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Nuclear deadlock? Iran envoy says US won’t lift sanctions on 500 entities

Iran's ambassador to the U.N. nuclear watchdog Kazem Gharibabadi (R) leaves after the meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission, in Vienna, May 7, 2021. (REUTERS) July 30, 2021 The United States is refusing to lift sanctions on 500 Iranian individuals or entities in returning to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran's [...]

By |July 30th, 2021|North America, USA|

US planning new sanctions against Iran’s precision weapons

Western officials are more concerned about the immediate danger in the region from those capabilities than from Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. (IRAN) July 30, 2021 Amid stalled nuclear negotiations with Iran, the United States plans to impose sanctions aimed at Tehran’s expanding capability in deploying precision drones and guided missiles, The [...]

By |July 30th, 2021|North America, USA|

Rage and resignation in Iran over internet filtering bill

The internet has become a formidable weapon in the Iranian people's fight for freedom. (IranWire) July 30, 2021 On Wednesday, July 28, Iran’s conservative-dominated parliament voted to implement a new law that could further restrict Iranians’ access to the internet and social media. The hugely controversial and surreally-named “Bill for the Protection of [...]

By |July 30th, 2021|Iran|

Ali Khamenei blasts the Rouhani administration in final cabinet meeting

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei speaks via videoconference with the Iranian cabinet in the presence of President Hassan Rouhani, August 23, 2020. (Iranian presidency) By Ehsan Mehrabi July 29, 2021 This week the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran delivered a startling reproach to the outgoing Rouhani administration in its final weeks of [...]

By |July 29th, 2021|Iran|

Iranian hackers posed as aerobics instructors from UK to target defense workers

Stuart Davis, a director at FireEye's speaks to journalists about the techniques of Iranian hacking, Sept. 20, 2017, in Dubai, UAE. (AP)) July 29, 2021 A group of Iranian hackers posed as aerobics instructors from Liverpool, UK, and sent flirtatious messages in an attempt to steal sensitive information from defense and aerospace industry [...]

By |July 29th, 2021|Europe|

Blinken says Iran negotiating process cannot go on indefinitely

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken boards his airplane following his visit to the G7 summit, in Cornwall, Britain, Juna 12, 2021. (REUTERS) July 29, 2021 U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday the negotiating process with Iran to revive a 2015 nuclear deal could not go on indefinitely, and that [...]

By |July 29th, 2021|North America, USA|

Iran’s ‘private sector’ imports AstraZeneca vaccines made in Russia

Iran has fallen short in its vaccination effort, mainly because of ban on purchasing American and British vaccines. (IRNA) July 29, 2021 Iran’s Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that a shipment of 300,000 doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines produced in Russia has been imported “by the private sector”, amid a surge in [...]

By |July 29th, 2021|Russia|

US Senators urge Biden to deny Iran’s president visa for the UN

US Senators Tom Cotton. (Getty) July 29, 2021 In a letter to President Joe Biden this week(link is external), US Senators Tom Cotton, Chuck Grassley, Rick Scott, Marsha Blackburn, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz have requested that he refuse to issue a visa to Iran’s incoming President Ebrahim Raisi(link is external) and senior Iranian officials [...]

By |July 29th, 2021|North America, USA|

Senior Sunni cleric in Iran says water is not the only reason for unrest

Molavi Abdolhamid advised the authorities to fulfill people’s demands. (Supplied) July 29, 2021 A senior Sunni cleric in Iran has criticized the government’s management of the country and implicitly defending protests in oil-rich Khuzestan province, has said the reason is not just lack of water. Molavi Abolhamid, the religious leader of Sunnis in [...]

By |July 29th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Iranian in giant hamster wheel washes up on Florida coast

Reza Beluchi's water-running contraption. (Facebook) July 29, 2021 An Iranian man in a giant hamster-wheel-like device has washed up on the beach in Florida after attempting to run on water from Florida to New York, the BBC reports. Reza Baluchi was attempting to make the 1,609 km journey in order to raise money [...]

By |July 29th, 2021|North America, USA|