MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS OPINION – IRAN’S ANTI-WESTERN ‘BLUEPRINT’ FOR THE NEXT FIFTY YEARS

 

by Mehdi Khalaji  – PolicyWatch 3028 –  October 24, 2018 – Mehdi Khalaji is the Libitzky Family Fellow at The Washington Institute. 

Khamenei’s latest guidelines for Iranian culture and governance focus on resisting any efforts to reform the regime’s decisionmaking tendencies.

On October 14, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei released a draft of the “Islamic-Iranian Blueprint for Progress,” a document that outlines his vision for the next half century. The final version of this blueprint is not expected to be released for months, so publicizing a draft now may be an attempt to address some of Tehran’s current difficulties, including increased U.S. pressure, consecutive economic shocks, and mounting public suspicion about the regime’s durability and legitimacy.  

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : 5 DEATH PENALTIES IN IRAN / WESTERN MEDIA WORLD DOESN’T CARE ABOUT – NO PROTEST AT ALL

5 Environmentalists Face Death Penalty – by Scott Lucas | Oct 23, 2018  – Five environmentalists, detained since January in Iran, now face the death penalty.

The charge against the quintet has been changed from “espionage” to “corruption on earth” after the Iranian Army sent a letter to the court, according to a former lawyer of the accused, citing the Tehran Prosecutor General.

Attorney Mohammad Hossein Aghasi claimed the army letter came via the Supreme National Security Council. Eight environmentalists — Niloufar Bayani, Houman Jokar, Sepideh Kashani, Amir Hossein Khaleqi, Abdolreza Kouhpayeh, Taher Qadirian, Sam Rajabi, and Iranian-American dual citizen Morad Tahbaz — were seized by the Revolution Guards’ Intelligence Organization early this year.

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Europe with Iran, Russia, China against the USA

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS GENERAL OPINION : Continent of hypocrites von Thomas Eppinger   (SCHLAGLICHTER)

22 Oct 2018 – Europe is joining forces with the two most powerful authoritarian regimes in the world against the US in order to continue doing business with a dictatorship. How does this fit in with those highly praised »European values«?

»What right does Trump have to forbid European companies from doing business with Iran? Just because a treaty signed by America doesn’t suit him? Where will that lead to when sanctions are imposed on allies?«

My neighbor was visibly indignant after a lecture by Prof. Hal Brands on the »American Grand Strategy in the Age of Trump« at the Vienna National Defence Academy when talking to me about America’s relationship to Europe. He wasn’t the only participant who was critical of Trump’s cancellation of the »Iran deal« – which, by the way, was not signed by anyone, but is merely a declaration of intent.  »Pacta sunt servanda« was the unanimous tenor in the auditorium.

Competition between systems

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS „WELLDONE“! : WÄHREND EUROPE/BRÜSSEL SICH PRO IRAN ENGAGIERT

 

USA verhängen Sanktionen gegen Unternehmen, die die Anwerbung und Ausbildung von Kindersoldaten durch Iran unterstützen – 21 Okt 2018 MESOP

DipNote, der offizielle Blog des US-Außenministeriums, informierte am 16. Oktober 2018 zusammenfassend über die vom US-Finanzministerium verhängten Sanktionen gegen Unternehmen, die die Anwerbung und Ausbildung von Kindersoldaten durch Iran unterstützen.

Am 16. Oktober 2018 ergriff das Büro zur Kontrolle ausländischer Geldanlagen des US-Finanzministeriums Maßnahmen gegen ein umfangreiches Netzwerk von Unternehmen, die das finanzielle Überleben der Widerstandsmiliz Basidschi sichern, einer paramilitärischen Miliz, die der Islamischen Revolutionsgarde unterstellt ist.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS INTEL BY MEIR AMIT INTELLIGENCE & TERRORISM INFORMATION CENTER – ISRAEL

