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Iran's Agreements With Syria Underscore Commitment to Harming Western Interests

As Reuters reported on Tuesday, representatives of Syria’s Assad regime and the Islamic Republic of Iran entered into new banking transfer agreements following a meeting in Damascus. The move is being viewed as an opportunity for the two countries to expand upon their increasingly close alliance and to bolster trade while potentially circumventing US sanctions that have increased in strength since President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal last May.

Iranians Rush to Grand Bazaar Over Fears for Further Economic Turmoil

By Mahmoud Hakamian

Poverty in Iran is becoming more and more common as the economy continues to struggle. Since U.S. President Donald Trump took office, he has vowed to deal with the Iranian regime in the toughest possible way. And he has been true to his word.

After pulling out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Trump announced that the crippling economic sanctions that were lifted when the nuclear deal was agreed would be re-imposed. Since this announcement, the economy of Iran has been heading in a downwards spiral. The value of the national currency – the rial – has plummeted.

Despite Regime Narratives, the Islamic Republic Is Unlikely to Be Viewed as a Victim

On Tuesday, the commander of Iran’s Basij civilian paramilitary boosted the regime’s rhetoric in matters of foreign policy when he declared that the country was facing supposedly coordinated “full-scale war” from its leading adversaries, the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. His remarks before a gathering in Tehran come at a time when Iranian officials are working to present a recent terrorist attack on an Iranian military parade as being connected to those foreign powers, although they have not presented any evidence to support the claim.

Emphasis Differs Among Groups Lobbying for Action on Iran at UN General Assembly

On Wednesday, the United States will be chairing a meeting of the United Nations Security Council which will be focused on non-proliferation, and in which much of the discussion is expected to emphasize the threat posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Indeed, US President Donald Trump previously announced that Iran’s malign behavior would dominate the agenda, before scaling back on this provocative move, presumably under pressure from critics.

By Mahmoud Hakamian

Hunger strikes are a common occurrence in the Iranian prisons, where conditions are notoriously harsh and political prisoners in particular are prone to chronic mistreatment and extrajudicial punishment by prison guards and judicial authorities.

War of Words Emerges over UN Security Council Meeting, but Outcome is Unclear

By Edward Carney

This week, the White House announced that it would be leading a meeting of the United Nations Security Council later in September with the purpose of drawing attention to Iran’s malign activities and encouraging a multilateral response to them. The UN Dispatch explained on Thursday that the meeting would coincide with the United Nations General Assembly in New York, as a result of a “quirk of scheduling” that puts the US in charge of the rotating presidency of the Security Council and thus empowers it to set the body’s agenda at the same time that world leaders will be on-hand for annual gathering of its parent organization.

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