• Iran: Should the Greens Be Waiting for Economic Collapse?

    One often hears proclamations, or perhaps hopes, that the success of the Green Movement is linked to the decline of the Iranian economy.  The logic is that an economic collapse would bring informal workers, bazaar merchants, wealthy businessmen, once comfortable pensioner widows, perhaps even Afghan migrants, all into the streets along with the current membership […]

  • The Great Tehran Expo Privatization Scandal You’ve Never Heard Of

    Most Iranian politicians, no matter what faction they belong to, place an inordinate amount of faith in the concept of privatization.  Whatever woes the Iranian economy may suffer from, privatization seems to be the solution.  All four candidates in the June election spoke about the need for privatization of state-owned enterprises, with little difference in […]