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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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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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Iranian Protester Writes Letter To President Rouhani

Kayhan London has obtained a copy of a letter that was sent to President Hassan Rouhani by Dariush Zand, one of the protesters in the recent wave of unrest that started on December 28 in Mashhad and spread to the rest of the country. According to human rights groups, more than 3,700 people were arrested during the protests, …

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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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Iran’s Rouhani says wants to improve ties with Iraqi Kurds

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday called for boosting relations with the Iraqi Kurdish region as part of a united Iraq, Iranian media reported, after ties were strained over an independence referendum in the area last year. The call came during a visit by the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region’s Prime Minister …

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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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Confrontation between Rouhani, hard-line clerics heats up

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate cleric, has entered a new phase in his confrontation with hard-line clergymen over a number of issues after the recent unrest across the country. On Jan. 13, Tehran Friday prayer leader Kazem Sedighi, a hard-liner, reacted to the protests, saying, “The nation’s gathering [against the …

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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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Rouhani’s Protest Paradox

Maj. Omer Carmi – The Washington Institute   During his 2017 reelection campaign, Hassan Rouhani portrayed himself as Iran’s best hope for economic recovery, sporting slogans such as “Freedom, Security, Peace, and Progress” while promising to promote “justice and reforms.” Rouhani even attacked the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), claiming …

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