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Washington's withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran and its Meanwhile, Greece's relations with the United States and Israel have never. For its part, Uncle Sam is just as eager to explore better relations. held a secret dinner on Capitol Hill with Hadi Nejad Hosseinian, Tehran's ambassador to the United Nations, Greece imports nearly 80% of its oil from Iran. Greece and Iran are linked by thousands of years of common history. Their political relations, today, are at a very good level. Greece welcomes the signing and.
The arrests of the participants and the investigations showed that behind the Noor 1 case were indications that the masterminds were Greek businessmen with social status and access to the media.Israel vs Iran: How would their conflict unfold? (2018)
The Noor 1 case has a lot of puzzle pieces, such as the relationship, if any, between the actions of those who are involved and the traffickers of the two tons of heroin. Possible connections were illuminated when some of the trial judges' lives were threatenedand the lives of their relatives.
The court's president resigned out of fear, she said, for herself and her family.
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Terrorists sent another judge in the same trial a book packed with razor blades and explosives. In courtonly two people were found guilty of directing a criminal organization and transporting the heroin.
Most of the crew were found not guilty, and just three of the defendants were convicted of simply being accessories to drug dealing. Usually, conventional drug dealers do not have the power to prevent a full-scale investigation of a case, or to threaten judges or send bombs.
It would seem that only people with power inside the Greek establishment could do that, because only those people have access to the Greek Department of Justice, the Ministry of Citizen Protection and the Greek Intelligence Services -- all of which recorded conversations between the masterminds and those who carried out the plan.
The media apparently put a lot of pressure on the establishment for a full-scale investigation -- but nothing happened. The people involved appear untouchable. In this case, again, are Greek media owners offering the Iranians special protection for illegal activities? The Greek government, famous for its blind obedience to decisions by the EU, nevertheless, for the first time decided to ignore the organization.
BSI evidently has close economic ties to terrorism. According to the Wall Street Journal, the U. For Washington, the sanctions against the bank last as long as Iran finances terrorism. Greece was the only country to oppose the ban to extend the sanctions on BSI, to prevent the bank from interacting with Europe's financial system -- despite US appeals to allow the continuation of the sanctions.
Senior officials of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated to the Wall Street Journal, that "there were very strict instructions from Athens to block the sanctions. Greece defends the rule of law in a fragile region where there is unrest, conflict and illegal activity.
So, given these push and pull factors, why did Iran decide to play by the rules? The leadership in Tehran made a sensible calculation that it would benefit much more from playing by the rules than defying them. North Korea has served as a cautionary tale of what happens to the internationally isolated: They can take a great leap backward. In North Korea's case, parts of the country jumped nearly back to the 19th century.
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Iran, by contrast, is a country on the verge of economic breakout. It has a strong middle class, a well-educated workforce, and a range of productive industries. With enough capital and enough global connections, Iran could not only dominate the region economically but become a significant global player as well.
In that context, adhering to the rules of the game was a no-brainer. By the same logic, it's unlikely that Iran will cheat -- unless it doesn't get the benefits it's been promised. Economic Outlaws Most successful economies have outlaw pasts. Go back far enough and you'll find that all the great powers -- the United States, Great Britain, Germany -- defied the conventional economic wisdom of their age in order to succeed.
More recently, in the s and s, South Korea challenged the laws of comparative advantage and won. The largely agrarian country was supposed to focus on what it did best in the global economy -- subcontracting for the Japanese, growing vegetables, and so on. Instead it created globally competitive steel and shipbuilding industries practically from nothing. By refusing to listen to the orthodox economists, South Korea leapfrogged from the level of a sub-Saharan African country in into the ranks of the most developed nations in one generation.
China has done something similar by continuing to adhere to a state-led industrialization model. Argentina thumbed its nose at the international financial community, defaulting on its loans, and ultimately paying back creditors at a much-discounted rate. The immediate consequences were devastatingwith rising unemployment, rising inflation, and a contracting economy.
But Argentina devalued its currency, invested heavily in education and health, took advantage of rising commodity prices particularly soybeansand enjoyed steady economic growth after though it has more recently cooled.
So why didn't Syriza do the same thing for Greece? As a leftist party, it was certainly comfortable making unorthodox economic decisions. But Greece is a small country. Its population is only 11 million Argentina, by contrast, is 41 million. It also doesn't have the kind of leverage that South Korea enjoyed during the height of the Cold War, when the United States needed an ally in Northeast Asia and looked the other way at Seoul's myriad political and economic indiscretions.
Equally germane is Greece's membership in the European Union. That might be a slightly Calvinistic approach, but that's how I see it.
At that time, the EU was the smart choice, and Greece received considerable help to close the gap with fellow members. But that was then. The EU has morphed from an institution committed to equity to an institution committed to austerity. Having taken the EU path, Greece faced the costs of jumping to a different path much as a PC user incurs costs for switching to Mac. The costs multiply even more when the other path is not a clearly worked-out alternative. In some ways, Greece is a victim of what economists call path dependency.
And the sorry truth is that things could get worse for Greece. Over the past few years, the country has taken a remarkable tumble in per capita GDP.
But if it could, Washington would love to talk with Tehran over what is widely seen as its worrying arms build-up, financial support for Palestinian militant groups, such as Hamas, and implacable opposition to Israel and the Middle East peace process. From the wars of antiquity that saw the Persians attack, and then fight, the ultimately victorious Greeks on the fields of Marathon and then the Salamis seas, the country now known as Iran has played a pivotal role for the west's sense of self-definition.
All of which would help explain the visit by George Papandreou, the US-born Greek foreign minister, to Tehran at the behest of Colin Powell last weekend.
Athens has traditionally good relations with the Arab world, not least because Mr Papandreou's late father Andreas, founder of the governing Pasok party and three-time premier, irritated allies in the s. And, as the co-signatories of a trilateral agreement on trade, technology and energy also endorsed by Armenia inthe relations Greece now enjoys with Tehran are said to be "excellent". Iran has fiercely condemned the US strikes against Afghanistan, which it fears will send a tidal wave of refugees across its border.
In talks with Mr Papandreou, Tehran's foreign minister, Kamal Kharrazi, said the aerial campaign was not about smiting global terrorism but "strengthening America's presence in central Asia. And neither Russia, China nor Iran can remain indifferent to such a development.