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The Segev Case: Major Israeli Security Breach or Another Pretext for War with Iran?

    The Segev Case: Major Israeli Security Breach or Another Pretext for War with Iran?

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — According to Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, Israel has indicted Gonen Segev, former energy minister, on suspicion of spying for Iran and assisting in its alleged activity against Israel. Segev reportedly sent information to his contacts in Iran regarding “Israel’s energy sector, security sites in Israel, structures, and the identity…

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Russian Diplomat on Syria: Iran, Hezbollah Not Our Chess Pieces to Move

    Russian Diplomat on Syria: Iran, Hezbollah Not Our Chess Pieces to Move

BEIRUT – In a signal of foreign powers’ inability to dictate terms to regional forces involved in the Syrian conflict, Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin has made clear that Russia has no intention to press resistance movement Hezbollah or Iranian military advisors to vacate Syria. The call to oust them from the country, along…

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The Saker Asks: Is Russia Really Ready to “Ditch” Iran?

    The Saker Asks: Is Russia Really Ready to “Ditch” Iran?

The topic of Russian actions in Syria still continues to fascinate and create a great deal of polemics.  This makes senses – the issue is exceedingly important on many levels, including pragmatic and moral ones, and today I want to stick strictly to the pragmatic level and set aside, just for a while, moral/ethical/spiritual considerations.  Furthermore, I will…

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Trump Plans Total Ban on German Luxury Carmakers From US Market

    Trump Plans Total Ban on German Luxury Carmakers From US Market

Having cornered his European allies over the Iran sanctions, and tightened his grip on the EU economy over metals tariffs, an exclusive report by German magazine WirtschaftsWoche claims that President Trump is taking direct aim at Merkel and is preparing to impose a total ban on German luxury carmakers from the U.S. market. Citing several unnamed U.S. and…

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Germany Commits to Iran’s Economic Development, Further Proving Trump’s Sanctions Aren’t Working

  Germany Commits to Iran’s Economic Development, Further Proving Trump’s Sanctions Aren’t Working

Despite Trump’s best efforts to isolate Iran through the imposition of sanctions both on Iran and any government or business doing commerce with Iran, its partners in the JCPOA, which Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from a few weeks ago, are committed to preserving both the nuclear accord and their business ties with Iran. German Foreign Minister Heiko…

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Iranians Are Bracing Themselves for an All-Out Economic War

  Iranians Are Bracing Themselves for an All-Out Economic War

The minute you set foot in the streets of Mashhad, the air smelling of saffron, a fine breeze oozing from the mountains, it hits you; you’re in the heart of the Ancient Silk Road and the New Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). To the east, the Afghan border is only three hours away on an…

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In Face of US Threats, Iranians I Met Remain Calm and Confident in Their Strength

  In Face of US Threats, Iranians I Met Remain Calm and Confident in Their Strength

TEHRAN, IRAN — The look on people’s faces when I mention that I had just returned from visiting Iran is priceless. Even if the trip had been a terrible failure, it still would have been worth it just to see these expressions of confusion, disbelief and sometimes disdain at the mere mention of a visit…

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Iran Issues Reminder That US is the World’s “Top Criminal with Regard to Missiles”

  Iran Issues Reminder That US is the World’s “Top Criminal with Regard to Missiles”

A top Iranian military commander responded on Tuesday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s demand that Iran end its domestic nuclear energy development, with a stern reminder that the United States has shown itself as the world’s most dangerous and violent military and nuclear power. “Who are you and America to tell us to limit…

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Here’s Why the Trump Administration’s New Iran Sanctions Will Fail

  Here’s Why the Trump Administration’s New Iran Sanctions Will Fail

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speech on new sanctions on Iran lays out a wide range of Iranian behavior he would like to change, and specified harsh US financial sanctions as his instrument. Pompeo, a Kansas oil man backed by the Koch brothers, is just a former congressman and a virulent Christian fundamentalist with white nationalist…

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An Iranian Perspective on the Battle for Syria

  An Iranian Perspective on the Battle for Syria

West against East on the Syrian battlefield, in the newspapers and now on film: A new, full-length action movie, titled “Damascus Time,” gives an Iranian perspective on the battle against ISIS in Syria. The movie comes from Iranian screenwriter and film director Ebrahim Hatamikia. Two award-winning Iranian actors, Hadi Hejazifar and Babak Hamidian, play father…

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