Imam Khamenei: The Sacred Defense Proved to The World That the Iranian People Won’t Surrender

 September 22, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

Leader of the Islamic Revolution His Eminence Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei received on the eve of Sacred Defense Week, a number of the commanders and veterans from the Sacred Defense along with the families of martyrs in the Imam Khomeini Hussainiyah in Tehran.

Other Sacred Defense veterans who live in various parts of the country also joined this meeting via teleconferencing from centers in the various provinces.

Imam Khamenei said on Wednesday that the victory of the Islamic Revolution was not an impermanent political failure for the United States but a threat to the empire of the domineering system, stressing that “The Sacred Defense proved the fact that protecting the country and [achieving] deterrence can be achieved through resistance, not surrender.”

His Eminence underlined that the resistance raised the morale and self-confidence of the people and, at the same time, taught the enemy to reconsider its calculations and include the Iranian nation’s power and resistance.

“The military invasion against the country after the [Islamic] Revolution was not unexpected. It is true that Saddam launched the attack, but behind Saddam was global arrogance,” he said.

“The Sacred Defense is an exciting, eventful and fruitful juncture. The era of Sacred Defense is one of the events that have an effect on our yesterday, today and tomorrow,” he said. “Therefore, the veterans [of the war] should be given attention and respect.”

According to the Imam Khamenei, the Iranian nation had a new message for the world during the era of the Islamic Revolution and the imperialist countries did not want anyone to hear that message.

“They wanted to smother the voice of the Iranian nation in the throat,” he said. “They wanted to show that if anyone rises against the US, they will be suppressed.”

Imam Khamenei also said that the enemies were angry because of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, which “was not in line with the policies of Western and Eastern powers.”

He recalled that all countries in that era were either pro-West or pro-East and no independent nation existed at the time.

“It was not at all tolerable for a country outside of this [bipolar] system to come and speak its mind. It was unbearable for them that a nation is not afraid of America,” the Leader of the Islamic Revolution went on to say.

Imam Khamenei also noted that the revolution brought about events in the world that “perhaps we were not aware of all of its dimensions at that time, but they knew what had happened.”

His Eminence further underlined that the great power of the Islamic Revolution, the leadership of the late Imam Khomeini, and the distinct characteristics of the Iranian nation turned the threat of war into an opportunity.

Another objective of the domineering system was to bring the Iranian nation to their knees, subvert the Islamic Republic, and change the fate of the Iranian nation, Imam Khamenei said, adding that their ultimate goal was to make the Iranian nation a lesson for other nations and destroy the resistance.

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Hezbollah: Forty Dimensions of Uniqueness In Local & Regional Contexts [1/3]

August 26, 2022

By Housam Matar | Al-Akhbar Newspaper

Translated by Al-Ahed News
 
Hezbollah holds a special place among national liberation movements, especially on a regional level. Its success is manifested through its outstanding military efficiency in confronting “Israel” to liberate territory and deter aggression. This success is also evident in the group’s soft and hard regional influences, and in its ability to politically adapt within the Lebanese system.

 
The triumphs and accomplishments have their own reasons and circumstances. These are both subjective and objective, to which the party adds metaphysical and spiritual factors (divine guidance) that are linked to its religious identity.
 
When talking about the success of this model throughout its history one must acknowledge the fact that it is not free of problems, weaknesses, and failures, and this is the case for every political actor from the greatest empires to the smallest political groups.
 
Hezbollah is a small organization fighting “Israel”, which is a regional entity and project with unlimited international support. Therefore, it needed material and financial assets, cadres, an incubating environment, a logistical structure, a dynamic and charismatic leadership, and a strategic geopolitical depth (national and supranational). How did Hezbollah achieve this?
 
The dimensions of this success and its historical circumstances are intertwined, but it is necessary to sort and disassemble them to get a clearer picture.
 
Also, focusing on the elements of success and uniqueness does not translate into ignoring the obstacles, challenges, and changes. Shedding light on these elements contributes to enhancing our understanding of their importance and their role in the party’s march, in a way that encourages interaction with them in terms of reform, correction, and care. Hence, their inclusion is not the result of complacency or vanity.
 
1- The founding generation gains experience: The first generation of Hezbollah gained experience and expertise within Lebanese and Palestinian political and military movements, during difficult times of civil war and confronting the “Israeli” enemy.
 
They experienced challenges, problems, and failures that reinforced their desire and need for changes and acquiring the necessary resources, skills, and networks of influential interpersonal relationships.
 
A number of cadres belonging to the first generation had plenty of experience in large parties such as the Amal movement, local Islamic movements, mosque groups, and a few of them were part of non-Islamic resistance forces (Fatah movement).
 
This generation experienced communist and nationalist ideas, argued with them, responded to them, and often competed with them.
 
This generation suffered the disappointments of the defeat of the Nasserist project, the kidnapping of Imam Musa al-Sadr, the assassination of Sayyed Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr in Iraq, the repeated “Israeli” aggressive operations, and the expulsion of the Palestine Liberation Organization from Jordan and then Lebanon.
 
All of these prompted the founders to try and think in a different way. For example, from a military point of view, their collective experience contributed to the planning and implementation of the most dangerous military and security operations during the 1980s, which established a solid foundation for the party’s saga.
 
2- Taking inspiration from the Islamic Revolution and integrating with it.
 
The victory of the revolution in Iran transformed the broader Islamic world. For the Shiites this was a historic opportunity to break out of the state of oppression.
 
The Lebanese Shiites were the first to network with the victorious revolution, especially since some of the cadres had built strong personal relations with Iranian cadres opposed to the Shah’s regime and provided them with assistance in Beirut, in addition to religious relations with Iranian figures due to contacts through the Hawzas in Najaf and Qom.
 
Thus, the benefits of the Islamic revolution reached Lebanon quickly. The most prominent of these was the arrival of the training groups sent by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps by order of Imam Khomeini to the Bekaa Valley through Syria following the “Israeli” invasion in 1982.
 
To carry on and grow, this resistance required organizational frameworks that gradually took shape until the structure of Hezbollah emerged.
 
The existence of this regional support for the resistance is indispensable in light of the imbalance of power. The Iranian regional political support and Iranian material resources (arms, training, and money) enabled Hezbollah throughout the decades to focus on the conflict with the “Israeli” enemy without needing to be constantly preoccupied with securing support or searching for compromises with regional powers in pursuit of protection.
 
The religious/ideological link between the party and the Wali al-Faqih [guardian Islamic jurist] organized the party’s relationship with Iran and facilitated an understanding between them. It allowed the latter to look at the party from several perspectives, namely the Islamic revolution, which is hostile to the American system of hegemony in the Islamic field (specifically the resistance in Lebanon and Palestine) and Iranian national security as well as preserving Shiism.
 
3- Solidifying the historical resistance framework of the Lebanese Shiites
 
Hezbollah engraved and reproduced the history of the Lebanese Shiites from the angle of their role in resisting the Ottomans, the French, and the Zionists.
 
Imam Khomeini’s fatwa for the delegation of the nine (they formed the nucleus of establishing Hezbollah) on the duty to resist the “Israeli” occupation with the available capabilities, no matter how modest, played a pivotal role in activating the resistance project as a religious duty first and foremost.
 
Thus, Hezbollah became a natural extension, compliment, and boost to the experiences of the Shiite revolutionaries at the beginning of the twentieth century and the positions of their great scholars such as Sayyed Abdul Hussein Sharaf al-Din and Imam Musa al-Sadr. All these are figures deeply enshrined in the conscience of the Shiite community, especially Imam al-Sadr (the founder of the Lebanese resistance regiments “Amal”) due to the temporal rapprochement between its experience and the birth of Hezbollah.
 
Therefore, loyalty to the resistance project is no longer loyalty to the party, but to the sect’s heroic role in defending the natural unity of Syria and in the face of the “Israeli” occupation since the beginning of its aggression against occupied Palestine.
 
4- Spreading power and confidence within an oppressed sect
 
The historical grievances and the structural marginalization of the Lebanese Shiites, especially after the defeat of their revolution in 1920 (and they had been defeated before that in the second half of the 18th century in Mount Lebanon), contributed to their thirst for changing their reality and the presence of a high revolutionary readiness that was being nourished by the restoration of the revolutionary practices of the Imams of Prophet Muhammad’s household (PBUH).
 
Hezbollah presented the resistance project under the title of confronting occupation and hegemony to which the sectarian system is affiliated. This would free the society from marginalization and oppression – the world in the party’s ideology is divided between the oppressed and the arrogant.
 
What helps the party perpetuate this narrative is its already strong presence among ordinary people born after the mid-1940s.
 
Hezbollah recalls this marginalization, which the society is actually experiencing firsthand – once directly as Shiites and once as part of the center’s marginalization of the parties in the north, the Bekaa, and the south. These areas are inhabited by an Islamic majority, and this made it easier for the party to communicate with various national groups under the rubric of confronting deprivation and marginalization.
 
Accordingly, Hezbollah’s success with resistance had multiple dimensions, serving as a remedy for dissipated pride dating back nearly two hundred years.
 
5- Filling the void in the shadow of a failed state
 
The civil war and the resulting settlement, which the party was not a part of, led to the emergence of a weak state incapable of carrying out many of its sovereign duties.
 
This allowed the party to carry the responsibility of the resistance and conduct social work for relief and development.
 
This state was not, in several stages, in agreement with the resistance project. It was even hostile towards it at times, including the era of Amin Gemayel and later Fouad Siniora’s destitute government.
 
However, it [Siniora’s government] was too weak to confront the resistance even with the help of external supporters.
 
This chronic state deficit that resulted in a lack of sovereignty reinforced the popular legitimacy of the resistance and forced the party to assume responsibilities that were not at the heart of its project, especially with the deterioration of the economic situation in the past two years.
 
6-  Benefiting from the advantages of Lebanese Shiism, which tested nationalist, leftist, patriotic, and Islamic currents and produced a large number of intellectual and scholarly figures (Sheikh Muhammad Jawad Mughniyeh, Sayyed Mohsen al-Amin, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah, and Sheikh Muhammad Mahdi Shams al-Din, etc.).
 
It was historically characterized by a moderate tendency resulting from the peculiarities of the highly diverse and complex Lebanese reality, and later due to the many waves of migration towards Africa and the West.
 
In recent decades, the Shiite community has also witnessed the phenomenon of displacement to urban centers (Beirut, the southern Matn coast, and Tyre) and integration into the contracting and trade sectors, which had repercussions on their social class and political awareness.
 
Hezbollah had to work and grow within this type of complex Shiism, and therefore, its relationship with the general Shiite environment is based on a mixture of loyalty to it and negotiation at the same time.
 
This requires the party to be distinguished by social flexibility and targeted communication for each circle of its incubating environments, each of which has its own cultural, class, and regional characteristics for the Shiites themselves.
 
The party gradually attracted elements and cadres from these circles, which was reflected in an internal organizational vitality capable of understanding the complexities of the Shiite scene, dealing with it, and understanding its various internal sensitivities.
 
7-   Maneuvering within the complexities of the Lebanese system resulting from deep-rooted sectarianism, its exposure to external interference, and its highly centralized financial-business economic model, required Hezbollah to maintain a safe distance. The movement positioned itself on the system’s external edge and approached it only to the extent that was needed to protect the resistance from local players with foreign ties to the United States and its allies.
 
Therefore, this complexity imposed on Hezbollah to weave broad horizontal relations in the general political sphere (it had to develop its political thought and initiatives to build a network of cross-sectarian national alliances) and restricted vertical relations within the political system.
 
However, the deterioration of the political system and its poles, leading to the danger of the state’s disintegration, put the party in a historical dilemma; it must work through the system itself to ward off the danger of the state’s collapse (a concern that has grown in the party’s awareness after the devastation that befell Syria and Iraq and the accompanying disintegration of state structures) with apprehension that engaging in regime change or reform would lead to an externally backed civil war.
 
From the beginning, Hezbollah, in particular, had to be aware of the external interference in Lebanon, its channels, borders, and goals, as they represented an imminent threat to it.
 
Just like that, the party’s local political choices could have reinforced tension or appeasement with local and international forces.
 
It was not possible for the party to estimate the direction of the policies of foreign powers (such as America, Saudi Arabia, and France) in internal affairs and how to deal with them regardless of the international and regional situations.
 
Therefore, the party has developed complex decision-making mechanisms from its developing experience in Lebanese politics, which are mechanisms that it can employ in other areas related to the resistance and its regional role.
 
8- The rapid positioning within the Lebanese political arena of conflict is crowded with competitors. Hezbollah came into existence amid a heavy presence of political forces, armed and unarmed, most of which have external relations. It had to expand its influence within all this fierce competition.

In its infancy, the party underwent several field tests and intense political competition with major Lebanese forces rooted locally and forces with a regional reach.
 
Then the party became vulnerable to severe political attacks from the anti-resistance forces, especially after 2004. The burden of this competition increased after Hezbollah confronted the leadership of a national alliance with the so-called March 8 forces and the Free Patriotic Movement.
 
Hezbollah’s opponents receive extensive external support and are distinguished by their presence in various cultural, media, and political spheres in the form of parties, elites, platforms, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations, which are entities closely integrated with regional and international financial and political networks hostile to the resistance.
 
