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Aug 11 07:17

Qatari Political Analyst: Trump Humiliated by Iran's Rejection of Talks

Ali al-Hail, a political analyst and university professor at Qatar's university, told the Arabic website of Sputnik news agency on Saturday that "Trump wanted to test the Iranians but he disappointed the Saudis and Emiratis, who had been blackmailed by him one trillion dollars, more than ever by proposing negotiations to Iran".

"Then Iran humiliated Trump by rejecting his proposal for talks," he added.

Al-Hail also revealed that the UAE, Saudi and US lobbies are at present playing with Iran's national currency to provoke the Iranian people against the government.

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Aug 10 10:36

Neocons Concoct Threat of “Iranian Hackers” to Justify Preemptive “Counterattack” Against Iran

Several reports in both American and Israeli media have recently been circulating the claim that Iran is increasingly likely to respond to draconian U.S.-imposed sanctions by conducting “cyberattacks” against the United States. According to this narrative, “Iranian hackers have laid the groundwork to carry out extensive cyberattacks on U.S. and European infrastructure and on private companies,” prompting the U.S. to consider launching a preemptive “counterattack” in response.

Quoting anonymous U.S. government officials, think tanks and “experts,” these articles assert that the sanctions the U.S. re-imposed on Iran this Tuesday are “likely to push that country to intensify state-sponsored cyber-threat activities,” activities that one expert called “the most consequential, costly and aggressive in the history of the internet, more so than Russia.”

Aug 10 10:35

CIA Agent Reveals Signs Of Imminent Iran Invasion. w/John Kiriakou

Aug 10 10:00

US Warmachine Seeks New Pretext in Syria to Bring War to Iran

General Votel would state unequivocally when asked what the “arrangement” was regarding Syria, that:

Our mission is very, very clear: It is focusing on the defeat of ISIS and then helping our partners in both Iraq and Syria stabilize the situation and specifically in Iraq to help create a platform that can lead to a long-term political solution through the U.N. process.

Several aspects of this statement make it clear what the US was doing in Syria to begin with, and what it seeks to do now.

Aug 10 09:13

THE ROTHSCHILDS WANT IRAN’S BANKS

Could gaining control of the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran (CBI) be one of the main reasons that Iran is being targeted by Western and Israeli powers? As tensions are building up for an unthinkable war with Iran, it is worth exploring Iran’s banking system compared to its U.S., British and Israeli counterparts.

Some researchers are pointing out that Iran is one of only three countries left in the world whose central bank is not under Rothschild control. Before 9-11 there were reportedly seven: Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Cuba, North Korea, and Iran. By 2003, however, Afghanistan and Iraq were swallowed up by the Rothschild octopus, and by 2011 Sudan and Libya were also gone. In Libya, a Rothschild bank was established in Benghazi while the country was still at war.

Aug 09 14:29

Iraq to Stop Trading With Iran in US Dollars Due to Sanctions - Gov't Spokesman

Iraq will have to stop using the US dollar in its financial transactions with Iran over Washington's sanctions against Tehran, Iraqi government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi told Sputnik on Thursday.

"The sanctions will influence, first of all, money transfers and banking operations in the US dollar. The sides will not use the US dollar," al-Hadithi said, adding that the move would result in a decline in trade between the two countries and thus affect the consumers.

He stressed that the Iraqi government would try to find " a new mechanism" in order to support trade relations with Iran.

"In any case, the government will seek to solve all the problems related to this issue, it will look for corresponding mechanisms to neutralize the [sanctions'] influence on the Iraqi market and also prevent the damage caused to the Iraqi citizens' interests," al-Hadithi said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Does that mean, now, that Iraqi oil will be priced in other currencies rather than US dollars?!?

Aug 09 14:23

"Step Back From The Brink" UN Warns As Major War Looms After Overnight Gaza Airstrikes

In the third serious flare-up of violence in the last month, a major escalation began between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza overnight, which involved approximately 180 projectiles fired towards Israeli territory, and more than 150 Israeli airstrikes on targets inside Gaza, according to statements by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

Reports citing Israeli sources say of about 180 projectiles launched from Gaza overnight, the Iron Dome defense system intercepted over 30, while most hit open fields. However, official statements also noted strikes on playgrounds, houses, cars, and factories.

The BBC reports up to seven Israeli civilians wounded by the rocket and mortar fire, with Palestinian health officials confirming the death of a pregnant Palestinian woman and a toddler. The AFP identified the victims as 23-year old Enas Khammash and her 18-month-old daughter Bayan, killed in the Jafarawi area of central Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel wants this war, and it wants it now; Palestine is to be completely obliterated, and the formerly recognized Palestinians lands completely claimed by the settlers.

The problem facing Israel, is that it cannot control this war, and how far, or how rapidly it will spread.

It has the all the earmarks, right now, of a becoming a larger ranging regional war, with Israel, the US, Saudi Arabia, NATO on one side, and Iran, Russia, China, and Lebanon on the other.

I hope I am dreadfully wrong on this, but I think Israel believes that the timing is right for it to go in and kill as many Palestinians as is humanly possible.

Aug 09 10:27

India Folds: Top Refiner Buys US Oil To Partially Replace Iranian Crude

Indian Oil Corp, the biggest refiner in India, has purchased a total of 6 million barrels of U.S. crude oil for delivery between November and January, as it has started to look for a replacement of Iranian oil cargoes ahead of the U.S. sanctions on Iran’s oil exports returning in early November.

Aug 09 10:21

EU impotence against US sanctions on Iran expose bloc as bumbling old fool of international politics

The sight of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker stumbling at the NATO summit in Brussels last month, when he had to be held up by others, is a powerful symbol of the EU’s status on the world stage.

Donald Trump’s decision to activate sanctions against European companies that trade with Iran, and the EU’s response to it, demonstrate that the 28-nation bloc is little but a bumbling old fool in international politics.

Aug 09 08:56

The knife in Iran’s back: Trump opens door to chaos

On Tuesday night, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani went on television to talk about the reinstatement of sanctions by the United States against his country. He prepared the country for more privations as a result of the sanctions. Responding to US President Donald Trump’s offer of a meeting, Rouhani said pointedly, “If you stab someone with a knife and then say you want to talk, the first thing you have to do is to remove the knife.”

It is clear to everyone outside the US government that Iran has honored its side of the 2015 nuclear deal that it made with the governments of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (the US, the UK, France, China and Russia) as well as the European Union. In fact, quite starkly, EU foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini said, “We are encouraging small and medium enterprises in particular to increase business with and in Iran as part of something that for us is a security priority.”

Aug 09 08:28

DEFY TRUMP: EU orders firms to IGNORE America and carry on trading with Iran

RELATIONS between President Trump and the European Union collapsed to a new low after EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged business to ignore US sanctions and increase trade with Iran.

Aug 09 08:12

Trump’s Talk of Isolating Iran Speaks More to US Global Isolation

The Trump administration re-imposed tough sanctions on Iran this week, but the move risks further isolating Washington, not Tehran, in the eyes of the world.

President Donald Trump issued a statement to accompany the sweeping sanctions reinstated by Washington. “The Iranian regime faces a choice,” he said. “Either change its threatening, destabilizing behavior and reintegrate with the global economy, or continue down a path of economic isolation.”

