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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 7:22 pm    Post subject: Iran Reply with quote

Persia's approaching gold rush
Pepe Escobar | Thu, 23 Jul 2015 | RT


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You may have heard of the N-11. Yes, it's another clever Goldman Sachs concoction, to the benefit of that prized specimen - the "global investor". These are the next BRICS, the new emerging powers.

The N-11 is made up of: Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, South Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Turkey and Vietnam. Some of these upstarts may even become members of the increasingly assertive BRICS.

The moment the sanctions regime vanishes, arguably sometime in early 2016, Iran will become the hottest N-11 in the world. It's very hard to beat its roll call of assets: a consumer market of more than 80 million, largely well educated people; a human capital mix that is even more attractive than Turkey; and in the all-important energy front, a combination of as much oil as Saudi Arabia, as much gas as Russia, and arguably more mineral resources than Australia.

And soon back with a vengeance in the global market. Talk about an economic game-changer.

Join the caravan

Even under a nasty UN/US/EU package of sanctions - which Tehran always qualified as unlawful and unjust - Iran has built the most solid industrial base in Southwest Asia. It ranks, for instance, among the Top 15 global steel producers and Top 15 global car manufacturers. It is the worlds' top exporter of cement, pistachios, saffron and caviar.

Iran is well positioned among global leaders in nanotechnology and stem cell research. It is the certified scientific power in Southwest Asia; the 17th largest producer of scientific papers in the world - ahead of Turkey and Israel. Not to mention Saudi Arabia, that global leader of, well, beheadings.

As the sanctions vanish, Iran will be able to boost its already sprawling industrial and scientific infrastructure. It will be a quest for selected Western technology. For the moment, technology breakthroughs come from BRICS member-nations China, Russia and India.

The Lausanne agreement was barely inked when a global corporate caravan - spanning Europe to Asia - began hitting the Persian trail, positioning themselves for the grand (re)opening of the Iranian bazaar.

On energy, that included European giants Royal Dutch Shell and Eni, French ambassador to the US Gerard Araud was forced to placate hawks at the Atlantic Council think tank with an obvious fact; "Really, we lost a lot of money, not the Americans," Araud noted as European companies were forced to abide by US-concocted sanctions. He added, "so stop taking the moral high ground."

Russian envoys, for their part, had already been crisscrossing Iran for months, exchanging political, economic and military data. Russian-Iranian relations, extremely nuanced, are based on pragmatism.

The concrete possibility of Iran starting to sell huge amounts of gas to the EU is of course a very sensitive subject for Moscow - especially because this new drive is pushed by Washington. Yet for Russia, that may be a relatively short-term risk, up to 2020 at most, because in the long run Gazprom's top business will be with China - and the rest of Asia. Five years is what it takes to build and expand the 'Pipelineistan' network across Siberia towards China.

And there's always a Chinese-style "win-win" at hand; as the conventional arms embargo progressively vanishes, Tehran will be buying more Russian weapons, not only the S-400 missile system (See: How the S-400 makes the F-35 obsolete).

Boeing or Airbus?

Post-sanctions, Iran will take maximum advantage of one of its key assets; location, location, location. Iran is nothing else but the privileged crossroads/trade hub connecting Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasus and Southwest Asia - what the West calls the Middle East. It's right at the center of the Chinese-led New Silk Roads, and an ideal candidate to join the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) - increasing trade with Central Asia, as in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan even share a common language - Persian and its derivations, Dari and Tajik. Countries bordering Iran - from Afghanistan and Armenia to Turkey and Turkmenistan - will see an immediate trade surge; after all sanctions never managed to stop cross-border trade.

A boom in the Iranian tourism industry is inevitable - involving a rush of customers from Europe to Asia and all points in between. The shipping industry - already in good shape - will prosper. And of course there will be a pressing need for a lot of passenger jets.

One of the most perverse consequences of US-driven sanctions is that for decades, Iranian carriers were forced to source and repair their jets from the black market. And until recently just two months before the Vienna deal was signed, we had the case of Mahan Air, Iran's second largest carrier, having to resort to an Iraq-based front company to buy nine Airbuses.

Iran now needs no less than 400 passenger jets over the next decade. Iran Air's chairman, Farhad Parvaresh, is interested not only in both Boeings 777 and 787, but also the Airbus A321. And he does not discount the new 747-8, which has been a hard sell for Boeing.

