Saudi increases oil exports to China by 36 percent in shot at Iran

Special to In increasing its oil exports to China, Saudi Arabia has fired a “shot across Iran’s bow,” industry analysts say. Saudi shipments of oil to China rose by 36 percent in February to the highest level in at least three years, according to ClipperData, a firm that tracks global crude shipments. Analysts seized […]

Rouhani, reformist allies win control of Iran’s powerful Assembly of Experts

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Final results from Iran’s February 26 elections show relative moderate President Hassan Rouhani and his allies winning a majority in the powerful Assembly of Experts and making a strong return to parliament as one of three dominant blocs. The elections were Iran’s first since international sanctions […]

Iran hardliner says moderates ‘colluded’ with West

Special to A top Iranian cleric accused moderates of colluding with “foreigners” in the Feb. 27 elections in order to block hard-line appointments to the Assembly of Experts. Sadeq Larijani said reformists and moderates had worked with “American and English media outlets” during the election. “Is this type of coordination with foreigners in order […]

Iran executes entire male population of village for drug offenses

Special to The entire male population of an Iranian village was executed for drug smuggling, an Iranian official said. “We have a village in Sistan and Baluchistan province where every single man has been executed,” Iran’s Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi said on a Persian-language interview with the semi-official Mehr […]

Iran offers cash to families of terrorists who carry out attacks in Israel

Special to The world must condemn Iran’s practice of paying the families of terrorists who attack Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Feb. 25. “Yesterday Iran announced that it will finance the families of the terrorists and murderers,” Netanyahu said before meeting with visiting Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. “This is something that […]

Saudis lose EU spin battle with Iran on arms embargo over civilian casualties in Yemen

Special to Saudi officials believe Iran’s intervention likely led to a European parliament vote on an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia. The vote was called because of reported heavy civilian casualties caused by the Saudi-led coalition in its war against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. Saudi representatives were working on Feb. 25 to persuade […]

Iran arrests elderly father of jailed U.S. citizen

Special to Authorities in Iran have arrested the father of an American citizen was has been detained in Teheran since October. Baquer Namazi, the elderly father of Siamak Namazi, was arrested this week, the man’s family said on social media on Feb. 24. Siamak Namazi, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, was detained by Iran’s Islamic […]

Iran calls proposed oil-output freeze ‘ridiculous’

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh has dismissed a proposal by Russia and three OPEC members to freeze oil production as “ridiculous.” Zanganeh said on February 23 that the proposal by Russia, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and Qatar for crude oil producers to cap production at January […]

Syrian crisis present more immediate threat to Israel

Special to By Norman Bailey Israel is wisely keeping out of the fray in Syria, but it may be challenged all the same. There are more than two dozen state and non-state actors battling over the prostrate body of what used to be Syria, one of the artificial entities carved out in the Middle […]

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