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Feb 28 β€’ 7 tweets β€’ 2 min read
🧡 5th day of the Ukraine war - a brief roundupπŸ‘‡ 1/ As for the financial markets and economic impact, today was a bloodbath:

- Putin banned citizens and companies to transfer money abroad
- Russian stock exchange was meant to open today but it didn't. In fact, it was announced tomorrow will stay closed
Feb 28 β€’ 6 tweets β€’ 2 min read
It is a workday hence I just get the lunchtime to tweet - so here is the 🧡 Lunchtime Roundup on the War in Ukraine: 1) Kharkiv is being punished for its resistance with a barrage of MLRS (Grad and Smerch). Reports of dozens of civilian casualties. Very graphic footages of the slain coming out (not this one), which I would not include.

They are creating another Aleppo.

Feb 27 β€’ 7 tweets β€’ 2 min read
🧡4th day of the conflict Russia/Ukraine - Summary roundup: πŸ‘‡ 1) Waking up this morning to news of Russian forces with light armour in Kharkiv. Hours later we saw the remaining debris of those vehicles and mop-up operation cleared the Russian forces. Kharkiv is still in Ukrainian control.
Feb 26 β€’ 9 tweets β€’ 3 min read
Creating a thread 🧡 here for the War Crimes of the Russian forces. #UkraineRussiaWar #Ukrania #russianinvasion

It is time that we keep a record of them.

Please send any information you have or any tweets you come by. 1/ Hitting Kyiv Children Cancer Hospital

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Nov 24, 2021 β€’ 5 tweets β€’ 2 min read
Water protests have spread to the Chaharmahal Bakhtiari province (today its 4th day) which is the origin of many downstream rivers.

What is more, they are chanting "Reza Shah, Rest in Peace"! Reza Shah, contemporary with Ataturk, is commonly known as the father of Modern Iran. I cannot tell you how much of an insult this is to the the Islamic Republic which has hailed itself as the liberator of masses from the tyranny of the kings.

But since 2017-18 protests, people have gone back to appreciate how much Reza shah did for Iran.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reza_Shah
Sep 16, 2021 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 3 min read
Rapport has jumped up from the crowded 2760-3 pack and now among the top 10 of the world. #chess

Can Alireza "Firo" Firouzja pull a similar with two rounds remaining from #NorwayChess ? He will be playing against the bottom (fellow Iranian Aryan Tari) and top, Rapport. Image Yes, in fact Norwegian Aryan Tari is actually Aryan "Taheri", son of Iranian parents (perhaps changed names after emigrating to Norway).

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aryan_Tari
Sep 11, 2021 β€’ 5 tweets β€’ 3 min read
Tomorrow @rafaelmgrossi, head of IAEA will visit Iran, in what looked like an ultimatum visit.

However, below suggest a much more benign nature, requesting for standard monitoring in exchange for withholding a damning resolution in the Board of Governors.
@rafaelmgrossi This seems to be the result of the European influence in US's dealing with Iran - from whose tone and rhetoric we could sense a feeling of impatience and "having enough".

But whatever is offered here, Iran must just simply accept. We are nearing the point of a seismic shift...
Aug 11, 2021 β€’ 41 tweets β€’ 16 min read
🚨⚠️🚨 #VeryLongThread 🚨⚠️🚨

My apologies but there isn't enough emoji in the world to be able to capture the gravity of human catastrophe in Iran due to #COVID19.

I wrote a thread 10 days ago but it is just so much worse.

TL;DR
If you cannot read the whole thread, here are the takeaways:

- The health system already imploded under load
- Patients admitted on the floor of hospitals
- Shortage of coffins and morgue vehicles let alone beds
- Iran theocracy does not back down from Moharram ceremonies
Aug 10, 2021 β€’ 13 tweets β€’ 5 min read
#Thread How to make a full blown protest out of absolutely nothing (a pretty harmless video) - Iranian Style

Prologue
Junqan, a town with the population of 14K, in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province. Most Iranians had not heard its name before today. Preface

This man, admittedly brave and named Habib Fadaee, went on a soapbox 20 days ago to state his support for the people of Khuzestan and their protests.

