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Analysing the recent uprising by working-class Iran in the context of a battle for democracy which has spanned longer than a century.
In conversation with Seyed Mohammad Marandi, Iranian scholar and professor at Tehran University, on recent events in the country.
State television broadcast live pictures of rallies in Kermanshah, Ilam and Gorgan, where marchers waved Iranian flags and pictures of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Unorganised and leaderless, the violent protests in Iran are a reaction to rampant corruption, unemployment and an economy in decline.
Thirteen people have been killed and hundreds arrested, according to officials and social media.
The protests, during which at least ten people have been killed, are fuelled by disappointment that the lifting of sanctions on Iran in January 2016 has failed to deliver an economic boom.
High prices, alleged corruption and mismanagement are fuelling the anger. Youth unemployment reached 28.8% this year.
Meanwhile, a gathering of hardline anti-government Syrian groups met in Riyadh and persisted in the demand that Assad leaves power.
Putin met Iranian political leaders in an effort to nurture a warming relationship strengthened since US President Donald Trump threatened to abandon the international nuclear deal with Iran reached in 2015.
Amid fears the proposed independence will stoke separatism among their own Kurdish populations, Iran and Turkey vowed to work closely together.
Despite US threats, Iran seems to have emerged more powerful than ever, expanding its sphere of influence in the Gulf region and in the Levant.
Iran says new US sanctions breach the agreement it reached in 2015 with the United States, Russia, China and three European powers.
Rouhani has intensified efforts to protect the deal – the biggest achievement of his first term – against Washington’s return to an aggressive Iran policy.
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Tensions have been rising since a Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen’s civil war in 2015, backing government forces fighting Iran-allied Houthi rebels.
She had dreamt of being a writer as a child, but later took up math with her elder brother’s encouragement, going on to make seminal contributions to algebraic geometry.
Trump’s West Asia tour has made the prospect of engagement and dialogue very remote. The region needs a strong dose of statesmanship and good sense for peace prospects to be revived.
Tehran is fostering a start-up industry as a possible motor to solve Iran’s unemployment crisis.
Dariush Shayegan, one of Iran’s prominent philosophers, talks about the direction the Islamic republic has taken, the failure of the Islamic revolution and the rise of Hindutva in India.
Will President Rouhani, who has spoken up for gender equality, give women a chance in his second term?
In light of the recent arms deal between Saudi Arabia and the US worth over $100 billion, Iran is accusing the US of spreading fear against it throughout the Middle East.
His reaction comes after Trump singled out Iran as a key sponsor of militant groups and signed an arms deal worth billions of dollars with Saudi Arabia.
The pot shots US secretary of state Rex Tillerson and the Iranian leaders have taken at each other in the aftermath of the election suggest no improvement in ties can be expected.
With Hassan Rouhani re-elected, French President Emmanuel Macron has high hopes of better economic and cultural ties with Iran
Hassan Rouhani got 58.5% percent of the votes, while conservative candidate Ebrahim Raisi came in with a distant 39%.
The big turnout favoured Rouhani, whose backers’ main worry has been apathy among reformist voters disappointed with the slow pace of change.
Given the long queues and high voter turnout across Iran, the cut-off time for casting votes had to be extended multiple times.
A high voter turnout in urban areas, where 70% of the population resides, is being seen as key to Hassan Rouhani’s re-election. But in rural areas, where voting turnout is typically high, Ebrahim Raisi’s platform of economic misery and more cash-handouts could find a resonance.
Ahead of the presidential election, Iranian journalists put forth some tough questions to the country’s most powerful body, including about it not being in favour of female candidates.
Trump had criticised the nuclear agreement and threatened to dismantle Obama’s deal, but it appears that he has decided, at least for now, to keep it alive.
Two recent rallies in Tehran highlighted just how different the two candidates’ supporters and their concerns for the country are.
The election TV debates have shown the candidates to be out of touch and none of them seem able to articulate a programme to remedy the structure and perpetuation of social inequality.
The country’s culturally liberal president is the front-runner in opinion polls but the race is expected to tighten before May 19, polling day.
Qalibaf, a former Revolutionary Guards commander and police chief, was one of the main conservative challengers to Rouhani – a pragmatist seeking a second term.
It is possible that Trump’s policy will push Iran to conduct more ballistic missile tests, get more involved in Yemen and play a counterproductive role in Iraq.
Rouhani is trying to hold on to office by seeking support from reformist voters who are disillusioned by the economy and the slow pace of social reforms.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei played down the benefits of Rouhani’s landmark agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear activities in return for a lifting of international sanctions.
Hardliners attacked pragmatist Rouhani’s economic record and said that the Islamic Republic would be harmed if he was re-elected.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei told presidential candidates to champion economic self-sufficiency and be less engaged with the opening up to the West.