State Department caves on Iran sanctions
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has signed off on waivers to allow eight countries to thwart new U.S. sanctions against Iran that are set to go into effect today.
China, Turkey, India, South Korea, Italy, Greece, Japan, and Taiwan will receive the exemptions.
The news will come as a disappointment to Iran hawks, who were hoping that the new sanctions would continue to economically cripple the terrorist regime that rules Iran. Instead, the regime has been given a temporary lifeline to continue sowing worldwide chaos and supporting international terrorist groups.
However, America’s chief diplomat warned that the waivers are far from permanent.
“As part of the round of measures, the White House has warned Iran’s customers they must reduce their purchases of oil to zero or face U.S. penalties, although it has issued 180-day waivers to eight countries that will allow them to continue importing Iranian oil,” the U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.
Farrakhan travels to Iran, calls for death to America and Israel
Hate preacher Louis Farrakhan was in Iran over the weekend, where he reportedly led Farsi chants of “Death of America” and “Death to Israel,” as is customary in the country on Fridays after prayers.
While in Iran, the anti-Semitic preacher called for the removal of sanctions against Iran.
“Today, I warn the American government that sanctioning Iran is a big mistake,” he said, adding, “I understand how the enemies have plotted against the Iranian people and I would like to stay alongside you to stop their plots.”
Iran state media outlet Mehr News reports that Farrakhan also met with Iranian official Mohsen Rezaee, who is wanted by Interpol for his role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Argentina that took 85 lives.
“El Chapo” goes on trial this week
Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman “El Chapo” Loera’s trial commences today in New York City.
Before his capture, El Chapo led the Sinaloa Cartel, an international drug-trafficking and money-laundering criminal outfit that is responsible for importing hundreds of tons of dangerous drugs into the United States.
He is being tried in the U.S. due to his prior escapes from Mexican custody. For security reasons, authorities temporarily closed off the Brooklyn Bridge in order to move El Chapo to a federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York.
“Guzman, 61, is charged with 17 criminal counts that include trafficking drugs and conspiring to murder rivals, money laundering and weapons offenses. Prosecutors say Guzman ruthlessly led one of the world’s biggest drug cartels, smuggling more than 200 tons of cocaine into the U.S.,” USA Today reports.
Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi remains in grave danger
In 2010, the Pakistani Supreme Court convicted Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi and sentenced her to death for the crime of offending Islam. Last week, after she had spent several years on death row, Pakistan’s Supreme Court acquitted her of committing “blasphemy” against Islam. At first, it appeared that the international effort to secure her freedom had prevailed. However, judges presiding over the case have effectively barred her from leaving the country. She now faces imminent danger from vigilante radical Islamic mobs, which will seek to punish her themselves.
The White House has yet to comment on the case. However, given that Pakistan is considered an ally, the Trump administration can hopefully intervene in the Asia Bibi case before it’s too late.
China’s Xi takes shots at President Trump
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a major speech Monday to commence a weeklong international trade expo in Shanghai.
In the speech, Xi attempted to position China as a “champion” for “openness and cooperation.”
He also took a couple of veiled shots at the Trump administration’s hawkish trade policies against Beijing, denouncing “protectionism, “isolationism,” and the “law of the jungle,” the UK’s Telegraph reports.
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