SiasatRooz - Most Popular :: rss_full_edition Wed, 13 Jun 2018 22:34:40 GMT News Studio(News Distribution System{CURRENT_THEME}/ch01_newsfeed_logo.gif Produced by SiasatRooz 100 70 en Copyright© SiasatRooz, all rights reserved Wed, 13 Jun 2018 22:34:40 GMT 60 Tens of thousands in U.S. cities protest Trump immigration order Tens of thousands of people rallied in U.S. cities and at airports on Sunday to voice outrage over President Donald Trump's executive order restricting entry into the country for travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations. In New York, Washington and Boston, a second wave of demonstrations followed spontaneous rallies that broke out at U.S. airports on Saturday as U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents began enforcing Trump's directive. The protests spread westward as the day progressed. The order, which bars admission of Syrian refugees and suspends travel to the United States from Syria, Iraq, Iran and four other countries on national security grounds, has led to the detention or deportation of hundreds of people arriving at U.S. airports. One of the largest of Sunday's protests took place at Battery Park in lower Manhattan, within sight of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, long a symbol of welcome to U.S. shores. Democratic Senator Charles Schumer of New York told the crowd that Trump's order was un-American and ran counter to the country's core values. "What we are talking about here is life and death for so many people," the Senate Democratic leader said. "I will not rest until these horrible orders are repealed." The march, estimated to have grown to about ۱۰,۰۰۰ people, later began heading to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in lower Manhattan. In Washington, thousands rallied at Lafayette Square across from the White House, chanting: "No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here." It was the second straight weekend that Washington was the scene of protests. Last Saturday, hundreds of thousands of women participated in an anti-Trump rally and march, one of dozens staged across the country. On Sunday, many of the protesters left the White House area and marched along Pennsylvania Avenue, stopping at the Trump International Hotel where they shouted: "Shame, shame, shame." A crowd that police estimated at ۸,۰۰۰ people eventually arrived at the steps of the U.S. Capitol, where a line of uniformed officers stood guard. As the crowd passed the Canadian Embassy en route to the Capitol, protesters chanted: "Hey hey, ho ho, I wish our leader was Trudeau." It was a reference to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Saturday Twitter message affirming his country's welcoming policy toward refugees. Trump defended the executive order in a statement on Sunday, saying the United States would resume issuing visas to all countries once secure policies were put in place over the next ۹۰ days. "To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting," Trump said. "This is not about religion - this is about terror and keeping our country safe." 'NEVER AGAIN MEANS NEVER' Aria Grabowski, ۳۰, of Washington, was carrying a sign that read: “Never again means never again for everyone.” Above the slogan was a photograph of Jewish refugees who fled Germany in ۱۹۳۹ on a ship that was turned away from Havana, Cuba, and forced to return to Europe. More than ۲۵۰ people aboard the ship were eventually killed by the Nazis. ]]> World Mon, 30 Jan 2017 07:15:56 GMT Imam Khomeini's Way is the Procedure Resistance Take in Fighting against Occupiers aq in the sensitive conditions now governing in Iraqi Kurdistan? Isn’t it the time for the Iraqi Kurdistan to join the Iraqi government as a part of a united Iraqi government, like other parts which are governed by Baghdad, as a counterstrategy to plots for disintegration of Iraq? In Kurdistan, some political groups seek to develop their influence and rob the wealth of Iraq, however the Iraqi Kurds don’t want the disintegration of Iraq and I promise that the evil plans of those opposing a united Iraq will fail and they will be tried for whatever wrong they have committed. What is the plan of al-Nujaba Islamic Resistance to create and retain integrity among the Shiite, Sunni, Kurd and other Iraqi sects after the fall of the ISIL? What will be the response of al-Nujaba to those who break or undermine the unity of Iraq from inside or outside of Iraq? In the past years, we formed the Deputy for Religions Affairs and Approximation of Religions within al-Nujaba Islamic Resistance which mainly deals with creation of understanding among the sect and supports the clerics/scholars who try to establish unity among the people. In this regard, we had many achievements, we managed to return the congregation Imam of some groups to their mosques, the groups who didn’t accept the Takfir discourse, and thus were attacked by the Takfiris and ISIS. al-Nujaba also managed to help some Iraqi Sunni groups to return to their cities and villages and it performed some cultural programs in those regions for the fulfilment of Islamic Unity. Some news have been published on the rise of a new terrorist group, White-Flags, after the collapse of ISIL. How do you describe the goals defined for this Terrorist group? and what will be the response of al-Nujaba to this and other similar groups? White-Flags group, is the remnant of the ISIS, which after the heads of the group escaped, Barzani Party supported and equipped them to attack the security forces in Kirkuk. It is much smaller than what is