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The federal government expects a strong increase in German exports to Iran if sanctions against Tehran are removed after an anticipated completion of nuclear negotiations at the end of June, Der Spiegel says.
The German Federal Ministry of Economics estimates that Iran needs $100 billion of investment each year, the weekly news magazine said.
“Iran must not only renew its infrastructure, it also needs modern cars, machinery and pharmaceuticals,” it said.
Before the tightening of sanctions four years ago, German exports to Iran amounted to four billion euros a year. The Federal Ministry of Economics estimates trade volume to grow significantly higher if sanctions are lifted, Spiegel said.
The paper touched on a visit by Iran’s Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh to Berlin on May 7 to promote investment attractions in his country.
“He had breakfast with representatives of VW Group and Linde, held talks with small and medium-sized enterprises and energy experts and reckoned with German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel what huge opportunities lie ahead in the construction of Iran's energy sector,” it said.
He reportedly told Spiegel that his country could open up markets in the region, including in Iraq, Turkmenistan, the Central Asia and Azerbaijan to foreign companies.
Several German delegations, including industry owners and investors, have visited Iran in recent weeks.
Germany has long been Iran’s key trade partner in Europe but relations have nosedived in recent days. In 2013, bilateral transactions plunged below $2 euros.
Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, of which Germany is a member, are working on a nuclear agreement under which sanctions on the Islamic Republic would be lifted.
According to the German Deutsche Welle radio website, citing members of the German chamber of commerce, trade volume between Iran and Germany could rise to 12 billion euros if sanctions are removed.
India owes Iran $8.8 billion which is blocked in a bank account under the US-led sanctions regime, Governor spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht has said.
The money has piled up as India has kept purchasing oil from Iran under a nuclear agreement which allows the Islamic Republic to sell around one million barrels per day of crude.
Much of Iran’s oil money is trapped in bank accounts abroad and Nobakht says their release is tied to the removal of economic sanctions.
Iran’s negotiators are currently engaged in rigorous talks with the West to get rid of the sanctions which the country deems “unjust” and “tyrannical”.
“The world arrogance and superpowers seek to humiliate and sanction Iran and divide the nation, but this plot will be neutralized with people’s vigilance,” IRNA quoted Nobakht as saying in the Iranian city of Shahr-e Kord.
On Thursday, media reported that the Indian ambassador to Tehran had gone to the Ministry of Petroleum to discuss possible repatriations of the Iranian money.
India is a major trade partner of Iran but New Delhi should struggle for getting favorable reviews from Tehran if the situation normalized.
Many Iranian analysts believe the Indians are playing both ends in trade with Iran.
Under US pressures, India backed off from a major gas pipeline project which aimed to transfer Iran’s gas to the country via Pakistan.
Earlier this month, New Delhi and Tehran signed an agreement for development of Iran’s Chabahar port which will give India sea-land access to international markets.
But few observers are euphoric. Most of India’s ventures in Iran have been characterized by long delays and foot-dragging.
Deputy Minister of Petroleum Abbas Sheri-Moqaddam says the Indians are now demanding gas for 2 cents per cubic meter from Iran.
New Delhi has reportedly proposed to build a petrochemical unit on the Iranian soil provided that Tehran gave it feedstock at preferential prices.
“We have told them that we have no gas at two cents,” said Sheri-Moqaddam, who is also CEO of Iran’s National Petrochemical Company.
US Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio is set to lash out at, Russia, China and Iran in the first major foreign policy address of his White House campaign.
The 43-year-old Florida senator is scheduled to speak on Wednesday at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
According to excerpts provided by his campaign, Rubio will unveil an uncompromising doctrine for wielding US military power across the world.
"To restore American strength, my first priority will be to adequately fund our military," Rubio will say.
"This would be a priority even in times of peace and stability, though the world today is neither."
Rubio is among the favorites to win the Republican nomination as recent polls have put him ahead of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Wisconsin's conservative Governor Scott Walker.
"As president, I will use American power to oppose any violations of international waters, airspace, cyberspace or outer space," he will say, according to the draft remarks.
"This includes the economic disruption caused when one country invades another, as well as the chaos caused by disruptions in chokepoints such as the South China Sea or the Strait of Hormuz.
"Russia, China, Iran or any other nation that attempts to block global commerce will know to expect a response from my administration."
Last month, the Cuban American politician, known as an ultimate opportunist within the party, called on Washington to bomb Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.
“We may have to decide at some point what is worse: a military strike against Iran or a nuclear-armed Iran,” he said on April 17.
Rubio said the world, particularly the Middle East, is in chaos because of President Barack Obama’s policies.
