Golnar Motevalli

Iran Halts Private Lender Permits After Crisis Fueled Protests

Iran’s central bank has ceased issuing permits and licenses for new private banks or commercial lenders, after the collapse of several major institutions froze the savings of hundreds of thousands of depositors and helped fuel anti-government protests.

Iran Protests Accelerate Trump's Weighing of New Sanctions

Deadly protests in Iran have intensified talks within the Trump administration about imposing fresh sanctions against the Islamic Republic, as the U.S. president seized on the crisis to justify his long-standing opposition to a 2015 nuclear agreement.

Rouhani’s New Budget Focuses on Creating Jobs, Fixing Banks

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani submitted a $337 billion draft budget to parliament that earmarks about $100 billion for public service programs that would create jobs, address a banking crisis and introduce a new social security program.

Rouhani Criticized for All-Male List of Cabinet Ministers

Iran’s Hassan Rouhani presented an all-male line-up of cabinet ministers to parliament, drawing criticism from female supporters and fueling speculation he backtracked on a campaign pledge to avoid irking conservatives at a critical juncture in his presidency.

Rouhani Keeps Allies in Key Posts as Tensions With U.S. Grow

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani kept top allies in key posts as he presented his proposed cabinet to parliament, unveiling the team he’ll depend on to pursue an agenda being buffeted by escalating tensions with the U.S. and opposition at home.

Will the U.S. Blow Up the Iran Nuclear Deal?

The Iran nuclear deal, struck in 2015 after countless late nights and serial missed deadlines, has been imperiled since Donald Trump became the U.S. president in January. As a candidate, he promised to scrap or renegotiate the agreement, in which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions related to it. In Trump’s first speech before the United Nations on Tuesday, he called Iran’s government a "murderous regime" and said the world hadn’t "heard the last" wor

Iran Reformists Sweep City Council Elections

Reformists are set to control city councils in Iran’s major cities, initial election results show, ending longstanding conservative dominance of local politics just days after moderate President Hassan Rouhani sailed to a second term.

Iran's Rouhani Is on Course for Landslide Election Win

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was on course for a landslide victory giving him a second term in office, a result that would deal a blow to hardliners seeking to derail his policies of a greater engagement with the world.

Rouhani Fires Away at Leading Rival a Week Before Iran Election

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani launched a stinging attack on his main conservative rival in next week’s election, accusing him of unethical management of the nation’s holiest religious site and failing to grasp what’s needed to rebuild the economy.

Iran State TV Cuts House-Arrest References From Rouhani Film

Iran’s state broadcaster removed audio from President Hassan Rouhani’s first election campaign film, apparently to prevent viewers from hearing references to a former prime minister currently under house arrest, the semi-official Iranian Labour News Agency reported.

What We Learned From Iran's Presidential Debate: QuickTake Q&A

Iran’s May 19 election is seen as a referendum on the policies of President Hassan Rouhani, the moderate cleric who championed integrating Iran with the global economy and accepted limits on his nation’s nuclear work in exchange for relief from sanctions. He entered his re-election campaign facing criticism from conservatives and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei over his economic policies. The economy was a main theme of the first of three televised debates among Rouhani and his five challe

Rouhani Attacked Over Economy During Rancorous Election Debate

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani clashed over the economy with a leading conservative rival during the first of three televised election debates on Friday, the most heated public exchanges yet of a campaign that will deliver a verdict on four years of engagement with the West.

What to Watch in Trump’s Escalating Confrontation With Iran

An immigration ban, missile launches, new sanctions, hostile rhetoric -- in the space of just over a week relations between the U.S. and Iran have reverted to the diplomatic and military threats of the not-so-distant past. The 2015 nuclear deal that removed most sanctions on the Islamic Republic and cracked open a largely untapped market of 80 million people to investors hasn’t been sunk -- but it’s facing headwinds. Here are four key issues to watch.