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May20

Rohani declared winner of Iran presidential election

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL President Hassan Rohani has been declared the outright winner with nearly all the ballots counted from Iran’s May 19 presidential election, a seemingly emphatic endorsement of the incumbent’s efforts to reengage internationally and seek modest reforms within Iran’s clerically dominated society. Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said Rohani won 57 percent of the vote versus 38.5 percent for his closest rival, conservative former prosecutor Ebrahim Raisi. Two other contenders failed to reach even 1 million votes. Iran’s elections are heavily vetted to exclude candidates that the clerical establishment regards as a threat, and the...

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Feb06

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

By: ROBERT FISK Source: The Independent The image of a Muslim burned alive is more terrible for millions of Muslims than that of an “unbeliever” burned alive. So just who are the Muslims who support the immolation of a young Jordanian? And, more to the point, who are their masters? Jordanians, more than half of whom are Palestinians, must now debate the dichotomy of tribal loyalty and religion, and ask a simple question: who are their real allies – and their real national enemies – in the Middle East? The searchlight beam of their attention, and of Washington’s, will now again pass over the Gulf and that most Wahhabi of nations, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Put bluntly, should the world...

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Jan14

The war you don’t see

THE ENTIRE VIDEO WAS REMOVED BY YOUTUBE DUE TO COPYRIGHT CLAIMS. It is available online and on DVD http://agadem.co.uk/war-you-dont-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. As weapons and propaganda become even more sophisticated, the nature of war is developing into an electronic battlefield in which journalists play a key role, and civilians are the victims. But who is the real enemy? John Pilger says in the film: “We journalists…...

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