US Global Maritime Advisory warns of Iran’s ‘deceptions’

Oil supertanker Grace 1 on suspicion of being carrying Iranian crude oil to Syria is seen near Gibraltar, Spain, July 4, 2019. (Reuters) May 16, 2020 In its newly released Global Maritime Advisory (GMA), the U.S. government has advised the world's shipping lines to be vigilant about "Iran's, North Korea's and Syria's deceptions". [...]

By |May 16th, 2020|Latin America, North America, Syria, USA, Venezuela|

U.S. weighs measures in response to Iran fuel shipment to Venezuela

An oil tanker is seen off the port of Bandar Abbas, southern Iran. (AFP) May 15, 2020 The United States is considering measures it could take in response to Iran’s shipment of fuel to crisis-stricken Venezuela, a senior Trump administration official told Reuters on Thursday. Washington has a “high degree of certainty” that [...]

By |May 15th, 2020|Latin America, North America, USA, Venezuela|

Why Iran’s Bourse is lower than Venezuela and Zimbabwe?

Iranian stock exchange in the capital Tehran, August 2018. (MEHR) May 11, 2020 “Iran’s Bourse with 60 million stockholders will become the largest Bourse in the world,” claimed Alireza Saleh, the head of Iran’s privatization organization, on April 29. This claim, of course, no longer deceives anyone while the coronavirus has left tens [...]

By |May 11th, 2020|Africa, Latin America, Venezuela|

Iran using Venezuela to advance its revolutionary interests

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, right, meets Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at his residence in Tehran, Jan. 10, 2015. (AP) By Majid Rafizadeh May 9, 2020 Although the Iranian regime is known for sponsoring and building alliances with Shiite state and non-state actors, Tehran’s alliance strategy is also based on partnering with a variety [...]

By |May 9th, 2020|Latin America, Venezuela|

Desperate for cash and help, Venezuela hands nine tons of gold bars to Iran

Members of a military agency that transports valuables gold bars from a military plane to be taken to Venezuela's Central Bank, at the Carlota military airport in Caracas, March 1, 2018. (AP) May 2, 2020 Out of cash and desperate for help in propping up its oil industry, Venezuela is raiding its gold [...]

By |May 2nd, 2020|Latin America, Venezuela|

Pompeo urges end to overflight rights for Iran airline flying to Venezuela

A plane from the Iranian private airline, Mahan Air. (AP) April 30, 2020 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday called on countries to deny overflight rights to Mahan Air, an Iranian airline under U.S. sanctions, which he said recently delivered cargoes of “unknown support” to the Venezuelan government. The United States [...]

By |April 30th, 2020|Latin America, North America, USA, Venezuela|

Venezuela receives material from Iran to help restart refinery

Venezuela is suffering from an acute shortage of motor fuel due to the near total collapse of its 1.3-million-barrels-per-day refining network. (AP) April 24, 2020 Venezuela has received refining materials via plane shipment from Iran to help it start the catalytic cracking unit at the 310,000 barrels-per-day Cardon refinery, which is necessary to [...]

By |April 24th, 2020|Latin America, Venezuela|

Iran’s lucrative crime-terrorism nexus with Venezuela continues amid coronavirus

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (R) meets with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani during the 17th NAM Summit, in Margarita Island, Venezuela, on Sept. 16, 2016. (Xinhua) By Joze Pelayo April 23, 2020 Tehran’s global network of militias is once again under scrutiny since the US in January killed the man responsible for leading Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary [...]

By |April 23rd, 2020|Latin America, Lebanon, Venezuela|

U.S. court exposes Turkey’s role in Iran’s and Venezuela’s sanctions evasion schemes – again

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (R) is welcomed by Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan as he arrives for a meeting at Erdogan's office in Ankara June 9, 2014. (REUTERS) By Aykan Erdemir and Philip Kowalski March 21, 2020 A Manhattan federal jury on Monday convicted Ali Sadr Hasheminejad, the Iranian owner of the now-defunct Pilatus Bank of Malta, [...]

By |March 21st, 2020|North America, Turkey, USA, Venezuela|

Venezuelan groups support Iranian interests

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (left) shakes hands with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro after reviewing the honor guard at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran on January 10, 2015 (AFP) By Claire Galasso June 3, 2019 Organizations based in Venezuela, including one run by a sanctioned Hizballah facilitator, amplify the Iranian government’s message in the country, according [...]

By |June 3rd, 2019|Latin America, Venezuela|