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- Khatami Says People May No Longer Turnout to Vote March 8, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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.
- Hardline Official Attacks JCPOA as Sanctions Relief Channel Looms January 18, 2019
Ahmad Jannati, the powerful secretary of the Guardian Council and chairman of the Assembly of Experts, criticized the Rouhani administration this week for not withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
- Political Prisoner Decries Trump and Iranian Judiciary January 11, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.