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Week of December 4th
Controversial IAEA report
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released a long-anticipated report about Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons work. The report found Iran conducted a number of experiments “relevant to a nuclear explosive device,” but stopped in 2009. However, there was no evidence Iran succeeded in developing a blueprint for a nuclear bomb.
The Arms Control Association released a final assessment about the IAEA report. Here's the takeaway: “The assessment corroborates previous intelligence assessments: Iran likely had a nuclear program in 2003, scrapped it and has tried to conceal the evidence and deny its existence ever since. The fact that there is still ambiguity about Iran’s nuclear programs is not a surprise, but also does not bar effective implementation of the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1.”
Still, nuclear policy wonks debated on Twitter the significance of the IAEA report.
Tehran on high alert
Anti-terrorism measures are currently being taken in Tehran amid fears of an ISIS attack. Armed officers are patrolling major streets, standing guard outside metro stations, and checking people’s bags for anything suspicious. Rumors on social media seemed to point toward targeting the holy shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad as well as the country’s airports.

These security measures come after the Paris attacks when Iraqi intelligence warned Iran, France, and the United States were among countries being targeted by ISIS. Last week, Iran’s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli said, “They [ISIS] have always threatened attacks but they have never had the power to resort to any measure against Iran.”
He Who Must Not Be Named
A number of Twitter users were temporarily suspended for Tweeting about Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Commander Qassem Soleimani. His name seems to be the common denominator for the suspended accounts, although Twitter claims it is a spam issue.
More from #FreeJason
On Thursday, jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian surpassed his 500th day in Evin prison. Rezaian has been imprisoned 56 days longer than the hostages held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. According to executive editor Martin Baron of the Washington Post, the 500-day mark is “the grimmest” of milestones.
Rezaian’s brother Ali delivered a petition with over half a million signatures to Iran’s Mission to the United Nations in New York calling for the reporter’s release. “They need to know that folks around the world are concerned about this,” Ali Rezaian explained.

Go Newsha!
Iranian photographer Newsha Tavakolian traveled to the Netherlands to accept the Prince Claus Award. Her work has been featured in Magnum Photos, National Geographic, and Time, amongst many others. Tavakolian intends to donate part of her €100,000 prize money to Iraqi and Syrian refugees.
Other stories that made headlines
-- Iranian-American executed in Iran over murder charges in California.
-- Iran more dangerous than ISIS, according to retired head of IDF intelligence.
-- The removal of sanctions will be good for Iran, but also disruptive.
-- Who is behind the attacks on reformists?
-- Iran’s very own Al Capone of oil revenues.
-- Can Washington separate its Iran policy from Israel?
-- Iranian woman amongst those killed in San Bernardino shooting.
-- Prison guards turns blind eye to attack on political prisoners.
-- Fifth grade math test question uses Hajj stampede in Mecca as example.
-- Iranian-American Dallas city official not allowed to board flight in New York.

Environmental Protection Org on how to confront Iran's environmental challenges.
-- Officials discuss the potential for Iran to mediate between Russia and Turkey.
-- Maz Jobrani adds a little Iranian flair to Adele’s “Hello”.
-- Iranian family starts a movement to tackle homelessness/hunger in south Tehran.


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