Monthly archives: September, 2012

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Iranian move to filter Gmail reflects attacks on Google and freedom of speech internationally

Could the filtering of Gmail in Iran this week mean that phase two of the Islamic Republic’s “national information network” (NIN) project is on the way? Last week the Iranian government implemented phase one of its NIN project, which disconnected thousands of government computers from the World Wide Web and instead connected them to Iran’s…



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Iranian information minister: National internet to cut off all government computers from the World Wide Web

In an interview with Mehr News Agency, information minister Reza Taghipour told reporters that the country’s “national information network” project, which was slated for completion by the end of September, will come online next week. Seeking to lessen the threats of cyber attack and “soft war” (the regime’s terminology for the battle between itself and…



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IRGC chief does not think Israeli military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities likely

In a press conference on Sunday 16 September 2012 with the national and international press present, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) commander Major General Mohammad-Ali “Aziz” Jafari gave a very concise analysis of a number of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s security dilemmas, including the possibility of an Israeli military strike on Iran’s nuclear…



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Khamenei and Khatami show rare unity on US-made anti-Islam film

As Muslims throughout the Middle East and Islamic world, including in Benghazi, Cairo and Sana, express outrage at the United States government for the existence of a privately-funded amateur film perceived as insulting to the Prophet Mohammed and Islam, the Iranian regime has been quick to get in on the action with its own staged…



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The IRGC’s political chief talks Syria, the Guards’ role in Iranian politics, and the future of the Reformist faction

In an interview with the Young Journalists Club, Brigadier General Yadollah Javani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) political bureau, may have given some important clues on the Guards thinking on some of the most pressing issues confronting the Islamic Republic of Iran today. The long interview, released in two parts on 04…



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Where have Iran’s billions gone?

Where has all of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s record crude oil income in the last several years gone? Akbar Torkan, ex-deputy oil minister, released some startling statistics during a recent energy and infrastructure event in Iran that may give us greater insight into this question. The statistics, which go back to the reign of…



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Iran Cyber Front: Iran’s “national information network” to come online by the end of September

In an interview with the Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA), telecommunications minister Reza Taghipour declared that by the end of September phase one of the “national information network” would be complete. The national information network is the latest name for the Islamic Republic of Iran’s project to create a national intranet that is largely isolated…