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Iran: Bleak prospect for university Graduates

Ten months since taking office, president Rouhani is under enormous scrutiny for failing to address the burgeoning education problem has plagued the country. Rouhani campaigned on promises of education reforms & increased employment, but he has infuriated the already struggling student population through his apparent failure to act on these issues.

Iran’s Barter with Russia

On Monday, US Rep. Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee expressed concern over reports that Iran is engaging in sanctions-defying barter-based trade with Russia. Royce sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging the State Department to make a “compelling response” to any such sanctions evasions. 

Under a secretive Iranian-Russian trade agreement, Russia might deliver ordinary export goods, nuclear components, or missile systems. In exchange, Iran could export approximately half a million barrels per day of oil to Russia alone. Even without these added figures, Iran has been consistently exceeding oil export limits set by the Joint Plan of Action agreed upon by all parties to the ongoing nuclear negotiations. A sanctions-busting conspiracy would be an additional violation of Iran’s obligations under the agreement.

Ayatollahs’ Insistence on Large Families Shows Contempt for Citizens

As a nation with an abysmal human rights record, an unparalleled per capita execution rate, and a consistently aggressive stance towards the West even when negotiating with it, there have not been a lot of Iranian policies that have been well regarded by the world community. One rare example, though, was the birth control policy that Iran implemented in the aftermath of the Iran-Iraq War. Until about two years ago, Iranian men who wanted them were provided with free vasectomies as a means of family planning.

Iran News Digest - May 15, 2014

Latest Nuclear Commentary: The latest round of nuclear negotiations are well under way in Vienna.The Tower on Thursday expressed concern that a final nuclear deal is likely to leave Iran with enough nuclear capabilities to keep a nuclear bomb within their reach, even if with a somewhat diminished breakout time. This, of course, is in opposition to the strident criticisms coming from both houses of the United States Congress, but there are indications that the White House has considered the possibility of unilaterally executing sanctions relief, without congressional approval.

Iran News Digest- May 13, 2014

Top Story: Saudi Invitation: It was widely reported in the media that Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal issued what CBS News has called an “historic invitation” to Iran on Tuesday, asking for Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to visit. Some outlets, including the Washington Post have read this as a “thaw” in relations between the rival countries, but such a description seems to depend upon the motives behind the invitation.

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