Category Archives: Syria

08Dec/19

The Fuel of a Revolution

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Iran in recent weeks, after the government announced a tripling of the price of gasoline. Credit: Belga

Faced with crippling international sanctions, revenue shortfalls and budget deficits, the Islamic regime in Iran seems to have made a fatal miscalculation by suddenly tripling the price of gasoline, a move which appears to put an entire region in flames.

Frustrated by worsening economic conditions, soaring prices and devastating national currency devaluation, Iranians from across the country immediately took the streets to demand a reversal of the decision. But what seemed to have started as a peaceful civil demonstration – in where drivers turned off their vehicles in the middle roads and highways  –  quickly escalated to a full-fledged uprising in nearly 100 cities. But not just in Iran. In Iraq, protesters burned the Iranian consulate in the holy city of Najaf and in Lebanon hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets, demanding the resignation of a government dominated by pro-Iran factions.

Continue reading
24Oct/19

Turkey’s military plans in Syria- Jerusalem Studio 458

One of the most crucial turning points in the Syrian civil war culminated this week with Turkey’s cross-border incursion into northeastern Syria. While Ankara’s declared goal aims to implement a territorial safe-zone, as a buffer between the Kurdish militias and southern Turkey; the Kurdish forces have been forced to alternate alliances, by submitting to their arch-enemy, Syrian president Bashar Assad.
Panel:
– Jonathan Hessen, host.
– Amir Oren, analyst.
– Prof. Zeev Khanin, Expert on Russian and Middle Eastern Studies, Bar Ilan and Ariel Universities.
– Dr. Nir Boms, Research fellow, Moshe Dayan center at Tel Aviv University.

17Sep/19

Syria, eight-and-a-half year to its multi-sided conflict

It is now one-hundred months since Syria became subjected to – what started as a popular uprising and quickly turned into a civil war – ultimately being transformed into a multi-dimensional conflict, involving regional and global forces.
What are the prospects for an end to – what has been frequently defined as – a conflict that quickly deteriorated into the worst humanitarian crisis since world-war two.
Panel:
– Jonathan Hessen, host.
– Amir Oren, analyst.
– Dr. Nir Boms, Research fellow, Moshe Dayan center at Tel Aviv University.
– Dr. Mordechai Nisan, retired lecture on Middle East Studies at Hebrew University Jerusalem

22May/19

Iran: Wie ein verwundeter Gaul, der im Schlamm versinkt – WELT

Der Atomstreit mit dem Iran entwickelt sich in eine gefährliche Richtung. Heiko Maas warnte seinen US-Kollegen Mike Pompeo in Brüssel vor einem Krieg mit dem Mullah-Regime.

Vor einem Jahr zogen sich die USA aus dem Atomabkommen mit dem Iran (JCPOA) zurück. Seitdem verstärkt die Administration den Druck auf den Iran: Erneuerung von Sanktionen, Einstufung der Revolutionsgarde (IRGC) als Terrororganisation, Vorbereitung auf eine mögliche militärische Konfrontation.

Quelle: WELT / Achim Unser Autoplay Der sich zuspitzende Konflikt mit den USA kommt für den Iran zur Unzeit: Das Regime befindet sich in einer Phase des inneren Niedergangs. Naturkatastrophen verschärfen die Lage. Doch die tiefe Krise macht die politische Führung noch unberechenbarer. 71 Anzeige

Continue reading