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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|

International watchdog to review Iran’s status on anti-terror, money laundering laws

The first FATF Plenary meeting under the US Presidency in Paris. October 19, 2018. (FATF) February 18, 2020 A Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting which has started in Paris is expected to review the situation of Iran's commitment to international regulations against money laundering and financing terrorism also called the AML/CFT. The [...]

By |February 18th, 2020|Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

Inaction will only feed malign Iranian behavior

IRGC members march during a parade in Tehran, on September 22, 2011. (Reuters) By Majid Rafizadeh February 17, 2020 There are still some politicians, scholars and policy analysts who believe that imposing pressure and sanctions is not the answer to Iran’s aggressive policies and military adventurism in the Middle East. It seems that they have forgotten recent [...]

By |February 17th, 2020|Middle East|

US pushing for renewal of UN arms embargo on Iran

Saudi soldiers reveal the remains of Iranian missiles intercepted over the Kingdom. (AFP) February 15, 2020 The United States Mission to the UN in a media note February 13 called on the Security Council to renew international sanctions banning the sale of certain weapons system's to Iran because of "its program of terrorism, [...]

By |February 15th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Trump looks to Africa to counter Iran

US President Donald Trump. (Reuters) By Laura Kelly February 13, 2020 The Trump administration is turning toward Africa in an effort to bolster its alliance against Iran. The U.S. is looking to Sudan and Morocco as key partners in the effort to counter Tehran, part of a larger American and Middle East alliance led [...]

By |February 13th, 2020|Africa, Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran goes to the polls amid domestic and regional tensions

The Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei casts his ballot during parliamentary and Experts Assembly elections in Tehran, Iran Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. (AP) By Talmiz Ahmad February 12, 2020 Campaigning for Iran’s elections to the 290-member Majlis, scheduled for Feb. 21, officially began on Wednesday. Iran’s electoral scene reflects the deep political [...]

By |February 12th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|