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Monday, 20 February 2017

Washington Wants Coalition of Sunni Régimes to Fight Iran

00 Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi. 06.12

Minister of Foreign Affairs S V Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi in 2012


The Saudis can’t even defeat the poorly-equipped Houthis in Yemen… good luck fighting a well-trained well-armed Moscow-backed military. We know it’s a badly abused cliché, but we really did laugh out loud after reading that Washington is “working to create a military alliance of Sunni Arab nations” to “counter” Iran. Close your eyes and imagine NATO. Are you seeing visions of an incompetent useless dinosaur that can’t tell the difference between a wedding party and a terrorist pow-wow? Now, clear your mind and imagine a NATO-like coalition with Egypt, Jordan, the KSA, and the UAE as members. Imagine that this coalition of medieval failures had one mission and one mission only… to provoke a war with Iran.

Typical. Washington finally realised that Americans have zero interest in starting a war with Iran, despite years of tireless propaganda portraying Tehran as an existential threat to humanity… or Israel, but what’s the difference, right? They’ve tried everything… even lobbing accusations that one can easily debunk with a simple Google search. Hey, wait a minute… maybe, our medieval Sunni allies would fight Iran for us? That’d be swell. Isn’t that what friends are for? This is true desperation seeping out of Washington’s adult diapers.

Iran isn’t Syria. It doesn’t have to worry about appeasing 1,000 different ethnic and religious groups. It’s a proud country with a long history of fighting off foreign parasites. A Sunni war against Iran would’ve likely been a disaster even ten years ago. Today? It’d be suicidal. Russia is Tehran’s dependable political and military ally, and the idea that Washington would somehow drive a wedge between Moscow and Tehran is ludicrous. Russia would do everything it could to help Iran fight off Sunni fanatics, for the same reason it intervened in Syria… if Washington’s “moderates” were to overrun the Middle East, Russia would be next.

Forget the fact that Iran already deploys Russian-made S-300 SAMs, or that Russia and Iran coördinated a miraculous military campaign to turn the tables in Syria in less than a year… an experience that’d be invaluable if there were a Sunni-led war against Iran. Just for a moment, consider that Russia has gone so far as to ask Washington to acknowledge Hizbullah as a crucial part of anti-ISIS efforts in Syria. Hizbullah! The very name sends shivers up the crooked spines of every Israel First blowhard with an American passport.

People worry that Moscow would abandon Tehran? For Russia, Iran is a holy grail of business opportunities and security coöperation. There’s one takeaway from Syria… Washington loves to stir up trouble in countries that can’t defend themselves. However, when a formidable force such as Russia steps into the ring, the Americans run for the hills (crying foul, of course). Even with full support from Washington and Israel (Israel would stay in the shadows, to keep up appearances), the KSA, Qatar, and the UAE would get a Russian-backed Persian beating that they’d never forget. The icing on the cake would be that this “anti-Iran” bloc includes some of the most autocratic states on earth… anti-women, anti-democratic, anti-everything… it’d be a true joy to watch Washington claim that the KSA and Qatar were fighting Iran to protect democracy in the Middle East.

Of course, we’re probably getting ahead of ourselves. Following NATO’s model, this coalition of medieval head-choppers would first surround Iran with defensive military bases. Then, the provocations and (more) sanctions would begin. It won’t work. Iran isn’t Iraq. It isn’t Libya. It isn’t Syria. It already has the full backing of Russia. If Washington were smart, it’d take note.

18 February 2017

Rudy Panko

Russian Insider



Monday, 12 January 2015

12 January 2015. A Photo Essay. Islam in Russia: An Integral Part of the Rodina

00 The Friendship of the Peoples. 30.05.14

The Friendship of the Peoples was no joke!


00 Islam in Russia 01. 12.01.15

Muslims pray at a mosque in St Petersburg (Federal City of St Petersburg. Northwestern Federal District) RF to celebrate Kurban-Bayram (Eid al-Adha/Feast of the Sacrifice).


