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Why Iran is losing the global space race

A Simorgh satellite rocket at its launch site at an undisclosed location in Iran. (AFP) By Damien McElroy January 10, 2019 When China landed an explorer robot on the far side of the Moon last week, it underlined the ability of space to inspire and grip our imaginations. Our increased ability to cross extra-terrestrial frontiers has [...]

By |January 10th, 2019|East Asia, North America, Russia, USA|

Shipping official says many ports do not allow Iranian vessels to dock

A ship bearing various flags parked at Chabahar (Shahid Beheshti) Port during the inauguraition of the first phase in the southern Iranian coastal city of Chabahar, December 3, 2017. (AFP) January 10, 2019 The chairman of Iran's Shipping Society and related services, Massoud Polmeh says that a significant number of ports across the [...]

By |January 10th, 2019|East Asia, North America, Russia, USA|

Iran plans naval drills with Russia in Caspian Sea

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy patrol vessels. (FARS) January 7, 2019 Iran and Russia are preparing to hold joint naval exercises in the Caspian Sea, including rescue and anti-piracy drills, the commander of the Iranian navy was quoted on Sunday as saying. “Tactical, rescue and anti-piracy war games between Iranian and Russian naval [...]

By |January 7th, 2019|Russia|

Iranian plan to spend $2b on Russian passenger jets collapses due to U.S. sanctions

The Sukhoi passenger SSJ-100 plane prepares to take off. The Russian planemaker has been circling Iran. (Shutterstock) By Dominic Dudley January 3, 2019 A plan for Iranian airlines to buy Russian-built passenger jets appears to have collapsed as a result of U.S. sanctions, marking a further set-back for the country's beleaguered aviation sector. Iranian [...]

By |January 3rd, 2019|North America, Russia, USA|

Iran and Russia vow to ‘deepen and expand’ military cooperation

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in Qingdao, China June 9, 2018. (REUTERS) December 28, 2018 Iran’s deputy defense minister says the Islamic Republic is prepared for "deepening and expanding defensive and military” cooperation with [...]

By |December 28th, 2018|Russia|

Sukhoi circles as Iran needs 500 planes

The Sukhoi passenger SSJ-100 plane prepares to take off. The Russian planemaker has been circling Iran. (Shutterstock) December 13, 2018 Iran needs some 500 planes and would likely back buying the Sukhoi Superjet 100 if Russia is willing to sell them to its airlines, Iranian news agencies reported the country’s top civil aviation [...]

By |December 13th, 2018|Russia|

Trump shaping new ‘liberal’ order to block Russia, China, Iran

U.S. President Donald Trump signs a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement in the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 8, 2018. (Reuters) December 5, 2018 US President Donald Trump’s top diplomat promised on Tuesday a new democratic world order in which Washington [...]

By |December 5th, 2018|East Asia, North America, Russia, USA|

US targets Iranian-Russian network over Syrian oil shipments

The Iran Delvar, an Iranian Oil Tanker. (MEHR) November 20, 2018 The US on Tuesday said it sanctioned six individuals and three entities to disrupt an Iranian-Russian network that it said was providing millions of barrels of oil to the Syrian government and funding militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah. US officials said Russia [...]

By |November 20th, 2018|North America, Russia, Syria, USA|

Russia not aligned with Iran, say experts

Russia’s relationship with Iran in the wake of US sanctions is “not strategic,” and ties with Riyadh are a priority say experts at the Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate. (Emirates Policy Center) November 12, 2018 Russia’s relationship with Iran in the wake of US sanctions is “not strategic,” the chair of the comparative politics [...]

By |November 12th, 2018|Russia|

Russia sets ‘mechanisms’ to confront US sanctions on Iran

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 28, 2017. (AFP) November 6, 2018 Russia has taken steps to counter the repercussions of US sanctions on Iran and reiterated its unwillingness to comply with Washington’s measures, which it [...]

By |November 6th, 2018|Russia|