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Dec 26 09:13

Iran, Russia in Quest for Widening Military Cooperation

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri underlined the need for Tehran and Moscow to further increase their military cooperation, adding that both countries are determined to confront existing threats.
"Success of the two countries' Armed Forces in the process of confronting terrorism in Syria and the failure of Takfiri terrorists and their supporters in the region indicates Iran and Russia's will and capacities to confront the existing threats," General Baqeri said in a meeting with Deputy Chief of the Russian Army General Staff Vice-Admiral Igor Osipov in Tehran on Tuesday.

"The geopolitical and geostrategic capacities of Iran and Russia necessitate the two countries' Armed Forces to devise and develop fields of cooperation through a long-term view, and manage and plan for them within the framework of the agreements made by the joint military commission," he added.

Dec 26 09:11

IRGC holds military drills in Persian Gulf

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) holds the main and final stage of massive exercises in the Persian Gulf. The maneuvers are aimed at showcasing the IRGC's defense capabilities and deterring potential threats posed by the enemies. IRGC forces also showcased sophisticated communication systems, radars, tanks and infantry fighting vehicles.

Dec 26 09:11

Iran will not stand by for Europe to fulfill JCPOA commitments: FM Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran will not stand by for Europeans to fulfill their commitments under a multilateral nuclear agreement signed between Iran and six major world powers in 2015, following the United States' move to pull out from the deal.

"The Europeans are acting slowly in the fulfillment of their commitments under the nuclear agreement (officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or the JCPOA)," Zarif said in an interview with Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network on Monday, adding, "We will not wait around for them unless they adopt practical steps."

The top Iranian diplomat emphasized that the Islamic Republic has many option to deal with the US withdrawal from the JCPOA and would consider them based on its national interests.

US President Donald Trump withdrew his country in May from the landmark Iran nuclear deal and decided to re-impose unilateral sanctions against Tehran.

Dec 26 08:39

US warships never allowed to approach Iran's territorial waters: Commander

A senior Iranian commander says Iran will never allow US warships to sail near its territorial waters, reiterating once again that the Islamic Republic is ready to respond to any action by Washington.

Deputy Chief of Iran's Army for Coordination Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari made the remarks on Monday while speaking to reporters in reaction to the return of US aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis to the Persian Gulf on Friday after a long absence.

"The response of the Armed Forces and the Army of the Islamic Republic is that we will never allow them [US warships] to come near our territorial waters," Sayyari said.

He added that the presence of the USS John C. Stennis is insignificant to Iran, saying, "They cannot take any measure against us, because we are so prepared and have enough capabilities to stand up to such a publicity stunt."

Dec 26 08:29

IRGC Commander Categorically Dismisses Firing Rockets at US Carrier in Persian Gulf

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri strongly dismissed media claims that his forces have fired rockets near the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier which arrived in the Persian Gulf on Friday.
"The propaganda and some reports by the foreign media about missile fire at the US fleet deployed in the Persian Gulf during the Payambar-e Azam 12 wargames by the IRGC is a sheer lie and the Americans are used to telling lies," General Tangsiri told reporters on Qeshm Island on the sidelines of the IRGC drills in the Persian Gulf on Saturday.

He added that the IRGC vessels monitored the US fleet, and further stressed the Iranian drones' capability to monitor any foreign vessel which enters the region and preparedness of the country's forces to confront any threats.

"Our responsibility is defending the waters of Islamic Iran and we are present in the region with strength and full intelligence superiority," General Tangsiri said.

Dec 25 10:08

Iran To "Build A Force Of 100,000 Ground Troops" In Syria, Claims Israeli Defense Chief

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to intensify military action in Syria after the White House's order for all US troops to pullout out of the country — expected to be complete within months — and now Israel's outgoing defense chief, Gadi Eisenkot, has revealed more details of what's driving Israel's thinking.

Gen. Eisenkot, who is set to complete his four-year tenure next month, warned Iran will "build a force of 100,000 ground troops" as soon as the war is complete, noting this will happen "the day after" cessation of fighting. Israeli defense officials have long hyped the "Iran threat" across its border and have over the past years repeatedly warned its "red line" to act militarily would be "Iran entrenchment" in Syria.

Dec 25 10:06

Iranian Admiral: US Will Never Be Allowed in Iran’s Territorial Waters

Iran’s Deputy Chief of the Army for Coordination Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said that Iran will never allow US warships to approach its territorial waters, noting that the Islamic Republic is ready to respond to any action by Washington.

Sayyari made his remarks on Monday while explaining the reaction of the Iranian Navy to the return of the American aircraft carrier, USS John C. Stennis, to the Persian Gulf on Friday after a long absence, PressTV reported.

“The response of the Armed Forces and the Army of the Islamic Republic is that we will never allow them [US warships] to come near our territorial waters,” Sayyari said.

Dec 25 09:36

Iran will not stand by for Europe to fulfill JCPOA commitments: FM Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran will not stand by for Europeans to fulfill their commitments under a multilateral nuclear agreement signed between Iran and six major world powers in 2015, following the United States' move to pull out from the deal.

"The Europeans are acting slowly in the fulfillment of their commitments under the nuclear agreement (officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or the JCPOA)," Zarif said in an interview with Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network on Monday, adding, "We will not wait around for them unless they adopt practical steps."

The top Iranian diplomat emphasized that the Islamic Republic has many option to deal with the US withdrawal from the JCPOA and would consider them based on its national interests.

Dec 25 09:30

‘Peace and joy in 2019’: Iran’s foreign minister tweets Christmas congratulations

Iran’s foreign minister tweeted an English language Christmas message, wishing ‘peace and joy’ in 2019. Christians are free to practice in the Islamic republic, but promoting conversions from Islam are illegal.

Zarif, who often sends political messages via twitter, and even argues with the US President (link), used a line from the Koran to congratulate on the holiday. He had to correct the number of the verse in the follow up tweet after followers pointed to the mistake.

Dec 24 13:32

Iranian Ship Fires Rockets Near US Aircraft Carrier In Persian Gulf

A US aircraft carrier sailed into the Persian Gulf on Friday amid Iranian threats to close the Strait of Hormuz, the only sea passage from the Gulf to the open ocean and strategic waterway linking Middle East crude producers to crucial world markets.

Some 30 Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels fired rockets in the waters patrolled by a US aircraft carrier strike group led by USS John C. Stennis on Friday, the AP reported. At one point, one small ship launched what looked like a “commercial-grade” drone to film the US vessels, said the AP report, adding that journalists on the Stennis were also filming the Iranian boats.

Dec 23 09:56

HILLARY CLINTON SCOLDS TRUMP OVER SYRIA, EXPLAINS WHY WE NEED PERMANENT WAR

Hillary Clinton gave a full-throated defense of the war machine Friday on Twitter while attacking President Trump for moving to pull out of Syria.

The Resistance icon said: "Actions have consequences, and whether we’re in Syria or not, the people who want to harm us are there & at war. Isolationism is weakness. Empowering ISIS is dangerous. Playing into Russia & Iran’s hands is foolish. This President is putting our national security at grave risk."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This woman is every US Deep State Warmonger's and military industrial complex's wet dream, and is desperately attempting to capitalize on Trump's pullout of Syria with Netenyahu and his cronies who see US perpetual war in the Middle East, (only to be fought, of course, with American blood and American money) as their only way to to accomplish their goals of complete annihilation of the Palestinian people, and the way forward toward building Eretz Israel.

Sorry, Mrs. Clinton: what may be seen as "good" for Israel, may definitely not good for the future of this country, and you seem pathologically incapable of distinguishing between the two, which means that as President, just as President Trump has done, up until he had that "come to logic moment" on Syria, you will be planning to outsource America's foreign policy in the Middle East to Israel.

This would continue to be immeasurably costly, because as you are well aware, Israel is a nuclear armed country bristling with American made weapons, and has the full capability of defending itself, should something nasty come down against it.

Dec 22 09:26

IRGC holds major drills, debuts ‘offensive’ component

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps holds the main and final stage of massive exercises in the Persian Gulf, launching an “offensive” component in Iran's defensive strategy for the first time.

The Great Prophet 12 drill entered its final chapter in the general area on Saturday, with IRGC chief General Mohammad Ali Jafari saying "we hope the enemies have more than ever grasped the power of our response."

