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May, 2017

  • 7 May

    Bouygues deal to build Tehran airport terminal canceled

    A preliminary deal signed by Bouygues (BOUY.PA) last year to build and run a new terminal at Tehran’s Khomeini airport has been canceled, a spokesman for the French construction group said on Friday. The memorandum of understanding awarding Bouygues the contract was agreed in January 2016. The project was hindered …

  • 6 May

    Iran’s Presidential Election Will Render A Weaker Regime

    Heshmat Alavi (Foreign Affairs) The so-called presidential “election” that is scheduled for May 19th in Iran is in far contrast to what is witnessed in today’s democratic countries. Polls in Iran under the mullahs’ regime are neither free nor fair, and the upcoming presidential election will weaken the regime in its …

  • 6 May

    Exclusive: Iran in talks with UK over jetliner export funding

    Iran is in talks with Britain’s export credit agency to facilitate the financing of aircraft sales to state airline IranAir as part of its pact with world powers to lift sanctions over its nuclear program, a senior Iranian official said. IranAir’s plan to buy more than 180 jets from Airbus …

  • 6 May

    Iran reformists to back Rouhani re-election, though some voters grow cool

    Parisa Hafezi (Reuters) Iran’s main pro-reform opposition leaders plan to speak out from their confinement under house arrest this month to publicly back President Hassan Rouhani for re-election, aides say, helping win over voters disillusioned with the slow pace of change. Rouhani was elected in a landslide in 2013 on promises …

  • 4 May

    Iran’s Presidential Election: The Economic Situation

    Patrick Clawson (The Washington Institute) In the lead-up to the May 19 election, President Hassan Rouhani’s team has changed its message about Iran’s economic performance. Instead of blaming Washington for blocking the nuclear deal’s expected benefits, his camp is now bragging about how well the economy is doing. How accurate is …

  • 4 May

    Iran’s Ambitions in the Levant

    Ehud Yaari (Foreign Affaires) In the words of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the administration of President Donald Trump is currently “reviewing ways to confront challenges posed by Iran.” This most likely means looking for ways in which to curb Iran’s expansionism in the Middle East. But for any containment …

April, 2017

  • 30 April

    GERMANY IS A HOTBED OF IRANIAN SPY ACTIVITY THAT TARGETS ISRAEL

    The German Interior Ministry notified a Left Party deputy last week that agents from Iran have been some of the most active spies in the Federal Republic between 2007 and 2017, including assassination attempts on Israel advocates. German authorities conducted criminal investigations into Iran for 22 cases of espionage, while …

  • 30 April

    US-Iran Relations and the Namazis

    Ahmad Rafat (Kayhan-London Exclusive) At a news conference held on Tuesday 25 April, 2017 in Vienna, Babak Namazi called for the unconditional release of his father and brother, Mohammad Baqer and Siamak Namazi. They are both Iranian-Americans and each one was given a 10-year prison sentence last year on charges …

  • 20 April

    U.S. pushes U.N. Security Council to focus on Iran not Israel

    The United States pushed the United Nations Security Council on Thursday to focus on “illegal and dangerous behavior” by Iran and Lebanese group Hezbollah in the Middle East, an accusation that Iran dismissed as “misleading propaganda.” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the 15-member council that its …

  • 20 April

    Rouhani, rival to run in Iran’s presidential election, Ahmadinejad barred

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and hardline rival Ebrahim Raisi were both approved to run in May’s presidential election by a government vetting body, while former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was disqualified, state media reported on Thursday. The approval of Rouhani, a moderate, and Raisi, a political hardliner thought to have the …