BY NIKOLA SOLIC
The country’s crude deliveries are to be restored soon, with companies such as the French giant Total, Spanish refiner Cepsa and Litasco and the trading arm of Russia’s Lukoil already holding contracts. Reuters source at state-owned National Iranian Oil Co (NIOC) told the agency that Tehran wants to receive payment in euros.
“In our invoices we mention a clause that buyers of our oil will have to pay in euros, considering the exchange rate versus the dollar around the time of delivery,“ the source said.
Tehran also wants to receive billions of dollars worth of assets frozen under the sanctions in euros, said another source. Iran has an estimated $100 billion in assets and around half of these would be unfrozen under the upcoming sanctions relief.
Iranian disdain for the American currency is nothing new. In 2007, it unsuccessfully campaigned at OPEC to switch from the dollar. The role it plays in the oil trade is one of the key reasons the dollar enjoys the status of the world’s leading reserve currency.
Iran is not alone in wanting to distance itself from the dollar. Russia has been working towards the same goal, trying to eliminate the US currency from domestic trade and signing deals with its key foreign economic partners to use national currencies in bilateral trade.
The sanctions against Iranian oil and its banking industry were imposed by the US and some of its allies, most importantly the EU, over allegations that Tehran was secretly trying to build a nuclear weapon. Iran denied the allegations and insisted its nuclear activities were for civilian purposes.
Last year, Iran and six leading world powers reached a deal, under which Iran made its nuclear program more transparent and accepted the imposition of safeguards. In exchange US and EU economic sanctions and nuclear-related sanctions imposed by the UN will be lifted.
Health agencies confirmed that Syrian refugees have transported leishmaniasis to Lebanon and Turkey, where it has been difficult to manage and treat.
Leishmaniasis is a disease caused by protozoanparasites of the genus Leishmania and spread by the bite of certain types ofsandflies.
The symptoms of leishmaniasis are skin sores which erupt weeks to months after the person is bitten by infected sand flies.
According to Breitbart:
Patients can be infected with the parasitic disease without showing symptoms for weeks, months, or even years, and an asymptomatic patient most likely doesn’t know that he or she is a carrier.
Earlier this month, the news reported a story that the Islamic State was causing the spread of leishmaniasis, because – as the U.K.’s Mirror newspaper put it – militants were “slaughtering innocent people and dumping their bodies in the street.”
Refugees who enter the U.S. must undergo medical screening according to protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC. Each refugee must submit to a physical examination, including a skin test and possibly a chest x-ray to check for tuberculosis,as well as a blood test for syphilis.
The blood tests do not currently look for leishmaniasis. Clearly, an attending doctor could easily spot a patient with obvious skin ulcers. However, leishmaniasis cannot be detected upon physical examination if the patient is asymptomatic, as can be the case for years.
by EDWIN MORA
Members of Iran’s terror proxy Hezbollah “are moving freely” within the United States and Latin America, courtesy of Venezuelan passports issued by a Cuban company hired by Caracas, reports the UK-based Asharq Al-Awsat.
The report echoes various articles by Breitbart News, which, among other things, havehighlighted that Hezbollah operatives, including the right-hand man of the head of Hezbollah in Lebanon, are using passports obtained from countries in the Americas, primarily Venezuela and Cuba, to enter the United States.
In February 2015, experts at a National Defense University (NDU) conference warned that the narcoterrorist group Hezbollah, based in Lebanon, has expanded across Latin American and into the United States.
Breitbart News recently learned that the U.S. State Department is concerned about the illicit activities in the Western Hemisphere of terrorist group Hezbollah.
Using an alternate spelling for the name of the group, a State Department official acknowledged that “Hezbollah receives funding from supporters around the world who engage in a host of licit and illicit activities, some of which takes place in the Western Hemisphere.”
“Countering these activities remains a priority for the United States,” the official told Breitbart News, adding, “We continue to monitor Iranian activities in the Western Hemisphere for any destabilizing actions.”
The State Department struck a stronger tone than in 2014 when it concluded that Iranian influence in the Western Hemisphere was “waning.”
Analysts estimate that Hezbollah generates millions through drug trafficking, money laundering, and other criminal activities in the Americas.
The London-based Asharq Al-Awsat, citing Western security and intelligence sources, reports that “a number of people belonging to Iranian groups and the Lebanese Hezbollah, with suspected links to terrorism, are moving freely in the United States and Latin America using Latin passports like the Venezuelan and Ecuadoran ones.”
“According to these reports, the intelligence services in Canada and Bulgaria have recently spotted the movements of citizens of Arab origin, especially those belonging to Hezbollah as well as Iranian agents carrying original Venezuelan passports in order to move within a number of countries, especially United States, Canada, and South America,” it adds.
Anthony Dakin, the former Venezuelan Minister of Interior who currently lives in the United States, has suggested that “Venezuela has become a hub for granting passports for Iranian groups and members of Hezbollah, in order to facilitate their travel,” reports Asharq Al-Awsat.
“Antony Dakin told the media that Caracas has contracted with Cuban companies to issue mechanized and biometric passports,” continues the report.
Dakin added that Cuba gained access to data of around 80 million citizens when it signed contracts with other countries in Latin America, such as Argentina and Ecuador.
“These contracts allow Havana to issue identification papers without forgery and by using other people’s data,” notes Asharq Al-Awsat.