"This was a response to allegations made by the enemies who should know that the defense capabilities of the Islamic Republic of Iran are deterrent, and as the Eminent Leader [Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei] has said, 'if they try to hit us once, they will definitely be hit 10 times more'," Jafari told reporters.

The IRGC Ground Force’s chief Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said the drills take place on a strategic and defensive level proportionate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And just yesterday, as if right on cue:

USS Stennis is the First US carrier in the Persian Gulf after a long absence, and just in Time for Christmas

I am hoping and praying, that there will be no escalation of tensions here; the the military staff on both the Iranian and US sides of this low-rumbling conflict need to behave calmly and responsibly.

But of course, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could possibly do, is no guarantee, that it won't actually do it.

I am very concerned about a potential "false flag" happening here, to be blamed on the Iranians, and off we go.

Dec 22 06:35

Cleric: US Withdrawal from Syria Due to Defeat

Tehran's provisional Friday Prayers leader Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani said today that the reason that the US is withdrawing its troops from Syria is that Washington has failed in realizing its goals in the region.

Emami Kashani said that the American troops are leaving Syria after their failure, expressing the hope that foreign troops will leave other countries in the region.

“When the Americans say that they need to leave Syria it means that they have failed in the country. They have also failed in Yemen, Iraq and other areas. And God willing, both the United States and the Zionist regime and their milk cow, Saudi Arabia, will also be discredited and destroyed">>>

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Dec 22 06:09

Iran Says US Presence In Syria 'WRONG' From The Start

In first Iranian comments on Trump's pull-out plan, Tehran says US caused 'instability and insecurity' in the region.
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Trump vowed on Thursday that the US would no longer be the "policeman of the Middle East" as he ordered troops back from Syria.

"The presence of American forces was from the very start, in principle, a wrong and illogical move and a primary cause of instability and insecurity in the region," Iran's foreign ministry spokesperson Bahram Ghasemi said>>>

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Dec 21 13:17

Saudi Arabia, UAE send troops to support Kurds in Syria

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have sent military forces to areas controlled by the Kurdish YPG group in north-east Syria, Turkey’s Yenisafak newspaper reported.

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Dec 21 10:03

US Withdrawal from Syria Ineffective in Regional Developments

TEHRAN (FNA)- Washington is not playing a role in developments in Syria, and as a result the US’ possible withdrawal of troops from the Arab country will have no impact on relevant political equations, said a renowned Iranian analyst of the regional developments.

The US is currently having 3,000 troops on ground in Syria, and according to their military system, 1,000 out of them are combat forces and 2,000 others are logistics personnel,” said regional affairs analyst Saadollah Zareyee on Thursday.

His remarks came after some American news outlets relayed earlier that the US President Trump has ordered full withdrawal of Washington’s military from Syria.

Zareyee added that the US is currently having the minimum size of military presence in Syria in comparison with other players on the ground, highlighting that all American troops are stationed in Eastern borders of the Arab country at eight bases with the largest base in the North of Raqqa.

“The US is not on firm ground in Syria as it has no local ally in there. ..." >>>

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Dec 21 08:43

'The whole world needs us:' Netanyahu says IDF 'the only army fighting Iranians'

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu boasted of Israel's success in countering the "Iranian threat" by targeting Iran-backed Hezbollah, foiling terrorist plots worldwide and impeding Tehran's weapons access.

Speaking at a Jerusalem business conference on Wednesday, Netanyahu dived into his favorite topic – the imminent threat Iran supposedly poses to the Jewish state's existence, and offering spirited praise of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

"The IDF is the only army fighting the Iranians in the world and, so far, we have had significant success," the PM said.

Although Israel’s military is not engaged in any direct confrontation with Iran (yet), it has repeatedly pounded Syria with rocket fire claiming to be targeting pro-Iran militias and Iranian troops. One of their targets is Hezbollah, a Shia militant group backed by the Iranian government.

Dec 20 07:05

Can America Fight Two Cold Wars at Once?

Kim Jong Un, angered by the newest U.S. sanctions, is warning that North Korea’s commitment to denuclearization could be imperiled and we could be headed for “exchanges of fire.”

Iran, warns Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is testing ballistic missiles that are forbidden to them by the U.N. Security Council.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that, within days, he will launch a military thrust against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in northern Syria, regarding them as allies of the PKK terrorist organization inside Turkey.

Vladimir Putin just flew two Tu-160 nuclear capable bombers to Venezuela. Ukraine claims Russia is amassing tanks on its border.

How did the United States, triumphant in the Cold War, find itself beset on so many fronts?

Dec 18 09:04

IRAN: First VP Stresses US Failure in Destabilizing Iranian Economy

Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri underlined that Washington attempted to stir chaos in Iran's economy by imposing the hardest-ever sanctions against the country, but to no avail.

"The Americans are aware that Iran can resolve its problems and therefore, they imposed the hardest-ever sanctions all throughout the history against the Iranian nation, but Iran is still standing on its feet," Jahangiri said, addressing a ceremony in Tehran on Tuesday.

He stressed the Iranian government's efforts to turn the economic turbulence created after the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal into stability, and said, "Fortunately, today we are witnessing signs of reviving stability to the country's economy."

Earlier this month, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressed Washington's failure to prevent his country's oil exports, expressing pleasure that crude sales had even increased after the US sanctions.

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Dec 18 09:02

Why Iran’s Positive OPEC Spin Won’t Last

In recent months, it’s been difficult to hear any positive statements coming from Iran’s troubled oil sector, particularly since President Trump decided in May to reinstate tough sanctions over what he sees as Iran’s non-compliance with the 2015 nuclear accord it reached with the U.S. and other western powers.

However, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh praised OPEC on Saturday over what he claimed was the oil-producing cartel's ability to reach an oil output agreement despite intense internal political differences. On December 7, the so-called OPEC+ group of producers, which includes production heavyweights Saudi Arabia and non-OPEC member Russia, agreed to trim production by 1.2 million b/p for six months, starting in January, with the deal to be revisited in April.

Dec 17 09:47

Russia, Iran prevented Western interference in Syrian conflict settlement - Assad

President of Syria Bashar Assad praised efforts of Russia and Iran to restrain the Western interference in the process of the political settlement of the Syrian conflict, SANA news agency reported on Monday.

According to the agency, during a meeting in Damascus on Sunday with Senior Adviser to the Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari, President Assad "stressed the importance of efforts exerted by the friendly and allied countries of Syria, particularly Iran and Russia."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds great, right?!?

But it is pain fully obvious, Al Assad, Putin, and Rouhani haven't QUITE gotten the memo yet, as indicated by the following article, posted at the Wa Po on Friday, 14 December:

US troops are to stay in Syria Indefinitely

I would like to suggest that if there is a way to negotiate this with President Trump, after he greenlit an indefinite stay of US troops in Syria, that would be great; but in the last two years, watching this man attempt to govern, what I have seen here is a complete, and total, surrender of US Middle Eastern policy to Israel's Netanyahu.

The potential for an incendiary explosion in the region, is most probably higher than it has ever been before.

You have Syria's, Russia's and Iran's collaborative, and winning, work to get the US funded, trained, and armed jihadis out of the country, butting heads the Israeli and US government's attitude that they can invade and occupy, any foreign government they want, with utter impunity.

I cannot see a good way out of this situation; it will only be a matter of time before we have Russian, and Iranian military action against the US troops, who have illegally invaded a foreign country, and refuses to leave, somewhat like a petulant house guest, who was never invited in, in the first place.

And forgive me, but I have to ask the question; are the troops presently stationed in Syria there, as "the sacrificial lambs", allowing US and Israel to create a "false flag happening as the "justification" for open warfare against both Syria and Iran?!?

Dec 16 16:01

THE 911 GRAND JURY IS A GO!!! SEE THE EVIDENCE...

This is the full list of 57 Grand Jury Petition Exhibits, both PDF and Video types as presented to the U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York on April 10, 2018. Click the exhibit number to see the exhibit on the website for the Lawyers' Committee for 9/11 Inquiry, whom filed the petition with several family members. Link above newer than than video below

Dec 16 05:06

Trump’s Anti-Iran Policy Proving US Influence in Decline

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday that Iran with the lowest defense spending in the Middle East is the strongest country of the region, while the US with the highest military budget in the world is unable to stop Iran’s growth which shows that the US’ power and influence is waning.

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif reiterated that Trump, president of a country with the highest military budget in the world, sends representatives to various countries forcing them into stopping business with Iran, which indicates the ebbing of US influence and power.

