Ali Sari

4,933 Flips | 1 Magazine | 5 Likes | 33 Following | 43 Followers | @martyaxwar |

Caspian Sea deal benefits Russia, troubles Iran

The five countries bordering the landlocked Caspian Sea recently struck a deal to resolve their longstanding dispute over its ownership. Experts say …

South Asia

Yemen buries children killed by air strike, Riyadh defends raid as ‘legitimate military action’

Thousands of mourners on Monday buried dozens of children killed in a Saudi-led coalition air strike on a bus in northern Yemen, one of the deadliest attacks on civilians in the three-year-old war.<p>At least 40 children were killed in Thursday’s strike, which hit the bus as it drove through a market …

Middle East

Five-nation deal paves way for tapping Caspian riches

Five states sharing Caspian shoreline sign deal on legal status of inland body of water, agreeing to keep it exclusive.<p>The leaders of Russia, Kazakhstan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan have signed a landmark deal on the legal status of the resource-rich Caspian Sea, taking a big step towards …

Soviet Union

China's CNPC takes over Total's share in Iran gas project

The French energy giant had said it would pull out of the project if unable to secure a US sanctions waiver. CNPC will own an 80 percent stake in the …

South Asia

Lebanon to consider legalising medicinal marijuana

According to the UN, Lebanon is one of the largest producers and exporters of cannabis and now the government wants to stop destroying the crop and cash in on the lucrative market.<p>Lebanon is considering legalising the cultivation and export of marijuana for medical purposes as part of an effort to …

Cannabis

UN Security Council calls for probe into Saudi-led airstrike that hit Yemen school bus

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The United Nations Security Council is calling for an investigation into Thursday's Saudi-led airstrike that hit a school bus in Yemen and killed dozens of children, many under the age of 10.<p>After private discussions on the airstrikes, the council said in a statement Friday that …

Middle East

Iranian MPs, activists lobby to force government hire young managers

An initiative to compel the Iranian government to start hiring younger staff for managerial positions appears to be gaining steam.

Hassan Rouhani

Switzerland recommends firms pursue Iran ties despite U.S. sanctions

GENEVA (Reuters) - The Swiss government regrets the "deteriorating" situation regarding sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran, but recommends Swiss firms pursue their business relations with the Islamic Republic on an informed basis, it said on Thursday.<p>Companies doing business with Iran …

Sanctions

Colombia recognizes Palestine, sparking fury in Israel

Colombia's outgoing President Juan Manuel Santos took a secret and dramatic step in his last days in office, it was revealed last night, by …

Israel

Steven Seagal Appointed by Russia as Special Envoy to the U.S.

The action-movie star Steven Seagal has played a former C.I.A. agent, a hit man and a killer of criminals. On Saturday, Russian officials tapped him for another role: special representative to improve relations between the United States and Russia.<p>The Russian Foreign Ministry announced the …

Russia

All eyes on Strait of Hormuz as US-Iran tensions build

<b>Fujairah, United Arab Emirates (CNN) —</b> Mystery still surrounds Iran's surprise naval exercises in the strategic Strait of Hormuz this week, but no one here is ignoring it.<p>These military maneuvers are normally later in the year and heavily publicized by Iran. Not so these past few days. The only …

Middle East

How we talk about Iran matters — and not just Trump’s “BE CAUTIOUS!” tweets

<b>Donald Trump; Hassan Rouhani (Getty/Saul Loeb/Michael Gruber)</b><p>There’s an undeniable and horrifying human cost to military conflicts, as seen in Yemen and Syria<p>Sophia A. McClennen<p>August 4, 2018 3:00pm (UTC)<p>We should be used to this by now. Wake up, check the news, notice that President Trump has …

Middle East

5-year drought raises questions over Israel's water strategy

KFAR YUVAL, Israel (AP) — For years, public service announcements warned Israelis to save water: Take shorter showers. Plant resilient gardens. Conserve. Then Israel invested heavily in desalination technology and professed to have solved the problem by tapping into the abundant waters of the …

Water

Trump and Allies Seek End to Refugee Status for Millions of Palestinians

Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, has quietly been trying to do away with the U.N. relief agency that has …

