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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby ricky_v » 07 Mar 2019 19:53

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/en/originals/2019/03/us-government-no-longer-excludes-mek-alternatives-iran.html
Removed from a State Department list of terrorist organizations in 2012 after an expensive lobbying campaign, the MEK is understood to be widely reviled inside Iran as a leftist Islamist cult that sided with Saddam Hussein during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war. The group advocates the overthrow of the Iranian government and the elevation of Maryam Rajavi, the wife of MEK founder Massoud Rajavi, as the new leader. She lives in exile outside Paris.

Top officials close to the Donald Trump administration — including national security adviser John Bolton and Rudolph Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer — have taken tens of thousands of dollars in fees from the MEK and its front organizations over the years to speak before rallies that promote Maryam Rajavi’s leadership ambitions. Just last month, Giuliani told a pro-MEK rally in Warsaw, Poland, on the sidelines of a US-organized Middle East conference that Iran’s leaders are “assassins” and “murderers” who should be overthrown and then replaced by Rajavi.

Newt Gingrich, a veteran Republican politician who is close to the Trump administration, sought guidance from the Justice Department last year about whether he needed to register as a lobbyist for a “foreign political party” that appears to be the France-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the name for the MEK’s political front. In January, the NCRI hired Robert Joseph, a former undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, to lobby for it for $15,000 a month. Joseph replaced Bolton at the State Department under the George W. Bush administration.

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby chetak » 07 Mar 2019 20:41

ramana wrote:Also hug to MBS keeps Iran close.


iran cannot complain, because we send a lot of business their way when a whole lot of other countries don't do so.

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby chetak » 07 Mar 2019 20:45



this is taqiya, plain and simple.

they will never support us but they are very glad to take SDRE money.

and when push comes to shove, it will always be the ummah.

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby syam » 08 Apr 2019 20:47

U.S. Designates Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps As a Terror Organization
Decision marks first time an element of a foreign state has been officially designated terrorist entity
WASHINGTON—The Trump administration on Monday designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization, escalating the U.S. pressure campaign against Tehran and marking the first time an element of a foreign state has been officially designated a terrorist entity.

“This action will significantly expand the scope and scale of our maximum pressure on the Iranian regime,” President Trump said in a statement Monday. “If you are doing business with the IRGC, you will be bankrolling terrorism.”

The designation aims to squeeze the IRGC’s financial resources and shrink its military presence in the Middle East, helping the U.S. crack down on businesses in Europe and elsewhere controlled by the organization. The designation also allows the U.S. to subject IRGC officials and those who provide support the organization to travel restrictions and lets U.S. prosecutors bring charges against those who provide “material support” to the IRGC.

U.S. officials had been divided over the move, with White House national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in favor of it and Pentagon officials—including Marine Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff—cautioning against it out of concern for a backlash against U.S. forces in the region, according to U.S. officials.

Plans to designate the IRGC a terrorist organization, reported by The Wall Street Journal on Friday, have already escalated tensions between the two countries, with top Iranian officials threatening retaliation against U.S. forces in the Middle East in response to the plan.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said the move would lead to disaster for U.S. forces in the Middle East and charged it was intended to benefit Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has a close relationship with the Trump administration.

The IRGC’s commander, Mohammad Ali Jafari, was quoted as saying by the IRGC’s official news outlet: “If the Americans do such stupidity and put our national security at risk, the U.S. Army and security forces in the West Asia region will not enjoy today’s peace.”

On Sunday, 255 out of 290 Iranian parliamentarians condemned the planned U.S. move and warned of repercussions.

“We will answer any action taken against this force with a reciprocal action,” they said, the state-run IRNA news agency reported. “So the leaders of America, who themselves are the creators and supporters of terrorists in the region, will regret this inappropriate and idiotic action.”

The IRGC has a ground force of 100,000 for national defense and runs Tehran’s ballistic missile programs, according to a study by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.

The Quds Force, a specialized division of the IRGC, has arranged weapons deliveries and advised pro-regime militias in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the region.