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Dec 16 04:52

Pressures on Iran's Missile Power Due to US Disappointment at Military Action

Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said the US is using Iran's missile program as a pretext to pressure and weaken Tehran as Washington has been disappointed at the military option against Iran.

"Today, the enemies have grown disappointed at military threats and their pressures on Iran's missiles are becuase of their despair. But we do know very well that we can never neglect the defense power even for one moment," General Hatami said, addressing a forum in Tehran on Sunday.

He added that the US and its allies wanted to use the terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria to hit a blow to the Islamic Revolution but Iran's supports for the legal governments in those countries foiled enemies' plots and created the resistance pivot.

Iran has taken long strides in production of different missiles despite the US sanctions.

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Dec 15 10:14

BEX ALERT - Iran’s NUCLEAR cooperation with North Korea EXPOSED - ‘Exact’ names and locations REVEALED

IRAN is cooperating with North Korea on nuclear weapons by conducting clandestine deals with the dictatorship to further its global military ambitions, an Iranian Resistance document has claimed.

Dec 14 12:20

A World of Multiple Detonators of Global Wars. Wars by Proxy

China moves forward with its global infrastructure program;and the trade war has had little impact in isolating Bejing from its principal markets. Moreover, the US policy has increased China’s role as a leading advocate of ‘open trade’ against President Trump’s protectionism.

Likewise, the tactics of encircling and sanctioning Russia has deepened ties between Moscow and Beijing. The US has increased its nominal ‘proxies’ in Latin America and Africa but they all depend on trade and investments from China. This is especially true of agro-mineral exports to China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the very scenario Mike and I have seen unfolding for years, and have been trying to stop, in the US government's drive to force the world back to a unipolar world which makes the US dollar the only instrument of payment.

But right now, particularly for Russia and China, that answer neither works, nor respects the reality of how much the fundamentals have changed, with national trade-building happening for the countries in national currencies, which are not the US dollar.

I would strongly expect this trend to continue, unless, of course, the US government is planning to blow Russia, China, and Iran to smithereens.

Dec 14 12:06

BEX ALERT - Iranian Hackers Targeted Treasury Officials, Atomic Scientists And...An Intern?

Move over China, Russia and North Korea - Iran is now vying for the title of America's most threatening cyber nemesis. According to a report in the Associated Press, an Iranian hacking group known by the codename "Charming Kitten" has been caught by a private security firm trying to break into the email accounts of US nuclear scientists and policy makers, presumably to try and figure out what the US knows about Iran's clandestine enrichment program, and what, exactly, is happening in the minds of America's most senior policy setters.

Dec 14 11:33

Pompeo at the U.N.: ‘Iran’s Missile Testing and Missile Proliferation Is Growing’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressed the United Nations Security Council on the subject of Iranian missile proliferation on Wednesday.
Pompeo criticized the Iran nuclear deal and urged the U.N. to restore a ban on ballistic missile testing by Iran, challenging the Security Council to “get serious about this real risk from proliferation from the Iranian regime.”

Pompeo began by quoting Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) airspace commander Amir Hajizadeh’s boast that Iran is now capable of building missiles with a range of over 2,000 kilometers and can hit “enemy bases” within 800 kilometers using weapons which have already been deployed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The nations that seek peace in the Middle East do NOT include the United States!

Dec 14 11:26

US to Resort to Use of Force if Iran Blocks Strait of Hormuz – Ex-CIA Officer

The US and Iran may find themselves in a hot conflict if Tehran delivers on its promise to close the Strait of Hormuz, Philip Giraldi, a former counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer at the CIA, told Sputnik, explaining why tensions are likely to escalate even further by May 2019.

"It is a show of force to pre-empt any aggressive action by Iran, particularly if they try to interfere with traffic in the Strait of Hormuz, as they have threatened", says Philip Giraldi, a former counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer at the CIA, commenting on the USS John C. Stennis' deployment in the Middle Eastern region. "Aircraft carriers are always moved around to wherever there is any possibility of conflict".

Dec 14 09:40

IRANIAN HACKERS TARGETED TREASURY OFFICIALS, ATOMIC SCIENTISTS AND...AN INTERN?

Move over China, Russia and North Korea - Iran is now vying for the title of America's most threatening cyber nemesis. According to a report in the Associated Press, an Iranian hacking group known by the codename "Charming Kitten" has been caught by a private security firm trying to break into the email accounts of US nuclear scientists and policy makers, presumably to try and figure out what the US knows about Iran's clandestine enrichment program, and what, exactly, is happening in the minds of America's most senior policy setters.

After Trump reimposed sanctions against Iran last month (while offering a crucial backdoor in the form of oil -export waivers), the Iranian government rushed to try and infiltrate the accounts of people tasked with enforcing them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More demonization of Iran, as a run-up "justification" to a US-led military campaign against it.

Dec 13 10:57

Iran Confirms Pompeo's Charge Of Testing New Ballistic Missile "Capable Of Hitting Europe"

Iranian media has quoted a senior Revolutionary Guards commander on Tuesday as confirming Iran had recently carried out a ballistic missile test, which is the first time the country has owned up to allegations made by US officials previously this month.

The confirmation appeared in the semi-official Fars News Agency and is the first time Iran affirmed charges made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who earlier this month said Iran had test-fired “a medium range ballistic missile that is capable of carrying multiple warheads.” Pompeo made the charge on December 1st while calling on Iran "to cease immediately all activities relating to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons."

Dec 13 10:56

Japanese Refiners Will Resume Iran Crude Purchases Next Month

Japanese refiners will start buying Iranian crude oil in January, but will only continue buying until March to make sure they don’t get on the bad side of Washington in case the 180-day sanction waivers are not extended, S&P Global Platts reports, citing the head of the country’s Petroleum Association.

"We aim to lift as much as possible over January-March to keep our hope for the next [period]," Takashi Tsukioka said.

Japan is one of Iran’s largest oil importers, but it is also the United States’ staunchest ally in Asia—and the combination of the two has not worked to Tokyo’s advantage. Earlier this year, while the government tried to secure a waiver from the U.S. State Department, local refiners stopped all purchases of Iranian oil ahead of the sanctions that came into effect on November 5.

Dec 13 10:42

America Won't be Able to Stop Iraq From Importing Iranian Gas - U.S. Expert

The United States will not be able to force Iraq to stop importing gas from Iran, says an academic, adding that Baghdad will continue to procure its energy requirements rather than going along with the U.S. anti-Iran sanctions.

“Definitely in the context of Iraq, it is not looking good for the hawks in Washington because they are basically not going to be able to remove the waivers that enable Iraq to continue to purchase energy from Iran," David Yaghoubian, professor of History at CSU San Bernardino told Press TV in an interview on Wednesday.

According to the terms of an agreement struck between Tehran and Baghdad, Iran is to supply 35 million cubic meters of natural gas on a daily basis to the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad [gradually in three phases], while up to 25 million cubic meters of gas per day is supposed to be exported to the southern city of Basra.

Dec 13 09:29

Netanyahu: Israel ‘won’t rule out’ military action in Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday that Israel would not rule out undertaking military action inside Iran.

Addressing a gathering of foreign media yesterday, Netanyahu was asked what his “red line” would be for attacking Iranian territory, rather than Iranian proxies alleged to be operating in Syria and Lebanon, the Times of Israel reported. Netanyahu replied:

Our red line is our survival. I’m not ruling out doing anything that we need to do to defend ourselves – we do what is necessary to protect the state of Israel against the Iranian regime, which openly calls for the annihilation of the Jewish state.

Dec 12 09:19

Netanyahu: Israeli Military to Discuss 'Right' to Oppose Iran in Syria in Moscow

An Israeli military delegation will state at the upcoming consultations in Moscow that the Jewish state has a "right and obligation" to oppose the presence of Iranian forces and Hezbollah in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday.

A meeting of representatives of the Russian and Israeli General Staffs will take place Wednesday in the Russian capital within the framework of Netanyahu’s agreements with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Dec 12 09:11

THE US WANTS TO BRING BACK THE SHAH OF IRAN

Iran has been under severe US-imposed economic sanctions for 40 years. The US has been threatening Iran with war and “all options are on the table” for decades. The US has also instigated instability inside Iran and supported external attacks by terrorist groups such as Mujahideen-e-Khalq, or MEK. [*]

The US project to destroy Iran’s economy has had a devastating impact. The husky Secretary of Defense Mike Pompeo said that it is up to Iranian’s leadership “if they want their people to eat”.[*] Because of the US, Iran lacks sufficient funds that it would like to invest in human resources and social programs. Iran’s constitution guarantees healthcare and free education for all, as well as protections of civil rights. As reflected in the drafting of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic, the vision of the economic order was:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because something would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for the US government to do, is, unfortunately, zero guarantee that they won't do it.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is advocating for a full-on US military attack against Iran, of course, only to be purchased by American blood and American money.

