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  1. #481
    Revolutionary Guards have broken up a group of militants in southeast Iran who were linked to a suicide bombing that killed 27 guards near the border with Pakistan last week, the Corps said on Monday."Last night, a terrorist cell was identified and destroyed in an operation," the Corps said in a statement carried by the semi-official Tasnim news agency.
    Three militants were arrested and explosive material was seized from houses in the cities of Saravan and Khash, it said.
    "They were linked to the suicide bombing attack last week. The Corps will continue its efforts to take revenge over the deadly terrorist attack," it said.
    The Sunni group Jaish al Adl (Army of Justice), which says it seeks greater rights and better living conditions for the ethnic minority Baluchis, claimed responsibility for the attack.

    More at: https://news.yahoo.com/iran-arrests-...115415181.html
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  3. #482
    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    Revolutionary Guards have broken up a group of militants in southeast Iran who were linked to a suicide bombing that killed 27 guards near the border with Pakistan last week, the Corps said on Monday."Last night, a terrorist cell was identified and destroyed in an operation," the Corps said in a statement carried by the semi-official Tasnim news agency.
    Three militants were arrested and explosive material was seized from houses in the cities of Saravan and Khash, it said.
    "They were linked to the suicide bombing attack last week. The Corps will continue its efforts to take revenge over the deadly terrorist attack," it said.
    The Sunni group Jaish al Adl (Army of Justice), which says it seeks greater rights and better living conditions for the ethnic minority Baluchis, claimed responsibility for the attack.
    More at: https://news.yahoo.com/iran-arrests-...115415181.html

    Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of supplying Al-Qaeda with weapons in Iran
    https://www.almasdarnews.com/article...apons-in-iran/




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    Don't miss the interview with FM Zariff at the Munich Security Conference

    https://twitter.com/snarwani/status/1097468436614168576
    Last edited by goldenequity; 02-19-2019 at 06:27 AM.

  4. #483
    The man who carried out a suicide bombing which killed 27 members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards near the border with Pakistan last week was Pakistani, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander said on Tuesday, according to the Tasnim news agency.One other member of the militant cell that planned the attack was also a Pakistani citizen, the head of the Guards' ground forces, Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said.
    Iran has repeatedly blamed Pakistan for sheltering militants connected with attacks in the border area, although Tuesday's remarks appear to be the first time Tehran has said Pakistani citizens were directly involved in the attack.
    Iran also accuses regional rival Saudi Arabia of promoting violence among members of Iran's Sunni Muslim minority. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia deny any role in attacks in Iran.
    Three Iranians from Sistan and Baluchistan province in southeast Iran were also part of the cell and two of them have been arrested, according to Pakpour. The guards announced three arrests in the case on Monday.
    The Sunni group Jaish al Adl (Army of Justice), which says it seeks greater rights and better living conditions for ethnic minority Baluchis in eastern Iran claimed responsibility for the attack.
    “Today Saudi Arabia is the heart of evil in the region and the world,” Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the deputy head of the Guards, said on Tuesday at a ceremony commemorating those killed in the attack, according to the Fars news agency.

    More at: https://news.yahoo.com/suicide-bombe...101652199.html
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  5. #484

  6. #485
    The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has granted Iran another deadline extension to implement its action plan until the task force's next plenary session in June, Reuters reported Feb. 22.

    The deadline extension will give Iran additional time to debate some of the final legislation required to comply with the action plan. France, Germany and the United Kingdom have demanded Iran to fulfill the action plan's requirement in exchange for the establishment of a payment channel, known as the instrument in support of trade exchanges (INSTEX), although Tehran has criticized this requirement.

    More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situa...-plan-deadline
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    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

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  7. #486
    Bosni
    @Bosni94
    Iran will build 200,000 housing units in Damascus over the next three months.

