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Iran media report arrests of women-trafficking gang members

Iranian women stand in line at the Masoumeh shrine in Qom, about 120 kilometres south of Tehran on Friday, June 12, 2016. (AP) May 20, 2020 The "leader of the largest trafficking gang of Iranian women in Malaysia" has been arrested and transferred to Iran, media in Tehran reported on May 18. The [...]

By |May 20th, 2020|East Asia, Europe, Malaysia, Middle East|

U.S. blacklists Chinese logistics firm over business with Iran airline

Iran’s second-largest carrier, Mahan Air, is flying commercial routes to more than a dozen European and Asian countries in spite of U.S. terror-related sanctions. (AP) May 19, 2020 Washington on Tuesday slapped sanctions on a China-based company it accused of acting on behalf of U.S.-blacklisted Mahan Air, the Treasury Department said, and denounced [...]

By |May 19th, 2020|East Asia, North America, USA|

Iran says first steps taken to launch South Korean humanitarian trade mechanism

Iran foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi. (AFP) May 19, 2020 Iran’s foreign ministry announced on Monday, May 18 that “preliminary steps and political consultations were undertaken” to launch a South Korean “humanitarian channel” for Iran. South Korean foreign ministry announced March 22 that Seoul is exploring ways to provide humanitarian assistance to Iran [...]

By |May 19th, 2020|East Asia|

Mullahs’ missiles kill Iranians but can’t defend Iran

Konarak naval vessel still burning after being towed to port. May 11, 2020. (Supplied) By Amir Taheri May 16, 2020 Last Monday’s tragedy in the Gulf of Oman in which 19 Iranian naval officers were killed and 15 others injured in a “friendly fire” incident has focused attention on the Islamic Republic’s failure to [...]

By |May 16th, 2020|East Asia, Middle East, Russia|

China rejects US plan to extend UN arms embargo on Iran

Photo showing the UN Security Council open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflicts, New York, May 22, 2018. (UN) May 15, 2020 China rejected on Thursday a planned push by the United States to extend a United Nations arms embargo on Iran and, if that fails, Washington’s assertion that it could trigger [...]

By |May 15th, 2020|East Asia, North America, USA|

US says all countries should ban Iran’s Mahan Air to avoid coronavirus and sanctions

A plane from the Iranian private airline, Mahan Air. (AP) May 9, 2020 The U.S. State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus on Friday called on all countries to keep Iran's Mahan Air out to "avoid coronavirus and sanction risk". "Deeply troubled weapons of mass destruction proliferator Mahan Air, which supports terrorism and the Maduro [...]

By |May 9th, 2020|East Asia, Latin America, North America, USA|

How the coronavirus is cementing Iran’s tilt towards China

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in an official arrival ceremony in Tehran, on Jan. 23, 2016. (AP) By Ali Dadpay May 8, 2020 The Iran-China bilateral relationship has been gaining strategic significance for more than a decade and the coronavirus pandemic appears to have solidified this trend. While [...]

By |May 8th, 2020|East Asia|

Iran hunts for grains as coronavirus compounds economic woes

A combine harvester operates as night falls during the wheat harvest in Novoalexandrovsk, Russia. (Bloomberg) May 8, 2020 Iran is scrambling to buy millions of tonnes of wheat, corn and soybeans to shore up its reserves, Iranian officials and traders said, despite President Hassan Rouhani's assertions that the coronavirus would not endanger food [...]

By |May 8th, 2020|East Asia, North America, Russia, USA|

Iran’s trade balance with Asian partners negative for first time

Cargo ships sail off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas. (AFP) By Dalga Khatinoglu May 6, 2020 Official data published by Turkey and Iran's other Asian economic partners indicate that trade between Iran and these countries dropped significantly in the first quarter of 2020 with the balance going into negative for Iran for [...]

By |May 6th, 2020|East Asia|

Surviving isolation with a memoir of an Iranian refugee in Papua New Guinea

Kurdish-Iranian writer Behrouz Boochani. (Getty) By Firouz Farzani May 4, 2020 These days my appetite for books has developed into a raging hunger. I’m devouring everything from online essays to old friends in my library. In passing, let me recommend Albert Camus’ The Plague, which has so much to say to us right now about [...]

By |May 4th, 2020|East Asia, Minorities|