Articles from Juan Cole

Iran formally switches from dollar to euro

Middle East Monitor | – –

Iran’s feud with the US is set to get worse after Tehran announced yesterday that it will start reporting foreign currency amounts in euros rather than US dollars, as part of the country’s effort to reduce its reliance on the American currency due to political tension with Washington.

Central bank governor Valiollah Seif said last week that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had welcomed his suggestion of replacing the dollar with the euro in foreign trade, as the “dollar has no place in our transactions today”.

Like Eating Fish? Then buy an electric Car and put up Solar Panels

By Jefferson Keith Moore | (The Conversation) | – –

Climate change is rapidly warming the Earth and altering ecosystems on land and at sea that produce our food. In the oceans, most added heat from climate warming is still near the surface and will take centuries to work down into deeper waters. But as this happens, it will change ocean circulation patterns and make ocean food chains less productive.

Diamond rain in Sudan evidence of ‘lost planet,’ Arab Scientists Find

Middle East Monitor | – –

Diamonds from outer space formed inside a long-lost planet

Diamonds found inside a meteorite which exploded over Sudan could prove the existence of a “lost planet”, scientists have announced.

Following years of research, a new study has found that the tiny diamonds contain compounds that are only produced under intense pressure, suggesting they were formed far beneath the surface of a planet.

Israel to French Mayor: You can’t visit Occupied Palestine if you stand against Occupation

TeleSur | – –

Leclerc Patrice, a member of the French Communist Party, has been denied entry into Israel more than once for his support of the BDS movement.

France’s Foreign Ministry requested Tuesday that Israeli authorities allow entry for elected officials into Israel and occupied Palestinian territories, a day after the mayor of Gennevilliers, a Paris suburb, was denied entry to the West Bank for his support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS).