Posts Tagged ‘ Iran ’

Iran: Regime cuts off “illegal” VPN workaround to Internet filters

March 11, 2013
posted by

CNet News    

"Iran has stepped up its efforts to deny its citizens unfettered access to the Internet, blocking a popular tool used to get around government blocks. Quite aware of the censorship they face, many Iranians use proxy servers over virtual private networks to circumvent government restrictions and mask their activities. However, officials now say they have blocked use of the 'illegal' tool." (03/10/13)

http://tinyurl.com/awvbc6y  

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Iran denies hacking US banks

September 23, 2012
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Reuters    

"Iran denied its hackers attacked American banks, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Sunday, following a Reuters report that three of the largest American lenders were repeatedly targeted over the past year. ... Reuters reported the hackers targeted the three banks in retaliation for their enforcement of Western economic sanctions against Iran's disputed nuclear program." (09/23/12)

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Israel: Ayon asks regimes to say Iran talks have failed

August 12, 2012
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New York Times    

"Amid intensifying Israeli news reports saying that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is close to ordering a military strike against Iran’s nuclear program, his deputy foreign minister called Sunday for an international declaration that the diplomatic effort to halt Tehran’s enrichment of uranium is dead. Referring to the Iran negotiations led by the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany, the minister, Danny Ayalon, told Israel Radio that those nations should 'declare today that the talks have failed.'" (08/12/12)

http://nyti.ms/MRlKuV  

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Iran readies ballistic missile drill

July 2, 2012
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Gulf News [United Arab Emirates]    

"Iran on Monday said it was readying ballistic missile war games simulating a counter-attack against US or Israeli targets in the region in the event of air strikes on its nuclear facilities. The three-day drill in Iran’s central desert region was starting days after the European Union and the United States imposed severe new sanctions." (07/02/12)

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Iran: “Massive cyber attack” detected on nuclear facilities

June 21, 2012
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MSNBC    

"Iran has detected a planned 'massive cyber attack' against its nuclear facilities, state television said on Thursday, after talks with major powers this week failed to resolve a row over Tehran's disputed nuclear activities. Iran's Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi said the country's arch enemies the United States and Israel, along with Britain, had planned the attack." (06/21/12)

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UN nuclear watchdog expects deal with Iran

May 22, 2012
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CNN    

"The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency says he will sign an agreement soon with Iran over its nuclear program, a sign that Iran may have agreed to broader inspections. 'I can say it will be signed quite soon,' said IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano, speaking to reporters in Vienna, Austria, on Tuesday after returning from a meeting with Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, on Monday." (05/22/12)

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US envoy to Israel: US ready to strike Iran

May 17, 2012
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Wyoming Tribune Eagle    

"The U.S. has plans in place to attack Iran if necessary to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons, Washington's envoy to Israel said, days ahead of a crucial round of nuclear talks with Tehran. Dan Shapiro's message resonated Thursday far beyond the closed forum in which it was made: Iran should not test Washington's resolve to act on its promise to strike if diplomacy and sanctions fail to pressure Tehran to abandon its disputed nuclear program." (05/17/12)

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Iran: Parliament condemns Saudi-Bahrain “union” proposal

May 14, 2012
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Tehran Times [Iran]    

"One hundred and ninety Iranian MPs issued a statement on Sunday strongly condemning the decision made by Persian Gulf Arab states to discuss a proposal for a closer political union among them that could begin with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Saudi Arabia and Bahrain weighed closer political union at a summit of Persian Gulf Arab leaders on Monday in Riyadh aimed at pooling efforts to neutralize popular uprisings against despotic monarchial systems." (05/14/12)

http://www.tehrantimes.com/component/content/article/97845  

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Clinton hectors India to join US sanctions on Iran

