Terrorist network – Capperi http://capperi.net/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 11:53:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://capperi.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-01T215521.666-150x150.png Terrorist network – Capperi http://capperi.net/ 32 32 Turkey to seek extradition of 33 ‘terrorists’ from Finland and Sweden | News | DW https://capperi.net/turkey-to-seek-extradition-of-33-terrorists-from-finland-and-sweden-news-dw/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 11:53:57 +0000 https://capperi.net/turkey-to-seek-extradition-of-33-terrorists-from-finland-and-sweden-news-dw/ Turkey said on Wednesday it would seek to extradite 33 suspected “terrorists” from Sweden and Finland after reaching an agreement with the two Nordic countries on their candidacy for NATO membership. Ankara had opposed the offers, accusing Helsinki and Stockholm of backing Kurdish activists and other individuals it considers suspected terrorists. But he agreed to […]]]>

Turkey said on Wednesday it would seek to extradite 33 suspected “terrorists” from Sweden and Finland after reaching an agreement with the two Nordic countries on their candidacy for NATO membership.

Ankara had opposed the offers, accusing Helsinki and Stockholm of backing Kurdish activists and other individuals it considers suspected terrorists. But he agreed to withdraw his opposition in exchange for written security guarantees.

In a tripartite memorandum signed on Tuesday, Sweden and Finland pledged not to support the militant Kurdish Workers’ Party, or PKK, and its Syrian branch, the YPG, or the network of American cleric Fethullah Gulen. Turkey blames Gulen for a failed coup in 2016.

The two countries also agreed to “deal with Turkey’s pending deportation or extradition requests”.

Ankara wasted no time in following through on the deal.

“We will request the extradition of terrorists from the countries concerned under the new agreement,” Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag was quoted as saying by NTV television.

Bozdag said Turkey was seeking to extradite 12 suspects from Finland and 21 from Sweden. Ankara alleges that they are either suspected members of the PKK or the Gülen movement.

The outlawed PKK, which has been waging an insurgency in Turkey for nearly four decades, is also considered a terrorist organization by the EU and the United States.

Tuesday’s agreement said the three parties would form a joint mechanism to enhance cooperation against terrorism.

As part of the deal, Sweden and Finland also agreed to lift an arms embargo imposed on Turkey’s military actions in Syria in 2019 and to take ”concrete steps on the extradition of terrorist criminals. However, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto noted that the memorandum did not list the people to be extradited.

Erdogan’s office called the deal a triumph, saying Ankara had “got what it wanted”.

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Summit of US and EU officials on Finland’s and Sweden’s NATO membership progress :: WRAL.com https://capperi.net/summit-of-us-and-eu-officials-on-finlands-and-swedens-nato-membership-progress-wral-com/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 11:42:48 +0000 https://capperi.net/summit-of-us-and-eu-officials-on-finlands-and-swedens-nato-membership-progress-wral-com/ By Kylie Atwood, CNN CNN – EU and US officials do not expect Turkey’s concerns over Finland and Sweden’s NATO membership to be assuaged ahead of the alliance’s summit this week, officials said Americans and Europeans on CNN. Still, some officials believe Turkey may be eyeing the summit as a venue to finally strike deals […]]]>

– EU and US officials do not expect Turkey’s concerns over Finland and Sweden’s NATO membership to be assuaged ahead of the alliance’s summit this week, officials said Americans and Europeans on CNN.

Still, some officials believe Turkey may be eyeing the summit as a venue to finally strike deals that could move the process forward.

“My best projection based on what I’ve seen is that they’re going to put that on the wire in Madrid. They also always prefer if they’re going to make concessions to do it at leader level, they think that improves that status,” a European official said of the matter. “It is Turkey’s standard operating procedure not to make concessions until the last possible moment. And that last possible moment is usually defined as a bilateral agreement with the US president, followed by a meeting of the leaders.”

But Turkish officials have said they see no “limited timeline” for the talks, and some Americans and Europeans are less convinced Turkey is ready to strike a deal in Spain.

