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Iranian Speaker: Era of US Hegemony Over

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani underlined that the era of the US hegemony is over and the world nations will no more allow others to interfere in their internal affairs.

"There was a time when America wanted to be sole power but this is over," Larijani said in Pakistan.

He said that invasions against Iraq and Afghanistan were the main mistakes committed by the US.

Larijani added that today the world Muslims are standing on the threshold of great changes. He said that United States and the Zionist regime have run out of their tricks to weaken the Muslim world.

In relevant remarks in May 2012, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said that developments in the West display that the world's arrogant powers are definitely on the verge of collapse.

"The front of oppression, arrogance and bullying is weakening and on the verge of demise despite its apparent hue and cry," Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a number of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) cadets in Tehran at the time.


Teenage protester shot dead amid clashes on Bahrain uprising anniversary

A teenage protester was killed in a village near the Bahraini capital Manama on Thursday, as demonstrators clashed with police during a rally marking the second anniversary of the country’s uprising.

According to the website of main Bahraini opposition group Wefaq, 16-year-old Ali Ahmed Ibrahim al-Jazeeri died in the village of Diya from what it alleged were internationally banned exploding bullets. The country’s interior ministry confirmed the death on its Twitter account, but did not release the identity of the deceased, AFP reported.

Protests started early in the morning in a few villages, as demonstrators marked the second anniversary of the beginning of the popular uprising in the country. According to the International Federation for Human Rights, at least 80 people have died in the violence over the past two years.

The latest rally also turned violent, with security forces firing shotguns and tear gas to disperse the protesters. Demonstrators retaliated by throwing petrol bombs at officers, witnesses said.

Nationwide protests are set to take place across Bahrain on Thursday and Friday following calls by opposition activists.

On Wednesday, Bahraini police fired tear gas and stun grenades in a crackdown on hundreds of protesters in the capital Manama. Demonstrators attempted to march to Pearl Square, which was occupied two years ago when the protest against the country’s ruling monarchy first began.

Peace in Bahrain can only be reached “through a dialogue, and the regime has to realize that,” Bahraini activist Dominic Kavakeb told RT.

“Realistically we are looking at two years, in which we’ve seen no reforms, we’ve seen nothing changed since the start of the uprising two years ago,” he added. “This really shows the lack of reforms, the continuous human right abuses, the continuous repressions taking place in the streets of Bahrain.”


Iran can help calm the situation in Syria: Larijani

Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has said that the Islamic Republic and Turkey can help restore peace in Syria, according to MNA.

Larijani made the remarks during a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Cemil Cicek on the sidelines of the first conference of parliamentary assembly of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) countries in Islamabad on Monday. 

Iran and Turkey can help calm the situation in Syria “particularly at the current atmosphere that the Zionist regime (of Israel) is exploiting the situation,” Larijani said. 

He also said that Tehran supports political reforms in Syria and believes that democracy cannot be established through “guns".

Larijani put emphasis on consultation between Iran and Turkey to help resolve the crisis in Syria.


Zionist entity folly will receive Iran military response: Cmdr. Salami

The second-in-command of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the Islamic Republic will strike back at Israel if the Zionist entity dares to strike Iranian nuclear sites.

 “If the Zionist regime [of Israel] commits the folly of attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities, our response to them will definitely be [a] military [one],” Brigadier General Hossein Salami said on Wednesday,according to Press TV.

The Iranian commander described the Islamic Republic as a unique establishment as it responds to “diplomacy with diplomacy, threat with threat, and strike with strike.”

“Our defense realities have taken shape based on swift blows, immediate reactions, and decisive and crushing attacks,” he stated.

Salami said Iran takes every enemy threat seriously, adding that the Islamic Republic has predicted suitable responses for every imaginable attack scenario.

"Diplomatic traditions are of little value to us at the time of enemy threats and what is important to us is the Islamic Republic’s military and tactical responses which will be crushing and devastating,” he added.

The United States, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran rejects the allegation, arguing that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Israel, the only possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, is widely known to have between 200 and 400 nuclear warheads.

The Israeli regime rejects all the regulatory international nuclear agreements -- the NPT in particular -- and refuses to allow its nuclear facilities to come under international regulatory inspections.


HRW slams occupation forces for violations in 8-day assault on Gaza

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has condemned the Israeli occupation forces  for violating the laws of war during its eight-day assault on the Gaza Strip in 2012.

"occupation forces too often conducted airstrikes that killed Palestinian civilians and destroyed homes in Gaza without apparent legal justification,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, the Middle East director at the HRW.

The international right organization’s field investigations into the attacks found no evidence of Palestinian fighters, weaponry, or other apparent military objectives at the time of the attack,according to Press TV.

Individuals who deliberately order or take part in attacks targeting civilians or civilian objects are responsible for war crimes, the right group noted.

 The report went on to say that several Israeli missiles have targeted civilians and civilian objects, such as houses and farm groves, without any apparent military objective.

Yet, under the laws of war, only military objectives - belligerent forces or objects that make an effective contribution to military action - may be targeted.

The HRW sent the details of the investigation to the Israeli military on January 14, 2013, calling for more information.

The rights group, however, did not wait for the occupation forces's  response and decided to release its report rather than wait for the Israeli officials’ investigation.

"tel aviv" has failed to provide information that would justify other attacks previously documented by Human Rights Watch, the group concluded.

On November 14, 2012 Israel launched a deadly offensive on the besieged Gaza Strip, which killed more than 160 Palestinians and injured some 1,200 others.

Gaza has been blockaded since June 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standards of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.

The Israeli regime denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement and adequate healthcare and education.