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  • Hang on a minute. Isn't Trump right? We SHOULD try to be pals with Putin?

    02/15/2017 6:32:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | February 15, 2017 | Stephen Glover
    Less than a month into his presidency, Donald Trump's enemies are already scenting blood. They hope they have got him on the run over the resignation of Michael Flynn as his National Security Adviser. Flynn was forced to stand down for secretly discussing sanctions against Russia with the country's ambassador to America in the weeks before Trump took office – and then trying to cover up his foolish and possibly illegal behaviour. It is being suggested that Flynn's goose was cooked by the FBI and CIA, who had tapped these phone-calls, and gleefully leaked transcripts of them. Was this pay-back...
  • The Full Text of General Flynn’s Resignation Letter

    02/13/2017 9:55:46 PM PST · by Steelfish · 78 replies
    February 13, 2017
    The Full Text of General Flynn’s Resignation Letter February 13, 2017 In the course of my duties as the incoming National Security Advisor, I held numerous phone calls with foreign counterparts, ministers, and ambassadors. These calls were to facilitate a smooth transition and begin to build the necessary relationships between the President, his advisors and foreign leaders. Such calls are standard practice in any transition of this magnitude. Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador. I have sincerely apologized...
  • The Flynn Incident

    02/13/2017 11:32:27 AM PST · by FR_addict · 29 replies
    self | Feb 13, 2017 | self
    -- Where was a the media's outrage when Ted Kennedy attempted to undermine President Reagan by allying with Russia? In 1983, Kennedy sent John Tunney, a close confidant to Russia, to meet with Russian counterparts and layout Kennedy’s quid pro quo plan to take down President Reagan in the coming election. A memorandum explaining this plan was discovered in 1991, when Boris Yeltsin, the Russian President at the time, opened up the Soviet archives. Here is the history of the incident: “Ted Kennedy's Soviet Gambit” http://www.forbes.com/2009/08/27/ted-kennedy-soviet-union-ronald-reagan-opinions-columnists-peter-robinson.html The translated memorandum begins: From: V. Chebrikov, Chairman of the Committee [for State Security,...
  • Stop the Logan Act Nonsense – Respect General Flynn

    02/13/2017 8:22:51 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 16 replies
    townhall.com ^ | Robert Charles
    Across the weekend news programs, accusatory individuals spread words like criminal violation, felony, need to resign, and congressional investigation, freely as jam on bread. Yet they all know, for an absolute fact, this is a lot of whooped-up nonsense. Follow me, you will be truly amazed – they know. They know – or should know – that the Logan Act dates to 1799, when a state legislator with no ties to any administration tried to assert himself as personal negotiator for final peace with France. The anti-Jefferson Federalists did not like this private initiative, so passed the Logan Act to...
  • Transcripts don’t show Flynn made any promise to lift sanctions.

    02/13/2017 7:09:37 AM PST · by hotsteppa · 66 replies
    Twitter ^ | Byron York
    'Transcripts don’t show Flynn made any promise to lift sanctions. Rather show Flynn making more general comments about relations improving.'
  • Now Kremlin weighs into Michael Flynn furore

    02/13/2017 7:27:56 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 34 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | February 13, 2017 | Garth Davies
    Now Kremlin weighs into Michael Flynn furore saying Trump's National Security Adviser DIDN'T discuss lifting Russian sanctions in call with ambassador Flynn is currently being investigated by the FBI for his December phone call He allegedly promised an easing of sanctions imposed by Obama that same day If proved, he was illegally speaking to a foreign nation as a private citizen Flynn denied claims, but later said he 'couldn't be certain' the topic wasn't raised If Flynn did make the promise, he could face a fine or jail under the Logan Act The Kremlin has weighed in on the Michael...
  • Trump, Bannon Said To Weigh Firing Mike Flynn Over Russian Phone Calls Scandal

