Microsoft: Iran unit behind Charlie Hebdo hack-and-leak op
After the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo launched a cartoon contest to mock Iran’s ruling cleric, a state-backed Iranian cyber unit struck back in early January with a hack-and-leak campaign intent on striking fear with the claimed pilfering of a big subscriber database.
Protests galvanize Iranians abroad in hope, worry and unity
As anti-government protests roil cities and towns in Iran for a fourth week, tens of thousands of Iranians living abroad have marched on the streets of Europe, North America and beyond in support of what many believe to be a watershed moment for their home country.
Iran’s Herd Immunity Flop Is Very Bad News for These U.S. States
Andi Rice/Bloomberg via GettyThere are provinces in Iran where it seems there have been more COVID cases than there are people. In other words, it’s possible that in some of the worst-hit regions, a whole lot of people caught COVID twice.That’s not just bad news for Iran’s 84 million people. It’s also bad news for, say, the 3 million people in Mississippi and the 5 million in Alabama. Experts believe Iran is vulnerable to reinfection because it’s under-vaccinated and has relied too much on fraginews.yahoo.com
Israeli PM and Biden postpone meeting because of Afghanistan
President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett have postponed their White House meeting as Biden focused his attention on dealing with the aftermath of deadly explosions near the Kabul airport that targeted U.S. troops and Afghans seeking to flee their country after the Taliban takeover.
Iran's uranium metal production is 'most serious nuclear step' to date, but deal can still be saved
Non-enriched, uranium metal has little civilian use and is different from enriched uranium, which can be used for nuclear energy. The U.K., France and Germany, all supporters of the JCPOA, said in January that Iran has "no credible civilian use for uranium metal." "The production of uranium metal has potentially grave military implications," they warned. Still, regional experts believe the nuclear deal remains salvageable. "It's reversible, especially if done in the short term," she said of Iran's uranium metal production.cnbc.com
Trump's support for Iran's protesters could actually be 'worse' for them, professor says
The admission came after days of vehement denial from the Islamic Republic, which angered Iranians and triggered a public backlash. Videos on social media showed mass protests and people chanting: "Death to the dictator," referring to Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. "National Security Adviser suggested today that sanctions & protests have Iran 'choked off', will force them to negotiate," Trump said on Twitter Sunday, in both English and Farsi. President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday that he "couldn't care less" if Iran negotiates with the U.S. or not, and again warned the Iranian regime not to "kill" its protesters. However, Cedomir Nestorovic, professor of geopolitics at the French ESSEC Business School in Singapore, cautioned that Trump's solidarity with protesters may not be good for them.cnbc.com
State Department tells Americans in Iraq to leave immediately
Baghdad The State Department issued a security alert overnight telling all Americans in Iraq to leave the country immediately. "U.S. citizens should depart via airline while possible, and failing that, to other countries via land," it said. American allies in the region like Israel are preparing for possible retaliation and are on high alert, CBS News' Ian Lee reports. Soleimani is a polarizing figure in Iraq, and his death further exposed the deep divides on the country's streets. In Baghdad's Tahrir Square, anti-government protesters celebrated the news of his death, accusing Soleimani of being behind the deaths of many demonstrators in recent months.cbsnews.com