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    https://twitter.com/Khaaasteh/status...14507712815104

  8. #487
    Elijah J. Magnier
    https://ahtribune.com/world/north-af...ddle-east.html


    Iran found fertile ground in Syria to consolidate the “Axis of the Resistance” when the country’s inhabitants (Christian, Sunni, Druse, secular people and other minorities) realised that the survival of their families and their country were at stake. It managed to rebuild Syria’s arsenal and succeeded in supplying Hezbollah with the most sophisticated weapons needed for a classic guerrilla-style war to stop Israel from attacking Lebanon. Assad is grateful for the loyalty of these partners who took the side of Syria even as the world was conspiring to destroy it.

    Iran has adopted a new ideology: it is not an Islamic or a Christian ideology but a new one that emerged in the last seven years of war. It is the “Ideology of Resistance”, an ideology that goes beyond religion. This new ideology imposed itself even on clerical Iran and on Hezbollah who have abandoning any goal of exporting an Islamic Republic: instead they support any population ready to stand against the destructive US hegemony over the world.

    For Iran, it is no longer a question of spreading Shiism or converting secular people, Sunni or Christians. The goal is for all to identify the real enemy and to stand against it. That is what the West’s intervention in the Middle East is creating. It has certainly succeeded in impoverishing the region: but it has also elicited pushback from a powerful front. This new front appears stronger and more effective than the forces unleashed by the hundreds of billions spent by the opposing coalition for the purpose of spreading destruction in order to ensure US dominance.


    https://twitter.com/AHTribune/status...92274432180224

  9. #488
    uh-oh... not good... Iran gets it's own 'John Bolton'.

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    BREAKING: Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif announced his resignation




    Not good he has been replaced by a hardline Iran revolution guard member who wants Iran to rip up the Iran deal and go to war with Israel.
    With Assads visit to Iran today Netanyahu may just get the war he is looking for.



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  11. #489
    Farnaz Fassihi‏@farnazfassih
    Update from Iran on Zarif resignation:
    Panic sets in
    1. Rouhani sent a team to Zarif's house to persuade him to stay.
    3. Tehran stock market plunges in first hours of opening.
    4. Diplomats threaten resignation.
    5. 150 lawmakers write letter to Rouhani to not accept resignation

  12. #490
    Quote Originally Posted by goldenequity View Post
    Farnaz Fassihi‏@farnazfassih
    Update from Iran on Zarif resignation:
    Panic sets in
    1. Rouhani sent a team to Zarif's house to persuade him to stay.
    3. Tehran stock market plunges in first hours of opening.
    4. Diplomats threaten resignation.
    5. 150 lawmakers write letter to Rouhani to not accept resignation
    Iranian President rejects the resignation of his foreign minister.
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

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  13. #491
    Japanese refiners are in a rush to buy as much Iranian crude as they can before the sanction waiver window granted by the U.S. Treasury Department closes in May, S&P Global Platts reports, citing unnamed sources.
    The sources said local refiner Cosmo Oil had ordered a cargo of 900,000 barrels of Iranian heavy crude, to be loaded early next month and this will likely be the last cargo of Iranian crude to be shipped to Japan.

    More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-N...ian-Crude.html
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

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  14. #492
    Iraq’s semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan continues to keep oil exports and economic relations with Iran despite the U.S. sanctions on Tehran, a spokesperson for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has said.
    “We cannot abandon our historic connection just because of a political decision,” the NRT news outlet quoted KRG spokesperson Safin Dizayee as saying to Jame Kurdi.
    Kurdistan and Iran have common economic, political, security, social, and cultural interests, according to the KGR spokesman.
    Kurdistan plans to honor all existing contracts but the decision is not entirely in the hands of the Kurdistan government, Dizayee said.
    “As far as I am aware, there are talks between the government in Baghdad and the Americans regarding the sanctions on Iran, but that no decision has been made by the central government,” the KRG spokesman was quoted as saying.
    Nearly two weeks ago, the KRG ordered an immediate stop to all crude oil and refined oil product exports from Kurdistan to Iran, after complaints from the U.S. government which looks to tighten the sanctions on Tehran.

    At the end of last week, however, exports via tanker trucks from Kurdistan to Iran resumed after the KRG relaxed the initial export ban.
    The KRG’s Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) issued on February 20 exceptions to the ban from the previous week, allowing exports of oil and oil products originating from Kurdistan to Iran to resume.

