Iran’s Intelligence Ministry makes movies in Europe, trumpets Islamic Republic’s narrative

Iranians arrive at the Mellat Cinema Complex in the capital Tehran during the 37th edition of the Fajr Film Festival, Feb. 3, 2019. (AFP) By Babak Ghafoori Azar February 22, 2020 Several movies screened at the Fajr Film Festival that marked the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran are found to have [...]

By |February 22nd, 2020|Arts, Europe|

Global watchdog places Iran on terrorism financing blacklist

The first FATF Plenary meeting under the US Presidency in Paris. October 19, 2018. (FATF) February 21, 2020 A global dirty money watchdog on Friday placed Iran on its blacklist after the country failed to comply with international anti-terrorism financing norms. The decision comes after more than three years of warnings from the [...]

By |February 21st, 2020|Europe|

Iran’s long battle with FATF

Iranian protesters show their hands with writing in Persian that reads, “No to FATF,” to protest the passage of a bill in Tehran on Oct. 7, 2018. (AP) By Jason M. Brodsky February 21, 2020 The February plenary of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is underway in Paris. The outcome of this meeting could [...]

By |February 21st, 2020|Europe, North America, USA|

Zarif’s conspiracy theories to justify Iran’s actions

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the Asia Society in New York, April 24, 2019. (AP) By Faramarz Davar February 20, 2020 Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has resorted to conspiracy theories to try to justify Iran’s unwillingness to cooperate with International Civil Aviation Organization procedure regarding airplane crashes — behavior that could not [...]

By |February 20th, 2020|Europe, North America|

An Iranian-Israeli theater collaboration

My Father Held a Gun, a joint production by Raphael Rodan and Sahand Sahebdivani, on stage at Brussels’ Théâtre National in February. (Supplied) By Mahrokh Gholamhosseinpour February 20, 2020 Last week, Brussels’ Théâtre National staged My Father Held a Gun, a production written and performed by two actors, Iranian Sahand Sahebdivani and Israeli Raphael Rodan. In [...]

By |February 20th, 2020|Arts, Europe, Isreal|

Iran minister signals willingness to hand over Ukrainian plane’s black boxes

Ukraine International Airlines' Boeing 737-800 plane wreckage is seen in a picture from investigation team in Tehran, Jan 11, 2020. (Reuters) February 19, 2020 Iranian Minister of Road and Urban Development says if the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board of Iranian and Ukrainian experts failed to read the black boxes of the Ukraine International [...]

By |February 19th, 2020|Europe|

International watchdog to review Iran’s status on anti-terror, money laundering laws

The first FATF Plenary meeting under the US Presidency in Paris. October 19, 2018. (FATF) February 18, 2020 A Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting which has started in Paris is expected to review the situation of Iran's commitment to international regulations against money laundering and financing terrorism also called the AML/CFT. The [...]

By |February 18th, 2020|Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

Germany frees Iranian facing extradition to US for sanctions’ violation

Iran foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi. (AFP) February 18, 2020 Iranian news agencies on Monday reported that an Iranian citizen detained in Germany for violation of sanctions and facing extradition to the United States was freed and returned to Iran with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday evening. Ahmad Khalili was arrested [...]

By |February 18th, 2020|Europe, North America, USA|

Iranian hackers targeted Dutch, Western universities for ‘teaching material’

The attackers of the Dutch universities stole student login details and posted them on an Iranian forum. (Reuters) February 15, 2020 Dutch broadcaster NOS on Friday reported that government-backed Iranian hackers have targeted three Dutch universities and another academic body in the past few months. The report is based on the findings of [...]

By |February 15th, 2020|Australia, Europe, North America, USA|

Canada’s Trudeau demands from Iran independent probe into downed airliner

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a memorial service at the University of Alberta for the victims of a Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed in Iran, Jan 12, 2020. (Reuters) February 15, 2020 Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he had "impressed upon" Iran's foreign minister on Friday that a complete and independent [...]

By |February 15th, 2020|Europe, North America|