    02/13/2017 7:16:33 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 37 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/13/17 | Tyler Durden
    Top White House aide and policy adviser, Stephen Miller, sidestepped repeated chances during Sunday news shows to publicly defend embattled National Security Adviser Michael Flynn following reports that he engaged in conversations with Russian diplomat(s) about U.S. sanctions before Trump’s inauguration. The uncertainty came as Trump was dealing with North Korea’s apparent first missile launch of the year and his presidency, along with visits this week from the leaders of Israel and Canada. Pressed repeatedly, Stephen Miller said it wasn’t up to him to say whether the president retains confidence in Flynn. “It’s not for me to tell you what’s...
  • Amazon Discloses Iranian Transactions That May Have Violated US Sanctions, (trunc)

    02/11/2017 6:32:28 AM PST · by dynachrome · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 2-11-17 | Tyler Durden
    In a 10-K filed on Friday afternoon, Amazon disclosed that certain transactions and business ties with Iran may have violated U.S. sanctions, warning that it may be penalized after a regulatory review of the activities. In the "Other Contingencies" section of its 10-K, Jeff Bezos' company had determined that, between January 2012 and December 2016 it had "processed and delivered orders of consumer products for certain individuals and entities located outside Iran covered by the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act or other United States sanctions and export control laws. The consumer products included books, music, other media,...
  • Iranian VP: Those who threaten us will lose

    02/06/2017 11:12:03 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/2/17 | Elad Benari
    Iranian officials continue to threaten the United States, following the Trump administration’s announcement of new sanctions against the Islamic Republic. On Monday, Iran’s Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said that the “ultimate losers” are those who result to the language of force in dealing with Iran. Speaking upon his arrival at the country’s Abadan airport and quoted by the IRNA news agency, Jahangiri said Iran is never intimidated by threats, adding that governments or individuals who address Iran with the language of force will be the final losers. “The Islamic Republic of Iran always welcomes interaction but those rude who employ...
  • UC Riverside Student Leaders Vote To Ban Sabra Hummus [More for the BDS efforrt

    02/03/2017 7:41:00 PM PST · by markomalley · 45 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/3/17 | Jason Chulack
    The Associated Students of University of California – Riverside voted on Wednesday night to remove Sabra Hummus from all campus dining services, The Highlander reports. Student leaders voted 13-0-1 in favor of the resolution to kick Sabra Hummus off campus. Sabra’s joint owner, the Strauss Group, is the largest food products company in Israel and has financially supported the Israeli military, according to the New York Times. Students who supported the measure were “troubled” by funds that could potentially go to Israeli settlements by purchasing Sabra Hummus in their campus cafeteria. UC Riverside said in a statement released on Thursday:...
  • Paul Ryan to Trump: Don't dismantle Iran nuke deal, enforce it

    02/05/2017 8:14:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    JTA via INN ^ | 02/05/17 15:36
    It makes more sense to rigorously enforce the Iran nuclear deal than to dismantle it, said Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, signaling diminishing support for pulling the United States out of the deal. Ryan, speaking on “Meet the Press” in an interview to be broadcast in full on Sunday, said the removal of sanctions under the nuclear rollback for sanctions relief deal reached in 2015 between Iran and six major world powers, meant it would be too hard to reconstitute the sanctions. “A lot of that toothpaste is already out of the tube,”...
  • Iran Bans Travel of US Wrestlers in Response to Trump Order

    02/03/2017 12:18:52 PM PST · by PROCON · 25 replies
    AP ^ | Feb. 3, 2017 | NASSER KARIMI
    Iran on Friday banned U.S. wrestlers from an important international tournament this month in response to President Donald Trump's executive order forbidding visas for Iranians, the official IRNA news agency reported. A senior Iranian cleric vowed, meanwhile, that his country would continue its missile program despite threats from the Trump administration that it was preparing to levy new sanctions.
  • US Treasury sanctions 13 individuals, 12 entities related to Iran

    02/03/2017 7:35:33 AM PST · by Brandonmark · 16 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2/03/17 | Reuters
    The United States on Friday sanctioned 13 individuals and 12 entities under U.S. Iran sanctions authority, days after the White House had put Iran "on notice" over a ballistic missile test and other activities.
  • Treasury Department announcing sanctions against Iran Friday morning

    02/03/2017 7:20:07 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | Jim Acosta, Kevin Liptak and Elise Labott
    The Treasury Department is expected to announce sanctions against Iran Friday morning, according to a source familiar with the matter. An exact time has not yet been provided to CNN. *snip In a letter to Trump Thursday, a bipartisan group of senators said, "Iranian leaders must feel sufficient pressure to cease deeply destabilizing activities, from sponsoring terrorist groups to continued testing of ballistic missiles."
  • Bosnian Serb nationalist leader [DODIK] rejects US sanctions on him

    01/19/2017 10:36:51 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 18, 2017 | By Amer Cohadzic | AP
    <p>SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Bosnian Serb nationalist leader Milorad Dodik has dismissed U.S. sanctions imposed on him for obstructing the peace accords that ended Bosnia’s war two decades ago, calling it a reversible act of revenge by the departing Obama administration.</p>
  • Biden calls for Russia sanctions to stay as Trump moots deal

    01/16/2017 6:51:58 PM PST · by Mariner · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 16th, 2017 | By Alessandra Prentice | KIEV
    Outgoing U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called on Monday for sanctions on Russia to stay, urging the world to stand up to its "coercion and aggression" after President-elect Donald Trump mooted ending the measures under a possible deal with Moscow. Speaking on a swan song visit to Kiev, Biden said the G7 nations and European Union should lift the sanctions only after Russia had fully implemented a peace deal on ending a separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine and returned control of Crimea. Trump, who will be inaugurated on Friday, raised the prospect that he would propose offering to end the...
  • "Let's Make a Deal": Can Trump trade sanctions for nuke reductions with Russia?

    01/16/2017 6:31:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/16/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Well, perhaps the better question is should he? The media rumor mill is buzzing after suggestions that the President Elect is considering cutting a deal with Vladimir Putin which could involve the easing or lifting of sanctions in exchange for a dramatic reduction in nuclear weapons stockpiles. We should include the usual caveat that even though he mentioned it to a reporter as a possibility, nothing is official until we see it on Trump’s Twitter feed, but it’s clearly worth an early look. (Reuters) President-elect Donald Trump will propose offering to end sanctions imposed on Russia for its annexation...
  • CIA director rips into Donald Trump over tweets, Russia

    01/15/2017 10:26:13 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 107 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 2017-01-15 | Tribune news services - Contact Reporter
    Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan ripped into Donald Trump on Sunday for "talking and tweeting" about possibly easing sanctions against Russia, saying the president-elect lacks a full understanding of the threat Moscow poses to the United States. "I think he has to be mindful that he does not have a full appreciation and understanding of what the implications are of going down that road," Brennan said on "Fox News Sunday," a show Trump routinely watches. "Now that he's going to have an opportunity to do something for our national security as opposed to talking and tweeting, he's going to have...
  • Trump says he may scrap Russia sanctions

    01/14/2017 9:56:36 AM PST · by Mariner · 86 replies
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | January 14th, 2015 | Unattributed
    Washington (AFP) - President-elect Donald Trump has hinted that he may lift sanctions on Russia and won't stand by the "One China" policy unless Beijing improves its currency and trade practices. Trump told The Wall Street Journal in an interview published Friday that he would keep intact "at least for a period of time" sanctions President Barack Obama's administration imposed on Russia last month over Moscow's alleged cyberattacks to influence the US election. But, if Russia helps the US on key goals such as fighting violent extremists, Trump suggested he may scrap the punitive measures altogether. He also said he...
  • OUCH!!! CNN HACK SCREAMS AT TRUMP — Trump Calls CNN “Fake News!” (WILD VIDEO)

    01/11/2017 9:29:42 AM PST · by servo1969 · 141 replies
    WOW! TRUMP DESTROYS CNN HACK AT PRESSER! THIS WAS WILD!Trump attacked CNN and BuzzFeed for pushing a #FakeNews story on Russian "golden showers."The CNN reporter in the front row DEMANDED that Trump take his question and started shouting at the President elect. And the reporter then started SCREAMING at Donald Trump!!(Could you imagine a liberal reporter doing this to Obama?)Trump refused to take his question and then called CNN "FAKE NEWS!" WOW! Your organization is terrible... No... I'm not going to give you a question. You are FAKE NEWS!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgwWuoxljMY
  • McCain, Graham call for greater sanctions against Russia

