A market in Iran

Iran’s Financial Crisis Worsened by the Policies of the Regime

Editor 10 November 2018

by Staff writer, SF

The Islamic Republic will be one of the most powerful economies in the world in the next five decades according to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. The county’s leaders continue to deny the looming economic crisis. In an apparent attempt to project power and economic stability to the rest of the world, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has stated that Iran could become one of the top 10 economies in the world over the next three decades.

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US: Iran’s Oil Tankers Could Cause Massive Environmental Destruction

Editor 08 November 2018

by Armin Baldwin

The United States has warned other countries not to let Iranian oil tankers enter their territorial waters or ports to avoid violating US sanctions and risking untold economic or environmental damage.

The US reports that merely allowing Iran’s tankers into their waters may be seen to violate US sanctions, which could subject that country to fines or cut them off from the US financial market. However, they also warned that as US sanctions have cut off insurance for any such vessels, the country in question would be wholly liable for the cost of cleaning up after an accident, which could not only cost a lot of money, it could be especially damaging for the local environment.

US President Trump

Iran’s Response to the New US Sanctions Will Determine Its Place in the Region

Editor 06 November 2018

by Staff writer, SF

US President Trump is making demands of the Iranian regime that it is unable to achieve. Hardliners see Iran’s nuclear program as an “insurance policy” against US surprises.

Trump also wants the revolution retired in a country that maintains its army and “guards” within its borders, destabilizing other countries and encircling them with rockets. Trump demands that Iran complies with the conditions of a natural state, and not use oil revenues and militias to restructure the territory.

Javad Zarif and John Kerry

How Appeasement and Negotiation Affected Iran's So-Called ‘Reformers’

Editor 03 November 2018

by Staff writer, SF

In an effort to facilitate Iran’s transition to a liberal democracy, reformists put their efforts into creating a formidable structure, including networks in the United States. They lobbied former President Obama’s White House, and portrayed their cause as the way to democracy in Iran, and themselves as the reasonable people with whom the Obama administration could negotiate.

Iran’s reformist faction portrayed themselves as “elected officials”, but this faction was hardly in agreement with the regime in its entirety.

U.S. should sanction Iranian human rights abusers

U.S. Should Sanction Iranian Human Rights Abusers

Editor 01 November 2018

 by Staff writer, SF

The Trump administration has roundly condemned the Iranian Regime for its domestic repression, but it should take it to the next step and actually sanction human rights violators.

This would hold the Regime’s top officials accountable for their abuses, show solidarity with the Iranian people who are protesting for regime change, send a message to US allies about supporting the Iranian people rather than the mullahs, and fit in with the Trump doctrine of imposing sanctions against the Iranian Regime to push them into negotiating a new deal that addresses all of its malign behaviour.

Iranian regime running out of options fast

Iranian Regime Running out of Options Fast

Editor 23 October 2018

by Staff writer, SF

Next month, the next and final round of sanctions are set to take effect. The Iranian economy is set to take another hit when the toughest sanctions imposed by the United States are applied.

Earlier this year, President Trump announced that the United States was pulling out of the nuclear deal. He said that the agreement was not achieving what it was intended to achieve and he said that crippling economic sanctions would be reapplied.

The U.S. State Department then announced that it wants foreign countries to cut their imports of Iranian oil to zero. Despite some initial grumbling, most countries have decided it would be best to comply so that they don’t get caught in the crosshairs.

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