14:36 [Fars News Agency] (E)
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi rapped Israeli officials` recent military threats against Iran, and warned of a crushing response to any "stupid" move.
0:32 [Asia Times] (E)
On November 15, a wave of protests engulfed over 100 Iranian cities as the government resorted to an extremely unpopular measure: a fuel tax hike of as much as 300%, without a semblance of a PR campaign to explain the reasons. Iranians, after all, have reflexively condemned subsidy removals for years now – especially related to cheap gasoline. If you are unemployed or underemployed in Iran, especially in big cities and towns, Plan A is always to pursue a second career as a taxi driver.
0:39 [One World] (E)
The Mainstream Media is pushing forth the weaponized narrative that the Iranian government is carrying out a cover-up of mass killings that supposedly occurred during its recent unrest, though this is nothing more than an infowar conspiracy designed make the majority of the non-violent citizens that participated in the large-scale protests suspicious of the state as well as further discredit the country`s international reputation.
23:49 [The Saker] (E)
Since October, riots and unrest have wrecked havoc across Lebanon, Iraq and Iran. Iraq has suffered the worst as reports suggest over 300 people have been killed in the riots. In Lebanon, the US and its vassals have been busy hijacking the people’s grievances over the massive corruption among government officials. Followers of US puppets Samir Geagea and Saad Hariri have been blocking roads in an attempt to shut down the country, and to provoke a response from Hezbollah, thus setting the stage for a new civil war. In Iran, protests over gas price hikes have been hijacked by US backed MEK terrorists and Royalists loyal to the son of the late Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, with acts of violence and thuggery as they have burned down bank offices and government buildings.
18:40 [sputniknews] (E)
Protests erupted in several of Iran`s provinces in November, following the government’s decision to increase the price of gasoline, with some of the rallies turning violent.
15:38 [Press TV] (E)
Meeting with a visiting Taliban delegation, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has voiced Iran’s readiness to help promote intra-Afghan talks aimed at restoring peace and stability to the neighboring war-wracked country.
16:09 [Indian Punchline] (E)
People rallied in the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz to denounce the violent unrest in the country, Nov 19, 2019. I once had an animated conversation with the Middle East correspondent of a leading Indian newspaper regarding the resilience of the Iranian political system. The year was 2001. The conversation took place in the backdrop of mass protests and clashes between hard-liners and reformists on the the 22nd anniversary of the Islamic revolution in Iran. My friend forecast that the Iranian regime was in meltdown under the combined weight of US sanctions and a dysfunctional repressive regime. He point blank rejected my dissent that the stability of the Iranian system was not in doubt.
21:15 [RT] (E)
A senior US diplomat launched a verbal barrage at Beijing’s economic presence in Pakistan, claiming the massive investment brought nothing but corruption and a legacy of debt. China hit back saying IMF loans were a worse burden.
20:13 [The American Conservative] (E)
Today the Baghdad streets look no different than when the U.S. invaded in 2003. If anything, it is more apocalyptic. According to the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights, 319 protesters have been killed and 15,000 wounded in the violence since Oct. 1 when Iraqis started hitting the streets in anger over what they see has a predominantly Shiite government so corrupt it cannot provide jobs, clean water, health care and basic security to its people.
18:05 [Press TV] (E)
Iran has opened a new steel mill with a production capacity of over one and a half millions a year as the country further diversifies its economy from oil and taps into its vast reserves of metals and minerals.
12:25 [Press TV] (E)
Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah has called for a halt to the recounting of presidential election ballots, saying he will not recognize the results of the “fraud-marred” voting.
9:45 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
What`s up with Jared Kushner`s great Middle East peace plan? It seems to be as much alive as that famous parrot. The other big Middle East project the Trump administration launched intended to achieve a new nuclear deal with Iran. That project isn`t doing well either.
20:10 [Press TV] (E)
Iran’s Army has shot down an unidentified drone that was violating Iran’s airspace near the port city of Mahshahr in the southwestern province of Khuzestan on the Persian Gulf coast.
2:28 [Press TV] (E)
Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says it has officially started injecting gas into hundreds of centrifuges at underground Fordow nuclear plant in the fourth step away from the 2015 nuclear deal.
17:29 [Syria News] (E)
Iraqi security forces managed to arrest a terrorist plotting to carry out terrorist bombings against the protesters in a special operation south of Baghdad, he goes by the pseudonym ‘Abu Haroun’. The counter-terrorist unit discovered a stash of weapons, explosives, remote control detonators, and communication devices as a result of the interrogations with the terrorist.
