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Let’s talk about a recent @TheNatlInterest piece written by @tparsi & @Azodiac83 accusing U.S. President Donald Trump of seeking war with #Iran.
nationalinterest.org/blog/skeptics/…
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“The Trump administration’s pressure strategy on Iran assumes that the Islamic Republic is standing on its last leg. The White House believes a gentle nudge will cause its collapse in the next few months.”
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This is @tparsi & @Azodiac83’s main concern& the main distress of all #Iran apologists/lobbyist.

Why?

Ever since the Dec/Jan uprising, protests have been continuing alongside strikes by people from all walks of life. Teachers, truck drivers, farmers…
english.alarabiya.net/en/features/20…
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This is a translation of an excellent thread written by @jorj_the_great about #Iran’s network of apologists/lobbyists in the West by taking a look at @yarbatman & his relation with these individuals.
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The first ring of individuals linked to @yarbatman are founders & members of @NIACouncil, #Iran’s lobby group in the U.S.
This includes @tparsi, @vali_nasr & @barbaraslavin1.
They rely mainly on leftists & Islamic extremists in the Democrat Party, such as @keithellison.
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Obama was a Democrat & I have no good memory of his tenure.
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1. Everyone who cares about the wellbeing of the Iranian people and the credibility of American leadership can get behind this idea: Trump should sell grain to Iran.
bloomberg.com/view/articles/…
2. Fact 1: Iran has made strides in boosting its agricultural output, but still has a significant reliance on imports for key grains. The US is among the countries selling to Iran under sanctions exemptions. In August, Iran was the #1 destination for American soybeans.
3. Fact 2: The Trump administration is working from the Reagan playbook when it comes to its Iran policy. @mike_giglio's reporting helps illustrate this. Pompeo cites Reagan at length in his recent @ForeignAffairs piece. It's the 1980s baby!
buzzfeednews.com/article/mikegi…
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This may be the most significant #Iran sanctions designation in a decade. The Trump administration knows exactly what it is doing here. It is putting the wellbeing of ordinary Iranians at risk by sanctioning a bank at the heart of trade in food + medicine.
bourseandbazaar.com/articles/2018/…
For further context with background from senior Iranian bankers, read @MotamediMaziar's reporting for @BourseBazaar:
bourseandbazaar.com/articles/2018/…
Also, we have been tracking this issue since May. It does not come as a surprise to those in the trenches:
bourseandbazaar.com/articles/2018/…
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#BREAKING
U.S. Treasury Department imposes sweeping sanctions against a series of #Iran's banks & major companies, including Isfahan’s Mobarakeh Steel Company.
reuters.com/article/us-ira…
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Today’s action targets Iran’s Basij Resistance Force for its connection to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) & the Quds force.
home.treasury.gov/news/press-rel…
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These entities answer directly to Khamenei.

The IRGC has played the main role in the Syria killings, the war in Yemen, funding Shiite proxy groups in Iraq, supporting the Lebanese Hezbollah/Hamas/Islamic Jihad... & controls Iran’s ballistic missile program.
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Marking #WorldFoodDay, let’s talk about how poverty is on the rise in #Iran, depriving millions of families even their daily meals.

Unfortunately, the West’s #MSM won’t cover this aspect of Iran.
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To be absolutely fair, let’s take a look at reports citing #Iran’s own state-controlled media.

“A family of four living in an urban area with a monthly income below forty million rials (roughly $1000) is living in poverty…”

#WorldFoodDay2018
en.radiofarda.com/a/iran-million…
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“50 million people live under the poverty line”
tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1397/0…
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Thanks, I am not going to discuss the part of interpretation of Islam.
I disagree with the term Wahhabism, it is irrelevant (trace the history of what so called Wahabi) and derogatory, the group of people you are referring to are Salafism who can’t be blamed for terror, see below
Salafism encourages emulating the “salaf,” or predecessors, the first followers of the Prophet Muhammad. Unlike Khawarij, Salafism are apolitical and not violent.
The ideas of extremism, radicalism and terrorism do not belong to Islam in any way, quoting from Saudi’ Mofti
It is worth mentioning that not all people who claim to be Salafi are necessarily is, for instance Alexandria’ school of Salafism is way far from pure Salafism
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#BREAKING
Oct 16 - Tehran, #Iran
Retired government & Health ministry employees, including nurses, are now holding a protest rally outside the Plan & Budget Organization office building.
#IranProtests
Oct 16 - Tehran, #Iran
Retired government & Health ministry employees, including nurses, have gathered from across the country to protest outside the Plan & Budget Organization office building.
#IranProtests
Oct 16 - Zanjan, NW #Iran
Taxi drivers are on strike & rallying outside the provincial governor's office.
#IranStrikes
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India/Iran oil future:

Saudis to supply extra oil to India in Nov as Iran sanctions loom
reuters.com/article/us-ind…

India to pay rupees for Iran oil
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/65…

India has optional volumes from Saudi, others to make up for shortfall from Iran
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/66…
Saudi Arabia reassuring India & the world how #Iran's oil shortage will be covered.

