Posts Tagged ‘Iran’


Iran growing network to train foreign terrorists, dissident group says

editor 18 February 2017

By Rowan Scarborough.. Iran’s hard-line Islamic regime has escalated its overseas terrorist operations, establishing a network of over a dozen internal training camps for foreign fighters, the regime’s largest resistance group said at a press conference on Tuesday in Washington. The National Council of Resistance of Iran issued its intelligence report specifying the camps’ locations and the countries represented. [Photo top right:Photo by: Hadi Mizban Members of the People’s Mujahedeen of Iran boast an extensive spy network, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its special forces wing, the Quds force, and has a track record of exposing clandestine parts of the Iranian security apparatus. (Associated Press)] (more…)


Strange Bedfellows: The Russian-Turkish-Iranian Axis

editor 26 January 2017

By Ofra Bengio.. Russia has fulfilled a long-held dream of reaching the warm water of the Mediterranean and is casting itself as the hegemon in the region. Sixty years have lapsed since the Baghdad Pact which grouped together Turkey, Iran, Iraq and the West in an alliance against the Soviet Union and the concomitant Communist danger. Nowadays this Middle Eastern architecture has shifted 180 degrees to where Russia, Turkey and Iran are in an ad hoc alliance against Islamic State but which may turn against the West as well. Still, the new alliance might be termed as a marriage of inconvenience where each of the parties has different motives and is acting at cross purposes in partitioning the Syrian bear. (more…)


Iran: Why the Mullahs Will Not Reform from Within

editor 2 January 2017

Heshmat Alavi.. Iran’s entire power structure and most of its civil society is centralized under the personal control of the Supreme Leader. In this way, Iran’s dictatorship is every bit as entrenched as North Korea’s, making the idea of traditional regime change a pipe dream. The mullahs created a regime — an entrenched revolution — specifically designed to resist change or reform, adopting a unique theocratic structure that uses both Islamic ideology and brutal force to maintain absolute power. [Photo top right: “Illussion”]. (more…)


Iran’s Mashhad Municipality Opens Military-Religious Amusement Park – To Reinforce Revolutionary Values For Children

editor 8 December 2016

By MEMRI.. On September 24, 2016, the Iranian news agency Raja News, which is close to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), published an interview with Child and the Future Cultural Center director Hamid Sadeghi about an event held during the second half of September that is a military-religious amusement park, called The City of Games for Revolutionary Children. Sadeghi, who operates under the aegis of the Mashhad municipality and also runs the website, said that his center had set up and inaugurated the City of Games park, and that it is open free of charge to children aged eight through 13. (more…)


Opinion: End of Obama Could Mean End of Trickery on Iran

editor 22 November 2016

By Amir Taheri.. On several occasions during the presidential election campaign, Donald Trump spoke of “tearing up” President Barack Obama’s so-called nuclear deal with Iran. The Islamic Republic President Hasan Rouhani, however, has insisted that President Trump won’t be able to do that. In a sense, Rouhani is right: there is no duly negotiated, approved and signed agreement to tear up. What we have is a fiction that Obama, helped by the Rafsanjani faction in Tehran and the European Union, has sold to world public opinion. (more…)


Russia, Iran plan $10bn arms supply to Tehran

editor 19 November 2016

By RT.. Russia and Iran have been negotiating the supply of $10 billion worth of weapons and hardware to Tehran following the successful delivery of Russia’s S-300 air defence missile systems to the country in October (2016). “These negotiations are being carried out, the road has been paved. “The order book, discussed today, [reflects] the needs of Tehran and amounts to some $10 billion,” the head of the defense and security committee of the Russian upper house of parliament, Viktor Ozerov, told reporters on Monday during a parliamentary visit to Iran, as cited by TASS news agency. [Photo top right:S-300 missile system © Pavel Lisitsyn / Sputnik] (more…)


“Global Messiah Happening” as Saudi-Iran Conflict Presages Prophesied Nuclear War

editor 10 November 2016

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz.. “And when ye go to war in your land against the adversary that oppresseth you, then ye shall sound an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before Hashem your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.” Numbers 10:9. The aftershocks of the US-brokered deal with Iran concerning their nuclear program have left many political analysts stymied, but one ancient Jewish source presents a scenario, unthinkable just a few years ago, which is now a strong possibility: a nuclear war between Saudi Arabia and Iran that leaves Israel untouched and makes way for the coming of the Messiah. (more…)


Iran calls Aoun’s election in Lebanon a victory for Hezbollah

editor 3 November 2016

By World News.. Iran welcomed the election of Michel Aoun [Photo top right] as Lebanon’s new president on Monday (October 31, 2016), calling it a victory for the Shi’ite group Hezbollah, Tehran’s ally in Lebanon. Aoun, a leader of Lebanon’s Christian community, secured the post in a parliamentary vote, ending a 29-month presidential vacuum in a deal with Sunni leader Saad al-Hariri, who is now expected to become prime minister. (more…)


Cuba, Iran’s island in the sun

editor 31 October 2016

By Emanuele Ottolenghi.. The Obama administration thinks Iran’s influence in Latin America is waning. That means it does not view the 80 or so cultural centers Iran has established across Central and South America as a threat. Tehran begs to differ. It views these centers as a vehicle for the spread of its revolutionary ideology to America’s backyard. Iran’s official state visits, diplomatic agreements, commercial relations and volume of trade with the region do not come out to much. (more…)


Amid Syrian chaos, Iran’s game plan emerges: a path to the Mediterranean

editor 13 October 2016

By Martin Chulov.. Militias controlled by Tehran are poised to complete a land corridor that would give Iran huge power in the region. Not far from Mosul, a large military force is finalising plans for an advance that has been more than three decades in the making. The troops are Shia militiamen who have fought against the Islamic State, but they have not been given a direct role in the coming attack to free Iraq’s second city from its clutches. (more…)


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