Now imagine Iranian carriers expanding their flights to a slew of European and Asian capitals. That will provide serious competition to Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways, attracting everyone who lives and works everywhere from Central Asia to the Caucasus.

It's a gas, gas, gas

Iran will soon be back to its pre-2012 level of oil exports; 2.5 million barrels a day. At the moment, it's down to 1.5 million barrels a day - due to Washington's relentless campaign to arm-twist Iranian energy customers such as South Korea, Japan and the EU. China, still growing at 7 percent a year, will remain the customer of choice. And by 2018, with other major Asian economies such as India and Indonesia picking up growth, Iran's exports will definitely surge.

According to National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) estimations, Tehran is ready to add from at least 600,000 to up to 1 million barrels of oil a day to the global market. This means prices going further down in the foreseeable future - which benefits non-oil producers with huge populations such as Pakistan and Egypt.

From a Pakistani angle, this will translate into the conclusion of one of 'Pipelinestan's' eternal soap operas; the IP (Iran-Pakistan) gas pipeline. The Pakistani stretch is being financed by China. From an Egyptian angle, this will translate into lower transportation costs and more traffic through the Suez Canal.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a more complex proposition. Dubai will profit handsomely, as it is already an Iranian trade/commercial/banking center where tens of billions of US dollars in Iranian funds are parked. Yet Iran's energy offensive will be focused essentially on regaining market share from its Persian Gulf competitors, including the UAE. Add to it that Saudi Arabia's reserves are slowly but surely diminishing - as it is spending its oil capital to bomb Yemen.

Everywhere we look Eurasia integration - with Iran as a protagonist - proceeds unabated.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the sidelines of the BRICS/SCO summit in Ufa. Rouhani expects India to invest $8 billion in key infrastructure projects - centered on the development of the strategic port of Chabahar in the Gulf of Oman. India is already leasing two berths at the port, using them as multi-purpose cargo terminals. Next step is to help building the second and third terminals as well as a railway connecting it to the rest of Iran.

Chabahar will be not only India's gateway to Central Asia, but it will also open a sea route to landlocked Afghanistan. Both India and Iran are very active in Afghanistan - in both the commercial and security fronts.

The Syrian tangle

One of the worst kept "secrets" in Brussels has always been the EU's burning desire to do energy business with Iran. According to European Parliament numbers, Iran may soon export more than 150 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas a year. Compare it to Gazprom's current export total of 140bcm to the EU.

Iran's are the second-largest natural gas reserves in the world after Russia; a whopping 15.8% of the global total. And Iran holds the largest offshore gas field in the world; South Pars/North Dome in the Persian Gulf, partially shared with Qatar.

So 'Pipelineistan' is an absolute must. For obvious reasons, there is no Iran pipeline geared towards the EU - yet. What exists is the Tabriz-Ankara pipeline, from Iran to Turkey, which should be expanded; that would be the "Persian pipeline", 3,000 km crossing Turkey from east to west and then a maritime link to Italy, where it will split into a northern and southern section, feeding Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Spain.

This is the prime wet dream not only in Brussels but especially in Washington; because it entails bypassing Russia. With the Persian pipeline completed, the EU would soon be importing as much as 30 bcm a year, which was the current total export by Gazprom to Germany and Italy in 2013.

What happens in Iran from now on deeply affects, simultaneously, Ukraine and Syria. Gazprom is already planning to totally bypass Ukraine in its gas shipments to the EU. So Ukraine, from an energy transit point of view, is a dead chicken for the EU - on top of having turned into a de facto failed state.

Syria's case is way more complex. The $10 billion Iran-Iraq-Syria pipeline remains in play. It is, of course, one of key strategic reasons for Turkey and Qatar to be obsessed with regime change in Damascus, and be involved in the destruction of Syria. Because the rival gas pipeline to Iran-Iraq-Syria would be Qatari, transiting through the mirage of a "Sunni-friendly", Muslim brotherhood-dominated Syria.

So everything will hinge on a major strategic decision by the EU and its energy majors. Should they invest in the Iran-Iraq-Syria pipeline, thus supporting the current power in Damascus? That would imply fighting - for real - the genuine threat of ISIS/ISIL/Daesh, whose partition of "Syraq" has much to do with keeping two states broken and unable to plan and coordinate such a strategic project as a steel umbilical cord.

