Iran is new transit point for Somali charcoal in illicit trade taxed by militants: U.N. report

A Somalian soldier walks past a consignment of charcoal destined for the export market in Barawe October 12, 2014. (REUTERS) October 10, 2018 Criminal networks are using Iran as a transit point for illicit Somali charcoal exports that earn Islamist militants al Shabaab millions of dollars annually in tax, U.N. sanctions monitors said [...]

By |October 10th, 2018|Africa, Somalia|

How Iran ‘infiltrated Morocco’ and aims to break into Sub-Saharan Africa

In an interview with Breitbart last month, Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said Iran is in the process of expanding in the Sub-Saharan Africa. (AFP) October 9, 2018 In an interview with Breitbart last month, Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita spoke of how Iran “infiltrated” Morocco via book festivals and voiced his country’s support of [...]

By |October 9th, 2018|Africa, Morocco|

Iran’s controversial cultural attaché leaves Algeria

Amir Mousavi, the Iranian cultural attaché in Algeria. (Supplied) By Romany Shaker October 6, 2018 On September 22, Iran’s cultural attaché in Algeria Amir Mousavi announced he would leave his position after almost four years in the country. The announcement followed accusations by Algerian activists and former officials against the Iranian diplomat over his alleged role in recruiting thousands of [...]

By |October 6th, 2018|Africa, Algeria|

Morocco’s FM, US officials discuss Iran conspiracy with Polisario

Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita. (Supplied) September 21, 2018 Morocco's Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Bourita said that talks he held with US officials during his visit to Washington on Sep 17-18 addressed several topics, mainly Iran and its conspiracy with Polisario. This topic is a major concern for US officials, as affirmed by [...]

By |September 21st, 2018|Africa, Morocco|

Iran forms parliamentary committee to focus on countries it boycotts diplomatically

Senior foreign policy advisor to the Iranian parliament speaker Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. (IRNA) September 18, 2018 A working group and a new mechanism has been adopted by the Iranian parliament to form a committee that will focus on people who are active in regional issues of countries that do not have diplomatic relations with [...]

By |September 18th, 2018|Africa, Middle East|

Oil buyers rush to replace Iran

An oil tanker is seen off the port of Bandar Abbas, southern Iran. (AFP) September 1, 2018 Oil reserves in western Europe, Africa and Mediterranean region are rapidly falling since major buyers are scared by the US sanctions imposed on Iran, reports say. According to Reuters, oil prices slipped on Friday as concerns [...]

By |September 1st, 2018|Africa, Europe, Middle East|

Sanctions make it harder for South Africa’s MTN to repatriate Iran cash

MTN has around 3.4 billion rand ($256 million) in accumulated dividends and loans from its joint venture in Iran. (Supplied) August 9, 2018 MTN Group, Africa's biggest mobile operator, is sticking to its 2018 dividend target despite new U.S. sanctions making it harder to repatriate cash from its Iran joint venture, the company [...]

By |August 9th, 2018|Africa|

Hezbollah allegedly training Nigerian Shiites to expand influence in West Africa

Protesters carry a banner depicting Iranian ayatollahs Khamenei (L) and Khomeini (C), and Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah (R) during a demonstration in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, on July 25, 2014. (AFP) By Mona Alami July 7, 2018 While Hezbollah’s military expansion across the Middle East, particularly since the start of the Syrian [...]

By |July 7th, 2018|Africa, Nigeria|

As sanctions bit, Iranian executives bought African passports

More than 100 of 155 people who had their Comoros passports cancelled in January were Iranians. (Reuters) By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin and David Lewis June 29, 2018 In January, the Comoros Islands quietly cancelled a batch of its passports that foreigners had bought in recent years. The tiny nation off the east coast of Africa [...]

By |June 29th, 2018|Africa, Comoros|

Zarif arrives in South Africa leading high-ranking trade delegation

Eyes abroad. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on during a meeting. (AP) By Ahmad Majidyar June 14, 2018 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in South Africa yesterday to discuss ways of expanding bilateral ties, Iranian media reported. The top Iranian diplomat is scheduled to hold talks with his counterpart Lindiwe [...]

By |June 14th, 2018|Africa|