Tagged with Sanctions against Iran

Time for an Economic Blockade on Iran

By Mark Wallace The recent demonstrations and protests in Iran over the increasingly perilous state of its economy are the latest and most powerful sign that the economic war is having a tangible impact. There is no doubt that punitive financial and economic sanctions have contributed greatly to the collapse of Iran’s currency, the rial. … Continue reading

U.S.-Iran Trade Triples?

by Michael Rubin | @mrubin1971 On the same day the Obama administration has exempted South Korean and Indian compliance with sanctions on Iran, the Iranian press is reporting that U.S. trade with Iran tripled between March and April 2012: The latest figures and statistics of the Census Bureau said that despite the U.S-sponsored sanctions against Iran, … Continue reading

The Swiss and Iran

(JPost) Switzerland, a pivotal banking giant and one under whose aegis much international trade is transacted, is crucial in imposing meaningful sanctions on Iran. Swiss dillydallying can do proportionally greater harm than equivocation on part of other states the same size. Unfortunately, the Swiss have long failed to put their money where their mouth often … Continue reading

Iranian UAVs In Africa

March 18, 2012: Sudanese rebels claimed to have recently shot down an Iranian Ababil UAV near the border with South Soudan. The Sudanese government eventually admitted it had lost another UAV, but said it went down do to component failure, not ground fire. Whatever the case, it is not the first time the Sudanese have … Continue reading

Iranian general urges Afghanistan to fight U.S.

Mullah’s are starting to really push their luck… (AP)  TEHRAN: A senior Iranian military commander urged Afghans on Saturday to use force to kick American troops out of their country, hinting that “new resistance groups” could launch attacks on U.S. interests in Afghanistan. Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri, a senior figure in the powerful Revolutionary Guard … Continue reading

Deep in the heart… of Saudi Arabia

From the kings of conspiracy theories and all things Wabbism comes.. The veiled Zionist plot BY DR. SADAKA YAHYA FADHEL writing for The Saudi Gazette.. This should be good… Israel is planning to trigger a war in the region and has been encouraging the world to take action purportedly to stop Iran from developing nuclear … Continue reading

Iran’s pervasive n persistent assaults on human rights

While the world is understandably focused on the threat posed by Tehran’s nuclear weaponization program, we cannot abandon the Iranian people. While the world is understandably preoccupied with the slaughter of innocents in Syria– and when addressing Iran, is concerned primarily with its nuclear threat — Iran’s massive domestic repression has been passing quietly under the … Continue reading

Will Hezbollah Attack Israel? Only if…

In the middle of a region experiencing unprecedented change, a question lingers: Will Israel attack Iran?  As a result, a flurry of writings have appeared attempting to answer this pertinent question.  A “yes” comes with a list of consequences of which the most troubling is the threat of an escalating regional conflict.  In the middle … Continue reading

Iran cut off from global financial system

BRUSSELS (AP) — Iran was largely cut off from global commerce on Thursday, when the company that handles financial transactions said it was severing ties with many Iranian banks — part of an international effort to discourage Tehran from developing nuclear weapons. The action is meant to enforce European Unionsanctions, as global financial transactions are … Continue reading

Khamenei’s Strength Could Be a Vulnerability

At a time when the international community’s attention is focused on Tehran‘s nuclear program, Iranian politicians are more preoccupied by the country’s increasingly dysfunctional politics. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei appears to undercutting many government institutions, including the presidency, leaving him more directly in charge. An important indicator of how far this process will go is … Continue reading

Iran Senses Western Weakness

As the clock ticks closer to a nuclear-armed Iran, the Western powers are girding their loins for––more talks. Actually, they’re getting ready to talk to Iran about the conditions for talking some more. EU foreign policy head Catherine Ashton announced that the “P5 + 1” powers (the permanent Security Council membersplus Germany) hoped to persuade … Continue reading

Azerbaijan arrests 22 over Iran plot against Israel, US

Soon.By summer I think.. Azeri National Security Ministry: Suspects cooperated with Iran to carry out attacks on Israeli, US embassies, AFP reports. Officials in Azerbaijan announced the arrest of 22 people suspected of plotting attacks on the Israeli and US embassies in the capital Baku on behalf of Iran, AFP reported Wednesday. “Twenty-two citizens of … Continue reading

Video: Israeli-Iranian debate on CNN

Israel‘s Naftali Bennett, former chief of staff to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, faced off against Iranian writer and former adviser to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hooman Majd, in a CNN debate last week. Bennett, who is also a former Yesha Council director, met with United States politicians and media officials, and made an appearance both … Continue reading