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Iran’s expansionist plans pose real danger to Europe

Hezbollah supporters hold images of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Khomeini (L) and Iran's supreme leader Khamenai, during celebrations in Beirut on February 6, 2019. (AFP) March 10, 2020 Ever since 1979, Europe has held a pivotal position in the Iranian regime’s plans due to its geopolitical, economic and historical importance to [...]

By |March 10th, 2020|Europe, Middle East|

Khamenei tries to rally Muslims against India for recent violence

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj. (AFP) March 6, 2020 In a rare barrage of tweets with a hashtag #IndianMuslimslnDanger, the Islamic Republic Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed the Indian government on Thursday, March 5, for the recent deadly Hindu-Muslim clashes in new Delhi. Joining voices with [...]

By |March 6th, 2020|East Asia, India, Middle East|

Iran: The train hits something hard

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pray near the coffin of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani in Tehran, Iran, January 6, 2020. (Reuters) March 6, 2020 One of the arguments advanced by Democrat critics of Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” policy towards Iran is that, far from persuading Tehran to [...]

By |March 6th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

‘Business is finished’: Iranian merchants fear the worst as virus spreads

A ship bearing various flags parked at Chabahar (Shahid Beheshti) Port on December 3, 2017. (AFP)  March 5, 2020 Iranian merchants plying the busy Strait of Hormuz between Dubai and Iran fear their next trip home will be a one-way trip after the United Arab Emirates banned ferry services to prevent the spread of [...]

By |March 5th, 2020|East Asia, Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran’s trade dropped dramatically in January compared with 2019

Panamanian tanker docks at the platform of the oil facility in the Khark Island, on the shore of the Gulf, March 12, 2017. (AFP) March 5, 2020 Iran’s trade with its main partners dropped dramatically in January 2020 compared with last year when U.S. sanctions on oil exports were only partial. India’s Ministry [...]

By |March 5th, 2020|East Asia, Middle East, North America, USA|

US clamping down on Iran and proxies

Members of Lebanon’s Shia Hezbollah movement stand at attention in the southern town of Bisariyeh, last August. (AFP) March 3, 2020 The United States is cracking down on Iran and its proxies, imposing additional sanctions on connected individuals, companies and entities in an attempt to hamstring Tehran’s financial network. The US government announced [...]

By |March 3rd, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Middle East renews travel warnings as cases of coronavirus increase in Iran

A commuter looks through a water-stained window wearing a mask and gloves to help guard against the Coronavirus, on a public bus in downtown Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. (AP) February 29, 2020 Governments in the Middle East renewed warnings for citizens and residents against traveling to coronavirus-hit countries, including Iran, where hundreds [...]

By |February 29th, 2020|Middle East|

US troops in Saudi Arabia facing Iran’s ‘real regional conflict’

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shares lunch at the mess with members of the military as he visits the Prince Sultan air base in Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia February 20, 2020. (Reuters) February 28, 2020 US officers deployed at a base in Saudi Arabia have spoken about the new threat posed from Iran [...]

By |February 28th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran: “it is a grade-A 1970s military,” says one expert

Iranian soldiers march during a parade on the occasion of the country's annual army day on April 18, 2018, in Tehran. (AFP) By David Axe February 28, 2020 Iran’s conventional weaponry is hopelessly out of date, and the country’s leaders know it, according to one expert. But conventional military inferiority hardly fazes Tehran. Iran [...]

By |February 28th, 2020|Middle East|

Iran’s proxies could become a vector for coronavirus

Members of IRGC in a joint ceremony in Boushehr on May 24, 2017. (Tasnim) February 28, 2020 With coronavirus cases rising sharply in Iran, analysts warn that some countries with close ties to the Islamic Republic could create a dangerous vector for the disease to spread across the Middle East. Syria, Lebanon, and [...]

By |February 28th, 2020|Middle East|