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Monthly Archives: January 2018

Iran’s conservatives step up scrutiny on university students

Al-Monitor – 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 Principlists’ grip over Iran’s largest private university. As part of the new regulations, the Friday prayer leaders of Iran’s 31 provincial capitals were placed on the university’s regional boards of trustees. These …

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Iran’s absence at Davos sparks speculation

Al-Monitor – Despite reports that Iran’s foreign minister had canceled a scheduled trip to Davos to attend the World Economic Forum, Tehran says he never planned to participate in this year’s summit. On Jan. 21, Reuters said Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had canceled his trip to Davos. In response, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi denied these news stories, …

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Tehran police move in to restore normalcy in exchange market

PayvandNews – Police in Tehran have shut down several currency exchange shops and arrested a number of money changers suspected of being behind a recent turmoil in exchange rates. They intervened after the plunge of the Iranian rial which has dropped to around 45,000 against the US dollar from 37,700 in mid-2017, Tasnim news agency reported on Wednesday. It said …

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Iran: Protests and threat of renewed sanctions focus economic thinking

PayvandNews  – Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appears in the wake of recent anti-government protests to have put his weight behind President Hasan Rouhani’s repeated calls for reduced military and Revolutionary Guards involvement in the economy. Mr. Khamenei signalled his support by ordering the military and the Guards to start divesting from commercial holdings and businesses not related to …

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Top U.S., French Diplomats To Meet On Iran

RFL/RE – Iran is expected to dominate Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s January 23 meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris, the second leg of the U.S. top diplomat’s weeklong trip to Europe. After meeting with top British officials in London on January 22, Tillerson cited progress in getting European support for tough penalties against Tehran that …

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Pence Underscores US Opposition to Iran Nuclear Deal

VOA – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence reiterated Tuesday the Trump administration’s view that the international deal on Iran’s nuclear program should be changed, and said moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem is a tangible sign of U.S. commitment. As he met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Pence said the U.S. is sending a signal to its European …

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