The Guard Corps has been involved in Iran’s nuclear program and has played a role in cracking down on dissent at home, while also playing an important role in the Iranian economy. As CIA director in 2017, Mr. Pompeo said companies overseen by the IRGC might control 20% of the nation’s economy, including important sectors like energy.

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby mmasand » 08 Apr 2019 22:03

chetak wrote:


this is taqiya, plain and simple.

they will never support us but they are very glad to take SDRE money.

and when push comes to shove, it will always be the ummah.


When did Shias become part of the Ummah? :eek:

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby ricky_v » 08 Apr 2019 22:07

us is bringing the dance of democracy to many places simultaneously, first venezuela and now iran. Iran has already threatened us forces stationed in me of repercussions, which will snowball into a "legitimate" fight for the us with the braying of the chattel behind them ala operation fuk iraq.
The tempo of the dance seems frenzied though, too many seeds being sown openly and with varying accuracy, may all turn out to be a red herring.

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby chetak » 08 Apr 2019 23:05

mmasand wrote:
chetak wrote:
this is taqiya, plain and simple.

they will never support us but they are very glad to take SDRE money.

and when push comes to shove, it will always be the ummah.


When did Shias become part of the Ummah? :eek:


do they support us on the issue of cashmere?? or do they support the sunni pakis??

we are kaffir for all of them and against the Hindustani, they are all ummah.

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby ricky_v » 23 Apr 2019 09:50

oy vey, the zog seems mad and has decided that any country purchasing Iranian crude would be sanctioned;iran has meanwhile threatened to close the strait of hormuz;price increase in the near future.

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby siqir » 24 Apr 2019 09:15

re end of waivers mea says
we are adequately prepared to deal with the impact of this decision

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/ind ... 015013.cms

hard to see this not escalating though since trump has made his modus operandi clear from his approach to north korean issue

if it does escalate to war like or actual war and we lose access to afghanistan delhi may just have decided we are ok with that if it is going to be overrun by the taliban anyway

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Postby Vikas » 24 Apr 2019 12:15

Iran war will happen when KSA and Israel are ready. Bibi got busy with the elections and corruption scandal while MBS got embroiled in Khashoggi killing. DT will not leave Oval office without a small war of his own.
Of course If Iran meanwhile is able to test a Nuke, then its chai-biskoot meets once again.

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby Mukesh.Kumar » 24 Apr 2019 20:33

Even with the exemptions ending Chavaharwill be exempted as it constitutes aid to Afghanistan.

The Unites States has excluded the development of the Chabahar Port in Iran from the “maximum-pressure” sanctions against Tehran reimposed on November 5.

The U.S. Secretary Mike Pompeo granted the exception to the port development and the construction of an associated railway for the shipment of non-sanctionable goods through the port for Afghanistan’s use, as well as Afghanistan’s continued imports of Iranian petroleum products, a spokesperson for the State Department said in a statement.

The move is aimed at supporting “Afghanistan’s economic growth and development as well as our close partnership with India,” the statement reads.


hope it will still stand.

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby shyamd » 02 May 2019 13:58

Today the first bullet has been fired by Trump against Tehran. This will result in a dangerous escalation in the region including direct military confrontation. Later today, Trump is expected to announce a halt to the export of Iranian oil COMPLETELY (i.e. no exemptions and no oil will be exported at all!).

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Postby chanakyaa » 30 May 2019 05:30

INSTEX: Europe sets up transactions channel with Iran
Germany, France and the UK have set up a payment channel with Iran called INSTEX, to help continue trade and circumvent US sanctions. Washington has cautioned EU nations against such actions.
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What is INSTEX?
- A "special purpose vehicle" that will allow European businesses to trade with Iran, despite strict US sanctions.
- According to media reports, INSTEX will be based in Paris and will be managed by German banking expert Per Fischer, a former manager at Commerzbank. The UK will head the supervisory board.
- The European side intends to use the channel initially only to sell food, medicine and medical devices in Iran. However, it will be possible to expand it in the future.