Some of these adversaries play security roles that double their threat. This reality produces constant pressures on the party, forcing it to dedicate part of its resources and capabilities to the local political sphere. It also makes it accumulate skills, frameworks, and criteria for managing political competition in a way that guarantees it the local and national stability necessary to avoid open internal conflicts that distract it from its main mission.
 
9-   Intellectual rivalry in a complex and open public sphere resulting from the richness of the Lebanese political and intellectual life, contrary to what is the case in most Arab countries.
 
The party had to present its Islamic thesis in a highly competitive intellectual market where leftist, liberal, and nationalist currents have deep roots and prominent thinkers in the region.
 
This is what the party quickly realized in its infancy and prompted it to self-review the Islamic state and the Islamic revolution.

The party is constantly confronting political and cultural arguments that are highly critical of its political and cultural project (apart from a fierce information war) that prompted a number of its elites and institutions to engage in this “market” and root the party’s proposals on issues such as Wilayat al-Faqih, the homeland, the Lebanese system, multiple identities, the legitimacy of the resistance weapon, American hegemony, and social justice.
 
As a result, despite the party’s intense preoccupation with the issue of resistance and its requirements from the tactical cultural discourse, it finds itself obliged to engage in many discussions and develop its intellectual, research, and scientific institutions and cadres – a challenge still facing the party.
 
10- The ability to transform geography into its environment.
 
The geographical contact of the Shiite communities in Lebanon with occupied Palestine in southern Lebanon and the western Bekaa made this environment targeted by “Israeli” aggression and under constant and imminent threat.
 
Thus, the party gained enormous influence and wide embrace within these communities through the success of its experiment in resistance, liberation, and deterrence.
 
This contact and the success of the party produced what is called the incubating environment, which is the most important element in the success of the resistance’s experiences.
 
The party has succeeded in completely assimilating into this environment, including its fighters, cadres, leadership, voters, and supporters.
 
This contact gave rise to a historical Shiite awareness of the Palestinian issue resulting from the historical personal and commercial ties between the Shiite and Palestinian communities and then Shiite engagement with Palestinian organizations and the residents of Palestinian camps after the 1948 Nakba.
 
On the other hand, this contact with “Israeli” aggression had a significant impact on Shiite urbanization and migration, as the occupied areas witnessed extensive Shiite migration to Africa and North America, and internally to coastal cities, specifically Tyre and Beirut.
 
This migration was a decisive element in the social and political rise of the Shiites, as well as giving Hezbollah popular incubators in vital areas and providing it with necessary human and material resources.
 
11- The participatory nature of the relationship with Iran:
 
The two sides dealt from the beginning on the basis that Iran’s role is to support the party’s decisions that it takes in accordance with the data of the Lebanese reality, especially since the Iranian state was preoccupied with major internal and external challenges.
 
Therefore, the Wali al-Faqih used to grant legitimacy to the act, provided that the party takes the necessary decisions. Later, Hezbollah was able, due to its successes and the role of its Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, to become a partner in the Iranian regional decision-making process, especially in the files related to the resistance project.
 
This partnership is reinforced by the influence of the Revolutionary Guards within the Iranian national security establishment, and the broad respect for the party’s experience among the Iranian people is a lever for this partnership.
The Iranians were keen from the beginning to play the role of an assistant to Hezbollah, which is why the decision was to send trainers instead of fighters to Lebanon after the “Israeli” invasion.
 
This independence is reinforced by the theory of Wilayat al-Faqih itself, which recognizes local and national specificities.
 
With the Wali al-Faqih having the authority to command in all administrative affairs, but according to wisdom, justice, and the ability to understand interests and conditions of time, which are among the obligatory attributes of the Wali al-Faqih, he realizes that every local and national society has deep peculiarities that its people tell about.
 
Therefore, the Wali often leaves the party to determine the interests after he adjusts their terms.
 
This partnership had a direct reflection on Hezbollah’s regional influence, as the Iranians realize that the party’s Arab identity, along with what it has accumulated in the Arab conscience, makes it, among other arenas and files, a major player in managing the resistance project.
 
12- Mastering the administration in connection with the experience of Iranian institutionalization.
 
Hezbollah has benefited from its deep ties with Iranian institutions, whether the Revolutionary Guards, the civil services, or even the hawza in Qom, to draw inspiration from the experience of building institutions and organizing administration, which is one of the historical characteristics of the Iranian experience.
 
A number of the institutions of the Islamic Revolution either initially opened branches in Lebanon and then were run by the party, or transferred their experience to the party, which copied it with a local flavor and peculiarities.
 
Iranian experts in management and human resources have transferred knowledge, skills, and administrative systems to party cadres that worked to build and develop active and efficient civil institutions in the fields of education, development, party organization, health, services, and local administration.
 
The party’s institutions usually benefit from Arab and Lebanese experts and academics from outside its environment to gain access to qualitative experiences and new knowledge.
 
The above-mentioned party institutions in the capital and the outskirts attracted thousands of young men and women graduates of universities who chose these majors or who were encouraged by the party to study in them to benefit from modern sciences in management and human resources.
 
This institutional momentum contributes to the efficiency of the party’s activities and its ability to meet its needs, to preserve and transfer experience, to development, to attract energies, and to adapt to transformations, especially since the “Israeli” enemy has repeatedly targeted these institutions.
 
13- Building strategic interests with Syria after years of mutual anxiety.
 
The relationship between the party and Syria was characterized by mistrust and suspicion at the beginning, with several field frictions between the two parties taking place, which reinforced the mutual distrust.
 
Damascus aspired to gain the regulating position of the Lebanese reality with international and regional recognition and to employ this in Syria’s internal stability, regional influence, and balance with the “Israeli” enemy.
 
Some Syrian government officials were apprehensive that the party’s agenda, identity, and relationship with Iran could disrupt their Lebanese project.
 
But with the war on Iraq, after Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, the failure of the Arab-“Israeli” settlement project, the end of the Iraqi-Iranian war, and Hezbollah’s steadfastness in the face of the “Israeli” enemy in the 1993 aggression, a new path was launched, the beginning of which was to prevent President Hafez al-Assad, at the initiative of the then commander of the Lebanese army, Emile Lahoud, using the army to clash with the resistance in 1993.
 
Since then, it can be said that a door for direct communication opened on the issue of resistance between the party and President al-Assad, regardless of the complexities of the so-called Syrian-Lebanese security system.
 
This relationship was strengthened during the “Israeli” aggression in 1996 when Syria played a key role in the birth of the April Understanding.
 
The relations between the two parties were strengthened after the American invasion of Iraq and Resolution 1559, as Syria realized its need for the party and its necessity regionally and in Lebanon.
 
Syria also became a vital strategic depth for the party with the expansion of the confrontation arena after 2011, which was proven by the party’s entry into the war in Syria in 2013.
 
The party succeeded in understanding Syria’s concerns in Lebanon and kept pace with its vital interests by not clashing with the post-Taif regime and revealed to it its weight in the conflict with the “Israeli” enemy. The strategic partnership that developed over time between Syria and Iran helped in this.
 
14- The awakening of the marginalized Arab Shiites.
 
With its rise, the party became the center of the Shiites’ eyes, hearts, and minds in the Arab world. They have experienced decades of exclusion and abuse, similar to the Zaydis in Yemen.

Thus, they found in the successes of the Shiite Hezbollah a possible entry point for Islamic and national recognition. This oppression of the Arab Shiites served as an amplifier for Hezbollah’s achievements and a motivator for being identified with it and drawing inspiration from it.
 
Thus, Hezbollah’s regional influence is primarily a product of its soft power, a power characterized by long-term results and acceptable costs. It is a fully legitimate influence.
 
The party supports the choice of these Shiites in peaceful struggle, encourages climates of dialogue with their partners and the governments of their countries, emphasizes Islamic unity, respects their national privacy, helps them in the media to raise their voice to demand rights, and urges them to political, media, and popular participation in support of the resistance project within the region.
 
15- Healing the Arab psychological defeat through victory over the “Israeli” enemy and support for the rising resistance project in Palestine.
 
A large part of Arab societies took pride in Hezbollah’s resistance, interacting with it and getting closer to it, as they found it a response to decades of disappointment and defeats.
 
Hezbollah has been keen to highlight its Arab identity in its political, cultural, and media discourse and in its artistic products (anasheed) and has strengthened its institutions concerned with communicating and engaging in dialogue with Arab elites, parties, and groups.
 
This Arab fascination with the party’s experience in fighting the “Israeli” enemy and in its leadership constituted a provocative factor for the Arab official regimes that emerged from the conflict with the enemy, as the party’s successes practically undermined the discourses of complacency and the legitimacy of its advocates.
 
This explains the insistence of a number of regional regimes on creating sectarian tensions that have had negative repercussions on the party’s relationship with part of its Arab incubators.
 
But the decline of the sectarian wave as the party continues to lead Arab resistance efforts against the “Israeli” entity can create conciliatory atmospheres with Arab incubators on the basis of understanding and dialogue, organizing differences, and neutralizing them from the resistance project.
 
16- Inspiration, representation, and transfer of experience
 
Hezbollah has limited material, human, and financial resources. Therefore, its building of partnerships and alliances at the regional level within the resistance project had to be based on its most prominent assets, namely its ability to inspire and transfer its experience and lessons learned to its peers within movements and forces that practice the act of resistance.
 
What made this possible was that the party’s victories revived the spirit of resistance in the Arab and Islamic spheres (for example, the comparison between Sayyed Nasrallah and President Abdel Nasser abounded) and thus stimulated the desire of many groups and elites to understand and benefit from the party’s experience.

The most prominent results of this appeared in occupied Palestine, especially in the second intifada.
 
Therefore, Hezbollah was interested in transferring its experience in resistance, administration, media, and organization to a large network of Arab and Islamic non-governmental political actors involved, militarily or politically, in confronting the American hegemony system.
 
The transfer of experience naturally includes the transfer of values, ideas, patterns of behavior and practical culture, as well as establishing networks of links and relations with the cadres of these movements and parties.
 
Thus, over time, additional groups joined the equations of force and deterrence for the resistance project. The Zionists started talking about multiple circles of the resistance axis that extend to Iraq and Yemen.

The Hezbollah Women’s Organization Unit: An Islamic & Feminine Effort To Build A Society

August 18, 2022

By Hiba Al-Annan

Late Leader of the Islamic Revolution Imam Ruhollah Khomeini believed that “a woman is like the Qur’an” when it came to her role in shaping men, i.e. building an Islamic society at all levels.

The implications of this Revolution reverberated around the world, reaching Lebanon and establishing a religious resistance movement that rejected the ‘Israeli’ occupation and its agendas. It was led by the mujahideen alongside young women, who worked and persevered in building a society that revives the authentic Muhammadan Islam.

In the early days, the work of the Hezbollah women was spontaneous and later became organized in accordance with new realities. This paved the way for the founding of the Women’s Organization Unit, with all its goals aligned with the approach and path of Hezbollah.

The launch and the early days

Hajja Afaf al-Hakim, the head of the Women’s Organization Unit, one of founders of the organization, and an Islamic feminist activist takes us back to the organization’s humble beginnings.

“After the start of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Husseiniyas and mosques in the south and the southern suburbs [of Beirut] heeded the call of this revolution. They were filled with young men and women who repeated the slogans of the revolution and carried its spirit. Later on, lectures and seminars began. Enthusiasm and commitment grew around the leader, Imam Ruhollah Khomeini.”

Al-Hakim tells Al-Ahed News that “the Islamic revolution formed the backbone for Islamic feminist work.

“Before that, women did not have any active and clear presence in any fateful political event, but the echoes of the revolution stirred enthusiasm in the hearts of young women believers and ignited in them the revolutionary spirit. Amidst this atmosphere full of work and activity, the ‘Israeli’ invasion and the brutal aggression against Lebanon took place. The groundwork was prepared and the spirits were ready to defend the land and the homeland.”

According to Al-Hakim, “the spontaneity of the Islamic feminist movement was transformed into an organized track designed to serve Hezbollah’s project. Then, the work turned into an organizational one that developed with the accelerating events and days.”

Al-Hakim recalls the work of the Women’s Organization Unit in Lebanon – the first gatherings and demonstrations in the Bir al-Abed area. At that time, the work was secret and limited:

 “We used to urge each other, as young women, to participate in any event organized to reject the ‘Israeli’ occupation and its conspiracies.”

“Those who attended the demonstrations and went to Husseiniyas and mosques hailed from homes that sacrificed for this march and throbbed with the spirit of resistance. We were of all ages. Young women used to finish their lectures at the university and take part in the demonstrations. Likewise, there were housewives who attended to the needs of their children and heeded the call of the resistance. Other women did not allow their work to distract them from championing the truth.”

She explains that “the martyrdom of the Master of the Martyrs of the resistance Sayyed Abbas al-Moussawi in 1992 had a great impact on hearts and souls. People became more determined and had more faith in continuing the march.”

“At that time, I was contacted by Hezbollah to organize the women’s work and set an organizational structure for the Women’s Organization Unit in Hezbollah.”

“We developed a basic plan for the unit under the supervision of Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah. It included a large number of sisters in all the regions. Our tasks were divided in accordance with each region and the level of work there. Work on the structure was launched directly at the level of the Beirut region. About a year later, the work was distributed to other regions. Hence, each region had a head, and at the same time, she was the assistant to the official in charge of the region.”

