Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Crusade of Western Media Against Islam

Kourosh Ziabari - As the Western governments add fuel to the fire of Islamophobic sentiments in their societies with inflammatory and rabble-rousing actions and statements, the Western media mischievously try their best to portray a lopsided, biased and prejudiced image of Muslims in an attempt which should be interpreted as an incontestable crusade against more than 25% of the world population.

Although it is arguable that the 9/11 attacks played in the hands of the United States and its European cronies to spread an all-encompassing wave of Islamophobic sentiments in the world and introduce the Muslims as the number one threat to the global peace and security, one should bear in mind that Muslims have been conventionally considered as the villains of the fables of the Western governments and despite their unquestionable and treasured services to the world, they never received a fair, justifiable and humane treatment by the superpowers, either from the deceitful, fraudulent and warmonger Russia that massacred some 50,000 innocent Muslims in Chechnya, or from the arrogant, bullying United States that incarcerated scores of innocent Muslims in its illegal, underground detention centers in Guantanamo bay and Abu Ghraib following the 9/11 attacks.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

UNSC: An Organization for Injustice

Kourosh Ziabari - Since its very inception in 1946, the United Nations Security Council demonstrated that it cannot be trusted as a podium of justice for the world countries, specially the oppressed and defenseless nations which eye the assistance and patronage of the powerful and economically influential nations for tackling their political predicaments and crises, and showed that it merely pursues the interests of its small bloc of five permanent members and undemocratically discriminates against a multitude of countries who don't have a say in the policies which directly affects them.

United Nations Security Council is said to be one of the principal organs within the operative system of the United Nations and is "allegedly" charged with the maintenance of international peace and security. The authorities possessed by UNSC are the establishment of peacekeeping missions, imposition of international sanctions and authorization of military actions whenever necessary.

UNSC has five permanent members: China, Russia, Britain, France and the United States. What's the reason? Why should the UNSC have permanent members which cannot be removed from power and must wield an unyielding and resolute authority to make decision over the international affairs? The answer is simple: these five countries are the victorious powers of the Second World War. Their victory in a war which took place and was concluded more than half a century ago minimally accounts for the eternality and endlessness of the power which they possess.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Failures of US champion of "change"

Kourosh Ziabari - Press TV: Barack Obama will be marking the seconding anniversary of assuming office as the 44th President of the United States next week.

Being the first African American who becomes the United States chief executive, Obama came to power thanks to his alluring electoral pledges which appealed to millions of Americans who were furious at the outlandish, hawkish policies of George W. Bush and didn't want to bring to power somebody who would follow Bush's trajectory.

So, the former Illinois democrat senator won the votes of more than 69 million Americans who had sought their ideals in Barack Obama's slogan of "Change."

One year after taking office as the US President, the Nobel Academy granted its Peace Prize to Obama, hoping that he could serve as an inspiring model for the leaders of the world to work for the establishment of change.

However, after less than 2 years since the beginning of his presidency, it gradually became clear that Barack Obama was not the unbeatable champion whom the American nation had imagined.

The statistics released by the St. Petersburg Times indicate that of more than 500 promises which Barack Obama made during his presidential campaign, only 132 ones were completely fulfilled, the rest being either stalled by the congress or broken by Obama himself. A number of other promises are in the progress of being fulfilled.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Gun ownership in the United States

Kourosh Ziabari - Adopted on December 15, 1791, the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution rules that the possession of firearms and ammunition for the purpose of self-defense is legitimate and legal under US law.

This amendment, which was ratified along with the rest of United States Bill of Rights, emphasizes the right of people to keep and bear arms.

According to a 2006 Gallup survey, some 34 percent of the citizens of the United States possess firearms. Thus there seem to be more than 200 million firearms in private hands.

Based on the statistics released by Reuters, from 1993 to 2000, the United States was the leading supplier of conventional arms to the developing world. In 1999, more than 4 million firearms were manufactured in the United States for domestic sale or export. The Reuters' report added that more than 300 US companies produce arms and ammunition annually; a fact that is incredible and mind-boggling.

What drew the attention of the international community to the issue of gun ownership in the United States once again was the heartrending murder of the assistant principal of Millard South High School, Vicki Kaspar, who was mortally shot by Robert Butler, a 17-year-old student of Lincoln (Nebraska) Southwest High School on January 5. The student was earlier suspended by Ms. Kaspar for driving a car across a Millard South athletic field. After killing the assistant principal, Butler committed suicide as he had previously announced.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Azeri govt. on path of deviation

Kourosh Ziabari - Press TV: Over the past weeks, global news websites and media outlets published reports from the Republic of Azerbaijan which did not appear pleasant and acceptable to more than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world.

In Azerbaijan, where 93 percent of the population is Muslim, the restriction of the secular government on the Islamic headscarves being worn by the Muslim girls in schools and universities did not appeal to the people and sparked protests all over the country.