#SanctionsAreWorking

#WalkAway from a weak #Iran policy
uk.reuters.com/article/uk-ene…
"Iran used oil revenue to support and fund terrorist proxies throughout the Middle East, including in the proliferation of ballistic missiles."

#Iran
#SanctionsAreWorking
reuters.com/article/us-ira…
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Oct 15 - #Iran
Teachers across the country are continuing their strike, protesting poor economic & living conditions.
Their students are showing solidarity.
#IranianTeachersOnStrike
Oct 15 - #Iran
Teachers across the country are continuing their strike in dozens of cities, protesting poor economic & living conditions.

Karaj
Isfahan
Hamedan
Sari

#IranianTeachersOnStrike
Oct 15 - #Iran
Teachers in dozens of cities are continuing a nationwide strike, protesting poor economic & living conditions.

Langrud
Saqqez
Karaj
Divandareh

#IranianTeachersOnStrike
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#BREAKING
Teachers in numerous throughout #Iran are on strike, demanding better economic & living conditions.
#IranStrikes
#IranProtests
Oct 14 - Sarvabad, western #Iran
First video of a school where teachers are on strike.
#IranStrikes
#IranProtests
Oct 14 - #Iran
Teachers in Mashhad, Torbat-e Heydarieh, Tehran, Saqqez & other cities are on strike, demanding better economic/living conditions.

#IranStrikes
#IranProtests
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Let’s talk about how the @NYTimes has officially become the mouthpiece of #Iran’s regime.

The piece is written by @giacomonyt.

nytimes.com/2018/10/12/opi…
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NYT describes measures taken by U.S. President Donald Trump against #Iran’s regime as “draconian.”
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Let’s assume NYT is not biased (!) and is actually right (!)

How would NYT describe #Iran’s human rights violations?

amnesty.org/en/countries/m…
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Oct 13 - Urmia, NW #Iran
Truckers are continuing a nationwide strike.
Saturday marks the 21st consecutive day.

They're demanding:
-Higher pay
-Lower costs for spare parts/tires
-Authorities to respond to their demands

#IranianTruckersOnStrike
Oct 13 - Mobarakeh, central #Iran
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Truckers are continuing a nationwide strike.
Saturday marks the 21st consecutive day.

They're demanding:
-Higher pay
-Lower costs for spare parts/tires
-Authorities to respond to their demands

#IranianTruckersOnStrike
Oct 13 - Khoy, NW #Iran
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Truckers are continuing their nationwide strike on this 21st day in over 320 cities across all 31 provinces.

Demands:
-Higher pay
-Lower costs for spare parts/tires
-Authorities to respond to their demands

#IranianTruckersOnStrike
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What adjectives to use to describe #Iran’s regional posture? -- a good question at @IISS_org panel discussion I chaired on Oct 22 featuring @DEsfandiary, former US Amb to UAE @SafiraLeaf & @AliVaez. Video here: bit.ly/2OSUsZB; highlights below, h/t @LiDanieRae 1/11
@DEsfandiary: #Iran’s regional policies are motivated not by religion but by “pragmatic nationalism”. Iran does not aim to gratuitously disrupt the region; it wants to consolidate power. But this hasn’t always played out in its favor. 2/11
@SafiraLeaf: 40 years on, Iran is no longer a revolutionary power. It is primarily committed to its own continuance but using asymmetric tools of directing proxy forces and splintering them, including the “NextGen use of Hezbollah” in Syria”. 3/11
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Let’s talk about @Bloomberg’s recent editorial piece:

“The U.S. Can’t Challenge Iran Without Allies”

bloomberg.com/view/articles/…
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“The Trump administration seems determined to cut Iran off from the global financial system. As it reimposes sanctions on the regime next month, it may take aim at the Swift messaging network that enables cross-border payments worldwide. This is a bad idea.”
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What is SWIFT?

