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FATF Gives Iran until October to Complete ‘Reforms’

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) said Iran had until October to complete reforms that would “bring it into line with global norms or face consequences” that could further deter investors from the country. “The FATF is disappointed with Iran’s failure to implement its action plan to address its significant AML/CFT deficiencies,” the organization said […]

Iranian Banking Reforms Gain Steam after Long Delay

By Maziar Motamedi, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The arduous path to independence in monetary decision-making from the government that many central banks have gone through remains the road not taken for Iran. But the new Iranian year, which began March 21, holds […]

Rouhani “Promises” Women will be allowed to attend Football

By John Lee. President Hassan Rouhani will reportedly allow women in Iran to attend football matches. The move follows the arrest of 35 women who tried to attend the Esteqlal vs Persepolis match on 1st March, causing international outrage. According to a report from The Independent, FIFA President Gianni Infantino told reporters following a meeting with Mr Rouhani: “I […]

Controversy in Iran over Rouhani’s call for Referendum

From Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s proposal to hold a referendum to resolve the issues and differences between conservatives and Reformists have led many to harshly attack him. On Feb. 11, the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, moderate […]

Reformists gain Points while Smog Smothers Tehran

By Saeid Jafari for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran’s Reformists rack up political points while smog smothers Tehran Iran’s air pollution crisis, which claimed more than 4,800 lives in 2016, has become yet another area for scoring political points for both the […]

Saudi Reforms put Spotlight on Iran’s Women’s Movement

By Leila Alikarami, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Saudi Arabia attracted significant media attention when it announced that it would finally allow women to drive as of June 2018. It was also announced later that women will be allowed into some of the […]

Iran Cracks Down on IRGC Business Network

The Financial Times reports that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is being forced to shrink its sprawling business empire, and some of its senior members have been arrested as part of President Hassan Rouhani’s attempts to curb the elite force’s role in the economy. A regime insider and a government official told the newspaper that […]

Without Reforms, Iranian Banking Crisis Looms

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. In Iran, concerns are growing that banks may be facing the same fate as credit and financial institutions (CFIs), many of which are believed to be on the verge of collapse. CFIs, many of them […]

Video: Has Rouhani succeeded in reforming Iran?

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani came into power in a landslide victory in 2013 on promises of reform and social and economic progress. Although Rouhani’s administration succeeded in negotiating the 2015 nuclear deal, many […]

Is Rouhani’s Economic Team about to Crack?

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. A dispute between Ali Tayebnia, the Iranian minister of economic affairs and finance, and Valiollah Seif (pictured), the governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), appears to be escalating over how to regulate […]

Is Iranian parliament warming up to Rouhani?

By Rohollah Faghihi, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. On May 29, Ali Larijani was overwhelmingly re-elected parliament speaker for the third time. However, on a closer look, it appears that moderate President Hassan Rouhani is the victor. The election only featured two […]

Khomeini’s Grandson says More to Islam than Hijab

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. On the anniversary of the death of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iranian officials and the media typically release statements and make speeches about the legacy of the […]

Pro-Rouhani Candidates Scoop up Most Seats in Runoff

By Rohollah Faghihi, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Pro-Rouhani Candidates Scoop up Most Seats in Runoff After having controlled Iran’s legislature for more than a decade, hard-liners have resolutely been hit with a big defeat in the country’s parliamentary elections. In the […]

Will Reformist MP take shot at Political Leadership?

By Saeid Jafari, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Will Tehran’s top Reformist MP take last shot at political leadership? “After our victory in the parliamentary elections, Mr. [Ali] Larijani contacted me to congratulate us. But we never held any conversation regarding the […]

After Elections, is Rouhani’s Economy Minister now Safe?

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. With the majority of election results counted, officials from President Hassan Rouhani’s administration are looking forward to working with a parliament that — while it continues to include conservatives — has excluded many of […]

Why is Iran Arresting More Dual Nationals?

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 arrest Feb. 22 of former senior UN official Baquer Namazi, 80, who holds dual Iranian-American citizenship, defies any sort of logic. Baquer is the father of Siamak Namazi, who was unfortunately arrested in […]

How much Change do Iranians Really Want?

Wash, rinse, repeat. If you’re a politician in Iran running for election or re-election, your best bet is to have the endorsement of Khatami. Mohammad Khatami, that is. In another era, Khatami was twice elected president, but today he is banned from leaving the country and his name and face are banned from the domestic […]

Video: Rouhani says Voters Chose ‘Right and Proper Path’

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iranian voters chose “the right and proper path for the country”, moderate President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday after final election results showed his allies had made significant gains.

Elections: Reformists make Gains

Moderates and reformists have reportedly won all but one of the seats for Tehran in the Assembly of Experts. According to a report from BBC News, President Hassan Rouhani and his allies won 15 out of the capital’s 16 seats on the clerical body, which may choose the country’s next supreme leader, to succeed Ayatollah Ali […]

Among Reformists, Hope goes Hand in Hand with Pragmatism

By Jean Aziz, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Among Iranian Reformists, Hope goes Hand in Hand with Pragmatism From the look on his face, the security officer at Imam Khomeini International Airport seemed surprised that most arrivals weren’t Iranian. A long queue […]