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  • Powell aides go public on rift with Bush

    05/05/2004 7:05:09 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 31 replies · 220+ views
    Guardian ^ | 05/06/04 | Gary Younge
    Powell aides go public on rift with Bush Chief of staff says secretary of state is fed up with apologising for the administration and is disdainful of 'ideological' hawks Gary Younge in New York Thursday May 6, 2004 The Guardian Colin Powell's key aide has described US sanctions policy against countries such as Pakistan and Cuba as "the dumbest policy on the face of the Earth". In an article in GQ magazine Larry Wilkerson, chief of staff of the United States secretary of state, bemoans Mr Powell's firefighting role in President George Bush's cabinet. "He has spent as much time...
  • US requires Judea-Samaria goods to be labeled

    01/28/2016 1:12:27 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 45 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/1/16 | Ariel Soffer
    A mail from the Cargo Systems Messaging Service of the US Customs and Border Protection dated to this Saturday, and revealed by Channel 1's "Mabat" show on Thursday, shows the US is now required products from Judea and Samaria to be labeled differently. In new instructions on marking requirements sent out to American importers, goods from Judea and Samaria are not to be marked "Israel." Those who do not comply are to be sanctioned. "West Bank Country of Origin Marking Requirements," reads the title of the mail, which begins by clarifying that "the purpose of this message is to provide...
  • Reuters’ Headline Labels CIA Traitor ‘Whistle-Blower’

    01/09/2008 1:32:17 PM PST · by TexasCajun · 10 replies · 201+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | January 9, 2008 - 16:03 ET | Matthew Balan |
    Reuters, in its headline for a story reporting the death of Philip Agee, a former CIA agent turned traitor, labeled Agee a "CIA whistle-blower" ("CIA whistle-blower Philip Agee dies in Cuba [1]"). As the blog Little Green Footballs put it [2], Agee was "the traitor who exposed fellow CIA agents to violence and murder by revealing their names" in his 1975 book "Inside the Company: A CIA Diary." Agee, who had worked for the CIA for 12 years both in the United States and in Latin America, resigned from the Agency in 1968 after expressing "disagreement with U.S. support for...
  • Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: Building a case around a fraud

    01/25/2016 10:47:18 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/25/16 | Barry Shaw
    Palestinian condition is based on their repeated rejection of generous Israeli peace offers Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction campaigns are not built on any solid foundation. They are built on a hypothesis, hypothesis being a proposed explanation based on limited evidence, or no evidence at all. It is used by BDS as their starting point and its lack of intellectual depth and honesty is draped in a mantle of emotional claims and sloganeering. No need to elaborate or produce facts or statistics. Emotional sloganeering is more effective in rousing support. Something hypothetic is based on an imagined situation rather than fact....
  • Obama Pardons 21 Iranians Convicted of Violating Sanctions

    01/18/2016 5:14:26 PM PST · by don-o · 27 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1/18/16 | Adam Kredo
    The Obama administration confirmed late Sunday it had delayed the imposition of new ballistic missile sanctions on Iran to ensure the Islamic Republic released five imprisoned Americans under a secret agreement reached on the sidelines of the nuclear negotiations, according to senior administration officials. The officials confirmed that "secret" talks between U.S. and Iranian officials had been taking place for the past 14 months. In exchange for the release of the five Americans--including a Washington Post reporter and Christian pastor--the Obama administration pardoned or dropped charges on 21 Iranians convicted of violating U.S. sanctions, including seven who had been detained...
  • McDonald's in Iran? It's VERY complicated

    01/18/2016 11:43:35 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    wsbt ^ | 1-18-2016 | Heather Long, CNNMoney
    How McDonald's gets to Tehran American titans like McDonald's or Apple are left in a very awkward place by the deal. There's clear demand for their products (at least from some Iranians), and it's a "new" market of 80 million people, about 60% of which are under age 30. The problem is, U.S. companies still can't open a store or restaurant in Iran. However, a European subsidiary could. "If a company like Apple or HP wants to get involved with Iran, it would have to do it with their foreign subsidiaries," explains Patrick Clawson, research director at the Washington Institute...
  • Iran deal 'historic success for diplomacy' - Germany

