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Jul 09 08:23

Iran to maintain military presence in Syria, to counter Israel

Iran will maintain its military presence in Syria after the defeat of Daesh, according to an Iranian official on Sunday.

During a meeting with the Palestinian Ambassador to Tehran Salah al-Zawawi, a Senior adviser to the Iranian parliament speaker for international affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian said:

The Zionist regime [Israel] is trying to dominate Syria after [fall of] Daesh, but the Resistance forces and the military advisers of the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue their presence in Syria to counter terrorism

“Syrians will not allow the country to once again become a safe haven for Zionist terrorists,” he added in statements carried by local media, quoted by Anadolu Agency.

In recent months, Israel has carried out several air attacks on Iranian targets inside Syria that reportedly left a number of Iranian military personnel dead.

Jul 09 08:15

EU's Big Three agree to establish dollarless trade with Iran - Lavrov

Major European countries party to nuclear negotiations with Iran – France, Germany and the UK - have agreed to maintain trade with Tehran independent from the US dollar, said Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

European companies are under increasing pressure from Washington to cut business ties with Tehran. Since the majority of transactions are currently conducted using the US dollar, firms working in Iran face potential US penalties.

According to Lavrov, the decision particularly concerns small and medium-sized companies. He explained that the participants in the Iranian deal have agreed to work out measures to protect the countries’ businesses from US sanctions.

Jul 08 16:13

Get ready for $250 oil if Iran blocks key shipment route in Middle East, analysts tell RT

Tehran is threatening to block the Strait of Hormuz, a crucial artery for oil shipments from the Middle East, if Iranian exports are hampered. This will result in a huge loss of global crude supply and soaring prices.

Most of the crude exported from Saudi Arabia, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Iraq passes through the Strait of Hormuz. It is also the route for nearly all the liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipments from the world’s largest exporter, Qatar.

On Thursday, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards said the Strait Of Hormuz will be “for all or for no one,” according to Tasnim News agency. The US Fifth Fleet, based in Bahrain, is dedicated to protecting commercial ships in the area.

Jul 08 09:28

Iran blasts Trump's 'insulting' order to OPEC to raise output, reduce prices

Iran says US President Donald Trump has insulted the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) by trying to use political pressures to change the policies of the Organization.

"The OPEC's basis and principle is that the oil market should not be political and that political issues should not interfere in the market so that supply and demand determines the final oil price," Iran's Petroleum Minister Bijan Zanganeh said in an interview with state television on Friday.

"But, some political measures and instabilities spark concerns in the oil market and increase price, including Trump's insulting order to some OPEC members, which is an insult to the national sovereignty of independent countries that are members of the organization," he added.

Zanganeh also noted that Trump's moves have increased the global oil prices in recent days.

Jul 08 09:27

US repeats mistakes about Iran: Ron Paul

Former US Congressman Ron Paul says the US is repeating the mistakes it has been making since the time of the US-led 1953 coup in Iran and is naive to think the notorious anti-Iran terrorist group Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) could be a viable political force.

“The group is trying to change the regime in Iran, that means that Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United States are working on it,” Paul said on his Liberty Report show on Friday, emphasizing that the terrorist group enjoyed backing by foreign governments.

Paul said every once in a while MKO members try to infiltrate his website and reminded viewers of the MKO's collaboration with the Baathist regime of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

He later recalled the downing of Iran’s civilian aircraft by a US Navy guided-missile cruiser over the Persian Gulf in 1988 and said Iranian citizens will not easily forget such incidents.

Jul 08 09:27

Trump administration plotting to use MKO terrorists against Iran: Ex-MKO member

The administration of United States President Donald Trump is plotting to use a terrorist outfit called the Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MEK or MKO) to promote regime-change in Iran, according to a former long-time MKO member.

MKO, which was listed as a terrorist organization in the US and Europe, had collaborated with the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during his imposed war on Iran in the 1980s in addition to killing as many as 12,000 Iranians in a violent campaign of terrorist bombings and assassination across the Islamic Republic and Iraq, is strongly despised by the Iranian nation.

The collaboration between the Trump administration and MKO leadership to overthrow the government in Iran is based on false pretenses and will be a futile attempt, former MKO member Ebrahim Khodabandeh told Press TV on Saturday.

Jul 08 08:54

The Politics Behind The Sabotage Of The Iran Deal In Europe

As the EU scrambles to offer a viable package of economic incentives to convince Iran to stay in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) after the US withdrawal, some forces are attempting to undermine this effort and fully align the bloc’s policies with the Trump administration’s strategy of isolating Iran.

A case in point was an attempt in the European Parliament to block one of the key measures that EU governments proposed to preserve the JCPOA: to give a mandate to the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support financing investment projects in Iran. As of June 4, when the proposal was made, the Parliament had two months to object by issuing a resolution blocking the measure.

Jul 08 08:10

CIA Plots Iran Coup - Partners With Terrorist Group

Jul 07 10:17

Iran Wants World Powers to Fully Compensate Them for US Sanctions: Total compensation is Iran's goal, official says

An Iranian official was quoted by Reuters on Friday succinctly describing Iran’s goals for what they want in return for maintaining the P5+1 nuclear deal. The official says Iran wants to be “fully compensated” by the international community for US sanctions.

Though this was presented as demands by the Iranians for staying in the deal, it’s unlikely they’d receive full compensation for all US sanctions. It is also highly unlikely that Iran would not accept something short of this.

This is broadly what Iran has said all along, however. Previous comments by officials indicated that after the US withdrew from the P5+1 Iran deal, Iran would stay in so long as its benefits under the deal were assured. This effectively means sanctions relief.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The accompanying US sanctions against countries doing business with Iran are engineered to prevent this from happening.

Jul 07 10:07

This Is What Modern War Propaganda Looks Like

I’ve been noticing videos going viral the last few days, some with millions of views, about Muslim women bravely fighting to free themselves from oppression in the Middle East. The videos, curiously, are being shared enthusiastically by many Republicans and pro-Israel hawks, who aren’t traditionally the sort of crowd you see rallying to support the civil rights of Muslims. What’s up with that?

Well, you may want to sit down for this shocker, but it turns out that they happen to be women from a nation that the US war machine is currently escalating operations against. They are Iranian.

Jul 07 09:11

IRAN CUTS ELECTRICITY SUPPLIES TO IRAQ OVER UNPAID BILLS

Iran has cut electricity supplies to Iraq due to unpaid bills, the Ministry of Electricity in Baghdad said on Friday. This has exacerbated the country’s electricity crisis, Anadolu has reported.

Ministry spokesman Mosaab Al-Madras said that the supply cut affected Iraq’s Dhi Qar, Maysan and Basra provinces. Although he did not give details of the debt to Iran, the unpaid bills are estimated at around $1 billion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just what became of the money which was earmarked to pay these bills for Iraq.....

Jul 07 09:06

EFFORTS TO SAVE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL BRING RUSSIA AND CHINA CLOSER TO EUROPE

The remaining parties to the P5+1 nuclear deal, China, Russia, Germany, France, and Britain are all trying to save the pact since the pullout of the US. Whether they’ll be able to do so remains to be seen, but the joint effort is bringing the nations all closer together.

A Friday meeting in Vienna centered on saving the deal, and also provided opportunities for top-ranking diplomats from the various nations to hold closed-door, sideline talks. With the US having withdrawn itself from the deal, discussions on the deal are effectively now bringing everyone else in line and facing the US opposition to the deal as a mutual problem.

The nations are not only in agreement about the need to save the deal but seem to be heading in a direction which Iranian FM Javad Zarif called “practical,” in their united opposition to the US pullout from the deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ah, yes, one of the "brilliant" unintended consequences of President Trump backing out of the P5+1 deal, to appease Sheldon Adelson and Benyamin Netanyahu; the world is coming closer together to save the Iran deal!

Bravo, Mr. President, for your unending idiocy, and this listening to really bad advice, on the issue of Iran.

And if you haven's seen this (and I would sincerely doubt that anyone in your cabinet would have referred this to you), please check out the following video:

Don't Tell Mother I'm In Irana,available on the subscription channel of Nat Geo.

Jul 06 12:03

Blaming Iran for the Sufferings of Yemenis Is Laughable

The new U.S. leadership is resorting to every ploys and lies to demonize Iran. The new project of Iranophobia has intensified since Pompeo confirmed as secretary of state in late April. He seems to be superseding in animosity against Iran in comparison to John Bolton, the national security advisor to Trump.

