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Iran: Khamenei Controls at Least $95 Billion in Assets

By INU Staff

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.

Iranian MP Unleashes Corruption Accusations

By INU Staff

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.

Iran Threat Undermined by EU, Russia and China

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.

Iranian Push Questionable Narrative About Economic Prospects

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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