    01/18/2016 12:02:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 17 Jan 2016 14:23 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    The July 2015 agreement officially entered into force after key United Nations confirmation that Tehran has shrunk its atomic program, triggering the lifting of painful international sanctions on the Islamic republic. "The Iranian nuclear program will now for many years be subjected to strict technical restrictions and close monitoring," said Steinmeier, whose country was among the six world powers that negotiated the landmark deal with Tehran. ...
  • EU lifts Iran sanctions, says nuclear deal met (Pssst - there is no deal...)

    01/16/2016 3:48:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    AFP via MSN ^ | 1/16/16
    Iran has complied with last July's nuclear deal, the UN atomic watchdog said Saturday, allowing sanctions to be lifted and the landmark accord to enter into force. The International Atomic Energy Agency said that its "inspectors on the ground verified that Iran has carried out all measures required under the (July deal)... to enable Implementation Day to occur." The United States has received the IAEA report confirming that Iran has honored its side of the nuclear accord, and will proceed to lift its economic sanctions.
  • IAEA green lights Iran sanctions relief

    01/16/2016 3:19:46 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/1/16 | Ari Soffer
    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said that Iran has fulfilled its initial obligations under the terms of the nuclear deal reached with world powers last July, paving the way for the first stage of sanctions relief. The IAEA's announcement came just hours after a breakthrough prisoner swap with the United States saw four American citizens freed in return for the release of seven Iranians jailed in the US. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano hailed the announcement as "an important day for the international community." Sanctions relief to Tehran will see billions of dollars in trade and unfrozen funds...
  • US, EU lift sanctions against Iran amid landmark nuke deal

    01/16/2016 2:12:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 16, 2016 4:52 PM EST | George Jahn and Bradley Klapper
    The U.N. nuclear agency certified Saturday that Iran has met all of its commitments under last summer's landmark nuclear deal, crowning years of U.S.-led efforts to crimp Iran's ability to make atomic weapons. For Iran, the move lifts Western economic sanctions that have been in place for years, unlocking access to $100 billion in frozen assets and unleashing new opportunities for its battered economy. "The multinational economic and financial sanctions related to Iran's nuclear program are lifted," Federica Mogherini, the European Union's foreign policy chief, said in a joint statement also read in Farsi by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad...
  • Iran to buy 114 jets from Airbus - Tasnim news agency

    01/16/2016 11:58:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Jan 16, 2016 6:23pm GMT | Sam Wilkin and Tim Hepher
    Iran plans to buy 114 civil aircraft from European aircraft maker Airbus, the transport minister was quoted as saying on Saturday, ahead of the anticipated lifting of international sanctions on Iran. "We have taken the first step in agreeing with Airbus to buy 114 planes," Abbas Akhoondi was quoted as saying by the Tasnim news agency. Airbus said it was not engaging in commercial talks with Iran until sanctions had been lifted. ...
  • Iran pours concrete into nuclear reactor, expects sanctions relief

    01/15/2016 12:52:53 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/15/2016 | By Carol Morello
    <p>Iran removed the core of its plutonium reactor and filled it with concrete Monday, paving the way for economic and financial sanctions to be lifted soon.</p> <p>The work that effectively rendered the reactor at Arak harmless was the last major hurdle for Iran to fulfill its commitments under a landmark deal reached just shy of six months ago in Vienna. The International Atomic Energy Agency must verify that everything was done satisfactorily before U.S. and international sanctions can be lifted. But that is expected to take days, not weeks.</p>
  • Deputy foreign minister: Moscow won't leave US’ further anti-Russian sanctions unanswered (12/23)