claimed by the media and indeed, it had prepared to get the control of Kirkuk after the defeat of Bazrani party, however it was badly defeated upon its rise. al-Nujaba played a significant and fundamental role since the attack of ISIS and many other attacks occurred. Our brothers have actively and bravely participated in the operations made across all areas, including Iraq security belt, Samarra, Tikrit, Baiji and Mosul; we managed to defeat the American plan and expel ISIL from Iraq. In this regard, you can see that Americans have directed the defeated heads of the ISIS group to “al-Anbar” desert inside Iraq, “Houran” plain in the west of Iraq and into some areas inside Syria and they are supporting them or moving them to other countries. Why did the US make such a plan on terrorists? Washington’s new plan for the terrorists is a failure as it knows the ISIS is the best instrument in achieving its colonising and economic goals and its plans for plundering the capital and wealth of the Islamic countries and destruction of these lands through the excuse of the fight against terrorism. Therefore an effective security and military program should be prepared and applied by the countries of the region so that the Americans and their mercenaries will be expelled from the region and the true peace will be established in the West of Asia. ]]> Politics Sat, 09 Jun 2018 20:37:14 GMT Duterte: US endangering regional security by storing arms in Philippines Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has accused Washington of constructing permanent arms depots in his country, in a move which he said will disrupt regional security. "They're unloading arms in the Philippines now ... I'm serving notice to the armed forces of the United States. Do not do it, I will not allow it," said Duterte on Sunday during a televised press conference. He noted that the US is currently bringing arms into three provinces in the Philippines, which he stressed was in violation of a defense agreement between the two countries. "Provisions of the Visiting Forces (Agreement), there shall be no permanent facilities. A depot is by any other name a depot. It's a permanent structure to house arms," he said. "I do not even know if there is a nuclear tip (missile) now, that they are unloading," he added. Duterte, who has on multiple occasions voiced his disdain for the presence of US forces in his country, made the remarks after the Pentagon gave the go ahead for the construction of warehouses, barracks and runways on Philippine soil in accordance with an Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the two countries. ]]> World Mon, 30 Jan 2017 07:11:52 GMT Attack on Quebec mosque kills six, two suspects arrested Six people have been killed in a shooting attack on a mosque in Canada’s Quebec, according to police, who have arrested two suspects in the case. Assailants opened fire at people inside the mosque, known as the Islamic Cultural Center of Quebec, during evening prayers at ۲۰:۰۰ local time on Sunday (۰۱۰۰ GMT Monday). Quebec police said later that eight other people had also been wounded in the shooting attack, and that they had no reason to believe that gunmen other than the two arrested had been involved. Earlier, police had not ruled out the possibility that a third attacker might have fled the scene. Police also said an investigation had started and no information was yet available about the suspects taken into custody. ‘A terrorist attack on Muslims’ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada later issued a statement, calling the mosque incident “a terrorist attack on Muslims.” “We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge,” he said in the statement. Before issuing the statement, Trudeau had on his Twitter page called the incident “a cowardly attack,” and said his “thoughts are with victims & their families.” Trudeau had also said the government had offered “any & all assistance needed.” Quebec Province’s Prime Minister Philippe Couillard also took to Twitter to express solidarity “with Quebec people of Muslim faith.” He also wrote that the government was “mobilized to ensure the security of the people of Quebec.” The Islamic Cultural Center of Quebec, also known as the grand mosque of Quebec, has been the target of hate crimes before. During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan last June, a pig’s head was left on the doorstep of the mosque. During federal elections in ۲۰۱۵, a majority of people in Quebec supported a ban on the Muslim head veil, or niqab. Another attack was reported on a mosque in the Saguenay region of Quebec Province in ۲۰۱۳, involving pig blood splattered on the floor of the site. In ۲۰۱۵, a mosque was set on fire in the neighboring state of Ontario. Just on Saturday, Prime Minister Trudeau had said his country would welcome Muslims and people of other faiths whom the United States has banned. US President Donald Trump has issued an executive order barring all incoming nationals from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia from the United States for ۹۰ days. The listed countries are all Muslim-majority. The Canadian Immigration Ministry also announced on Sunday that the country would offer temporary residence permits to people stranded in the country as a result of Trump’s ban. ]]> World Mon, 30 Jan 2017 07:09:44 GMT Terrorists block civilians from leaving east Aleppo: Syria Syria’s UN envoy says al-Qaeda-linked terrorists are preventing civilians from leaving the areas they control in the northwestern city of Aleppo. Bashar al-Ja’afari made