Pompeo’s degree of hatred toward Iran was fully laid bare during his speech at the Heritage Foundation on May 21 in Washington.

It is quite clear to the entire world that it is Saudi Arabia and the UAE – the United States’ close friends – which have created human tragedy in Yemen by strangulating and starving millions of people in the poor Arab country. Maybe it is the easiest way to blame Iran for what Washington’s friends have been doing.

How can Iran, even if it wanted, to help Yemeni rebels while the country is besieged by the Saudi-led alliance. Attempts to link the miseries of the Yemenis to Iran can never hide the crimes being committed by the Saudi-led coalition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would characterise President Trump, in his wanting to sell more and more weapons to the Saudis, for the purpose of its genocidal assault against Yemen, as the American Merchant-of-Death-in-Chief.

Oh, and BTW, Mr. President: here is what US government-enabled Saudi war crimes in Yemen look like:

Images: Yemeni children murdered by Saudi bombing runs

Mr. President, as a Christian pacifist activist, and witness, as long as there is breath in my body, I will continue to advocate for a US foreign policy which values moral, hard-won negotiations over the use of bombs and bullets, as the way the US should be resolving its international disputes.

But to blame Iran for the craziness of the US-enabled Saudi military's war crimes in Yemen, is disingenuous beyond belief, sir: it will not, and cannot, work, because the American people have awakened from their geopolitical slumber, after having been lied to about the justifications for the wars in Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan, and will be both peacefully, and effectively vigilant, that the US not be lied into another war, this time against Iran, no matter how much Sheldon Adelson, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, and the Butcher of Yemen (AKA Prince bin Salman) want the US military to fight this war.

Jul 06 10:35

Iran to cooperate with Europe if nuclear talks succeed Friday: Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Tehran will continue cooperation with Europe in their multilateral nuclear deal if the remaining parties to the landmark accord can meet Tehran's expectations during their upcoming ministerial meeting.

Foreign ministers of Iran and the five remaining parties to the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), are scheduled to meet in the Austrian capital Vienna on Friday to discuss ways of maintaining the international accord after the US’ withdrawal.

In a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday night, Rouhani noted that the US withdrawal from the JCPOA has caused some problems in economic areas, banking transactions and oil sector for the foreign companies which have made investment in Iran, making them reluctant about continuing their operations in the country.

Jul 06 10:17

U.S. Navy Ready to Protect Freedom of Navigation in Strait of Hormuz Amid Iran Threat

The U.S. Navy stands ready to ensure free navigation and the flow of commerce, the U.S. military’s Central Command said on Thursday, as Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned they would block oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz if necessary.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and some senior military commanders have threatened in recent days to disrupt oil shipments from the Gulf countries if Washington tries to cut Tehran’s exports.

Praising Rouhani’s “firm stance” against the United States, the head of the Revolutionary Guards said on Thursday their forces were ready to block the strait which links the Gulf to the open sea.

In May, U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of a multinational deal under which sanctions on Iran were lifted in return for curbs to its nuclear program. Washington has since told countries they must stop buying Iranian oil from Nov. 4 or face financial measures.

Jul 06 06:35

Judiciary Chief Warns of US-MKO Collaboration to Foment Insecurity in Iran

Iran's Judiciary Chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani warned that the US and Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as the MEK, PMOI and NCRI) terrorist group are running tight cooperation to stir unrest and damage security of the country. "Today, the US, its allies and Monafeqin (hypocrites as MKO members are called in Iran) blatantly state that they have plotted for unrests and chaos (in Iran), and we hold no doubt that enemy wants to disturb the country's security," Amoli Larijani said, addressing the judiciary officials in Tehran on Monday. He warned that the MKO terrorists are now collaborating with the US and seeking an opportunity to hit a blow to Iran. Yet Amoli Larijani ensured that there is no room for the MKO terrorists in the Iranian society and among the nation given the terrorist group's black record that includes killing 17,000 Iranian people and officials in terror attacks.

Jul 06 06:07

French, Belgian, German Envoys Summoned to Iranian Foreign Ministry

The French and Belgian ambassadors as well as Germany's chargé d'affaires to Tehran were summoned to the Iranian foreign ministry to voice protest at the detention of an Iranian diplomat. Following the arrest of an Iranian diplomat in Germany at the request of French police for allegations of intention to bomb the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK also known as MKO, NCRI or PMOI) terrorist group's meeting in Paris, the French, Belgian and German envoys were summoned to the foreign ministry, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Wednesday. He added that Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi met with the French and German envoys to voice the Islamic Republic's strong protest over the arrest of the diplomat and emphasize that considering the immunity of diplomats stipulated in the Vienna Convention, the Iranian diplomat should be released “without any delay and condition”.

Jul 06 05:53

Iran Asks for Trial of S. Arabia, UAE, US, Britain for Crimes in Yemen

Secretary of Iran's Human Rights Council Mohammad Javad Larijani blasted Riyadh, UAE, the US and Britain for their extensive human rights violations in Yemen, stressing the need for relevant international bodies to put them on trial. "The crimes committed by Saudi Arabia, UAE, the US and Britain in Yemen and other parts of the world are clear instances of human rights violation and they should be tried at international tribunals," Larijani said on Monday. He also expressed displeasure with Saudi Arabia's membership in the UN Human Rights Council, calling for the country's expulsion for its extensive human rights violations. Meantime, Larijani welcomed US President Donald Trump's decision to cancel its membership in the UN Human Rights Council.

Jul 06 02:02

Iranian leader describes EU proposals to save JCPOA as ‘disappointing’

In a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described as "disappointing" the package of European proposals to save the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear issue. "Unfortunately the proposed package lacked operational solution and specific method for cooperation, and featured just a set of general commitments like the previous statements by the European Union," the Iranian leader was quoted as saying on his official website. During the phone call, the German chancellor said that the discussion on details of the agreement should continue. "What is important is that we know and we are certain that we want to stay in the deal and we believe that dialogue should continue in peace," she was quoted as saying. Reuters reported later in the day that Rouhani also held a phone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Jul 05 13:37

Iran will import goods only from countries that buy its oil – MP

The Energy Committee of Iran has announced that Tehran will buy goods only from those nations which purchase Iranian oil. This follows the US demand from its allies to stop buying Iranian crude.

“We will carry out barter exchange of oil and goods, which means the purchase of goods will depend on the sale of oil,” representative of Iran’s Energy Committee Asadollah Karekhani told ILNA news agency.

“We want to inform our target markets and countries that buy oil from us that we’ll purchase goods from them only if they purchase our oil,” he said, noting that a working group is being formed on barter deals.

Jul 05 09:33

US Vows To Keep Gulf Waterway Open After Iran Threatens Blockade

As Americans are busy with July 4th celebrations, the temperature is heating up in the Persian Gulf a day after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani suggested Iran could stop all regional gulf oil exports in retaliation for the US seeking to collapse the nuclear deal, and in response to aggressive new US sanctions.

"The Americans have claimed they want to completely stop Iran's oil exports. They don't understand the meaning of this statement, because it has no meaning for Iranian oil not to be exported, while the region's oil is exported," the state-run website, president.ir, quoted Rouhani as saying. “The Americans say they want to reduce Iranian oil exports to zero... It shows they have not thought about its consequences,” Rouhani said.

Jul 05 09:28

Iran may alter cooperation level with IAEA: Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has one again stressed that his country may leave the 2015 nuclear deal if the remaining parties to the agreement fail to secure Tehran's rights.

Rouhani made the remarks on Wednesday during a meeting with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano in Vienna.

"Iran’s nuclear activities have always been peaceful, but it is Tehran that decides on the level of its cooperation with the IAEA," he said.

"The responsibility for a change in the situation and the level of Iran's cooperation with the agency falls on those who have created the new status quo," he added.

Jul 05 09:27

Robert Carter: Jerusalem Embassy Move Beginning for Collapse of US Hegemony over Middle East

British journalist Robert Carter believes that the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds and the clear American favoritism towards Israel has established the collapse of US hegemony over the Middle East.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with FNA, journalist and political analyst Robert Carter said that the evident favoritism towards Israel practiced by American administration under Donald Trump will cause the US to “lose its ability to easily manipulate and convince Muslim powers to follow American strategies going forward” and consequently will result in the downfall of US hegemony over the Middle East.

