by Yahya Dabouq, Al-Akhbar English
The Israeli Knesset is expected to hold elections in two years, and it is believed that a war against Hezbollah will occur prior to that event. This was claimed by a senior Israeli minister, and member of the Israeli Political-Security Cabinet, during comments in regards to recent developments on the northern border and Israel’s military capabilities against Hezbollah. Continue reading Will Israel wage a war against Hezbollah before its elections in 2016?
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian defense industries joined the club of polymeric guns manufacturers after developing and producing a new polymeric pistol named ‘Raa’d (Thunderbolt)’.
Raa’d is one of the newest Iran-made pistols made of polymers. It is 9mm caliber pistol and weighs 700g. The light pistol can be a proper weapon for different military and law enforcement units.
The exterior body of the pistol is made of resistant polymers. It is 198mm in length and can fire 15 rounds after each time of refilling. Continue reading Iran Stands among 10 Polymeric Weapons Manufacturers
by Arash Karami, Al-Monitor
The head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force, Commander Qassem Suleimani, issued a rare public statement regarding the war in Gaza and his support for Palestinians fighting against Israeli forces. The dramatic, somewhat poetic message was originally picked up by Arabic-language TV station Al Mayadeen. Later, many Iranian news agencies and websites carried parts or the entire written message.
“Palestine is a beating heart whose blood runs through the veins of mankind to present a new humanity at any time,” he wrote. “Palestine gifts welfare to the world. … It shakes the conscience and wakes nations from their deep sleep. Continue reading Qassem Suleimani says disarming Gaza resistance is wrong
A senior Iranian official says Muslims must move to arm the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
Speaking at an international conference in support of Palestine in Tehran on Tuesday, Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, said the Palestinian people should be strong and capable of defending themselves as the only ways to ease their sufferings.
“Unity of all groups and resistance against enemies either the regional enemy, that is the Zionist regime [of Israel], or the international enemy, that is the US, are imperative,” Velayati added.
He described Israel as an “illegitimate and dangerous” regime, saying the term, “apartheid,” cannot properly define the Tel Aviv regime’s criminal acts against the Palestinians. Continue reading Apartheid is too little a word for “Tel Aviv”: Top Iranian official
(Business New Europe – bne.eu
– October 21, 2014) – When Russian President Vladimir Putin cut off European Union imports of agricultural products earlier this year, one of the rationales was to give a boost to the badly underdeveloped domestic sector – and it seems to be working. September’s retail and investment numbers were down but agricultural production soared by 16.8% year-on-year in September, according to Rosstat.
“Domestic demand in Russia remained sluggish in September, retail sales, which reflect household consumption, edging up 1.7% year-on-year. This is slightly better than what we saw in summer and puts the nine month tally at 2.3% y-o-y,” Alfa Bank’s chief economist Evgeny Gavrilenkov said in a note on October 20. “Conversely, the agriculture sector posted extremely strong growth of 16.6% year-on-year in September and 7.7% in the first nine months of this year. Combined with strong industrial output growth last month (2.8%), driven by import substitution, this should lead to improvements in basic sector output.”
Continue reading Russian Agricultural Production Soars After Food Sanctions
by Abdel Rahman Nassar and Hani Ibrahim, Al-Akhbar English
More than $250 million dollars were given annually to Hamas by Tehran. This allowed the movement to continue and resist international sanctions. However, this amount has become irrelevant after the latest war, which proved that Palestinians are only able to defend themselves through self-made weapons and supplies by the axis of Resistance to Gaza.
The relationship between Hamas and Iran goes back to 1991 and has grown gradually until the beginning of the crisis in Syria. Hamas took several positions, which distanced it from the axis. But today, the movement admits it has lost so much. The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt could no longer be of any help and Gaza does not share borders with Qatar or Turkey. Doha and Ankara’s largest ambitions for a Palestinian state is one inside the 1967 borders, which is the demand of Fatah, while only Iran dares to speak about the total liberation of Palestine. Continue reading Resistance Movements In The Gaza Strip Strengthening Ties With Tehran
by Jonathan Azaziah
Originally posted on March 7th, 2012
Jesus Christ (A.S.), revered by Christians and Muslims alike as the Messiah, and cherished by Muslims as the most important prophet in Islam after the Holy Prophet Muhammad himself (S.A.W.W.), famously declared in the 24th verse of the Book of Matthew’s 6th chapter that, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.”
Once it is understood that Messiah Jesus (A.S.) did not declare war on “Roman imperialism” as so many deceptive Jewish “historians” would like us to believe, and that his revolution was a spiritual one waged to end the Jewish supremacism of the deranged ethnocentric-nationalistic Zealots and the twisted, vastly-powerful rabbinical cabal of the Pharisees (1), an ideology still very much alive and well in modern day (2), the “Two Masters” principle becomes all the more prevalent to current geopolitical happenings, specifically in regards to occupied Palestine. Continue reading The Tribal Nexus: Zionists And “Anti-Zionists” Unite To Ensure The Survival Of “Israel”
by Hassan Illeik, Al-Akhbar English
The war launched by Israel against the Gaza Strip and its resistance forces has been brutal on the military and intelligence levels, but Israel has not managed to completely shut down weapons supply lines into the Strip. The Palestinian resistance has even received a considerable amount of long-range missiles from Hezbollah in the past several days.
The flow of weapons into the Gaza Strip continues, according to sources familiar with the Palestinian resistance logistics, despite the ongoing Israeli assault on the Strip and Syria’s compromised role as a conduit for weapons.
As the conflict enters its sixth day, Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard units specialized in smuggling weapons from Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Sudan, and other countries into the Gaza Strip are on high alert.
These weapons usually begin their journey in Iranian or Syrian ports. From there, they head to Sudan, where they are transported to the Sinai in Egypt and end up in Gaza. Continue reading How Hamas Gets Its Weapons
by Arash Karami, Al-Monitor
The head of Iran’s Quds Force, Gen. Qasem Soleimani, has returned to Iran from his Iraq trip with harsh words for both the Islamic State (IS) militants that overran parts of Iraq and the United States and its coalition.
Soleimani’s trip to Iraq to advise Iraqi forces fighting IS was unusually public for a general who has issued very few statements and given even fewer interviews throughout his career. From early September all the way through last week, numerous pictures of the commander, who Western media organizations often call “shadowy,” posing with Iraqi forces and sometimes even smiling for the camera appeared on Twitter, Facebook and Iranian websites.
The sheer quantity of pictures of Soleimani in Iraq with various armed groups seemed a like an Iranian message to neighboring countries and the United States and its coalition that Iran had boots on the ground while they did not. Continue reading All Eyes On Soleimani