Ironically, the same words uttered by Trump could apply more so to the United States.

Aug 09 07:36

THE CASE FOR IMPOSING SANCTIONS ON DONALD TRUMP

(*THIS ARTICLE IS A CALL FOR THE WORLD TO BLACKLIST TRUMP , HIS ASSOCIATES AND HIS BUSINESSES . But the good news is it didn't resort to photoshopping anything that crosses the lines of unconditional freedom of speech .)

Aug 09 06:32

Trump’s Talk of Isolating Iran Speaks More to US Global Isolation

The Trump administration re-imposed tough sanctions on Iran this week, but the move risks further isolating Washington, not Tehran, in the eyes of the world.

President Donald Trump issued a statement to accompany the sweeping sanctions reinstated by Washington. “The Iranian regime faces a choice,” he said. “Either change its threatening, destabilizing behavior and reintegrate with the global economy, or continue down a path of economic isolation.”

Ironically, the same words uttered by Trump could apply more so to the United States.

This increasingly unhinged US regime needs to back off its “threatening, destabilizing behavior”>>>

(*it's probably just me , but indirectly it seems like we the people , being the enemies of the state , that Trump naively beli~eves we are , are #1 on his personal axis of evil . )

Aug 08 10:55

No Peace In Strengthening Iran Sanctions

President Trump is out of options. So are his main vectors of information, the Israeli Firsters in his cabinet and family. Israel, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have lost the Syrian War and the ramifications of that are immense.

Because by losing this war the U.S. has been revealed as a paper tiger incapable of imposing its will on a world which is rapidly recoiling from its dominance.

Syria was the first time someone stood up and said, “No more.” Putin’s dramatic intervention in Syria was supported by all the same people in Trump’s crosshairs today: China, Iran and Hezbollah. Eventually, Turkey realized the U.S. could not be trusted, so they are targeted for economic destruction as well.

So, today’s impositions of new sanctions on Iran, the same playbook that Trump used against North Korea, is the only logical step on the path to the U.S. leaving the region.

Yes, you heard me, leaving the region.

Aug 08 08:45

Protests in Iran Hit Boiling Point, Amplifying Calls for Regime Change

Protests against Iran's hardline ruling regime hit a boiling point over the weekend, as demonstrators took to the streets for the sixth consecutive day in the face of efforts by the regime to beat and arrest those seeking regime change in the Islamic Republic, according to multiple reports from the region.

Curfews have been imposed in parts of the country amid nightly demonstrations by Iranian dissidents who have been heard chanting, "death to the dictator" and "Mullahs should go away."

Aug 08 06:27

Turkey plans to continue buying natural gas from Iran despite US sanctions

Ankara will continue to buy natural gas from Iran despite US sanctions, Turkey’s energy minister said on Wednesday. The statement came a day after President Donald Trump threatened that anyone trading with Iran will not do business with America. Fatih Donmez said Turkey would continue to buy gas in line with its long-term supply deal with Tehran, and added that planned talks in Washington could produce a solution for the issue, Reuters reported.

Aug 08 04:09

Tehran Says 'Impossible' to Halt Iran's Oil Exports, Warns US of Consequences

(*and , just like us , I'll bet they can't wait for The Tweetstorm 'reply' !)

Aug 08 03:57

China’s Petro-Yuan Oil Contracts Surge As US Sanctions Hit Iran

Chinese oil futures contracts denominated in yuan hit their daily limit with a 5-percent spike on Tuesday as the US kicked off the first round of sanctions against Iran.

Washington’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and target the country's oil sector with sanctions is expected to significantly boost China's leverage to demand crude imports be priced in yuan.

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(*BRILLIANT!)

Aug 08 03:22

Europe ‘needs to get a backbone’ when it comes to Trump’s Iran sanctions — Ron Paul to RT

Washington is powerful, but Europe needs to “stick to its guns” against President Donald Trump’s threats that any countries doing business with Iran will not to do business with the US, according to former Congressman Ron Paul.
In an interview with RT, Paul said that while the US can “throw its weight around” the EU needs to “get some backbone” to resist Trump’s threats.

“If they stick to their guns I think the United States would have to adjust our policies a bit, because how are they going to enforce that? You know, if China and Russia and other countries and India, they do business with Iran — how are we going to punish them?” he said. Paul acknowledged that standing up to Washington might be difficult if major companies are faced with the threat of losing business in the US.

“In time people are going to realize we might have to adjust because countries are not going to tolerate what we have done,” he said.

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(*but for now , let's just concentrate on winning the mid-terms !)

Aug 08 02:47

As Trump Takes His Sanctions Battle to Europe, Who Is More “Isolated”: Iran or US?

"Today, all speak about the isolation of Trump, [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and [Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad] bin Salman. These three persons are the symbol of suppression, violence and mistrust in the world.” – Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

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Aug 08 02:38

Will Iran and North Korea Team Up Against US Sanctions?

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“The embargo on the import of Iranian oil, of which South Korea is also a member, was not an initiative of the United Nations, but of the United States and the European Union. Also the economic sanctions, with the help of the United States, EU, South Korea and other allied countries, to reject the import of Iranian oil, gave China considerable preferences. Left without supply, Iran started selling oil to China for a very low price,” expert in the Middle East and senior researcher at the Asian Institute of Political Studies in Seoul, Jang Ji-Hyang, said.

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Aug 08 02:10

Trump: We'll ban companies who do business with Iran after US sanctions

(*Notice: I still dont use the tag DICTATORSHIP when submitting articles about this President , because banning companies that do business with Iran , I understand , doesn't matter , as much as his reelection in 2020 does , to some , but that doesn't mean I don't think banning companies because he hates them for their freedom to do business with Iran is anything short of dictatorship .)

Aug 07 12:23

'PetroYuan' Futures Surge Limit-Up To Record High As US Sanctions Hit Iran

China's 'petroyuan' oil futures contract spiked tonight by 5% (their daily limit) to a new record high, coinciding with the re-imposition of US sanctions on Iran.

The first of two rounds of US sanctions kicked in at 12:01 am (0431 GMT), targeting Iran's access to US banknotes and key industries, including cars and carpets.

This is the biggest daily move in China's oil futures since the contract's inception in March to a new high of CNY537.2...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is one of the moments President Trump may well have remembered the old adage, "Be careful what you wish for."

Aug 07 11:01

Three Reasons Why ‘Fire and Fury’ Won’t Work with Iran

What follows are major reasons why Trump is wrong if he thinks Iran will accede to his demands that it renegotiate a nuclear agreement with the United States to replace the JCPOA.

Reason One: Iran Isn’t Breaking the Law.

Reason Two: Iran Doesn’t Have to Win to Win.

Reason Three: Religious Democracy.

Donald Trump lives in a transactional universe where everything can be dealt away. While this approach might work with New York City real estate and may even have limited application in international affairs, it fails where issues derived from intangible principles—something that cannot be monetized—are at stake.

Aug 07 10:49

Will The Trump Administration Attack Iran?

