Iran’s Ambassador admits contacting Taliban

Editor 25 May 2018

 by Staff writer, SF

The Iranian ambassador to Kabul recently admitted that Tehran is in contact with the Islamist Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan. According to a May 21st report by the government’s official news agency (IRNA), Mohammad Reza Bahrami stated, “We have already explicitly said we are in touch with the Taliban, but we never established formal relations with the group to avoid legitimizing it.”

Iranian Worker Sets Himself on Fire

Editor 23 May 2018

by Staff writer, SF

As reported by state-run Iran Labor News Agency (ILNA), in protest of his living conditions, a service worker for the city of Abadan municipality has set himself on fire. Apparently, in addition to financial distress, the worker, Zamen Azarbaijani, had been grappling with problems related to his work environment, but ILNA did not elaborate on the nature of the problems.

British aid worker faces new falsified charges in Iran

Editor 22 May 2018

by Staff writer, SF
A British charity worker wrongfully imprisoned in Iran is now facing new trumped-up charges of "spreading propaganda" against the state, her husband has said.
Richard Ratcliffe sent a statement to Al Jazeera on Monday explaining that his wife, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, denied this charge, as she had done with the other charges, when she appeared in court on Saturday.

Iran’s four decades of belligerence no longer go tolerated

Navid Felker 15 May 2018

by Navid  Felker
With the US exit from the Iran nuclear deal, a series of measures against Tehran has begun. Sanctions are imminent, and continuing to do business with Iran will be a huge risk.
Heshmat Alavi writes in his article for Al Arabiya, “Iran’s economy is on the ropes and Washington knows quite well how to make the ruling clerics understand how their four decades of belligerence will no longer go tolerated. Interesting is how the new US sanctions are targeting the regime, its entities and senior officials, going the Iran apologists camp arguing such measures will hurt the Iranian people.”

GCC member states discuss Iranian Interventionism

Atousa Pilger 14 May 2018

 by Atousa Pilger

In order to deal with the Iranian threat, the Qatar conflict, and to find political solutions in Syria, Yemen and Libya, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states and Arab countries must foster solidarity, cooperation and self-reliance among themselves, according to a general consensos among senior Arab leaders who gathered in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

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