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Saturday, May 09, 2015

Saudi Arab to hire Pakistani Tribes for protection of borders against Yemenis

Obama speaks to Saudi king, White House plans Camp David statement Mon, May 11 19:07 PM EDT image WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama spoke to Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Monday about preparations for the summit with Gulf leaders at Camp David this week, and the White House said the summit would result in a statement outlining commitments from all sides. The meeting would include an announcement on integrating ballistic missile defense architecture as well as more military exercises to address maritime, counterterrorism, air and missile defense challenges, U.S. officials told reporters on a conference call. The leaders would also discuss ways to work together to harden government infrastructure against cyber hackers, the officials said. (Reporting by Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton; Editing by Doina Chiacu) =============== Tehran’s billboards are usually a place for commercials about the latest gadgets, household items and cheese-flavoured crisps. They also display portraits of martyrs from the eight-year war with Iraq in the 1980s, quotes from religious figures and the now less frequent “death to America” posters. Tehran’s billboards replaced with artworks – in pictures But, overnight, the Iranian capital has had a facelift. In a project which the city’s mayor hopes will encourage people to visit museums, the billboard ads have been replaced with artworks by renowned local and foreign artists. For 10 days, images by the likes of Pablo Picasso, René Magritte and Henri Matisse are turning the capital into a giant urban art gallery. The long, tree-lined Modarres highway, named after a famous Islamic cleric, now displays Edvard Munch’s striking masterpiece, The Scream. Another street hosts The Son of Man by Magritte, the Belgian surrealist, next to a painting by the famous Iranian poet and artist Sohrab Sepehri. Not far from it is a large landscape by David Hockney – the original was shown at the Royal Academy three years ago. Billboards in Tehran’s streets are now showing artworks by renowned Iranian and foreign artists. Photograph: Farshad Abbasi/hamshahriphoto.ir The pictures are among more than 1,500 billboards dotted across the capital’s streets, displaying a total of 700 works that also include reproductions of traditional Persian miniatures, carpets, calligraphy and various other art pieces. Advertisement The project, called A Gallery As Big As a Town, has been met with positive reactions online and by the Iranian press. Sadra Mohaqeq, an Iranian journalist with the reformist Shargh daily in Tehran, was delighted. “It’s pretty exciting. It’s wonderful to see billboard ads of laundry machines or big corporate banks being replaced by a Rembrandt or a Cézanne or a Picasso, what better than that?” he told the Guardian. “For 10 days, people have time off from the usual billboard ads just promoting consumerism. It is going to affect people’s visual taste in a positive manner.” Mohammad Babaee, another Tehrani citizen, said he was delighted to see works he had never seen before. “I had never heard of Barge Haulers on the Volga but now I get to see a big picture of it every day in Hemmat highway.” Elaheh Khosravi said she had to rub her eyes twice in disbelief. “When I woke up this morning, something strange had happened,” she wrote on the Iranian news website Khabaronline. “I thought I was dreaming, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Tehran had turned into a museum.” Shargh said the art had transformed Tehran into a giant canvas. “This is a very commendable move. It’s a festival of colour and movement,” it wrote. Officials hope the project will encourage more people to visit museums and galleries. Photograph: Farshad Abbasi/hamshahriphoto.ir Mojtaba Mousavi, the project manager, said most of Tehran’s billboard spaces were run by private companies. “They weren’t initially comfortable with the idea of closing down their advertising business for 10 days but they finally approved to give us their spaces because it was a cultural activity,” he told Khabaronline. “We were free in choosing the works but there was a general guideline. We wanted both Iranian and world art pieces and finally some 70% of the billboards are from Iran and the rest from the outside world,” he added. Among the artworks are images by Mahmoud Farshchian, a master of Persian paintings and miniatures. Jamal Kamyab, a municipality official involved in the project, said it was done to encourage people to go to museums and art galleries more often. “Unfortunately