It's up to the EU to finally devise its forever debated, but never accomplished, energy policy. If a strategic decision is made, Iran is what the EU needs. Then we will have EU energy majors committing enormous investments to upgrade Iran's refining capacity and accelerate the completion of the Persian Pipeline.

There's already some substantial movement. Iranian companies have just signed a $2.3 billion agreement to build 1,300 kilometers of the Iran Gas Trunkline-6 (IGAT-6), connected with South Pars. That will be essential to boost Iran's gas exports through Iraq.

The initial mantra of the Islamic Revolution in Iran was "neither East nor West". Based on my observations of Iranian diplomats negotiating the nuclear deal in Vienna, it's fair to say post-sanctions Iran will apply the mantra to the core. And it will be with a unique Persian twist of aggressive - or heroic - defense and charming offense.


More: The imperial designs on Iran
Pepe Escobar
Sputnik News
Thu, 23 Jul 2015

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2015 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PM to make direct appeal to US Jews in bid to thwart Iran deal
Rebecca Shimoni Stoil | July 31, 2015 | Times of the Apartheid State


Netanyahu and Jewish groups team up for virtual ‘town hall’ format, with PM taking questions from audience on nuclear deal.

I am afraid your efforts will fall on deaf ears. Nobody cares what you have to say anymore. You lost all credibility years ago, and your morals are in your piss cup.

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What people should really be concerned with and focused on is the 'Black Friday': Carnage in Rafah and Israeli war crimes.

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Since this diplomatic agreement is obviously good news for the world, the UN Security Council has unanimously approved it and only one of the UN’s 193 member states, Israel, is currently opposed to it.

The choice before members of Congress is thus a clear and simple one: Do they owe their primary allegiance and loyalty to the United States of America or to Israel?

In Obama’s case, one can envision three alternatives, one cowardly and two courageous:

1. He could accept his and his country’s humiliation and retreat into irrelevance for the remaining 16 months of his term in office; or

2. He could go before the American people, announce that he has no desire to continue to represent a country in which more than two-thirds of the members of the legislative branch owe their allegiance to a foreign country and resign as president; or

3, He could seek patriotically to restore the independence and dignity of his country (or simply to take personal revenge against Netanyahu) by supporting or not vetoing a new application by the State of Palestine for full member state status at the United Nations and by supporting or not vetoing a UN Security Council resolution imposing meaningful sanctions on Israel until it withdraws fully from the occupied State of Palestine and the occupied Syrian Golan Heights.


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The agreement on the nuclear issue will ease tensions between the United States and Iran. It will generate a more favorable climate for bilateral and multilateral agreements on a range of other issues in the broader Middle East. This will lead to major changes in the relations among the various Middle Eastern states, which will contribute to stability from Afghanistan to the Mediterranean. Beyond facilitating cooperation between Iran and the so-called moderate Arab monarchies, it also could well bring Iran and the Israelis closer.

As Iran becomes a major center of gravity in the region, neither the Israelis nor the Arabs will want to be the odd man out. Aside from public rhetoric, both see the handwriting on the wall, and national leaders are calculating how to deal with the evolving situation. They will adjust and, in some instances, seize the initiative with accommodations among themselves and Iran.

Despite considerable unease, Saudi Arabia accepted that a deal on the nuclear issue was likely and has begun to adjust to the new reality.

At the same time, senior former Israeli security and intelligence officials have been less alarmist than their political leaders. Former Israel Atomic Energy Commission Brigadier General Uzi Eilam, for example, told the Israeli paper Yediot Ahronoth in May 2014 that the Iranian nuclear program would only be operational in another decade. He added that he was not sure that Iran wants the bomb and suggested that Netanyahu was employing needless fear-mongering about Iran's atomic aspirations. Former Israeli intelligence chief Efraim Halevy, who was appointed by Netanyahu, said on July 31 that the United States scored a great success in putting together a broad coalition to negotiate with Iran and face down the Iranian nuclear threat. And Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon simply hedged that Israel will need to analyze the effect the agreement will have on its security.