U.S. Warns Europe That Its Iran Workaround Could Face Sanctions

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby Philip » 06 Jun 2019 13:46

If the US's NATO allies can find a way of trading with Iran, why must India bow sown to Trump's diktat? He is a temporary US pres. already under intense attack at homd by his political enemies and mah still face impeachment.Iran is crucial to India to outflank Pak, a route to Afgh. and Central Asia and Russia through Chahbahar.Our ties with Shiite Iran are also vital when the Q of Baluchi independence comes into play.India must show spine and resist US armtwisting.With a massive mandate, PM Modi is in a far stronger position than Trump. Should tge US try and sanction us on arms grom Russia too, there is nothing stopping India for forming a triumvirate with Russia and China too.

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby Singha » 13 Jun 2019 14:59

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... -Oman.html

two oil tankers hit in gulf of oman by mysterious explosives

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby Karthik S » 13 Jun 2019 16:32

Last thing we need now is increase in oil prices due to such incidents.

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby Rony » 07 Oct 2019 04:55

Iran says Chinese state oil firm withdraws from $5B deal

China’s state oil company has pulled out of a $5 billion deal to develop a portion of Iran’s massive offshore natural gas field, the Islamic Republic’s oil minister said Sunday, an agreement from which France’s Total SA earlier withdrew over U.S. sanctions.

The South Pars field deal, struck in the wake of Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, appears to be just the latest business casualty of America’s pressure campaign on Tehran following President Donald Trump’s unilateral withdrawal of the U.S. from the deal.

It also comes as China and the U.S. engage in their own trade war, as Beijing and Washington levy billions of dollars of tariffs on each other’s goods.


Tehran-based political analyst Saeed Leilaz said he believes that despite China’s departure from the project, “China will remain Iran’s main trade partner.”

Leilaz said that’s because a large portion of past oil revenue from China has remained in the country, enabling Tehran to buy goods it needs from China without transferring money from Iran, thereby evading U.S. sanctions on Iran’s banking system.




Blow for Iran as Chinese oil group pulls out of flagship gas field project

Iranian analysts said CNPC abandoned the project because of US sanctions and concerns over its interests in America, but Iran’s oil ministry said it could not provide further details.


Last month it placed sanctions on two subsidiaries of China’s state-backed shipping giant Cosco for their alleged involvement in handling Iranian crude. It was one of the first US actions against a major state-backed Chinese entity. The move sent rates for chartering many oil tankers sharply higher, as international oil traders can no longer use the 40 or so tankers connected to the Cosco subsidiaries without risking falling foul of Washington.

Total of France quit the multi-billion-dollar South Pars scheme last year to escape US penalties.


Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards — which have developed a business empire over the past three decades including in oil and gas projects — has long shown interest in taking over South Pars projects. Hardline forces had opposed the French involvement in South Pars and argued that the guards’ companies could develop the Phase 11.

“Petropars definitely needs Iranian partners to implement the project which can include the guards’ companies,” said an Iranian analyst. “The guards is one of the few wealthy institutions which can finance the project.”

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Postby Philip » 11 Oct 2019 14:01

An Iranian oil tanker has been reportedly hit by a missile in the Red Sea near Jeddah.Two tanks hit, oil leaking, but the vessel is stable with no human casualties.This appears to be a power with vested intetests in starting a war with Iran and the West. The timing coincidinv with the Turkish attacks in N.Syria may not be coincidental at all as the Saudis lick their wounds in the aftermath of thf refinery drone strikes. This may very well be Saudi retaliation for what it believes was the Iranian hand behind the refinery attacks even though no concrete evidence has been found as to those responsible.

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Postby Rony » 13 Oct 2019 10:31

Iranian women attend first soccer match in 40 years

Iranian women watched the country’s national soccer team for the first time in 40 years on Thursday, celebrating their long-awaited access to the national stadium but also paying tribute to the ‘Blue Girl’ fan who died last month.

Waving flags, blowing vuvuzela plastic horns and displaying the team colours of red, green and white, over 3,000 women watched from a special women-only section in the Azadi Stadium.

Women have been banned from watching men’s games in Iran since shortly after the 1979 Islamic revolution with only a few exceptions made for small groups on rare occasions.

But under pressure from world soccer’s governing body FIFA and women’s rights campaigners, Iranian authorities earmarked tickets for women to watch Thursday’s game.

