Tehran launches STFI mechanism to dodge US sanctions

A general view of the Central Bank of Iran building in Tehran, Iran. (REUTERS) March 20, 2019 Tehran announced this week that the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has launched a mechanism similar to the EU’s Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) trade channel, to be called the Special Trade and Finance Institute (STFI), to circumvent US [...]

By |March 20th, 2019|Europe, North America, USA|

Pompeo on Middle East tour to counter Iran, boost Netanyahu

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (AP) March 20, 2019 Top US diplomat Mike Pompeo sought Wednesday to bolster a united front against Iran during a Middle East tour that will include talks with key ally Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of Israeli elections. The US secretary of state kicked off his regional [...]

By |March 20th, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

Markets brace for U.S. decision on Iran sanction waivers

An Iranian laborer walks the platform of an oil facility on Khark Island on March 12. (AFP) March 20, 2019 Over the past few months, oil market participants and analysts focused on OPEC’s production cuts, soaring U.S. shale output, the U.S.-China trade dispute, projections of slowing oil demand growth, and most recently—the U.S. [...]

By |March 20th, 2019|East Asia, North America, USA|

Responding to Rouhani, Hook says the Iranian people want jobs

Brian Hook, the US State Department’s special representative for Iran, speaks about the creation of the Iran Action Group at the State Department, in Washington, Thursday, August 16, 2018. (AFP) March 20, 2019 Brian Hook, U.S. Special Representative for Iran, has responded to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani who told the Iranian people “to [...]

By |March 20th, 2019|North America, USA|

As Trump escalates rhetoric, Iran’s wartime preparations include terrorist attacks and assassinations

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) (AP) March 19, 2019 In July 2017, Ahmadreza Doostdar, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, visited the Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago, where FBI agents surveilled him performing what appeared to be a surreptitious exchange of information — a brush pass — with a woman in [...]

By |March 19th, 2019|Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran’s Rouhani urges Iranians to ‘put all your curses’ on US

Iran President Hassan Rouhani. (Getty) March 19, 2019 Iran’s president on Monday urged Iranians to put a curse on the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia, reiterating his long-standing charge that the U.S. and its allies are responsible for the country’s ailing economy. President Hassan Rouhani’s remarks were meant to deflect criticism of [...]

By |March 19th, 2019|North America, USA|

Iran’s embrace of Iraq shows US sanctions are working

Iraqi President Barham Salih, right, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hold a press conference at Salam Palace in Baghdad, Iraq, March 11, 2019. (AP) By Majid Rafizadeh March 18, 2019 Iran’s state-controlled news outlets and politicians have put significant emphasis on the relationship between Baghdad and Tehran after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last week [...]

By |March 18th, 2019|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iran’s Rouhani calls on judiciary to sue US for crimes against humanity

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during the annual military parade in Tehran on Saturday, Sept 22, 2018. (AFP) March 18, 2019 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged the judiciary to sue US authorities and the “architects of sanctions for crimes against humanity”, saying that the sanctions aimed to “divide” the Iranians. The [...]

By |March 18th, 2019|North America, USA|

Iran is mastering the final frontier

A Simorgh satellite rocket at its launch site at an undisclosed location in Iran. (AFP) By Kevjn Lim and Gil Baram March 16, 2019 In mid-January and early February, Iran attempted two satellite launches intended for environmental monitoring purposes. The Payam (Message) and Doosti (Friendship) ascended aboard Iranian-made satellite launch vehicles (SLVs). Both launches failed to place the satellites into orbit. [...]

By |March 16th, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

US wants to swiftly bring Iranian crude oil exports to zero

An oil tanker is seen off the port of Bandar Abbas, southern Iran. (AFP) March 14, 2019 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has stressed Washington’s commitment to swiftly bring Iranian crude oil exports to zero, saying Tehran’s role in the energy market has been diminishing due to US pressure. Washington reimposed oil [...]

By |March 14th, 2019|North America, USA|