Rouhani: Investigations will continue to identify and prosecute all involved in plane crash tragedy ۲۱ دی ۱۳۹۸

Rouhani: Investigations will continue to identify and prosecute all involved in plane crash tragedy

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 ..

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As the Islamophobia index increases: On being Muslim in America ۲۴ آذر ۱۳۹۸

As the Islamophobia index increases: On being Muslim in America

As the Islamophobia index increases: On being Muslim in America“I think the real question is not whether America is afraid of Islam (and its adherents) but whether Muslims should be afraid of the US and Americans especially in this post-9 /11 world.” —Attorney Diana Mae Cabili
Being Muslim in America carries the risk of being reviled, insulted, discriminated against, humiliated publicly or, worse yet, physically attacked. Despite having been a part of the American landscape since 1501, Muslims have faced discrimination, suspicion and hatred bordering on public hysteria, especially since the 9/11 attacks. With the ascendancy of Donald Trump and his virulent anti-Muslim diatribes, the prospect of a McCarthy-era-like internment of Muslims in the United States does not appear to be off the table given current policy trends.
Make no mistake about it; Islamophobia in the U.S. not only is on the rise but also is condoned public policy. The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU)..

Iranian bank to fund NIORDC’s project for manufacturing dual-fuel cars ۲۴ آذر ۱۳۹۸

Iranian bank to fund NIORDC’s project for manufacturing dual-fuel cars

Iranian bank to fund NIORDC’s project for manufacturing dual-fuel carsTEHRAN – Iran’s Mellat Bank has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company (NIORDC) to fund manufacturing dual-fuel vehicles for the country’s public transportation fleet, IRNA reported.
The MOU was signed by the Managing Director of the National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC) Amir Vakilzadeh and Managing Director of Mellat Bank Mohammad Bigdeli on Sunday in Tehran.
The signing ceremony was attended by senior officials including the Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, the Head of Institute of Standards and Industrial Research of Iran (ISIRI) Nayereh Pirouzbakht and NIORDC Head Alireza Sadeqabadi.
Based on the MOU the bank will allocate 65 trillion rials (about $1.54 billion) to add 1.46 million dual-fuel vehicles to the country’s public transportation fleet.
Last week, NIORDC and Iran’s state-owned Iran Khodro Company (IKCO) signed..

Why terrorist act by Saudi Air Force officer faced media boycott! ۲۴ آذر ۱۳۹۸

Why terrorist act by Saudi Air Force officer faced media boycott!

Why terrorist act by Saudi Air Force officer faced media boycott!On December 5, a Saudi Air Force lieutenant, named Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, opened fire at a U.S. naval base in Pensacola, Florida
The gunman, who began training in the U.S. in August 2017, killed three people and wounded eight. Alshamrani was shot by a deputy sheriff.
Shortly after the shooting, Saudi Arabia's King Salman contacted Trump to express regret for what had happened and sympathize with families of the victims. The Saudi king insisted that the assailant did not represent the Saudi people.
Regarding the reaction by Saudi and U.S. officials, as well as the way media outlets are dealing with the issue, some points need to be mentioned about the incident:
a. Restricted and controlled media coverage
The Saudi and U.S. media outlets have covered the incident in a restricted and controlled manner. Interestingly, Qatari media such as Al Jazeera were not also very active in this regard. These approaches can ..

Worth of trades at IME hits $785m in a week ۲۳ آذر ۱۳۹۸

Worth of trades at IME hits $785m in a week

Worth of trades at IME hits $785m in a weekTEHRAN- During weekdays ended on December 12, approximately 633,059 tons of commodities worth over $785 million were traded at Iran Mercantile Exchange (IME).
According to the report from IME International Affairs and Public Relations Department, last week, on the domestic and export metal and mineral trading floor of IME, 241,817 tons of various products worth close to $393 million were traded.
On this trading floor, 222,030 tons of steel, 6,355 tons of copper, 8,300 tons of aluminum, 120 tons of molybdenum concentrates, 12 tons of precious metal concentrates, and 5,000 tons of iron ore as well as 15 kg of gold bullion were traded by customers.
The report declares that on domestic and export oil and petrochemical trading floors of IME, 386,590 tons of different commodities with the total value of $394 million were traded.
On this trading floor, 99,603 tons of bitumen, 120,500 tons of VB feed stock, 90,430 tons of polymer products, 26,000 t..

Int. transportation exhibition to kick off in Tehran tomorrow ۲۳ آذر ۱۳۹۸

Int. transportation exhibition to kick off in Tehran tomorrow

Int. transportation exhibition to kick off in Tehran tomorrowTEHRAN- The fourth edition of Iran’s International Exhibition of Transportation, Logistics and Related Industries will kick off at Tehran's Imam Khomeini Grand Prayer Campus (Mosalla) on Sunday, IRIB reported.
As reported, Iranian Transport and Urban Development Minister Mohammad Eslami and his deputy will attend the inauguration ceremony of the exhibit.
Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) along with the country’s airliners will showcase their latest achievements in the aviation industry during the three-day event, Reza Jafarzadeh, the spokesman of CAO, said on Saturday.
He said the motto of this year’s exhibition is “Smart, Stable and Efficient Transportation” emphasizing the significance of applying information technology in transportation and logistics sector in a way to elevate efficiency and promote economic booming in different sectors of transportation including aviation, railway, maritime and road transpor..