Should Iran get attacked, I would rather count on Russia's Putin, to bring his military into the fray on Iran's side; and we have seen, with what Russian troops did in Syria, the capabilities of both Russia's military and its weaponry.

It is disconcerting to me in the extreme, that President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East, are Saudi Arabia's King Mohammed bin Salman, the Butcher of Yemen, and Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Butcher of Gaza.

I therefore strongly caution the President about thinking that an invasion of Iran would "be a cakewalk", where our soldiers would be embraced as liberators; because at this moment in its history, the US military doesn't have the troop strength; the money; the weaponry; or the manufacturing, to insure a positive outcome from a war with Russia.

And if none of his "advisors" have told him this, it is high time that he knew.

You are welcome, Mr. President.

Dec 12 02:59

Iran: Currency Swap Underway with Several Countries

Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Abdolnasser Hemmati announced on Tuesday that the country has launched mutual financial channels with a number of world states for money transactions to confront the US sanctions.
"Practically, currency swapping treaties have been signed between Iran and some countries and this will be strengthened in the future," Hemmati said, addressing the economic activists in Tehran.

He described launching financial channels between Iran and several other countries to exclude dollar from Iran's trade with those states as an important measure to confront the US economic sanctions against Tehran.

Early in November, Hemmati said that the US had failed in its efforts to cut Iran’s oil revenues to zero with sweeping sanctions, while the country was ready to combat even worse conditions.

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Dec 11 13:01

THE US WANTS TO BRING BACK THE SHAH OF IRAN

The US had a great deal going from 1953 to 1979 with the Shah of Iran. For 25 years Iran was a cornerstone of the US usurping the British Empire in the Middle East, following World War Two. Iran was a base for projecting US power in the region, and strategically it bordered the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Dec 10 14:15

US Sets Up 8 New Military Bases Near Iraq's Borders with Syria

A commander of Iraq's Hashd al-Shaabi (popular forces) revealed that the US forces have established 8 military bases in Western Iraq, near the border with Syria, warning of Washington's plots to gain control over the strategic and oil-rich region.

The Arabic-language Baghdad al-Youm news website quoted Qassem Mosleh as saying on Monday that recently the US forces have set up bases in al-Qa'em, the international road, area between al-Rotba and region 160, the area between al-Walid and al-Rotba and 4 bases in al-Rotba in al-Anbar province in Western Iraq.

He added that the Americans will take control of Western and Southern al-Rotba, which has not yet been cleansed, once it is through with setting up these bases.

He accused the US military of cooperating with the ISIL, saying that the terrorists will move more and more easily in the region if the US forces stand in control of the region.

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Dec 10 11:00

Iran navy launches stealth warship in the Gulf

Sahand destroyer apparently has advanced warfare capabilities including anti-aircraft guns and surface-to-air missiles; 'This vessel is the result of daring and creative design relying on the local technical knowledge of the Iranian Navy,' says head of the navy shipyards that built the warship.

Dec 10 10:43

EU will soon establish alternative payment channel allowing Iran to bypass US sanctions – Mogherini

Brussels will create an alternative payment channel to facilitate financial transactions between the European Union and Iran in the near future to bypass US sanctions, the EU’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, has announced.

Dec 10 08:24

Trump's international anti-Iran coalition looks like it's falling apart. He doesn't have a back-up plan.

President Donald Trump set out to pick a fight with Iran from the early days of his administration. But a set of astonishing developments has pulled the rug out from under his feet, and the next three months will determine whether Trump will opt to escalate his provocations or find a face-saving exit from his bravado.

Dec 10 08:20

EU will soon establish alternative payment channel allowing Iran to bypass US sanctions - Mogherini

Brussels will create an alternative payment channel to facilitate financial transactions between the European Union and Iran in the nearest future to bypass US sanctions, the EU’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, has announced.

The 28-nation bloc has been considering ways to continue doing business with Tehran and bypass US economic restrictions after Washington pulled out from the Iran nuclear deal and reimposed economic sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You can't DO that!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 09 10:13

US instigating wars, acts of terror in Asia: Iran's parliament speaker

Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says the United States seeks to engage Asian countries in wars and acts of terror with the purpose of exhausting their resources and hindering their progress.

Larijani made the remarks in Tehran on Saturday in an address to the closing ceremony of the second Speakers' Conference on the challenge of terrorism and inter-regional connectivity, attended by speakers from Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey.

He added that the US had created terrorist groups in Asia because the region enjoyed great economic and energy potential.

For this reason, Asian countries have been engaged in wars over the past three decades and now most of terrorist groups are in Asia, the top Iranian parliamentarian said.

Dec 08 12:01

Canada Arrests Chinese Evading Illegal Sanctions on Iran (ICC)

This is one of the stupidest moves ever seen by Canada, the Chinese and any foreign national evading the illegal sanctions against Iran, as deemed by the ICC, should avoid landing in Canada & America if they want to ensure their freedoms remain intact. [Previous account was banned by google, please subscribe to my new channel, ravenise006]

Dec 07 09:58

US Unlikely to Cede Control of Syrian Territories While Iran Stays - Ex-UK Envoy

The United States regards its presence in Syria as a strategic tool and will maintain it unless Iran withdraws its forces from the country, which is a highly unlikely scenario, former UK Ambassador to Syria Peter Ford told Sputnik.

"The United States regards this territory as pawns in a chess game. It will not surrender any of these pawns except in return for, principally, withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria," Ford said.

Dec 06 04:14

Blumenthal: “Pistachio Wars”: How the Resnicks’ Snack Food Fortune is Fueling the Assault on Iran

A highly original documentary project reveals how a couple of Beverly Hills billionaires “are willing to risk war in Iran and the Middle East — all in order to boost and protect their lucrative pistachio business.”
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Dec 06 04:08

Iran will not cut oil output until sanctions are lifted — minister

Iran will not reduce its oil production output in accordance with the agreement reached in the OPEC+ format, Minister of Petroleum Bijan Namdar Zangeneh told reporters after the session of the OPEC-Non-OPEC Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC) in Vienna. "We should be excluded from any decision on output quotas in the future until sanctions are lifted," Zangeneh said. The minister did not specify the Iran's current level of production as he said it might serve as a pretext for the US to extert pressure on Tehran. "If they [the US] want to exert pressure on Iran through OPEC, this is unprofessional, and I want to add that OPEC is not part of the US Department of Energy, so it does not need instructions from the US on what to do," he added. The JMMC meeting was held in Vienna on December 5. The participants agreed to recommend OPEC members to cut output in the first half of 2019. Production will be cut by around 1 mln barrels per day.

Dec 05 12:05

"11 Times In Past Two Years": Iran Slams U.S. Attempts At Fresh Nuclear Negotiations

Seeking to humiliate the United States after it abandoned the 2015 JCPOA and reinstated crippling sanctions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made public prior U.S. efforts to restart negotiations during statements made on Tuesday.

Rouhani claimed the U.S. approached Tehran 11 times in order to begin negotiations afresh over a period of the last two years. Rouhani confidently noted that all of these overtures were firmly rejected by Iran.

Dec 05 11:50

Blain: "Are We Backing The Wrong Country In The Saudi-Iran Race"

A digression: Saudi vs Iran?

I had a number of comments about Monday’s porridge on the significance of Qatar pulling out of Opec, and what next for Saudi. What is the relevance for markets they asked?

That’s interesting question. Donald Trump recently told us that his successful negotiations and personal relationship with Mohammed bin Salman attracted planned investment of $450 bln into the US, including $110 bln in defence orders, from Saudi Arabia. He warned all that could be undone if we don’t turn a blind eye to the Khashoggi murder.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Americans were permitted to travel there, I would love to tour Iran.

The art; the music; the continuity of history; the push the country is making toward educating both their young men, and their young women, encourages me to think that given time and space, it could be absolutely thriving state, and a great trading partner for the world

Unfortunately, Netanyahu's usual dystopian, hubristic view of Iran means only one thing; it must be destroyed in a horrendous war, but that the costs of such a war will only be borne...in American blood, and American money.