    01/08/2017 11:53:00 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 121 replies
    MSN ^ | January 8, 2017 | Erin Kelly
    WASHINGTON — Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham pushed Sunday for greater sanctions against Russia for trying to influence the U.S. election and said President-elect Donald Trump is in danger of being in conflict with congressional Republicans if he doesn't get tougher on Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two senators, in a joint interview on Meet the Press, also said the U.S. intelligence community's evidence of Russian interference during the American presidential campaign is overwhelming, and that Trump should accept those findings. "You can't go on with your life as a democracy when a foreign entity is trying to...
  • Congress Probes FBI Over Top Obama National Security Advisor’s Security Clearance

    01/05/2017 6:03:55 PM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 1/5/17 | Adam Kredo
    A top White House national security adviser and key proponent of the Obama administration’s diplomacy with Iran is the focus of a congressional inquiry following disclosures the FBI may have denied him top-level security clearances, according to communications exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Ben Rhodes, a White House deputy national security adviser who led the administration’s efforts to mislead Congress about the terms of the Iran nuclear agreement, is under scrutiny in the wake of disclosures he was declined interim clearance status by the FBI in 2008, when the administration was moving into the White House. Since that...
  • Does Anyone Know What to Make of Obama's Sanctions?

    01/01/2017 3:57:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 12, 2016 | David D. Graham
    The president’s move to punish Russia has scrambled partisan lines. What is a bewildered citizen to make of the sanctions that President Obama levied on Russian officials and the Russian government on Thursday? The confusion starts with the news coverage. The Associated Press, for example, blares that “President Barack Obama has slapped harsh sanctions on the Russian intelligence services.” Meanwhile the former head of the CIA’s Russia operations tells The New York Times, “I think these sanctions are pretty weak. It’s more perhaps symbolic.” Some sloppy reports even suggested, wrongly, that Russian agents had interfered with vote counts or voting...
  • Putin 'Sidesteps' Obama in New Year's Statement, Applauds Trump

    12/31/2016 9:15:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 74 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 31, 2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    On the heels of new sanctions enforced by the Obama administration, Russian President Vladimir Putin has released his annual New Year's statement to the international community. CNN repeatedly noted that Putin "sidestepped" President Obama in the statement, instead offering his congratulations to President-elect Donald Trump. In his annual greetings statement, Putin expressed hope that after Trump is sworn in as US President on January 20, the two countries, "acting in a constructive and pragmatic manner, will be able to take real steps to restore the mechanisms of bilateral cooperation in various areas and take their interaction in the international arena to...
  • (Vanity) Russia views these not as U.S. sanctions, but Obama sanctions. So we will go and decide...

    12/30/2016 6:27:41 PM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 52 replies
    December 30, 2016 | Beautiful Gracious Skies
    “Russia views these not as U.S. sanctions, but Obama sanctions, so he will go and we can both decide that we don’t bear any responsibility for the actions of a jackass,” Fyodor Lukyanov told Bloomberg News. Fyodor Lukyanov is chairman of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, a Kremlin foreign-policy advisory group. Russia is displaying grace, restraint, reason and humor in this matter as Obama launches accusations against the Kremlin and inflicted retaliatory sanctions. "Russia hopes that it can ride out the storm and put relations with the U.S. on a better track once [President-elect] Trump takes office," said...
  • Russians Attack ‘Political Corpse’ Obama

    12/30/2016 7:15:00 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 53 replies
    Observer ^ | 12/30/16 | Mikhail Klikushin
    In Russian media, in the political class and among government officials, the reaction in Moscow was fierce, vocal and pugnacious. [snip] "And with every day, his behavior gets worse and worse. It seems that on the eve of the inauguration—January, 20—he will have nothing else left to do for himself but to break all the windows in the White House and to leave behind a pile [of shit] on the steps.”
  • STUNNING Move by Putin

