Category Archives: Spiritual

Tel Tamr, Syria: Assyrians cling to their homeland despite threats

by Ayham Merhi, Al-Akhbar English

The Syrian crisis has altered the demographics of areas witnessing changes from the war. More than half of the Syrian Assyrian community has left their main city – Tel Tamr in al-Hasaka’s countryside – to neighboring Arab states and other countries. But those who remain are still holding on to their land, refusing the temptation of emigration.

The situation in the city of Tel Tamr in the western countryside of al-Hasaka seems unreal.

Tel Tamr is no longer crowded with its residents, who used to breathe life into the city. The city was famous for being the capital of tourism in Hasaka and the homeland of Syria’s Assyrians, in effect becoming their main city. People from all over the district used to travel tens of kilometers “to eat the local burghul at Umm Hani’s in the village of Tel Nasri or the grilled fish in Tel Jumaa or Tel Jazirah.” This is in addition to the droves of people from al-Malikia, 200 kilometers away, who spend their holidays at the banks of al-Khabour river. Continue reading Tel Tamr, Syria: Assyrians cling to their homeland despite threats

Discovering Iran: Women’s Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, Global Research

Iran Trip:  September – October 2014

Marcel Proust said: “The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”  During the past two decades, I visited Iran on numerous occasions staying 10-14 days at a time.  This time around, I stayed for 2 months and heeding Proust, I carried with me a fresh pair of eyes.    I discarded both my Western lenses as well as my Iranian lenses and observed with objective eyes.  It was a formidable journey that left me breathless.  

Part I – Women of the Islamic Republic of Iran

It is hard to know where to start a travel log and how to describe a newfound world in a few pages.  However, given the obsession with the status of women, it is perhaps appropriate to start with the women in Iran as I perceived them.

Western media with help from feminists and Iranians living outside of Iran portray Iranian women as being “oppressed” — foremost because women in Iran have to abide by an Islamic dress code – hijab.   Yes, hijab is mandatory and women choose to either wear either a chador or to wear a scarf.   But what is crucial to understand is the role chador played in pre 1979 versus the post Revolution era. Continue reading Discovering Iran: Women’s Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran

On Which Side Shall You Stand When The Skies Rain Blood? (Ya Hussein Is…)

by Madd Cold (Jonathan Azaziah, Mouqawamah Music EXCLUSIVE)

When a tyrant puts his sword to the oppressed…

Will you watch and cower, your courage proper soured and your nerves got devoured at the thought of a man being tortured in duress…

Or will you raise your voice and tell him to stop it at once…

You make peace with your Creator because you made your choice and yelled at the top of your lungs…

That you won’t be silent as injustice unfolds…

And you tell the rest of the crowd, don’t be quiet, we can stomach the blows…

We can deal with the cuts, we can cope with the bruises…

But we cannot live with our dignity broken, snapped like necks choking in nooses… Continue reading On Which Side Shall You Stand When The Skies Rain Blood? (Ya Hussein Is…)

Iranians Commemorate Imam Hussein’s Martyrdom Anniversary

TEHRAN (FNA) – Millions of people in Iran on Tuesday mourned on Ashoura, the tenth day of the lunar month of Muharram which marks the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hossein (PBUH).

Tens of millions took part in massive processions across Iran, marking the anniversary of the martyrdom of one of Shiite Islam’s most beloved leaders. Continue reading Iranians Commemorate Imam Hussein’s Martyrdom Anniversary

Hundreds of thousands in Lebanon mourn Imam Hussein

As hundreds of thousands of Shia Muslims converged onto Beirut’s southern suburbs in Lebanon, the Ashoura procession also turned into a massive show of support for Hezbollah.

Dressed in black from head to toe, hundreds of thousands of mourners filled the streets of the southern suburbs of Beirut, to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein. Continue reading Hundreds of thousands in Lebanon mourn Imam Hussein

Houthis commemorate Ashoura in Yemen

Shia Muslim Houthis have commemorated Ashura, the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH) in the Yemeni capital Sana’a, Press TV report.

Thousands of Shia Houthis gathered in an indoor stadium in Sana’a on Tuesday to honor Ashura, the 10th day of the lunar month of Muharram, which marks the martyrdom anniversary of the third Shia imam.

“We should always remember the principles which Imam Hussein sacrificed his life for. Imam Hussein and his companions stood firmly against all the oppressors and their plots,” said Ali Jadban, a Houthi loyalist, in an address to the massive gathering of mourners in Sana’a. Continue reading Houthis commemorate Ashoura in Yemen

Sayyed Nasrallah: We’ll Have the Honor of Defeating the Coward Takfiris

by Marwa Haidar, Al-Manar

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said that the coward Takfiris have no future in the region, stressing that the resistance party will have the honor to defeat them.

Sayyed Nasrallah

In a speech addressing mourners in al-Raya Stadium in the tenth day of Muharram, Sayyed Nasrallah stated that the Takfiris wanted to control all the Syrian territories but they couldn’t, noting that this is a great victory.

His eminence said that the Israeli leaders are worried about the abilities of the resistance, assuring that the Zionist enemy can’t launch a war against Lebanon because of its full readiness. Continue reading Sayyed Nasrallah: We’ll Have the Honor of Defeating the Coward Takfiris

Sayyed Nasrallah Appears in Person For Ashoura: Our Candidate for President is Michel Aoun

Defying all threats, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah appeared in person at Sayyed Shohadaa complex on the eve of Ashura, unleashing stances on internal and regional issues.

Sayyed Nasrallah”Our actual candidate for the presidential elections is General Michel Aoun,” Sayyed Nasrallah said from Beirut’s southern suburb in commemoration of the tenth night of Ashura, adding that “he who’s betting on external conflicts to elect the President will wait for years.” He said that if the local forces want to engage in national dialogue, “they must first liberate themselves from regional vetoes.” Continue reading Sayyed Nasrallah Appears in Person For Ashoura: Our Candidate for President is Michel Aoun

Yemen’s Houthis to unite Arab, Islamic world

Yousef Mawry, Press TV

Army personnel, Yemeni politicians and prominent tribesmen held a meeting in the capital Sana’a organized by Yemen’s Houthi’s movement to discuss various issues that threaten Yemen’s stability.

  Continue reading Yemen’s Houthis to unite Arab, Islamic world

S. Nasrallah: We Fight in Syria So ISIS Massacres Won’t Be Repeated in Lebanon

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah stressed Sunday that the Islamic Resistance of Lebanon is engaged on the Syrian front in order to deter the U.S., Zionist and Takfiri hegemony. Continue reading S. Nasrallah: We Fight in Syria So ISIS Massacres Won’t Be Repeated in Lebanon