In fact, the potential benefits for Israel are considerable, and the realignments could lead to Israel's integration within the region. Absent a shift in Israeli policy, the country will face mounting pressure to accede to regional and international support for a Palestinian state. As the Arabs and the Iranians find a more productive modus vivendi, and the Palestinians continue their slow walk to near universal recognition and ultimately statehood via non-violent resistance and international law, Israel will be compelled to adjust to the new realities.

Given the erosion in support for current Israeli policies in Europe and, to some extent, in the United States, Israel should accept what is increasingly inevitable and negotiate a final status agreement with the Palestinians, which produces a Palestinian state roughly along the pre-Six Day War lines. An agreement that is acceptable to both sides, as well as the states in the region and beyond, could finally facilitate Israel's integration into the region.

For its integration to be complete and secure, Israel also must be more open about its own nuclear weapons program - the region's only one. This would include acceptance of international inspectors at its nuclear facility in the Negev and other relevant sites. Additional positive results could include an eventual agreement on a Middle East Nuclear Weapons Free Zone and a marked strengthening of the international nuclear non-proliferation regime, making it even less attractive for states within and beyond the region to seek to become nuclear weapons threshold states.


In my opinion, I believe fission weapons are a joke to stoke fear and boost military spending. So look to other reasons why one country is so against Iran taking its place on the world stage.

Meanwhile Iraq is being carved up and destroyed.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HOW IRAN DEAL IS RESHAPING MIDDLE EAST

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The dollar takes another hit: Iran demands Euros for oil
Brandon Turbeville | 08 Feb 2016 | Activist Post


...a position that has gradually begun to erode as free trade and global empire have caught up with the dwindling superpower. Poetry.

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Even with a number of U.S. sanctions against Iran coming to an end, the Iranian government has recently made a very important decision in regards to its oil payment system and it could spell bad news for the United States. This is because Iran has apparently decided to no longer accept U.S. dollars for payment on both its new and outstanding oil sales. Instead it will receive its payment in euros.

Reuters has cited an official from the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) as stating that the new plan will apply to “newly signed deals” with France’s Total, Russia’s Lukoil, and Spain’s Cepsa.

Reuters quotes the official as saying that “In our invoices we mention a clause that buyers of our oil will have to pay in euros, considering the exchange rate versus the dollar around the time of delivery.”

In addition, Iran is also informing its trading partners, including India, that owe billions of dollars that it now prefers to be paid in euros instead of dollars.

“Iran shifted to the euro and cancelled trade in dollars because of political reasons,” the official source said, pointing out that this policy was concocted during the time of the sanctions.

Hossein Yaqoubi-Miab, the director for international affairs department of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), has stated that plans have already been made to receive the euro payments from India which total about $6.5 billion.

Reuters also mentioned that India is currently working on a system that would involve the United Commercial Bank (UCO) and the IDBI Bank handling the payments to Iran.

The new Iranian policy of receiving payments in euros as opposed to dollars is one that is likely to upset the United States who has maintained relative dominance as the world reserve currency for decades, a position that has gradually begun to erode as free trade and global empire have caught up with the dwindling superpower.

Thus, the Iranian currency policy will be yet one more blow to the dollar as the world reserve currency and might possibly be a catalyst for further antagonism toward Iran on the part of the United States.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Iran Links to Eurasia with Persian Canal
07.04.2016 | NEO


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With the US and EU economic sanctions gone, it’s becoming clear that Iran today wants to build not destroy as the West seems hell-bent to do. The latest is announcement that Teheran has decided to proceed with a major infrastructure project which will take perhaps a decade to complete—an inland canal linking the Caspian Sea to the Persian Gulf for the first time across Iran. Given Iran’s very mountainous topography, it is no simple dig. It will also be a big benefit for Russia and other nations along the Caspian Littoral as well as nicely fitting China’s One Belt, One Road infrastructure Great Project.



Since the time of the Romanov Czars, Russia has sought a link to warm water seas for its navy and its commerce. Today, Russian ships must pass through the Turkish Bosphorus straits, a very narrow waterway going through Istanbul from the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, and on via the Dardanelles, to the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas. Given the frozen relations between Moscow and Ankara today since the Turkish Air Force late last year deliberately downed a Russian jet inside Syrian airspace in violation of all norms of international law, passage of Russian vessels through the Bosphorus is a highly uncertain business, despite international treaties on freedom of passage.

