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Monthly Archives: September 2019

Mnuchin: No Meeting Planned Between Trump and Iran’s Rouhani

VOA – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says President Donald Trump has no plans to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani  while he’s in New York for the United Nations General Assembly later this month. Mnuchin said Thursday that such a meeting is “not planned at the moment,” even though Trump has made clear “he would sit down with Rouhani …

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Iranian Tanker Fiasco Exposes Britain’s Muddled Thinking

gatestoneinstitute.org – The ensuing diplomatic stand-off between London and Tehran eventually resulted in Britain agreeing to release the Grace One, but only after the British authorities received written assurances from Iran that the oil would not be delivered to Syria. Now it appears that Iran has deliberately misled the British government about its intentions after satellite photographs revealed the ship, …

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Iran in no hurry to allow women into stadiums after ‘Blue Girl’ death

Al-Monitor – Sahar Khodayari, disguised as a man due to Iran’s ban on women in stadiums, attempted to attend a soccer game between Tehran’s Esteghlal FC and Abu Dhabi’s Al Ain FC at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium in March 2019. She was arrested and released on bail days later. At the courthouse earlier this week, where her case was postponed, she reportedly overheard she …

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Personal cost of journalism, political activism in Iran remains high

Al-Monitor – Harsh verdicts issued against journalists and political activists show that the cost of advocacy for reform and civil liberties is still high in Iran despite pledges by moderate President Hassan Rouhani to change the status quo. Marzieh Amiri, a journalist with the Reformist Shargh, was sentenced to 10 years and six months in prison and 147 lashes last month. She was arrested while …

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Is Iran At Risk Of Becoming A Chinese Colony?

PayvandNews – According to an article in the Petroleum Economist, during Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s visit to China in late August, Tehran and Beijing updated an agreement they had reached in 2016 called the China-Iran Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and added new items to it. Most of these new points have not been publicly released. Under this agreement China’s is committed to …

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Trump Administration Nears Target Of Zero Oil Exports By Iran

Radiofarda – Data received by Radio Farda show that the combined onshore Iranian oil inventories and floating storage have spiked to near all-time highs just under 120 million barrels. The data provided on Wednesday, September 11, by data intelligence firm Kpler show that the volume of unsold Iranian crude oil in the past four months, from May 1 to August …

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Officials In Iran Make Contradictory Remarks About Female Football Fan

Radiofarda – Two days after a young female football fan died of her self-immolation injuries, President Hassan Rouhani’s government exhibited contradictory reactions, while domestic and international criticism continues unabated. The Blue Girl, as she was dubbed on social media was being prosecuted for trying to enter a stadium to watch a men’s football (Soccer) game; forbidden for women in Iran. …

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Iran Says Tanker Oil Sold At Sea, Buyer Sets Destination

Radiofarda – Iran’s envoy to London said on Wednesday the oil cargo of tanker Adrian Darya 1 was sold at sea to a private company, denying Tehran had broken assurances it had given over the vessel, but he insisted EU’s Syria sanctions did not apply to Tehran.“At (the) meeting with the British Foreign Secretary, it was emphasised that British authorities’ …

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Families of Australian-British bloggers detained in Iran call for release

Al-Arabia – The couple detained in Iran’s latest arrests of foreigners visiting the county have been named as their families called for their release on Thursday. Travel blogger Jolie King, an Australian-British national, and her Australian boyfriend Mark Firkin were arrested 10 weeks ago for allegedly flying a drone without a license. King’s and Firkin’s relatives have appealed for their …

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