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Iran restricts UN atomic agency to pressure West

Iran' FM Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) meets with IAEA chief, Rafael Grossi (R), in Tehran, Feb 21, 2021. (AFP) February 22, 2021 Iran will begin restricting the ability of United Nations nuclear inspectors to monitor Tehran’s nuclear program. It’s part of the Islamic Republic’s efforts to pressure European nations and the U.S. into [...]

By |February 22nd, 2021|Europe, North America, Opinions On Iran, USA|

Iran’s Khamenei, ‘deep state’ keeping presidential candidates locked up for 10 years, ex-diplomat says

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei casts his ballot during parliamentary elections in Tehran, Feb. 26, 2016. (AP) By Amy Kellogg February 19, 2021 They were hardly revolutionaries, both being men of "the system." They ran on kinder, gentler Islamic Republic of Iran tickets and captivated the country’s youth, who, having learned from their parents’ stories how [...]

By |February 19th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Iran, terrorism finance, and money laundering: A status update before FATF meets next week

Iranian currency is displayed at an exchange shop in Tehran, August 1, 2019. (Reuters) By Saeed Ghasseminejad and Toby Dershowitz February 19, 2021 When the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) convenes its virtual plenary next week, while not formally on the agenda, buzz on the sidelines will concern Tehran’s constant push to be removed from [...]

By |February 19th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

The Iran mediation bazaar

Shiite Muslim pilgrims walk in front of posters of (R to L) Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, Ayatollah Ali Sistani, and the leader of Hezbollah Hasan Nasrallah, in Najaf, Iraq, Oct 12, 2019. (AFP) By Amir Taheri February 19, 2021 With Donald Trump out of the White House, wannabe do-gooders have thrown their [...]

By |February 19th, 2021|Middle East, Opinions On Iran|

Fakhrizadeh killing reveals dissent within the regime in Iran

Iran's Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi pays his respect to the body of slain scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh among his family in Tehran, Nov. 28, 2020. (AP) By Alireza Nader February 17, 2021 In a revealing comment, the Islamic Republic’s intelligence minister, Mahmoud Alavi, said last week that the November 2020 assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, [...]

By |February 17th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Khomeini Factcheck: Establishing an Islamic banking system

An Iranian woman passes a huge portrait of the late Ayatollah Khomeini, 07 June, 2019 in Tehran. (AFP) February 15, 2021 Speaking to the Los Angeles Times on December 7, 1978, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Revolution, claimed: “We must establish banks that do not charge interest rates. We do [...]

By |February 16th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Drug lords and diplomatic staff linked to Iranian Telegram dissident’s assassination in Turkey

According to the Turkish media, Naji Sharifi Zindashti (C) is the leader of a drug cartel who was sentenced to death in a smuggling case in Iran and who fled to Turkey. (Supplied) By Faramarz Davar February 15, 2021 Turkish media outlets have provided new details about the murder of Massoud Molavi Vardanjani, a [...]

By |February 15th, 2021|Opinions On Iran, Turkey|

Economic pain may push tough-talking Iran to show nuclear flexibility

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei speaks via videoconference with MPs in the presence of President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday, August 23, 2020. (Iranian presidency) February 10, 2021 Iran insists the new U.S. administration act first to save the collapsing 2015 nuclear deal but faces pent-up pressures, from ruinous sanctions to internal dissent and wider regional crises, [...]

By |February 10th, 2021|North America, Opinions On Iran, USA|

Khomeini Factcheck: Did the Shah hinder Iran’s development?

Muhammad Reza Shah gradually sought to reduce his dependence on the West and the United States and to free the Middle East of the need for a foreign presence. (Supplied) February 6, 2021 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, claimed in front of an audience of engineers at the Ministry of Agriculture, on June [...]

By |February 6th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Khamenei grooms eulogists for battle

Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei. (Getty) February 5, 2021 Ali Khamenei’s feted annual meeting with Shia eulogists was held via videoconference this year. In his speech the Supreme Leader stressed the important role of these religious singers, calling them a "special and unique phenomenon". Khamenei also criticized what he called the “distortion” of Islamic [...]

By |February 5th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|