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Iranian arms cache causes diplomatic rift

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 20, 2010

A shipment of Iranian arms discovered in Nigeria in October and destined for Gambia, to the chagrin of neighbouring Senegal, has stirred up diplomatic troubles between Tehran, Dakar and Banjul.

“There are many things I will not say on this subject. Diplomacy does not happen in broad daylight,” Senegal’s Foreign Minister Madicke Niang told reporters in Dakar last week.

The arms cache mystery, which has strained international diplomatic ties, began in July when a ship belonging to the French group CMA-CGM docked in Lagos, Nigeria, offloading containers loaded in Iran’s Bandar Abbas port.

Officially, the shipment contained construction material, but customs discovered at least 10 containers holding grenades, mortars and heavy weapons ammunition.

The trader designated by CMA-CGM as the sender, Iranian businessman Azim Aghajani, took refuge at Iran’s embassy in Abuja but was charged along with three Nigerians on November 25 for trafficking illegal arms.

According to Nigeria, Aghajani is also a member of Iran’s ideological army, the Revolutionary Guards.

Iran’s former foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki — who was fired last week while on a trip to Senegal — initially said the arms shipment was from a “private company” selling weapons to a West African country, and was only transiting through Nigeria.

Different sources identified this country as Gambia, the smallest nation on the African continent, which is wedged into Senegal.

However the mystery arms cache has continued to have diplomatic repercussions, which began when Gambia announced on November 22 it was cutting all ties with Iran and ordered diplomats to leave the country.

On December 14, Dakar recalled its ambassador to Tehran.

“We were told that these are private Iranians (who organized the arms operation) but this cannot be done without the knowledge of an organised state,” said Niang.

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Iran’s regime will to explore other regions

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on November 24, 2010

Gambia’s President Yaya Jammeh severed ties with Iran and ordered diplomats out of the West African nation, his press officer said, a week after a shipment of Iranian arms destined for the country was seized in Nigeria.

The decision by the Gambian government was “directly linked” to the arms shipment, Agence France-Presse reported, citing an unidentified official in the Gambian presidency. Seydi Mahamadou, press officer for Gambian President, said in a phone interview today from the capital, Banjul, that he didn’t know the reason for the decision.

The weapons shipment, which included small-arms ammunition, mortars and rockets, may have been destined for separatists in the southern Casamance region of neighboring Senegal, Strategic Forecasting Inc., the Austin, Texas-based intelligence group, said in an e-mailed note today.

Recently Afghan police also said they had seized 22 tons of explosives stashed in boxes marked “food, toys and kitchenware” that were imported from neighboring Iran.

Police Chief Abdul Jabar Purdel said a suspect was detained after the devices were discovered in 337 boxes in a 40-foot shipping container moved from Iran into Afghanistan over a bridge connecting the two countries, CNN reported.

High-grade heroin was bound for Europe

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on November 21, 2010

A massive drug seizure by Nigerian authorities yielded $9.9 million in high-grade heroin bound for Europe, Nigeria’s National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said Saturday.

The agency credited intelligence from the United States in helping intercept the shipment, found hidden among auto parts on a container aboard a vessel that originated in Iran.

“We sincerely appreciate the partnership with the United States as it is empowering our drug control capacity,” said Ahmadu Giade, the chairman and chief executive of the drug agency.

“The relationship has been mutually beneficial and it will be further consolidated as we plan to vitiate more drug trafficking networks globally. International partnership is crucial in winning the war against narcotics,” he said.

The shipment was seized in the Apapa port in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city. It was not clear when the seizure was carried out.

Some arrests were made, the agency said in a statement Friday, though it did not provide any details.

Last month, Nigeria’s security service said it had seized 13 shipping containers filled with illegal weapons, including rockets, grenades and bullets — believed also to have come from Iran.

Nigeria reported Iran to the U.N. Security Council after the arms seizure.

These evidences show that Iran’s regime is systematically involving in Drug Traffic to Europe and supplying weapons to terrorists.

Dispatch: Nigeria Taking Iran to the UN Security Council?

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on November 16, 2010

Analyst Mark Schroeder examines the timing of Nigeria possibly bringing Iran to the U.N. Security Council over a weapons shipment intercepted by Nigerian authorities at the port of Lagos.

Islamic Republic, Roaming in Africa

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on October 30, 2010

Iranian Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani said that Iran’s policy towards establishing relations with African countries is strategic, local satellite Press TV reported on Friday.

Larijani lauded the progress achieved in ties between Iran and Africa, adding “the Islamic Republic’s strategy toward African countries is to help them develop and progress and do away with the remaining impacts of colonialism.”

He called for a joint investment plan to boost cooperation between the two countries in different sectors, including energy, mining and pharmaceutical venues, according to Press TV.

For his part, the Kenyan speaker hailed his country’s ties with the Islamic Republic and expressed Nairobi’s willingness to expand mutual cooperation with Tehran in a variety of areas, including technology and industry, according to the report.

Kenneth Marende praised Iran’s technological and industrial advances, which he said would help Kenya on its path to progress.

On Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, who was visiting Burkina Faso, said in Ouagadougou that the Islamic Republic has placed a high premium on ties with Africa as part of its foreign policy approach, according to Press TV.

Mottaki also called for the activation of joint trade and economic commissions and expansion of cooperation on a variety of areas such as trade, agriculture, mining, energy, culture and science between the two nations, said the report.

Guess what?! Kenya also is pursuing the Nuclear Electricity Project, a plan to make Kenya an atomic power producer. The main problem we may face is in mining activities which may goes toward mining Uranium Ore and extracting the fissile materials from it, the same procedure Iran use currently also to make Yellowcake. Ambiguity is not just about Iran- Kenya relationship only; there are more Iranian partners in Africa which can access the Uranium Ore.

When Saddam Hossein was pursing nuclear capabilities, he’d tried to buy uranium Yellowcake from Africa (Niger).

Iran-Africa Bizarre relations

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on September 21, 2010

Tanzania’s visiting Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives Stephen Masato Wassira called on Iranian private sector to invest in the East African country.

“We in Tanzania are willing to attract investment of the Iranian private sector,” Wassira told Fars News Agency.

The minister lauded the two countries’ close ties, and stated that “Tanzania enjoys good relations with Iran and we want an expansion of ties with Tehran in all fields such as agriculture and development of infrastructures.”

He expressed hope that his visit to Iran would help increase bilateral ties.

The Tanzanian minister was in Tehran to take part in a high-profile forum on Iran-Africa ties.

High-ranking officials from different African states gathered in Tehran last Tuesday to discuss ways to boost cooperation between Iran and the African continent in the ‘Iran-Africa Forum’.

Tanzania’s Industry is mainly limited to processing agricultural products and light consumer goods. Tanzania has vast amounts of natural resources including gold, diamonds, coal, iron ore, uranium for sure and other minerals. It is the third-largest producer of gold in Africa after South Africa and Ghana.

You do the math, which kind of industrial cooperation Iran-Tanzania can have when their industry is processing agricultural goods? Some experts believe Iran’s regime is looking for a Uranium ore supplier, Like what their master (Abdul Qadeer Khan) did before. Because Pakistan also like Iran doesn’t have enough uranium mines which supply their nuclear weapons program. No one knows how far they went until now. In 2003 Saddam Hussein also was seeking to purchase uranium from another African country, Niger.

Tehran’s efforts to boost ties and cooperation with Africa have led to its acceptance as an observing member of the African Union (AU), where it has shown an active presence in the AU summit meetings. This should be treated as wakeup call.

Ahmadinejad: Iran and Africa wanted a new world order

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on September 14, 2010

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran and Africa wanted a new world order to replace the existing one which has been created by “slave masters”, as he opened an Iran-Africa conference.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he sees “no limits or restrictions” on Iran’s cooperation with countries in Africa.

Iran and African nations are “culturally and historically friends and brothers who are fighting in the same camp,” Ahmadinejad said today at the opening of a conference in Tehran, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

Iran and Africa have lands that are rich in natural resources and have had to counter the presence of “oppressors and foreign pillagers,” Ahmadinejad was cited by IRNA as telling conference guests, including Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade and his Malawian counterpart, Bingu wa Mutharika.

If you want to think wisely, natural resource means Uranium ore resources in his mind because the rest of the mineral and natural sources are available in Iran.

The two-day Iran-Africa conference is aimed at exploring ways of expanding political and economic ties between the Persian Gulf country and African states.

The second-largest Iranian auto manufacturer, Saipa, signed a contract to open a factory in Sudan for the production of about 35,000 cars over the next five years, Iran’s state-run Press TV reported. South Korean auto manufacturer Kia (The Mother Company of Saipa) suspends exports to Iran also.

Iran and Sudan have generally sought a very cordial and friendly relationship. Relations between Tehran and Khartoum have continued to grow, especially since April 2006, when President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad voiced his opposition to the deployment of Western United Nations Peacekeepers in the Darfur region. Sudan ardently supports Iran’s nuclear program. Both countries are also firmly against Israel.

Global food supply is decreasing

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on September 4, 2010

Wheat prices rose further in the wake of Russia’s decision to extend its grain export ban by 12 months, raising fears about a return to the food shortages and riots of 2007-08.

In Mozambique, where a 30 per cent rise in bread prices triggered riots on Wednesday and Thursday, the government said seven people had been killed and 288 wounded.

The 2007-08 food shortages, the most severe in 30 years, set off riots in countries from Bangladesh to Mexico, and helped to trigger the collapse of governments in Haiti and Madagascar.

Meat price surge fuels fears of food inflation.

Global meat prices have hit a 20-year high as robust demand from emerging countries has coincided with a drop in production by exporters such as the US and Australia, fuelling concerns about rising food inflation.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s index of meat prices rose in August to its highest level since 1990, up 16 per cent over the past year, after lamb prices hit a 37-year high, beef prices climbed to a two-year high and the cost of pork and poultry prices rose.