May 6, 2012
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Chicago Tribune    

"Hoping to wean India from Iranian oil imports, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is urging Indian leaders to explore alternative suppliers as she opens a three-day visit .... India could face U.S. sanctions by the end of June if the Obama administration determines it has not made significant cuts in imports under a law aimed at squeezing Iran's petroleum industry to press the country to comply with international demands over its nuclear program." (05/06/12)

http://trib.in/KF1sgH  

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Iran: Oil sector hit by cyber attack

April 23, 2012
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Agence France-Presse    

"A voracious virus attack has hit computers running key parts of Iran's oil sector, forcing authorities to unplug its main oil export terminal from the Internet and to set up a cyber crisis team, according to reports on Monday. The Mehr news agency reported that Iran's principal oil terminal on Kharg island in the Gulf has been disconnected from the Internet since Sunday along with facilities in other parts of the country." (04/23/12)

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Costs and consequences of action against Iran

April 23, 2012
posted by

Campaign For Liberty Campaign For Liberty
by Michelle Newby  

"Wars cost money. So do airstrikes. Just how much can be difficult to calculate, because it depends on unknown factors like the length of the conflict, the resources needed to prosecute it, and the skill of our opponent. Recent history demonstrates the folly of assuming a war will be quick and cheap. The 2003 U.S. war against Iraq was originally projected to cost $50 to $60 billion. Yet, in 2008, before the war was even over, the Pentagon had already spent $600 billion." (04/19/12)

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Iraq: Nouri travels to Iran for talks

April 22, 2012
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USA Today    

"Iraq's prime minister traveled to Tehran Sunday for top level talks, underlining the close ties between governments of the two countries. Nouri al-Maliki met Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the beginning of his two-day official visit." (04/22/12)

http://tinyurl.com/7f48ey9  

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Iran allegedly “building copy” of captured US drone

April 22, 2012
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Iran has begun building a copy of the US surveillance drone it captured last year, after breaking its encryption codes, Iranian officials say. 'The Americans should be aware to what extent we have infiltrated the plane,' General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, military aerospace chief said. The RQ-170 Sentinel was shown on Iranian state television last December." (04/22/12)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17805201  

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Iran cuts oil exports to Spain

April 10, 2012
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Independent Online [South Africa]    

"Iran has cut oil exports to Spain and may halt sales to Germany and Italy, Iran's English-language state television reported on Tuesday, days before Tehran takes part in crucial talks over its nuclear activities. 'Tehran has cut oil supply to Spain after stopping crude export to Greece as part of its counter-sanctions,' Press TV said, citing unidentified sources. ... In January, the European Union announced a total ban on purchasing Iranian crude, to be implemented in July. Member states have since scrambled to find alternative supplies." (04/10/12)

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Iran: Parliament grills embattled A-Jad

March 14, 2012
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USA Today    

"Iran's parliament grilled President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday over a long list of accusations, including that he mismanaged the nation's economy and defied the authority of the country's supreme leader. Ahmadinejad is the first president in the country's history to be hauled before the Iranian parliament, a serious blow to his standing in a conflict pitting him against lawmakers and the country's powerful clerical establishment." (03/14/12)

http://usat.ly/AtAIeA  

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Jon Stewart as a voice of sanity on Iran

March 8, 2012
posted by

The Liberty Papers
by Stephen Littau  

"The leading G.O.P. candidates would have us believe that President Obama has said and done nothing whatsoever to help Israel stop Iran from getting the bomb. As Stewart demonstrates here, Obama’s rhetoric doesn’t differ that much from the G.O.P. field (sans Ron Paul, of course)." (03/07/12)

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Iran: Scapegoat for a bankrupt empire

March 1, 2012
posted by

Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by Tim Kelly  

"So, given that Iran poses no real threat to the United States and is not even a regional threat because it is dependent on exporting its oil, why are so many American politicians baying for war against the Islamic Republic? To get an answer, we should recall what H. L. Mencken said: The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary." (03/01/12)

http://www.fff.org/comment/com1203a.asp  

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Don’t believe all the baloney about Iran’s threat

