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INU - Since the Iranian regime presented the budget to parliament in December, there has been an outcry on social media and in the streets against the additional money earmarked for military and religious purposes. In fact, it is believed that the government cutting subsidies for fuel and schools, while directing billions of dollars to the Revolutionary Guard, and religious foundations, sparked the thousands who protested in Iran recently.

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INU - While US President Trump made it clear that the U.S. stands with Iranian protesters, he could further aid their cause by making public the full extent of the national wealth that has been transferred from them to their government, such as the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, who are believed to control up to 40% of Iran's economy. The Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act, passed by the House of Representatives in December, would do just that.

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INU - Following a statement by Tehran MP Mahmoud Sadeghi, saying that parliamentarians won as a result of the Guardian Council and “not the votes of the people,” arguments arose in the Iranian parliament.

All candidates for the presidential election must be approved by the Guardian Council, who can disqualify candidates. “By disqualifying merited candidates, the Guardian Council has not allowed figures brave enough to fight corruption to have a seat in the parliament,” he said, adding, that the parliament was “the essence of the Guardian Council’s virtues” and not that of the nation.

By INU Staff

INU - There has been a lot of focus in the media on the Reza Zarrab trial. Zarrab is an Iranian-Turkish gold trader who pleaded guilty to being involved in a plot that allowed Iran to bypass US sanctions on Iran. There has been a lot of attention paid to potential links to the Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan, but relatively little attention has been paid to the Iranian network that he belonged to.

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INU - On Thursday, CNBC reported upon the latest remarks made by Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh about the persistence of certain US sanctions. Speaking at an OPEC conference in Vienna, Zanganeh asserted that American companies stood to be negatively affected by those sanctions, which have expanded since the start of the Trump presidency in the US.

By INU Staff

INU - This week, there was a seemingly unusual outpouring of stories in Iranian state-affiliated news sources which claimed that Iran was looking forward highly positive economic prospects. But long term coverage of Iranian financial news in the global media has tended to present a far more uncertain picture. In fact, the reports now coming directly out of Tehran may be specifically intended to compensate for more objective assessments at a time when the Islamic Republic is fairly desperate to attract foreign investment.

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