Khamenei’s sister speaks out against her brother’s ‘despotic caliphate’

bne IntelIiNews December 7, 2022

It has brought nothing but suffering, she says, condemning the Iranian regime’s bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters.

Turkmenistan: A shining city in a book of records

Akhal-Teke: A Eurasianet Bulletin December 7, 2022

Russia is proposing a major reconfiguration of the Central Asian gas market. Eurasianet’s weekly Turkmenistan briefing.

Anti-regime protesters in Iran call for three-day economic strike

bne IntelIiNews December 4, 2022

Senior European diplomats quoted as saying country’s leadership is at irreversible turning point as they have “lost contact” with the Iranian people.

Turkey’s Syria, Iraq air strikes conducted with knowledge of Russia, US, says academic

Akin Nazli in Belgrade December 3, 2022

Professor also says she expects Iran to carry out land operation in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Tehran’s main street reverts to pre-revolutionary name on Google Maps

bne IntelliNews December 2, 2022

The late-night edit by an unknown actor is the latest tussle in a battle of wills between those who support the current Islamic regime and those who look back to the Pahlavi monarchy.

Tehran and Moscow will create a joint trade council

bne IntelliNews November 30, 2022

Economic ties between Russia and Iran are rapidly deepening as the two countries are driven together by sanctions from the West.

Iran demands 10-game ban for US World Cup team after flag displayed minus Islamic Republic emblem

bne IntelIiNews November 27, 2022

American soccer officials say move was made in support of anti-regime protesters. Iranian counterparts say it breaches Fifa rules on “offending dignity”.

Frazzled Iran coach Queiroz tells media, ‘Why don’t you ask Southgate about Afghanistan?’

bne IntelIiNews November 25, 2022

Ahead of Wales World Cup match, focus is again on whether Iranian players will sing national anthem.

World Cup show of solidarity by Iran’s football team comes amid fears of surge in death penalties

bne IntelIiNews November 22, 2022

In Qatar, soccer players bravely stand silent during anthem. Back in Iran, regime may be preparing a death penalty climate of fear.

Activists say death toll exceeds 400 as protesters defy regime in Iran

bne IntelIiNews November 20, 2022

As Iranians prepare to take on England in FIFA World Cup, authorities will be nervous about any signs of solidarity with protests shown by players.

bneGREEN: COP27 warns business cannot be trusted to police greenwashing

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh November 18, 2022

The UN has identified greenwashing by business and finance as the biggest danger facing the race to net zero, urging them to avoid a toxic cover-up and to ensure that any climate pledges they keep are in line with the 1.5-degree targets.

Security forces accused of opening fire in Tehran metro station as Iran’s protests enter third month

bne IntelIiNews November 17, 2022

Human rights group warns mass executions could be ahead unless international community raises the political cost of the regime’s actions.

World population hits 8bn. Where do we go from here?

bne IntelIiNews November 15, 2022

Greying of populations big dilemma for developed countries. Share of people on planet aged 65 years or above projected to rise from 10% now to 16% in 2050.

EU, UK slap sanctions on Iran on same day regime announces first ‘unrest’ death sentence

bne IntelIiNews November 14, 2022

French president Macron steps up pressure, saying "grandchildren of the revolution are carrying out a revolution and are devouring it."

TEHRAN BLOG: Iran takes aim at ‘gambler’ and ‘political dwarf’ Aliyev as Azerbaijan tensions simmer

bne IntelIiNews November 11, 2022

Amid rows over Baku’s designs on Armenian territory, Iranian establishment figure claims Azerbaijani leader Ilham Aliyev has been “taunting” Iran and implicitly threatening its neighbour with a military attack.

Iran warns Saudi Arabia it may lose ‘strategic patience’

bne IntelIiNews November 10, 2022

On same day, Tehran, angered by media coverage of unrest, designates as “terrorist” Iran International, a London-based news broadcaster seen as having ties to Riyadh.

Iran bans in-person sales of forex as rial dives

bne IntelIiNews November 8, 2022

Islamic Republic's latest troubles have set off another phase of currency depreciation.

Analyst warns more than 100 kamikaze drones in development around world

Will Conroy in Prague November 7, 2022

Warning sounded as Iran for first time admits sending UAVs to Russia. Ukraine’s president describes claim that deliveries were “limited” as lies.

Photos of ‘hijab-less girlfriend’ reportedly put Iranian roads minister in hot water

bne IntelIiNews November 5, 2022

Images spark debate over double standards in country riven by protests sparked by police custody death of woman said to have breached Islamic dress code.

bneGREEN: No fairness but some hope at COP27

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh November 5, 2022

COP26 has not delivered so far on the promises made in Glasgow in November 2021, with companies failing to move towards zero emissions pledges and the world as a whole not meeting the targets and aspirations laid down.