    12/30/2016 6:41:38 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 103 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | December 30, 2016 | S. Noble
    STUNNING Move by Putin By S. Noble - December 30, 2016 Putin refuses “to sink to the level of this irresponsible “kitchen” diplomacy.” In a stunning move, the Russian President Vladimir Putin will not retaliate against Obama’s sanctions. They took the high road. Russia, they said, refuses “to sink to the level of this irresponsible “kitchen” diplomacy.” The cagey President got all his licks in yesterday through his foreign minister and spokesman who talked of Obama’s “paranoia”. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday that he would recommend an equivalent response to Obama’s retaliation for unproven allegations of hacking. The Russian...
  • France Poised for Pro-Russia Pivot

    12/29/2016 10:54:44 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 7 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 28, 2016 | MATTHEW DALTON
    When France elects a new president in the spring, Russian President Vladimir Putin will likely gain an ally in the heart of Europe. The two leading candidates, François Fillon and Marine Le Pen, are both avowed opponents of sanctions meant to punish Moscow for its annexation of part of Ukraine and its support for rebels in the country’s east. Russia’s bombing of Syria’s... Aleppo—called a war crime by France’s current leaders—hasn’t deterred either politician from urging closer ties between Paris and Moscow. The victory of either candidate in the May election threatens to blow a hole in Europe’s sanctions against...
  • Trump on Russia Sanctions: We ‘Ought to Get on With Our Lives’

    12/29/2016 4:58:42 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 36 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 29, 2016 | Reuters
    President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed talk of sanctioning Russia for interfering in the presidential election, offering what sounded more like a post-breakup pep talk than anything else. “I think we ought to get on with our lives,” he told reporters outside his Mar-A-Lago estate. As for the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia almost certainly hacked into political organizations, Trump offered only vague remarks about the “age of computer.” “I think the computers have complicated lives very greatly. The whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what’s going on,” he said. “We have speed,...
  • Boeing seals $16.6 billion deal with Iran Air

    12/11/2016 11:05:50 AM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 23 replies
    CBSnews.com ^ | Dec. 11, 2016 | AP/CBSnews.com
    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran’s flag carrier finalized a major deal with U.S. plane maker Boeing Co. to buy $16.6 billion worth of passenger planes Sunday in one of the most tangible benefits yet for the Islamic Repubic from last year’s landmark nuclear agreement.
  • China says opposed to unilateral sanctions on North Korea

    12/10/2016 6:51:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 10, 2016 5:13 AM EST
    China remains opposed to unilateral sanctions against North Korea taken without the approval of the U.N. Security Council, the country’s chief negotiator on the North’s nuclear program was quoted Saturday as saying. Wu Dawei also told his South Korean counterpart in talks Friday that China is “adamantly opposed” to the South’s deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system that China says poses a threat to its own security, China’s foreign ministry said in a statement. […] China demands that South Korea “give weight to China’s concerns” about the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, missile system, which is intended...
  • Iran Threatens to Walk Away From Nuke Deal, Retaliate Against U.S. for New Sanctions

    12/02/2016 10:05:57 AM PST · by kevcol · 39 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 2, 2016 | Adam Kredo
    Iran is threatening to walk away from the nuclear deal with the United States and pursue forms of retaliation, including a national boycott of American goods, as a result of Congress’s overwhelming vote on Thursday to level new sanctions against Iran for another 10 years, according to multiple comments by senior Iranian officials. ... Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani hotly criticized the United States during Iran’s weekly national Friday prayer service, urging the country’s leaders to retaliate against America. “Nothing but hostility is expected from the U.S., but as said before, now it’s time for retaliation,” the cleric was quoted...
  • Senate Votes 99-0 to Extend Sanctions Against Iran

    12/01/2016 12:37:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/01/2016 | Thomas Kaplan
    WASHINGTON — The Senate voted on Thursday to extend American sanctions against Iran for a decade, sending to President Obama a measure that supporters said would help ensure that the United States could fully respond if Iran were to violate its obligations under the nuclear agreement. Iranian officials, rankled that the legislation to extend sanctions was being considered — the House overwhelmingly passed it last month — have threatened to respond if the United States goes through with the renewal. The 99-to-0 vote Thursday showed the desire of lawmakers to maintain a tough posture toward Iran amid uncertainty over the...
  • New UN Security Council Resolution Strengthens Sanctions against North Korea

