The Miami Herald, 3 Feb 2012 - Latin America rarely comes up as a major issue in U.S. presidential races, but this time it will: there are growing signs that Iran’s rising presence in the region will become a contentious election topic.
By Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA)
House Foreign Affairs Committee - In June 2009, hundreds of thousands of Iranians took to the streets to protest the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which opposition candidates and their supporters claimed was fraudulently won. It was the first time since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 that such large-scale protests took place, and the world watched closely as the beginnings of a democratic uprising in Iran appeared to take hold.
By Associated Press
The Washington Post, Tehran, 21 Jan 2012 - Iran’s national currency fell by 11 percent Saturday amid the government’s refusal to sign off on a move to raise bank interest rates, state news agencies reported.
AFP, Istanbul, 24 Jan 2012 -Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Iraqi authorities on Tuesday that Turkey will not remain silent if they start a sectarian conflict in neighbouring Iraq.
ICFTO- Al Sharqiya TV reported Iraqi MP Mahmoud Othman, a senior leader of the Iraqi Kurdistan Coalition said he is astonished of Maliki’s silence towards Quds Force commander Ghassem Suleimani’s remarks
AFP, Tehran, 23 Jan 2012 - The Iranian currency, the rial, tumbled Monday in blackmarket trading to a new record low against the dollar, news agencies said, as the EU moved to impose an oil embargo and fresh sanctions on Tehran.
Reuters, Vienna, 5 Jan 2012 - Iran appears to be testing atomic fuel intended for a planned reactor which could one day yield nuclear bomb material, a former senior United Nations nuclear official said on Thursday.
The Wall Street Journal, 23 Jan 2012 - U.S. diplomats and lobbyists are stepping up pressure to reduce African commercial ties to Iran as part of a growing global push to squeeze Tehran, an effort that has already led several African companies to consider leaving the country.
ICFTO—The Washington Post reported at the most recent debate among Republican presidential nominees, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum on Obama’s approach to large street protests of the elections in Iran in which Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected over a perceived moderate said: