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Crisis in the Gulf
Iranian Oil Tanker Hit Off Saudi Coast, May Have Been Missiles: Iranian Media Reports (10 October)
“An Iranian-owned oil tanker was struck, probably by missiles, in the Red Sea off Saudi Arabia’s coast on Friday, Iranian media said, an incident that if confirmed will stoke tension in a region rattled by attacks on tankers and oil sites since May.”
Factbox: Attacks, Incidents Heightening Gulf Tensions Since May (10 October)
“An Iranian-owned oil tanker was struck by two missiles off Saudi Arabia’s coast on Friday, Iranian state television reported, quoting the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) which owns the vessel.”
Iran Decries 'Cowardly Attack' on Oil Tanker (12 October)
“An Iranian government spokesman on Saturday described as a “cowardly attack” an incident that Iranian media have called the apparent targeting by missiles of an Iranian-owned oil tanker, and said Iran would respond after the facts had been studied.”
U.S. 'Deeply Concerned' about Untrackable China Ships Carrying Iran Oil: Officials (16 October)
“The White House is warning Chinese shipping companies against turning off their ships’ transponders to hide Iranian oil shipments in violation of U.S. sanctions, two senior administration officials said.”
Iran Accuses US, Israel, Saudi Arabia of Targeting its Oil Tanker in Red Sea (17 October)
“Member of Iranian Parliament’s National Security Commission Abolfazl Hassan Beigi accused the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia of targeting his country’s oil tanker in the Red Sea, local news agencies reported.”
Iran Foreign Minister Says Ready to Talk with Saudis If They Stop 'Killing People' (8 October)
“Iran’s foreign minister was quoted on Tuesday as signalling his country would be willing to sit down to discuss regional issues with Saudi Arabia, but that Riyadh had to stop ‘killing people’.”
Exclusive: U.S. Carried Out Secret Cyber Strike on Iran in Wake of Saudi Oil Attack: Officials (15 October)
“The United States carried out a secret cyber operation against Iran in the wake of the Sept. 14 attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, which Washington and Riyadh blame on Tehran, two U.S. officials have told Reuters.”
Fire at Iran Oil Refinery Raises Further Suspicions of Saudi Retaliation (21 October)
“Footage circulating on social media shows a huge blaze which adds fuel to speculation that it could be a possible revenge attack by Saudi Arabia over the 14 September Aramco attacks. Blamed on Tehran, the attack halved the crude output of the world’s top oil exporter. Tehran denied any involvement in the attack, with the Houthis of Yemen claiming responsibility. Earlier in the month, an Iranian oil tanker was set ablaze in the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi, no fatalities were reported. Tehran named the US, Israel and Saudi as the culprits behind the attack.”
'Maximum Pressure' Only Way to Get Iran to Talk: Saudi Minister (24 October)
“A policy of appeasement will not work with Iran and the only way to get Tehran to the negotiating table is to apply maximum pressure, a senior Saudi official said.”
Iran Says It Foiled Plot to Kill Quds Chief Soleimani (3 October)
“A senior Iranian official said on Thursday that Tehran had foiled a plot by Israeli and Arab agencies to assassinate Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force.”
Iran Admits Supporting Houthis in Yemen for The First Time (3 October)
“Iran has long denied providing any military support for the Houthis in Yemen. However, it has acknowledged for the first time since the outbreak of the war in Yemen in 2015, that the Revolutionary Guards offered “advisory and intellectual support” to its ally, the Houthi group.”
Iran's Rouhani Urges Turkey to Avoid Military Action in Syria (9 October)
“Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called on Turkey on Wednesday to show restraint and avoid military action in northern Syria, as Ankara’s forces were poised to advance into an area there being vacated by the U.S. military.”
Iran Offers to Mediate Between Syrian Kurds, Turkey (12 October)
“Iran offered on Saturday to engage Syrian Kurds, Syria’s government and Turkey in talks to establish security along the Turkish-Syrian border following Turkey’s military incursion into northern Syria to fight Kurdish forces.”
