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Iran’s Zarif warns US against disrupting oil shipments to Venezuela

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohmmad Javad Zarif wears a protective mask and gloves as protection against the cornonavirus, during a cabinet meeting in Tehran, March 11, 2020. (AFP) May 18, 2020 Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has warned the US against disrupting its fuel shipments to Venezuela in a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, [...]

By |May 18th, 2020|Latin America, North America, USA, Venezuela|

How Iran uses cultural centers to expand its influence in Latin America

FARC members hold a ceremony honoring General Soleimani. (AFP) By Tereza Dvorakova May 18, 2020 Buenaventura is one of the most violent and poorest cities in Colombia. In one of the most dangerous neighborhoods, a music sang by children voices is wafting from a house with a big sign saying Mezquita in front of it. It [...]

By |May 18th, 2020|Latin America|

5 Iran tankers sailing to Venezuela amid US pressure tactics

A crude oil tanker sails through the Persian Gulf towards Kharq Island to transport crude oil to export markets in the Persian Gulf, Iran. (AFP) May 18, 2020 Five Iranian tankers likely carrying at least $45.5 million worth of gasoline and similar products are now sailing to Venezuela, part of a wider deal [...]

By |May 18th, 2020|Latin America, Venezuela|

US Global Maritime Advisory warns of Iran’s ‘deceptions’

Oil supertanker Grace 1 on suspicion of being carrying Iranian crude oil to Syria is seen near Gibraltar, Spain, July 4, 2019. (Reuters) May 16, 2020 In its newly released Global Maritime Advisory (GMA), the U.S. government has advised the world's shipping lines to be vigilant about "Iran's, North Korea's and Syria's deceptions". [...]

By |May 16th, 2020|Latin America, North America, Syria, USA, Venezuela|

U.S. weighs measures in response to Iran fuel shipment to Venezuela

An oil tanker is seen off the port of Bandar Abbas, southern Iran. (AFP) May 15, 2020 The United States is considering measures it could take in response to Iran’s shipment of fuel to crisis-stricken Venezuela, a senior Trump administration official told Reuters on Thursday. Washington has a “high degree of certainty” that [...]

By |May 15th, 2020|Latin America, North America, USA, Venezuela|

Why Iran’s Bourse is lower than Venezuela and Zimbabwe?

Iranian stock exchange in the capital Tehran, August 2018. (MEHR) May 11, 2020 “Iran’s Bourse with 60 million stockholders will become the largest Bourse in the world,” claimed Alireza Saleh, the head of Iran’s privatization organization, on April 29. This claim, of course, no longer deceives anyone while the coronavirus has left tens [...]

By |May 11th, 2020|Africa, Latin America, Venezuela|

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|

Iran using Venezuela to advance its revolutionary interests

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, right, meets Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at his residence in Tehran, Jan. 10, 2015. (AP) By Majid Rafizadeh May 9, 2020 Although the Iranian regime is known for sponsoring and building alliances with Shiite state and non-state actors, Tehran’s alliance strategy is also based on partnering with a variety [...]

By |May 9th, 2020|Latin America, Venezuela|

Desperate for cash and help, Venezuela hands nine tons of gold bars to Iran

Members of a military agency that transports valuables gold bars from a military plane to be taken to Venezuela's Central Bank, at the Carlota military airport in Caracas, March 1, 2018. (AP) May 2, 2020 Out of cash and desperate for help in propping up its oil industry, Venezuela is raiding its gold [...]

By |May 2nd, 2020|Latin America, Venezuela|

Pompeo urges end to overflight rights for Iran airline flying to Venezuela

A plane from the Iranian private airline, Mahan Air. (AP) April 30, 2020 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday called on countries to deny overflight rights to Mahan Air, an Iranian airline under U.S. sanctions, which he said recently delivered cargoes of “unknown support” to the Venezuelan government. The United States [...]

By |April 30th, 2020|Latin America, North America, USA, Venezuela|