U.S. security agencies; slimmer than ever! ۲۳ آذر ۱۳۹۸

U.S. security agencies; slimmer than ever!

U.S. security agencies; slimmer than ever!TEHRAN-In recent days, along with media leaks in the United States, US security agencies have been more critical of analysts and citizens than ever before. News and analysis in some US media shows that the CIA and FBI have been monitored and, of course, heavily criticized by American public opinion. Here's a look at some of the analysis and news:
Barr Blasts Inspector General for Whitewashing FBI
As Antiwar reported, Attorney General William Barr on Monday disparaged the long-awaited findings of the Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz into FBI conduct in the investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. Barr, in effect, accused Horowitz of whitewashing a litany of proven misfeasance and malfeasance that created the “predicate,” or legal justification, for investigating candidate-and-then-president Donald Trump on suspicion of being in cahoots with the Russians.In grammatical terms, ther..

Russian contractor starts work at power plant south of Iran ۲۲ آذر ۱۳۹۸

Russian contractor starts work at power plant south of Iran

Russian contractor starts work at power plant south of IranTEHRAN- Iranian officials say a Russian contractor is taking over at a major power plant south of the country which is expected to be built through finances provided by Moscow.
A local official in Iran’s southern province of Hormozgan said on Wednesday that construction works for the Sirik Power Plant had effectively started after banks opened a letter of credit for transfer of funds for the project.
Hossein Salimi, who heads the local energy department at Hormozgan, said temporary shelters and offices had been erected at the site of the project in Sirik for operations to start by the Russian contractor.
Salimi said the manager of the Russian company in charge of the project would be in Tehran within the next days to order the start of the construction work.
Russia is expected to invest up to €۱٫۲ billion in the construction of Sirik, a 1,200-megawatts power plant that would significantly boost Iran’s electricity generation ..

Caspian Sea oil exploration operations underway ۲۲ آذر ۱۳۹۸

Caspian Sea oil exploration operations underway

Caspian Sea oil exploration operations underwayTehran – Managing Director of Khazar Exploration and Production Company (KEPCO), a subsidiary of National Iranian Oil Company which handles exploration operation in the Caspian Sea region in Northern Iran, said exploration operations are underway in the region.
“Emphasized by the President [Hassan Rouhani] and the Oil Minister [Bijan Namdar Zanganeh] operations for developing and exploring hydrocarbon resources in the Caspian Sea [region] are underway,” Ali Osouli told Shana.
Mentioning President Rouhani’s recent talks with the presidents of the Caspian states, Osouli noted that Iran is pursuing joint projects for exploration and extraction of oil in the Caspian Sea.
“[In those talks] President Rouhani expressed hope that such discussions would be followed up on in joint economic committee meetings,” he added.
According to the official, KEPCO also has on the agenda to cooperation with knowledge-based companies specialized in deepwater e..

‘۱۷ foreign countries eager for investment in Chabahar Port’ ۲۲ آذر ۱۳۹۸

‘۱۷ foreign countries eager for investment in Chabahar Port’

‘۱۷ foreign countries eager for investment in Chabahar Port’ TEHRAN – The Director General of Ports and Maritime Department of Sistan-Baluchestan Province said 17 countries have expressed willingness for contribution to development of Chabahar Port in southeastern Iran, Tasnim news agency reported.
According to Behrouz Aghaie so far 130 foreign company representative delegations have visited Chabahar, of which 17 have expressed willingness for investment in the port.
Emphasizing the fact that Chabahar Port has no restrictions on accepting investors from other countries, Aghaie said, “Working with India does not mean rejecting the presence of other countries in Chabahar Port.”
The official further mentioned negotiations for making the port an especial economic zone and said, “Becoming a special economic zone would solve many of Chabahar's problems in terms of tariffs, insurance, and other matters, and this is one of the necessities for development of Chabahar Port because it make..

Three million undernourished people in Asia-Pacific need to be lifted out of hunger every single month: FAO ۲۱ آذر ۱۳۹۸

Three million undernourished people in Asia-Pacific need to be lifted out of hunger every single month: FAO

Three million undernourished people in Asia-Pacific need to be lifted out of hunger every single month: FAOThree million undernourished people in Asia and the Pacific must be lifted out of hunger each month from now on, if the region is to meet the SDG 2 Zero Hunger goal by the end of 2030, says a new report released today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
With nearly half-a-billion of the world’s undernourished people living in Asia-Pacific, FAO is calling for urgent actions to address hunger and malnutrition in all its forms, and, for the first time in this region, to take decisive, informed and coordinated action to place nutrition at the heart of social protection programmes.
Child stunting and wasting, hidden hunger alongside growing obesity
The report’s latest figures relating to hunger, including micronutrient deficiencies also known as hidden hunger, child stunting shows that “the prevalence of stunting and wasting in the region remains hig..