Khamenei Tells Iran's Guards to Develop Advanced, Modern Weapons (13 October)
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards on Sunday to develop more advanced and modern weapons, amid increasingly tense disputes with the United States and Gulf Arab states.
Pompeo Assures Israel that U.S. Focus Stays on Iran 'Threat' (18 October)
“Secretary of State Mike Pompeo underscored U.S.-Israeli efforts to counter Iran in talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, in an apparent attempt to ease Israeli concerns that Tehran could exploit a U.S. military pullback in Syria.”
Iranian Newspapers on Lebanese Protests: Conspiracy against Axis of Resistance (21 October)
“Iranian newspapers addressed the ongoing protests in Lebanon describing what is going on ‘as an extension of the plot in Iraq,’ referring to the recent demonstrations in Baghdad and Iraqi cities. The Iranian pro-reformists newspaper Aftab Yazd said that the demonstrations are ‘an external conspiracy to weaken the pro-Iranian 8 March Alliance in Lebanon.’”
A Shiite Holiday Turns into a Test of Iranian Power in Iraq (22 October)
“The annual ceremony commemorating a founding figure of Shiite Islam is one of the most important religious celebrations in the Shiite world, drawing millions of pilgrims to the holy city of Karbala, Iraq.”
Khamenei Says US Stoking 'Chaos' Amid Iraq, Lebanon Protests (30 October)
“Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has blamed the United States and its allies for spreading "insecurity and turmoil" in Iraq and Lebanon, urging anti-government protesters in both countries to seek changes in a lawful way. ‘Their people also have to know that although they have legitimate demands, those demands can be met only through the framework of legal structures,’ he said on Wednesday in rare remarks addressing the wave of demonstrations that erupted in Iraq and Lebanon this month.”
Locked Out: Why is Amazon Blocking Iranians From Its Services? (2 October)
“In early August, Iranians took to Twitter to report that they had received emails from Amazon Web Services (AWS) informing them that their accounts had been disabled in compliance with United States government sanctions and export control regulations.”
Ships with One million Tonnes of Grain Stuck Outside Iran's Ports (2 October)
“More than 20 ships carrying around one million tonnes of grain are stuck outside two ports in Iran as United States sanctions create payment problems and hamper the country's efforts to import vital commodities, sources directly involved in the trade told the Reuters News Agency.”
Iranian Students Barred from US: Lost Money, Broken Dreams, No Answers (14 October)
“The Trump administration’s travel ban, which bars Iranians and nationals of six other countries from traveling to the US, does not apply to Iranian students, an exception that factored into the US supreme court’s decision to uphold the ban. In the 2017-18 academic year, more than 12,000 Iranians attended US colleges. Before packing their bags for the US last month, the Iranian students had completed expensive and time-consuming university applications and visa processing. When they were turned away, they rushed to book embassy appointments to find out the reason for the sudden denial. There is no US embassy in Iran, so most of them traveled to Yerevan, Armenia, for appointments, some returning to Tehran by bus – a 24-hour journey – because they could only afford one-way plane tickets.”
Iran Economy to Shrink 9.5% This Year Amid Tighter US Sanctions, Says IMF (15 October)
“Iran’s economy is expected to shrink by 9.5% this year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said, down from a previous estimate of a 6% contraction, as the country feels the impact of tighter US sanctions, reports Reuters.”
U.S. Prosecutors Accuse Turkey's Halkbank of Scheme to Evade Iran Sanctions (15 October)
“U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday charged Turkey’s majority state-owned Halkbank (HALKB.IS) with taking part in a multibillion-dollar scheme to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran - an indictment that may complicate tension between NATO allies Washington and Ankara.”
Iran’s President Hails Regional Support against US Sanctions (17 October)
“Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said yesterday his country had received support from neighbouring countries – without naming them – in the fight against US sanctions.”
