By Pooya Stone

The United States warned Iran it is taking Tehran's threats seriously and will hold it accountable if it compromises the safety of any American citizen.

The comments came in a tweet from US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus on Saturday, after Iran announced sanctions against American Mark Dubowitz and his think tank – the Foundation for Defense of Democracies – for what it called "US economic terrorism".

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By Jubin Katiraie

Iran threatened on Saturday to take action against The Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington-based think tank, which it said was pushing for economic pressure against it.

The official Iranian announcement on FDD included a reference to actions by the country’s “security institutions,” drawing strong condemnation from current and former U.S. government officials. It also specifically targeted organization’s CEO, Mark Dubowitz.

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By Pooya Stone

A supposedly “reformist” political analyst said in Iran said that the ‘regime’ is at complete political dead end because the Iranian people “no longer cared about reformists and principlists”.

Sadegh Zibakalam, who was speaking on Tuesday at an event covered by the state-run IRNA News Agency, cited a chant denouncing both regime factions that became widespread at the start of the nationwide anti-government protests in December 2017 and told the crowd he was not at all happy about this outcome.

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By Jubin Katiraie

Sixteen years after the invasion of Iraq, the United States finally seems to understand Iran’s disturbing objectives in its neighbouring state. While U.S President Donald Trump withdrew from the disastrous 2015 Iran nuclear deal, maybe it is time for the EU to take the same path. After the capturing of the Iranian “Grace-1” oil tanker by Gibraltar for violating EU sanctions on Syria, in a contra move Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker the “Stena Impero”. The “Grace-1” was released but Iran is still holding the “Stena Impero”.

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By Pooya Stone

Since the beginning of the U.S. sanctions, Iran is trying to overcome the strongest sanction that this regime has ever seen. One of the aspects is, that they’re trying the continuation of oil selling. So the Iranian oil tankers are trying to carrying the oil in silence. One of the supertankers which tried, is the “Adrian Darya” which was released after being detained in Gibraltar, carrying 2 million barrels of crude. It’s now sailing east with trackers giving its stated destination the Greek port of Kalamata, with the arrival date of Aug. 26.

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By Jubin Katiraie

In a message on Twitter, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on the international community to increase pressure on Iran. He warned that the UN arms embargo on Iran is soon to expire.

The message read: “The clock is ticking. Time remaining before the UN arms embargo on Iran expires and Qasem Soleimani’s travel ban ends. We urge our allies and partners to increase the pressure on the Iranian regime until it stops its destabilizing behavior.”

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By Jubin Katiraie

The Swedish media have been reporting on the protests in Stockholm by supporters of the Iranian opposition over the visit of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

The protesters held their demonstration outside the Swedish Foreign Ministry building on Wednesday, during a meeting between Zarif and Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström.

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By Pooya Stone

At least two people have been killed and four others injured after armed guards at an Iranian army air force base in Mazendran province in northern Iran opened fire on local people who were protesting the attempted confiscation of their lands.

The Fars news agency, which is affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), reported that the clash began over land ownership in the Mahmoud Abad region, before describing the protesters as “hired” and “hoodlums”.

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By Pooya Stone

For more than 30 years, it has been Iran’s state policy to keep silent about the opposition, namely the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI or MEK), and its impact, both domestic and global. A recent salvo of remarks and statements reflect a change in the regime's policy in this regard. The new approach stems from an unprecedented MEK presence in domestic affairs. Public awareness of the group’s activities has left the authorities incapable of continuing their practice of denial.

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By Pooya Stone

On Thursday morning, a group of plundered clients and shareholders of the Kimia Project gathered outside the office of the head of Iran’s judiciary in Tehran, protesting embezzlement by government agents running the project.

Kimia project is affiliated with the Iranian army ground forces, which is under the command of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

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By Pooya Stone

The US has warned that Iran has sent a second oil tanker to Syria in clear defiance of US and EU sanctions.

Intelligence sources told Fox News that the Bonita Queen oil tanker was loaded with 600,000 barrels of crude oil near Iran’s Kharg Island on August 2. Shortly after that, the tanker was de-flagged by the country of St. Kitts and Nevis, fearing US sanctions.

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By Jubin Katiraie

The CEO of the Iran Khodro automaker was arrested in his office on Monday, hours are being fired.

It has not yet been announced why the Iranian authorities took these actions against Hashem Yekke Zare’e, who has led the company for the past seven years while also serving as the chair of Parsyan Bank's board of directors, but it can be no coincidence that this move comes just days after accusations of large-scale corruption in Iran’s car industry.

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By Pooya Stone

With the prime suspect in a major alleged corruption case linked the Central Bank of Iran mysteriously missing, people are wondering if the country's Intelligence Ministry is involved.

For the past two days, Iranian media outlets have been reporting that Salar Aqakhani (Aghakhani), the prime suspect in a case involving $160 million and €20 million, and three of his associates have left Iran. The Sharq newspaper wrote on Wednesday that Aqakhani left Iran for Iraq in late March after selling his assets.

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By Pooya Stone

Over the past few days, teachers across Iran have been holding protests and calling for the authorities to ensure that their most basic rights are recognised and so that they receive the salaries that they are due.

Earlier this year, a large number of working and retired teachers took to the streets. They protested about the poor working conditions that they are subjected to and they highlighted the poor levels of pay that they have access to.

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