He warned of a coming terrorist attack on US soil and even raised the specter of Iranian missiles striking the United States.
In an interview with Press TV on April 11, American investigative journalist Wayne Madsen said Rubio is playing off Iran nuclear issue in order to please a large Jewish population in Florida.
Madsen said that “Rubio is obviously catering to a large Jewish population in his home state of Florida which is centered around the three most populous condominium communities.”
“He feels he can win the presidency of the United States with those Jewish votes, I suppose, along with his rightwing Cuban friends down in Miami Bay,” he observed.
“But I think people are going to see through Rubio. He is not ready for prime time. He never has been,” the veteran journalist noted.
The US Senate has overwhelmingly passed legislation which would make it possible for Congress to review and potentially reject a nuclear deal with Iran over its nuclear program.
The legislation approved on a 98-to-1 vote on Thursday will allow for a 30-day review of any final agreement with Iran.
During the reviewing period, President Barack Obama would be able to waive those Iran sanctions, which were imposed by the executive branch. However, the president would have to leave in place sanctions that Congress had previously drafted.
The measure would also force the Obama administration to certify, on a regular basis, that Iran is abiding by the terms of any nuclear deal.
According to the White House, President Obama would sign the legislation into law if it also passes the House, which is likely to approve it next week.
Shortly after the Senate passed the legislation, House Speaker John Boehner issued a statement supporting the bill.
"This important, bipartisan legislation will ensure that Congress has a role in reviewing any potential agreement regarding Iran's nuclear weapons program," Boehner said in a statement.
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said “we’re worked hard to create a great bipartisan balance. And we have an opportunity to do something that is a landmark piece of legislation.”
“No bill, no review. No bill, no oversight. The American people want [Congress] on their behalf to ensure that Iran is accountable,” Corker added.
Also, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the bill "offers the best chance for our constituents through the Congress they elect to weigh in on the White House negotiations with Iran."
The only Senator who voted against the bill was Republican Tom Cotton who is an ardent opponent of talks with Tehran. Cotton wrote a letter to Iran's leaders in March warning any nuclear deal would be unlikely to last beyond Obama's second term in office.
Iran and the P5+1 group of countries -- the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany -- reached a landmark framework agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program on April 2 in Switzerland.
The two sides are set to start drafting a final accord, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which is expected to come until the end of June.
- toppling Iran's government;
- replacing it pro-Western stooges subservient to US and Israeli interests;
- giving America another client state;
- eliminating Israel's main regional rival;
- controlling Iran's vast oil and gas resources;
- exploiting its people; and
- marginalizing and weakening Iran - defying it the right to self-defense.
"TEHRAN, IRAN—A billionaire businessman at the heart of a $2.6 billion state bank scam, the largest fraud case since the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, was executed Saturday, state television reported.
"Authorities put Mahafarid Amir Khosravi, also known as Amir Mansour Aria, to death at Evin prison, just north of the capital, Tehran, the station reported. The report said the execution came after Iran’s Supreme Court upheld his death sentence.
"Khosravi’s lawyer, Gholam Ali Riahi, was quoted by news website khabaronline.ir as saying that his client was put to death without any notice."
Oh how I have dreamed of such a fate for the Wall Street thieves we bailed out in 2008. Alas, here in America we have a much more advanced legal process. Our justice system is much more deliberate (meaning, if you have enough money you can bombard prosecutors in enough paperwork to delay trial for years). You are permitted competent and committed legal representation (if you have the monetary wherewithal, that is). You are granted certain inalienable rights (unless, of course, you are African-American or Latino). You have the right to appeal to a higher court if you are convicted in a lower court (but don't appeal to the Supreme Court, the most corrupt and vial high court in American history). So summary execution of a U.S. billionaire would never happen (no one with that much money in this country will ever be tried of anything, much less convicted).
I wonder how long Sheldon Adelson would last in Iran? One can dream, right?
Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News - “We (Israelis) have to look out for ourselves” Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon was quoted as saying at an event at Tel Aviv University. According to Haaretz, Ya’alon is not convinced that the Obama administration will stop Iran’s nuclear program. Israel would have to take military action against Iran in the future according to Ya’alon. He said that the Iranians were dominating the negotiations, getting what they want as a result. “The one who should lead the campaign against Iran is the US,” but instead, “the US at a certain stage began negotiating with them, and unfortunately in the Persian bazaar the Iranians were better.” The Times of Israel said Haaretz confirmed what Ya’alon said at the event:
Therefore, Ya’alon’s office confirmed his remarks about Iran, but refused to comment as to whether the defense minister was advocating an Israeli strike on Iran. Ya’alon was widely reported to have opposed an Israeli resort to force against Iran in the past, but the Haaretz report said his comments Sunday indicated that he had changed his stance, and was now inclined to support Israeli military intervention in Iran
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would welcome Ya’alon’s support for a military strike that would target Iran’s nuclear facilities. But Israel is at a crossroads, since their main ally, the United States is entangled in the Ukrainian crisis and an ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. The Obama administration is in preparation to restart a new effort to topple Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and at the same time attempting a coup d’état with its support of the opposition forces in Venezuela against President Nicolas Maduro. Ya’alon is now suggesting that a confrontation with Iran militarily is an option Israel needs to take although he was once reportedly opposed to it. He said that “Iran is fooling the world” about its nuclear program,” but said the West preferred to put off any confrontation — “to next year, or the next term; but it will blow up in the end.” He originally supported the sanctions imposed on Iran by the West but the new deal at least according to Ya’alon was an opportunity for Iran to advance their nuclear weapons capability. The new deal “is very comfortable for the Iranians,” he said, enabling them to establish themselves as a threshold state “and break out to the bomb when they choose to do so.” New talks have resumed in Vienna. Iran has limited its uranium enrichment after the six-month interim deal negotiated back on November when the West agreed to ease sanctions. The US mainstream media is on board with Ya’lon’s assessment as neoconservative and columnist Jennifer Rubin who writes for the Right Turn, a blog for the Washington Post seems to be on the same page as Ya’alon as she agrees that Washington’s negotiation strategy is not sufficient in dealing with Iranian nuclear program:
In addition, there is the problem of Iran’s ongoing behavior outside the conference room in Geneva. As is always the problem with such talks, the United States becomes so invested in the talks that it refrains from challenging the rogue state’s behavior in other venues. The administration remains essentially mute about Iran’s domestic executions and other human rights abuses. It refuses to enact additional sanctions based purely on Iran’s ongoing support for Hamas terrorists, which the Israelis recently helped illustrate by displaying intercepted Iranian weaponry. And when Iran even goes so far as to try to rustle nuclear weapons contraband, the administration marches forward. Nothing to see here, continue the talks. Only by pretending that the world outside the conference room is nonexistent could the administration believe that a meaningful deal is possible
Ya’alon did stress that the US was projecting “weakness” in every region worldwide. He said that “The moderate Sunni camp in the area expected the United States to support it, and to be firm, like Russia’s support for the Shi’ite axis,” Ya’alon said. “I heard voices of disappointment in the region. I was in Singapore and heard disappointment about China getting stronger and the U.S. getting weaker. Look what’s happening in Ukraine, where the United States is demonstrating weakness, unfortunately” according to the Haaretz report. I suppose Ya’alon supports the Fascists powers who violently overthrew the democratically elected government of Viktor Yanukovych which now has reportedly targeted the Jewish population in the Ukraine. Ya’alon was quoted as saying “If your image is feebleness, it doesn’t pay in the world. Nobody will replace the United States as global policeman” he said “I hope the United States comes to its senses. If it doesn’t, it will challenge the world order, and the United States is the one that will suffer.” The US and its allies are challenged worldwide. Iran is their target, so is Russia and China among several others nations who are resisting the ‘World Order.’ Israel is capable of taking military action against Iran if the US does not. Then again, once Israel does strike Iran, the US would be dragged into another conflict in the Middle East. So who is Ya’alon fooling? The world knows that the US and its Western partners would back Israel no matter what happens. The Israeli government would “look out for themselves” if they decide to attack Iran, but the question is who would look out for Israel once the war begins?
From The Clarion Project:
Iran Hangs Well-Loved Human Rights Activist, Poet
Shabaani wrote, “I have tried to defend the legitimate right(s) that every people in this world should have ... full civil rights.”
February 17, 2014
Iran has executed human rights activist Hashem Shaabani, a 32- year-old Arab-Iranian, for “waging war on God.”
Other charges included sowing corruption on earth, propaganda against the Islamic Republic and acting against national security, according to a 2012 sentence handed down by the Ahvaz Islamic Revolutionary Court.
A well-known and loved poet in Iran, Shabaani was originally arrested in 2011 and “confessed” the crime of terrorism on Iranian state-controlled Press TV after being subjected to months of torture and interrogation.
However, in a letter that was published by Ahwaz News Agency in 2013, Shaabani said he had “never participated in any armed activity, whatever the motives.”
He said, “I started my journey wielding my pen against the tyranny that is trying to enslave and imprison minds and thoughts …”