Posts Tagged ‘shiite’

Clashes Erupt After Iraqi Shiite Cleric Sadr Resigns, 5 Dead

BAGHDAD—An influential Shiite cleric announced Monday that he would resign from Iraqi politics, prompting hundreds of his angry followers to storm the government palace, sparking clashes with security forces. At least 15 protesters were killed. Protesters loyal to cleric Muqtada al-Sadr pulled down the cement barriers outside the government palace with ropes and breached the […]

Riots in Baghdad as Shiite Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr Announces ‘Final Withdrawal’ from Politics

Powerful Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr announced his “final withdrawal” from politics on Monday, citing his frustration with the paralyzed Iraqi system.

Scores dead in Iraq chaos after influential Shiite cleric resigns

At least 23 people have died and hundreds more are injured after Iraq’s capital descended into chaos on Monday over the resignation of an influential Shiite cleric. Hundreds of protestors loyal to cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, stormed the Iraq government palace in Baghdad’s Green Zone, sparking clashes with security forces which have left scores dead and nearly […]

The Shiite Crescent: The Middle East’s Arc of Crisis

The Iranian flag flutters in front the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria July 10, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/Lisi Niesner. JNS.org – The Shiite Crescent is an imagined geopolitical entity composed of Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. These countries are home to the majority of the Shiite population of the Middle East. […]

Pope Francis Holds Historic, Symbolic Meeting With Iraq’s Top Shiite Cleric

PLAINS OF UR, Iraq (AP) — Pope Francis and Iraq’s top Shiite cleric delivered a powerful message of peaceful coexistence Saturday, urging Muslims in the war-weary Arab nation to embrace Iraq’s long-beleaguered Christian minority during an historic meeting in the holy city of Najaf. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said religious authorities have a role in […]

Shiite Iraqi militia leader Qais al-Khazaali threatens Kurdish troops

nsnbc : Qais al-Khazaali, a senior predominantly Shiite Iraqi paramilitary leader has repeated warnings to Kurdish troops against staying in the disputed province of Kirkuk, […]

Meeting between Shiite cleric al-Sadr and delegation from Iraq’s Kurdistan Autonomous Region delayed

nsnbc : A delegation from Iraq’s Kurdistan Autonomous Region (KAR), tasked with holding official talks on the independence referendum was scheduled to meet the […]

Bahrain police ‘kill 1 & injure dozens’ in raid on Shiite cleric’s home village – report

Pictures posted online showed police in protective gear, armored security vehicles, people covered in blood and streets strewn with what captions claimed to be tear gas used by the police. The authenticity of the images could not be immediately verified, but witnesses cited by AFP said multiple civilians were injured when police opened fire at […]

Heavy snow covers national park in Venezuela – most ever seen

     Heavy snow covered the moors merideños. The Sierra Culata National Park today accumulated the most snow ever seen before. Tourists and locals took photos and enjoyed the beautiful and white landscape. A true visual spectacle.      Source: Fuerte nevada cubre los páramos merideños Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link. Source Article from https://www.sott.net/article/321691-Heavy-snow-covers-national-park-in-Venezuela-most-ever-seen

‘It is now a fact’: Western journalists visit Crimea, say it’s now ‘Russian territory’

Journalists from the US, the UK, Germany, South Korea, Bulgaria, Romania and Iraq have arrived to Crimea on the invitation of Russia’s Foreign Ministry. Some of have admitted Crimea’s reunification with Russia did led to some positive developments and even acknowledged that it was really the choice of the Crimean people after they visited the […]

NATO boosts build-up in E. Europe, confirms deployment of four multinational battalions

Poland, Baltic states talk air defenses, want more NATO fighter jets & missiles On Tuesday, NATO agreed to deploy a new 4,000-strong force in the Baltic States and Poland, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said after a meeting of the block’s ministers in Brussels. The move is seen as part of an effort aimed at protecting […]

Increased seismic activity reported at Nevado del Ruiz volcano in Colombia

     The Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Manizales reported two moderate earthquakes after a swarm of minor quakes in the Nevado del Ruiz volcano. The quakes are related to rock fracturing and demonstrate a significant increase in the volcanic activity of the volcano. The earthquake swarm started at around 5pm on April 29, 2016, before […]

Hundreds Rally Against Trump’s ‘Hate’ Speech At AIPAC Conference

Hundreds of people including rabbis and Jewish religious leaders, have taken to the streets of Washington, DC to demonstrate against an upcoming speech by Republican front-runner Donald Trump. Trump is due to address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference on Monday night. The protest was organised by two rabbis David Paskin and Jesse […]

Cop Arrested Twice for Assaulting Women, Stayed a Cop and Was Just Arrested a Third Time

Philadelphia, PA — Philadelphia Police Officer Deric Lewis was recently arrested for the third time, after being arrested on two other occasions and losing his job as a result. In his two previous arrests, Lewis was charged with assault and reckless endangerment, and was reported as being violent in both situations. As a […]

Mapping the Sunni-Shiite divide & its role in geopolitics

     Earlier today, in “Mid-East Melee: Sectarian Showdown Looms As Bahrain Cuts Ties With Iran, UAE Recalls Ambassador,” we brought you the latest from the war-torn Mid-East where a worsening spat between Saudi Arabia and Iran threatens to plunge the region into chaos. Make no mistake, things were already out of control. The conflict in […]

Crazy, but it just might work: Mediterranean bridge proposed to save refugee lives

More than 3,770 men, women, and children died last year trying to cross the open waters in search of a better life; free from violence, poverty and persecution. The death toll is a tragic increase on 2014, when 500 less people perished in the attempt. In a monumental display of humanity, the Center of Political […]

Crazy, but it just might work: Mediterranean bridge proposed to save refugee lives

More than 3,770 men, women, and children died last year trying to cross the open waters in search of a better life; free from violence, poverty and persecution. The death toll is a tragic increase on 2014, when 500 less people perished in the attempt. In a monumental display of humanity, the Center of Political […]

Crazy, but it just might work: Mediterranean bridge proposed to save refugee lives

More than 3,770 men, women, and children died last year trying to cross the open waters in search of a better life; free from violence, poverty and persecution. The death toll is a tragic increase on 2014, when 500 less people perished in the attempt. In a monumental display of humanity, the Center of Political […]

Crazy, but it just might work: Mediterranean bridge proposed to save refugee lives

More than 3,770 men, women, and children died last year trying to cross the open waters in search of a better life; free from violence, poverty and persecution. The death toll is a tragic increase on 2014, when 500 less people perished in the attempt. In a monumental display of humanity, the Center of Political […]

Crazy, but it just might work: Mediterranean bridge proposed to save refugee lives

More than 3,770 men, women, and children died last year trying to cross the open waters in search of a better life; free from violence, poverty and persecution. The death toll is a tragic increase on 2014, when 500 less people perished in the attempt. In a monumental display of humanity, the Center of Political […]

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