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    Iran hangings at 12-year high

    Iran hangings at 12-year high

    Iran executed more people last year than in any of the previous 12 years, the United Nations’ special envoy on Iranian human rights has reported. Ahmed Shaheed said…

    Will allow nuke inspectors on military bases

    Will allow nuke inspectors on military bases

    by Warren L. Nelson The Islamic Republic blinked last week.  It backed off its constantly insisted demand that no UN inspectors ever be allowed to set foot on…

    Treasury punishes Syrian for selling Iran Airbuses

    Treasury punishes Syrian for selling Iran Airbuses

    The US Treasury Department has punished a Syrian airline owner and his two airlines for evading sanctions and helping Iran’s Mahan Air to buy nine Airbuses. Iranian officials,…

    Tidbits and Morsels

    Spring flooding

    Spring is here and that means flooding on the northern side of the Alborz Mountains,…

    Lying Obama

    Lying Obama

    Republican Sen. Ron Johnson (photo) of Wisconsin seems to put more trust in Iran than…

    Missile holdup

    The delivery of Russian S-300 air defense systems to Iran remains up in the air,…

    The crime of Facebook

    The crime of Facebook

    Another woman who posted critiques of the regime on Facebook has been sentenced to seven…

    Not lobbying (yet)

    The Iranian media have been ecstatic over a published news report saying ExxonMobil has hired…

    Unemployed

    The Labor Ministry says 13 percent of all male college graduates in the country are…

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    Economy

    Super cheap gasoline is eliminated

    Super cheap gasoline is eliminated

    The government announced Monday that it is abolishing the practice of selling one tank of gasoline each month at a super cheap price and will now market all…

    Islamic Rep. has highest import tariffs in world

    Islamic Rep. has highest import tariffs in world

    The Islamic Republic has the highest average tariff rates in the entire world, a fact that will make it difficult for it ever to enter the World Trade…

    Iraq reverses border fees

    Earlier this month, Baghdad more than quintupled the fee charged Iranian truckers crossing into Iraq.  But Iran now says it has convinced Iraq to rescind the new fees.…

    The Oil Patch

    The Oil Patch

    DOLDRUMS — The OPEC daily price has now spent the whole of May in the low $60-range.  It is very close to dropping into the $50s now.  Some…

    India hopes Chabahar running by Dec. 2016

    India hopes Chabahar running by Dec. 2016

    India expects its new port in Iran’s Chabahar harbor, which will give India sea-land access to Afghanistan, bypassing Pakistan, to be operational by December of next year, Indian…

    Pakistan says China will pay for gas pipe from Iran

    The long dormant gas pipe-line from the Persian Gulf to Pakistan has been resurrected, Pakistan announced last week, with China preparing to foot the bill for most of…

    Diaspora

    Ex-husband charged in wife’s murder

    Ex-husband charged in wife’s murder

    The badly-decomposed body of an Iranian-American woman has been found in a Louisiana swamp and her former-husband has been arrested and…

    Ghomeshi loses two of seven sex charges

    Ghomeshi loses two of seven sex charges

    Canadian media star Jian Ghomeshi has enjoyed a minor victory as crown prosecutors withdrew two of seven charges of sexual assault…

    Crackdown reported on Ahvazi Arabs

    Intelligence and security forces have rounded up scores of Ahvazi Arabs in what appears to be an escalating crackdown in Khuzestan…

    Age hasn’t slowed down this runner

    Age hasn’t slowed down this runner

    Farrokh Safavi is now well into his 70s, but still runs every other day and on Sunday handled the downhill run…

     

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    Lindsey Graham,
    Republian senator from South Carolina, talking about how he met Iranians working in his parents’ pool hall in rural South Carolina:

    “Everything I learned about Iranians I learned working in the pool room. I met a lot of liars, and I know Iranians are liars.”