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Showing posts with label Iran. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Iran. Show all posts

Friday, December 29, 2017

Quick News: Demonstrations in Iran

For several days (at least the last two days), the Iranian people have been demonstrating in the streets in several Iranian cities demanding the resignation of the President of Iran and the Supreme Leader of that country. Police and other law enforcement Iranian agencies began capturing the demonstrators in groups and arresting them. This situation is developing fast. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

What is going on in the Middle-East?

The Prime Minister of Lebanon suddenly resigned his post and went to Saudi Arabia. He has duel citizenship, a Saudi and a Lebanese ones. Saudi Arabia is demanding "The Party of God" in Lebanon to give up all its weaponry and transform into a political party. Both Israel and Saudi Arabia agree on this point. Iran is the primary supporter of the Lebanese Party of God. Saudi Arabia and Iran are harsh enemies. Bahrain is accusing Iran of terrorizing its territory by setting fires in its oil pipes. Yemen has fired a long-range missile toward Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. It was claimed by the Saudis that the missile fired by Yemen was made in Iran. It is a mess.   

Friday, June 2, 2017

Quick News: Shiraz, Iran...A Bomb Explosion

Shiraz, Iran. A bomb exploded today in the city of Shiraz, Iran, the 6th most populated city in the country. The bomb exploded in a busy market area of the town, and scores are feared injured or dead. This situation is still developing.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

For History: Canada Announced that it Will Welcome All Refugees

Canada announced that it welcomed all refugees to its territory. This announcement came amid a decision from the United States to ban entry of all citizens from 7 countries (Syria, Libya, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Iran, and Yemen), including those who were seeking refugee status. The US decision was made citing security concerns.

For History: The United States Banned Entry to Citizens of 7 Countries for 3 Months

The United States announced that it was banning citizens of 7 countries from entering the United States for a period of 3 months, subject for renewal. These countries are Yemen, Sudan, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, and Syria. The executive order also stated that "green card" holders from these states cannot re-enter the US if they traveled abroad. The executive order was issued citing security concerns.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Is Mosul's Battle Going to Be a Confrontation Between Iraq and Turkey?

Turkey is ready to enter Iraq to engage the Iraqi Army during Mosul's Battle. Iran is supporting the Iraqi Army in its push toward Mosul in order to get the terrorists out of Mosul. Turkey is a Sunni Muslim country while Iran is Shiite Muslim. The Middle-East is becoming more and more divided over these two powers and it appears that Turkey is resenting the encroachment of Iran into the affairs of Iraq. It should be noted that a similar situation is undergoing in neighboring Syria. The chess game between Turkey and Iran has gone too far, and the Arab World is beginning to take notice. It should be noted that American advisors are working with the Iraqi Army in its efforts to defeat the terrorist group known as ISIS. Russia is helping the Syrian government in combating ISIS in Syria. While USA is so far keeping its role at an advisory level and limiting its power against ISIS to the use of Air Force, Russia is fully engaging in the battles against the terrorist groups in Syria. In the next few days the attention of the media is going to focus on the battle in Iraq, and how the regional super-powers (Turkey and Iran) will act and how much restrain the major super-power (USA and Russia) will exercise in this conflict. The next and last presidential debate on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 will have this topic debated in details.  Mrs. Clinton has suggested in the past the establishment of "no-fly zone" over Syria while Mr. Trump favors supporting the Russians in getting rid of the terrorists. Stay tune to the news from the Middle-East in the next few days as the situation is becoming more and more serious. Major problem areas over there are Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya. 