As well, for Iranian ships or Chinese for that matter, to reach the Mediterranean ports of Europe, they now must pass via the Suez Canal owned by the Egyptian government. Despite the 1888 Convention of Constantinople, which grants the right of free access to all nations and ships in wartime or peace, the Egyptian government, as was clear during the Muslim Brotherhood US-backed coup of Mohammed Morsi, is also subject to dramatic political risk. The Iranian Canal also gives Russia and other states on the shortest way to the Indian Ocean bypassing the Turkish Straits and the Suez Canal in Egypt.

Tehran has now unveiled plans to build an artificial channel that will link the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf for the first time. It is scheduled to be complete in about a decade. It has huge economic, military and economic implications.

The Iranian ‘Suez Canal’

In every sense it will be a rival in economic and geopolitical terms to the Suez Canal. According to a report in Russia’s Sputnik News, the project was endorsed in 2012 by Iran’s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad while Western sanctions were still in place. The cost then was estimated by Khatam-al Anbiya, an engineering company owned by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), at approximately $7 billion. At that time in a move to block the project, Washington imposed economic sanctions on companies that were involved in the project. Now for other geopolitical reasons, Washington has lifted many sanctions and Teheran is going ahead.

The Iranian Caspian Canal has a major security advantage. It runs strictly through Iranian space, space which is well-defended.

Two routes for the Iran ‘Suez Canal’ are considered. The shortest in the west would pass mountainous terrain while the longer would allow irrigation of vast desert regions of eastern Iran and avoid the narrow Strait of Hormuz between Oman and Iran.

The Eastern route Gulf of Oman to the south-east Caspian Sea has a total length of between 1465 – 1600 kilometers depending on internal routing. It would have the added advantage of allowing irrigation and development of agriculture in the dry east and central provinces of the country where shortage of rainfall has caused a massive drought in recent decades. The waterway would allow recharging the underground water resources.

The western route, while the shortest distance, has major drawbacks. The Western route of some 950 Km via partially navigable river beds would have to go through the Zagros mountains valleys for 600 Km. A major disadvantage of this route is the passage through the high Zagros and in Kurdistan and Hamedan provinces where it must climb to heights above 1800 meters.

Whichever route has been decided, and apparently reasons of national security have kept it discreet until now, several major advantages will grow out of the canal linking the Caspian to the Indian Ocean. First it will create the shortest marine link between the Persian Gulf and India on one side with the Eastern, Central and Northern Europe, on the other in direct competition with the politically unstable Egyptian Suez Canal. For Russia it will have a major geopolitical advantage of giving direct, easy access to the Indian Ocean independent of the Suez Canal and of Turkey’s Bosphorus straits. In economic terms for Iran, it would be a major jobs-creator adding some two million new jobs in construction and maintenance of the long canal. It will also allow Teheran to revitalize isolated parts of eastern Iran supporting infrastructure , including construction of a new modern port in Bam and Tabas free economic zones, shipyards and airports , and planned cities. It will also prevent or greatly reduce the desertification creating a barrier to the spread of the desert to fertile lands in Iran.

This is coming as Iran prepares to become a full member of the Eurasian Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Iran has held Observer Nation status in SCO since 2008 but UN sanctions prevented full membership until this January. Both Russia and China strongly back full membership, likely to be approved later this summer at the annual meeting. China’s President Xi Jinping in a February, 2016 visit to Teheran discussed Iran’s participation in China’s major Eurasian infrastructure project for creation of a network of ports and high-speed rail networks criss-crossing Eurasia from Beijing to Belarus and beyond. It is highly likely that Xi and Prime Minister Rouhani also discussed China’s participation in the financing and possibly also construction of Iran’s Persian Canal, the Iranian Suez Canal alternative.

My personal observation from a recent visit to Teheran is that the Iranians are fed up with war, having not fully recovered from the tragic death and destruction from the US-instigated Iran-Iraq war in the 1980’s as well as subsequent US destabilizations. Rather, they want peaceful economic development and national security. The Iranian Persian Canal project is a beautiful step in this direction.

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Iran's $10Bln Mega Canal Could be Game Changer in Global Trade Routes
09.04.2016 | Sputnik


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Intensified discussions on the possibility of a 'trans-Iranian' canal began in 2012, when then-Energy Minister Majid Namjoo told Fars news agency that the project would cost an estimated $7 billion US.