White House officials have been wary about whether US President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will meet in Spain. But a person familiar with the matter said they expected the men to speak at some point about the membership process, although it was not turned into a formal bilateral meeting.

US officials have been cautious about inserting Biden directly into talks, aware that such close US involvement could up the ante and escalate Erdoğan’s demand – including the extradition request. likely of a US-based cleric whom Erdoğan accuses of orchestrating a 2015 coup attempt.

Yet US officials are still confident that the applications from Finland and Sweden will eventually be accepted.

Erdoğan accused the two countries of harboring members of the separatist militant Kurdistan Workers’ Party, also known as the PKK, which Turkey considers a terrorist organization. Turkey also wants countries to get rid of the embargo on arms sales to Turkey that was put in place after Turkey’s military intervention in northern Syria in 2019.

As talks drag on for more than a month, US and EU officials are growing frustrated with how Turkey has hammered out what they initially hoped would be a quick entry into the defensive alliance for both. country. Some officials now fear that Turkey wants more in terms of concessions than it publicly declares.

“There are concerns about the delay and what else Turkey might do as it recognizes the influence it currently has,” said a second EU official.

A lack of progress on the two countries’ late joining would put a damper on the high-level gathering where leaders seek ways to bolster the defensive military alliance. Over the past few weeks, officials had said they wanted to have the challenge in the rear-view mirror when it came time to meet in Spain.

At one point, officials said privately that they hoped the Madrid summit would serve as a welcoming party for the two new members of the alliance. This would have sent a clear message to Russia about NATO’s growing capabilities.

“My intention is to have this in place before the NATO summit,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said of Finland’s and Sweden’s NATO accession process. as he stood alongside Secretary of State Antony Blinken earlier this month. “At the same time, I know that to move forward, we need 30 allies to get along.”

Last week, Turkey met with officials from both countries and NATO, but there was no breakthrough after the meeting.

And meanwhile, with the ongoing war in Ukraine, Turkey has also been involved in direct talks with Russia – which ardently opposes NATO expansion – over the need to get the Ukrainian grain out. from the country.

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Talks to revive Iran nuclear deal set to restart within days https://capperi.net/talks-to-revive-iran-nuclear-deal-set-to-restart-within-days/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 12:54:45 +0000 https://capperi.net/talks-to-revive-iran-nuclear-deal-set-to-restart-within-days/ Breadcrumb Links PMN Company Iran’s talks aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal with the United States will resume in the “coming days”, European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell Fontelles has said. Author of the article: Bloomberg News Arsalan Shahla Content of the article (Bloomberg) – Iran’s talks aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear […]]]>

Iran’s talks aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal with the United States will resume in the “coming days”, European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell Fontelles has said.

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(Bloomberg) – Iran’s talks aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal with the United States will resume in the “coming days”, European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell Fontelles has said.

“We will resume talks on the JCPOA in the coming days, and the coming days mean the coming days. I mean, quickly, immediately,” Borrell said during a televised press conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian in Tehran. The talks in Vienna are facilitated by the EU, with indirect participation from the United States.

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Negotiations were abruptly suspended in March after a year of erratic efforts to salvage the deal. The 2015 pact imposed restrictions on Iran’s atomic activities in exchange for easing some economic sanctions. President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the deal in 2018, and reviving the deal could see a flood of Iranian oil return to world markets and provide some relief from soaring prices. crude.

Negotiations “need to be completed, three months have passed,” Borrell said.

One of the main sticking points has been Iran’s demand that the United States drop the designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization.

Iranian Amirabdollahian reiterated his call for the Biden administration to take a “realistic and fair” approach to help reach a deal.

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World powers are eager to seal a return to the deal because, unconstrained, Iranian engineers have elevated the country’s ability to rapidly enrich uranium to levels close to what would be needed for a nuclear weapon. The country has always maintained that its atomic program was peaceful, but the 2015 deal was struck amid suspicions over that claim.