    11/30/2016 6:12:41 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/30/16 | Joseph Klein
    But Iran, freed of sanctions, is likely to be the spoiler The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2321 (2016) on November 30th. It condemns the North Korean (DPRK) regime’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles while its people continue to suffer under inhumane conditions. The resolution strengthens previous UN-imposed sanctions on the DPRK in response to its fifth nuclear test conducted on September 9, 2016. The prior resolutions have failed to slow, much less eliminate, the DPRK’s nuclear program involving the development and testing of both nuclear device and ballistic missile capabilities. As UN Secretary General...
  • House votes 419-1 to extend Iran sanctions

    11/16/2016 5:33:48 PM PST · by ConfidentConservative · 43 replies
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 11/15/16 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The House voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to extend an Iran sanctions law for another 10 years...
  • Canada to renew ties with Iran

    10/29/2016 7:41:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    INN ^ | 10/29/16 21:33 | Dalit Halevi
    The Canadian government, headed by Prime Minister and Liberal party head Justin Trudeau is working to renew ties with Iran, claiming there are political benefits to a Canada-Iran relationship for Israel as well. Canadian Foreign Minister Stéphane Maurice Dion spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations in Montreal on October 17, saying the federal government is determined to play an active role in UN organizations, to strengthen the UN position and to take part in UN peacekeeping efforts across the globe. …
  • Iran’s Crude Exports To Drop To Four-Month Lows In November

    10/27/2016 11:22:15 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 2 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 27-10-2016 | The Ayatollah and his mom
    A typically low seasonal demand in Europe will lead to Iran exporting 1.89 million bpd of crude oil next month, the lowest level since July, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing a source with knowledge of Iran’s tanker schedule. As a rule of thumb, Iranian crude oil exports usually hit low levels around the months of October and November due to the peak in refinery maintenance in Europe and Asia. This year around, however, the November exports to Asia will rise from October due to higher Chinese demand. This year, Iran has been rapidly bumping up oil production and exports after...
  • Obama administration backed lifting sanctions on Iranian banks as part of hostage ransom

    09/30/2016 10:27:00 AM PDT · by detective · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 30, 2016 | Rick Moran
    The Wall Street Journal has a shocking report that adds fuel to the fire over the $1.7 billion in cash paid to the Iranians to get the hostages released. On the same day the cash payment arrived in Tehran, the U.S. secretly agreed to back a U.N. effort to lift sanctions on two Iranian banks accused of assisting Iran's ballistic missile program.
  • EU leaders to consider how to improve Russia ties without dropping sanctions

    09/26/2016 11:14:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Sep 26, 2016 | 11:09am EDT | Gabriela Baczynska
    European Union leaders will explore next month the possibility of improving strained ties with Russia in response to growing irritation among some member states over economic sanctions imposed on Moscow over its role in the Ukraine crisis. But the sanctions appear likely to remain in place for now, especially those slapped over Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula seized by Russia in March 2014, despite the legal and political challenges of maintaining them. A series of Reuters investigations recently showed how European companies including German retailer Metro and France’s Auchan were doing business in Crimea despite the punitive sanctions regime there....
  • The Mystery Of Dubai's Vaporized Gold: The Plot Thickens

    12/26/2015 4:59:15 PM PST · by Rockitz · 41 replies
    ZeroHedge.com ^ | 26 December 2015 | Tyler Durden
    Earlier this week, we told a fascinating story about an unprecedented, multi-year smuggling ring involving Turkey, Iran, and Dubai (as well as China, Russia and countless other nations) which saw corruption reaching to the very top of the political and financial establishment: from president Erdogan in Turkey, to one of Turkey's richest people, Iran-born Riza Sarraf, to Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, the son of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and one of the world's richest people. The smuggled object in question was gold, billions of dollars worth of gold. The focus of the story was the previously unknown...
  • Iran May Have Received as Much as $33.6 Billion in Cash, Gold Payments From U.S.

