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Iran “Freezes Assets of BBC Persian Staff”

The BBC has said that Iranian authorities have frozen the assets of BBC Persian staff in Iran. BBC World Service Director Francesca Unsworth said the order was preventing staff from selling or buying property, cars and other goods. The service, which broadcasts on TV, on radio and online, is banned in Iran. More from BBC […]

The real footprint of the IRGC in Iran’s economy

By Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The Iranian economy consists of three distinct sectors: public, private and semi-state — which includes religious, revolutionary, military foundations and cooperatives, as well as social security and pension funds. Experts agree that as a […]

Iran steps up Pressure on Iraqi Kurds to Halt Referendum

By Fazel Hawramy for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have become entangled in a war of words as the referendum on Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence nears. Both sides are now making veiled threats, which — if they […]

Full List of Rouhani’s New Cabinet

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday submitted the list of his proposed ministerial picks to the Parliament for a vote of confidence, four days after his swearing-in ceremony. Iranian Vice President for parliamentary affairs, Hossein Ali Amiri, submitted the list of the proposed ministers to the Parliament’s presiding board on Tuesday. President Rouhani took the […]

Video: Rouhani vows to End Isolation

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani vows to continue his efforts to end the country’s isolation as he is sworn in for a second term by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei:

Amnesty International challenges Iran on Human Rights

Iran’s judicial and security bodies have waged a vicious crackdown against human rights defenders since Hassan Rouhani became president in 2013, demonizing and imprisoning activists who dare to stand up for people’s rights, Amnesty International said in a new report. Caught in a web of repression: Iran’s human rights defenders under attack details how scores […]

Russia: Visa-Free Travel for Iranians Possible Soon

Iranian citizens could start traveling visa free to Russia in two or three months, Russia’s ambassador to Tehran said recently. Speaking on the sidelines of a ceremony in Tehran, held to sign a contract between Iran and Russia on the joint production of train cars, Levan Jagarian said based on an agreement with Iran’s Foreign […]

Trump’s Options on the Nuclear Deal with Iran

By Seyed Hossein Mousavian for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. While President Donald Trump’s State Department has twice now certified Iranian compliance with the July 2015 nuclear deal, there are indications that Trump is intent on scuttling his predecessor’s signature foreign policy achievement. However, […]

Iran’s Economy a ‘Masterpiece of Structural Ambiguity’

By Ali Dadpay for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The economy dominated Iran’s recent presidential election. Hassan Rouhani, the incumbent, argued that integration into the global economy is the only path to prosperity and job creation, while his rivals accused his administration of […]