Iran News Round Up

The Iran News Round Up ran from February 2009-September 2018. Visit the Iran File for the latest analysis.


A selection of the latest news stories and editorials published in Iranian news outlets, compiled by Ali Alfoneh, Ahmad Majidyar and Michael Rubin.  To subscribe to this daily newsletter, e-mail [email protected].  

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  • Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez visits Tehran.
  • Mardomsalari editorializes: "Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has hitherto had three visits to Caracas and Chavez will be Ahmadinejad's guest for the ninth time. Tehran/Caracas relations are marked by exorbitant investments of the Iranians. Establishing tractor factories, housing projects, Iran Khodro's production line, expansion of cooperation in the field of agriculture, mines and oil count among some of the most important projects. The fate of the joint Iran and Venezuela bank is unknown and it is not clear what Iran reaps from its investments. But it is important that Venezuela is not a reliable and effective partner in the field of international diplomacy. It may be a beneficial regional ally for Iran, but the benefits and results don't balance the costs Iran pays... If we are to receive the S-300 [air defense system] through the Venezuelan channel, we should not pay exorbitant sums to Caracas as a middleman." 

Military and Security

  • The Ahmadinejad government is expected to transfer cash handouts to the bank accounts of millions of applicants in Razavi, Northern and Southern Khorasan provinces today. Each applicant is granted $81. The total number of applicants all over Iran is around 60 million.
  • Adel Azar, Iran Statistical Center director, says an average urban Iranian family's monthly income is $780 while its monthly expenses are above $826.


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