    01/15/2016 6:04:35 AM PST · by huldah1776
    APA ^ | 23 December 2015 | N/A
    Baku-APA. Moscow will not leave the United States' further anti-Russian sanctions unanswered, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told TASS on Tuesday, APA reports quoting TASS. "This situation can be characterized by such proverbs as 'a wise man changes his mind, a fool never will' or 'you might as well be talking to a brick wall,'" he said. "Being absolutely aware that all their attempts to influence us through sanctions are doomed to failure, colleagues from Washington nevertheless are sticking to their false opinion. It is a 'shot in one's own leg' from the point of view of Russian-US relations,...
  • White House delays imposing new sanctions on Iran: WSJ

    01/01/2016 6:07:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/01/16
    The White House has delayed imposing new financial sanctions on Iran over its ballistic-missile program, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. On Wednesday, the Journal, citing U.S. officials, said the Obama administration was preparing to sanction nearly a dozen companies and individuals in Iran, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates for their role in developing Iran's ballistic-missile program. The U.S. sanctions were expected to be formally announced this week, the newspaper said.
  • Rouhani hits back at Obama, expands missile program

    12/31/2015 4:56:49 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31.12.15 | Ari Yashar
    A day after reports that US President Barack Obama is planning new sanctions on companies taking part in Iran's ballistic missile program, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani came out swinging Thursday, giving an order to escalate the missile program. Rouhani issued a decree to Iranian Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan to accelerate Iran's production of "various types of missiles," reports the Iranian state-run PressTV. According to the report Wednesday, the potential new sanctions would target about 12 companies and individuals in Iran, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates for their suspected role in developing Iran's ballistic missile program, which...
  • Rouhani hits back at Obama, expands missile program

    12/31/2015 1:33:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 12/31/2015, 9:23 PM | Ari Yashar
    A day after reports that US President Barack Obama is planning new sanctions on companies taking part in Iran's ballistic missile program, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani came out swinging Thursday, giving an order to escalate the missile program. Rouhani issued a decree to Iranian Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan to accelerate Iran's production of "various types of missiles," reports the Iranian state-run PressTV. [...] US officials have said the Treasury Department retains a right under July's controversial nuclear agreement to blacklist Iranian entities suspected of involvement in missile development. Rouhani on Thursday wrote in his decree that the new...
  • Iran’s Oil Revival Springs a Leak

    12/03/2015 4:48:40 AM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 2, 2015 | BENOÎT FAUCON
    Iran's energy industry is plagued by a host of challenges--from leaking pipelines to skeptical western oil investors--as it attempts to throttle up crude output next year when western sanctions are expected to be lifted. Iran's aging infrastructure is in disrepair after several years without the expertise of the world's largest oil companies, western and Iranian officials say. The country is likely to be selling as much as 500,000 new barrels of oil into an already saturated market for crude exports, setting up logistical hurdles. And the Islamic Republic is more divided politically over the return of western companies than expected,...
  • US threatens to impose trade sanctions on South Africa

    11/05/2015 4:25:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 5, 2015 6:31 PM EST
    President Barack Obama is threatening to impose trade sanctions on South Africa for blocking imports of meat from the United States. [...] The United States says South Africa has been blocking U.S. chicken imports for 15 years and has used "unwarranted sanitary restrictions" to keep out U.S. pork and beef. ...
  • Opening Soon: Germans Race to Capture the Iranian Market

    11/05/2015 7:33:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | October 30, 2015 – 05:08 PM | Alexander Smoltczyk
    Ahead of the planned lifting of Western sanctions against Iran, businessmen from around the world are visiting the country, and as one group from Germany discovered, there is no shortage of opportunities. [...] To help people establish relationships with representatives of the "Evil Empire," the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce set up a "B2B" contact exchange. It's a form of speed dating, in which Iranian businesspeople walk from one table to the next, together with an interpreter and a handful of brochures of the Lower Saxony companies. The business owners from Hanover are quickly surrounded by Iranians, who treat them like...
  • October Surprise? Obama secret Iran deal cut

