Iran’s showdown strategy is mired in self-delusion

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei met with Iran's military commanders on the "Navy Day" on November 28, 2018. (IRIB) July 15, 2019 We have American plans and Iranian plans. Clearly, no one in Washington wants a direct military confrontation with Tehran. This does not necessarily mean that the US war on Iran will stop. This [...]

By |July 15th, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran spy TV show glorifies hard-liners imprisoning reporter

'Gando,' shows actor Payam Dehkordi, center, who plays a character apparently based on Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, among other actors. (AP) July 15, 2019 The Farsi caption has unfurled across the black screen of a channel of Iranian state television every night for days now, promising viewers that what they are about [...]

By |July 15th, 2019|Arts, North America, USA|

Khamenei publication urges Iran’s president to ‘confront’ Europe, U.S.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during President Hassan Rouhani's inauguration in August 2017. (IRNA) July 12, 2019 A weekly published under the auspices of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has urged President Hassan Rouhani to take firmer steps to confront Europe and the U.S. The weekly, "Hezbollah's Line," has also accused Rouhani [...]

By |July 12th, 2019|Europe, North America, USA|

US will not blacklist Iran’s foreign minister Zarif, for now

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the Asia Society in New York, April 24, 2019. (AP) July 12, 2019 The United States has decided not to impose sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for now, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday, in a sign Washington may [...]

By |July 12th, 2019|North America, USA|

White House say Trump, Netanyahu discussed Iran

Binyamin Netanyahu meets with Donald Trump at Ben Gurion Airport. (FLASH90) July 12, 2019 The White House says President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by telephone and discussed Iran's "malign actions" in the Middle East. White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said Thursday the two leaders discussed cooperation [...]

By |July 12th, 2019|Isreal, North America, USA|

From hot sauce to pop gloss, US products seep into Iran

An Iranian smokes a Marlboro cigarette while two Coca-Cola stand on her table at a cafe in downtown Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (AP) July 11, 2019 At a trendy restaurant in Iran's capital, customers sip Coca-Cola through bending straws as waiters bring caddies to their tables full of Heinz ketchup and [...]

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

Trump accuses Iran of secret nuclear enrichment and warns of ‘substantial’ new sanctions

President Donald Trump listens to Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, July 30, 2018. (AP) July 10, 2019 President Donald Trump accused Iran on Wednesday of secretly enriching uranium for a long time and said US sanctions would be increased [...]

By |July 10th, 2019|North America, USA|

Iran’s release of Nizar Zakka was failed overture to US

Lebanese businessman Nizar Zakka left Iran, where he was detained since 2015. (Al Arabiya) July 10, 2019 Iran’s release last month of Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese businessman with US permanent residency, after four years in prison was meant as an opening for US-Iranian talks, according to three Western sources familiar with the issue. [...]

By |July 10th, 2019|Lebanon, North America, USA|

US wants military coalition to safeguard waters off Iran, Yemen

Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a US Air Force B-52H Stratofortress conduct joint exercises in the US Central Command area of responsibility in the Arabian sea. (AP) July 10, 2019 The United States hopes to enlist allies over the next two weeks or so in a military coalition to safeguard strategic waters [...]

By |July 10th, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran enriching uranium to 4.5% purity, UN nuclear watchdog tells member states

The flag of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) flies in front of IAEA's headquarters in Vienna, Austria June 12, 2017. (REUTERS) July 10, 2019 Iran is enriching uranium to 4.5% fissile purity, above the 3.67% limit set by its deal with major powers, the UN nuclear watchdog policing the deal told member [...]

By |July 10th, 2019|Europe, North America, USA|