The withdrawal of the United States from the Iran agreement has increased tensions between the countries. More radical leaders have since seized power in Tehran and there have been a series of ship and drone attacks in the Persian Gulf that have rattled energy markets and at times pushed the two countries to the brink of a military conflict.

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Islamic State kills nine pro-regime fighters in eastern Syria: War monitor https://capperi.net/islamic-state-kills-nine-pro-regime-fighters-in-eastern-syria-war-monitor/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 17:04:00 +0000 https://capperi.net/islamic-state-kills-nine-pro-regime-fighters-in-eastern-syria-war-monitor/ The ISIS terror group killed nine pro-regime fighters in a single day in eastern Syria, a war monitor said on Thursday, the latest in a series of attacks in the region. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring organization with an extensive network of sources on the ground, the nine people […]]]>

The ISIS terror group killed nine pro-regime fighters in a single day in eastern Syria, a war monitor said on Thursday, the latest in a series of attacks in the region.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring organization with an extensive network of sources on the ground, the nine people were among 30 Syrian soldiers and allied fighters killed in the attacks. Islamic State this week alone.

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“Fierce clashes” since Wednesday between regime forces and Islamic State in a remote area of ​​eastern Raqa province also killed seven extremists, the Observatory said.

The fighting followed an ambush, claimed by Islamic State, of a bus carrying regular army fighters and allied militias on the desert road linking the cities of Raqa and Homs.

Monday’s attack, one of the deadliest of its kind this year, killed at least 15 people according to the Observatory.

The monitor also said that on Wednesday, four more soldiers were killed in an ISIS ambush near the Dumayr military airport, east of the capital Damascus, and two more were killed earlier. this week in the Raqa region.

The once sprawling self-proclaimed “caliphate” of Islamic State straddling Iraq and Syria was defeated in March 2019 by US-backed local forces. He has not held any permanent positions since then.

But it continued to carry out guerrilla-style attacks against the regime and Kurdish-led forces in eastern Syria, as well as government and allied troops in Iraq.

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Israel has stepped up its covert campaign on Iranian soil, officials say https://capperi.net/israel-has-stepped-up-its-covert-campaign-on-iranian-soil-officials-say/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 16:11:00 +0000 https://capperi.net/israel-has-stepped-up-its-covert-campaign-on-iranian-soil-officials-say/ Israel has stepped up a program of offensive covert action against Iranian targets over the past year, officials familiar with the matter confirmed to the Wall Street Journal on Monday. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in May announced a change in anti-Iran policy, dubbed the Octopus Doctrine, emphasizing operations that penetrate Iranian soil instead of […]]]>

Israel has stepped up a program of offensive covert action against Iranian targets over the past year, officials familiar with the matter confirmed to the Wall Street Journal on Monday.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in May announced a change in anti-Iran policy, dubbed the Octopus Doctrine, emphasizing operations that penetrate Iranian soil instead of targeting Iran’s operatives in third countries. , according to the WSJ. The clandestine initiative aims to prevent Iran from developing a viable nuclear weapon, officials told the WSJ. (RELATED: Biden admin issues new sanctions on Iran as nuclear deal prospects crumble)

“The gloves are off,” a person familiar with the matter told the WSJ. “It is recognized that while Iran has mastered the fuel cycle, it has not mastered warhead development.”

In line with the new strategy, Israel launched drone strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities and targeted an Iranian drone base, officials told the WSJ. Iran also accused Israel in May of assassinating a top Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps commander who oversaw the kidnappings and killings of Israeli targets around the world, the WSJ reported.

“We are no longer playing with the tentacles, with the proxies of Iran: we have created a new equation by aiming for the head,” Bennett said during a briefing before a parliamentary committee in June, according to the WSJ. “Last year, the State of Israel took action against the head of the terrorist octopus and not just against weapons as has been done in previous decades.”

