US International Trade Statistics on Iran Trade Misleading

by Siamak Namazi The United States Treasury has issued a new explanation for the shortage of medical drugs and equipment in Iran. They claim the Iranian government is intentionally trying to exploit the problem for political purposes. A senior US… Continue Reading  

On the Assassination of an Iranian in Syria

by Farideh Farhi Much about various Iranian and non-Iranian narratives and reporting on the assassination of General Hassan Shateri (aka Khoshnevis) is unclear or contradictory. Let’s just say that reports cannot even agree on the date he died on. So… Continue Reading  

WaPo on Iran in Syria: The Lens Reflects a Mirror

by Farideh Farhi This Washington Post article about Iran and Hezbollah building networks in Syria in the event of Bashar al-Assad’s fall is certainly eye-catching. It’s also suggestive of Iranian shrewdness in trying to make the best out of every… Continue Reading  

Who is Responsible for Medicine Shortages in Iran?

In an interview with BBC Persian, Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen says that his department’s assessment is that reports published regarding serious and extensive shortages of medicine in Iran are exaggerated. He thinks the government of… Continue Reading  

OFAC’s Iraq SDN List Lingers on…

By Erich Ferrari via Sanctions Law Last Thursday, the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) announced the removal of two parties designated under the Iraq Stabilization and Insurgency Sanctions program (“Iraq Sanctions”). These sanctions were put into law by… Continue Reading