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The diplomat king and the wasting of Iran’s foreign policy

Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, January 1979, shortly before leaving Iran. (AFP) By Faramarz Davar July 27, 2020 Forty years have passed since the death of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last king of Iran. Despite serious flaws in the domestic politics of the last Shah of Iran, his performance in foreign policy indicates a deep [...]

By |July 27th, 2020|Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran moves mock aircraft carrier to sea amid US tensions

A fake aircraft carrier is seen off the coast of Bandar Abbas, Iran. It was apparently built for potential live-fire drills. (Maxar Technologies) July 27, 2020 Iran has moved a mock aircraft carrier to the strategic Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S., satellite photographs released Monday show, likely [...]

By |July 27th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

US military chief visits Israel amid tensions with Iran

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army Gen. Mark A Milley during an office call at the Pentagon, in Arlington, Va., Oct. 31, 2019. (U.S. Army) July 24, 2020 The top U.S. general made an unannounced visit to Israel on Friday to discuss “regional security challenges” at a time of heightened [...]

By |July 24th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran’s Oil Minister says foreign countries refusing to sign agreements with Iran

Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh attends the 135th meeting of the Organisation of OPEC conference in Isfahan in central Iran on March 16, 2005. (Reuters) July 20, 2020 Iran's Oil Minister on Monday told reporters that all foreign countries are now refusing to sign agreements with Iran in all areas due to [...]

By |July 20th, 2020|East Asia, Middle East, North America, USA|

How Iran’s missile arsenal holds the Middle East hostage

A display featuring missiles and a portrait of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is seen in Tehran in September 2017. (Reuters) By Christopher Hamill-Stewart July 18, 2020 The month of July has seen multiple attempted missile and drone strikes by Houthi forces on civilian targets in Saudi Arabia. The latest was a [...]

By |July 18th, 2020|Middle East|

Risks grow after blast hits Iran’s nuclear program

A building after it was damaged by a fire, at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility some 200 miles (322 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, July 02, 2020. (AP) By Jon Gambrell July 16, 2020 A mysterious explosion and fire at Iran’s main nuclear facility may have stopped Tehran from building advanced centrifuges, but [...]

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

IAEA chief gives Iran until end of month to grant access to suspected sites

Director-General of International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Rafael Mariano Grossi. (AP) July 16, 2020 The Chief of the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Wednesday warned Iran of "bad" consequences if access is not granted by the end of July to two sites where undeclared nuclear activities may have taken place in [...]

By |July 16th, 2020|Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

US Centcom chief: Iran still aiming for regional dominance despite Suleimani killing

Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, commander of US Central Command, talks to journalists about the military response to rocket attacks that killed two US and one UK service members in Iraq at the Pentagon on March 13, 2020. (AFP) July 15, 2020 Iran is persisting in its goal of “regional hegemony” despite the killing [...]

By |July 15th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran’s voluntary auction of water and soil

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Tehran, Iran, January 23, 2016. (AP) By Camelia Entekhabifard July 14, 2020 In the past week, what was said and heard of the so-called “25-year strategic partnership between China and Iran” was mainly the comparison made between this deal and [...]

By |July 14th, 2020|East Asia, Middle East|

Iran reports 200 more coronavirus deaths as toll tops 13,000, highest in Middle East

Burial of Covid-19 victims in Iran shows just a handful of family members standing afar and the grave being disinfected. April 3, 2020. (IRNA) July 13, 2020 Iran reported on Monday more than 200 new coronavirus fatalities that took the overall toll in the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak beyond 13,000. “Unfortunately, in the [...]

By |July 13th, 2020|Middle East|