Israel

Israelis tickled by Sacha Baron Cohen's grotesque caricature

JERUSALEM (AP) — Sacha Baron Cohen is at it again. After tapping into his familiarity with Israel and his fluency in Hebrew to shape previous eccentric personas such as Borat and Bruno, the Jewish comedian has created his most stereotypical Israeli character yet — a grotesque, faux counterterrorism …

Israel

Meet Leonardo DiCaprio’s Brand New Model Girlfriend

Leonardo DiCaprio has a new love interest.<p>The Oscar-winning actor was seen getting cozy with Argentinian-American supermodel Camila Morrone. It’s …

Nina Agdal

Jordanian Man Arrested for Smuggling Illegal Aliens From Yemen Across the U.S.-Mexico Border

The Department of Justice announced Monday afternoon a Jordanian national has been arrested after allegedly smuggling a number of special interest …

Immigration

The UAE is turning mountainous spot into a new eco-tourism destination

A mountainous getaway in the United Arab Emirates is aiming to be a youth-focused eco-tourist destination, complete with glamping and a massive sign similar to the one in Hollywood.<p>The development company Meraas has announced its plan to turn the already popular outdoor area of Hatta into an …

Ecotourism

Israel releases Italian street artist arrested over mural of Ahed Tamimi

Israeli police on Sunday released a popular Italian street artist who was arrested for painting a giant mural of teenage Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi on the Israeli separation barrier in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.<p>Agostino Chirwin, better known by the pseudonym Jorit Agoch, was …

Ahed Tamimi

West Bank village prepares for homecoming of Ahed Tamimi

On the eve of Ahed Tamimi’s release from prison, the father of the Palestinian protest icon said Saturday that he expects her to take a lead in the …

Israel

Jewish newspapers claim Corbyn poses 'existential threat'

A government led by Jeremy Corbyn would pose an existential threat to Jewish life in the UK, a joint editorial published by the country’s three most prominent Jewish newspapers has claimed.<p>The Jewish Chronicle, Jewish News and Jewish Telegraph each produced similar front pages for their Thursday …

Codes of Conduct

Tokyo Company Debuts Mobile Mosque Ahead of 2020 Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — A large white and blue truck pulls up outside a stadium in central Japan and slowly expands into a place of worship.<p>Welcome to the …

World Peace

IRAN: US Regime Change Project is Immoral and Illegal

- Advertisement -<p><i>"We're going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and,</i> …

Human Rights

Trump’s new fight with Iran won’t end as easily as the one with North Korea:

This is getting dangerous.

Sanctions

President Trump Tweets Warning in All Caps, Memes Ensue

President Trump tweeted a stern warning to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday evening, posting in all caps. You can see Trump’s tweet …

Donald Trump

China's Silk Road Fund to Buy 24% of U.A.E. Solar Thermal Plant

China’s Silk Road Fund will acquire a 24.01 percent interest in the world’s largest single-site solar thermal plant, which is being built in the …

Solar Thermal

Xi's visit to UAE highlights China's rising interest in Middle East

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - China and the United Arab Emirates signed a raft of financial, business and trade agreements on Friday during a visit by President Xi Jinping to the UAE, underscoring energy-hungry Beijing's rapidly growing interest in the Middle East.<p>Xi made the first visit by a Chinese …

United Arab Emirates

Why Iran Needs Reform Before a Revolution

Those who advocate regime change in Iran are of varied political persuasions — some are monarchists, some are Marxists, and some are just fed up. But they all seem to believe that if Iran’s incorrigible “mullahs” can somehow be driven from power, their nation might finally be able to tackle its …

Eastern Europe

What Sacha Baron Cohen taught us about Republicans and Israel

By Alan Elsner<p>It would be funny if it wasn’t so serious: Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, posing as Israeli “Col. Erran Morad, anti-terror expert,” managed to get two current and two former Republican members of Congress — including former Senate majority leader Trent Lott — to sing the praises of a …

Israel

Sheldon Adelson Sees Casino Opportunities In North Korea

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson hopes to “open up his business” in North Korea if President Donald Trump can end the longstanding military conflict …