May 27, 2016
Top Stories NYT: "More than 30 college students were arrested, interrogated and within 24 hours were each given 99 lashes for attending a graduation party that included men and women, Iran's judiciary has announced. The punishments, which were believed to be part of a wider crackdown by a judiciary dominated by hard-liners, were meted out in Qazvin, about 90 miles northwest of the capital, and were carried out in record time, Mizan, a news agency...
May 26, 2016
Top Stories WSJ: "Even after the lifting of international sanctions against Iran, long-standing U.S. banking limitations are impeding the country's oil resurgence by forcing energy companies to use small lenders or barter to get their deals done. France's Total SA in February had to arrange payments through three smaller European banks to ship the first exports of Iranian crude to Europe in years, said Mohsen Ghamsari, the director in charge of marketing oil at the...
May 25, 2016
Top Stories Bloomberg: "When Iran and global powers signed a nuclear deal last year, supporters and detractors agreed on one thing: the accord would get billions of investment dollars flowing into the Islamic Republic. The only question was how much. The answer so far -- 'not much' -- is infuriating Iranian officials, who are demanding more U.S. concessions, including access to dollar-denominated trades, after curbing their nuclear program. In the U.S., opponents of the original...
May 24, 2016
Top Stories Reuters: "A powerful anti-Western cleric was chosen on Tuesday as the head of Iran's new Assembly of Experts, in a sign that hardliners are still in firm control of the body in charge of choosing the next supreme leader. Ahmad Jannati, 90, is a an outspoken critic of President Hassan Rouhani and his attempts to end Iran's global isolation by normalizing ties with the West. The 88-member assembly, consisting mostly of elderly clerics,...
May 23, 2016
Top Stories Times of Israel: "A senior Iranian military commander boasted that the Islamic Republic could 'raze the Zionist regime in less than eight minutes.' Ahmad Karimpour, a senior adviser to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' elite unit al-Quds Force, said if Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei gave the order to destroy Israel, the Iranian military had the capacity to do so quickly. 'If the Supreme Leader's orders [are] to be executed, with the abilities and the...
May 20, 2016
Top Stories WSJ: "The U.S. and its European partners made a fresh appeal Thursday for European banks and businesses to invest in Iran, saying they would do more to encourage legitimate business in the country now that most sanctions are gone. Following a meeting in Brussels between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and their counterparts from France, Germany and the U.K., the governments pledged to provide more...
May 19, 2016
Top Stories Bloomberg: "London's financial elite will listen to Iran's central bank chief on Thursday as the Persian Gulf nation seeks to break a deadlock in investments caused by the few remaining U.S. sanctions. While the lifting of most curbs after the country's nuclear deal with world powers last year is luring some smaller money managers, most investors are staying away from the market of 80 million consumers as they remain doubtful of Iran's ability...
May 18, 2016
More than half of global companies interested in doing business with Iran are holding back for fear of running afoul of sanctions that remain in place even after its nuclear deal with world powers, a new survey shows.
May 17, 2016
Top Stories AFP: "Big European banks remain reluctant to work in Iran four months after the lifting of international sanctions under a landmark nuclear deal with world powers, an Iranian official said Sunday. 'Major European banks have not yet started their interactions with Iranian banks, but some medium- and small-sized financial institutions have established relations, including opening letters of credit,' deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi told state broadcaster IRIB. He accused 'extremist lobbies' in the...
May 16, 2016
Top Stories AP: "Iranians staged an international contest for cartoons depicting the Holocaust on Saturday but insisted the event was aimed at criticizing alleged Western double standards regarding free expression and not at denying the Nazi genocide. The event was nevertheless likely to shock many around the world and could embarrass Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and other moderates who have tried to improve ties with the West following last year's landmark nuclear deal. Iran has...