For the moment, it appears that the Trump administration strategy—if such a term can be applied to a government headed by Donald Trump—is to step up economic pressure and propaganda against Iran, while reaching out to internal opponents of the regime and perhaps providing covert support at some point, if it is not doing so already. Even short of direct military action, this approach is both incoherent and dangerous. Squeezing Iran’s economy is likely to raise gas prices in the United States, and the Trump administration’s trade war against the very countries it needs to help isolate Iran economically does not offer great hopes for success on that front. But when economic pressure and indirect action don’t have the desired effect, what comes next?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hartung missed one very critical factor, in an otherwise excellent reporting job; and that is the enormous pressure Israel's Netanyahu and Sheldon Adelson are placing on President Trump to go to war against Iran, and that is a momentous factor here, as was their cheer-leading to destroy Iraq, and advocate for its partition.

Aug 07 10:30

The War Before the Iran War

Tucker Carlson has impeccable conservative credentials.

When Tucker talks, the president listens.

That’s why his commentary last week on Iran is so important.

Carlson initially supported the Iraq War but then became disenchanted about a year later, along with many others who’d ordered a cakewalk and received a quagmire instead. Now Carlson is warning Trump not to go down the same road as George W. Bush.

"If there’s one thing that Washington loves more than open borders and fat lobbying contracts, it’s pointless wars half a world away. Contractors get rich. Neocon intellectuals feel powerful. Bill Kristol, Max Boot, and Nancy Pelosi agree on one thing: War is good as long as the war does not help the United States. …

We are moving toward, however slowly, some kind of confrontation with Iran. And that should worry everybody, but it should especially be of concern to anyone who supported the president.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hairy, indeed.

And what I am predicting, given President Trump's "drop dead date" past which he has commanded the world to no longer buy Iranian crude, is that some action by the US and Israel is going to happen some time on, or right after that date, 4 November, just two days before the US US mid-term elections.

Such a war may well be an unmitigated disaster for the US military, as at this moment in its history, it does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome here; and that goes double strength, if Russia decides to join the fray on Iran's side.

Aug 07 10:15

Moscow says Iran’s nuclear deal durable, US decision to re-impose sanctions ‘disappointing’

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program has sufficient durability, and its participants are able to overcome difficulties they encounter, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry published the comment in connection with the restoration of US sanctions against Iran, adding that Moscow reaffirms its commitment to the JCPOA. “We are deeply disappointed by the steps taken by the US to re-impose its national sanctions against Iran,” the statement said. “We condemn any unilateral sanctions bypassing the decisions of the UN Security Council, especially when they are of extraterritorial nature and affect the interests of third countries.”

Aug 07 10:14

N. Korea’s FM visits Tehran as US re-imposes Iran sanctions

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong-ho in Tehran on Tuesday, on the same day the US re-imposed nuclear-related sanctions on the Islamic Republic, AFP reported. Zarif welcomed Ri and a team of officials at the Foreign Ministry in Iran’s capital, but no statement was made to reporters. Ri is on a two-day visit to Tehran, and is due to meet with President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday. The two sides discussed bilateral relations and regional issues in the Middle East, Fars news agency said.

Aug 07 10:07

DOLLAR DICTATORSHIP THE FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN EMPIRE - IRAN'S AHMADINEJAD

Former two-term Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the dollar is one of the major pillars of US dominance over global finance and trade. He has called for change in the current world order.

“Things need to change, current orders should be reordered,” the former leader of the Islamic Republic tweeted on Monday, hours before the first round of the US sanctions came into effect.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hate it when I guy I don't particularly like, is absolutely, undeniably correct in his assessment.

But dedollarization is continuing apace, with Russia and China using domestic currencies in place of the dollar, and China softening its currency in order to make it a more attractive medium of trade.

Aug 07 10:02

EU determined to protect companies from US sanctions on Iran

The European Union, France, Britain and Germany announced on Monday their commitment to protecting European companies doing legitimate business with Iran from future sanctions.

The EU foreign ministers and the three countries expressed in a joint statement regret for the United States withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear agreement signed with Iran, and the activation of sanctions against it.

“We are determined to protect European companies conducting legitimate business activities with Iran under the laws of the European Union and the UN Security Council resolution”.

The statement stressed that the updated EU laws, to protect European companies that may be affected by the sanctions will come into effect on Tuesday.

Aug 07 09:50

The Deep State's Long Enmity Towards Iranians

The U.S. deep state’s hatred of the Iranian people goes back a long way, at least as far back as 1953. That was the year that the CIA, which was called into existence in 1947 when the U.S. government was being converted to a national-security state, targeted Iran with its first regime-change operation. And guess who paid the price for that operation. Yes, the people of Iran.

Aug 07 08:56

Israeli Lawmaker Slams ‘Morally Bankrupt’ E.U. for Defying Iran Trade Ban

Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan on Tuesday called the European Union (E.U.) ‘morally bankrupt’ for snubbing the U.S. and its reimposition of tough sanctions on Iran.

“The E.U. is morally bankrupt, and we need to remember that next time they try to lecture us,” Mr. Erdan told Israel Radio. “The EU, along with China, Russia, France, Germany and the UK, was also a signatory to the deal and has not withdrawn.”

Mr. Erdan was speaking after E.U. foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the bloc is actively encouraging enterprises to increase their business with Iran. She made the announcement on the same day renewed U.S. trade sanctions against the Islamic Republic restarted.

Aug 07 08:53

Prepare for $90 oil after sanctions against Iran take effect – analyst

Looming US sanctions against Iran will likely hit Tehran’s oil sales abroad, and it could lead to a price spike in oil contracts.

The first round of renewed US sanctions will take effect on Tuesday with the harshest sanctions, potentially targeting Iran's oil industry, expected to return in early November.

"As we go more towards (the fourth quarter) … that's when we really see the risk of prices going well into the 80s and potentially even into the 90s but very critical is how much Iranian production we lose," Amrita Sen, chief oil analyst at Energy Aspects, told CNBC Monday.

Aug 07 08:51

EU Activates Blocking Measures as US Reimposes Sanctions Targeting Iran Economy

The US government announced earlier that it was reimposing two new waves of sanctions targeting several of Iran’s economic and industrial sectors, which prompted the EU to put countermeasures in motion.

US-Iranian tensions have heated up recently over Tehran boosting military exercises in the Persian Gulf and allegations that Iran has violently cracked down on unarmed citizens. In recent weeks, US President Donald Trump has sent mixed messages to the government in Tehran by claiming he was open to talks without preconditions just days after issuing existential threats.

Aug 06 12:47

Bolton: Iran Must Stop Its Belligerent Behavior and Until Then, We're Tightening the Screws

On Monday morning the White House officially announced the reinstatement of sanctions on Iran after the U.S. left the nuclear agreement earlier this year.

“Our policy is based on a clear-eyed assessment of the Iranian dictatorship, its sponsorship of terrorism, and its continuing aggression in the Middle East and all around the world,” President Trump said in a statement.

During an interview with Fox News, National Security Advisor John Bolton detailed the move and called on the regime to end its "belligerent" behavior.

"This is an indication of how strongly we feel that the Iranian nuclear weapons program, its ballistic missile program, it's support for terrorism, it's belligerent activity in the Middle East have to stop," Bolton said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Because that's OUR job!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 06 10:37

Iran arrests central bank's top foreign exchange official

The Iranian central bank's top foreign exchange official has been arrested, according to a judiciary spokesperson, as tensions rise in advance of the imminent return of sanctions by the United States.

