Iran says preparing site for satellite launch; US deems a cover up

This satellite image shows a fire at a rocket launch pad at the Khomeini Space Center in Iran's Semnan province, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (AP) January 28, 2020 Iran is preparing a site for launching a satellite, a government minister said on Monday, highlighting a program the United States says is a cover [...]

By |January 28th, 2020|North America, USA|

Iraqi PM promises to boost protection for US embassy after Iran-backed militia attack

Iran-backed Iraqi protesters use a plumbing pipe to break the bullet-proof glass of the US embassy's windows in Baghdad, Dec. 31, 2019. (AFP) January 28, 2020 The Iraqi prime minister has promised to strengthen security for the US embassy in Baghdad after one person was injured in the latest missile attack on the [...]

By |January 28th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Pentagon steps up cruise missile defenses as Iranian threat grows

Remains of the missiles which the Saudi government said were used to attack an Aramco oil facility, are displayed during a news conference in Riyadh Wednesday. (Reuters) January 28, 2020 Just before dawn on Sept. 14, more than two dozen small drones and cruise missiles descended on Saudi Arabia’s state-owned Saudi Aramco oil [...]

By |January 28th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

The minimalism and maximalism of Ali Dadgar

No Redemption, a fantastical mélange that has a boyish devilish-looking angel urinating above another similar angel. (Supplied) By Jonathan Curiel January 28, 2020 Dark humor is an Ali Dadgar trademark, so his new San Francisco art exhibit is full of it — but if you’re looking for a source of that humor, you [...]

By |January 28th, 2020|Arts, North America, USA|

Iran hardliners protest against Zarif in Tehran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. (Fars News) January 28, 2020 Hundreds of Iranian hardliners on Monday afternoon rallied in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran to protest against Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif and the remarks he made about the possibility of talks with the United States in an interview [...]

By |January 28th, 2020|North America, USA|

Maz Jobrani: Just Iranian American

Jobrani made a name for himself as a great communicator about Middle Eastern issues and people. (Fairfax County Times) By Hanan Daqqa January 27, 2020 Maz Jobrani, the “just Iranian American” comedian and actor loves the Kennedy Center and D.C. and, obviously, they love him back. His latest Netflix special “Immigrant” was filmed [...]

By |January 27th, 2020|Arts, North America, USA|

Iran turns to Bitcoin strategy to dodge US sanctions

Iran has long had an interest in using cryptocurrencies to support international trade outside of the traditional banking system. (INU) January 27, 2020 In narrow terms, the economic sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran in the last two years have been effective, shrinking the Iranian economy by 10 to 20 percent. [...]

By |January 27th, 2020|Europe, North America, USA|

Iranians should not let Trump harm national unity: Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the opening of a factory in Tehran on Nov. 5, 2019. (AFP) January 27, 2020 Iranians should not allow US President Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” approach to harm national unity ahead of parliamentary elections, President Hassan Rouhani said in speech broadcast live on his official website. “We [...]

By |January 27th, 2020|North America, USA|

Qassem Soleimani’s final journey: How it happened minute-by-minute

Qasem Soleimani, the powerful Iranian military commander who wields enormous influence in Iraq, returning from a visit to Syria and Iraq. (ISNA) January 27, 2020 On January 2, 2020, bad weather conditions meant that the Baghdad-bound Sham Wings Airlines flight 501 was delayed for nearly 3 hours. The plane was carrying 156 passengers, [...]

By |January 27th, 2020|Iraq, Lebanon, North America, Syria, USA|

Tehran and its three fantasies

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran saying Eid Fitr prayers on 15 June 2018. (IRNA) By Amir Taheri January 25, 2020 “He died, so that Iran lives!’ this is the slogan attached to posters and T-shirts distributed in Tehran as the Islamic Republic prepares to mark the 40th day of General Qassem Soleimani’s “martyrdom” in [...]

By |January 25th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|