Tag: Iran

Iran Declares Protests Are Over, but the Evidence Suggests Otherwise

The Iranian authorities moved Thursday to project the appearance of normalcy after a week of violent protests over gasoline price increases, partly restoring internet access and decreeing that the mayhem that convulsed the country was really a foreign-backed failure. But other developments suggested that a severe crackdown was underway in response to the street clashes, […]

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Here’s What Happened in Iran While the Government Strangled the Internet

Iran’s government began reconnecting the country to the global internet on Thursday morning, more than four days after responding to widespread protests about fuel prices with an almost total internet blackout. Iran has been widely criticized for cutting off access to the internet in a bid to stifle the protests against a 50% hike in […]

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Israel Launches Airstrikes in Syria to Target Iranian Forces

Israel said it carried out airstrikes early on Wednesday against Iranian forces near the Syrian capital, in response to an Iranian attack on Israel a day earlier, potentially escalating tensions along Israel’s northeastern border. The strikes killed at least 11 people, according to a rights monitoring group. The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement […]

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The Ayatollah Comes for the Internet

Authoritarian governments have increasingly sought to use internet disruptions and blockades as weapons to crush dissent. Reports of internet shutdowns have recently come from Hong Kong, Iraq and Indian-controlled Kashmir, where access to the internet has been cut off for more than three months now. Now it’s Iran’s turn. Over the weekend, the government imposed […]

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Iran’s ‘Iron Fist’: Rights Group Says More Than 100 Protesters Are Dead

Protests against the Iranian government erupted for a fifth day across the country on Tuesday, as the authorities scrambled to crush the unrest and reports emerged of mounting injuries and deaths. The rights group Amnesty International said that as many as 106 protesters in 21 cities had been killed over the course of the protests, […]

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Iran Turned off the Internet to Shut Down Protests, and No One Knows When It’s Coming Back On

Minutes after protests broke out in over 100 cities across Iran on Friday, following a 50 percent hike in fuel prices, officials at the state-run Telecommunication Company of Iran (TIC) put in motion a plan to suffocate the demonstrations, cutting off the oxygen that now fuels most protest movements across the world: the internet. Within […]

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Marine Vet Freed by Iran in 2016 Sues U.S. Over Unpaid Compensation

When a Marine veteran from Michigan was freed by Iran in 2016, an ordeal of imprisonment, torture and deprivation that had lasted almost four and a half years came to an end. Amir Hekmati was welcomed home as a hero. But his battle with the government in Tehran has given way to a struggle against […]

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Iran Intel Leak: Main Takeaways From Secret Cables

Information from a trove of secret Iranian intelligence cables was published simultaneously by The Intercept and The New York Times on Monday. The leak exposed Iran’s vast influence in Iraq, detailing the painstaking efforts of Iranian spies to co-opt Iraqi leaders and infiltrate every aspect of political life. The trove consists of roughly 700 pages […]

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Condemns Protesters as ‘Thugs’

TEHRAN, Iran — The supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Sunday called angry protesters who have been setting fire to public property over an increase in gas prices “thugs,” signaling a potential crackdown on the demonstrations. Ayatollah Khamenei backed the government’s decision to raise the government-set prices for gasoline by 50 percent as […]

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Protests Erupt in Iran as Fuel Prices Are Abruptly Raised

The authorities in Iran abruptly raised gasoline prices as much as 300 percent early Friday and imposed a strict rationing system, some of the most severe steps taken to manage an economic crisis caused in part by American sanctions. Within hours, protests erupted in Tehran and other cities. An announcement carried on state-run television described […]

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But Actually, How Scary Is Critical Infrastructure Hacking?

Some of the most fascinating hacks don’t pwn a shady malware companies, expose the trade secrets of America, or embarrass the Democratic National Committee. Instead, they target water systems, nuclear power plants, and the oil and gas sector. Critical infrastructure hacking was brought to the public’s attention by former Secretary of State and CIA director […]

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Iraqi Protesters Cheer Victory Over Iran, at Least on the Soccer Field

BAGHDAD — The protesters massed and shouted against Iran again on Thursday in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square and elsewhere, much as they have done over the past six weeks. But this time they were shouting with euphoria. Their national soccer team outscored Iran 2-1 in a World Cup qualifying match. The police, who in other circumstances […]

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Iran Finds Oil Field With Over 50 Billion Barrels, Rouhani Says

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has discovered an oil field in the country’s south with more than 50 billion barrels of crude oil, its president said on Sunday, a development that could bolster the nation’s proven reserves by a third as it struggles to sell energy abroad. The announcement by President Hassan Rouhani comes as Iran […]

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Pompeo Urges the World to Counter Iran’s ‘Nuclear Extortion’

Iran is moving toward being able to develop a nuclear weapon in a short time frame, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday, calling Tehran’s actions to expand its nuclear program “extortion” that should inspire “all nations” to increase pressure. Iran said this week that it had increased its supply of advanced centrifuges and […]

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Iran Steps Further From Nuclear Deal With Move on Centrifuges

In an effort to counter American sanctions, Iran will pull further away from a landmark nuclear accord signed four years ago, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday, announcing that the country would inject uranium gas into more than 1,000 centrifuges. Injecting the gas is a step toward uranium enrichment, which in turn moves Iran closer […]

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Iraqis Rise Against a Reviled Occupier: Iran

BAGHDAD — It started quietly a month or so ago with scattered protests. Those steadily expanded until last week more than 200,000 Iraqis marched in Baghdad, raging against the Iraqi government and a foreign occupier — not the United States this time, but Iran. While the current leaders of the Iraqi government cower inside the […]

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Trump’s Syria Trifecta: A Win for Putin, a Loss for the Kurds and Lots of Uncertainty for Our Allies

On the eve of the Iraq war, in 2003, Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain addressed a joint session of Congress about America’s foreign policy mission: “In some small corner of this vast country, out in Nevada or Idaho or these places I’ve never been to but always wanted to go,” said Blair, “there’s a […]

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A Shiite Holiday Turns Into a Test of Iranian Power in Iraq

KARBALA, Iraq — The annual ceremony commemorating a founding figure of Shiite Islam is one of the most important religious celebrations in the Shiite world, drawing millions of pilgrims to the holy city of Karbala, Iraq. This year, the Arbaeen ceremony was also a political skirmish — the latest test of Iran’s power in Iraq […]

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Trump Takes Incoherence and Inhumanity and Calls It Foreign Policy

It was just five years ago that an American president, faced with a crisis on Syria’s border, acted decisively and honorably. Barack Obama responded with airstrikes and a rescue operation in 2014 when the Islamic State started a genocide against members of the Yazidi sect, slaughtering men and forcing women and girls into sexual slavery. […]

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Trump’s Gut, and the Gutting of American Credibility

LONDON — President Trump has given a master class in the unhappy link between his “gut” and the gutting of American credibility. His flippancy over the fate of the Kurds in northern Syria has been criminal in its disregard for human life, America’s friends and American interests. From Trump’s sort-of green light to Turkey’s assault […]

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Justice Dept. Indicts Turkish Bank on Charges of Evading Iran Sanctions

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Tuesday escalated pressure on Turkey by filing fraud and money laundering charges against the country’s second-largest state-owned bank, accusing it of helping Iran evade United States sanctions. The charges against the institution, Halkbank, came as the administration sought ways to project that it was taking a tough line with […]

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