Ahmad Araghchi, who was a vice-governor at the bank in charge of forex, was arrested along with several other unnamed individuals, including a government clerk and four currency brokers, state broadcaster IRIB cited spokesperson Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ejeie as saying on Sunday.

The arrests come as Iranians brace for the reimposition of US sanctions on Tuesday, following Washington's withdrawal from a multinational nuclear deal with Iran.

Aug 06 10:28

Washington Post Blames Iran For Trump's Unilateral Sanctions Against It

Who is to blame for the Trump administration's revocation of the nuclear deal with Iran? Who is to blame for the sanctions the Trump administration is unilaterally imposing on Iran, parts of which go into effect today?

According to Jason Rezaian, it is the Iranian government.

Jason Rezaian was the Washington Post bureau chief in Tehran. In July 2014 he was arrested in Tehran for espionage and sentenced to prison. In a side deal to the nuclear agreement he was released in 2016 in exchange for Iranians held in the United States.

Aug 06 10:19

China Rejects U.S. Request to Cut Iran Oil Imports

The U.S. has been unable to persuade China to cut Iranian oil imports, according to two officials familiar with the negotiations, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump’s efforts to isolate the Islamic Republic after his withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear accord.

Beijing has, however, agreed not to ramp up purchases of Iranian crude, according to the officials, who asked not to be identified because discussions with China and other countries continue. That would ease concerns that China would work to undermine U.S. efforts to isolate the Islamic Republic by purchasing excess oil.

Teams of U.S. officials have been visiting capitals around the world to try to choke off sales of Iranian oil by early November, when U.S. sanctions are due to snap back into effect. While the Trump administration has said it wants to cut Iranian oil exports to zero by Nov. 4, most analysts viewed that target as unlikely.

Aug 06 10:17

Iranian Navy Holds Drills In Persian Gulf After Threats To Block Strait Of Hormuz

Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Sunday confirmed rumors that they moved up the timing of a large naval drill in the Persian Gulf several days ahead of the Islamic Republic's planned annual exercises, according to Reuters. State news agency IRNA said the war games were aimed at "confronting possible threats" from enemies.

Aug 06 10:16

China set to fill vacuum left by French carmakers exiting Iran

As Iran’s auto industry is grappling with a multifaceted crisis, there are signs that China’s nascent carmakers may step in to become part of the solution.

The US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the impending reimposition of sanctions have not only caused a currency crisis in Iran but also led French automakers such as Peugeot and Renault to leave the Iranian market, creating a shortage of parts.

Aug 06 10:10

Pompeo Vows to 'Enforce' US Sanctions Against Iran - Reports

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that the United States would "enforce the sanctions" it is reimposing after US President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Mike Pompeo said that increasing pressure on Tehran was meant to "push back against Iranian malign activity," adding that Iranians "are unhappy with the failure of their own leadership to deliver the economic promises that their leadership promised them," Pompeo was quoted as saying by AFP.

“The United States is going to enforce these sanctions. We’re going to enforce these sanctions. Just go look at the reporting on what’s taking place. The Iranian people are not happy – not with the Americans, but with their own leadership,” Pompeo said at a briefing in response to a question on whether Iran would be able to break the US restrictive measures, as quoted in the statement of the US State Department.

Aug 06 10:10

Iran to Ease Currency Exchange Regulations Ahead of US Sanctions

The new rules will allow exchange offices to buy and sell hard currencies, among other assets.

Iran has announced a relaxation of foreign exchange rules ahead of US sanctions targeting Iran's purchase of US dollars, trade in gold and precious metals, coal, cars and industrial-related software, according to media reports.

New US sanctions against Tehran will come into effect Monday.

Aug 06 10:05

Ex-Diplomat to Sputnik: US Invasion of Iran Would Plunge Entire Region Into War

Canberra has dispelled rumors of "imminent" US strikes against Iran after government sources told Australian media that Washington may be preparing an attack. Meanwhile, the National Interest has published a piece considering a US invasion of Iran in 2026. Sputnik spoke to an Iranian ex-diplomat about what US aggression would mean for the region.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has dismissed the idea that Washington was preparing to strike Iranian nuclear facilities as "speculation" following a report by following a report citing senior security sources by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation saying that such strikes may come as soon as sometime in August.

Aug 06 09:59

Iran Scrambles to Ready Economy for US Sanctions

With US sanctions against Iran officially going back into place on August 6, the Iranian government is scrambling to take some last minute measures to shore up their economy, and particularly their currency, before the sanctions start to hit.

Trying to protect the rial is a high priority, with a former central bank deputy governor and a number of foreign exchange dealers arrested amid the rial plummeting to all-time lows. On Monday, a rash of strict new measures are to be imposed on foreign currency access to try to limit any further falls.

Iran wants to make sure that what foreign currency does flow overseas is strictly allocated to a handful of important industries. The fall of prices for the rial has been heavy related to the surge in the price of gold, as economic uncertainty has many Iranians running to precious metals, and gold imports surged in recent weeks.

US sanctions aim to limit, if not totally eliminate, Iran’s access to foreign markets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So what does President Trump intend to do with the countries which have already stated, publicly, that they will not observe the sanctions, declare war against them all?!?

I do not think that we are looking at a war against Iran immediately; but President Trump has declared Sunday, 4 November, as the "drop dead date" past which no countries on the planet are supposed to buy Iranian oil. That's just two days ahead of mid-term elections. I would imagine that we might see some kind of limited attack against Iran on either Monday, 5 November, or right on the date of the mid-terms, which would be 6 November.

Aug 06 06:51

Iranians changing money for gold ahead of US sanctions

The imminent ban has tripled year-on-year demand for the precious metal, including bars and coins, to about 15 metric tons, according to the latest report by the World Gold Council. To meet the surging demand Iran's central bank had to mint hundreds of thousands of coins, reportedly totaling over 60 tons of gold.

The price for a 8.13-gram gold coin reportedly hit 36 million rials ($820) on Sunday, more than double its price in January. Last week, gold set a record of 45 million rials ($1,025) per coin.

“People are changing their money into gold because it’s a reliable investment commodity,” Mohammad Kashtiaray, the head of gold and jewelry committee under Iran’s Chamber of Guilds told the Wall Street Journal.

Aug 06 03:42

Negotiations With US Useless

Aug 05 05:47

Trump throws Iran fake bait while sanctions loom:

US President Donald Trump’s Iran policy has veered from pulling out of multilateral deals and making bellicose tweets to a shock offer of talks with Tehran, none of which are particularly effective, as Iranians brace for the start of US sanctions..

Just days before Washington re-imposes a first lot of sanctions against Tehran Monday following the US pullout from the Iran nuclear deal, the sabre rattling is reaching boiling point -- in cyberspace and, more alarmingly, the real world.

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Aug 03 15:43

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an alarming warning to Iran.

Bibi wants war. If the Houthis block the Red Sea, Israel will start a war with Iran.

"It goes about the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait (meaning "gate of tears" in Arabic) between the Arabian Peninsula and Africa. The strait connects the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden. Houthis rebels in Yemen, whom the Iranian government supports, threaten to block the strait on a regular basis, causing serious concerns in Israel.

