Iran wants to dump dollar in crude trade – report

BY NIKOLA SOLIC

Iran wants post-sanctions’ oil contracts denominated in dollars and have buyers pay in euros, Reuters reported. Tehran is also keen to receive money owed to it since the pre-sanctions days in the European currency.

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.

READ MORE: Putin wants to ax dollar from Russian 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.

Report: Hezbollah ‘Moving’ in U.S. with Venezuelan Passports

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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.

Iran ‘flew drone over American warship’…

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BY JANE ONYANGA-OMARA

Iran flew a surveillance drone over a U.S. aircraft carrier and took photographs of it as part of a naval drill, Iranian state TV reported Friday.

The report, which did not name the vessel, said the incident happened on the third day of Iranian naval exercises. The channel’s website and the semi-official Fars news agency published footage said to be of the drone’s flight.

Fars said an Iranian submarine was also deployed near the U.S. vessel to gather intelligence and capture video of its movements.

“The Iranian submarine managed to take clear pictures of the aircraft carrier without catching the attention of the staff on board,” the news agency reported.

Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet based in Bahrain, said an unarmed Iranian drone flew near the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and directly over the USS Harry S. Truman on Jan. 12 in international waters in thePersian Gulf. He couldn’t confirm whether it was the same incident.

He said the aircraft  “posed no danger to the ship,” but was “abnormal and unprofessional.”

Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, the commander of Iran’s navy, told state TV the drone’s flight was “a sign of bravery” which “allowed our men to go so close to the warship and shoot such a beautiful and accurate footage of the combat units of the foreign forces.”

Iranian state TV also said Iran’s navy successfully fired surface-to-surface Noor cruise missiles during the drill.

The reported drone flight is the latest incident between Iran and the U.S. in the Persian Gulf.

Last month, the U.S. accused Iran of carrying out rocket tests near American warships and commercial traffic in the Strait of Hormuz. In January, Iran captured and briefly held 10 U.S. Navy sailors who entered Iranian waters.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived back in Tehran on Friday from a five-day visit to Europe where billions of dollars worth of trade deals were signed between Iran and Italian and French companies.

It followed the lifting of many international economic sanctions on Jan. 16 after a landmark deal with the United States and five other world powers in July to curb Iran’s nuclear program in return for an end to sanctions.

On Jan. 17, the U.S implemented sanctions against 11 people and companies involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program, just one day after President Obama lifted sanctions based on the nuclear program.

Contributing: Associated Press

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VIDEO Captures Muslim Bakeries OUTRAGEOUS Reaction When Asked To Make GAY WEDDING CAKE ⋆ US Herald

BY BOB AMOROSO

“Smile you’re on Candid Camera!” Those were the iconic words of creator and original host Allen Funt, who came into our living rooms through the magic of TV with outrageous situations…which always ended with those 5-memorial words.

Obviously the technology has changed since the 50’s and we no longer view Funt’s practical joke reality television series on tiny little black and white screens, and of course the legendary host is no longer with us, however following in the Funt tradition is “Louder with Growder” who like his predecessor captures outrageous situations, while also referencing the hypocrisy and at times the “double standards” that exist with the progressive mindset.

Here in this hilarious video, Steven Crowder tries to purchase a “gay wedding cake” at a Muslim bakery, and in his own words describes what is taking place.

“Yes folks, I did this. I went there. You have this now, as I was discussing on last week’s radio show/podcast.”

“Actually, I taped this video a long time ago but due to audio corruption issues, was never able to upload it. Now that my in-house whizz kid, Jared was able to salvage the footage, I am passing it onto you.”

“What do you think happens when a gay, like SUPER gay Crowder tries to get a super gay wedding cake baked at a Muslim bakery? I’m pretty sure you can guess, but you might as well watch this week’s adventure to Dearborn, MI to find out!”

Because we are now living in an ultra-liberal country nothing will happen to these Muslim bakers. This stands in huge contrast to the couple who refused to make a gay wedding cake and were fined $135,000.

Allen Funt would have been proud!!

Double standards.WTF Liberal Logic: “You can’t expect a Muslim to do that, you must respect their way of life” “Your a Christian so fucking what. Do your fucking job, make me the cake” PC GARBAGE

Business owners have a right to refuse service to anybody for any reason.

So why wasn’t there any protest from the Progressive Libtards about this? WHY?!

You’re 100% right. Liberals and gays are simply philosophically illiterate retards.

When are the homosexuals going to approach an Imam at a Mosque and demand to be married. Or a muslim catering business and demand they deliver barbecued pork ribs?

FORMER DEFENSE SECRETARY GATES: ‘ODDS ARE PRETTY HIGH’ IRAN AND RUSSIA ACCESSED HILLARY’S EMAIL

He wasn’t willing to say that those hacks undermined national security

Alex Griswold | MediaiteJANUARY 22, 2016

Former Bush and Obama Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Thursday that “the odds were pretty high” that governments hostile to the United States accessed Hillary Clinton‘s private server.

Gates said on The Hugh Hewitt Show that the Clinton email controversy was “a concern for me. I never used email when I was head of CIA or head of the Department of Defense… I preferred dealing with people face to face and putting a signature on a piece of paper on matters of real national security and importance.”

“One of your colleagues, Mike Morell, said on this program, or actually agreed with my assertion that almost certainly, Russians, Chinese and Iranians had compromised the home brew server of the former Secretary of State…” Hugh Hewitt noted. “Do you agree with his assessment of my assessment?”

Gates said he did. “Well, given the fact that the Pentagon acknowledges that they get attacked about 100,000 times a day, I think the odds are pretty high.”

He wasn’t willing to say that those hacks undermined national security, however. “It would depend entirely on what she put on there. And I just, I haven’t read any of these emails, so I don’t know what was on those servers.

As somebody who works in tech, I can tell that Secretary Gates is a smart man. Indeed, Hilary’s email server was backed up into the cloud, and the company that did her cloud backups went ahead and created a second cloud backup with yet another company that Hilary didn’t even know about. If that’s not a security breach in and of itself, and a lesson as to why not to do what Hilary did, then I don’t know what is.