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Mikhail Gorbachev: It ‘looks as if the world is preparing for war’ as nuclear threat re-emerges

The former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev

The former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev

TorontoMASN News: Mikhail Gorbachev: It ‘looks as if the world is preparing for war’ as nuclear threat re-emerges

Mikhail Gorbachev has warned that a new arms race means “the nuclear threat once again seems real” as he stated it “looks as if the world is preparing for war”.

The former Soviet leader called on Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin to work together to take steps to reduce the world’s nuclear arsenal.

“Politicians and military leaders sound increasingly belligerent and defence doctrines more dangerous. Commentators and TV personalities are joining the bellicose chorus. It all looks as if the world is preparing for war,” he wrote in an article for Time magazine.

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Muhammad biopic director calls for more movies about the prophet’s life

 A group of Iranians protestedtograph: Cristian Mijea/Cristian Mijea/Demotix/Corbis

A group of Iranians protested at the premiere of Muhammad: Messenger of God. Photograph: Cristian Mijea/Cristian Mijea/Demotix/Corbis

The Guardian: Speaking at the premiere of Muhammad: Messenger of God, Majid Majidi says further films would help improve understanding of Islam around the world

It had the potential to be one of the most inflammatory film projects of recent times. Yet the world premiere of Iranian director Majid Majidi’s biopic of the prophet Muhammad not only passed mostly without incident, but even amicably – with a surprise call for rapprochement between the religion’s Sunni and Shia sects.

A small group of protesters gathered outside the Imperial cinema, Montreal, where the premiere was held. Holding signs declaring, “Down with Islamic republic of Iran”, members of the city’s Iranian community objected to what they saw as a glorification of the Islamisation of Iran.

The mood inside the press conference for the film – the first on the subject since Moustapha Akkad’s 1977 film The Message, and the first to visually depict the prophet – was conciliatory. Majidi issued a direct invitation to a rival Qatari team currently developing their own Muhammad franchise to collaborate on future, Islam-themed projects.

“The more movies that are made about the prophet’s life, the better,” Majidi said at Montreal’s world film festival. “We hope the Qatari team will make a correct interpretation of Islam, and they are most welcome to come and film at our facilities in our country.”

In line with the more liberal Shia tradition of depicting the prophet, Majidi’s Muhammad: Messenger of God – the 171-minute first instalment of a projected trilogy – features shots of the prophet’s hands and legs as a baby, and the back of his head as an adolescent, but never shows his face.

 Majid Majidi speaking at a press conference for the film. Photograph: Clement Sabourin/AFP/Getty Images

Majid Majidi speaking at a press conference for the film. Photograph: Clement Sabourin/AFP/Getty Images

The director said he believed a more proactive approach was required from Islamic film-makers in the light of acts of terrorism that were shaping global perceptions of the faith. “We’ve been guilty of shortcomings in introducing the world to the real and true face of the prophet. There have been 200 movies about Jesus Christ, 100 featuring Moses directly or indirectly, 42 about Buddha, but only two on Muhammad. It’s a natural act of introduction to our culture.”

Actors on the set of the movie. Photograph: Mohammad Foghani/AFP/Getty Images

Actors on the set of the movie. Photograph: Mohammad Foghani/AFP/Getty Images

Outside the Muslim world, the film is expected to garner mostly specialist interest, despite an impressive international crew, including Apocalypse Now cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and Bollywood soundtrack maestro AR Rahman, as well as poster art redolent of The Passion of the Christ. This perhaps explains its inclusion at Montreal’s militantly arthouse festival, where Majidi, one of Iran’s breakthrough 1980s generation of directors, has strong links. Though its producers suggested that this year’s Charlie Hebdo killings had reduced the willingness of other festivals to consider it.

The Qatari project is far bigger in scope, currently tabling $1.2bn (£780m) across a franchise of seven films covering all the Abrahamic prophets, culminating in the life of Muhammad. In development at private company al-Noor for six years, the prospective series has Lord of the Rings producer Barrie Osborne in an advisory role. It aims to capitalise on the mainstream resurgence in religious-themed films that last year saw Noah gross $362.6m and Exodus: God and Kings $268m, as well as a raft of smaller projects mainly catering to America’s bible belt.

Producer Azahar Iqbal, also in attendance at Montreal, confirmed that his team were “open-minded” about a possible collaboration with Majidi. But he also stressed that their approach was both more constrained in terms of adhering to the traditional prohibition on representations of the prophet, and more free-ranging, with a fantasy-influenced, blockbuster-esque story outline designed to snare interest from Hollywood. “We’re not here to preach. We really want to work on something that works as entertainment,” Iqbal said.

 

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Discrimination against women in the I. R. of Iran: women & employment

Hospital of Iran

Hospital of Iran

همه حقوق بشر برای همه ایران

Südwind Written Statement:

Iran is one of the oldest members of International Labour Organisation (ILO), which implies non-discrimination between men and women in employment in the labour market. This report highlights the case of women specialist care doctors, who are treated differently than their male counterparts in employment due to the Ministry of Health and Medical Education regulations. It also refers to gender quota on the initial phase of employment in the government agencies and the problems that ensues for women.
* Written statement submitted by the Verein Sudwind Entwicklungspolitik, a non-governmental  organization in special consultative status >>>> Read More texts …

Solmaz Ahangari’s video film of the first Turkmen female of the lectured in the Human Rights Council of the United Nations in Geneva!

SOLMAZ AHANGARI — TURKMENSAHRA (IRAN) VIOLENCE of ANTI-WOMEN IN IRAN

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Turkmenistan ready to supply up to 40 bcm of gas to Europe

Turkmen gas network

Turkmenistan gas network

 Neft-i-Gaz Rossiýa Site: News // Oil and gas worldwide:  “There is no need for European countries to worry. We are building an infrastructure designed for 40 bcm of gas,” Khodzhamukhamedov, in charge of the Central Asian country’s fuel and energy sector, said at an oil and gas conference.

Turkmenistan, holding the world’s fourth-largest gas reserves, is looking to diversify exports from its traditional destination of Russia and may become one of the key gas suppliers to the EU-supported Nabucco project. Read more…

Militant Melting Pot: Extremists Flourish South Of Turkmenistan

Afgan Isis Turned Around the Turkmenistan

Islamist militants have reportedly been taking control of significant amounts of territory on the Turkmen-Afghan border. (file photo)
Islamist militants have reportedly been taking control of significant amounts of territory on the Turkmen-Afghan border. (file photo)
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March 11, 2015

Radio FreeQishloq Ovazi“: RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service, known locally as Azatlyk, has been reporting for many months about the deteriorating situation in northern Afghanistan, just across the border from Turkmenistan.

RFE/RL’s Gandhara website has also been reporting about the increasingly lawless areas just south of the Central Asian frontier.

In some of the areas adjacent to Turkmenistan it appears militant groups hold as much, and possibly more, territory than the Afghan government can claim to have under its control. And what is worse, there seems to be at least three extremist groups now present in districts just south of the Turkmen border.

Commander Bobi is the chief of an Arbaki, or local paramilitary force in the Qaysar district of Afghanistan’s Faryab Province. Bobi and his forces are located near Jowzjan Province, east of Faryab, and the Arbaki commander has been keeping track of events in the neighboring region.

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