Commenting on the Saudi policy towards Israeli-Palestinian conflict and their secret relations with the Zionist regime, Robert Carter added that the Saudis are eager to expand ties with Israel for a number of reasons, one of which he believes is the joint hatred toward Iran.

Jul 05 09:25

US, Saudi use MKO terrorists as tool against Iran

The notorious anti-Iran terrorist group, the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO), which has assassinated thousands of Iranians, receives support from the US and its allies in the region.

The MKO which is said to be a cult which turns humans into obedient robots, turned against Iran since the revolution and has carried out several terrorist attacks killing senior officials in Iran; yet the West, which says cultism is wrong and claims to be against terrorism, supports this terrorist group officially.

Jul 04 12:14

U.S. Sidelined as Five Powers Set to Give Iran New Assurance

Top diplomats from world powers will meet on Friday in a bid to defend their landmark nuclear deal with Iran from attack by President Donald Trump.

Foreign ministers from China, France, Germany, Russia and the U.K. will convene in Vienna for the first time without the U.S. in order “to ensure the continued implementation” of the accord, which granted Iran a reprieve from sanctions in exchange for limits to its nuclear program, according to a European Union statement on Wednesday. Trump abandoned the deal in May and reimposed sanctions against countries and companies doing business with Iran.

“Austria and the European Union are ready to maintain and deepen the framework for cooperation with Iran,” Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said following a meeting in the Austrian capital with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani. U.S. threats to impose secondary sanctions violate the rights of European companies and individuals, Van der Bellen said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These threats are sounding old, and impossible to pursue by the American government; they are going to have to change tactics, and soon.

Jul 04 10:45

US And Israel Form "Working Group" To Overthrow Iran Government

When economic protests quickly turned into widespread anti-regime protests engulfing some 75 mostly provincial cities and towns across Iran in late December and into January, we took note of the State Department's brazen pro-revolutionary rhetoric calling for "elements inside of Iran" to lead a "transition of government" in spokesperson Heather Nauert's own words (echoing prior statements by then Secretary of State Rex Tillerson).

We posed the question then, and raised it again with renewed unrest in Tehran and the southern city of Khorrmashahr over this past week: are we witnessing regime change agents hijacking economic protests?

Indeed a high level joint US-Israeli "working group" has been meeting for months with just this goal in mind as Axios confirms in a bombshell new report: "Israel and the United States formed a joint working group a few months ago that is focused on internal efforts to encourage protests within Iran and pressure the country's government."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is geopolitical hubris on an order of magnitude that amazes even me, and that is a rare situation!

There are too many countries all too ready to do business with Iran for its oil, sidestepping US sanctions, and avoiding the US dollar alltogether. These include China, India, and Turkey. In fact, the Trump administration has had to soften its stance on this demand:

U.S. Softens Demand That Countries Stop All Iran Oil Imports

And note the curious date by which these countries were supposed to comply; 4 November. So one has to wonder; will there be another blustery "OR ELSE!!" from the White House against these countries, or is this a date by which a go/no go decision will be made on a military attack against Iran, if the current protests are unsuccessful at achieving the regime change in Tehran wanted by the US and Israeli governments?!?

Jul 04 10:30

30 YEARS AGO TODAY, U.S. SHOT DOWN A PASSENGER PLANE KILLING 290 CIVILIANS AND COVERED IT UP

On July 3, 1988, the United States killed 290 innocent Iranian civilians when it shot down Iran Air Flight 655—a tragic event that is not mentioned in history textbooks in school, and that is widely ignored in the context of current relations between the U.S. and Iran.

The scheduled flight was traveling from Tehran to Dubai, and there were 66 children on board, all of whom were killed, as no passengers or crew members survived the attack. The plane was shot down by the USS Vincennes, which was operating within Iranian territorial waters. It targeted the large Airbus A300 and then insisted that crew members mistook it for an F-14 fighter jet, despite the obvious difference in size.

At the time, Iraq and Iran were engaged in a bitter war that was declared by Saddam Hussein on Sept. 22, 1980. The United States’ support for Iraq in the conflict is notable because it would later go on to overthrow Hussein in 2003.

Jul 04 09:32

Netanyahu goes full theatrical against Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest video-taped message to the Iranian people – in which he conflates the relatively good performance of the Iranian football team with unrest on the streets of Tehran – has been widely ridiculed by the Iranian media. His message followed hot on the heels of his first such message when he tried to address the water shortage in Iran by offering Israeli water management expertise. Needless to say, this outlandish outreach was dismissed curtly by Iranian officials, who reminded Netanyahu to stop stealing water resources from regional states.

Jul 03 08:39

30 Years Ago Today, U.S. Shot Down a Passenger Plane Killing 290 Civilians and Covered It Up

On July 3, 1988, the United States killed 290 innocent Iranian civilians when it shot down Iran Air Flight 655—a tragic event that is not mentioned in history textbooks in school, and that is widely ignored in the context of current relations between the U.S. and Iran.

The scheduled flight was traveling from Tehran to Dubai, and there were 66 children on board, all of whom were killed, as no passengers or crew members survived the attack. The plane was shot down by the USS Vincennes, which was operating within Iranian territorial waters. It targeted the large Airbus A300 and then insisted that crew members mistook it for an F-14 fighter jet, despite the obvious difference in size.

At the time, Iraq and Iran were engaged in a bitter war that was declared by Saddam Hussein on Sept. 22, 1980. The United States’ support for Iraq in the conflict is notable because it would later go on to overthrow Hussein in 2003.

Jul 03 08:30

Israel army launching special anti-Iran body

Israel has launched a special military body to confront Iran, Hebrew media reported today.

According to Maariv, the Head of Central Command, Major General Nitzan Alon, was appointed director of the new department.

Alon travelled to the US last weekend and attended meetings with senior US military officials, including US Army Chief of Staff Joseph Manford.

This is the first time the Israeli army has appointed a director to confront Iran.

The task of the new body is to coordinate moves against the Tehran nuclear project, focusing on intelligence gathering, fighting the Iranian position in Syria, and coordinating with the US to carry out these tasks, according to the paper.

Jul 03 08:26

U.S. Attempts Violent "Regime Change" In Iran

Accompanying the demonstrations and illegal occupations of government buildings are in both cases brutal, criminal attacks on the police and other government forces. In Syria the violence "muscle" part was done by foreign financed Jihadists while neo-nazi gangs are used in the Ukraine. The demonstrations and the attacks on the state are planned and go together. There is nothing "peaceful" in demonstrations that are only the public-relations cover for attacks on the state. But the foreign politicians and media immediately utter "concerns" and threats over completely normal government responses to them. It is a scam to justify "western" "support" for the demonstrators and to further the violence.

The aim is "regime change" of legitimate governments by small minorities. Should the "regime" resist to that the alternative of destroying the state and the whole society is also wholeheartedly accepted.

Jul 03 08:24

Giuliani Vows That Trump Will Help Bring Down the Iranian Regime

The Trump Administration is now signalling to its allies and Iranian dissidents that its new policy—to choke Tehran economically and publicly support local protesters—can topple the revolutionary government in Iran. “We are now very realistic in being able to see an end of the regime in Iran,” Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, said at the annual gathering of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the controversial exile group, in Paris on Saturday. In December, sporadic protests erupted in Iran in response to unemployment and the strict dress code for women. During his speech, Giuliani compared Trump’s support for the protests to President Reagan’s support for the opponents of Communist rule in Eastern Europe in the nineteen-eighties.

Jul 03 08:23

Iranian General warns against US plot to transfer chemical agents to region

A spokesman for the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces cautioned against “dangerous” moves by Washington to justify its presence in the region and said a ship loaded with chemicals has arrived in the Persian Gulf waters under the escort of a US warship.

In comments released on Sunday, Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi said the American ship “MV Cape Ray” carrying chemical materials has recently docked at a port of a Persian Gulf littoral state under the escort of a US Navy destroyer.

The past records of the American ship show that it has been present in some coasts of Iraq and Syria, where the Americans have taken military action under the pretext of responding to alleged chemical attacks, he noted.

The American vessel loaded with chemicals has entered the region with the aim of transferring these materials to parts of Iraq and Syria, the senior spokesman added.

Jul 02 10:54

Iran Aims to Keep Oil Exports Flowing Despite US Sanctions

Last week, US State Department officials announced that they are pushing nations to bring down purchases of Iranian oil to zero. With the US pulling out of the P5+1 nuclear deal, they are trying to restore a ban on Iran exports.

