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Mummified body of the Shah of Iran 'found in Tehran' construction site

24.04.2018 18:12

A construction worker in southern Tehran may have stumbled across the mummified body of Reza Shah Pahlavi, the Iranian ruler whose son was overthrown in the revolution of 1979.  Builders were carrying out construction work at a Shia shrine in Tehran when they found the body amid a pile of rubble.  Pahlavi was buried in a mausoleum nearby after his death in 1944 but the tomb was blown up by Iranian revolutionaries as they tried to erase all traces of the previous regime.  The shah’s body was never found in the ruins and has been missing for nearly 40 years.  Hassan Khalilabadi, the head of Tehran’s heritage committee, said it was “a possibility” that the corpse may be that of the former Iranian leader. “This will be examined by responsible bodies," he said. The body was reportedly found by construction workers Pahlavi was a military officer who overthrew the ruling Persian dynasty in 1921 and seized power for himself, first becoming the country’s prime minister and then its monarch.   He introduced widespread reforms and is credited by some as the founder of modern Iran. But he was forced from power in 1941 by British and Russian troops and abdicated in favour of his son.  Pahlavi went into exile and died in South Africa in 1944. His son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, was overthrown during the Iranian revolution in 1979.  Reza Shah's body as it was buried in 1944 Pahlavi’s legacy is a taboo subject for Iran’s government. While his son is still deeply controversial, some Iranians think fondly of the older Pahlavi because of his modernisation programme and his expansion of some freedoms for women.    During the widespread protests in Iran in late 2017 and early 2018, many protesters shouted out Pahlavi’s name as a way of defying Iran’s revolutionary regime. “Reza Shah, bless your soul,” people cried. If the body found in Tehran is indeed that of Reza Shah Pahlavi, Iran’s current rulers may have a delicate task figuring out what to do with it.  Islamic custom demands that all bodies be treated with respect but Iranian authorities will also be wary of allowing it to become a rallying point for opposition groups.  A spokesman for the Shah Abdol Azim shrine said the body was not Pahlavi’s. "All the rumours on the social media that claim this mummified body belongs to Reza Shah are false and void of any truth,” he said.    Reza Shah Pahlavi took power in 1921 but was forced to abdicate in 1941 by the UK and the Soviet Union Pahlavi’s grandson, Reza Pahlavi, said in a statement that he was “closely following” the reports that his grandfather’s body had been found.  He warned Iran’s government “against any secrecy or lack of transparency” in its handling of the body.   Iranian authorities said the body had been reburied. It was not immediately clear what steps Iran planned to take to verify if the body did belong to Pahlavi.  A widely-shared photograph on social media appeared to show an Iranian construction work taking a selfie with the body after discovering it at the foot of his bulldozer.

Russia's S-300 or S-400: F-35 Killer or Overhyped?

24.04.2018 18:12

The Pentagon is casting doubt on the effectiveness of Russian-made air defense systems. The Pentagon’s move appears to be aimed at deterring Turkey from purchasing the Russian-made S-400. Until the Pentagon’s April 19 press briefing, the Defense Department would routinely scaremonger how the S-400 would effectively turn an area into an anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) bubble.

Tags: Turkey, Russia

An Armenian rhapsody

24.04.2018 15:10

In Armenia, a landlocked nation of nearly 3 million deemed “partly free” by Freedom House, that was certainly the case until this week. Moscow keeps 3,000 troops in Armenia, whose oligarchs resemble those in Russia.

Tags: Moscow, Russia

Flawless Wozniacki eases into Istanbul second round

24.04.2018 15:08

World number two Caroline Wozniacki powered past Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-2 6-2 to reach the second round of the Istanbul Cup on Tuesday.


Trump's revenge: U.S. oil floods Europe, hurting OPEC and Russia

24.04.2018 15:07

and flooding Europe with a record amount of crude.

Tags: EU, Russia, Oil, OPEC

Will Russia's involvement in Syria end up burning its ties with Israel?

24.04.2018 14:51

As geopolitical tensions spiked between Russia and West in recent years, one staunch US ally has been something of outlier toward Moscow: Israel. Israeli emissaries failed to show up for a crucial 2014 UN vote condemning Russia for annexing Crimea. Israel has taken no active part in several waves of Western sanctions against Moscow.


Pak Army Chief meets Russian Army Commander-in-Chief

24.04.2018 14:50

Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa today met with Russian Army Commander-in-Chief Colonel General Oleg Salyukov and discussed security and defence related issues.


Russia likely targeted all 50 states in 2016, but has yet to try again: DHS

24.04.2018 13:11

The chief cyber official at DHS, Jeanette Manfra, testified Tuesday to Congress.


Mitt Romney wore his sport costume to watch his new favorite team

24.04.2018 13:08

The Senate candidate's taunting of Russell Westbrook lent a theatrical feel to his attendance at a Utah Jazz playoff game.


Israel warns of attacks on Russian air defence systems in Syria if used against its warplanes

24.04.2018 12:18

April 25, 2018 12:18 AM
JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel's Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday (April 24) that his country would attack Russian S-300 air defence systems in Syria if they were used against Israeli targets.


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