Saturday, May 30, 2015


It is Russian gas. Gazprom is the Russian company that wants to sell the Russian gas to Europe. However, there is a small problem. Qatar also wants to sell its gas to the Europeans through pipelines going through Syria. The Syrian government would not approve this deal for two reasons. The first it hates Qatar. It accuses Qatar of sponsoring the Syrian rebels to topple the Syrian government. Second, the Syrian government sides with the Russians, one of the main remaining true supporters for Damascus. ISIS is waging war against everybody. The west is trying to stop ISIS. Freeing Syria from ISIS and the government in Damascus appears to be the logical answer. Qatar, a western-friendly and gas-rich country, can compete easily with the Russians for selling the Europeans its gas. With the oil fields being slowly depleted, gas will be the next power-generating source of energy on this planet. Whoever will dominate this source of energy will lead the planet. What's happening in the Middle-East is a struggle to gain control over gas. Iran is also in it. The Iranians too hate Qatar. Would it be Gazprom or "Qatar-prom" who will control gas? No one really knows right now. Many have plans, but in reality if it were easy they would have began implementing them (and perhaps they already began). Meanwhile, over 220,000 Syrians are dead, millions are refugees, and tens of thousands are crippled for life with lost arms, legs, and sight. Polio and measles that the world thought are long gone are now found in Syria. Famine is also devastating many regions in Syria. Most news is focusing mainly on Iraq. While Iraq and Syria seems connected, the Syrian problem is much more complex. That is the main reason the world in focusing on the easiest of the two, Iraq. Iraq is complicated. The plan is perhaps to divide it into three regions based on sectarianism. The Shiites, the Sunnis, and the Kurds each will control a segment of Iraq. ISIS is in Iraq too. So, the Iraqis are dealing with ISIS mess first with some help from the west. But, the west is really pushing to free Syrian land for the Qataris. That can be accomplished by getting rid of the government in Damascus and ISIS. Not an easy proposition for two reasons. First, the Russians are arming and politically backing the Syrian government. Second, the Iranians are fighting along side the Syrian army. Another wrinkle in this mess is that the Syrian army is also fighting ISIS. That would make it easier for the west if Syrian army wins. It is always much easier to deal with a legitimate government structure than to deal with terrorists like ISIS. To that end, the west is hoping against hope that Damascus succeeds in getting rid of ISIS and regain its control over the entire Syrian land. Then Qatar and the west would approach Damascus for a "political deal", and with trillion of dollars at stake, a few billions would be spent in Syria to "rebuild" the country. In fact, the money would come from Qatar itself. In this chess game, the picture is not really clear right now. We are in the middle portion of the game. In chess, usually the beginning and the end are much clearer. It is the middle game that often is foggy and anything can happen in it. One thing for sure, if this mess lasts more than 50 years, everybody involves in it will need gas to power its military equipment. The final winners are the Russians, the Qataris. and the Iranians regardless what will happen.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Possible Moves on the Syrian Front

According to Middle Eastern journalistic sources, the Syrian government is considering moving the governmental operations from Damascus, the Capital, to Tartous or Latakeh, two cities located on the Mediterranean. This movement will be accompanied by Iranian troops entering Syria and occupying positions at the border between Syria and Israel. Other related news suggest that the latest aerial attacks on positions in the Qalamoun Mountains surrounding Damascus targeted assets belong to the Iranians. Iran accuses Israel of carrying out that aerial raid, while Israel denied that it did that attack, Rumors in the Arab world proposed that the planes that carried on that attack on the Iranian assets belonged to the Saudi Arabia Coalition (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan, and Egypt) that is combating the Shiite rebels in Yemen. Iran (Shiites) and Saudi Arabia (Sunnis) are currently fighting surrogate wars in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen (and perhaps Lebanon) for the domination of that region (is it the Shiite Muslims or the Sunni Muslims?) Despite the fact that Saudi Arabia and Israel are in a State of War, there appear some coordination existing between the two old foes to support the Saudi cause against the Iranian plan. News from Middle Eastern reports suggest Saudi Arabia has agreed (tacitly) to allow Israeli war planes to fly over Saudi skies if Israel decided to attack Iranian nuclear assets. The Chess War game in that region is very fluid and can change any minute (literally speaking).

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Israel Attacks an Iranian Missiles Facility

Israel destroyed an Iranian missiles facility on Sudanese soil. Israel claimed that factory was manufacturing missiles for Iran and had to destroy it. Both Sudan and Iran are protesting the attack.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Is War Between Israel and Iran Imminent?

The simple answer to this question is a definite NO. Israel would not commit to a war like this with a strong country like Iran. Iran has the support of Russia and North Korea as well as Iraq and Syria. Israel is a no match to this coalition. The reason Israel is spreading rumors of war is just that rumors. It is a known psychological maneuver to gain the West's favor. The US knows that and that is why the US is not worried at all about this possibility. If you noticed that the US has been putting economical pressure on Iran. Also, it is trying to convince them that nuclear power can be put to a good use such medical and civilian applications. Do not wait for anything to happen between Israel and Iran. Only the gullibles buy this stuff.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