According to Netanyahu, the international coalition led by the Israeli army will declare war on Iran should the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait be blocked."

Aug 03 15:28

AngloZionist attack options against Iran

The Saker's take on the "It will be easy" article by Eric Margolis.

Aug 03 08:30

Zarif, Lavrov exchange views on JCPOA, Caspian Sea, Syria in Singapore

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov have held talks in Singapore on a range of issues, among them the 2015 nuclear deal, the upcoming Caspian Sea summit and the Syria crisis.

Zarif and Lavrov met on the sidelines of the 51st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ministerial meeting in Singapore on Thursday, Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by Tass news agency.

The two sides discussed the situation surrounding Iran's nuclear deal with the P5+1 group of countries, which is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the situation in Syria, and preparations for the fifth Caspian summit due to be held in Kazakhstan's Aktau later this month, the statement read.

The top Iranian and Russian diplomats also exchanged views on bilateral cooperation, especially the implementation of agreements on boosting trade and economic ties, it added.

Aug 03 08:28

Would War With Iran Doom Trump?

A war with Iran would define, consume and potentially destroy the Trump presidency, but exhilarate the neocon never-Trumpers who most despise the man.

Why, then, is President Donald Trump toying with such an idea?

Looking back at Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen, wars we began or plunged into, what was gained to justify the cost in American blood and treasure, and the death and destruction we visited upon that region? How has our great rival China suffered by not getting involved?

Oil is the vital strategic Western interest in the Persian Gulf. Yet a war with Iran would imperil, not secure, that interest.

Mass migration from the Islamic world, seeded with terrorist cells, is the greatest threat to Europe from the Middle East. But would not a U.S. war with Iran increase rather than diminish that threat?

Aug 03 08:27

Has US misread the Iranian street?

President Trump’s escalation of anti-Iran rhetoric and increased US pressure against the Islamic Republic have been a boon to Iran’s noisy minority of hard-line, America-obsessed flag burners.

But the US campaign is doing more than strengthen the hard-liners. Amid a broader administration effort to deepen instability among Iranians torn by their own political and social divides, there are signs the Trump-led targeting of Iran may be backfiring, as Iranians coalesce against a foreign enemy.

Aug 02 10:40

Arab Analyst Praises Iran's Stance against US Offer of Talks, Blasts Arab Leaders' Cowardliness

Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm newspaper, said while Iranians are well skilled in finding ways to humiliate US President Donald Trump's demand for direct talks, the Persian Gulf Arab states are only obedient to his orders.

(*"Alrighty Then , You Asked For It !
your Twitter device , Mr. President!"
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Aug 02 09:42

Netanyahu threatens Iran with ‘all Israel’s arms’ if Tehran blocks key waterway off Yemen

Benjamin Netanyahu has lashed out at Israel's arch-foe Iran, vowing that any attempt by Tehran to block the key waterway off Yemen’s coast would be met by force from the “international coalition” and Israel in particular.

The harsh statements by the Israeli PM, who was speaking at a graduation ceremony for naval officers on Wednesday, were referring to the recent Houthi attack on a Saudi oil tanker off Yemen’s western coast. The Saudi-led coalition has repeatedly said the Houthis are armed and supported by Iran, but both the group and Tehran deny the claims.

Aug 02 09:07

Insiders Reveal Secret Deal to Topple Iran Government!

In this edition of Probable Cause Newsbud’s founder and editor Sibel Edmonds is joined by Spiro Skouras, as Edmonds reveals information obtained by multiple insider sources about a secret deal that was made to remove Iran’s current government by force! You will not hear this anywhere else! Stay tuned for related coverage exclusively for members at Newsbud.com

Aug 02 08:58

Israel Threatens to Attack Iran If Red Sea Strait Is Closed

Continuing with their never-ending series of pretexts for a potential military attack on Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Wednesday he is willing to deploy the military if Iran tries to block the Baab al-Mandeb Strait, in the Red Sea.

The Red Sea Strait is a novel one to threaten Iran over, since it isn’t particularly near Iran, and Iran has never threatened it.. It is doubly strange because Saudi Arabia closed Baab al-Mandeb to oil ships just last week.

The Red Sea strait spans from Djibouti to southwestern Yemen. The Saudi military has been attacking the Houthis on Yemen’s Red Sea coast in recent weeks, but well further north. The closure came after the Houthis fired on a Saudi ship in the Red Sea.

Aug 02 08:56

Russia Announces Iran Pullback in Syria, Israel Rejects Plan

Russian Ambassador Alexander Lavrentyev announced on Wednesday that Russia had come to an agreement with Israel on the withdrawal of Iranian forces. The deal will have all Iranian forces at least 85 kilometers from the Golan Heights.

Israel has since denied that this was a deal, and said they consider the pullback “inadequate.” It would be surprising if Israel had taken this deal, as they’d rejected a near identical Russian offer of a 100 kilometer buffer just a week ago.

Israel has demanded Iranian forces be removed wholly from Syria. This includes, by Israel’s reckoning, all Shi’ite forces, which is how they estimate Iran to have vastly more troops in Syria than they really do. Russia has rejected this, saying they can’t force Iran to leave.

Aug 01 18:45

Iran to float pricing for Dollar after Rial’s drastic crash

Iran is working on a plan to create a floating mechanism for pricing the US Dollar to help prevent further depreciation of its national currency which lost its value by above 14 percent within only hours this past Sunday.

The plan would be meant to take the pricing of the hard currency out of the hands of street dealers into a newly established “secondary foreign currency market”.

To the same effect, it would ban the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) from dictating its own rates for the Dollar and would instead peg the value of the hard currency to the actual trading rates as obtained from current transactions between currency suppliers and buyers in a newly established “secondary foreign currency market”.

This would be part of a package of CBI policies which would be unveiled soon for controlling the rates of foreign currencies, Iran’s media reported.

Aug 01 18:37

Iran’s Navy Assembles Near Mouth of Persian Gulf, US ‘Monitoring it Closely

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) appears to be preparing for a major display of force in the Strait of Hormuz, the only outlet from the Persian Gulf to the open sea, demonstrating its ability to shut down the strategically important waterway.

US Central Command tweeted Wednesday that American forces are closely watching the developing situation, with the Iranian exercise expected to begin in the next 48 hours.

President Hassan Rouhani listens to explanations on new nuclear achievements at a ceremony to mark National Nuclear Day, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, April 9, 2018

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please, Lord, no miscommunications or misunderstandings between commanders of both US and Iranian vessels in this Iranian naval exercises.

Patience, and true international naval etiquette need to be observed by both sides at all times.

Aug 01 14:48

VIPS to Trump:  Intel on Iran Could be CATASTROPHIC

As drums beat again for war — this time on Iran—-the VIPS’ warning is again being disregarded as it was before the Iraq debacle and this time VIPS fear the consequences will be all-caps CATASTROPHIC.

Aug 01 11:16

Iran's Elite Guard Urges "Revolutionary Actions" To Halt Rial's Death Spiral

Iran's rial continues its death spiral which started in earnest Saturday after being on a steady slide since April, now hitting a historic low this week. Over the weekend the rial took a stunning 12.5% dive, falling from 98,000 IRR/USD on Saturday to 116,000 IRR/USD by the close of Sunday. As Forbes suggests this kind of classic death spiral hasn't happened since September 2012.

