پیغامی که مدیران مدرسه در سراسر جهان بایستی روی در مدرسه هایشان نصب کنند. به این مدیر مدرسه در ایران از ته قلب تبریک میگم.
A recent commentary piece in Reuters puts Putin’s plans for Aleppo and his overall Syria strategy into perspective:
“Chechnya is the model for war in Syria, Grozny the model for the assault on Aleppo. For the Russian president, all talk of truce or negotiations is so much hypocrisy, entertained only as a diplomatic cover, with no intrinsic merit. For him – as the 2015 U.N. speech made clear – this is a war fought by terrorists against a legitimate government. Once such a war starts, the only route for the government is the use of unrelenting force against its foes. “
The article concludes by stating:
“It was the Russian leader’s introduction to a politics in which war and strength produced popularity at home – a route well-trodden in Ukraine, Crimea and now in Syria. It is ruthlessness in pursuit of power, and it makes a major player of a country much reduced in means. Aleppo is Russia’s realpolitik.”
To read the entire piece, read here
May the year 5777 be a sweet year for all mankind, full of health, prosperity and peace.
Here is a wonderful clip from local folk singer called “the Sugar of Shiraz” from the city of Shiraz in Iran, who has moved to Israel…beautiful, and very sweet music.
Poster of Bashar Al Assad at a Butcher’s shop in Tehran, warning customers “we don’t sell meat on credit”.
Something has been puzzling me: its obviously in Obama’s interest (politically and in terms of his legacy) that the Iran nuclear deal succeeds, and that the moderates are strengthened in Iran through foreign investment in Iran’s economy. So why has the US Department of Justice not provided guarantees to big European banks about doing business with Iranian companies?
A recent article, part of which I am quoting below, may have answered my question. Penned by Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo who is also a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, the article published today in Foreign Policy states:
I know that the CIA, Treasury Department, National Security Agency, and others work closely to keep tabs on the IRGC’s operations.
And how exactly do they do that? According to Congressman Pompeo (who is also a Tea Party member):
By using a huge, wall-sized poster, the Treasury Department delineates which Iranian individuals, government officials, and military commanders are tied to terrorism and which evasion mechanisms they are utilizing.
The poster’s hard lines and dashed lines map the constantly changing IRGC. It provides an impressive visual representation of the advanced network the IRGC maintains in dozens of critical industries. With this poster and many other tools, our intelligence community tries to keep a pulse on the members of the IRGC’s terrorist regime.
Great, so why doesn’t the Obama administration use this information to state which Iranian companies are “clean” from IRGC connections so that foreign businesses to do business with them? Well, here is where it gets tricky:
But the poster also contains enormous blank spaces and question marks. There are areas that we wish were filled in, but are empty. Despite the incredible amount of U.S. manpower and resources put into the maintenance of this sophisticated chart, there are many unknowns and imperfections.
So by the look of things, the US itself is not exactly sure about the exact extent of the IRGC’s presence in various companies in Iran. Therefore how can the Department of Justice issue guarantees to big banks about doing business in Iran?
You can read the entire article here.
The city of Mosul has been under ISIS control since June 2014. The Iraqi government together with the coalition forces is planning to retake the city, apparently in the next month or so.
However, according to retired US Army Colonel Daniel Davis, retaking Mosul could ignite a far bigger war in Iraq, this time between Shia and Sunni militia forces who are planning to defeat ISIS. According to Colonel Davis:
As reports continue to emerge from the liberation (once again) of Fallujah earlier this summer, yet again Shia militia are being investigated for large scale executions of Sunni civilians in the aftermath of the “liberation” of the city, as happened in Tikrit before.
Furthermore, there is no single command over Sunni and Shia militias which would supervise the attack to retake Mosul. Davis also states that once the city is taken over, there would be an urgent need for humanitarian assistance for the residents of Mosul. These risks could mean that:
“Separately, without more help than we’re giving now, the headlines that are now dwelling on the humanitarian disaster in Syria, especially Aleppo, could easily shift to Mosul. Europe could suffer a whole new refugee crisis. That was another issue stressed by both Minister Mustafa and General Yassin. “If significant changes are not made before the battle begins, we will have a humanitarian catastrophe,” Mustafa said.
You can read the rest of Colonel Davis’s assessments from his recent trip to Iraq here.