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Let’s talk about @IshaanTharoor’s latest @WashingtonPost piece, providing you a biased image & depriving you of the truth about the status quo in #Iran.
First of all, to understand why @IshaanTharoor would write such a piece, I would like to remind everyone that he is just another #Iran regime apologist/lobbyist whom I’ve debunked before.
Now that we have become acquainted with #IshaanTharoor, we can already forecast the nature of his new article about #Iran.

The first line is quite telling:

“President Trump’s reintroduction of sanctions on Iran isn’t going over well with the international community.”
Of course, @IshaanTharoor won’t tell you about the tsunami of int’l companies ending their business relations with #Iran.

Total, Siemens, Boeing, British Airways, Mercedez-Benz and…
Talking about Total.
And how about Germany?

"German banks are increasingly refusing to accept payments from Iranian banks, apparently more scared of the US than of the EU."

Business w/ Iran = Business w/ IRGC
I can go & on. So can anyone who does a simple google search.

Moving on.

@IshaanTharoor parrots #Iran’s claims of the U.S. violating the 1955 Treaty of Amity by exiting the 2015 nuclear deal, citing a recent International Court of Justice ruling.
Of course, @IshaanTharoor won’t mention how #Iran’s regime raided the U.S. Embassy in Tehran back in Nov 1979 & took 52 American diplomats hostage for 444 days.
@IshaanTharoor also won’t mention how #Iran’s offspring, the Lebanese Hezbollah, bombed the U.S. Marines barracks in Lebanon back in 1983.

I discussed the issue in an article last year.
@IshaanTharoor won’t mention how #Iran-backed proxies have been behind killing hundreds, if not thousands, of American soldiers across the Middle East.

It’s quite interesting how a @WashingtonPost article discussed this very issue!
@IshaanTharoor also won’t discuss how #Iran’s regime took 10 U.S. sailors hostage.
(Maybe because the entire ordeal was a conspiracy plotted by Obama. Well, that’s a story fro another day…)
And of course, #Iran’s regime is famously known for chanting “Death to America."

And this...

(So, let's put that ridiculous Treaty of Amity argument aside... It's too embarrassing for @IshaanTharoor & the Iranian regime if I continue...)
@IshaanTharoor moves on to say “Rouhani welcomed a European proposal to create a barter system in which companies could trade with Iran without money changing hands, thus skirting U.S. sanctions.”

Let me list a few recent wake up calls for #Iran’s regime & Tharoor.
Sec. Pompeo met with his German counterpart Heiko Maas, who emphasized Berlin shares Washington’s objectives on #Iran.
And if anyone thought Russia, after coming to the mullahs’ support in their butchery in Syria, is the ally of #Iran's regime, think again.

And if people thought U.S. sanctions on #Iran’s oil would stumble on how to replace this source of heavy crude, here’s a good read.

Again, #SanctionsAreWorking.
These charts should also provide a good view into U.S. efforts of zeroing the oil exports of #Iran’s regime.

@IshaanTharoor cites Anna Holligan, the BBC’s correspondent in The Hague, saying the ICJ decision could encourage European companies to reconsider their position.

Nothing else is expected from the BBC.

See how Iranians feel about this biased network.
@IshaanTharoor goes on to mention “regime change” & the “Iranian opposition.”

Being an #Iran apologist/lobbyists, this is the main objective of his article: to discredit any effort of regime change by the Iranian opposition.
Seeking the view of “analysts,” @IshaanTharoor then cites Barbara Slavin of the Atlantic Council.

Here are some pictures of Slaving (with a headscarf) alongside senior #Iran regime figures & @tparsi, the known #Iran apologist/lobbyist.

And of course, Khomeini’s image.
And here’s Slavin giving the middle finger to supporters of the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK.

Very professional, indeed!

(I think @ishaantharoor should think twice the next time he chooses his "analysts." Don't you?)
And let’s return to the article’s image.

Rouhani is ridiculously smiling for this photo op.

However, rest assured that in this very meeting, held on the sidelines of the UNGA, French President Emmanuel Macron warned Rouhani about the future.
In an unprecedented measure, France is accusing #Iran’s notorious Ministry of Intelligence & Security (MOIS) of being behind a foiled terror bomb plot aiming to target the June 30th Iranian opposition rally held near Paris.
Even the #MSM, usually reporting in #Iran’s favor, understands the importance of these recent developments.
Even #Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is voicing concerns, citing “sensitive times” & “economic woes.”
And also, one of my friends read @IshaanTharoor’s article & had this reaction:

“This is nothing but a propaganda piece. I hope the writer himself isn’t inside the bubble because it’s going to burst very soon, very fast & the impact is going to hurt.”
Furthermore, being the #Iran apologist/lobbyist that he is, @IshaanTharoor won’t discuss Rouhani’s horrible human rights track record.
As always, the conclusion is yours to make.

Thanks for reading!

I leave you with a question:

How do you see the future of #Iran’s regime?
Thanks to @peymaneh123 for providing this video.

I recommend watching it to the very end.

"I am proud that the terrorist outside the country - i.e. Hezbollah in Lebanon - is trained by us," says this senior Iranian regime advisor.
Remember @ishaantharoor claiming Trump's sanctions won't do well with the world?

“Very few companies are going to choose Iran over the United States,” [Hook] said at a late Sept. briefing. “That’s just the economic reality.”

“All the companies are going to think of their shareholders first, regardless of what the EU does,” one oil industry executive said. “No one is going to run the risk of falling foul of US sanctions.”

#SanctionsAreWorking on #Iran's regime.

Having nothing to say, Ishaan Tharoor chooses to block me.

I rest my case.

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(File Photo)
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Read more about Iran & the FATF here:
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Here's the video.

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