Iranian officials have promised to mount a counterattack. “When the Zionist regime carries out an operation, it is aware that it would get answers repeatedly,” former Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Mohammad Ali Jafari told the official Tasnim news agency.

Israel claims that an Iranian terrorist network is trying to kidnap Israeli citizens in Turkey. A national security body raised the risk advisory for Israelis traveling to Turkey to its highest level on June 13 amid an immediate warning of active kidnapping operations, according to The Times of Israel.

Iran claimed to have captured three operatives working with Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, on Tuesday, Tasnim News reported. State-sponsored hacking groups have also targeted former high-level Israeli officials to gain access to their inboxes for unknown purposes.

Analysts question whether Israel’s strategy can achieve its alleged goal, according to the WSJ. Iran now has enough enriched uranium to create a nuclear explosive according to a May 30 UN report, but the level of enrichment is falling below that considered ideal for producing a viable atomic weapon.

Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office, Mossad and Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation. The Ministry of Defense directed the DCNF to the Prime Minister.

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Lawmakers say new Iran nuclear deal unlikely https://capperi.net/lawmakers-say-new-iran-nuclear-deal-unlikely/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 21:53:00 +0000 https://capperi.net/lawmakers-say-new-iran-nuclear-deal-unlikely/ Senators from both parties briefed recently by senior Biden administration officials on negotiations with Iran say they doubt Tehran will accept a new deal to limit its development of nuclear weapons. Lawmakers say the administration has a deal on the table, but Iran shows little willingness to reinstate the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), […]]]>

Senators from both parties briefed recently by senior Biden administration officials on negotiations with Iran say they doubt Tehran will accept a new deal to limit its development of nuclear weapons.

Lawmakers say the administration has a deal on the table, but Iran shows little willingness to reinstate the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which imposed sweeping restrictions on its nuclear program in exchange for easing of sanctions.

Former President Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from the 2015 accord, which was one of former President Obama’s greatest foreign policy achievements.

Biden officials said in January they were close to reinstating the deal, but warned at the time that it would be up to Tehran to accept it.

Four months later, Iran has still not shown serious interest in accepting the offer from the United States and its European allies, meaning that one of President Biden’s top foreign policy priorities remains in limbo.

“I’m not optimistic there will be such a deal. The administration feels that strategically it makes sense to keep the offer on the table, but I don’t see the way forward. That’s my own point. view,” Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (DN.J.) told The Hill.

Menendez said agreeing to a new deal is a proposal that divides Iran’s political establishment, making it difficult to revive the deal.

“I think there is a conflict inside Iran, so there is no clear path,” he said.

Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said, “You just don’t know what Iranians think.

“I guess at this point it’s not clear whether the Iranians want a deal or not. There are disagreements within Iran itself,” he said. United have made a proposal.The ball is really in the court of the Iranians.

A senior Republican senator on the foreign relations panel who attended the administration’s briefing on the talks on Wednesday said the prospects for a deal were “not encouraging.”

And Sen. James Risch (Idaho), the Republican’s top foreign relations official, said he didn’t know what was going on in the talks when they started, but has now been updated.

“I know where the negotiations are and they should have been over. They promised us it would end in February if there was no deal,” he said, referring to what some senators believed was an assurance from administration officials not to let the talks drag on without Iran joining.

Several senators said there were signs that Iran was unwilling to cooperate with Western allies by allowing surveillance of its nuclear program.

Earlier this month, Iran turned off two surveillance cameras used by the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency to monitor one of its nuclear facilities.

The United States, Britain, Germany and France submitted a draft resolution to the UN earlier this month criticizing Iran for failing to explain why traces of uranium were found on undeclared nuclear sites.

A senator who requested anonymity to discuss the talks said Iran was making an “unreasonable request” of the administration asking it to drop the designation of its Islamic Revolutionary Guards as a foreign terrorist organization under the of any new nuclear agreement.

“The chances of them getting a deal without giving up on this are slim,” the lawmaker said of Iran’s request.

The Biden administration has so far denied the request.

