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Heshmat Alavi @HeshmatAlavi
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Let’s talk about #FakeNews @CNN once again providing a platform for #Iran’s regime & its apologists/lobbyists (this time @mashabani) to spread lies.
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Why do I say @mashabani is an #Iran regime apologist/lobbyist?

His relations with other #Iran regime apologist/lobbyist speaks for itself.

Here with @tparsi & @hmajd:
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And here with @rparsi & @persophile:
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And here with @A_Tabatabi who kindly has provided us with a list of many other #Iran regime apologists/lobbyists!
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Let’s see what @mashabani says in his interview with #FakeNews @CNN:
First, he resembles U.S. sanctions against #Iran to those of the Saudis & UAE against Qatar.

Saudi & UAE are regional rivals of #Iran & Qatar is an ally of Tehran.

Talking points obviously provided by Iran.
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BTW, @mashabani obviously hasn’t done his homework because the U.S. has raised 12 conditions while he says 13.
state.gov/secretary/rema…
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@mashabani blows his cover by mentioning the Obama era sanctions.

The U.S. returning to the highly flawed 2015 nuclear deal is another talking point provided by #Iran’s regime.
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@mashabani says the U.S. cannot impose the pressure they did back in 2012.

Well, the remarks of this senior #Iran regime official, resorting to terror threats, shows Tehran is obviously terrified.
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@mashabani says U.S. has imposed sanctions on #Iran for 40 years & it’s nothing new.
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This is parroting the same words of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
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@mashabani says #Iran intends to wait out Trump.

This is what Kerry advised Tehran’s mullahs to do so.
rferl.org/a/trump-pompeo…
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@mashabani says the 2015 nuclear deal had “eight signatories.”

This deal was never a signed deal.
nationalreview.com/corner/iran-nu…
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@mashabani says #Iran has the ability to weather the storm.
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Today, Tehran’s stock market already started to plunge.

#SanctionsAreComing
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@mashabani talks about the Europeans’ “special purpose vehicle” & the U.S. having difficulty to sanction that mechanism.
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Let’s take a look at that “special purpose vehicle.”

“Even in Europe, economists and officials doubt the new financial channel will yield significant economic benefits for Iran or threaten the global dominance of the dollar anytime soon.”
nytimes.com/2018/10/31/us/…
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“… this theoretical SWIFT alternative would not have the ability to conduct business in dollars or to access U.S. institutions and the U.S. financial system as a whole…”
washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense…
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“The EU has struggled to find a member state to host a new financial channel to shield trade with Iran from looming US sanctions, diplomats said, in the latest hurdle to the bloc’s efforts to save a landmark nuclear deal with Tehran.”
ft.com/content/0cb553…
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"…a plan by European nations aimed at maintaining trade with Iran was unlikely to help…"
“The European payment mechanism doesn’t shield you if you use the U.S. financial system ... you can pay but don’t expect to be on their Christmas card list,”
reuters.com/article/us-oil…
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“Officials have said they are watching such engineering attempts closely, although few economists and officials in Europe believe such efforts will offer Tehran much in the way of sanctuary from American penalties immediately.”
nytimes.com/2018/10/11/us/…
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So far, her “vehicle” is stuck in bureaucratic mud, unable to take off as European firms leave Iran in droves.
nypost.com/2018/10/26/is-…
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Here’s @CNN talking about “conservatives” & “moderates” inside Iran in a very low-level & shameless way.
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Here’s a look at the numbers of #Iran’s President @HassanRouhani, whom # @CNN considers a “moderate.”
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@mashabani also talks about “moderates” and how “conservatives” or “hardliners” were right all along.
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This is another talking point provided by #Iran’s regime.

Here’s the @Guardian running the same narrative.
theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
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@mashabani criticizes @AmbJohnBolton &@SecPompeo on his firm stance against #Iran’s regime, and now literally begging Secretary Mattis for help.

Shows how desperate Tehran has become.
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Also, @mashabani is the editor of @TheIranPulse, an obvious mouthpiece of #Iran’s regime.

Here’s an example.
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As always, the conclusion is yours to make.

Thanks for reading!

What is your opinion about #FakeNews @CNN providing a platform for #Iran apologists/lobbyists like @mashabani?
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ADDENDUM:
Here's @mashabani showing how @AlMonitor is one of #Iran's mouthpieces:
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ADDENDUM:
Here are some interesting links between @mashabani & #Iran's regime, especially the President @HassanRouhani.
iraniansforum.com/lobby/index.ph…
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ADDENDUM:
And here's why I consider @AlMonitor a mouthpiece of #Iran's regime.
iraniansforum.com/lobby/index.ph…
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ADDENDUM:
I rest my case.
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