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How Afghans are using solar energy as alternative to unreliable state-supplied electricity

Original link: http://middleeastobserver.net/video-how-afghans-are-using-solar-energy-as-alternative-to-unreliable-state-supplied-electricity/ Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATsd-jJRQX0 Description: A short video report by Al Jazeera Arabic on how Afghans, especially in the sunny southern regions of Afghanistan, are increasingly resorting to solar power to help cover up for severe shortfalls in the government electricity network. Source: Al Jazeera Channel (YouTube) Date: December 29, 2021 (Please help MEO keep producing independent translations for you by contributing a sustainable monthly amount https://www.patreon.com/MiddleEastObserver Transcript: Reporter: Pumping water from underground

Pakistan, Iran & Turkey launch 1st joint railroad for exchanging vital goods

Original link: http://middleeastobserver.net/video-pakistan-iran-turkey-launch-1st-joint-railroad-for-exchanging-vital-goods/ Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwscz62bCWs Description: A short video report by Al Mayadeen TV on the first joint freight railroad between Pakistan, Iran and Turkey, marking a shift in economic exchange between the three countries. Source: Al Mayadeen News (YouTube) Date: December 30, 2021 Please help MEO keep producing independent translations for you by contributing a sustainable monthly amount https://www.patreon.com/MiddleEastObserver Transcript: Reporter: This (freight) train transporting Pakistani goods and products moves from Islamabad, via Taftan in Iran, to

How serious are Israel’s latest war threats against Iran? (Mayadeen Report)

Original link: http://middleeastobserver.net/how-serious-are-israels-latest-war-threats-against-iran-mayadeen-report/ Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KCG_PXlOLI Description: A recent Al Mayadeen TV news report questioning the seriousness of Israel’s recent, almost non-stop war threats against Iran. Source: Al Mayadeen Channel (YouTube) Date: December 29, 2021 (Please help MEO keep producing independent translations for you by contributing a sustainable monthly amount https://www.patreon.com/MiddleEastObserver) Transcript: Reporter: Israel – with its government, military and security establishment – sleeps while dressed with its military attire, ever since the (Iran) nuclear

Ansarullah retakes key Yemeni region after 60 years of defacto Saudi control: Report

Original link: http://middleeastobserver.net/ansarullah-retakes-key-yemeni-region-after-60-years-of-defacto-saudi-control/ Description: A short presentation by Al Maydeen TV on the strategic importance of the Yemeni al-Yatamah region which Ansarullah-backed forces reportedly took over from Saudi-led forces in recent days. Source: Al Mayadeen (YouTube) Date: December 29, 2021 Please help MEO keep producing independent translations for you by contributing a sustainable monthly amount https://www.patreon.com/MiddleEastObserver Transcript: News Presenter: For the first time in 60 years, the strategic region of al-Yatamah returns to the

Saudi expert defends intensified bombardment in Yemen, Ansarullah vows painful response

Original link: http://middleeastobserver.net/saudi-expert-defends-intensified-bombardment-in-yemen-ansarullah-vows-painful-response/ Description: During a recent political talk show on RT Arabic, Saudi military expert Mohammad al-Qabibaan defended the recent intense escalation of the Saudi-led coalition’s bombardment campaign in Yemen, describing the relentless airstrikes of recent weeks as “successful operations” designed to force the Houthi Ansarullah movement to sit down at the negotiating table. For his part, Nasr al-deen ‘Aamir, a representative from the Sana’a-led Media Ministry, said that the

Sunni Lebanese Sheikh: ‘In just 10 years our Axis has shifted global balance of power’

Original link: http://middleeastobserver.net/sunni-lebanese-sheikh-within-10-years-our-axis-has-shifted-global-balance-of-power/ In a recent interview published on the Islam asil YouTube channel, Sunni Lebanese Sheikh Ghazi Yusuf Hunayna stated that ‘within only 10 years, the Resistance Axis managed to shift the global balance of power’. The ‘Resistance Axis’ referenced here by Sheikh Hunayna broadly refers to a strategic anti-Israel/anti-US imperialist alliance composed of, but not limited to, Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, Iraq’s Hashed al-Shaabi, Yemen’s Ansarullah, and various Palestinian armed

