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Iran says it will keep forces in Syria, threatens Israel with missiles

The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari speaks at a conference in Tehran, October 31, 2017. (AP) January 16, 2018 Iran will keep military forces in Syria, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday, defying Israeli threats that they might be targeted if they do not leave [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|Isreal, Syria|

Lebanon not invited to Warsaw summit over Iran ‘sensitivity’

US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale met with PM-designate Saad Hariri on Monday, Jan 14, 2019. (NNA) January 16, 2019 US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale has not invited Lebanon to the Warsaw global conference expected in Poland on February 13 and 14 to discuss issues related [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|Lebanon|

Iran and attempts to revive the Persian empire

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stands as army air force and air defence staff salute in Tehran. (AP) By James Stavridis January 16, 2019 On the campaign trail in 2007, Senator John McCain sang a parody to the tune of the Beach Boys’ “Barbara Ann”: “Bomb, bomb, bomb … bomb, bomb Iran.” That [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|Middle East|

Iran’s reform camp is in crisis

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during President Hassan Rouhani's inauguration in August 2017. (IRNA) By Shahir Shahidsaless January 16, 2019 The Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, can hardly be billed as a reformist. For that reason, he maintained his position as Iran’s Supreme Leader’s confidante while acting as his representative in the Iranian Supreme National [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|Iran|

Is Tehran spying on Southern California? Feds say O.C. waiter and ‘Chubby’ from Long Beach were agents of Iran

Authorities allege that two Iranians were operating in Orange County as spies on behalf of Iran. One of the men worked at Darya, a popular Persian restaurant in Sana Ana. (LAT) By Melissa Etehad January 16, 2019 They seemed an unlikely pair of spies. The older man, Majid Ghorbani, worked at a posh Persian [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|North America, USA|

Iran’s uncertain role in Middle East following US withdrawal from JCPOA

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that the U.S. would withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, known formally as the JCPOA. (Getty) By Track Persia January 16, 2019 Iran’s role in the Middle East after the withdrawal of the US from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018 has become uncertain. [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|Middle East|

A journalist working for Iran’s state TV arrested in U.S.

A man watches a television broadcast of US President Donald Trump's speech, in Tehran, Iran October 13, 2017. (REUTERS) January 16, 2019 U.S. police have arrested an American-born journalist working for Iran's English-language Press TV, the state-run broadcaster reported on Wednesday. It said Marziyeh Hashemi was arrested at St. Louis Lambert International Airport [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|North America, USA|

Iranian startups offer opportunities in an unstable economy

Staffers of the Bamilo online shopping site attend a meeting at their office in Tehran, Iran. May 22, 2017 (AP) January 16, 2019 The past decade in Iran has witnessed a surge in the number of startups, larger Internet companies, and digital-service providers. Owing to the impact of American sanctions, Iranians are often [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|Iran|

‘Hezbollah exploiting gold mines in Venezuela,’ politician reveals

Aerial view of an illegal mine located in Canaima National Park, Bolivar State, South-Eastern Venezuela. (Al Arabiya) January 16, 2019 Lebanese militant group Hezbollah controls gold exploration mines in Venezuela, opposition lawmaker Américo De Grazia revealed this week. In an interview with Miami-based Spanish newspaper Diario las Américas, De Grazia was criticizing President [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|Latin America, Venezuela|

Rivalry and revenge: Iran face Iraq at Asian Cup

Iran’s forward Sardar Azmoun (C) runs with the ball to scores his side’s second goal during the AFC Asian Cup group D soccer match against Vietnam on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP) January 16, 2019 One of football’s great rivalries takes center-stage at the Asian Cup on Wednesday when Iran play Iraq still [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|East Asia, Middle East|