August 24, 2015                            
Dossier: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei


Think tank: Mandate to destroy Israel key to Iran's 'founding vision'


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Khamenei aide: Iran to lead 'resistance axis,' thwart U.S. influence

Iran and its Mideast allies must form a "resistance axis" to turn back American influence in the region, a top adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said.

Ali Akbar Velayati said that the "resistance axis" of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and the Palestinian territories must "not only to fight against the dominance of foreigners in their countries" but also to stifle any sign of growing U.S. influence, even in the wake of the recently concluded nuclear accord in which experts say President Barack Obama conceded to Teheran pretty much all it wanted out of the deal.

Ali Akbar Velayati walks past a portrait of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Velayati said Western powers are conspiring to divide Syria after "failing in its military aggression against Afghanistan and Iraq. Syria is the golden ring of resistance against the Zionists," he said.



What nukes? Europeans scrambling to resume trade with Iran
The July 14 signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between major nations and Iran on its nuclear program is months from being implemented, but European nations already are moving forward with plans to resume trade with Iran as the process of lifting sanctions unfolds. Those sanctions had reduced Iranian oil and gas exports by at least 50 percent and crippled badly needed investment in the aviation and automotive industries.
East Asia Report
Tianjin explosions: A northern China mystery wrapped in an enigma


. . . Yet, the Tianjin explosions have become an international mystery, as the Chinese government appears unable to answer even the most basic questions about the tragedy.



Aerial image of the huge Tianjin explosion crater.  

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