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Some Christians, I read again today , claim that the election of Donald Trump in 2016 is like God's choice of Cyrus the Great in the mid-500s BCE. Let's see if they're right. In the early 500s BCE--roughly 2,500 years ago--the Babylonian empire destroyed the temple in Jerusalem and left the city in charred ruins. Babylon also took some of Israel's leaders into exile in Babylon (modern-day Iraq). The experience proved treacherous. The prophet Ezekiel heard this exilic threnody: "Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely." By mid-century, however, everything changed. Babylon fell to Persia, thanks to Cyrus the Great. The change was so cataclysmic that a prophet, in Isaiah 45:1, dared to call the founder of the Persian Empire, Cyrus, God's messiah--a term used for Israel's own kings: Thus says the LORD to his anointed [ messiah ], to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped to subdue nations before him and strip kings of their robes, to open doors before him-- and the gates shall not be closed.
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The Iran Project
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Politico
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I dont think people realize how many decisions the president of the United States makes about military action. The Iranians harass some vessel of ours in the Persian Gulf: What do we do in response? There’s shelling around our diplomatic facility in X Middle Eastern country. The Chinese pass too close for comfort by a U.S. Navy ship in the South China Sea. These decisions come all the time, and they’re going to come from Day One. I would be more focused on that. Because a dust-up with the Iranians or the Chinese could get out of hand very fast. Crowley: You’d never been in government before 2009 and have had this incredible eight-year journey. What was your most amazing or surreal moment? Rhodes: On Cuba, when I went to the Vatican, 14 the cardinal [Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state] and his staff did not know what we were coming there to do.
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PressTV News
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Al Monitor| Hamidreza Azizi: Given that former president and Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was one of the most influential politicians in Iran, and most importantly, one of the main supporters of President Hassan Rouhani, there have been many discussions about the impact of his death on Iranian politics. At the domestic level, the cornerstone of the debate is the future of Iranian moderate and Reformist forces after their loss of a reliable backerespecially ahead of the May presidential elections. But this is not the only concern. The death of Rafsanjani has also sparked questions about the future path of Iran’s foreign policy , particularly in the Middle East. Rafsanjani commanded respect throughout the region, especially in many of the Persian Gulf Arab nations . This was apparent in the reactions of Arab leaders to his death, several of whom sent warm condolences and appreciated his positive role in improving relations between Iran and its neighbors.
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The Iran Project
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Of course, Tehran doesnt have a plan to end the deal but if the US or any other party abandons its obligations and prevent the implementation of the JCPOA Iran will definitely change its stance, Abshenass told Sputnik Persian. The expert underscored that during the year passed since the deal came into effect the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other international organizations confirmed that Iran has fulfilled its obligations. Now, Tehran expects the same from the other participants of the deal. If the core principles of the agreement are violated Iran could suspend the cooperation or restore the pre-agreement level of its nuclear activities, Abshenass said. He reminded that those main principles are the spirit of the agreement. According to them, all sanctions previously imposed against Iran should be lifted.
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Speaking in a press conference in Tehran, Hassan Rouhani expressed hope that the Astana talks would turn into a stepping stone to resolve the Syrian crisis. He reiterated Tehran’s stance that the fate of Syria and its leadership should be democratically decided by the Syrian people and all should accept the result. Later in his remarks, Rouhani touched on relations with the Persian Gulf Arab states and Saudi Arabia and confirmed that several countries have proposed mediation between Tehran and Riyadh Rouhani said Iran has no plan to interfere in the affairs of any country and supports unity in the region. The Iranian president later rejected any possibility of re-negotiating the nuclear deal under America’s new administration. He said nothing will happen to the J-C-P-O-A because it is an international agreement, not a unilateral deal between Iran and the U-S.
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IFP- The ISIS leader’s terrorist plan is aimed at convincing the Iraqi government and army that he possesses a large number of explosives, according to a Farsi report by IRNA . Umar Badreddin, an expert on terrorist groups, revealed that since the ISIS terrorist organization in Mosul aims to, at any cost, prevent the early recapture of western Mosul by Iraqi forces, it has dispatched two delegations to a number of Arab countries and Persian Gulf littoral states, seeking monetary assistance to purchase arms. He said that the ISIS has lost a major portion of its armaments in its recent battles. Badreddin added certain sources in Mosul have divulged that al-Baghdadi plans to contact a number of wealthy people to obtain fund for buying weaponry, for he has lost a major part of its arsenal in recent conflicts. “In some neighbourhoods, Iraqi forces have managed to disarm ISIS terrorists and make them to run away.”
