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Entries in Mohammad Reza Raouf Sheibani (3)


The Latest from Iran (15 March): OK, Folks, Show's Over....

See also Iran Analysis: Who Won Ahmadinejad's Non-Interrogation? The Supreme Leader.
Iran Feature: What a Joke(r) --- Replaying Ahmadinejad's Defiance in Parliament
The Latest from Iran (14 March): Questioning Ahmadinejad

1545 GMT: Sanctions Watch. Obama Administration officials are putting out the line that sanctions may be imposed on India for failure o reduce its purchases of Iranian oil.

The officials said a decision to levy penalties could come as early as 28 June.

In response to the pressure, Indian officials said Delhi has not significantly cut imports because refiners’ annual crude term deals with Iran typically run from April to March. The planned reductions will start when new annual contracts begin next month.

Curiously, Bloomberg reports that "the U.S. government may not be aware that India’s biggest buyer of Iranian oil, state-owned Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd. (MRPL), plans to import less from Iran starting next month, according to two officials with direct knowledge of the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak".

MRPL's plans are far from private --- EA reported on them earlier this month.

India bought an average of 328,000 barrels a day of Iranian crude in the first six months of last year, making it the third-largest customer, behind China and Japan.

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Syria (and Beyond) Live Coverage: Intervention?

2109 GMT: Another important video, reportedly taken in Aleppo today. This comes via NPR's Ahmed al Omran:

2101 GMT: A Syrian activist sends us this video, reportedly showing a night protest in the Abu Rammaneh district of Damascus, one of the wealthiest areas of the capital city.

2050 GMT: An EA source Tweets that there has been a shooting in Raqqa, and 2-5 have been killed in the incident:

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The Latest from Iran (22 December): Tangoing Towards the Elections

Nikahang Kowsar on Ahmadinejad and the "dollar snake" of the currency crisis

See also Iran Analysis: The Supreme Leader is Looking for A Few Good Reformists
Iran Snap Analysis: The Currency Falls --- What Does It Mean?
The Latest from Iran (21 December): It's The Economy, Mahmoud

1831 GMT: Ahmadinejad Watch. The President might have declared this week that the Iranian economy is one of prosperity and growth, which all countries wish to emulate, but that does not mean that he is not on the lookout for some sacrifices. In a speech in east Tehran, he asked wealthy citizens to renounce their support payments for subsidy cuts. Meanwhile, he promised that the Government would ensure each family had a car.

Ahmadinejad did not say whether his request for deferred support payments is connected to reports that the Government is running a large deficit in the subsidy cuts programme.

1822 GMT: CyberWatch. IUS News, a website of hard-line Iranian students, reportedly knocked off-line earlier today, is unavailable.

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