people don’t visit museums or cultural institutions as often so we wanted to encourage them to go,” he said, according to Mehr News Agency. The project is curated by Iranian artist and sculptor Saeed Shahlapour. Tehran also has a hidden treasure little known to the outside world. The city’s Museum of Contemporary Art holds the finest collection of modern art anywhere outside Europe and the US, boasting original works by Jackson Pollock, Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko, Munch and Magritte. But the pieces have been gathering dust in the basement of the museum for more than 30 years. Censors in Iran classed some as un-Islamic, pornographic or “too gay”, and they have never been shown in public. Others have been displayed only once or twice. In August 2012, a number of the collection’s paintings were put on show for the first time in Tehran as part of the museum’s Pop Art & Op Art exhibition, featuring works by Warhol, Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Victor Vasarely, Richard Hamilton and Jasper Johns. All billboards displayed in public have to be vetted by the authorities before they are put in place. In October 2013, a series of billboards questioning the US’s honesty in its dialogue with Iran made worldwide headlines. One showed an Iranian negotiator seated at a table talking face to face with his American counterpart. The US negotiator is half-civilian, half-military with a pump-action shotgun on his lap. “The US government styles honesty,” read the billboard. Tehran’s mayor, Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf, has changed Tehran’s landscape significantly in recent years, building new bridges, tunnels and green spaces. The city’s budget has also increased under his watch. Billboards in Tehran showing artworks by Iranian and foreign artists. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Works by masters such as Picasso, Magritte and Matisse have turned the Iranian capital into a giant urban art gallery. Photograph: Hamed Khorshidi/hamshahriphoto.ir Last year, Ghalibaf unveiled a spectacular high-tech bridge that was designed by a young female architect, Leila Araghian. She recently won an international award for the structure, designed when she was 26. Art galleries in Tehran face huge difficulties in running exhibitions as all have to gain permission before they open doors to the public. In February, authorities shut down a gallery showcasing artist Nima Behnoud’s pop art exhibition of forms and calligraphic shapes at Shirin Art Gallery, although it had permission. The gallery owner was also briefly detained. Widespread censorship has forced many prominent Iranian artists to leave home, including sculptor Parviz Tanavoli, one of Iran’s leading living artists. A prominent Iranian art journal recently asked 100 art experts to name Iran’s top artists. Eight out of ten selected are exiled. ==== Saudi Arab to hire Pakistani Tribes for protection of borders against Yemenis Friday, 08 May 2015 Saudi Arab to hire Pakistani Tribes for protection of borders against Yemenis Saudi Arabian Ambassador has requested to Pakistani Kabaili Jarga to send their Kabaili Lashkar (Tirbal force ) to Saudi Arab for the protection of its border linked with Yemen. The Saudi diplomat met with the heads of Jirga at his office in Islamabad, the diplomat assured them for high fees for this job to protect Saudi border from any possible attack of Yemenis. After Pakistani government made decision to maintain neutrality in Yemen crisis, Saudi officials, including Deputy Minister of Islamic Affairs Dr. Abdul Aziz Abdullah, Imam-e-Ka’aba, have already started to influence banned religious outfits, religious political leaders, politicians, different heads of religious seminaries, journalists, NGOs on Yemen crisis, according to reports. Now they are influencing Kabaili Jarga to gain their force for the protection of Saudi borders. On the other hand, PML-N government is completely unconcerned toward the undiplomatic and illegal activities of Saudi officials, which shows that the government’s leniency toward Saudi Kingdom. The undiplomatic and illegal ambassadorial activities of Dr. Abdullah has exposed the PML-N Government’s leniency toward Saudi Kingdoms, as Pakistani authorities let the Saudi minister free to do whatever in Pakistan. It is pertinent to mention here that Saudi Deputy Minister of Islamic Affairs Dr. Abdullah has also presided over the Tahfuz-e-Harman-e-Sharifin Seminar, organized by the Jamiyat Ahle Hadith on April 11 in Islamabad. The seminar was attended by Molana Abul Khair, Jamat-ut-Dawa’s Hafiz Saeed, Pir Amin Hasnat, Pir Mehfoz Mashhadi, Molana Fazul-ur-Rahman Khalil of Ansar Ul Ummah, Owais