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Why Iranian students in US are crowdfunding to pay their tuition

Al Jazeera

Washington, DC - Thirteen years ago, when Shayan Karimi was 11 years old, he begged his parents for a guitar. Around the same time, a relative introduced him to Elton John and Pink Floyd. From that point on, Karimi knew he wanted to be a musician. In late 2016, his dream moved closer to reality when he was awarded a partial scholarship to study music at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Owing to the absence of a US embassy in Iran, Karimi travelled to Dubai to apply for a visa later that year.

Exclusive: UAE company 'hacked US-Iranian magnate's email'

Al Jazeera

A state investment body owned by Ras Al Khaimah, one of the UAE's seven emirates, is alleged to have hacked the email accounts of US-Iranian aviation magnate Farhad Azima and attempted to blackmail him with threats of "collateral damage", according to court documents seen by Al Jazeera. The alleged hacking took place in late 2015 as a business relationship between 75-year-old Azima and the Ras al Khaimah Investment Authority (Rakia) turned sour. It is also alleged that the UAE fund then leaked embarrassing material about Kansas-based Azima on the "dark web", a part of the internet that cannot be visited by using traditional browsers. Third-party technology experts are said to have concluded that the hacking was "so sophisticated they believed a state actor had to have been involved", prompting suspicions of state-sponsored hacking. The case predates the June 2017 blockade of Qatar by four Arab states, which was announced following the hacking of Qatari government social media and news sites.

Today on Fox News, Sept. 16, 2019

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The Fox News Rundown podcast: "Renewed Gulf Tensions Latest Test For President Trump, American Economy" - The conflict between Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Iran continued to amplify this weekend after Houthi rebels attacked two Saudi oil facilities. Also on the Rundown: President Trump recently revealed that he called off secret peace talks at Camp David with the Taliban after U.S. and Romanian service members and 10 civilians were murdered in a car bombing in Kabul. Sean Parnell, one of the longest-serving combat veterans, has extensive knowledge of Afghanistan and explains why he believes peace talks can't happen without a ceasefire. Want the Fox News Rundown sent straight to your mobile device?

The Reddit War


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"Tech People Are the Last People I Would Trust to Regulate Speech"


The minute after I watched the first episode of The Wire, I found myself asking: Is this the best show ever to be on television? So of course I've followed David Simon's work through his post–Hurricane Katrina New Orleans series Treme and later his '70s-porn-era New York City drama The Deuce. Like me, Simon once paid his rent primarily as a journalist, but he leveraged his newspaper years into creating TV drama that, if anything, was as good as (or maybe better than) the best journalism I'd seen until then--capturing crime and social problems with a consistent recognition that our real-life heroes, like our real-life villains, have a gift for being their own worst enemies. On Twitter, Simon has won a unique reputation as a prolific hurler of baroque insults targeting those he believes are poisoning the social media platform. After the 2016 election, people in my feed would tag me regarding Simon's tweets comparing both Twitter trolls and genuinely monstrous people like Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to Hitler, Nazis, fascists, and the like. Some clearly hoped that, as the creator of Godwin's law, I might render a verdict against him as a Godwin's lawbreaker, but I had already written that informed, knowledgeable Nazi comparisons won't earn my criticism. At its best, I saw Simon's frequently colorful exercise of his First Amendment rights as high-quality performance art.