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After 73 years of development plans, Iran still struggles

A mural of a stylized American flag with the words "Down With the U.S.A." looms over a boulevard in central Tehran. (Los Angeles Times) August 29, 2022 The Islamic Republic will soon start its 7th national developmental plan, but an expert who worked in previous government economic plans doubts it can succeed. Since [...]

By |August 29th, 2022|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Iran may drain offshore crude oil cache if nuclear deal reached

An oil tanker loads gas in Assaluyeh seaport at the Gulf, 1,400 km south of Tehran, Iran May 27, 2016. (Reuters) August 29, 2022 Progress toward an Iranian nuclear deal has thrown the spotlight onto a sizeable cache of crude held by Tehran that could be swiftly dispatched to buyers in the event [...]

By |August 29th, 2022|East Asia, Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

Police cracks down on protest against Iran’s compulsory military service

A group of Iranian students during a protest against the Islamic Republic’s compulsory military service on August 27, 2022. (Supplied) August 29, 2022 At least one person was arrested on Saturday after security forces attacked protesters to disrupt a gathering against the Islamic Republic’s compulsory military service. A group of university students held [...]

By |August 29th, 2022|Iran|

Israeli PM: Deal with Iran depends on ‘credible military option’

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid. (AFP) August 29, 2022 Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid considered that the nuclear agreement with Iran was “possible if a credible military threat is put on the table,” stressing that he instructed the army and Mossad leaders to prepare to defend Israel’s security. “We are making a concerted [...]

By |August 29th, 2022|Israel|

Ancient Iranian rug tradition gets makeover as sales sink

Iranian merchants conduct their business at a carpet market of the old main bazaar in Tehran, Iran, Monday, July 23, 2018. (AP) August 29, 2022 Striking geometric shapes that recall 20th century abstract art are not what you would expect to see adorning a handmade Iranian rug. But changing tastes and increased competition [...]

By |August 29th, 2022|Iran|

Iran president: No way back to nuclear deal if probe goes on

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi speaks in a news briefing at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran, Iran, on June 11, 2022. (AP) August 29, 2022 Iran’s president warned Monday that any roadmap to restore Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers must see international inspectors end their probe on man-made uranium particles found at [...]

By |August 29th, 2022|Europe, North America, USA|

Two Swedish-Iranian brothers face trial over spying for Iran

People demonstrate outside the Stockholm District Court as they wait for the verdict in the case of Hamid Noury, a former Iranian prosecution official accused of crimes against international law and murder in Iran in 1988, in Stockholm, Sweden July 14, 2022. (Reuters) August 29, 2022 Sweden has started planning for the prosecution [...]

By |August 29th, 2022|Europe|

Israeli airstrike in Syria destroyed over 1,000 Iranian-made missiles

Syrian air defences intercept an Israeli missile in the sky over the Syrian capital Damascus. (AFP) August 29, 2022 An Israeli airstrike on the western Syrian city of Masyaf on Thursday destroyed more than 1,000 Iranian-made missiles, a Syrian war monitor reported Saturday. According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the attack [...]

By |August 29th, 2022|Israel, Syria|

Israeli spy chief to meet US officials on Iran deal

An Iranian flag is seen in Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant, during an official ceremony to kick-start works on a second reactor at the facility, Nov 10, 2019. (AFP) August 29, 2022 The head of Israel’s Mossad spy agency will visit the United States in early September for talks on the possible revival [...]

By |August 29th, 2022|Israel, North America, USA|

US told Iran it won’t seek to escalate hostilities in Syria

US troops in northeast Syria. (AFP) August 27, 2022 Following a series of US strikes on Iranian militia in Syria, reports say Washington has told Tehran through various channels that it does not seek to heighten tensions in Syria. An article by the New York Times quoted a US official as saying that [...]

By |August 27th, 2022|North America, Syria, USA|