With Ebrahim Raisi as its President Iran Regime’s threats increase

Ebrahim Raisi, the Iranian regime’s new president was inaugurated last Thursday. The following day, as one of his first official actions in office, Raisi held meetings with representatives of several of the regime’s militant proxies from across the region.

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AJC Praises introduction of House Resolution urging EU to fully designate Hezbollah as a Terrorist Organization

American Jewish Committee (AJC) welcomes the introduction today of a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives urging the European Union to designate Hezbollah in its entirety as a terror organization. In 2013, the EU — encouraged especially by Bulgaria, which experienced a Hezbollah attack in 2012, and Cyprus, which foiled an attack being planned by Hezbollah operatives, also in 2012– designated only the so-called “military wing” of the Iranian-sponsored terror group.

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Chinese firm takes centre stage In Iran and Venezuela oil trade

A Chinese logistics firm has emerged as a central player in the supply of sanctioned oil from Iran and Venezuela, even after it was blacklisted by Washington two years ago for handling Iranian crude, seven sources with knowledge of the deals told Reuters.

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Bipartisan bill proposed to hold Iranian leaders accountable

Two US representatives, Republican James French Hill and Democrat Al Lawson, Thursday reintroduced a bipartisan bill which will require the Department of Treasury to brief Congress on how the funds used by Iranian leaders are acquired and used.

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Will Iran’s new president be held accountable

Much literature has speculated on what his posture will be toward the Biden administration, how he will address Iran’s sagging economy and whether he will succeed Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as Iran’s Supreme Leader.

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German experience can inform Australia’s next move on Iran-backed Hezbollah

In the year following the German Government’s decision to ban all Hezbollah activities and designate the group as a terrorist organisation, what have German authorities observed about Hezbollah’s ongoing presence in that country?

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UK-Australian jailed by Iran as Israeli spy describes harassment campaign

A British-Australian academic imprisoned by Iran on false charges of spying for Israel said Saturday that since her release, she has suffered a campaign of abuse by an academic who was fired by Sydney University in 2019 after he showed students a picture of a swastika superimposed on the Israeli flag.

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EU to sanction eight Iranians for rights abuses

The EU is set to sanction eight Iranian leaders of the Basij militia and the police and three entities for human rights abuses, the first such measures since 2013, Reuters writes. The EU will impose travel bans and asset freezes, diplomats said, and their names will be published next week, when the sanctions take effect. “Those responsible for serious rights violations must know there are consequences,” an EU diplomat said.

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