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GETTING CHUMMY?

GETTING CHUMMY?

February 21-2014 Iran and Israel may be quietly trying to develop some kind of relationship, even if it isn’t all that chummy.  A few weeks ago, Israeli Defense…

25th anniversary of Rushdie death fatva is largely ignored

25th anniversary of Rushdie death fatva is largely ignored

February 21-2014 Last Friday was the 25th anniversary of the fatva condemning author Salman Rushdie to death.  Strangely for such a notable anniversary, the day passed in Iran…

Oil exports surge—but does it mean anything?

Oil exports surge—but does it mean anything?

February 21-2014 The latest report on Iran’s oil exports shows they jumped last month to the highest level since December 2012, prompting much speculation that the US sanctions…

Tidbits and Morsels

Up in the air

February 21-2014 The Iranian Air Force says it is focused on building new fighters since…

Outspoken

Outspoken

February 21-2014 Faezeh Hashemi (photo), daughter of former President Rafsanjani, has been chosen to lead…

EU won’t move Mojahedin

February 21-2014 Various news reports in Tehran have spoken of the EU giving as much…

Bungled quote

Bungled quote

February 21-2014 Iran has complained bitterly about “the Israeli media” distorting the words of Foreign…

Parks at the border

February 21-2014 Iran plans to establish two national parks on its borders—one across from Armenia…

Iran sues UK

Iran sues UK

February 21-2014 Lawyers for Bank Mellat in London filed a suit Monday against the British…

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Economy

Iran admits US now grows more pistachios

February 21-2014 After years of avoiding mention of American pistachios, the Iranian Pistachio Association has finally acknowledged that the United States far outproduces Iran. The president of the…

Pakistan asks Iran to change gas contract to duck penalties

February 21-2014 A Pakistan delegation has flown to Iran to try to change the timetable for building an Iran-to-Pakistan gas pipeline—and save Pakistan from penalty payments. Under the…

IMF says Iran must reform economy fast

IMF says Iran must reform economy fast

February 21-2014 A new report on Iran from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the Islamic Republic’s new government must move quickly to adopt needed reforms if it…

Iran says barter deal now advancing; Russia is mum

Iran says barter deal now advancing; Russia is mum

February 21-2014 Russia could build a second reactor at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant and send it trucks and railroad tracks in a barter deal for Iranian oil,…

The Oil Patch

The Oil Patch

February 21-2014 SWING — Boy, is this a roller-coaster!  But it continues to be a roller-coaster within very narrow confines, roughly from $100 to $110 a barrel.  It’s…

No fuss, no fight—Majlis approves Rohani’s budget

No fuss, no fight—Majlis approves Rohani’s budget

February 14-2014 The Majlis approved President Rohani’s first budget Sunday with remarkable speed and minimal changes in a solid vote of confidence in the new administration. Although the…

Diaspora

Fund buys house for Abedini family

Fund buys house for Abedini family

February 21-2014 A former Idaho resident and Christian activist has led a successful fund-raising drive to buy a home for the…

Teen beaten for being Persian

Teen beaten for being Persian

February 21-2014 An middle school student in Illinois has been charged with a hate crime for attacking a 13-year-old Iranian-American in…

Canada cop said to be sleeping with Iran spy

Canada cop said to be sleeping with Iran spy

February 21-2014 Canada is investigating one of its anti-terrorism agents for having a year-long affair with her target, an alleged Iranian…

UK said to seize infant because mom wears scarf

UK said to seize infant because mom wears scarf

February 21-2014 An Iranian man living in Northern Ireland has told Press TV his 4-1/2-month-old daughter was “abducted” by British social…

 

Quotable Notable


Abdol-Reza Rahmani-Fazli,  
the interior minister, threatening to invade Pakistan if it does not capture the rebels who took five Iranian border guards hostage:

“If Pakistan doesn’t take the needed steps to fight against these terrorist groups, we will send our forces into Pakistan.... We do consider it our right to intervene and create a new security sphere for our safety.”