• ‘Coronization’ and Powerlessness
    One issue that is of serious concern to informed minds is if the corona virus hangs around for another six to eight months what will become of state and government institutions all over the world...
  • Iran’s Auto Sector: Moment of Truth
    Truth be told, most big companies, banks, state and government organizations are prone to corruption, mismanagement, larceny, fraud and waste.  But a time comes when some no-nonsense folks start...
  • Opinion: Tax and Transparence
    Departure tax is a permanent fixture in many parts of the world for people travelling abroad. In some countries, both citizens and foreigners have to pay before moving out by air, sea or land....
  • Analysis: Agenda Lost to Propaganda
    Sincere stakeholders, in the anti-FATF camp in Tehran, say now is not the time to embrace the Financial Action Task Force rules. Their argument is premised on the reality that the country is...
  • The Bottom Line
    Policies, prospects, priorities and perceptions so imperfectly explained in the 2020-21 fiscal budget President Hassan Rouhani presented on Sunday are yet another reminder of the truth that the...
  • Iran: Gasoline and Shock Therapy
    Friend and foe have been trying hard to figure out what happened and why in the eight days after the government decided to cut fuel subsidies, sending gasoline prices to levels unseen in Iran ever...
  • Awaiting Metamorphosis
    Awaiting Metamorphosis
    Transparency in the bloated banks and their balance sheets, fiscal discipline and replacing...
  • Rarefied Chambers
    Rarefied Chambers
    One thing is all but certain. The status quo of banks, with their...
  • Unfinished Business
    Unfinished Business
    Our country has reached a time in its contemporary history when the...
  • A Watershed Vote
    A Watershed Vote
    June 23, 2016 will go down in the history of the United Kingdom as the day when decades of deep distortions, divisions and differences in and among its people were laid barefor the world to see. For...
  • Crossing the Rubicon
    Crossing the Rubicon
    As we navigate the post-sanctions landscape the one sticky word that will keep...
  • Confounding Numbers
    Confounding Numbers
    Let’s call a spade a spade and move on – this time by taking a closer look at some critical...
  • New Narrative
    New Narrative
    Over the past eight weeks a stop in Tehran has become de rigueur for international business...
  • Economic Imperative
    Economic Imperative
    What should and should not be read into last week’s ‘historic deal’ between Iran and...
  • Same No More
    Same No More
    Even before the panic and pandemonium was crafted over the "concerns" of Persian Gulf ...
  • Take a Reality Check
    Take a Reality Check
    Robust diplomacy and profound technical skill will be put to a test of epic proportions in the coming ten weeks as Iran and the so-called P5+1 meet to work out the minute details of the Joint...
  • Lacking Gumption
    Lacking Gumption
    On Tuesday the US Congress had a guest. The prime minster of the occupying power...
  • Netanyahu’s Nuisance Value
    Netanyahu’s Nuisance Value
    Despair, disarray and dismay are but a few polite terms one can borrow...
  • Colossally Unprepared
    Colossally Unprepared
    This weekend was a bit different for economic Iran and the obstreperous free-marketeers long...
  • Going, Not Gone
    Going, Not Gone
    Thirteen years and a disastrous war later, the US-led North Atlantic Treaty...
  • Rude Awakening
    Rude Awakening
    Those relying on oil revenues are in for a rude awakening since summer. The international price of...
  • And Now Graft
    And Now Graft
    In countries where rule of law is king, the elite are the most responsible for their actions or the lack of it. Translation: authority and responsibility go together and nobody is above the law.
  • Atmospherics and Theatrics
    Atmospherics and Theatrics
    Last autumn it was inconceivable for some of the most optimistic international ...
  • Adjusting Economic Contours
    Adjusting Economic Contours
    Leaving politics, for now, to political scientists, it is in the interest of rulers and the ruled to look closely at what is...
  • Financial Tribune  And Economic Maturity
    Financial Tribune  And Economic Maturity
    The need for a professional and privately-owned English language newspaper in Iran was conspicuous by its absence. It became all the more apparent over the past year when the economic world and Iran...

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