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    Blow to Rouhani as Iran hardliners impeach reformist minister

    Hardline politicians in Iran struck a blow to centrist president Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday by impeaching his minister of...

  2. June 5, 2014

    Iran: Rogue trader

    The young Iranian businessman was tempted when government officials put the deal in front of him. An importer, he had seen...

  1. beyondbrics

    May 27, 2014

    Bolivia's Evo Morales: part-time pro footballer

    Once the first indigenous president of an impoverished country with an Indian majority has established his authority,...

  2. May 24, 2014

    Iran hangs businessman involved in a high-profile corruption case

    Iran has executed a businessman who was involved in a high-profile fraud case linked to former president Mahmoud...

  3. March 14, 2014

    Cameras roll again for Iran’s film-makers

    Four years on from his self-imposed exile from film-making, veteran director Bahman Farmanara is back in the director’s...

  4. The World

    January 23, 2014

    Davos audience: lapping up Rouhani

    Simply by coming to the World Economic Forum, President Hassan Rouhani of Iran is sending a message. He is the first Iranian...

  5. December 22, 2013

    Iran’s reformists need west’s support

    Iran’s reformists have been the main losers in the battles between the Islamic republic and world powers for much of the...

  6. December 8, 2013

    Iran president vows to tackle inflation and unemployment

    Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, presented parliament with his government’s first budget on Sunday, saying that tackling...

  7. The World

    December 4, 2013

    Iran: Five easy ways to destroy an economy

    (Getty) Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s centrist president, last week marked his government’s 100th day in office by releasing a...

  8. November 26, 2013

    Iran’s supreme leader keeps his options open with nuclear deal

    Back in 1988, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic republic, had a radical change of heart, accepting a UN...

  9. November 19, 2013

    It was not sanctions that brought Iran to the table

    As Iran meets world powers in Geneva on Wednesday for this month’s second round of talks on its nuclear programme, there is...

  10. November 17, 2013

    Treasury’s War, by Juan Zarate

    Treasury’s War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare, by Juan Zarate, Public Affairs; RRP£19.99, RRP$29.99 Just...

  11. November 8, 2013

    Iran timeline: Quest for agreement

    2002: Iran’s nuclear plans are made public by an opposition group. 2003: Iran agrees to suspend uranium enrichment and...

  12. October 25, 2013

    Inflation and weak rial push Iran’s middle class towards poverty

    As she points to the empty shelves of her freezer, Nahaal sighs, remembering how they used to be stuffed with meat and...

  13. October 25, 2013

    Daughters of Iran’s jailed reformist leader beaten after visit

    Iranian opposition hopes for the quick release of jailed reformist leaders have been dashed after the daughters of...

  14. September 27, 2013

    The sun sets on the west

    There’s a story the American writer PJ O’Rourke loves to tell about anti-Americanism. Covering Lebanon’s civil war in 1984,...

  15. September 19, 2013

    Iran seeks reforms to boost production and revive economy

    When the entire economic team of Iran’s new cabinet paid a rare visit to the chamber of commerce, industries and mines last...

  16. September 17, 2013

    Social media becomes weapon in Middle East propaganda battles

    “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” seems to be the Turkish government’s new approach to Twitter, which it had earlier blamed...

  17. beyondbrics

    September 16, 2013

    Iran's double-digit inflation woes worsen

    Iranian shoppers are getting used to constantly rising prices, especially – and most worryingly – prices of basic...

  18. August 3, 2013

    Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei endorses Hassan Rohani as president

    Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has endorsed Hassan Rohani as president, throwing his weight behind the...

  19. August 2, 2013

    Iran’s Ahmadi-Nejad eyes cleaning ditches and academia

    Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad swept to power with the full backing of Iran’s hardliners in 2005 and, four years later, the regime’s...

  20. beyondbrics

    July 31, 2013

    A brief history of Brazilian bolshiness

    Brazil has been putting its weight about again, this time throwing a spanner into the IMF’s efforts to secure an €11bn...

  21. July 22, 2013

    Rohani’s challenge: keeping Iran’s supreme leader on side

    Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad has left a toxic legacy for his successor when he takes over the Iranian presidency next month. Hassan...

  22. July 14, 2013

    Iran’s president Rohani rebuilds relations with sidelined clerics

    Not long after Iran’s June election, the president-elect, Hassan Rohani, and outgoing president Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad both...

  23. July 12, 2013

    Thoroughly modern Magna Carta

    It was, as these things go, something of a flop. The Magna Carta was a document hammered out between King John and a group...

  24. June 24, 2013

    Rohani victory marks Iran’s return to centrist politics

    The victory of Hassan Rohani has been greeted as a comeback for Iran’s beleaguered reform movement, decimated after flawed...

  25. June 16, 2013

    Tehran surprise

    Iranians delivered a dramatic setback to their hardline leadership by casting their votes for the only moderate candidate in...

  26. June 16, 2013

    Iran crowds see Rohani win as reformist victory

    When jubilant crowds poured on to the streets of Tehran to celebrate the surprise victory of Hassan Rohani, it was not only...

  27. June 15, 2013

    Rohani’s landslide victory spreads hope of moderate policies

    “I am not a colonel. I am a jurist” is how Hassan Rohani, Iran’s surprise president-elect, described himself during a...

  28. The World

    June 14, 2013

    In the Picture: Iran's presidential election

    A woman casts her vote at a polling station in Tehran (Getty) By Aranya Jain Iran goes to the polls today, with 6 candidates...

  29. June 14, 2013

    Iran’s sole moderate leads presidential poll

    Hassan Rohani, Iran’s sole moderate candidate in the presidential race, was leading his fundamentalist rivals in early...

  30. June 11, 2013

    Reform leaders in Iran unite to back Hassan Rohani for presidency

    Iran’s pro-reform leaders have thrown their weight behind Hassan Rohani, the only moderate left in the race to succeed...

  31. June 7, 2013

    Who’s who: Key players in the Iranian election

    As Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad wraps up his second and last term as president of Iran, the race to select his successor has become...

  32. June 7, 2013

    Support for Tehran mayor Qalibaf grows as Iran election nears

    Iranian presidential hopeful Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf took his campaign to the countryside this week, promising the poor and...

  33. June 4, 2013

    Tehran’s bazaar in quiet revolt over Ahmadi-Nejad’s tax rises

    With this month’s presidential election less than two weeks away, the windows of the ironware shops in Tehran’s Grand Bazaar...

  34. June 2, 2013

    Iran judiciary seeks to shut state-owned newspaper

    Iran’s judiciary has ordered the closure of a state-owned newspaper with close links to President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad over...

  35. May 31, 2013

    Iran’s presidential candidates fail to lure voters

    If it goes on like this, Iran’s regime may be about to witness an embarrassingly low turnout in the upcoming presidential...

  36. May 29, 2013

    Dilapidation, decay and despair in Iran’s economic heartland

    The remote industrial complex of Lia boasts one of the larger concentrations of factories in Iran’s northwest – not that you...

  37. May 29, 2013

    Khamenei denies having favourite in Iranian election

    Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Wednesday he does not favour any candidate for June’s presidential...

  38. May 22, 2013

    Iran’s poll charade

    By throwing his hat into the ring for Iran’s presidential race, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the former president, disrupted...

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