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Let’s talk about @mck_beth’s recent @Independent piece discussing U.S. sanctions on #Iran.
“’Sanctions hurt ordinary people on the streets and do not inflict pain at all whatsoever on the government,’ Meisam added.”
@mck_beth hides behind an individual in #Iran.

Let’s say she actually interviewed “Meisam” and such an individual actually made such a remark.
Those who oppose #Iran sanctions claim these measures prevent ordinary Iranians from purchasing medicine.

This is nothing but a lie fed to you by #FakeNews #MSM.
Let’s read it from the U.S. Treasury Department imposing these sanctions.
"... the U.S. maintains broad authorizations and exceptions that allow for the sale of food, medicine, and medical devices by U.S. persons or from the United States to Iran."
"U.S. sanctions laws provide similar allowances for sales of food, agricultural commodities, medicine, and medical devices to Iran by non-U.S. persons."
"To further assist non-U.S. persons, including banks and medical suppliers, in fully understanding these allowances, this Guidance underscores that these sales to Iran do not trigger sanctions under U.S. law."
The author then cites @jabdi, President of @NIACouncil.

NIAC is a known #Iran lobbyist group based in the United States.
Here’s some more info about NIAC.
@jabdi claims U.S. sanctions hurt #Iran’s economy, without saying how the mullahs of Iran have destroyed the economy for 39 years & counting.

While over 50 million live in poverty, the regime spends billions in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon & …
@jabdi & @mck_beth both refer Trump nixing the highly flawed #IranDeal.

@NIACouncil & @tparsi in particular truly miss the honeymoon between Obama & #Iran’s mullahs.
@mck_beth simply mentions #Iran's “government corruption” in two words and passes by.

Here’s something to think about:

#Iran’s regime just recently said $9 billion in government has “gone missing” …
@mck_beth won’t mention the fact that Iranians in #IranProtests are chanting:

“Let go of Syria, think about us”

“Not Gaza, Not Lebanon, My life for Iran”

“Our enemy is right here, they life & say its America”


“DEATH TO DICTATOR” in reference to @khamenei_ir.
My conclusion:

If you read an article referring or quoting anyone even remotely associated to the #Iran regime lobbyist group @NIACouncil, there’s a high possibility it is #FakeNews.
As always, the conclusion is yours to make.

I welcome any & all constructive feedback.

Thanks in advance!

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Oct 9, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump has accepted the resignation of Nikki Haley as UN Ambassador.

My gut tells me an even bigger story will develop.

Rest assured #Iran's regime is terrified about who Trump/Pompeo will appoint as their new envoy.
Amb. Nikki Haley spoke six months ago with President Donald Trump about the subject of resigning.
Will be staying at this post until the end of the year.
Amb. Nikki Haley saying she will be campaigning for President Trump in 2020.
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Oct 9, 2018

Add this to the long list linking #Iran's regime with international terrorism.

This time, the al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab militant group of Somalia.

More reason why a firm policy is needed against Tehran.
"Criminal networks are using Iran as a transit point for illicit Somali charcoal exports that earn Islamist militants al Shabaab millions of dollars annually in tax, U.N. sanctions monitors said in a report seen by Reuters."
"... domestic revenue generation by al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab 'is more geographically diversified and systematic' than that of Somalia’s federal government."
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October 9
Shiraz, south-central #Iran
Stores are closed as the merchants' strike continues on this second day.

Store-owners in 50 cities launched this protest movement on Monday in solidarity with the truckers' nationwide strike.
October 9
Karaj, #Iran
(West of Tehran)
Fardis sector
Stores are closed as merchants continue their strike for a second day.
October 9
Qazvin, NW #Iran
Store-owners in this city are on strike again for this second consecutive day.
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Oct 8, 2018
Cities across #Iran are witnessing a general strike as stores are closing across the country.
This goes alongside the truckers' nationwide strike that has spread to over 310 cities now.
October 8
Tehran, #Iran
Sources say all gold market stores are closed.
October 8
Images of stores closed in the cities of Saqqez, Baneh, Marivan & Sanandaj.
Read 35 tweets
Oct 7, 2018
Reports indicate atmosphere in #Iran's parliament (the Majlis) is very tense as members review the anti-money laundering Financial Action Task Force (FATF) signing bill.
Sources say "hardliners" are voicing threats about the signing of this bill.

(File Photo)
"Regarding the FATF, should we commit suicide today by signing this bill because we're going to die in the future?" says Behrouz Nemati, a member of #Iran's Majlis (parliament).

Read more about Iran & the FATF here:
"Hardliners in Iran’s parliament have opposed passing legislation toward compliance with FATF standards, arguing it could hamper Iranian financial support for allies such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which the US has classified as a terrorist organization."
Read 13 tweets
Oct 6, 2018
Short Thread:

#Iran's #FakeNews machine at work:

"It did not say where Zahedifar was arrested. In a video carried by state broadcaster IRIB, a blindfolded man who identified himself as Zahedifar denied he had fled Iran."
Here's the video.

What a coincidence (!), all of this developing just "a week after Tehran sentenced three people to death in a drive against economic crimes."

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