MESOP FLASH : NOW IRAN SUPPORTS THE SO CALLED “REVOLUTIONAFRY MODEL OF THE 21th CENTURY (HUGO CHAVEZ – QUOTATION)
HUMIRE: Iran propping up Venezuela’s repressive militias – The Islamic regime’s tactics for crushing dissent reach the Americas
By Joseph Humire – – Monday, March 17, 2014 – THE WASHINGTON TIMES
ANALYSIS/OPINION: The death of 22-year-old Venezuelan student Genesis Carmona at the hands of armed pro-government civilian militias, called “colectivos,” bears a striking resemblance to the death of Neda Agha-Soltan, the Iranian student who was shot and killed in a similar fashion on the streets of Tehran during the Green Revolution of 2009. This has led many analysts to begin comparing the colectivos’ tactics to those used by Iran’s Basij paramilitary force.
– By Sanam Vakil and Hossein Rassam – FOREIGN AFFAIRS –
On July 17, 2016, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, turned 77. Rumors that he suffers from cancer have circulated for over a decade, and in 2014, the state-run news agency published photos of him recovering from prostate surgery. Although Khamenei’s prognosis remains closely guarded, the Iranian government is evidently treating his succession with urgency. In December 2015, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president and a kingmaker, broached the usually taboo subject when he publicly admitted that a council within the Assembly of Experts, the body that selects the supreme leader, was already vetting potential successors. And last March, after new members of the assembly were elected to an eight-year term, Khamenei himself called the probability that they would have to select his replacement “not low.”
EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN) – Trump Administration Sanctions Iran Prison Torture Industry – New sanctions on brother of top Iranian official waging war in Syria
BY: Adam Kredo Follow @Kredo0 – THE FREE BEACON – April 13, 2017 – The Trump administration is leveling new economic sanctions against senior Iranian officials and its prison system for widespread human rights abuses, including the systematic torture of those being held in these facilities, according to White House officials familiar with the matter.
The latest sanctions target the Tehran Prisons Organization and Sohrab Suleimani, a senior official in the prison system and the brother of Qassem Soleimani, a senior Iranian military figure responsible for operating Iran’s rogue activities in Syria and elsewhere. Sohrab Soleimani is responsible for overseeing Iran’s notorious Evin Prison, which is known for torturous interrogations, forced interrogations, and widespread mistreatment of inmates.
By Farzin Nadimi – PolicyWatch 2785 – April 13, 2017 – Farzin Nadimi is a Washington-based analyst specializing in the security and defense affairs of Iran and the Persian Gulf region.
While some international sanctions against Iranian civil aviation have been lifted, Tehran’s insistence on using Mahan Air and other companies to send personnel and weapons to Syria may jeopardize the industry’s future. As the aviation community and international media fixate on recent Boeing and Airbus orders by Iranian airlines, Tehran continues to quietly purchase secondhand aircraft and parts through smaller companies, actively circumventing terrorism-related sanctions against certain airlines and individuals. By combining military and civil aviation components, Iran seeks to bolster its regional airlift capability, but any companies associated with such activity — even indirectly — are putting themselves in the crosshairs of U.S. sanctions policy.
THE ‘SYRIAN EXPRESS’ AIR BRIDGE
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force has long used pseudo-civilian resources to help Iran’s allies in Syria. In addition to close support from Mahan Air (see next section), the IRGC has set up its own cover airlines and service companies to provide logistical assistance and boost revenue.
April 13, 2017 | Steven Ward – The Newsletter – Former Senior Analyst, CIA
13 April 2017 – Now that President Donald Trump has demonstrated his willingness to get tough with a regional bad actor by using a cruise missile attack to punish the Assad regime and try to deter it from any future uses of chemical weapons, similar deterrent actions against challenging Iranian behavior seem more likely.
Despite what the Trump Administration might think, however, Iran has been more or less “on notice” since—well, basically since shortly after the Islamic Republic’s creation in 1979. In the subsequent 38 years, Republican and Democratic administrations alike have wrestled with the issue of deterring Iranian behavior, such as its ongoing military activities in Iraq and Syria and the recent spate of incidents involving Iranian speedboats operating dangerously around U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf.
MESOP NEWS ! ……… AND AGAIN!?” – Explaining Ahmadinejad’s Surprise Candidacy in Presidential Election
April 13 – 2017 – By Scott Lucas – eaworldview – Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has shaken up Iran’s politics, with the registration of his candidacy in May’s Presidential election.
Ahmadinejad, who was President from 2005 to 2013, was told by the Supreme Leader last summer that he should not seek a return to office. He had publicly accepted the decision, but suddenly appeared at the election center in Tehran on Wednesday, surprising officials.
Neue Amtszeit Ahmadineschads – Nicht verboten ! – 13 April 2017
Einst führte er das Land in politische und wirtschaftliche Isolation, nun könnte Mahmud Ahmadineschad wieder als Präsidentschaftskandidat Irans antreten. Schlecht wäre das nicht unbedingt. Volltext http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/im-iran-koennte-mahmud-ahmadineschad-wieder-praesident-werden-14969639.html?xtor=EREC-7-[Der_Tag_am_Mittag]-20170413&utm_source=FAZnewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter_FAZ_Der_Tag_am_Mittag
Herr Lüders und der Sündenfall / Transatlantik Forum – Dr. Michael Kreutz
Derzeit groß angesagt ist das im vergangenen Jahr erschienene Buch des Nahostexperten Michael Lüders, der aus den Medien weithin bekannt ist. Das Buch scheint gut anzukommen, wie auch eine völlig unkritische Rezension in den aktuellen DAVO-Nachrichten (Bd. 40/41, 2016, S. 192-7) zeigt. Tatsächlich handelt es sich bei dem Buch um ein Machwerk, wie gleich schon zu Beginn deutlich wird.
In „Wer den Wind sät: Was westliche Politik im Orient anrichtet‟ (München 2015) erklärt Michael Lüders den Sturz des iranischen Ministerpräsidenten Mossadegh 1953 zum „Sündenfall schlechthin“ westlicher Politik im Nahen Osten. (Ebd., S. 7.) Lüders verschweigt dabei, dass in der Forschung die Ansichten über diesen Vorgang geteilt sind.
MESOP NEWS OVERVIEW BY MIDDLE EAST EYE – ANALYSIS: Dumping dollar would damage Iran without hurting US
Iran has threatened to abandon US dollar, but experts say move would likely backfire against its own economy and oil revenues – Simon Constable – Tuesday 11 April 2017 11:39 UTC
Recent threats from Tehran to dump the US dollar are likely to be ineffective and harmful to the Iranian economy, economists say.The warning came earlier this year in response to US President Donald Trump’s ban on people travelling to the US from Iran and six other predominantly Muslim countries.
‘No country really has the balance sheet to dump the dollar in an effective way’
– David Ranson, HCWE & Co
April 09 – 2017 – By Scott Lucas – eaworldview – Still assessing its line after the first deliberate US strikes on Syria’s Assad regime, Iran is featuring joint announcements with Russia, the other essential ally of President Assad.