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For economic sanctions to work, Trump must turn up the heat on Iran

US President Donald Trump signs a document reinstating sanctions against Iran after announcing the US withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear deal. (AFP) By Saeed Ghasseminejad November 17, 2018 The Trump administration’s strategy of maximum pressure on Iran took full effect on Nov. 5. It included the re-imposition of oil sanctions and designation of more [...]

By |November 17th, 2018|North America, USA|

Is Iran’s ‘new’ jet fighter or a total hoax?

Tehran simply took an old, very well-known jet fighter and claimed it was a new one. (Iranian Media) By Sébastien Roblin November 17, 2018 The latest episode with the not-Kowsar fighter illustrates yet again the casual dishonesty of Tehran’s propagandists. Iranian industry wanted to display the Kowsar-88 for an expo—which does appear to be a real [...]

By |November 17th, 2018|Iran|

The net is closing around Hezbollah

Hezbollah supporters carry their party flags in Beirut, Lebanon. (EPA) November 17, 2018 Layer by layer, Hezbollah’s thin veneer of political legitimacy is being torn away, exposing a corrupt organisation as steeped in the worst excesses of the global drugs trade as it is embroiled in the export of Iranian-inspired terror. In a [...]

By |November 17th, 2018|Latin America, Middle East, North America, USA|

Iranian workers protest over unpaid wages at Friday prayers

Iran, Haft Tapeh, workers of sugar factory continue their strike. (Supplied) November 17, 2018 Workers from the Iranian sugarcane company Haft Tappeh Sugarcane gathered outside the company’s headquarters and inside a mosque in the city of Shush Friday to protest unpaid wages. According to the Haft Tappeh workers’ union, hundreds of workers participated [...]

By |November 17th, 2018|Iran|

US to accuse Iran of violating chemical weapons treaty

The headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, April 18, 2018. (AFP) November 17, 2018 The Trump administration is poised to accuse Iran of violating an international treaty that bans chemical weapons, two U.S. officials said Friday. The officials said the administration plans to announce next [...]

By |November 17th, 2018|North America, USA|

Iran pushes to influence Syria’s new generation through ‘educational invasion’

The Assad-backed news agency SANA did not elaborate on the agreement between Bashar al-Assad and Tehran to open more Iranian universities in Syria. (Supplied) November 17, 2018 Tehran announced on Wednesday that it will open a new university in Syria, the Iran-based Tarbiat Modares University, as an addition to the several branches of [...]

By |November 17th, 2018|Syria|

JCPOA: The devil is in the detail

Foreign Affairs officials from the EU, Iran, France and the US were among those who negotiated the 2015 deal that became known as the JCPOA. (AP) By Track Persia November 17, 2018 One of the reasons behind the re-imposition of the US sanctions on Iran is the country’s suspected ambition of building a [...]

By |November 17th, 2018|North America, USA|

Iran was closer to a nuclear bomb than intelligence agencies thought

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (L), shows him walking alongside Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation chief Ali Akbar Salehi at the Bushehr nuclear power plant in the Gulf port city of Bushehr on January 13, 2015. (IRIB) November 17, 2018 A secret Iranian archive seized by Israeli agents earlier this year indicates that Tehran’s nuclear [...]

By |November 17th, 2018|Isreal, North America, USA|

Baha’is go to prison for praying

Dori Amri started her one-year prison term on November 14. (Supplied) November 17, 2018 On the morning of Wednesday, November 14, Dori Amri Esmaeelpour, a Baha’i citizen of Mashhad, presented herself at the city’s Vakilabad Prison to start serving her one-year prison sentence. In 2012 Amri had also served a six-month sentence at [...]

By |November 17th, 2018|Iran|

NATO launches new training mission in Iraq as concerns over Iran rise

Iraqi policemen demonstrate combat techniques during a training session in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP) November 17, 2018 A new NATO training mission to Iraq will have to deal with a complex political environment in which Iran is growing in influence. The NATO Mission Iraq (NMI) was formally announced by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau [...]

By |November 17th, 2018|Iraq|