Tunisians voted for reforms, not revolution

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) Joseph A. Kechichian In the ongoing wars between reformers and extremists, Tunisians scored a major victory this week when they voted for moderate forces to lead parliamentary life. Nida Tunis,…

Time.com/The Capabilities of the Afghan Military Are Suddenly a Secret

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) For years, American taxpayers have been able to chart how well the Afghanistan security forces they’re funding are faring, because “capability assessments” detailing their progress have been…

Dw.de/Saudi Arabia and its merciless judges

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) Sixty people have been executed in Saudi Arabia since the start of 2014. Even religion-related crimes can carry the death penalty, because the kingdom sees itself as the protector of Sunni Islam.…

The logic of deterrence

Ayesha Siddiqa SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) A senior retired diplomat, who is considered a guru on deterrence by many, expressed anxiety in his recently written article regarding the weakening of the nuclear deterrence between…

Unequal Pakistan

Arif Azad SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) IN the din of the dharnas, a major survey on inequality went unnoticed. In mid-October, the PEW Research Centre released findings of its global survey on inequality. The majority of those…

afp.com/ China ‘vulnerable’ to Ebola outbreak

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) China is “vulnerable” to the deadly Ebola outbreak due to the soaring number of Chinese working in Africa and poor infection control at home, a co-discoverer of the virus warned Thursday. Belgian…

afp.com/ China concerned over Indian border posts

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) China’s defence ministry has expressed concern over reports that India plans to build 54 new border posts along their disputed border, long a source of tension between the two giant neighbours.…

Pakistantoday.com.pk/ Pak’s richest 20% capture 45% of monthly income: Oxfam

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) Rising inequality could set the fight against poverty back by decades, Oxfam warned Thursday as it published “Even it Up: Time to End Extreme Inequality Report” showing that the number of billionaires…

Pakistantoday.com.pk/ Rana Sana threatened to expose PM’s role in Model Town incident: report

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) TV talk show host says former Punjab law minister told aides Nawaz Sharif had told him to use force on PAT workers A TV anchor on Thursday claimed that former Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah…

Catalan leader: Spain abusing power on independence vote

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Catalonia’s President Artur Mas has slammed Spain’s central government for taking legal action against a planned referendum on the region’s independence, accusing Madrid of “abusing its…

Takfiris’ atrocities most serious distortion of Islam in history

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah asserted that what the takfiris are committing nowadays is the most serious distortion of Islam throughout the history as the means of communication…

Mourning and lamentation for Imam Hussein

Shafaqna (Shia International News Association) - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered some questions regarding Mourning. According to Shafaqna the question and answer are as follows: Question: What is the philosophy of Azadari (mourning and…

PressTv/ Turkey questions US-led coalition’s too much focus on Kobani

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the so-called US-led military campaign against the ISIL Takfiri militants has concentrated too much on the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani. “Why Kobani…

PressTV/ UK navy mission in Sierra Leone over Ebola

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- A British navy mission has arrived in Sierra Leone in what is claimed to be part of a campaign to fight the deadly outbreak of Ebola in its former colony. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Argus…

PressTV/ Burkinabe military chief takes over after president quits

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Burkina Faso’s military chief has assumed power following the resignation of the West African country’s long-serving president. "In line with constitutional measures, and given the power vacuum…

PressTV/ China hosts international conference on Afghanistan

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- China is hosting an international conference on Afghanistan’s security and reconstruction as US-led foreign forces prepare to leave the war-torn country by the end of this year. The annual event,…

PressTV/ Australia passes law to bar nationals from joining militant groups

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Australia has passed new legislation aimed at preventing radical elements from joining terrorist groups and fighting in overseas conflicts. The Australian government passed the legislation on…

Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei stresses unity among Muslim states

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has underscored the need for unity among all Muslim countries amid enemy plots to create rift in the Islamic Ummah. Addressing a…

Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi : Avoid things which cause division among Muslims

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- In a statement released to mark the beginning of the sorrowful month of Muharram, Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem-Shirazi emphasized the need to avoid things which cause division among Muslims.…

US and Arab countries need to have new era of interactions with Iran: Analyst

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- US and world powers' demands to curb Iran’s nuclear activities beyond laws will lead nowhere, and therefore, US and Arab countries had better begin a new era of interactions with Iran and end…

US needs Iran’s assistance in Middle East: Russian analyst

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- United States needs Iran’s assistance, as a major regional player, to resolve the Middle East problems, Rajab Safarov, head of Russia’s Contemporary Iran Studies said here Friday. “The US…

Iranian foreign minister: Some countries’ viewpoints on terrorism should be changed

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Iranian foreign minister here Friday said that if some countries’ viewpoints on terrorism and extremism phenomena would change then we could hope for uprooting those malicious trends in the…

PressTv/ NATO warns Russia over backing east Ukraine polls

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has warned Moscow against recognizing the elections by pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine planned for later this week. "Statements by Russian officials…

PressTV/ Thousands flee army operation in NW Pakistan

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- More than 170,000 people have been forced out of their homes in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal regions due to a fresh army offensive against pro-Taliban militants. “Since October 13, 171,559…

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces enter Kobani

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Iraq’s Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have reportedly entered the northern Syrian border town of Kobani to join the fight against the ISIL Takfiri militants. “We have crossed over,” Reuters quoted…

Press TV/ Ayat. Sistani urges Iraq govt. to help Sunni tribes against ISIL

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Iraq’s most senior Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has called on Baghdad to rush to the aid of the country’s Sunni tribes in their fight against the ISIL Takfiris. In a statement…

PressTV/ Canada police attack anti-austerity rally in Montreal

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Police have attacked thousands of demonstrators protesting against government spending cuts in the Canadian province of Quebec. The anti-austerity protesters gathered outside the office of Quebec’s…

Top priority for Obama is nuclear deal with Iran:White House official

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- A high-ranking White House official has revealed that a lasting nuclear agreement with Iran is a top priority for the Obama administration. White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes…