Monday , 18 October 2021

Social and Political

Prowler Preaching Neighborliness

gatestoneinstitute.org – Raisi has not managed to impose some discipline on the few hundred mullahs and brigadier-generals who form the core of the ramshackle regime. Thus the mullah from back of the beyond and the brigadier-general who has never seen a battle except on television, continue to make foreign policy comments mostly to threaten the very neighbors that the Dr. …

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Nuclear Armed Iran More Dangerous Than North Korea

gatestoneinstitute.org – General Hossein Salami, the chief of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has made the Iranian regime’s plans vehemently clear: “Our strategy is to erase Israel from the global political map,” he stated on Iran’s state-controlled Channel 2 TV in 2019. Supreme Leader Khamenei, in 2015, also published a 416-page guidebook, titled “Palestine”, about destroying Israel. “The mission of …

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Tension as Iran Holds Military Drills on Azerbaijan’s Border

Iranwire – In an unprecedented move, the Islamic Republic is holding military drills on the border with Azerbaijan. The President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, has criticized the operation but Brigadier-General Mohammad Pakpour, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Ground Force, has snapped back: “Neighboring governments know the reasons for these maneuvers better than anybody else.” Northwestern Iran shares …

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Khamenei Declares War on South Korean Fridges

Iranwire – “Imports should be banned.” These four words were, ostensibly, meant to demonstrate a commitment to supporting Iranian business. They surfaced in a recent order by President Ebrahim Raisi to the Minister of Industry, Mines and Trade, following a decree from the Supreme Leader, and were specifically aimed at products finding their way into Iran from South Korea. White goods from that country were recently …

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Iran says Israeli attacks on nuclear sites must stop

Al-Monitor – In the ongoing battle with the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, Iran has told the International Atomic Energy Agency that it will allow access to its nuclear facilities once attacks targeting them stop. According to Tasnim News Agency, Khazem Garibadadi, Iran’s representative to international organizations in Vienna, said, “If the agency wants to conduct inspections, it has to act …

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Jobs for the Boys: Business Partner of Official’s Sons Gets Top Football Role

Iranwire – In what might be one of the most expensive incidences of nepotism in the history of the Islamic Republic, a little-known developer and restauranteur named Arash Adibnia has abruptly been made an “advisor” to the president of Iran’s Football Federation. The appointment has cost the treasury more than 52 billion tomans, or around US$12.5m. Adibnia’s football credentials are anyone’s …

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“Pro-Israel” Conference in Iraqi Kurdistan Prompts Cross-Border Uproar

Iranwire – Fallout continues over a pro-Israel conference held by Iraqi Kurds in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, last Friday. The Conference of Peace and Reclamation, organized by US think tank the Center for Peace Communications, amplified Iraqi tribal leaders’ calls for a normalization of relations with Israel. It was attended by more than 300 Sunni and Shia community leaders from …

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What’s Going on With Russia and Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant?

Iranwire – Yesterday the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency, Mohammad Eslami, made the surprise announcement that Russia has agreed to continue developing two new reactors at the Buhshehr Nuclear Power Plant after a 22-month hiatus. Eslami had travelled to Moscow earlier in the week and made the disclosure on Wednesday after meeting with his Russian counterpart. The fact that the project …

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EU’s top diplomat says Iran nuclear talks to resume ‘soon’

Al-Monitor – The European Union’s foreign policy chief said Thursday that he expected Iran and world powers would “soon” resume talks over reviving the landmark nuclear agreement. During a press conference in Doha on Thursday, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs, Josep Borrell, said negotiations aimed at salvaging the 2015 accord would resume “within an acceptable period of time.” …

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Iran’s supreme leader issues ban on Samsung, LG appliances

Al-Monitor – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered a strict ban on the imports of South Korean-made home appliances, a directive that has renewed debates on his micromanagement of the Iranian economy. In his brief note to President Ebrahim Raisi, the Iranian supreme leader ordered the hard-line cleric to “firmly block” such imports. Without naming Samsung and LG, Khamenei said the …

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