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Iran raps Saudi Arabia for not stopping oil price fall


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Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs

A top Iranian diplomat has lashed out at Saudi Arabia for its lack of cooperation in preventing the fall in oil prices.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Friday that Riyadh’s lack of effort in preventing the price drop is “at odds with the atmosphere of the diplomatic negotiations” between the Islamic Republic and Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia’s delayed efforts to fight terrorism and ISIL would be “a new strategic mistake” without taking into account the diplomatic negotiations and the consequences of the oil price slide in the Middle East region, he said.

The Iranian diplomat added that Saudi Arabia’s strategic error would be to the detriment of the whole Middle East region and would only benefit foreigners.

The region which has so far witnessed several strategic missteps with regard to security matters and the instrumental use of terrorism can by no means tolerate any new strategic mistakes, Abdollahian warned.

Oil prices have fallen below USD 60 for the first time since July 2009 amid mounting evidence that global supplies are far outstripping demand.

Some major oil producers, including Saudi Arabia, have recently increased crude supplies, leading prices to plunge.

Many believe oil prices are being used as a political weapon against Iran and Russia.

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UN must play real role in Syria crisis


Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian

A senior Iranian diplomat has stressed the importance of adopting a realistic approach to the developments in Syria, saying the United Nations should play an actual role in settling the conflict in the war-torn country.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran wants to see the United Nations [playing its] real role between the sides for and against [the Syrian government],” Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said in a meeting with Deputy UN Special Envoy to Syria Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy in Tehran on Friday.

The Iranian diplomat hailed efforts made by UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura to settle the conflict in the country and expressed Iran’s willingness to help advance a UN proposal for the suspension of fighting in the northern city of Aleppo.

On October 30, the UN envoy proposed an action plan for areas where Syrian forces are fighting Takfiri terrorists, and said the proposal includes “freeze zones” in Syria to allow deliveries of humanitarian aid, starting with the country’s largest city, Aleppo.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on November 10, expressed his readiness to study the UN initiative, saying Aleppo, which has been divided into militant and government-held territories since July 2012, has been cited as a potential opening stage.

Ezzeldin Ramzy, for his part, called for Iran’s support for the UN-proposed plan in Aleppo and expressed hope that it would be implemented in the near future.

He said the proposal, should it succeed, can serve as a model for the implementation of similar plans in other parts of Syria.

Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011. The violence fueled by Takfiri groups has so far claimed the lives of over 200,000 people, according to reports.

The ISIL militants have seized swathes of land in Syria and Iraq, terrorizing and killing people of all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians, in the areas they are controlling.

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US using medieval torture techniques against detainees


Tehran interim Friday Prayers leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami

Tehran interim Friday Prayers leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami

A senior Iranian cleric has lashed out at the US government for violating human rights by using brutal torture techniques against its detainees.

“Their tortures are medieval; the Americans, who speak of human rights, are the world’s frontrunners in violating human rights,” Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami said in a sermon to worshippers at the weekly Friday Prayers in Tehran.

The senior Iranian cleric’s remarks came days after the US Senate Intelligence Committee released a damning report on the CIA’s torture program, which has triggered worldwide condemnation.

The 6,200-page report is the result of a 5-year Senate investigation into the 6.3 million documents reviewing the practices of the CIA spy agency under the former US President George W. Bush administration. A 500-page summary of the report was made public on December 9.

The CIA’s torture program involved capturing terrorism suspects and shipping them to secret overseas prisons known as black sites, where they were subjected to torture technics such as water-boarding.

The Senate report concluded that the CIA interrogation techniques were an “ineffective means of acquiring accurate intelligence or gaining detainee cooperation.”

Ayatollah Khatami added, “Today, the US is a huge exhibition of human rights violations; the US police kill blacks, and their courts acquit the murderer; and those who protest crimes and racial discrimination are confronted.”

The remarks came in reference to the recent killing of unarmed blacks by white police officers in the US.

On August 9, unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was repeatedly shot by officer Darren Wilson at close range. A grand jury later refused to indict Wilson.

