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The Peruvian president-elect’s ties to pro-Islamic Republic recruiters

Socialist leader Pedro Castillo has claimed victory following a tight electoral race in Peru. (AFP) By Florencia Montaruli June 24, 2021 On June 6, 2021, Peruvians voted for their new president in a tight race between Pedro Castillo of the socialist Peru Libre party and Keiko Fujimori of the right-wing Fuerza Popular. Nine [...]

By |June 24th, 2021|Latin America|

Guyana checks Winsome ways of Iran-linked tanker

As much as 75% of tonnage identified by Lloyd’s List as evading US sanctions and shipping cargoes of Iranian or Venezuelan crude is flagged with these registries. (AP) By Michelle Wiese Bockmann June 23, 2021 Guyana has become the latest identified registry from Caribbean, African or Pacific countries targeted by flag-hopping tankers engaged [...]

By |June 23rd, 2021|Guyana, Latin America|

Americas-bound Iranian warships change course

Iran-made warship Makran prior to be joined to the Navy, in Iran, Jan. 12, 2021. (AP) June 18, 2021 Two Iranian warships, thought to be trafficking arms to Venezuela, have changed course and are now moving up Africa’s west coast. The Biden administration had been pressuring Venezuela, Cuba and other countries in the [...]

By |June 18th, 2021|Latin America, North America, USA, Venezuela|

Lost at sea: How two Iranian warships are testing American mettle

An Iranian logistic warship is seen in the Gulf, undated. (IRNA) By Emanuele Ottolenghi June 15, 2021 What is the Iranian navy doing in the southern Atlantic? It is a question that Pentagon officials have had a hard time answering since late May, when they became aware that a large, repurposed oil tanker and [...]

By |June 15th, 2021|Latin America, North America, USA, Venezuela|

U.S. warns Venezuela, Cuba to turn away Iranian ships believed to be carrying arms

IRGC vessels buzzing past US military ships on the Gulf, April 15, 2020. (US Navy) June 10, 2021 The Biden administration is urging Venezuela and Cuba to turn away two Iranian warships believed to be carrying arms intended for transfer to Caracas, while vowing that the U.S. will take “appropriate measures” to deter [...]

By |June 10th, 2021|Cuba, Latin America, North America, USA, Venezuela|

Iran denounces U.S. tracking of its ships that may be headed to Venezuela

The Iranian-flagged oil tanker Fortune is docked at the El Palito refinery in Venezuela on 25 May 2020. (AFP) June 8, 2021 Iran on Tuesday rejected as interference a reported U.S. monitoring of Iranian navy vessels that may be headed to Venezuela, saying Tehran would not be breaching international law even if it [...]

By |June 8th, 2021|Latin America, North America, USA, Venezuela|

US officials suspect Iran may send warships to Venezuela amid talks

Iran-made warship Makran prior to be joined to the Navy, in Iran, Jan. 12, 2021. (AP) May 31, 2021 The United States is monitoring the movement of two Iranian naval vessels near Africa that may be heading to Venezuela, Politico reported May 29, citing three people with knowledge of the situation. If Iran [...]

By |May 31st, 2021|Latin America, Venezuela|

Iran-Argentina relations bedeviled by deadly legacy of 1990s terror attacks

A powerful explosion destroyed a building housing of the Jewish Mutual Association of Argentina, in Buenos Aires, on July 18, 1994. (Reuters) By Hamdan Al-Shehri May 20, 2021 In January 2015, Alberto Nisman, Argentina’s public prosecutor, was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head at his home in Buenos Aires. The discovery [...]

By |May 20th, 2021|Latin America|

The fringe Argentinian leftist implicated in Iran’s bomb attack “cover-up”

Left-wing agitator Fernando Esteche, left, was accused of helping to cover up the AMIA bombing allegedly masterminded by Iranian cleric Mohsen Rabbani, right. (IranWire) By Florencia Montaruli April 17, 2021 In January 2015, journalism lecturer and political agitator Fernando Esteche received a call on his cellphone that disrupted the calm of the hot [...]

By |April 17th, 2021|Latin America|

US ‘monitoring’ as Iran sends fuel tankers to Venezuela in defiance of sanctions

Iranian oil tanker Fortune is anchored at the dock of the El Palito refinery near Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, May 25, 2020. (AP) April 9, 2021 As Iran sent three gasoline shipments to fuel-starved Venezuela in recent months in defiance of U.S. sanctions, the Biden administration apparently did nothing to stop the tankers, signaling [...]

By |April 9th, 2021|Latin America, Venezuela|