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New Career Opportunities in Iran

By John Lee. The United Nations has advertised new jobs in Iran: Protection Coordinator, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Head Of Field Office, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Protection Assistant, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) (Source: UN) (Picture credit: Amir1140)

US Moves Against “Illicit Iran Aircraft Network”

The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has acted against Turkish national Gulnihal Yegane and three affiliated Turkish companies who are involved in illicitly procuring and supplying Iranian airlines with U.S.-origin aircraft engines and spare parts. The action, called a “temporary denial order” (TDO), suspends the export privileges of Gulnihal Yegane (“Yegane”), […]

What Trump needs to know about Iranians

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. Ever since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the implicit goal of US strategy toward Tehran has with rare exception been to subvert the Iranian political system. Under President Donald Trump, regime change has been adopted […]

How do Iran’s “Corrupt Networks” operate?

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. On Jan. 28, at an event celebrating 50 years of capital markets in Iran, the head of the Central Bank of Iran, Valiollah Seif, publicly stated, “The formidable power of illegal stakeholders on Iran’s economy has […]

Iraqi Kurds manoeuvre to get Closer to Iran

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. Iraqi Kurds have given reassurances to Tehran that they will not allow Kurdish opposition groups to launch cross-border attacks from Iraqi Kurdistan, a major development in the warming up of relations between Erbil and Tehran. […]

Rouhani orders Armed Forces to Sell all Business Assets

By John Lee. Bloomberg quotes President Rouhani as saying that Iran’s armed forces, the largest state pension fund, and other branches of the government, must withdraw from all their commercial holdings to help save the economy. Rouhani said: “Not only the Social Security Organization but all government sectors, including banks, have to divest their business holdings, […]

Total Considers Measures to Protect Business in Iran

By John Lee. Total’s CEO Patrick Pouyanné (pictured) has said that the South Pars project was “progressing well, without delay, and [Total] continues to work, even if the situation with the American Congress is rather vague.” He added that he does not consider any future snapback of US sanctions to be automatic game-over for the […]

The case for Net Neutrality in Iran

By Holly Dagres, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. “Please see this link,” Iran’s minister of information and communications technology replied on Twitter after an internet freedom activist confronted him about net neutrality. Typically, Iranian government officials would ignore such affronts on […]

Discussions on Iran-Iraq Ties

Iran’s Ambassador to Baghdad Iraj Masjedi and Leader of Iraq’s National Alliance Ammar al-Hakim weighed plans for closer cooperation between the two neighbor and discussed the latest developments in the region. In a meeting in Baghdad, the Iranian ambassador and the Iraqi politician discussed the most recent political and security developments in Iraq and the […]

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New App to Combat Domestic Violence in Iran

A young US-based Kurdish lawyer has created a smartphone application to help victims of domestic violence in Iran. Shadi Sharifi, born in the Kurdistan Province of Iran (known as Rojhelat among Kurds) created the app having met numerous victims of domestic violence when she practiced law in Iran. Toranj, available free for Android, makes it […]

Conservatives step up Scrutiny on University Students

By Zep Kalb, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran’s conservatives step up scrutiny on university students On Jan. 14, Islamic Azad University (IAU) approved new rules that are set to increase state control over its many campuses. The move will also consolidate […]

Iran Votes to Join UNTOC

By John Lee. The Iranian parliament has voted to join the international body against organized crime, formally known as the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC). Hossein-Ali Amiri, the vice president for parliamentary affairs, said Iran is increasingly facing transnational organized crimes because of its geographical location. Tehran Times quotes him as saying; […]

US Uncertainty over Nuclear Deal Complicates Economy

By Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. US uncertainty over nuclear deal complicates Iran’s economy As the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) enters its third year of implementation, an atmosphere of uncertainty has slowed the pace of post-sanctions trade and […]

Women’s Campaigns Flourish beyond Iran Protests

By Stefania D’Ignoti for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. As the protests in Iran dominated international news in early January, an editor of Grazia asked Farian Sabahi, a historian who specializes in Iran and the Middle East, to comment on the protests ravaging her country. […]

How Rouhani can Combat Corruption in Iran’s Budget

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. A full appreciation of the root causes of the recent protests in Iran requires deep and concise analysis of the socio-economic and socio-political realities in the country. Notwithstanding, even prior to these protests, there […]

Iran Amputates Man’s Hand in “Shocking Act of Cruelty”

Amnesty International is outraged by reports that Iranian authorities have amputated the hand of a man convicted of theft. The amputation, which was conducted by guillotine, took place yesterday in the central prison in Mashhad city in north-eastern Razavi Khorasan province, according to the state-sponsored newspaper Khorasan News. According to Khorasan News, the 34-year-old man, […]

Russia, Iran in Sync on Preserving Nuclear Deal

By Julia Sveshnikova for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The European Council on Foreign Relations once called Russia and Iran the “power couple” of the Middle East. That was two years ago, and it appears they’re still making the relationship work. On Jan. 10, Russian Foreign […]

Surge in Downloads of Canadian VPN Tools

By John Lee. The Globe and Mail reports that recent protests in Iran are giving a boost to two Canadian companies offering virtual private networks (VPNs) and other software that can circumvent government censorship and surveillance. Ryan Dochuk, head of Toronto’s TunnelBear, said that the company’s software is being downloaded “en masse” in Iran. Another […]

Internet Censorship a Double-Edged Sword for Tehran

By Maysam Bizaer for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. “Everything stopped suddenly. We are literally out of work now,” Alireza, a 24-year-old university student living in Tehran, told Al-Monitor. He is among many Iranian online entrepreneurs who have suffered major financial losses in recent […]