of the 1426+345+4173+...innocent victims, whose lives were not lost in vain and whose now-silent voices demand to be heard nonetheless...
Iran’s ‘Non-Zero-Sum Game’ In Syria
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
On Monday October 9, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon met Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and urged Iran to find a political solution for the conflict in Syria. Zarif has recently unveiled a 4-point peace plan and has been actively search for regional and extra-regional partners to form a viable coalition for peace in troubled Syria.
Arab Elites vs. Extremists over Iran's Prophet Movie
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Seyed Musa Alizadeh Tabatabaei
It has been almost a month since the historic movie, Muhammad: The Messenger of God, directed by Majid Majidi, hit the silver screen in Iran and elsewhere in the world and has been warmly received by the audience. Since production of the movie started by this world-renowned director, a group of Takfiri extremists have taken hardline positions against it and tried to show that it is incompatible with Islamic principles.
Rouhani Shines at the UN
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Warmly greeted as the hero of Iran nuclear agreement that has (hopefully) resolved one of the most vexing international issues, Iran's President delivered a powerful and dignified speech before the General Assembly on Monday (September, 28th 2015) that resonated with the current mood in the international community in favor of civil and diplomatic resolution of disputes instead of resorting to violence and war.
Distinctiveness of 70th UN General Assembly
Monday, September 28, 2015
In early September, the 70th United Nations General Assembly opened with the presence of the heads of states, foreign ministers of the member states and the representatives of global groups and institutions from all across the world; this forum is being held when there have been rapid international developments over the past year and undeniable emerging crises in different parts of the globe. So an international organization such as the United Nations and making it a robust global one on the part of its members, being big or small, developed or developing, is pretty unavoidable and sensed more than ever.
26 September: UN-Led International Day For The Total Elimination Of Nuclear Weapons
Sunday, September 27, 2015
26 September serves as a reminder of the avenues proposed for nuclear disarmament, but disarmament diplomacy has stalled too often and inconsistent policies by governments have made the goal of complete elimination seem unreachable in the short term. Nevertheless we, as non-governmental peacebuilders, must continue to work creatively to generate the groundswell of opinion that will create a momentum of political will to move to a world without war and without nuclear weapons.
How AIPAC-OFAC Targeting Iran and Her students
Sunday, September 27, 2015
America loses if AIPAC/OFAC succeeds and forces retention of the US sanctions which are similar to some kinds of terrorism according to some international lawyers because they target civilian populations for political purposes including regime change.
Time To Decide!!!
Saturday, September 26, 2015
On August 27th, headlines splashed global newspapers that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and nine other top officials resigned from the ruling Executive Committee (ExCo) of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Talks about an emergency or a regular session of the Palestine National Council (PNC) followed. Although PNC Chairman Salim al-Zanoun announced Sept. 14-15 PNC meeting in the West town of Ramallah, few days ago al-Zanoun announced postponing the meeting for three months. These developments raised many questions; the most important is what the actual reason behind convening this meeting in the first place.
Yemen Pays Price for Saudis' Sectarian Paranoia
Friday, September 25, 2015
Any attempt to provide a coherent account of the political strife afflicting Yemen is bound to fail. The country is a crucible of contradictions that defy normal categories of rational analysis. Looking beyond the political fog enveloping the conflict, the tragic circumstances of acute suffering imposed on the civilian population emerge with stark clarity.