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futureIran is adding 400,000-500,000 Angry and under-employed young men every year

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Iran’s leadership will not be able to just use the tool of oppression to maintain power in the longer term. China and other countries have shown that there can be a relatively stable authoritarian system with a more limited sharing …

darpaDARPA looks for robots and other tech to make cracking tunnels faster and safer

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North Korea and Iran have large underground facilties where they have their nuclear weapons and other operations. DARPA is looking at breakthroughs for dealing with tunnels and underground cities. Underground is the new frontier for military and security action. Although …

futureWill Iran’s counter revolution develop staying power?

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Jan 2, 2018 2:26 a.m. — Nine people were killed overnight, Iranian state television reported, raising the overall death toll to more than 20 since the protests began last week. Jan 1, 2018 Andrew Peek, U.S. State Department deputy assistant …

iranProtests spreading in Iran over high unemployment and inflation

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Protests are spreading unpredictably fast in several cities in Iran. They are protesting against high unemployment, a stagnant economy with inflationary prices and expensive overseas military interventions. A wave of spontaneous protests over Iran’s weak economy swept into Tehran on …

iranSpacex BFR and developing the high ground is the geopolitical game changer

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There is a lot of talk about a hypersonic weapons arms race to create missiles and then a decade later hypersonic drones and then a decade after that hypersonic spy planes and fighter planes. It will cost tens of billions …

bitcoinBitcoin set record high of $5380

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Bitcoin has an intraday high of $5280 and ended yesterday at $5226. Week-on-week, BTC is up 18.75 percent, while month-on-month it’s up 23 percent. The new record broke a previous all-time high of $5,013 set in September. The cryptocurrency dropped …

iranTurkey, Iran, and Iraq join forces against emergence of Kurdistan

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Turkey, Iran, and Iraq adopted a coordinated, aggressive force posture in retaliation for the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) independence referendum on September 25, 2017. The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) conducted military exercises on the borders of Iraqi Kurdistan with the …

geopoliticsTrump taking the US to the edge but not yet breaking the Iran deal

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US President Donald Trump is set to announce that the landmark Iranian nuclear deal signed in 2015 does not serve US national interests and that he will decertify but not withdraw from the accord. The Washington Post, citing persons briefed …

iranIsrael fighting in Syria and war with Hezbollah in Lebanon seems close

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In November, 2015, Israeli officials believed that the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah has amassed around 150,000 rockets, including a number of long range Iranian-made missiles capable of striking Israeli cities from north to south. The estimates represent a 50 percent …

chinaChina will help Iran redesign Arak nuclear reactor

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China and Iran have signed the first commercial contract for the reconstruction of Iran’s Arak heavy water reactor. The core of the reactor was removed as part of an international agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program in return for the lifting …