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    After the U.S. ended all sanction waivers for Iranian oil customers on May 2, Iran’s crude oil exports have been significantly down this month compared to April and more than 2 million bpd off their 2.5-million-bpd peak in April 2018, just before the U.S. withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal and moved to re-impose sanctions on Iran’s oil industry.
    According to industry sources and tanker-tracking data cited by Reuters on Wednesday, Iran’s oil exports this month have plummeted to 400,000 bpd, which is less than half of Iranian oil exports last month.


    Most of the Iranian oil shipments are going this month to Asia, according to tanker tracking data from Refinitiv Eikon and to two industry sources.
    One of the sources told Reuters they expected Iran’s average oil shipments this month to be around 400,000 bpd, but the other source noted that exports could hit 500,000 bpd.

    Some of Iran’s oil exports are believed to have been already under the radar as Iran is said to have increased the use of the ‘switch-off-the-transponder’ tactic, which makes tracking its exports via the AIS systems increasingly difficult and opaque.
    Earlier this month, Iran was spotted resuming illicit shipping of oil to Syria, with a million barrels of oil arriving in early May, for a first such delivery since the start of this year. Experts believe that Iran will be re-opening and using more of its illicit oil channels to keep oil trade and continue getting some revenues from its most precious export commodity.
    The inability to fully track Iran’s oil supply is making OPEC and allies’ task to asses global supply to the market increasingly difficult, as opaque data about Iran adds to mounting uncertainty over oil supply disruptions elsewhere, clouding OPEC’s outlook on global supply for the rest of this year.

    More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-N...pd-In-May.html
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  5. #664
    It's going from bad to worse for Europe, whose currency had just hit session lows after Brussels confirmed that Italy faces a massive fine over its debt, when the Euro was hit with a double whammy after Bloomberg reported that the Trump administration is escalating its battle with "European allies" over the fate of the Iran nuclear accord, and is "threatening penalties against the financial body created by Germany, the U.K. and France to shield trade with the Islamic Republic from U.S. sanctions."
    According to Bloomberg, the Treasury Department’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, Sigal Mandelker, sent a letter on May 7 warning that Instex, the European SPV to sustain trade with Tehran, and anyone associated with it could be barred from the U.S. financial system if it goes into effect.
    As a reminder, last September, in order to maintain a financial relationship with Iran that can not be vetoed by the US, Europe unveiled a "Special Purpose Vehicle" to bypass SWIFT. Back then we predicted that Washington would not be too delighted with this development seeking to undermine the dollar's reserve status. We were right.


    “I urge you to carefully consider the potential sanctions exposure of Instex,” Mandelker wrote in the letter to Instex President Per Fischer. "Engaging in activities that run afoul of U.S. sanctions can result in severe consequences, including a loss of access to the U.S. financial system."
    Germany, France and the U.K. finalized the Instex system in January, allowing companies to trade with Iran without the use of U.S. dollars or American banks, allowing them to get around wide-ranging U.S. sanctions that were imposed after the Trump administration abandoned the 2015 Iran nuclear deal last year.
    Not surprisingly, a senior admin official behind the eltter said the U.S. decided to issue the threat "after concluding that European officials, who had earlier downplayed the significance of Instex in conversations with the Trump administration, were far more serious about it than they had initially let on."
    The official, who asked not to be identified discussing internal deliberations, said the letter was intended to serve as a warning that the U.S. would punish anyone associated with Instex -- including businesses, government officials and staff -- if they were working to set up a program to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions.
    “This is a shot across the bow of a European political establishment committed to using Instex and its sanctions-connected Iranian counterpart to circumvent U.S. measures,” said Mark Dubowitz, the chief executive officer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington.
    When asked to comment on the letter, the Treasury Department issued a statement saying “entities that transact in trade with the Iranian regime through any means may expose themselves to considerable sanctions risk, and Treasury intends to aggressively enforce our authorities.”
    At the heart of the latest US move is the argument that Iran and its central bank use deceptive financial practices and haven’t implemented minimum global safeguards against money laundering and terrorism financing, according to Bloomberg.

    More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-...an-funding-spv
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    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

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  8. #666
    Iraq Speaks out


    https://twitter.com/RudawEnglish/sta...99715667763200





    https://twitter.com/AdilHaider18/sta...92216281518081

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  10. #668
    Last edited by goldenequity; 06-04-2019 at 03:57 PM.