    10/05/2012 9:20:05 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 70 replies
    WND ^ | 10/4/12 | Reza Kahlili
    Iran could announce a temporary halt to uranium enrichment before next month’s U.S. election in a move to save Barack Obama’s presidency, a source affiliated with high Iranian officials said today. The source, who remains anonymous for security reasons, said a three-person delegation of the Obama administration led by a woman engaged in secret negotiations yesterday with a representative of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The delegation urged the Iranian leader to announce a halt to enrichment, even if temporary, before the Nov. 6 election, promising removal of some sanctions. The source said the delegation warned that a Mitt...
  • Exclusive: U.S. warns governments, bankers Iran sanctions still in place

    10/10/2015 6:36:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/10/2015 | BY RON BOUSSO AND TIMOTHY GARDNER
    The Obama administration has privately reminded foreign governments and U.S. bankers that sanctions against Iran remain in effect, cautioning against a rush by Western companies to invest in Iran's oil industry and other businesses until the country fully complies with the July nuclear agreement. The U.S. State Department recently cabled a message, known as a demarche, to embassies around the world to reiterate that sanctions on Iran are still in place, diplomatic and government sources told Reuters on Friday. The demarche stressed that sanctions on Iran would not be lifted until the International Atomic Energy Agency verifies that Tehran has...
  • BP wins two Iranian oilfield development projects: source

    10/08/2015 8:31:40 PM PDT · by jonatron · 16 replies
    The Tehran Times ^ | 10/8/2015 | Tehran Times Economic Desk
    TEHRAN - Iran has left the development of two oilfields to the energy giant British Petroleum (BP), an informed source told the Tasnim News Agency on the condition of anonymity. The announcement is a follow-up to the September meeting between Iranian Oil Ministry officials and BP top managers, where the Iranian side headed by Amir Hossein Zamani Nia, the deputy oil minister for international affairs and trade, agreed to transfer the development of two oilfields to BP based on the new model of Iranian oil contracts, known as Integrated Petroleum Contract (IPC), which is due to be unveiled soon. ---snip---...
  • EXCLUSIVE: U.S. officials conclude Iran deal violates federal law

    10/08/2015 5:08:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/8/15 | James Rosen
    Some senior U.S. officials involved in the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal have privately concluded that a key sanctions relief provision – a concession to Iran that will open the doors to tens of billions of dollars in U.S.-backed commerce with the Islamic regime – conflicts with existing federal statutes and cannot be implemented without violating those laws, Fox News has learned. At issue is a passage tucked away in ancillary paperwork attached to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, as the Iran nuclear deal is formally known. Specifically, Section 5.1.2 of Annex II provides that in...
  • Fiorina: Blaming Me For Iran Sales Is Like Blaming Radio Host For Listeners’ Actions

    09/23/2015 3:12:25 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 46 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 9/23/15 | Christopher Massie
    Republican presidential candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina told an Iowa radio host Tuesday that saying that she should have known and done something about a European subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard making sales to Iran was like saying the same about the host “if one of your listeners does something wrong out there in your name.” “We sell products to a customer,” Fiorina said to Iowa radio host Simon Conway. “And that customer was then doing business with another company. Both of those customers were doing something wrong. It would be a little bit like saying if one of your...
  • Iran deal open for debate? Tehran presses new ayatollah demand

    09/23/2015 10:59:46 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 23, 2015 | Judson Berger
    The Iranian government is pressing the U.S. and others to give even more ground to Tehran in the already-sealed nuclear agreement, posing a new headache as the Obama administration and others try to implement the deal. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei earlier this month demanded that sanctions be lifted entirely, not just suspended. A top Khamenei adviser reiterated that demand over the weekend -- ahead of potential informal talks on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. Secretary of State John Kerry plans meet in the coming days in New York with his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. According...
  • Boosted by nuke deal, Iran ups funding to Hezbollah, Hamas - assumption sanctions will be lifted,

