A handout picture shows Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaking during a government meeting in Tehran

Iran: Mullahs' Regime Impasse

Navid Felker 19 May 2019

by Navid  Felker

The Iranian regime finds itself in the direst straits it has faced, economically. Trump’s May 2nd decision to end waivers on Iranian oil sales put a damper on the regime’s plan to wait out the crisis.

The regime has managed to withstand the resumption of sanctions that targeted its currency and financial system, but this latest blow to oil exports will cripple the economy.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in meeting with so-called political activists from different factions on May 10th

Widening Rift Between Factions of Iran's Ruling Elite

Azita Carlson 16 May 2019

By Azita Carlson

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani talked about Iran’s existing state of affairs, especially regarding social or political issues during his speech on Ramadan. He was meeting with so-called political activists from different factions on May 10th.

Referring to his rival factions, he said, "they have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo”, and he asked them to refrain from attacking him and his followers.

China's top two refiners

China's Top Two Refiners Halt Iranian Oil Imports

Navid Felker 11 May 2019

by Navid  Felker

It was unclear and an important question as recently as last week that would Beijing comply to Washington’s demand that it stops importing Iranian oil at the start of May after the 180-day import waiver period ended? The answer, at least for now, is that Beijing will comply.

Iran regime’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iranians Resisting Repression From Regime

Azita Carlson 08 May 2019

By Azita Carlson

Iran regime’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has yet again tried to portray the false notion that the Iranian Regime is a moderate one when he appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation last weekend.

He argued that the US’s recent designation of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terror group would tell the Iranian people that the US is not a “worthy” negotiating partner and said that Trump’s maximum pressure campaign was “squeezing the Iranian people, not the government”.

protests in the Iran

Rations May Return to Iran

Atousa Pilger 06 May 2019

by Atousa Pilger

Food rationing may soon return to Iran, the Iranian Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri said on Saturday.

Jahangiri did not give any details about how this would work but said that some goods might need to be rationed with vouchers because of increased US sanctions on Iran.

Iran protests

Iran Regime's Defiance of International Pressure Is All Bluster

Navid Felker 05 May 2019

by Navid  Felker

“Tehran’s defiant attitude is part of a desperate strategy to compel the international community to stand down,” writes Alejo Vidal-Quadras, former vice-president of the European Parliament, professor of atomic and nuclear physics, and president of the Brussels-based International Committee in Search of Justice.

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