Russia strikes Kyiv Oblast with "Kamikaze" drones from Iran

Dominic Culverwell in Berlin October 5, 2022

‘Kamikaze’ drone attacks were reported 80 km from Kyiv in the city of Bila Tserkva on the night of October 4. The drones are allegedly part of the Iranian-made Shahed series, which Russia has used on the battlefields since September.

Iran’s supreme leader blames US, Israel for unrest in first comments on protests

bne IntelIiNews October 3, 2022

Joe Biden issues statement saying he is "gravely concerned" at reports of an "intensifying violent crackdown on peaceful protestors".

Anti-regime protests enter third week in Iran

bne IntelIiNews October 2, 2022

Media struggles to paint reliable picture of evolving events amid internet blackouts deployed by officials. Generation Z most prominent in unrest.

Regime’s response to Iran protests strands digital economy in social media ‘desert’

bne IntelIiNews September 29, 2022

Cutting off Instagram has put around 400,000 businesses “at risk of annihilation”, says analyst.

Iran hits Iraq-based Kurdish backers of anti-regime protests with ‘kamikaze’ drones, artillery

bne IntelIiNews September 28, 2022

Activists supporting street demonstrations say “there is a belief that something is going to change this time”.

Iranian football hero angers officials by backing anti-regime protests

bne IntelIiNews September 27, 2022

Government will be anxious to avoid any such sentiments from hugely popular Iranian soccer squad preparing for Fifa World Cup in Qatar.

Protesters take to Iran’s streets for 10th night but situation obscure as regime moves country offline

bne IntelIiNews September 25, 2022

President says unrest will be dealt with “decisively”. Observers say many Iranians have lost their fear of “brutal regime”.

Ukraine slashes ties with Iran in protest at drones supply to Russia

bne IntelIiNews September 24, 2022

Move comes after Ukrainian military claims to have downed four Iranian-made “kamikaze” unmanned aerial vehicles.

Iran’s ‘Amini’ protests taking on form of popular revolt

bne IntelIiNews September 23, 2022

Unrest that started as a demonstration against enforcement of compulsory hijab has become uprising against whole existence of Islamic Republic, say some observers.

Death toll grows in Iran’s ‘Amini’ protests as fears mount of violent security crackdown

bne IntelIiNews September 21, 2022

Unverified claims of death of boy, 16, from bullet to heart shot by security forces.

Iranians take to streets for fifth day in protests over ‘hijab’ police death of Mahsa Amini

bne IntelIiNews September 20, 2022

Three confirmed killed as angry crowds demonstrate against country’s morality patrols. UN Human Rights Office says it has seen verified videos in which officers slap women in the face and strike them with batons.

Wave of protests driven by anger at ‘hijab’ police death of Mahsa Amini breaks out in Iran

bne IntelIiNews September 19, 2022

Unverified social media claims of large-scale unrest in several cities, with security forces sometimes overwhelmed and members of Basij paramilitary volunteer militia beaten.

PANNIER: Putin arrived with little to offer an SCO summit that showed no real clout

Bruce Pannier in Prague September 18, 2022

Disparate interests of organisation’s member nations meant many major issues of the day could not even be discussed. But there was only one dominant member: China.

Russian stores stocking up on Iranian Coca-Cola

Daniel Rad in Dublin September 18, 2022

Arrival on market of what’s being dubbed “Aya-kola” comes as shock to shoppers in Russia looking for “The Real Thing”.

Woman who died after ‘hijab’ arrest by Iran’s morality police buried amid protests

bne IntelIiNews September 16, 2022

Chants of ‘Death to the dictator’ heard as Mahsa Amini, allegedly beaten by officers, is laid to rest. Authorities appear to throttle internet.

PANNIER: At Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit, watch the action on the sidelines

Bruce Pannier in Prague September 13, 2022

Most important discussions and agreements at Samarkand gathering likely to concern regional connectivity, and the odd men out are Russia and Belarus.

Iran now has means to enrich sufficient uranium for nuclear bomb within weeks, says UN watchdog

bne IntelIiNews September 8, 2022

Government daily, meanwhile, says “winter will bring the West to its senses”, implying Europe, US need nuclear deal relaunch to unlock Iranian energy supplies.

Albania cuts diplomatic ties with Iran over cyberattack that downed government sites

bne IntelliNews September 7, 2022

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama gave Iranian diplomats 24 hours to leave the country.

Iran implies West needs nuclear deal more than it does amid ‘crippling energy crisis’

bne IntelIiNews September 5, 2022

Tehran serves reminder that ‘winter is approaching’ and Europe needs Iran’s oil and gas on the market.

Iran sentences two LGBT rights activists to death

bne IntelIiNews September 5, 2022

One of those condemned by court appeared in a BBC documentary about abuses suffered in Iraq's Kurdistan Region.