Iran

Iranians cheered by collapse of lira flood over Turkish border for Black Friday shopping

Daniel Rad in Dublin November 25, 2021

With Iran’s rial typically suffering only bad news given US sanctions, day-trippers didn’t need telling twice to make journey to bag some bargains.

Tehran City Council renames streets in dig at Azerbaijan

Javid Agha in Baku November 25, 2021

Road renamings celebrate historic Iranian links to the South Caucasus, as well as jailed Shiite group.

Russia strikes deal on Iran's multi-trillion dollar Chalous gas field as ‘final act securing control over European energy market’

bne IntelIiNews November 16, 2021

Tehran said to be expecting geopolitical payoff by giving up control of field that makes Iran holder of world’s biggest gas reserves.

bneGREEN: Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance aims to end oil and gas production

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh November 11, 2021

The Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (BOGA) is calling for an immediate end to new licensing rounds for oil and gas exploration, and has signed up 11 governments to a promise to end oil and gas production by 2050.

Norwegian Refugee Council calls on world to help Iran deal with hundreds of thousands of fled Afghans

bne IntelIiNews November 10, 2021

Ahead of harsh winter, 4,000 to 5,000 people from Afghanistan are crossing Iranian border daily says humanitarian NGO.

bneGREEN: World finally commits to $100bn of climate finance for global south

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh November 4, 2021

UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak said at COP26 that the world’s rich nations would make good on their promise of $100bn per year of climate financing for poor countries by 2023.

Nuclear deal talks restart date announced on same day Iran accuses US of interdicting Iranian oil tanker

bne IntelIiNews November 3, 2021

Negotiations to resume in Vienna on November 29. Americans deny interfering with vessel.

Event | Russia looks to Taliban to contain Islamic State in Afghanistan

Eurasianet October 28, 2021

Moscow seems willing to tolerate Taliban rights abuses, if the movement can get the job done.

Tajikistan approves Chinese plan to construct security base near Afghan border

Kanat Shaku in Almaty October 28, 2021

Dushanbe reportedly has also offered to transfer full control of existing, unacknowledged, base to Beijing. Chinese worried Afghanistan situation could benefit separatist East Turkistan Islamic Movement.

bneGREEN: UN warns that net-zero pledges are insufficient and not urgent enough

By Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh October 27, 2021

A majority of G20 net-zero pledges made so far are not strong enough and are not backed up by meaningful and effective promises of action.

bneGREEN: G7 could set green example for rest of world

By Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh October 21, 2021

G7 countries have the potential to reach net zero in the power generation sector by 2035 and spur decarbonisation in other economies and sectors.

Nearly everyone in Iran infected by coronavirus at some point concludes study

bne IntelIiNews October 21, 2021

Country nevertheless hasn’t achieved herd immunity as it faces sixth COVID-19 wave driven by delta variant, it adds.

UK ‘tells trapped Afghan interpreters to escape on their own’

bne IntelIiNews October 20, 2021

Advice reportedly seen in emails tells former employees who served British armed forces to “actively consider evacuating to a third country”. Former UK government aid programme manager calls situation “morally indefensible”.

Efforts to deploy US counterterrorism forces in Uzbekistan may not be over

Muzaffar Ismailov in Tashkent & Will Conroy in Prague October 16, 2021

Tashkent holds firmly to ‘No’ but Putin underlines difficulty of Afghanistan situation by saying intelligence indicates 2,000 Islamic State members may be present in north of country alone.

Reports warn Tajik militant group in Afghanistan may be poised to attack Tajikistan

bne IntelIiNews October 8, 2021

Russian media say group may be beyond Taliban’s control. Moscow says Russia stands ready to protect its ally from any incursion.

Russia proposes “3+3” format to unlock economic and transport communications in Caucasus

bne IntelIiNews October 6, 2021

Moscow’s move comes amid high tensions as Iran, Azerbaijan and Turkey flex muscles with military exercises.

Azerbaijan shuts office of Iranian supreme leader’s Baku representative as war game tensions mount

bne IntelIiNews October 5, 2021

Azerbaijan and close ally Turkey set to hold “Indestructible Brotherhood” military drills in Azerbaijani exclave Nakhchivan in seeming response to Iranian manoeuvres.

Avoiding water bankruptcy in the drought-troubled southwest: What the US and Iran can learn from each other

Mojtaba Sadegh & Ali Mirchi & Kaveh Madani, & Amir Agha Kouchak October 2, 2021

Iranians have learnt the hard way that water shortages cannot be mitigated only by increasing water supply – it’s also important to manage water demand.

bneGREEN: SEB puts $4 trillion annual price tag on net zero

By Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh October 1, 2021

SEB’s latest Green Bonds Report has placed a price of $4 trillion per year on the energy transition if the world is to reach net zero by 2050.

Kremlin responds to opposing troops building up on Tajikistan-Afghanistan border

bne IntelIiNews October 1, 2021

It meanwhile emerges that US is in talks on using Central Asian bases for over-the-horizon counter-terrorism operations in Taliban-controlled nation.

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