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Nuclear deal a challenge for Rouhani asIran hardliners close in

  By Parisa Hafezi (Reuters) Iran‘s hardliners are preparing to bring President Hassan Rouhani to heel if U.S. President Donald Trump scraps Tehran’s nuclear deal with major powers, officials and analysts believe. Trump has threatened to abrogate the 2015 agreement by not extending sanctions waivers when they expire on May 12, …

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THE MOST IMPORTANT SPEECH OF THE YEAR IN IRAN

Patrick Clawson – The Washington Institute The most important annual speech in Iran is Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s lengthy address to pilgrims in Mashhad on March 21, Nowruz Day (not to be confused with his less significant midnight television address marking the beginning of the holiday). Over the years, the …

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Let Rouhani and Khamenei Fight

Reuel Marc Gerecht and Ray Takeyh – The Wall Street Journal Iran’s Islamic revolutionaries criticize each other regularly, but recently the level of invective among the ruling elite has reached new heights. The vicious infighting between President Hassan Rouhani and his detractors now threatens the governing edifice of the Islamic …

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Khamenei’s ruling unlikely to loosen IRGC’s grip on Iran’s economy

By Ahmad Majidyar – Middle East Institute On January 20, Iran’s defense minister said that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has ordered the country’s powerful Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) to curtail its growing business empire and divest its commercial assets that are not relevant to its domain of work. The announcement …

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Rouhani moves to leverage unrest to loosen IRGC grip on economy

Mohammad Ali Shabani – Al Monitor In the aftermath of the recent protests in Iran, public announcements about a concerted effort to get the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Iranian army (Artesh) to divest from the economy seem to signal that President Hassan Rouhani remains firmly committed to his agenda. …

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Why Iran’s Protesters Are So Angry With Rouhani

Alex Vatankhah . Foreign Affairs Ever since the recent wave of protests in Iran began on December 28, Western media coverage has disproportionately focused on socioeconomic causes as the main drivers behind citizens’ anger. Economic hardship is undeniably a key root cause, but to ignore the underlying political grievances is …

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Iran’s Elites Are Far More Fragile Than They Look

SANAM VAK – FP The wave of recent protests throughout Iran is the latest sign of Tehran’s crisis of leadership. It is a crisis that has indicted all echelons of the state and all the factions that compete for power within it. For over a week, Iranian protesters, chanting slogans …

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Behind Iran’s protests, anger over lost life savings and tightfisted budgets

By Erin Cunningham and Steven Mufson – The Washington Post The video shows an elderly woman in a hospital bed in the Iranian city of Mashhad. She says that three years ago she lost all her money when the Padideh Shandiz holding company collapsed amid official accusations of embezzlement. “Why has no one given …

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Rouhani’s Road Already Taken

Mehdi Khalaji (The Washington Institute)   On August 14, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, appointed Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi as the new head of the regime’s Expediency Council. He also named five new members, including Muhammad Baqer Qalibaf, the mayor of Tehran and a main rival of Hassan Rouhani in …

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Election and Coup Plotters: An Interview with Mohsen Sazegara

Nazenin Ansari (Kayhan London) Mohsen Sazegara is one of the original members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). He held a number of senior posts in the government of Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi in the 1980s. Sazegara registered to run in the 2001 presidential election, but was disqualified …

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