SiasatRooz - Latest News :: rss_full_edition Mon, 11 Jun 2018 15:43:48 GMT News Studio(News Distribution System{CURRENT_THEME}/ch01_newsfeed_logo.gif Produced by SiasatRooz 100 70 en Copyright© SiasatRooz, all rights reserved Mon, 11 Jun 2018 15:43:48 GMT 60 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 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 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 Trump defends travel ban: 'This is not about religion' President Donald Trump says his executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States “is not about religion,” amid protests and backlash in the country and around the world. "America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those feeling oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border," the president said in a statement Sunday. "We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say." Trump rejected criticism suggesting his executive order amounts to the "Muslim ban" he proposed as a candidate. "To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting," he said. "This is not about religion -- this is about terror and keeping our country safe." On Friday, Trump signed an executive order that imposes a ۹۰-day entry ban for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia, blocks refugees from Syria indefinitely, and suspends all refugee admissions for ۱۲۰ days. Trump said the US would "again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next ۹۰ days." ]]> Politics Mon, 30 Jan 2017 06:40:31 GMT Iran welcomes Russia in Europe gas transfer plan Iran welcomes Russian participation in the $۲.۵ billion construction of a pipeline to transfer Iranian gas to Europe, a deputy oil minister says. IGAT-۹ is a ۳۵ billion cubic meter per year pipeline that Iran plans to use to send gas from its giant South Pars field to Europe via Turkey. Russian companies have indicated interest in Iran’s gas development projects, with state-run Gazprom recently signing a letter of intent with the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC). “We are welcoming Russians’ participation in the project to build Iran’s IGAT-۹ with $۲.۵ billion of investment,” Deputy Minister of Petroleum Hamid Reza Araqi said in remarks published by the Mehr news agency on Monday. Araqi said Iran has raised gas production to about ۷۰۰ million cubic meters per day, adding this capacity is expected to pass ۱ billion cubic meters next year when new South Pars phases become operational. “In tandem with the rise in production capacity, the country’s capacity for storage and transportation of gas must also increase,” he said. Araqi touched on plans to build more high-pressure gas pipelines and gas compressor stations, including the ۱,۹۰۰-kilometer trunk line to carry about ۱۱۰ million cubic meters of gas per day from southern Iran to the country’s north for exports to Europe. “The Russians can participate in the construction of this pipeline but NIGC’s priority is to hold international tenders for the project,” he added. Gazprom and NIGC have already signed MoUs for building high-pressure units and gas storage facilities as well as for implementing joint projects in neighboring countries and marketing. Iran with its ۳۴ trillion cubic meters (tcm) of natural gas reserves, or around ۱۸% of the world's total, has the potential to become one of the top gas producers. The country exports about ۹ billion cubic meters of gas a year to Turkey and also swaps gas with Azerbaijan and with Armenia for electricity while it imports from Turkmenistan for use in its northern provinces. One key challenge, however, is a dramatic rise in domestic gas consumption which has made Iran the world's fourth biggest gas consumer behind the US, Russia and China. Several gas production projects are in various stages of implementation mainly the development of the giant South Pars field. Another major project is the North Pars field with estimated reserves of ۱.۳ trillion cubic meters. In ۲۰۰۶, China's CNOOC signed a $۱۶ billion deal for the development of the North Pas field and build a four-train LNG facility with a ۲۰ million tonne per year capacity. The agreement has yet to be finalized. ]]> Economy Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:37:40 GMT Turkey sacks deputy head of TMSF state fund in post-coup purge Turkey has sacked a deputy head of the TMSF state fund and sealed off two local television stations as Ankara intensifies a crackdown following a failed coup attempt last year. Reuters cited the Official Gazette, the Turkish government’s official journal, as saying that the dismissal of Zulfukar Sukru Kanberoglu, of the TMSF fund, which runs seized firms, came after a decree issued on Monday. Three other decrees also ordered the dismissal of some ۳۶۶ other people from state institutions while reinstated ۱۲۴ civil servants. According to the report, they were sacked for being part of or connected to “terrorist” groups or groups that worked against national security. Ankara often uses the term terrorist group or organization to refer to the group of individuals who support US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen. The report did not clarify who or what government institution had issued the decrees. On Saturday, Turkish prosecutors issued arrest warrants for more than ۴۰۰ people, including soldiers and security officers, over alleged affiliation to the network of Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of having orchestrated the failed military coup. ]]> Politics Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:36:22 GMT Diplomat says China would assume world leadership if needed China does not want world leadership but could be forced to assume that role if others step