• 2022-12-16

    The pomp and ceremony of the recent visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Saudi Arabia has drawn comparison with the banality and frigid atmosphere surrounding the US President Joe Biden’s trip to the kingdom in July. However, the main difference is that the Saudis organised three separate regional summits for Xi — aside the bilateral summit, a second summit with 21 Arab leaders and a third with seven rulers of GCC countries.

  • 2022-12-16

    The poor state of Iran's economy is also another factor driving protests, with soaring prices, high unemployment and corruption a common complaint

  • 2022-12-16

    Today, our country Iran faces one of the dire of crises of its post-revolution era. This crisis is the inevitable result of two sets of factors: 1. the growing poverty and huge class gap caused by more than three decades of neoliberal and repressive economic policies and, 2. the decades of political provocation, military intervention, and deadly economic sanctions by imperialist states. This decades-long course has turned Iran’s society into such a powder keg that only a small spark is enough to create an explosive situation.

  • 2022-12-15

    Tehran has begun collaborating with Moscow to build passenger airplanes with 70 to 100 seats and Ka-226 helicopters, Manouchehr Manteghi, Iranian deputy minister of industry, mining, and trade, told local media.

  • 2022-12-14

    Yet while there is no evidence that Iran’s political system is about to fall, the conflicting signals regarding the future of the country’s morality police seem to suggest that a debate has emerged in the highest levels of the regime. These fissures may turn out to be politically insignificant. But they could also expand in ways that might eventually increase the leverage of leaders who argue that the best way to defend the system is to advance a policy of limited political, or at least social, decompression. Indeed, what could emerge is a retooled “compartmentalized regime” strategy.

  • 2022-12-14

    The future of Iran's film industry appears uncertain as some actors remove hijab and show sympathy for protests

  • 2022-12-14

    The resolution was the strongest symbolic gesture so far by the U.N. in response to Iran’s efforts to crack down on a women-led uprising now in its third month.

  • 2022-12-14

    In October, the ELN and Hanns Seidel Foundation partnered on a track 1.5 meeting in London which brought together a range of European and Iranian participants both to assess how the JCPOA could still be revived and to consider alternative scenarios in more detail.

  • 2022-12-13

    In 2016, during his first trip to the Middle East, Chinese Premier Xi Jinping visited both Riyadh and Tehran, a reflection of China’s effort to balance relations among the regional powers of the Persian Gulf. But Xi’s recent trip to Riyadh, his first visit to the Middle East since the pandemic, suggests that China is no longer aiming to treat Iran and its Arab neighbours as equals.

  • 2022-12-13

    Israel’s intelligence agencies have devoted most of their efforts, budgets and energy for the past two decades to monitoring developments in Iran. While much of the emphasis has been placed on Iran`s nuclear ambitions, weekly discussions and assessments have also been devoted to the stability of the ayatollahs’ regime and prospects of its survival. One of the last optimistic assessments on this score — from Israel’s point of view — was voiced in 2002 by outgoing Mossad Director Efraim Halevy, who predicted that the regime in Tehran was near collapse.

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