    More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oi...Sanctions.html
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

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  15. #493

  16. #494
    In a diplomatic tit-for-tat the Netherlands on Monday recalled its ambassador to Iran after members of its diplomatic staff at its embassy in Tehran were expelled, Foreign Minister Stef Blok announced on Monday.
    "[We] Have decided to recall the ambassador in Tehran for consultations," Blok said in a tweet. "The decision follows the expulsion of two Dutch embassy staff. That is unacceptable."


    More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-...n-terror-plots
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

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  17. #495
    The Iranian parliament has voted to pass a bill preventing legislators from serving more than three consecutive terms, Iran Front Page reported March 4. The bill still requires approval by the Guardian Council to become a law.

    If approved, the law would bar at least 34 members of parliament, including Speaker Ali Larijani, from running in 2020 parliamentary elections and allow younger generations of Iranian politicians to come into power more easily. The measure would also limit the ability of a parliamentary-based opposition to coalesce and challenge the supreme leader for roughly another decade.

    More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situa...secutive-terms
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

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  18. #496
    The Central Bank of Iran has announced that Bank Sepah, a state-run bank, will take over five financial institutions with ties to Iran's military and intelligence apparatus, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Bloomberg reported March 2.

    The bank merger is a significant step in President Hassan Rouhani's plan to rein in control over the military's vast business networks. The measure will likely shed some light on the country's financial sector and could be another step toward ensuring compliance with the Financial Action Task Force's action plan.

    More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situa...-aligned-banks
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

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  20. #497
    A closed-door speech last year by Iran's Supreme Leader voicing doubt about the Iranian government's diplomatic overtures to Europe was released on Monday in a sign of feuding over foreign policy that led to a short-lived resignation by the foreign minister.The address by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in mid-2018 appeared to forecast difficulties European countries would have in honoring pledges to protect trade with Iran from new U.S. sanctions after Washington abandoned a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
    The speech showed that while President Hassan Rouhani was trying to save the nuclear deal with European powers, who remained committed despite the U.S. exit, Khamenei was not optimistic. The publication of the comments eight months afterward presented Khamenei as viewing the situation as unchanged.
    Khamenei, an anti-Western hardliner, was quoted as saying by his official website that the Europeans would naturally say they are protecting Iranian interests with their package but the Iranian government "should not make this a main issue".
    He said the nuclear deal did not resolve “any of the economic problems” of Iran. He predicted that a mechanism proposed by the EU to shield business with Iran against the U.S. sanctions would also be no panacea for Iran's economic hardship.
    "(The Europeans) are bad. They are really bad. I have a lot to say about the Europeans; not because of their current policies, but their mischievous nature over the last few centuries," said Khamenei.
    ZARIF'S RESIGNATION
    His comments, made in a meeting with the cabinet, were published a week after Rouhani rejected the resignation of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, a U.S.-educated veteran diplomat who championed the nuclear deal.
    Khamenei's comments cast doubt on the efficacy of Zarif's past and current efforts to keep the agreement alive.
    Zarif, who retracted his resignation after Rouhani refused to accept it, said on Monday he had resigned in order to preserve the dignity and credibility of the Foreign Ministry, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.
    Fars quoted him as saying the ministry is responsible for all of Iran's foreign relations. "It's not that any body inside or outside the government has its own foreign policy, and we're only responsible for the foreign policy of the foreign ministry. In that case, there would be no need for a foreign ministry," he was quoted as saying.

    Khamenei, who has the final say on all major Iranian domestic and foreign policy and only reluctantly backed the nuclear negotiations, said on Monday Rouhani's government should not be deceived by European countries and their "smiles".


    France, Germany and Britain opened a new channel for non-dollar trade with Iran in January, although diplomats say it is unlikely to enable the big transactions Tehran says are needed to keep a nuclear deal afloat.
    On Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi praised the proposed EU mechanism, known as Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX), as a "late but important step". Qasemi said, however, that the Islamic Republic would accept no conditions from the EU.
    France has called on Iran to stop all activities linked to its ballistic missile program or face sanctions.
    The Europeans have promised to help companies do business with Iran as long as it abides by the deal. Iran has threatened to pull out of the 2015 deal itself unless EU powers demonstrably protect its economic benefits.

    More at: https://news.yahoo.com/irans-khamene...075947574.html
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

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  21. #498

  22. #499
    Short of last month's incident wherein Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared via Twitter that he's seeking "war with Iran", new comments issued this week represent the most aggressive declaration of how far Israel is willing to go to thwart Iran in the region.
    Echoing the Trump administration's desire to bring Iranian exports to zero through sanctions, Netatyahu said on Wednesday that he's considering ordering Israel's Navy to target Iranian oil tankers to prevent them from selling oil abroad. This as a number of other signatories to the P5+1 nuclear deal have vowed to continue buying despite US sanctions and threatened repercussions from Washington.

    “Iran is trying to circumvent the sanctions through covert oil smuggling over maritime routes, and to the extent that these attempts widen, the navy will have a more important role in blocking these Iranian actions,” Netanyahu said.


    Netanyahu continued, as reported by Reuters, “I call on the entire international community to stop Iran’s attempts to circumvent the sanctions by sea, and of course, by any (other) means.”
    It appears Netanyahu could be setting the stage for some kind of Israeli escalation against Iranian assets abroad and on the water, though as Reuters speculates, "It was not clear how Israel would stop such shipping activities or whether it would risk direct confrontation at sea with Iranian vessels." Especially as "The Israeli navy, whose largest vessels are missile corvettes and a small submarine fleet, is mostly active in the Mediterranean and Red seas."
    Perhaps more likely Netanyahu's words, like many speeches before, were for an audience of one aimed at the White House in the hopes that Trump could be willing to take more direct action to prevent Iranian oil from reaching Europe or China.
    If Israel can get Iranian oil shipping operations commonly deemed as "smuggling" by the United States and international allies, this could justify future naval direct intercepts and action, which itself to spark a major incident leading to war. But as Netanyahu indicated last month in a tweet (but later tried to walk back the words), this could bring the hoped for "war with Iran" he said Israel is seeking.

    More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-...an-oil-transit
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

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  23. #500
    Hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi, a protégé of Iran’s supreme leader who helped oversee the execution of political prisoners in 1988, was named chief of the judiciary on Thursday, a job that positions him to undermine the influence of moderates.Despite his role in executions as deputy prosecutor in Tehran, Raisi's promotion will make him a contender to succeed Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
    Raisi, a former presidential candidate who is seen as close to the elite Revolutionary Guards, replaced Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani.
    Also a potential candidate for the supreme leader post, Larijani is accused by rights groups of condoning widespread violations of the rights of political detainees.
    The U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on Larijani last year for human rights abuses. He has said Iran's judiciary is one of the fairest in the world.
    Appointed by the supreme leader, the head of the judiciary holds significant power in Iran, a country that has long used its powerful legal system to crack down on political dissent.

    More at: https://news.yahoo.com/hardline-cler...175029105.html
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

    A Zero Hedge comment

  24. #501
    The Iranian Navy has intervened to thwart a pirate attack on one of Iran’s oil tankers in the critical Bab el-Mandeb Strait around the Arabian Peninsula, Iranian media reported on Friday, quoting a Navy official.
    The Bab el-Mandeb Strait is one of the three crucial chokepoints around the Arabian Peninsula. Located between Yemen, Djibouti, and Eritrea, Bab el-Mandeb connects the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea.
    According to Iran’s Mehr news agency, pirates on 11 speedboats attacked on Thursday a tanker carrying 150,000 tons of cargo and Iranian naval forces intervened to repel the pirates.
    An Iranian fleet including a destroyer, a logistical warship, and a battleship started its mission in international waters on January 23, the Mehr agency reports, adding that Iran has dispatched in recent years more vessels to the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden to protect its ships from Somali pirates.