U.S. Treasury's Mnuchin Says U.S. will Ramp up Pressure on Iran (28 October)
“Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday the United States would increase economic pressure on Iran over its nuclear program, making the pledge during a Middle East trip that includes visits to U.S. allies Israel and Saudi Arabia.”
U.S. Sanctions on Iran Threaten Access to Certain Medicines: Report (29 October)
“U.S. sanctions on Iran threaten access by some Iranians to medicines that treat diseases such as cancer and epilepsy, despite exemptions in the measures for imports of humanitarian goods, a report said on Tuesday. ‘There’s no acute nationwide shortage of medicine in Iran at this point,’ Tara Sepehri Far, a researcher at Human Rights Watch and an author of the report, said at the Atlantic Council think tank in Washington. ‘But people who are suffering from rare and special diseases are already seeing the negative effect of sanctions.’”
Iranians in Malaysia Say Banks Close Their Accounts as U.S. Sanctions Bite (29 October)
“Banks in Malaysia are closing the accounts of Iranian individuals and companies, nearly a dozen affected people told Reuters, in a sign that U.S. sanctions are having a far-reaching impact on citizens of the Islamic republic.”
U.S., Gulf Countries Impose Joint Iran-Related Sanctions on 25 Targets (30 October)
“The United States and six Gulf countries agreed to jointly impose sanctions on 25 corporations, banks and individuals linked to Iran’s support for militant networks including Hezbollah, the U.S. Treasury Department said on Wednesday.”
U.S. Imposes New Iran Sanctions, but Waives Others (31 October)
“The United States said on Thursday it had imposed sanctions on the Iranian construction sector and trade in four materials used in its military or nuclear programs, even as it waived sanctions to let foreign firms continue non-proliferation work in Iran.”
Iran's Rouhani Says French Plan for Talks Broadly is Acceptable (1 October)
“A plan for talks presented to the United States and Iran by French President Emmanuel Macron is broadly acceptable to the Islamic Republic, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday during a cabinet meeting that was broadcast live on state TV.”
Secondary Circuit of Iran's Arak Nuclear Reactor to be Operational within Two Weeks: Official (20 October)
“The secondary circuit of the Arak heavy water nuclear reactor will be operational within two weeks, Ali Asghar Zarean, a special assistant to the chief of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, was quoted as saying on Sunday by the semi-official Tasnim news agency.”
Iranian Hackers Targeted a US Presidential Campaign: Microsoft (4 October)
“A hacking group that appears to be linked to the Iranian government targeted a United States 2020 presidential campaign, Microsoft Corp said on Friday.”
Hacking the Hackers: Russian Group Hijacked Iranian Spying Operation, Officials Say (20 October)
“Russian hackers piggy-backed on an Iranian cyber-espionage operation to attack government and industry organizations in dozens of countries while masquerading as attackers from the Islamic Republic, British and U.S. officials said on Monday.”
Facebook Removes Russia, Iran Networks (22 October)
“Facebook said it had removed four networks from its social networking platforms that were run by Iranian and Russian groups seeking to influence elections in the run-up to the US 2020 presidential vote, as reported by Anadolu Agency.”
Iran Says Chinese State Oil Firm Has Withdrawn from $5bn Deal (7 October)
“China's state oil company pulled out of a $5bn deal to develop a portion of Iran's massive offshore natural gas field, the Islamic Republic's oil minister said.”
Iran’s Exports to Neighbouring Countries Hit $24bn (15 October)
“The value of Iranian exports to neighbouring countries amounts to $24 billion, including $16 billion to Arab states, an official has reported. Director General of Trade Promotion Organization of Iran’s Arab-African Office Masoud Kamali Ardakani said the main exports to Arab countries include foodstuff, minerals and petrochemicals, Fars News Agency reported.”
U.S. Extends Waiver for Iraq to Import Iranian Electricity for 120 Days (17 October)
“The U.S. State Department said on Thursday it has extended by 120 days a waiver to sanctions allowing Iraq to import gas and electricity from Iran as it pushes Baghdad to make the country more energy independent.”