FIFA had sent a delegation to Tehran to ensure that women were allowed to attend the game following the death last month of Sahar Khodayari, who set herself on fire to protest against her arrest for trying to get into a match.

Dubbed “Blue Girl” online for her favorite team Esteghlal’s colors, Khodayari had feared being jailed for six months by the Islamic Revolutionary Court for trying to enter a stadium dressed as a man.

Campaigners also want to see women given access to all games, not just World Cup qualifiers which come under the direct responsibility of FIFA. Iranian women are not currently able to attend men’s games in their domestic club league.

While campaigners have welcomed women being granted access for Thursday’s game, it is unclear if such scenes will become the norm in Iran.

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Postby Rony » 17 Nov 2019 05:00

Protests erupt across Iran, burning banks, angry over gas prices

Iranian mobile networks appeared to go offline on Saturday night amid rising protests in Iran. Videos from across the country showed security forces firing tear gas, clashing protesters and also showed images of Iranian regime figures being burned and people angry that price hikes were allegedly being used to fund foreign wars.

Iran’s protests come after massive protests across the border in Iraq where more than 300 have been killed by security forces. They also come amid protests in Lebanon. Iran has major allies in southern Iraq and Lebanon and Iranians have learned about the protests abroad through their own media, potentially fueling local decisions to rise up.

Protests appeared to begin in Iran’s southwest province of Ahwaz that borders Iraq.

On Saturday protests spread to Tabriz in the north as snow blanketed Tehran. They had also spread to Mashhad, Bandar Abbas on the coast, Khorramshahr, Abadan, Shiraz and Sirjan.

Videos, which are difficult to confirm, showed protesters burning banks across the country. In Tehran a Maskan bank branch was allegedly burned. Behbahan in Khuzestan province in the south. A video from Shiraz, 320 km to the east of the burning bank, showed hundreds of men rioting. Protesters have shouted against Iranian involvement abroad, even condemning the regime for involvement in supporting Islamic Jihad in Gaza over the recent flare-up with Israel. Some protesters argue that the regime has increased prices to fund Hezbollah in Lebanon and other foreign adventures. They also shout “down with the dictator,” in Tehran. They also chant against paying 3,000 toman a liter, around one dollar, for gas. In Andishe, south of the Caspian sea, people took over a Basij militia headquarters. In Eslamshahr, a twenty minute drive south, people protested against wasting money on “Palestine.” In Chahardangeh, across the city of Tehran to the east of Eslamshahr, people came out in the rain. They did the same in Shahriar, also near Tehran. In the past the Basij has been responsible for suppressing protests. In some areas security forces retreated in the face of protests. In Urmia the Kurdish region people chanted “the enemy is here,” a reference to the regime. Posters of the supreme leader were torn down in other cities. In Isfahan a protester was reported killed.

Iran’s regime has called the protesters vandals. Large spontaneous protests like this have taken place across Iran over the last decade. In December 2017 widespread protests broke out. The regime has generally weathered the storm through using force in some places and letting them sputter out in others. The numerous protests near Tehran may be due to the access to media networks, while the protests in Ahwaz and the Kurdish region may be fueled by other discontent in minority and neglected regions.

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Postby Rony » 26 Nov 2019 03:25

These protests indicate that the US sanctions are inflicting serious pain

Amnesty reports 140+ Iranian protesters have been killed in last 5 days.

140+ Iranian protesters have been killed in 5 days. Iranian security forces shot unarmed people on streets, from rooftops & a helicopter. 1,000+ protesters have been arrested. The internet was blocked to stop the world from seeing this. Watch what's been happening in #Iran.



While anti-regime outlets put even higher casualties

https://twitter.com/HeshmatAlavi/status ... 45696?s=20


Iranian opposition TV reports latest numbers of from #Iran:

Protests in 173 cities
Death toll: at least 400
Injuries: at least 4,000
Arrests: at least 10,000

#IranProtests

(Video from Shiraz - Nov 18)


https://twitter.com/HeshmatAlavi/status ... 69288?s=20

From Behbahan, SW #Iran
"Authorities are demanding $13,100 for each corpse. Locals threatened to level all admin buildings & launch armed attacks if their loved ones' corpse are not handed over. Authorities succumbed to the people's demands & delivered the bodies."




