#Syria opposition (esp #ISIS) also starving Syrians

31 Jan This undated photo posted on the Local Revolutionary Council in Madaya, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows a starving boy in Madaya, Syria. The Syrian government has agreed to allow humanitarian assistance into three beleaguered villages following reports of malnutrition in the area, a U.N. official said Thursday.Two of the villages in question are the adjacent Shiite villages of Foua and Kfarya in the country’s north, which have been besieged by anti-government militants for more than a year. The third is the village of Madaya near the border with Lebanon, which has been under siege by government forces since early July. (Local Revolutionary Council in Madaya via AP)

We all know about the brutal siege imposed by the Syrian regime and its Hezbollah ally against the residents of the Syrian city of Madaya. Today, there were new reports that another 16 people have starved to death in that city.

This is a crime, which is also being committed by the anti-Syrian regime groups, including ISIS.

According to the Associated Press, the following places in Syria are also under siege, by the anti- Assad forces:

Fouaa and Kfarya: Two Shiite villages in the northern province of Idlib with a combined population of around 20,000. The villages have been blockaded by rebels for more than a year. Pro-government fighters recently evacuated from the villages describe desperate conditions there with scarce food and medicine, saying some residents are eating grass to survive and undergoing surgery without anesthesia….

This is in addition to:

Deir el-Zour: An estimated 200,000 people living in government-held parts of this city in eastern Syria are besieged by the Islamic State group. The U.N. says most of the residents are women and children facing sharply deteriorating conditions due to the ban on all commercial or humanitarian access, as well as the inability of residents to move outside of the city…

So how many people in Syria are living under siege by the regime and the opposition? According to the UN:

400,000 people are besieged in 15 communities across Syria, roughly half of them in areas controlled by the Islamic State group”.

And what percentage of them can the UN reach ?

In 2014, the U.N. was able to deliver food to about five percent of people in besieged areas, while today estimates show the organization is reaching less than one percent.

A crime of terrible proportions being committed, right in front of our eyes by the Assad regime and Hezbollah, alongside other anti- regime terrorists, like ISIS.

Article: why Iran’s Khamenei resorts to Holocaust denial

29 Jan Ali_Khamenei_(cropped).jpeg

On the International Day of Holocaust, Iran’s supreme leader released a video questioning the Holocaust.

What is the domestic reason behind such a move?

My latest article explains:

http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/why-irans-khamenei-resorts-holocaust-denial-2079267545

دوباره یک نمایشگاه کارتون هولوکاست دیگر در تهران – چرا؟

28 Jan 770610_orig
​حالا که ایران از انزوا داره در میاد, چرا دوباره ابرو ریزی و تهمت با نمایشگاه کارتون هولوکاست؟
چرا انقدر قربانیان این فاجعه تاریخی را تحقیر میکنید؟
چرا انقدر به چهره و ابرو ایران و ایرانی در جهان صدمه میزنید؟
شما میفهمید که ایران تنها کشور در تمام دنیا هستش که از هولوکاست استفاده سیاسی میکنه؟ تنها کشوری هستش که نمایشگاه کارتون و کاریکاتور هولوکوست برگزار میکنه؟
اگر کشوری نمایشگاه کارتون و کاریکاتور فاجعه حملات شیمیایی صدام به ایران را برگزار میکرد و قربانیانش را با کارتون و کاریکاتورمسخره میکرد, ​چی میگفتید؟
اگر کشوری به نوع مکرر  همچین کاری را میکرد, شما راجع به اون کشور چه فکر میکردید؟
چند بار بیشتر, تا چند سال بیشتر این رفتار وقیح ادامه خواهد داشت؟

​دلواپسان از چی نگرانند؟

25 Jan
​به نقل ​کانال “ننگ بر اصلاحات” در  اینستاگرام:
​​” داره اونا رو متقاعد میکنه که اگر ما تو این مذاکرات شکست بخوریم مردم در انتخابات مجلس پاسخ ما رو خواهند داد ودیگر به حزب ما رای نخواهند داد همین نشون میده که اینها تمام هم و غمشون پیروزی در انتخابات مجلس بوده نه دلشون واسه مردم سوخته و نه برا تحریم…..”

#Iran vs #Saudi Arabia: how favorably are they viewed in the Middle East?

24 Jan maxresdefault

Pew Research Center recently carried out a poll in a number of countries in the Middle East measuring the favorable views of the local population towards Saudi Arabia and Iran. Here are some interesting findings.

In Palestine: (Gaza and West Bank):

about half (51%) have a favorable view of Saudi Arabia. Here, there is a split by location. Among Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip, 60% have a positive opinion of Saudi Arabia, compared with 46% among West Bank residents. Meanwhile, only 34% in the Palestinian territories express a positive opinion of Iran, with more support coming from the West Bank (40%) than from Gaza (24%).

My take: although Iran overall does badly v Saudi Arabia in Palestine (lets remember that Palestine is predominantly Sunni), what is interesting is that it does better in the West Bank (40%) than Gaza (24%). Logically speaking it should be the other way around. The PLO which rules the West Bank has historically had a very difficult and sometimes bad relations with the Iranian regime, whereas in Gaza Hamas and Islamic Jihad have both had far better relations with Tehran. The Gaza numbers also show that Iran’s Palestine policy has been a failure, because thats where Iran invested most of its money, yet its losing in terms of favorability to the Saudis .

What about Israel? The research finds:

in Israel, even fewer like Riyadh (14%) or Tehran (5%). In Israel, the Arab population is about as positive toward Saudi Arabia (37% favorable) as it is Iran (34%), despite the fact that the Israeli Muslim population is predominantly Sunni. Jews in Israel, however, have little regard for Saudi Arabia (10% favorable) or for Iran – for which there is 0% favorability among Israeli Jews.

My take: Known mainly for its Holocaust denial and calls for the elimination of the state of Israel, its little surprise that the Iranian regime has 0% favorability among Israeli Jews. But what is surprising is that among Israeli Arabs which are predominantly Sunni, Saudi Arabia’s favorability rating is only 3% higher. Only. Here again, much like in the West Bank, Iran has done better than expected.

You can read the survey’s results from other countries such as Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon here

ایکاش در سیاست خارجی, ایران چین را تقلید میکرد

24 Jan

#Saudi regime negotiating to purchase nukes from #Pakistan?

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Some odd behavior by the Saudis.

According to a report in today’s Independent:

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Adel Al-Jubeir, has refused to answer questions about reports Riyadh was attempting to buy nuclear weapons from Pakistan, but said the Kingdom would do “whatever it takes” to protect itself.

Well, you could say its possible that he has nothing to say. Thats why he is refusing to discuss this any further.

True, but when you add this warning by John Kerry on Monday when he:

warned Saudi Arabia and Pakistan against trading nuclear weapons, saying there would be “all kinds of NPT [Non-Proliferation Treaty] consequences” if they did.

Then another picture emerges, especially when you place it in the context that it was the Saudis who have been financing Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program and the fact that the Saudis were one of the leading voices of opposition against the Iran nuclear deal.

Lets keep an eye on this story.

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