Politics

Iranian British woman, held in evin prison

By Ahmed Vahdat, Daily Telegraph – A 25-year-old British-Iranian woman is being held in solitary confinement after being arrested during a women’s rights protest in Tehran, according to campaigners. Ghonche Ghavami was detained outside the city’s Azadi Stadium after she and fellow campaigners tried to enter the men-only arena to watch an Iran-Italy volleyball match. The protesters – who all ... Read More »

Iranian tourists kidnapped in Dubai

Two female tourists were kidnapped by three drug-affected men, Dubai Criminal Court heard on Tuesday. One of the Iranian victims, aged 22, said she and her friend were walking at almost 3am towards Jumeirah open beach. “A car approached us and one of three men who were in the car presented a military ID, accusing us of being drunk,” she ... Read More »

Italian FM Replaces Catherine Ashton

The European Council Saturday appointed Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini as the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union. Mogherini replaced Britain’s Catherine Ashton. The 41-year-old Italian top diplomat is said to be “inexperienced” for the job, as she was only appointed as foreign minister in February. But, given that the new EU commission chief ... Read More »

Zarif attends Erdogan’s inauguration ceremony

Iran’s FM arrived in Ankara on Thursday and attend the inauguration ceremony of Turkish president-elect Erdogan. Mohammad Javad Zarif was received by Turkish officials at the airport. Erdogan won the country’s first direct ballot on Aug 10. BBC reported that Mr Erdogan, who served three terms as PM, has vowed to give more power to the previously ceremonial post. Critics ... Read More »

Iran seem to have no fears of Obama

Iran’s leaders seem to have internalized a key lesson: They have nothing to fear from this U.S. president. If they did you wouldn’t see actions like this: Iran has conducted “mechanical” tests on a new, advanced machine to refine uranium, a senior official was quoted as saying on Wednesday, a disclosure that may annoy Western states pushing Tehran to scale ... Read More »

Young American woman being held by ISIS

It was just reported that a 26 year old American woman that was kidnapped around a year ago in Syria is being held by ISIS. She was said to have been there doing humanitarian relief work when she got abducted. The terror group has asked for either $6.6 million in ransom or the release of Aafia Siddiqui, an MIT-trained neuroscientist ... Read More »

US ship fires shot at Iranian boat

On Tuesday, Pentagon officials claimed that the Coast Guard patrol vessel Monomoy fired the warning shot after a machine gun on the Iranian fishing boat was aimed at the US forces. Apparently one warning shot was fired and that did the trick, the small boat sped away. U.S. military officials said the trouble started when the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter ... Read More »

Downed drone was not launched from Israel

One day after the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps announced that it had downed an Israeli drone, the IRGC reported that the operation range of the drone indicates that it did not come from Israel but rather was launched from one of the countries in the region. Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh told reporters that investigations into the downed drone were ... Read More »

Iranian General Vows to Attack Israel

Fars News reported that Senior Generals in Tehran said on Tuesday that Iran will not give a diplomatic response to the violation of its airspace by an Israeli spy drone which was shot downed near Natanz nuclear site a few days ago, and warned that Tel Aviv should wait for Iran’s retaliatory moves in battlefield. “Our response to this aggression ... Read More »

Former CIA chief: ISIS will attack West

An ISIS attack against the West is a question of timing — “not of inevitably, not of intent,” according to the former head of the CIA, retired Gen. Michael Hayden Speaking to CNN’s Jim Sciutto on “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” Hayden said he expects ISIS to attempt an attack on targets in the United States or Europe. “ISIS is a very ... Read More »