You can hear it in Sean Hannity's voice

Sean Hannity is a popular talk radio show host. Recently, you could hear the excitement in his voice when the topic of Israel attacking Iran's nuclear sites comes on the air. He cannot wait. The trouble is he is so blinded with the fact that Israel is undestructible. Wrong! The Iranian Air Force is nothing to sneeze at. In addition once you begin a war with Iran you'd be better prepared to fight for years to come. The Iranians do not fight a "six day war" like the Arab did in 1967. There will be a major destruction in the entire region. Nuclear and chemical weapons will be exchanged during the war, and while Iran does not have a full operative nuclear power, its chemical arsenal is huge. Israel knows very well this fact. They are playing a psychological war on Iran, and the only one who got affected by it is Sean Hannity.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

What Will Happen When Israel Attacks Iran?

It is imminent that Israel will attack the nuclear facilities of The Islamic Republic of Iran. Iran will respond back by attacking the nuclear facilities in Israel. This might escalate to a proxy war between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Most likely Syria will be dragged to a peripheral war with Israel, with Iranian military units fighting along side the Syrian army. The United States troops may get involved if Russian troops are fighting and helping the army gathered in Syria. This may lead to the Third World War. I think the Obama Administration has been very wise by advising patience and allowing diplomacy time to work. This Spring may be the most deadly Spring ever witnessed in the Middle-East and around the world. Let us pray that the Good Lord will shorten these days to save lives.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Iranian War Vessels: A War Scenario

Two Iranian war vessels are attempting to cross the Suez Canal (Egypt) in their way to Syria. Iran and Syria have a mutual defense agreement that states if one country is being attacked the other one comes to its rescue. Syria and Iran have traditionally held joint military exercises, and this upcoming exercise is one of them. Both countries are independent sovereign countries. It is none of the other countries' business to dictate what they do as far as they do it within their own territories, which is the case in this situation. To that end, Israel, a harsh bitter enemy to both countries, has threatened to attack the two Iranian vessels. This provocative attack, if it is carried through, by Israel could ignite a huge war in the Middle-East. With the situation as it is now in the region, no one wants to see an Arab/Iranian-Israeli war. The United States may be dragged into this war if it starts. Israel is not a match to the combined Syrian and Iranian armies. Must I also mention that Syria has signed in the past similar defense agreements with the Soviet Union (now known as Russia). Would Russia interferes in defending the Syrian land against an attack by Israel and United States? You betcha!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Don't Confuse Iran of Being an Arab Country...It is Not

Iran is NOT an Arab country. As the matter of fact the Arabs and the Persians have been fierce enemies for centuries. If you ask any Arab person, he or she will tell you how Iran has stolen a nice area from Iraq long time ago. They refuse to return it to the Iraqis up until now. Saddam Hussein fought the Iranians in a bloody war for 10 years, supported by the U.S. Neither side won the that war, but many young people on both sides lost their lives. The Gulf Arab Region countries (Saudi Arabia and others) are always suspicious of the Iranians. If Iran becomes a nuclear regional power it will make many Arab countries very nervous, even more nervous than the Israelis. Negotiations towards a solution for the nuclear stand-off with the West is very important to the stability and peace in that region of the World, and perhaps to the entire World. The Iranians feared Saddam Hussein, but he is no longer there. I wonder who will fight the next war with Iran? It won't be one of the Arab countries for sure.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Stamps from Afghanistan

Afghanistan is located between Iran and Pakistan. It is not a Middle-Eastern country, however it is a Muslim country.

The Ten Commandments

EXODUS 20:1-17 (The Orthodox Study Bible)

"Now the Lord spoke all these words, saying;

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.

You shall not make for yourself an idol or a likeness of anything in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the waters under the earth. You shall not bow down to them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, recompensing the sins of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me; but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: neither you, nor your son, your daughter, your male servant, your female servant, your cattle, nor your stranger who sojourns with you. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath Day and hallowed it.

Honor your father and mother that it may be well with you, and your days may be long upon the good land the Lord your God is giving you.

You shall not murder.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

You shall not covet your neighbor's wife or his house, and neither shall you covet his field, nor his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, any of his cattle, or whatever belongs to your neighbor."

