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Iran regime change advocates haven't learned from coup
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Iran regime change advocates haven't learned from coup

Paul Pillar, nonresident senior fellow with the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, writes in the Atlantic Council that he Trump administration’s policy toward Iran aims for regime change. Possibly US President Donald Trump dreams of reaching some bold deal with the current leadership of Iran, but he has not laid out any feasible route to one. The administration’s dominant hope instead seems to be that stepped-up economic pressure will somehow lead disaffected Iranians to rise up against their rulers. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s most recent speech on Iran was essentially a call to do just that. 

  Iraq between Iran and a hard place
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Iraq between Iran and a hard place

Ishaan Tharoor writes in the Wahington Post as we reported this week, a dispute over Turkey’s continued detention of an American clergyman has spiraled into the worst crisis between the two countries in more than four decades. President Trump has exultantly slapped tariffs on Turkish imports, an act that sent the country’s currency into a tailspin over the weekend. Now Turkey has retaliated, announcing on Wednesday that it would levy its own tariffs on a slate of U.S. products.

Zangeneh pressing OPEC for quotas
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Zangeneh pressing OPEC for quotas

Irina Slav writes in Oil Price that Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh will attend the September meeting of the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee of OPEC and Russia and will probably press his OPEC partners to preserve original member production quotas, S&P Global Platts reports, quoting an Iranian oil ministry official.

 Iran will make a deal
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Iran will make a deal

Dennis Ross writes in Foreign Policy that even in its afterlife, the Iran nuclear deal continues to polarize. Those who supported the agreement proclaim loudly that Iran will never negotiate any adjustment to it, while its opponents argue U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of it will produce a better deal.

Trump's obsession with Iran is dangerous
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Trump's obsession with Iran is dangerous

Foreign Affairs reports that the Trump administration has no coherent Iran policy. In May, U.S. President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—the Iran nuclear deal—even though Iran was not in violation of it. Other than Trump’s uninformed and empty assertion that it was “the worst deal ever,” his pretext for the withdrawal was Iranian aggression in the region, which was not linked to the deal. In both his rhetoric and policy, Trump seems to be positioning the United States to enter into armed conflict with Iran, warning Iran in July that it could face “consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before.”

Oil price war is reignited
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Oil price war is reignited

Tsvetana AParaskova writes in Oil Price that the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran is becoming increasingly evident in the oil pricing policies of the two large Middle Eastern producers. The two countries are currently reigniting the market share and pricing war ahead of the returning U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil.

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Tesla and Volvo seek out 10-year old Iranian inventor

2018/01/06

The young 10-year old Iranian boy, Hossein Atayi Sangrudi from Karaj has already 16 inventions in his portfolio. Six of these are in the process of being registered. His inventions include the VTOL three-modality drones, gunboats, office furniture, miniature sprayer, multipurpose control for smart TVs, and so on.

Iran, US should opt long term relations

2017/10/22

In an interview with Persia Digest, Adib-Moghaddam said: It is imperative that Iran gets even closer to the EU, not least to keep the communication with Washington going, and to minimize misperceptions.

German Schiller Group Concert in Tehran

2017/11/14

The German Schiller Group Concert is taking place in Tehran for the first time. Christopher von Deylen, will be traveling to Tehran with his Group for the first time in mid-December to stage a concert at the Hall of the Ministry of the Interior over two nights on 11-12 December, at 21h30.  

Imran Khan comes to Iran on first trip in office

2018/08/14

Pakistan’s Prime Minister elect , Imran Khan, is planning to travel to Iran on his first official trip in office. This will take place after his inaugural ceremony on 18 August.

No need for embassies for a trip to Iran

2018/08/12

The Head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization announced: “Tourists are no longer required to go to Iranian embassies for visas. They can apply online and travel to Iran once their application has been reviewed.”

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Run Rostam Run in Italy and Australia

2018/08/16

The short animation “Run Rostam Run” by Hossein Molayemi, has been screened at two international festivals in Italy and Australia.

Zangeneh pressing OPEC for quotas

2018/08/16

Irina Slav writes in Oil Price that Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh will attend the September meeting of the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee of OPEC and Russia and will probably press his OPEC partners to preserve original member production quotas, S&P Global Platts reports, quoting an Iranian oil ministry official.

America not safer for Iran sanctions

2018/08/16

David Andelman writes in CNN don't count on sanctions to drive Iran to Donald Trump's bargaining table. Bill Clinton tried that gambit 20 years go. It led to a decade of grief and misery for the Iranian people and set the world even closer to a nuclear-armed Iran.

Iran will make a deal

2018/08/16

Dennis Ross writes in Foreign Policy that even in its afterlife, the Iran nuclear deal continues to polarize. Those who supported the agreement proclaim loudly that Iran will never negotiate any adjustment to it, while its opponents argue U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of it will produce a better deal.

Zarif explains Iran’s share of the Caspian

2018/08/16

The Iranian Foreign Minister has reiterated: “The Caspian Sea Convention not only protects our territorial integrity, it also expands friendly ties with our northern neighbors.”