Iran, however, says that they intend to try to circumvent the US ban with new rules to make it easier to export oil. This will include allowing private companies to directly export the oil. Officials say they are determined to keep the oil flowing.

The US “down to zero” plan rests heavily on banning India and China from buying from the Iranians, and while Indian companies have suggested they will dial it back, China remains in the nuclear deal and almost certainly won’t give in to US demands.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think this US government tactic will fail; unfortunately, the next step, after failing to accomplish a financial destruction of Iran, will be US/Israeli military destruction against Iran.

But both countries need to take notice of the following reality; Russia has historically claimed that should Iran be attacked militarily, Russia will defend it.

I would politely suggest that both President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister need to take Russia at its word on this.

Jul 02 05:59

ON THE PATH TO FAILURE - U.S. ATTEMPTS VIOLENT "REGIME CHANGE" IN IRAN

In early 2014 we remarked on Color Revolution by Force in Syria and Ukraine: Accompanying the demonstrations and illegal occupations of government buildings are in both cases brutal, criminal attacks on the police and other government forces. In Syria the violence "muscle" part was done by foreign financed Jihadists while neo-nazi gangs are used in the Ukraine. The demonstrations and the attacks on the state are planned and go together. There is nothing "peaceful" in demonstrations that are only the public-relations cover for attacks on the state. But the foreign politicians and media immediately utter "concerns" and threats over completely normal government responses to them. It is a scam to justify "western" "support" for the demonstrators and to further the violence.

Jul 01 11:59

Obsessed With Regime Change: Trump’s Iran Gambit Won’t Pay Off

It is as clear as day that President Trump is obsessed with regime change in Iran. What is not made clear is how much his gambit is damaging to Americans and American interests.

Without cause or justification, Mr. Trump pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA), striking a hard blow to America’s European allies – and its own credibility. Moreover, he threatened European countries with secondary sanctions should they continue to trade with Iran.

To top it all, in his latest move, he has called for all Iranian oil exports to be cut off by November. Or in practical terms, he is imposing an economic blockade on Iran. This is a similar scenario that was played out by the British in 1951 against Iran and Dr. Mossadegh – who was later overthrown in the 1953 British-US coup. But today, the IR of Iran is not the Iran of 1953, and the brunt of American demands and actions will not be borne by Iran alone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What President Trump cannot accomplish economically, post the mid-term elections, against Iran, he will try to accomplish by force against it.

And that ... is where he will well and truly fail, because in order to attack Iran successfully, he cannot be fighting Russia at the same time, as Russia has vowed to defend Iran should it be attacked militarily.

The US military, at this time in its history, does not have the money, the troop strength, the manufacturing, nor the weaponry to go head to head with Russia on Iran; and I would like to hope that the White House knows this.

Jul 01 10:41

TRUMP ALLY GIULIANI SAYS END IS NEAR FOR IRAN’S RULERS

US President Donald Trump will suffocate Iran’s “dictatorial ayatollahs”, his close ally Rudy Giuliani said on Saturday, suggesting his move to re-impose sanctions was aimed squarely at regime change.

The former New York mayor who is now Trump’s personal lawyer was addressing a conference of the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an umbrella bloc of groups of exiled Iranians opposed to the Islamic Republic.

“We are now realistically being able to see an end to the regime in Iran,” Giuliani said, pointing to recent protests in the country sparked by a currency collapse after Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal. Giuliani added:

When the greatest economic power stops doing business with you then you collapse … and the sanctions will become greater, greater and greater

At the same conference last year, John Bolton, who was appointed Trump’s National Security Advisor in April this year, told NCRI members they would be ruling Iran before 2019.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The P5+1 deal was working perfectly, at least according to the IAEA, before "wreck-it Donald" decided to withdraw from it, under pressure from Israel's Netanyahu, and his biggest contributor, Sheldon Adelson.

And were I thinking about regime change in Iran, were I Rudy Giuliani, I would perhaps, temper my enthusiasm.

As long as its major partner/power players and in Europe, continue to trade with it (and using other than US dollars to pay for Iran's oil), Like Russia and China, Iran will be in no condition to collapse economically any time soon.

Meaning, if you want regime change in Iran, you (read: the US) will have to invade it, fight it, and conquer it, which will just get Russia's Putin laughing so hard at the insanity of it, that he will barely be able to walk.

And the reason I say this, is that at this time in its history, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the money; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to successfully invade and conquer Iran.

And if there is anyone on President Trump's staff with even a little tiny bit of knowledge in Iranian regional history (which I would sincerely doubt at this time), they will advise President Trump that Russia has historically stated, most emphatically, that should Iran be invaded, Russia will come to its defense.

War with Russia... over Iran?!? In the immortal word/words of the TV show character Tony Soprano: "Fuggetaboutit!!"

Jun 29 08:54

Saudi-Russian axis rules oil markets as Trump fights Iran

Iran may be Russia’s ally in the Syrian conflict but when it comes to oil, Tehran’s arch-enemy Saudi Arabia takes precedence - if last week’s OPEC meeting in Vienna is anything to go by.

Jun 29 08:52

More Countries Start Exploring Alternatives To The US World Order

There are two countries that more than others show how the Western world order is undergoing a profound change. Japan and Turkey occupy two distinct and diverse geographical areas, yet they share many of the same strategic choices about their future. Their geopolitical trajectory is increasingly drifting away from Washington and moving closer to China, Russia, India and Iran.

Jun 29 07:01

When the US shot down an Iranian airliner

On 3 July 1988, a sophisticated US Navy warship, the USS Vincennes, shot down an Iranian civilian airliner flying over the Persian Gulf.

All 290 on board the aircraft were killed, among them 66 children.

Rudy Pahoyo was a Navy Combat Cameraman who was filming on board the USS Vincennes that day.

Jun 28 12:49

Iranian President Reopens Nuclear Plant: "We Will Bring The US To Its Knees"

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday: “We will bring the US to its knees in this battle of wills.” The Iranian government is continuing to warn of harsh retaliation against the United States after the Trump administration pulled out of the 2015 nuclear agreement.

According to PressTV, the threat comes as Washington continues to attempt to bully its allies into halting imports of Iranian oil after Donald Trump unilaterally quit the cornerstone international nuclear agreement instituted by his predecessor, Barack Obama. Iran has previously said there would be consequences should the US decide to withdraw from the agreement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This withdrawal from the P5+1 deal, is going to wind up costing President Trump very dearly, and will give the appearance that the US government cannot be trusted when it signs an agreement, and then renigs, on another Presiden't watch.

There was much about which I critized President Obama, but this agreement was not an area of disagreement between us; it worked, to the point where the IAEA has consistently reported that Iran has been complying will all the terms of the agreement since 2015.

To simply attempt to wreck it, both to destroy President Obama's legacy, and to appease one of his two BBFs in the Middle East, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, was a seismic geopolitical blunder on his part, and may well insure that the US will ultimately be going to war with Iran, a war which Netanyahu wants to see happen, but only at the costs of American blood, and American money.

But there is one factor here, which I am hoping President Trump will take into account in this issue, and that is the presence of Russia, whose politicians and military personnel have consistently promised to defend Iran, should it be attacked militarily.

Mr. President, I hope that you are, soberly, and clearly, taking into account of the ramifications of those promises; do you really want to see the US go to war against Russia over Iran?!?

This, sir, would be a war that the US military might well not win, because we are lagging far behind Russia in terms of troop strength, weaponry, and manufacturing.

Jun 28 09:18

Iran launches UF6 production facility to increase uranium enrichment capacity

Iran has launched a UF6 production plant as part of preparations ordered by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei to increase uranium enrichment capacity.

The plant for the production of uranium hexafluoride is a major part of the Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) in Isfahan.

The first barrel of yellowcake, the basic raw material for nuclear fuel fabrication, was unloaded at the UCF, which was almost inactive for the last few years.

The re-launch of the plant is in line with an order by Ayatollah Khamenei for increasing the country’s uranium enrichment capacity within the framework of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), following Washington's withdrawal from the agreement.

Jun 28 09:17

Ayatollah Khamenei slams West’s ‘shameless’ human rights posture

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has strongly denounced the Western states for their pretense of advocating human rights while in reality supporting terrorist groups and acts of terror.

