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Iran to reclaim its role as regional leader

demonstration against ISIL in Tehran

by Shahram Akbarzadeh

Most commentary on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) point to the challenges it presents to the Middle East. Sectarian tensions may have been a fact of life in the region. But ISIL has made it the number one threat to the political order - it cost Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki his job.

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Shia Islam, Imam Ali, Najaf, Karbala and Muharram


Soon after the 1979 revolution in Iran under Ayatollah Khomeini, many Western ambassadors were making snide remarks about ‘your Muslims’-lumping non-Christians together. Why question the West and its leaders, who know very little about the various sects of Islam, Indian Hindu leaders also know very little. Or enquire from a Sunni Muslim and he would talk about Shia Muslims full of disdain if not contempt, almost on the lines of the high caste Brahmins talking about Dalits in private or in rural areas. Even in today Indian Republic.

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The Forgotten Palestinians

Tarshihaby Vacy Vlazna

The burden of alleviating the misery of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon lies heavy behind Olfat Mahmoud’s dark eyes which have seen, both as a child and as a dynamic adult, 50 out of the 67 years of Nakba exile. Her children are fourth generation refugees.

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Why Foreign Military Intervention Usually Fails


When Nehru was taking a train on his return to India after studying abroad when he read of the Japanese victory over Russia in the 2004-05 Russo Japanese War. At that moment he had an epiphany, realizing the hitherto unthinkable, that the British Empire was vulnerable to Indian nationalism. An earlier understanding of the colonial reality by native peoples generally subscribed to the postulates of hard power primacy making it futile or worse to challenge a colonial master, although throughout history there were always pockets of resistance. This soft power attribute of colonial hard power by way of intimidation and a façade of invincibility is what made colonialism efficient and profitable for so long at the great expense of colonized peoples.

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Anti-terrorism Laws & Police State of Australia


Backed by a wave of Zionist- and US-inspired “terror hysteria” the extreme right wing Australian Coalition Government with the support of the right wing Labor Opposition has passed further draconian additions to already draconian anti-terrorism legislation that makes Australia a secret police state with detention without charge or trial, Australian Intelligence officers (e.g. those of the Australian Security and Intelligence Organization, ASIO) having criminal and civil immunity from prosecution, and reportage on any special intelligence operations criminalized with maximum punishments ranging from 5 years' to 10 years' imprisonment.

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