Monthly archives: June, 2012

Iran forms economic emergency committee as crisis appears on the horizon

According to recent reports in the Iranian media, four of Iran’s top economic decision-makers met for an extended emergency session on the impact of sanctions this Wednesday at the Central Bank of Iran. The top officials at the meeting including central bank governor Mahmoud Bahmani, economic affairs and finance minister Shamseddin Hosseini, minister of industry, mines,…



As Khamenei calls for unity, could international sanctions on Iran be working?

A recent speech by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to judges and senior officials in Iran’s Judiciary may be a sign that international sanctions by the United States and European Union against Iran are working. In the speech Khamenei called on the Judiciary to hand out as few prison sentences as possible, citing the social…



General tacitly admits to IRGC’s role in politics

In a recent interview with Panjareh (Window), a weekly news publication owned by hardline parliamentarian Ali-Reza Zakani, the deputy commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Legal and Parliamentary Affairs section Brigadier General Mohammad-Reza Yazdi gave some interesting comments on the controversial military organization’s role in Iranian politics. There have been questions about the…



Rafsanjani: The West is playing for time

In a recent speech to seminary students in the holy city of Qom, chairman of the Expediency Council Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani attacked his domestic political enemies and made some revealing comments on Iran’s negotiations with the West over its controversial nuclear program. The poor state of the domestic economy and politics He began by…



Mass arrest of labour activists in brutal raids by Iranian security forces

According to reports by the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ Organizations (CCHFWO), the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), and the Nationalist-Religious movement’s website, over fifty prominent labour activists have been arrested by Iranian security forces on Friday 16 June 2012. The labour activists, who were taken during brutal surprise raids on their homes,…



Khamenei’s balance of power strategy: Reining in parliament?

In a recent speech to an assembly of newly elected representatives of the Ninth Majlis, Iran’s legislature elected in April 2012, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei criticized the previous Eight Majlis (2008-2012) thereby conveying a subtle message about his hopes and expectations for the future. Khamenei’s criticisms centered on three main themes: The legislature’s unrelenting…



Tavakoli attacks Ahmadinejad administration’s lack of transparency, law breaking

In a speech yesterday before the Islamic Consultative Assembly or Majlis, Iran’s legislature, representative Ahmad Tavakoli bemoaned the state of Iran’s ailing economy and targeted President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s administration for its economic policies which he said had reduced Iran’s ranking in terms of the ease of doing business from 140 out of 183 in 2011…



Rafsanjani reappears on Iran’s political stage?

Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, chairman of the Expediency Council and former chairman of the Assembly of Experts, president, speaker of parliament, and deputy commander-in-chief in the Iran-Iraq War, has become increasingly visible in the last several weeks. Earlier this week Rafsanjani was seen entering the first session of the Ninth Majlis side-by-side with political rival President…