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Iran warming relations with Hamas – now it is official

Most probably worthy of “picture of the week” was Foreign Minister Zarif hugging Hezbollah deputy secretary general Naim Kassem, twitted by Hassan Dai with the title “Goodfellas”. No surprise that Iran loves the Hezbollah and supports them. After all, the

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Posted in Al monitor, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage

New Winds and Sea Change – New Trends on the Threats Posed by Iran

As reported in reuters, in an interview to the German newspaper “Handelsblatt”, CEO of Bilfinger, Thomas Blades, postulated: “Financing is the main hurdle facing companies looking at doing business in Iran”. Whether led by “wishful thinking” or plain ignorance or

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Posted in Al monitor, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage, Military

Iran Considers Twitter Access – for the good of the regime of course

Iran’s proxy war with Saudi Arabia, which is being played out in various theaters across the Middle East and beyond, has for a long time been spilling over into a somewhat unlikely arena: Twitter, to which the Iranian regime has

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Posted in Al monitor, Human Rights, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage

Iranian Women Allowed In Stadiums – But Not for Masculine Sports

Last month, in the wake of the international uproar over the arrest of British-Iranian “volleyball prisoner” Ghoncheh Ghavami, Iran announced that it would finally overturn its ban on women in sports stadiums – and dismiss the case against Ghavami, who

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Posted in Al monitor, Hassan Rouhani, Human Rights, Iranian Internal Issues, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage

The Day After The Deal

Investors are keenly ”lining up” to get access to Iran these days, as we reported last week. But they’re not the only ones: with Iranian leaders falling into line behind the framework agreement, Tehran’s allies – as well as some

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Posted in Al monitor, BBC, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Media Coverage, nuclear talks

The Question That Should’ve Been Asked About #letter4u

That Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei uses the internet is known to all. As we’ve reported in the past, the top cleric has used Twitter – which is, incidentally, still banned in Iran – to disparage the West, among

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Posted in Al monitor, Hassan Rouhani, Human Rights, Iranian Foreign Relations, Khamenei, Media Coverage, Mohammad Javad Zarif

Nuclear Talks Held Hostage by Internal Iranian Divisions

Iranian critics of the country’s nuclear program don’t get together that often, but when they do, it doesn’t escape the notice of the Western press – even though they’re not actually in power. Last month, several of these critics held

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Posted in Al monitor, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Media Coverage, Mohammad Javad Zarif, nuclear talks
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