Sharif Behruz discusses Syria, US and Iran with BBC World Service - Newsday
Sharif Behruz: Unfortunately, with this policy, the US will eventually concede to the will of the Russians and Iran to keep Assad’s reign in place. The Saudis and the Turks already know this, and they are trying to mend fences with Bashar Al-Assad through Russia and other Assad allies.
Iran’s clerical rulers will not view the American invitation to the Syria talks as a gesture on the part of the US, rather as a sign of US weakness in the wake of Iran’s increased support for its allies, Assad, Houthi...Read more
Following the recent tragic deaths of two Canadian soldiers at the hands of domestic terrorists, who both appeared to be seeking to assist the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), some Canadians might feel that our country should quit the international coalition confronting ISIS.
The murders, however, appear likely to cause more Canadians to be cautiously favourable to continue the air campaign against jihadis, who have been denounced by Muslim leaders and believers worldwide.Read more
America appears finally to have seen the necessity of taking action with others on global security issues. It and other responsible members of the international community, including Canada, must stand together against Islamic State for as long as necessary. The international coalition needs much more help from countries in the region, especially Turkey, but we must all help to make it work.Read more
The urgent need to combat the onslaught of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), and the fact that the Kurds are being seen as a democratic bulwark against ISIL, has led to some important debates among Iranians. These debates concern the struggles of the Middle East region’s Kurdish national minority and Kurdish women in particular.Read more
Following the new wave of Kurdish political executions in Iran, protests were organized in major capitals to condemn the executions. Rojahalti Kurds (Kurdish in Iran) marched in the streets of the cities of Mariwan and Saqiz under the harshest security conditions imposed on the Kurdish region of Iran by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Protests were also organized in Turkey and Iraq, particularly in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, best know as KRG.Read more
In October and November 2013, three Kurdish political prisoners, Shirkoo Moarefi, Habibolah Golpariopur and Reza Ismaili were executed on charges of “acting against national security” in Kurdistan. Sixteen Baluchi prisoners were also speedily executed in Baluchistan. In all cases, the victims’ attorneys had not even been notified of the planned executions.
In a recent analysis, Shahed Alavi, a Kurdish political analyst, has criticized large sections of the Iranian democratic opposition movement for not taking a strong stance against these executions and in some cases...Read more
Iranian regime authorities in Iran hanged 16 prisoners Saturday in response to deadly overnight clashes between Baluchi armed groups and border security forces in southeast Iran province pf Baluchistan, the semi-official Fars news agency, affiliated to country’s Revolutionary Guards reported.
According to Iran’s official news agency IRNA 14 Iranian border guards were killed in Baluchistan region between Iran and Pakistan border. Six more were injured and three taken hostage, the news agency added. It earlier said as many as 17 security personnel had diedRead more