SiasatRooz - Latest News Politics :: rss_full_edition Fri, 15 Jun 2018 15:05:38 GMT News Studio(News Distribution System{CURRENT_THEME}/ch01_newsfeed_logo.gif Produced by SiasatRooz 100 70 en Copyright© SiasatRooz, all rights reserved Fri, 15 Jun 2018 15:05:38 GMT Politics 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 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 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 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 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 Kerry calling for war crimes against Syrians: Analyst US Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent remarks about bombing Syria signals Washington’s willingness to start wars with countries that threaten its imperialist agenda, says an analyst in London. Catherine Shakdam, director of Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies, told Press TV on Friday that America was trying to blame other countries for its own failures in Syria. In a news conference meant to promote his four years as the top US diplomat, Kerry said the UK Parliament derailed President Barack Obama’s plans to bomb Syria. In ۲۰۱۲, Obama said any use or movement of chemical weapons in Syria would cross a "red line" and draw a US military response. The president came under intense pressure to respond after the foreign-backed militants accused President Bashar al-Assad’s government of launching a chemical attack in the suburbs of Damascus on August ۲۱, ۲۰۱۳. British members of parliament voted ۲۸۵-۲۷۲ at the time to withdraw support for planned US strikes. “I don’t think that the UK had anything to do with this and I think it is really an attempt from the Obama administration to deflect criticism,” she argued. “You have to bear in mind that the entirety of the Western narrative when it comes to military interventionism and the toppling of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria has been outed,” Shakdam added. “So I think there is a degree of willingness to kind of not only deflect, but actually put the blame on someone else.” “Kerry is essentially arguing for war crimes against a nation-state that did nothing to harm the US national security or even Britain’s national security,” she further argued. “So, basically, he is making the case for a sort of pre-emptive war on the assumption that maybe Syria poses this threat somehow to US interventionism, to US imperialism in the Middle East,” Shakdam said. The analyst also charged that Kerry’s remarks show Washington’s disregard for its allies and in this case the UK. ]]> Politics Sat, 07 Jan 2017 06:48:54 GMT European states back potential arms control deal with Russia: German paper More than a dozen European countries have expressed willingness to engage in dialog with Russia toward reaching an arms control deal, potentially upsetting planned US-led military build-ups near Russian borders. Germany and ۱۵ other countries are pressing for the arms control deal with Russia, German newspaper Die Welt said on Friday. The paper quoted German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier as saying that, in spite of a loss of trust between Europe and Russia over the Ukrainian conflict, the two sides needed to talk to each other more often. “Europe’s security is in danger,” Steinmeier warned, in a reference to the danger from a potential arms race with Russia. “As difficult as ties to Russia may currently be, we need more dialog, not less.” He criticized Russia’s “annexation” of the Crimean Peninsula, which used to be a territory of Ukraine before it voted in a March ۲۰۱۴ referendum to join Russia. He said the Ukrainian conflict risked stirring an arms race in Europe. Steinmeier, who has been nominated by the Social Democratic Party for president, first floated the idea of an arms control deal with Russia in August to avoid an arms race and the escalation of tensions in Europe following the developments in Ukraine. The ۱۵ other countries that have since sided with the initiative are France, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Spain, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Sweden, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Portugal, according to Die Welt. All of them are members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The rotating presidency of the OSCE is currently with Germany. The countries plan to issue a joint statement on Friday and will meet again on the sidelines of a December ۸-۹ ministerial-level meeting in Hamburg, Germany. A potential arms control deal with Russia is likely to disrupt NATO plans to deploy forces and military hardware to Baltic states and Poland. US officials have voiced skepticism about the idea, citing what they say is Russia’s failure to abide by existing agreements and treaties. Steinmeier also drew criticism from the US and NATO officials in June after warning that Western military maneuvers in Eastern Europe amounted to “saber-rattling and shrill war cries,” which he said could increase tensions with Moscow. NATO’s planned enhancement of its military presence in the Baltics and Poland, near Russia, which is aimed at military force projection in the Black Sea and Eastern Europe, is likely to saturate the region with US arms and missiles. In response, Moscow’s planned deployment of its S-۴۰۰ air missile defense system along with the Iskander ballistic missile system in Kaliningrad, near the border with NATO members Lithuania and Poland has drawn criticism from Washington. Moscow has rejected Washington’s allegations that the move would destabilize security in Europe, arguing that it is in fact leading to an arms balance in the region. ]]> Politics Fri, 25 Nov 2016 07:25:01 GMT Prosecutors to question South Korean president over political scandal South Korean prosecutors will question