Friday 19 May 2017
May 19, 2017
Iran Presidential Vote Pits 'Engagement' Against 'Self-Reliance'
Iranians vote in a four-man presidential race on May 19 that could reinvigorate efforts for an economic and diplomatic thaw with the West or draw the curtain on a four-year interlude in hard-line domination at all levels of government.
May 18, 2017
Foreign Funds Prepare For Long Slog To Gain Iran Foothold
In February 2016, Helga Kern boarded a plane to Iran, registered with the depository to trade stocks and within weeks opened a broker account and started buying shares, all with the aim of launching an Iran fund for Western investors.
May 16, 2017
Understanding China's One Belt, One Road Plan
China took its sprawling plan for an intercontinental trade network to the world stage this week with a high-profile summit attended by more than two dozen world leaders. But can Beijing pull off this ambitious bid to build exponentially on the former Silk Road trade route?
May 15, 2017
Here Are The Smears Marring Iran's Election(s)
While elections in Iran look like slug-it-out campaigns, with many of the trappings of competition -- government critics, disagreement on high-profile issues, and televised public debates -- they are kept tightly in check by unelected officials under the country's clerically dominated system.
May 14, 2017
Slogans Of Gender Equality Ring Out At Rouhani Rally
The 12,000 capacity Azadi stadium was the venue for one of president Hassan Rouhani’s campaign events. Women, who are banned from entering stadiums during sports events, were allowed to enter. But they were determined to speak their minds.
May 11, 2017
Iran Guards Look Beyond Election To Next Supreme Leader
Determined to protect a dominant security role and vast economic interests, Iran's Revolutionary Guards military force is quietly backing a hardliner in May 19 presidential polls, with an eye towards a bigger prize: the succession of the supreme leader.
May 10, 2017
Iran election's theatrics, frank discourse push boundaries
From a former president disobeying the supreme leader to open discussion of a 1980s mass execution, Iran’s presidential election is pushing the boundaries of what can be discussed in public and done online, a small but noticeable shift in the country’s clerically overseen polls.