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Ayatollah: US using Sex and Money to Infiltrate Iran

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (pictured), has said that the United States is using sex, money and Western lifestyles to infiltrate Iran’s decision-making elite. Reuters quotes him as telling a gathering of the commanders of the Basij, IRGC’s voluntary militia arm: “Two main things are used for this infiltration: money and sexual attractions. They […]

Iran Hedges its Bets in Syria

By Ellie Geranmayeh, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The countries party to the statement of the International Syria Support Group, which was agreed to Nov. 14 in Vienna, seek to implement a road map to end the Syrian conflict under conditions most […]

Do Hard-Liners really want to Stop Foreign Investment?

By Alireza Ramezani, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Ultraconservatives in Iran are stepping up their crackdown on civil liberties in a move to send a message to the West — and the United States in particular — that the July 14 nuclear […]

Paris Attacks: Iran Likely to Join War on IS

The Independent quotes senior diplomatic sources as saying that Iran is likely to emerge as a member of a coalition fighting the Islamic State group (IS, ISIS, ISIL) in the aftermath of the Paris massacre. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has telephoned his French counterpart to stress the “crucial importance to fighting against terrorism and Daesh [Isis] […]

Iranian Olive Branch Offers Diplomatic Paradigm Shift

By Hassan Ahmadian, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. It has been five years since the Arab Spring began roiling the Middle East and North Africa. During this time, conflict pitting Saudi Arabia and Qatar against Iran and its regional allies in Syria, […]

Is Qatar Iran’s door to the Gulf

By Ali Mamouri, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The map of alliances in the Middle East is changing rapidly, influenced by regional and international conflicts. Following the Iran nuclear deal signed in July and the improvement of Iran’s ties with the West […]

Rouhani Shifts Gears on Economy

By Alireza Ramezani, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. After months of resisting calls for an economic stimulus package, President Hassan Rouhani has finally changed his stance on the matter. This will be the second such short-term plan initiated since he took office […]

Iran names First Female Ambassador since Revolution

According to a report from Rudaw, Iran has appointed its first female ambassador since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Marziyeh Afkham (pictured), currently serving as spokesperson for foreign ministry, will soon take up her position as Ambassador to Malaysia. President Rouhani vowed to improve women’s rights issues during his election campaign in 2013, but analysts say […]

Has Iran entered ‘New Era’ of Economic Policies?

By Seyed Mahdi Barakchian, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s speech at his Aug. 26 meeting with President Hassan Rouhani (pictured) and the Cabinet signaled a new era for the management of the Iranian economy. This is notable, […]

NSC Opens Office to Oversee Iran Deal Implementation

By Laura Rozen, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The US National Security Council is joining the State Department in establishing a new office to oversee implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, to be headed by NSC Director for Nonproliferation Paul Irwin, a […]

Rouhani Outlines Plans for Growth

President Rouhani described the new plans and policies of the government for economic growth, the most important foreign relations plans, and regional and global issues in a live television interview. “People are getting ready to show their respect to the culture of Ashura which is the culture of dignity, freedom, and resistance against injustice and […]

Iranian Parliament backs Nuclear Deal

Iran’s parliament has approved the deal on its nuclear programme. The official IRNA news agency said the deal was passed with 161 votes in favour, 59 against and 13 abstentions. However, parliament insisted that international inspectors would have only limited access to military sites. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), finalised in July after […]

“Prospects for 2016/17 are Brighter”, IMF

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team has reported that comprehensive economic reforms will be needed in Iran if it is to benefit from the nuclear deal it struck with six world powers in July. It said real GDP growth is projected to decline from 3 percent in 2014/15 to somewhere between 0.5 to -0.5 percent in […]

Supreme Leader bans Negotiations with US

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has banned any further negotiations between Iran and the United States, putting the brakes on moderates hoping to end Iran’s isolation after reaching a nuclear deal with world powers in July. According to a report from Reuters, his statements directly contradict those of moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who […]

Ministers Secretly Warn PM on Economy, but Why?

By Arash Karami, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Four ministers from the administration wrote a letter to President Hassan Rouhani (pictured) warning him that Iran’s economic situation could turn into a “condition of crisis” that would take many years to recover from. […]

Major Diplomatic Spat between Iran and Bahrain

Bahrain has recalled its ambassador from Iran on Thursday, and ordered Tehran’s envoy to leave within 72 hours. In a strongly-worded statement, the Bahraini Foreign Ministry said the decision was made “in view of [Iran’s] evil attempts and practices through which it aims to fuel sectarian sedition and impose its hegemony on the entire region”. […]

UK FM Hopes to Lead Trade Delegation to Iran

Britain’s Finance Minister George Osborne will lead a trade delegation to Iran next year if the Islamic Republic honours a nuclear deal with world powers, the Financial Times reported. “Assuming that Iran honors the nuclear deal, and it’s properly verified, I think there will be growing potential to do business with Iran,” the FT quoted […]

Iranian Chargé d’Affaires to London Named

By John Lee. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has appointed Mohammad Hassan Habibollah Zadeh as Iran’s new Chargé d’Affaires to London. Habibollah Zadeh has already served as Iran’s non-resident chargé d’affaires to London and head of first bureau of Western Europe at the Iranian foreign ministry. He has also carried out missions to Russia […]

Beyond Glass Ceiling, Iranian Women Face Iron Fence

By Farahmand Alipour for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Beyond glass ceiling, Iranian women face iron fence Iranian authorities have moved to introduce gender quotas that shut out women in its exams for those seeking government and public sector jobs. Coupled with reports […]

Video: What is the Future of US-Iran Relations?

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. After decades of being demonised by the US, Iran may be emerging from international isolation thanks to the nuclear deal. Is the thaw a sign of a new rapprochement between two foes? Or […]