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Central Bank; where Iran’s foreign currency resources are plundered

Abdolnaser Hemmati-Governor of Central Bank of Iran. (MIZAN) By Fereydoun Khavand July 03, 2020 The rate of exchange for the U.S. dollar has risen 2,700 times during the past 41 years since the start of clerical rule in Iran under the Islamic Republic system. During the past two weeks the rate has been nearing [...]

By |July 3rd, 2020|Iran|

Iran to compensate downed passenger plane victims’ families

Security officers and Red Crescent workers are seen at the site where the Ukraine International Airlines plane crashed, on the outskirts of Tehran, Iran January 8, 2020. (Reuters) July 03, 2020 Sweden said Thursday that Iran had agreed to compensate the families of the foreign victims of a Ukrainian passenger plane that was [...]

By |July 3rd, 2020|Europe|

US tries to seize Iranian gas heading toward Venezuela

An oil tanker is seen off the port of Bandar Abbas, southern Iran. (AFP) July 02, 2020 U.S. federal prosecutors are seeking to seize four tankers sailing toward Venezuela with gasoline supplied by Iran, the latest attempt to disrupt ever-closer trade ties between the two heavily sanctioned anti-American allies. The civil-forfeiture complaint filed [...]

By |July 2nd, 2020|Latin America, Venezuela|

The erasing of Iranian women, their history, and their aspirations

Iranian woman, Vida Movahed, protested against compulsory hijab by removing her headscarf and hoisting it in public on Tehran's Revolution Street on December 27, 2017. (Social Media) By Mariam Memarsadeghi July 2, 2020 I left Iran when I was seven, during the 1979 revolution. My first trip back was ten years later, full of [...]

By |July 2nd, 2020|Iran, Woman|

Fire at Iran nuclear site hit centrifuge facility

A building after it was damaged by a fire, at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility some 200 miles (322 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, July 02, 2020. (AP) By Jon Gambrell July 02, 2020 A fire and an explosion struck a centrifuge production plant above Iran’s underground Natanz nuclear enrichment facility early Thursday, [...]

By |July 2nd, 2020|Iran|

Brazil, not Venezuela, is bigger danger for U.S. pressure on Iran

Iranian vessel Bavand is seen near the port of Paranagua, Brazil July 18, 2019. (Reuters) By Daniel Roth July 2, 2020 While Tehran’s audacious delivery of oil to Venezuela grabbed the headlines, Iran has been discreetly carrying sanctioned petrochemicals on sanctioned ships to Brazil, Venezuela’s neighbor to the south, for well over a year. [...]

By |July 2nd, 2020|Latin America|

What’s on Iran’s shopping list if the UN arms embargo is lifted?

Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jets are part of Iran’s air force. (AFP) By Thomas Harding July 2, 2020 Iran will have a range of advanced military equipment it can choose from if the UN arms embargo ends in October. High on Tehran's list will be highly manoeuvrable Russian-made fighter aircraft, as well as some of [...]

By |July 2nd, 2020|East Asia, Middle East, Russia|

Iran says coronavirus deaths top 11,000

A coronavirus victim in Iran before burial without a family funeral. April 28, 2020 (IRNA) July 02, 2020 Iran’s death toll from the novel coronavirus passed 11,000 on Thursday, the health ministry said, as the country struggles to contain the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak of COVID-19. Official figures have shown a rising trajectory [...]

By |July 2nd, 2020|Iran|

Iran’s rough road in Iraq

Demonstrators run from tear gas thrown by Iraqi security forces during the ongoing anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq November 12, 2019. (Reuters) July 2, 2020 Iran's influence in Iraq through proxy groups appears to be facing serious challenges as the new Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazemi is trying to control pro-Iranian Shiite militia groups, [...]

By |July 2nd, 2020|Iraq|

Iranian authorities move to block release of female rights activists

Narges Mohammadi is one of Iran's best-known journalists and was awarded the City of Paris medal earlier this year for her work as a defender of women's rights. (AFP) July 2, 2020 Female human rights activists imprisoned in Iran are facing a slew of new charges to prevent them from being temporarily released because of [...]

By |July 2nd, 2020|Iran, Woman|