Addressing the staff of Iran’s Judiciary at a meeting in Tehran on Wednesday, Ayatollah Khamenei made reference to human rights violations committed by the United States in various parts of the world as well as France and Britain’s crimes of the past decades which took place in Africa and the Indian subcontinent.

The Leader added that the West’s support over the past years for the Daesh terror group in Syria and the atrocities being committed in Myanmar and elsewhere “is indicative of the repeated lies of the shameless fake human rights advocates.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said when it comes to the issue of human rights, it is actually the Islamic Republic that stands in the position of the true advocate of human rights as opposed to “the criminal Western pretenders.”

Jun 28 08:22

Putin Benefits From Trump’s Anti-Iran Sanctions

Russia is the one country that has arguably benefited the most from the Trump administration’s insistence that other countries (including America’s Western allies) reduce their petroleum imports from Iran to zero or face U.S. sanctions.

Both during Soviet times and under Putin, Moscow has long sought to drive a wedge between the U.S. and its European allies, thereby weakening the Western alliance. Trump’s actions regarding Iran (as well as other issues) have done just this. Not only do most of America’s allies in Europe and outside the Middle East continue to support the Iranian nuclear accord, but they are angered that Trump is threatening them with sanctions unless they comply with what they regard as Trump’s wrong-headed and illegal withdrawal from an agreement that Iran is continuing to observe.

Jun 28 08:03

Israel’s leader uses the World Cup to advocate for revolution in Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just released a video praising Iran. Well, sort of. He actually praised Iran’s soccer team — and kinda sorta maybe advocated for a revolution in Iran.

Here’s what happened: On Wednesday afternoon Netanyahu tweeted out a video praising the Iranian soccer team for its performance in the World Cup against Portugal — and its star player Cristiano Ronaldo.

“The Iranian team just did the impossible,” the prime minister says in the video. “To the Iranian people I say: You showed courage on the playing field, and today you showed the same courage in the streets of Iran.”

Jun 27 12:13

The massive new protests in Iran, explained

Iran is being rocked by its biggest wave of protests in nearly a decade. Since December 28, tens of thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets in huge numbers of towns and cities to demand freedom from their theocratic government. At least 20 people have since been killed in clashes with security forces, and hundreds of mostly young people have been arrested, per news reports.

The demonstrations began as small gatherings protesting a slow economy in Mashhad, Iran’s second-largest city; over the past week they’ve morphed into a wave of major demonstrations in which ordinary Iranians are often heard calling for a revolution against the country’s theocratic government.

But this massive movement — one with the potential to reshape the Middle East — has a pretty mundane cause.

“It started over a protest over the price of eggs, believe it or not,” says Hussein Banai, a professor at Indiana University who studies Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or is this another US-backed overthrow, like they tried (and failed) back in 2009?

Jun 27 09:25

Oil Jumps As Trump Asks Allies To Cut Off Iranian Oil

The Trump administration is going to extreme lengths to disrupt as much oil from Iran as possible, and the implications for the oil market could be severe.

When the Obama administration sought to isolate Iran, it built an international coalition, put in place tight sanctions, and tried to curtail Iran’s oil exports. It worked, knocking around 1 million barrels per day offline. Still, the Obama administration granted leeway to an array of countries that depended on Iranian oil, including India, Japan and much of the EU, by granting them exemptions from sanctions as long as they did their best to reduce purchases.

The Trump administration has no compunction about making harsh demands to various countries, including U.S. allies, to cut off Iranian oil.

Jun 27 09:21

US backs Israel's nuclear secrecy as Netanyahu seeks to expose Iran

Donald Trump's administration had re-asserted its backing for Israel’s policy of secrecy about its own nuclear capabilities, as the Israeli government seeks to persuade the world Iran "lied" about not having a clandestine nuclear weapons programme.

The US government recently rebuffed Egypt’s renewed attempts to press Israel into showing its hand, suggesting that cannot happen until Israel is recognised by all of its neighbours.

Egypt wants Israel to sign up to a 1995 treaty on disarming the region and to submit to measures the International Atomic Energy Authority uses to ensure nuclear weapons are not spread.

"Such efforts are mistaken and unproductive," the US said in an submission to a preparatory committee last week, which claimed they still supported the treaty but adopted Israel’s position that regional conditions were not suitable.

Jun 27 09:01

Israel to ‘Prolong Bloodshed' in Syria as Media Pushes ‘Sensational' Iran Claims

With two Israeli missile having struck targets near a Syrian airport on Tuesday, Rick Sterling, an investigative journalist and member of the Syria Solidarity Movement, told Sputnik that the likelihood of Israel backing down from its attacks are pretty slim.

As Sputnik previously reported, the Israeli Air Force was attempting a late night attack on an Iranian cargo plane that was unloading at Damascus International Airport. Footage has since emerged allegedly showing the aftermath of the Israeli strike.

The incident follows multiple strikes by Israel in recent months in what it calls "retaliatory" measures against Iran's presence in Syria, which it sees as a threat to its safety. Iran has had a foothold in Syria since the conflict first began in 2011.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iran, like Russia, is in Syria with the permission of the Syrian government. The United States is not!

Jun 27 08:33

RUSSIA MILITARY SAYS U.S. CEASEFIRE IS OVER IN SYRIA AS ISRAEL REPORTEDLY ATTACKS IRAN WEAPONS IN DAMASCUS

The apparent ceasefire collapse also occurred as airstrikes reportedly struck Damascus International Airport on Tuesday. While the attack remains unclaimed, it has been widely blamed on Israel, who rarely takes responsibility for strikes against Iranian and pro-Iran targets in neighboring Syria. The U.K.-based, pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Israeli warplanes struck "a shipment of Iranian weapons" that had arrived at the airport, while Russia's state-run Sputnik News highlighted reports claiming an Iranian cargo plane may have been the target.

Jun 27 04:25

Flashback: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gets 29 standing ovations from Congress

Every day we are being subjected to the insanity of fools in our treasonous government, claiming that Russia is guilty of having too much foreign influence in our nation. These 29 standing ovations, by our groveling Judas representatives, in all branches of government, should put that Bizarro world claim to bed forever. And it would in a just world. Sadly, this is not a just world.?

Jun 26 11:36

Foreign Minister Fears Iranian Currency COLLAPSE Over Nuclear Deal

On Sunday Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif admitted to the Iran Chamber of Congress that the collapse of the 2015 nuclear deal would have “very dangerous consequences” for the country. President Donald Trump has withdrawn the United States from the deal he said was disastrous from the beginning.

According to Reuters, the Iranian rial [the currency] plunged to a record low against the United States dollar on the unofficial market on Sunday, continuing its slide amid fears of returning U.S. sanctions after President Donald Trump in May withdrew from a deal on Tehran’s nuclear program. The dollar was being offered for as much as 87,000 rials, compared to around 75,500 on Thursday, the last trading day before Iran’s weekend, according to foreign exchange website Bonbast.com, which tracks the unofficial market.”

Several Iranian media outlets had reported the same news.

Jun 26 11:17

Iran bans 1,300 imports as economic protest shuts shops in Tehran

Iran is to ban the import of more than 1,300 products amid fears about the impact of US sanctions. The announcement came as traders in Tehran staged a rare protest against rising prices and the fall of the currency to a record low.

Police patrolled the Grand Bazaar in the capital on Monday after security forces struggled to restore order after clashes with protesters, witnesses said. Many in the country are angry about the rial’s collapse, which is disrupting business by driving up the cost of imports.

Traders from the bazaar, whose merchants supported Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution, said most shops remained closed.

Jun 26 09:45

Former NATO chief denied entry to US over Iran trips

A former head of the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO) was denied electronic authorisation to enter the United States after his online application was rejected due to what he said was a trip to Iran.

Javier Solana, who headed the military alliance from 1995 to 1999 and served as the EU's foreign policy chief until 2009, saw his renewal application on the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) denied for the first time.

The 75-year-old Spaniard believes this was due to a trip to Iran where he partook in negotiations for the now defunct 2015 nuclear deal.

Jun 25 15:30

India to buy Iranian oil with rupees in order to skirt US sanctions

Another country buying oil with something other than the USD

Jun 25 12:06

India devises way to bypass US sanctions, pay for Iran oil

The government is set to revive an alternative payment mechanism to settle a part of its payments for oil imported for Iran over the next few days in a bid to counter the impact of US sanctions imposed on Tehran.

