Rouhani: Investigations will continue to identify and prosecute all involved in plane crash tragedyTEHRAN – President Hassan Rouhani has pledged to continue investigations for identifying and prosecuting all individuals involved in the unintentional shootdown of the Ukrainian plane which crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport on January 8, leading to the death of 176 people on board. In a statement on Saturday morning, Rouhani noted that the country “deeply regrets this disastrous mistake.” “Armed Forces’ internal investigation has concluded that missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of the Ukrainian plane (and) death of 176 innocent people. Investigations will continue to identify (and) prosecute all those involved in this great tragedy (and) unforgivable mistake,” Rouhani wrote on his official Twitter account. “My thoughts and prayers go to all the mourning families. I offer my sincerest condolences.” Rouhani’s full text message ..
China drops truth bomb on Xinjiang terrorists: Here is how the world should reactChina Global Television Network (CGTN) shocked the international civil society by broadcasting new documentaries that showed graphic images of terrorist attacks in Xinjiang in the past decade last week. Unsurprisingly, skeptics were quick to accuse the international broadcaster of seeking to vindicate China's “re-education program” in the far western region, where over a million Muslims live. That's hardly all of it. Talking a good line, however, the truth never damages a cause that is just. CGTN did the right thing to thrust Xinjiang's terrorism problem into the international spotlight, and the evidence is still overwhelming. No doubt, trans-regional terrorism represents a genuine threat to any nation's security, freedom, and values. Just like other nations, China has a right and a duty to provide a humane and tailored response to terrorism, extremism, and separatism. Despite some dra..
Changing label of Iran’s sanctions to make it harder to remove sanctions: NephewTEHRAN –Richard Nephew, who served as the lead sanctions expert for the US team negotiating with Iran, is of the opinion that “It is true that this is the Trump Administration's intention: to make it much harder to remove the sanctions in the future because now entities and individuals are considered “terrorists” in addition to “proliferators”.” The fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, says that it is harder to see US pressure on Iran “the president has the authority to remove these designations no matter what they are, provided that they are not required explicitly under US law. The term “nuclear-related sanctions” has no legal standing in US law, only in the JCPOA as a term of art.” Following is the text of the interview: Q: The United States recently sanctioned Iran's central bank under the label “fight against terrorism”. What changes has this label made to Ir..
‘Crows in the Rain is a pathway to every person's infinite inner world’TEHRAN– In an exclusive interview with Mehr, the successful Tehran-based post-rock band ‘Crows in the Rain’ aptly described the band as a “pathway to every person's infinite inner world.” Post-rock is one of those really tricky genres. The music could either be the best thing you’ve ever heard in your life and will continue to be on loop to the end of time, or it may come across as generic and repetitive and completely unmemorable and already ticked off your playlist after the first listen. Fortunately for the Tehran-based ‘Crows in the Rain’, their music falls into the first category. Each track could easily be someone’s favorite, and I, personally, have a hard time skipping on any of them. The music, composed on piano, electric guitar, bass and drums, tugs at your heartstrings with its mournful, melancholic tone, and revitalizes your artistic calling, no matter how much or little of it you think you hav..
The second edition of Regional Security Dialogue with a focus on Afghanistan kicked off in Tehran on Wednesday morning with participation of Iran, Russia, China, India, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
Maritime culture, history on show at “Human and Sea” exhibit An exhibition titled “Human and Sea” opened on Monday at the National Museum of Iran in Tehran, showcasing human interaction with the sea during the country’s history. With a focus on archaeological findings, the exhibit puts on show over 160 relics, which date from prehistorical times to the Islamic era. Organized in collaboration with the Ports and Maritime Organization, the exhibit will be running through February 14, 2020.
Armed democracy: NATO greatest achievement for EuropeAt the 30th NATO summit, following the U.S. and Russia’s withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, NATO leaders, reiterating future threats, divided the world into East and West military poles. NATO, while stating a security strategy, continued to regard Russia as a threat to the security of Atlantic and euro area, just like it was during the Cold War. The organization also claimed that cyber operations, terrorist acts and those effective state and non-state actors that are not aligned, should be confronted as factors that have challenged the world order. NATO’s strategy has shifted from the level of security concerns over Russia and global challenges to the level of preparedness for possible military confrontation. NATO seeks to provide the ground and facilities for further deterrence, faster defense and increased capacities of the rapid reaction forces to counter possible attacks, especially in the field..
