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September 26, 2012

Iran plans boycott of Oscars over denounced anti-Muslim film

  • this year In a resounding victory for Iranian filmmakers everywhere, the drama “A Separation" won the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film, a victory which the Iranian government played up heavily after it happened.
  • next year Don’t expect a repeat. In reaction to the incendiary film “Innocence of Muslims” — which, by the way, is an extreme long shot for a nomination — Iran is boycotting the Oscars next year. The country had planned to submit the film “A Cube of Sugar” for consideration, but not any more. source
10:13 // 1 year ago
September 25, 2012
God willing, a new order will come together and we’ll do away with everything that distances us. Now even elementary school kids throughout the world have understood that the United States government is following an international policy of bullying. They command from behind the microphone. They command and impose their wills on how things should be done. I do believe the system of empires has reached the end of the road. The world can no longer see an emperor commanding it. Bullying must come to an end. Occupation must come to an end.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad • Describing the United States as a “bully” in a recent interview with the Associated Press. Ahmadinejad was in New York for the UN General Assembly. His final term as Iranian president ends next year.
23:49 // 1 year ago
August 30, 2012
10:14 // 1 year ago
August 15, 2012

British bank settles with New York over money-laundering tied to Iran

  • $250 billion the amount Standard Chartered Bank is accused of helping the Iranian government launder from the U.S. between 2001 and 2007
  • $350 million the amount the company paid to help get that situation settled so that they would could get New York’s financial regulator off their back source

» Why did they settle? Well, to put it simply, it was starting to turn into a PR crisis. While they disagreed with the state of New York’s portrayal of the situation, the regulatory body had some pretty decent ammo against the bank, including an exec saying this: ”You (expletive) Americans. Who are you to tell us, the rest of the world, that we’re not going to deal with Iranians.” (There are U.S. sanctions on Iran.) The bank will take corrective measures to prevent this from happening again. (EDIT: As the WSJ’s Samuel Rubenfeld points out below, the deal does not preclude a settlement from federal regulatory bodies. That’ll happen separately.)

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7:39 // 2 years ago
August 12, 2012
climateadaptation:

Huge earthquake in Iran leaves hundreds dead, thousands homeless. Heartbreaking slide show. The US best step-up and help them. Red Cross set up a donations page.
nbcnews:

‘People need help’: Iran hospitals swamped by earthquake victims
(Photo: Handout / Reuters)
Overcrowded hospitals in northwestern Iran struggled to cope with thousands of earthquake victims on Sunday and rescuers raced to reach remote villages after two powerful quakes killed nearly 300 people. 
Thousands huddled in makeshift camps or slept in the street after Saturday’s quakes in fear of more aftershocks, 60 of which had already struck. A lack of tents and other supplies left them exposed to the night chill, one witness told Reuters. 
Read the complete story.

climateadaptation:

Huge earthquake in Iran leaves hundreds dead, thousands homeless. Heartbreaking slide show. The US best step-up and help them. Red Cross set up a donations page.

nbcnews:

‘People need help’: Iran hospitals swamped by earthquake victims

(Photo: Handout / Reuters)

Overcrowded hospitals in northwestern Iran struggled to cope with thousands of earthquake victims on Sunday and rescuers raced to reach remote villages after two powerful quakes killed nearly 300 people. 

Thousands huddled in makeshift camps or slept in the street after Saturday’s quakes in fear of more aftershocks, 60 of which had already struck. A lack of tents and other supplies left them exposed to the night chill, one witness told Reuters. 

Read the complete story.

13:21 // 2 years ago
August 11, 2012

Two quakes rock Iran, causing heavy death toll

  • 180 people killed by dual quakes that struck Iran on Saturday
  • 1,500 people injured by them, measured at 6.4 and 6.3, respectively source

» By no means should the above figures be taken as the final word on the devastating earthquakes that rocked the Iranian northwest, sadly. When following natural disasters like this, it’s important to remember that the full cost in human lives and suffering is rarely if ever able to be quantified so quickly.