While one option is to go back to the earlier barter-type arrangement that had the tacit approval of the US, the government is also looking at the option of routing the payment through a third country like Turkey, a senior government official told TOI . A similar arrangement had to be dropped when Iran faced sanctions the last time round, prompting the rupee-Iranian rial arrangement, where UCO Bank played a key role in helping Indian refiners such as MRPL and Essar Oil meet their requirements.

Jun 24 09:40

United States demands that Japan stops buying oil from Iran

Washington has asked Tokyo to halt all crude purchases from Iran, insisting that its allies cease all trade with the country, according to Bloomberg.

The request was made during a meeting between US and Japanese officials in Tokyo this week, according to the media. No decision has been made yet, though, and talks will continue.

This means that Washington is taking a harder stance on Iran than it did in 2012. Six years ago, before the nuclear deal, the US demanded that its allies should reduce oil purchases from sanctioned Iran, rather than stop them completely.

Japan is Asia’s fourth-largest buyer of Iranian crude, which accounts for 5.3 percent of its oil consumption, or 172,000 barrels per day.

Jun 23 11:15

U.S. Double Standards in the Middle East. Washington Backs Terrorists and Extremists

of the USA.

This statement hasn’t appeared recently. In 2002, the Joint Resolution to authorize U.S. military actions against Iraq cited:

“Iraq continuing to possess and develop a significant chemical and biological weapons capability posed a threat to the national security of the United States.”

Before carrying out air strikes on Syria, 14 April, 2018, the White House used the same justifications. The American president acted within his legal authority as commander-in-chief “to protect vital national interests – stopping the spread of chemical weapons and preventing a humanitarian catastrophe.” However, if in 2002, the Iraq Resolution was passed by the U.S. Congress as public law No: 107-243, this time President Trump didn’t seek any authorization from other government institutions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The ultimate goal here, by the US government, is quite simple, no matter how much carnage it creates to reach the following goals; control all oil, and other resources in the Middle East, and insure that these resources, are only sold in US dollars.

Jun 23 11:11

The Diseased, Lying, Condition of America’s ‘News’ Media

Both President Trump and former President Obama are commonly said in America’s ‘news’ media to be or to have been “ceding Syria to Russia” or “ceding Syria to Russia and Iran,” or similar allegations. They imply that ‘we’ own (or have some right to control) Syria.

Jun 23 11:04

Yemen War: Iranian Navy Dispatches Warships to Gulf of Aden

On June 21, the Iranian Navy dispatched two warships to the Gulf of Aden, where a fierce battle is ongoing between the Ansar Allah movement (also known as the Houthis) and the Saudi-led coalition for the port city of al-Hudaydah.

According to Iran’s Tasnim News Agency, Iran sent a helicopter-carrier and a naval destroyer. The deployment of Iranian warships in the area will likely further complicate relations between Riyadh and Teheran. However, two warships will not be enough to lift a naval blockade from al-Hudaydah.

Meanwhile, the Houthis repelled another attempt by the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies to capture the al-Hudaydah airport in western Yemen recapturing most of the positions, which they had lost previously.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government's participation in Saudi war crimes in Yemen does NOT make me proud to be an American; and it is a matter of great concern to me, that President Trump's two BBFs in the Middle East, are Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Butcher of Gaza, and the Saudi Crown Prince Salman, the Butcher of Yemen.

Jun 23 10:08

'Dreadful' future awaits world if nuclear deal collapses: Iran's SalehiFr

Iran's nuclear chief says the Middle East and the entire world will face a "dreadful" future if a 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement Tehran signed with the P5+1 group of countries falls apart.

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi made the remarks on Friday in an address to an expert panel held on the sidelines of the Oslo Forum in the presence of Norwegian and Omani foreign ministers.

He said the international community showed a severe reaction to the United States' "unwise and baseless" decisions, including its move to withdraw from the nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

"If the European Union and other countries supporting the JCPOA do not demonstrate their practical opposition to the US policies in due time, they will face a dreadful future and unprecedented insecurity in the region and the world because of the JCPOA's collapse," AEOI chief said.

Jun 22 08:32

Iran makes Trump an offer he can’t refuse

Iran’s oil minister said problems in the oil market were political and not the result of a supply and demand imbalance.

“The current problem in the oil market is the result of political tension caused by the American president, not supply and demand imbalance,” Bijan Zangeneh said on Tuesday before his departure to the OPEC summit, Shana news agency reported.

Recently, Hossein Kazempour Ardebili, Iran’s OPEC governor, said Venezuela and Iraq will join Iran in blocking a proposal to increase oil production that’s backed by Saudi Arabia and Russia when OPEC and its allies meet in Vienna this week.

Jun 22 08:22

Syria proposes to establish railway with Iraq, Iran

Syria is ready to establish a railway link with Iraq and Iran, the country’s Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade, Mohammad Samer Al-Khalil, said.

The proposal came during a meeting with Iran’s First Vice President, Eshaq Jahangiri, to discuss the final steps to announce the strategic trade agreement between Tehran, Damascus and Baghdad.

This comes as Iran is looking for alternative regional allies as Western companies prepare to quit Tehran ahead of the imposition of US sanctions later this year.

The Syrian minister said the draft strategic cooperation agreement between Damascus and Tehran is in the final stages, adding that he had discussed with the Iranian official ways to implement previous agreements.

Jun 22 08:00

‘No Sovereign EU Financial Institute’: Europe Cannot Protect Companies From Anti-Iran Sanctions

After America renewed economic sanctions against Iran it seems that some European companies are bearing the brunt.

Jun 22 07:11

Iran may exit nuclear deal in coming weeks – Deputy FM

The Iran nuclear deal is in “intensive care” and it’s possible that Tehran will have to withdraw from the pact if an agreement cannot be reached with its European signatories, the country’s deputy FM Abbas Araghchi has warned.

Jun 21 12:37

Activist: Iran already exonerated of role in 9-11 attacks, Docs display Israel’s complicity

“There are documents to prove Israel’s role and we should allow the Americans themselves to speak about it. Even the official commission which has investigated the 9-11 incident has clearly underlined that Iran has played no role. How a judge in New York, who has certainly received money from Saudi Arabia and has issued such a ruling for the second time, sentences Iran, and the country does not react?” Talebzadeh said.

He noted that investigations have proved that C4 explosive material was used during the 9-11 incident, adding, “The Americans fear reopening of the 9-11 case as all its details are secret and it is an opportunity for Iran on which it can maneuver.”

Jun 19 17:53

Robert Fisk: Is N. Korea Summit A ‘Sideshow’ As Israelis & U S Plan To Attack Iran?

Could Trump/Kim Jong-Un summit be a sideshow to divert attention from Israeli/U.S. plans to attack Iran?

Jun 19 11:08

How will Russia and Iran respond to the US challenge in the Caspian Sea?

On May 5 2018 Kazakhstan ratified an agreement with the US for the transit of US military cargo and possibly even troops (under the euphemism of ‘advisors’ or ‘engineers’) to Afghanistan via the Caspian Sea route.

The ostensible reason is that the US’s long established supply lines to Afghanistan via Pakistan are now ‘under threat’. However, as is often the case nowadays, the reality is rather more complicated.

Just five months before the agreement was reached, in December 2017, purportedly at the instigation of the businessman Anatolie Stati who is involved in a longstanding legal dispute with the Kazakh authorities, the Bank of New York Mellon froze $22.6 billion of funds belonging to Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund.

Jun 19 10:37

Whose Wars?

The US has surrendered its sovereignty to a tiny client state, and now our foreign policy is not even remotely connected to actual U.S. interests. This refleects Jewish power in the US and powerful Israel-centric lobbies and media outlets. Israel is not just getting the US to do its bidding in Syria, but also using Syria as a stepping stone to Iran itself. Whatever is best for Israel.

Jun 19 09:45

Unprecedented Israeli Strikes Target Iraqi Shia Militias In Syria

A day after a mysterious airstrike close to the Iraq-Syria border reportedly killed over 30 Syrian government soldiers and Iraqi paramilitary forces backed by Iran, a US official has told CNN the attack was carried out by Israel and not by the US coalition.

Syrian state media blamed the strike on the US-led coalition — though in the immediate aftermath any level of confirmation or evidence was hard to come by. The claims prompted the US coalition spokesman to issue a formal denial, calling Syria's accusation "misinformation" as US-backed SDF forces are only operating east of the Euphrates, and not near Abu Kamal, which lies west, according to the statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that Israel is, once again, playing picador with Al Assad and Putin, in essence, daring them to go after an Israeli strike plane, to "justify" a massive attack against Syrian, Iraqi, and Iranian forces there, as their way of accomplishing regime change in Damascus.