    09/08/2016 3:28:59 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 67 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | Adam Kredo
    Iran may have received an additional $33.6 billion in secret cash and gold payments facilitated by the Obama administration between 2014 and 2016, according to testimony provided before Congress by an expert on last summer’s nuclear agreement with Iran. Between January 2014 and July 2015, when the Obama administration was hammering out the final details of the nuclear accord, Iran was paid $700 million every month from funds that had previously been frozen by U.S. sanctions. A total of $11.9 billion was ultimately paid to Iran, but the details surrounding these payments remain shrouded in mystery, according to Mark Dubowitz,...
  • United Church of Christ Anti-Israel Extremism (Obama's denomination)

    07/01/2015 8:10:09 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Peggy Shapiro
    On June 30, 2015, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ voted to single out Israel for an economic and propaganda war. Ignoring the violent state of affairs in an unstable region, the plague of terrorist groups, and the victimization of millions of Christians and other minority groups, the UCC elected to boycott Israel, the only functioning democracy in the Middle East. Giving a pass to Hamas rockets aimed at Israeli children and the prohibition of any Jews to enter Palestinian-controlled territory, the UCC jumped on the bandwagon of slander to demonize Israel. Deletion and Replacement of Jews...
  • On rare Israel visit, Egyptian FM calls for 2-state solution

    07/10/2016 1:03:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 10, 2016 2:41 PM EDT | Daniella Cheslow and Mohammed Daraghmeh
    Egypt’s foreign minister paid a rare visit to Israel on Sunday, saying that his country remains a “steadfast and unwavering” supporter of a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians but warning that conditions for achieving that are deteriorating. Sameh Shoukry’s trip was the first official visit to Israel since 2007 and reflected the strong but low-profile ties that have developed between the two countries in recent years. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said Shoukry’s visit was aimed at reviving the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. …
  • Clinton backers nix Israel 'occupation' add to Democratic platform

    07/10/2016 1:26:50 AM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 9 replies
    Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Saturday rejected a proposal to include a statement in the party's platform calling for Israel's "end to occupations and illegal settlements," CNN reported. ... While the committee voted against the addition 95-73, CNN reported that the move garnered the loudest negative response of the day from the audience. ... One crowd member was escorted out of the meeting after he stood up and yelled that the party had "sold out" to AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee).
  • Newest VH1 Talk Show Host Supports Boycott of Israel, Defends Hamas

    07/05/2016 11:47:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 7/5/16 | Ronn Torossian
    Reports indicate that a supporter of the anti-Israel BDS movement and a self-proclaimed radical who has supported numerous anti-American initiatives has been named the host of a new late night talk show on VH1. Marc Lamont Hill, a CNN commentator, will launch VH1 Live which will begin airing weekly on the Viacom-owned cable network on Sunday, July 17 at 10 PM. Would a supporter of segregation be rewarded with a talk show? How about someone who is fiercely anti-LGBT? It seems that bigotry is only OK if it is directed at Israel. Hill is a staunch opponent of Israel, a...
  • EU Commissioner wants fines for Spain, Portugal

    07/05/2016 12:28:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 05 Jul 2016 08:01 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Germany’s EU Commissioner Günther Öttinger said in a newspaper interview Monday that Spain and Portugal should be fined by Brussels for missing their 2015 deficit targets. “Neither country met the budget commitments that they had both set themselves,” Öttinger told the mass-circulation daily Bild. “I believe that if the EU Commission is to maintain its credibility regarding the budget rules, then we will have to impose sanctions on Spain and Portugal,” he continued. […] On Friday, another EU Commissioner, Valdis Dombrovskis, had suggested that Brussels could freeze the structural funding for the two countries. …
  • Palestinian Historian: Egyptians Had the Right to Force the Jews to Build Pithom and Raamses

    11/17/2009 5:42:14 AM PST · by SJackson · 38 replies · 1,162+ views
    IMRA ^ | 11-17-09
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