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Direct US threats to Iranian tourism

Direct US threats to Iranian tourism

Three years ago, the US changed its visa waiver law and tried to indirectly threaten Iran’s tourism. Now, US consulates and embassies in certain Asian and European countries, and even in Iran’s neighboring countries, are overtly pressurizing travel agents and threatening them to stop sending tourists to Iran.

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The Warsaw Conference and the isolated superpower

The Warsaw Conference and the isolated superpower

The Trump administration tried to make this week’s Middle East conference in Warsaw what the administration had intended it to be all along: an Iran-bashing exercise that would get Europeans to join in more of the bashing. But the conference instead became what most European governments—whose attendance at the gathering was spotty and often low-level—warned it would be: a demonstration not of U.S.-European unity on policy toward Iran but instead of disunity. That the conference’s final statement makes no mention of Iran has to be a major disappointment for the administration.

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IRGC Commander warning to Pakistan

IRGC Commander warning to Pakistan

Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has said: “If Pakistan does not face up to its responsibilities regarding terrorism, the IR of Iran will proceed to punish mercenaries organized by regional and trans-regional spy services.”

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Netanyahu beats the drums of war for Iran?

Netanyahu beats the drums of war for Iran?

Israel has pushed the idea of a “war” against Iran for decades. Iran sits atop a list of countries Bibi and the Likudniks want to take out. It was “mission accomplished” in Iraq and Libya, but a failure in Syria. Iran is a tough nut to crack and not a pushover like Iraq (where twelve years of brutal sanctions worked to soften the country up prior to the Bush dynasty’s second round of “creative destruction”).

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HooK: No one is defending Iran

HooK: No one is defending Iran

US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook underlined a difference between the US and Europe in dealing with Iran. While he said that no government participating in the Warsaw conference has defended the Iranian regime, he affirmed his country’s determination to tighten the grip on Tehran and its regional proxies.

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