the remarks on Thursday during a UN General Assembly session, which had been held to address the situation in the beleaguered city and elsewhere across Syria. The senior Syrian diplomat said Damascus has set up eight passageways for people to leave the city, six for civilians and eight for militants interested in government-offered amnesty or transfer to other areas. However, the Takfiri terror outfits of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, and Ahrar al-Sham are blocking the exit routes for civilians, he said. The terrorists resort to mortar attacks and use civilians as human shields, said Ja’afari, adding that they had executed ۱۴ people earlier on Thursday for encouraging Aleppo’s residents to leave terrorist-controlled areas. The terrorists have also threatened to burn down the houses of those who choose to flee, according to Ja’afari. Aleppo, Syria’s second largest city, has been divided since ۲۰۱۲ between government forces in the west and foreign-backed terrorists in the east, making it a frontline battleground. On Thursday, a unilateral Syrian ceasefire went into effect to allow civilians and foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants to leave eastern Aleppo. However, reports said militants fired artillery shells at the humanitarian corridors opened by the army in two Aleppo areas. They accused the government of trying to empty the occupied parts of civilians so it could take over the entire city. Ja’afari further regretted that Aleppo’s situation “started to become tense in August ۲۰۱۲, when Turkey opened its borders to terrorists and mercenaries, who were being paid by Saudi Arabia and Qatar and trained by the United States on Turkish soil.” The envoy said Damascus condemned the “wrongful method” with which the country’s crisis was being addressed. More than ۱,۷۰۰,۰۰۰ civilians have so far fled the terrorist-held areas to the government-controlled ones in the west, Ja'afari added. The groups, which comprised ۲۷ outfits, with al-Nusra as their “spinal column,” had turned down the US-Russia-mediated ceasefire in September as well as a unilateral ceasefire, which the Syrian government brought into force earlier on Thursday to ensure the security of those wanting to get out of the city, Ja’afari concluded. Foreign godfathers ‘root of terror’ Also addressing the meeting, Gholam-Ali Khoshroo, Iran’s ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations, said foreign support for the terrorists, who have entered Syria on the back of a loose border control from Turkey, was the “root cause” of insecurity and humanitarian disasters in the Arab country. He hailed the Syrian ceasefire, which has also won Moscow’s support, and urged evacuation of the wounded from eastern Aleppo. The official, however, warned that the continued presence of terrorists and foreign militants in eastern Aleppo could lead to the re-eruption of violence at any moment. ]]> World Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:16:58 GMT Scientists report breakthrough in seaweed biofuel WASHINGTON: Energy experts believe that seaweed holds enormous potential as a biofuel alternative to coal and oil, and US-based scientists say they have unlocked the secret of turning its sugar into energy. A newly engineered microbe can do the work by metabolizing all of the major sugars in brown seaweed, potentially making it a cost-competitive alternative to petroleum fuel, said the report in the US journal Science. The team at the Berkeley, California-based Bio Architecture Lab engineered a form of E. coli bacteria that can digest the seaweed's sugars into ethanol, it said. Unlike other microbes before, researchers found it can attack the primary sugar constituent in seaweed, known as alginate. "Our scientists have engineered an enzyme to degrade and a pathway to metabolize the alginate, allowing us to utilize all the major sugars in seaweed, said Daniel Trunfio, chief executive at Bio Architecture Lab. The advance "makes the biomass an economical feedstock for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals," he said. A company spokesman told AFP that the lab currently has four aquafarming sites in Chile where it hopes to "scale up its microbe technology as the next step on the path to commercialization" in the next three years. Seaweed is seen as an appealing option for biofuel because, unlike corn and sugar cane, it does not use arable land and so does not compete with crops grown for food. Less than three percent of the world's coastal waters can produce enough seaweed to replace some ۶۰ billion gallons of fossil fuel, according to background information in the article. At peak production, seaweed could produce ۱۹,۰۰۰ liters per hectare annually, about twice the level of ethanol productivity from sugarcane and five times higher than the ethanol productivity from corn. Funding for the research came from the US Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency, a grant from InnovaChile, and Norwegian oil giant Statoil. ]]> World Fri, 20 Jan 2012 14:03:36 GMT Supreme leader’s inaugural speech at the 16th non-aligned summit In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the MercifulAll praise belongs to Allah, the Lord of the Two Worlds, and may peace and blessings be upon the greatest and trustworthy Messenger and on his pure progeny, his select companions, and all the prophets and divine envoys. I welcome you honorable guests, the leaders and delegations representing the member states of the Non-Aligned Movement, and all the other participants of this great international summit. We