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Who Really Controls Iran’s Economy?

By: Emanuele Ottolenghi Saeed Ghasseminejad The looming nuclear deal will soon unshackle Iran’s economy from the burden of Western sanctions. Who stands to benefit from this opening? While Iran’s public sector, state-controlled religious foundations, and the powerful Revolutionary Guard Corps are routinely named as the principal players in Iran’s economy, Princeton University’s Kevan Harris has recentlydismissed excessive focus [...]

By |May 20th, 2015|Iran|

Morocco and Iran rekindle relationship

The Iranian embassy in Rabat is expected to re-open soon [AFP] January 6, 2015 Diplomatic relations between Morocco and Iran seem to be under repair, five years after they were broken off. Iran recently announced it had appointed Mohammad Taqi Moayyed as its ambassador in Morocco, while Morocco also announced its appointment of a [...]

By |January 6th, 2015|Morocco|

How Iran Uses Dual Citizenship in the Caribbean to Skirt Sanctions

By: Emanuele Ottolenghi St. Kitts and Nevis (SKN) is a miniscule Caribbean nation whose biggest employer is the state sugar corporation and whose currency features wading sea turtles and the visage of Queen Elizabeth II. It is also one of the most attractive destinations for Iranian businessmen seeking to exploit citizenship-for-investment programs to skirt international sanctions [...]

By |December 23rd, 2014|Uncategorised|

Time for the EU to Outlaw All of Hezbollah

By: Benjamin Weinthal Emanuele Ottolenghi August 18, 2014 On July 18, barely two years after a Hezbollah suicide bomber murdered five Israeli tourists and their Bulgarian bus driver outside a Bulgarian airport, investigators announced that they had identified him as the Lebanese-French dual national Mohamad Hassan El-Husseini. With his identity and Hezbollah affiliation now established, it should be obvious [...]

By |August 18th, 2014|Europe|

Time for a Strong U.S. Effort to Cripple the IRGC

by: Emanuele Ottolenghi Saeed Ghasseminejad July 18, 2014 Though a final deal over Iran’s nuclear program is unlikely to take shape in Vienna before Sunday’s self-imposed deadline, the U.S. should make it clear in the negotiations over an extension of the diplomatic talks that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps cannot stand to benefit from sanctions relief. In the [...]

By |July 18th, 2014|North America|

Iran’s Losing Bet in Egypt

Then Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi embraces then Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad upon his arrival in Cairo on February 5, 2013. By Mehdi Khalaj The collapse of the Morsi government poses new challenges for Iran at a time when its reputation in the Middle East has been taking hits from all sides. Over the past [...]

By |July 8th, 2013|Egypt|

Algeria-Iran Foreign Relations

May 9, 2010 By Ariel Farrar-Wellman May 9, 2010 NUCLEAR: Algerian leaders have publicly backed Iran’s ongoing nuclear program on numerous occasions. In November of 2008, Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia voiced Algeria’s support for Iran’s right to “peaceful nuclear technology.”[1] Iran has reciprocated Algeria’s diplomatic overtures by offering in August 2007 to provide Algeria with nuclear [...]

By |May 9th, 2010|Algeria|

Comoros-Iran Foreign Relations

Iran's national flags are seen on a square in Tehran February 10, 2012. (AP) By Ariel Farrar-Wellman  March 2, 2010 Since 2006, Comoros and Iran have begun to explore the prospect of bilateral relations. A Comorian delegation visiting Iran in 2006 concluded their trip by signing a memoranda of understanding on economic issues and [...]

By |March 2nd, 2010|Comoros|

Comoros President To Visit Iran

  Posted on 5 May 2009 23:36:11 BST by Cindy The Ahmadinejad-supporting media in Iran reported that on orders of the president, a plane is to be sent soon to the Comoros Islands to bring Comoros President Ahmad Abdallah Sambi to Tehran for a visit. Sambi previously visited Iran in June 2008. Source: ("Source: Aftab, Iran, April 30, 2009") [...]

By |May 5th, 2009|Comoros|

Investigation by Egyptian Daily Al-Ahram Finds Iranian Involvement, Shi’ization in Comoros Islands

Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims gather as they commemorate the Arbaeen outside of Imam al-Hussein shrine in Karbala, Iraq, November 10, 2017. (Reuters) Recently, Iran has been showing increased interest in the Union of the Comoros, the island nation off Africa's east coast. Historically, the inhabitants of this nation's three component islands were mostly Shi'ite, [...]

By |July 28th, 2008|Comoros|