Mike Shuster http://wmra.org en To Combat Sanctions, Iran Buys Up Gold http://wmra.org/post/combat-sanctions-iran-buys-gold Iran is stockpiling gold. That's the way David Cohen sees it. He's undersecretary of the Treasury, and the Treasury's point man for the banking sanctions the U.S. has imposed on Iran.<p>"Iran is attempting to hoard gold, both by acquiring it and by preventing the export of gold from Iran, in a somewhat desperate attempt to try and defend the value of its currency," Cohen says.<p>Iran faces an oil embargo from many Western countries, and the U.S. has also imposed tough banking sanctions. Iran still manages to sell some oil, although a reduced amount, to neighboring Turkey. Fri, 09 Nov 2012 20:29:00 +0000 Mike Shuster 15475 at http://wmra.org To Combat Sanctions, Iran Buys Up Gold Signals From Iran Indicate Willingness To Talk http://wmra.org/post/signals-iran-indicate-willingness-talk Iran is hurting. Economic and banking sanctions, plus an effective oil embargo led by the European Union, have brought chaos to Iran's economy. The bottom fell out of its currency, the rial, a couple of weeks ago, provoking street protests. Iranians of all social classes are struggling to cope.<p>These challenges, along with other signals, hint at Iran's willingness to engage in bilateral talks with the U.S. about its nuclear activities. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 08:29:00 +0000 Mike Shuster 14576 at http://wmra.org Signals From Iran Indicate Willingness To Talk Panic Rises In Iran As Currency Plunges To New Lows http://wmra.org/post/panic-rises-iran-currency-plunges-new-lows Large crowds of anxious Iranians gathered in Tehran on Sunday and Monday at foreign exchange offices — some of which had shuttered their doors — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/10/02/162165257/currency-in-crisis-collapse-of-irans-rial-continues">as Iran's currency continues its free fall</a>.<p>From Sunday to Monday, the rial lost nearly one-third of its value against the dollar — and the decline appears to have continued Tuesday.<p>Most economists say it's the very tough economic and banking sanctions against Iran, as well as an embargo on Iranian oil sales, that are respons Tue, 02 Oct 2012 20:47:00 +0000 Mike Shuster 13754 at http://wmra.org Panic Rises In Iran As Currency Plunges To New Lows As Sanctions Take A Toll, Debate In Iran Heats Up http://wmra.org/post/sanctions-take-toll-debate-iran-heats Yukiya Amano is frustrated.<p>Last week, Amano, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told a meeting of the agency in Vienna that he is aggravated by Iran's unwillingness to show the IAEA what's going on at a base called Parchin.<p>"Iran should engage with us without further delay on the substance of our concerns," he said. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 21:53:00 +0000 Mike Shuster 13045 at http://wmra.org As Sanctions Take A Toll, Debate In Iran Heats Up Another Round Of Iranian Nuclear Talks To Begin http://wmra.org/post/another-round-iranian-nuclear-talks-begin Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>Talks with Iran on its controversial nuclear program are set to intensify in the coming days. Tomorrow in Vienna, authorities from the International Atomic Energy Agency meet again with Iranian representatives. They'll discuss some past suspicious nuclear activities. Next week, other talks involving the United States, Europe, Russia and China are set to resume.<p>Now, as they talk, banking sanctions and an oil embargo remain in effect. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 08:52:00 +0000 Mike Shuster 11822 at http://wmra.org From All Sides, Iran Under Siege http://wmra.org/post/all-sides-iran-under-siege Iran appears to be facing a crisis more serious than anything it has experienced since its war with Iraq in the 1980s.<p>Diplomatically, President Bashar Assad's regime is under threat from the widening war in Syria, Iran's sole ally in the Arab world. Domestically, the European oil embargo and U.S. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 19:30:00 +0000 Mike Shuster 11462 at http://wmra.org From All Sides, Iran Under Siege In Pakistan, Sounds Of A Different Kind Of Drone http://wmra.org/post/pakistan-sounds-different-kind-drone Bagpipes and Scotland? Aye, it's a natural association: Played for centuries, the instrument is especially identified with the Scottish military and traditional Scottish dress, tartan kilts and shawls.<p>But bagpipes and Pakistan? Nae, you say? Think again.<p>Turns out no place in the world manufactures more bagpipes than Pakistan. Thu, 26 Jul 2012 08:09:00 +0000 Mike Shuster 10352 at http://wmra.org In Pakistan, Sounds Of A Different Kind Of Drone It's Deja Vu As Pakistan's Political Crisis Deepens http://wmra.org/post/its-deja-vu-pakistans-political-crisis-deepens An ongoing political crisis has left Pakistan's government paralyzed and near collapse, as the country's Supreme Court attempts to revive corruption charges against the president in an apparent effort to force his resignation.<p>Accusations of corruption have always clouded the reputation of President Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of slain Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.<p>Some time ago, the government of Switzerland opened an investigation into Zardari's financial dealings, but the case was closed with no action taken.<p>But Pakistan's Supreme Court has Zardari in its sights. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 19:50:00 +0000 Mike Shuster 10220 at http://wmra.org It's Deja Vu As Pakistan's Political Crisis Deepens The Cost Of Women's Rights In Northwest Pakistan http://wmra.org/post/cost-womens-rights-northwest-pakistan Earlier this month, 25-year-old Farida Afridi, who ran an organization that provides information for women about their rights, was gunned down in the street, near the city of Peshawar in northwest Pakistan. No one has been arrested for this killing. In all likelihood no one will be.<p>On July 4, Afridi was leaving her home to go to her office in Peshawar. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 07:06:00 +0000 Mike Shuster 10005 at http://wmra.org 'Hard Questions' Remain In U.S.-Pakistan Relations http://wmra.org/post/hard-questions-remain-us-pakistan-relations A U.S. operation in the mountains near Afghanistan last November killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. Pakistan wanted an apology. The U.S. refused. In response, Pakistan shut down supply routes to Afghanistan for NATO convoys.<p>After intense talks, two border crossings were reopened last week to convoys for the U.S. and NATO forces.<p>Pakistan's ambassador in Washington, Sherry Rehman, was at the center of the negotiations. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 07:39:00 +0000 Mike Shuster 9618 at http://wmra.org 'Hard Questions' Remain In U.S.-Pakistan Relations