February 29, 2012
posted by

Eric Margolis LewRockwell.com
by Eric Margolis  

"What kind of defense could Iran actually mount against an attack on its nuclear and military infrastructure by Israel and/or the United States?" (02/29/12)

http://lewrockwell.com/margolis/margolis281.html  

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Is gold money? Iran says yes

February 28, 2012
posted by

Casey Research Casey Research
by Andrey Dashkov and Louis James  

"India is one of Iran's largest oil buyers, responsible for about 22 percent of total exports and worth about US$12 billion per year. China is next with 13 percent, and Japan is third with about ten. All of them are having a hard time dealing with Iranian oil imports, as the country is under sanctions caused by Western fears regarding its nuclear program. Then Israeli news site DEBKAfile claimed exclusive knowledge of a possible workaround between India and Iran: settling the purchases in gold. Indian government officials refused to comment, which added to the speculation." (02/27/12)

http://www.caseyresearch.com/cdd/gold-money-iran-says-yes  

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Exploding the myth of the Iranian bomb

February 23, 2012
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Spiked
by Tim Black  

"How much evidence is there that Iran is developing deadly WMDs, as Western leaders constantly claim? Not much at all. None, in fact." (02/23/12)

http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php/site/article/12143/  

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AIPAC declares war

February 23, 2012
posted by

Philip Giraldi Antiwar.com
by Philip Giraldi  

"The American people don’t particularly want a new war in the Middle East, but apparently Congress and Washington’s most powerful lobby do. Thirty-two senators have co-sponsored a resolution that will constrain the White House from adopting any policy vis-a-vis Iran’s 'nuclear weapons capability' that amounts to 'containment.' ... What we are seeing play out in Congress is the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) position, which is that Iran has already crossed a 'red line.'" (02/23/12)

http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2012/02/22/aipac-declares-war/  

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Is a US-Iran war inevitable?

February 16, 2012
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Casey Research Casey Research
by Louis James  

Interview with Doug Casey. Casey: "It could just be saber rattling during an election year, but Western powers have been provoking Iran for years now -- two decades, really. I just saw another report proclaiming that Iran is likely to attack the US, which is about as absurd as the allegations Bush made about Iraq bombing the US, when he fomented that invasion. It's starting to look rather serious at this point, so I do think the odds favor actual fighting in the not-too-distant future." (02/15/12)

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Dumb is good

February 15, 2012
posted by

The Power of Narrative
by Arthur Silber  

"I guess I could make an obvious point. Well, it seems obvious to me, but hardly anybody seems to mention it. Lots of talk about the Strait of Hormuz. Ya know, Iran is right there on the Strait of Hormuz. I mean, right there. But okay. I guess the U.S. sends an aircraft carrier along with a battle group and even several U.S. choppers because those terrible Iranians have a fleet of warships floating right next to the southern tip of Manhattan." (02/14/12)

http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/2012/02/dumb-is-good.html  

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Israeli attack on Iran: Easier said than done

February 14, 2012
posted by

Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by David Isenberg  

"Despite renewed media speculation regarding possible Israeli attacks against Iran’s nuclear facilities as early as this spring, skepticism that such a campaign could actually be successfully carried out remains relatively high, raising the question of whether there is more bark than bite to Israeli threats." (02/14/12)

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False fears about a nuclear Iran

February 13, 2012
posted by

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"The prevailing wisdom among policymakers, in short, bears an eerie resemblance to the Iraq consensus of 2002. We and the Israelis allegedly faced an intolerable peril from a rogue state with weapons of mass destruction and a lust for aggression. Fortunately, we were told, it was nothing that a short, sudden military attack wouldn't solve. But in Iraq, it turned out the solution was anything but quick or easy -- and the danger was vastly exaggerated. And in Iran? Ditto." (02/13/12)

http://bit.ly/ye6J1v  

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