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Biden’s $90 Billion Bailout to Tehran

Lindsey D. Graham, Foreign Policy – 28 April 2021 At the start of his presidency, Joe Biden has acquired affairs with the Middle East that are relatively quiet. However, according to this article in Foreign Policy, if Biden returns the U.S. to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action “it could reverse positive momentum in…

Women Can’t Sing in Iran: One Artist’s Struggle to Be Heard

Fatemeh Hosseinzadeh, Living Life Fearless – 4 April 2021 Samaneh Mahmoudi (Naria) is an up-and-coming singer in Iran who, by law, cannot sing solo because of her gender. Samenah talks about the struggles growing up as a budding singer in a house where her parents urged her to be quiet so the neighbours wouldn’t hear. “Despite…

Iran’s Zarif indicates that Iran hopes to balance Russia and China

Seth J. Frantzman, The Jerusalem Post – 5 April 2021 Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke to Iran’s Tasnim News Agency about power shifts from the West to the East and why Iran must, as a result, work more closely with Russia and China. This article in The Jerusalem Post analyses the main points from the…

European allies: Iran’s uranium move ‘a serious development’

Adam Bouzi, Politico – 14 April 2021 France, Germany and the U.K. have condemned Iran’s move to enrich uranium at 60%, which they say is a significant step in the production of nuclear weapons. This article in Politico further discusses the countries’ reactions to this move by Iran. Read the full article here.

Iran’s decade of protests: an interview with Firoozeh Farvardin and Nader Talebi

Gennaro Gervasio and Enrico De Angelis, openDemocracy – 22 March 2021 “Everyday life has become a constant gamble. A taxi driver once told us that ‘they turned the country into a huge casino’”. In this interview Farvardin and Talebi, both Iranian academic researchers at Berlin’s Humboldt University, specialising in Middle Eastern politics, nationalism, migration and gender…

Will Natanz attack, uranium enrichment derail nuclear diplomacy with Iran?

Robert Einhorn and Adrianna Pita, Brookings – 14 April 2021 On this podcast, Brookings’ Adrianna Pita talks with Robert Einhorn, a senior fellow with the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at Brookings, about why he believes both the U.S. and Iran still have incentives to follow through with negotiations towards restoring the Joint Comprehensive Plan…

Iran and Russia discuss ties, the Middle East, and nuclear deal

Maziar Motamedi, Al Jazeera – 13 April 2021 Iranian president Hassan Rouhani recently met with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss nuclear deals, bilateral relations and expanding regional cooperation with other countries. This article in Al Jazeera details the specifics of Rouhani and Lavrov’s high-level talks. Read the full article here.

China-Iran 25-year deal not aimed at any country: Iranian envoy

Xie Wenting, Global Times – 15 April 2021 A Global Times reporter, the Chinese tabloid newspaper under the Chinese Communist Party’s People’s Daily, Xie Wenting interviewed the Iranian Ambassador to China, Mohammad Keshavarzzadeh, on issues concerning the 25-year cooperation agreement. Keshavarzzadeh stated “Western countries still have the leverage to extend their colonial domination through the…