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2. Trump to Persian Gulf countries: Pay for safe zones in Syria Since Donald Trump became the president of the United States, hardly a day has passed without a controversy. The latest one is about Syria: The President is going to create so-called safe zones in Syria and make Persian Gulf Arab countries pay for it. The idea sounds bizarre, but since assuming the presidency, Donald Trump has embarked on a series of decisions that may spell disasters not only for the Middle East but also for the whole world. The idea has been touted around for some time. During talks with the Saudi King in late January, Trump and king Salman touched on the issue of creating so-called safe-zones in Syria for Syrian refugees. And just days after that, Trump and his Turkish counter-part Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed on joint action against Daesh in Syria. Could Trump’s latest comments be a hint of a new scenario for the crisis-hit nation of Syria? 3.
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Russian political analyst Semyon Bagdasarov, head of the Center for Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, has suggested that the above developments can be explained by the real assessment by Iranians of the situation which is being set up in the Middle East and by the anti-Iranian remarks of Donald Trump. Tehran understands only too well that there is a tough fight coming in the Middle East between the US and Israel and a number of Persian Gulf states on the one hand, and Iran on the other hand. And Tehran is getting ready for it, the analyst told Vzglyad. When it is becoming too hot he further elaborated, Iran starts talking about closer cooperation with Russia. He noted that in 2015, after the Iranian nuclear deal, the West started easing anti-Iranian sanctions, and Tehran had used a different approach [towards Russia].
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Turkey is signaling that it will not oppose the Arabspolicies in Syria,” Fararu quoted him as saying. On the one hand, Ankara is seeking to have a role in the Syria file and on the other hand, it is making promises to Arab countries in order to avoid a confrontation and persuade them to make investments in Turkey, Lasherdi concluded. However, almost every other Iranian media outlet has fired back on Turkey for biting more than it can chew. Calling Turkey an agent/accomplice of the US, the Zionists, and the Saudis and a sponsor of ISIS and Al-Nusra Front, conservative daily Resalat attacked Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s dictatorship for fueling Turkey’s transformation into an epitome of terror in the region and the world. Like Resalat, the Persian online outlet Siasat-e Rooz wrote that Turkey is intoxicated by the coalition it has made with Saudi Arabia and Israel.
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Financial Tribune- Ninety unpublished poems by an icon of modern Persian poetry Simin Behbahani (1927-2014), will be released soon in a second collection. Ali Behbahani, the elder son of the late poet and lyricist told ISNA: “Ninety unpublished poems by Simin have been entrusted to Negah Publication (based in Tehran).” He however said some of the poems might have been sent to other publishers, or previously published in some magazines. The poems to be published are mainlyghazal,’ a lyrical sonnet associated with classical Persian poets, which Simin recreated. “There are also several of her poems in ‘freestyle but they are not enough to make up a collection. Her free poems will probably be released along with some of her poetical writings,” Behbahani said. Simin’s works published in English are ‘A Cup of SinSelected Poems’ (1998, translated by Milani and Kaveh Safa); ‘My Country, I Shall Build You Again’ (2009, translated by Sara Khalili); and ‘Maybe It’s the Messiah: Selected Poems’ (2004, translated by Esmail Salami).
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Iran honored those revolts by staging this week’s conference just more than one year after receiving relief from international sanctions as part of a nuclear deal with world powers, a deal that took effect in January 2016. Tehran held its previous pro-Palestinian Intifada conferences in 2011, 2009, 2006, 2001 and 1991. There has been no official Israeli reaction to the latest forum. Anti-Israel rhetoric Emanuele Ottolenghi, an Iran analyst at the Washington-based research group Foundation for Defense of Democracies, sees the anti-Israel rhetoric of Khamenei and Rouhani as more of the same. “They were vitriolic in their rhetoric against Israel before and after the nuclear deal (was signed in 2015) under the Obama administration, and now that Donald Trump is U.S. president,” Ottolenghi told the VOA Persian Service. “This regime remains wedded to the idea that Israel must be destroyed.
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Dont let anyone mislead you into asking: Why is Iran after developing its missile capabilities at all? If we are weak, if we dont have missiles then we will have war. … Let me humbly tell our intellectuals that the view that Iran’s having missiles will lead to war is wrong. On the contrary, if we dont have missiles, then we will have war . The present nervous reaction to the Trump administration’s aggressive statements about Iran is an overreaction. It reminds me of the poem, “The Little Man Who Wasnt There,” by William Hughes Mearns (1875-1965): As I was going up the stair I met a man who wasnt there! He wasnt there again today, I wish, I wish , he’d stay away! America’s over-extended military, the unpopularity of the governments of the U.S.’s Persian Gulf allies, and the weakness and vulnerability of their forces and assets all work in Iran’s favor.
