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Iran officials pessimistic about Europe, demand guarantees of trade

Mohsen Rezaei, Secretary of Iran's Expediency Discernment Council. (IRNA) March 19, 2019 Secretary of Iran's Expediency Discernment Council, Mohsen Rezaei, says the EU needs to Guarantee oil purchase from Iran if it wants Iran to ratify the bills required by FATF, the Financial Action Task Force. Two of the four bills that would join [...]

By |March 19th, 2019|Europe|

Do clothes make the woman? An Iranian artist’s search for identity

Iranian artist Mona Hakimi-Schueler's installation, part of her series called "Multi-bodies," signifies the white wedding gown and the shroud. (Al-Monitor) By Zahra Alipour March 18, 2019 "Which of these faces is the real me as an Iranian woman?" That is the question the Berlin-based artist Mona Hakimi-Schueler posed more than a decade ago with a series [...]

By |March 18th, 2019|Africa, Europe, Woman|

Iran a threat to UK, warns US anti-terror tsar

The UK flag flies near the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, June 7, 2017. (REUTERS) March 18, 2019 Britain and other European nations are at risk from Iranian terror attacks on home soil and must do more to deter the regime, America’s counter-terrorism coordinator has warned. Nathan Sales told The Daily Telegraph [...]

By |March 18th, 2019|Europe|

Iran to launch local trade mechanism to match Europe’s INSTEX

Germany, France and Britain launched Instrument for Supporting Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) in January to facilitate business between Europe and Iran. (RFE/RL) March 18, 2019 A mechanism similar to the EU’s INSTEX trade channel, to be called the Special Trade and Finance Institute (STFI), will be registered in Tehran, the head of Iran’s central bank (CBI) said on [...]

By |March 18th, 2019|Europe|

Iran-France spat over praise for Iranian rights defender at UN conference

Iranian lawyer and rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh smiles at her home in Tehran, September 18, 2013. (AFP) March 16, 2019 Praise for prominent jailed Iranian lawyer and human rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh by France's representative to the UN's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) last Tuesday turned into a war of words [...]

By |March 16th, 2019|Europe, Woman|

Hezbollah’s deadly lies

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah kisses the arms of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran, August 3, 2016. (Reuters) By Tony Badran March 15, 2019 It took more than 10 years, but the United Kingdom has finally designated the entirety of Hezbollah as a terrorist group. The U.K. had already designated Hezbollah’s so-called military [...]

By |March 15th, 2019|Europe, Lebanon|

European Parliament urges Iran to release Sotoudeh, other jailed rights defenders

Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh smiles at her home in Tehran on September 18, 2013. (AFP) March 15, 2019 The European Parliament has urged Iran to stop criminalizing the work of women's rights activists and reiterated its call on the country's authorities to "immediately and unconditionally" release prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. In [...]

By |March 15th, 2019|Europe, Woman|

Top official says U.S. has cautioned Europe on ‘risks’ with Iran trade

Sigal Mandelker, U.S. Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. (AFP) March 13, 2019 A senior U.S. Treasury Department official has told a Congressional subcommittee that U.S. has “engaged extensively with European countries on the significant risks” of providing Iran with a special facility for trade. Under Secretary of U.S. Treasury Sigal [...]

By |March 13th, 2019|Europe, North America, USA|

Europe’s delusions on Iran-backed Hezbollah

A French U.N. peacekeepers Leclerc tank passes a billboard showing Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrullah. (AFP) By Mark Dubowitz and Benjamin Weinthal March 12, 2019 Britain did this month what the European Union and its most important power, Germany, refuse to do: outlaw the Iranian-backed Lebanese terror group Hezbollah. [...]

By |March 12th, 2019|Europe, Lebanon|

Top Iranian cleric admits ‘brain drain’ is a problem

Abu Mohammad Mortazavi, the representative of Iran's Supreme Leader to higher education institutions. (Supplied) March 12, 2019 Amid worsening economic conditions in at home, Iranian graduates living abroad have no incentive to return to their country, says mid-ranking cleric Abu Mohammad Mortazavi, who is the Supreme Leader’s representative to the country’s universities. Speaking [...]

By |March 12th, 2019|Europe, North America, USA|