In another similar incident, 43-year-old Eric Garner died in mid-July after being placed in a chokehold by New York Police Department Officer Daniel Pantaleo. Another jury also refused to press charges against Pantaleo.

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Nazi must pay Iran for pipeline project loss: Arbitration panel


 Israel may have to pay Iran for the loss of its stake in the Eilat-Ashkelon pipeline project. (file photo)

Zionist may have to pay Iran for the loss of its stake in the Eilat-Ashkelon pipeline project.

A Swiss arbitration panel has ruled that Israel should pay Iran for the loss of its stake in the Eilat-Ashkelon pipeline.

The pipeline project was a joint venture by the former Iranian regime and Israel in 1968, but it crashed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution of Iran.

According to the panel’s preliminary ruling, Israel should pay Iran the value of a 50% stake in compensation for the loss.

The damages are estimated at between $50 million and $100 million, but the verdict is not still finalized.

The ruling was issued after some 20 years of legal battles but was made public on Wednesday after almost a year.

The process of arbitration dates backs to 1994 when the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) appointed an arbitrator according to the 1968 contractual agreement between the then NIOC and Israel.

The Swiss arbitrator in its ruling in mid-2013 made a decision in favor of Iran and asked Israel to pay up to $100 million in compensation for the loss of the Iranian stake.

The pipeline was designed to transport Iranian oil to Israel’s Red Sea port of Eilat and ship it to terminals in the Mediterranean coastal city of Ashkelon, and from there to Europe.

On the eve of the 1979 revolution, the 242-kilometer pipeline contained about 800,000 tons of unrefined Iranian petroleum. That was reportedly worth $120 million at the time and about $400 million today.

Israel initially refused to take part in the proceedings and tried several times to stop them in European courts. A Swiss court turned down one of its petitions in 2012. Last year an appeal to the Swiss Federal Court was also rejected, and Israel was forced to pay $250,000 in court costs, The Associated Press reported.

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Brutal Senate CIA Torture Report Brings Renewed Calls to Prosecute Bush Administration


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Graphic new details of the post-9/11 U.S. torture program came to light Tuesday when the Senate Intelligence Committee released a 500-page summary of its investigation into the CIA with key parts redacted. The report concludes that the intelligence agency failed to disrupt a single plot despite torturing al-Qaeda and other captives in secret prisons worldwide between 2002 and 2006, and details a list of torture methods used on prisoners, including waterboarding, sexual threats with broomsticks, and medically unnecessary “rectal feeding.”

The report also confirms the CIA ran black sites in Afghanistan, Lithuania, Romania, Poland, Thailand, and a secret site on the Guantánamo Naval Base known as Strawberry Fields. So far no one involved in the CIA interrogation program has been charged with a crime except the whistleblower John Kiriakou. In 2007, he became the first person with direct knowledge of the program to publicly reveal its existence. He is now serving a 30-month sentence.


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Pastor Finds Cure for AIDS in the Bible: Kill All Gays ”VIDEO”


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Steven Anderson, a Baptist pastor in Arizona, calls for the death of gays after finding a passage in the Bible that instructs Christians to do so.

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Biggest children’s book publisher erases I$raHell from map


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Nazi state absent from map in Egypt-based adventure book for kids published by Scholastic Inc., which promises to stop book’s shipment

Arab textbooks are not the only ones erasing I$raHell from their maps. Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher of children’s books, has also eliminated the Nazi Jewish state in a book.

“Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt,” part of the popular Geronimo Stilton children’s series translated from Italian and published by Scholastic in 2012, tells the story of a group of investigative journalists involved in a treasure hunt in Egypt.

The story commences with a map of modern Egypt and its neighboring countries. While Sudan, Libya and Saudi Arabia appear clearly on the map, the occupied territory is completely covered by Jordan, painted red. A line indicating the I$raHell border with the Sinai Peninsula does appear in the book.

Adina Golombek, a Jerusalem resident who emigrated to I$raHell from Canada last year, said she was shocked to discover I$raHell absence while reading the book with her 7-year-old son.

“I wanted to show my son where we lived in the Middle East, but it didn’t say Israel on the map; instead it said Jordan,” Golombek told The Times of Israel. “I showed him the problem and drew in the border of where Israel is today.”

