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Iranian state malware continues to hack online accounts of religious minority groups

The malware has multiple capabilities that enable the state to identify private user information, communications and contacts. (Shutterstock) May 22, 2019 Iranian state agents continue to use malware to hack into the online accounts of religious minority groups inside and outside Iran, investigations by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has [...]

By |May 22nd, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Iranian IRGC in Syria’s Latakia?

Iranian revolutionary guard forces during fighting in Aleppo, Syria. undated. (Fars) May 22, 2019 Jorf News, a Syrian news site, reported that Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps began a naval combat training course in Latakia province in northern Syria. Latakia is where Russia’s Khmeimim airbase is located. A “source” told Jorf News that [...]

By |May 22nd, 2019|Syria|

900 Iranian writers condemn recent harsh sentences

Iranian writers, (L-R) Reza Khandan, Baktash Abtin, and Kayvan Bazhan. (Social Media) May 22, 2019 More than 900 writers, poets, essayists, and journalists in Iran have condemned the recent harsh verdicts against three prominent members of the Iranian Writers Association (IWA) as an “unjustified,” and “severe damage to the fundamental rights of all [...]

By |May 22nd, 2019|Iran|

Half of American adults expect war with Iran ‘within next few years’

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) transits the Arabian Sea, January 19, 2012. (US Navy) May 22, 2019 Half of all Americans believe that the United States will go to war with Iran "within the next few years," according to a Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll released on Tuesday amid increased [...]

By |May 22nd, 2019|North America, USA|

Minister’s son-in-law in Iran accused of embezzling $50 million

Mohammad Hadi Razavi, accused of embezzlement from the Iranian Sarmayeh Bank, during a court session. May 20, 2019. (Fars) May 22, 2019 Mohammad Hadi Razavi – the son-in-law of Iran’s labor minister, Mohammad Shariatmadari – has been charged with embezzlement and “disruption of the economy” after receiving 2.11 trillion rials (around $51m) in [...]

By |May 22nd, 2019|Iran|

Top Iranian lawmaker says European trade mechanism ‘not likely’ to happen

The ministers of foreign affairs of France, Germany, the EU, Iran, the UK and the US as well as Chinese and Russian diplomats announcing the framework for a Comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear program, Lausanne, 2 April 2015. (AP) May 22, 2019 Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, Heshmatollah [...]

By |May 22nd, 2019|Europe|

Pentagon chief says Iranian threats ‘put on hold’

Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan. (Reuters) May 22, 2019 The United States' response to alleged Iranian threats has “put on hold” potential attacks by Iran, acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said. "I think our steps were very prudent and we've put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans [...]

By |May 22nd, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iranian President seeking wartime powers to deal with ‘economic war’

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani (C) with his cabinet members in a meeting with Iran's senior officials, on April 21, 2018. (IRNA) May 21, 2019 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is seeking expanded, wartime executive powers to better deal with an "economic war" sparked by the US administration's pullout from the nuclear deal and imposition [...]

By |May 21st, 2019|Iran|

France: Europe will not yield to ultimatums from Iran

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire. (AFP) May 21, 2019 France declared on Tuesday that Europe will not succumb to ultimatums from Iran and threats to withdraw from the nuclear deal. "I do not think that Europe will get drawn into this idea of an ultimatum," Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told reporters. [...]

By |May 21st, 2019|Europe|

Iraq to send teams to Tehran, Washington to ‘halt tension’

Adel Abdul Mahdi, the Iraqi PM, addresses the Iraqi parliament during the vote on the new government, in Baghdad, October 24, 2018. (AFP) May 21, 2019 Iraq will send delegations to Washington and Tehran to help “halt tension” amid fears of a confrontation between the United States and Iran in the Middle East, [...]

By |May 21st, 2019|Iraq|