President Park Geun-hye over a political corruption scandal engulfing her presidency, an official said on Sunday, the first time a sitting president will be questioned by prosecutors over a criminal case. Hundreds of thousands marched in the capital Seoul on Saturday demanding Park resign. Many protesters said Park, whose public support has dropped to the lowest point ever for a democratically elected South Korean leader at ۵ percent, was unfit to rule. Prosecutors are investigating whether Park exerted improper pressure on "chaebol" conglomerate bosses to raise funds for two foundations at the center of an influence-peddling scandal involving a friend of hers, Yonhap reported on Sunday, citing prosecution sources. They are also probing Park's friend, Choi Soon-sil, who is alleged to have used her ties to the president to meddle in state affairs and wield influence in the cultural and sports communities, a prosecutor has previously said. Prosecutors have already questioned the de facto head of Samsung Group SAGR.UL Jay Y. Lee and the chairmen of Hyundai Motor Group (۰۰۵۳۸۰.KS) and Hanjin Group HANJ.UL over the scandal, media reports said on Sunday. "It's correct we're planning to question the president but the date is undecided," an official at the prosecutors' office told Reuters. Yonhap news agency quoted a prosecution official as saying Park's questioning should be done no later than Wednesday. "Questioning people face-to-face is our principle," the official said. Park will appear before prosecutors as a witness, Yonhap reported. Park's office said it would be Tuesday at the earliest before it will have a position on the prosecutors' plan and was considering retaining a lawyer for the president. While some previous South Korean presidents have been mired in scandals or allegations of wrongdoing involving family members during their terms, none were directly questioned by prosecutors while they were in office. The prosecution office official confirmed the chairman of Hyundai Motor, Chung Mong-koo, was questioned on Saturday but declined to confirm whether the other chaebol bosses had met prosecutors. A Korean Air Lines (۰۰۳۴۹۰.KS) spokesman confirmed that Cho Yang-ho, who is chairman of Hanjin and South Korea's largest airline, had appeared for questioning but did not elaborate further. A Hyundai Motor spokesman declined to comment and Samsung Group could not immediately confirm the reports of prosecutors questioning their respective officials. Park faces intense pressure from the public and parliament to step down over the scandal, but the main opposition parties have not raised the possibility of initiating impeachment proceedings. ]]> Politics Sun, 13 Nov 2016 09:23:12 GMT Muslim ban statement removed from Donald Trump's website A statement on US President-elect Donald Trump's plan to ban all Muslims from entering the United States has been removed from his campaign website.Trump’s December 2015 statement calling for a "total and complete shutdown" of Muslims vanished from the website on Wednesday, after the Republican presidential nominee beat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the battle for the White House. The proposal, titled "Donald J. Trump Statement on Preventing Muslim Immigration," read: "Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."According to Pew Research, among others, there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population.""Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine," the statement continued.The statement, however, was restored on Thursday afternoon, according to The Washington Post."The website was temporarily redirecting all specific press release pages to the homepage," Trump's campaign said in a statement to the newspaper. "It is currently being addressed and will be fixed shortly."Trump stunned the world on Wednesday by defeating heavily favored Clinton in Tuesday's presidential election, sending the United States on a new, uncertain path. ]]> Politics Fri, 11 Nov 2016 07:10:34 GMT UK court says Brexit needs parliament's approval, complicates government plans A British court ruled on Thursday that the government needs parliamentary approval to start the process of leaving the European Union, potentially delaying Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plans. The government said it would appeal against the High Court ruling and Britain's Supreme Court is expected to consider the case early next month. A spokeswoman for May said the prime minister still planned to launch talks on the terms of Brexit by the end of March and added: "We have no intention of letting this derail our timetable." The pound, which fell sharply after Britons voted to leave the EU by ۵۲ to ۴۸ percent on June ۲۳, rose after the ruling. Many investors took the view that lawmakers would now be able to temper the government's policies, making it less likely that the government would opt for a "hard Brexit" -- a scenario in which it prioritizes tight controls on immigration over remaining in the European single market. The High Court ruled that the government needs parliament's backing to trigger Article ۵۰ of the EU's Lisbon Treaty, the formal step needed to start the process of exiting the bloc. "The most fundamental rule of the UK's constitution is that parliament is sovereign," said Lord Chief Justice John Thomas, England's most senior judge. Thomas and two other senior judges did not spell out in their ruling whether the government would need to pass a new law to begin the divorce proceedings, but Britain's Brexit minister David Davis said this was likely if the Supreme Court upheld the decision. "The judges have laid out what we can't do and not exactly what we can do, but we're presuming it requires an act of parliament," Davis told BBC TV. ]]> Politics Fri, 04 Nov 2016 06:46:45 GMT