Global Watchdog Gives Iran until Feb to Tighten Anti-Money Laundering Rules (18 October)
“A global dirty money watchdog said on Friday it had given Iran a final deadline of February 2020 to comply with international norms after which it would urge all its members to apply counter-measures.”
Brother of Iran’s President Is Sentenced to Prison for Corruption (1 October)
“The brother of President Hassan Rouhani of Iran was sentenced to five years in prison on corruption charges, the state news media reported on Tuesday, and four people were sentenced in another case on charges of spying for the United States and Britain, with one person facing the death penalty.”
Iran Women Married to Foreigners Can Pass Citizenship to Children (2 October)
“Iran's legislative vetting body has ratified a bill that allows children born to Iranian women and foreign men to obtain Iranian nationality, according to state media.”
HIV Rumours Trigger Angry Protests in Southwest Iran (9 October)
“Protests have rocked a small town in southwestern Iran following rumours that people had been infected with HIV during a diabetes screening programme. Demonstrators have unleashed their fury at government offices - including local health centres - in Lordegan, in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province, since Saturday, accusing authorities of infecting as many as 300 people with the deadly virus. Iran's health ministry said the total number of HIV-positive people in Chenar Mahmoudi, a small village near Lordegan, was about 70 and many were infected years ago.”
Iran Beat Cambodia 14-0 in Historic Match Attended by Women (10 October)
“Iranian women have watched the country's national football team play after authorities allowed them to buy tickets for the first time in decades, celebrating their long-awaited access to the national stadium but also paying tribute to the ‘Blue Girl’ fan who died last month.”
Iranian Women Allowed to Attend FIFA Soccer Match at Home for the First Time in Decades (10 October)
“As thousands of Iranian women young and old made their way inside Tehran’s Azadi Stadium on Thursday to watch the World Cup qualifying match between the Iranian and Cambodian men’s teams, the excitement was palpable. The sea of cheering women grew louder as they took their seats in women’s-only sections, making their presence known by proudly showing their faces, painted with streaks of green, white and red, as they waved Iranian flags from their seats. ‘We are so happy to be here. It is a memorable day for our generation,’ Marziye Hoshmand, 30, said before she entered the stadium with her friend Elahe Hoshyar. It marked the first time in nearly four decades that Iranian women were able to buy tickets and enter a stadium here to watch a live sports event.”
Hossein Fereydoun: Iranian President's Brother Begins Prison Term (16 October)
“Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's brother has reportedly begun a five-year prison sentence for corruption. Hossein Fereydoun, who was a close adviser to the president, entered Tehran's Evin prison on Wednesday, his lawyer told local media. He was convicted of "receiving bribes" in May and sentenced to seven years.”
Iran's Ali Sadr Cave 'Too Commercial' for World Heritage List (21 October)
“One of the natural wonders of the world is in the hills of northwestern Iran. Ali Sadr is the world's largest water-filled cave and attracts thousands of visitors each year. It once could have been a candidate to become a UNESCO world heritage site but not anymore. Al Jazeera's Zein Basravi reports from Ali Sadr village in Hamadan Province, Iran.”
Iran Chess Players Withdraw from Matches against Israel (25 October)
“Two Iranian chess champions have refused to play against Israelis on the 2019 World Youth and Junior Chess Championships.”
Factbox: Downstream Iranian Energy Projects Disrupted by Water Crisis (28 October)
“Below is a list of Iranian downstream energy projects where construction has been delayed and existing facilities where operations have been disrupted due to water scarcity…The list was compiled based on reports in Iranian state media, traders and project managers involved in the projects who spoke directly to Reuters and statements by the companies involved or major shareholders in the projects.”
Iran Sentences Man to Death for Spying for US: Report (1 October)
“Iranian courts have sentenced one person to death for spying for the United States and handed 10-year jail sentence to two others for the same crime, a judiciary spokesman said on Tuesday. A fourth person was imprisoned for 10 years for spying for the United Kingdom, judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili was quoted as saying by the judiciary's news website Mizan.”