The Caspian Sea is the largest enclosed inland body of water in the world, with a 7,000 km coastline shared by Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Azerbaijan. Establishing a connection between the Caspian and the Persian Gulf would necessitate the creation of a canal running across almost the entirety of Iran from north to south. Iranian naval support ship Kharg transits through the Suez Canal on February 22, 2011 bound, along with patrol frigate Alvand, for the Mediterranean Sea on a purported training mission that Israel regards as a provocation

Iran Will Need Russia's Help to Build Its Caspian Sea-Persian Gulf Canal
For Russia, experts say, the central appealing factor of the project is that it would provide Russian ships with speedy access to the Indian Ocean, bypassing the Turkish straits, including the Bosporus and the Dardanelles.

The two potential routes for the project, known in Iran as the 'Iran rud' ('Iran's River'), stretch between 765-1,400 km, and would cost an estimated $6-10 billion, according to Iranian estimates from 2012-2013 cited by Russia's Vzglyad newspaper. At the same time, the paper estimated, the cost of the project could be recovered in as little as three-four years, given estimated yearly shipping revenues of $1.4 billion from the Russian side, and $1.7 billion for Iran.


Two variants for the Great Persian Canal, the western route (light blue) and the eastern route (dark blue)

"From a technical perspective, the existing Suez and New Suez canals are more convenient for ships, since both seas involved – the Mediterranean and the Red, share one sea level. A Caspian-Persian canal, in turn, would have to link the Caspian Sea, located about 27-29 meters below ocean sea levels, to the Persian Gulf, and this would require the installation of a whole system of hydraulic locks to control water levels and prevent flooding," Andrievsky told Vzglyad.


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Women ‘outweigh’ clerics in Iran’s parliament for first time in history
2 May, 2016 | RT


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The new Iranian parliament will see more women than clerics, whose number have reached an all-time low, parliamentary elections results have shown. This is the first time women have outnumbered clerics in the country’s history.

According to the official voting results issued on Saturday, 17 women will become members of the 290-seat parliament compared to clerics who only won 16 seats, AFP reports. Although the clerics fall just one seat behind women, their overall number has reached an all-time low.
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© Raheb Homavandi Why the Iranian elections were a huge success

What is more, female politicians have beaten their previous record as the highest number of seats they managed to get in the past was just 14. Compared to the previous election, the number of women almost doubled.

“As a young woman, I ran to inspire women and give them courage to fight for their rights. I ran to play my role in the destiny of the country and stop extremists from capturing seats in parliament,” Fatemeh Hosseini, one of the “winners”, said as reported by AP.

Women were not the only ones to celebrate the victory. Election results also showed that reformist and moderate politicians, who are supporters of President Hassan Rouhani, had made an astounding comeback outnumbering their conservative rivals for the first time since 2004. There will be 133 reformists in the new parliament and 123 conservative MPs.


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The War on Women in Israel

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A scathing condemnation of rising gender discrimination and attacks on women in the Jewish state. The book focuses on the growing influence of radically anti-woman ideologies within Israel’s ultra-Orthodox, or Haredi, Jewish community, and on the wider public.

Sztokman argues that the state is complicit in these ideologies’ spread. While the decision to preserve the Ottoman practice of separate religious courts at the state’s founding in 1948 was largely a boon to the country’s then small Haredi community, Sztokman contends that today Israel’s mostly secular leaders, whether because of profit, indifference, or political calculation, have colluded with the most radical elements within Haredi society at the expense of women’s rights. “The idea that an extreme version of Judaism practiced by a small minority,” she writes in a typical passage, “can come to be considered important enough to support with the entire law force of a seemingly democratic state—even to the detriment of the majority of citizens—is nothing less than frightening.”

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Socially, Iran is not a powder keg. The average standard of living improved roughly 70% since the Islamic revolution. Women accounted for 70% of Iran's science and engineering students in 2015. The healthcare system, by 2014, was the 30th most efficient in the world, way ahead of the US (in 50th).

Much will depend on the upcoming presidential elections. Former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was politely dissuaded by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, in person, from running again. Marandi confirms President Rouhani, up for re-election, is way less popular than Foreign Minister Zarif, who in turn is less popular than the number one superstar: Major General Qassem Soleimani, the head of the elite Quds Force — who's not running for office. The reason for Rouhani's woes; his record on the economy has been far from stellar.