Al-Hakim explains that “each region was divided into a number of sectors. There was a woman in charge of each town or village. In each neighborhood there is a section officer.”

She says “the unit took Bir Al-Abed as its headquarters. Thus, our work, which has always been and still is to a large extent voluntary, is completed. In each region, there are about 1,000 working sisters – volunteers and contract workers.”

Al-Hakim points out that “the official announcement of the establishment of the Women’s Organization Unit came in 2003, when I was appointed to head the unit. At that point I had a long session with His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah to get informed about all the aspects of the required work. He explained to me, over a period of three consecutive hours, how to harmonize our goals with implementation methods that suit our society. Thus, the work began to expand gradually to the rest of the regions.”

The task and goals

Al-Hakim enumerates the goals of the Women’s Organization Unit. All are aligned with Hezbollah’s goals at the cultural, social, and media levels. These goals include:

– Cultural mobilization: This is based on cultural courses, seminars, lectures and celebrations.

– Upgrading the status of women culturally, socially, and politically

– Promoting the positive image of women affiliated with Hezbollah in all fields

– Forming a network of relations with the pro-resistance parties to serve the line and path of Hezbollah

– Fortifying the women’s society and turning it into a source of support for the resistance in the face of conspiracies being hatched against Hezbollah

– Communicating with the families of the martyrs and the resistance fighters. They are credited with raising their children and their sincere drive

– First aid training with the aim of developing individual capabilities and initiatives in this field

According to Al-Hakim, the Women’s Organization Unit had an important role in shaping awareness among women towards the resistance and confronting the Zionist enemy by holding courses and cultural competitions at different levels and forming social committees, including eradicating illiteracy and first aid training.

Within the framework of its pioneering role, the Women’s Organization Unit formed the Al-Hawra Zainab Committee, which is concerned with marking the martyrdoms and births of Ahl al-Bayt. There is also the Support Committee (the first committee concerned with the families of the martyrs and the wounded), which moves weekly under the auspices of the wives of scholars and officials to visit these families. This attracted admiration and appreciation from Sayyed Nasrallah.

Development and expansion

Subsequently, the Committee to Support the Resistance emerged from the work of the Women’s Organization Unit. The Committee oversees the distribution of the resistance money boxes, holds political meetings depending on developments, and hosts various exhibitions that contribute to the work of the Women’s Organization Unit.

The Women’s Organization Unit also established relations with parties and associations supporting the resistance and participated in celebrations in support of the resistance. Here, the unit played an important role in establishing strong and effective ties and relations with many women’s activities and figures in Lebanon and various countries in the world.

Regarding the development and expansion of the Women’s Organization Unit, Al-Hakim points out that it “expanded to include five Lebanese regions, namely Beirut, the first region, then the second, third, fourth, and fifth regions.”

“We established the first institute to teach sisters and develop their abilities and awareness at the cultural level. Hence, the Sayyidat Nisa Al-Alamin Institute in Haret Hreik. This institute later developed to include the other five regions.”

The Women’s Organization Unit organized about 15 intellectual and cultural conferences under various titles that address the needs of society, including the volunteer work conference, which was attended by figures from the Lebanese Council of Women, and the reading and cultural advancement conference that was attended by the Minister of Education.

Al-Hakim tells Al-Ahed that “three associations were established: The Women’s Association for Social Guarantee, the Mother and Child Association, and the Lebanese Culture Association. In addition, the unit participated in 98 conferences in many Arab, Islamic, and other countries and cities, such as China, Iran, Sudan, London, UNESCO in France, Yemen, Indonesia, Italy, Turkey, Malaysia, Tunisia, Aleppo, Mecca and Medina.”

“Trips and cultural courses to Iran were also organized (two sessions each year for seven years), while a sister was appointed to be a delegate in the Lebanese Council of Women, through the three associations that we authorized,” said Al-Hakim. 

As for the future projects of the organization, Al-Hakim assures Al-Ahed that “the unit looks forward in the coming years to be a reference for all sisters in Lebanon and the Islamic world, a model of women’s work that paves the way for the path of Sahib Al-Asr wa Al-Zaman, and a destination that keeps pace with the most important technical, technological, and scientific developments making it a pioneer at all levels.”

“We look forward to more social and cultural work, especially in light of these difficult economic conditions that the vast majority of people are going through, to secure aid and social solidarity,” Al-Hakim concludes.

Iran FM Terms Revenge for Gen. Soleimani as ’Absolute Responsibility’

Jully 23, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said revenge for the assassination of Iran’s celebrated anti-terror commander Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani is among the “absolute responsibilities” of the foreign ministry and other concerned organizations.

Amir Abdollahian made the remarks in an interview broadcast on state television Thursday evening while elaborating on the Sayyed Ebrahim Raesi-led administration’s foreign policy.

“The issue of General Soleimani will never be forgotten. The issue is so deep that even [Russian President Vladimir] Putin pointed to the important position and role of General Soleimani during his meetings with the Leader of the Islamic Revolution and the Iranian president,” the top diplomat said.

The foreign ministry, Amir Abdollahian noted, has beefed up a committee that follows up on international issues, adding that the judiciary branch is also seriously pursuing the case.

“We consider avenging the blood of Martyr Soleimani in legal, international, and political arenas and deem following up on the issue in all its aspects as our absolute responsibility,” he asserted.

General Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard [IRG], and his Iraqi trenchmate Hajj Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units [PMU], were martyred along with their companions in a US drone strike on January 3, 2020.

The strike near the Baghdad International Airport was authorized by then-President Donald Trump.

The two noted anti-terror commanders were tremendously respected and admired across the region for their instrumental role in fighting and decimating the Daesh [Arabic for ‘ISIS/ISIL’] Takfiri terrorist group in the region, particularly in Iraq and Syria.

In other remarks during the interview, Iran’s foreign minister said Saudi Arabia has shown readiness to advance the ongoing talks from security to the political sphere, after progress in the previous five rounds hosted by the Iraqi government.

He said the two sides have reached some agreements, including on re-opening embassies in their respective countries.

“Last week we received a message from Iraqi foreign minister [Fuad Hussein] saying that the Saudi side is ready to move the phase of talks from a security one to a political and public one,” said the minister.

“We also expressed our readiness to continue talks at the political level so that it leads to the return of Iran-Saudi Arabia ties to the normal level.”

Riyadh decided to sever diplomatic relations with Iran back in January 2016 after its embassy in Tehran was stormed by protestors who were enraged by the Saudi execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr.

There was no change in Riyadh’s confrontational policy towards Tehran until 2021 when it signaled an inclination to mend fractured ties with the Islamic Republic.

Imam Khamenei: Imam Khomeini Helps Young Generation Find Its Way

June 4, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

Leader of the Islamic Revolution His Eminence Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei delivered a speech on the occasion of 33rd demise anniversary of founder of the Islamic Revolution Imam Khomeini [RA].

Every year, a commemoration ceremony is held in Imam Khomeini’s Mausoleum in southern Tehran province with the participation of Imam Khamenei, senior state and military officials as well as thousands of people from different walks of life.

This year’s ceremony is held at the Mausoleum after a two-year break due to the restrictions caused by coronavirus.

At the beginning of his speech, Imam Khamenei greeted all brothers and sisters taking part in the commemoration held in Tehran and some 900 other Iranian cities.

“Imam Khomeini is the soul of the Islamic Republic,” Imam Khamenei stressed, noting that the young generation has to know Imam Khomeini well as he can show them the best way how to rule the country in the future.

“Imam Khomeini led the greatest revolution in the history of revolutions,” Imam Khamenei said.

His Eminence also touched upon the most famous revolutions in the world such as the French and Russian revolutions and noted that after those two big revolutions, the most brutal tyrannical regimes ruled France and USSR which killed too many of their people.

However, Imam Khamenei said, Imam Khomeini led a revolution that turned the tyrannical regime of Shah to an Islamic Republic which is based on people’s votes.

The Leader went on to point out that Imam Khomeini introduced spirituality and morality to governance and said that the Imam separated the Islamic Republic from the capitalist-based liberal democracy and dictatorial-centered communism, and proposed a new model with the Islamic Republic.

Imam Khamenei said in the Islamic Republic that Imam Khomeini founded, both religion and people’s votes, both economic justice and people’s free economic activities are taken into account.

“We will strengthen the country’s knowledge and economy, as well as the defense and security of the country. Both national unity and integration must be observed, while the diversity of different views and tendencies are respected,” His Eminence underlined.

“We neither oppress nor we accept oppression,” Imam Khamenei underscored.

As Imam Khamenei emphasized that Imam Khomeini derived his thoughts from the Islamic teachings and proposed a modern and noble model of the Islamic Republic, he told people and officials that whenever they rely on their will they are going to achieve victory, and whenever they become lazy then they will fail.

“Imam Khomeini combined interest and knowledge together; he was knowledgeable and a brave man, and he was honest with his God and the people alike,” Imam Khamenei said.

Imam Khomeini used to pay attention to time, was confident in Allah and a believer in the divine promise; the infrastructure in all of the late Imam’s activities was worshipping Allah, and the aim behind worshipping Allah is spreading righteousness and justice, Imam Khamenei noted, underlining that Imam Khomeini was observing such characteristics.

“Imam Khomeini’s movement was significant on the level of being frank, outspoken, and permanently addressing the people; one of the Imam’s prominent features was trusting the people since day one,” His Eminence stressed.

Imam Khomeini led the people to the fields, took them out of despair, and in certain phases taught the people what the arenas of struggle are, Sayyed Ali Khamenei added.

He also hailed the people who didn’t abandon the Islamic Revolution, which was achieved in the Islamic Republic, in which they supported it in a general referendum.

The late Imam Khomeini -Founder of the Islamic Republic and Father of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran- passed away 33 years ago at the age of 86.

Imam Khomeini, who steered the popular uprising in Iran culminating in the fall of former regime of Shah, passed away on June 3, 1989.

He is known as one of the most influential leaders who inspired many other revolutions all across the world.

According to state-run IRNA News Agency, the occasion is marked on the 14th day of Khordad, the third month of the Iranian calendar year, and was set to be commemorated in 900 Iranian cities.

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Khomeini for All Campaign Organized In India to Commemorate Imam Khomeini’s Demise

 June 2, 2022

By Saim Hussain* | Kashmir

Imam Khomeini is the late leader of the Islamic Revolutionary movement which took place at the turn of the decade of 1970s. The revolution was marked by the mobilization of common people against the tyrant puppet regime of the Shah. The revolution sought to reinstall the Islamic values which were being targeted in the reign of the Shah. It was an era of brutal suppression of voices, attacks on religious institutions, the rigorous introduction of obscenity in the discourse, and a frantic rampant rise of capitalism in the country, which made life for the common people physically, spiritually, and economically painful.

Imam Khomeini rose against this oppression and became the voice of people against the Shah. He managed to hold on to his identity as an Imam, an Ayatollah, and a religious leader while leading the charge against the product and system installed in his country through international, especially American conspiracy. He spent a long time in Paris and engaged himself in writing and theorizing about the nature of the state and the rights of people in the political system of the country.

Imam Khomeini’s writings were circulated with great effort through religious institutions which remained constantly under scrutinizing gaze of the Shah. The ideas caused a tremor and a tumult in the conscience of the masses. As the situation in the country became charged, Imam Khomeini returned to the land with the promise of revolution. On 14th February 1979, through a referendum that got passed with a massive majority of above 90% votes in favor, the spirit of Islam was reinstated in Iran.

This revolution was celebrated not only the by Iranian people but also globally by Muslims and other leading intellectuals like Michel Foucault who called the revolution a ‘Spiritual Revolution.’ The revolution is a landmark in the history of mankind worth celebrating and worthy of consideration as a serious subject from which plans might take birth and insights on ongoing crises might be collected. The model of the Iranian revolution is organic and simple. It is similar to the French and Russian Revolution in the sense that it includes the last man in the crowd but also different as it doesn’t lose its cultural identity in the process. It is a double victory; cultural as well as political.

This global nature of the revolution was recalled and remembered by many throughout the world including India. People in India, under the banner head of the Hussaini movement took part in various activities like nationwide poster campaigns, social media trends, webinar, and global Twitter trends.

The idea of Imam Khomeini as a global leader was forwarded to the general audience. His values as a man of morals, virtue, dignity, and steadfastness of purpose were discussed and popularized. The trends and the webinar reached a large number of audiences and made many people acknowledge the work of Imam Khomeini in the field of revolutionary politics and ideology of resistance.

* Hussain Saim is a literature student in Aligarh Muslim University, India

Khomeini For All: Kashmir Marks Imam Khomeini’s 33rd Demise Anniversary [Photos]

Khomeini For All: Kashmir Marks Imam Khomeini’s 33rd Demise Anniversary [Photos]

Khomeini For All: Kashmir Marks Imam Khomeini’s 33rd Demise Anniversary [Photos]
Khomeini For All: Kashmir Marks Imam Khomeini’s 33rd Demise Anniversary [Photos]
Khomeini For All: Kashmir Marks Imam Khomeini’s 33rd Demise Anniversary [Photos]
Khomeini For All: Kashmir Marks Imam Khomeini’s 33rd Demise Anniversary [Photos]
Khomeini For All: Kashmir Marks Imam Khomeini’s 33rd Demise Anniversary [Photos]
Khomeini For All: Kashmir Marks Imam Khomeini’s 33rd Demise Anniversary [Photos]
Khomeini For All: Kashmir Marks Imam Khomeini’s 33rd Demise Anniversary [Photos]

Photo Credit: Ovain Ali | Kashmir

The global nature of the Islamic Revolution, with its late founder Imam Ruhollah Khomeini, is being recalled and remembered by many throughout the world including Kashmir.

