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German exporters eye lucrative deals in post-sanctions Iran – Georgina Prodhan and Noah Barkin/Reuters

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Martin Herrenknecht, founder of a company in southern Germany that is a world leader in tunnel-boring equipment, has been carefully preparing for the day when Iran reopens for business.

He recently visited Tehran, meeting officials in the energy ministry and sewage department. Before Western sanctions hit, Herrenknecht, which carries its 72-year-old founder’s name, did 10 million to 15 million euros ($11 million-$17 million) of business a year in Iran.
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Farewell to the American century – Mark Leonard/Newstateman

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What do an Iraqi jihadist, the Afghan president, a Chinese entrepreneur, a Russian special forces officer and a Filipino fisherman have in common? They are just some of the figures who appear in a remarkable crop of books on the big foreign policy stories of today. British debates about global affairs usually still start and end with the US but in the future it could be the absence of America, rather than its overbearing presence, that shapes global politics.
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Hezbollah, Syrian army storm Zabadani: Al-Manar TV/The Daily Star

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BEIRUT: Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV announced Sunday that the group’s fighters along with the Syrian army entered Zabadani, capturing an area west of the strategic Syrian Qalamoun town.

The news comes after the allied forces had attacked the town, held by Syrian rebels, with mortars, rockets and barrel bombs.
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Netanyahu unloads: The Iran deal is worse than North Korea – AP

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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister says each day that passes brings greater Western concessions toward Iran in talks over its nuclear program — and that the emerging deal could be worse than one that led to North Korea gaining an arsenal of nuclear weapons.

Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday the progressing talks in Vienna do not represent a “breakthrough but rather a breakdown.” Western diplomats are trying to reach a deal before an extended July 7 target date. Any deal would result in an end to longstanding sanctions against Iran.

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Raging War Under Raging Stars

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In the past couple of weeks, while the global Zionist media has been looking into Syria’s trash can for any rot and filth to publish on the beleaguered nation, the Syrian army alongside its battle-hardened ally Hezbollah have been systematically annihilating hundreds of terrorists in the four corners of Syria. They have been doing so with gusto but also with no media fanfare, preferring instead to focus solely on changing the facts on the ground to their strategic advantage. Preferring to conduct a raging war under raging stars without the need for publicity or the sunlight of official statements.

This is a new PR strategy for Syria who’s been bending over backwards trying to defend its narrative and legitimacy in the eyes of the world for the past four years. We can attribute this change of behavior to Hezbollah’s influence and how it operates: fight hard in silence, and only if it absolutely and strictly benefits the cause, release an occasional statement or two to keep your own supporters informed. In other words: fight away and utterly ignore what the Western world thinks – fight away and fuck what the Israelis and their global Zionist media do with the information vacuum.

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The Turkish Military Rejects Erdogan’s War Plans: “False Flag” Needed? – Moon of Alabama

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The war on Syria would not be possible without the huge involvement of Turkey on the side of the islamists fighting the Syrian government. Despite some success by Kurdish guerrillas along the border with Turkey against the Islamic State there are still open routes that allow the islamists to cross and which are their most important supply lines.

The Kurdish success against the Islamic State and other Turkey supported islamist groups, created with U.S. air support, is seen as a strategic threat to Turkey. The Kurds already have a semi-autonomous state in north Iraq. They now could possibly create one in Syria along the Syrian Turkish border. They may later want to integrate Kurdish areas in Turkey.
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How The Israeli Government Is Subverting The Palestine Solidarity Movement – Gilad Atzmon/Veterans Today

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Two days ago, some invaluable information surfaced relating to the treacherous role of Jewish liberals in derailing the BDS campaign. A Ynet article disclosing the Israeli strategy relating to the pro Palestinian campaign disclosed the close links between the Israeli Government and the Jewish ‘pro’ Palestinian organizations. It revealed the manner in which both have been acting in concert to subvert this humanitarian discourse.

According to the Ynet article, Eran Shayshon, Director of Policy and Strategy at the Reut Institute*, had a clear message to his Israeli Government – we need to recruit left-wing groups associated with BDS to control our opposition. The mission set by Shayshon and the Reut Institute was: “to divide and drive a wedge between the leaders of the BDS campaign.”
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