    09/22/2015 6:14:17 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 11 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | September 21, 2015 | Avi Issacharoff
    Boosted by nuke deal, Iran ups funding to Hezbollah, Hamas Operating on assumption sanctions will be lifted, Tehran increases support to proxies, Avi Issacharoff September 21, 2015 On Sunday, the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, arrived in Iran for talks on the nuclear agreement, as part of what appears to be an attempt by the UN nuclear watchdog to evaluate whether Iran ran a military nuclear program in the past. Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign up! Amano is expected to meet with various Iranian...
  • Carly Fiorina Was Paid $48,000 For A Speech To Bank That Violated U.S. Sanctions On Iran

    09/22/2015 5:22:43 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 9/21/15 | Megan Apper
    Republican presidential candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina — a vocal critic of lifting economic sanctions on Iran as part of the nuclear deal — delivered a paid speech to French bank BP Paribas in June of last year, six days after the Wall Street Journal reported the bank was the subject of a federal criminal probe for flouting U.S. economic sanctions on Iran. According to a June 2015 financial disclosure, Fiorina was paid $48,000 for the speech on June 3, 2014. The Wall Street Journal’s report, last updated on May 29, 2014, said that U.S. authorities were pressuring...
  • Fiorina Promised To Be Tough On Iran, But She Didn’t Expect This Ghost From Her Past To Be Exposed

    09/21/2015 3:43:19 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 9/21/15 | F. Peter Brown
    A Fiorina spokesperson denied wrongdoing. Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is known for her aggressive views on Iran, as well as her position as the former CEO of Hewlett Packard (HP). But, how many people know that HP products were sold in Iran during her time as CEO, in spite of U.S. sanctions that were in place? -snip- From 1999-2004, during Fiorina’s time as CEO, the company’s lobbyists consistently sought “unilateral sanctions reform legislation.” The issue of HP products being sold in Iran was brought up during Fiorina’s 2010 run for a U.S. Senate seat in California. A Fiorina spokesperson...
  • Fiorina faces grilling on Iran printer sales, layoffs

    09/21/2015 7:37:11 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/20/15 | ROBERT KING
    Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is riding high since she put up another strong debate performance on Wednesday, with a new poll showing her vaulting into second place in the GOP primary. But she is set to face more scrutiny befitting her status in the top tier of the GOP primary race. One example was the grilling she took during an interview with Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday." Fiorina, who lost a Senate bid by 10 points to Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif, in 2010, was on the defensive about her record as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, where she oversaw a...
  • Under Carly Fiorina, Hp Sold Millions Of Dollars Of Products To Iran

    09/21/2015 4:41:01 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/16/15 | JORDAN SCHACHTEL
    Carly Fiorina, a Republican candidate president and the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, presents herself on the campaign trail as a hawk on Iran. She’s promising to take a hardline on the regime in Tehran. However, during her time as the chief executive of HP, she “sold hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of products to Iran through a foreign subsidiary, despite strict U.S. export sanctions,” Bloomberg reports. While running the show at HP, Fiorina thwarted sanctions by dealing with Iran through European and Middle Eastern companies, allowing for the tech company to dominate the market in Tehran. By 2007, HP-made...
  • Chris Wallace Grills Carly Fiorina on Doing Business With Iran

    09/20/2015 4:02:49 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 9/20/15 | Alex Griswold
    Host of Fox News Sunday Chris Wallace grilled GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina on the fact that while she was CEO of Hewlett-Packard, the company was illegally doing business with Iran. “Finally, there’s a question that some of your rivals have brought up, and that is Iran.” Wallace said. “At the time you were head of HP, there was a ban on any U.S. companies doing business with Iran. But while you were the head of the company, a European subsidiary of HP sold hundreds of millions of dollars of computer equipment to Iran.” “The SEC ended up investigating HP...
  • Carly Fiorina & H.P. Thwarted U.S. Sanctions, Sold $120 Million In Product To Iran

