Ola Azadi

2,855 Added | 4 Magazines | 4 Following | 58,355 Followers | @olushkah | Sociologist and human rights observer. Passionate about developments in the Middle East and Asia.

How Israel protects its settlers who burn Palestinian children alive

Murder of Ali Dawabsha would not be the first time Israeli settlers have burned Palestinians alive.

Israel

Iran city hits suffocating heat index of 165 degrees, near world record

<i>(This article, originally published Thursday evening, updated Friday morning.)</i><p>Wherever you live or happen to travel to, never complain about the heat and humidity again.<p>In the city of Bandar Mahshahr (population of about 110,000 as of 2010), the air felt like a searing 165 degrees (74 Celsius) …

Weather

Palestinians bury baby killed in West Bank arson attack

Hundreds of mourners have attended the funeral of the 18-month old Palestinian baby, killed in an arson attack in the occupied West Bank, as Palestinian leaders condemned Israel's policy on settlements and dubbed the attack as "war crimes".<p>Family members buried Ali Saad Dawabsheh on Friday …

Israel

Turkey Goes to War

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — One month ago, Abu Mohammed al-Halabi painted a dismal picture of his fighters’ struggles against the Islamic State along a …

Middle East

Photos: Iranian Green Protesters Circle Forest During Environment Chief's Visit

07/31/15<p>Report by Radio Zamaneh; photos by Hamidreza Dastjerdi, ISNA<p><b>Environmental activists formed a human chain around Palang Dareh Forest on</b> …

Forests

10 reasons why you should skip the Alps and ski in Iran

While you probably won’t spot Salman Rushdie waxing down his Burton Custom X board at the top of a run anytime soon, Iran’s Dizin ski resort — an …

ISIL setbacks reported in two Syrian provinces

A Syrian alliance has forced fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group away from one of its key supply routes on the border with Turkey, according to a UK-based monitoring group.<p>The opposition coalition captured al-Bal village in northern Aleppo from ISIL on Friday, in a …

Middle East

American veterans of Iraq war join Kurds battling ISIL

Veterans of the US occupation of Iraq have been joining Kurdish units fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in northern Iraq.<p>Al Jazeera spoke to a number of the men, who had crossed into Iraq a few months ago, and had since taken part in clashes against ISIL fighters, …

Middle East

Turkey's Erdogan says West backing Kurdish 'terrorists' in Syria

Erdogan calls on quick formation of new government post Sunday's parliamentary elections.<p>Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (photo credit: …

Middle East

Son Of Iranian Ex-President Rafsanjani To Be Jailed For Ten Years

06/12/15<p>Source: RFE/RL<p><b>An appeal court in Iran has upheld a 10-year jail sentence against Mehdi Hashemi, the son of Iran's ex-President Hashemi</b> …

Asia

Everyone should help Iran nuclear negotiators succeed: Senior cleric

06/13/15<p>Source: Press TV<p><b>A senior Iranian cleric has urged support for the country's negotiators involved in nuclear talks with six world powers,</b> …

Diplomatic Sources: Iranian Nuclear Talks Showing Little Progress

06/13/15<p>Source: VOA<p><b>The risks of the Iranian nuclear negotiations</b><br>(cartoon by Hadi Heidari)<p>Diplomatic sources close to the Iranian nuclear negotiations …

South Asia

Saudi forces and Houthis trade heavy fire along border

Yemen's Houthi fighters and Saudi Arabian forces have traded heavy artillery and rocket fire in border areas, residents say, a day before a proposed ceasefire.<p>The Houthis said they fired Katyusha rockets and mortars on the Saudi cities of Jizan and Najran on Monday, after the Saudis hit Saada and …

Middle East

"Nahid" director denies connection with "A Separation"

05/19/15<p>Source: Tehran Times<p><b>"Nahid" director Ida Panahandeh has denied the existence of any connection between the leading character in her movies</b> …

Netanyahu cancels West Bank Palestinian bus segregation

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the suspension of a controversial measure banning Palestinians from riding the same buses as Jewish settlers when returning from Israel to the West Bank.<p>"The proposal is unacceptable to the prime minister. He spoke with the defence minister this …

Israel

Jihadis who want to return to Australia will go to jail, says Tony Abbott

The prime minister says there will be no exceptions for disillusioned jihadi fighters who want to come home<p>No exceptions will be made for disillusioned jihadi fighters seeking to return to Australia, who will face arrest, prosecution and jail, Tony Abbott has said.<p>It was revealed on Tuesday that at …

Tehran keeps careful eye on Yemen

Iran’s leaders wait as the Saudis’ air offensive fails to achieve its objectives<p>When Hassan Rouhani won the Iranian presidential election in 2013, he identified improved relations with the Saudis as a priority. His earlier role negotiating a 1998 co-operation agreement, followed by a visit to Saudi …

Bush comments on Iraq invasion

During an interview with Fox News, Jeb Bush says he would have authorized the invasion of Iraq, like his brother did. Bush also says not focusing on …

What do Iran trade sanctions have to do with California pistachios?

Israel and Palestine Agree: Keep Politics Out of Soccer

<i>Palestinian national soccer team players. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)</i>We have before us a point of agreement between Netanyahu’s Israel and the …

Israel

Detained, Beaten, Deported | Saudi Abuses against Migrants during Mass Expulsions

Summary<p>On November 4, 2013, the first day of the Islamic New Year, Saudi police and labor authorities launched a nationwide campaign to locate, …

Immigration

“The Son of a Garbage Collector Cannot Become a Judge”: Egypt’s Justice Minister

“The Son of a Garbage Collector Cannot Become a Judge”: Egypt’s Justice Minister<p>Egypt’s Minister of Justice Mahfouz Saber has stirred controversy …

Egypt

U.S. rejects notion that Gulf rulers snubbing Obama summit

WASHINGTON/RIYADH (Reuters) - The White House scrambled on Monday to counter perceptions that the Saudi king’s absence from a summit later this week could undermine U.S. efforts to assure Gulf states it remains committed to their security against Iran.<p>King Salman’s abrupt decision to skip the …

South Asia

Price impact of Iranian oil uncertain, says US official

WASHINGTON — One of the Barack Obama administration’s top energy officials says it is difficult to predict the impact on the world oil market of …

Abadi tries to balance Iraq between Iran, Turkey

The prime minister's palace in Baghdad has had a new occupant since August 2014. After eight years in office, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki …

Middle East