Iran oil exports face a tough future even after the coronavirus

A gas flare on an oil production platform in the Soroush oil fields is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Gulf, Iran July 25, 2015. (REUTERS) June 5, 2020 Even before the coronavirus pandemic erupted, Iran’s oil exports were declining as a result of secondary US sanctions. Global oversupply amid a drastic [...]

By |June 5th, 2020|East Asia, Middle East, North America, Russia, USA|

What does the end of sanction waivers mean for Russian and Chinese investments in Iran

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in an official arrival ceremony, at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran, on Jan. 23, 2016. (AP) By Faramarz Davar May 30, 2020 On Wednesday, May 27, the US State Department set a deadline for foreign companies and entities involved in Iran’s nuclear program, [...]

By |May 30th, 2020|East Asia, Russia|

Russia’s energy minister discusses trade, investment with Iranian counterpart following end of US sanctions waivers

Russia's Minister of Energy Alexander Novak at Sirius Art & Science Park during the 2019 Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum, Oct 23, 2019. (TASS) May 29, 2020 Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak discussed trade ties and investment cooperation with his Iranian counterpart Reza Ardakanian by telephone on Friday, Russia’s energy ministry said. The [...]

By |May 29th, 2020|Russia|

Russia, Iran and the future of Syria’s Assad

Souvenir mugs featuring Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah are seen among other items for sale in old Damascus, Syria, Febr 8, 2016. (AFP) By Alireza Taheri May 21, 2020 The "project to oust the Syrian strongman, Bashar al-Assad" is a "big American-Zionist lie", says a former [...]

By |May 21st, 2020|Russia, Syria|

Mullahs’ missiles kill Iranians but can’t defend Iran

Konarak naval vessel still burning after being towed to port. May 11, 2020. (Supplied) By Amir Taheri May 16, 2020 Last Monday’s tragedy in the Gulf of Oman in which 19 Iranian naval officers were killed and 15 others injured in a “friendly fire” incident has focused attention on the Islamic Republic’s failure to [...]

By |May 16th, 2020|East Asia, Middle East, Russia|

Putin is betting on a losing horse, as in Iran

Vladimir Putin meets with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran, Iran, November 23, 2015. (Reuters) By Alireza Nader May 13, 2020 The Russian-Iranian alliance, a defining feature of power politics in the Middle East, is experiencing strains that should be exploited by the Trump administration. Moscow and Tehran are historic enemies whose [...]

By |May 13th, 2020|Middle East, North America, Russia, USA|

Putin turns against Assad and Iran

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani during a signing ceremony after the talks in Tehran, Nov. 23, 2015. (Reuters) By Baria Alamuddin May 11, 2020 A contact of mine with senior Moscow connections has spent the past nine years vigorously reminding me that “(Bashar) Assad isn’t going anywhere.” Last [...]

By |May 11th, 2020|Russia, Syria|

Iran hunts for grains as coronavirus compounds economic woes

A combine harvester operates as night falls during the wheat harvest in Novoalexandrovsk, Russia. (Bloomberg) May 8, 2020 Iran is scrambling to buy millions of tonnes of wheat, corn and soybeans to shore up its reserves, Iranian officials and traders said, despite President Hassan Rouhani's assertions that the coronavirus would not endanger food [...]

By |May 8th, 2020|East Asia, North America, Russia, USA|

Ending of Iran weapons ban fraught with danger

An Iranian military truck carries missiles past a portrait of Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei during a parade in Tehran, April 18. (AFP) By Majid Rafizadeh May 4, 2020 The 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), aka the Iran nuclear deal, was significantly tilted in favor of the Islamic Republic, as the Iranian [...]

By |May 4th, 2020|Europe, North America, Russia, USA|

Hackers from Iran, Russia target UK universities to steal vaccine secrets

Iran - Sepah Pasdaran, revolutionary guard hackers, cyber, cyberwar. (Supplied) May 4, 2020 British institutions fighting the coronavirus outbreak have been subject to cyber attacks traced back to Russia and Iran, The Daily Mail reported on Sunday Hackers have targeted universities in the UK working on potential vaccines and testing kits, as well [...]

By |May 4th, 2020|Europe, Russia|