The extraordinary national unity stemmed by General Soleimani’s assassination has suddenly turned into fresh, heated protests against Teheran’s regime. Will it cope?
- A wave of violent protests swept through Iran in the second half of November, many witness accounts and even some official statements indicate that it was the largest and most intense protest seen in Iran in the last 40 years. What sparked such protests and how is the government reacting to this wave of discontent?
- The divide between state and religion is back at the center of Israel’s politics, and promises to remain so for a long time. A headache for any government that will come out of political negotiations, or an unprecedent third election round.
- Torrential rains have caused massive floods in Iran, causing huge devastation. But is it the only flood that the Iranian government has to be worried about?
- The election of Donald Trump but not only: all the causes of the recession in Iran.
- China is building its influence in a region that has traditionally been dominated by the US.
- Regional polarization, coupled with domestic problems and/or daring economic processes resulted into a more securitized Gulf, where citizens have higher expectations vis-à-vis states’ duties and their own prerogatives, but civil freedom remain a top-down matter: when regime security juxtaposes with national security, human security always loses.
- Within the past two months, Iranian editors have been cutting the number of pages and newspapers they publish — at least one daily has closed shop entirely. This is not due to government censorship or a sudden drop-off in readership: there is simply not enough newsprint to go around.
- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo laid out a list of demands on Iran in a speech threatening to “crush” the country on Monday. His bellicose words come weeks after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal and are nothing short of an ultimatum demanding Iran’s total surrender to U.S. wishes.
- “A drought is much more effective than sanctions” says Dr. Kaveh Madani, former deputy head of Iran’s environmental department and researcher at London Imperial College.