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What Europe Isn’t Doing To Stop Syria And Iran

What Europe Isn’t Doing To Stop Syria And Iran | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

As the world witnesses the Syrian and Iranian regimes commit countless human rights abuses and, in Iran’s case, move ever closer to perfecting its nuclear capabilities, there’s a common belief that, short of military intervention, there’s nothing that can be done. As it turns out, however, that’s far from the truth—but the majority of the initiative must come from Europe. The European Union has thus far failed to confront the Iranian and Syrian regimes to the full extent of its ability. Though they are loath to admit it, European countries are Iran’s and Syria’s best customers, providing the EU with significant leverage. Meaningful energy sanctions could deliver a one-two punch to Iran’s nuclear weapons program and Syrian president Bashar Al Assad’s ongoing campaign to snuff out his country’s democratic reformers.

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Hiring Narcos to Murder the Saudi Ambassador? If It’s True, Tehran Is Pretty Dumb - Global Spin

Hiring Narcos to Murder the Saudi Ambassador? If It’s True, Tehran Is Pretty Dumb   - Global Spin | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
If Iranian government operatives really did try to contract a Mexican drug cartel to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., as the Obama Administration alleges today, then they weren’t just being diabolical.
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Ebullient Turkey ignores critics in Iran and Syria but worries about Kurds - The National

Ebullient Turkey ignores critics in Iran and Syria but worries about Kurds - The National | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Ankara is unworried about upsetting the neighbours as it takes a lead in regional politics but is watching Iran and Syria closely because of concerns that they could try to stoke the flames of the Kurdish conflict inside Turkey.
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Iranian lashed 74 times for 'insult' to Ahmadinejad

Iranian lashed 74 times for 'insult' to Ahmadinejad | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Activist Peyman Aref is whipped hours before release from one-year jail sentence in 'unprecedented' punishment...
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Israel's 'Syria option' was never one

Israel's 'Syria option' was never one | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Jonathan Spyer: Many Israelis assumed Assad's Iran alliance was not a happy one.
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Saudi Arabia and Iran Wage a New Cold War in the Middle East

Saudi Arabia and Iran Wage a New Cold War in the Middle East | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
There has long been bad blood between Iran and Saudi Arabia, but popular protests across the Middle East now threaten to turn the rivalry into a tense and dangerous regional divide.
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Iran 'aiding' Syria crackdown on protests

Iran is aiding Syria in its suppression of pro-democracy demonstrators by providing equipment to put down protests and monitor opposition groups, the Wall Street Journal said Thursday, citing US officials.
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Bahrain and Iran expel diplomats

Bahrain and Iran expel diplomats | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Iran has expelled a Bahraini diplomat in a retaliatory move, amid an ongoing dispute linked to anti-government protests in Bahrain. Earlier, Bahrain had expelled the Iranian charge d'affaires.
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Why Bahrain is unlikely to turn into an Iran-Saudi battleground

Why Bahrain is unlikely to turn into an Iran-Saudi battleground | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The intervention of Saudi forces has escalated tensions between Bahrain's protesters and the country's Sunni rulers, leaving at least one dead and drawing criticism from Iran.
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Bahrain: Caught Between Saudi Arabia and Iran

Bahrain: Caught Between Saudi Arabia and Iran | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Bahrain's uprising has elicited intervention by Saudi troops, which in turn has raised the ire of Iran
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Is a new Arab order emerging?

Is a new Arab order emerging? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran have increased this year, particularly over Bahrain and Syria, and relations are likely to worsen on the news of the alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington.
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Iranamok Redux

Iranamok Redux | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The plot to kill the Saudi Ambassador in Washington is something new and weird. Iran's economy and alliances are failing simultaneously. U.N. sanctions haven't brought the regime to its knees.
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Report: Iranian actress faces jail, lashing

Report: Iranian actress faces jail, lashing | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Kalameh.com website says Marzieh Vafamehr was sentenced for appearing in a movie critical of the Islamic republic's hard-line policies.
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Iran helping Syrian regime crack down on protesters, say diplomats

Iran helping Syrian regime crack down on protesters, say diplomats | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Claim comes as four women shot dead by security forces in first use of violence against an all-female demonstration...
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Is Iran ‘sectarianizing’ Bahrain conflict?

Is Iran ‘sectarianizing’ Bahrain conflict? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Observers who have been closely watching the unrest sweeping Bahrain argue that Iran is bestowing a sectarian aura on the protests calling for political reform in the Gulf nation in order to serve its agenda. They ask if the Iranian media are deliberately inciting anti-Bahrain sentiments.
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One dead in Ahwaz clash

One dead in Ahwaz clash | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
At least one person was killed and dozens were injured in a second day of clashes between Iranian security forces and Arab residents of Ahwaz, a city in the country's Khuzestan province.
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Turkey to UN: We seized illegal Iran arms shipment en route to Syria

Turkey to UN: We seized illegal Iran arms shipment en route to Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Ankara tells Security Council search of Iranian cargo airliner revealed, among other items, 560 60mm mortar shells and 1,288 120mm mortar shells.
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Turkey stops Iranian plane en route to Syria

Turkey stops Iranian plane en route to Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
ISTANBUL — An Iranian cargo plane en route to Syria was forced to land in Turkey's southeastern Diyarbakir airport for an inspection, security sources said on Wednesday. The plane landed following an order from the Turkish foreign ministry citing suspicion of military or nuclear related cargo onboard, the sources said.
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Why has Bahrain decided to call in the troops?

Why has Bahrain decided to call in the troops? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Bahrain monarchy's reflexive fear of Iran drove its decision to call out Saudi Arabian troops
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