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‘Terrifying’: Facebook whistleblower cites violence in Myanmar and Ethiopia, spying by China and Iran

The Iran government doing espionage on other state actors. This is definitely a thing that is happening. (Facebook) By Caitlin Hu October 7, 2021 During much-anticipated testimony Tuesday before the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen repeatedly pointed outside of the country for examples of how the social network could be used [...]

By |October 7th, 2021|Africa, East Asia, North America, USA|

Iran media say Khamenei’s ban on Korean appliances ‘a diplomatic message’

Samsung banner being pulled down in Tehran. February 14, 2020. (Twitter) October 4, 2021 State-controlled media in Iran continue to defend a ban on South Korean home appliances, saying that the move was a “diplomatic message” to South Korea. After a letter from Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on September 6, President Ebrahim Raisi [...]

By |October 4th, 2021|East Asia|

Iran’s Raisi bans Korean home appliances on leader’s orders

A Home Appliances shop in Tehran undated. (IRNA) October 1, 2021 After a letter from Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, President Ebrahim Raisi has insisted Iran will not take imports from South Korea’s LG and Samsung. This follows speculation for some months that a reported agreement over using Iranian money frozen in Korean [...]

By |October 1st, 2021|East Asia|

Exclusive-U.S. has reached out to China about cutting oil imports from Iran, officials say

Chinese and U.S. flags flutter outside a company building in Shanghai, China April 14, 2021. (REUTERS) September 29, 2021 The United States has reached out to China diplomatically about reducing its purchases of Iranian crude oil, U.S. and European officials said on Tuesday, as Washington seeks to persuade Tehran to resume talks about [...]

By |September 29th, 2021|East Asia, North America, USA|

Raisi orders Central Bank to recover Iran’s frozen funds abroad

Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi meets Iraq's PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi (not in picture) in Tehran, Sept 12, 2021. (Reuters) September 27, 2021 Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi (Raeesi) issued an order to the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) on Sunday to repatriate Iranian funds blocked overseas because of US banking sanctions. In a meeting of [...]

By |September 27th, 2021|East Asia, Iraq, North America, USA|

Pakistan says last month’s attack on Chinese nationals in Gwadar planned in Iran’s Chahbahar city

A Pakistani paramilitary soldier stands guard near the the Beijing-funded "megaport" of Gwadar, in southwestern Pakistan. (AFP) September 25, 2021 The counterterrorism police in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province revealed on Friday the suicide bomber who targeted Chinese nationals in Gwadar last month had come from Iran, adding that the mastermind of the attack [...]

By |September 25th, 2021|East Asia, Pakistan|

Iran appeals to Chinese companies for billions in oil investments

An oil tanker carrying crude oil arriving in Zhoushan, China. (Getty) September 24, 2021 Iran’s oil minister has said that his country intends to raise $145 billion in domestic and foreign investments to improve its oil industry in the next 4-8 years, underlining the importance of cooperation with Chinese companies. Javad Owji in a meeting [...]

By |September 24th, 2021|East Asia|

Fact check: Is Iran the medical hub of Asia?

Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi (C) during a visit to Imam Khomeini Hospital and Corona Vaccination Center in Tehran, Aug 10, 2021. (AFP) September 24, 2021 In a surprising addition to his first address to the United Nations via a heavily-edited video this week, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi took the opportunity to declare: "Iran is the medical hub [...]

By |September 24th, 2021|East Asia|

Iran’s membership in Asian security body won’t solve sanctions problem

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi attends the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan Sept 17, 2021. (Reuters) By Bijan Khajehpour September 24, 2021 The recent announcement that Iran would start the process of becoming a full member in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization was celebrated in the media. On the Iranian side, a heated public debate is [...]

By |September 24th, 2021|East Asia, North America, USA|

Membership in Shanghai pact would hardly help Iran’s trade

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in a group photograph with heads of delegations of SCO Member States at the 20th SCO-CHS summit being held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on Sept 17, 2021. (PID) September 18, 2021 Iran has joined a regional pact for the first time since the 1979 Islamic revolution as all the eight [...]

By |September 18th, 2021|East Asia, North America, Russia, USA|