In the last few months, slight changes in the rhythm of the military scene in Syria have been observed in parallel to tranquility and a decline in the pace of military action. But the most important thing is the Russian-Israeli talks, where Israel demanded the removal of Iranian militias from the Syrian border. At that time, the Russian foreign minister said that "only the Syrian army should protect the south of the country," as if he was telling Iran, who supported the Syrian regime for years beside Russia, to leave the south. Immediately afterward, news of an agreement between Israel and Russia came out under which Iran would withdraw from southern Syria and the Bashar Assad regime would take control over the region. And in an interview with the Tass news agency, the Israeli Ambassador to Moscow asserted that Israel was satisfied with Russia's position on the Iranian military presence on the Israeli-Syrian border. He pointed out that Israel and Russia are engaged in intensive … [Read more...] about Understanding the Russian-Iranian relationship in Syria
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Israel’s former minister of energy and infrastructure, Gonen Segev, was sentenced behind closed doors on 26 February to 11 years in prison for spying for Iran. The sentence is notably milder than it could have been, since Segev has agreed to a plea bargain on charges of espionage and transfer of information to Iran. An Israeli court ruled the former top official guilty of “grave crimes of spying and providing information to an enemy with the intent of harming national security”, as had been stated by prosecutors. © AP Photo / Adel Hana‘They Cannot Count on Quiescence Forever’: UN Report Slams Israel for War Crimes in Gaza Segev, who worked for the government in the 1990s, was turned over to Israeli authorities by law enforcement from Equatorial Guinea in summer 2018. Israel’s intelligence stated that Segev, who … [Read more...] about Spy Epic Unfolding: Why Did Ex-Israeli Minister Work for Iranian Intelligence?
Iran has something in store for Trump in case all countries bow to his pressure and stop buying its oil, Tehran’s top officials have said. They warned that there are many ways to retaliate in such a scenario. The Islamic Republic has “other means” at its disposal besides the much-feared closure of the Strait of Hormuz, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Switzerland’s Basler Zeitung. He evaded further questions, only saying: “Trump loves the element of surprise, so we’ll entertain him.” Also on rt.com Iran has new ‘potential’ buyers for its oil, defying US sanctions Last year, the Trump administration unleashed fresh sanctions on Iran, hitting its oil exports as well as its banking and shipping industries. Specifically, it hampered mutual trade between oil-rich Iran and European countries, including France, Germany and the UK. The EU states objected to the sanctions but stopped importing Iranian hydrocarbons, … [Read more...] about ‘Trump loves surprises, so we’ll entertain him’ – Iranian FM warns of retaliation over oil sanctions
Two years ago Hossein was optimistic about the future of his booming Iranian oil services businesses. Iran’s landmark nuclear agreement with world powers had lifted the economy out of recession, western companies were re-engaging with the Islamic republic and his revenue was surging. But in May last year everything changed.US president Donald Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal and began the process of reimposing American sanctions. European partners with exposure to the US cut their ties to Hossein’s business and his annual revenue plunged 50 per cent. To prevent things from getting even worse, he has been forced into a complex web of global transactions in an effort to circumvent the sanctions.Hossein likens the nuclear deal to a wonder drug in the 1990 film Awakenings, which brings patients out of a catatonic state but, tragically, only temporarily. “We had been all expecting to double our turnover very easily,” he said wistfully.Many Iranian businesses are … [Read more...] about Iranian businesses devise creative ways to evade Trump sanctions
Cultural experiences, be it attending performing arts exhibitions or visiting art galleries, are regarded as some of the most important social activities for Iranian people. The existence of a considerable number of state- and privately-owned theaters and many art galleries are explicit indicators of this demand. Even the political ebb and flow and the ongoing economic crises do not impede the relationship of the public with art. The capital of Iran, Tehran, has been hosting the famous, award-winning musical "Les Misérables," dramatized from the book by French novelist Victor Hugo. "Les Misérables" has been shown in more than 40 countries to date and has been gracing the stage of the Royal Hall of Espinas Palace Hotel in Tehran since Nov. 11, 2018, with an end run at the end of January 2019. The Iranian adaptation is directed by Hossein Parsaei, who also directed the musical "Oliver Twist" based on the novel by Charles Dickens, last year. What makes this musical remarkable is … [Read more...] about The Iranian stage adaptation of ‘Les Miserables’ and its cultural barricades