  11. #669
    Ty for the great links. I'd think the 'Iran is a useful thing to scare people with' wing of the government would win, but the nutters are very determined to get it on.
    "Never say, 'Well at least it can't get any worse!'" - Bill Cosby "But also never say, 'It's no use, it can't get any better.'" - merkelstan

  12. #670
    Quote Originally Posted by merkelstan View Post
    Ty for the great links. I'd think the 'Iran is a useful thing to scare people with' wing of the government would win, but the nutters are very determined to get it on.



    The derivatives clock is ticking (AKA Why Trump Now Wants Talks With Iran)
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-...rg-secret-2019



    The great Bilderberg secret of 2019 had to do with why, suddenly, the Trump administration has decided that it wants to talk to Iran “with no preconditions”.

    It all has to do with the Strait of Hormuz. Blocking the Strait could cut off oil and gas from Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Iran – 20% of the world’s oil. There has been some debate on whether this could occur – whether the US Fifth Fleet, which is stationed nearby, could stop Tehran doing this and if Iran, which has anti-ship missiles on its territory along the northern border of the Persian Gulf, would go that far.

    An American source said a series of studies hit President Trump’s desk and caused panic in Washington. These showed that in the case of the Strait of Hormuz being shut down, whatever the reason, Iran has the power to hammer the world financial system, by causing global trade in derivatives to be blown apart.

    The Bank for International Settlements said last year that the “notional amount outstanding for derivatives contracts” was $542 trillion, although the gross market value was put at just $12.7 trillion. Others suggest it is $1.2 quadrillion or more.





    Oil derivative specialists know well that if the flow of energy in the Gulf is blocked it could lead to the price of oil reaching $200 a barrel, or much higher over an extended period. Crashing the derivatives market would create an unprecedented global depression.

    Trump’s former Goldman Sachs Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin should know as much.

    And Trump himself seems to have given the game away. He’s now on the record essentially saying that Iran has no strategic value to the US. According to the American source:

    “He really wants a face-saving way to get out of the problem his advisers Bolton and Pompeo got him into. Washington now needs a face-saving way out. Iran is not asking for meetings. The US is.”

    And that brings us to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s long, non-scheduled stop in Switzerland, on the Bilderberg’s fringes, just because he’s a “big cheese and chocolate fan”, in his own words.

    Yet any well-informed cuckoo clock would register he badly needed to assuage the fears of the trans-Atlantic elites, apart from his behind-closed-doors meetings with the Swiss, who are representing Iran in communications with Washington. After weeks of ominous threats to Iran, the US said “no preconditions” would be set on talks with Tehran, and this was issued from Swiss soil.

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  14. #672
    The United States slapped Iran with additional sanctions, this time on largest petrochemical holding group, for supporting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the US Treasury Department said on Friday.
    Today’s target was the Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industry Company (PGPIC), who the US says has been funneling money to the organization responsible for Iran’s nuclear program and considered a terrorist group by the United States.
    The United States had originally planned to target the petrochemical company a while ago, but delayed its decision in the wake of escalating tensions following the accusations made by the United States that Iran was responsible for the tanker explosions off the Strait of Hormuz just weeks ago.

    The US Department of Treasury press release warned that there would be more sanctions against Iran’s petrochem industry forthcoming.

    More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-N...als-Giant.html
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  16. #673
    Trita Parsi
    @tparsi
    MUST READ!

    Major conservative US media have for years published a "person" whose existence they NEVER verified
    BECAUSE THEIR STANDARDS ARE SO LOW WHEN IT COMES TO PUBLISHING WARMONGERING AGAINST IRAN

    The Intercept @Theintercept
    "An Iranian opposition activist" wrote dozens of articles about Iran for right-wing outlets. But is he a real person?
    https://interc.pt/2QVMcqv by @mazmhussain

    “Heshmat Alavi is a persona run by a team of people from the political wing of the MEK. This is not and has never been a real person.” (MEK funded thru McCain/Guiliani/Bolton)

    "Heyrani said the fake persona has been managed by a team of MEK operatives in Albania, where the group has one of its bases, and is used to spread its message online. Heyrani’s account is echoed by Sara Zahiri, a Farsi-language researcher who focuses on the MEK. Zahiri, who has sources among Iranian government cybersecurity officials, said that Alavi is known inside Iran to be a “group account” run by a team of MEK members and that Alavi himself does not exist."

