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The State Dept Allegedly Tried to Coax An Iranian Expat into Sabotaging Iran’s Power Grid

    The State Dept Allegedly Tried to Coax An Iranian Expat into Sabotaging Iran’s Power Grid

It took a country-wide power outage in Venezuela, whispers of a cyberattack, and smug tweets from US officials to make me suddenly recall the cloak-and-dagger story of a close Iranian-American friend nine years ago. My friend, an engineer — who I will not name for obvious reasons and who I will call ‘Kourosh’ for the purpose of this article —…

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How US Sanctions are Hurting Iran: A Firsthand Report

    How US Sanctions are Hurting Iran: A Firsthand Report

On a recent delegation to Iran, we experienced first-hand the legendary Iranian hospitality. Iranians are particularly thrilled to meet Americans, but as we discovered, our government’s policies are hurting the very people who want to be our friends. As our 28-person delegation traveled through the country wearing messages on our jackets proclaiming “Peace with Iran”…

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“Lights Out!” Did Trump and His Neocons Recycle Bush-Era Plan to Knock Out Venezuela’s Power Grid?

    “Lights Out!” Did Trump and His Neocons Recycle Bush-Era Plan to Knock Out Venezuela’s Power Grid?

CARACAS, VENEZUELA — For nearly four days, much of Venezuela has been without power, bringing the country’s embattled economy to a near standstill. Though power is now returning, the outage saw U.S. officials and politicians blame the Venezuelan government for the crisis while officials in Caracas accused the U.S. of conducting “sabotage” and launching cyberattacks…

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How Pro-Israel Foundations in Washington are Pushing a US War with Iran

    How Pro-Israel Foundations in Washington are Pushing a US War with Iran

Observers of developments in the Middle East have long taken it as a given that the United States and Israel are seeking for an excuse to attack Iran. The recently terminated conference in Warsaw had that objective, which was clearly expressed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but it failed to rally European and Middle…

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Saudi Plans to Bolster Gas Exports Shine New Light on Efforts to Undermine Iran

  Saudi Plans to Bolster Gas Exports Shine New Light on Efforts to Undermine Iran

Saudi plans to become a major gas exporter within a decade raise questions about what the real goal of the kingdom’s policy, and by extension that of the United States, is towards Iran. Officially both Saudi Arabia and the US, which last year withdrew from the 2015 international accord that curbs the Islamic republic’s nuclear program and…

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International Calls for Iran’s Leaders to Refuse Resignation of Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

  International Calls for Iran’s Leaders to Refuse Resignation of Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

The pending resignation of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif—which the diplomat announced on Instagram Monday but has not yet been accepted by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani—has sparked international alarm over the future of the Iran nuclear deal, which Zarif and European leaders have been trying to save since U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned the agreement and reimposed economic sanctions last year. “While Zarif is not…

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Petrodollar Warfare: The Common Thread Linking Venezuela and Iran

  Petrodollar Warfare: The Common Thread Linking Venezuela and Iran

WASHINGTON — Last Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a disturbing interview to Fox Business Network in which he divulged his plans to form a NATO-type alliance against Iran. The U.S. has long accused Iran of supporting terrorism, accusations that have ramped up under the Trump administration. Pompeo said, without a hint of…

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Attack on Iranian Soldiers Coincides with Saudi Crown Prince Visit to Neighboring Pakistan

  Attack on Iranian Soldiers Coincides with Saudi Crown Prince Visit to Neighboring Pakistan

This week’s suicide attack on Revolutionary Guards in Iran’s south-eastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan, the second in two months, could not have come at a more awkward moment for Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan. The assault on a bus carrying the guards back from patrols on the province’s border with the troubled Pakistani region of Balochistan…

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As US and EU Prove Unreliable Partners for Peace, Iran looks East

  As US and EU Prove Unreliable Partners for Peace, Iran looks East

On the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, this past Friday, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei made an effort to express Iran’s geopolitical stance in simple terms: ‘We have good relations with all nations in the world, we don’t want to break relations with any European nation’, and an explanation of the slogan ‘Death to America’.…

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John Bolton Threatens Iran Over Debunked Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons

  John Bolton Threatens Iran Over Debunked Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons

As Iranians this week mark the 40th anniversary of their country’s 1979 revolution, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton declared in a message to Iranian leaders on Monday that he doesn’t think they will “have many more anniversaries to enjoy”—a comment that was immediately perceived as a direct threat of war. In a video posted…

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