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Iran’s woes briefly go up in smoke during fire festival

Iranians light fireworks during a celebration, known as "Chaharshanbe Souri," or Wednesday Feast, marking the eve of the last Wednesday of the solar Persian year, Tuesday, March 19, 2019. (AP) March 20, 2019 Iran's many woes briefly went up in smoke as Iranians observed a nearly 4,000-year-old Persian tradition known as the Festival [...]

By |March 20th, 2019|Iran, Uncategorised|

UAE urges Iran to reconsider its policies in the region

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. (AFP) March 2, 2019 UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan has reiterated his call on the Iranian regime to reconsider its policies with regard to building friendly ties with its neighbors [...]

By |March 2nd, 2019|Middle East, Uncategorised|

Haley rips into Iran’s ‘crony terrorism,’ use of child soldiers in fiery return to Security Council

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks during the United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East. (Reuters) By Adam Shaw October 20, 2018 U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, returning to the Security Council for the first time since she announced her intention to step down earlier this month, [...]

By |October 20th, 2018|Uncategorised|

Iranian Embassy in Paris damaged; Tehran knocks police work

French police stand guard outside the Iranian Embassy in the French capital, Paris, on Sept. 14. (AFP) September 17, 2018 The Iranian Embassy was damaged by a crowd that a local police official said Saturday was made up of “individuals,” while Iran’s Foreign Ministry accused them of being extremists and charged that the [...]

By |September 17th, 2018|Europe, Uncategorised|

Rouhani supporters take to social media to voice disappointment

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani in the parliament with Ali Larijani. (Tasnim) September 1, 2018 Days after being grilled by MPs, embattled Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s tribulation is widely reflected on social media. Rouhani, being summoned to the parliament for the first time in his five years of presidency, had previously promised to seize [...]

By |September 1st, 2018|Iran, Uncategorised|

Khamenei, Zarif disappointed by Europe’s attempts to save JCPOA

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) and his Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) meeting with the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. (IRNA) September 1, 2018 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says remaining in the nuclear deal with the West is not Iran's only option. Reacting to the August 30 report by the International [...]

By |September 1st, 2018|Europe, Uncategorised|

Iran ‘cannot avoid’ expanded talks on nuclear issue: France

From left, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, Iranian FM Javad Zarif, French FM Jean-Yves Le Drian, German FM Heiko Maas and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson pose for a photo during a meeting at the Europa building in Brussels, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (AP) August 31, 2018 Iran "cannot avoid" talks on [...]

By |August 31st, 2018|Uncategorised|

Long prison terms for editors of Dervish news outlet in Iran

Reza Entesari, right, and Mostafa Abdi, left, have received lengthy prison terms for involvement in February anti-government protests in Tehran. (Social Media) August 18, 2018 An Iranian news outlet focusing on Iran’s Gonabadi Dervish minority says two of its editors have received lengthy prison sentences for involvement in anti-government protests in February. In [...]

By |August 18th, 2018|Uncategorised|

Iran protests ‘mistreatment’ of Iranian women at Tbilisi airport

Shota Rustaveli International Airport, Tbilisi, 12, Jun 2017. (RFE/RL) August 18, 2018 Iran has sent a protest note to the Georgian foreign ministry over what it says is mistreatment of some Iranian women wearing Hijab at the security check points of Tbilisi airport. Earlier, a hardline member of Majles (Iranian parliament), had criticized [...]

By |August 18th, 2018|Uncategorised|

Iraq to respect dollar ban but not all US sanctions on Iran, PM says

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi speaking during an official meeting in the capital Baghdad on January 31, 2017, (AFP) August 14, 2018 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi stepped back from his commitment to abide by new US sanctions on Iran on Monday, saying his government would only respect the dollar ban in transactions [...]

By |August 14th, 2018|Uncategorised|