People in Kashmir under the banner head of the Hussaini movement took part in various activities like nationwide poster campaigns, social media trends, webinar, and global Twitter trends.

The idea of Imam Khomeini as a global leader was forwarded to the general audience. His values as a man of morals, virtue, dignity, and steadfastness of purpose were discussed and popularized.

The trends and the webinars reached a large number of audiences and made many people acknowledge the work of Imam Khomeini in the field of revolutionary politics and ideology of resistance.

Quds Day Commemorations: A Promising Commitment to the Liberation of Al-Quds, Entire Palestine

May 3 2022

By Mohammad Youssef

The celebration of world Quds days this year was exceptionally distinguished due to many reasons inside and outside Palestine.

As for Palestine itself, the commemoration of the day that was first initiated by late Imam Khomeini, the leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, was very significant this year, the Palestinian resistance has proved its efficiency and the Palestinian people have further demonstrated their commitment to liberate their country from the ‘Israeli’ occupation.

The Palestinians who have held a permanent sit in inside the holy al-Aqsa Mosque have confronted the ‘Israeli’ occupation forces and the Zionist settlers who attempted many times to storm the mosque, tens of thousands of Palestinians have flocked to the place to defend their sacred shrine.

The Palestinian youth also, have proved their sober attention and their awareness and keenness to defend the cause as they carried many courageous operations against the enemies killing many of them.

This has put the Palestinian issue in the front of the events and proved all the ‘Israeli’ efforts to subjugate their will are meaningless.

Moreover, the spread of the celebrations of the International Quds Day all over the world have shown clearly that no matter how hard the enemies and their collaborators have tried to brainwash the Islamic Umma about its first cause, the Muslim people still prioritize Palestine as their first and most important cause.

Muslims this year, and after so many years of conspiracies to busy them with different internal crises all over, have slapped the world arrogance and its proxy governments in the Arab and Islamic world in the face and proved how genuine and real their commitment to Palestine and the Aqsa is.

This is very promising, as it clearly shows the kind of synchronization and deep harmony on three levels:

First, the presence and readiness of the Palestinians in the battlefield to defend their cause, especially among the young generation whether they belong to certain organized groups or not.

Second, the high efficiency and self-confidence among the Palestinian resistance groups, especially Hamas and Islamic jihad to consolidate the defense equation they produced and to intensify their efforts and go into a new confrontation to defend their people and cause.

Third, the crystallization of the forces of the Axis of Resistance and their consensus to consider al-Quds as the center and heart of this axis.

The speeches delivered by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei and Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah on the occasion have shown a fixed commitment to support and defend the cause.

This threefold coordination along with the commemoration of the event all over the world with rising awareness as shown by the mounting numbers of participators prove that the ‘Israelis’ have almost lost the battle of awareness.

Moreover, the kind of reactions the ‘Israeli’ leadership is making clearly proves it has lost control. Through tough measures, military incursions, and continuous aggressions, it is showing the world its ugly face of being an apartheid criminal regime that gives no value or respect to laws and regulations or human rights. This hopefully will deepen its crisis of legitimacy it is suffering from in the eyes of the international community and the world’s public opinion.

All observers agree that a new horizon is on the making now in Palestine. A horizon of hope that will usher in a new era, an era of systematic gradual liberation, independence and victory.

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يوم القدس العالميّ ومعادلات نهاية الكيان الصهيونيّ المؤقت

 العميد د. أمين محمد حطيط _

أظهر الإمام الخميني بعد نجاح الثورة الإسلامية في إيران في العام 1979 انّ هذه الثورة ليست لإيران وحدها بل إنها ثورة من اجل حقوق الأمة الإسلامية ومن أجل حقوق المظلومين والمضطهدين في العالم. وبصيغة أخرى هي ثورة من اجل نشر الحرية وتأكيد سيادة الحق في العالم. ومن هذا المنطلق أطلق في مواجهة الكيان الصهيوني جملة من المواقف تلتقي جميعها على هدف واحد هو وجوب إزالة هذا الكيان، لأنه قائم على الظلم والطغيان وسلب حقوق الآخرين.

وفي سياق المواقف الإيرانية في ظلّ الثورة، من هذا الكيان، كانت عملية إغلاق السفارة «الإسرائيلية» في طهران وتسليم مبناها للفلسطينيين ليكون مقراً لسفارة فلسطين التي يجب أن تقوم دولتها على كامل أراضيها المغتصبة من قبل الكيان منذ العام 1948 وكان أيضاً إطلاق يوم القدس العالمي الذي حدّد موعده في يوم الجمعة الأخير من رمضان من كلّ عام وتكون فيه دعوة للمسلمين وللعالم أجمع للتوقف عند مأساة اغتصاب القدس والعمل على إنهائها.

وفي تحليل للإعلان الأخير هذا نجد أنه في جوهره يتعدّى الشأن السياسي الإعلامي الاحتفالي ليصل الى المفهوم الاستراتيجي العميق للمسألة في ما يفرز رزمة من المعاني والرؤى تبدأ بوضع عنوان صارخ جامع للقضية الفلسطينية هو القدس التي تحرّك إثارتها المسلم والمسيحي على حدّ سواء نظراً لما فيها من رمزية دينية وما تحتويه من أماكن مقدسة تخصهم، رمزية ومحتوى تمكن إثارتها من التأكيد علي الظلم الواقع وعلى وجوب فرض نهاية له. فإحياء يوم القدس العالمي الذي دعا إليه الإمام الخميني يعني بكلّ بساطة رفضاً للجريمة وتذكيراً بوقوعها واستمرارها وإنكاراً لأيّ قبول او تسليم بها عملاً وتحشيداً لوضع حدّ لها وإنتاجاً لبيئة عدم استقرار عالمي مع استمرارها وأخيراً ومع موجة التطبيع التي احدثتها اتفاقات ابراهام مع العدو الصهيوني فإنّ ليوم القدس في هذا الوقت بالذات أهمية خاصة من حيث الفرز الذي يحدثه بين معسكرين، معسكر نصرة الحق الذي يحتضن فلسطين ويحمل قضيتها ومعسكر التطبيع الذي يعمل بالباطل الذي تقوم «إسرائيل» عليه.

بيد انّ هذا الإعلان الذي بدأت الاستجابة له خجولة يوم أطلق ومقتصرة على دولتين او ثلاث وبعض الأحزاب الحديثة النشأة بات اليوم يظهر في شكل مختلف وبات بالفعل يوماً عالمياً يحتفل به ويشارك في فعالياته تمهيداً او في يومه بالذات، مكونات متعددة من دول وأحزاب لا تقتصر على محور المقاومة بل وتتعداه الى دول وشعوب أخرى خارج منطقة غربي آسيا والشرق الأوسط، ثم انّ هذا الإعلان وفي هذا العام ومع ما آل اليه العالم من المستجدات والمعادلات يؤكد أهمية اعتماده قبل أربعة عقود ويثبت بأنّ فكرة إنهاء الكيان الصهيوني المؤقت ليست وهماً وطموحاً من غير أساس بل انها مبنية على ما يبرّرها ويؤكد وقوعها بشكل أكيد.

ففي العام المنصرم استطاعت المقاومة الفلسطينية القائمة في غزة ان تفرض معادلة دفاع عن القدس لم تكن تخطر ببال الصهاينة، معادلة فاجأت العدو الصهيوني بمضمونها وبمفاعليها، حيث إنها قامت على فكرة ان «القدس تحمى من داخلها ومن خارجها». وهذا هو المضمون الحقيقي لأهداف عملية سيف القدس التي ترجمت ناراً تنطلق من غزة لتحمي حي الشيخ جراح في القدس وتمنع تهويده وتثبت أهاليه فيه، وقد رضخ العدو الصهيوني للمعادلة تلك والتي أعيد التذكير بها في الأسابيع الأخيرة من شهر رمضان الحالي حيث ان مجرد التلويح بها كان كافيا ليدفع العدو الصهيوني الى وقف الاستفزاز حول الأقصى ويمنع مسيرة الأعلام التلمودية إليه وبعده في كنيسة القيامة يوم سبت النور.

وبعد سيف القدس كان بالغ الأهمية الموقف والدعوة التي وجهها السيد حسن نصرالله في ٢٥ أيار ٢٠٢١ لإرساء معادلة جديدة في مواجهة العدو مضمونها انّ «المسّ بالقدس يعني حرباً إقليمية شاملة»، ونحن نرى أنّ هذه الدعوة ـ الإعلان تشكل ترجمة استراتيجية وميدانية للهدف من إعلان يوم القدس العالمي أساساً، وفيها اعتبار مسؤولية الدفاع عن القدس لا تقع حصراً على المقدسيين او الفلسطينيين او العرب او المسلمين او المسيحيين، بل انها مسؤولية المنطقة بكاملها وان على شعوبها ان تسعى الى أمنها واستقرارها وازدهارها بإخراج العامل المنتهك لحقوقها منها وذلك باقتلاع الغدة السرطانية المسماة «إسرائيل».

انّ ما أحدثته عملية سيف القدس ٢٠٢١ من مفاعيل وما ترمي اليه الدعوة الى إرساء معادلة الحرب الإقليمية الشاملة دفاعاً عن القدس وما ترمز اليه وما تخفيه في ثنايا قضيتها من شأنه أن يجهز على استراتيجية إسرائيلية ثابتة اعتمدتها «إسرائيل» منذ اغتصابها لفلسطين، استراتيجية تقوم على التفتيت والتجزئة والاستفراد وقضم حقوق الأخيرين لقمة لقمة دون السماح لهم بالتوحد او العمل الجماعي لمشترك ضدّها.

وعملاً بهذه القاعدة الصهيونية رفضت «إسرائيل» في العام ١٩٤٨ التفاوض مع وفد عربي مشترك لتوقيع الهدنة وأصرّت على توقيع الهدنة ثنائياً مع كلّ دولة عربية بمفردها وكررت السلوك في مؤتمر مدريد في العام ١٩٩٢. اما في عقيدتها العسكرية فإنها تعتمد مبدأ «العمل على جبهة واحدة وتثبيت الجبهات الأخرى»، كل ذلك لأنها تخشى من وحدة موقف الأعداء ضدها وقد اختبرت عقيدتها اكثر من مرة ونجحت وكانت حرب الـ ١٩٧٣ الاختبار الساطع حيث إن العرب فتحوا جبهتي الشمال والجنوب معاً في الجولان وسيناء فانهزمت «إسرائيل»، ولكن عندما توقفت جبهة الجنوب عوّضت «إسرائيل» هزيمتها في الشمال.

وعملاً بهذا الشأن نجد منطقياً القول بانّ نهاية «إسرائيل» تقترب مع اعتماد اعدائها لاستراتيجية العمل الجماعي المنسق ومنطق واستراتيجية الحرب الشاملة، شمولاً في الجبهات ما يفرض العمل على جبهات متعددة في الداخل الفلسطيني وعلى الحدود مع الجوار وشمولاً في الأطراف المشاركة ما يمنع «إسرائيل» من استفراد أي طرف منها مهما كان حجمه القتالي وشمولاً بأساليب القتال بين حرب من الجيل الثالث أو الرابع أو الخامس.

وبهذا يكون في مضامين يوم القدس العالمي الدعوة للإعداد للحرب الشاملة تلك وتحشيد الطاقات للانخراط بها من اليمن في الجنوب الى لبنان وسورية في الشمال والى العراق وإيران في الشرق ويبقى العامل والمكوّن الفلسطيني هو الجوهر والمحور والأساس في المواجهة في هذه الحرب الشاملة التي اطلق الدعوة لاعتمادها وإرساء معادلتها السيد حسن نصرالله.

وأخيراً لا بد من الإشارة الي انّ إنهاء «إسرائيل» قد لا يستلزم خوض الحرب فعلياً، وقد يكتفى بالإعداد لهذه الحرب والاستعداد لخوضها بشكل جدّي وفاعل ما يحمل العدو على الانهيار الإدراكي والهروب من المواجهة حتى قبل ان تبدأ. والمهمّ أولاً وقبل كلّ شيء اعتناق عقيدة العمل الجماعي المشترك والموحد في مواجهة نظرية التجزئة والاستفراد التي تعتمدها «إسرائيل» وستكون النتائج إيجابية لمصلحة حقّ الأمة في فلسطين من غير شكّ او تردّد.

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Mind tricks: Why resistance to Israel and imperialism are called ‘Shia causes’

April 20 2022

The Arab and Muslim street remains firmly opposed to western imperialism and Israel. So their Arab Sunni rulers began calling all resistance ‘Shia.’

By Omar Ahmed

Would Sunni Arab monarchs be able to continue conspiring with the west and Israel without labelling those who resist collaboration as ‘Shia?’Photo Credit: The Cradle

The past several decades have seen the political ascendency of Shia Muslims in West Asian geopolitics. While initially ignited by Iran’s Islamic Revolution of 1979, it was the aftermath of the illegal US invasion of Iraq in 2003 which accelerated this political shift by paving the way for Iraq’s Shia majority to govern.

