Money Flows Back to Mullahs Thanks to Obama
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#1 Oct 31, 2013
by Majid Rafizadeh
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s government could not have possibly expected, or wished for, a better American government to work with than the Obama administration. The Iranians could not have imagined that an American administration could so easily buy their argument and image of a “moderate” government, allowing Iranian leaders to pursue their own Islamist and meddling foreign policies.
The Obama administration is attempting to persuade Congress, the international community, and its Western and European allies, that Rouhani’s government is moderate and different than Iranian governments of the past. While the American government has sent strong signals to the international community and multinational corporations that the Iranian government is moderate, the Islamic Republic of Iran is gleefully rebuilding its crippled economy. The Obama administration is also trying to prevent Congress from enacting further sanctions on Iran. As the Obama administration is attempting to halt further pressure on Iran, and is considering loosening and easing current economic sanctions (it is worth noting that it has already loosened some non-economic sanctions), Iran is getting back on the track.
First of all, Iran’s major economic lifeline, its oil industry, has rapidly begun to recover. According to International Energy Agency (IEA) reports, in September, Iran has already increased its oil exports by 180,000 barrels per day as compared to the previous year, equivalent to a 26 percent increase.
An adviser to Iran’s oil minister, Mehdi Hosseini, was quoted in the Financial Times saying that the Iranian government is developing a “win-win” form of contract, which could benefit leading Western and Eastern companies alike. The Iranian government is trying, according to Hosseini, to also change the current system of “buyback” contracts, which currently do not permit foreign companies to book reserves or take equity stakes in Iranian oil, gas, or other projects. This is can be viewed as a considerable shift in Iran’s oil industry, which has previously been exposed to little foreign investment in its oil and gas fields due to the international sanctions and pressure.
As the theocratic and Islamist government of the Ayatollahs and clerics are again observing the flow of wealth and cash into their government, thanks to the Obama administration loosening its policies on Tehran, the ruling Islamists in Iran are feeling more confident in their abilities to ratchet up their crackdown on minorities, oppositional groups, along with political and human rights activists.
Despite Rouhani’s moderate image and American outreach to Iran, the religious persecution of minorities—particularly Christians and Sunni Muslims— is increasing and continuing. According to a Christian advocacy group and international news outlets, just this week a court in Iran has sentenced four Christian men to 80 lashes each for drinking wine during a communion ceremony. This sentencing is part of the government crackdown on so-called “house churches.” House churches are unofficial locations where Christians meet in Iran in order to practice their faith while trying to not be recognized, detected, and persecuted. Several other political and human rights activists have also been sentenced to jail in the last few weeks.
According to a new UN report made in October by Ahmed Shaheed, a UN special reporter on human rights in Iran, such persecution of Christians is common in the country despite new President Rouhani’s pledge to be a moderate....
#2 Oct 31, 2013
I don't see why the Iranians are so surprised. Barry Soetero aka white house sojourner attended madrassah in Jakarta. It celebrates Eid, Ramadan and plainly said this is a muzlim country.
It's given money to muzlim brotherhood. excuse me muzlims for not capitalizing muzlim, brotherhood or mohammed. I ain't one of youse.
All this business of Christian persecution in Persia, what does this have to do with the Grand mullah of DC? Like it really cares!
Now tip, don't take this personally because I ain't firing back at you.
What better use of taxpayer money than giving it to our immortal friends, Iranians, muzlim brotherhood, hamas, hizbollah, PA, for those who don't know PA is Palestinian Authority, and all the other muzlim swingers having their fun mutilating and killing around the world.
What does a Nigerian killing a Brit in London have to do with the US, one beacon of brilliancy asked. Nothing is my response! It wouldn't understand if I told it.
#3 Oct 31, 2013
Concise, cogent, and rational.
#5 Oct 31, 2013
Out of that entire post you pick up on one word. Not very adept at picking up on sarcasm, are you? Ooops, I meant R U!
#6 Oct 31, 2013
That was sarcasm? And here I was thinking it was irony.
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