Iran Focus

London, 01 April - The Middle East is undergoing major changes after years of war and conflict. Iran is becoming increasingly desperate as its options run out, especially now that it is subject to tough economic sanctions.

It has been reported in recent weeks that Iran has the assistance of foreign financial institutions. Financial entities in Lebanon and Iraq are said to have been setting up money laundering schemes to circumvent U.S. sanctions and to funnel hard currency to Iran.

Iran Focus

London, 7 Feb - Iranian judiciary chief Sadeq Larijani said that the Iranian regime will not accept the new European initiative for trade – INSTEX – because one of the requirements is that Iran must adopt the conventions of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and end its missile programme.

Larijani, who is also head of the regime’s Expediency Council, said: “These insulting conditions will never be accepted by the Islamic republic and we should not accept them. Our government officials should take into notice that we must not succumb to whatever they wish to only to gain a small stream of water.”

Iran Focus

London, 24 Dec - Analysts in Iran believe that soon chicken will disappear from the grocery basket of families in Iran.

While the price of a whole chicken is $1.3 per pound in the United States, the cost in Iran has gone up to almost $1.15. But the income of an average Iranian is many times less than a middle class American.

By Jubin Katiraie

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has no choice but to shrink operations. Some IRGC members have actually been arrested following internal disputes.

The IRGC has economic interests in many different sectors, including telecoms, oil and gas, and construction. Faced with a number of rival crackdown, some of the holding companies and ownership have been returned to the state.

Iran Focus

London, 11 Jun - According to reports on June 8, 2017, after licensing for change of land use of famous vegetable oil factory of Ghou (Swan) by the municipal government and the act of the board of directors of the company to sell its assets, the plant will shut off permanently after fifty years, and more than 200 workers who have not received their wages for 5 months will be unemployed.

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London, 14 Mar - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently commended Iran for “impressive economic growth” since sanctions against the Gulf country were lifted, but what is the truth behind this growth?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh, president of the International American Council, wrote on Arab News that the only reason why Iran has recently experienced financial growth is the lifting of economic sanctions against the country, which allowed it to re-enter the global financial system.

Iran Focus

London, 13 Feb - Amazon.com announced it plans to stop selling and delivering goods to Iranian individuals and entities subject to sanctions by the US government.

Tasnim news agency quoted Seattle Times that Amazon.com disclosed this week that it may have violated the law by selling and delivering goods to Iranian individuals and entities covered by U.S. sanctions.

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London, 14 Dec - Critics may say that America is no longer a manufacturing country, however, Boeing aircraft are seen on every tarmac around the world.

In an article published on December 12, by Shmuley Boteach, whom The Washington Post calls ‘the most famous Rabbi in America’, writes, “As an American who travels around the world I’m always proud of Boeing.” He continues, “That’s why I was so sorely disappointed to see Boeing selling its soul for $17 billion to Iran. This is blood money, and Boeing knows it.”

Iran Focus

London, 8 Dec - The Iranian Resistance has provided an in-depth look into why the Iranian economy has plunged into recession despite the lifting of sanctions.

Since the nuclear deal was signed, export restrictions against Iran were lifted and international bank transfers have been allowed and yet the Iranian recession has deepened. One factor is the decrease in oil price, which has reduced the country’s revenue but that may be the least of the problems facing Iran’s economy.

Iran Focus

London, 8 November - According to a November 7 article published by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), there has been an alarming increase in abortions in Khuzestan, especially in Arab-settled areas. 

Issues like unemployment, the rising cost of housing, deprivation, and a difficult life situation, has caused a prevalence of abortion in this province, which is ignored by the regime’s officials in Khuzestan.

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London, 7 November - On Friday, a report from Reuters indicated that the economic conflicts between Iran and Saudi Arabia are far from over, notwithstanding the optimism that followed earlier OPEC meetings to which both the Iranians and the Saudis had participated. Early last month, it was suggested that Saudi Arabia had stepped back from its demand for Iranian participation as a condition of OPEC putting into effect a collective output reduction aimed at raising global oil prices, which remain at approximately half of last year’s levels.

Iran Focus

London, 4 November - The Iranian Regime has expressed doubts about dealing with the unstable economy and the rise in unemployment but the situation might be about to get a whole lot worse.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) have declared that the unemployment crisis is a security threat and that it will set up organisations in the provinces to deal with unemployment.

London, 3 September - The UK airline company British Airways have resumed regular flights to Iran, despite warnings from the Foreign Office, Metro reports.

British Airways have made the decision to re-open flights to Iran, flying from Heathrow London to Tehran six times a week, although they anticipate having daily flights in the near future. Opinion has been divided over this decision, with many international organisations, including Amnesty International, criticising British Airways for taking this step.

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