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Iran: Congressional Research Service Report Highlights Sanctions Issues

Iran: Congressional Research Service Report Highlights Sanctions Issues

By Amir Taghati

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) publish a report last week about the sanctions that the United States has imposed on Iran. It pointed out that several administrations have used sanctions to curb the Iran threat and to pressure the regime into moderating its behaviour.

Thursday's Iran Mini Report - January 10, 2019

Thursday's Iran Mini Report - January 10, 2019

• Iranians Behind Unprecedented Cyber Hacks, FireEye Says

Bloomberg: Cyber attackers in Iran could be behind a wave of hacks on government and communications infrastructure that will require a coordinated global response to repel, according to cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc. FireEye researchers have identified attacks on dozens of Internet sites belonging to entities across the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and North America, the firm said in a report published Thursday. The actor or actors have "a nexus to Iran," it said.

Iran: Auto Parts Industry Suffering

Iran: Auto Parts Industry Suffering

By Mohammad Sadat Khansari

The Iranian economy has been suffering setback after setback for quite some time. The clerical regime that is leading the country has been mismanaging the country’s wealth and resources for decades and corruption is rife at all levels of leadership.

The people have been suffering the effects of the regime’s corruption, the economic difficulties and the consequences of the crippling sanctions that have been put back into place.

EU Sanctions Iran Regime for Terror and Assassination Plots

EU Sanctions Iran Regime for Terror and Assassination Plots

By Shahriar Kia

The European Union placed sanctions against Iran regime’s intelligence ministry and two Iranian nationals on Tuesday after the Dutch government accused the Iranian Regime of likely involvement in two assassination plots in the Netherlands.

This means that financial assets belonging to a unit of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security and two Iranian nationals, one of whom is in prison in Belgium over his involvement in a terror plot in France, held in the EU will be frozen.

Iran Regime Intensifies Crackdown on Human Rights Defenders

Iran Regime Intensifies Crackdown on Human Rights Defenders

By Mahmoud Hakamian

The World Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, written by by Michel Forst, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, was recently released by the United Nations. It focuses on Iran’s suppression of human rights defenders, and describes the increasingly intense measures that the Iranian regime is taking in 2018.

Wednesday's Iran Mini Report - January 9, 2019

Wednesday's Iran Mini Report - January 9, 2019

• Exclusive: New Documents Link Huawei To Suspected Front Companies In Iran, Syria

Reuters: The U.S. case against the chief financial officer of China's Huawei Technologies, who was arrested in Canada last month, centers on the company's suspected ties to two obscure companies. One is a telecom equipment seller that operated in Tehran; the other is that firm's owner, a holding company registered in Mauritius. U.S. authorities allege CFO Meng Wanzhou deceived international banks into clearing transactions with Iran by claiming the two companies were independent of Huawei, when in fact Huawei controlled them.

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