Category: Iran

Iran Is Being Targeted for Economic Independence, Not Terrorism

Iran Is Being Targeted for Economic Independence, Not TerrorismNew, unprecedented economic sanctions have been imposed on Iran’s central bank after blame for a September 14 oil field attack was pinned on the nation by U.S. leaders. The sanctions blacklist the Iranian central bank and sovereign wealth fund, further severing the country’s already tenuous ties to the global market. With soldiers and weapons “of […]

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Reformed BTC Maximalist Erik Finman Proves the Value of Unschooling

Erik Finman - Converted BTC Maximalist Proves the Value of UnschoolingA 12-year-old, future unschooling advocate at an Occupy Wall Street protest learns about Bitcoin while running from the cops. He invests. Later, the independent Erik Finman will become the supposed “world’s youngest bitcoin millionaire” at age 18. That’s not where the story ends, though. The high school dropout has since gone on to launch education […]

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From Booze to Bitcoin Mining – Why Violent Prohibition Is Always Harmful

From Booze to Bitcoin Mining - Why Violent Prohibition Is Always HarmfulStories continue to emerge about newly discovered illegal mining operations being busted by state and corporate authorities. Just last week Iranian media reported the seizure of 177 Bitcoin mining units worth over $270,000 being smuggled via truck in the Arak region. On July 31, Russia’s Kraskom power company reported illegal siphoning of power from municipal […]

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How Governments Steal Your Money and Conceal It Through Inflation

Dozens of countries all over the world have used the same trick called redenomination to hide how they have stolen their own citizens’ money through inflation or hyperinflation. The next nation to try this economic sleight of hand is the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Also Read: Global Crypto War Is Heating up […]

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Sorry, I Don’t Want to Pay for More Bombs: Bitcoin as a Hedge Against Funding War

Sorry, I Don't Want to Pay for More Bombs: Bitcoin as a Hedge Against Funding WarAfter nearly two decades of U.S.-led coalition bombs falling on the Middle East, peace in the region still has not been achieved. Now the United States is once again bolstering military forces, this time in Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, taxpayers in multiple countries are being forced to pay for these ill-fated and unethical campaigns, with little […]

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Global Crypto War Is Heating up – Iran Next in Line With Its Own Gold-Backed Coin

Control of the U.S. dollar and the global financial system that depends on it gives the American government an incredibly powerful tool in shaping international affairs. As such, it is not surprising that its geopolitical rivals around the world will try to exploit the invention of cryptocurrency to take the USD down a peg. The […]

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Miners Flock to Iran Where Bitcoin Mining Is Set to Be Sanctioned

Iran’s Central Bank Will Allow Bitcoin Mining Operations as Miners Flock to the Oil-Rich NationAccording to regional reports, the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) is planning to allow licensed cryptocurrency mining as long as operations are charged for electricity based on the price of export. The CBI governor, Abdol Nasser Hemmati, explained that mined cryptocurrencies should flow back into the Iranian economy. Also read: Bitcoin Miner Recounts Struggle to […]

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Iranians Defy Warning and Share Pictures of Bitcoin Mining in Mosque

Despite the Grid's Warning Iranians Share Pictures of Bitcoin Mining in a MosqueOn Tuesday, the Iranian energy grid corporation Tavanir warned illegal bitcoin mining operations that they would be cut off from their supply. Following the announcement, pictures of a mining facility set up in a mosque went viral on social media. Also Read: Iranian Energy Grid Blames 7% Consumption Increase on Bitcoin Miners Mining in a […]

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Iranian Energy Grid Blames 7% Consumption Increase on Bitcoin Miners

Mostafa Rajabi Mashhad, the spokesperson for Tavanir, an Iranian state-operated grid entity, has explained that electrical consumption has spiked by 7% in comparison to the previous year. Rajabi blames illegal cryptocurrency mining operations for the country’s increased electrical consumption and has warned that illicit mining facilities will be cut off from the grid. Also Read: […]

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Bitmain Launches Low-Cost Special Edition Antminer S9

Bitmain Launches Low-Cost Special Edition Antminer S9On Monday, June 17, the Chinese mining rig manufacturer Bitmain Technologies announced the launch of a low-cost miner called the Antminer S9 version SE. The new 16 terahash per second (16TH/s) S9 SE is $350 per unit and the launch celebrates the company’s most popular product, the original S9. Also read: Report Insists ‘Bitcoin Was […]

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Study: Publicly Listed Chinese Firms Quietly Participate in Bitcoin Mining

Study Shows Publicly Listed Firms in China Quietly Participate in Bitcoin MiningAccording to regional reports, a few publicly listed Chinese companies have been secretly mining bitcoin by pretending to provide cloud or web hosting services. Moreover, recent studies have revealed a growing trend of mystery miners processing the BCH and BTC networks at the same time as these firms have been running undercover mining operations in […]

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Traders Are Now Banned From Using Localbitcoins Exchange in Iran

Traders Are Now Banned From Using Localbitcoins Exchange in IranTraders from Iran have been banned from using the peer-to-peer trading platform Localbitcoins.com within the country. The Iranian section of the website displays a short message that states that the exchange is “currently not available.” The news follows significant Iranian rial trade volume on the Localbitcoins platform, which has been climbing steadily over the last […]

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Bitcoin Miner Recounts Struggle to Obtain Cheap Iranian Power

Bitcoin Miner Recounts Struggle Involved With Obtaining Cheap Iranian PowerOver the last six months, reports of Chinese miners crossing the border to obtain cheap electricity from regions like Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Iran have abounded. According to a recent interview, Chinese miners have found extremely affordable electric prices ($0.006 per kilowatt-hour) in the oil-rich nation of Iran. However, managing to get thousands of machines […]

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Russian Banks Join Chinese Swift – Is the Dollar Era Under Threat?