    "At a minimum, there are strong indications that the Alavi persona is not what it claims to be. The use of fake identities to conduct political propaganda has become common in recent years. The 2016 U.S. presidential election saw the use of innumerable bots and fake accounts to spread misinformation and paranoia among the public."

    This is WORSE than the US media's failure on Iraq.





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    https://twitter.com/Tasnimnews_EN/st...47127419609088
    Last edited by goldenequity; 06-09-2019 at 09:22 AM.

  17. #674
    China’s crude oil imports dropped in May from a monthly record in April, as Chinese refiners drastically reduced Iranian oil imports after the end of the U.S. waivers and as some state refineries were offline for planned maintenance.
    According to data from China’s General Administration of Customs, reported by Reuters, Chinese crude oil imports fell by 8 percent from 43.73 million tons in April to 40.23 million tons in May. This, converted in barrels per day, is an 11-percent drop from April to May, to average 9.47 million bpd last month, according to Reuters estimates.
    According to Seng Yick Tee, an analyst with Beijing-based consultancy SIA Energy, the key reason for the lower Chinese crude oil imports in May was the sharp drop in imports from Iran as the U.S. ended all sanction waivers for Iranian customers on May 2, including for Iran’s biggest oil buyer China.


    More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-N...n-Imports.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 mankindÖitís people I canít 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. #675
    The State Department's War On Americans Against War On Iran - today on the Liberty Report:






    Guy Elster @guyelster
    BREAKING Japan PM calls on Iran to play constructive role for regional stability, during his historic visit.

    Last edited by goldenequity; 06-19-2019 at 06:00 AM.

  19. #676
    teleSUR English
    "One of the most complicated CIA cyber espionage networks that had an important role in the CIA's operations in different countries was exposed by the Iranian intelligence agencies a while ago and was dismantled."
    https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/...0617-0009.html

    Iran claims it dealt 'heavy blow' to US 'spy network'
    https://edition-m.cnn.com/2019/06/18...ntl/index.html




    https://twitter.com/AbasAslani/statu...75251762941952

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  21. #678
    Tasnim News Agency
    @Tasnimnews_EN
    Commander of Iran’s Army Air Defense Force announced country’s readiness to provide all needs of Iraqi Air Defense Force

    someday. maybe.
    It would be a fist in the imperial face to see the Syrian/Iraqi/Iranian/Lebanese Sovereigns integrate a 'hard umbrella' air defense system across the Levant.
    Last edited by goldenequity; 06-23-2019 at 08:04 AM.

  22. #679

    Hannity is using the Pythagorean Theorem to explain why we have to bomb Iran

    https://twitter.com/ndrew_lawrence/s...79921918259200


  23. #680
    Target Iran: The Truth about the White House's Plans for Regime Change

    In Target Iran he once again sets the record straight. This book offers Ritter's "national intelligence assessment" of the Iranian imbroglio. He examines the Bush administration's regime-change policy and the potential of Iran to threaten U.S. national security interests. The author also considers how the country is seen by other interested parties, including the United Kingdom (Tony Blair may once again be called upon by Bush to provide an international "cover" in any confrontation), Israel (the Israelis view Iran as their number one threat today), and the International Atomic Energy Agency (responsible for inspecting the alleged nuclear program)



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  25. #681
    ICCIMA
    @IranChamber
    Iran FM @JZarif says there are talks with Turkey, Azerbaijan, Russia, China & India to use national currencies in bilateral trade following US sanctions
    http://en.otaghiranonline.ir/news/22063
    This follows Modi/India's appearance at last week's SCO trade meeting.

  26. #682
    India more than quadrupled its imports of U.S. crude oil between November last year and May this year as the U.S. sanctions on Iran significantly reduced Iranian crude purchases at refiners in India, which was Iran’s second-largest oil customer until last month.

    According to tanker arrival data that Reuters has obtained from industry and shipping sources, the growth in U.S. oil supplies to India was significantly higher than the increase of Indian purchases of oil from its traditional Middle Eastern sources of supply.
    Between November 2018 and May 2019—the period in which the U.S. slapped sanctions on Iran’s oil exports allowing six-month exemptions for the largest buyers, including India, and the end of those waivers in May—Indian refiners bought around 184,000 bpd of U.S. crude oil, up from just 40,000 bpd in the same period the previous year.
    Between the start of the U.S. sanctions and the end of all waivers for Iranian buyers, India’s intake of Iranian crude oil slumped to 275,000 bpd, down by 48 percent on the year, according to the tanker data cited by Reuters.
    During the November-May period, India’s purchases of Saudi crude oil increased by 11 percent to 804,000 bpd and imports from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) surged by 37 percent to 360,000 bpd, while purchases from Iraq went down 3.3 percent to 1.01 million bpd.