00 Islam in Russia 02. 12.01.15

Roza Yevloyeva, in an interview at her house in Ali-Yurt (Nazran Raion. Republic of Ingushetiya. North Caucasian Federal District) RF, said, “I’m very sorry and sad”. Her son, 20-year-old Magomed Yevloyev, detonated explosives strapped to his body at Domodedeovo Airport in Moscow on 24 January 2011. The blast killed 36 people. Not even the relatives of the bombers want terror… a fact overlooked by Fox News.


00 Islam in Russia 03. 12.01.15

A scene from K A Karaev‘s ballet The Seven Beauties, presented by the State Theatre of Azerbaijan on the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF.



00 Islam in Russia 04. 12.01.15

More than 90,000 Muslims prayed namaz in Moscow to celebrate Eid al-Fitr.


00 Islam in Russia 05. 12.01.15

Laser show on City Day in Grozny, capital of the Russian federal subject Chechen Republic (North Caucasian Federal District).


00 Islam in Russia 06. 12.01.15

Never give up! Players from local football club Laman Az, made up of landmine victims, practise in a sports hall in the Chechen Republic capital of Grozny. According to data from UNICEF Russia, more than 3,000 mine accidents occurred in Chechnya since 1994.


00 Islam in Russia 07. 12.01.15

Muslims pray to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, in Moscow.


00 Islam in Russia 08. 12.01.15

Muslims praying outside the Cathedral Mosque during Eid al-Adha, also known as Feast of the Sacrifice in St Petersburg.


00 Islam in Russia 09. 12.01.15

Participants compete during the Mud Race in Kazan (Republic of Tatarstan. Volga Federal District) RF.


00 Islam in Russia 10. 12.01.15

E R Abdrazakova from Mezhdurechensk (Kemerevo Oblast. Siberian Federal District) RF waves after winning the annual national “Miss Russia” beauty pageant at the Barvikha Luxury Village Concert Hall outside Moscow in 2013. She represented Russia at the “Miss World” and “Miss Universe” beauty pageants that year. Many Muslims of the Bashkir nationality are natives of the Siberian region (Elmira Rafailovna is of Tatar background through her father).


00 Islam in Russia 11. 12.01.15

A F  Mustafina prepares to compete on the uneven bars in the women’s individual artistic gymnastics qualification of the European Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastic Individual Championships in Moscow. Many consider her one of the best female gymnasts of all time.


00 Islam in Russia 12. 12.01.15

Thousands of believers take part in morning prayers to celebrate the first day of Eid-al-Fitr in Moscow. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.


00 Islam in Russia 13. 12.01.15

Participants of a cooking show in Kazan holding a record-length shashlyk, 180.9 metres (594 feet) long! Where’s the beef?


00 Islam in Russia 14. 12.01.15

Gymnast E N Garibov trains at the sports camp at Lake Krugloe, before the World Championships.


00 Islam in Russia 15. 12.01.15

Muslims pray outside Moscow’s main mosque during celebrations of Eid al-Adha, a feast celebrated by Muslims worldwide. Russian Muslims call it Kurban-Bayram. About 4,000 police, VV MVD troops, and civilian volunteers ensured security during Eid celebration events.


00 Islam in Russia 16. 12.01.15

Family members comfort a bride in the parental house during preparations for a wedding in Achkhoi-Martan (Achkhoi-Martan Raion), near Grozny, the capital of the Chechen Republic.


00 Islam in Russia 17. 12.01.15

Girl in national costume during the celebration of the Tatar-Bashkir holiday Sabantui in Chelyabinsk Oblast (Ural Federal District) RF.


00 Islam in Russia 18. 12.01.15

Muslims attend Eid al-Adha prayer in Moscow. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha to mark the end of the haj pilgrimage by slaughtering sheep, goats, camels, and cows to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, on God’s command.


