23 Aug 2018

Sanctions on Iran having effect, but regime change is not U.S. policy: Bolton

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton announced that U.S. sanctions against Iran are having their intended effects on the Iranian economy and popular opinion, but that regime change in the country is not Washington’s current policy. The U.S. and its allies continue to monitor Iranian activity in Syria and across

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23 Aug 2018

Germany calls for end to US hegemony in global payments system

The German foreign minister argued that the world needs an independent global payments system that would increase their autonomy and remove them from the shadow of heavy U.S. influence. U.S. departure from the Iranian deal and their return of sanctions underscores U.S. control over international payments, a control that continues

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22 Aug 2018

Facebook, Twitter Remove Political Misinformation Accounts Linked to Iran, Russia

Facebook and Twitter announced the removal of hundreds of accounts and pages linked to disinformation campaigns originating in Iran and Russia. Facebook stated that they removed “652 pages, groups and accounts for coordinated inauthentic behavior that originated in Iran and targeted people across multiple internet services in the Middle East,

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21 Aug 2018

China shifts to Iranian tankers ahead of oil import ban

China, the largest importer of Iranian oil, has stated that it will not comply with U.S. demands to reduce its imports from the country ahead of the November deadline. The U.S. move has prompted other important like India, Japan, and South Korea to negotiate with Washington and make concessions, but

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13 Aug 2018

Russia, Iran and other states agree on Caspian Sea access

Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan have resolved a disagreement that lasted since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The countries reached a decision on the status of the Caspian Sea, giving it a special status that mixes legal parameters for both sea and lake regulations. The agreement, which Putin

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06 Aug 2018

Here are the Iran sanctions returning today

Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal by executive order included the reimposition of a number of sanctions on August 6th, while the remaining sanctions will return in the coming months. The sanctions to be re-instated today include Iran’s acquisition of gold, precious metals, and U.S. currency, as well as their

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02 Aug 2018

Iran preparing major naval operation in Persian Gulf, officials say

Iran is preparing for a major drill in the Persian Gulf that may demonstrate its ability to restrict passage through the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world’s most important energy supply chain choke points. 20% of all oil internationally-traded oil passes through the strait, and it has been the

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31 Jul 2018

Iran mass producing a reverse-engineered American missile

Iran is mass producing a long-range, air-to-air missile that was reverse engineered from what was once the main armament of U.S. F-14 fighter jets from 1974 before being retired in 2004. The U.S. sold extensive arsenals of weapons to the Shah of Iran before his deposition. The new government has

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30 Jul 2018

US bids to revive ′Arab NATO′ alliance as part of measures against Iran

The Trump administration is working to promote a “Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA)” comprised of the six Gulf Arab states plus Egypt and Jordan that would “serve as a bulwark against Iranian aggression, terrorism, extremism, and…bring stability to the Middle East,” according to a National Security Council spokesperson. Saudi Arabia

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30 Jul 2018

Iran’s currency hits record low as US sanctions loom

The Iranian Rial has plunged 50% on unofficial markets since April due to a weak economy and high demand for U.S. dollars as Iranians prepare for U.S. sanctions, scheduled to begin August 7th. Iran’s government attempted to fix the exchange rate in April and crack down on black market traders,

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