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Naval showdown: The Royal Navy is watching Iran closely

HMS Duncan to shadow British merchant vessels passing through the Strait of Hormuz. (AP) By David Axe August 23, 2019 After Trump restored economic sanctions, Tehran resumed stockpiling uranium. Iran and the West soon began tussling over Persian Gulf shipping. The Royal Navy destroyer HMS Duncan has arrived in the Persian Gulf,  temporarily doubling the number of [...]

By |August 23rd, 2019|Europe, Middle East|

Iranian app bashed for refusing service to women

Iranian women ride their bicycles at Tehran's 'Mothers' Paradise' park, which is the Iranian capital's women-only public recreation area, on June 13 2008. (AP) August 23, 2019 Tehran-based bike-sharing company Bdood has come under fire after some customers noticed that women have been unable to register on the app. One user alerted others [...]

By |August 23rd, 2019|Iran, Woman|

Two lawmakers in Iran arrested in connection with auto industry corruption

Iran's President Rouhani checks a car during a ceremony marking the beginning of production of new Iran Khodro products, Dena+ and Peugeot, in Tehran, Iran, May 2, 2017. (REUTERS) August 23, 2019 Security forces in Iran have arrested two members of the Iranian Parliament (Majles) on charges of "disrupting the car market," a [...]

By |August 23rd, 2019|Iran|

Swedish-Iranians in Stockholm protest Zarif’s visit

Thousands of Iranian Gathered in Stockholm to Protest against Iran's regime, Dec 8, 2018. (Twitter) August 23, 2019 Hundreds of Iranians living in Sweden gathered in front of the country's parliament on Wednesday, August 21, to protest the Islamic Republic Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s visit to the capital city Stockholm. Some carrying [...]

By |August 23rd, 2019|Europe|

Iranian tanker wanted by US not heading to Greece, says PM

The tanker was detained by Gibraltar after British forces seized it in July on suspicion of breaking sanctions on Syria, but it was released on Sunday. (AP) August 23, 2019 An Iranian tanker which the United States wants seized is not heading towards Greece as it sails through the Mediterranean, Greek Prime Minister [...]

By |August 23rd, 2019|Europe|

U.S. sanctions are forcing Iran to ditch push to cleaner fuels

An oil tanker transports crude oil to export markets in the Gulf, Iran. (Bloomberg) August 22, 2019 Iran is about to burn a lot more fuel oil as a result of U.S. sanctions and new global shipping rules, reversing the nation’s progress in switching to cleaner-burning natural gas. Power plants and other industrial [...]

By |August 22nd, 2019|North America, USA|

US, Russia gave Israel green light to strike Iran in Syria, Iraq

An Israeli Air Force F-16 fighter jets. (Flash90) August 22, 2019 Israel has conducted several strikes on Iranian-controlled bases in Syria and Iraq in recent weeks with permission from the United States and Russia, a Western diplomatic source told a Saudi-owned newspaper Wednesday. Moscow and Washington agreed that the Jewish state could conduct [...]

By |August 22nd, 2019|Iraq, Isreal, Syria|

Iran has made Hezbollah a state within a state despite ideological, cultural and ethnic differences

A boy carried a Hezbollah flag in Lebanon, as he ran past portraits of, from left, Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, Ruhollah Khomenei,  Iran's Islamic Revolution leader and Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah. (Getty) By Track Perisa August 22, 2019 Relations between Iranians and Lebanese developed in the sixteenth century when the Safavid [...]

By |August 22nd, 2019|Ideology, Lebanon|

U.S. warns airlines of Iranian military threats in the Gulf

Logos of air line companies (top to bottom) Dutch KLM, British Airways, and Austrian Airlines, on the shuttered window of the closed offices of a travel agency in the Iranian capital Tehran, August 24, 2018. (AFP) August 22, 2019 The U.S. government is warning airlines to exercise caution while flying over the Persian [...]

By |August 22nd, 2019|Middle East|

Iran Guards hold wargames aimed at Kurdish insurgents in northwest

Damage to the Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party headquarters in Koysinjaq after targeted by IRGC, September 12, 2018. (AFP) August 22, 2019 The Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps' (IRGC) Ground Force disclosed on Wednesday, August 21, that his men held a military drill in Buralan heights, near the city of Maku, West [...]

By |August 22nd, 2019|Iran, Minorities|