    09/20/2015 7:49:51 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    HNGN ^ | 9/16/15 | Taylor Tyler
    Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina has been an outspoken opponent of Iran on the campaign trail, but during her time as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, it appears as if she was singing an entirely different tune. Fiorina often calls for keeping the crippling economic sanctions on Tehran and routinely criticizes President Obama's Iran deal, however, under her leadership at Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005, the company sold hundreds of millions of dollars of printers and other computer products to Iran through a foreign subsidiary, despite U.S. export sanctions prohibiting such deals, according to a Bloomberg report. She was able to thwart...
  • Meeks Pushed for Iran Sanction Exemption After Azerbaijan Junket

    08/03/2014 9:10:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    NLPC | August 3, 2014 | Peter Flaherty
    There’s fallout from the July 27 Houston Chronicle exposé of a trip to Azerbaijan by 10 member of the House that violated House rules. The trip was ostensibly sponsored by nonprofit groups but was actually funded by oil companies BP, Conoco Phillips and SOCAR, the national oil company of Azerbaijan. According to the New York Post today: Rep. Gregory Meeks pushed to let an Iran-backed natural-gas project dodge US sanctions — after attending an illicit junket paid for by energy companies. Also from the Post: “Congressman Meeks went on a 2013 Congressional trip to Baku, Azerbaijan, subsidized in part...
  • (MI) Schuette Calls on All States to Impose Sanctions on Iran

    09/06/2015 5:55:25 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 27 replies
    Michigan Attorney General's office ^ | September 1, 2015 | Office of Bill Schuette
    LANSING- In response to President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt today issued a letter to the Governors of all 50 states urging them to impose state-based sanctions against Iran. “Iran engages in some of the world’s most severe human rights abuses, oppressing women, and persecuting people of nearly all faiths, including Jews, Christians and Baha’is,” said Schuette. "In my past service as a Congressman from Michigan, I supported a strong national defensive capability and opposed relations with Iran, a country hostile to both the United States and our key...
  • What Do John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, and John Brennan Have in Common?

    01/22/2013 5:33:02 AM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | January 22, 2013 | Morton A. Klein and Daniel Mandel
    President Obama spent his first term pushing from power long-standing Arab allies in Egypt and Tunisia; seeking to engage the now blood-soaked Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad; pulling his punches against Iran’s nuclear program; and putting “daylight” between his administration and Israel. Now for his second term, he has nominated for the highest posts bearing on the Middle East three figures who give the strongest indication we can expect much more of the same – John Kerry for State, Chuck Hagel for Defense and John Brennan for the CIA. Kerry opposed Congress’ 2009 hold on appointing an ambassador to a regime...
  • Vladimir Putin seeks to dump the dollar in regional trade

    09/02/2015 12:46:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 1, 2015 | David R. Sands
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has a new target in the revived cold war with Washington — the U.S. dollar. The website Russia Today* reported Tuesday that Mr. Putin has drafted a bill to block the use of both the American greenback and the euro in trade between the bloc of countries that used to be part of the Soviet Union, including Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. The measure “would help expand the use of national currencies in foreign trade payments and financial services and thus create preconditions for greater liquidity of domestic currency markets,” the Kremlin said in a...
  • Tehran urges US to release 19 imprisoned Iranians

    08/27/2015 2:34:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 8/27/15
    Iran has called on the United States on Wednesday to release 19 Iranians serving in US jails on sanction-related offenses, a day after Tehran rejected reports of a prisoner swap involving detained Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian. “We call on American government and their judicial officials to put an end to the detention of these individuals,” said Marzieh Afkham, a foreign ministry spokeswomen Marzieh Afkham. “None of the human rights institutions, including the United Nation, have followed up on the situation of Iranian prisoners.” The statement came as Hassan Qashqavi, a deputy foreign minister, announced Tuesday that Iran has no...
  • Russia's ruble falls to lowest this year, market drops over 4%

