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Iran’s Military Likely Can’t Fight Thanks to Coronavirus

Secrecy, denial, and incompetence have condemned thousands of Iranians to their deaths amidst the coronavirus outbreak. Even if Iranian leaders now adopt best-practices, it is likely too late to meaningfully control the virus’s continued spread in Tehran. Traffic jams show that the city—which has grown seven-fold since the 1979 Islamic…
bubmag
April 10, 2020
Iran Liberalism

Lethal Force Will Help Prevent A War With Iran

Since 2016, the United States has prosecuted a campaign of “ Maximum Pressure ” against Iran.  Using mostly economic levers , the campaign seeks to compel Iran to the negotiating table regarding its nuclear weapons program and curb its support to regional terrorist groups that threaten U.S. sovereignty and regional…
bubmag
April 10, 2020
Iran Liberalism

Recorded Future

Editor’s Note: The following post is an excerpt of a full report. To read the entire analysis, click here to download the report as a PDF. Recorded Future’s Insikt Group® is conducting ongoing research on the organizations involved in Iran’s cyber program. This report serves to provide greater insight into…
bubmag
April 10, 2020
Iran Liberalism

Iran’s Hidden Coronavirus Victims: Prisoners, Migrants, And the Poor

Iranian security forces killed thirty-five prisoners during a riot over coronavirus, Amnesty International reported. The novel coronavirus has spread through Iran amid an economic meltdown, leaving the poor and vulnerable segments of society more at risk. Reports have emerged of violence in prisons—particularly in ethnic minority regions—as well as coronavirus…
bubmag
April 9, 2020
Iran Liberalism

Killing Qassem Soleimani Could Come Back To Bite America

Key point: Not every “legitimate” target is the best or most intelligent one to strike When news first emerged of the U.S. drone strike, which killed Iranian General Qasim Soleimani, many were taken aback. As a U.S. military veteran and student of world affairs, drone strikes are nothing new to me,…
bubmag
April 6, 2020
Iran Liberalism

An IMF Bailout Won’t Help The Iranian People Fight Coronavirus

As Iran’s leadership debates how to respond to the health and economic crises ensuing from the coronavirus (COVID-19), the country has put forth a request for a $5 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Rapid Financial Investment fund. Since the United States is the largest shareholder, Washington has an effective veto over whether…
bubmag
March 31, 2020
Iran Liberalism

Beyond social distancing to fight COVID-19

I agree with Eric Klinenberg’s recent submission to The New York Times that social distancing, advocated by health authorities worldwide, as a means of combating the spread of the coronavirus, can only be a part of firefighting. The rapid worldwide spread of COVID-19 has a lot to do with the…
bubmag
March 31, 2020