have gathered here to continue a movement with God’s guidance and assistance and to give it new life and momentum on the basis of the current conditions and needs in the world. The movement was founded almost six decades ago thanks to the intelligence and courage of a few caring and responsible political leaders who were aware of the conditions and circumstances of their time. Our guests have gathered here from different geographical locations, far and near, and they belong to different nationalities and races with different ideological, cultural and historical characteristics, but just as Ahmad Sukarno, one of the founders of this movement said in the famous Bandung Conference in the year 1955, the basis of establishing the Non-Aligned Movement is not geographical or racial and religious unity, but rather unity of needs. At that time, the member states of the Non-Aligned Movement were in need of a bond that could safeguard them against authoritarian, arrogant and insatiable networks and today with the progress and spread of the instruments of hegemony, this need still exists. I would like to point out another truth. Islam has taught us that in spite of their racial, linguistic and cultural differences, human beings share the same nature, which calls them to purity, justice, benevolence, compassion and cooperation. It is this universal human nature which – if it can safely steer away from misleading motives – guides human beings to monotheism and understanding of God’s transcendent essence. This brilliant truth has such potential that it can form the foundation of societies which are free and proud and at the same time enjoy progress and justice. It can extend the light of spirituality to all material and worldly endeavors of humankind and it can create a paradise on earth for human beings in advance of the other-worldly paradise, which has been promised by divine religions. And it is this common and universal truth that can form the foundations of brotherly cooperation among the nations that do not share any similarities in terms of outward structures, historical background and geographical location. Whenever international cooperation is based on such a foundation, governments will build their relationships with each other not on the basis of fear and threats, or greed and unilateral interests, or mediation of treasonous and venal individuals, but on the basis of wholesome and shared interests and more importantly, the interests of humanity. In this way, governments can relieve their awakened consciences and put the minds of their peoples at ease. This values-based order is the exact opposite of the hegemony-based order, which has been upheld, propagandized and led by hegemonic Western powers in the recent centuries and by the domineering and aggressive government of America today. Dear guests, today after the passage of nearly six decades, the main values of the Non-Aligned Movement remain alive and steady: values such as anti-colonialism, political, economic and cultural independence, non-alignment with any power blocs, and improving solidarity and cooperation among the member states. The realities of today’s world fall short of those values, but the collective will and comprehensive efforts to change the existing realities and achieve these values, though full of challenges, are promising and rewarding. In the recent past, we have been witness to the failure of the policies of the Cold War era and the unilateralism that followed it. Having learnt lessons from this historical experience, the world is in transition towards a new international order and the Non-Aligned Movement can and should play a new role. This new order should be based on the participation of all nations and equal rights for all of them. And as members of this movement, our solidarity is an obvious necessity in the current era for establishing this new order. Fortunately, the outlook of global developments promises a multi-faceted system in which the traditional power blocs are replaced with a group of countries, cultures and civilizations from different economic, social and political origins. The striking events that we have witnessed over the past three decades clearly show that the emergence of new powers has coincided with the decline of the traditional powers. This gradual transition of power provides the non-aligned countries with an opportunity to play a significant and worthy role on the world stage and prepare the ground for a just and truly participatory global management. In spite of varying perspectives and orientations, we member states of this movement have managed to preserve our solidarity and bond over a long period of time within the framework of the shared values and this is not a simple and small achievement. This bond can prepare the ground for transitioning to a just and humane order. Current global conditions provide the Non-Aligned Movement with an opportunity that might never arise again. Our view is that the control room of the world should not be managed by the dictatorial will of a few Western countries. It should be possible to establish and ensure a participatory system for managing international affairs, one that is global and democratic. This is what is needed by all the countries that have been directly or indirectly harmed as a result of the transgression of a few bullying and hegemonic countries. The UN Security Council has an illogical, unjust and completely undemocratic structure and mechanism. This is a flagrant form of dictatorship, which is antiquated and obsolete and whose expiry date has