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Iran News Round Up (Oct. 19)

Economy

  • Central Bank Director Mahmoud Bahmani, commenting on the decline in oil prices, says one can’t “rule out $54 billion decline in exports” and urged stimulation of non-oil exports. More here. (E) And in English.
  • Introduction of the Value Added Tax suspended by presidential decree.
  • E’temad-e Melli’s panel of economists attacks Ahmadinejad’s economic policies, here and here.
  • Members of the Parliament’s Economics and Finance Committee warn that the budget deficit of the Ahmadinejad government is much greater than announced.
  • Shahab News accuses the Ahmadinejad government of having mismanaged oil revenue.
  • Housing prices rise in Sistan va Balouchestan province.
  • Resalat reports that the Islamic Republic is now self-sufficient in production of land based oil platforms.
  • Moe’talefeh’s Asgar-Owladi proposes a common theoretical approach to the issue of development in Iran. More here.
  • Ahmadinejad to inaugurate the 6th, 7th and 8th phases of South Pars Gas Field.

Politics

Military and Security

Diplomacy

Religion, Culture, and Society

  • Resalat runs a major article on millenarianism and those who claim to be the Mahdi’s intermediary.

Trade

  • Oil Minister Nowzari claims that in next 30 years, Iran will be the major natural gas exporter to Europe.
  • Communication and Information Technology minister Mohammad Soleymani visits Belarus.

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