    08/24/2015 3:32:11 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 33 replies
    AFP ^ | 24 Aug 15 | Unknown
    Moscow (AFP) - Russia's battered ruble dropped Monday to its lowest point this year as Asian and European stock markets nose-dived over concerns about the Chinese economy. Russia's dollar-denominated RTS index fell 4.21 percent at opening as the ruble tumbled to 70.92 against the dollar, its weakest against the greenback since December 2014. The ruble-denominated Micex meanwhile dropped by 1.76 percent. The plunge in oil prices and Western sanctions over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis have pummelled the Russian economy in recent months, with the ruble collapsing in value. Russia's recession worsened in the second quarter as the gross...
  • BREAKING: Secret Obama Letters Found by 2 GOP Senators, Send Obama Admin Into Panic Mode

    08/20/2015 5:43:52 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 92 replies
    conservative tribune ^ | August 20th, 2015 | conservative tribune
    The presidential administration that vowed to be the most transparent since the baptism of Nkuwu Nzinga has once again demonstrated that such vows mean nothing to it. In addition to the secretive manner in which Secretary of State John Kerry conducted negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran over its nuclear program — in itself secretive — there was also the matter of secret “side deals” between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency. And now, additional side deals, this time between President Barack Obama and the leaders of foreign governments, have also come to light. Republican Sens. Marco Rubio...
  • Obama’s terrible Iran speech: My Republican critics are making “common cause”

    08/05/2015 2:04:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | August 5, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    The lowest moment from what was probably the lowest speech of his presidency — so far. David Harsanyi, watching this, asks a good question: Imagine what would have happened if Bush had said that Democrats were caucusing with Saddam Hussein?— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) August 5, 2015 The GOP opposes the nuclear deal because they think it’s too favorable to Iran and not favorable enough to America. The hardliners in Iran’s parliament oppose the deal for the opposite reason. Insofar as they both want the deal to fail, I suppose that’s “common cause.” But then, as Harsanyi says, it must also...
  • Iran plans to buy airplanes from Airbus, Boeing to revive fleet

    08/03/2015 5:30:59 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    Market Watch ^ | August 2, 2015
    DUBAI—Iran wants to buy up to 90 airplanes a year from Boeing BA, -0.33% and Airbus AIR, +1.58% to revive its aging fleet following last month’s landmark nuclear deal, according to a report Sunday by the official Islamic Republic News Agency.
  • Federal judge: Iran shares responsibility for 9/11 terror attacks

    12/17/2011 5:59:21 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 40 replies · 1+ views
    DAILY CALLER ^ | Published: 2:26 PM 12/16/2011 | Kenneth Timmermen
    NEW YORK — In an historic hearing in the federal courthouse in Manhattan on Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge George Daniels said he planned to issue a ruling in the coming days declaring that Iran shares in the responsibility for the 9/11 terror attacks. “The extensive record submitted to this court, including fact witnesses and expert testimony, is satisfactory to this court,” Judge Daniels said. The court “accepts as true” the various allegations of the plaintiffs and their experts, he declared, and “will issue an order” in the coming days that Iran bears legal responsibility for providing “material support” to...
  • Russia prepares to seize Western assets

    07/27/2015 11:33:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 24 Jul 2015 13:36 | updated: 08:47 | (EurActiv with agencies, by Georgi Gotev)
    The Russian government has approved a draft bill that would allow it to seize foreign state assets, without warning. The move is seen as a tit-for-tat gesture, following Western court cases involving Russian firms. According to the new draft bill, Russia will be able to seize foreign state assets from countries which infringe on Russia’s jurisdictional immunity, according to the Russian press. The Ministry of Justice said the new law is meant to bring parity to the existing "jurisdictional imbalance" between Russia and other countries. In other words, Russia will now seize the state assets of other countries in proportion...
  • MORE SANCTIONS WOULDN’T HAVE STOPPED IRAN