This controversial action follows similar anti-Islamic measures which the European countries have been adopting in line with their Islamophobic policies. The harassment of Muslims, attacking Islamic cultural centers, removing Muslims from key positions in the governmental offices, creating dissension and animosity between the Muslims and Christians in Muslim countries and banning Islamic dressing are among the measures which the European states have taken.

According to the latest reports, thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the Azerbaijan Ministry of Education on December 10, 2010 to protest the recent constraint imposed by the government on the Muslim girls who want to adhere to the Islamic dress code in public places.

This unprecedented and questionable decision by the autocratic government of Azerbaijan implies the state's inclination toward attracting the attention of the Western powers and pleasing them subserviently. It might also indicate Azerbaijan's willingness to lay the groundwork for joining the European Union in which there's no member state with a Muslim majority population. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Turkey are countries with Muslim majority population which have not been given access to the European Union.

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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

'Brazil; an emerging global superpower'

Kourosh Ziabari - Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva stepped down as Brazil's head of state on New Year's Eve, turning over power to the first female president of the Latin American country, which boasts a 121-year history of democracy.

Under the presidency of Lula, Brazil underwent a dramatic reformation in the areas of economy, education, technology, agriculture, health, science, energy, industry and foreign policy and took remarkable steps to achieve domestic and international breakthroughs and reduce its gap with the world's major economic and political superpowers.

Being the world's 5th largest country, Brazil has now taken the role of a political hub in the southern hemisphere which can be potentially a challenge to the hegemony of United States and its European allies in the north. Now, it is clearly confirmable that Brazil is one of the key players of the global south and can assume the leadership of developing nations and lead them toward a successful future.

Along with his other counterparts in the Latin America who have already demonstrated their firmness in denouncing Washington, Lula audaciously undermined and called into question the hegemonic imperialism of the United States at the same time as developing close ties with the White House and presented a Latin American model of Mahathir Muhammad's diplomacy concerning Washington: denying the tyranny and supremacy of the United States while benefiting from economic ties with her.

During the tenure of Mr. Lula da Silva, Brazil toiled tirelessly to catch up with developing nations and establish durable and sustainable ties with them.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Two years Ago: Israel's Deadly Offensive in the Gaza Strip

Kourosh Ziabari - On the eve of New Gregorian Year, the international community commemorates the second anniversary of Israel's deadly offensive in the Gaza Strip in the wake of the continuous blockade of the coastal sliver which has paralyzed the lives of more than 1.5 million impoverished Palestinians living there.

Two years ago and during the final days of 2008, Israel launched an all-out military attack on the Gaza Strip which, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, claimed the lives of 1,417 Palestinians, the majority of whom were innocent women and children. The military assault of the Israel Defense Forces also wounded 5,303 Palestinians, destroyed more than half of the basic infrastructure of the strip and displaced tens of thousands of defenseless civilians.

According to a report published by PCHR, "tens of thousands of Gaza residents continue to live a life of displacement."

"While the United Nations (UN) agencies and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have had the willingness and resources to support the re-construction of the houses Israel destroyed during the war, Israel continues to restrict the entry of construction materials, denying the victims from meaningful relief and from their right to adequate housing," the report continues.

As said by the PCHR report, the "extensive destruction and appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly" is a grave breach of the 147th article of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

"The Ministry of Housing and Public Works in Gaza announced that 51,553 homes were destroyed or damaged [during the Operation Cast Lead]. Of those 3,336 homes were destroyed completely and 4,021 sustained major damages," the report adds.

Moreover, the statistics published by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) indicate that 2,276 Palestinian homes were destroyed completely during the Gaza offensive of which 1776 sustained major damage.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

The collapsing hegemony of the West

Kourosh Ziabari - In its path towards becoming a regional and international superpower, Iran is achieving remarkable breakthroughs in science and technology which have started to flabbergast the rivals around the world, from the United States as a self-proclaimed absolute superpower in economy and science to the neighboring countries in the Persian Gulf region which are years from reaching self-sufficiency in meeting their domestic needs.

Historically, Iran has been known as a cradle of civilization and home to a number of leading scientists and scholars in various fields of knowledge and academic endeavor. Many of the world's prominent scientific accomplishments and discoveries were first brainstormed, proposed and realized in Iran and the international community owes to the Iranian scientists its familiarity and acquaintance with a number of outstanding scientific achievements.

In the contemporary age and since the victory of Islamic Revolution in 1979, a growing tendency towards scientific activities and scholarly research began to appear in Iran and the country's scientific developments attracted international attention ever more. Since the victory of Islamic Revolution, a number of high-ranking, prestigious universities were established in Iran and the number of university students increased dramatically. According to the statistics, the number of university students in the year 1978 would not exceed 150,000; however, as of 2009, there are more than 2.5 million students studying in the universities of Iran.