    Although the volumes from the U.S. were low compared to those of India’s traditional Middle Eastern suppliers, the growth in U.S. imports obliterated the rise in Middle East shipments, also because the official selling prices (OSPs) of Saudi Aramco and other Middle East oil producers have been higher, enabling the U.S. to sell its oil to India.

    More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-N...an-Supply.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 mankindÖitís people I canít 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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  27. #683
    The Iranian security forces have arrested a group of people that Iranian media report were trying to influence officials at the country’s oil ministry into “putting off important decisions” and “making wrong decisions” to the benefit of the United States.
    According to Fars News, which cited a senior legislator, the spy team “operated under a woman who had been able to influence 16 important and influential managers of the oil ministry to put off important decisions in the ministry and hit a blow to the country in the US economic war against Iran.”
    The arrests followed the execution of a former employee of the Aerospace Industries Organization—a unit of the Defense Ministry—for working for the U.S. and the CIA, specifically.
    "It is interesting to know that a while ago, the Iranian intelligence apparatus discovered and cracked down on one of the most complicated cyber networks of the CIA which was used for cyber spying and was an important part of the CIA's operational capacities in the countries targeted by the US," said the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani.
    The former ministry employee, Jalal Haji Zavar, was executed after being tried by a military court, Iranian and other media reported this weekend, and after he had confessed to working for the CIA for pay. The trial and execution of Zavar, however, was not linked to the uncovering of the “cyber network” Ali Shamkhani told media about last week.

    More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-N...-Farsnews.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 mankindÖitís people I canít 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

  28. #684

    https://twitter.com/PressTV/status/1143944357587968000

    Last edited by goldenequity; 06-27-2019 at 05:14 AM.

  29. #685
    Quote Originally Posted by goldenequity View Post

    https://twitter.com/PressTV/status/1143944357587968000

    Your twitter links are't activating today, I have to select them, right click and choose "open link in new tab".
    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 mankindÖitís people I canít 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. #686
    Quote Originally Posted by goldenequity View Post

    https://twitter.com/PressTV/status/1143944357587968000

    If you believe them.
    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 mankindÖitís people I canít 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

  31. #687
    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    Your twitter links are't activating today, I have to select them, right click and choose "open link in new tab".
    yeah. I was trying something different.
    my connection now comes via a hotspot off a smart phone.
    the page refresh (for me) is much quicker when I leave off the hot links
    plus I liked the look of it assembled on a multiple twaat post w/ the small font.

    let me try something...
    =====
    Ok that worked. I know what tto do. cheers.

    **have U ever figured out why your machine won't compose/display tweets?
    Last edited by goldenequity; 06-27-2019 at 05:34 AM.

  32. #688
    Quote Originally Posted by goldenequity View Post

    **have U ever figured out why your machine won't compose/display tweets?
    As best I can tell it's the fault of firefox/waterfox.
    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 mankindÖitís people I canít 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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  34. #689
    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    As best I can tell it's the fault of firefox/waterfox.
    I picked up a used 2012 Dell w/ I-7 Intel chipset 8g ram 750 hdd for $120 w/ Win7 Ultimate
    very quiet compared to my old machine. and fast (enuf)
    Bought it in Phoenix last September and ran it parallel to my working machine while I swapped in files/programs.
    There's tons of machines out there cuz smartphones etc.
    I can give you a guy's number there if ever...

  35. #690
    Quote Originally Posted by goldenequity View Post
    I picked up a used 2012 Dell w/ I-7 Intel chipset 8g ram 750 hdd for $120 w/ Win7 Ultimate
    very quiet compared to my old machine. and fast (enuf)
    Bought it in Phoenix last September and ran it parallel to my working machine while I swapped in files/programs.
    There's tons of machines out there cuz smartphones etc.
    I can give you a guy's number there if ever...
    I've got a local guy but I like firefox/waterfox, I have a way to look up tweets without the full link now that usually works if you don't want to post the full links anymore and the inactive links work just fine too, I just didn't know if you were doing it on purpose or not.
    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 mankindÖitís people I canít 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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