Eye on Iran: Iran Threatens 'Severe' Response to US Sanctions against Judiciary Chief

TOP STORIES

Iran Threatens 'Severe' Response to US Sanctions against Judiciary Chief | CNN

Iran slammed US President Donald Trump's decision to target the head of its judiciary [Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani] with sanctions, saying the move warrants a "severe" response.

Iran Jetliner Deal Could Take Longer to Complete, Airbus Says | Reuters

The sales chief of European planemaker Airbus predicted Iran would take delivery of dozens of European jets it has ordered under a nuclear sanctions deal with major powers, but warned the transactions could take longer to complete than planned… Bankers say further business with Iran has been held up by the reluctance of Western financial institutions to deal with Tehran because of concerns that the nuclear deal could unravel or that they could fall foul of ongoing U.S. financial controls.

Trump's Iran Ultimatum Puts Pressure on Hill Negotiations | Washington Examiner

President Trump’s latest ultimatum on the Iran nuclear deal has increased the pressure on congressional negotiators who are trying to write a bill to improve the controversial pact, lawmakers acknowledged after his Friday announcement.

UANI IN THE NEWS

Beyond the Iran Nuclear Deal | UANI Senior Adviser John Bolton for the Wall Street Journal

President Trump seemingly served notice Friday that the days are dwindling for Barack Obama’s Iran agreement. Although deal proponents also gained time to pursue “fixes,” this is a forlorn option. No fix will remedy the diplomatic Waterloo Mr. Obama negotiated.

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL

Russia Slams US Demands for Iran; Germany Seeks More Detail | Associated Press

Russia spoke out strongly Monday against the U.S. push for modifying a nuclear agreement with Iran, while Germany said it would seek more detail on what the U.S. wants and analyze the situation with its European partners.  

Netanyahu Backs Trump on Iran Ultimatum to European Leaders | Bloomberg

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said world leaders are running out of time to fix the nuclear deal with Iran, backing U.S. President Donald Trump on his ultimatum to European leaders.

IRAN PROTESTS

Iran Frees 440 People Arrested During Protests | Reuters

Iran has freed 440 people arrested in Tehran during anti-government protests, a judiciary official said, amid continuing uncertainty over how many were detained around the country. Judicial officials have announced more than 1,000 arrests around the country, but lawmaker Mahmoud Sadeghi said last week that at least 3,700 people had been detained. Several detainees have died in custody, and human rights activists have called for an independent investigation of their cases.

Why the U.S. Should Support Iran Protesters | Roya Hakakian for Reuters

The United States has every reason to do what it can to help Iran’s movement for economic justice and civil liberties. Just as the 1979 revolution uncorked the menace of fundamentalism that has since ravaged the region, authentic democratic change in Iran could pave the way for a brighter future in the Middle East.

Iran: Anatomy of a National Revolt | Amir Taheri for Asharq Al-Awsat (U.K.)

What happened was unprecedented in Iran’s contemporary history. It was a truly national revolt against the established order. It didn’t offer a clear alternative but helped clear the air by puncturing the Khomeinist regime’s claim of invincibility. Even a year ago few would admit that the Khomeinist system was overthrowable. Now many, including some of the regime’s lobbyists abroad, publicly do so.

U.S.-IRAN RELATIONS

How Mattis Softened on Iran — For Now | Politico

As former President Barack Obama's top commander in the Middle East, then-Gen. Jim Mattis pushed for military strikes to punish Iran for arming anti-American militias in Iraq. But as President Donald Trump's Defense secretary, Mattis has softened his stance and emerged as one of the administration's chief voices of moderation toward Tehran.

HUMAN RIGHTS

Microsoft and Amazon Enable Censorship Circumvention Tools in Iran. Why Doesn’t Google? | Vice

After years of growing restrictions online, Iranians know a thing or two about getting around their government’s censorship system, colloquially known as the “Filternet,” and they often turn to circumvention services like Virtual Private Networks, or Tor. Censorship circumvention isn’t done just with ad hoc apps though. And sophisticated government censors have become quite good at blocking specific apps. So, sometimes, an app that would be blocked by censors can mask itself within the traffic of a popular—and approved—service. That’s a technique known as “domain fronting,” which relies on piggybacking off of popular services like GitHub or Amazon’s AWS to make it harder for countries like Iran or China to block specific apps… Iranian users could piggyback off of Google as well, but the Google App Engine (GAE), the service that would be used for domain fronting in this case, blocks traffic that comes from Iran. In this case, Google, not Iran is doing the blocking. The effect is that Iranians are unable to use some services that would be particularly useful during protests.

RUSSIA & IRAN

Russian, Iranian Foreign Ministers Discuss Syria And Iran Nuclear Deal | Reuters

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed the conflict in Syria and the Iran nuclear deal in a phone conversation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

SYRIA & IRAN

Iran Says Planned U.S.-Backed Force Inside Syria Would Fan War | Reuters

Iran said on Tuesday a new U.S.-backed, 30,000-strong force inside Syria would “fan the flames of war,” echoing the vehement response of Syria, Turkey and Russia to the plan.

GULF STATES, YEMEN, LEBANON, & IRAN

Yemeni Official: Iran Constantly Trying To Counterfeit The Country’s Currency | Al Arabiya (Saudi Arabia / UAE)

Yemeni government has accused Iranian institutions of constantly trying to counterfeit the Yemeni currency causing its devaluation.

IRANIAN DOMESTIC ISSUES

Iranian Tanker Goes Down in Flames, Leaves Mess at Sea | Associated Press

The fire from a sunken Iranian tanker ship in the East China Sea has burned out, a Chinese transport ministry spokesman said Monday, although concerns remain about possible major pollution to the sea bed and surrounding waters… Just three bodies from the tanker Sanchi's crew of 32, composed of 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis, have been recovered.

Iran's Reformists Rack Up Political Points While Smog Smothers Tehran | Al Monitor

Iran's air pollution crisis, which claimed more than 4,800 lives in 2016, has become yet another area for scoring political points for both the Reformists and the Principlists, much like almost everything else in Iran.