Thursday , 21 October 2021

Social and Political

Shell Signs Deal To Explore Oil Development In Iran

RFL/RE – Iran and Shell signed a deal on December 7 to explore the development of three of Iran’s biggest oil and gas fields, undeterred by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s vow to undo last year’s nuclear deal that enabled Western companies to resume business with Iran. Anglo-Dutch Shell is the largest oil company to wade back into Iran since the …

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Iran Announces Plan To Make Toman Its Official Currency, Ditching Rial

RFL/RE – Iranian President Hassan Rohani has announced that his administration will reintroduce the toman as the country’s official currency, replacing the rial, upon approval by parliament, Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported on December 7. For most Iranians, the currency change won’t make much of a difference, as most Iranians already calculate prices using the toman, which is equal …

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Why OPEC deal is a double-edged sword for Iran

Al-monitor -The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries finally agreed to cut oil production at its Nov. 30 meeting in Vienna. The decision was preceded by months of intense negotiations against the backdrop of dramatically declining oil prices since mid-2014. The talks in Vienna were complemented by intense telephone diplomacy involving Iran and Saudi Arabia as well as major non-OPEC producer …

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Iranian top brass meet to discuss response to US sanctions

Al-monitor – After a week of heavy pressure on the administration of moderate President Hassan Rouhani and senior members of Iran’s nuclear negotiating team, the Council for Monitoring the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) held a meeting on Dec. 7 to discuss Washington’s recent move to renew the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA). AUTHOR Changiz M. Varzi Tasnim News Agency …

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Iranian Basij Official Says 50 Student Volunteers Killed Fighting In Syria

RFL/RE – The press agency for Iran’s hard-line conservative volunteer militia, the Basij, has quoted a senior official as saying that 50 Iranian student volunteers have been killed while fighting in Syria. Basij Press quoted Daud Gudrazi — the head of the Student Basij Organization, a branch of the militia force — as saying on December 6 that 50 students …

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Iran’s Proxy Activities Probed on Capitol Hill

VOA – Iran’s destabilizing actions across the Middle East constitute a security threat that rivals that of Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, Republican and Democratic U.S. senators said Tuesday. “Iranian proxies remain a direct threat to the United States and our allies today,” said the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Republican Bob Corker of Tennessee, pointing to Lebanese Hezbollah, Shia …

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Can Iran moderates hold ground against US pressure?

Al-monitor — The US House of Representatives voted to extend the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) on Nov. 15, and the Senate followed suit on Dec. 1, approving the measure in a vote of 99-0 and sending it to President Barack Obama for his signature. “We believe the Iran Sanctions Act extension is not necessary, but we also believe it won’t …

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Report: Iran Jails 12 Working In Fashion Industry

RFL/RE – An Iranian court has sentenced 12 people working in the fashion industry to jail for posting images on the Internet, according to a report in local media. The eight men and four women were given sentences ranging from five months to six years in jail by a court in the southern city of Shiraz on December 5, the …

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Netanyahu: Will discuss ‘bad’ Iran deal with Trump

Al-Arabia – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday he would discuss with Donald Trump the West’s “bad” nuclear deal with Iran after the US president-elect enters the White House. Speaking separately to a conference in Washington, Netanyahu and US Secretary of State John Kerry clashed over the Iran deal and Israel’s settlement construction on the occupied West Bank, …

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