19:19 // 2 years ago
July 18, 2012
After Bulgaria tour bus bombing, Israel points a finger at Iran
Suicide bombers claimed the lives of at least six Israeli tourists and their Bulgarian tour guide when they detonated explosives aboard a tour bus at the Bulgarian airport on Wednesday. Another 30 or more wounded were transported to local hospitals for a combination of burn and shrapnel-related injuries. President Obama and multiple Bulgarian authorities were quick to condemn the attack, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is ready to lay the blame on Iran. In a statement released to the press, Netanyahu promised that Israel would react to the “global Iranian terror onslaught.” (Photo via NBCNews) source
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Suicide bombers claimed the lives of at least six Israeli tourists and their Bulgarian tour guide when they detonated explosives aboard a tour bus at the Bulgarian airport on Wednesday. Another 30 or more wounded were transported to local hospitals for a combination of burn and shrapnel-related injuries. President Obama and multiple Bulgarian authorities were quick to condemn the attack, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is ready to lay the blame on Iran. In a statement released to the press, Netanyahu promised that Israel would react to the “global Iranian terror onslaught.” (Photo via NBCNews) source

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17:44 // 2 years ago
July 13, 2012
reuters:

At its gleaming store, RadanMac offers the latest Apple gear - the new iPad, iPhones, iPods, laptops, all-in-one desktop computers and more.
But this is no ordinary Apple store. It’s in Tehran, where Apple and other U.S. computer products are banned under U.S. sanctions that have been in place for years.
Despite the embargo, RadanMac is one of an estimated 100 stores in the Iranian capital that openly sell Apple products, often at little more than U.S. prices.
“Business has been booming for the last three years,” said Majid Tavassoli, the store’s owner, in a phone interview. He said his company employs more than 20 staffers and has been supplying Apple products to Iranian buyers since 1995.
The company also has a servicing unit and a business sales arm whose clients have included the Central Bank of Iran, state television channels, newspapers and design professionals.
READ ON: Despite sanctions, Apple gear booms in Iran

Meanwhile in the U.S., Apple Store managers in Atlanta are going after customers that speak Farsi. (It’s worth noting, by the way, that the machine on the left is not an iPad, but an iMac model that’s about a decade old.)

reuters:

At its gleaming store, RadanMac offers the latest Apple gear - the new iPad, iPhones, iPods, laptops, all-in-one desktop computers and more.

But this is no ordinary Apple store. It’s in Tehran, where Apple and other U.S. computer products are banned under U.S. sanctions that have been in place for years.

Despite the embargo, RadanMac is one of an estimated 100 stores in the Iranian capital that openly sell Apple products, often at little more than U.S. prices.

“Business has been booming for the last three years,” said Majid Tavassoli, the store’s owner, in a phone interview. He said his company employs more than 20 staffers and has been supplying Apple products to Iranian buyers since 1995.

The company also has a servicing unit and a business sales arm whose clients have included the Central Bank of Iran, state television channels, newspapers and design professionals.

READ ON: Despite sanctions, Apple gear booms in Iran

Meanwhile in the U.S., Apple Store managers in Atlanta are going after customers that speak Farsi. (It’s worth noting, by the way, that the machine on the left is not an iPad, but an iMac model that’s about a decade old.)

10:36 // 2 years ago
June 20, 2012
We never talked about him going back to Iran or anything like that. He was just speaking full-fledged Farsi and the representative came back and denied our sale. I would say if you’re trying to buy an iPhone, don’t tell them anything about Iran.
Atlanta resident Zack Jafarzadeh • Commenting on a recent trip to the Apple Store in Atlanta’s Perimeter Mall, when a friend wanted to purchase a new iPhone. Jafarzadeh’s story came to light after another Apple Store customer, University of Georgia student Sahar Sabet, contacted her local news station after being denied a new iPad for the same reason, citing State Department regulations and the fractured relations between the two countries. (She later got an apology after calling customer service.) Apple has not commented on the policy, or the story, at this time, though two Islamic-American groups have condemned the practice.  source (viafollow)
14:50 // 2 years ago
June 19, 2012

New report ties U.S., Israel to Flame via Stuxnet code comparison

  • then Earlier this month, a New York Times report claimed that the Stuxnet virus rampaging through the networks of Iranian nuclear facilities was co-created by the United States and Israel, and deployed under direct instruction from President Obama.
  • now Security analysts and Western officials say that portions of the code from Stuxnet also appears in the code for the Flame virus, confirming suspicions that the United States and Israel created the virus in an effort to hamper Iranian nuclear efforts. source

» The reports come less than 24 hours after news broke that six-nation negotiations with Iran, over the country’s nuclear ambitions, broke down yesterday. During the discussions, Iranian negotiator Saeed Jalili continually insisted that the international community lift sanctions and respect his country’s right to enrich uranium. “We had an intense and tough exchange of views,” said EU spokesman Michael Mann, “They responded to our package of proposals from Baghdad but, in doing so, brought up lots of questions.”

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16:44 // 2 years ago