Meanwhile

‘Cross our red lines & be destroyed’: Iran’s elite IRGC chief warns US, Israel and Saudi Arabia at large pro-govt rally

Major General Hossein Salami addressed people in downtown Tehran on Monday. He said that the country’s rivals are “no longer capable of anything” in their attacks against the nation.Thousands have marched on the streets of the country’s capital and gathered on the Enqelan Square (Revolution Square). Calling themselves the ‘Supporters of the Leadership’, the demonstrators waved national flags, carried placards and chanted slogans in support for the Supreme Leader Ali Khanemei and the current government. Some were also seen burning American flags.The rally is meant to denounce “anyone who wants to create insecurity in the country,” one demonstrator told the state-run IRNA news agency. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi said that the demonstration allows the foreign states “to see who the real people in Iran are and what they are saying.”

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Postby Rony » 29 Nov 2019 02:28

Why economic hardships finally sparked Iranian protests

Maloney, Khaasteh, and Toossi all made it clear that while the numbers in street were substantial, this was not the kind of mass mobilization that shook the shah from his throne in 1979. Khaasteh said that reports of the “thugs” and “vandals” torching buildings and inciting violence kept many Iranians who were able to find out about the protests, despite a lack of internet, at home. Toossi characterized the expressions of dissatisfaction from the lower-income population as signs that they were fed up with their ruling class, but not enough to risk everything.

“The technocratic government represents a consensus among the people about order, but it’s barely stable,” Toossi said. “In Iran, I’d say the majority of people have deep grievances. Yet, with these scenes of violence, a lot of people are really scared, they don’t want to lose their relative stability.”

Maloney described the scenes of protest coming out of Iran since the internet revival as “unlike anything I could imagine.” In its current leaderless state, she doesn’t see the eruption of the current protests turning into a full-blown revolution — yet.

“I’m not sure where [leadership] will come from,” Maloney said. “But, we will see continuing episodes like this because the Iranian government has some tough decisions to make going forward, decisions that aren’t politically popular in this period of high pressure against them.”

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby Rony » 30 Nov 2019 04:27

https://twitter.com/BabakTaghvaee/statu ... 08898?s=20

This video is claimed to be showing an #IRGC personnel who refused to suppress the #IranProtests. He is explaining about the financial corruption in the #IRGC's Generals. He is inviting other #IRGC members to join people & fight against #Iran's Islamic Regime

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Postby Rony » 09 Dec 2019 21:10

Iran released Chinese-American Xiyue Wang who was imprisoned in Tehran for more than three years on suspicion of being a US spy. In exchange, the US released Iranian Massoud Soleimani who was arrested on charges of violating American trade sanctions against Iran. Negotiations for the prisoner swap were conducted through the Swiss.

Prisoner swap shows Iran may be eager to deal with US

Iran ready for full prisoner swap, "ball is in the US’ court" - Zarif

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby Rony » 10 Dec 2019 08:51

"Islamic Republic of Iran" defending China's right to intern and persecute Uighur Muslims. But they will talk about Kashmir.

Tehran raps U.S. interference in China’s affairs

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby Y. Kanan » 10 Dec 2019 09:02

chetak wrote:


this is taqiya, plain and simple.

they will never support us but they are very glad to take SDRE money.

and when push comes to shove, it will always be the ummah.


... but the Ummah is profoundly divided at the moment, between Sunni and Shia, and we should take advantage of that. Iran is useful; they;re a Shia state on Paki's border and they (Iran) oppose the same Sunni jihadists that we've been fighting since forever. Iran can help us keep an India-friendly govt in Afghanistan and continuing good relations helps ensure the Iranians don't become so desperate as to fully embrace China, which would by extension force Iran to fully make peace with Pakistan (I'd certainly prefer they didn't).

I get your point, and I agree. Muslims are muslims and we can't trust any Islamic country in the long run. But for now, Iran is useful.


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