Iran and World
Sunday July 23, 2017

Tehran’s First International Marathon: No Americans Allowed


In what has been described as Tehran’s first international marathon, it’s ironic that Americans will not be allowed to participate.  Additionally, women are being forced to run separately from the men. 

Although the race's website listed 28 Americans among the registered runners, along with participants from more than 40 countries, Iran stopped issuing visas to U.S. citizens after President Donald Trump first announced a travel ban on Iranians and citizens of six other Muslim-majority countries in January.

Iran: Next Step in US Foreign Policy?

Iran is starting to feel the pressure of the new US administration after two terms of President Obama’s rapprochement and appeasement. During these 8 years of the Obama administration, the Iranian regime could relax in the comfort of silence regarding is export of terrorism, its nuclear activities and its human rights abuses. 

But now with President Trump’s administration firmly in place, the rulers of the Islamic Republic are faced with harsh rhetoric and warnings that the current administration is not going to take the same approach as the previous one. Trump has described the Islamic Republic as the leading state sponsor of terrorism.

Iran Faces Increasing Isolation

With a growing number of countries voicing concerns about Tehran’s policies, Iran is experiencing international and regional isolation. The end of Barack Obama’s presidency signaled the end of a “golden era” for Iran, and a major shift in the balance of power.

The joint statement issued by Saudi Arabia and Malaysia that condemned Iran’s meddling in the Middle East, is one example. It left the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman no choice but to express Tehran’s utter regret. “The Islamic Republic’s principled policies are based on non-interference in the affairs of other countries and abiding by an approach hinging on good neighborliness,” said Bahram Ghasemi, according to Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency.

Iran Payment, Why Was It in Cash?

A former US prosecutor has written a piece for FrontPage Mag, indicating the payment made to Iran earlier this year, which coincided with the release of US hostages, is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of dodgy dealings in Iran.

Iran pursuing several billion dollars from the United States in return for hostage release

Fox News has reported that Iran is pursuing several billion dollars from the United States. In return, they will free several U.S. hostages that are still being held in Iran. These reports from Iran’s state-run press is bringing the so-called “ransom” payment from earlier in the year into question. In January, just after the nuclear deal came into effect, the Obama administration paid $1.7 billion in cash to Iran on the same day Iran released several U.S. hostages.

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