Iran’s central bank can help cut the country’s 40 percent inflation rate in half by bringing greater discipline to money markets and ending funding for some housing and other projects, a top bank official said.
Fidel Castro shares at least one belief with the majority of Americans: He is convinced that the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was not the work of a lone gunman, but rather the culmination of a broad conspiracy.
This weekend will mark the 1,000th day since Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karrubi, the two reformist candidates who fought former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s fraud-ridden re-election in 2009, were placed under house arrest. Their detention should end immediately.
Iran will lead a club of the world’s biggest natural gas exporters as its own shipments abroad are hampered by U.S. and European Union sanctions that force the country to burn off billions of dollars worth of the fuel.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s government hasn’t delivered on the image of tolerance it’s created online by allowing postings on Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc.’s social-media sites, according to Shirin Ebadi, an exiled activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
Ali Aalaei, an editor at Iran’s Etemaad daily, recalls how he tried to publish a story about a dissident arrested in 2009 only to have it pulled from the paper by editors who didn’t want to alienate the censors. Last month, “we put him on our cover.”