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TEHRAN BLOG: Controversy over Iran's two-day ‘Dubai’ weekend adoption

May 16, 2024

Iran’s parliament has approved a proposal to implement a two-day weekend for government employees, marking a significant shift in the country's working week structure after years of debate and opposition.

TEHRAN BLOG: Persian New Year set to bring more gloom for Iranians

March 18, 2024

Iranians will celebrate the start of the Persian New Year Nowruz on March 20. Next year looks to be another year of economic difficulty, as the rial continues to depreciate.

TEHRAN BLOG: Record low turnout expected in Iranian parliamentary elections

February 29, 2024

The ‘principlists,’ or conservatives, have fielded three separate lists, while the ‘moderate and reformist’ factions have united under a single banner.

TEHRAN BLOG: Did Iran help Hamas invade Israel?

October 10, 2023

The narrative that Iranian security officials choreographed the Hamas attack relies heavily on the assumption of a level of operational sophistication and control over disparate militant groups that Iran is unlikely to possess.

Will the Iran-US prisoner swap lead to better relations?

September 19, 2023

A rare deal came through between Iran and the US on September 18 that could potentially pave the way for further de-escalation in the historically tense bilateral ties.