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Iranians want change but authorities play on chaos fears

  • The death of 16-year-old Armita Geravand last month after collapsing on a Tehran metro train weeks earlier did not provoke massive protests inside Iran like the death of Mahsa Amini did in September 2022. According to Iranian state media, Armita died after “suffering from brain damage.” Iranian...
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GCC-ASEAN Summit: Gulf states shift to new waters in testing geopolitical times

  • The Gulf Cooperation Council-Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit to be held in Riyadh on Friday has ushered in excitement in the context of Gulf plans to chart new trajectories and plans away from the West. The plans of the GCC states to move beyond oil and diversify their economies a...
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Saudi Arabia beating illiteracy while Iran lags behind

  • Investing in human capital is a priority for any government that believes in its citizens’ significance and indispensability for socioeconomic and state progression. In particular, the youth is a vital cog in such progression. Governments that are aware of this importance work hard to harness...
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Iranian citizens do not feel safe in their homeland

  • People must feel safe and secure if societies are to progress and remain stable. These two factors allow individuals to focus on the contributions or services they can provide to aid the success of their homeland, hence contributing to global human production. Conversely, people feeling that t...
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Western model not the only way to achieve good governance

  • The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights defines governance as all the processes of governing and the institutions, processes and practices through which issues of common concern are decided upon and regulated. The UN Human Rights Council states that good governance is based on t...
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Afghanistan hands Iran a timely reality check

  • Over the past few months, Iran realized that the Taliban would be much more assertive in their future bilateral dealings. For any observer, Kabul’s tough-talking approach seems consistent considering its conduct with Islamabad. Tehran’s loss of patience with the Taliban reflects the over-estima...
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Improved regional ties can help soothe Iran’s demographic crisis

  • Official figures indicate that Iranian society is proceeding quickly toward becoming an aging society. As of March 2022, Iran’s population growth barely reached 0.6 percent. According to Mohammed Tabatabai, health affairs officer of Iran University of Medical Sciences, on May 13, 2023, the fert...
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Iranian regime’s spending priorities remain unchanged

  • President Ebrahim Raisi has introduced the proposed bill for the next budget (starting on March 21) to the Iranian parliament for debate and approval. The bill, including the plan for the new fiscal year, defines the regime’s priorities in light of the current sensitive domestic and overseas ec...
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Ongoing Iran protests are the most dangerous in regime’s history

  • Since the theocratic regime in Iran seized power more than 43 years ago, it has faced successive massive waves of popular protests. Some of these protests were relatively minor, while others were more significant, ranging from the protests in 1999 to those in 2009, 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2022. Al...
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Iranian media shows hostility to UK in wake of Queen Elizabeth’s death

  • For many reasons, it is natural to see significant attention paid to the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth at both the official and popular levels, not only in the UK but globally. Most world leaders — even including Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose country has been waging a large-scale...
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