Thursday , 25 April 2019

Social and Political

Mixed Reaction To U.S. Pressure On Iran, While Tehran Remains Silent

Radiofarda – Two days after the United States announced the elimination of exemptions for buying Iranian oil, announced April 22, official reactions in Iran have been minimal so far, while Iranians on social media have been debating the expected impact on the country. But Iran’s neighbors and major players on the international stage had mixed reactions to the American decision …

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Strait of Hormuz: The World’s Most Important Oil Artery

VOA – Iran has said it would block the Strait of Hormuz if it was barred from using the strategic waterway through which about a fifth of oil that is consumed globally passes. The threat from an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander followed a U.S. announcement Monday that it would end exemptions granted last year to eight buyers of …

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Saudi Calls For Pressure On Iran After U.S. Ends Oil Exemptions

Radiofarda – Saudi Arabia on Tuesday called for international pressure to be kept up on Tehran after a US decision to end sanction exemptions for Iran’s oil customers. The latest US move was a “necessary step” to hold Iran responsible for its “destabilizing policies and support for terrorism”, Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf said in a statement carried by the …

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Leader Of ‘Deviant’ Iran Sect Freed After Years In Prison

Radiofarda – The leader of a “deviant” spiritual movement whose repeated death sentences drew international condemnation has been freed after almost eight years in prison, Iran’s Judiciary said Tuesday. Mohammad Ali Taheri faced “numerous cases and verdicts” but has been released due to time served, spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili told the Judiciary’s official Mizan Online news agency. “The cases were recently …

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EU Reacts Negatively To U.S. Decision Ending Iran Oil Purchase Exemptions

Radiofarda – The European Union has reacted negatively to the latest U.S. move to increase pressure on Iran. The European Union on Tuesday criticized the U.S. decision to scrap exemptions allowing limited oil purchases by five friendly countries. Washington imposed sanctions on Iran’s oil exports in November but allowed some countries to continue buying some oil for six months, ending …

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Iranian parliament labels entire US military as terrorist

Al-Arabia – Iranian lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that labels all US military forces as terrorists, state TV reported, a day after Washington ratcheted up pressure on Tehran by announcing that no country would any longer be exempt from US sanctions if it continues to buy Iranian oil. The bill is a step further from the one last …

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Lebanese FM received Iranian funds in Red Crescent parcels: Ex Justice Minister

Al-Arabia – Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has been accused of engaging in widespread acts of corruption, including receiving Iranian funds as payment for providing a “Christian cover” for Hezbollah. The charges leveled by former justice minister Ashraf Rifi, who was also the general director of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces from 2005 to 2013, are certain to inflame political …

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Oil Prices Spike as US Insists All Countries Stop Iranian Imports

VOA – Oil prices reached a six-month high Tuesday after the Trump administration announced it would no longer exempt countries from U.S. sanctions, if they continue to buy Iranian crude oil, a move aimed at imposing a complete oil embargo on Iran. Waivers granted to eight countries, including big Iranian crude importers China, India, Japan, Turkey and South Korea, are …

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Prosecutor General’s Cyber Division Launches New Online Censorship Center in Iran

CHRI – Some Internet Users in Iran Warned of Prosecution for Accessing Blacklisted Websites In 2019, Iranian media outlets began reporting on the sudden appearance of branch offices of a “Prosecutor General’s Cyber Division Rapid Reaction Center,” a new state agency that appears to be tasked with monitoring and censoring online content and activities. The center reportedly has offices in …

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Iranian media hail Tehran-Islamabad joint ‘rapid reaction force’

Al-Monitor – “Iran and Pakistan will form a rapid reaction force to fight terrorism on their shared border,” President Hassan Rouhani announced at a presser in Tehran following closed-door talks with visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan April 22. “We are glad the Pakistani side has branded as terrorists the militant groups that conduct inhumane activities in this area,” Rouhani added. In …

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