The senator also cited the shutdown of UN surveillance cameras as troublesome.

“The administration has publicly stated that it is still willing to negotiate a JCPOA 2.0, but the steps taken by the Iranian regime are making it more difficult every day,” the lawmaker said. “I don’t think a deal is imminent.”

Some foreign policy experts believe Iran is less keen on seeking sanctions relief than it was under the Obama administration because it receives substantial revenue from oil exports.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said last month that his country’s oil exports had doubled since August.

Iran’s central bank announced in February that it had made $18.6 billion in oil sales in the first half of the Persian year, even before the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the embargo on Russian oil exports will drive up prices.

Danielle Pletka, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute specializing in foreign policy and defense policy, said “the problem is that the ball is in Iran’s court.”

She said the administration had “given up a ton” of concessions to get Iran to agree to a new plan, but so far without success.

“The Iranians have shown no signs of changing,” she said. “They are exporting large amounts of oil right now.”

“Also, they do illicit business with the Russians, and it makes money for them,” she added. “From their point of view, the geopolitical circumstances are going to be advantageous for Iran and for their whole notion of a resistance economy. They will be part of this network with China and Russia which will be able to do business together.

The United States announced last month that it would impose sanctions on an oil smuggling ring backed by senior Russian government officials and those of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Al-Quds Force.

The senators sent a strong signal to the administration regarding its talks with Iran in early May when a bipartisan majority voted for a motion sponsored by Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) barring the president from lifting the designation of Foreign Terrorist Organization of the Revolutionary Guards.

Lankford said the motion was intended to send a message from the Senate that “we do not want the United States to enter into a nuclear deal with Iran that ignores their past behavior and current intentions.”

Sixteen Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (NY), joined Republicans in voting for the measure.

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What’s behind Iraqi FM’s anti-Iranian remarks? https://capperi.net/whats-behind-iraqi-fms-anti-iranian-remarks/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 04:04:00 +0000 https://capperi.net/whats-behind-iraqi-fms-anti-iranian-remarks/ When Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein sat down in front of Egypt’s Al-Ghad TV to answer the network’s widely biased interviewer’s questions, he may have forgotten that he is Iraq’s foreign minister. a country with the highest political and cultural relations and a strategic alliance with the regional coalition of the Resistance Axis… 1AhlulBayt News […]]]>

When Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein sat down in front of Egypt’s Al-Ghad TV to answer the network’s widely biased interviewer’s questions, he may have forgotten that he is Iraq’s foreign minister. a country with the highest political and cultural relations and a strategic alliance with the regional coalition of the Resistance Axis…

1AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): When Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein sat down in front of Egypt’s Al-Ghad TV to answer the network’s widely biased interviewer’s questions, he may have forgotten that he is Iraq’s foreign minister. a country with the highest political and cultural relations and a strategic alliance with the regional coalition of the Resistance Axis and that it should represent the majority of society and that the coalition government should not be the bearer voice of specific political factions.

His statements in the interview, in which he spoke vaguely and generally about what he called Iranian interference in Iraqi affairs, did not represent either the close ties of the two neighboring countries or the reality of the diplomatic behavior of Tehran in favor of advancing good neighborly relations with Baghdad.

Record of biased positions of Hussein

The intriguing point is that this is not the first time that Hussein has taken anti-Iranian stances, which shows the dominance of his partisanship over claims about Iranian intervention in Iraqi affairs. His divisive positions are a long story over the past two decades and are never limited to his recent remarks.

In an interview with Saudi news channel Al Arabiya, which appealed to the Saudis, Hussein said Baghdad would never accept interference from neighbors.

“We make it clear that we are talking with neighboring states but we do not approve of their interference in our affairs. Our relationship with Iran is a relationship of neighbors, but Iraqi decisions should be made in Baghdad and not in another capital. “, did he declare. Al-Arabiya.

