China’s CCPC takes centre stage in Iran, Venezuela oil trade-sources

A crude oil tanker is docked at Isla Oil Refinery PDVSA terminal in Willemstad on the island of Curacao, Feb 22, 2019. (REUTERS) July 22, 2021 A Chinese logistics firm has emerged as a central player in the supply of sanctioned oil from Iran and Venezuela, even after it was blacklisted by Washington [...]

By |July 22nd, 2021|East Asia, Latin America, Venezuela|

Pirates of the Caribbean: The dangerous relationship between Venezuela, Iran and Hezbollah

Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah and Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, top, during a Hezbollah "victory over Israel" rally, in Beirut's bombed-out suburbs, Lebanon, Friday, Sept. 22, 2006. (AP) By Ximena Herrera July 17, 2021 Cooperation between the Venezuelan and Iranian regimes has notably strengthened over the past 10 to 15 years – not [...]

By |July 17th, 2021|Latin America, Lebanon, Venezuela|

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|

Confusion around the death of Hejazi: Iran’s general in Yemen, Lebanon, Venezuela

Brigadier General Mohammad Hejazi was appointed as Acting Commander of Qods Force on January 20, 2020. (Tasnim) April 20, 2021 Top Iranian commander Brigadier General Mohammad Hejazi was a key figure for the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen and oversaw projects targeting Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, a former Iranian government [...]

By |April 20th, 2021|Iran, Middle East, Venezuela|

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|

Iran cozies up with Venezuela, creeping into America’s backyard

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (left) shakes hands with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran on Jan 10, 2015. (AFP) By Eric Shawn April 2, 2021 Iran has established a foothold on America's doorstep and is expanding in South America, experts say, especially by cultivating close ties with the Nicolas Maduro government in Venezuela. "It should [...]

By |April 2nd, 2021|Latin America, Venezuela|