    More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-N...il-Tanker.html
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

    A Zero Hedge comment

  25. #502
    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has demanded Pakistan act "decisively against anti-Iranian terrorists" in a phone call with the country's premier, Tehran said, a month after a bloody attack on security forces.Iran says a Pakistani suicide bomber was behind the February 13 attack that killed 27 Revolutionary Guards in its volatile southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan.
    A Sunni jihadist group, Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice), which Tehran says operates mostly out of bases in neighbouring Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the blast.
    Iran has accused Pakistan's army and intelligence agency of sheltering the jihadists and summoned the country's ambassador in the wake of the attack.

    More at: https://news.yahoo.com/iran-demands-...100731414.html
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

    A Zero Hedge comment

  26. #503

    https://twitter.com/Ozkok_/status/1105066613466955776



    https://twitter.com/Ozkok_/status/1105082015714545665

  27. #504
    SouthFront‏
    Iran's Rouhani Pays First Ever Visit To Iraq Defying US Campaign Of 'Division'
    https://southfront.org/irans-rouhani...n-of-division/




    https://twitter.com/zerohedge/status...81667923931137



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  29. #505
    Ebrahim Raisi has been elected as the new deputy chair of Iran's Assembly of Experts just after he was appointed as the head of the country's judiciary, Reuters reported March 12.

    More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situa...s-deputy-chair
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

    A Zero Hedge comment

  30. #506
    Guy Elster
    BREAKING At least two people killed in Iran gas pipeline explosion in southwest province: ISNA


    https://twitter.com/Ozkok_/status/1106190880074010624



    amin dada
    U.S. Aims To Bring Iran Oil Exports Below 1 Million Bpd
    http://OilPrice.com https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-G...dium=tw_repost
    Last edited by goldenequity; 03-14-2019 at 01:26 PM.

  31. #507
    Israel's Shin Bet security service suspects Iran of hacking the mobile phone of Benny Gantz, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's toughest rival in the April 9 election, an Israeli television station reported on Thursday.Gantz, a former chief of Israel's armed forces, was informed of the hack five weeks ago, Channel 12 said, adding that the Shin Bet believed Iranian state intelligence had accessed the ex-general's personal information and correspondences.
    The Shin Bet declined comment.
    Gantz's centrist Blue and White party, which has outpaced Netanyahu's conservative Likud in pre-election polls, played down any prospect of a national security breach and suggested the story had been deliberately leaked.
    "It should be emphasized that the incident in question happened some four years after Gantz finished his term as (military) chief of staff and the current timing of its publication raises many questions," Blue and White said in a statement.
    A Likud spokesman responded: "We are not involved in this."

    More at: https://news.yahoo.com/israel-suspec...185522210.html
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

    A Zero Hedge comment

  32. #508
    Four people were killed and 10 injured in Pakistan on Sunday when a bomb went off on a train track in the resource-rich province of Baluchistan, where separatist rebels have been fighting the security forces for years.There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but ethnic Baluch separatists, fighting what they call the unfair exploitation of their province's gas and other resources, have attacked trains in the past.
    "Four people – a teenage girl her mother and two others were killed in the blast,” Irfan Bashir, police chief of Naseerabad district where the blast occurred, told Reuters.
    The blast derailed six carriages of the train, which was traveling from the northwestern city of Peshawar to the Baluchistan provincial capital of Quetta.
    It was second train attack in two weeks in the area. No casualties were reported in the earlier blast, said another police officer.

    More at: https://news.yahoo.com/four-killed-t...100604009.html
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

    A Zero Hedge comment

  33. #509
    Iran Outflanks Neocon Washington in Iraq and Beyond

    Iran has successfully navigated the first phase of its resistance to U.S. sanctions pressure. The U.S. State Department has admitted it’s goal of reducing Iran’s oil exports to zero is not feasible. The goal now is a 25% drop … The U.S. will not stop until all avenues have been exhausted or Trump fires his current cabinet [fat chance]. …

    Iran is finding friends in other places. They are currently finalizing a free trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) with Belarus leading the talks at the 15th meeting between their Joint Economic Committee.

