EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN) / April 08 – 2017 – By Scott Lucas – eaworldview – Syria’s Assad regime.
Like President Assad’s other essential ally Russia, Tehran was hesitant in its initial reaction. After several hours, Foreign Ministry Bahram Qassemi “roundly condemned any unilateral military action”. However, he continued to avoid a denial that the Assad regime may have carried out Tuesday’s chemical attack that triggered the US strikes.
Building the Iranian Military: Understanding Tehran’s Defense Acquisition & Research and Development Decision-Making
MESOP NEWS TODAYS CENTRAL ANALYSIS : By J. Matthew McInnis – April 5, 2017 | American Enterprise Institute
- Tehran’s military expenditures can be reasonably estimated based on Iran’s GDP growth rates and the price of oil, if the regime’s threat perceptions of potential major conventional conflict are generally understood.
- Iran will retain a preference for proven domestic production of critical platforms over foreign weapons acquisition as it spends its post-JCPOA resources. Tehran could achieve more blue-water naval capabilities, but a full army or air force modernization remains unlikely.
- Washington and its allies have an enormous capacity to influence military spending levels and allocations by affecting the regime’s threat calculus, foreign investment climate, and global energy prices.
MESOP NEWS TODAYS RELEVANT TWEETS & SHORT CUTS
In a potential test of the Trump Administration’s line on Iran, Boeing has signed its second multi-billion-dollar deal to supply passenger aircraft to Tehran. The Chicago-based manufacturer announced a $3 billion agreement on Monday to provide 30 of its 737 Max planes to Iran Aseman Airlines. Last December, the Islamic Republic’s national carrier Iran Air […] Read more www.mesop.de
By Seth J. Frantzman – April 1, 2017 22:06 – JERUSALEM POST
Kurds are divided among the states of Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran. East Kurdistan, or Rojhelat as Kurds call it, is the Kurdish area in Iran. During the Newroz Kurdish spring New Year celebrations, the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) called on Kurds in Iran to hold widespread celebrations across the Kurdish areas. “This call was well received by the people of Kurdistan and these celebrations were heavily politicized, and in some cases and places it was a direct opposition to the regime,” writes Mustafa Hijri, the secretary-general of the PDKI.
The PDKI was founded in 1945 and has been at the forefront of the struggle for Kurdish rights for 70 years. Since last year there have been increased clashes between Kurdish fighters and Iranian forces, particularly the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.
April 02 – By Scott Lucas – eaworldview – Iran’s Oil Minister has put out the dramatic — and somewhat misleading — claim that oil exports have surged to almost 3 million barrels per day. Bijan Zangeneh said on Saturday that the exports of crude oil and condensate averaged 2.8 million bpd in the months leading to the new Iranian year that began March 20. “The pace of growth in Iran’s crude oil production and exports has amazed international observers who did not think Iran could raise its production by 1 million barrels per day within three to four months after the removal of sanctions,” Zangeneh said.
Christians Imprisoned in Iran Pine Under Biased Justice System, Advocates Say
Morning Star News – 2017-03-31 22:08 GMT – Convert from Islam Ebrahim Firoozi learned only in the past week that an Iranian appeals court in December upheld his five-year prison sentence for crimes related to practicing his faith, advocates reported. At the same time, the appeal of three men sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking Communion wine has been further delayed, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW). An appeals court ruled on Firoozi’s case on Dec. 11, 2016.
MESOP MEINUNG : ERDOGAN IST SEHR GEFÄHRLICH – IRAN IST VIEL GEFÄHRLICHER !
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Vier Jahre und drei Monate Gefängnis. So lautet das Urteil des Kammergerichts Berlin in einem spektakulären Spionage-Prozess mit politischer Sprengkraft. Die Vorwürfe des Generalbundesanwalts gegen Syed Mustafa Haider: Der pakistanische Student habe im Auftrag des iranischen Geheimdienstes Reinhold Robbe (62, SPD) ausgespäht, den ehemaligen Wehrbeauftragten des Bundestags. Der Agent beschattete Robbe, machte Fotos von dessen Wohnung und legte ein dickes Dossier für den iranischen Geheimdienst an.
Ein Verfassungsschützer vor Gericht zum Ziel der Aktion: Teheran wollte im Fall eines Krieges mit westlichen Staaten über eine Liste leicht zu treffender Anschlagsziele verfügen.
March 30 – By Scott Lucas – eaworldview – Declaring Iran as one of the greatest threats to the US, the head of the American military in the region has called for “military means or other means” to “disrupt” the Islamic Republic.
Gen. Joseph Votel, who heads US Central Command, told a Congressional hearing on Wednesday: I believe that Iran is operating in what I call a gray zone. And it’s an area between normal competition between states — and it’s just short of open conflict.Votel said Iran pursuing “lethal aid facilitation”, the use of “surrogate forces”, and cyber-operations to pose “the greatest long-term threat to stability” in the region. He then declared:
“We Might Let Russia Use Airbases for Syria Bombing”
March 29 – 2017 – Use of Iranian military bases on “a case by case basis” for airstrikes in Syria. “Russia doesn’t have a military base, we have good cooperation, and on a case by case basis, when it is necessary for Russians fighting terrorism to use Iranian facilities, we will make a decision,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said during a visit by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Moscow on Tuesday.
5 reasons to watch Rouhani’s visit to Russia
28 March 2017 – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is on an official two-day visit to Moscow, meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues. The trip is taking place during one of the most important periods in Iran and Russia’s relationship, with the Syrian crisis having become a showcase of the growing partnership between the two countries. The overall cordial relationship aside, the true significance of Rouhani’s visit can best be understood by taking into account five key points.