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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|

Iran coronavirus death toll climbs with fatality ratio much higher than world average

Many suspect that the figures announced by Iranian officials are considerably lower than the real figures. (ISNA) February 28, 2020 Iran announced more COVID-19 coronavirus deaths for a second time on Thursday, pushing the total to 26 which is still disproportionate to the official number of infections at 245, in comparison with China [...]

By |February 28th, 2020|East Asia, Middle East|

Iranian regime targeted by finance watchdog for refusing to stop sponsoring terrorists

Hezbollah supporters hold images of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Khomeini (L) and the supreme leader Khamenai, during celebrations in Beirut, Feb 6, 2019. (AFP) By Patrick Goodenough February 27, 2020 The Iranian regime’s devotion to supporting violent groups from Hezbollah to Hamas to anti-U.S. militias in Iraq is set to take [...]

By |February 27th, 2020|Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

US sanctions 13 foreign entities for supporting Iran missile program

Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard celebrate after launching a missile during maneuvers in an undisclosed location in Iran, July 3, 2016. February 26, 2020 The United States announced on Tuesday it was imposing sanctions on 13 foreign entities and individuals in China, Iraq, Russia, and Turkey for supporting Iran's missile program. The [...]

By |February 26th, 2020|East Asia, Middle East, North America, USA|

Gulf countries announce measures to cut links with Iran as coronavirus cases rise in Middle East

Iranian women wearing protective masks walk in a street in the capital Tehran on February 20,2020. (AFP) February 26, 2020 Gulf countries announced new measures on Tuesday to cut links with Iran to prevent coronavirus spreading after the confirmation of 20 new cases, all of them people returning from the Islamic republic. The [...]

By |February 26th, 2020|Middle East|

27 travelers from Iran test positive for coronavirus in 6 Arab countries

Iranian residents, some wearing protective masks, wait to cross a street in the capital Tehran on February 22, 2020. (AFP) February 25, 2020 Twenty-seven people have tested positive for coronavirus in six countries across the Arab region after returning from Iran. Iran has reported 15 deaths from coronavirus, the highest number outside China, but that [...]

By |February 25th, 2020|Middle East|

Iran does not lie… but it lives in a different universe

Mourners surround a Chevrolet car carrying the coffins of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis during their funeral procession in Baghdad, Jan 4, 2020. (AFP) By Hazem Saghieh February 25, 2020 The scene was like one from an Almodovar movie and another by Quentin Tarantino. The scene of [...]

By |February 25th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran blacklisted by Financial Action Task Force: What’s next?

Iranian protesters show their hands with writing in Persian that reads, “No to FATF,” to protest the passage of a bill in Tehran on Oct. 7, 2018. (AP) By Faramarz Davar February 24, 2020 After granting the country long and repeated reprieves, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has finally returned Iran to its blacklist, alongside [...]

By |February 24th, 2020|Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran’s hard-liners seize control of sinking ship

The Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei casts his ballot during parliamentary and Experts Assembly elections in Tehran, Iran. (AP) February 24, 2020 Pity the Iranians participating in an election process so severely rigged that, even according to the state media, 200 out of 290 Majlis seats had effectively already been [...]

By |February 24th, 2020|Middle East|

Iranian coastguard detains vessel in Gulf of Oman

Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboats cruise past an oil tanker off the port of Bandar Abbas, in southern Iran, on July 2, 2012. (AFP) February 22, 2020 Iranian coastguard said on Saturday that it detained a foreign vessel in the Gulf of Oman for smuggling oil. Hussein Dehaki, the head of the Iranian coastguard [...]

By |February 22nd, 2020|Middle East|