Moreover, during his tenure at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he adopted anti-Resistance Axis postures in regional affairs, running counter to the views of a majority of Iraqi society and political parties. The Resistance Axis is an Iranian-led regional bloc comprising Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen and Palestine formed in opposition to Western colonialism in the region.

For example, on September 17, 2021, during a meeting of foreign ministers of the Gulf (Persian) Cooperation Council, Hussein condemned Yemen’s self-defense measures and legitimate retaliatory operations against oil installations and Saudi military bases to force Riyadh to cease its criminal attacks. on civilians. This decision was met with protests from Iraqi political factions.

Further, commenting on a missile attack by Iran’s IRGC on a Mossad base in Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, in mid-March, Hussein said: “Iran has not provided any clear evidence and tangible evidence of the Israeli presence in northern Iraq, and no instance of the Israeli presence in Erbil being sent to Baghdad prior to the missile strike.”

Tehran has repeatedly warned the Iraqi government of security threats posed by the activities of Mossad and separatist groups on Iraqi soil, and called for an immediate resolution of security issues, but the Iraqi government has not taken appropriate steps to address Iran’s concerns.

The double standard of Iraqi FM

As Finance Minister under Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, as a Kurdish politician, Hussein was appointed Foreign Minister under Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi. Despite the differences with al-Kadhimi, he obtained the post of foreign minister because he had serious support from Masoud Barzani.

Therefore, his performance as Foreign Minister represented the politics of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the person of Massoud Barzani, rather than expressing the views of the Iraqi coalition government, in which Iranian allies play a separate role.

His anti-Iranian comments, which conflict with bilateral interests, come as post-Saddam Iraqi governments have never denied Iran’s services to Iraq’s stability, territorial integrity and problem-solving .

Iraqi leaders have repeatedly emphasized the fact that Iran was the first country to rush unconditionally to the aid of Iraq in combating the terrorist organization ISIS, while other countries, including Hussein closed their eyes in the turmoil in Iraq, were just watching Iraq sink into the swamp of foreign-backed terrorism. Meanwhile, Iran, without any request, sent its greatest military figure and national hero, General Qassem Soleimani, to the heart of the crisis to help put an end to the grand plot hatched by the foreign state. Islam alongside the Iraqi people.

Moreover, despite desperately needing cash for its gas and electricity exports amid biting US sanctions, Iran has not cut power to Iraq so as not to add to the suffering of the Iraqi people. during the hot season when the Baghdad government refused to pay its debts due to US sanctions.

One has to ask Hussein what services the foreign countries he supports have provided to Iraq, except for plundering Iraqi oil and gas and deploying international terrorism to shed Iraqi blood. Naturally, if Hussein takes a balanced position on Iraq’s relations with other countries, he should talk about the ongoing American occupation, the interventionist actions of the British ambassador in Iraq, his party’s secret relations with the Israeli regime and Saudi and Emirati interference in October elections and public protests in recent years.

Iran, certainly, differentiates between Hussein and the Iraqi people and would continue to move towards truly brotherly cooperation with Iraq.

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US targets Chinese and Indian brokers in new Iran sanctions https://capperi.net/us-targets-chinese-and-indian-brokers-in-new-iran-sanctions/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 15:52:00 +0000 https://capperi.net/us-targets-chinese-and-indian-brokers-in-new-iran-sanctions/ The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on Iranian petrochemical producers as well as Chinese and Indian brokers, increasing pressure amid a stalemate in talks on restoring a nuclear deal. President Joe Biden’s administration has said it remains committed to diplomacy with Iran to restore a 2015 agreement to curb its nuclear program. For the […]]]>

The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on Iranian petrochemical producers as well as Chinese and Indian brokers, increasing pressure amid a stalemate in talks on restoring a nuclear deal.

President Joe Biden’s administration has said it remains committed to diplomacy with Iran to restore a 2015 agreement to curb its nuclear program.

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“In the absence of an agreement, we will continue to use our sanctions authorities to limit exports of oil, petroleum products and petrochemicals from Iran,” said Brian Nelson, a senior Treasury Department official.