But even more unusual is that Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has just published a confrontational statement addressed to President Hassan Rouhani, urging him to prop up the falling Rial ahead of US sanctions implementation.

Aug 01 11:13

How BRICS-Plus Clashes With The US Economic War On Iran

The key take away from the BRICS summit in Johannesburg is that Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – important Global South players – strongly condemn unilateralism and protectionism.

The Johannesburg Declaration is unmistakable:

“We recognize that the multilateral trading system is facing unprecedented challenges. We underscore the importance of an open world economy.”

Closer examination of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speech unlocks some poignant details.

Xi, crucially, emphasizes delving further into “our strategic partnership.” That implies increased BRICS and Beyond BRICS multilateral trade, investment and economic and financial connectivity.

Aug 01 11:06

Tehran says Trump wrong to expect Saudis to cover loss of Iran oil supply

Iran said on Tuesday U.S. President Donald Trump was mistaken to expect Saudi Arabia and other oil producers to compensate for supply losses caused by U.S. sanctions on Iran, after OPEC production rose only modestly in July.

The comments, from Iran’s OPEC governor, came a day after a Reuters survey showed OPEC production rose by 70,000 barrels per day in July. Saudi production increased but was offset by a decline in Iranian supply due to the restart of U.S. sanctions, the survey found. [OPEC/O]

“It seems President Trump has been taken hostage by Saudi Arabia and a few producers when they claimed they can replace 2.5 million barrels per day of Iranian exports, encouraging him to take action against Iran,” Hossein Kazempour Ardebili told Reuters.

“Now they and Russia sell more oil and more expensively. Not even from their incremental production but their stocks.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oil is the lubricant for both commerce... and war.

I hope President Trump will come to understand that these sanctions, and those against anyone buying Iranian oil, are a lousy way to attempt to negotiate with both Tehran, and the rest of the world.

Aug 01 11:02

The Looming War Against Iran

We are by now used to blood and thunder rhetoric between Washington and Tehran. But this time White House policy is clearly being directed by pro-Israel American neocons who want the US military to crush Iran as it did Iraq.

Crushing Iran will leave Israel with unfettered control of the Mideast and its oil – unless Russia or Turkey intervene against Israel, which is most unlikely. Some think Russia and Israel – and the US – have already made a deal to divvy up the central Mideast.

The Pentagon has planned a high-intensity air war against Iran that Israel and the Saudis might very well join. The plan calls for over 2,300 air strikes against Iranian strategic targets: airfields and naval bases, arms and petroleum, oil and lubricant depots, telecommunication nodes, radar, factories, military headquarters, ports, water works, airports, missile bases and units of the Revolutionary Guards.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Margolis' information is correct (and I have to wonder about where he got the intel on the 2,300 + airstrikes), and Russia has already signed off on the plan because it will give Russia more control of regional oil, this will be a crushing blow for both the Iranian people, and also for the Palestinians, whose cause Iranians have steadfastly supported.

How many more dead and maimed Americans have to fall to insure that Israel's plans for the Middle East will be successfully consummated?!?

At this point in time, when you join America's military, you will most likely die for Israel.

Please share this with anyone you know who is even thinking about enlisting right now.

Aug 01 10:40

Iran is CLOSED for business: PROTESTS break out as economy plummets amid Trump sanctions

THOUSANDS of Iranians have closed their shops and market stalls and stepped onto the streets in a series of tense protests against skyrocketing prices as inflation figures soar amid damaging US sanctions.

Aug 01 10:02

As US Adds Preconditions, Iran Rejects Offer of Talks

Trump's vow of 'no preconditions' lasts less than 24 hours.

President Trump surprised many on Monday when he announced his willingness to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani “without preconditions.” Within less than a day, the administration had already started attaching substantial preconditions to the offer.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, early on Tuesday, began establishing preconditions, saying that Iran needed to commit to “fundamental changes to how they treat their own people, reduce their malign behavior, agree that it’s worthwhile to enter into a nuclear agreement that actually prevents proliferation.”

These preconditions almost certainly make the offer impossible, as the US treats Iranian foreign policy as necessarily “malign behavior,” and Iran is neither going to agree to deeper isolation, nor to the need for another nuclear deal while still trying to preserve the one the already signed, and which the US dishonored earlier this year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trump's warhawks, with Netanyahu and Adelson cheerleading the moves, are engineering this relationship to go as south as far as humanly possible, and are positioning the President into a very narrow field of play, where war is being presented to him as the "only reasonable option" against Iran.

And what is this malarkey about "malign behaviour" and needing "... changes in how they treat their own people."?!?

And there is one aspect of a potential US war against Iran which I hope is keeping these warhawks up at night; if the US goes to war against Iran, what will Russia do?!?

Because should Russia get involved in such a war, the US military does not have the troop strength; the money; the weaponry; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome in Iran against Russia.

Those are just the facts.

Aug 01 09:17

HOW BRICS-PLUS CLASHES WITH THE US ECONOMIC WAR ON IRAN

The key take away from the BRICS summit in Johannesburg is that Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – important Global South players – strongly condemn unilateralism and protectionism.

The Johannesburg Declaration is unmistakable:

“We recognize that the multilateral trading system is facing unprecedented challenges. We underscore the importance of an open world economy.”

Closer examination of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speech unlocks some poignant details.

Xi, crucially, emphasizes delving further into “our strategic partnership.” That implies increased BRICS and Beyond BRICS multilateral trade, investment and economic and financial connectivity.

And that also implies reaching to the next level;

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reimposition of sanctions against Iran start next Monday; the drop-dead date by which no countries on earth will be allowed to purchase Iranian crude or face US sanctions is Sunday, 4 November, two days away from Midterm elections in the US.

Countries around the world are scrambling to see what they can barter for Iranian crude, to get around potential sanctions, and there are many ways in which this could happen.

IF President Trump is going to "do something" regarding Iran which is military in nature, I would suggest that it will be the 4th or 5th of November, primarily to insure that his faithful go to the polls, and keep a Republican majority in both the House and Senate.

A cynical use of international military power to insure domestic political victory?!?

It wouldn't be the first time that has happened in America's history.

Aug 01 08:51

Iran currency extends record fall as U.S. sanctions loom

Iran’s currency hit a new record low on Sunday, dropping past 100,000 rials to the U.S. dollar as Iranians brace for Aug. 7 when Washington is due to reimpose a first lot of economic sanctions.

Aug 01 08:37

The Looming War Against Iran

President Donald Trump and his neocon advisors have been trying to provoke a war with Iran and Syria for many months.

The neocons are echoing Cato the Elder’s cry, ‘delenda est Carthago!’. Iran must be destroyed.

So far, Tehran and its ally Damascus have refused to respond to US naval and air incursions or Israel’s growing air attacks in Syria. But the war of words between the US and Iran has now reached a critical phase.