The video was circulated in the social media although we did not know much more. Obviously people forgot about it.
Aug 2, 2021 β€’ 19 tweets β€’ 6 min read
🚨🚨🚨#LongishThread 🚨🚨🚨
I know I am sounding like a broken record now, but Iran's health system is experiencing a crisis not seen before, due to COVID's 5th wave.

Universal shortage of beds, ventilator, ICU and even saline drips across the country. Casualties mounting. This is a hospital in the southern province of Bushehr. Patients on the floor receiving oxygen.

If the 3rd wave were a 7 Richter earthquake, this is surely above than 8.

Jul 31, 2021 β€’ 9 tweets β€’ 3 min read
So that was it? The protests stopped?

While days 14 and 15 we had almost no protests, days 16 and 17 suddenly we saw some major protests again.

As I said, something has changed. With a little trigger or opportunity, people show their resentment.

Yesterday (day 16) was the last day of the Iranian football league with Perspolis winning the championship. The celebrations quickly turned to the scenes of protests in Tehran, Karaj, Qazvin, etc.

This is the scene with security forces clashing riding on motorbikes.
Apr 4, 2021 β€’ 15 tweets β€’ 4 min read
Week 55-57 - #COVID19 in Iran

The 4th wave is now finally confirmed.

Picking up from 3 weeks ago [due to lack of development waiting for a more coherent picture to develop]

More on me:

Dec 30, 2020 β€’ 17 tweets β€’ 4 min read
Look guys - THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST IS PRETTY SERIOUS.

(I know you might say when it wasn't but we are talking risk of a big conflict)

The thread on the reports from the last 24 hours: /0 On the Iranian side, I have seen anecdotal comments from tweeps close to IRGC that "the big fight" is very close and mothers should prepare for the martyrdom of their sons.

[Prefer not to include the tweets]
Dec 30, 2020 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 2 min read
So far what we have seen is a ton of preparation and warning against any sort of conflict.

I hope it stays that way. And more warnings and preparations

Oct 11, 2020 β€’ 13 tweets β€’ 4 min read
Days 223-226 - #COVID19 in Iran

Record number of official daily deaths and critical situation in many provinces

Picking up from 4 days ago:

About me:

Sep 22, 2020 β€’ 14 tweets β€’ 4 min read
Day 206 and 207 - #COVID19 in Iran

3rd wave's brief update

Picking up from two days ago About me:

Sep 20, 2020 β€’ 11 tweets β€’ 4 min read
Day 204 and 205 - #COVID19 in Iran

3rd wave (Ashura wave) is fierce... a quick update

Picking up from two days ago:
Me:

Sep 18, 2020 β€’ 8 tweets β€’ 3 min read
Day 202 and 203 - #COVID19 in Iran

A brief update, COVID is exploding in the 3rd wave

Picking up from two days ago:
Who am I and why I am doing this?

Sep 16, 2020 β€’ 11 tweets β€’ 4 min read
Day 200 and 201 - #COVID19 in Iran

Yes, it is already 200 days. A brief update on the situation which is getting critical

Picking up from two days ago:
On me:

Sep 14, 2020 β€’ 12 tweets β€’ 5 min read
Days 197-199 - #COVID19 in Iran

Before I start the usual coverage, with a heavy heart, have to have a brief report on #NavidAfkari, the executed prisoner in Iran which has caused an International outcry. Image Navid Afkari along with his two brothers were arrested in late summer 2018 allegedly during protests but then later charged with killing of an IRGC Baseej member.

He was an International wrestling champion.

[Sadly wiki page turned into bad propaganda:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navid_Afk…]
Sep 11, 2020 β€’ 12 tweets β€’ 4 min read
Day 195 and 196 - #COVID19 in Iran

A brief update - not taking your time more than I should

Picking up from two days ago:
Me: