Parisa Hafezi

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Khamenei loyalists likely to tighten grip in Iran elections

World / Politics | ANALYSIS Feb 17, 2020

Khamenei loyalists likely to tighten grip in Iran elections

Hard-liners are set to tighten control of Iran this week in a parliamentary election stacked in their favor, as the leadership closes ranks in a deepening confrontation with Washington. Big gains by security hawks would confirm the political demise of the country's pragmatist politicians, weakened ...

Nuclear deal could sharpen political tensions in Iran

World Jul 2, 2015

Nuclear deal could sharpen political tensions in Iran

A final deal to resolve the Iranian nuclear dispute could heighten domestic political tensions with two major elections looming in the Islamic Republic, analysts and officials said. Easing economic sanctions if a deal is reached will bolster President Hassan Rouhani's position within Iran's complex power ...

Behind doors, drinking thrives in Iran

World / Social Issues | FOCUS Mar 27, 2014

Behind doors, drinking thrives in Iran

"Have a shot of tequila first, cheer up!" Shahriyar tells guests gathered at his luxury apartment in Tehran. His girlfriend, Shima, says they party every weekend. "Shahriyar has one rule: Bring your booze! We drink until morning," she said on a Facetime call as lights ...