Aug 01 08:33

Trump’s Iraq: Why the President Wants War with Iran

This gaudy show of juvenile bullymanship is only the latest in a string of petty and dogged counter-intellectualism that has come to characterize a President who practically embodies “If it bleeds, it leads.” On the topic of American interventionism and a global democracy, Trump’s watery stance has seen him use Bush’s failure in Iraq as a campaign placard while also quietly stroking the dogs of war in response to Iraq’s wealthy and theocratic neighbors to the East. Trump’s blatant messages of unabashed aggression are similar in tone to those of every American President’s position (outside of Obama) when addressing Iran since the fall of the Shah. It brings a consistent and malignantly manufactured campaign of fear and mistrust with Iran that is striking in its uniformity of allegiance from both political ruling classes over the past century.

Jul 31 14:37

Iran and America: A forgotten friendship

Jul 31 11:23

Iran currency drops 18% in two days

Iran's currency traded at a fresh record-low of 119,000 to the dollar on Tuesday, a loss of nearly two-thirds of its value since the start of the year as US sanctions loom.

The Iranian rial has been crashing in recent days as the country anxiously awaits the reimposition of full US sanctions, starting on August 6.

It hit 100,000 to the dollar for the first time on Sunday and continued its decline, losing 18 percent of its value in less than two days.

On January 1, the dollar was worth 42,900 rials.

The government has been in crisis mode, replacing its central bank chief last week.

The central bank issued a statement on Monday, blaming the currency volatility on the "enemies' conspiracy" and vowing fresh counter-measures "in the coming days".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

August 6th is this coming Monday; one has to wonder what the Iranian government and central bank can actually do to reverse this horrific economic downward spiral.

Jul 31 10:36

Russian Ambassador Tells Israel: We Can’t Force Iran to Leave Syria

Speaking on Israel’s Channel 10 news, Russian Ambassador Anatoly Viktorov told the interviewer that Russia cannot force Iran to withdraw its military from Syria, no matter how many times Israel demands them to.

Israel has been demanding Russian intervention for months, but Iran has ruled out leaving unless Syria tells them to. Russia tried to come up with a compromise where Iranian forces would stay 100 km from the buffer zone, but Israel rejected that as well.

Viktorov told the reporters that Iran’s military presence in Syria “is fully legitimate according to the UN principles and the UN charter.” He added that Russia is “not okay” with any Israeli attacks on Syria, but that it wasn’t up to Russia to prevent them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Israeli government loves the "big lie" technique, both to exaggerate their own claims, and also to terrify their domestic population.

It will be interesting to see what Israel does regarding Syria after this announcement; but I would not believe that backing off their attacks against Syria will happen any time soon.

Jul 31 10:28

Iran Sees Oil-for-Gold Trade as Viable Solution to US Banking Sanctions

With Sri Lanka already looking to make an “oil for tea” trade deal to keep buying oil from Iran without violating an US prohibitions, Iranian officials continue to explore other barter solutions around the world as an alternative to US-dominated banking.

Hassam Khosrowjerdi, the president of the Iran-Africa Council for Economic Cooperation, suggested that trading Iranian oil directly for gold would be a potential solution that would avoid US banks. Major African gold producing nations would be likely customers.

Ghana was specifically mentioned in Iranian state media reports, noting that Ghana imports oil and other oil products from Iran, and is also the second biggest exporter of gold in all of Africa.

This would not only allow Iran to avoid international banks, but potentially could be a boost for their struggling currency. Iran has been importing gold recently already, according to reports, and a big increase in state-owned gold reserves would doubtless be good for the rial.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF other countries are not using banks as a medium of currency exchange, there are a myriad of creative ways to get around US sanctions against Iran; bartering, is surely one of those ways, and there is nothing the Trump Administration can do to stop it, except wage war on every country buying their oil from Iran in this manner.

Jul 31 09:53

The Madness Gripping Washington

The United States and Israel have been threatening Iran for something like twenty years, using the pretext that it was developing a nuclear weapon initially, but also more recently declaring that Tehran has become a threat to the entire Middle East. Both contentions are essentially lies, concocted by an Israel and Saudi Arabia that would prefer to have Iran removed as a possible impediment to their own ambitions. And they would like the United States to do the removing.

Jul 31 09:44

Ahed Tamimi, Renowned 17-Year-Old Palestinian Resister, Freed From Israeli Prison After Eight Months

“This is a day of relief, which we hope will blossom into happiness once this brutal military occupation is out of our lives. … I call on members of the international community to uphold their responsibility towards our people and take concrete steps to end this perpetual injustice.”
— Bassem Tamimi on Daughter Ahed’s Release from Prison

Jul 31 08:25

US must return to nuclear deal before future talks with Tehran – Rouhani aide

A return to the 2015 nuclear deal is the key to future talks between the US and Iran, an adviser to President Hassan Rouhani said. President Donald Trump is ready to negotiate, but believes the existing deal is “a waste of paper.”

“Respecting the Iranian nation’s rights, reducing hostilities and returning to the nuclear deal are steps that can be taken to pave the bumpy road of talks between Iran and America,” Hamid Aboutalebi tweeted on Tuesday.

Jul 31 05:17

Iran says impossible to engage with current US govt.

Iran says it is impossible to engage in talks with the US under the current administration which has adopted a fiercely hostile policy toward the Islamic Republic.

With current America and these policies, there will definitely not be the possibility of dialogue and engagement, and the United States has shown that it is totally unreliable," Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Monday.

President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of an international nuclear deal known as the JCPOA with Tehran in May and announced his intention to impose the strictest regime of sanctions on the country.

Qassemi, speaking to reporters in Tehran during his weekly news briefing, dismissed calls for negotiations by US leaders, including by Trump who said recently that he was ready "to make a real deal" with Iran.

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(*You know , I'm really starting to Hate These Iranians .
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For Their Freedom !)

Jul 31 04:57

US examines military action against Iran: CNN report

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Jul 31 04:14

Presidential Advisor Rules out Talks with US for Trump's Utter Disrespect

TEHRAN (FNA)- Washington should return to the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and the world powers and show respect in action before asking for bilateral talks, a senior advisor to the Iranian president said after US President Donald Trump voiced preparedness for unconditional face-to-face negotiations with his Iranian counterpart.

“Respecting the Iranian nation’s rights, reducing hostilities and returning to the nuclear deal are steps that can be taken to pave the bumpy road of talks between Iran and America,” Hamid Aboutalebi tweeted on Tuesday.

“Iran had shown its openness to dialogue in the past, particularly with the phone call between Rouhani and Trump's predecessor Barack Obama in 2013,” he added.

“That dialogue was based on the idea of confidence-building measures and the nuclear deal was an achievement of this effort and it must be accepted," Aboutalebi underlined.

His remarks came as Trump said on Monday he would “certainly meet” Iranian president Hassan Rouhani without preconditions>>>

Jul 31 00:11

The Madness Gripping Washington (To murder Iranians)

The United States and Israel have been threatening Iran for something like twenty years, using the pretext that it was developing a nuclear weapon initially, but also more recently declaring that Tehran has become a threat to the entire Middle East. Both contentions are essentially lies, concocted by an Israel and Saudi Arabia that would prefer to have Iran removed as a possible impediment to their own ambitions. And they would like the United States to do the removing.

Jul 30 16:39

Trump says he would 'certainly meet' with Iran's Rouhani

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that he'd "certainly meet" with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and without preconditions, if the Iranian leader were willing.