Prominent Iraqi scholar forms new party dedicated to Wilayat al-Faqih

Original link: http://middleeastobserver.net/prominent-iraqi-scholar-forms-new-party-dedicated-to-wilayat-al-faqih/ Description: Prominent Iraqi Shia scholar Sayyed Hashem al-Haidari has announced the formation of a new religious, cultural, and political party named the Ahdullah Islamic Movement. Al-Haidari is strong proponent and advocate of the theory of Wilayat al-Faqih (The Guardianship of the Jurist), the core political theory upon which the Islamic Republic of Iran is based. The following is a translation of a video in which al-Haidari makes the

UAE warming up to Iran/Syria because US & allies losing grip on region: Expert

Original link: http://middleeastobserver.net/expert-explains-why-top-uae-officials-visited-iran-syria-in-recent-weeks/ Description: In a recent talk show appearance on RT Arabic, expert in Iranian and Middle East affairs Dr Hakam Amhaz revealed what he thought were the motives behind the UAE’s latest diplomatic moves across the region which have caught many observers by surprise. In recent weeks, top Emirati political and security officials paid high-profile visits to regional rivals Iran and Syria. Source:  RT Arabic Date:  December 6, 2021

Minister Kordahi at center of Saudi-Lebanon row resigns

http://middleeastobserver.net/george-kordahis-resignation-speech-full-english-translation/ Description: The full English translation of the resignation speech of Lebanese Information Minister George Kordahi. Kordahi was at the center of a weeks-long major diplomatic row between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia/Gulf states, which you can read more about here: http://middleeastobserver.net/a-window-into-the-saudi-lebanon-row/  Source: Al Jadeed KSA (YouTube) Date: December 5, 2021 (Please help MEO keep producing independent translations for you by contributing a sustainable monthly amount at Patreon. Transcript: George Kordahi, Lebanese Minister of

As Turkey’s currency plummets, Al Jazeera guests clash over state of economy

http://middleeastobserver.net/as-turkeys-currency-plummets-al-jazeera-guests-clash-over-state-of-economy/ Description: In a recent episode of the long-running program Al-Etejah al’Mu’akis on Al Jazeera Arabic hosted by Faysal al-Qasim, two guests based in London and Istanbul, debated ‘why the value of the Turkish Lira was falling rapidly’. The following are key excerpts from this episode translated into English. The two guests featured were: – London-based writer and journalist Ghassan Ibrahim – Istanbul-based economist and political analyst Yusuf Katipoglu Source:  AlJazeera Channel (YouTube) Date:  November

Iran & Turkey working on strategic cooperation agreement: Report

Original link: http://middleeastobserver.net/iran-turkey-working-on-strategic-cooperation-agreement-report/ Description: A translation of a news report on the Turkish foreign minister’s recent visit to Tehran, during which plans for a joint comprehensive strategic cooperation agreement between Iran and Turkey was discussed. Source: Al Mayadeen Channel (YouTube) Date: November 15, 2021 Please help MEO keep producing independent translations for you by contributing a sustainable monthly amount https://www.patreon.com/MiddleEastObserver Transcript: Reporter: The Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi received Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in

Nasrallah: Israel in deep existential crisis, Yemen victory to have huge regional effects

Original link: http://middleeastobserver.net/nasrallah-israel-in-deep-existential-crisis-yemen-victory-to-have-huge-regional-effects/ Description: The following are English-translated excerpts from a speech delivered by Hezbollah’s leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on November the 11th, 2021. Source: Spot Shot Video (YouTube) Date: November 11, 2021 (Please help MEO keep producing independent translations for you by contributing a sustainable monthly amount https://www.patreon.com/MiddleEastObserver Transcript: Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s Secretary-General: Israel is suffering from an unprecedented, deep existential crisis Israel during the ‘Arab Spring’ era began to speak

Saudi & Lebanese guests clash over diplomatic crisis

Original link: http://middleeastobserver.net/video-saudi-lebanese-guests-clash-over-diplomatic-crisis/ Link to subtitled video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ga1OAOuoBQ Description: In a recent talk show program on RT Arabic, Saudi Major General Abdullah Ghanem al-Qahtani and Lebanese journalist Khalil Nasrallah engaged in tense, back-and-forth exchanges over the roots of the current diplomatic crisis between their two countries. Source: RT Arabic (YouTube) Date: November 5, 2021 Please help MEO keep producing independent translations for you by contributing a sustainable monthly amount https://www.patreon.com/MiddleEastObserver?fan_landing=true A recent note by MEO on why

