LONG READ: How Iran’s “Shadow Commander” Qasem Soleimani left home at 13 and took a stranglehold on the Middle East

bne IntelliNews November 8, 2019

217-page think tank report looks at why US and allies are on back foot in so many of region’s conflict zones.

40TH ANNIVERSARY OF IRAN HOSTAGE CRISIS: Present-day US “wilder, ruder” says Ayatollah Khamenei

bne IntelliNews November 3, 2019

Mickey Mouse with a smoking gun among murals unveiled on compound walls of former American embassy in Tehran.

Trump sanctions ‘hit Iran’s supplies of cancer drugs’

bne IntelliNews October 30, 2019

As reported by bne IntelliNews a year ago, Tehran’s MAHAK Pediatric Cancer Treatment & Research Center cannot entirely escape the impact of measures despite so-called US exemptions for humanitarian goods.

IIF: IMF meetings, not as bad as you think

Elina Ribakova Deputy Chief Economist of the Institute of International Finance et al October 27, 2019

Investors and policymakers finished the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank annual general meetings in October on a more positive note than expected.

Albanian police ‘foiled planned attacks by Iranian agents on exiled opposition group MeK’

bne IntelliNews October 23, 2019

Mujahideen-e-Khalq enjoys support of Trump administration figures including US president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Iranians typically see it as a Marxist-Islamic cult.

Turkey’s Halkbank now seen as “fugitive” by New York prosecutors

bne IntelliNews October 23, 2019

State bank fails to send lawyer to initial court hearing on conspiracy to evade Iran sanctions.

Former jailed Halkbank deputy GM appointed boss of Istanbul stock exchange

bne IntelliNews October 21, 2019

Move will be taken as underlining Turkey’s angry rejection of US indictment of public lender on Iran sanctions-busting charges.

Erdogan officials bring in more irregular measures to defend Turkish markets after US presses Iran sanctions-busting Halkbank charges

Will Conroy in Prague October 16, 2019

From out of nowhere oil revenues laundering case is back to haunt Turkey’s strongman. Officials act to stop shorting of lira and banking shares.

CONFERENCE CALL: Decline of the West and rise of the rest

Ben Aris in Rhodes October 14, 2019

It was 30 years ago that the Berlin Wall came down, ushering in hopes of a united, peaceful and prosperous world. Today the world is unpredictable and moving towards a new division between East and West. How did we get here?