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Iranian Women Subjected to Repressive Bans

By INU Staff

INU - In her article for FrontPageMag on October 27, Dr. Majid Rafizadeh writes about his first-hand experience under Iran’s Islamic laws, where women are prohibited from performing the most basic daily activities. Millions of women continue to face these injustices.


Iran Seeks Money for Hostages while Managing Relations with Western Investors

By INU Staff

INU - On Wednesday, Trend News Agency reported that Finnish President Sauli Miinisto had signed four memoranda of understanding with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani while on a two-day trip to Tehran at the head of major trade delegation. The report is the latest in a series of signs that economic contacts between Iran and the West are continuing to expand, even as Iran continues to engage in provocative actions toward the US and Europe, including through the arrests and convictions of dual nationals.


Tehran’s Factional Feuding Worsening, but Little Real Dispute over Foreign Policy

By INU Staff

INU - Recent analyses of Iranian politics have increasingly reported on a trend of factional feuding, as Iran draws nearer to the presidential elections scheduled to take place in the coming year. 

To date, no serious candidate seems to have been put forward as a recognizably hardline challenger to current President Hassan Rouhani. The firebrand former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had shown some sign of a return to politics in recent months. Iranian presidents are not permitted to serve more than two consecutive terms, but may run again after serving two terms and taking one off. Thus, Ahmadinejad would have been eligible to run again, but Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei asked that he not do so.



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