The Huffington Post
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S. had lost its will to resist provocation. In a Trump administration, as The Donald indicated on the campaign trail last year, Americas adversaries should expect far tougher responses. Asked in September, for instance, about an incident in the Persian Gulf in which Iranian gunboats approached American warships in a threatening manner, he typically told reporters, When they circle our beautiful destroyers with their little boats and make gestures that... they shouldnt be allowed to make, they will be shot out of the water. Although with Russia, unlike Iran, Trump has promised to improve relations, theres no escaping the fact that Vladimir Putins urge to restore some of his countrys long-lost superpower glory could lead to confrontations with NATO powers that would put the new American president in a distinctly awkward position.
The Event Chronicle
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Unfortunately, the debate is still on as to whether written accounts of such phenomena as eclipses are accurate – or whether historians eager to correct their own timelines have been grasping at straws. This looks like Halley's comet, so it must have been that year...' The jury is still out as to whether this information can clear up the question. The research required would be massive. Another objection to the Phantom Time Hypothesis is that Europe did not exist in a vacuum. If someone had changed the calendar, wouldn't anyone else – say the Muslims? – have noticed? It is hard to say. Some areas of early Islamic history might actually be simplified by the discovery that the Western dates had been altered. It might explain inscriptions on early Islamic coins – the ones that showed Muhammed meeting with a Persian emperor who supposedly died a century before.
The Iran Project
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On the hot issue of relations with Saudi Arabia and the tense situation with political relations severed following events of 2015, Rouhani responded that Iran’s official line of policy sought a direct cordial relations with all neighbors, especially Persian Gulf Arab states, with whom Iran had good relations in the past; “Saudi Arabia was an aggressor in the case of Yemen; in Bahrain and elsewhere in the Middle East, they actively intervene; we would object to the kingdom’s policies; however, we had had diplomatic contacts especially after execution of Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr and embassy incident; now, Iraq and others had acted as mediators to bring Iran-Saudi relations to a terra firma; Iran do not want to change the regime in Saudi Arabia, nor we want to intervene in their internal affairs; however, terrorism has been nourished by the kingdom and the real issue remains with them to rectify their misguided policies; we hope to cooperate with Saudis in bringing order and stability to the region,” he asserted.
Politico
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And Cernovich acknowledges they’ll require some maturation. To that end, Cernovich has condemned Richard Spencer and disassociated himself from the “alt-right” label, even though he believes the Nazi saluters at his conference were leftist plants sent to make the alt-right look bad. (Spencer himself, it should be noted, rejects this conspiracy theory, as well as Cernovich’s claim that the CIA may be propping him up. “He needs to calm down,” Spencer told me.) The hard-core alt-right, in response, has turned on Cernovich and begun calling him “Cuck-ovich,” a play on the movement’s dreadedcuckservativeinsult. Cernovich now uses the label “new right” to describe himself. To refute those who lump him in with white nationalists, he pointed to his second wife, Shauna, a secular Muslim of Persian descent, who lounged behind us on a couch and jumped in and out of our conversation.
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Voice Of America
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British human rights activists have held a vigil outside the Iranian embassy in London to appeal to Iran's president to free a British Iranian woman detained for nine months on unspecified security charges. Richard Ratcliffe, husband of detainee Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, spoke to VOA's Persian service from the scene of Monday's vigil, saying he wrote a letter to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appealing for the release. “[The letter] asks for him to intercede and ensure that justice is served in Nazanin's case,” Ratcliffe said via Skype. He said he also asked Rouhani for help in securing an Iran visa so that he can visit Nazanin and their infant daughter, Gabriella, whom he said he has not seen in 10 months. Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is 38, was detained at Tehran's international airport in April 2016 as she was trying to return home with her daughter to Britain from a visit to relatives in Iran.
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The Huffington Post
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Pardon me. This piece is admittedly too clever by half, but then again, so is The Gospel of Wealth. Two preachers, male and female, both proponents of The Gospel of Wealth, will deliver prayers at Mr. Trump's Presidential Inauguration. These pastors are two out of many very rich American Protestant preachers who believe money is an indicator of God's blessings. The richer you are the more blessed you are, and God wants you to be rich. That's the Gospel of Wealth. The Gospel of Wealth has scripture on its side. Few people know this, but Jesus was a wealthy man. Let's go to the proof texts: As an infant, Jesus was gifted in gold from a traveling and colorful band of Persian Magi. Mary and Joseph wisely invested the bullion and by the time Jesus began his itinerant ministry some decades later, he was worth a fortune (in today's terms, roughly 100 billion dollars).
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Daily Mail - Home
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A nine year old Persian cat was given to The Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago after he was found covered in five pounds of matted fur and struggling to move under the sheer weight of it.
Daily Mail - Home
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A nine year old Persian cat was given to The Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago after he was found covered in five pounds of matted fur and struggling to move under the sheer weight of it.
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