Iran’s escalation policy has backfired

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s policy of ignoring Iranian provocations while keeping up the economic pressure on Tehran has earned him considerable criticism—but appears to be working. (December 3, 2019 / JCPA) The wave of demonstrations in Iran following the regime’s … Read More

Iran protests: EU urges end to violence

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The EU has urged Iran to show “maximum restraint” in handling protests that have rocked the country in recent days. Iranian officials, meanwhile, have arrested protest leaders and imposed a near-total internet blackout. A spokeswoman for the EU on Thursday … Read More

Iran uses advanced centrifuges, threatens higher enrichment

In this photo released by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, spokesman of the organization Behrouz Kamalvandi speaks in a news briefing in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, 7 September 2019. Iran has begun injecting uranium gas into advanced centrifuges in violation … Read More

‘Get out of Syria,’ Iran tells U.S.

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GENEVA (Reuters) – Senior Iranian figures said on Wednesday that Syria was a top foreign policy priority and American troops should withdraw, as planned by U.S. President Donald Trump. “Whether they want to or not, the Americans must leave Syria,” … Read More

Israel has not fully deterred Iranian aggression in Syria

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An old Israeli tank with a flag overlooking the Syrian town of Quneitra in the Golan Heights on Feb. 11, 2018. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90. (February 4, 2019 / JNS) Israel’s now overt war against Iran has moved to the airwaves as well. … Read More

Iran sanctions cycle set to repeat

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The country is no stranger to its energy industry blowing in the political wind Politics has bedevilled Iran’s energy sector ever since the Iranian Revolution of 1978-9, but even as far back as the premiership of Mohammad Mossadegh in the … Read More

Iran Bans US Dollar in Trade Activities to Beat Sanctions

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Mehdi Kasraeipour, the Central Bank of Iran’s director of foreign exchange rules and policies, said the move is unlikely to meet with resistance. Iran has banned the use of the U.S. dollar in all trade transactions, prohibiting businesses from registering import orders using the currency. … Read More

Analysis Iran Spends Billions on Proxy Wars Throughout the Mideast. Here’s Where Its Money Is Going

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The debate taking place behind closed doors in Tehran seems to have spilled out onto the streets: whether to save the money for the stagnant economy at home The protest wave began, according to Iranian sources, in the city of … Read More