The Treasury Department said it was imposing sanctions on a network of Iranian petrochemical companies, including suspected front companies in China and the United Arab Emirates for Iran’s state-owned company and Hong Kong-based Triliance. already under US sanctions for its relations with Iran. .

It has also taken action against China-based broker Jeff Gao and Indian national Mohammad Shaheed Ruknooddin Bhore for allegedly handling Triliance’s affairs.

The United States has sought to prevent any nation from buying Iranian oil since 2018 after the United States withdrew from a brokered deal, in which Iran drastically cut its nuclear program in exchange for promises to easing of penalties.

China remained the top buyer of Iranian oil while India reluctantly ended imports under pressure from the United States.

Biden has sought to restore the nuclear deal, saying the US would ease sanctions if Iran returns to compliance, but his chief negotiator recently said diplomacy is more likely than not. to fail at.

Iran has insisted that the United States withdraw the designation of its powerful Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization, a move Biden rejected as peripheral to nuclear deal talks.

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SFSU professors file grievances over handling of Palestinian activist talks – J. https://capperi.net/sfsu-professors-file-grievances-over-handling-of-palestinian-activist-talks-j/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 23:55:06 +0000 https://capperi.net/sfsu-professors-file-grievances-over-handling-of-palestinian-activist-talks-j/ Two faculty members at San Francisco State University, who are outspoken about the Palestinian cause and strongly critical of Israel, filed grievances through their union, alleging mistreatment and censorship by the SFSU. The grievances, filed last year, are still pending. Filed by lecturers Rabab Abdulhadi and Tomomi Kinukawa, the complaints allege that the university – […]]]>

Two faculty members at San Francisco State University, who are outspoken about the Palestinian cause and strongly critical of Israel, filed grievances through their union, alleging mistreatment and censorship by the SFSU.

The grievances, filed last year, are still pending.

Filed by lecturers Rabab Abdulhadi and Tomomi Kinukawa, the complaints allege that the university – a bastion of radical leftist thought and activism since the 1960s – has not done enough to protect their academic freedom when it attempted to hold controversial public talks in 2020 and 2021. The talks were to feature Leila Khaled, a Palestinian activist who participated in two plane hijackings on behalf of the Palestinian cause in 1969 and 1970.

Zoom, YouTube, Facebook and other tech companies ultimately declined to broadcast the events (YouTube deleted its feed after about 20 minutes). But the grievance alleges the university, and in particular SFSU President Lynn Mahoney, did not do enough to ensure she continued regardless.

A faculty committee determined on October 5 last year that Abdulhadi and Kinukawa had in fact been “aggrieved” by the university, according to a report. However, earlier this year, the SFSU rejected that committee’s findings, according to the pro-Palestinian website Mondoweiss, so the complaints are now being adjudicated by a neutral third-party arbitrator.

Billed as “open classroom” events for SFSU students, the talks highlighted acts of female “resistance” and criticized efforts to stifle pro-Palestinian speech, according to online advertisements. They featured other radical revolutionaries, like Laura Whitehorn, a Jewess who spent 14 years in prison for her involvement in the bombing of the United States Capitol Building in the 1980s.

Jewish and pro-Israel groups strongly condemned the digital events due to Khaled’s inclusion. A San Francisco-based JCRC spokesperson called it “inadmissible,” and Rachel Nilson Ralston, executive director of SF Hillel, said SFSU should “make it clear that Khaled’s actions do not represent the values ​​of university” and called on SF State to take action to “ensure the safety and inclusion of all students [on campus]including Jews and Zionists.

Khaled is a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a communist group formed by pan-Arabist George Habash in the 1960s that vehemently rejects a two-state solution and supports violent means of opposing Israel.

In 1972, militants recruited by the PFLP staged a terrorist attack known as the Lod Airport Massacre at what is now Ben Gurion International Airport. Japanese Red Army militants attacked civilians with machine guns and hand grenades, killing 26 people, including 17 Christians from Puerto Rico, eight Israelis and one Canadian citizen, and wounding 80. The PFLP is considered a terrorist organization by the State Department.