    07/21/2015 3:56:09 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | July 21, 2015 | Bruce Thornton
    Critics of President Obama’s recent deal with Iran have rejected the president’s assertion that the only alternative to his deal is war. They think that more aggressive sanctions could have changed Iran’s behavior, given the economic costs the current sanction regime has inflicted. A corollary to this argument assumes that the majority of Iranians are pro-American and sick of the puritanical and corrupt mullahcracy and its willful isolation of the country from the global order. Increase the pressure of sanctions, and this mass of discontent could ripen into regime change or at least a moderation of its behavior.
  • UN Security Council unanimously approves Iran deal; EU Ministers Approve Pact Ahead of UN Vote

    07/20/2015 7:55:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 07/20/2015 | BY MARISSA NEWMAN AND AP
    The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing the Iran nuclear deal and paving the way to lifting longstanding sanctions on the Islamic Republic. The 15-0 approval of the Iran nuclear deal clears one of the largest hurdles for the landmark pact, which will now go before the US Congress where it may face an uphill battle for confirmation. The UN vote came shortly after the European Union approved the nuclear deal, okaying the pact between the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany and Iran that lifts punishing economic sanctions on Tehran in exchange...
  • Those Crazy Persians

    07/17/2015 11:06:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 16, 2015 | Rich Galen
    I could have written a column about the reaction to a deal with Iran five months ago and I wouldn't have missed by much: Republicans are furious. Democrats are wary. The Obama Administration is taking, not a victory lap, but running a victory marathon. Here's what I don't know about the Iran deal: Everything. No one who raced to get in front of a camera on Tuesday had read the text of the agreement(s). And, because of the nature of these things, there are secret appendices and side agreements that we may never know. So, it is quite likely that...
  • First Iranian Ship Storing Oil Sails for Asia After Nuclear Deal

    07/16/2015 10:18:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    An Iranian supertanker with two million barrels of oil is heading to Asia after sitting in Iranian waters for months, the first vessel storing crude offshore to sail after a nuclear deal this week, data showed on Thursday. Iran and six major world powers reached a landmark nuclear deal on Tuesday, clearing the way for an easing of international sanctions on Tehran and higher oil exports. While oil analysts do not expect Iran to make a major return to the market until next year, it has been parking millions of barrels of oil on tankers for months.
  • Israel slams possible lifting of Iran sanctions

    07/05/2015 1:28:45 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Al-Arabiya ^ | 2:16 AM ET
    Israel denounced Saturday a possible decision to lift sanctions on Iran if a nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers is reached. “As soon as sanctions will be lifted, tens or hundreds of billions of dollars are going to fuel the Iranian economy,” a statement released by the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu read, according to Agence France Presse. “There will be no possibility to go back,” the statement added. “The Iranian terror machine that is active in the entire world will become stronger.” World powers and Tehran are in the midst of negotiations to finalize a deal...
  • Iran takes hard line on inspections, sanctions at nuke talks

    07/03/2015 4:56:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/3/15 | Bradley Klapper and Matthew Lee - AP
    VIENNA (AP) — Iran took a hard line Thursday on two of the biggest demands of world powers in a final nuclear accord, rejecting any extraordinary inspection rules and threatening to ramp up enrichment of bomb-making material if the United States and other countries re-impose sanctions after the deal is in place. Speaking to reporters in Vienna, where diplomats are trying to clinch a comprehensive nuclear pact, a senior Iranian negotiator said the U.N. nuclear agency's standard rules governing access to government information, sites of interest and scientists should be sufficient to ensure that Iran's program is solely for peaceful...
  • CUBA DEMANDS RETURN OF GUANTANAMO, END OF US TV BROADCASTS IN RETURN FOR DIPLOMACY

    07/02/2015 1:50:22 PM PDT · by Will88 · 99 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | Frances Martel
    While President Obama described the embassy as “not merely symbolic” and a move representing the liberation of the American people from “the past” in a speech this morning, the Cuban government issued a statement refusing to reestablish full diplomatic relations with the United States until America gifted the territory of Guantánamo Bay to Cuba and ceased broadcasting radio and television news reports into the island, which constitute the only way many Cubans have of receiving trustworthy international news.