Iran revolution

Iranian currency dips to historic low amid sanctions, pandemic, foreign policy decisions

Iran has seen the rial’s value fall by almost half this year as the currency now stands at a record low against the US dollar, triggered by ongoing sanctions, coronavirus restrictions and, according to some experts, Iran's foreign policy adventures since the 1979 revolution.

Joe Snell | Economy and trade | Oct 6, 2020
al-monitor An Iranian wearing a protective mask due to the COVID-19 pandemic checks the currency exchange rates in Tehran on June 22, 2020. Photo by ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images.

How Iran’s next parliament will affect foreign policy

Though Iran’s conservatives will rule the upcoming parliament, they might not rule with an iron fist as some expect.

Alireza Noori | Iran-US tensions | Mar 10, 2020

Iran marks revolution anniversary amid multiple challenges

The Islamic Republic marked the 41st anniversary of its founding as well as the 40th day after the US killing of its top general with state-organized rallies reflecting all-time-high anti-American sentiments.

Al-Monitor Staff | Iran revolution | Feb 11, 2020

Iran's top cultural event jeopardized by artist boycotts

Following a series of announced boycotts, including by the Iranian director Massoud Kimiai, this year's Fajr International Film Festival announced the cancellation of its opening ceremony in a gesture of solidarity with the families of the people killed when Iran-fired missiles struck a Ukrainian airliner.

Saeid Jafari | Art and entertainment | Jan 22, 2020

Khamenei delivers Friday sermon after 8-year absence

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivered the Friday sermon for the first time in eight years to address the important events in Iran over the last two weeks.

Al-Monitor Staff | Iran-US tensions | Jan 17, 2020