Iran tested and deployed a Russian-made anti-aircraft missile system last year that has long worried U.S. and Israeli military officials because it gives the Islamic Republic a “generational improvement in capabilities,” the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency disclosed.
A Tehran prosecutor says a woman who removed her obligatory Islamic headscarf in public in late December has been sentenced to 24 months in prison.
Iran’s oil-and-gas industry was supposed to take off after the nuclear deal. Instead, one of the world’s largest energy sectors is languishing. International oil companies are staying on the sidelines as the Trump administration threatens to rip up the 2016 deal and reimpose oil sanctions lifted in exchange for limits on its atomic-power program.
UANI IN THE NEWS
Speaking to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference on Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was right to call on the Trump administration to join with Israel to stand up to the dangerous Islamic extremist government of Iran. It’s in our mutual self-interest for America and Israel to join together against Iran, which seeks regional dominance and is an avowed enemy of both our nations. Our first step should be to effectively eliminate the Iranian threat from war-ravaged Syria.
United Against Nuclear Iran has added Norman Roule, a former CIA officer, as a senior adviser.
HUMAN RIGHTS AND INTERNAL DISCONTENT
Iran's top legal authority wants to prosecute organisers of a party arranged by Tehran City Hall commemorating Iranian Women's Day, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported. A video of Tuesday's event, during which young girls danced in front of a mixed audience in the Iranian capital, was widely broadcast on social media networks and criticised by conservatives.
We are coming up on March 8, International Women’s Day, and on that day, the Girls of Revolution Street movement has pledged to take to the streets of Iran in a non-violent protest. Using the hashtags #GirlsOfRevolutionStreet and #WhiteWednesdays on Twitter, they have asked for global support for what they are trying to do — gain the freedom to choose — and it really is as simple and universal as that… We owe these women our support and our outrage, we owe them to remember their names and the names of those who turn their backs on their struggle, and we owe ourselves to remember what International Women’s Day and feminism is all about.
How likely are women to win the battle of the headscarf? And what do these protests tell us about the state of Iranian politics? The veil has long been a proxy for politics in Iran.
IRANIAN REGIONAL AGGRESSION
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday that Tehran would not negotiate over its presence in the Middle East region with the United States and Europe.
CHINA & IRAN
China will build a train line connecting the Iranian port of Bushehr to the rest of the country's railway network under a $700 million deal signed on Wednesday.
SYRIA & IRAN
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Thursday pressed Russia and Iran to use their influence over Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad to ensure Damascus respects a U.N. resolution calling for a 30-day ceasfire.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani agreed in a phone call on Wednesday to speed up efforts for the implementation of a ceasefire in Syria’s eastern Ghouta region, a source in Erdogan’s office said.
GULF STATES, YEMEN, & IRAN
Saudi Arabia’s crown prince said Iran, Turkey and extremist groups represent a “triangle of evil,” and predicted the kingdom’s confrontation with Gulf Arab neighbor Qatar could last for years.
IRAQ & IRAN
Iran continues to face obstacles in silencing its armed opponents in Iraqi Kurdistan, where authorities recently offered Tehran assurances to prevent Iranian Kurdish militants from causing tension with Tehran.
IRANIAN INTERNAL DEVELOPMENTS
Two weeks before the Iranian New Year, which begins on March 21, lawmakers in Tehran are maneuvering to impeach three members of moderate President Hassan Rouhani’s administration. Intriguingly, Reformist parliamentarians appear to be spearheading the move.