Thursday, January 18, 2018

Iran Makes Trade, Not War, with Eurasia

If the intent of the Obama Iran strategy was to woo the great Persian nation to the West in a complex geopolitical game, and turn her against Russia, China and the emerging Eurasian Century being constructed around China’s One Belt, One Road project, it is emerging as another colossal...

Whither the Iran Deal Under Trump?

How the president-elect might pick apart one of the Obama administration's signature accomplishments. In the aftermath of Donald Trump's upset victory, no foreign policy question looms larger than the fate of the Iran nuclear deal. That central component of President Barack Obama’s legacy was the focus of Trump's contempt on...
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Watch Colin Powell: The Iran Deal is a Good Deal, Republicans Are Lying

In this video, George Bush’s former Secretary of State comes out championing President Obama’s historical nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran, praising it as a good deal and solidly rejected the fearmongering and hyperbolic doomsday prophecies of his fellow Republicans: “It’s a pretty good deal... I know there...

Iran and the Middle East: Who’s Afraid of Russia’s S-300 Air Defense System?

The executive order issued by Russian President Vladimir Putin, which lifts the ban on the export of weapons systems to Iran, has been met with sharp condemnation by Israel, and admonishment from the United States. While Moscow has yet to make a final decision on if/when it will begin supplying the...

U.S. Sent Cash to Iran as Americans Were Freed

WASHINGTON—The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran, according to U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation afterward. Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other...

Never Trump GOP preparing to work with Trump to squeeze Iran

Republicans in Congress who vigorously opposed Donald Trump's run for president are now preparing to work with the incoming Trump administration on a number of foreign policy and national security issues where their policies overlap. First on their agenda is drastically increasing sanctions on Iran. “There are several issues that...

The US-Iran Nuclear Deal and Regional Political Re-alignments

Any probable nuclear deal between the United States of America and Iran is likely to result in giving a new trajectory to their bi-lateral relations; however, it is not the US-Iran relations alone that would enter a new phase of political history. As a matter of fact, this deal...

U.S. Lawmakers Blast Delay on Iran Sanctions

Critics say White House U-turn on missile-test penalties hurts nuclear deal’s enforcement. WASHINGTON—Leading lawmakers, including supporters of President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, rapped the White House for delaying fresh sanctions on Tehran over its missile program, warning that the move would embolden it to further destabilize the Middle...

Iran Links to Eurasia with Persian Canal

With the US and EU economic sanctions gone, it’s becoming clear that Iran today wants to build not destroy as the West seems hell-bent to do. The latest is announcement that Teheran has decided to proceed with a major infrastructure project which will take perhaps a decade to complete—an...

Iran wants euro payment for new and outstanding oil sales

Iran wants to recover tens of billions of dollars it is owed by India and other buyers of its oil in euros and is billing new crude sales in euros, too, looking to reduce its dependence on the U.S. dollar following last month's sanctions relief. A source at state-owned National...

Tehran drags Moscow deeper into Syria

For Iran, the ongoing war in Syria is no longer a matter of regional security. The conflict now has direct effects and implications for Iran's national security. This perspective is clear in the daily statements coming from Tehran, from the images of slain Iranian soldiers and high-ranking officers laid to rest in the Iranian capital...

Iran’s Supreme Leader says U.S. lifted sanctions only on paper

Iran's Supreme Leader accused the United States on Wednesday of scaring businesses away from Tehran and undermining a deal to lift international sanctions. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told hundreds of workers that a global deal, signed between Iran and world powers, had lifted financial sanctions, but U.S. obstruction was stopping Iran...

Iranians launch boycott of Saudi businesses

In Iran, a campaign to boycott Saudi products was initiated more than three weeks ago. The campaign, which was launched following a similar initiative in neighboring Iraq, was quickly joined by prominent Iranian actors such as Rambod Javan. Javan posted the message “Never threaten an Iranian” on the messaging app Telegram. The...

Europeans line up to do business with Iran while Americans wait

MOSCOW — European businesses were set Sunday to speed back onto the Iranian market, hours after crippling international sanctions were lifted on Iran in exchange for Tehran’s pledge to put its nuclear program on ice. The flurry of investor excitement and the sheer size of Iran’s economy had some analysts...

Iran nuclear deal: Saudi Arabia warns it will strike out on its own

Saudi Arabia claims they were kept in the dark by Western allies over Iran nuclear deal and says it will strike out on its own. A senior advisor to the Saudi royal family has accused its Western allies of deceiving the oil rich kingdom in striking the nuclear accord with...

