By Jubin Katiraie

The Trump administration is working to persuade allies that the ongoing tensions in the Middle East are a global challenge that requires global diplomacy, according to the new acting US defence chief Mark Esper on Tuesday, and “not [just] Iran versus the United States”.

Esper, who is meeting with NATO defence ministers in Brussels, told reporters that he wants to help create a broader coalition to deter Iran’s malign behaviour and compel Iranian officials to come back to the negotiating table for a new nuclear deal.

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By Pooya Stone

The world’s anti-money laundering and terror-financing body reimposed a restriction on Iran on Friday for failing to comply with financial transparency efforts, despite being given multiple opportunities.

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) called on all members and their jurisdictions to require increased “supervisory examination” of Iran-based branches and subsidiaries of their banks. This restriction had been suspended for three years.

FATF was responding to what US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told their meeting in Orlando, Florida, was Iran’s “willful failure to address its systemic money laundering and terrorist financing deficiencies”.

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By Pooya Stone

On Saturday 15 June, thousands of protesters gathered in Brussels in a demonstration against Iran’s clerical regime and its appalling and worrying abuses of human rights and its belligerence across the region and beyond.

The protestors also voiced their support for the main opposition to the Iranian regime, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), and voiced solidarity with the MEK’s Resistance Units inside the country.

The leader of the opposition, Maryam Rajavi, addressed those that had gathered. In a video message, she highlighted that the regime is nearing an end and that the people overwhelmingly want regime change.

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By Pooya Stone

The US issued sanctions against Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other top Iranian officials on Monday, increasing pressure on Iran after the country shot down a US drone last week.

Donald Trump signed an executive order to impose the sanctions, which US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said will freeze billions of dollars more in Iranian assets.

Trump said this was in response to the drone attack, but would have happened anyway due to the “hostile conduct of the regime” in the Middle East.

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By Jubin Katiraie

Russia has recently been voicing its support for Iran in light of US pressure and sanctions on the country, but despite their shared goals of scuppering US policy in the East, the two nations are not natural allies, writes Dr Majid Rafizadeh.

This may surprise those who know that Russia’s foreign policy since 1979 has been focused on improving ties with Tehran in order to use Iran as leverage to cajole the West into giving Moscow favourable treatment.

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By Jubin Katiraie

The US military’s cyber forces launched a digital strike against Iran’s military computer systems on Thursday, at roughly the same time that Donald Trump cancelled a conventional military strike in retaliation for Iran’s takedown of a US surveillance drone.

Two US officials said that the cyber strikes were approved by Trump, while a third provided the outlines. The trio spoke anonymously because they are not authorized to speak publicly about the action.

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By Pooya Stone

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and supporters of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) will hold a march in Washington D.C. in front of the U.S. Department of State on Friday, June 21, in solidarity with the popular uprising and for regime change in Iran.

In 1979, the Iranian people took to the streets to overthrow the Shah's monarchy and establish a democratic state that respects the rights of the people. But mullahs hijacked their revolution and shattered their dreams for freedom.

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By Pooya Stone

Over the weekend, US Vice President Mike Pence appeared on CBS’s "Face the Nation" to talk about the threat posed by the Iranian government and the Free Iran rally that took place in Washington DC on Friday.

Journalist Margaret Brennan asked Pence if the US had conducted cyber operations against Iran in response for shooting down a US drone last week, but Pence declined to comment as it was a covert operation.

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By Pooya Stone

"We are in a very difficult situation now; more difficult than can be imagined “– said Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president.

This statement alone shows just how sensitive the regime’s current situation is. Last year’s revolution was when it all started; when the world witnessed Iranians rallying on the streets and calling for the regime’s subversion.

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By Pooya Stone

Mojtaba Zolnoor, a Member of the Iranian Parliament from the city of Qom and a hardliner figure close to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), was appointed as the president of Parliament’s National Security Commission.

Zolnoor had previously served as the Supreme Leader’s deputy representative in the IRGC. He was behind the crackdown on protesters in 2009, following popular uprisings that erupted in objection to the rigged results of the presidential elections.

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By Jubin Katiraie

The Iranian authorities have banned a New York Times correspondent that is based in Tehran from working for the past few months.

Thomas Erdbrink form the Netherlands has been reporting from Iran for the New York Times for the past seven years but had his press credentials revoked earlier this year. The publication has not been given the reason for its journalist being banned from reporting from the country, but it comes as no surprise.

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By Pooya Stone

Iran is intolerant, warmongering, fundamentalist, paranoid, corrupt, suppressive, and violent. It is made up of only the worst kind of people; those who do not respect the rights of others, who would do anything for power, who believe that their lives matter more than those of the millions they hurt on a daily basis.

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By Pooya Stone

Starting last weekend, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has begun a series of marches and events in various European and the United States in support of the uprising of the Iranian people and the cause of democratic regime change in Iran.

On June 15, thousands of supporters of the main Iranian opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK) marched in Brussels, Belgium urging the EU to cut trade with the regime and support the democratic aspirations of the Iranian people. The MEK, also known as the Mujahedeen-e Khalq are the main group within the NCRI coalition.

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By Pooya Stone

Last month, the USS Abraham Lincoln and its contingent of Navy destroyers, cruisers, and 70-odd aircraft arrived in the Persian Gulf region to counter what US officials described as heightened Iranian preparations to strike US targets.

These threats, which are still secret for national security reasons, came shortly after the US announced a stricter crackdown on Iran’s oil exports in late April. This involved the expiration of sanctions waivers for the eight largest buyers of Iranian oil; waivers that had come into place in November after US sanctions were finally reimposed. Since then, the US has gone further. On Friday, the US Treasury announced sanctions against Iran’s largest petrochemical company.

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By Pooya Stone

The British ambassador to Iran denied on Sunday that the Iranian foreign ministry summoned him after London said Tehran was "almost certainly" responsible for tanker attacks in the Gulf last week.

Ambassador Rob Macaire tweeted that the claim that he was summoned was “news to [him]”, just one day after the Iranian foreign ministry released a statement saying they had summoned his because of his government's accusations.

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By Pooya Stone

While Iran has slowed down its threats towards the US in order to "recalculate", the danger is far from over, according to the top commander of American forces in the Mideast on Thursday.

Gen. Frank McKenzie said that he is still concerned by Iran and would not rule out requesting additional US forces to defend against Iranian missiles or other weapons.

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By Jubin Katiraie

Several thousand members of the Iranian Diaspora and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin (Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK) will march on Washington, DC, on Friday, June 21, to urge the US government to recognise the Iranian people’s call for regime change in their country and to show support for the democratic Iranian opposition movement led by Maryam Rajavi.

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By Pooya Stone

Several US officials have said that military tensions between Iran and the US have been easing, just a month after that US sent an aircraft carrier to the Middle East because they feared that Iran as preparing to attack US troops in the region.

One defence official with direct knowledge of the situation said: "It seems tensions have dropped some, but we are still watching very closely, we haven't relaxed, we remain vigilant."

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