Switzerland asks Iran to join “Blue Peace” movementTEHRAN – Swiss Ambassador to Tehran Markus Leitner called on Iranian Energy Ministry to join the Blue Peace movement, the portal of the Energy Ministry (Paven) reported. Leitner who met with Iran’s Deputy Energy Minister for Water and Wastewater Affairs Ghasem Taghizadeh Khamesi on Monday said Blue Peace is a movement started by Switzerland for water cooperation beyond borders, sectors, and generations in order to foster peace, stability, and sustainable development in the region. In the meeting, Taghizadeh mentioned the Swiss government’s suggestion for the establishment of a regional cooperation center for startups active in the fields of water and wastewater, saying that “With 3000 years of history behind Iran’s water sector, our country has great potentials and capacities in terms of expertise and equipment.” Referring to the Iranian use of Qanat (subterranean aqueduct) in ancient times, Taghizadeh added: “Using aqueducts in the ..
IRICA taking more steps to facilitate imports, combat sanctionsTEHRAN- Since the U.S. re-imposition of sanctions against Iran’s economy, Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) has been taking various measures to facilitate customs process both for exports and imports of the commodities to reduce the effect of sanctions. IRICA Head Mehdi Mir-Ashrafi says that this round of sanctions is tougher than the previous round; so more strategic actions are needed to nullify them. As the sanctions may make the country face shortage of basic goods, the government and IRICA have taken various measures to avoid such condition. One major action is facilitating condition for the importers of the basic commodities, for example providing them necessary foreign currency through NIMA (Iran’s Forex Management Integrated System). Also in August, Iran’s Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Farhad Dejpasand, in a directive addressing the IRICA head, obliged the customs administration to t..
Capacity of Iran’s rail freight transport to rise 5m tonsTEHRAN – Head of Islamic Republic of Iran Railways (known as RAI) says the country’s rail freight transportation capacity is going to increase by five million tons in near future, IRIB reported. Speaking on the sidelines of the 4th edition of Iran’s Logistics, Transportation, and Related Industries Exhibition (IRAN TRANS EXPO 2019) on Monday, Saeed Rasouli said: “By connecting Jalalabad mine and Zarand Steel Complex, in Kerman Province, to the national rail network more than five million tons of new capacity will be added to the country’s rail freight transportation.” According to the official, in the first six months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-August 22), 432 new freight wagons, locomotives, and passenger wagons were added to the nation's rail fleet, all of which were manufactured by domestic factories. The figure shows a 97-percent increase compared to the same period last year, and by the end of the ..
Iranians welcome dual-fuel cars as gas prices riseTEHRAN – Head of National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC) says since the implementation of the gasoline rationing scheme and the increase in the prices, people are leaning more toward dual-fuel cars. “The demand for converting single-fuel cars into dual-fuel ones has also grown due to the rationing and rising gas prices,” Amir Vakilzadeh said in an interview with the state TV on Sunday night. According to the official, since the implementation of the rationing program in mid-November, over 70,000 people have registered their cars for dual-fuel conversion. “Fortunately, in the past two years we have been preparing the infrastructure needed to implement such a program and, using our previous experiences, we have designed a system for this purpose,” Vakilzadeh said. In the conversion program, we determine which vehicles are allowed to register so that they could obtain a certificate and get the traffic police approval ..
مکتب دفاع مقدس که به موازات و الهام گرفته از مکتب عاشورا است به مرور مشمول زمان شده و با شیب آهسته ای در حال کمرنگ شدن و فراموشی بود. اما در سحرگاهی که خبر شهادت سپهبد حاج قاسم سلیمانی همچون زلزله ای ویران کننده، زنگار خاطرات مردم ایران از دوران دفاع مقدس را بر […]