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Trump Threatens to Ban Companies Doing Business with Iran After Sanctions

Washington (MEE) – Companies doing business with Iran will be barred from the United States, President Donald Trump said on Tuesday, as new US sanctions took effect despite pleas from Washington’s allies. Washington had lifted sanctions on Iran in accordance with a 2015 international agreement that saw Tehran drastically scale back its nuclear programme. Trump pulled the US […]

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Two-thirds of Germans Against Erdogan State Visit: Survey

Ankara (TM) An opinion poll published on Wednesday by the Die Welt newspaper suggests that slightly less than a quarter of Germans support a planned state visit to Germany by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, while a large majority of 69 percent opposes it. Among respondents who are against the visit, over 50 percent expressed complete disapproval, […]

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EU denies Netanyahu Accusation of Interfering in Israeli Legislation

Brussels (MEMO) – The European Union has rejected accusations made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that it interferes in Israeli legislation, Arab48.com reported on Friday. “The way that Israel defines itself is an internal issue,” said the EU Mission in Israel. “We respect the internal discussions.” However, it stressed that “Democracy and equality are basic values that define our […]

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Mohammad Zarif: Europe Has Guaranteed Iran’s Oil Sale

Tehran (TNA) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Europe has guaranteed that the country will be able to sell its crude. Addressing a meeting of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce in Tehran on Sunday, Zarif commented on the future of Iran’s economy under mounting pressures from the enemies. Iran has gotten used to difficulties, Zarif said, adding […]

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US Sanctions and Tariffs Create Distrust and Enmity

Brussels (SCF) – The United States has reached a new low in international relations. Not only does President Trump tweet and otherwise comment insultingly about leaders (“Little Rocket Man”) and various nations (“shithole countries”), he has gone out of his way to alienate friends and allies by imposing tariffs on some of their exports. This is in addition […]

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NYT’s ‘Economic Logic’ Ignores Italy’s Economic Reality

Rome (CEPR) – A NYT article discussing the possibility that Italy will leave the eurozone told readers that this decision would defy economic logic. It noted the various downsides for Italy of leaving the euro and then told readers: “As demonstrated by the Brexit vote, which numerous analyses showed would not be good for Britain’s health, economic […]

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Ayatollah Khamenei Outlines Tehran’s Conditions for Staying in Iran Nuclear Deal

Tehran (TNA) – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday announced necessary conditions for Tehran to stay in 2015 nuclear deal after the US withdrawal from the agreement. On the seventh day of the auspicious month of Ramadan, the heads of government branches, officials, government authorities, a group of senior managers as well as […]

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Brussels Rises in Revolt Against Washington: a Turning Point in the US-European Relationship

Brussels (SCF) – The May 16-17 EU-Western Balkans summit did address the problems of integration, but it was eclipsed by another issue. The meeting turned out to be a landmark event that will go down in history as the day Europe united to openly defy the US. The EU will neither review the Iran nuclear deal (JPCOA) nor join […]

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Iran Switches from Dollar to Euro

Tehran (MEMO) – Iran’s feud with the US is set to get worse after Tehran announced yesterday that it will start reporting foreign currency amounts in euros rather than US dollars, as part of the country’s effort to reduce its reliance on the American currency due to political tension with Washington. Central bank Governor Valiollah Seif said […]

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False Flag Alert in Crucial Week to Save Iran Nuclear Deal

Washington D.D. (SCF) – This week sees a flurry of diplomatic efforts by Iran, China, Russia and the European Union to salvage the international nuclear accord following US President Trump’s violation of the UN-backed treaty. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif is to travel to Beijing, Moscow and then Brussels to discuss how the remaining […]

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