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US rejects french request for Iran exemptions

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire. (AFP) July 14, 2018 The United States has rejected a French request for waivers for its companies operating in Iran that Paris sought after President Donald Trump imposed sanctions on Tehran, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told Le Figaro. According to Reuters, Paris had singled out [...]

By |July 14th, 2018|Europe, North America, USA|

US beefs up oil exports to India, lowering dependence on Iranian imports

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks with the media inside the parliament premises on the first day of the budget session, in New Delhi, India, January 29, 2018. (REUTERS) By Prakriiti Gupta July 14, 2018 Along with mounting pressure on India to cut Iranian oil imports, the United States beefed up oil supplies to [...]

By |July 14th, 2018|East Asia, India|

U.S. sanctions seen barring IT platform of insurer Lloyd’s for Iran trade

An Iranian oil tanker is seen floating on the Caspian Sea, as Iranian President Mohammad Khatami attends the opening ceremony 29 April 2004, of the Neka oil terminal on the Caspian Sea. (AFP) July 14, 2018 New U.S. sanctions are likely to prevent the use of a Lloyd's of London IT platform for [...]

By |July 14th, 2018|Europe|

A financial war can’t stop Iran. Here’s what Can.

An Iranian surface to surface Ghasedak missile is driven past portraits of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ali khamenei (R), during the annual army day military parade on April 17, 2008 in Tehran, Iran. (Getty Images) By Hussein Ibish July 14, 2018 Having pulled out of the nuclear deal with Iran, [...]

By |July 14th, 2018|Middle East, North America, USA|

Yemen warns Lebanon over Hezbollah’s ‘hostile behaviour’

Shia rebels, known as Houthis, hold a poster of Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah during a rally in support of Hezbollah, in Sana'a, Yemen. (AP) July 14, 2018 Yemen’s internationally recognised government filed a complaint on Wednesday against Hezbollah’s “hostile behavior” in support of the Houthi rebels, requesting that Lebanon take measures to [...]

By |July 14th, 2018|Lebanon, Yemen|

Iran role in Syria key item at Trump-Putin summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a joint news conference at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, March 28, 2017. (AP) July 14, 2018 When President Donald Trump meets Russia's Vladimir Putin on Monday, the Syrian conflict will be one of the most immediately pressing issues on [...]

By |July 14th, 2018|Syria|

Dissident activist disappears, lawyer says possibly murder

Maryam Faraji, a 33 year old dissident activist left her home and disappeared without a trace. (Social Media) July 14, 2018 An Iranian dissident activist who was involved in anti-government protests last December and January has disappeared without a trace. Her lawyer says murder cannot be ruled out. Maryam Faraji, 33, left her [...]

By |July 14th, 2018|Iran|

Living on the margins in Iran: An introduction

One in every four Iranian lives under unfavorable housing conditions. (IranWire) By Ali Ranjipour July 14, 2018 What’s it like to live on the margins of a metropolis in Iran today? Those who do are confronted with some of the most serious crises facing the country today, with social, economic, political and security repercussions. [...]

By |July 14th, 2018|Iran|

Minister says ‘confession’ video was smokescreen to hide corruption

Screen grab of Instagram account of Maedeh Hojabri, who "confessed" on Islamic Republic's state TV. (Social Media) July 14, 2018 Iran’s state-run TV has been airing coerced “confessions” since the early 1980s. While nearly all of the confessions broadcast have thus far been from politicians or opposition activists, the latest case stands out, [...]

By |July 14th, 2018|Uncategorised|

Germany charges Iranian diplomat in Paris bomb plot

German authorities arrested Assadi in Bavaria on July 2. Belgian citizens Amir Sadoni and Nassim Nomeni were also arrested for conspiring to bomb the conference. (Getty) By Benjamin Weinthal July 14, 2018 Germany’s federal prosecutor on Wednesday charged Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat based in Vienna, with hiring a Belgium couple of Iranian origin [...]

By |July 14th, 2018|Europe|