Tag: Iran

The Long Odds Facing China’s Protesters

Still, without some of China’s elite breaking with Mr. Xi to support the protesters, William Hurst, a Northwestern University scholar, wrote on Twitter, “the most likely scenario I can see is that the protests fizzle out (as most such movements do in most countries).” Understand the Protests in China “Having erupted spontaneously in a short […]

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The U.S. Cleared a Big World Cup Hurdle. The Knockout Round Poses Another.

DOHA, Qatar — Those last few minutes, the ones in which everything the United States has worked for was close enough to touch, seemed to stretch on and on into the night. The clock refused to tick. There was always another attack to repel, another ball to clear, another scare to survive. Eight years since […]

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World Cup Paradox: If Protesting Iran Team Beats U.S., They Help the Regime

It’s interesting that you raise the Miracle on Ice because in some ways it’s slightly different. First thing I’ll say is the importance of this is because you are hosting the next men’s World Cup and a good showing by the national team is important in selling back to the U.S. where, let’s face it, […]

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World Cup Paradox: If Protesting Iran Team Beats U.S., It Helps the Regime

It’s interesting that you raise the Miracle on Ice because in some ways it’s slightly different. First thing I’ll say is the importance of this is because you are hosting the next men’s World Cup, and a good showing by the national team is important in selling back to the U.S. where, let’s face it, […]

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Ahead of U.S.-Iran, Tough Questions and Two Teams Feeling the Heat

DOHA, Qatar — The news conference was ostensibly about a soccer game, but the match was the last thing on the mind of the Iranian reporter as he rose to speak. Gripping the microphone, he set aside his question and instead started with a scolding. “Our country is named ih-RAHN, not EYE-ran,” he lectured the […]

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U.S. Soccer Captain Shuts Down Iranian Reporter’s Whataboutism After Flag Row at World Cup

“I grew up in a white family with obviously an African-American heritage and background, as well. So I had a little bit of different cultures and I was very, very easily able to assimilate in different cultures,” he said. “Not everyone has that ease and the ability to do that…through education, I think it’s super […]

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A U.S.-Iran Soccer Showdown Intensifies With Protests as a Backdrop

When players representing Iran and the United States take the field at the World Cup in Qatar on Tuesday, millions of fans will be dissecting every move — not just passes, fouls and headers, but also whether the Iranian players sing the national anthem, celebrate any goals or speak about the protests shaking their country. […]

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U.S. Crypto Exchange Kraken Settles With Treasury Department

Kraken, a U.S. cryptocurrency exchange, agreed on Monday to pay more than $360,000 to the Treasury Department to settle accusations of sanctions violations involving virtual currency transactions by users in Iran. The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said Kraken, the second largest crypto exchange by volume in the United States, had agreed to […]

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Iran Calls for U.S. to Be Expelled From World Cup

DOHA, Qatar — A representative of Iran’s soccer federation on Sunday called for the United States to be expelled from soccer’s World Cup over social media posts that the federation claimed had “disrespected” Iran’s flag. The United States Soccer Federation drew Iran’s ire by including a doctored Iran flag in two posts on its official […]

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Iran’s Football Team Has Already Won

Iran’s national football team, known affectionately as Team Melli, kicked off its World Cup on Monday in dispiriting fashion. The side, which came into the tournament the highest-ranked team from Asia, lost a one-sided match to England, 6-2. There is time to make amends. On Friday, Team Melli plays Wales — a potentially winnable match […]

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U.S. Confronts Iran on Protests, Ukraine and Nuclear Enrichment

U.S. intelligence officials assessed that reviving the deal was as unpopular among Iranian conservatives and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which runs the military side of the nuclear program, as it was among many American critics of the arrangement. The Iranians had sought, unsuccessfully, a commitment that the United States would never again withdraw from […]

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How Iran’s Security Forces Use Ambulances to Suppress Protests

In early October, about a month into Iran’s anti-government protests, a Tehran resident reported seeing at least three protesters being shoved into an ambulance during a student-led demonstration. But the resident said the protesters did not appear to be injured. Around the same time, Niki, a university student in Tehran, said she saw security forces […]

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Iran’s Team Refuses To Sing National Anthem at World Cup Opener

Boebert also live-tweeted the riots, telling her followers exactly when members were locked in the House chambers and when Speaker Nancy Pelosi (whose husband was recently violently attacked by a right-wing extremist) was removed from the chambers. Later, at a Republican Party meeting, Boebert defended the rioters, saying, “We already see in Washington, D.C., you […]

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Iran Unleashes Its Wrath on Its Children for Joining Protests

In one incident, a Tehran elementary school was attacked last month when security forces threw tear gas in its yard during recess because students were chanting anti-government slogans, according to a parent whose third-grade son attends the school. “My children are not safe on the streets, and they are not safe in school anymore. Every […]

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White House condemns death sentence for protester in Iran

President Biden’s top national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, condemned the death sentence an Iranian court has issued against a protester, reiterating that the U.S. stands with those demonstrating in Iran. “We are deeply concerned about reports from Iran of mass arrests, sham trials, and now a death sentence for protesters voicing legitimate demands against a […]

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Aerial War Over Ukraine Heats Up as Russia Pounds Cities