A year after US troops occupied Iraq and overthrew its Sunni president Saddam Hussein, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, fearing a growing influence of Iran among Iraq’s Shia majority and their regional coreligionists, coined the phrase “Shia Crescent.” This so-called ideological belt, it is hypothesized, runs from Tehran through several Arab capitals, including Baghdad, Damascus and Beirut, and later Sanaa.

The idea has been criticized as it treats the Shia as a monolith and greatly exaggerates the extent of control or influence Iran exerts over the region.

Tehran’s efforts to forge ties with friendly governments, powerful political parties, and militia forces are arguably based on pragmatism and self-interest rather than sectarian ideology. Among the state and non-state actors that provide Iran with its regional strategic depth – and therefore, influence – are Sunnis, Druze, Christians, Alawis, Zaidis, and other non-Shia populations. This alliance is more commonly – and accurately – known as the Axis of Resistance and its fundamental tenet is opposition to both western imperialism and the Zionist project, and a desire for self-determination.

Axis of Resistance

With Tehran at its nexus, this network consists of both state and non-state actors. Notable Shia factions include Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs), Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement and Afghan and Pakistani brigades.

Sunni Palestinian resistance movements Hamas and Islamic Jihad are also considered to be a part of the axis, and an armed affiliate of Hezbollah, the Lebanese Resistance Brigades (also known as Saraya), is composed of Sunnis, Maronite Christians and Druze. At the state level are the mostly Zaidi, Ansarallah-led, de facto government of Yemen and the Alawite-dominated government of Sunni-majority Syria.

While not part of the axis per se, Sunni-majority Algeria has also consistently opposed Zionism and could strengthen its ties with Iran, especially in light of growing tensions with neighboring Morocco whose government has recently aligned with Israel.

Traditional western-aligned Sunni Arab states such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan have all expressed their own concerns about this Shia-majority, ‘Iran-led’ axis, and along with Israel have opposed the Resistance Axis. It is due to these mutual interests that there have been several proposals for a “Sunni-Jewish alliance.”

Arab normalization with Israel

This new public alliance tangibly materialized in 2020 with the signing of the Abraham Accords and the normalization of ties between Israel and the UAE, Sudan, Morocco and Bahrain (the latter is a Shia majority nation ruled by a Sunni royal family). Certainly, it ended years of speculation that there were indirect, covert ties between Tel Aviv and several Arab states.

However, it is important to differentiate between the policies of these governments and the popular sentiments among their citizens. According to an opinion poll carried out between 2019-2020 by the Qatar-based Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS), the majority of the Arab world (88 percent) opposes any normalization with Israel. This includes the Persian Gulf: “Refusal to recognize Israel is proportionally the highest in the Gulf region,” the report found.

Nevertheless, last month’s Negev Summit ushered in an unprecedented level of security cooperation between Israel and Arab states and may be a precursor to an ‘Arab-Israeli NATO‘ equivalent intent on confronting the Axis of Resistance, especially over heightened fears of a nuclear-powered Iran, should efforts in Vienna to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) fail.

The Palestinian issue

After the humiliating and resounding failures of pan-Arab nationalism to liberate occupied Palestine following the Six Day War in 1967, Egypt lost its position as the leader of the Arab world. This was cemented after Egypt made peace with Israel under Anwar Sadat in 1979, the same year as Iran’s Islamic Revolution.

As one of, if not the most pressing and long-standing Arab and Muslim issues of our time, the Palestinian cause was essentially abandoned by the Sunni Arab leadership, only to be championed by the Islamic Republic of Iran and its regional allies. Symbolically, the first statesman to visit revolutionary Iran was Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat who was given keys to what was once the Israeli diplomatic mission-turned Palestinian embassy, as it remains to this day. “We shall liberate the land of Palestine under the leadership of Imam Khomeini,” Arafat declared during his historic visit.

Significantly, during the 1990s, Iran’s support to Palestinians was not merely diplomatic but military too, as Iran has consistently been the main patron of Palestinian armed resistance factions Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), something acknowledged by the movements themselves.

Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement, itself established with the help of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), has also been instrumental in assisting Palestinian factions in training and developing weapons capabilities. Early last year, IRGC Aerospace Force commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh stated, “All the missiles you might see in Gaza and Lebanon were created with Iran’s support.”

‘Iranian-backed’ doesn’t make these ‘Shia causes’

Well before the Abraham Accords, there were signs that a regional narrative was being developed to aid Arab autocrats in breaking with the popular causes of the Arab/Muslim world, namely resistance to Zionism and western imperialism.

Two years after King Abdullah’s ‘Shia crescent’ narrative began to be employed, the 2006 Lebanon-Israel war broke out. Although a historic ‘Arab nation’ victory against Israel was achieved that year, in a new public turn, the Arab League and the Saudis in particular were instead scathing in their criticism of Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah for what they said was an unprovoked and irresponsible conflict.

We have now reached an epoch, whereby vocal or material support for a plethora of resistance efforts in West Asia is seen as being ‘Shia’ or even ‘Persian’ rather than Arab or Muslim causes. These include the central issue of Palestine, as after all at the crux of it – that is to say armed struggle – it is only the Resistance Axis that now provides support where it materially matters.

The Palestinian cause has not always been a ‘Shia’ cause, argues Hussain Abdul-Hussain of the pro-Israel Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, who alludes to the anti-Palestinian sentiments in South Lebanon before the rise of Hezbollah. He claims – a criticism parroted by the pro-west Sunni monarchs – that Iran “found in Palestine a good tool to undermine the sovereignty of Arab Sunni governments” and to win over support from “Arab Sunni masses.” This assessment disregards the fact that even before the revolution, under the rule of Iran’s Shah, Iran’s religious and secular opponents were popularly pro-Palestine and opposed the Shah’s support of Israel.

Who else will oppose Zionism and western imperialism?

In Iraq, there is a lingering threat from pockets of ISIS remnants and legitimate grievances about continuing US military presence, which is likely to continue for years to come. Both of these threats to Iraqi sovereignty have been targeted by “Iranian-backed Shia militia,” many who are an integral part of Iraq’s armed forces in the form of the PMUs. Ironically, these anti-ISIS forces were in fact initiated by a religious ruling from within Iraq, independent of Iran’s diktats.

The world’s worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, is in Yemen which has been bombed and besieged almost relentlessly for seven years by a US/UK-backed and armed, Saudi-led coalition. Yemen’s resistance to this foreign aggression is led by the Ansarallah movement and its allied Yemeni armed forces. Here too, the Arab Sunni monarchs’ narrative has played a nefarious role, labelling Yemen’s resistance as ‘Shia,’ where in fact they are mainly Zaidis, who are in many ways closer to Hanafi Sunnis and who pray in Sunni mosques. As Iran and its regional axis support anti-imperialism, they are naturally more aligned to the Yemeni resistance, who are almost always now labelled as ‘Iran-backed’ or ‘Shia’ for their resistance against decades of exploitation and subjugation by Saudi Arabia.

For the divisive case of Syria, supporting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the state against the aggressions of hostile states has also been cast as a ‘Shia’ cause, despite the fact that Syria’s Shia community – not to be confused with the Alawites – form a very small minority in the majority-Sunni country. Yet when contextualized as an important actor in the Axis of Resistance, in particular as a transit point between Iran and Lebanon and occupied Palestine, the sectarian designation becomes apparent.

The common denominator for these conflicts is that there is an opposing force to the Axis of Normalization and its US backer. It has become imperative, especially for the burgeoning Sunni Arab-Israeli alliance, for these forces to be deliberately cast as ‘Iranian-supported Shia proxies’ in order to dampen their own populations’ support for popular resistance.

Arab and Muslim populations everywhere would otherwise likely support operations to purge western military interventionism and Israel’s aggressions from West Asia. But say ‘Iran,’ ‘Persia’ or ‘Shia’ and the Arab Sunni elite manage to confuse and quash mass popular resentment of their own malign behaviors.

The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of The Cradle.

Iran on Ukraine: opposes war, but backs Russia’s red line against NATO expansionism  

Iran’s call for restraint in the Ukraine conflict also comes amid stronger ties with Russia and mutual security concerns.

March 04 2022

By Zafar Mehdi

As the Ukraine crisis escalates, it would be naive to claim that the Russian military operation in a former Soviet Republic unfolded without any provocation. Even prominent US foreign policy analysts concede events were driven in great part by Kiev’s dangerous drift toward the western military bloc.

But this provocation came less from Kiev than from the US and its NATO allies, which, since 2014, have egged on Ukraine’s confrontational stances toward its Russian neighbor. Today, the world has been split in two: those who support Russia’s military intervention and those who oppose it on a myriad of grounds.

Iran’s position on what looks like a precursor to a new Cold War — wherein western powers use Ukraine as a pawn to challenge Russia’s regional dominance — is defined by political pragmatism and strategic interests.

The developments over the past few months on the Ukrainian border show how the US-led military alliance set the stage for Russia’s military action in its neighborhood, barely six months after NATO’s botched exit from Afghanistan, where millions are now teetering on the brink of death and starvation.

Iran’s foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, in a 24 February statement, made it abundantly clear when he blamed the simmering crisis in Ukraine on “NATO’s provocative acts” while asserting that war was “not a solution.”

“We do not see resorting to war as a solution,” Iran’s top diplomat asserted. “Establishing a ceasefire and focusing on a political and democratic solution is a necessity.”

NATO expansionism

The remarks outlined Tehran’s stance on the recent turn of events in Ukraine — NATO must stop fanning the flames of war, and Russia and Ukraine must show restraint and not fall into the vicious trap of descending into further violence and potentially widening the conflict.

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh, in a separate statement, also referred to the US-led NATO’s “provocations,” while noting that the Eurasia region was on the verge of “entering a pervasive crisis.”

He said Iran calls on the warring parties to “end hostilities” through dialogue, and reiterated the “need to observe international and humanitarian law in military conflicts.”

Iranian government spokesperson, Ali Bahadori Jahromi, also issued a statement in late February, reacting to the developments in Ukraine, and echoed the same concerns of a “growing and provocative trend of NATO’s eastward expansion.”

Notably, Iran’s relations with the western military alliance — which has been overtly complicit in the US “economic terrorism” against the Islamic Republic — have been marked by hostility and bitterness for years.

On Tuesday, in agreement with Moscow’s position, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei blamed the conflict on US policies, while also calling for an end to the war. “The root cause of the Ukraine crisis is the US and the west’s policies,” he said during a televised speech.

“In my opinion, today Ukraine is also the victim of such policy. Today, the Ukraine situation is related to this US policy. The US has dragged Ukraine to this point,” he added.

Iran and Russia’s strategic alignment

At the same time, Tehran’s ties with Moscow have scaled new heights in recent years, partly due to the west’s hard-nosed policies toward the two countries, and partly due to rapidly changing geopolitical and geoeconomic dynamics.

The political transition in Tehran last year – from reformists to conservatives – did not affect these changing equations. In fact, the new Iranian administration, led by former judiciary chief, Ebrahim Raisi, has made regional eastern powers like Russia and China the focus of his foreign policy.

Raisi was one of the first world leaders on Thursday to contact Russian President Vladimir Putin, several hours after the military operation was announced. In their brief conversation, Iran’s president termed NATO’s eastward expansion “a serious threat to the security of independent countries.”

He also expressed hope that the unfolding events would “benefit countries in the region,” suggesting that Iran was not in principle opposed to Russia’s bid to put an end to foreign meddling in Ukraine — where western footprints have alarmingly increased since the February 2014 western-backed unconstitutional takeover — but it was also not in favor of war and bloodshed.

For his part, Putin told his Iranian counterpart that the current situation was “a legitimate response to decades of violations of security treaties and Western efforts to undermine Russia’s security.”

What has brought Iran and Russia closer in recent years are growing hostilities between the two countries and the west. Moscow has presented itself as an all-weather-ally for Iran, passionately advocating Iran’s causes in international forums, in particular the 2015 nuclear deal. The two countries have also found themselves on the same side, as in Syria, resisting forces backed by hostile states.

This friendship was on full display during Raisi’s maiden visit to Moscow last month. In a power-packed speech to Russia’s State Duma, he read the obituary of America’s global hegemony, and indicted NATO for “threatening the interests of independent countries.” The standing ovation from Russian lawmakers demonstrated that the two nations were on the same page.

During the visit, the Iranians and Russians agreed to finalize their long-term strategic agreement, increase their bilateral trade to $10 billion, and work together on developing new nuclear power plants in Iran. They also vowed to cooperate in regional matters, including Afghanistan, Yemen and Syria.

Iran’s independent foreign policy

That, however, doesn’t imply Iran is ready to outsource its foreign policy to Moscow. Iran’s cooperation with Russia is inherently and primarily tied to its strategic interests. In his speech to the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) summit in Doha recently, President Raisi declared his country’s readiness to supply natural gas to the world, including Europe, as Iran has one of the largest natural gas reserves in the world.

He hastened to add that sanctions imposed by “hegemonic powers” on “free nations” have been rendered ineffective, while calling for closer cooperation among gas exporting countries to nullify the impact of sanctions.

Raisi’s remarks arguably displayed an example of statesmanship and a fiercely independent foreign policy — trying to calm tensions in the global energy market while sending a clear and powerful message to arch-foes.

His oil minister, Javad Ojhi, later repeated the call, saying Iran has the “necessary capacity” to offer gas to regional countries, even Europe.

An opportunity in Vienna?

With Iran offering to be a possible substitute for Russia — at least in the short-term — to prevent the disruption in global energy markets, this gives it some hefty leverage in nuclear talks in Vienna, as they enter the final stretch.

There is already speculation about the possibility of the Ukraine crisis impacting Vienna talks. The complicit role of US-led NATO in pitting Ukraine and Russia against each other, and its failure to rein in Moscow, shows the power center moving from west to east.

Western sanctions against Moscow, also make Russia more reluctant to cooperate with the Europeans and the US over reviving the nuclear deal. This in turn also gives Iran an added advantage in Vienna.

The crisis in Ukraine will only further embolden Tehran in its nuclear ambitions and reinforce decades of distrust and skepticism of pledges by the US. “Western powers’ support of puppet regimes and governments is a mirage, it is not real,” Khamenei insisted during this week’s address.

As Amir-Abdollahian said last Saturday, Iran has made its red lines clear to western parties, and is ready to conclude a “good deal,” provided the other parties show “real (political) will.”

Sources in Vienna told The Cradle on Thursday that in the past few days, the US has been forced to deliver those goods, with only minor — but important — details left to be ironed out.

So the ball is in the west’s court: to make a deal in Vienna and peace in Kiev.

The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of The Cradle.

الثورة في إيران.. أصوات من السطوح وأجهزة التسجيل

الجمعة 11 شباط 2022

المصدر: الميادين نت

محمد عيسى

خرج الإيرانيون، أمس، إلى سطوح منازلهم من أجل التكبير، عملاً بتقليد يعود إلى أيام الكفاح الثوري الشاقّ، لكنّ التكبير لم يكن إلاّ فعلاً واحداً من تشكيلة واسعة من الأدوات المستخدَمة لكسر احتكار الشاه للسلطة.

الثورة في إيران.. كيف تحوّلت السطوح وأجهزة التسجيل إلى أسلحة شعبية؟

إن كانت الثورات القومية، في أوروبا وآسيا والقارتين الأميركيتين، خرجت من قوالب مطابع شبيهة بتلك التي ابتكرها يوهان غوتنبرغ، فإنّ القرن العشرين حمل للسلالات الملكية تهديداً أسوأ من الطباعة، تمثّلَ بالإذاعات وأجهزة البث والتسجيل والاستماع، والتي أعادت إلى المخيال العام قدرته على ابتكار الجماعة ضمن حدود وسيادة بيّنة.

يمكن تحديد استراتيجيات الجماعة الثورية في إيران في أواخر العقد السابع من القرن العشرين ضمن نقاط بسيطة ومبسترة، كالإضرابات العامة والاحتجاجات الشعبية وتعطيل البازار، أو حتى الاشتباك مع قوات الشرطة الرسمية والسرية (السافاك). لكن الثورة، في طرفيها غير المتعادلَي القوى، تأخذ – كما هي العادة – أشكالاً وأساليب أشدّ دقةً وأعمق تجذُّراً في الثقافة السائدة ونمط العلاقات والتراتبيات الاجتماعية القائمة، بما في ذلك تلك الهوامش المهمَلة. وهذا ما يعبّر عنه عالِم الإنسان والسياسة جيمس سكوت، بكياسة، في قوله إنّ أي علاقة بين النخب المسيطرة والمحكومين هي “نضال مادي إلى حد كبير، يواصل فيه الطرفان البحث باستمرار عن نقاط الضعف واستغلال المنافع الصغيرة”.

تُظهر الثورة في إيران تحوّل الحق في الكلام وواجب الاستماع إلى ميدان لنزاعات السلطة. الشاه وحده من يستحق التحدث باسم الشعب، والآخرون مجرّد شهود، عليهم واجب الإصغاء. هكذا، أصبح “السافاك” لا مجرد سلطة قهرية تحاكم نيّات الفعل فقط، وإنما نيّات الكلام أيضاً، مهرقة في ذلك دماء المعارضين، وإن كانوا على تماس مع القداسة الدينية، وهذا ما عبّر عنه اقتحام جنود الشاه للمدرسة الفيضية في قم، بعد أيام من إلقاء السيد روح الله الخميني خطاباً نارياً هناك ضد الشاه، بحيث ارتُكبت مجزرة راح ضحيتها العشرات من الطلبة، قبل أن يصطف الجنود من جديد حاملين شعارهم البائد “الخلود للملك”. 

مارست سلطات الشاه مختلف أنواع القمع، من التعذيب وتلف الأعضاء حتى الاعتقال والنفي، داخلياً وخارجياً، لكن قنوات الثورة لم تغلَق أبداً، وإن تعرّضت لضربات موجعة، كما في حالة نفي زعيمها الخميني إلى النجف العراقية، ثم إلى نوفل لوشاتو الفرنسية، حيث كان على الخميني أن يرضخ لانقطاعه عن الاتصال المباشر بقاعدته الجماهيرة، وانفصاله عن المؤسسة الحوزوية في قم، والتي تحوّلت في الستينيات والسبعينيات إلى جبهة متقدّمة في وجه الشاه. 

لكنّ الخميني وأنصاره، الذين اندمج بعضهم في شبكات سرية، استطاعوا أن يبتكروا حِيَلهم الجديدة، وفق تعبير سكوت، لمقاومة السلطات، بما في ذلك تحويل المراسيم الدينية، كصلاة الجمعة والإحياءات الحسينية، ووسائل الاتصال الجماهيرية العلمانية، إلى أدوات لنشر البيانات المحرّضة والخطابات الدينية، التي تحثّ على مواجهة الشاه ونظامه، والالتحاق بصفوف الثورة. 

يقدّم الفيلسوف الفرنسي ميشيل فوكو، في مقالات ضمن تغطيته الصحافية للثورة الإيرانية، وصفاً للتفاعلات الاجتماعية التي أعادت تشكيلها الثورة ضمن مصهرها الخاص، فيكتب، في مقالٍ بعنوان “في انتظار عودة الإمام”، قائلاً “غُرست أمام المنازل أغصان كبيرة من الأشجار، توقَدُ عليها عند حلول الظلام مصابيح بيضاء وحمراء وخضراء: إنّها أفراح “الفِتْية” الذين قُتلوا لتوِّهم. وفي النهار، كان الملالي (رجال الدين) يتحدثون بعنف في المساجد ضد الشاه والأميركيين، وضد الغرب وماديته. ويَدْعون، باسم القرآن والسنّة، إلى الكفاح ضد هذا النظام بأسره. فإذا ضاقت المساجد بروادها، ولم تتسع للجمهور، وُضِعت مكبرات الصوت في الشارع. فكانت القرية بأسرها، والحي بأسره، يردّدان تلك الأصوات المفزعة… وسُجِّل كثير من تلك الخطب الدينية، وانتشرت أشرطتها في كل إيران. وأسمعني إياها في طهران كاتب أبعد ما يكون عن رجال الدين، ولم يكن ذلك يُشعره بالحياء ولا بالحرج ولا بالتردد أو الخوف”.

توضح ملاحظات فوكو الآنفة أشكالاً متعدّدة للاحتجاج جرى اعتمادها من جانب الثوريين، والتي تبدأ باستذكار ضحايا الثورة وفِتْيتها، لا على مدار اليوم وحده، بل في الليل أيضاً، وتمتد إلى الاستفادة من المكان الديني، الذي كان في السابق مقتصراً على ممارسة الطقوس الروحانية الجماعية، في عملية إنتاج “روحانية سياسية” (وفق تعبير فوكو) تُنتج شكلاً جديداً للحكم، ولا تنتهي بالطبع عند إشارة فوكو إلى توحّد الجماعة الثورية من خلال السماع، ليسمع الأهالي الخطابات بصورة جماعية وعامة، وليصبح الكاتب العلماني جزءاً من الصيرورة الثورية، وإن كان في مقدمتها رجالُ دين.

يمكن رسم خريطة صوتية للثورة الإيرانية، تضم أناشيد محمد كلريز مثلاً، جنباً إلى جنب نداءات المحتجّين الموجَّهة إلى القوات العسكرية كي لا يطلق إخوتهم الرصاص، وهدير الجماهير الهادرة في شوارع طهران وقم وأصفهان وغيرها من المحافظات، والتكبيرات الصادرة في جنح الليل من على سطوح المنازل، بعد حظر السلطات للتجوّل، والأشرطة الموزَّعة سراً لتُسمَع في خلوات المنازل. 

تُعَدُّ الثورة الإيرانية أحد أبرز النماذج عن تحوّل أشرطة الكاسيت إلى أدوات ثورية، بالمعنى الحرفي للكلمة. ففي عام 1978، عندما كان الخميني منفياً في ضواحي باريس، كانت وسائله للاتصال بمواطنيه تقلَّصت، لتصير مقتصرةً على التواصل عبر ممثلين، ومن خلال استخدام أشرطة الكاسيت، بحيث كان يقوم شخص، لديه علاقة ما بشركة الهاتف، بإجراء مكالمة جماعية في إيران، ثم تدار الخطبة عبر خط الهاتف، ليقوم الثوريون بتسجيلها مباشرةً، ثم يتابعون تسجيلها عبر عشرات آلاف المراكز السرية، لتوزَّع لاحقاً بكثافة في مختلف المحافظات. 

هذه الشبكة الواسعة والعفوية، إلى حدّ كبير، نجحت في إحداث اختراق في أنظمة الرقابة الملكية، وسرت من دون رادارات السافاك، وبتوزيع شبكي لا رأس له كي يُطاحَ، وهذا ما منح الثورة زخماً شعبياً يصعب وقفه أو صدّه. 

احتفل الإيرانيون، اليوم، بحلول الذكرى الـ43 للثورة. الشوارع امتلأت بالجماهير والمواكب السيّارة، بعد ليلة من التكبير فوق السطوح، عملاً بتقليد شرّعته الثورة. الثورة انتصرت، لكن الإيرانيين لا يرون أن كل أهدافها تحققت، وخصوصاً مع استمرار عزلتهم المفروضة بفعل العقوبات. وعلى الرغم من ذلك، فإن إيران تحقق عدة اختراقات في كسر جدران العزلة، وهم يعرفون أنّ أدوات فرض الاعتراف يمكن أن تبدأ بتكبيرات السطوح، وعبر أجهزة التسجيل، وتتقدّم صعوداً نحو ترسانة كاملة من أساليب المعارضة الجديدة.  

Millions of Iranians celebrate anniversary of Islamic Revolution

February 10, 2022

Iranians celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution with massive rallies

On the 43rd anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, President Ebrahim Raisi confirms that his country is continuing its balanced relations with the countries of the region.

Iranians celebrate the anniversary of Islamic Revolution.

Millions commemorate the victory of the Islamic Revolution

Today, Iranians commemorated the 43rd anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, taking into account health recommendations to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

Marches by cars and motorbikes took place in most provincial centers, including the Iranian capital, Tehran.


📽 تزامنا مع ذكرى انتصار الثورة الإسلامية، مسيرة السيارات في مدينة گرگان شمال ايران.

🌹 ذكرى انتصار #الثورة_الإسلامية pic.twitter.com/evYToUOlPw— Ali (@Ali10551855) February 11, 2022

The Iranian paratroopers witnessed air shows, balloons, and colored papers were thrown from the Azadi Tower, in addition to helicopters dropping flowers on the marching parade. 

أجواء ساحة #ازادي (شارع التحریر) في ذكرى انتصار الثورة الإسلامية في العاصمة #طهران pic.twitter.com/pX4xADPQQy— hassan roustami (@hassanrastagar) February 11, 2022

About 200 foreign correspondents and photographers and more than 6000 Iranian correspondents and photographers covered the celebration ceremonies across the country, according to the IRNA news agency.

The Iranian people across the country chanted “God is great” last night, and the country’s sky was decorated with fireworks to commemorate the victory of the Islamic Revolution.

Islamic Revolution echoes ‘freedom, morality, rationality and justice’ 

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi speaking during a ceremony marking the 43rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Tehran, Iran February 10, 2022.(Reuters)

“We pin hope on our people. We never pin hope on either New York or Vienna,” said Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

On the 43rd anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Raisi said that “In our foreign policy, we seek balanced relations with the world and attach special importance to neighboring countries.”

The president emphasized that February 11th is a message of hope for the Iranian people and all the oppressed of the world, and it is “a day of God,” noting that “what the Islamic Revolution is echoing is ‘freedom, morality, rationality and justice’ and these slogans are still alive.” 

He added that the victory of the revolution “that the victory of the Islamic Revolution was a bombshell of light”.

The Iranian president expressed his hope to achieve economic as well as political independence, stressing that his country will take colossal and giant steps in the field of economic independence.

Raisi stressed that the country’s development depends on national unity, and “we are working to overcome the social obstacles that the Iranian people are suffering from.”

Raisi considered that “the Islamic Revolution has its roots in people’s support because grassroots are those who formed it and they continue nurturing its path”, adding that the Islamic Revolution cannot accept corruption and oppression and that the revolution has witnessed several phases and overcome different conspiracies by the enemies.

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Sayyed Nasrallah: Any Israeli Attack on Hezbollah Precision-guided Missiles Will Lead to All-out War

 February 9, 2022

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah stressed that the Resistance Party deals seriously with the Israeli intimidation, wondering whether the Zionist enemy can implement its threats.