These are images pulled from Russia Behind the Headlines… they show that Islam and Russia live in harmony… quite unlike the horrid vacuous lies about “Muslim terrorism” circulated by American “conservatives”… a hateful and hate-filled scurvy lot, if there ever was such. Islam in Russia… religious… cultured… fun-loving… sporting… nothing like what Ted Cruz says that Islam is! If I had to choose between a Muslim Tatar or a Southern Baptist/Mormon sectarian as a neighbour, I’d choose the former… they’d be more decent, more considerate, more stand-up, and certainly less intrusive.

ALL of the peoples… or NONE of the peoples… accept them all or go home. The friendship of the peoples IS no joke…


Sunday, 5 October 2014

5 October 2014. “Not in My Name”… Iranian Vid on ISIS… and Why REAL Muslims Oppose It

00 Iran Revolutionary Guards. 16.06



If the USA wants to defeat the Islamists in Iraq, it has to involve Syria and Iran… but the Saudis and Qataris oppose that, as they wish to install a radical Islamist government, thinking that such an entity would be anti-Iranian. Yes, Virginia, the Wahhabis of the KSA believe that the mullahs in Iran are TOO LIBERAL. I shit you not. Besides that, there are tons of Shias in the oil-producing provinces of the KSA. In short, the KSA is volatile as all get-out, and the Qataris (and other minor Gulf States) are scared shitless that they’d go down in the undertow of a KSA capsizing. The ayatollahs are actually more lenient in some of their interpretations of Shari’a as compared to the ISIS radicals. Actually, the USA would do well to allow nature to take its course. Let Syria and Iran stomp ISIS… which they would do gleefully and without cost to the US Treasury. Trust me, they’d do a thorough job, as they’d have to live with the aftermath, as it’s in their neighbourhood. They’d follow the old rule of “don’t shit in your own nest”… they’d see to it that none of the radicals were alive under the sun if they could help it. The USA should stop catering to Israel’s whims… I’m no anti-Semite (in fact, I’m quite the opposite), but I can see where catering to Likud’s notions has hurt American interests in the region. It’s time to get sane. ISIS has to go, and the only way that one can do it is to involve the neighbours. The Syrian Arab Army is battle-hardened, and vets of the Iran-Iraq War lead the Iranian forces. ISIS wouldn’t have a chance. That’s that…


Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Tatar Mufti Touts Social Action as Antidote to Islamic Extremism

00 Muslim Woman Praying. Mufti Alban Krganov. Russian Muslim. 09.12


On Wednesday, Mufti Ildar Bayazitov, Deputy Mufti of the predominantly-Muslim Republic of Tatarstan, said that Russian Islamic organisations should get young Muslims involved in socially-oriented and charitable activities to shield them from radicalisation and extremism, pointing up that “socially useful” activity could also help alleviate social tension. He noted that we should give priority to helping drug addicts, prison inmates, disabled persons, large or broken families, elderly people, and orphans, saying, “The focus in official Muslim homiletics in our country should not be on political issues related to Islam, but on its socially useful potential”, adding that radical antisocial dispositions among religious youth often stemmed from unresolved social problems and a perceived lack of social justice.

Last October, the National Antiterrorism Committee said that there’s been an increase in the number of extremism-related crimes in the Volga Federal District, which contains Tatarstan, as well as a rise in the level of latent interethnic and interreligious tension. Committee representative Dmitri Muryshov said, “There’s a trend toward the expansion of radical Islam in heavily-Muslim settlements in the Volga Region”. Many view Tatarstan as a model of interethnic and inter-faith harmony in an ethnically-diverse Russia. However, attacks on moderate Muslim leaders last July, which left Tatarstan Mufti Ildus Faizov severely injured and his former Deputy Valiulla Yakupov dead, were a further troubling indication that radical Islamism is spreading beyond what people consider as its “traditional” borders.

27 March 2013



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