    if it survives the initial onslaught then market forces open up opportunities for change. Things like INSTEX, the EU special purpose vehicle for getting around U.S. sanctions, is a perfect example. Bilateral trade outside of the U.S. dollar is another. …

    The completion of the North South Transport Corridor (NSTC) is also helping. For example, trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Iran rose more than 70% last year. … “In 2018, trade between the two countries increased by 74 percent. Azerbaijan hasn’t had such a boost in trade with any other country.” …

    Lurking in the background of this meeting is EAEU membership … Vladimir Putin, for his part, has been very successful making in-roads with President Ilham Aliyev. Without that work by Putin the five countries bordering the Caspian Sea wouldn’t have settled on a treaty. This caught the U.S. flat-footed who used Azerbaijan for years to keep the status of the Caspian in flux.

    Once Russia relented on a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan through Azerbaijan to Europe things changed. Again, people respond to incentives and new data. …



    And that bodes well for Iran because it also secures the maritime portion of the NSTC by shoring up, legally, the status of ships crossing Azeri waters between Iran and Russia. It also paves the way for the two countries to develop gas resources jointly.

    The North South Transport Corridor is changing the landscape of central Asia. Russian goods no longer have to go by boat all the way around the world to reach Iran and India. It bypasses important choke points, like the Mediterranean and the Suez.

    Most infuriating for Trump, Bolton and the rest of the neocon cretins, it puts Iran at the center of opening up the whole of the Middle East and Central Asia. Because the NSTC is now active, we’re seeing movement on Eurasian integration which will only accelerate. …..

    Trump is hopeless as a force for change of the traditional U.S. policy of chaos. …

    the bigger news is President Rouhani’s very successful three-day visit to Baghdad last week. Rouhani was hailed as a national hero to the new Iraqi government, a government less in the thrall of its U.S. occupiers. … The two countries agreed to new economic projects set to swell bilateral trade to $20 billion from the current $12 billion. They signed deals to invest in energy as well as increase sales of Iranian gas and electricity to Iraq. The big issue being that Iraq will be a major source of dollars for Iran, still needed as it winds down domestic use of our currency.

    These are both very important given the Trump administration’s very public goal of shutting down Iranian oil exports and desire for regime change in Tehran. Iraq is in no mood to knuckle under to Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s bloviating …

    According to Elijah Magnier there are two factions now in Iraqi politics.
    Iraq today is divided between a large faction of politicians calling for the total withdrawal of US forces from the country, and another which wants to maintain a reduced US force … Both factions want to see most US forces leave the country …

    This is why Mike Pompeo is in Lebanon this week. He will threaten the Lebanese to give up support for Hezbollah or else they will be treated like Iran and Venezuela. He’s also there to assist war criminal and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu get re-elected next month. … Lebanon can no more comply with Pompeo’s stated goals of excising Hezbollah … then [Pompeo] can distance himself from the siren’s call of a Chinese buffet table. So, expect after the visit the U.S. follows the U.K. in fully sanctioning Lebanon as a terrorist state, refusing travel, seizing assets. The whole nine yards. All in the name of human rights and fighting terrorism, of course. …

    This heavy-handed strategy is obviously meant as blackmail to accept Jared Kushner’s idiotic, dead-on-arrival but still unveiled “peace” plan. The goal is advancing greater Israel in the face of massive opposition. It also paves the way for Genie Energy to take the oil and gas under the Golan Heights.

    There is a limit to what sanctions and threats can accomplish. And the U.S. is about to find out what that limit is. Chaos only works in the short-term and its expensive. … If maintaining this Empire of Chaos … was so efficient the U.S. wouldn’t be complaining about its cost. …
    "Let it not be said that we did nothing." - Dr. Ron Paul. "Stand up for what you believe in, even if you are standing alone." - Sophie Magdalena Scholl
    "War is the health of the State." - Randolph Bourne "Freedom is the answer. ... Now, what's the question?" - Ernie Hancock.

  34. #510
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

    A Zero Hedge comment

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