passed. It is through abusing this improper mechanism that America and its accomplices have managed to disguise their bullying as noble concepts and impose it on the world. They protect the interests of the West in the name of “human rights”. They interfere militarily in other countries in the name of “democracy”. They target defenseless people in villages and cities with their bombs and weapons in the name of “combating terrorism”. From their perspective, humanity is divided into first-, second- and third-class citizens. Human life is considered cheap in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and expensive in America and Western Europe. The security of America and Europe is considered important, while the security of the rest of humanity is considered unimportant. Torture and assassination are permissible and completely ignored if they are carried out by America, the Zionists and their puppets. It does not trouble their conscience that they have secret prisons in various places on different continents, in which defenseless prisoners who have no legal representation and have not been tried in a court of law are treated in the most hideous and detestable way. Good and evil are defined in a completely one-sided and selective way. They impose their interests on the nations of the world in the name of “international law”. They impose their domineering and illegal demands in the name of “international community”. Using their exclusive and organized media network, they disguise their lies as the truth, their falsehood as true, and their oppression as efforts to promote justice. In contrast, they brand as lies every true statement that exposes their deceit and label every legitimate demand as roguish. Friends, this flawed and harmful situation cannot continue. Everybody has become tired of this faulty international structure. The 99 percent movement of the American people against the centers of wealth and power in America and the widespread protests of the people in Western Europe against the economic policies of their governments show that the people are losing their patience with this situation. It is necessary to remedy this irrational situation. Firm, logical and comprehensive bonds between member states of the Non-Aligned Movement can play an important role in finding a remedy. Honorable audience, international peace and security are among the critical issues of today’s world and the elimination of catastrophic weapons of mass destruction is an urgent necessity and a universal demand. In today’s world, security is a shared need where there is no room for discrimination. Those who stockpile their anti-human weapons in their arsenals do not have the right to declare themselves as standard-bearers of global security. Undoubtedly, this will not bring about security for themselves either. It is most unfortunate to see that countries possessing the largest nuclear arsenals have no serious and genuine intention of removing these deadly weapons from their military doctrines and they still consider such weapons as an instrument that dispels threats and as an important standard that defines their political and international position. This conception needs to be completely rejected and condemned.Nuclear weapons neither ensure security, nor do they consolidate political power, rather they are a threat to both security and political power. The events that took place in the 1990s showed that the possession of such weapons could not even safeguard a regime like the former Soviet Union. And today we see certain countries which are exposed to waves of deadly insecurity despite possessing atomic bombs.The Islamic Republic of Iran considers the use of nuclear, chemical and similar weapons as a great and unforgivable sin. We proposed the idea of “Middle East free of nuclear weapons” and we are committed to it. This does not mean forgoing our right to peaceful use of nuclear power and production of nuclear fuel. On the basis of international laws, peaceful use of nuclear energy is a right of every country. All should be able to employ this wholesome source of energy for various vital uses for the benefit of their country and people, without having to depend on others for exercising this right. Some Western countries, themselves possessing nuclear weapons and guilty of this illegal action, want to monopolize the production of nuclear fuel. Surreptitious moves are under way to consolidate a permanent monopoly over production and sale of nuclear fuel in centers carrying an international label but in fact within the control of a few Western countries. A bitter irony of our era is that the U.S. government, which possesses the largest and deadliest stockpiles of nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction and the only country guilty of its use, is today eager to carry the banner of opposition to nuclear proliferation. The U.S. and its Western allies have armed the usurper Zionist regime with nuclear weapons and created a major threat for this sensitive region. Yet the same deceitful group does not tolerate the peaceful use of nuclear energy by independent countries, and even opposes, with all its strength, the production of nuclear fuel for radiopharmaceuticals and other peaceful and humane purposes. Their pretext is fear of production of nuclear weapons. In the case of the Islamic Republic of Iran, they themselves know that they are lying, but lies are sanctioned by the kind of politics that is completely devoid of the slightest trace of spirituality. One who makes nuclear threats in the 21st century and