Founded in Pennsylvania in 1920, Scholastic has grown to become the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books through its book clubs, teaching resources and popular book fairs held inside many North American schools. The company has exclusive publishing rights for the Harry Potter series in the United States.

Kyle Good, a senior vice president for corporate communications at Scholastic, told The Times of I$raHell in an email that her company would stop selling the book until the error was amended in the book’s next edition.

“The President of Trade Publishing who was on a plane yesterday returning from Europe has confirmed for me this morning that we are stopping shipments on this title, making the correction and going to reprint. We regret the error,” Good wrote.

A recent study carried out by I$raHell and Palestinian researchers found that 96 percent of Palestinian school textbooks did not mention I$raHell by name in their maps. Similarly, 87 percent of I$raHell school textbooks did not designate the Palestinian Territories by name.

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israHell Are Furious Over A Leaked IDF Video


Israeli army officials are outraged over a leaked IDF’s video analysis of two Palestinian sea-borne heroic commando raids during the recent onslaught on Gaza.

The nearly six-minute-long debriefing video and audio is made of an amalgam of CCTV footage from secretive army human and electronic surveillance outposts close to the beach at the northern end of the Gaza Strip. The video reveals an outstanding Palestinian heroism, but it also exposes the level of  surveillance coverage around Israel’s border.  The cuts are taken from various locations, angles and heights, include manned and remote watch towers, helicopters, drones, seaborne weapons-systems viewfinders and targeting systems, all synced together in order to track the Palestinian commandos.

The broadcast of the full, uncensored footage, of the leaked video in Arab media has alarmed IDF officials. ‘This is an internal army analysis, whose revelation is a serious incident, and one that will be investigated and handled accordingly, and not via the media,” an IDF source commented.

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Gap between rich and poor worst in decades



The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) says the gap between rich and poor in most of its member countries has reached its highest level in 30 years.

The organization released a report on Tuesday saying most of its 34 member states have seen a widening inequality gap.

Among its members are both developed and developing nations, including countries from the European Union, the US, Turkey, Mexico and Japan. However, China, Brazil and India are not members of the OECD.

According to the report, the richest 10 percent of people in the OECD area earn 9.5 times the income of the poorest 10 percent. The ratio stood at 7:1 in the 1980s.

The finding also showed that in the couple of decades leading up to the global financial crisis which erupted in 2007, the average household income increased for all OECD member states by around 1.6 percent annually.

However, in recent years, the average household income has stagnated or fell in most OECD member states.

The organization said the expanding inequality gap has negatively affected member states’ economies, with estimates showing that it has slashed more than 10 percentage points off growth in Mexico and New Zealand.

This is while growth rates in the US, UK, Sweden, Finland and Norway would have been more than a fifth higher if there had not been widening inequality.

The organization called for a number of measures to tackle the widening gap, including anti-poverty programs and increased access to high-quality education, training and healthcare.

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Costa Rica: State to Compensate Nemagon Victims


A decree by Costa Rican president Luis Guillermo Solís authorizing payments to former banana workers sickened by the pesticide Nemagon became official on Dec. 1 with the measure’s publication in the government’s gazette. Under the decree the government’s National Insurance Institute (INS) will pay out from 25% to 100% of the medical bills for workers who suffered physical or psychological damage from Nemagon, with the percentage based on their years of exposure to the pesticide. The decree currently covers 13,925 former banana workers; cases are pending for 9,233 of the workers’ children and 1,742 of the workers’ spouses. More than 11,000 other applications were dismissed.

Nemagon is a brand name for dibromochloropropane (DBCP), a chemical known to cause sterility, cancer, miscarriages, genetic deformities and other health problems. It was formerly in wide use in Central American banana fields; it was applied in Costa Rica from 1967 until the government banned the chemical’s importation in 1979. Affected Central American banana workers have been demanding compensation for decades. Costa Rica passed a compensation law in September 2001 but without setting up a mechanism for paying the workers. Some 780 Costa Ricans already won a separate settlement in 2011 from California-based fruit and vegetable producer Dole Food Company, Inc., which began making payments in September 2012


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