Norani, Liaquat Bloch, Farzand Hamid-ul-Haq and Sami-ul-Haq, who is famous as the father of Taliban. ============ How Imam Mahdi's (ajtfs) Government Is Advanced Unlike Popular Beliefs In the name of Allah, The Most Compassionate, Most Merciful. Praise and benedictions be on Mohammad and his holy household (peace be upon them all). May Allah (swt) make us among those who fulfil the covenant of the father of this nation, namely Imam Mahdi (ajtfs), and aid us in being his most obedient children on the path of his ancestors, God willing. The reality of the scientific developments during the government of Imam Mahdi (ajtfs) did not escape from the traps and ideas that Wahhabism sought to plant in the Mahdism doctrine. There is a foisted idea that when the Imam (ajtfs) comes out, my our souls be ransomed for him, that technology and developments will stop and war is fought with swords and spears. These are popular ideas becoming prevalent among people and aim to turn our attention away from the true government of the Imam (ajtfs). Allah (swt) said in the Quran: وما أوتيتم من العلم ألى قليلا "And you (humanity) were not given from knowledge except a little". When the Imam (ajtfs) comes out, humans will witness the most advanced scientific developments within his government. أشارة الروايات ألى حيث ينتقل من مكه ألى الكوفة بسبع قباب من النور Hadiths have mentioned such a thing, when the Imam (ajtfs) arrives he will go from Mecca to Kufa with seven domes of light (maybe UFO aircraft's or some form of transportation that mankind has never seen before). This is a clear sign of the immense level in scientific developments during his time. العلم سبعه وعشرون جزءآ فجميع ما جاءت به الرسل جزءان فلم يعرف الناس اليوم غير جزءان فاذا قام القائم أخرج الخمسة والعشرون جزءآ فبثها في الناس وضم أليها الجزءين حتى يبثها سبعة وعشرون جزءآ According to Imam Sadiq (a.s) who stated: "Knowledge is contained in 27 letters. Two parts (of knowledge) were given to all apostles of God and mankind only knows up to these two parts. If Al-Qa'im arrives he (ajtfs) will reveal the rest of the 25 parts to the people above these two parts, until all 27 parts are revealed" Such a hadith indicates that all the prophets have two parts of this science. Moses (a.s.) overcame the magicians during his time by these two parts of knowledge and made his rod turn into a snake by the will of Allah (swt). Prophet Isa (a.s.) used to revive the dead when the science of healing and medicine was prevalent with these two parts of knowledge. This is evidence that the heavens provides messengers with knowledge that is superior to the knowledge a nation during any one time. How then can the Imam (ajtfs) who possess all twenty seven parts of knowledge go backwards in time? This is illogical and irrational. It is a part of the fake ideologies that many hold true when they are not even present in hadiths. أذا قام القائم أذهب الله عن كل مؤمن العاهه ورد أليه قوته Imam Ali Bin Al-Hussein: "If Al-Qaim rises, Allah (swt) will remove all melodies from the believer and return their strength". This is indicative of the medical progress during the Imams (ajtfs) time. From the Messenger of Allah (saws), he stated: "The people of the heavens and Earth will rejoice by him (the Imam), and the birds, beasts and whales in the ocean also. Water will become abundant in his government, rivers will flourish, and the ground will bring out its fruits and treasures". This is reference of the economical developments during the time of the Imam (ajtfs). أبشركم بالمهدي يبعث في أمتي على أختلاف في الناس وزلازل فيملأ ألارض قسطآ وعدﻵ كما ملئت جورآ وظلمآ ويرضى عنه ساكن السماء وساكن أﻷرض ويمﻷ الله قلوب أمة محمد غنى فلا يحتاج أحد إلى أحد The Holy Prophet (Saws) also stated, "I give you glad tidings with al-Mahdi (ajtfs), he will be sent to my nation that is full of differences between the people and earthquakes. He will fill the Earth with justice and equity as it was filled with injustice and corruption. The people of the heavens and Earth will rejoice by him, and Allah (swt) will place in the nation of Mohammad with richness that nobody shall need the other." These traditions speak about a global movement and controlling of nature, and discovery of the secrets of the universe, its blessings and treasures. ونريد أن نمن على الذين أستضعفوا في أﻷرض ونجعلهم أئمة ونجعلهم الوارثين "And we deemed to make those who were oppressed on the land its leaders and inheritors" Oh God, hurry the Redeemer of our time (ajtfs) and protect him with your angels and by the Holy Spirit. - See more at: http://www.qaimahlulbayt.com/how_imam_mahdi_s__ajtfs__government_is_advanced__unlike_popular_beliefs_#sthash.h5xgDgu0.YVjInMEM.dpuf

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