does not feel ashamed, will he feel ashamed of lying?I stress that the Islamic Republic has never been after nuclear weapons and that it will never give up the right of its people to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. Our motto is: “Nuclear energy for all and nuclear weapons for none.” We will insist on each of these two precepts, and we know that breaking the monopoly of certain Western countries on production of nuclear energy in the framework of the Non-Proliferation Treaty is in the interest of all independent countries, including the members of the Non-Aligned Movement.The Islamic Republic's successful experience in resistance against the bullying and comprehensive pressures by America and its accomplices has firmly convinced it that the resistance of a unified and firmly determined nation can overcome all enmities and hostilities and open a glorious path to its lofty goals. The comprehensive advances made by our country in the last two decades are facts for all to see, as repeatedly attested by official international observers. All this has happened under sanctions, economic pressures and propaganda campaigns by networks affiliated with America and Zionism. The sanctions, which were regarded as paralyzing by nonsensical commentators, not only did not and will not paralyze us, but have made our steps steadier, elevated our resolve and strengthened our confidence in the correctness of our analyses and the inborn capacities of our nation. We have with our own eyes repeatedly witnessed divine assistance in these challenges.Honored guests, I deem it necessary to speak about a very important issue, which though related to our region has dimensions extending far beyond it and which has influenced global policies for several decades. This issue is the agonizing issue of Palestine. The summary of this matter is that on the basis of a horrible Western plot and under the direction of England in the 1940s, an independent country with a clear historical identity called “Palestine” has been taken away from its people through the use of weapons, killings and deception and has been given to a group of people the majority of whom are immigrants from European countries. This great usurpation – which at the outset was accompanied with massacres of defenseless people in towns and villages and their expulsion from their homes and homeland to bordering countries – has continued for more than six decades with similar crimes and continues to this very day. This is one of the most important issues of the human community. Political and military leaders of the usurping Zionist regime have not avoided any crimes during this time: from killing the people, destroying their homes and farms and arresting and torturing men and women and even their children, to humiliating and insulting that nation and trying to destroy it in order to digest it in the haraam-eating stomach of the Zionist regime, to attacking their refugee camps in Palestine itself and in the neighboring countries where millions of refugees live. Such names as Sabra and Shatila, Qana and Deir Yasin have been etched in the history of our region with the blood of the oppressed Palestinian people. Even now after 65 years the same kind of crimes marks the treatment of Palestinians remaining in the occupied territories by the ferocious Zionist wolves. They commit new crimes one after the other and create new crises for the region. Hardly a day passes without reports of murder, injury and arrests of the youth who stand up to defend their homeland and their honor and protest against the destruction of their farms and homes. The Zionist regime, which has carried out assassinations and caused conflicts and crimes for decades by waging disastrous wars, killing people, occupying Arab territories and organizing state terror in the region and in the world, labels the Palestinian people as “terrorists”, the people who have stood up to fight for their rights. And the media networks which belong to Zionism and many of the Western and mercenary media repeat this great lie in violation of ethical values and journalistic commitment, and the political leaders who claim to defend human rights have closed their eyes on all these crimes and support that criminal regime shamelessly and boldly and assume the role of their advocates. Our standpoint is that Palestine belongs to the Palestinians and that continuing its occupation is a great and intolerable injustice and a major threat to global peace and security. All solutions suggested and followed up by the Westerners and their affiliates for “resolving the problem of Palestine” have been wrong and unsuccessful, and it will remain so in the future. We have put forth a just and entirely democratic solution. All the Palestinians – both the current citizens of Palestine and those who have been forced to immigrate to other countries but have preserved their Palestinian identity, including Muslims, Christians and Jews – should take part in a carefully supervised and confidence-building referendum and chose the political system of their country, and all the Palestinians who have suffered from years of exile should return to their country and take part in this referendum and then help draft a Constitution and hold elections. Peace will then be established. Now I would like to give a benevolent piece of advice to American politicians who always stood up to defend and support the Zionist regime. So far, this regime has created countless problems for you. It has presented a hateful image of you to the regional peoples, and it has