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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|

US ambassador urges UK to abandon support for Iran’s nuclear deal

US Ambassador to Britain Robert Wood Johnson is seen walking next to US President Donald Trump during the latter’s visit to London. (AP) August 13, 2018 US Ambassador to Britain Robert Wood Johnson urged the UK on Sunday to stop supporting Iran’s nuclear deal and instead join forces with Washington to counter the [...]

By |August 13th, 2018|Europe, North America, Uncategorised, USA|

One of Iran’s most iconic industries faces disaster

Zollanvari's Gabbehs feature much simpler patterns than the more intrictate traditional Iranian carpets. (CNN) By Sebastian Shukla July 27, 2018 One of Iran's most famous export industries is warning of disaster when American sanctions snap back into place next month. The country's carpet making industry employs hundreds of thousands of skilled weavers and [...]

By |July 27th, 2018|Uncategorised|

Iranian Parliament shelved the bill on joining UNTOC

Keyhan Newspaper main report against Joining to FATF on Sunday September 04, 2016. (Keyhan) July 26, 2018 The Iranian Parliament has shelved the bill on joining the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC), until learning the explicit stance of the Iranian supreme leader over it. The bill, known as the “Palermo [...]

By |July 26th, 2018|Uncategorised|

Here’s what 2nd gathering of the largest Iran opposition coalition in Germany achieved

The Council proposed a democratic, decentralized federalism in Iran in which the right of all ethnic and religious minorities is respected. (Supplied) By Shima Silavi July 18, 2018 On July 14, the Council of Iranian Democrats, the largest coalition of Iranian political opposition held its second conference in Cologne, Germany. The council is a [...]

By |July 18th, 2018|Uncategorised|

Minister says ‘confession’ video was smokescreen to hide corruption

Screen grab of Instagram account of Maedeh Hojabri, who "confessed" on Islamic Republic's state TV. (Social Media) July 14, 2018 Iran’s state-run TV has been airing coerced “confessions” since the early 1980s. While nearly all of the confessions broadcast have thus far been from politicians or opposition activists, the latest case stands out, [...]

By |July 14th, 2018|Uncategorised|

Iran’s ban of messaging app hurts economy at pivotal moment

People in Tehran check their mobile phones as they wait in the streets after an earthquake near Iranian capital on Dec. 21, 2017. (AFP) By Elias Groll June 22, 2018 Iran’s decision in April to outlaw the use of the encrypted messaging app Telegram, which shielded communications from the government’s prying eyes, has been [...]

By |June 22nd, 2018|Iran, Uncategorised|

Iran women’s activist says blocked from protesting at Russia World Cup

A poster to support Iranian women is displayed in the stands during the group B match between Morocco and Iran at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP) June 21, 2018 An Iranian women’s activist said she was stripped of a [...]

By |June 21st, 2018|Russia, Uncategorised|

Lebanon is protecting Hezbollah’s cocaine trade in Latin America

Images of Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah are seen among scores of Hezbollah and Lebanese national flags being waved by Hezbollah supporters during a ceremony to mark first anniversary of the war with Israel, 14 August 2007. (AFP) By Emanuele Ottolenghi June 17, 2018 Days after the Trump administration withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, [...]

By |June 17th, 2018|Latin America, Lebanon, Uncategorised|

With U.S. withdrawal from the Iran deal, expect India-Iran oil trade to take a hit

A crew member walks across the deck of oil tanker 'Devon' as it prepares to transfer crude oil from Iran to India, on Friday, March 23, 2018. (Bloomberg) By Ronak D. Desai June 13, 2018 President Donald Trump withdrew from the landmark Iran nuclear deal in May following months of speculation. Formally titled the [...]

By |June 13th, 2018|Uncategorised|