back from that position, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Monday, after U.S. President Donald Trump pledged to put "America first" in his first speech. Zhang Jun, director general of the Chinese Foreign Ministry's international economics department, made the comments during a briefing with foreign journalists to discuss President Xi Jinping's visit to Switzerland last week. Topping the bill at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Xi portrayed China as the leader of a globalized world where only international cooperation could solve the big problems. Speaking days before Trump assumed the presidency, Xi also urged countries to resist isolationism, signaling Beijing's desire to play a bigger role on the global stage. Elaborating on that theme, Zhang said China had no intention of seeking global leadership. "If anyone were to say China is playing a leadership role in the world I would say it's not China rushing to the front but rather the front runners have stepped back leaving the place to China," Zhang said. "If China is required to play that leadership role then China will assume its responsibilities," he added. At his inauguration on Friday, Trump struck a nationalist and populist tone, pledging to end what he called an "American carnage" of rusted factories and crime. China is the world's second-largest economy and others also rely on it for their economic growth, Zhang said. "We still hope that the United States and other Western economies can continue to make an even bigger contribution to the world economic recovery. We've heard Trump announce that the United States will achieve four percent growth and we're very happy about that," he added. While Trump said American workers have been devastated by the outsourcing of jobs abroad, he did not mention China by name in his inaugural speech. However, he has threatened to put punitive tariffs on imports of Chinese goods. Zhang said he thought Trump would not be able to achieve his economic growth goals if he was also fighting trade wars. "A trade war or an exchange rate war won't be advantageous to any country," Zhang added. Separately, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Xi had sent a congratulatory message to Trump upon his assumption of office, but gave no other details. ]]> Economy Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:35:09 GMT White House vows to fight media 'tooth and nail' over Trump coverage The White House vowed on Sunday to fight the news media "tooth and nail" over what it sees as unfair attacks, with a top adviser saying the Trump administration had presented "alternative facts" to counter low inauguration crowd estimates. On his first full day as president, Trump said he had a "running war" with the media and accused journalists of underestimating the number of people who turned out Friday for his swearing-in. White House officials made clear no truce was on the horizon on Sunday in television interviews that set a much harsher tone in the traditionally adversarial relationship between the White House and the press corps. "The point is not the crowd size. The point is the attacks and the attempt to delegitimize this president in one day. And we're not going to sit around and take it," Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said on "Fox News Sunday." The sparring with the media has dominated Trump's first weekend in office, eclipsing debate over policy and Cabinet appointments. It was the main theme at the Republican president's first visit to the CIA, at the press secretary's first media briefing and in senior officials' first appearances on the Sunday talk shows. Together, they made clear the administration will continue to take an aggressive stance with news organizations covering Trump. "We're going to fight back tooth and nail every day and twice on Sunday," Priebus said. He repeated White House press secretary Sean Spicer's assertions on Saturday that the media manipulated photographs of the National Mall to make the crowds on Friday look smaller than they really were. ]]> Politics Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:32:36 GMT Ethics lawyers to sue Trump over foreign payments A group including former White House ethics attorneys will file a lawsuit on Monday accusing President Donald Trump of allowing his businesses to accept payments from foreign governments, in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit, brought by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, will allege that the Constitution's emoluments clause forbids payments to Trump's businesses. It will seek a court order forbidding Trump from accepting such payments, said Deepak Gupta, one of the lawyers working on the case. Trump does business with countries like China, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, the group noted in a statement. "When Trump the president sits down to negotiate trade deals with these countries, the American people will have no way of knowing whether he will also be thinking about the profits of Trump the businessman," it said. A Trump representative referred questions to a law firm representing the president on ethics matters. "We do not comment on our clients or the work we do for them," said the representative of the firm, Morgan Lewis & Bockius. The case is part of a wave of litigation expected to be filed against Trump by liberal advocacy groups. It will be filed in a Manhattan federal court, Gupta said, and attorneys for the plaintiffs will include Richard Painter, a former ethics lawyer in Republican President George W. Bush's White House. The impending lawsuit was earlier reported by the New York Times. ]]> Economy Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:30:35 GMT