First Silk Road train arrives in Tehran from China

Tehran (AFP) - The first train to connect China and Iran arrived in Tehran on Monday loaded with Chinese goods, reviving the ancient Silk Road, the Iranian railway company said. The train, carrying 32 containers of commercial products from eastern Zhejiang province, took 14 days to make the 9,500-kilometre (5,900-mile)...

Iran Completes Eurasian Golden Triangle

Sometimes profound tectonic shifts in the global politics arise from least noticed events. Such is the situation with Iran and the recent visit to Teheran of China’s President Xi Jinping. What emerged from the talks confirms that the vital third leg of what will become a genuine Eurasian Golden...

Khamenei says US pushing Iranphobia to block foreign investment

During a speech April 27, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say on all foreign policy decisions, delivered one of his most critical assessments of what he considered US duplicity in removing sanctions on Iran post-nuclear deal. “Sometimes the Americans complain from afar that why are you...

Trump And Iran: What The Next Administration Can Do

The United States’ relationship with Iran tops the list of foreign policy issues that will confront President-elect Donald Trump when he takes office in January. Like many of the other Republican presidential candidates, Trump was an early and staunch opponent of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the...

Iran’s leader says never trusted the West, seeks closer ties with China

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday called for closer economic and security ties with China, saying Iran had never trusted the West, as the two countries agreed to increase bilateral trade more than 10-fold to $600 billion in the next decade. Iran's most powerful figure told Chinese President...

The Iran Deal and Its Consequences

Mixing shrewd diplomacy with defiance of U.N. resolutions, Iran has turned the negotiation on its head. The announced framework for an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program has the potential to generate a seminal national debate. Advocates exult over the nuclear constraints it would impose on Iran. Critics question the verifiability...

Iranian politicians hail election of Lebanon’s new president

Iranian politicians from across the spectrum have praised the election of a new president in Lebanon. The Lebanese parliament elected Michel Aoun Oct. 31, ending a more than two-year presidential vacuum in the country. In Tehran, the move was warmly welcomed. President Hassan Rouhani called Aoun and congratulated him on...

U.S. Military Should Stay Home: America, Not Iran, Is Biggest Threat To Mideast Stability

The Obama administration’s decision to negotiate with Tehran triggered near hysteria among U.S. politicians and pundits who advocate perpetual war in the Middle East. One complaint is that the talks were not broad enough. They did not address Iran’s malign intervention throughout the Middle East. These critics denounced Tehran’s imperial...

Saudi FM: Iran shouldn’t get deals it doesn’t deserve

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said on Monday that Iran should not be given “deals it does not deserve,” in reference to the looming nuclear agreement between Tehran and the major powers. Prince al-Faisal made the statement during a joint press conference with visiting British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond...

Germany Says Iran Kept Trying to Get Nuclear Equipment After Deal

Iran continued trying to illegally procure nuclear equipment from Germany after forging last year’s landmark nuclear agreement with world powers, German intelligence officials said, even as the Foreign Ministry in Berlin and the White House played down the reports. German authorities detected repeated efforts by Iran-tied companies and organizations to...

India’s $500 Million Bet on Iran

New Delhi hopes a giant new Iranian port will help meet its energy needs — and outflank Pakistan. India's plan to spend $500 million on a new port complex on Iran's Indian Ocean coast caps a decade-long quest to find a way to get sorely needed supplies of energy. But...

JNPT to take 60% equity in Chabahar project

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT at Navi Mumbai) would take 60 percent equity in the Indian company to be formed for developing the Chabahar Port in southeastern Iran. Kandla Port Trust (KPT) would hold the remaining equity, Business Standard reported. The Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) is likely to be named Indian...

A Nuclear Deal with Iran: The Impact on Oil and Natural Gas Trends

Most immediately, lifted sanctions on Iran's oil and gas industry could spur tensions with other energy producers, such as Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. In last week's State of the Union Address, President Obama threatened to veto new legislation affecting five issues, four of them in the domestic policy arena...

Can Rouhani reel in the IRGC’s financial empire?

For months, Iran’s hardliners have used the term “JCPOA” — the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — to undermine the credibility of President Hassan Rouhani's administration. Over the past couple of weeks, they have adopted the term “FATF” — the Financial Action Task Force — which according to the Iranian hardliners represents a “capitulation” of Iranian...

Twelve Years Later, We Know the Winner in Iraq: Iran

Think of it as the American half-century in the Middle East: from August 17, 1953, when a CIA oil coup brought down democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed the Shah as Washington’s man in Tehran, to May 1, 2003, when George W. Bush landed on the USS Abraham Lincoln off...

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