Spotlight on Iran –October 7, 2018 – October 21, 2018 Editor: Dr. Raz Zimmt

  • Iran is intensifying the efforts to entrench its economic hold in the region: the spokesman of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared that Iran intends to participate in Syria’s economic reconstruction through private-sector businesspeople, the Iranian ambassador to Damascus met with Syrian businesspeople and traders in Damascus and discussed increasing the economic cooperation between the two countries; meanwhile, the Iranian trade attaché in Baghdad announced that Iran will participate in next-month’s international trade fair in Baghdad.
  • Syrian opposition sources reported in recent weeks that Iran removed all of its forces from the T-4 airbase near Homs and from the Deir Ezzor region in eastern Syria. According to these reports, whose reliability is unclear, Russian forces replaced the Iranian troops. At this stage, it is unclear whether this is a withdrawal or a redeployment as part of the Iranian effort to embed fighters from pro-Iranian militias in Syrian Army units.
  • Following the new appointments for Iraq’s top leadership positions, the Iranian ambassador to Baghdad met, for the first time, Iraq’s new President, Barham Salih, and Iraqi Prime Minister-designate, Adil Abdul-Mahdi. These meetings are part of an Iranian effort to safeguard its interests and influence in Iraq following the formation of the new government.
General Information
  • In an interview to the Yemeni television network al-Masirah, the Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Mohammad Ali Jafari, stated that if in the past Iran was able to defend (without imposing itself on) the Middle East in 12 minutes, today it can do so in an even shorter period. He declared that Iran will never hesitate to act beyond its borders in cases of a threat to its security. He added that the “Resistance Front” has become stronger following the wars in Syria and Iraq, and that Iran will continue the struggle against the “Zionist entity” until its eradication (Tasnim, October 12).
Iranian Involvement in Syria and Lebanon
  • The Speaker of the Majlis, Ali Larijani, who visited Turkey in early October to participate in an international parliamentary conference, assessed in an interview to the television network Russia Today (October 8) that Israel will be unable to carry out another “serious action” in Syria following the deployment of S-300 systems in the country. He asserted that it is Russia’s right to deploy the systems in Syria to protect its interests, particularly due to the attack on the Russian jet. Larijani also claimed that there is complete agreement between Russia and Iran regarding Syria.
  • Syrian opposition sources reported in recent weeks that Iran removed its forces from several regions in Syria and that some of the Iranian troops were replaced by Russian forces. The news website al-Souria Net reported (October 8) that Iran withdrew its forces from the Syrian air force base T-4 in the Homs region, which was previously attacked by Israel, and from the Deir Ezzor region in eastern Syria. According to the report, whose reliability is unclear, pro-Iranian militias recently withdrew from the town of al-Mayadin in Deir Ezzor and from the town of Mahkan and moved in the direction of Albu Kamal, after being replaced by Russian forces. The website reported that at this stage, it is still unclear whether this is a withdrawal or simply an Iranian redeployment intended to safeguard Iranian interests in Syria in tandem with Iranian efforts to integrate fighters from pro-Iranian militias in Syrian Army formations, and to increase Iran’s reliance in Syria on local forces.
  • Prior to this, the Syrian opposition newspaper, Enab Baladi, reported (October 2) about the withdrawal of Iranian forces from the T-4 airbase and their replacement by Russian soldiers, who intend to deploy in the base one of the S-300 air defense system recently transferred from Russia to Syria.
  • In his weekly press conference, the Spokesman of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bahram Qasemi, stated that Iran will participate in Syria’s economic reconstruction “in light of the request of the Syrian government, the presence of Iranian military advisers in Syria, and the importance of Syria’s reconstruction.” He added that Iran intends to allow the Iranian private sector, commercial and manufacturing ventures and the technology sector to actively participate in Syria’s reconstruction. He expressed hope that the conditions to allow the Iranian private sector to play a vital role in the reconstruction process will materialize as soon as possible (ISNA, October 15).
  • Meanwhile, the Iranian Ambassador to Damascus, Javad Torkabadi, stated that Iranian and Syrian businesspeople need to become better acquainted with the economic opportunities in both countries to help develop the ties between them. In a meeting with Syrian businesspeople and traders in Damascus, the ambassador mentioned that Iranian and Syrian private sector investors formed good relations during the international fair for Syria’s reconstruction held in early October in Damascus, adding that the businesspeople are working to develop the economic ties between Iran and Syria (Fars, October 15).
  • In a letter of condolences to the Secretary General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, on the occasion of the passing of Imad Mughniyeh’s mother, the Commander of the IRGC, Mohammad Ali Jafari, emphasized the commitment of the IRGC to continue the struggle against the “Zionist regime” until its complete eradication. He claimed that the Zionist regime is approaching its end, day by day (Tasnim, October 11). The Commander of the IRGC’s Qods Force, Qasem Soleimani, also sent a letter of condolences to Nasrallah, in which he called Mughniyeh’s mother “the mother of Hezbollah.” (al-Alam, October 10).

The letter of condolences from Qasem Soleimani to Nasrallah (al-Alam, October 10 2018).
The letter of condolences from Qasem Soleimani to Nasrallah (al-Alam, October 10 2018).

Iranian Involvement in Iraq
  • On October 7, the Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad, Iraj Masjedi, met for the first time with Iraq’s new President, Barham Salih. According to the report of the Fars news agency (October 8), Salih thanked Iran in the meeting for its participation in the campaign against ISIS. The incoming president also underlined the importance of the relationship between the two countries for maintaining security in the region. For his part, Masjedi stressed Iran’s support for a “strong and independent” Iraq.