made you look like an accomplice in the crimes of the usurping Zionists. The material and moral costs borne by the American government and people on account of this are staggering, and if this continues, the costs might become even heavier in the future. Think about the Islamic Republic's proposal of a referendum and with a courageous decision, rescue yourselves from the current impossible situation. Undoubtedly, the people of the region and all free-thinkers across the world will welcome this measure. Honorable guests, now I would like to return to my initial point. Global conditions are sensitive and the world is passing through a crucial historical juncture. It is anticipated that a new order shall be born. The Non-Aligned Movement, which includes almost two-thirds of the world community, can play a major role in shaping that future. The holding of this major conference in Tehran is itself a significant event to be taken into consideration. By pooling our resources and capacities, we members of this movement can create a new historic and lasting role towards rescuing the world from insecurity, war and hegemony.This goal can be achieved only through our comprehensive cooperation with each other. There are among us quite a few countries that are very wealthy and countries that enjoy international influence. It is completely possible to find solutions for problems through economic and media cooperation and through passing on experiences that help us improve and make progress. We need to strengthen our determination. We need to remain faithful to our goals. We should not fear the bullying powers when they frown at us, nor should we become happy when they smile at us. We should consider the will of God and the laws of creation as our support. We should learn lessons from what happened to the communist camp two decades ago and from the failure of the policies of so-called “Western liberal democracy” at the present time, whose signs can be seen by everybody in the streets of European countries and America and in the insoluble economic problems of these countries. And finally, we should consider the Islamic Awakening in the region and the fall of the dictatorships in North Africa, which were dependent on America and were accomplices to the Zionist regime, as a great opportunity. We can help improve the “political productivity” of the Non-Aligned Movement in global governance. We can prepare a historic document aimed to bring about a change in this governance and to provide for its administrative tools. We can plan for effective economic cooperation and define paradigms for cultural relationships among ourselves. Undoubtedly, establishing an active and motivated secretariat for this organization will be a great and significant help in achieving these goals.Thank you. ]]> World Thu, 30 Aug 2012 08:19:13 GMT Putin breaks ground on Russia-China gas pipeline, world's biggest Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli have launched the construction of the first part of Gazprom’s Power of Siberia pipeline - which will deliver 4 trillion cubic meters of gas to China over 30 years.“The new gas branch will significantly strengthen the economic cooperation with countries in the Asia-Pacific region and above all - our key partner China,” Putin said at the ceremony outside the city of Yakutsk - the capital of Russia's Republic of Yakutia on Monday.Both President Putin and Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli signed the freshly-welded pipeline in a time-honored Russian tradition. The 'Power of Siberia' was welded together by workers from Chayanda gas field, overseen by CEO Aleksey Miller."Gazprom is always a reliable supplier of gas to its customers - which also applies to the ‘Power of Siberia," Miller said.The 3,968 km pipeline linking gas fields in eastern Siberia to China will be the world's largest fuel network in the world. Both Putin and Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli have called the project the world’s largest construction project, as investment from both countries will be more than $70 billion.“The gas pipeline ‘Power of Siberia’ will increase energy security and ensure Russia’s ability to fulfill export obligations,” Putin said in the opening remarks.Read More: Russia and China seal historic $400bn gas dealStarting in 2019, Power of Siberia will pump gas from Siberia to China’s populous northeast region as well as to Russia’s Far East. The Chinese side will start the construction of its part of the pipeline in the first half of 2015, the Vice Premier of China said.Last year, China consumed about 170 billion cubic meters of natural gas and expects to consume 420 billion cubic meters per year by 2020. Europe still remains Russia’s largest energy market, buying more than 160 billion meters of Russian natural gas in 2013.