In an interview with Al-Alam News Network, Sayyed Nasrallah indicated that the umber of Hezbollah fighters is unprecedented in the history of the resistance movements, emphasizing that any Israeli military attack on Lebanon will lead to an all-out war.

Sayyed Nasrallah indicated that the Zionist threats to attack Hezbollah precision-guided missiles cannot be implemented, adding that the Resistance rocketry power is distributed over numerous locations.

Regarding the air defense systems of the Resistance, Sayyed Nasrallah clarified that Hezbollah has been developing military units tasked to face the Zionist drones, rejecting to disclose Hezbollah capabilities in facing the Israeli warplanes.

Sayyed Nasrallah indicated that Hezbollah will unveil several military surprises during the upcoming war with the Zionist enemy, adding that the Resistance does not want to engage in a war but that it is not afraid of it.

Hezbollah leader underscored the national affiliation of the Lebanese Resistance, adding that Hezbollah has the right to question the affiliation of certain political parties in Lebanon.

Sayyed Nasrallah indicated that the failure of the military choice against Hezbollah, turned the enemies into the economic war in order to blame the Resistance for its consequences.

Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that Hezbollah takes its decisions independently, adding that the Iranians do not interfere in the Lebanese domestic affairs, including the parliamentary elections.

Sayyed Nasrallah highlighted the major influence of the Gulf countries and the United States of America on the Lebanese affairs, adding that the US treasury completely controls the Lebanese banking sector.

Refuting the claims of the anti-resistance political parties in Lebanon as baseless, Sayyed Nasrallah underscored the US military influence on the Lebanese army.

Sayyed Nasrallah cited several US attempts to start a direct dialogue with Hezbollah, telling the Americans that they work as spies in favor of the Zionist entity.

Hezbollah does not interfere in the issue of the maritime border demarcation because it does not recognize the existence of ‘Israel’, according to Sayyed Nasrallah who noted that the Lebanese state is concerned with identifying the borders.

Sayyed Nasrallah reiterated Hezbollah stance which rejects any kind of normalizing ties between Lebanon and the Zionist entity, stressing that Hezbollah support to the Yemeni people against the KSA-UAE war is not an intervention in the Saudi-Emirati affairs.

Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out that the decision of the former prime minister Saad Hariri to withdraw from the parliamentary elections is unfortunate and will affect the Lebanese politics, adding that Al-Mustaqbal absence will not by necessity reinforce extremism in the Sunni sect.

Sayyed Nasrallah indicated that Hezbollah participation in the parliamentary elections is aimed at protecting the resistance, adding that some political parties will run the elections on the basis of antagonizing the resistance.

Hezbollah Secretary General noted that the two-state solution in Palestine is rejected by the Israelis and the Americans, adding that the Zionist enemy wants merely the security coordination with the Palestinian Authority.

Since Al-Quds Sword battle, the occupied West Bank has been witnessing a rising resistance movement, according to his eminence who added  considering that this troubles the Israelis.

Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized that the Palestinian people are committed to the resistance path despite the normalization deals, adding that the people is Saudi, Bahrain and Emirates reject the normalization deals.

Sayyed Nasrallah also highlighted the Algerian stance pertaining the Palestinian cause, underscoring its rejection of granting ‘Israel’ the observer status in the African Union.

Sayyed Nasrallah indicated that the United Arab Emirates involved itself in the war on Yemen, adding that the Yemeni response was decided by Ansarullah Movement solely.

Hezbollah leader pointed out that the global war on Syria has ended without achieving its targets, citing the continuation of the US plunder of the Syrian resources in the North and East.

Sayyed Nasrallah also highlighted the attempt to re-activate ISIL terrorist group in Syria and Iraq, underscoring caution in face of this scheme.

Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that Hezbollah has imposed on the Israelis a formula that includes responding to any Zionist attack on the Resistance posts in Syria.

Meanwhile, Sayyed Nasrallah indicated that the Bahraini people is still holding protests despite the regime’s policy of arrest and persecution.

Sayyed Nasrallah said that recalling the memories of Imam Khomeini arrival in Tehran and the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979 inspire happiness, adding that Imam Khomeini’s character played a vital role in the victory.

Sayyed Nasrallah noted that, during the Shah term, 60,000 US advisors used to rule the various administrative, military and economic domains in Iran.

Sayyed Nasrallah further stressed that Iran itself, not its allies, will respond forcefully to any Israeli attack.

Sayyed Nasrallah confirmed that Iran is a strong nation that preserves its own sovereignty, adding the US threats to attack it are a mere verbal intimidation.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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Iran at 43: Linking with & learning from the world’s other great revolutions

February 06, 2022

Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for PressTV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. He is the author of Socialisms Ignored Success: Iranian Islamic Socialism’ as well as ‘I’ll Ruin Everything You Are: Ending Western Propaganda on Red China’, which is also available in simplified and traditional Chinese.

By Ramin Mazaheri and cross-posted with PressTV

We shouldn’t be surprised the West doesn’t understand the Iranian Islamic Revolution, even after 43 years. After all, they don’t even understand their own political revolutions.

I’m writing a new book on the brutal repression of the Yellow Vests in France – which should be out before April’s election – and it’s forced me to freshen up on my modern Western political history, which begins with the French Revolution of 1789.

Ask an average Frenchman, and I have asked many – they aren’t taught much about their own revolution, and certainly not the era of Robespierre and Danton.

They are told to have – even if the average Frenchman implicitly feels this is wrong – an ambivalent attitude towards the man who did more than anyone to solidify and defend the primary principles of the French Revolution: Napoleon Bonaparte.

Nor are they taught the history of the mid-late 19th century, when the birth of Western Liberal Democracy created not just famines on purpose in places like Iran, India, Ireland and elsewhere, but the inequalities and catastrophes which literally created the Third World as we know it today. They don’t know who I am talking about when I bring up Adolphe Thiers, the French liberal politician who collaborated with the German Empire’s Bismarck to lay siege to France’s capital for months in what’s known as the Paris Commune of 1871. The treasons of Western Liberal Democracy are as hushed up as they are rewarded – Thiers became the first president of France’s Third Republic.

This is not to denigrate the average Frenchman’s intelligence whatsoever – they are denied a modern political education in a domestic intellectual famine routinely imposed by Western Liberal Democracy. Nor is France exceptional, because the same goes for places like the United States, where the greatest political system ever in the history of mankind was established… by slaveowners who waged merciless war on the aboriginal peoples.

The UK is the most screwed up, being the intractable counter-reactionary subversive of every progressive political movement since 1789, yet somehow seeing in its own mirror the beacon of fair play.

Iran’s primary revolutionary motto was to refuse defining itself in contrast to the history of others: “Neither East nor West but the Islamic Republic”. Admirable, certainly, but after 43 years Iran’s revolution has become entrenched in global political history as the most successful political revolution of our contemporary era. That’s not an opinion – who is even close?

Thus, after 43 years the Iranian Revolution must be seen as what it is: a spectacularly successful redistribution of income and political power towards the lower classes – via totally unprecedented principles and methods – in a revolution which can now only be compared with 1789 and the Soviet Union in 1917.

This is true even if the West cannot see it; even if the West, led by the UK (as always), wages war on it.

They all start the same – down with the privileges of kings and the arrogant

What is the fundamental basis of the Iranian Revolution, even more than national sovereignty? It is the abolishment of monarchy.

Monarchy: the cardinal sin of domestic politics, just as invasion is the cardinal sin of international politics.

It’s truly the root of all political evils; it creates humanity’s most appalling privileges, arrogance and anti-social behavior; it exists today all over Europe and, due to Europe’s propping up, it exists across the Muslim world; it’s truly the first globalist class! Iran continued a fight started in 1789.

Modern political history begins in 1789 because it begins with the fight against the absolute autocracy of monarchy, and humanity’s shift towards greater and greater democracy. It does not begin in 1688 with England’s Glorious Revolution because all that faux-revolution did was legitimise monarchical oligarchy, which still exists today in England, in Saudi Arabia, in Morocco, and in all monarchies because that’s what monarchy is: collusion on behalf of a few against democracy, equality and humanity.

Monarchies, we must always remember, are the worst of all theocracies: the king claims to be God on earth, and even divine. This is not just despicable but socially and politically reactionary. It took until 1789 for the Eastern Hemisphere to realise this; some have learned, but some still have not and chant “God save the Queen”.

The West is ok with monarchy. They are ok with a privileged few. They are ok with inequality. They are ok with invasions. They think Western Liberal Democracy is the apex of political morality.

That’s all not just immoral, but it’s certainly nonsense history.

It may be interesting to supporters of the Iranian Islamic Revolution to know what did Napoleon say was perhaps his biggest mistake? Restoring the property of the old nobility, whom he had allowed back to France in an amnesty.

He did these things in a misguided effort to heal a country truly torn by years of civil war, which is what all revolutions essentially require; in a country whose revolution was attacked by all the monarchies of Europe (which is to say all of Europe, as 1789 was the first salvo against aristocratic privilege, let’s recall) almost ceaselessly for 20 years. The “Napoleonic Wars” are more accurately titled “the Wars Against the French Revolution”.

If we cautiously assume that they are over, the wars against the Iranian Revolution were shorter – only the bloodiest conflict of the last quarter of the 20th century – but the multinational coalition was just as big. And it even included the USSR, let’s recall.

Why? Because of the historic political advancement behind the Iranian Islamic Revolution.

Ultimately, the French Revolution restored the nobles and thus only nationalised the wealth of the Roman Catholic clergy. They only ended monarchy. (Napoleon was voted emperor by millions of people, and the “voted” part is what made it a spectacular political advance for its era, and not just another typical monarchy.)

The Russian Revolution went further: it restored to the people the wealth of both the clergy and the monarchy, fully empowering the lower classes for the first time.

The Iranian Revolution’s genius is to also end monarchy and to fully empower the lower classes, but to not wage war on the clergy. 1979 empowered the lower classes while also elevated a politically righteous clergy, and in France, Russia, China, Cuba and elsewhere – this had never been done. The results have been a spectacular progress which puts Iran on the level of those historic political advances.

Iran has learned from the politically progressive lessons of 1789, as well as the lessons of 1917 (including not emulating their disastrously unpopular attempted eradication of religion), and now it humbly acts to create some lessons for their own people. Sadly, Iran’s acts inspire the same war by the privileged elite as they did in 1789 and 1917.

Every Iranian has witnessed the radical overturning of the political, economic and social pyramid since 1979. They also see the myriad number of failed Western client states, such as Egypt and Morocco – what Iran would have been had they not willed a popular revolution, and willed to maintain it.

Islam works politically, 1979 also proved. Even the Christian/secular/atheistic West is obsessed with Islam now – in stopping it from “competing in a free marketplace of ideas”, to use an oft-heard Western phrase. This is precisely because of the established success of 1979.

The current talk is that Washington is ready to restore the JCPOA. If so, great. If it’s followed by more stalling – perhaps this is just to give Joe Biden and the Democrats an election win for the midterms, or simply more time for their usual anti-revolutionary subversions – then we shouldn’t be surprised: Revolutionary France saw not just one but seven “Coalition Wars” to restore monarchy, privilege, feudalism, torture, inequality and the oppression of an aristocratic elite. They simply refused to make peace with the socio-political and socioeconomic advances of the French Revolution, which the French people democratically chose again and again and again.

If Iran wants to see its revolution continue it should learn from Napoleon: In 1814, during the 6th Coalition’s War Against the French Revolution, Paris – which hadn’t seen a foreign invader since Joan of Arc 400 years earlier – spectacularly fell without even a full day of fighting because the re-propertied nobles had spread defeatism, paid for subversion and colluded to reverse the French Revolution, which of course they still hated.

Iran has encouraged most exiles to return in an effort to heal the country – this is not necessarily the problem: Revolutionary France’s fault was in allowing inequality to return. Iran must ceaselessly implant the revolution’s principles and root out inequality, both political and economic – then the revolution can never be undemocratically subverted from within and from above, as both the French and Russian Revolutions ultimately were.

Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution

February, 01, 2022 – 10:52

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Islamic Revolution toppled the Pahlavi regime and established a new political system based on Islamic values and democracy after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned to Iran from exile on February 1, 1979.

Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
Iranians Mark 43rd Anniversary of Victory of Islamic Revolution
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Iran Redefining Regional Geopolitics, Ranking General Says

January 5, 2022

Top Military Aide to the Iranian Leader Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi

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A high-ranking Iranian general said the Islamic Republic and the resistance front have reshaped the geopolitics in the region.

In an address to the International Conference on Iran and Neighbors on Tuesday, Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, the top military adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei, said the current century will witness the Muslim world as a new pole of power with a cultural, civilizational, economic, and demographic nature that would put up great resistance against Western and Eastern powers.

The geopolitics of resistance means “changing the social, cultural (religious), economic, and military structures and processes of the Islamic Ummah (community) so as to gain freedom and independence and form the Islamic world’s power in competition with the dominating powers of the West and East at various national, regional, and global levels,” Rahim Safavi said, Press TV reported.

“The flag-bearer of this new geopolitics is the Islamic Revolution forces, the Islamic Awakening movements and the Resistance Front led by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution and the late founder of the Islamic Republic (Imam Khomeini),” he added.

Rahim Safavi also noted that following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the resistance focused on the issue of Palestine and the Zionist regime’s aggression and occupation, followed by the struggle against corrupt and oppressive governments in Islamic countries.

