US sanctions two Iran-backed Hezbollah financiers in west Africa

The US Treasury Department building in Washington.. (AFP) March 5, 2022 he United States Department of the Treasury has sanctioned two key financiers of Iran-backed Hezbollah group operating in Guinea. On Friday, the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated prominent Lebanese businessmen Ali Saade and Ibrahim Taher under Executive Order 13224 [...]

By |March 5th, 2022|Africa, Lebanon, North America, USA|

What happened to ‘exporting the Islamic Revolution’ in Algeria?

Iranian ambassador to Algeria honors some Algerian citizens in a competition organized by the Iranian cultural attaché. (Supplied) By Walid Al-Noufal January 22, 2022 Videos recently shared online purporting to show Algerian citizens announcing their conversion to Shia Islam have sparked suspicion about Iran’s influence in the country. They appeared to suggest, if [...]

By |January 22nd, 2022|Africa, Algeria, Ideology|

Are Israel and Iran competing on the same side in Ethiopia?

Ethiopian security forces patrol at street after Ethiopian army took control of Hayk town of Amhara city from the rebel Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) in Ethiopia on Dec 16, 2021. (Getty) January 5, 2022 hen reports surfaced a few months ago of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed deploying combat drones in his [...]

By |January 5th, 2022|Africa, Israel|

Iran bans travel from Southern Africa over new COVID fears

People walk past closed shops in the Tehran Bazaar after the tightening of coronavirus restrictions, in Tehran, Iran, August 16, 2021. (Reuters) November 27, 2021 Iran has banned the entry of travelers from South Africa and five neighbouring countries after the discovery of a new coronavirus variant in the region, a top Iranian [...]

By |November 27th, 2021|Africa|

Iranian-supplied arms smuggled from Yemen into Somalia: Study

Weapons and equipment, believed to be from Iran, are displayed aboard the deck of USS Forrest Sherman after they were seized from a smuggling boat on Sept. 27, 2015. (AP) November 10, 2021 Guns supplied by Iran to its Houthi allies in Yemen are being smuggled across the Gulf of Aden to Somalia, [...]

By |November 10th, 2021|Africa, Somalia, Yemen|

Africa: The next target on Iran’s power politics bucket list?

Iranian Revolutionary Guard members arrive for a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, at the Azadi, or Freedom, Square, in Tehran, Iran. (AP) By Danny Citrinowicz and Jason M. Brodsky November 9, 2021 For those who follow Iran’s activity in Africa, the information coming from Addis Ababa regarding the possible use of [...]

By |November 9th, 2021|Africa|

Iran, African states remain silent about claims of plots against Israelis

IRGC members march during a parade in Tehran, on September 22, 2011. (Reuters) November 9, 2021 Iran and African countries have remained silent about Israeli media claims that Mossad had foiled Iranian plots to “target” Israeli nationals or Jews in Africa. Israel's Channel 12 reported Sunday night that five people with African passports [...]

By |November 9th, 2021|Africa, Israel|

Iranian plot to attack Israelis, Jews said foiled in Africa

A police office directs traffic on the streets in Accra, Ghana, Dec 10, 2016. (AP) November 8, 2021 Five people have been arrested in African countries over suspicions that they were planning on carrying out attacks against Israeli tourists or businesspeople on behalf of Iran, an Israeli television network reported Sunday. The five, [...]

By |November 8th, 2021|Africa, Israel|

Al-Mustafa University: Exporting the Islamic Revolution, one scholarship at a time

Iran's Al-Mustafa International University, a network of religious seminaries based in the Shi'ite holy city of Qom. (Supplied) By Florencia Montaruli November 8, 2021 The Iranian regime's attempt to cleave a space for itself in Latin America dates back to the 1980s, shortly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution began in Iran. In 1983, the cleric [...]

By |November 8th, 2021|Africa, Europe, Latin America, Middle East|

‘Terrifying’: Facebook whistleblower cites violence in Myanmar and Ethiopia, spying by China and Iran

The Iran government doing espionage on other state actors. This is definitely a thing that is happening. (Facebook) By Caitlin Hu October 7, 2021 During much-anticipated testimony Tuesday before the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen repeatedly pointed outside of the country for examples of how the social network could be used [...]

By |October 7th, 2021|Africa, East Asia, North America, USA|