Thursday, June 11, 2015

Secretly Filmed Video Shows Life in Mosul One Year After ISIS Capture - Newsweek

Updated | The BBC Tuesday published secretly recorded footage of life under the Islamic State (ISIS) one year after the militant group took control of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq.
The daily lives of the city’s residents have been “changed in an indescribable way,” according to one resident who spoke with the BBC. Supplies of fuel are running low, forcing locals to buy gas on the black market, while construction and garbage collection has stopped. Many children have quit going to school, and some schools now teach an ISIS-approved curriculum. Propaganda videos often play in the markets, and militants also attempt to indoctrinate and control the city’s population through “media points,” where the group can spread its message.
"I've come to the conclusion that the goal of this organization is to plant the seeds of violence, hate and sectarianism into children's minds," resident Mahmoud told the BBC. ...
bth: worth reading in full and watching the linked BBC video. This article is one of the first confirming a gasoline shortage, burning wood and reduction of basic services such as garbage collection.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Iran hopes to begin Russia oil-for-goods exports this week: report - Reuters

The Kremlin announced in April it had begun to implement the deal, in which Iran would export up to 500,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil to Russia in exchange for goods of an equivalent value, but traders said they saw no signs of it....

"We agreed with (Russian Energy Minister) Alexander Novak in Vienna that Russia will buy less than 500,000 bpd from Iran in exchange for cash, and Iran will use this cash to buy Russian goods such as steel, wheat and oil products from Russia."

Iran's oil exports have fallen by more than half to around 1.1 million bpd since 2012, when Western powers imposed sanctions aimed at curbing the Islamic Republic's disputed nuclear programme....

Russia also lifted a self-imposed ban on selling the advanced S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Iran shortly after the interim nuclear agreement, a move criticised by Western powers.

bth: one wonders why it took them nearly a year to implement this deal.  Also  it would represent a substantial portion of Iran's exports if fully realized.  I note the import items are steel, wheat and oil products which I assume include refined petrol and of course weapons.