by Khaled Alashqar, IPS News
GAZA CITY – “My child became blind and lost the ability to speak, his dad died and his three brothers are seriously wounded. He still has not been told about the loss of his dad,” says the mother of 7-year-old Mohamad Badran.
Mohamad is in hospital for treatment after being seriously injured in Israel shelling of Gaza. “My only way to communicate with him is by hugging him,” his mother adds. Continue reading Burning the Future of Gaza’s Children
Iran has successfully subverted a plot to sabotage tanks of heavy water to be used in nuclear reactors, a senior official of Iran’s nuclear department told local Arman daily. A “foreign country” is suspected of being behind the attempt.
“Thanks to the full alertness of our colleagues, we were able to detect and defuse the sabotage attempt,” deputy head of Iran’s nuclear department, Asghar Zarean, told the newspaper. Continue reading Iran prevents sabotage of heavy-water tanks at Arak plant – local press
by Arash Karami, Al-Monitor
A number of Iranian officials have claimed that there is a conspiracy behind the serial acid attacks on women that shocked the city of Esfahan and horrified citizens, leading to mass protests and eventually the detention of several journalists.
Continue reading Some Iran officials point to conspiracy behind acid attacks
Iran wants all Western sanctions to be lifted as part of a deal on its contested nuclear program by a November deadline, a top official said Wednesday.
The announcement came amid intensifying efforts to conclude a definitive pact. The six powers in the talks with Iran – Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States plus Germany, known as the P5+1 – have set November 24 as the deadline, after failing to meet the previous July 20 target.
Building on a UN Security Council sanctions resolution passed in 2010, the United States and EU in 2012 imposed major sanctions against Iranian oil and gas companies and strengthened restrictions on the country’s central bank.
The chairman of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said the US proposal of a gradual lifting of sanctions was “unacceptable.” Continue reading Iran calls for immediate lifting of all sanctions as part of nuclear deal
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Several months ago, Hizbullah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah explicitly warned that the Jews would use ISIS’s continuing demolitions of mosques, Husseiniyas, churches and shrines in Iraq and Syria as an excuse — as well as a precedent — to carry out grave aggressions against Sanctified Al-Aqsa in occupied Al-Quds. Well, as usual, the Sayyed was right on the money. The closure of Islam’s third holiest site isn’t just a despicable Zionist crime against the indigenous Palestinian people… it’s an attack on all Muslims. And nothing is going to deter these Jewish supremacist fanatics from engaging in such actions again and again and again, except armed resistance in the West-Bank-Al-Quds region. The Islamic Republic of Iran, recognizing this to be the sole logical way of disrupting the illegitimate Zionist’s designs on Palestine in general, says it has already started the process of providing the Palestinian Resistance in the aforementioned region with arms. Insha’ALLAH this accelerates and deepens so operations like the one that targeted the deranged terrorist Yehuda Glick become a regularity, as “Israel” understands no language but force. ~ Jonathan Azaziah) Continue reading Israel closes al-Aqsa to all visitors after the shooting of a right-wing rabbi
Hezbollah hailed the heroic operation against one of the Zionists’ symbol of extremism, asserting that it represents the Palestinian steadfastness, bravery and willingness to defend the holy mosque of Al-Aqsa.
Hezbollah also condemned the unprecedented action of the Zionist occupation troops that sealed Al-Aqsa mosque and prevented the Muslim worshippers from praying at it. Continue reading Hizbullah Hails Heroic Palestinian Operation against Extremist Zionist Rabbi
Lebanese security forces have exchanged fire with al-Qaeda-linked militants in the Bekaa Valley near the border with Syria.
Local sources said the clashes erupted outside the towns of Deir al-Ghazal and Qusaya on Wednesday when al-Nusra Front militants tried to infiltrate into Lebanon from Syria.
The Lebanese army, supported by Syrian soldiers on the other side of the border, halted the terrorists’ advance, with Hezbollah fighters also giving a hand to prevent their infiltration. Continue reading Lebanese military, Hizbullah and Syrian Arab Army Stop Nusra Infiltration
Moscow, SANA – Grand Mufti Sheikh Ahmad Badr-Eddin Hassoun stressed that Syria and Russia are “in the same ditch” because the chaos erupting in the world “targets all of us.”
The Mufti’s remarks came during his meeting with Head of Fair Russia Party and its parliamentary bloc in the Russian State Duma Sergei Mironov in Moscow on Wednesday.
He lashed out at the US and western countries who “have involved themselves in a new war” making the factors of race and religion its axis, recalling the wars in Yugoslavia and Chechnya and the attempts of inciting the communities who speak Turkish into calling for separation from Russia. Continue reading Mufti Hassoun: Syria and Russia are in the same ditch
Israeli occupation forces killed a former Palestinian prisoner hours after the shooting of a rightwing Zionist Rabbi.
According to reports from the occupied Palestinian territories, Israeli forces shot dead Moataz Hejazi after storming his house in the Abu Tor neighborhood of East al-Quds.
The 32-year old Palestinian had spent 11 years in an Israeli jail and was released in 2012. Continue reading IOF Kills Palestinian Ex-Prisoner Following Zionist Rabbi Shooting
MOSCOW. Oct 29 (Interfax) – Pollsters have said 88% respondents in a poll on October 24-27 expressed approval of President Vladimir Putin’s activities.
The Levada Center opinion studies group told Interfax that Putin’s approval ratings as based on surveys in September and January stood at 86% and 65% respectively. Continue reading Putin has 88% approval rating – poll