An Iranian sociologist believes: “The absence of a coherent policy for unified dialogue and basic interaction in governance, as well as disunity in foreign policy approaches has prepared the grounds for domestic discontent.”
A reformist Iranian political analyst believes: “Tensions are likely to reoccur due to economic problems created by sanctions, but the only way out of the existing crisis and bridging the gap between the people and the government is to accept that the problem exists and make some reforms from inside the system.”
A Professor of Economics in Tehran believes: “If the government continues to pursue its misguided policies, add to that the economic pressures of the sanctions, and a possibility of new protests erupting in Iran in 2019 still exists.”
A professor of sociology at Tehran University believes: “With increased levels of knowledge in society, Iranians understand the present situation under sanctions and will not protest as a reaction to the economic pressures; but they will show a conditional behavior against the political system.
An Iranian Moderate conservative political theorist believes: “If economic pressures become too unbearable for the low-income social class, a new wave of protests will be possible; however, it will not lead to a regime change but will oust the government.”
A conservative politician and activist in Iran believes: “The IR of Iran has shown that it will air its grievances through legal channels. Therefore, open protest channels will not lead to regime change, even under economic pressures and severe sanctions.”
A Tehran-based professor of economics believes: “The protests of December-January 2017 were the result of the government’s wrong policies over the past three, leading to economic inequality, corruption and a limited job market. The protests are still ongoing in the form of increased emigration, addiction, divorce and frustration.”
One year has passed since the unrests in the cities of Iran in 2017. On 28 December last year, a series of unguided protests began in Mashhad, Iran’s second largest city, and a number of other cities of Khorasan Razavi, northeastern Iran. The protests began as a “No to rising cost of living” on social media, but gradually leaned towards anti-establishment slogans and opposition to Iran’s political system.
Former Middle East Director General of the Iranian Foreign Ministry believes: “Under the circumstances, Iraq is not empowered to mediate between Iran and the US or certain other Arab countries in the region. The Iraqis are simply trying to show all parties they are interested in keeping on friendly terms with all regional countries and the US to prevent the eruption of further crises in their country.”
The Head of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian Parliament has said that many European countries are still weary of joining Instex, adding: “Instex does not meet all our expectations.”
“Smokey Car” is the name given to a train which operated during the Qajar era between Tehran and Shahr-e Rey south of the capital. Recent restoration works by the city council in southern Tehran have now revealed the old railway tracks for the train.
Nowruz celebrations have been staged by Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, India, Pakistan, Iraq, and Turkey at the UN offices in Vienna with the attendance of residing officials and representatives of international organizations, ambassadors, and diplomats.
In answer to the question of what the IR of Iran is planning after US oil exemptions for eight countries expire on 28 April, the Iranian Foreign Minister stated: “We have followed up on all our options to pursue trade in the past few months and will continue to do so in the coming months; currently, our exports still exceed US exemptions for sanctions.”
Heavy rainfall and flash floods have taken Mazandaran Province in northern Iran by surprise. Some cities in the province have been submerged in water and transport is taking place by motorboats and jet skis.
The written history of the starting days of the ancient Iranian civilization, dating back to at least 7000 years ago, reveals the pleasant presence of the Chaharshanbeh Soori ceremony in the public culture of a land which covered much of the ancient world.