Bible Dates (The Orthodox Study Bible)

Genesis (Moses) (During Israel's forty years of wandering in the wilderness-the period between crossing the Red Sea and the entrance into Canaan)

Exodus (Moses) (During Israel's forty years of wandering in the wilderness-the period between crossing the Red Sea and the entrance into Canaan)

Leviticus (Moses) (The period during the sojourn at Mt. Sinai)

Numbers (Moses) (Following the exodus from Egypt)

Deuteronomy (Moses) (Near the end of Moses' life and before the entrance into Canaan)

Joshua (Joshua) (600 BC)

The Book of Judges (Samuel) (Three centuries after Israel entered Canaan and covers the period of these centuries)

Ruth (Unknown) (1300 BC)

The First Book of the Kingdoms (Samuel) (1070-970 BC)

The Second Book of the Kingdoms (Samuel) (971-890 BC)

The Third Book of the Kingdoms (Jeremiah) (600-550 BC)

The Fourth Book of the Kingdoms (Jeremiah and Others) (651-609)

The First Book of the Chronicles (Ezra) (450 BC)

The Second Book of the Chronicles (Ezra) ( 450 BC)

The First Book of Ezra (Uncertain) (150 BC)

The Second Book of Ezra (Ezra) (538-410 BC)

The Book of Nehemiah (Nehemiah) (445-425 BC)

The Book of Tobit (Unknown) (400-200 BC)

The Book of Judith (Unknown) (135-105 BC)

The Book of Esther (Mordecai) (450 BC)

The First Book of the Maccabees (Unknown) (104 BC)

The Second Book of the Maccabees (Unknown) (124 BC)

The Book of Psalms (David) (1000-several centuries thereafter)

The Book of Job (Unknown) (1600 BC)

The Proverbs (Solomon) (970-931 BC)

The Book of Ecclesiastes (Solomon) (935 BC)

The Song of Songs (Solomon) (965-960 BC)

The Wisdom of Solomon (Unknown) (30-10 BC)

The Wisdom of Sirach (Jesus of Sirach) (180 BC)

The Book of Hosea (Hosea) (750 BC)

The Book of Amos (Amos) (754 BC)

The Book of Micah (Micah) (Before 720 BC)

The Book of Joel (Joel) (740 BC)

The Book of Obadiah (Obadiah) (587 BC)

The Book of Jonah (Jonah) (784-772 BC)

The Book of Nahum (Nahum) (663-612 BC)

The Book of Habakkuk (Habakkuk) (605 BC)

The Book of Zephaniah (Zephaniah) (627-625 BC)

The Book of Haggai (520 BC)

The Book of Zachariah (Zechariah) (520-480 BC)

The Book of Malachi (Malachi) (500-350 BC)

The Book of Isaiah (Isaiah) (745-680 BC)

The Book of Jeremiah (Jeremiah) (627-582 BC)

The Book of Baruch (Baruch) (After 586 BC)

The Lamentation of Jeremiah (Jeremiah) (October 587-December 587 BC)

The Epistle of Jeremiah (Jeremiah) (597 BC-Exile to Babylon)

The Book of Ezekiel (Ezekiel) (595-572 BC)

The Book of Daniel (Daniel) (605-530 BC)

The Book of Matthew (Matthew) (50-70 AD)

The Book of Mark (Mark) (70 AD)

The Book of Luke (Luke) (70-80 AD)

The Book of John (John) (96 AD)

The Book of Acts (Luke) (75-85 AD)

The Book of Romans (St. Paul) (55-57 AD)

The First Book of the Corinthians (St. Paul) (55 AD)

The Second Book of the Corinthians (St. Paul) (55 AD)

The Book of Galatians (St. Paul) (Uncertain)

The Book of Ephesians (St. Paul) (61-63 AD)

The Book of Philippians (St. Paul) (61-63 AD)

The Book of Colossians (St. Paul) (61-63 AD)

The First Book of Thessalonians (St. Paul) (50-51 AD)

The Second Book of Thessalonians (St. Paul) (51 AD)

The First Book of Timothy (St. Paul) (64-65 AD)

The Second Book of Timothy (St. Paul) (65-67 AD)

The Book of Titus (St. Paul) (63-65 AD)

The Book of Philemon (St. Paul) (61-63 AD)

The Book of Hebrews (St. Paul) (70 AD)

The Book of James (James) (55-60 AD)

The First Book of Peter (Peter) (50-67 AD)

The Second Book of Peter (Peter) (63-67 AD)

The First Book of John (John) (90-95 AD)

The Second Book of John (John) (90-95 AD)

The Third Book of John (John) (90-95 AD)

The Book of Jude (Jude) (60-80 AD)

The Book of the Revelation (John) (81-96 AD)


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