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Obama’s hidden Iran deal giveaway

By dropping charges against major arms targets, the administration infuriated Justice Department officials — and undermined its own counterproliferation task forces. When President Barack Obama announced the “one-time gesture” of releasing Iranian-born prisoners who “were not charged with terrorism or any violent offenses” last year, his administration presented the move as a modest trade-off for…

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US Lawmakers Promise Iranian Opposition Group Tougher Action Against Iran

A bi-partisan group of U.S. lawmakers has told an Iranian opposition group that it will press for tougher U.S. action against Iran’s Islamist rulers, as Tehran awaits word on whether President Donald Trump will follow through on campaign pledges to take a similarly tough stance. The half-dozen Republican and Democratic House members made the pledges…

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Russia and Iran delight in UK’s rejection of EU

World leaders beyond the EU began the process of Friday of adjusting their relationship with the UK in the wake of the vote to leave, in reaction that ranged from trepidation to barely disguised glee in Moscow and Tehran. A top military official in the Iranian capital predicted that Scotland and Ireland would soon be…

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White House cites executive privilege

White House cites executive privilege, keeps Obama adviser from testifying about Iran nuclear deal After congressional Republicans called his bluff, President Obama’s deputy national security adviser refused Tuesday to testify to Congress about whether he misled the public in pushing the Iran nuclear deal, claiming executive privilege. Ben Rhodes, a speechwriter who has become a…

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Iran-Saudi tensions simmer in Lebanon

When thousands of mourners gathered in the southern suburbs of Beirut last week to bury top Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine, who was killed in Syria, they repeatedly chanted “Death to al Saud”. The Shia militant group backed by Iran and fighting alongside Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria, said Badreddine’s death “was the result of artillery bombardment…

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Iran and Islamic Conference: Tensions at the Summit

Tensions between Iran and other Islamic countries, especially Saudi Arabia, erupted at the 13th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) of 57 countries. The final communique, issued April 15, “deplored Iran’s interference” in the affairs of other countries and its “continued support for terrorism.” President Hassan Rouhani skipped the closing meeting, reportedly in protest. The five key…

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Iran: why the Conservatives have not said their last word

In the parliamentary elections in Iran Friday, reformers and moderate allies who support President Hassan Rohani sharply higher against the Conservatives. What will be the consequences on the domestic front? Denis Bauchard: election results as that of the Experts Assembly is a clear victory for President Rohani. The advance of the reformist camp who would…

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Iran’s Voters Sent a Message to the Hard-Liners

Iranians revel in political humor. Over the weekend, as election results began to show that long-entrenched hard-liners were losing, a new joke circulated in Tehran: Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had called Secretary of State John Kerry with an offer: “John, we have just succeeded in defeating our hard-liners. Let us know if you want advice on…

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Iran is preparing the succession of the Supreme Leader

Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, works in an almost empty room. He’s seated in a humble leather chair. In the back, behind the curtains which remain closed most of the time, a window overlooks some trees and administrative buildings that house the “office” of the Guardian: the most powerful government of…

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Germans Race to Capture the Iranian Market

Ahead of the planned lifting of Western sanctions against Iran, businessmen from around the world are visiting the country, and as one group from Germany discovered, there are no shortages of opportunities. Early one morning at the beginning of October, Alfons Diekmann is standing at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport. He is wearing his comfortable travel pants…

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