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30 Nov 2011

Why the Concern Over the March Elections

Speaking at a seminar for public, revolutionary and military prosecutors on March 2 of this year, cleric Hossein Taeb said, "In addition to military and diplomatic measures, the Americans have devised three domestic plans to contain and control. Their hopes have been to get results by linking the (international) sanctions to the (domestic) targeted subsidies. But they failed. For this year, their plan is to first link the sanctions to the next round of targeted subsidies and thus create a new round of chaos. At the same time they want to increase the security threats and keep us engaged in greater security and law enforcement activities and thus exhaust ourselves. And (finally when the election time comes) then plan to launch their "velvet revolution."
Speaking at a seminar for public, revolutionary and military prosecutors on March 2 of this year, cleric Hossein Taeb...

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30 Aug 2011

Iran’s inflation rate hits 17.2%

The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) governor said the country's twelve-month inflation rate ended to the calendar month of Mordad (July 23-August 22) reached 17.2 percent, showing a modest growth despite implementing the subsidy reform plan.
The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) governor said the country's twelve-month inflation rate ended to the calendar month of...

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13 Aug 2011

IMF Defends Its Cheerleading for Tehran’s Economy

Since the spring, we have noted and criticised the International Monetary Fund's optimistic "reports" on the Iranian economy, which appear to be driven more by advocacy for subsidy cuts and reliance on the statistics claimed by Iranian officials than on any substantive analysis
Since the spring, we have noted and criticised the International Monetary Fund's optimistic "reports" on the Iranian...
4 Aug 2011

Thoughts on Resistance and the Green MovementÂ

The struggle for secularism, democracy and the rule of law is not a novel phenomenon in the political history of Iran. The Iranian people have long fought for freedom and equality. While this struggle has at times achieved some high grounds, its mission remains to this day incomplete.
The struggle for secularism, democracy and the rule of law is not a novel phenomenon in the political history of Iran....

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2 Aug 2011

Iran Makes Itself More Vulnerable to Outside Pressure

Tehran distributed a sixth installment of cash payments to 73 million Iranians in lieu of subsidies on fuel, natural gas, electricity, and essential items such as bread. Having done the easy part of its subsidy reform -- sending out checks to compensate for price increases -- the regime must now do the hard part: raise the money to pay for those checks and find a way to help businesses badly hit by the higher prices. Tehran should be able to meet that challenge as long as its oil income remains high, but if oil prices drop or sanctions impede financial flows, it could face serious problems.
Tehran distributed a sixth installment of cash payments to 73 million Iranians in lieu of subsidies on fuel, natural...

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2 Aug 2011

Iran Makes Itself More Vulnerable to Outside Pressure

Tehran distributed a sixth installment of cash payments to 73 million Iranians in lieu of subsidies on fuel, natural gas, electricity, and essential items such as bread. Having done the easy part of its subsidy reform -- sending out checks to compensate for price increases -- the regime must now do the hard part: raise the money to pay for those checks and find a way to help businesses badly hit by the higher prices. Tehran should be able to meet that challenge as long as its oil income remains high, but if oil prices drop or sanctions impede financial flows, it could face serious problems.
Tehran distributed a sixth installment of cash payments to 73 million Iranians in lieu of subsidies on fuel, natural...
1 Aug 2011

Why Ahmadinejad isn’t on his way out

There has been much dancing on the grave of Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. After his unnerving re-election two years ago in a disputed and bloody vote, Ahmadinejad's many critics abroad and at home have savored the thorough political beating he has suffered over the last few months by Iran's real power, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei . Yet there are signs that Ahmadinejad is not a spent force just yet. This wily survivor is in the midst of renewing himself. His prime weapon has been a combination of oil supplicance and oil populism.
There has been much dancing on the grave of Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. After his unnerving re-election two...

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15 Jul 2011

Subsidies: New IMF Report

The successful implementation of the drastic price increases has created a unique opportunity for Iran to reform its economy and accelerate economic growth and development. The authorities are now faced with the challenging task of translating this opportunity into reality. Pre-reform preparations, for good reasons, centered on ensuring social support for the price increases. Without broad public support, the government would not have been able to increase the domestic prices of energy and other products.
The successful implementation of the drastic price increases has created a unique opportunity for Iran to reform its...

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8 Jun 2011

The Squeeze of Ahmadinejad’s Subsidy CutsÂ

Owners of industrial and agricultural enterprises who initially welcomed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's plan to reduce subsidies by lifting the price-support system for basic goods have now become its chief critics.
Owners of industrial and agricultural enterprises who initially welcomed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's plan to...

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17 Jan 2011

Iran Cuts Subsidies on Fuel and Other Consumer Goods

After months of false starts, dire warnings and political wrangling, Iran has embarked on a sweeping program of cuts in its costly and inefficient system of subsidies on fuel and other essential goods that has put a strain on state finances and held back economic progress for years.
After months of false starts, dire warnings and political wrangling, Iran has embarked on a sweeping program of cuts in...
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1 Jan 2011

Assessing the Threat To Arrest Mousavi and Karroubi

Scott Lucas, who teaches at the University of Birmingham in Britain, and runs the popular Iran blog Enduring America, believes that Iran's hardliners are using the threat of prosecution to put a leash on Moussavi and Karroubi, with tensions running high over government subsidy cuts.
Scott Lucas, who teaches at the University of Birmingham in Britain, and runs the popular Iran blog Enduring America,...

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