Why is Lebanon not accepting China’s offers to develop its failing infrastructure?: TV Report

http://middleeastobserver.net/why-is-lebanon-not-accepting-chinas-offers-to-develop-its-failing-infrastructure-tv-report/ Video link: https://twitter.com/MEO_Translation/status/1456536360878153728 (It’s a Twitter link, because YouTube censored this video under the pretext that it violated their “policy on violent and graphic content”!) Description: A recent news report asks why the Lebanese government is not accepting various Chinese offers to develop its debilitated infrastructure, this as the small Mediterranean country goes through an unprecedented economic and social crisis. Source: Al-Manar TV (Website) Date: November 3, 2021 (Please help MEO keep

A window into the Saudi-Lebanon row

Original link: http://middleeastobserver.net/a-window-into-the-saudi-lebanon-row/ Description: The following are a series of tweets by various political and media figures and outlets related to a recent furor expressed by Saudi Arabia over comments made by George Kordahi, Lebanon’s Minister of Information. These tweets provide a ‘window’ or way to look at and make sense of the ongoing row. Before becoming Minister of Information, Kordahi said in an online interview with an Al Jazeera network-affiliated

‘We have more than 100,000 fighters!’: Nasrallah warns pro-US party

Original link: http://middleeastobserver.net/we-have-more-than-100000-fighters-nasrallah-warns-pro-us-party/ Description: A translation of a key excerpt from a historic speech delivered by Hezbollah’s leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah surrounding the Tayyouneh massacre incident just days ago. Nasrallah addressed the pro-American and pro-Saudi Lebanese Forces (LF) party and its leader Samir Geagea and warned them against trying to drag Hezbollah and Lebanon into a civil war. Commenting on a report that Geagea had urged some of his Lebanese allies

‘US/Israel seek Lebanese civil war to derail a Hezbollah in its prime’: Qandil

Original link: http://middleeastobserver.net/us-israel-seek-lebanese-civil-war-to-derail-a-hezbollah-in-its-prime-qandil/ Description: In light of the recent massacre of seven protesters and the wounding of dozens of others in a highly sensitive district of Beirut, senior political analyst Nasser Qandil argues that the US and Israel are seeking to drag Hezbollah into a new Lebanese civil war that would rob the movement from engaging in a decisive war with Israel while in its military prime. Days ago, on the 14th

Nasrallah on obedience to God & how it guides Shia political action

Original link: http://middleeastobserver.net/nasrallah-on-obedience-to-god-how-it-guides-shia-political-action/ Description: Speaking at a mourning ceremony to mark the yearly religious occasion of Ashura, Hezbollah’s leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah touched on the Islamic conception of worship and obedience to God, and the implications of this conception on the world of political decision-making and action within contemporary Shia Islam. The following transcript helps to reveal the intersection of the religious, the spiritual, and the socio-political for Nasrallah and

Iran’s Raisi gave Resistance ‘presidential’ treatment at swear-in: Hezbollah’s No. 2

Original link: http://middleeastobserver.net/irans-raisi-gave-resistance-presidential-treatment-at-swear-in-hezbollahs-no-2/ Description: In an interview with Lebanese media in last month, Hezbollah’s Deputy-Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem explained why the swearing-in ceremony of Iran’s new president Ibrahim Raisi was ground-breaking in terms of international protocols. Qassem said that the new Iranian president provided ‘head of state’ treatment to the leaders of the Resistance Axis attending the swearing-in ceremony, and that this treatment was meant as a message to the

Nasrallah: ‘1st Iran ship has arrived, fuel to ease crisis across Lebanon’

http://middleeastobserver.net/nasrallah-1st-iran-ship-has-arrived-lebanon-to-reap-benefits-in-days/ Description:Below are breaking news items from a speech delivered by Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on 13-09-2021, in which he provided extensive details about his movement’s ongoing efforts to import much-needed fuel shipments from Iran to Lebanon aimed at breaking what Nasrallah says is a US-led economic siege on Lebanon. Source: Al-Manar TV (Website) (Please help MEO keep producing independent translations for you by contributing a sustainable monthly amount https://www.patreon.com/MiddleEastObserver?fan_landing=true) Transcript:(Note: