Is Rouhani in Trouble?

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by Farideh Farhi While the United States is moving towards wrapping its rather unusual election, Iran is about to begin its electoral cycle. The date for the combined presidential and municipal elections was set for May 19, prior to the… Continue Reading  

Tehran Talks Tough with India

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mr. Mohammad Javad Zarif calling on the Vice President, Shri Mohd. Hamid Ansari, in New Delhi on February 28, 2014.

by Sumitha Narayanan Kutty Iran’s state-run Press TV ran this unusual headline recently: “Indians relent on Iran rail deal after threat.” The editorial slant here is unusual because the media outlet is generally appreciative of India’s continued engagement with Iran… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Oil Plans in 2014

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by Robin Mills Iran’s oil sector is like an ageing wrestler who could still surprise opponents with a show of strength. With this essential industry currently flat on its back, President Hassan Rouhani’s team has to find a way to… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Coup, Then and Now

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by Reyhaneh Noshiravani  via IPS New Ervand Abrahamian, a leading historian of modern Iran, has recently explored the 1953 Anglo/American-sponsored coup that overthrew Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq. The 28 months under Abrahamian’s scrutiny in The Coup: 1953, The CIA, and the… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Oil Industry Presents Challenges for Rouhani

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by Robin Mills Hassan Rouhani is known as a man who sprays air-freshener in the room before a meeting. When it comes to Iran’s oil industry, Iran’s fastidious president-elect may have a great deal of spring-cleaning to do. Much outside… Continue Reading