Iran Frees Australian Couple Imprisoned for Three Months on Spying Charges (4 October)
“An Australian couple who spent more than three months in a prison in Tehran has been freed, Australia’s foreign minister said on Saturday, and an Iranian news agency later reported that an Iranian student was released from detention in Australia.”
Australia Denies Extradition of Iranian Academic to U.S. (5 October)
“Australia will not extradite an Iranian academic to the United States, Australia’s attorney-general said over the weekend, following a 13-month detention of the researcher for allegedly exporting American-made military equipment to Iran.”
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Makes Tearful Appeal to be Released from Iran Jail (7 October)
“Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian dual national held captive in Tehran, has made a tearful appeal to be released, breaking down as she entered an appeal hearing and pleading with the authorities to release her after three-and-a-half years in jail for espionage charges she denies.”
Iran Releases Widow of Iranian-Canadian Who Died in Jail: Ottawa (11 October)
“Iran has released the wife of an Iranian-Canadian environmental activist who died in a Tehran prison after it barred her from leaving the country for 18 months, her family and Canadian officials said on Friday.”
Iran Says It Captures Exiled Journalist Who Supported 2018 Unrest (14 October)
Agents of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have captured and returned to Iran an exiled journalist who allegedly fueled anti-government street unrest across the country early last year using social media, Iranian state television reported on Monday.
Iran Holding Second French Researcher (16 October)
“A second French national is being detained in Iran and has been imprisoned since the summer, Le Figaro newspaper reported on Wednesday, which is likely to complicate France’s efforts to defuse tensions between the United States and Tehran.”
Is 'Love and Desire in Iran' a Threat to US National Security? (12 October)
Hamid Dabashi writes in Al Jazeera: “’The Education Department’, according to the New York Times, ‘has ordered Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to remake the Middle East studies program run jointly by the two schools after concluding that it was offering students a biased curriculum that, among other complaints, did not present enough 'positive' imagery of Judaism and Christianity in the region’…The battle these bureaucratic functionaries are waging against the critical thinking of an entire nation is, of course, entirely futile. The cat of their thievery of Palestine is out of the bag and their bete noire, the mighty and magnificent Edward Said, even or particularly after his death has enabled and let loose an entire generation of bold and brilliant critical thinkers around the globe who have flooded university presses and commercial publishers with an avalanche of books exposing their corrupt and crooked colonialism in Palestine.”
It’s Time to Talk to Iran (14 October)
William J. Burns and Jake Sullivan write in The New York Times: “If we stay on this trajectory, we will soon go off the cliff. The policy questions debated in Washington are too often about whether or not to wear a seatbelt. Instead, we ought to put our hands back on the wheel of diplomacy and steer toward an off-ramp before it is too late.”
Saudi Arabia and Iran May Finally be Ready for Rapprochement (16 October)
Imad K. Karb writes in Al Jazeera: “Still, only time will tell how the attack will impact the general atmosphere in the already-volatile Gulf region and the wider Middle East. What is apparent, however, is that the current state of uncertainty, mistrust and confusion cannot be sustained if Iran wants to rejoin the international community after decades of isolation and if Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies seek further economic and social development. Only a return to quiet and purposeful diplomacy - with the assistance of third parties - can bridge differences between the two sides and help prevent what could arguably be one of the most calamitous military confrontations in the region's history.”
Persian Language Sources
زنان بالاخره به 'آزادی' رسیدند؛ مسابقه ایران و کامبوج تاریخساز میشود؟ (4 October)
“در ایران، برای تماشای بازی تیم ملی فوتبال ایران و کامبوج، چهار هزار بلیت به زنان فروخته شده است. این بازی در چارچوب بازیهای مقدماتی جام جهانی، شش روز دیگر برگزار می شود. فدراسیون جهانی فوتبال به ایران هشدار داده بود که زنان باید بتوانند بدون محدودیت به تماشای بازی بیایند وگرنه فوتبال ایران محروم خواهد شد."
