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Iranian regime under pressure from three sides

Iranians students demonstrate following a tribute for the victims of Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 in front of the Amirkabir University in the capital Tehran. (AFP) By Majid Rafizadeh January 17, 2020 The Islamic Republic is, for the first time since its establishment, simultaneously encountering what I would call three concentric circles of pressure. [...]

By |January 17th, 2020|Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

Why did the elimination of Qassem Soleimani decrease US-Iran tensions?

Former Iran’s IRGC’s Quds Force commander, Major General Qassem Soleimani. (IRNA) By Mehdi Jalali Tehrani January 16, 2020 When the specter of war is on the rise between two or multiple nations, there are two general ways to deescalate and reduce tensions: use of diplomatic channels and employing a policy of deterrence. The channels [...]

By |January 16th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran’s grim economy limits its willingness to confront the US

A gas station that was burned during protests that followed authorities' decision to raise gasoline prices, in Tehran, Iran, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP) By Peter S. Goodman January 16, 2020 Iran is caught in a wretched economic crisis. Jobs are scarce. Prices for food and other necessities are skyrocketing. The economy is rapidly shrinking. [...]

By |January 16th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran’s Rouhani threatens European troops amid nuclear pressure

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during the annual military parade in Tehran on Saturday, Sept 22, 2018. (AFP) January 15, 2020 Iran's president issued a warning on Wednesday that European forces in the Middle East could be at risk if their nations joined the US pressure campaign against his country and challenged Tehran [...]

By |January 15th, 2020|Europe, Middle East|

UK open to broader Iran deal that tackles destabilizing behavior

Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab speaks at the parliament on Iran. (Reuters) January 15, 2020 Britain is willing to work with the United States and European partners to build a broader initiative which would address not just Iran’s nuclear ambitions but its destabilizing activity in the region, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on [...]

By |January 15th, 2020|Europe, Middle East|

US warns vessels transiting Gulf amid tensions with Iran

IRGC speedboats cruise past an oil tanker off the port of Bandar Abbas, in southern Iran, on July 2, 2017. (AFP) January 14, 2020 The United States on Tuesday warned of threats to commercial vessels in and around the Gulf in the wake of its confrontation with Iran. Tensions have soared since the US [...]

By |January 14th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

The general’s death upsets Iran’s plan

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pray near the coffin of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani in Tehran, Jan 6, 2020. (Reuters) By Amir Taheri January 11, 2020 While analysts and policymakers are busy speculating on ways that Tehran’s ruling mullahs might avenge the killing of their most hyped [...]

By |January 11th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

The possible legal repercussions of an Iranian commander’s photo

General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ Aerospace Force, gave a press conference in front of the flags of groups accused of terrorism. (Screen grab) By Faramarz Davar January 11, 2020 A senior commander of the Revolutionary Guards has proudly displayed the Islamic Republic’s links with terrorist organizations and military regiments that support [...]

By |January 11th, 2020|Middle East|

US tried to take out an Iranian leader on same day it killed Soleimani

Iranian IRGC members carry a coffin of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, who was killed in an air strike at Baghdad airport, during a funeral procession in Tehran, Iran January 6, 2020. (Reuters) January 11, 2020 The US military tried, but failed, to take out another senior Iranian [...]

By |January 11th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Qassem Soleimani’s end… A predictable consequence of his recklessness

Commander of IRGC's Qods force Qassem Soleimani (L) with Iraqi pro-Iran militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis (R) in Karbala in June 2019. (Supplied) By Bobby Ghosh January 9, 2020 Qassem Soleimani was never going to die peacefully in his bed. As leader of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and puppet-master [...]

By |January 9th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|