Money-laundering is the essence of the Revolutionary Guards’ financial activities

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). (AP) By Ali Ranjipour November 13, 2019 The financial activities of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), whether inside or outside Iran, can be summed up as various kinds of money laundering. The IRGC both organizes and financially supports opponents of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an [...]

By |November 13th, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

Trump urges Iran to release ex-FBI agent Levinson

A photograph of Robert Levinson Levinson received by his family in April 2011. (Getty) November 11, 2019 President Trump took to Twitter late Sunday to urge Iran to release the retired FBI agent who had been missing in the country since 2007 and said it would be a very positive step toward easing tensions between the two countries since [...]

By |November 11th, 2019|North America, USA|

Iran says case open on ex-FBI agent missing there on CIA job

Screen grab of a page dedicated to Robert Levinson, who disappeared in Iran in 2007. (Facebook) November 9, 2019 Iran is acknowledging for the first time it has an open case before its Revolutionary Court over the 2007 disappearance of a former FBI agent on an unauthorized CIA mission to the country. In [...]

By |November 9th, 2019|North America, USA|

Erdogan says he will discuss Halkbank’s Iran sanctions case with Trump

A view shows the logo of Halkbank at its headquarters in Atasehir, in the Asian part of Istanbul December 17, 2013. (Reuters) November 9, 2019 President Tayyip Erdogan says he will discuss the case of Turkish lender Halkbank with U.S. President Donald Trump during talks in Washington next week, broadcaster NTV and other [...]

By |November 9th, 2019|North America, Turkey, USA|

Pompeo slams Iran’s ‘intimidation’ of IAEA inspector as ‘outrageous’

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press conference during the NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting at the State Department in Washington, April 4, 2019. (AFP) November 9, 2019 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday slammed Tehran’s treatment of an inspector with the UN’s nuclear watchdog agency last week as [...]

By |November 9th, 2019|North America, USA|

Marine held hostage by Iran reflects on heroic rescue attempt 40 years later

Prisoner of war survivors Mr. Fiske Hanley II, World War II veteran, and Marine Corps Staff Sgt. (ret.) Rodney  Sickmann at the Maintenance Professional of the Year (MPOY) ceremony March 2, 2019 at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force)   November 8, 2019 Isolated in his cell [...]

By |November 8th, 2019|North America, USA|

Pompeo says Iraqis and Lebanese have the right to get rid of Iran’s ‘meddling’

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (Reuters) November 7, 2019 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has tweeted that the people of Iraq and Lebanon have a right to free themselves of Iranian “regime’s” influence. He wrote on November 5, Iraqis and Lebanese are discovering “that Iranian regime’s top export is corruption, badly [...]

By |November 7th, 2019|Iraq, North America, USA|

U.S. sets sights on shipping companies for Iran sanctions evasions

An oil tanker is seen off the port of Bandar Abbas, southern Iran. (AFP) November 7, 2019 The United States will target shipping companies that are in breach of sanctions and aggressively enforce measures across the globe to clamp down on such practices, a top U.S. official said on Wednesday. In one of [...]

By |November 7th, 2019|East Asia, Middle East, North America, USA|

Congress seeks abolishing waivers issued to Iran nuclear deal parties

The U.S. capitol building on Sep. 27, 2013. (Getty) November 7, 2019 House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney will introduce legislation mandating full dismantling of the Iran nuclear deal. The legislation bars the US administration from granting sanctions waivers to the Iranian government. If passed, the law would prevent the White House from [...]

By |November 7th, 2019|North America, USA|

Two men plead guilty to acting as illegal agents for Iran in surveilling Americans

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the opening of a factory in Tehran on Nov. 5, 2019. (AFP) Two men have pleaded guilty to acting as illegal agents of the government of Iran on charges stemming from monitoring a Jewish center in Chicago and Americans who are members of an exiled Iranian opposition [...]

By |November 6th, 2019|North America, USA|