“SWIFT stands for the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications. It is a messaging network that financial institutions use to securely transmit information and instructions through a standardized system of codes.”
investopedia.com/articles/perso…
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It is all well & good that companies & lobbyists are reassessing #Saudi Arabia over reported murder of #JamalKhashogg. BUT! Where the fuck have all these people and firms been for decades? The violations of the #Saudi monarchy have never been a secret. nyti.ms/2CcsOjL
Glad to see people pay attention, finally, and I wish it hadn’t been over such a gruesome crime. I wish people and firms had started boycotting #Saudi royal family over its gender apartheid that affects all women there. Or the #Yemen war. Or jails full of activists. Or. And. Or.
This was my first oped about #Saudi Arabia for a US newspaper - ironically enough, The Washington Post. Fifteen schoolgirls had died in a fire because religious police wouldn’t let them out because the girls weren’t wearing a cloak and a headscarf washingtonpost.com/archive/opinio…
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#Iran
#SanctionsAreWorking

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The Trump administration warns world’s banks that Tehran might try to use duplicitous means to soften the sanctions’ bite and continue to fund terrorism.
nytimes.com/2018/10/11/us/…
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“’Any country that allows its central bank to be involved in deception in support of terrorism requires the highest levels of scrutiny, particularly when the country itself is the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism,’ said U.S. Treasury Undersecretary Sigal Mandelker.”
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“The warning is part of a coordinated campaign by the administration to persuade banks and corporations around the world to sever all commercial ties with Iran…”

#Iran
#SanctionsAreWorking
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Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) advisory on the Iranian regime’s illicit and malign activities and attempts to exploit the financial system. home.treasury.gov/news/press-rel…
Iranian regime has long used front companies to exploit financial systems around the world to generate revenues & transfer funds in support of malign conduct which includes, support to terrorist groups, missile development, human rights abuses, support to the Syrian regime, etc.
This advisory highlights the Iranian regime’s exploitation of financial institutions worldwide and describes a number of typologies used by the regime to illicitly access the international financial system and obscure and further its malign activity. fincen.gov/sites/default/…
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Let’s talk about a recent @Reuters piece written by Andrew Torchia & @bozorgmehr claiming U.S. sanctions on #Iran are hurting “ordinary Iranians.”
reuters.com/article/us-ira…
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“…sanctions reimposed by U.S. President Donald Trump since August have played havoc…”

“It is one of many ways in which the sanctions are hurting ordinary Iranians while benefiting those with access to hard currency.”
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First of all, this claim/argument is an old lie.

A United Nations “special rapporteur” sunk to a similar low, claiming U.S. sanctions are violating human rights in #Iran.
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A reminder on #NationalComingOutDay that only one country in the entirety of the Middle East supports, defends and celebrates freedom of choice:

#Israel
As a contrast to their equal rights in #Israel, here is how #gay men are treated in #Iran.
#NationalComingOutDay
Sodomy is punishable by death in #SaudiArabia.
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Let’s talk about a @NYTimes piece by @StevenErlanger rushing to the aid of #Iran’s regime & attempting to portray an image of the mullahs being very much in control.

“Iran Widens an Already Huge Rift Between Europe and U.S.”

nytimes.com/2018/10/09/wor…
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@StevenErlanger discusses Europe “trying to preserve the nuclear accord” by setting up “an alternative payment mechanism that would sidestep the American-dominated banking system,” to prevent the U.S. & Israel from “starting a war.”

Both are deliberate exaggerations.
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The “alternative payment mechanism,” dubbed by the Europeans as a “Special Payment Vehicle,” remains wishful thinking and largely symbolic.
ft.com/content/6eef94…
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1.#Trump was involved with #SaudiArabia early on, since at least the 1990´s,
In 1991 #Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal purchased #Trump’s yacht, #Trump Princess

#Trump #SaudiArabia #BinLaden #Russia

buzzfeednews.com/article/andrew…
2.#Trump was forced to either surrender it to creditors or sell it because he was roughly $900 million in debt

#Trump #SaudiArabia #BinLaden #Russia

nytimes.com/1991/12/31/bus…
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#BREAKING
Belgian prosecutors have raised charges against a senior diplomat of #Iran, along with three other individuals linked to planning to bomb a June rally held in Paris by the main Iranian opposition coalition NCRI (@iran_policy).
reuters.com/article/us-eur…
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"The diplomat, identified only by his given name as Assadollah A., worked at the Iranian embassy in Vienna."

His full name is Assadollah Assadi.
ncr-iran.org/en/ncri-statem…
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Assadi was “deprived of his diplomatic status within 48 hours because of the existence of a European arrest warrant" against him," according to a Austrian Foreign Ministry issued back in early July.
english.mojahedin.org/i/iranian-dipl…
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Marking October 10th, the World Day Against The Death Penalty, it is worth noting that #Iran has the world’s highest number of executions per capita.
fileserver.idpc.net/library/ECPM-I…
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#Iran is also home to the execution of minors.

“Iran should immediately and unconditionally end the use of the death penalty for crimes committed by children under age 18, and move toward a complete ban on capital punishment.”
hrw.org/news/2018/02/0…
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“More than half of recorded executions -- 507 -- were carried out in Iran…”
rferl.org/a/executions-d…
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