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Trump is right to tell Iran the world is watching

David Ignatius – Wahington Post Think of the Iranian uprising as a bottom-up revolt by people who feel they’ve been ignored by a corrupt elite. The issues and the faces in the street are very different from those of the populist movements that swept the United States and Europe in 2016, but …

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Iran’s leader lashes out at Trump, Saudis for anti-Tehran alliance

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lashed out on Sunday against U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia’s leaders for their new regional alliance against Tehran, saying it would bear no fruit. Trump singled out Iran as a key source of funding and support for militant groups during his visit …

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Iran starts selling oil to Italy’s Eni

National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) has signed a short-term contract with Eni to sell crude, an Iranian official said on Monday, as it seeks to revive the agreement it had with the Italian oil major prior to sanctions on Tehran. “The National Iranian Oil Company has sold one cargo of …

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Iran to Sign $6 Billion Gas-Field Deal With Total, CNPC

By BENOIT FAUCON (Wall Street Journal) Iran plans to sign a preliminary $6 billion deal with Total SA on Tuesday to help develop an offshore gas field, potentially the first Western energy investment there since international sanctions were lifted this year, an oil-ministry official in Tehran said. The agreement with …

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.S. House to vote on Iran Sanctions Act renewal as soon as November

The Republican leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives plan a vote as soon as mid-November on a 10-year reauthorization of the Iran Sanctions Act, congressional aides told Reuters on Tuesday. The act, which expires on Dec. 31, is one of the major pieces of unfinished business facing lawmakers when …

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Iran’s latest strategy to mock U.S. politics? Broadcast presidential debates and ‘House of Cards

Watching Iranian television these days has a bit of a Washington flavor. There’s the presidential debates, for instance, as well as the popular political series “House of Cards.” The reason for the spotlight on politics, real and imagined? It’s Tehran’s latest swipe to point out corruption in the United States …

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Revolutionary Guards commander says Iran’s missile work will not stop: state TV

A senior Revolutionary Guards commander has said that Iran’s ballistic missile program will not stop under any circumstances and that Tehran has missiles ready to be fired, according to Iranian state television. Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh made his comments after a series of ballistic missile tests conducted by guard …

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Saudi King Salman calls for others not to interfere in kingdom

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Sunday called on other countries not to interfere in the kingdom’s internal affairs in what appeared to be a rebuke to Riyadh’s main foe Iran, which it accuses of attempting to stir unrest. “It is our right to defend ourselves, without interfering in the affairs …

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Iran’s Zarif says does not know about BBC journalist

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday he did not know about the case of a former BBC Persian journalist who was reported to have been arrested at his home in Tehran. Bahman Daroshafaei was detained on Wednesday, according to the opposition website Kaleme.com. “I read about this …

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Ethnocentrism, the weakness of Iranian democratic movements

Ava Homa The Iranian government crushed the popular “Green movement” in less than a year, which began in June 2009 and took millions to the streets. Sporadic democratic movements continue to sprout but with no tangible result. What the opposition does not comprehend is that the brutal crackdown by the …

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