It is more than a little disconcerting to me, that President Trump's two best friends in the Middle East, are Prince bin Salman, the Saudi Butcher of Yemen, and Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, the Israeli Butcher of Gaza.

Dec 05 11:41

Pompeo Says US Committed to Confront Iran Via Maximum Pressure

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reaffirmed during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday US commitment to confront the threat posed from Iran by applying the maximum pressure campaign, the Department of State said in a press release.

"He [Pompeo] reiterated America’s resolve in confronting the totality of the Iranian regime’s threats through maximum pressure," the release said on Monday.

Dec 05 11:41

Iran Deploys Fleet to Gulf of Aden as Rouhani Threatens to Block Hormuz Strait

Tehran earlier warned Washington against limiting its energy exports, vowing to otherwise close the exit from the Persian Gulf. Considering that a significant part of the world's oil exports goes through the strait at the Gulf's mouth, such a blockade could strongly affect the global energy market.

The Iranian Students' News Agency reported, citing Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, that Iran has deployed 58 fleets to the northern Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden, situated just outside of the Persian Gulf — the source to a major part of the world's oil exports.

In an address to the people of Semnan Province on 4 December, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated threats to prevent all oil exports from the Persian Gulf in the event the US curbs Tehran's own exports.

Dec 05 11:07

Reuters Creates Fakenews About Iran - Intentionally Conflates Two Different Missiles - Misquotes Official

The Reuters piece conflates ground launched ballistic missiles with air-to-air missiles that the air force commander wants to develop. The U.S. does not care about Iran's air-to-air missiles. It itself has far superior ones. The U.S. does care about Iran's ballistic missiles. But the Iranian general did not talk about those at all. The quote Reuters attributes to the Iranian general it is taken out of context and used to propagandize a non-issue.

The FARS piece Reuters cites is absolutely clear with what the air force commander means, even while its headline is probably too generalized:

Dec 05 05:01

Iran Calls on US to Stop Abusing UN Security Council

Iran's Permanent Mission to the United Nations in a statement urged the United States to halt abusing the United Nations Security Council to increase its mischievous intentions against Iran.
"Iran firmly rejects any arbitrary interpretation of the provisions of resolution 2231, according to which, Iran is called upon not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons," the statement said on Tuesday.

It said that all ballistic missiles related activities of the Islamic Republic are in full conformity with the relevant provisions of the UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorses the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) -- the official title assigned to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal reached between Tehran and six world powers.

The full text of statement by Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations is as follows:>>>

US Accepts UN Resolution Not Banning Iran's Missile Program

(*It might have something to do with The Steel ?)

Dec 04 11:56

Iran among world’s top missile powers: Defense minister

Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami says the Islamic Republic is currently one of the world’s topmost missile powers despite being subject to severe sanctions during the past 40 years.

“Today, Iran is among the world’s topmost powers in building missiles, radars, armored vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs),” the Iranian defense minister said in an exclusive interview with IRNA on Sunday, emphasizing that Iran's defense power is meant to send the message of peace and friendship to other nations.

"Iran has managed to attain a very desirable and acceptable performance in the field of defensive products and the Defense Ministry has become self-sufficient in defense industry despite tough sanctions [imposed] by the [global] arrogant system in 40 years," he added.

Dec 04 11:20

U.S. Aircraft Carrier Heads To Persian Gulf In "Show Of Force" After Iran Ballistic Missile Test

Days after Iran unveiled its first stealth destroyer in a televised ceremony on Saturday which saw the warship launched into operation in the Persian Gulf, and after the US condemned Iran's test firing a medium-range nuclear capable ballistic missile on Sunday, Pentagon officials have announced the U.S. is sending an aircraft carrier strike group to the Persian Gulf in a show of force against Iran.

Dec 04 10:15

FARS NEWS AGENCY: Massive Propaganda War Launched against Iran by US

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President's Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi warned that Washington which has been disappointed at military assault against Iran has now resorted to propaganda warfare.

"In the new era, the US is no more focused on the issue of military attack and has planned and executed a major propaganda and psychological war against Iran," Vaezi said on Monday.

He also said that an extremist stream in the US which has always pursued the overthrow of the Islamic Republic in Iran has again gained power and is making shared attempts with Israel and Saudi Arabia to achieve its desired objectives.

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Dec 04 09:34

Iran deploys massive naval force to Persian Gulf after Rouhani threatens to block Strait of Hormuz

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Islamic Republic of Iran has allegedly deployed a massive naval contingent to the Persian Gulf, today, after the nation’s president, Hassan Rouhani, threatened to block the vital Strait of Hormuz.

Dec 04 09:27

Does Israel's Northern Op Mean War With Hezbollah and Iran?

After weeks of hints that a big military operation is in the offing, Israel has launched a broad operation against Hezbollah tunnels. A snap audio-analysis with Haaretz's senior military correspondent Amos Harel

Dec 04 09:11

Iran’s Steel Exports Up by 23%

Dec 03 11:02

Here We Go Again: US Accuses Iran of Hiding Chemical Weapons

CNN reports last week that: “The Trump administration is set to accuse Iran of violating the international treaty that bars the use of chemical weapons.

The White House notified lawmakers on Friday that it would declare Iran is violating the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention because it has kept the equipment and facilities needed to produce them, not because it is actively making or using such weapons.

Two senior US officials tell CNN that the charge will not trigger immediate penalties, but could be used as justification to file claims against Iran with international organizations going forward.”

P News Washington also reports that the announcement:

Dec 02 09:36

IRAN LAUNCHES NEW DOMESTIC BUILT STEALTH DESTROYER IN PERSIAN GULF

On Saturday Iran unveiled its first stealth destroyer in a televised ceremony wherein the warship was launched into operation in the Persian Gulf at a moment that tensions with the US continue to soar.

The Sahand stealth capable ship is also entirely Iranian-made and will be based at Iran's naval base in Bandar Abbas on the Gulf. Military officials touted its capability of deploying for five months on the seas without resupply, and cutting edge defense technology including electronic warfare capabilities, surface-to-air missiles, and torpedo launchers, and most importantly its purported ability to evade enemy radar.

The Sahand has stealth capabilities, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles and electronic warfare capabilities, state TV IRNA reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a natural outcome of the threats made by Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States against Iran.

I mean, come on: were the Iranians just supposed to roll over and play dead, because of their alleged "existential threat" to Israel or Saudi Arabia?!?

Iran is doing what any intelligent country in the world would do, were they threatened in the way the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel have threatened it; they are upping their ante on weapons production and scientific knowledge, with which they would hope to defend themselves, should they be attacked by any, and all of these entities.

Dec 02 09:29

US SECRETARY OF STATE POMPEO CONDEMNS IRAN MISSILE TEST

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday condemned what he described as Iran’s testing of a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple warheads as a violation of the international agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program.

Amid tension between Washington and Tehran over ballistic missiles, Pompeo warned in a statement released on Twitter that Iran is increasing its “testing and proliferation” of missiles and called on the Islamic Republic to “cease these activities.”

US President Donald Trump pulled out of an international nuclear agreement in May and reimposed sanctions on Tehran, criticising the deal for not including curbs on Iran’s development of ballistic missiles or its support for proxies in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Will SOMEONE in the room please give Pompeo some Calcium and Magnesium, please, before the guy has a conniption?!?

Here is the UN resolution on these issues:

Here is what the resolution actually states:

Resolution 2231 (2015)

Ballistic missile-related transfers and activities
What are the restrictions on Iranian ballistic missile activities?
Paragraph 3 of Annex B of resolution 2231 (2015) calls upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.

What are the restrictions on ballistic missile-related transfers to or activities with Iran?

Resolution 2231 (2015)The document goes on to state:

"Ballistic missile-related transfers and activities

What are the restrictions on Iranian ballistic missile activities?
Paragraph 3 of Annex B of resolution 2231 (2015) calls upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.

What are the restrictions on ballistic missile-related transfers to or activities with Iran?

Pursuant to paragraph 4 of Annex B of resolution 2231 (2015), if approved in advance on a case-by-case basis by the Security Council, all States may participate in and permit:

the supply, sale or transfer directly or indirectly from their territories, or by their nationals or using their flag vessels or aircraft to or from Iran, or for the use in or benefit of Iran, and whether or not originating in their territories."

