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Iran regime change advocates haven't learned from coup

Iran regime change advocates haven't learned from coup

Paul Pillar, nonresident senior fellow with the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, writes in the Atlantic Council that he Trump administration’s policy toward Iran aims for regime change. Possibly US President Donald Trump dreams of reaching some bold deal with the current leadership of Iran, but he has not laid out any feasible route to one. The administration’s dominant hope instead seems to be that stepped-up economic pressure will somehow lead disaffected Iranians to rise up against their rulers. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s most recent speech on Iran was essentially a call to do just that. 

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Quercus pulls plug on Iran's solar plant

Quercus pulls plug on Iran's solar plant

Reuters reports that British renewable energy investor Quercus said it will stop building a 500 million euro (445.8 million pounds) solar power project in Iran due to recently imposed U.S. sanctions on Tehran.

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US demands UK backing for Iran sanctions

US demands UK backing for Iran sanctions

The Sunday Morning Herald reports that the United States is calling on Britain to side with President Donald Trump rather than the European Union over Iran as tensions escalate over the US's reimposition of stringent sanctions on the theocracy.

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Trump's policy towards Iran evokes past failures

Trump's policy towards Iran evokes past failures

Sina Toossi writes in the National Inerest that on May Day 1946, the British consul in the southwestern Iranian city of Khorramshahr noted a troubling development. An Iranian woman had taken to a local podium and proclaimed that the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (AIOC) was exploiting the "jewel of Iran" and spending more on dog food than salaries for its Iranian workers. She demanded equal pay for equal work and the nationalization of Iran's oil industry.

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Reviewing Steve Hanke's claim about Iran's inflation rate

Reviewing Steve Hanke's claim about Iran's inflation rate

Steve Hanke, an economics professor in Johns Hopkins University, believes that the annual inflation rate in Iran is currently at 151 percent. Meanwhile, the Statistical Center of Iran announced the inflation rate at 8.7% for the 12-month period until July, and the Central Bank of Iran reported the inflation rate to be at 10.2% for the same period. There is a great difference between the inflation rate announced by the Iranian authorities and that of Hanke's.

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Trade war give China reason to buy Iranian oil

Trade war give China reason to buy Iranian oil

Matt Lavietes writes in CNBC that since President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal in May, Iran has been pleading with other nations to keep its oil-dependent economy alive.

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Pre-planned tweet strategy for US sanctions against Iran

Pre-planned tweet strategy for US sanctions against Iran

NBC News writest that it would be easy to write off President Donald Trump’s bellicose tweet threatening Iran Monday morning as a bit of “wag the dog,” a diversionary tactic to blunt criticism of his fawning treatment of Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, or from the news that his lawyer may possess embarrassing tapes with his voice.  

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