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It is believed that many tales of the book are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazār Afsān (A Thousand Tales) which in turn relied partly on Indian elements. He further noted that the two countries can joint cooperation in the fields of cinema, architecture and exchanging museum items. Vietnam was successful in cultural diplomacy and uses it as principle in its foreign policy, he said. Vietnam has representative offices in 100 countries and shares its culture and civilization with other countries through these missions, he said.
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He predictably lists North Korea and Iran as threats to the US as well, despite neither nation attacking the US nor possessing a desire or capability to do so. He accuses Iran in particular of “fighting a proxy war against us since 1979,” referring to when Iranians finally, successfully overthrew the US-installed and buttressed brutal dictatorship of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi in 1979. General McMaster accuses Iran of “building militiasbeyond the control of Middle Eastern governments to both support them but also to use as leverage against them – not unlike what the US has done both through occupation forces deployed across the region and State-sponsored terror groups armed, funded, trained, and directed by the US and its Persian Gulf allies everywhere from North Africa to the Middle Eastern nations of Iraq, Yemen, Syria, and Lebanon. During his 2016, McMaster then moved on to address the self-proclaimedIslamic State” (ISIS).
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Press TV- Saudi Arabia says it is ready to support the United States in its so-called war against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in Syria by sending ground troops and special forces to the war-torn Arab country. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir made the remarks in an exclusive interview with the German newspaperddeutsche Zeitung published on Monday, adding that there were consultations with the Americans to “find out what the plan is and what you need to implement it.” He also stated that along with Riyadh, other Persian Gulf Arabcountries” were also “ready to allocate forces to fight on the US side,” without giving further details about the potential military initiative. Since 2014, the United States has been leading a campaign in Syria and neighboring Iraq with the declared objective of hitting Daesh. Elsewhere in his remarks, the Saudi foreign minister said the “main idea is that” the territories liberated from the grips of Daesh must be handed over to the armed foreign-backed Syrian opposition groups to prevent the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement, Iran and the Syrian government from wresting control of them.
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Carter had to do something. Worse yet, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan represented blatant conquest and spotlighted the possibility of Red Army hordes pushing through to Iran en route to the Persian Gulfs vast oil reserves. It might prove the opening act of the long awaited Soviet scheme for world domination or a possible path to World War III. Misinformed by such a tale that they repeatedly told themselves, Washington officials then made terrible choices in the Middle East. Lets start with Iran. They mistook a nationalist revolution and subsequent civil war within Islam for a singular attack on the U.S.A. With little consideration of genuine Iranian gripes about the brutal U.S.-backed dynasty of the Shah or the slightest appreciation for the complexity of that countrys internal dynamics, they created a simple-minded but convenient narrative in which the Iranians posed an existential threat to this country.
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He added that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani recently paid a visit to two important countries in the Persian Gulf in line with the Islamic Republic’s efforts to enhance understanding among regional countries to help solve crises in the region. President Rouhani paid a day-long visit to Oman and Kuwait on February 15 to boost cordial relations. “The visits, which took place at a time when the region is in special and sensitive circumstances, indicate the countriescommon will to expand friendly ties across the strategic waters of the Persian Gulf,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Thursday. Zarif also said Tehran and Islamabad have good political relations and are set to implement projects in different economic sectors, including power transmission, energy, banking, customs and cross-border exchanges. “It is expected that such relations would be strengthened and the implementation of projects accelerated through joint efforts so that the two countries would witness even greater development of economic relations, which are beneficial to the two states and the region as well,” the top Iranian diplomat added.
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Our missiles will reach the capitals of the Persian Gulf Arab states, and very soon the world will understand that we have demanded the world community to issue urgent resolutions in a bid to stop the aggression. Let them know that we can reach Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Manama. Let us not forget that they by sending messages claimed that they will seize control of our cities in 10 days or a month at worst but this did not happen. If it was not the awareness of the Yemeni people, we could not resist all this long time. We now are in a situation that enables us hit their positions, and not just defend ourselves. We can, additionally, make their nations live the life we lived in the past months. Alwaght : What are the impacts of the Zio-Saudi war on the Saudi Arabian economy? Al-Tarb : They did not officially acknowledge but any economic institute can analyze and conclude that the aggression on Yemen cost the Saudi Arabian economy heavily.