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The Iranian Regime is in a fragile state following the death of former Iranian President Rafsanjani and the recent change in political ideology in the United States, according to an expert in middle eastern affairs.

Eric Schewe wrote on JStor Daily, that these “posed significant challenges to the 39-year old state”.

The end of the term of Hassan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, is coming to an end. As is Barack Obama’s eight year tenure. Many thought that by this stage the relations between Iran and the US would be civilised, peaceful and trusting. However this is not the case. 

In his article in The Hill, DR. Majid Sadeghpour, the political director of the Organization of Iranian American Communities in the U.S. (OIACUS), on January 17, he writes about the Congressional confirmation hearings that took place last week for nominees to the Trump cabinet. A clear image of the incoming administration’s policies is beginning to take shape, as these and other nominees are vetted and confirmed.

On Wednesday, Voice of America News published an article detailing some of the protests that were seen in Iran on the occasion of the state-organized funeral of former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Various slogans were heard to be shouted as part of those protests, and Iranian state media muted the television broadcast of the funeral as a result. These included calls for the release of political prisoners including the Green Movement leader Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. But the funeral also served as an outlet for critical sentiments about the Iranian regime’s relationship with Russia and the associated interventions in the Syrian Civil War.

By INU Staff

INU - On Tuesday, Arkansas Online reported that a new close encounter had occurred between the US Navy and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp. As the American destroyer the USS Mahan was passing through the Strait of Hormuz, it was reportedly approached at a high rate of speed by four patrol boats belonging to the hardline Iranian paramilitary.

By INU Staff 

INU - Military spending in Iran has skyrocketed during the presidency of Hassan Rouhani, the so-called moderate President of the Islamic Republic. Economic analysts say that the 2017/18 budget bill that is presently being reviewed by Iranian parliament is a military-security budget.

Iran’s annual budget is separated in two. The larger part is to do with government organisations, banks and public companies. Revenues and outgoings are only spent in this section. The other part of the budget – the public budget – determines policies. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) report that 371 thousand billion tomans (or 92 billion and 750million dollars) will be spent here. Some of this will be spent on security-repressive and terrorist organisations.

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