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German report reveals how Iran uses proliferation to smuggle illegal goods

The report cited Iran 19 times in the 218-page report, covering security threats to the state’s democracy. (Getty) May 7, 2021 An intelligence report from Germany revealed on Friday details of how the Islamic Republic uses proliferation techniques to smuggle illicit technology for deadly weapons. “Proliferation-relevant countries such as Iran, North Korea and [...]

By |May 7th, 2021|Europe|

No ransom payment for Iran

U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland Edward McMullen greets Xiyue Wang after he was released from Iran, in Zurich, Dec 7, 2019. (REUTERS) By Wang Xiyue May 7, 2021 Iran's state news agency reported a few days ago that the Biden administration has agreed to release $7 billion of frozen Iranian assets and four Iranian prisoners [...]

By |May 7th, 2021|North America, USA|

There can never be peace with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, right, arrives at a graduation ceremony of the Revolutionary Guard's officers, May 20, 2015. (AP) By Reza Parchizadeh May 7, 2021 When Ali Khamenei was appointed Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, he knew he lacked Khomeini’s charisma. He needed the power of the military to subdue his [...]

By |May 7th, 2021|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran is one of the biggest non-US sources of QAnon conspiracy theories

A couple wearing protective face masks following a coronavirus outbreak walk in the Iranian city of Qom. (Reuters) By Katherine Hignett for Health Studio May 7, 2021 The bizarre QAnon conspiracy theory flourished online throughout the pandemic, with proponents co-opting Covid-19 disinformation to fuel an ever-changing narrative. Followers of this baseless conspiracy theory [...]

By |May 7th, 2021|North America, USA|

Iran is working to destabilize North and West Africa: Moroccan FM

Morocco's Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita. (AFP) May 7, 2021 Iran is working through its proxies to destabilize North and West Africa, Al Arabiya reported on Friday citing the Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita. Iran threatens our territorial integrity and is training its militias to attack us, the Moroccan minister said, adding [...]

By |May 7th, 2021|Africa, Marocco|

Iran’s Khamenei says fight against Israel is a public duty against ‘oppression’

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a sermon to the crowd during Friday Prayers in the capital Tehran, January 17, 2020. (AFP) May 7, 2021 Iran’s Supreme Leader on Friday called on Muslim nations to keep fighting against Israel, which he said was not a state but a “terrorist garrison” against the [...]

By |May 7th, 2021|Israel|

Saudi official confirms talks with Iran, says premature to assess outcome

Iran and Saudi Arabia flags. (Supplied) May 7, 2021 A Saudi foreign ministry official said on Friday that talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran aim to reduce regional tensions but that it was too early to judge the outcome and Riyadh wanted to see “verifiable deeds.” The comments by Ambassador Rayed Krimly, head [...]

By |May 7th, 2021|Saudi Arabia|

Iran’s seven mountainside missile silos discovered in new satellite imagery

Iranian missiles are loaded into launch position via a newly unveiled ballistic missile launch system in footage shared on November 4, 2020. (IRAN) By Thomas Harding May 7, 2021 Analysis of satellite imagery obtained by the International Institute for Strategic Studies revealed the construction of a new set of seven silos storing advanced new [...]

By |May 7th, 2021|Middle East|

Death of diplomat in Iran feeds gossip and conspiracies

A general view of the Swiss embassy in Tehran, undated. (Tasnim) May 7, 2021 Iranian police said this week they are investigating the death of a Swiss diplomat. According to reports she died after “falling from a high-rise” in Tehran. She supposedly fell from a 20-story building. News reports say that the Swiss Foreign [...]

By |May 7th, 2021|Europe|

Top Iranian general says Israel could be defeated with ‘a single operation’

The head of IRGC Hossein Salami speaks during Tehran’s Friday prayers on July 16, 2018. (Reuters) May 7, 2021 The head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard said recent events across the Middle East have exposed vulnerabilities in Israel, which he argued could be defeated with just one, decisive blow should a conflict break [...]

By |May 7th, 2021|Israel|