Tehran will soon drop the US dollar in its financial and foreign exchange reports. That will certainly imply more currency swap agreements, and Iran only accepting payment for oil and gas in euros or in a basket of currencies.

Iran trades mostly with China, the EU and the UAE. Trump claimed during his campaign that Iran was handed a US$150 billion gift by the nuclear deal. Not true. The Central Bank's frozen oil funds repatriated since January 2016 from the UAE, Britain, India, Greece, Italy and Norway amount to less than US$10 billion. And only US$12 billion of blocked assets were released from Japan, South Korea and India, on installments.

" I believe whoever invests now in Iran will have an amazing return. The time to invest is now." The RIC in BRICS are doing it. Europeans are doing it - although not much so far. And Americans are not doing it - at their loss. We wrapped it up at a traditional Iranian restaurant downtown, serving first-class food to middle and upper middle class families. The bill: less than US$30 for two. A fabulous return on investment.

‘The time to invest in Iran is now’
Pepe Escobar | March 8, 2017 | Asia Times


The shift in the global balance of financing power towards Russia, India and China — especially China — is opening up opportunities for Tehran.

It is unbelievable when whacked Zionists and Israeli scum get a platform to spew garbage about Iran. These types of tactics when deployed should be considered hate speech and prosecuted as such.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The betting is that Netanyahu will soon be in prison, so he has been responding in the time-honored fashion by threatening his neighbors and hinting at the possibility of increased military action and even war. If there is a war going on, he believes, probably correctly, that no one will want to remove him.

In an amicable recent meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin, Netanyahu stressed that there are some red lines that Israel will not allow to be crossed, while also suggesting that some of them have already been violated, most notably through the alleged construction of an Iranian military base inside Syria. Netanyahu provided Putin with "top secret intelligence" to make his point and told the Russian premier that "Iran is making an accelerated effort to entrench itself militarily in Syria. This poses a danger to Israel, the Middle East and in my opinion the world itself."

Netanyahu characteristically depicted himself as restrained in his responses, telling Putin that Israel had taken only limited action in Syria against Hezbollah supply lines, but that was a lie as Israel has also hit Syrian army positions.

The reality is, however, somewhat different, that Israel has long preferred chaos in Syria since it eliminates any threat from a unified and powerful government in Damascus. This has meant that the Israeli plan to have a chronically weak state across its border has backfired, bringing into the fighting and post-war reconfiguration Iran, which Tel Aviv fears most as a regional adversary.


So Israel has two strong motives to begin a war with Iran, one political and the other ostensibly linked to national security.


From Netanyahu's point of view, it is far better to stage an incident that brings in Washington and then allows Uncle Sam to do the heavy lifting. That is what parasites do.

Israel believes that bringing Washington into the conflict is doable given that the U.S. media has heavily propagandized against Tehran and that inside-the-beltway groupthink largely perceives Iran as an enemy. Israel has been pushing hard on Washington, recently having sent a high-level combined intelligence and military delegation to confer with National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster and Special Mideast Envoy Jason Greenblatt to explain the alleged Iranian threat. And the neocon chorus is also signaling that it expects the Trump Administration to do something. Frederick Hof of the hardline Atlantic Councilrecently wrote that the fundamental mistake made by Washington consisted of not invading Syria and installing an acceptable government years ago, which would have kept Iran out.

Speculation in Israel is that some kind of preemptive strike is being planned, possibly directed against an Iranian target inside Syria. The danger is that such a move could quickly escalate, with the U.S. Congress and White House quickly aligning themselves with Netanyahu. The United States has no real compelling interest to attack the Iranians and would again find itself in a conflict generated by feckless regional allies that are not allies at all. The results could prove catastrophic in practical terms as Iran is capable of striking back, and it could be devastating to actual American longer terms interests both regionally and worldwide. It is time to say "no" when Israel comes knocking.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Former Israel-Iran oil company to continue operating in secret.

Anyone leaking details of the Eilat-Ashkelon Pipeline Company or new company with same name could face 15 years in prison.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/former-israel-iran-oil-company-to-continue-operating-in-secret/

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is Iran on the sh-- list of the NWO because it, along with N Korea and who else, will not join the Khazar debt-based money creation system?
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