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Trump’s Iran envoy quits administration as US pushes embargo

Brian Hook, US Special Representative for Iran, speaks at a news conference in London, Britain June 28, 2019. (REUTERS) August 6, 2020 The Trump administration’s top envoy for Iran is stepping down just as the United States tries to moves ahead with a major diplomatic effort that would extend a U.N. arms embargo against Tehran [...]

By |August 6th, 2020|North America, USA|

Iran Human Rights Monitor monthly report – July 2020

The Iranian clerical regime executed at least 31 people in July 2020. (Supplied) August 06, 2020 July 2020 was marked by the Iranian regime’s pervasive use of the death penalty and torture, suppression of freedom of expression, and discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities. Despite having to deal with a catastrophic outbreak of [...]

By |August 6th, 2020|Iran|

Qatar’s alleged finance of Hezbollah terrorist movement puts US troops at risk, dossier claims

Hezbollah displays a pick-up truck mounted with a multiple rocket launcher in a parade in Nabatiyeh, Lebanon, July 10, 2014. (AFP) By Benjamin Weinthal August 06, 2020 Qatar’s monarchy allegedly financed weapons deliveries to the global terrorist group Hezbollah, endangering the nearly 10,000 U.S. troops stations in the emirate, according to a damning new dossier viewed [...]

By |August 6th, 2020|Lebanon, North America, Qatar, USA|

21 Kolbars killed in Iran since March

Human mules (kolbar) on a mountain path connecting Iran to Iraqi Kurdistan. Undated. (Social Media) August 06, 2020 Iranian border guards have shot dead 21 kolbars in the past five months in western Iran, so Iranian Twitter users have been protesting with the hashtag #كولبر_نكشيد (do not kill kolbars), which became Iran’s top [...]

By |August 6th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Tel Aviv hints punishing Damascus for Iranian cells

Israeli soldiers in the Golan Heights. (AFP) August 06, 2020 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened on Wednesday to punish the Syrian regime for any threats following Israeli strikes in southern Syria. Israel had staged military strikes near al-Quneitra in southern Syria on Monday. The Israeli army announced that its strikes followed the [...]

By |August 6th, 2020|Isreal, Syria|

Iran’s oil exports in July drop to around 100,000 BPD

An Iranian oil tanker is seen floating on the Caspian Sea, as Iranian President Mohammad Khatami attends the opening ceremony 29 April 2004, of the Neka oil terminal on the Caspian Sea. (AFP) August 06, 2020 The latest data provided to Radio Farda by Kepler, an international data intelligence firm to Radio Farda, [...]

By |August 6th, 2020|Iran|

Hezbollah stockpiled chemical behind Beirut blast in London and Germany

A drone picture shows the scene of an explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP) August 6, 2020 Hezbollah kept three metric tons of ammonium nitrate, the explosive thought to be behind the mega blast in Beirut this week, in a storehouse in London, until MI5 and the London [...]

By |August 6th, 2020|Europe, Lebanon|

Fire under the ashes: Workers strike at many Iranian oil and petrochemical refineries

A refinery south of Tehran. Iranian workers believe that establishing syndicates or trade unions might facilitate their demands. (AP) August 6, 2020 A wave of strikes by oil, gas and petrochemical sector workers in Iran has now reached Isfahan refinery and Tabriz thermal power plant. The industrial action, which began in four southern [...]

By |August 6th, 2020|Iran|

Not cashing in: virus hits Iraq’s Iran-US money trade

Iranian rials are seen at a currency exchange shop in Baghdad, Iraq August 8, 2018. (REUTERS) August 6, 2020 In Iraq's Kurdistan region and at the country's Muslim Shiite holy sites, trading US dollars for rials from Iran was once big business. But the money exchange trade has been hard hit by lockdown [...]

By |August 6th, 2020|Iraq|

Rouhani uses ‘conspiracy theory’ to defend government performance

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani chairing a cabinet session in the capital Tehran, April 15. (AFP) August 6, 2020 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani once again used ‘conspiracy theory’ as an excuse to defend his government’s performance in managing the economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic all while facing sanctions. Rouhani said that claiming the [...]

By |August 6th, 2020|Iran|