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.
Si-o-se pol, or the Allahverdi Bridge, is one of Isfahan’s age-old landmarks built over the Zayandeh Roud River. With the river drying, this and other historic bridges in Isfahan are facing serious challenges.
One of the officials in charge of the restoration of Urmia Lake in western Iran has said the surface area of the lake will be 4200-4400 square kilometers based on the world ecological index. He added that the remaining areas of the lake which are not under water will be covered with mulch and shrub plantations in order to contain dust particles.
Nasir al-Molk Mosque is one of the masterpieces of Islamic architecture located in Shiraz, one of the southern cities of Iran. The most remarkable characteristic of the mosque is its stained glass which creates a beautiful rainbow under your feet with the reflection of light on the carpet.
Former Iranian Ambassador to China believes: “A turnover of directors and change of regulations in Iran means that Beijing will not make long-term plans to work with Tehran. It is against this backdrop that large state-owned Chinese companies have left Iran during the sanctions period.”