This is not Tse's first run-in with law enforcement. Tse pleaded guilty to felony narcotics charges in the United States in 2000 and was sentenced to nine years in prison. Details surrounding the case are limited because it is still sealed, but the source said he was released in 2006 and returned to Canada before moving to Hong Kong. … [Read more...] about Chinese-Canadian alleged drug kingpin, accused of running one of the world’s biggest methamphetamine cartels, is arrested in Amsterdam
President Rouhani has expressed keen interest in negotiating with Biden, and although it won’t be an easy trick to work out the details of a new iteration of the JCPOA with the United States back in, it seems very likely that such an agreement can and will be reached within a matter a few months. After all, Iran is desperate to get relief from Trump’s extensive web of economic sanctions, which have hurt the Iranian people far more than they have affected Iranian foreign policy. Biden joins the vast majority of the international affairs community in believing the world will be a much safer place once the United States is back on side, which will open the door to discussion of other issues of contention, of which there are more than a few. … [Read more...] about Can Biden Fix the Mess Trump Made of Our Relationship With Iran?
Ahead of the 2021 presidential elections, the assassination has also provoked intense factional fighting, and several hardline figures have vociferously slammed the Rouhani administration. A 2021 presidential hopeful, the top IRGC commander Hossein Dehghan, who is an adviser to the Supreme Leader, said that officials must provide answers on the security breach and the “infiltration” network that led to Fakhrizadeh’s assassination. Rahim No’i-Aqdam, a retired Guard Corps commander who held a top post in Syria, said scientists have been targeted in the past decade because “the enemy” no longer feels threatened by officials, who are “useless” and influenced by “infiltrators,” referring to officials like those in the Rouhani administration. He called for a revolutionary administration to come to power. Hardline MP Javad Karimi Qodusi accused Rouhani and diplomats of a meeting between Fakhrizadeh and the IAEA that led to his … [Read more...] about Iran Can’t Get Its Story Straight on Assassination of Top Nuclear Scientist
Me being the clinically extremely vulnerable group, it was more important for me to have it as soon as I was called forward to have it for my health rather than thinking about competing. I’m really happy, really grateful to the scientists and the NHS and just really happy that I’ve been able to have it. … [Read more...] about Report: Elite Athletes to Get Coronavirus Vaccinations to ‘Save’ Tokyo Olympics
Turkey’s Maritime Directorate said the crew initially locked themselves in a safe area but the pirates forced entry after six hours. During the struggle, one crew member aboard died. It identified the victim as engineer Farman Ismayilov of Azerbaijan, the only non-Turkish crew member. … [Read more...] about Pirates attack Turkish ship off W. Africa; kill 1, kidnap 15