19:12 [Press TV] (E)
Iran’s oil minister says key equipment used in oil and gas fields is currently manufactured inside the country without any direct support of the industrial giants of the world.
11:28 [Press TV] (E)
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has underlined the need for a ban on negotiation with the US, saying it is one of the ways to block the American infiltration.
18:12 [Press TV] (E)
Tens of thousands of Pakistanis have held a protest rally in the capital, Islamabad, amid discontent over rising inflation, with the opposition setting a 48-hour deadline for embattled Prime Minister Imran Khan to step down in response to public anger.
18:20 [Press TV] (E)
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has warned that the United States and Western spy services, funded by certain reactionary countries of the region, have been fomenting turmoil and insecurity in other regional states, calling for vigilance against such enemy plots.
12:20 [Press TV] (E)
Afghanistan`s ruling elite and international power brokers must listen to the fast-growing youth population — including junior Taliban members — if the war is ever to end, the country`s new youth delegate to the United Nations says.
14:47 [Fort Russ] (E)
The US transfer of troops from Syria to Iraq is a plan for re-stationing ISIS terrorists in the country’s western province of Anbar, a senior Iraqi lawmaker said. After withdrawing from Syria, the US troops will station at American military bases in Iraq, a senior member of the Iraqi parliament’s Security and Defense Committee Karim al-Mahmadawi told the Arabic-language al-Ma’aloumeh news website, adding that the whole transfer of troops is a plan to re-organize the ISIS in Iraq’s western desert province of Anbar.
17:36 [Press TV] (E)
Bangladeshi police have come in the crosshairs of thousands of protesters, a day after at least four people were killed when police fired on crowds angry with a Facebook post offensive to Muslims.
6:50 [Press TV] (E)
Even as the authorities prevented mourning processions in some parts of Srinagar, the capital city of Indian administered Kashmir, Arba`een rallies were held in other parts of the region.
12:36 [American Herald Tribune] (E)
JAMES O’NEILL - Iran is a modern society with an ancient history. Together with China it is one of the world’s oldest continuous civilizations. For centuries it was the center of an ancient and vibrant culture, that can trace its origins back at least 7000 years before the Christian era. Its more modern origins as a unified state go back at least to the seventh century BC. Over the centuries it has suffered the invasions from groups as diverse as the Mongolians and the Greeks. Yet it has always managed to survive those invasions and retain its own unique and distinctive character.
18:47 [Press TV] (E)
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says an end to the ongoing war waged by Saudi Arabia and its allies on Yemen can have "positive" effects on the region, highlighting Iran`s plan as a suitable solution to this crisis.
11:44 [Press TV] (E)
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has arrived in Tehran to hold talks with senior Iranian officials amid heightened tensions in the Middle East.
19:58 [Press TV] (E)
An official says Iran will not let attacks on its vessels go unanswered after an Iranian oil tanker was hit by two suspicious explosions in the Red Sea early Friday.
21:14 [Press TV] (E)
Brigadier General Kiomars Heidari, Commander of the Iranian Army`s Ground Forces, said Wednesday that the military exercises were held upon the order of Army Commander, Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi. The drills were aimed at evaluating the force`s combat readiness in the northwestern parts of the country, General Heidari said. "The Army commander-in-chief`s orders were immediately relayed to all units which were promptly deployed to the region with full military equipment," the general noted.
9:46 [The Independent] (E)
Fear of Isis and al-Qaeda has previously persuaded Iraqis to park their reservations about the government. But now people are no longer frightened for their families, there can be no ignoring the mass corruption and lack of basic services.
10:07 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
Notwithstanding the enthusiasm surrounding the Afghan presidential polls, there is little hope that the new government will be able to make any meaningful progress towards bringing peace to Afghanistan. Fundamentally, Afghanistan’s strings continue to be pulled from Washington and the question of whether the 19 years old war is to end or not is the last thing that the new government, or anyone in Afghanistan, will be able to decide. This is just political euphoria likely to vanish soon as the war will intensify following the US president’s unilateral cancellation of talks with the Taliban and the decision to call off the peace deal.
23:15 [Press TV] (E)
An Iraqi official says Saudi Arabia has agreed that Iraq’s Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi help set the stage for a meeting with Iran. “The Saudis have given the green light in this matter, and Mr. Abdul-Mahdi is working on it,” Abbas al-Hasnawi, an official in the Iraqi premier’s office, told the Middle East Eye (MEE) news portal on Tuesday.
23:11 [Press TV] (E)
A high-ranking commander of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMUS) says Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi’s confirmation of the Israeli regime’s responsibility for a string of attacks on positions of the Iraqi pro-government forces makes retaliation legitimate.
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