Opinions On Iran

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Rouhani uses sanctions to swipe at critics

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani chairing a cabinet session in the capital Tehran, April 15. (AFP) By Pouyan Khoshhal September 12, 2020 President Rouhani’s administration has been harshly criticized for its handling of school re-openings on September 5, including by state institutions. Chief among complaints were those against the official statement that it was mandatory for children [...]

By |September 12th, 2020|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Who are Iran’s judges and who gives them the right to make decisions about people’s lives?

Mohammad Moghiseh, the head of Branch 28 of Iran’s Revolutionary Court. (Supplied) By Mahrokh Gholamhosseinpour September 08, 2020 In most countries, becoming a judge is a challenging task. In France, judges are graduates of law schools and study to postgraduate level. In the United States, a legal professional has to gain years of experience as [...]

By |September 8th, 2020|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Iran’s multiethnic society explains why Tehran fears democracy

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, right, arrives at a graduation ceremony of the IRGC officers, May 20, 2015. (AP) By Brenda Shaffer September 01, 2020 The twentieth century was not kind to multiethnic empires. During that time, most of the world’s population transitioned from subjects to citizens. And, in most of the empires where a [...]

By |September 1st, 2020|Iran, Minorities, Opinions On Iran|

Iran: Capital escape and “flying dollars”

An Iranian man holds U.S. 100-dollar bills at a currency exchange office in Tehran, April 10, 2018. (AFP) By Pooya Stone August 29, 2020 One of the major problems of Iran’s economy is the capital escape, which has accelerated at an unprecedented rate in recent years. According to the state-run Arman daily, in [...]

By |August 29th, 2020|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Who says Iran is impervious to pressure?

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, right, welcomes Director General of IAEA, Rafael Grossi for their meeting in Tehran, Aug. 26, 2020. (AP) By Bobby Ghosh August 29, 2020 Critics of the Trump administration’s sanctions campaign against Iran have long argued that the Islamic Republic is impervious to pressure. This claim never had a strong foundation: [...]

By |August 29th, 2020|North America, Opinions On Iran, USA|

Who are the potential reformist candidates for Iran’s 2021 presidential election?

The head of Iran's reformist coalition Mohammad Reza Aref (c) shows his inked finger after casting his ballot at a polling station in Tehran, Feb 26, 2016. (ISNA) By Behrouz Turani August 28, 2020 Most assessments and predictions so far about Iran's next presidential elections have taken a conservative victory for granted. Many media [...]

By |August 28th, 2020|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Why are fingers pointed at Hezbollah in Beirut explosion?

Hezbollah supporters hold images of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ruhollah Khomeini (L) and Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenai, in Beirut on Feb 6, 2019. (AFP) By Iliya Jazayeri and Maryam Sinaiee August 10, 2020 Although the ammonium nitrate that caused the massive explosion in Beirut on August 4 is not directly linked to [...]

By |August 10th, 2020|Lebanon, Opinions On Iran|

Khamenei should be blamed for Iran’s financial crisis

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (AP) By Majid Rafizadeh August 6, 2020 As Iran’s economy continues to decline, many Iranians are struggling to make ends meet, unemployment and inflation are at a record high, and more people have become disaffected with the Islamic Republic. In the midst of this unprecedented crisis, Supreme Leader [...]

By |August 6th, 2020|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

To weep or not to weep: Iran debates holding Muharram during coronavirus pandemic

Shi'ite Muslims beat themselves as they walk around a symbolic tomb at a mosque during a religious festival marking Ashura, near Tehran's grand bazaar, Oct 24, 2015. (Reuters) By Golnaz Esfandiari July 31, 2020 Despite an upsurge in coronavirus infections in Iran and a ban on weddings and large funerals, the country's famed [...]

By |July 31st, 2020|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Could corruption-accused new audit chief be Iran’s next president?

Mehrdad Bazrpash, the Head of Supreme Audit Court of Iran. (Fars) By Ehsan Mehrabi July 27, 2020 On Wednesday, July 22, members of Iranian parliament elected Mehrdad Bazrpash as head of the Supreme Audit Court. The Audit Court is responsible for overseeing all financial processes in the country, and acts as the supervisory arm [...]

By |July 27th, 2020|Iran, Opinions On Iran|