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Issue 918 - 23 February 2012

Number of candidates falls

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Just 5,395 candidates registered for the 2 March poll, 33% less than in 2008. There are around 500 female candidates, in line with previous ballots.

Iran
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A British consultant has been studying Iranian bank data and concludes that the 20 state and privately owned banks are rather less solvent than their profits and asset reporting might suggest

Iran
Issue 917 - 09 February 2012

Qatar urges dialogue with Iran

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Ever-prominent in regional diplomacy, Qatar has also encouraged dialogue with Tehran. State minister for foreign affairs Khalid Bin Mohammed Al Attiyah told the Munich Security Conference on 5 February that tightening sanctions would aggravate the situation.

Iran | Qatar
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Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said gave a rare interview to the western media in late January, choosing Fox News to put forward his message that Iran is far from seeking war with Washington. Qaboos has given occasional interviews to Kuwaiti media in the past decade but, according to Fox News, his four-hour discussion with journalist Judith Miller was the first in-depth interview with a US reporter since 1997.

Iran | Oman
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Amid all the talk of war on Iran, it is worth noting that Israeli deputy foreign minister Daniel Ayalon took the time last week to distance his country from any notion of imminent conflict.

Israel | Iran
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The 11 January assassination of nuclear procurement expert Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan is the latest string of killings targeting scientists involved in Iran’s nuclear sector

Iran
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Amid all the talk of war on Iran, it is worth noting that Israeli deputy foreign minister Daniel Ayalon took the time last week to distance his country from any notion of imminent conflict.

Iran
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President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad garnered moral backing during his mid-January voyage around five of Latin America’s ‘anti-imperialist’ states, but he seems to have come away with little material support to counter Iran’s growing crisis of international isolation – underlined on 23 January, when European Union foreign ministers agreed on the much-anticipated embargo on Iranian oil imports (effective from 1 July).

Iran
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The Obama administration is cultivating defence ties with GCC states, continuing major arms sales initiated under George W Bush and stepping up military exercises in the region

Iran | Saudi Arabia
Issue 915 - 12 January 2012

Contingency plans over Strait of Hormuz

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Whether or not Tehran is bluffing, its threat to close the Strait of Hormuz has gained enough amplitude for western powers to prepare contingency plans, according to industry sources

Iran
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Confronted with another ratcheting up of international and regional pressure, Tehran has a number of proxy conflicts in which it can make life uncomfortable for its enemies – and President Ahmadinejad and his allies seem determined to flex their muscles over neighbouring Iraq as the US prepares for its end-year military withdrawal

Iran
Issue 914 - 09 December 2011

The blame game – Iran as usual

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Saudi Arabia frequently blames Iran for unrest in Shia populations in the region.

Iran
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Western powers have added more sanctions to a raft of measures intended to pressure Iran into modifying its nuclear ambitions, but a pocket of finance is still available for businesses seeking to trade with the Islamic Republic.

Iran
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In the wake of the revelation of a plot to kill Saudi ambassador to Washington Adel Al-Jubeir, blamed on the Iranian Quds Force, there has been a marked escalation of rhetoric against Tehran, which reached fever-pitch ahead of the release of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s report on 8 November.

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UN watchdog the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has provided evidence of Iran’s secret building of nuclear weapons technology. Its report, published on 8 November, suggests Iran is seeking to develop atomic weapons, defying Tehran’s claims that the country is using its nuclear programme for civilian purposes.

Iran