Misael López Soto, a Venezuelan diplomat in hiding, has accused Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro of selling visas, passports, and falsified birth certificates out of the Venezuelan embassy in Baghdad to nearly thousands of Middle East residents, including at least one confirmed Hezbollah terrorist.
A book by Spanish reporter Emili J. Blasco titled, Boomerang Chávez: The Frauds that Led to the Collapse of Venezuela, revealed that Maduro met the leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, in Damascus in 2007 to discuss “drug trafficking, money laundering, the distribution of arms and issuing of passports… to terrorists.”
The book cites witnesses and Venezuelan diplomatic cables as sources of the information it contains.
After Maduro met the Hezbollah chief, at least 300 Hezbollah operatives were reportedly able to secure Venezuelan passports, which made potential entry into Canada and the United States much easier, according to the book and Argentine website Infobae.
Venezuela and its strongest ally, Cuba, have both been accused of issuing falsified Latin American passports to Middle Eastern operatives linked to Hezbollah.
The Afghan asylum seeker, identified as Wahab M., was found guilty of raping an elderly woman by the Regional Court on Wednesday, Austrian press reported. He was sent to jail and issued a €5,000 fine.
The maximum penalty would have been five years behind bars, according to Austria’s Kurier newspaper, but the judges considered several mitigating factors such as his being underage (the attacker was 17 at the time of the incident), his confession and the absence of a criminal record.
After serving his sentence, the refugee will remain in Austria as he received a short term in jail (less than three years).
In the meantime, the newspaper revealed new details of the case. The 72-year-old woman was identified as Christina F., from the town of Traiskirchen, in eastern Austria. Traiskirchen currently has one of the biggest refugee centers in Austria. Christina’s daughter Sylvia was reportedly working with asylum seekers.
The incident took place on September 1, 2015, local media reported, but police didn’t reveal it at the time because of the sensitivity of the case.
“It was a really hot day and I decided to take my dog for a walk along the Schwechat River [in Traiskirchen] , and saw two young men swimming there,” the old lady recalled, as cited by Kurier newspaper.
One of the young men reached out his hand to her and asked her to help him onto the bank, she said, adding that she helped him without any suspicion.
“Suddenly, I felt a blow from behind,” Christina said, adding that she was grabbed and pushed to the ground. The man put his hand over her mouth and tore off her clothing.
The victim, who weighed only 48 kilograms, was unable to fend off the attacker while her 13-year-old dog “was sadly not up to protecting his mistress from the attack,” a friend of the woman, Hans Vesely, 72, later said.
After the attack, she managed to get home. Later she was found by her friend whom she told what had happened after he saw the bruises on her body.
“She is not the same woman anymore. She doesn’t trust being left on her own and does not leave home, and she’s become very weak since the incident,” Vesely said.
Initially the authorities were not able to find the perpetrator. He was caught after committing a petty crime which required his DNA sample. This matched the one found on the old lady and authorities arrested the refugee.
First he denied the accusations, saying he was drunk and didn’t have a clue what exactly happened. His friend also said he saw nothing. Eventually Wahab M. admitted the rape, following the disclosure of DNA evidence.
Austrian authorities deported at least 3,278 asylum seekers in 2015, interior ministry estimates say. In most cases, they were deported because their applications were rejected and only a few of them because of criminal convictions.
Sexual assaults and harassment of women by male refugees and migrants has been a hot topic recently. The first city to report about such cases on New Year’s Eve was Cologne, Germany where “heavily intoxicated” men of “Arab or North African” origin were attacking local women en masse in the city center.
Similar incidents have been reported in other German cities such as Berlin, Frankfurt and Stuttgart. Police have also been accused of covering up migrant attacks.
Cultural enrichment of Europe continues
JANUARY 28, 2016
Migrants in Germany stabbed a father who was out walking with his baby and then chased the pair into a freezing pond as rescuers were forced to revive the infant from the brink of death.
The incident occurred in the city of Hamburg on Monday night. The 24-year-old father was walking near the Lohmühle Pond at around 10:30pm when he was confronted by two dark-haired men speaking a foreign language.
The attackers demanded the father hand over his money and phone. Protesting that he didn’t have either, the father was then viciously stabbed by the attackers as he attempted to flee with his daughter.
The father was forced to jump into the freezing pond which was partially covered with ice. His cries for help alerted local residents who called the police.
Rescuers pulled the pair from the lake to shore and had to revive the baby, which was subsequently taken to the University Hospital Eppendorf intensive care unit. The father suffered from hypothermia and multiple stab wounds.
“The attackers are described as two men of about 30 years old; one of them is 170 to 175 cm tall, has dark hair, spoke an “unknown language” and was wearing dark hooded jacket with fur trim. His accomplice is about 10 cm higher, also has dark hair and spoke no German,” reports 10NewsDK.
The incident serves as yet another reminder that Germany is inviting untold numbers of migrants into the country who are prone to criminal behavior amidst the one million plus “refugees” that have arrived in the past year alone.
However, left-wingers in the country are still insistent that concerns about migrants engaging in criminal acts, despite the mass molestation of women in Cologne and other German cities on New Year’s Eve, are based on bigotry.
As we reported earlier this week, women in Cologne visited the city’s biggest refugee center and handed out roses to apologize for “xenophobia” directed towards migrants after the attacks in Cologne.