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If Saudis aren’t fuelling the extremism, who is?

If Saudis aren’t fuelling the extremism, who is?

The US, where the State Department and the Pentagon have themselves been divided over Saudi Arabia’s foundational role in Salafist violence – the former happy to

The war you don’t see

A powerful and timely investigation into the media’s role in war, tracing the history of embedded and independent reporting from the carnage of World War One to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan and disaster in Iraq.

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Iran bans YouTube launches it own video site

Iran has launched its own video-sharing website after the country deemed YouTube’s content inappropriate. The website aims to attract Persian-speaking users and promote Iranian culture, according its ‘About Us’ section.

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Iran says atomic weapons forbidden in Islam

Islam forbids atomic weapons and other arms of mass destruction, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insisted ahead of his country’s nuclear talks with world powers in Baghdad.

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Israel calculates response from attack on Iran

While some experts say the radioactive after-effects from a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities would be limited to that of a dirty bomb, less optimistic analysts note the threat of biological weapons stockpiles being ignited and warn of a humanitarian and environmental catastrophe. Both camps agree, however, that the deadliest “fallout” would be the subsequent regional war.

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US ‘offered Israel new arms to delay Iran attack’

The United States has reportedly offered Israel advanced weaponry in return for it committing not to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities this year. The Obama administration has offered to supply Israel with advanced bunker-busting bombs and long-range refuelling planes in return for Israel agreeing to put off a possible attack on Iran till 2013, after the US elections in November.

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Warships sail to Syria…from Iran

A flotilla of Iranian warships crossed the Suez Canal and docked at the Syrian port of Tartus last weekend. The permission given to an entire Iranian fleet to cross the Suez last weekend signifies not only Egypt’s thinking toward Iran but also the growing complexities and unpredictability of its relations with the US.

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Iran presses ahead with US dollar attack

Last week, the Tehran Times noted that the Iranian oil bourse will start trading oil in currencies other than the US dollar from March 20. This long-planned move is part of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s vision of economic war with the west.

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India to buy Iranian oil with gold, China may follow

India has reportedly agreed to pay Tehran in gold for the oil it buys, in a move aimed at protecting Delhi from US-sanctions targeting countries who trade with Iran. China, another buyer of Iranian oil, may follow Delhi’s lead.

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Iran further restricts Facebook and Twitter, prepares its own internet

Iran is testing a domestic Internet, a “Halal” network that will restrict citizens from penetrating foreign sites. Internet users this week reported delays in their network connections, which is believed to be connected to the new network’s trial run.

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