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Bank Markazi (Central Bank of Iran) governor Tahmasb Mazaheri has been replaced, at least on a temporary basis, by the bank's general secretary Mahmoud Bahmani, who is generally regarded as more malleable. Mazaheri had been increasingly isolated in his resistance to the president's high-spending populism since the departure, earlier this year, of Economics Minister Davoud Danesh Jaafari.

Iran
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The greatest danger to the current Islamic Republican state comes not from foreign military action but from the possibility of a 'velvet revolution' internal wave of protest, believes Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (Pasdaran) commander Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Jafari. That is why Jafari has overhauled security structures, to complete the absorbtion of the Basij militias

Iran
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With Ahmadinejad finding a second wind as Khamenei endorses nationalist populism, his conservative pragmatist rivals who now dominate the Majlis risk being outmanoeuvred as president and supreme leader unite in defying international opinion over the nuclear issue and continuing a high-spending domestic policy recipe that has fuelled surging inflation.

Iran
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Iran exports gas to Armenia; Oman faces up to energy shortages; Saudi Arabia becomes US’ second largest oil supplier

Iran | Saudi Arabia | Oman
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Iran's use of financial institutions in the GCC and Europe to bypass sanctions remains at the centre of concern for the US Treasury's counter-terrorist financing unit.

Iran
Issue 838 - 11 October 2008

International initiatives

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Iran is being reviewed by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global, inter-governmental body that develops counter-terrorist financing (CTF) and anti-money laundering (AML) policies, as a result of what it says is Iran's failure to comply with international standards of AML/CTF.

Iran
Issue 837 - 27 September 2008

Iranian gas plans

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Sharjah deal ‘not in Iran’s interest’; Oman deal could be reached by year-end; Iran ‘plans $4bn gas pipeline to Europe’

Iran | Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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For the UAE’s troubled energy consumers access to gas from Iran is a tiresome and not very successful process – as the experience of Sharjah’s Dana Gas deal seems to show. Imports from Iran to Sharjah have been delayed for over a year and a half, as both sides are yet to agree on a gas price, and Iran has yet to complete building the facilities to pump gas to the UAE. Internal Iranian politics provide a further obstacle as various factions in the Islamic Republic argue about the need to channel gas into the domestic market, rather than meeting export needs.

Iran | Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 450 - 30 November 1992

Peninsula Shield and Abu Musa

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Defence ministers of the GCC states, meeting in Kuwait, endorsed an earlier proposal by Oman that the Peninsula Shield joint defence force be increased tenfold to 100,000 men. Currently the Peninsula Shield force, based at Hafr Al-Batin in north-eastern Saudi Arabia, has a strength of about 10,000 men.

Iran | Saudi Arabia | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Iraq’s financial situation is far from satisfactory. The Gulf states and Saudi Arabia have provided the country with something like $30bn but there are some signs of a growing reluctance to lend any more.

Iran | Iraq