KYIV, Ukraine — As Ukrainian officials celebrate the arrival of more advanced Western air-defense systems and claim growing success at shooting down Russian rockets and drones, they are warning that Moscow is buying new long-range weapons against which Kyiv’s forces have little defense — specifically, ballistic missiles from Iran. With movement on the ground slowing, […]

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Kyiv Planning for Total Evacuation if It Loses Electricity

KYIV, Ukraine — As they struggle to maintain an electricity grid heavily damaged by Russian missiles, officials in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, say they have begun planning for a once unthinkable possibility: a complete blackout that would require the evacuation of the city’s approximately three million remaining residents. The situation is already so dire, with […]

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Biden says ‘we’re gonna free Iran’ at campaign stop in California

President Biden on Thursday vowed to “free Iran” during a campaign rally in San Diego, adding that citizens of the country will free themselves soon. “Don’t worry, we’re gonna free Iran. They’re gonna free themselves pretty soon,” Biden said at a political event for Rep. Mike Levin (D-Calif.). The president was in San Diego during a swing […]

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Biden and Netanyahu Gear Up for a Complicated New Era

When President Biden took office last year, he held the advantage in a tumultuous, four-decade relationship with Benjamin Netanyahu, the longtime Israeli prime minister. Mr. Biden had vanquished former President Donald J. Trump, who was a close ally of Mr. Netanyahu, and the new American president made clear that one of his first foreign policy […]

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Iranian Authorities Crack Down on Protests at Tehran Apartment Complex

The family of four was watching television at home in central Tehran on Sunday night when a series of big explosions outside rattled their windows. The mother grabbed her two children and ducked under the dining table. The husband peeked out from a window to see what was going on and several laser dots flashed […]

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Harris calls for Iran’s ouster from UN group charged with protecting women’s rights 

Vice President Harris on Wednesday called for Iran to be removed from the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, the body charged with promoting gender equality and addressing issues related to women’s rights.   “Iran has demonstrated through its denial of women’s rights and brutal crackdown on its own people that it is unfit to […]

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Memorials for 2 Young Women Killed in Iran Galvanize Protests

For the second day in a row, tens of thousands of Iranians took to the streets across the country on Thursday to remember a young woman killed by security forces in a protest movement calling for an end to clerical rule that shows no sign of abating, and once again security forces fired on the […]

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US issues new sanctions as women-led Iran protests hit 40 days

The Biden administration on Wednesday issued sanctions on more than a dozen Iranian officials and three entities in response to Tehran’s brutal crackdown on women-led, anti-government protests. The sanctions were published the same day Iranian protesters are holding a memorial for Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old woman who was allegedly beaten to death by Iran’s “morality […]

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Thousands in Iran Mourn Mahsa Amini, Whose Death Set Off Protests

Thousands of Iranian mourners made their way to the hometown of Mahsa Amini early on Wednesday to mark 40 days of mourning since her death in police custody, defying a heavy crackdown in response to the protests that have since embroiled the country, according to local media, videos on social media and rights groups. The […]

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Zar Amir Ebrahimi, an Iranian Exile, Channels Trauma in ‘Holy Spider’

Ebrahimi, who received threats from the Islamic Republic soon after she won the award at Cannes, including an allusion by the culture ministry to the fate of the author Salman Rushdie, said that the impact of living in Iran “affects men, too. If they drink or not, if they read something or not — there […]

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The Iranian Drones in Ukraine’s Already Crowded Skies

WASHINGTON — The Iranian Shahed-136 drone was designed to explode on impact, and on Monday, Russian forces launched dozens of them at targets across Ukraine. One hit an apartment building in Kyiv, the capital, killing four people, including a woman who was six months pregnant. As the war enters its ninth month, the Shahed is […]

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Russia Shrinks Forces in Syria, a Factor in Israeli Strategy There

JERUSALEM — Russia recently redeployed critical military hardware and troops from Syria, according to three senior officials based in the Middle East, underscoring how its faltering invasion of Ukraine has eroded Moscow’s influence elsewhere and removing one of several obstacles to Israeli support for Ukraine. Russia, which has been a dominant military force in Syria […]

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Iranian Climber Elnaz Rekabi Is Welcomed by Crowds in Tehran

The pictures seemed reassuring: Hundreds line the road at Tehran’s main airport, cheering and chanting Elnaz Rekabi’s name as the minibus carrying her slowly weaves through the jubilant crowd. “Hero, Elnaz!” cries the throng of men and women, young and old, gathered outside the terminal, their rhythmic and thundering claps echoing across a neon-lit forecourt. […]

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Russia Targets Power, Water and Heat for Ukraine’s Civilians

KYIV, Ukraine — From towns near the front lines to high-rises in the capital, Ukrainians faced shortages of electricity, water and heat on Tuesday as Russia’s bombardment of civilian targets and infrastructure threatened millions of people with the prospect of a desolate winter without basic services. The Russian barrage heralds a new phase of the […]

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Iran Sends Drone Trainers to Crimea to Aid Russian Military

WASHINGTON — Iran has sent trainers to occupied Ukraine to help Russians overcome problems with the fleet of drones that they purchased from Tehran, according to current and former U.S. officials briefed on the classified intelligence, a further signal of the growing closeness between Iran and Russia since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. The Iranian trainers […]

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