COVID-19 and Trump’s indifference helped human rights abusers in 2020

bne IntelliNews January 15, 2021

2020 was a bad year for human rights around the world, but the US’ upcoming Biden presidency is an opportunity for change, says Human Rights Watch.

Durov rejects Western funds’ offer to buy 5%-10% of Telegram with $30bn valuation

Ben Aris in Berlin January 15, 2021

Russia’s most famous tech entrepreneur and the creator of the Telegram messaging service has rejected an offer by Western funds to buy a 5%-10% stake in the company with a valuation of $30bn.

Iran’s navy conducts missile drill while analyst argues Trump even capable of nuclear strike in final days

bne IntelIiNews January 13, 2021

"Desperate” US president “may try to ‘wag the dog’ by ordering a strike – perhaps with a tactical nuclear warhead – on Iran’s main nuclear facility in Natanz” says former White House economic council senior adviser.

TEHRAN BLOG: Who’s more credible? Johnson backing Trump’s Nobel chances or Iran applauding arrest warrant for US president?

bne IntelIiNews January 7, 2021

All of a sudden, following the mob storming of the Capitol, it appears that the Iranians had common sense on their side all along.

STOLYPIN: Scope for limited progress under Biden, so long as the past remains the past

Mark Galeotti January 6, 2021

Joe Biden seems to be getting the band back together, drawing heavily on veterans of the Obama administration for his foreign policy team. In many ways that is a good thing after four years of erratic decision-making and malign neglect.

Korea deploys destroyer as Iran seizes tanker and enters war of words with Israel

bne IntelIiNews January 5, 2021

Tehran vows “decisive response” to any Israeli action against its scaled up nuclear programme. New worries surface that Donald Trump plans to spark conflict with Iranians.