سخنگوی سازمان انرژی اتمی ایران: تعهدات برآورده نشود، کاهش تعهدات ادامه مییابد (6 October)
"بهروز کمالوندی معاون امور بینالملل و سخنگوی سازمان انرژی اتمی ایران گفته است که در صورت ‘عدم اقدام طرفهای مقابل’ در اجرای تعهداتشان در قالب برنامه جامع اقدام مشترک موسوم به برجام، کاهش تعهدات از سوی ایران ادامه خواهد داشت."
سخنگوی دولت ایران: دستگیری خبرنگار روس به جاسوسی مربوط نیست، مشکل ویزاست (7 October)
"علی ربیعی، سخنگوی دولت ایران میگوید پرونده یولیا یوزیک، خبرنگار روسی که در ایران بازداشت شده مربوط به مشکل ویزا است، نه اتهام جاسوسی. آقای ربیعی گفته به زودی به این پرونده رسیدگی میشود. همزمان دولت روسیه ابراز امیدواری کرده که این خبرنگار روسیه ظرف مدت کوتاهی آزاد شود."
سربازی در ایران؛ درخواست تغییر سن اعزام به خدمت از ۱۸ به ۲۰ سال (7 October)
"شورای عالی انقلاب فرهنگی ایران میگوید برای "کاهش فشار کنکور" و اضطرب ناشی از آن خواستار تغییر سن سربازی رفتن پسران از ۱۸ به ۲۰ سال شده است. به گفته سعید عاملی، دبیر این شورا، این درخواست به ستاد کل نیروهای مسلح ایران ارائه شده است."
رهبر ایران: دلیلی ندارد برای تولید بمب هستهای هزینه کنیم (9 October)
"آیتالله علی خامنهای، رهبر ایران با یادآوری فتوای خود مبنی بر حرام بودن استفاده از بمب هستهای گفت "موضع قاطعانه و شجاعانه حکومت ایران این است که برای ساخت بمب هستهای هزینه نکند." او همزمان خواستار استفاده از ظرفیت علمی کشور برای "پیشرفت فناوری صلحآمیز هستهای شد.""
فوتبال؛ پیروزی ۱۴ بر صفر ایران در روز تاریخی حضور زنان در آزادی (10 October)
"در روزی که زنان ایرانی برای نخستین بار اجازه یافتند به طور رسمی برای تماشای فوتبال مردان به استادیوم بروند، ایران ۱۴ بر صفر کامبوج را شکست داد."
اقتصاد ایران؛ بانک جهانی درباره امروز و فردای اقتصاد ایران چه میگوید؟ (13 October)
"بانک جهانی در تازهترین گزارش خود که هفته پیش منتشر کرده، پیش بینی کرده ایران در سال ۲۰۱۹-۲۰۲۰ میلادی برای دومین سال متوالی رکود را تجربه کند و رشد اقتصادی این کشور به ۸/۷- درصد برسد."
اعتراض در مجلس ایران به طرح انتقال آب خزر به سمنان (14 October )
"تعدادی از نمایندگان مجلس ایران که معترض به طرح انتقال آب دریای خزر به سمنان بودند امروز و در جریان جلسه علنی مجلس با اعتراض به اجرایی شدن این طرح موجب ایجاد اختلال در نظم مجلس شدند."
صندوق بینالمللی پول پیشبینی خود از رشد اقتصادی ایران، عربستان و خاورمیانه را کاهش داد (15 October)
"صندوق بینالمللی پول پیشبینی خود را از رشد اقتصادی ایران و عربستان اصلاح کرد و به دلیل تحریمهای امریکا، تنشهای منطقهای و کاهش قیمت نفت آن را کاهش داد. این صندوق همچنین پیشبینی کرده تمام کشورهای خاورمیانه و شمال آفریقا رشد اقتصادی ضعیفتری در قیاس با پیشبینی شش ماه داشته باشند."
حکم یکسال زندان برای شش خواننده زن و هشت مرد در ایران تایید شد (15 October)
"طبق اسنادی که به دست بیبیسی فارسی رسیده است دادگاه تجدیدنظر ایران حکم یک سال حبس برای شش زن خواننده وهشت مرد که در ساخت ویدیو کلیپ برای آنها مشارکت داشتهاند را تایید و به تازگی به آنها یا وکلای آنها ابلاغ کرده است."
هالکبانک به نقض 'جدی' تحریمهای آمریکا علیه ایران متهم شد (15 October)
"براساس ادعانامه ای که دادستانی فدرال آمریکا در نیویورک تنظیم کرده یک بانک بزرگ ترکیه به مشارکت در یک نقشه چند میلیارد دلاری برای دور زدن تحریم های آمریکا علیه ایران متهم شده است."
زندانی بودن یک محقق دیگر فرانسوی در ایران تایید شد (16 October)
"وزارت خارجه فرانسه روز چهارشنبه تایید کرد که یک محقق دیگر فرانسوی به نام رولان مارشال چند ماه پیش در ایران بازداشت شده است."
مرکز آمار ایران: کاهش بیکاری و افزایش تورم در بهار امسال (21 October)
"مرکز آمار ایران در گزارش فصلی خود که امروز دوشنبه (۲۹ مهر) منتشر کرده، به شاخصهای کلان اقتصادی در این کشور پرداخته است. این گزارش سه ماهه بهار امسال را در دربر میگیرد البته بعضی از دادههای آن نظیر وضعیت صادرات نفت قدیمی است و به روز نشده است. بر اساس این گزارش، بیشتر شاخصهای کلیدی اقتصاد ایران (در سال ۱۳۹۷) از اهداف برنامه ششم توسعه عقبترند؛ به عنوان مثال رشد اقتصادی در برنامه ششم توسعه هشت درصد در نظر گرفته شده که در پایان سال ۱۳۹۷ این رقم ۴/۹- درصد بوده است؛ نگاهی به ارقام تورم و بیکاری هم به نتایج مشابهی میرسد."
فیسبوک شماری از حسابهای 'مرتبط با ایران و روسیه را بست' (22 October)
"شرکت فیسبوک روز دوشنبه از حذف شبکه هایی جعلی برای پراکندن اطلاعات نادرست یا تفرقه انگیز که از داخل روسیه و ایران هدایت می شود خبر داده است."
جهانگیری میگوید '٢٢ میلیارد دلار' از ایران خارج شده و سرنوشتش روشن نیست (23 October)
"اسحاق جهانگیری، معاون اول رئیس جمهور ایران، میگوید ٢٢ میلیارد دلار از منابع ارزی ایران به دوبی و استانبول منتقل شده و سرنوشت آن مشخص نیست. آقای جهانگیری در پاسخ به انتقادها از سیاست دولت حسن روحانی برای ارائه یارانه ارزی به واردکنندگان کالا در ایران، گفته است منتقدان خود کسانی هستند که ٢٢ میلیارد دلار از منابع ارزی ایران را "برای کاهش قیمت ارز" به دوبی و استانبول برده و مشخص نیست با آن چه کردهاند."
گزارش بانک جهانی درباره کسب و کار؛ نیوزیلند بهترین، ایران در رتبه ۱۲۷ (27 October)
"بانک جهانی در گزارشی درباره سهولت کسب و کار، به مقایسه ۱۹۰ کشور دنیا پرداخته است. در رتبهبندی امسال بانک جهانی، نیوزیلند با امتیاز ۸۶/۸ (از ۱۰۰) بهترین کشور دنیا در زمینه سهولت کسب و کار معرفی شده است؛ جمعیت نیوزیلند نزدیک به پنج میلیون نفر و اقتصاد آن عمدتا متکی بر صادرات محصولات کشاورزی و دامی است."