Friday , 28 January 2022

Social and Political

Gulf of mistrust mars Kuwaiti initiative for Iran-GCC dialogue

Al-monitor – When former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died Jan. 8, it was thought that his death might be another nail in the coffin of Saudi-Iranian dialogue, and thus usher an era of additional tension between Tehran and its Arab neighbors. Yet a personal condolence letter from Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud to the family of …

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Iran’s president: We’re neither xenophiles nor xenophobes

Al-monitor – On Jan. 30, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took to the podium to state that independence is not equivalent to isolation — remarks that can be interpreted as a response to hard-liners’ continued criticism of the government’s foreign policy. AUTHOR Rohollah Faghihi Rouhani, who was speaking at the founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s mausoleum ahead of …

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Renowned Iranian Filmmaker To Skip Oscar Awards After U.S. Immigration Order

RFL/RE – A renowned Iran filmmaker whose latest movie is up for an Academy Award announced he would boycott next month’s Hollywood ceremony in protest of the new U.S. immigration restrictions. Asghar Farhadi, whose film The Salesman has been nominated for best foreign movie, made the announcement in a statement distributed to U.S. and Iranian media on January 29. In …

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Iran Retaliates With Entry Ban on US Citizens as Controversy Swirls

VOA – Iran says it will ban all U.S. citizens from entering the Islamic republic, in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order limiting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. In a statement Saturday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry directly linked its ban to Trump’s order, which Tehran called “an obvious insult to the Islamic world.” The statement predicted that Trump’s order …

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Iran’s Rohani: ‘Now Is Not The Time To Build Walls’

RFL/RE – Iran’s President Hassan Rohani has criticized the anti- immigration policies of his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, saying now was “not the time to build walls between nations.” Rohani made the comments on January 28 at a tourism convention in the Iranian capital. “They have forgotten that the Berlin Wall collapsed many years ago,” he said. “Even if there …

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Trump Issues Sweeping Anti-Immigration Orders Barring Syrians, Muslims

RFL/RE – U.S. President Donald Trump has issued orders indefinitely barring Syrian refugees from the United States and temporarily suspending visits from a wide swathe of other Muslim countries. Vowing to protect the country from “foreign terrorists,” Trump on January 27 ordered the suspension of all immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days until a rigorous new “extreme …

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Europe Will Fight to Safeguard the Iran Deal

PayvandNews – There is growing uncertainty around the fate of the nuclear deal with Iran and, more broadly, intentions of the Trump administration regarding that country. Meanwhile, the world, including the American supporters of the agreement-also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)- increasingly looks to Europe to safeguard it. The stakes could not be higher. Not only …

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Iran starts sending own oil tankers to Europe

PayvandNews – Reports say Iran has sent at least two supertankers to Europe in what appears to be the country’s first direct shipment of crude oil to EU clients after the removal of sanctions last year. A report by the Financial Times said two giant vessels called ‘Snow’ and ‘Huge’ were already on their way towards the storage and trading …

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Britain’s Johnson Suggests Rethink Of Demand That Syria’s Assad Step Down

RFL/RE – Britain’s top diplomat says the West may have to rethink its long-standing demand that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad step down as part of any peace deal ending Syria’s civil war. “We were wedded for a long time to the mantra that Assad must go. We haven’t at any stage been able to make that happen,” Foreign Secretary Boris …

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Netanyahu Says Iran’s Leaders Greatest Threat To Jewish State

RFL/RE – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he hopes the election of U.S. President Donald Trump will end the world’s “deafening silence” on Iranian threats against the Jewish state and its citizens. Speaking to diplomats in Jerusalem ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 26, Netanyahu said that while anti-Semitism is on the rise everywhere, only Iran’s …

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