Cesar Chavez Student Center at San Francisco State University. (Photo/Wikimedia-Briantrejo CC BY-SA 3.0)

Legal activists from the Pro-Israel University Engagement Network and the Lawfare Project warned the university that the events they believe violated state and federal laws, including an injunction against providing “material support to terrorists.”

The grievances allege the university sided with pro-Israel activist groups, specifically accusing Mahoney of failing to provide adequate legal and technological support to Abdulhadi and Kinukawa so the talks could proceed.

“The University is bound by contract, law, and AAUP policy to protect academic freedom rather than outsource responsibility to private companies,” a Mondoweiss op-ed summarizing the grievances, signed by the “International campaign to defend Professor Rabab Abdulhadi”, read. “Furthermore, universities must maintain structural independence from the whims and demands of partisan lobbying organizations, including Zionist groups like the Academic Engagement Network (AEN), Hillel, and the Lawfare Project.”

The SFSU president, who has championed academic freedom of speech in public statements, said she disagreed with Zoom’s decision to censor the talks.

“I strongly disagree with censorship in any form,” Mahoney wrote in a press release titled “Our Commitment to Academic Freedom” on May 25, 2022, which addressed grievances and coincided with the end of the academic year. ‘school year. She wrote that Zoom and other platforms “refused to host the class due to concerns about violating federal law.”

Mahoney said she encourages faculty “who don’t want to use Zoom to work with Academic Technology to learn about the range of tools available to enhance online learning.”

A spokesperson for SFSU did not respond to follow-up questions.

In 2020, Mahoney responded to the controversy in a J. op-ed, condemning “the glorification of terrorism and the use of violence against unarmed civilians” while upholding the principles of academic freedom and “the ability of faculty to conduct their teaching and scholarship without censorship.”

The California Faculty Association, the union with which the grievances were filed, did not respond to requests for comment.

Grievances are statutory rather than contractual, which means they do not name a specific item in the union’s collective agreement, allowing more flexibility for aggrieved parties. The Sacramento-based CFA is a 29,000-member union.

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MKO Terrorists Attack Exhibition in Stockholm for Second Day https://capperi.net/mko-terrorists-attack-exhibition-in-stockholm-for-second-day/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 09:14:00 +0000 https://capperi.net/mko-terrorists-attack-exhibition-in-stockholm-for-second-day/ Bianca RahimiPressTV, Stockholm Members of the terrorist group Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization, also known as MKO, gathered in the Swedish capital for the second day in a row to sabotage an exhibition on the group’s crimes. Swedish police struggled to control the situation with one MKO member spilling out, running down the road away from the designated […]]]>

Bianca Rahimi
PressTV, Stockholm

Members of the terrorist group Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization, also known as MKO, gathered in the Swedish capital for the second day in a row to sabotage an exhibition on the group’s crimes.

Swedish police struggled to control the situation with one MKO member spilling out, running down the road away from the designated location for the protest and harassing the journalist and the Presstv film crew.

On Thursday, several MKO members were arrested for attacking the exhibition and throwing objects, including paint, at the exhibition and public property.

The organizer of the exhibition, the NGO Habilian, said the police tried to sabotage the event by refusing to allow the display of banners and denying journalists adequate security despite having the necessary permits. .

The MKO has carried out numerous assassinations and bombings against Iranian statesmen and civilians since the 1979 victory of the Iranian Islamic Revolution. Its members fled Iran in 1986 to Iraq, where they enjoyed the support of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

MKO terrorists enjoy freedom of activity in the United States and Europe and even hold regular meetings, during which European and American officials give speeches.

The organizers of this event say that MKO members protested for 90 days in the Swedish capital and received government security. Press TV says that the Swedish government should be held responsible for providing support to MKO terrorists while being unable to maintain the safety of the international network crew.

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