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US concerns rise with report on Iran-Syria ‘suspicious cargo’

A F-35 fighter jet lands at Nevatim air base in Israel. (Reuters) April 26, 2018 A US administration source revealed on Wednesday that intelligence services in his country are closely monitoring what he described as “suspicious air cargo” between Iran and Syria, suspected of carrying weapons or military systems. Israel and the United [...]

By |April 26th, 2018|Syria|

Khamenei affirms continued Iranian resistance in face of US ‘bullying’

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (AFP) April 26, 2018 Iran’s supreme leader called on Muslim nations to unite against the United States, saying Tehran would never yield to “bullying”, state television reported on Thursday. “The Iranian nation has successfully resisted bullying attempts by America and other arrogant powers and we will continue [...]

By |April 26th, 2018|North America, USA|

Iran media confirms arrest of British-Iranian scientist

Britain said earlier it was “urgently seeking information” from Iran following reports of the academic’s arrest. (AFP) April 26, 2018 Iranian media confirmed on Thursday that Abbas Edalat, a British-Iranian scientist and peace campaigner, has been arrested for his alleged role in an “infiltration network”. “Recently, members of an infiltration network affiliated to [...]

By |April 26th, 2018|Europe|

Armed man arrested at Iranian interests section in Washington

The Secret Service said in a statement that agents responded to reports of shots fired. (Screen grab) April 26, 2018 A man with a weapon was arrested Wednesday afternoon at the Iranian interests section in Washington, the Secret Service said. The incident took place at Pakistan’s embassy, which houses the Iranian interests section [...]

By |April 26th, 2018|North America, USA|

Expert warns “Iran’s economy is in a death spiral”

Professor Hanke: "Assuming there won’t be any change in policy, then Iran’s economy is in a death spiral. The only question is when the Grim Reaper will arrive to mark the end". (IranWire) By Behrouz Mina April 26, 2018 Steve H. Hanke is a professor of Applied Economics and Co-Director of the Institute for [...]

By |April 26th, 2018|Iran|

Tehran’s mission accomplished!

Geostrategic game. Iranian Defence Minister Amir Hatami (C) attending a meeting with Iraqi, Russian and Syrian officials in Baghdad, on April 19. (Iranian Defence Ministry) By Ali Alfoneh April 25, 2018 US President Donald Trump’s “Mission Accomplished” tweet about the coordinated US, British and French military operation against targets in Syria was criticised and [...]

By |April 26th, 2018|Middle East|

Pakistani Gwadar Port, a double-edged sword for Iran

A view of Pakistani Gwadar Port. (AFP) April 26, 2018 Gwadar port is located in the province of Baluchistan in Pakistan and on the coast of Arabian Sea. The port’s plan was first established in 1954 when it was owned by the Oman’s kingdom. The distance between Gwadar and Karachi, the main commercial [...]

By |April 26th, 2018|East Asia, Middle East|

Decoding Iranian politics: Friday prayers and protests

A group of farmers turned their backs to the Friday Prayers preacher in Isfahan to express their dissatisfaction. (IranWire) By H Rastgoo April 26, 2018 Since January 2018, when citizens staged protests in many cities across Iran, others have begun protesting at Friday Prayers ceremonies, making their voices heard on both local and national issues. During several of [...]

By |April 26th, 2018|Iran|

Iran’s many adversaries must agree a common strategy

People walk past a picture of the late leader of the Islamic Revolution, Khomeini (right), and Iran’s current supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, during a ceremony marking the thrity-seventh anniversary of the revolution in Tehran. (Reuters) By Sir John Jenkins April 26, 2018 United States President Donald Trump must decide by May 12 whether to [...]

By |April 26th, 2018|Middle East|

Cut out of Iranian domestic market, paper producers shut down

cheaper Chinese paper falsely labeled as locally produced has appeared at markets in recent years, enraging Iran’s paper manufacturers. (MEHR) April 26, 2018 Paper production in Iran has come to a complete stop until further notice, the chairman of the Paper and Cardboard Producers Union of Iran announced April 24. Abolfazl Roghani Golpayegani, [...]

By |April 26th, 2018|Iran|