Baha’is in Iran face accelerated persecution despite public health crisis

The Baha’i International Community reports that two Baha’is in Isfahan have been arrested arbitrarily; seven in Shiraz have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from one to thirteen years; the one-year sentences of five Baha’is in Karaj have been confirmed in appeals court; a Baha’i in Ghaemshahr, who was previously sentenced to 11 years imprisonment, was called to begin his sentence; and two Baha’is, previously released owing to concerns of COVID-19 spreading through the prison population, have been ordered back to prison.

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Iran’s Khorramshahr missile is a copy of a copy

The Khorramshahr missile is classic Iran—vintage Soviet technology adapted by another country, and then again upgraded and tweaked by Iran. This makes the Khorramshahr a copy… of a copy. North Korea has been a steadfast exporter of weapons to Iran and that is where Tehran first got its hands on the adapted Soviet missile.

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A Technical and Policy Note on Iran’s Recent Uranium Enrichment Capacity Claims

On April 8, 2020, one day before Iran’s Nuclear Technology Day, a spokesperson for the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) announced that Iran could produce 60 “advanced” centrifuges a day, with the goal to reach an enrichment capacity of 250,000 separative work units (swu) per year, ultimately one million swu per year.

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By Nationalizing VPNs Iran takes another step toward the North Korean Model

Iran’s Supreme Council on Cyberspace has launched plans for a national virtual private network (VPN) in an apparent bid to command further control over Iranian citizens — bringing it one step closer to the North Korean model of blanket authoritarianism.

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Kadhimi is Iraq’s Next Iran-Backed Prime Minister

On April 9, Iraqi President Barham Salih nominated Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Iraq’s director of National Intelligence Services and a former journalist, as the nation’s next prime minister-designate, giving him 30 days to assemble his cabinet and receive a vote of confidence from the parliament. After more than four months of searching after the resignation of Adel Abdul Mahdi, Iraq may have finally found its next leader.

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