Iran Unfiltered

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  • Iranian Officials Discount Possibility of War May 17, 2019
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    In this week’s Iran Unfiltered, Sina Toossi discusses demonstrations at Tehran University against compulsory hijab, Iranian officials ruling out war with the U.S., Iran starting to halt full compliance with the nuclear deal, and more.
  • Iran Halts Compliance with Aspects of the JCPOA May 10, 2019
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    In this week’s Iran Unfiltered, Sina Toossi analyzes escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran, Iran’s announcement that it would cease compliance with aspects of the JCPOA, a statement by Iran’s Ambassador to the UN that a diplomatic window remains open, and more.
  • Deputy Foreign Minister Says Iran on Cusp of Leaving JCPOA May 3, 2019
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    In this week’s Iran Unfiltered, Sina Toossi analyzes a statement from Iran’s deputy foreign minister that the country is on the cusp of leaving the JCPOA, escalating tensions with the U.S, the execution of two minors in Iran, and more.
  • Iran Reacts to Termination of U.S. Oil Waivers April 26, 2019
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    In this week’s Iran Unfiltered, research associate Sina Toossi discusses reactions to Trump’s terminations of oil waivers, analyzes texts sent from the Tehran Police Chief to women without hijab, as well as the replacement of the IRGC chief.
  • Iran Reacts to IRGC Terrorist Designation April 19, 2019
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    In this week’s Iran Unfiltered, research associate Sina Toossi discusses reactions in Iran to Trump naming the IRGC a Foreign Terrorist Organization, covers the one-year sentencing of an anti-compulsory Hijab activist, analyzes the impact of the devastating flash floods and the ability of foreign aid & donations to reach the ...
  • Flood Response Highlights Political Feuds April 5, 2019
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    In this week’s Iran Unfiltered, research associate Sina Toossi covers the ongoing impacts of the disastrous floods in Iran, examines the schisms exposed between Rouhani and the IRGC amidst flood relief efforts, and more.
  • Devastating Floods Sweep Large Swathes of Iran March 29, 2019
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    In this week’s Iran Unfiltered, research associate Sina Toossi takes an in-depth look at the widespread floods that have devastated parts of Iran, explores a recent announcement by the AEOI about new “nuclear achievements,” and examines how Iranian media is discussing both Democrats’ and Republicans’ views toward the JCPOA.
  • Nasrin Sotoudeh Won’t Appeal Sentence March 22, 2019
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    In this week’s Iran Unfiltered, research associate Sina Toossi discusses Reza Khandan’s statement that his wife Nasrin Sotoudeh will not be appealing her sentence and Khamenei’s New Year address in Mashhad, which dismissed EU efforts to salvage the JCPOA.
  • Rouhani’s Iraq Trip Highlights His High Ambitions March 15, 2019
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    In this week’s Iran Unfiltered, research associate Sina Toossi discusses the sentencing of prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh to 12 years of imprisonment, President Rouhani’s trip to Iraq, Ebrahim Raisi’s election to the Assembly of Experts, and more.
  • Khatami Says People May No Longer Turnout to Vote March 8, 2019
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    In this week’s Iran Unfiltered, research associate Sina Toossi discusses the sentencing of prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, the appointment of Ebrahim Raisi as Judiciary Chief, and more.
  • Zarif’s Resignation Saga March 1, 2019
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    In this week’s Iran Unfiltered, research associate Sina Toossi explores Zarif’s resignation saga, Qassem Soleimani’s continued resistance to further negotiations with the United States, the status of Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant, and more.
  • Iran Warns Saudi Arabia & Pakistan Over Suicide Bombing February 22, 2019
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    This week, the FATF extends the deadline for Iran to pass banking reform laws, Foreign Minister Zarif travels to China, and a hardline member of parliament introduces an impeachment bill against President Rouhani.
  • Iran Dismisses Warsaw Summit as a Failure February 15, 2019
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    This week, the Iranian Foreign Ministry blasts Warsaw Summit as failing to isolate Iran, Islamic Republic celebrates 40 Years as Ayatollah Khamenei calls for “Second Great Leap,” and a suicide bomber targets a bus carrying IRGC soldiers.
  • Supreme Leader Calls for “Structural Reforms” February 7, 2019
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    This week, Rouhani and the Foreign Ministry respond to Trump’s State of the Union, Iran and Europe move towards discussing INSTEX in Paris, and Ayatollah Khamenei Orders “Structural Reforms” within four months.
  • Iran Tepidly Welcomes European Mechanism for Sanctions Relief February 1, 2019
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    This week, Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, rebuked China for slowing down its efforts at redesigning Iran’s Arak Heavy Water reactor as required by the JCPOA.