The USS Abraham Lincoln is in the Persian Gulf

By Pooya Stone

The US and its Arab allies are edging towards a confrontation with Iran in a contested waterway through which 20% of the world’s tradeable oil passes daily.

In synchronization with its Arab allies, notably Saudi Arabia, and with Israel, the US is intensifying pressure on Iran to wind back its support for what it terms “bad actors” in the region.

US army soldiers in the Middle East

By Pooya Stone

It is reported that U.S. plans to dispatch thousands of troops to Middle East, the Pentagon will brief Trump administration officials on a plan to increase America’s troop presence in the region. It’s unclear exactly how many service members might be deployed, but reports put the number somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000. Of course, they won’t go anywhere unless President Donald Trump approves the plan, a still unclear outcome.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Iran Focus

London, 14 May - Last week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made the announcement that his country had decided to partially withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). He said that Iran will start to sell more heavy water and enrich more uranium than what is permitted under the terms of the deal.

Iran Testing Ballistic Missiles by IRGC

By Jubin Katiraie

Tensions between the United States and Iran have been escalating over the past month. The USS Abraham Lincoln was sent to the Gulf, as was the USS Arlington warship that was loaded with amphibious vehicles and aircraft. The Trump administration also deployed B-52 bombers to the region.

Iran Citizens among the ‘least happy’ in the World

By Jubin Katiraie

The U.S. analytics and advisory company, Gallup, asked questions of more than 154,000 people in more than 145 countries to track the stress levels and emotions of different nations in 2018.

It’s unsurprising that the Iranian people ranked fifth for stress in 2018 — ahead of Albania, Tanzania, Philippines, and Greece, respectively. Iran is facing a critical economic crisis. High inflation and unemployment, along with the pressure of social restrictions, like a strict dress code, as well as a lack of freedom in general affects their view of their lives.

public session of the Iranian parliament

By Pooya Stone

As the public session of the Iranian Majlis (parliament) goes into its second day, many of its members are discussing the economic and political crises that mullahs are facing. They are also acknowledging the explosive mood of the Iranian people, and what that may mean in terms of another popular uprising.

US Navy

By Mehdi

The US announced last week that sanctions waivers for countries that import Iranian oil would be allowed to expire on May 2, meaning that any country buying Iranian oil after Thursday would be subject to US penalties and could lose access to US financial markets.

This is all part of the US’s plan to bring Iran’s oil exports to zero.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with head in hands

Iran Focus

London, 21 May - Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani met on Saturday with a group of officials who are described by state media as “the possessors of culture and art”. Rouhani
warned of the “back bending situation” that will surely follow, if the critical status quo continues as it is.

arrests of 116 teams associated to the MEK in the past year

By Jubin Katiraie

34-year-old Abdullah Ghasempour was arrested on May 21st, 2018 for setting fire to a Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Basij base, filming the event, and sending it to the MEK media. On Sunday, the notorious judge, Mohammad Moghiseh, sentenced Ghasempour at branch 28 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court, to death, plus eight years in prison, on charges of “waging war on God”, “assembly and collusion,” and “membership in the MEK.”

Demonstrations participate in a rally held by the Organization of Iranian-American Communities in support of a regime change in Iran, in Washington, D.C

Iran Focus

London, 01 May - In Iran, people are turning against the mullahs as they use foreign mercenaries from Iraq’s militias and Hezbollah to keep control, former European lawmaker Struan Stevenson wrote for The Scotsman on 30 April 2019.

US President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel the temporary waivers that had enabled countries like Iraq, Turkey, India, Japan and China to continue purchasing Iranian oil without breaching US sanctions has hammered the final nail into the mullahs’ coffin, Stevenson wrote.

A picture of a radar boat of the Revolutionary Guard-IRGC- and a tanker vessel in the Strait of Hormuz

By Mehdi

Since the U.S. administration left the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action a year ago, the Iranian leaders have been under significant pressure.

In a short period of time, the ruling mullahs have seen a significant loss in revenues, since the US has imposed sanctions on the Iran’s energy and financial sectors. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), Iran’s oil exports may this month plunge to the lowest level in decades.

U.S. warship

Iran Focus

London, 30 April - US Central Command Chief General Kenneth McKenzie said on Saturday that the US would counter any dangerous actions by Iran by deploying the necessary resources.

McKenzie, who was on an official visit to the Gulf region, said: "We're gonna continue to reach out to our partners and friends in the region to ensure that we make common cause against the threat of Iran. I believe we'll have the resources necessary to deter Iran from taking actions that will be dangerous. We will be able to respond effectively."


By Jubin Katiraie

Kuwait officials have voiced their “concern” over Iran’s threat to close down the Strait of Hormuz, the only sea passage from the Persian Gulf to the open ocean, in response to US sanctions, because Kuwait is one of the countries that will be adversely affected if Iran follows through.

Kuwait’s deputy foreign minister Mr Jarallah told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) on Sunday: “We are looking at these threats with concern, and hoping as always to distance our region from this tension.”

Fire the American flag in Tehran

By Pooya Stone

Tensions between Iran and the United States have escalated in recent weeks. Now, U.S. regional ally Saudi Arabia is being dragged into the middle of it by Iran after the ruling theocracy and its proxies decided to carry out armed drone attacks on Saudi oil-pumping stations.

Iranian officials have made no secret of the fact that they are attempting to subvert the world economy and the attacks on the Saudi oil pumping stations should be taken for the threat to global stability that they are.

United States Central Command Chief General Kenneth McKenzie

By Pooya Stone

United States Central Command Chief General Kenneth McKenzie said on Saturday the United States would deploy the necessary resources to counter any dangerous actions by Iran, Sky News Arabia reported.

“We’re going to continue to reach out to our partners and friends in the region to ensure that we make common cause against the threat of Iran,” McKenzie, on an official visit to the Gulf region, was quoted as saying by Sky News Arabia.

The radar boat of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in the Persian Gulf

By Jubin Katiraie

Iranian dictatorship is being put under immense economic pressure by the United States. After pulling out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or 2015 Iran nuclear deal as it is known, the Trump administration has put a series of economic sanctions in place. Some were the re-imposition of sanctions that were lifted under the nuclear deal. Others have been fresh sanctions. And the word from Washington is that there will be more.


By Mehdi

Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has dismissed the suggestion of a prisoner swap for a British-Iranian mother being held in Tehran as a "vile" diplomatic ploy, while her husband told AFP the idea was "almost impossible".

In New York, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday suggested a swap between Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is in jail in Tehran for alleged sedition, and Negar Ghodskani, an Iranian woman held in Australia on a US extradition warrant.


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