Iran’s supreme leader has threatened to pull his country out of the nuclear deal and resume enriching uranium if European countries do not promise to buy Iranian oil and to oppose all new US sanctions against Tehran.
Three days after US secretary of state Mike Pompeo delivered America’s extensive list of demands of Iran for a new nuclear agreement, Ayatollah Khamenei laid out his own demands of European countries for Iran to stay in the 2015 deal.
“If the Europeans hesitate in responding to our demands, Iran is entitled to resuming its nuclear activities,” he said in a statement.
For those wishing to understand the emerging role of the United States in the Middle East, especially regarding the ever-expanding role of Iran, watch North Korea. The long-term effects of U.S. President Donald Trump’s aggressive posture toward the Hermit Kingdom are not yet clear, but change has occurred. For the first time in 68 years, a leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, walked across the border to South Korea. In a region of the world where maintaining face is paramount, this was possibly seen as a sign of submission.
It is five years since Iranian Masih Alinejad started a movement – since joined by thousands of women – protesting against the compulsory wearing of the hijab, or headscarf, in her country. It spread on social media and led to unprecedented demonstrations in the streets – but is it any closer to achieving its goal?
It began with a seemingly innocuous event: a woman driving on a mountain road in Iran, enjoying the simple freedom of feeling the wind in her hair.
It is a freedom most women take for granted, but one that Iranian women have been denied since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Masih Alinejad captured this moment in a photograph and five years ago posted it on social media.
A man walking his dog in an Iranian park was allegedly accosted by a Muslim man who threw a few punches while saying dogs were forbidden under Islam. The dog-walker began filming their exchange as the fight took place while reacting to what he considered an unjust principle.
The other day The New York Times’ resident conservative columnist David Brooks managed to sum up exactly what’s wrong with the liberal order today. He was writing about President Trump tearing up the Iran deal and the now yawn-inducing overreaction it generated from Trump’s opponents. But within Brooks’ specific observations lies the broader key to unpacking a lot of what’s so screwy in both global and domestic affairs right now.
Leaders of the European Union (EU) are forming a “united front” to oppose President Donald Trump, under pressure from the Iranian regime to keep its nuclear deal with the West in place, and in the face of looming trade tariffs on Europe.
A group of 28 EU leaders met in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, on May 16. According to Bourse & Bazaar of BHB Emissary, EU chief Donald Tusk told reporters they met to discuss a “united front” on Trump.
Now that President Trump has nixed the Iran nuclear deal, the Iranian mullahs who run the country are feeling freer to express themselves more clearly and reveal their murderous ambitions regarding the U.S., Israel, and the Gulf States, while acknowledging their nuclear goals aren’t peaceful at all.
More than 7,000 miles from Washington and far from America’s headlines, a war in Yemen is rewriting America’s strategy against Iran and terrorism.
The three-sided civil war pits two radical Islamist forces — Al-Qaeda’s largest surviving army and Iran’s biggest proxy force — against each other and six of America’s Arab allies. U.S. Special forces carry out covert raids and CIA drones rain down missiles on terror leaders.
The outcome of the Yemen war matters: U.S. forces are fighting there and a new strategy against terrorism is now being tested in the Middle East’s poorest nation.
America and Israel have strong stomachs, Europe has a soft belly.
The honor of the West is once again being saved by America. Europe, the vapid and childish Venus, has chosen disgrace.
Europe wanted to open the Iranian market. It has no interest in Israel. Indeed, I will say more: in their intimate thoughts, in their “mental deal”, most Europeans think that Israel, the country most at risk from a nuclearized Iran, is a burden, and that the Middle East would be more peaceful without a Jewish State.
“We will expand our missile capabilities despite Western pressure … to let Israel know that if it acts foolishly, Tel Aviv and Haifa will brought down in ruins and totally destroyed,” Khatami said in a televised speech at Tehran University.
The ad, titled “Mr. President, you are right about Iran” in bold letters, is signed by Harper, former Australian prime minister John Howard, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Northern Ireland first minister David William Trimble, and other former politicians and writers, including John Baird, former Canadian foreign affairs minister.
Avigdor Lieberman says Thursday Israel responded fiercely to an unprecedented rocket attack by Iranian forces in Syria against Israel. He says no one was harmed in Israel and all the rockets were either intercepted or fell short.