This blog has made a consistent effort to keep readers abreast of reportage concerning Iran-Argentina relations. While the AMIA issue is critical, of course, Tehran’s designs throughout Latin America should remain front and center.
Rouhani’s election has not changed that.
In this context, it is unfortunate that media coverage of the issue reawakens mostly due to periodical (and welcomed) actions by the US Congress. But alas, this being the reality we’ll go with the flow by accentuating this recent article by the Miami Herald‘s Andres Oppenheimer – one of several updating about a recent exchange of letters between senators and the US State Department following the latter’s June report determining that Iranian influence in Latin America is “waning.”
Oppenheimer’s report points out one particularly interesting example of Iran’s “waning” influence: the continued broadcasts in Puerto Rico of Iran’s Spanish-language channel Hispan TV, which belongs to the US-sanctioned Iranian broadcasting authority (IRIB). He has already emphasized in a previous report the anti-western, anti-Semitic and anti-Christian venom the channel spews out on a regular basis.
The jury’s still out as to whether Rouhani will continue Ahmadinejad’s strategy of providing political and economic cover for Tehran to advance its strategic goals south of the border. In lieu of a revised US State Department report, all readers have to go on are Rouhani’s pledges to this end to counterparts from Venezuela and Cuba.
For good measure, we’ll conclude with a word about Argentina. After all the fanfare, turns out that Iran has no intention of formally updating Buenos Aires concerning
ratification of the AMIA memorandum of understanding.
Indeed, why should it? Tehran’s already achieved what it sought, including fueling the delegitimization campaign against prosecutor Alberto Nisman.
Don’t believe us? Just ask head of the DC-based, pro-Iran lobby Trita Parsi….