Speaking during a joint news conference with Italy's premier, Trump said he would meet with the Iranians "anytime they want to."

"I'll meet with anybody," he said. "There's nothing wrong with meeting."

The overture comes as Trump and the Iranians have been escalating their rhetoric after Trump's May withdrawal from the landmark nuclear accord. The United States has also vowed to boost sanctions until Iran changes its regional policies, including its support for regional militant groups.

It's unclear whether Rouhani has any interest in meeting with Trump. Rouhani's chief of staff claimed earlier this month in Iran's state-owned newspaper that Rouhani had rejected eight requests from Trump for one-on-one talks last year.

Jul 30 11:56

US Considering Attacking Iran, With Saudi Forces Leading Strike

Is the United States preparing to attack Iran? On Friday, Defense Secretary James Mattis dismissed this idea as “fiction,” back when the sources were in the Australian military. Yet other US officials have since been quoted as saying the attack is still being considered.

The pretext for this war appears to be the ongoing Yemen War. Last week, Saudi state media claimed that Yemen’s Houthi rebels attacked and slightly damaged a Saudi oil tanker. The Saudis have previously alleged the Houthis are tied to Iran, and US media is treating this as some sort of transference, and reporting that Iran attacked the Saudi oil tanker, even though no one alleged that ever happened.

Since the US has spent years presenting oil security as a reason for war with Iran, they are considering using that excuse. Officials say that this would be mostly a Saudi-led attack, with Saudi Arabia and its allies doing the bulk of the fighting, and relying on the US for support.

Jul 30 10:42

Will Next Steps On Iran Point Towards A New "Big Three" Or World War III?

On July 22 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a bizarre speech on Iran. Delivered from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, and ostensibly addressed to the Iranian-American community, the speech’s staging clearly sought to evoke the fall of communism, casting the Ayatollahs in the role of Leonid Brezhnev and company.

Iranian “regime change” is not the publicly stated goal of the Trump Administration’s policy. But it is hard to see how US demands on Tehran don’t amount to exactly that, with Pompeo comparing the Iranian “regime” (a term used dozens of times to imply illegitimacy) to a “mafia.” He asserted that Iran’s behavior is “at root in the revolutionary nature of the regime itself.” What can change its “root” or “nature” without ceasing to be itself?

Jul 30 10:07

Iran's currency plunges to record low as US sanctions loom

Rial has lost half its value since April amid weak economy and big demand for dollars by Iranians fearful of sanctions.

Jul 30 09:58

Iran's Currency Craters Most On Record Amid Panicked Scramble Into US Dollars

Iran's rial flashed lower on Sunday against the US Dollar, as panicked Iranians scrambled into USD amid deepening economic woes and the imminent return of full US sanctions. The unofficial "black market" rate stood at 102,000 Rials by mid-Sunday according to website Bonbast, and confirmed to AFP by a currency trader.

The Rial has lost half its value against the US Dollar over the last four months - breaking through the 50,000:1 mark in March for the first time. In April, Tehran deployed a series of measures to try and stop the slide - including firing the governor of the central bank, fixing the Rial at 42,000 and threatening to crack down on black market traders.

Jul 30 09:29

Iran Waits With Mach 14 Missiles While The US Collapses

America has trillions of dollars in unfunded repairs to its infrastructure that it must make if it plans to survive. Obama had a shovel ready jobs program that had to be scrapped when feminists complained that the term shovel ready seemed to favor hiring men. Iran, China and Russia need not worry. After eight years of Obama, the infrastructure debt became worse. Trump is proposing we spend a trillion dollars but would require we privatize our best infrastructure. That means we pay for it and the leadership of the Jewish-Globalist Lobby winds up owning our utilities and roads while they gouge us for fees to use what we built.

Jul 30 05:33

Iranian Students Protest at IAEA's Snap Inspection of Universities

Iranian students gathered at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran on Sunday to protest at uncalled inspections of universities and research centers by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

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Jul 29 12:11

US Sanctions Will Not Affect Russia-Iran Railway Cooperation - Iran Railways VP

Hossein Ashouri, deputy director of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways, told Sputnik how the sanctions imposed on Russia and Iran would affect the relations between the countries, as well as the potential of bilateral cooperation in the construction and maintenance of Iran’s railways.

According to Abbas Akhundi, Iran’s minister of roads and urban development, last December, Iran and Russia signed a contract for the production of railcars. Earlier, the Iranian media reported that the United Wagon Company and three Iranian companies had agreed to supply the country with railcars. It was planned that the Iranian companies would produce the cars’ bodies, and the UWC would supply the wheels and braking systems.

Jul 29 10:21

US politicians & media talk of Iran regime change as if it’s their divine right

US President Donald Trump’s dire warning to Iran has renewed debate within American news media about whether his administration is seeking regime change in Tehran or merely using threats as a psychological weapon.

Embedded in the US public discourse is the arrogant assumption that Washington has the right to pursue regime change against any nation it chooses. For the American ruling class and its media echo chambers, it is tantamount to a “divine right” – an unquestionable mission with which Americans are “blessed.”

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier this week talked about how America was doing “God’s work” in reaching out to Iranian people to encourage the overthrow their “mafia regime.”

“To our Iranian American and Iranian friends, tonight I tell you that the Trump administration dreams the same dreams for the people of Iran as you do,” said Pompeo. “And through our labors and God’s providence, that day will come true.”

Jul 29 09:23

US has to ‘give up sanctions addiction’ – Iran says it can show why

Iran knows how to sober up the US from its “addiction to sanctions,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said, referring to Washington’s threatening of its allies with restrictions if they fail to pressure Tehran.

“Americans are addicted to sanctioning but we can show them that they have to give up their addiction,” Iranian top diplomat said in Tehran on Sunday as cited by local news agencies. The minister was addressing a meeting of Iranian envoys and representatives of private sector companies.

He added that “it’s become clear to the world” that Washington should stop the restrictive policies.

Jul 29 08:41

The Madness Gripping Washington

The United States and Israel have been threatening Iran for something like twenty years, using the pretext that it was developing a nuclear weapon initially, but also more recently declaring that Tehran has become a threat to the entire Middle East. Both contentions are essentially lies, concocted by an Israel and Saudi Arabia that would prefer to have Iran removed as a possible impediment to their own ambitions. And they would like the United States to do the removing. Iran is the hottest of all hot spots in the American view, but the tendency of the White House to threaten first before engaging in negotiations has meant that most nations have come to see the United States as the greatest threat to peace worldwide.

Jul 28 10:59

US strategy against Iran may lead to lose-lose scenario for everyone

Although the US might not be planning to invade Iran, its belligerent rhetoric shows that it prefers intimidation over dialogue in dealing with Tehran. Such strategy may leave both the US and the world in a deadlock, experts warn.
On Friday, Australian media reported that the US is allegedly “prepared” to bomb Iran's nuclear sites. These reports were then immediately dismissed by the US Defense Secretary James Mattis, who called it “complete fiction.” However, this development still might be troubling as it came against the background of a dramatic deterioration in US-Iran relations, which followed Washington’s unilateral withdrawal in May from the landmark Iran nuclear accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

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