Iran Unfiltered

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  • Political Prisoner Decries Trump and Iranian Judiciary January 11, 2019
    Sina ToossiSina Toossi
    A political prisoner arrested for his activism against Iran’s compulsory hijab law and who recently ended a 145-day hunger strike wrote a letter censuring both Iran’s judiciary and the Trump administration.
  • Officials Differ on European Trade Vehicle December 21, 2018
    Sina ToossiSina Toossi
    The appointment last week of President Rouhani’s son-in-law as deputy minister of industry, mines, and business last week spurred allegations of nepotism and led to his resignation.
  • Domestic Dissidents Discuss Potential for Revolution December 14, 2018
    Sina ToossiSina Toossi
    Two prominent reformist dissidents, Abbas Abdi and Mostafa Tajzadeh, gave far-reaching interviews this week discussing the state of political reformism, the impact of U.S. sanctions, and prospects for revolutionary unrest in the country.
  • Terrorist Car Bombing in Chabahar as Students Demonstrate to Support Workers December 7, 2018
    Sina ToossiSina Toossi
    A terrorist car bombing struck the Iranian port city of Chabahar Thursday morning, killing two and injuring at least 28 outside the city’s police headquarters.
  • Hardliners Seek Zarif and Larijani’s Ouster as FATF Debate Continues November 30, 2018
    Sina ToossiSina Toossi
    Parliamentarians belonging to the far-right Jebhe Paydari faction have circulated bills calling for the impeachment of Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Speaker of the Parliament Ali Larijani.
  • Workers Protest in Shush as Zarif Comes Under Fire November 21, 2018
    Sina ToossiSina Toossi
    For the past three weeks, the southwestern Iranian city of Shush has been the site of protests by workers from the Haft Tapeh sugar cane factory over unpaid wages and job insecurity.
  • Iran Reacts to Reinstated U.S. Sanctions November 9, 2018
    Sina ToossiSina Toossi
    Iranian officials uniformly lambasted the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions targeting Iran’s oil and banking sectors. Figures from across the political spectrum generally described the sanctions as painful but emphasized that Iran would ride them out.
  • Iran Braces for Reinstated U.S. Sanctions November 2, 2018
    Sina ToossiSina Toossi
    As U.S. sanctions on Iran’s banking and oil sectors are set to be reinstated on November 5th, Iranian officials emphasize Iran can endure the pressure and will not change its regional policies.
  • Iran Moves Towards Greater State Control of Economy as US Sanctions Loom October 26, 2018
    Sina ToossiSina Toossi
    As hard-hitting U.S. sanctions are set to be reimposed on November 5th, President Hassan Rouhani is reshuffling his ministers and advisors and fundamentally altering his administration’s economic policy.
  • Iran Charges Detained Environmentalists, Moves Toward Global Financial Standards October 12, 2018
    Sina ToossiSina Toossi
    Iran this week made progress towards passing legislation that would allow it to meet anti-money laundering and terrorism financing standards set out by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
  • Iran Hits ISIS Over Ahvaz Attack as Rial Stops Downward Spiral October 4, 2018
    Sina ToossiSina Toossi
    After months of fluctuations and steady devaluation, the Iranian Rial rebounded sharply against the dollar this week. Analysts attributed the currency’s strengthening to multiple factors, from new authorities given to the Central Bank to currency speculators offloading dollars to maximize profits.
  • Iran Gears Up for the UN General Assembly September 21, 2018
    Sina ToossiSina Toossi
    After weeks of uncertainty and debate about whether President Hassan Rouhani would attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), it was confirmed this week that he will travel to New York on Sunday for the annual gathering alongside Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.
  • Iran Debates Going to the UNGA Amid Outcry Over Executions September 14, 2018
    Sina ToossiSina Toossi
    Developments this past week consequentially affected Iran’s foreign relations and the domestic balance of power between its political factions.
  • Contentious Politics on the Rise as Iran’s Political Factions Try to Make Gains September 6, 2018
    Sina ToossiSina Toossi
    The past two weeks in Iran have seen increased politicking by the country’s various factions and centers of power. President Hassan Rouhani, who has seen two of his ministers impeached by parliament in the past month, was himself questioned by parliament, triggering speculation that his hold on office is growing ...
  • Iran’s Fundamentalists Overplay their Hand Amid Continued Calls for Change August 24, 2018
    Sina ToossiSina Toossi
    Iran continues to grapple with fallout from widespread protests, the first wave of reimposed U.S. sanctions, and major addresses by President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.