The meeting between the Iranian ambassador to Baghdad and the Iraqi president (Fars, October 7 2018).
The meeting between the Iranian ambassador to Baghdad and the Iraqi president (Fars, October 7 2018).

  •  On October 9, Masjedi met with the Prime Minister-designate, Adul Abdul-Mahdi, and discussed the two countries’ relations and developments in the region (ISNA, October 9).

The meeting of the Iranian ambassador to Iraq with the Iraqi prime minister-designate (ISNA, October 9 2018).
The meeting of the Iranian ambassador to Iraq with the Iraqi prime minister-designate 
(ISNA, October 9 2018).

  • The Iranian Trade Attaché in Baghdad, Naser Behzad, announced that Iran will participate in the international trade fair in Iraq, which will be held between November 10-19, 2018, and set to be attended by businesspeople from over 20 countries. During the fair, Iranian companies from the food, industry, textile, cosmetics, metal, machinery and handicraft sectors will showcase their products (IRNA, October 14).

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : MIT IRAN & SEINEN PERMANENTEN GALGEN IM NAMEN EUROPAS GEGEN DIE USA

 US Department of State, Public Domain Europa mit Iran, Russland und China gegen die USA Europa verbündet sich mit den beiden mächtigsten autoritären Regimen der Welt gegen die USA, um weiter Geschäfte mit einer Diktatur machen zu können. 

Neuer Beitrag auf SCHLAGLICHTER     –  Kontinent der Heuchler – von Thomas Eppinger 

Europa mit Iran, Russland und China gegen die USA

Europa verbündet sich mit den beiden mächtigsten autoritären Regimen der Welt gegen die USA, um weiter Geschäfte mit einer Diktatur machen zu können. Wie passt das zu den vielbeschworenen »Europäischen Werten«? 

»Mit welchem Recht will Trump europäischen Firmen verbieten, Geschäfte mit dem Iran zu machen? Nur weil ihm ein Vertrag nicht passt, den Amerika selbst unterzeichnet hat? Sanktionen gegen Verbündete zu verhängen, wo kommen wir da hin?«

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS SHORT CUTS & TWEETS – NEW NAMES IN IRAN

NEW NAMES IRAN : IRGC appoints new chief for construction arm

18 Oct 2018 07:00 PM PDT – ISW – Saeed Mohammad is the first IRGC-KAA commander who does not have a military background, who also falls in line with a trend of appointments of younger managers at top positions in the IRGC, unlike the current commanders whose formative years were in combat during the Iran-Iraq War from 1980 to 1988. More via www.mesop.de

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : TODAYS UPDATE DEMOCRATIC STRUGGLES IN KURDISTAN – IRAN

 Strike of teachers in Iran and actions at universities – 17 Oct 2018  

In Iran it is bubbling with many struggles. For months, the women, workers and Kurdish population have been active on the streets. Most recently, the teachers were on strike on 14th and 15th October. The participation in this strike was very high. There were also actions at the universities as well as at the Tehran University. The demands of the strike are among others:
Equal pay for the same work!!!
No to privatisation!!
No to discrimination!!
Release of the arrested teachers and students!!

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS SITUATION REPORT RESISTANCE IN KURDISTAN– IRAN

  • On Sunday, October 15, teachers across Iran, including the Kurdish region, held a general strike. The teachers’ strike was in protest of the living conditions and the economic crises caused by the Iranian regime. In the Kurdish region, the strikes extended into Monday, amid threats from Iranian security forces that they would arrest organizers (including school principals). Many of the Kurdish cities who participated in the teachers’ strike included Ilam, Marivan, Saqqaz, Sanandaj, and Javanrud.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : “TEL AVIV LEVELLED TO GROUND” – Tehran Agrees With Trump — We Can Control Middle East in 12 Minutes

Head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari (File)

The commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has agreed with Donald Trump that Tehran can control the Middle East within 12 minutes.

Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari told Yemeni TV on Friday, “If in the past we could defend southwest Asia…in 12 minutes, we can do it now in a shorter time.”

Trump told a rally in Iowa last Tuesday that he had halted a supposed Iranian threat by ripping up the 2015 nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and the 5+1 Powers (US, UK, France, Germany, China, and Russia): “Look at Iran, before I got there [the White House], Iran was going to take the Middle East in about 12 minutes, right?”Jafari pushed back yesterday, “Iran will never avoid giving response beyond its borders if its security is put in danger.”

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