“Once we create a gas pipeline network here in the Far East and Siberia, we will be able to connect European pipeline system to the East. And this, in terms of export opportunities and expanding Russia’s ‘gasification’, is very beneficial. Depending on the situation in world markets, we can more effectively implement gas flows- either more to the West or to the East,” Putin told students at North-Eastern Federal University earlier on Monday.Running from the Chayanda gas field in the Republic of Yakutia, the cost of construction is estimated at more than $20 billion (770 billion rubles), which includes other investment in the region of $7.5 billion (283 billion rubles). Russia’s largest steel pipeline manufacturer, TMK, will provide materials for the project.The gas pipeline will become a common transit center for gas production centers in the Yakutia and Irkutsk regions.The first stage of the project will be to transport gas from the Chayanda deposit in Yakutia and connect to the town of Blagoveshchensk on the Chinese border. The 968 km pipeline should be completed by 2018.The Chayanda field, which will begin production in 2015, is estimated to have reserves of 1.2 trillion cubic meters in gas and 93 million tons of liquid hydrocarbons. Each year the field is expected to produce up to 25 billion cubic meters of gas and at least 1.5 million tons of oil.Putin also said that China can become a shareholder in the Vankor oil and gas fields in the Krasnoyarsk region in Eastern Siberia. China will enter into a strategic relationship with Rosneft, Russia's largest oil company, which owns the field.The area is estimated to hold reserves of 520 million metric tons of oil and 95 billion cubic meters of natural gas. It has been in operation since 2009 and last year produced 21.4 million tons of oil and oil condensate.“We generally take a very careful approach to the approval of our foreign partners, but of course, for our Chinese friends there are no restrictions,” Putin said.In May, Russia's state-run Gazprom signed a 30-year gas deal with China’s CNPC valued at $400 billion. ]]> Economy Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:55:35 GMT Arab coalition air strike kills 45 in Yemen: relatives, sources Arab coalition warplanes struck a prison in the Yemeni city of Hodeidah, killing ۴۵ people including inmates, a local official, relatives and medical sources in the Houthi-controlled Red Sea port said on Sunday. The prison in the city's al-Zaydiyah district was holding ۸۴ prisoners when it was struck three times late on Saturday, the sources said. The Saudi-led coalition has been fighting Houthi rebels since March ۲۰۱۵ to try to restore to office internationally-recognized President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who was sidelined from power by the Iranian-allied group in late ۲۰۱۴. There was no immediate comment from the coalition. At least ۱۷ civilians were killed in the southwestern province of Taiz on Saturday by a coalition air strike that struck a house, officials and residents said. The exiled Hadi on Saturday rejected a U.N. peace proposal to end the turmoil saying the deal would only be a path to more war and destruction. Speaking after meeting U.N. envoy Ismail Ould Cheickh Ahmed in Riyadh, Hadi said the agreement would "reward the rebels and penalize the Yemeni people and legitimacy", according to the government-controlled Saba news agency. ]]> World Sun, 30 Oct 2016 06:54:11 GMT Zarif calls for UN immediate action to Rohingya Muslim's situation Zarif urged António Guterres to engage actively with the Government of Myanmar and take basic steps to end the serious concerns of international community over the situation of Rohingya Muslims. The full text of his letter to the UN chief follows: I would like to draw your kind attention to an issue that is of international concern. Based on valid information, including the statement by Mr. Vijay Nambiar, your Special Adviser on Myanmar, made on ۸ December ۲۰۱۶, the situation of the Rohingya Muslim community is increasingly deteriorating. Not only are the Rohingya Muslims deprived from their most basic rights, which include the right to a territory and a government that supports them, they are also subject to atrocities and inhumane behaviors on a daily basis. Many of them have been forced to leave their homes and are now displaced in other countries. This situation, which constitutes a flagrant violation of the United Nations Charter and runs counter to the most fundamental principles enshrined in human-right documents, is a matter of deep concern for the international community and Muslims all over the world. The extraordinary meeting of the OIC foreign ministers, set to take place on ۱۹ January ۲۰۱۷ in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to consider the situation of the Rohingya People, testifies to the depth of the concern in Islamic countries. Obviously, the systematic and extensive violation of the basic rights of the Rohingya Muslims, their deprivation of citizen rights they enjoyed for centuries and their banishment from their homes, will have adverse consequences for peace and security in Myanmar, its neighboring countries and the whole region. The international community expects from the Government of Myanmar to assert control over the Rohingya region and act immediately and effectively towards the restoration of the rights of the Rohingya Muslims as a part of the Myanmar society. It should not allow the violent and extremist groups to blur the peaceful nature of the Buddhist faith. Given the concern over the fate of the Rohingya Muslims, I expect that Your Excellency and your Special Adviser on Myanmar communicate actively with the Government of Myanmar and convey to Myanmar's officials the view of the international community on the need to stop the violation of the rights of the Rohingya Muslims and allow unfettered access of humanitarian assistance to the violence-stricken regions. I hope that the international community and the relevant UN mechanisms, including the Consultative Commission for Rakhine State, consider the situation, act swiftly and take essential steps towards allaying international concern about the situation of the Rohingya Muslims. Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration. ]]> Politics Sat, 07 Jan 2017 06:56:57 GMT