He also stressed Iran’s role in presenting and institutionalizing the concept of resistance after the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s imposed war against Iran in the 1980s.

The commander further cited Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement, Palestinian resistance groups, Iraq, and Syria as members of a new resistance bloc, saying, “With the birth of the Ansarullah movement in Yemen, this bloc or axis is having another official member today.”

“In fact, what has made the United States angry with the Islamic Republic is the process of generating power in Iran’s regional politics. This power has been created in the first layer in West Asia with the wise and courageous leadership of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution and the role of the Quds Force in the battlefield under the command of the martyred general, Qassem Suleimani,” he said.

“In parallel with the advent of the new arrangement or order led by the Islamic Republic in West Asia, based on the shared goal of countering American hegemony, Latin American countries, including Venezuela, Cuba, and Peru, have also strengthened their ties with the resistance front,” the general stated.

Source: Agencies

الجندي قاسم سليماني

الثلاثاء 3 كانون الثاني 2022

“الجندي قاسم سليماني – الجزء الأول” الفيلم عبارة عن سيرة ذاتية لحياة الشهيد قاسم سليماني، من الراعي الصغير الى القائد الشهيد.. يحتوي الفيلم على معلومات ومشاهد مؤثرة.. قاسم سليماني وعلاقته بوالديه وأهالي الشهداء والمستضعفين والعجزة، المجنّد قاسم سليماني، شارك في الدفاع عن ايران ضد الحرب العراقية، اصيبت يده اليمنى في اول عملية قتالية، تميّز بعلاقته الاخوية مع العسكر، حضنته السواتر الترابية الاولى ضد حرب صدام، قام بالقضاء على مافيا المخدرات معيدا الاستقرار الى محافظات ايران التي عبثت بها هذه المافيا، شباط 1998 اصبح قائداً لقوات القدس في الحرس الثوري الايراني. يمكننا ان نلخص سيرة ومسيرة الحاج قاسم من مدرب عسكري في معسكر القدس في كرمان، الى قائد حرب في عملية طريق القدس، القاضي لمافيا المخدرات العابثة في بعض المحافظات الايرانية، وصولا الى قائد قوات القدس.

– الجزء الأول

– الجزء الثاني

الشهيد قاسم سليماني: سورية لن تنساك

 د. فيصل المقداد*

الثلاثاء 3 يناير 2022

منذ انتصار الثورة الإسلامية في إيران بقيادة الإمام المرحوم روح الله الخميني، أدركت سورية بقيادة القائد الخالد حافظ الأسد أنّ القضية العربية، بصفتها قضية تحرّر من الاستعمار والإمبريالية ومواجهة مع العدوان والصهيونية، تكسب صديقاً كبيراً وحليفاً ثابتاً، ونشأت على أساس هذا الإدراك والوعي التاريخيّين صداقة عميقة بين الجمهورية العربية السورية والجمهورية الإسلامية في إيران، وعلى مدى سنوات ظلت هذه الصداقة تنمو وتتعمّق وتتجذر، وقد عرف مع ظهور المقاومة في لبنان وفلسطين وصعود قوّتها بدعم من سورية وإيران، الترجمة الحقيقية لمفهوم البلدين لأولوية الصراع مع كيان الإحتلال الجاثم على أرض فلسطين والذي يحتلّ الجولان السوري الحبيب وأراض لبنانية غالية، وجاء إنجاز تحرير جنوب لبنان عام 2000 ومن بعده تحرير غزة عام 2005 كثمرة لنضالات هاتين المقاومتين الباسلتين في لبنان وفلسطين، تأكيداً لقيمة الصداقة بين سورية وإيران ودورها في إعادة الاعتبار للقضية المركزية للعرب، قضية فلسطين، وللصراع مع كيان الاحتلال كعنوان لمفهوم الأمن القومي لدول وشعوب المنطقة، وللمقاومة كنهج لتحرير الأرض وحماية الكرامة الإنسانية…

وقد نمت هذه العلاقة وترسخت كواحدة من ركائز صناعة الاستقرار في المنطقة برعاية واهتمام مباشرين من الإمام علي الخامنئي والرئيس بشار الأسد، بصفتها نواة نظام إقليمي ضامن للاستقرار في مواجهة عهد الحروب الأميركية التي هدفت لتعميم الفوضى ونشر الإرهاب وإطاحة الاستقرار منذ مطلع القرن الواحد والعشرين.

جاء استهداف سورية بالحرب الكونية التي رعتها وقادتها واشنطن، وشاركت فيها حكومات وجيوش وأجهزة استخبارات ومؤسسات إعلامية عملاقة، ورصدت لها مقدرات مالية هائلة، والهدف واضح وهو إسقاط كلّ المعاني والأبعاد التي ترمز اليها سورية الواحدة والسيدة والمستقرة والقوية والمزدهرة، وقد أدركت القيادة الإيرانية وعلى رأسها الإمام الخامنئي هذه الحقيقة مبكراً، ووقفت بكلّ ثبات ووضوح وحزم الى جانب سورية وشعبها وجيشها وقائدها، وعلى مدى سنوات الحرب الظالمة على سورية وجد السوريون في إيران خير نصير، لم يبخل بالدم لمواجهة العدو الواحد الذي مثله ثنائي الاحتلال والإرهاب، خصوصاً بعدما انكشف عمق التحالف بين هذين العدوين، وعندما شهد العقد الأخير نهوضاً لشعوب المنطقة وحركات المقاومة فيها لمواجهة هذا العدوان الثنائي مدعوماً من كلّ قوى الشر في العالم، كانت سورية في طليعة صناع النصر على الإرهاب والاحتلال، وكانت العلاقة الإيرانية السورية ركيزة أساسية لهذه المواجهة ولصناعة الانتصار، وسيكتب التاريخ ملاحم البطولة التي سطرها السوريون ومعهم أخوة في الدم من شرفاء العالم وأحراره، وفي طليعتهم الحليفان الإيراني والروسي وقوى المقاومة.

عندما يكتب التاريخ هذه الملحمة الأسطورية للنصر على الإرهاب سيظهر إسم الشهيد القائد قاسم سليماني بأحرف من نور، وقد كان أحد أبرز القادة في هذه الحرب، ووقفوا على خطوط النار فيها، وتركوا بصمات واضحة في صفحاتها، ولن ينسى السوريون عندما يكتبون تاريخ معارك حلب ودير الزور وسواهما أن يتذكروا شراكة الدم مع هذا القائد وتضحياته.

عندما قرّرت قوات الاحتلال الأميركي اغتيال القائد سليماني، كانت تقدّم شهادتها بحجم الغيظ والإرباك الذي تسبّب به بوجوده ودوره لمخططات التقسيم والفوضى وتعميم الإرهاب التي رعتها وعملت على نشرها، وعندما ارتقى سليماني شهيداً شعر السوريون كما كلّ المقاومين والشرفاء والأحرار أنهم خسروا أحد رجالات الحرب على الإرهاب.

ستبقى الصداقة الإيرانية السورية ترسم خارطة طريق الحرية والتحرر والمقاومة والاستقرار والازدهار والاستقلال لشعوبنا، وسيبقى قاسم سليماني أحد رموز هذه الأخوة، وسيذكره السوريون كلما تذكروا شهداءهم وذكروا بطولاتهم.

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IRG Second-in-command to Al-Ahed: Any Folly against Iran Will Speed up the Zionist Entity’s Eradication

Jan 3 2022

Brigadier General Ali Fadavi

Mokhtar Haddad

Tehran – Deputy Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard [IRG], Brigadier General Ali Fadavi, emphasized in an interview with al-Ahed News that “the Islamic Revolution, which is about to turn 43, is carrying the emblem of righteousness; and over the span of its age, the front of injustice didn’t manage even once to achieve whatever small victory against it.”

In an interview marking the second martyrdom anniversary of former IRG Quds Force Commander, Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, and the Deputy Commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units, Hajj Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the IRG second-in-command commented on the latest Zionist threats against Iran as saying: “Indeed, once the mind stops playing its role, such follies from the Zionist officials happen to be.”

When the criminal US, and the world’s biggest murderer, which claims to be a major power, admits that it has conceded the worst defeat against the Islamic Republic, then the Zionist entity’s threats would never be real, as it doesn’t dare to move forward in this reckless adventure,” Brigadier General Fadavi said, underscoring that the “Zionist threats cannot be but propagandistic to make domestic gains.”

Fadavi explained further that this comes as the ‘Israeli’ entity is in a state of deep division from within, adding that “the Muslim nation is eagerly waiting such folly by the Zionist entity, which will hasten the divine promise awaited by all, which is the eradication of the usurper entity from the map.”

As for the Zionist confession of the criminal role in assassinating martyrs Soleimani, al-Muhandis, and their companions, Brigadier General Fadavi told al-Ahed News: “This is not new. We view the front of injustice led by the great Satan, the US, as one front aimed against us. Once any hostile action is carried out from any side in this front, we consider it from all of it. This is why we blame any evil action on the US itself.”

“Given that we hold the US responsible for any action against us, the US will never feel safe and at peace at any spot on Earth after it,” the IRG second-in-command made clear.

IRG Second-in-command to Al-Ahed: Any Folly against Iran Will Speed up the Zionist Entity’s Eradication
Old photo depicting Brigadier General Ali Fadavi and Lieutenant General Martyr Hajj Qassem Soleimani

Fadavi further addressed the peoples of resistance via al-Ahed News on the occasion: “We’ve achieved the Imam Khomeini-led Islamic Revolution, and since 30 years, we’ve been and will always be combatting under the wise leadership of Imam Khamenei.”

“Whatever we did was in accordance with the authentic Islam, following the path of Prophet Mohammad [PBUH], and implementing the rules of the Holy Quran, which clearly addresses us by saying there isn’t in life but two fronts and two parties: The party of Allah, and the party of the Satan. The Quran assures us that Allah wills that the party of Allah emerge victorious against the other party; and the party of Satan won’t emerge victorious in the battle against the party of Allah, not even once. This is a divine promise. Once we believe in it, nothing will make us doubt that this divine promise will be fulfilled.”

Fadavi further added that “The Islamic Revolution, almost 43 years old, carries this emblem of righteousness. And all over this period of time, the other front couldn’t make any single victory against this revolution, no matter how small it is.”

This interview was originally published in Arabic, click for more!

Quds Force Deputy Cmdr. to Al-Ahed: Resistance Men to Remain Firm on the Path of Martyr Soleimani

December 30 2021

By Mokhtar Haddad

Tehran – The Deputy Commander of the Quds Force in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard [IRG], Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Fallahzadeh [Abu Baqir], told Al-Ahed that “recent American and Zionist threats to the Islamic Republic of Iran are empty and are no more than propaganda campaigns that are part of their psychological warfare against Iran.”

“They will not achieve anything. The resistance soldiers will remain firm on the path of martyr Qassem Soleimani and will stand alongside the Leader of the Islamic Revolution on this path. They will remain steadfast until the divine promise of the demise of the Zionist entity and the disruption of America’s feeble projects in the region are fulfilled.”

In an exclusive interview with Al-Ahed on the occasion of the second anniversary of the martyrdom of Major General Qassem Soleimani, Commander Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, and their companions, Brigadier General Fallahzadeh sent his “deep condolences on this anniversary to Sahib Al-Zaman, the Leader of the Revolution, to the entire Islamic nation, and to the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Responding to a question about the Zionist entity’s recent acknowledgment of its role in the assassination, Fallahzadeh said: “In fact, the Zionist entity and America are two sides of the same coin – the front of falsehood. They have grown up in one trench throughout history, always preoccupied with suppressing popular uprisings and those with rights. From the era of the Messenger Muhammad [PBUH] to the stage of Ali al-Murtada [PBUH] and the pure imams [PBUT] and until now, that evil front is still fighting the front of truth. And since the victory of the Islamic Revolution until today, the enemy front has spared no effort to put down this revolution.”

“Their aim of assassinating martyr Soleimani was to extinguish the flame of the resistance, bring about geopolitical transformations in the region, and block the way for the Islamic Revolution and obstruct the path of its progress. Thank God they were unable to achieve their flimsy goals, and they will not achieve them in the future, too.”

“Both the Zionist entity and America are under the illusion that they are able to destroy the wheels of progress of the Islamic Revolution, but in light of our belief and under the wise leadership of the Islamic Revolution, they will not be able to achieve any of their miserable plans,” Fallahzadeh added. “We will continue on this path until the appearance of Imam Mahdi. On the other hand, they are the ones who are heading towards destruction and collapse, and every day we witness their fall into the cliff of decline. We see now how the Zionist entity is heading towards demise, collapse, and destruction, and we are also witnessing the decline and collapse of America’s power. Hence, the front of truth will always be victorious, and its strength will grow and increase day after day with glory and might.”

Regarding the recent wave of threats looming by both America and the Zionist entity, Brigadier General Fallahzadeh told Al-Ahed that “these empty threats are no more than propaganda campaigns that come in the context of their psychological warfare against the Islamic Republic, but they will not achieve anything from it. The resistance soldiers will remain firm on the path of martyr Qassem Soleimani and will stand alongside the Leader of the Islamic Revolution on this path. They will remain steadfast until the divine promise of the demise of the Zionist entity and the disruption of America’s feeble projects in the region are fulfilled.”

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