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Monthly Archives: January 2018

Internet censorship a double-edged sword for Tehran

Al-Monitor -“Everything stopped suddenly. We are literally out of work now,” Alireza, a 24-year-old university student living in Tehran, told Al-Monitor. He is among many Iranian online entrepreneurs who have suffered major financial losses in recent days due to the authorities’ intensified online filtering, including bans on popular social media platformssuch as Telegram and Instagram.

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Tehran metro ranks 25th among world’s busiest subways

PayvandNews – With an annual ridership of 459 million, Tehran metro has attained the rank of 25 among busiest subway systems in the world. As per a report by published in March 2017 Tokyo metro with 3.6 billion annual passenger rides, Moscow metro with 2.4 billion annual passenger rides and Seoul metro with 2.04 billion annual passenger rides top …

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Italy signs EU’s biggest ever credit deal with Iran

PayvandNews – Iran and Italy have signed a major framework credit agreement worth 5 billion Euros which Tehran says is the biggest ever such agreement signed with a European country. The credit agreement will be used to provide funds for development and industrial projects in the Islamic Republic.

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Iran’s catastrophes loom large

Al-Arabia – There’s a famous Arabic saying: “Chaos does not come individually; it comes in groups” and this is exactly what is happening in Iran. The country is being shaken by nationwide protests, the value of their riyals has deteriorated, the US Congress has voted on punishing the country, while fires burned as its biggest oil tanker collided with a …

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Trump Reportedly Decides To Extend U.S. Sanctions Relief For Iran

RFL/RE – Media are reporting that U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to extend sanctions relief granted to Iran under its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, leaving the accord intact for now. Citing people familiar with Trump’s decision late on January 11, Reuters, The New York Times, and Bloomberg reported that the White House is expected to announce Trump’s …

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Iran-Iraq Border Hit By Series Of Moderate Earthquakes

RFL/RE – A series of moderate earthquakes struck near the Iran-Iraq border and other areas of Iran on January 11, most of them occurring in the same region hit by a major quake in November that killed over 530 people. Four people suffered minor injuries from the latest quakes and little damage was reported, Iranian state television said. The U.S. …

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At least 8,000 people have been detained during Iran protests

Al-Arabia -The massive and widespread arrests of young people in different Iranian cities continue since the people took to the streets on December 28. According to reports from inside Iran and from within the regime, the number of detainees has mounted to at least 8,000 by the end of the second week of the Iranian people’s uprising. In recent days, …

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