Fortunately, Al Assad and Putin have had the horse-sense not to respond to these attacks.

Jun 19 09:39

News FeedWashington committed to Syrian southwest ceasefire arrangement, Pompeo tells LavrovMore:http://tass.com/world/1010062

The United States is committed to maintaining a de-escalation zone in southeast Syria, warning Moscow and Damascus against unilateral activity in the area, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov over the phone on Monday.

According to US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert, Lavrov and Pompeo had discussed "issues and concerns related to Syria and the bilateral relationship." "Secretary Pompeo reemphasized the US commitment to the (Syrian) southwest ceasefire arrangement that was approved by President (Donald) Trump and President (Vladimir) Putin one year ago," Nauert said.

US Secretary of State noted that "it was critical for Russia and the Syrian regime to adhere to these arrangements and ensure no unilateral activity in this area," she added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, let me get my head around these statements.

Syria is, allegedly a sovereign nation, the leadership of which the US government wants to regime change in Damascus.

The Russian military is there at the behest of the Syrian government, to throw out the US backed, trained, and funded Jihadists.

And now, neither Russia, nor the Syrian government are "being allowed" by the US government, to operate within the sovereign state of Syria, but the US government and military is supposed to be moving with utterly no restrictions here?!?

Do Pompeo and Nauart understand just how utterly stupid these statements must have sounded to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov yesterday?!?

The US military is digging in, militarily, in Syria, and has established a "beachhead" at Deir Ezzor. As reported at themilliniumreport.com by South Front in April of this year:

Why did the Trump Admnistration put a military base near the largest oil field in Syria?!?

The article goes on to state:

"The US is building a large military base in the vicinity of Syria’s largest oil field – the Omar oil field, Mehdi Kobani, a press secretary of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Deir Ezzor confirmed to Sputnik Turkiye.

The Omar oil field was captured by the US-backed SDF during its anti-ISIS campaign in eastern Syria. According to Syrian sources, the military installation in the area is aimed to allow the US to consolidate control of the oil resources in the eastern part of the country setting ground for further occupation of the area. These oil resources will also be used to strengthen the influence of the US proxies – the SDF – in the area."

Jun 19 08:35

UAE collaboration with Israel dates back to 1990s

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and officials from the United Arab Emirates secretly met in Cyprus to discuss the Iran nuclear agreement right before Donald Trump took office as US president, according to a report in The New Yorker.

The Barack Obama administration was not aware of the meeting. US intelligence agencies learned of it as well as of phone calls between senior UAE and Israeli leaders toward the end of Obama’s second term.

This meeting marked a strengthening of the covert relationship between Israel and some Gulf Arab states that is likely to come at the expense of Palestinians. Netanyahu hopes these Arab states will help press Palestinians to accept a peace deal tailor-made to Israel’s demands.

Jun 19 07:20

Israel Openly Promotes Islamic State Ideology

The Israel military’s horrific record of atrocities has long been established. From using civilians as human shields to blanketing civilian areas with cluster bombs and killing journalists, there is no defensible moral code governing the actions of the Israeli military.

But things took an even more grotesque turn last week, when the Israeli military’s spokesperson for Arab audiences, Avichay Adraee, published a two–part Arabic video on Twitter, employing blatant anti-Shia rhetoric and citing some of the scholars the so-called Islamic State (ISIS or IS) relies on, as a means of mobilizing Sunni Arab hostility towards Iran. Take a moment to get your head around this: At a time when the U.S. is committed to eradicating IS and its offshoots in the Middle East, Israel is working in the other direction, promoting the very ideology animating these groups.

Jun 18 09:13

BEX ALERT - Leaked Video: IDF General Warns Iran Is Preparing to Attack Israel from Syria

Leaked video from a meeting between Israel’s head of Military Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Tamir Hyman, and a number of foreign security ministers shows him warning them that Iran’s presence in Syria isn’t meant to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s battle against terrorists, but instead to threaten Israel.

Hyman showed the crowd of foreign security officials a map of suspected Iranian bases in Syria. The leaked video wasn't of a high-enough quality to pick it up, but it "showed them spread throughout the country," according to the Times of Israel. The video was shot apparently in secret at a homeland security conference held in Jerusalem by Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan during the week of June 11.

Jun 17 21:14

Trump to Europoodles: “Roll Over. Bark. Beg…Crawl.: With a Korean Preface

I don’t get it. I know, I know, I’m just some mutt in Mexico with a computer, and easily puzzled. But…huh? Trump, we are told, pulled off a master stroke in Singapore. All the world reels at this astonishment. We see Talleyrand and Metternich rolled into one gorgeous taco. But…but….

Who did the doing, and who got done?

Jun 17 09:09

BEX ALERT - Leaked Video: IDF General Warns Iran Is Preparing to Attack Israel from Syria

Leaked video from a meeting between Israel’s head of Military Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Tamir Hyman, and a number of foreign security ministers shows him warning them that Iran’s presence in Syria isn’t meant to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s battle against terrorists, but instead to threaten Israel.

Hyman showed the crowd of foreign security officials a map of suspected Iranian bases in Syria. The leaked video wasn't of a high-enough quality to pick it up, but it "showed them spread throughout the country," according to the Times of Israel. The video was shot apparently in secret at a homeland security conference held in Jerusalem by Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan during the week of June 11.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why would Iran do something that foolish?

Jun 16 11:37

War of Aggression: The Saudi & UAE Slaughter in Yemen isn’t a Proxy Conflict with Iran

Alongside their throttlehold over which reporters can visit what parts of Yemen, and thus what story they can tell, Saudi and Emirati investments in public relations, lobbying, think-tanks, and political consultants are shaping the narrative about their war there. Headline writers, pundits, Wikipedia, news correspondents, and even some so-called experts frame the asymmetric conflict as a “proxy war.” Sunnis nations led by Saudi Arabia are battling Shi`a Iran and its regional proxies, the story goes; the world’s worst man-made humanitarian disaster thus appears as un-named collateral damage.

Jun 16 08:44

Are Iran and Israel heading toward open warfare?

The air strikes of early May – widely judged to have been the most significant Israeli air assault on Syrian territory since the early 1980s – came on the heels of escalating tit-for-tat strikes involving Israel and the Iran-led alliance in Syria.

In April Israel struck the T4 air base in Homs province, home to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) aerospace division in Syria. Seven members of the IRGC were reportedly killed in the strike on T4, amongst them allegedly the commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ drone force in Syria.

The assault on T4 was interpreted in Tehran as a deliberate and highly calculated attack on the heart of the IRGC’s operations in Syria, a provocation which necessitated a meaningful Iranian response. This came in the form of a rocket barrage aimed at the Israeli military in the occupied Golan Heights, which in turn led to the Israeli air strike on the IRGC establishment in Syria.

Jun 16 08:44

America’s military presence in Syria and its priorities

America’s military presence in Syria has a number of goals, the most important of which are to surround Iran and limit its influence in the region; to ensure a bigger share for Washington and its allies — the Kurdish movement — in any final deal over Syria, as expressed frankly by Mattis; and to curb Turkey’s activity in northern Syria, which always comes at the expense of the Kurds, especially its presence east of the River Euphrates.

Jun 13 12:23

TURKEY IN CONTACT WITH IRAN OVER QANDIL OPERATION, MINISTER SAYS

Turkey is in contact with Iran about conducting a possible military operation against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in the northern Iraq region of Qandil, close to the Iranian border, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

"We are in contact with Iran," Cavusoglu told broadcaster Haberturk. "PKK is a threat to them as well. Qandil is very close to the Iran border...We will improve cooperation with Iran."

Jun 13 12:22

Iran warns Iraq’s Kurdistan after border terror attempts

Tehran has officially protested to the Iraqi Kurdistan’s authorities following a number of unsuccessful attempts by terror groups based in the semi-autonomous region to break into neighboring Iran.

The Iranian Consulate General in the northern Iraqi region’s capital, Erbil, handed over the protest note to the Kurdistan Region Government (KRG)’s Department of Foreign Relations to denounce the recent activities of terror groups in some border areas, IRNA reported on Wednesday.

The note of protest emphasized the Iranian Armed Forces’ right to legitimate defense and confronting the epicenter of terror.