Is the Dollar Era Under Threat?As a Saudi oil minister once remarked, the Stone Age didn’t end because we ran out of stones. It seems it’s neither the deficit of a tool nor its deficiencies that make it obsolete, but rather the invention of new tools that do the job better. With increasing competition, will the U.S. dollar continue to […]

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P2P Markets Report: Iranian Localbitcoins Volume Gains 190% in a Week

The peer-to-peer (P2P) markets have seen a dramatic increase in Iranian and Indonesian trade activity, with both markets posting triple-digit volume gains in recent weeks. Localbitcoins volume has also surged in select Latin American markets this past week, with the Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Venezuela posting some of their strongest trade on record. Also Read: […]

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Lightning Network: Cool Enough for Twitter Jack and Fidelity But Not Iran

Lightning Network: Cool Enough for Twitter Jack and Fidelity, but Not IranOn Feb. 22, bitcoiners rejoiced when the financial banking giant Fidelity was handed the ‘Lightning torch’ as the Lightning Network’s social experiment was passed on to its latest bearer. Then, two days later, the new Lightning torch holder made the decision to exclude passing it on to a cryptocurrency executive from Iran because of U.S. […]

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Iran in Talks With 8 Countries for Use of Cryptocurrency in Financial Transactions

Iran is exploring various options, including holding negotiations with other countries to introduce cryptocurrency in global trade, as the Islamic state moves to sidestep U.S. economic sanctions. Mohammad-Reza Modoudi, the acting head of Iran’s Trade Promotion Organization (TPO), said the country was negotiating the use of cryptocurrency in its financial transactions with eight countries. Also […]

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The Daily: Iran Said to Announce Crypto-Rial This Week, Italy Closer to Crypto Regulation

The Daily: Iran Said to Announce Crypto-Rial This Week, Italy Closer to Crypto RegulationIn this edition of The Daily, Iran is reportedly preparing to announce its national cryptocurrency during a conference starting on Jan. 29. Also, a draft decree introducing legal definitions for terms related to cryptocurrencies has been introduced in the Italian Senate and the IMF has voiced concerns over Malta’s blockchain industry while recognizing the positive […]

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Cryptocurrency Adoption Rising in Iran as Government Mismanages Economy

Iran is toying with the idea of lopping zeros off its national currency as inflation goes through the roof. History tells us this is rarely a good idea. Cryptocurrency provides an alternative for those living in countries where the fiat currency is being rendered worthless. Crypto adoption in Iran is growing steadily, with government economic […]

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Thousands of Banned Binance Customers Remain Cut off by the Exchange

No Respite for Thousands of Binance Users Controversially Cut off by the ExchangeBinance, the world’s second largest digital asset exchange by traded volume, has withdrawn its services from countries targeted by U.S. economic sanctions, in line with its controversial revised terms of use. However, the ban affects entire populations in countries such as Zimbabwe, where U.S. restrictions are supposed to specifically target individuals and companies. Also read: Bitcoin […]

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Bitcoin Primely Positioned as U.S. Foreign Policy Pushes Rivals to Ditch Dollar

Bitcoin at Right Side of History as Brazen U.S. Foreign Policy Pushes Rivals to Ditch DollarAs President Donald Trump presides over geopolitical shape-shifting as the poster boy of separatist politics, the most significant clapback yet may be loss of confidence in the U.S. dollar. The dollar has been politically weaponized in the service of American interests and now other global powerhouses are betting on taking back control of their economies […]

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Iran Labels Telegram’s Coin a Threat to National Security

Iran Labels Telegram’s Coin a Threat to National SecurityTehran has once again targeted the users of the popular messaging application Telegram. A law enforcement official warned Iranian citizens against providing any support for the launch of the instant messaging app’s native token, the Gram. Also read: Bill to Curb Iranian National Crypto Filed in US Congress ‘Disruption to the National Economy’ Authorities in […]

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Billions Living Under Authoritarian Regimes Need Bitcoin Says Human Rights Activist

Billions Living Under Authoritarian Regimes Need Bitcoin Says Human Rights ActivistWhen reporting on cryptocurrency, the mainstream media often focuses on price drops relating to USD. But a human rights activist reminds the general public that Bitcoin is not another commodity or stock on the market, rather, a tool for liberation. Also Read: Iranian Students in the UK Use Bitcoin to Bypass Banks Bitcoin is a Tool […]

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