Iran’s mullahs have frustrated every U.S. president since Jimmy Carter. To undermine the Islamic government, America has tried isolation, support for the regime’s opponents and incursions into Iran. But our weapon of choice has been economic sanctions. Until recently, however, our own economic measures—and even the UN’s—have had a limited impact on Iran’s export earnings and import needs. American pressure had little impact because the sanctions were blunt and economic conditions in Iran were not ripe for change.
But in the past year, Iran’s economy has faltered and America has retooled its sanctions package, making it much more damaging to Tehran. Could more thoughtful and effective sanctions coupled with Iran’s rapidly deteriorating economic outlook be the tsunami that softens Iran for negotiations or even topples the Islamic Republic?
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Obama's options on Iran : By Hossein Askari December 13, 2008
Ahmadinejad's policies and lower oil prices have driven Iran into an economic tailspin, making it vulnerable to sanctions and easing pressure on the U.S.
Abevy of foreign policy experts are pressing Barack Obama to move quickly on his promise to "engage in aggressive personal diplomacy" with Iran.He'd be better off first taking a long, deep breath and allowing Iran's economic crisis to take its toll on the mullahs before getting down to serious business.
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Spendthrift leadership leaves Iran vulnerable as oil prices plunge - PATRICK MARTIN - From Saturday's Globe and Mail
December 12, 2008 — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad must have missed the lesson of Joseph in Egypt, as set down in the Koran. The story of the young man who interprets Pharaoh's dreams and advises him to store grain during the years of plenty appears to be lost on Mr. Ahmadinejad. During the recent years of plenty in oil prices, his Iranian administration certainly didn't put away much of the revenue it received. Numbers from the International Monetary Fund show that Mr. Ahmadinejad has presided over a spendthrift regime, where increased expenditures have outpaced increases in revenue. The President has dipped repeatedly into the country's rainy-day oil stabilization fund in order to subsidize life for many of his poor constituents, rather than save it for the lean years. Now Iran is paying the price. Of the Middle East's oil producers, Iran, OPEC's second-largest producer, is the hardest hit of all. With daily production of about 2.5 million barrels, Iran loses about $1-billion a year for every dollar drop in the price of oil.
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آنهايی که صدها میلیون دلار از ایران خارج می کنند، افغانها نیستند بلکه تروریستهای لبنانی و فلسطینی و سوری و گانگسترهای آمریکای لاتین هستند
گزارش دریافتی: وقتي از كارگران افغاني ماه نو ميشود. نشريه داخل سرزميني فردا نيوز كه متعلق به باندهاي قدرتمندي در جمهوري اسلامي ايران است در گزارشي تحليل گو نه به مسائلي در مورد كارگران افغاني به شرح آمده در لينك زير ميپردازد٠