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Hardliners target Iran’s president as U.S. pressure grows – Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) – Growing U.S. pressure on Iran has weakened pragmatic President Hassan Rouhani and made his hardline rivals more assertive at home and abroad, recent developments show. FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during the ceremony of the National Army Day parade in Tehran, Iran April …

Iran president fails to appease lawmakers in economic crisis

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a session of the parliament while answering questions of lawmakers, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani failed to convince parliament on Tuesday that his plans will pull the country out of an economic nosedive worsened …

In Iran, Environmentalists Are Now Seen as Spies – The New York Times

TEHRAN — The increasingly bitter feud between Iran’s president and hard-line commanders and clerics exploded into the open over the weekend with the arrest of a top environmental official and the prison death of a prominent Iranian-Canadian environmental activist who was arrested last month. The official, Kaveh Madani, the deputy head of …

A long-simmering factor in Iran protests: climate change – LA Times

An overlooked factor in Iran protests: Many Iranians believe the government’s water and environmental policies are exacerbating the impact of warming temperatures. In the mountains of western Iran, the province of Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari is known for mile-high lagoons, flowing rivers and wetlands that attract thousands of species of migratory birds. But …

Rouhani Wins Re-election in Iran by a Wide Margin – The New York Times

TEHRAN — Riding a large turnout from Iran’s urban middle classes, President Hassan Rouhani won re-election in a landslide on Saturday, giving him a mandate to continue his quest to expand personal freedoms and open Iran’s ailing economy to global investors. Perhaps as important, analysts say, the resounding victory should …

All eyes on turnout as Iran election looms closer

In this Wednesday, May 10, 2017 photo, a supporter of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hands out his posters for May 19 presidential election in downtown Tehran, Iran. Who wins Iran’s upcoming presidential election likely will turn on turnout. Historically, the more Iranians who cast ballots, the greater the chance a …

Photographs of homeless ‘grave dwellers’ shock Iranians | Reuters

Widely distributed images of dozens of homeless Iranians, many of them drug addicts, taking shelter in empty graves outside Tehran in freezing temperatures have prompted a public outcry and criticism from President Hassan Rouhani. The photographs, first published this week by the newspaper Shahrvand – meaning Citizen in Persian – …

Revolutionary Guard faces new foe in Iran’s opening economy

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s Revolutionary Guard faces a new enemy: the gradual opening of the country’s economy after the nuclear deal with world powers. Though better known for its hard-line fervor as an elite force created to defend Iran’s cleric-led system, the Guard holds vast business interests …