Homosexual” and “devil worshipping” hairstyles have been banned in Iran, alongside tattoos, sunbed treatments and plucked eyebrows for men, which are all deemed un-Islamic.
The move – aimed at spiky cuts – follows a trend where, each summer, Iranian authorities get tough on men and women sporting clothing or hairdos seen . . . → Read More: Iran’s new ridiculous move under scorn from within
The scenes are by now familiar. Big growling vehicles will halt in front of waiting cameras and regurgitate Ray-Ban clad elected luminaries. Some will wave to the media, others will shuffle across and mouth inanities into microphones while the rest will sweep into the luxurious confines of the parliament building to speak on behalf of . . . → Read More: No state is a friend, Pakistan fails to learn
Yemen is in the grip of its most severe crisis in years, as competing forces fight for control of the country.
Impoverished but strategically important, the tussle for power in Yemen has serious implications for the region and the security of the West.
Here are some key questions explained.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was still in the air between Tel Aviv and Washington when his propaganda machinery was set fully in motion. A senior Israeli official travelling with him told reporters: “The Israeli government had a good understanding of the agreement we can draw conclusions from… We know what we know. And believe . . . → Read More: Netanyahu’s failed US visit
Obama couldn’t get to Paris, but somehow he managed a late schedule change to go see the new Saudi king. Can this ever change? Not likely. So who wants to take a stab at explaining why Barack Obama couldn’t adjust his schedule to attend a massive march in Paris dedicated to the values of the . . . → Read More: USA’s forced relations with Saudi Arabia
The United Nations General Assembly (where all 193 countries in the world get a vote) has almost unanimously demanded that Israel give up its nuclear weapons and cooperate with making the Middle East a nuclear-free zone. The only dissenters were Israel and the United States, along with three small South Pacific islands that always vote . . . → Read More: Israeli Nukes must go to restore peace in Middle East – United Nations
In a statement today Jundallah, a high-profile Balochistan-based Islamist faction, announced that it is pledging loyalty to ISIS, and will back “whatever plans they have” going forward. The move follows reports from the Associated Press last week that the group’s leadership was meeting with ISIS members.
Jundallah is primarily a Balochistan separatist group, active in . . . → Read More: Jundallah a Balochistan based terror group pledges support for ISIS
By Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.)
The Collapse of Order in the Middle East Remarks to the 23rd Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference
Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.) Washington, D.C. October 28, 2014
Will Rogers once observed that “when you get into trouble 5,000 miles from home, you’ve . . . → Read More: How the West lost in the Middle East
‘It might seem crazy what I’m about to say;’ dancing with joy is a crime in Iran.
Seven Iranian students have recently received a suspended sentence of up to 12 months and 91 lashes each.
Their crime: they recorded a video singing Pharrell Williams’ song, Happy.
The video came to the attention of Iranian authorities . . . → Read More: Iran’s freedom deficit