Siham Jabali Mamand from the KRG’s foreign affairs arm expressed disappointment over the recent border developments in a meeting with a delegation of Iranian diplomats led by Deputy Consul General Siamak Borhani.

She further said the region would certainly not allow such incidents to overshadow the “constructive and positive” relations between Tehran and Erbil.

Jun 13 12:19

Iran to start constructing re-designed Arak heavy reactor soon: AEOI

The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says the country will soon start re-building the Arak heavy water reactor once China finishes examining the last phase of the re-designing process.

China and Iran “have had several contracts that are now operational and various steps of conceptual, basic and detailed designing are completed and after that the construction phase will begin,” Behrouz Kamalvandi said in an interview with the Young Journalists’ Club (YJC) published on Wednesday.

“According to the timetable, we have fortunately made good progress, and the detailed stage has been completed on our part and delivered to the Chinese side, which, after their approval, will enter the next stage within 2 to 3 months, that is, we'll start the next phase of building and [installing the reactor’s] equipment,” he added.

Jun 13 10:25

Iran vows to reopen Fordow uranium enrichment plant if nuclear deal collapses

Collapse of the 2015 nuclear deal will prompt Iran to reopen its second uranium enrichment facility in Fordow, the country’s nuclear agency said. Last week, Tehran announced plans to resume enrichment within the scope of the deal.

Jun 13 09:48

Syrian Army Bolsters Air Defense Along Israel Frontier

Commanders along the border between Syrian territory and the Israeli occupied Golan Heights say that the Syrian army has been deploying substantial reinforcements to the area to bolster air defenses.

Israel has been repeatedly attacking Syria in recent months with airstrikes from both Israeli airspace and Lebanon. Syria is said to want to get its reinforcements into the region for a deterrent factor.

This appears to be timed for an upcoming Syrian offensive against rebels in the southwest. Nominally, Israel made a deal with Russia promising not to interfere so long as Iranian forces didn’t take part. Clearly, Syria isn’t entirely sure that’s going to remain the case.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am deeply concerned about any Syrian military action anywhere close to the Golan Heights; but it appears that Assad, his Generals, and Putin are looking, if possible, to avoid any strike which could be seen as against Israel.

OF course, in this highly volatile situation, there is no guarantee that Israel won't lob some kind of missile on its own territory, then lie about
where it came from as the "excuse" to start a sustained military campaign against Syria, working in concert with the US military in the process, and giving US-backed troops in Syria more territory.

I would really like to see Russia's President Putin throw cold water on such a notion, and very quickly.

Jun 13 09:29

Iraq’s Sadr and Amiri Announce Surprise Political Alliance

In a surprise move, influential Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and militia leader Hadi Amiri have announced on Tuesday that their political blocs will ally. As the top two seat-getters in the May 12 election, this would go a long way toward forming a government.

This is a surprising move as Sadr had campaigned heavily on the idea of Iraq being more independent, and less aligned with either the US or Iran. Amiri, by contrast, is the head of the Badr Brigade, and is very close with the Iranian government.

The announcement of the deal said that the blocs would be carving out a “nationalist” alliance. This is more what Sadr has long advocated. It is not clear what positions within a coalition government are being offered to Amiri’s bloc

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If this coalition is successful, it will be a game changer for both Iraqi politics... and a true nightmare for American foreign policy in the region.

Jun 13 07:09

The Pompeo Plan: Present Iran With Hurdles It Won't Jump

Washington's fixation on Iran, exhibited by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's Monday speech, has prevented U.S. policymakers from developing a less toxic relationship with Tehran. The current Iranian regime will never be a friend of America, but neither nation benefits from a state of permanent hostility. And contrary to administration claims, Tehran poses little threat to the United States ... The administration's objective, it seems, remains the same as in 1953 ... Since then the United States has often been the aggressor, backing Saddam Hussein's invasion of Iran, shooting down an Iranian airliner, seeking to overthrow Iran's Syrian ally, threatening Tehran with war, and arming aggressive, totalitarian Saudi Arabia. Overall, America has had a much more destabilizing impact on the Middle East than has Tehran.

Jun 13 04:02

Israeli Minister Says European Union 'Can Go to a Thousand Hells,' After Body Criticizes Israel

"The European Union can go to a thousand hells," said Israel's National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz in response to a statement criticizing Israel for an incident involving a human rights activist. In a statement, European Union spokesperson Maja Kocijancic called on Israel to investigate the incident in which Jafar Farah, director of the NGO Mossawa, the Advocacy Centre for Arab Citizens in Israel, claimed he had his leg broken by police during a demonstration against the deaths of dozens of Palestinians in events on the Gaza border on May 14. The spokesperson called on Israel to investigate the incident that is expected to add fuel to the fire of the growing tension between the European Union and Israel.

Jun 13 03:58

I just visited Iran. Here’s what I heard about the U.S.

I went to Iran this month to attend a conference on the Palestinians, Jerusalem, and the greater Middle East sponsored by an Iran-based non-government organization. On the sidelines of the meeting, I met with students at Mashhad University, Ferdowsi University, and at a woman's educational institute, as well as with visiting scholars from Tehran ... It was not hard to learn students' opinions. "What does America want from us? To force us to negotiate? We did, we agreed, already, in 2015," said one student in a reference to the year to nuclear agreement was signed. "Regime change - do Americans even know we vote for our government here?" said another ... The students expressed an ongoing concern the United States wants to destroy them.

Jun 12 14:23

With eyes on Iran, Netanyahu praises Trump over North Korea summit

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday hailed US President Donald Trump’s summit in Singapore with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as “historic” and an “important step” in denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, while linking the meeting to the US leader’s “tough stance” on Iran.

“I congratulate US President Donald Trump for the historic summit in Singapore,” Netanyahu said in a statement. “It is an important step in the effort to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.”

Jun 12 11:57

The “Manbij Model”, Turkey-US Deal for Northeastern Syria

So far, so good, but the problem is that the SDF militia that would prospectively continue to administer “Rojava’s” “layered decentralization” is nothing more than a thinly “diverse” front of Arab collaborators barely concealing the reality of a Kurdish-run “deep state” (or permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracy) protected by over 20 American bases and an undisclosed number of French ones. Ironically, the Kurds took up arms against the democratically elected and legitimate Syrian government on the supposed basis that the minority Alawites had hijacked the country’s “deep state” and were exploiting it for their own self-interested ends at everyone else’s expense, though the fact of the matter is that it’s now the Kurds – and never was the Alawites – who are actually doing this via the “federalization” of “Rojava” as enforced by the US-created SDF.

Jun 12 11:39

Report: Netanyahu, White House Working to Drive Wedge Between Palestinians and Gulf States

The Trump administration is working with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to create a rift between the Gulf states and the Palestinians, according to a wide-ranging report on Trump's Middle East policy that was published on Monday in The New Yorker.

The report says that the Trump administration's peace plan, which will likely be much closer to the Israeli government's positions than previous U.S. peace plans, could be used by Netanyahu to divide the Gulf monarchies and the Palestinians.

Netanyahu, according to the report, expects the Palestinians to reject Trump's plan, thus creating an opening for the Gulf states to support it and distance themselves from the Palestinian leadership while inching closer towards Israel, with whom they share a common view of Iran as the main threat in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iran is absolutely not the problem in the region; it is Israel's belligerent, hubristic foreign and domestic policies which are the problem here.

Jun 12 10:05

Israel Turns Artillery Rocket Into Supersonic 'Rampage' Air-Launched Stand-Off Weapon

Israeli Military Industries Systems, or IMI Systems, in cooperation with Israel Aerospace Industries, abbreviated IAI, is close to finishing development of a new air-launched, precision-guided, high-speed weapon called Rampage that can hit targets more than 90 miles away. The announcement comes as Israel steps up its cross-border campaign against Iran and its interests in neighboring Syria, which has seen an increasing emphasis on stand-off capabilities given the complex air defense environment in that country, but the weapon could also be especially attractive to a number of foreign military forces.

Jun 12 08:51

A Message from Iran

Jun 11 14:06

Scapegoating Iran

Seventeen years of war in the Middle East and what do we have to show for it? Iraq after our 2003 invasion and occupation is no longer a unified country. Its once modern infrastructure is largely destroyed, and the nation has fractured into warring enclaves. We have lost the war in Afghanistan. The Taliban is resurgent and has a presence in over 70 percent of the country. Libya is a failed state.

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