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Uncertainty surrounds political future of Iran Parliament Speaker

Iran's Parliament speaker Ali Larijani. (Fars) November 14, 2019 Uncertainty has surrounded the political future of Iranian parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in wake of reports that he will not be taking part in upcoming general elections and instead opt to run for president in 2021. Tabnak news website, which is closely affiliated with [...]

By |November 14th, 2019|Iran|

Controversy over Iran’s new ambassador to Moscow

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) and Kazem Jalali (R). (ISNA) November 14, 2019 The spokesperson of Iran’s foreign ministry has denied reports Mohammad Javad Zarif is opposed to the appointment of a former member of parliament as ambassador to Moscow. Recently, there have been reports saying Kazem Jalali, a politician close to [...]

By |November 14th, 2019|Russia|

IRGC intelligence ‘brings back’ fugitive who owes $400 million to Iran banks

Iran's judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili. (IRNA) November 14, 2019 The spokesman of Iran’s Judiciary says a major “debtor” to the government who had fled the country has been returned to Iran through the efforts of Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) intelligence organs. The person in question, according to the announcement on Wednesday, is [...]

By |November 14th, 2019|Iran|

Sweden detains Iranian on suspicion of murder in Iran in 1988

Photos of some of the victims of Iran's mass executions in 1988. (Amnesty) November 13, 2019 An Iranian citizen has been jailed in Sweden on suspicion of carrying out crimes against humanity and murder in the late 1980s in Iran, a Swedish prosecutor said Wednesday, the same period of mass executions by Tehran. [...]

By |November 13th, 2019|Europe|

In closed-door session Iran’s Parliament scrambles to find money

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appeared before parliament on Aug. 28 to defend his government's handling of Iran's economic crisis. (MEHR) November 13, 2019 The share of crude oil in Iran's next year budget (beginning March 21) has dropped to zero, Mehr news agency reported November 12. The report coincided with the Islamic Republic [...]

By |November 13th, 2019|Iran|

Singapore threatens to auction off Chinese tanker violating Iran sanctions

Singapore port authorities had seized two oil tankers owned by the Chinese Kunlun Shipping Company carrying Iranian petroleum products. (AFP) By Dalga Khatinoglu November 13, 2019 A court in Singapore has given the owner of a tanker carrying Iranian liquid gas (LPG) a week to either come forward or it would place the vessel [...]

By |November 13th, 2019|East Asia|

Dangerous air pollution leads to school closures in Tehran

A general view of the Milad telecommunication tower engulfed by smog in the Iranian capital Tehran on December 19, 2015. (AFP) November 13, 2019 Dangerous air pollution has shut down kindergartens, elementary and special-needs schools in Iran’s capital Tehran and surrounding towns on Wednesday. Tehran’s governor announced that air-pollution indicator in most of the [...]

By |November 13th, 2019|Iran|

Iran appoints new ambassador to Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (left) welcomes his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, during their meeting in Moscow on May 14. (Reuters) November 13, 2019 Former member of the Iranian Parliament Kazem Jalali has been appointed as Iran’s new ambassador to Russia, replacing Mehdi Sanaei. This comes amid growing concerns towards the future [...]

By |November 13th, 2019|Russia|

Rouhani admits without oil exports the government in Iran is broke

Hassan Rouhani, Iran's president. (AP) November 13, 2019 Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says his country's situation has never been as "difficult and complicated" as it is today. Rouhani admitted that U.S. sanctions on Iran's oil exports are making it difficult to run the affairs of the country. The remarks are in sharp contrast [...]

By |November 13th, 2019|Iran|

Money-laundering is the essence of the Revolutionary Guards’ financial activities

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). (AP) By Ali Ranjipour November 13, 2019 The financial activities of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), whether inside or outside Iran, can be summed up as various kinds of money laundering. The IRGC both organizes and financially supports opponents of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an [...]

By |November 13th, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|