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The ingrained corruption of Iran’s IRGC and Quds Force

IRGC commanders, in a meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Feb 2020. (IRIB) By Majid Rafizadeh March 4, 2022 Instead of empowering and emboldening the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps through a renegotiated Iran nuclear deal and the lifting of sanctions, the international community should hold the organization and its elite Quds [...]

By |March 4th, 2022|Opinions On Iran|

The new wave of emigration and what it means for Iran

It’s alarming that Iran’s semi-skilled and unskilled laborers are now leaving for good. (Supplied) By Roghiyeh Rezaei February 19, 2022 Earlier this week, a member of Iran's Chamber of Commerce announced that it was no longer just highly-educated professionals who were moving abroad, but that plumbers, carpenters, hairdressers, chefs and electricians  — what he described as “ordinary” [...]

By |February 19th, 2022|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

The Ayatollah swindler: The rise and fall of an Iranian ‘teenage jihadist’

Mehrshad Soheili crafted an image of being close to influential clerics in Iran. The 17-year-old has now been arrested on accusations of fraud. He is shown here with senior Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, the godfather of Iran's hard-liners, who died in 2020. (Twitter) By Mohammad Zarghami and Golnaz Esfandiari February 14, 2022 Mehrshad Soheili [...]

By |February 14th, 2022|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Iran’s economic policies lacking vision

Cars drive on a highway with a backdrop of the Milad telecommunications tower in Iran's capital Tehran, on Dec. 8, 2021. (AFP) By Bijan Khajehpour February 5, 2022 Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has been in office for almost six months, and addressing the economic ills of the country has certainly been the government’s top priority. [...]

By |February 5th, 2022|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Russia and Iran not as close as they pretend

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi (R) during their meeting in Moscow on Jan 19, 2022. (AFP) By Kourosh Ziabari February 4, 2022 When Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi recently posed for a photo-op with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the top-level meeting in Moscow was trumpeted by state [...]

By |February 4th, 2022|Opinions On Iran, Russia|

Iran’s brain drain

The issue of elite immigration still does not seem to be taken as seriously as it should be. (Supplied) By Sia Rajabi January 29, 2022 The accumulation of the crises in Iran, especially in recent years, has encircled Tehran’s mullahs. These crises continue to mount and speed up every year, with no signs [...]

By |January 29th, 2022|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Raisi’s six-month economic record contrasts sharply with his 7,000-page program

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi handing over the draft budget to Parliament Speaker Ghalibaf on Dec 12, 2021. (IRNA) January 29, 2022 In the summer of 2021, the Iran regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei installed the infamous Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi as the president. During his election campaign, Raisi claimed that he and his [...]

By |January 29th, 2022|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Prayers in the Kremlin: A history of awkward Iran-Russia encounters

Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi praying in the Kremlin, January 20, 2022. (Twitter) By Ehsan Mehrabi January 21, 2022 Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi arrived in Moscow on Wednesday, January 19, 2022. He has prayed in the Russian capital, spoken to Vladimir Putin, and is expected to put in an appearance at the State Duma. [...]

By |January 21st, 2022|Opinions On Iran, Russia|

Why Israel is waging a shadow war with Iran’s IRGC in Syria

Firefighters work at the scene of a missile attack, at the port of the coastal city of Latakia, Syria, Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021. (AP) By Oubai Shahbandar January 21, 2022 Israeli airstrikes on Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria have been growing in scale and frequency in recent months as Tehran seeks to [...]

By |January 21st, 2022|Opinions On Iran, Syria|

A lesson in Persian politeness: Why Khamenei’s leadership didn’t end in 1999

Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei (R) speaks with former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani during a meeting in Tehran. (AFP) By Faramarz Davar January 15, 2022 Recently, a video resurfaced and was shared by the BBC depicting former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani giving a speech. The subject is Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the date [...]

By |January 15th, 2022|Iran, Opinions On Iran|