Beijing (TT) – China is still importing oil from Iran despite the U.S.’s reimposition of the sanctions on the country, Bloomberg reported on Friday citing official customs data. The Asian country imported 855,638 tons (about 209,000 barrels per day) of crude oil from Iran in June. As reported, the data addsContinue Reading

Washington (MEMO) – The US State Department has issued a security alert and ordered staff to evacuate Iraq amid escalating tensions with neighboring Iran. The alert posted on the US embassy in Iraq today read: “The U.S. State Department has ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. Government employees from Iraq, both atContinue Reading

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Ankara (TM) – Turkey is loath to buy more oil from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the United States looks to squeeze exports from Iran, currently the third-largest supplier of crude to the Middle East’s biggest economy, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday. “Iranian oil isn’t cheap, but there is aContinue Reading

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Ankara (TM) – Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Monday criticized a United States announcement to cancel oil-related sanctions waivers on Iran. “The US decision to end sanctions waivers on Iran oil imports will not serve regional peace and stability, yet will harm Iranian people. Turkey rejects unilateral sanctions and impositionsContinue Reading

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Baghdad (GPA) – In another blow to US control on Iraq, the country’s foreign minister warned that Baghdad would ignore US sanctions on Iran. Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali al-Hakim laid out the latest step on the path to independence for Baghdad from the US concerning sanctions onContinue Reading

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Washington (GPA) – The White House has apparently rejected a deal with Turkey to release a jailed pastor that has caused recent tension. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal over the weekend, the government of Turkey has apparently offered to return the jailed US pastor Andrew Brunson. In return,Continue Reading

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Ankara (GPA) – Over the past week, US-Turkey relations have hit an all-time low, but how did these two allies end up at odds with each other? If you’ve been watching the news over the past week you may think the current hostility between Washington and Ankara is about the US pastor, AndrewContinue Reading

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Washington (SCF) – At least it is clear; it’s explicit. The “We’re America, Bitch” formulation by an American official strips away the humbug of soft power. It’s not about ‘democracy’ or ‘freedom’: the global universal order never was. And, President Trump, to his credit, makes no bones about it: Why apologize over American power? It’sContinue Reading

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Tehran (ATP) – A familiar sight is taking place across Iran tonight and it has been for the last three days. Protests are taking place in numerous cities citing grievances and demanding that the Ayatollah and Iranian President step down. For a few days, the protests remained non-violent but now violence has indeed flared up as protestersContinue Reading

Tehran (AHT) – In his bizarre quest to undo everything associated with his predecessor, Barack Obama, United States President Donald Trump has now ‘decertified’ the nuclear agreement with Iran. In his bizarre quest to undo everything associated with his predecessor, Barack Obama, United States President Donald Trump has now ‘decertified’ the nuclear agreementContinue Reading