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Expert Warns “Iran’s Economy is in a Death Spiral”

Steve H. Hanke is a professor of Applied Economics and Co-Director of the Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Troubled Currencies Project at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., a …

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Ahmadinejad, Iran’s Robin Hood who never gave to the poor

Ali Alfoneh – The Arab Weekly Generations have grown up with a heroic Robin Hood ideal of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. So did Iran’s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his associates, who seem to have been inspired by the first part of the legend but …

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Profiles of Leading Iranian-Backed Militias

Amir Toumaj, David Adesnik – FDD’s Iran Project Iran has built a network of Shiite militias, now fighting across the Middle East, whose fighters number in the tens of thousands. These militias include battle-hardened fighters as well as poorly trained recruits. They hail from countries across the Muslim world and have …

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Will Iran’s military really divest from business holdings?

Bijan Khajehpour – Al Monitor A significant recent development in Iran’s attempts to liberalize the country’s investment climate was the announcement by Defense Minister Ali Hatami that military organizations have been tasked by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to divest from “nonrelated” economic activities. Al-Monitor recently discussed the implications of this …

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The ‘Carrot & Stick’ Policy: Iran’s Attitude in Foreign Relations

For a long time now, the ‘carrot and stick’ policy has been Iran’s principal way to deal with the demands of the Iranian population: on one hand promises of minor reforms, but on the other threats that greater reform ambitions would lead to insecurity and loss of economic stability. More …

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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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Warming, Water Crisis, Then Unrest: How Iran Fits an Alarming Pattern

SOMINI SENGUPTA – New York Times Nigeria. Syria. Somalia. And now Iran. In each country, in different ways, a water crisis has triggered some combination of civil unrest, mass migration, insurgency or even full-scale war. In the era of climate change, their experiences hold lessons for a great many other countries. …

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IRAN SPIES TARGETED JEWISH KINDERGARTENS IN GERMANY, REPORTS WARN

CRISTINA MAZA – Newsweek Iranian spies targeted Jewish kindergartens and the Israeli embassy in Germany, according to a journalist monitoring the German police’s raid of apartments occupied by the suspects. German journalist Josef Hufelschulte told Israeli media on Wednesday that 10 people suspected of being spies for the Al-Quds Force, a unit of Iran’s …

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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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