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As the world marks the 43rd anniversary of the 1979 Iranian Revolution this month, desperation and resignation have come to define Washington’s actions towards the Islamic Republic.
So why am I optimistic?
The theocracy in Tehran is not at all what those who deposed the late Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi had in mind when they toppled the dynastic leader. It was Ruhollah Khomeini who ruthlessly exploited the disarray resulting from the so-called Islamic revolution to crush his rivals and consolidate power in the hands of the ayatollahs, effectively replacing one dictatorship with another. As those loyal to the Supreme Leader purged those deemed subversive to the new system, one prominent voice of dissent – the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (Mujahedin-e-Khalq or MEK, as they were known in Farsi) – grew louder. read more
‘Sobering and shocking’: Lawmakers pessimistic about new Iran nuke deal
Biden administration officials warned senators on Wednesday that Iran is “weeks” away from producing enough material for a nuclear weapon.
Politico, February 9, 2022
Top Biden administration officials warned senators on Wednesday that Iran could produce enough material for a nuclear bomb in as little as two months, bolstering lawmakers’ concerns that the window for a diplomatic solution is rapidly closing.
The assessment, delivered in a classified briefing and described by one senator as “sobering and shocking,” comes as President Joe Biden’s diplomats are racing to strike a deal with Tehran that would prevent it from acquiring a nuclear weapon.. read more
Unlike everywhere else in the world where hacking is labeled cybercrime and largely intersects with misinformation or manipulation of public opinion, there are incidents in Iran that serve the opposite.
On February 7, an Iranian cyber group calling itself Edalat-e Ali (Persian for Imam Ali’s Justice) told RFERL (Radio Free Europe)that it had hacked the surveillance network system at Karaj’s Ghezel Hessar prison and gotten access to some evidence about the crimes committed by the Iranian regime.
“We, Iranians, we are political prisoners of this authoritarian regime, and we are going to turn the 10 Day Fajr Ceremonies into a period of resumption of nationwide protests,” the group announced. read more
DUBAI, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Iran unveiled a new domestically-made missile with a range of 1,450 kilometers on Wednesday, state TV reported, a day after Tehran and Washington resumed indirect talks to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal. Iran, which has one of the biggest missile programs in the Middle East, says its ballistic missiles have a range of up to 2,000 km (1,200 miles) and are capable of reaching its arch-foe Israel and U.S. bases in the region. read more
An officer of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards says about 850 people were killed in two provinces alone in the first two days of the bloody November 2019 protests.
During the Sunday session of the Iran Atrocities Tribunal, underway behind closed doors in London, “witness 600”, who identified himself as a former senior IRGC officer, claimed that 427 people were killed in Khuzestan province and 420 in Tehran during the crackdown, adding that about 8,000 people were also arrested in the capital.
Earlier estimates ranged from 300-1,500 civilians killed nationwide. The new figure offered by the witness would mean that overall death toll was much higher. read more
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