by Jonathan Azaziah
With 30 million Husseinis converging on Iraq’s holy city of Karbala for Arbaeen 2018, Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei’s sharp words about the event come to mind, “The march for Arbaeen is like a soft war that splits the enemy from the inside without firing a bullet.” The Imam of the Islamic Revolution couldn’t be more correct. Arbaeen isn’t merely a religious gathering–and the largest one in the world at that–which marks 40 days of mourning following the paradoxical tragedy and triumph of Ashoura. It’s a revolutionary affirmation of counter-hegemony, anti-terrorism, Anti-Zionism, Anti-Parasitism, Anti-Imperialism, Anti-Takfirism and counter-hasbara. It’s an impregnable defense of Islam and a reminder to the various tentacles of World Arrogance that the lovers of Imam Hussein (A.S.) and the defenders of the Pure Household (A.S.) that he’s the beating heart of shall not be kept from him. Not now. Not ever.
Continue reading Arbaeen Isn’t Merely A “Religious Gathering”, It’s A Revolutionary Affirmation Of Counter-Hegemony
by Amal Saad, Al-Akhbar English
Hezbollah’s intervention in Syria has been criticized by many in the Arab world as a sign that “they have abandoned resistance to fight fellow Muslims.” Their recent qualitative operation in Sheba’a against an Israeli military convoy, however, serves as a reminder that the movement has not shifted its focus away from Israel and is able to fight on several fronts simultaneously.
Hezbollah’s continued prioritization of its resistance activity, while entangled in multiple military theaters across the region, indicates that it has transcended its original, singular mission of resisting Israel. Confronting Israel is now one role among several others Hezbollah has assumed in the post-uprising regional political order, which has ushered in the rise of Takfirism. Outgrowing its resistance role, Hezbollah now assumes responsibility for guarding Lebanon’s borders, facilitating homeland security and counter-terrorism, as well as counter-insurgency operations in Syria and Iraq. Continue reading From Classic to Post-Resistance: On Hizbullah’s Transformation
by Mohamed Salami, Al-Manar
“The Preemptive strike” is the term which most political and military analysts used to describe the campaign which the Syrian Army and its allies in Hizbullah and the IRGC have launched against the terrorist groups in the southern part of the country.
Being preemptive, the Syrian military campaign is launched to foil all the terrorist plots devised by the takfiri groups which are directly supported by the Zionist entity, the West and a number of Arab countries. Continue reading Resistance Forces’ Preemptive Strike in Southern Syria Frustrates Israeli-Jordanian-Takfiri Plots
Iran is stopping mutual settlements in dollars with foreign countries and agreements on bilateral swap in new currencies will be signed in the near future, the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has said.
“In trade exchanges with foreign countries, Iran uses other currencies, including Chinese yuan, euro, Turkish lira, Russian ruble and South Korean won,” Gholamali Kamyab, CBI deputy head, told the Tasnim state news agency. Continue reading Iran moves away from US dollar in foreign trade
Iran says it has activated its own “real Iron Dome” missile defense system, which makes the airspace above the Islamic Republic the safest in the Middle East.
“Today Iran’s Air Defense System has provided our country with an Iron Dome in its real sense and Iran’s airspace is the safest in the region,” said Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabifard, vice speaker of Iran’s parliament, as quoted by local Fars news agency. Continue reading Iran deploys ‘real Iron Dome’ missile defense system
by Alexander Dugin, Theory Talks
IR has long been regarded as an Anglo-American social science. Recently, the discipline has started to look beyond America and England, to China ( Theory Talk #51 , Theory Talk #45 ), India ( Theory Talk #63 , Theory Talk #42 ), Africa (Theory Talk #57, Theory Talk #10 ) and elsewhere for non-Western perspectives on international affairs and IR theory. However, IR theorists have paid little attention to Russian perspectives on the discipline and practice of international relations. We offer an exciting peek into Russian geopolitical theory through an interview with the controversial Russian geopolitical thinker Alexander Dugin, founder of the International Eurasian Movement and allegedly an important influence on Putin’s foreign policy. In this Talk, Dugin—among others—discusses his Theory of a Multipolar World, offers a staunch critique of western and liberal IR, and lays out Russia’s unique contribution to the landscape of IR theory.
What, according to you, is the central challenge or principle debate within IR and what would be your position within this debate or towards that challenge?
The field of IR is extremely interesting and multidimensional. In general, the discipline is much more promising than many think. I think that there is a stereometry today in IR, in which we can distinguish a few axes right away. Continue reading Alexander Dugin On Eurasianism, Multipolarity and The 1984-Like Danger Of George Soros
Iran claims it has foiled an assassination attempt against one of its nuclear scientists by the Israeli intelligence service, Mossad. A senior Iranian security official said the Revolutionary Guards thwarted the attempt. Continue reading Iran ‘thwarts Mossad attempt to assassinate nuclear scientist’
by “Tyler Durden”, Zero Hedge
Slowly but surely Europe is figuring out that as a result of the western economic and financial blockade of Russian, it is Europe itself that is suffering the most. And while Germany was first to acknowledge this late in 2014 when its economy swooned and is now on the verge of a recession, now others are catching on. Case in point: the former head of the European Commission, and Italy’s former Prime Minister, Romano Prodi who told Messaggero newspaper that the “weaker Russian economy is extremely unprofitable for Italy.” Continue reading Russia’s “Startling” Proposal To Europe: Dump The US, Join The Eurasian Economic Union