Iran Insight

  • New Paper Advises Obama Successor to Take Risks with Iran

    As a bruising and dispiriting US election campaign draws to a close, it is time to start planning for a transition that builds on the legacy of the Barack Obama administration and looks for new opportunities for resolution of foreign as well as domestic conflicts.

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  • Iran’s Sluggish Economy Post-JCPOA

    The explosive title of an article published Oct. 13 by the Iranian Student News Agency gave a dire picture of Iran’s economy after the nuclear deal and underlined concerns about the agreement’s durability.

    “The real rate of unemployment reaches 80% in some Iranian cities,” was the headline, a quote from the chief of an anti-narcotics commission working for a government body known as the Expediency Council.

    U.S. officials assert that they have done everything required by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to implement sanctions relief in return for Iranian curbs on the nuclear program.

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  • How the Principlists Could Defeat Rouhani in the 2017 Elections

    Most observers believe Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has a very good chance of being re-elected next May to a second four-year term.

    But it would be foolhardy to discount the possibility of a victory by the conservative camp, which remains deeply entrenched in the power structure of the Islamic Republic in organizations such as the Iran Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the large paramilitary Basij militia, the police forces, the Guardian Council and the judicial system.

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  • Iran’s President Rouhani Plays it Safe in New York

    New York – Hassan Rouhani was determined not to make news.

    In a carefully calibrated performance, Rouhani checked the boxes for his briefest visit to the UN General Assembly since he became Iran’s president in 2013.

    Spending only two days in New York, he met with Muslim American leaders, held bilateral talks with key European counterparts and the president of Turkey, attended an off-record session with American think tankers and other Iran experts, gave the obligatory speech to the United Nations and conducted a press conference that broke no new ground.

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  • ایران و چالش تغییرات اقلیمی

    در گوشه و کنار جهان کوه های یخی و یخچال های طبیعی ذوب می شوند، آب دریاها بالا می آید، و منابع آب زیر زمینی تهی می شوند. از سال 1880 که اندازه گیری درجه حرارت هوا آغاز شد، ماه ژوئیه امسال گرم ترین ماه بود.
    با این حال، مت لاور، مجری برنامه "فرمانده کل قوا" که چهار شنبه شب از شبکه اِن بی سی پخش شد، از نامزدهای انتخابت ریاست جمهوری آمریکا هیچ پرسشی درباره بزرگترین و احتمالا واقعی ترین خطری که بشریت را تهدید می کند، تغییرات اقلیم، نکرد.
  • Sand Storms Turn Some Regions in Iran into “Hell”

    Iran is facing a series of environmental disasters this summer, including forest fires, record heat indexes in some provinces and sandstorms threatening the capital, Tehran.

    Namak (Persian Salt) Lake in Qom province, which once measured 200,000 hectares, has completely dried up because of climate change, the ill-considered construction of tens of dams and depleted underground water resources.

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  • Iranians Mock anti-American Billboards

    Iranians are poking fun at new billboards posted around Tehran by the city government that disparage what they call “American-style human rights.

    Among the messages meant to inform the public about the real American lifestyle – as opposed to what Iranians see in American movies and music videos -- are statistics about domestic violence, children born out of wedlock and the number of prisoners in the United States.

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  • Iran Takes Steps to Satisfy Banking Watchdog

    On June 24, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) – an intergovernmental body that sets and promotes standards for combating money laundering and terrorist financing – revised its public statement regarding Iran to account for positive steps that Tehran has recently taken to bring itself into compliance with global banking norms.  

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  • چگونه می توان ظرفیت های سواحل مکران را گسترش داد؟

    ایران به دنبال سرمایه گذاری تازه ای برای توسعه سواحل مکران (یا سواحل دریای عمان) در  طول خلیج عمان است. این سرمایه گذاری می تواند باعث توسعه یکی از محروم ترین مناطق ایران شود، به مبارزه با مواد مخدر یاری رساند، و حضور نیروی دریایی ارتش جمهوری اسلامی را فراتر از خلیج فارس گسترش دهد.

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  • Impressive Gains for Iranian Cinema after Nuclear Deal

    My movies are generally not happy ones. But I’m pleased that I make my people--or at least part of my people--happy with these awards,” said Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi in his acceptance speech last weekend at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

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