But, unfortunately for his outrage (which needs a separate room for some rational containment at this point, )Mr. Pompeo cannot prove that these missiles are being engineered for nuclear usage; they are simply medium range ballistic missiles which are capable of carrying multiple warheads. And with so many countries looking to attempt to take a "bite" out of Iran, (like Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the US), why does Iran not have the right to take care of itself militarily, and work on domestically produced missiles with which which can defend itself?!?

Oh, and Mr. Pompeo, one more thing that you didn't get with your morning "memos" a couple of months ago, must have been the following;

Per IAEA inspections, Iran still compliant on the P5+30 deal

So, Sir, if the IAEA states that Iran is still in compliance with the P5+1 agreement, how in the name of heaven can you state, with a straight face, that the test Iran did "violates UNSCR 2231", when you cannot prove, incontrovertibly, that the test was for a nuclear bomb?!? The short, moral and logical answer is, you cannot.

Multiple, Sir: not nuclear.One begins with an M, not an O.

Oh, and while we're talking about the Middle East nuclear weapons proliferation issue, and the rhino snoring fitfully in the living room,(spoiler alert: Israel's nuclear weapons), can you please explain to my brother and sister Americans why the American tax payers are still paying for weapons and defense for this country, when such action is Constitutionally forbidden by the Symington and Glenn Amendments?!?

Any enlightenment here, Mr. Pompeo?!? Why does Congress choose to break the law, over and over again, by providing funding and weapons for Israel, while homeless Vets sleep rough in our streets; our infrastructure is collapsing in front of us; and we are living in a Thirdworldistan nation, at this point in the history of the Unhinged, Surveilled, State of Amerika.

Dec 01 17:57

Military warns EMP attack could wipe out America, ‘democracy, world order’

In an extraordinary and sobering report meant to educate the nation on a growing threat, a new military study warns that an electromagnetic pulse weapon attack such as those developed by North Korea, Russia, and Iran could essentially challenge the United States and displace millions.

Dec 01 10:22

Iran: Diplomacy Only Solution to Syrian Crisis

Special Assistant to Iran's Foreign Minister in Political Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari renewed Tehran's support for a political solution to the Syrian crisis, and said that the West should bring to a halt its support for the terrorist groups.

"Iran has been staunch supporter of reaching a peaceful and political solution to the crisis in Syria," Jaberi Ansari said.

The remarks by the special assistant to Iran's foreign minister in political affairs came after his meetings and talks with Syrian and Russian representatives to Astana peace talks on November 28-29 in the Kazakh capital.

Senior officials from Iran, Russia and Turkey met at the 11th round of the Astana peace talks in the Kazakh capital as part of efforts to find a permanent political solution to settle the Syrian crisis.

Dec 01 10:18

Putin ratifies interim agreement on EAEU-Iran free trade zone

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law ratifying a temporary agreement on formation of a free trade zone between the Eurasian Economic Union and Iran.

he relevant law, published on the official Internet portal of legal information, was ratified by the State Duma and the Federation Council (two houses of the Russian parliament) on November 15 and 23, respectively.

"To ratify the interim agreement on formation of a free trade zone between the Eurasian Economic Union and its member states, for one part, and the Islamic Republic of Iran, on the other part, signed in Astana on May 17, 2018," the document says.

The agreement signed in Astana on May 17, 2018 sets the main rules of trade between the EAEU and Iran most closely to those of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which Iran does not belong to

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was an utterly brilliant move on Putin's part, as he is working as hard as he can, to keep the country of Iran in the best economic state possible, while making President Trump appear petulant and short-sited, courtesy of the United States' withdrawal from the P5+1 agreement.

Dec 01 09:46

LIKELY BEX - Pompeo Accuses Iran of Ballistic Missile Test Launch, Violating UNSC Ban

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of a test launch of a ballistic missile on Saturday, claiming that the test was conducted in violation of the UN Security Council's resolution.

"The Iranian regime has just test-fired a medium range ballistic missile that is capable of carrying multiple warheads. The missile has a range that allows it to strike parts of Europe and anywhere in the Middle East. This test violates UN Security Council resolution 2231 that bans Iran from undertaking 'any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology,'" Pompeo claimed in a statement.

Nov 30 10:13

US Treasury Targeting More Iranian Bitcoin Users

A few days ago the US department of treasury came out with new sanctions against two Iranians who allegedly were involved in hacking of websites. The treasury department accuses these individuals of using ransomware to hold sites hostage and then demanding Bitcoin as payment to release their hold on the sites...

Nov 30 07:55

Is the Trump Administration Pivoting the Fight in Syria Toward a War with Iran?

The largest American military base in Syria covers more than five hundred acres, but it can’t be seen from the road. When I visited in mid-October, on the condition that I not reveal the exact location, I thought my taxi-driver had brought me to the wrong place. All I saw were a few Kurdish soldiers standing around a barricade. But, past the checkpoint and up a hill, a vast encampment spread out before us. The perimeter was constructed of dirt berms, sod-filled gabions, and razor wire. The runway was more than a mile long, and sunk below grade, so that planes would seem to disappear as they landed. There were hastily constructed wood buildings, huge clamshell tents, stacks of shipping containers, rows of white trucks and sport-utility vehicles, prefabricated trailers housing showers and latrines, and a dusty athletic field where soldiers were jogging around a track in the desert twilight.

Nov 30 07:35

State Dept: Military Option Remains on the Table Against Iran

In the course of reiterating allegations that Iran is sending small arms and drones to its allies abroad, the US State Department also issued a threat to attack Iran. They warned the US “will not hesitate to use military force” and that the option remains open for Iran.

The US has been threatening to attack Iran for decades now. The threats had calmed down in recent years, with the P5+1 nuclear deal, but with the deal subsequently dishonored by the Trump Administration, it seems the old status quo of constant sanctions and threats is returning.

The allegations about drones and arms center around Pentagon-provided images of wreckage which they say contained the logos of Iranian arms makers. The arms shipments are said to center on Yemen, in keeping with Saudi allegations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if these images have, perchance, been photoshopped or changed in any way, in order to justify an agenda.

But I would strongly caution President Trump; if we go toe to toe against Iran, the Russians will most probably come in on Iran's side. And the world has seen, in Syria, just how well Russia's weaponry has evolved.

Mr. President, a word here; this action is called on upon by Israel, Sheldon Adelson, and possibly Saudi Arabia. And all these countries fully expect for this war to be fought at only the costs of American blood... and American money.

Nov 29 12:01

Ayatollah Khamenei: Iran not seeking to start war with any country

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran is not seeking war with any country, but the Armed Forces should develop their capabilities to deter any potential aggressor.

Addressing the Navy’s commanders and officials on the occasion of the National Navy Day in Tehran on Wednesday, Ayatollah Khamenei said the Islamic Republic faced many enemies and competitors.

“That reality – alongside the need for the country to address the areas where it is lagging behind – necessitates additional and extraordinary diligence in all spheres, including naval power,” the Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei further said Iran does not intend to start war against any country, but the Armed Forces should “boost their preparedness as much as possible so that enemies of Iran would not even dare threaten this great nation.”

Nov 29 11:57

Putin ratifies interim agreement on EAEU-Iran free trade zone

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law ratifying a temporary agreement on formation of a free trade zone between the Eurasian Economic Union and Iran

Nov 29 10:24

When You Want To Sanction States, You Call Them «Terrorists»

For his visit to Moscow on 8 November, ambassador James Jeffrey was tasked with explaining the current US obsession with the expansion of Persian influence in the Arab world (Saudi Arabia, Bahrein, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen). Washington now wishes to formulate this question in geo-strategic rather than religious terms (Chiites/Sunni), while Teheran is organising its national defence around forward posts composed of Chiite Arabs.

Moscow then considered the possibility of negotiating on Teheran’s behalf for the easing of unilateral US sanctions, in exchange for its military withdrawal from Syria. President Vladimir Putin confirmed his proposition, not only for his US opposite number, but also for the Israëli Prime Minister, during their meeting in Paris on 11 November for the celebrations marking the centenary of the end of the First World War .

Nov 29 10:05

Frankfurt Mayor Calls Jerusalem 'Capital of Israel'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been attempting to prevent European countries from moving their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and thereby acknowledging it as the capital of the Jewish state. This is in wake of the US decision to do so earlier in 2018.

Frankfurt Mayor Uwe Becker said during a speech at the German-Israel Congress on 25 November that 'Jerusalem is the capital of Israel', Rogel Rachman, an Israeli diplomat at the Berlin embassy reported on his Twitter page. According to the Jerusalem Post, Becker also urged Berlin to freeze ties with Iran until the latter starts admitting Israel's right to exist.

Nov 29 10:03

British Royal Air Force kicks off ‘combat readiness’ drills with Saudi Arabia

London has sent its airpower and servicemen for a joint drill with Saudi Arabia, despite international pressure to wind down military cooperation with Riyadh after the Khashoggi murder and amid its devastating war in Yemen.

Around 200 Royal Air Force (RAF) servicemen and eight Typhoon jets are now in Saudi Arabia taking part in a ‘pre-planned’ Green Flag exercise to help the Royal Saudi Air Forces (RSAF) maintain its combat readiness.

“The British Royal Air Force aims to integrate all combat systems, including air combat, air support and electronic warfare, and especially how to use them against the enemy’s land defense systems for maximum operational efficiency,” Major General Haidar bin Rafie Al-Omari of the RSAF said on Monday.

Nov 29 09:44

US Accuses Iran of Launching Missile Capable of Reaching Europe

According to the State Department, Tehran is producing several types of missiles that threaten US partner countries in the Middle East and jeopardise American forces in the region.

'Today, the United States is unveiling new evidence of Iran’s ongoing missile proliferation', US Special Envoy for Iran Brian Hook claimed. 'The Iranian threat is growing and we are accumulating risk of escalation in the region if we fail to act', he added.

Nov 28 09:01

 HOW THE US USES THE "LEFTIST" MEK GROUP FOR SOFT AGGRESSION AGAINST IRAN

WASHINGTON’S PULLING OUT OF THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL AND SUBSEQUENTLY RENEWED SANCTIONS COME AS US NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR APPOINTEE JOHN BOLTON’S EXISTENTIAL OBJECTIVE TO DESTROY IRAN BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY EVEN IF IT MEANS LEVERAGING THE SOFT POWER OF A CULTISH DEATH SQUAD.

US President Donald Trump ramped up the threat with a Game of Thrones meme warning Iran, with a November 5 deadline, that “Sanctions are Coming.” Qasem Soleimani, a Major General in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, responded with a meme of his own that Friday with the message “I will stand against you.”

More than just rhetoric, the exchange signified the high pomp the mention of sanctions posted to the Islamic Republic following an extensive international campaign by the US and Iranian expat and separatist allies to maximize their impacts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem here is, that if the sanctions, and the actions of MEK, do not create "regime change", or "regime behaviour", however you want to say it, the US is looking at slogging toward a war against Iran; this will most likely mean a war against Russia, as Iran and Russia have an old, productive, and stable relationship, just as Russia has had with Syria.

One can see, very clearly, how Russia aided its friend Syria, by assisting to get out the jihadis, many of whom were trained and funded by the US; I would sincerely doubt that would change, if there is an attack on Iran, and you would see Putin rush to Iran's aid militarily in a heartbeat, at that point.

The US military doesn't have the troop strength; the manufacturing; the money; or the weaponry to guarantee a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia and Iran.

Of course, neither Sheldon Adelson nor Bibi Netanyahu are very concerned about it; after all, they fully are on board the position of the costs of such a war, both in blood and money, will fully be paid by the US government.

Oh, and BTW; don't be startled, if after the turn of the year, there is a return to the draft for this country, to get the numbers up.

Nov 27 05:37

Who Says Economic Sanctions Work?

One need only to look at North Korea and Iraq to see that the new oil embargo on Iran will fail too.
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Not surprising, sanctions have rarely—if ever—succeeded in obtaining their desired results. The poster child for successful sanctions as a vehicle for change—divestment in South Africa during the 1980s in opposition to the Apartheid regime—is in reality a red herring. The South Africa sanctions were in fact counterproductive, in so far as they prompted even harsher policies from the South African government. The demise of Apartheid came about largely because the Soviet Union collapsed, meaning the South African government was no longer needed in the fight against communism.

Another myth that has arisen around sanctions is their utility in addressing nonproliferation issues. Since 1994, the U.S. has promulgated non-proliferation sanctions under the guise of executive orders signed by the president or statutes passed by Congress. But there is no evidence that sanctions implemented under these authorities have meaningfully altered the behaviors that they target.>>>

Nov 26 12:30

Another Iranian Earthquake

Yesterday night a strong earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale hit near the Iran-Iraq border. A number of buildings were damaged and about 640 people were injured. The injured number is likely to go up over the next few days.....

Nov 23 11:48

U.S. ambassador: Iran failed to declare all chemical weapons to global agency

Iran has not declared all its chemical weapons capabilities to the global chemical weapons agency in The Hague, in violation of an international non-proliferation convention, the U.S. ambassador to the organisation said on Thursday.

Ambassador Kenneth Ward told a meeting of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) that Iran had failed to report a production facility for the filling of aerial bombs and maintains a programme to obtain banned toxic munitions.

There was no immediate Iranian reaction to the remarks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yet more demonization of Iran, with utterly no incontrovertible proof.

Demonization of a country, coupled with sanctions against it, are generally the preludes to a war against that country.

Nov 22 11:09

Iranian Charity Receiving Bitcoin Donations

Some of us when we think of Bitcoin we think of money, or PayPal. What we rarely think about is how Bitcoin can be used as a way for charities to obtain donations. Over the last several years there has been an increase in charities around the world which accept crypto currency donations...

Nov 22 09:35

IRAQ REFUSES TO COMPLY WITH U.S. SANCTIONS ON IRAN?

The Iraqi government is refusing to comply with a second round of United States economic sanctions targeting Iran's crucial energy, shipping and banking sectors. “The decision isn’t international, Iraqi, or part of a United Nations resolution—it's an American one,” Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi explained in reference to Baghdad's position to not “respect” the financial penalties. He added that Iraq "does not accept dictates" and is not obligated to fall in line with US foreign policy or any "aggression" against another country.

The announcement comes after Iraqi President Barham Salih over the weekend visited Tehran, where he discussed with his counterpart Hassan Rouhani ways to enhance bilateral ties as well as the potential establishment of free trade zones along the shared border. The trip raised eyebrows in Washington, which fears growing Iranian influence over Baghdad could offset a fifteen-year military and diplomatic effort to rebuild Iraq in its image.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on Iraq!!

And had the US government not insisted on de-baathification shortly after its occupation of Baghdad, perhaps the Iraqis would not have had to put up with such a corrupt, US-centric government in the aftermath, causing them, this year, to create a coalition centered around Muqtada Al Sadr, the Shiite scholar who right now is the most powerful person in Iraq, without a title or official role in the government.

Nov 21 11:35

Russia offered Israel deal to remove Iran from Syria in return for US sanctions relief

Russian President Vladimir Putin offered Israel a deal which would see Iranian-backed forces removed from Syria in return for relief from recently re-imposed US sanctions on Iran.

The deal was revealed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a closed hearing of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee on Monday and exposed by Axios yesterday.

It is thought that Putin made the offer during a brief meeting with Netanyahu in Paris on the sidelines of a First World War commemoration on 11 November. At the time, Netanyahu described the meeting as “good and practical,” adding: “I would even describe it as very important”. Neither party revealed details of the discussion.

Nov 20 18:31

‘Are we also to blame for not raking Cali forests?’ Iran FM blasts Trump’s statement backing Saudis

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has denounced the White House’s “shameful statement on Saudi atrocities” for blaming all sorts of ills on his country, asking on Twitter if Tehran will next be blamed for California wildfires.

“Mr. Trump bizarrely devotes the FIRST paragraph of his shameful statement on Saudi atrocities to accuse IRAN of every sort of malfeasance he can think of. Perhaps we’re also responsible for the California fires, because we didn’t help rake the forests — just like the Finns do?” Zarif tweeted on Tuesday.

Nov 20 11:45

US economic sanctions restrict Iran's access to medical, health services: IRIMC

The Islamic Republic of Iran Medical Council (IRIMC) says illegal economic sanctions imposed by the United States against Tehran have negative impacts on the country's health sector, calling for an immediate and humanitarian solution to the issue.

The illegal US economic sanctions and restrictions in foreign trade have seriously affected Iran's access to health and medical services, medicine and medical essentials, IRIMC President Iradj Fazel and Chairperson of the Supreme Council Mohammad Reza Zafarqandi said in a Monday letter to United Nations Secretary General António Guterres.

They added that the US unilateral sanctions, which took effect after Washington's withdrawal from the multilateral nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in May had harmful impacts on Iran's health services.

Nov 20 11:35

Trump administration hawks putting US on course for war with Iran, report warns

Donald Trump has surrounded himself with hardliners in his administration who have openly called for bombing Iran and carrying out regime change, says a new report, which also warns of the possibility of a military confrontation being engineered through provocative action.

Senior members of the US administration, which has pulled out of the nuclear deal with Tehran unilaterally, have vocalised its desire to destroy the agreement and cripple the Iranian economy in the process, the document prepared by the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) points out.

The report holds, however, that there is a chance of averting a violent scenario following the American midterm elections, which have given the Democrats control of the House of Representatives. There are Republicans as well as Democrats who are wary of the hawkish approach of some of Mr Trump’s advisers, and a bipartisan approach may pave the way for the deal to be saved and even for Washington to rejoin it in the future.

Nov 20 10:34

Trump administration hawks putting US on course for war with Iran, report warns

Donald Trump has surrounded himself with hardliners in his administration who have openly called for bombing Iran and carrying out regime change, says a new report, which also warns of the possibility of a military confrontation being engineered through provocative action.

Senior members of the US administration, which has pulled out of the nuclear deal with Tehran unilaterally, have vocalised its desire to destroy the agreement and cripple the Iranian economy in the process, the document prepared by the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) points out.

The report holds, however, that there is a chance of averting a violent scenario following the American midterm elections, which have given the Democrats control of the House of Representatives. There are Republicans as well as Democrats who are wary of the hawkish approach of some of Mr Trump’s advisers, and a bipartisan approach may pave the way for the deal to be saved and even for Washington to rejoin it in the future.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whoever put this report together has no real grasp of American geopolitics, and what outside players largely create its foreign policies, particularly for the Middle East.

When it comes to foreign interventions, DC is a "one-party town"; that of the warmongers.

Democrats and Republicans will all band together on this one, and for one, un-named reason; that is the monumental impact both AIPAC and Israel hold over American politics.

IF Israel and AIPAC want this war to go forward, trust me, no matter who is on what side of the Aisle, Congress will confirm this in absolute lock step; to not have AIPAC's and Israel's support means you either won't get into the House or Senate, or if you do, it will be for one term only.

American politicians understand this; not going Israel and AIPAC's way is the KOD (kiss of death) for American politicians, sort of like ingesting a large gulp of geopolitical Kryptonite.

I am very concerned at seeing this move forward, which I believe it most probably will, after the turn of the first of next year.

Russia and China may well come in on Iran's side; and right now, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the money; the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive result from a conventional war against Iran.

The IAEA (comprised of some very bright, capable people) is still attesting to the reality that Iran is still abiding by the rules of the P5+1.

That the US has withdrawn from it is a first salvo toward a war against it.

Were I a betting person, I would not bet against the resurrection of the Draft in this country, in advance of such a move.

But one thing DC needs to hear and understand, is this; Israel wants this war conducted ONLY... at the costs of American blood... and American money.

Nov 20 09:57

US promises to ‘disrupt’ oil shipments to Syria, sanctions Russian & Iranian companies

The US has introduced sanctions against what it called a network of petroleum shipments to Syria, including Russian and Iranian companies and individuals. Washington says it wants to disrupt shipments to Syrian-owned ports.
Six individuals have been sanctioned over oil shipments to Syria, the US Treasury Department has said. Three institutions have also been sanctioned.

In addition to the fresh measures, the US Coast Guard has issued an advisory warning of “significant sanctions risks” on petroleum shipments to Syria. The US has promised that it will “disrupt” any attempted shipments to government-owned ports in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"How DARE you do business with each other! How Dare you, to dare, to DARE!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Nov 20 09:00

THE ONLY REGIME CHANGE THAT IS NEEDED IS IN WASHINGTON

But my vote for the most magnificent nut in an Administration that is overflowing with such talent would be the esteemed United States Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey. The accolade is in part due to the fact that Jeffrey started out relatively sane as a career diplomat with the State Department, holding ambassadorships in Iraq, Turkey, and Albania. He had to work hard to become as demented as he now is but was helped along the way by signing on as a visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), which is a spin-off of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears to me, that my brother and sister Americans are back to a status quo ante, a status of feudal vassals, as we were before the American revolution.

And why do I say this?

Although this can be expressed as a grasp of the in-your-face obvious,the cold, hard reality that the government is only responsive to the already monied, to and certain foreign governments, Israel being among the worst offenders, in terms of having very effectively hijacked American foreign policy to their own ends.

What is great for Israel, is not at all necessarily good for We the People.

Yes, there are moments when a common good for both countries align; but in the world of the 21st century, those moments are consistently fewer and farther between, particularly when comes to the Zionist vision of "Eretz Israel", which means carving off hunks of adjacent countries to perfect and achieve that vision.

The maps tell the story:

Current map of Israel

Map: Eretz Israel

Notice the hunks of Iraq, Syria, Saudia Arabia, Jordan,Lebanon, Egypt and Iraq which will have to be conquered by Israel in order for this "vision" of Eretz Israel to be achieved?!?

It is no accident that Israel cheered for the US invasion and occupation of Iraq; it is no accident that they have cheered the illegal and unwanted US military actions against Syria, including funding and arming the jihadists against the government; it is no accident that they have started the "political rapprochement" process with Saudi Arabia, which they are hoping to use as a proxy force against Iran, working with the US military, as they have been doing in Yemen; and it is no accident that Israel fully expects the US to go to war against Iran for it.

But as always with Israel, these "wins" are only to be purchased primarily at the cost of American blood, and American money.

I look at the media buys the military has been doing lately, with a lot of saturation ads, to encourage our young men and women to join; but the US military is in one horrifically awful dilemma right now.

They don't have the troop strength; the weaponry; the manufacturing (outsourced in the 80s, to make way for the alleged "service economy")or the money to insure a successful outcome to a conventional war against Russia and/or China.

With the mid-terms over, before there is a war against Russia, China, and/or Iran, I would not bet against the re-institution of the draft, coupled with continuing demonization of Russia, China, and Iran.

Please remember the following reality, as stated on Google:

"Virtually all male U.S. citizens, regardless of where they live, and male immigrants, whether documented or undocumented, residing in the United States, who are 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service. The law says men must register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday."

Nov 20 07:35

Iran & Iraq consider replacing US dollar with local currency in trade

Apart from barter trade, Tehran and Baghdad are mulling the idea of using the Iraqi dinar for mutual transactions to reduce reliance on the US dollar amid banking problems Iran is facing due to US sanctions.

Nov 20 06:25

Iran: US has failed to stop oil exports

Nov 19 12:01

Iran Navy will continue to defend interests in high seas: Commander

A senior Iranian commander says the country's naval fleet will continue its presence in the high seas to protect Iran's national interests.

"So long as the presence of the Iranian Army's fleets is necessary to secure Iran's interests, the dispatch of the fleets to the high seas will continue," Iranian Army's Deputy Commander for Operations Rear Admiral Mahmoud Moussavi told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Sunday.

He added that Iran has a strong Navy, which should consistently maintain its presence in the high seas; otherwise, others would take advantage of its absence.

Mousavi also noted that Iran's Navy plans to dispatch its fleets to the Atlantic Ocean when required as it did in the past.

Nov 19 12:00

Russia eyeing settlements with Iran in national currencies

Russia says it may launch settlements with Iran in national currencies in order to continue bilateral cooperation despite the US sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

The announcement was made by Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak who said Moscow was moving ahead with the plan because it did not recognize the US sanctions against Iran.

"We do not recognize [the US sanctions against Iran], which were introduced unilaterally without the approval of the United Nations Security Council. We will continue seeking mechanisms for cooperation, and one of them is the settlements for supplied goods in national currencies," Novak was quoted as saying by Russia’s TASS news agency.

Nov 17 06:39

UN A Mercenary Outfit for United States

Political analyst Shabbir Hassanally says the UN has become “a means to legitimize the corruption and excesses of the American regime on humanity”.

Mr. Hassanally, in an exclusive interview with FNA, said that the UN is totally complicit with the genocide of the Yemeni people, and it is possible that the situation in Yemen “would be the final nail in the coffin of the corrupt and impotent United Nations.”

The analyst also said that the Saudi-led coalition’s deliberate targeting of civilians is aimed at making the Yemeni people move against the resistance movement.

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