The cover story of this edition is dedicated to the assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov, which sparked off waves of intense media speculation and various analyses. An Op-Ed by English Chief Editor of Mehr News Agency discusses various possibilities of who would benefit from the murdering of the Russian diplomat, followed by another Op-Ed piece which tries to unravel the mystery behind the case. An interview with a University of Alabama professor further sheds light on the possible motives for the murder, saying the most important one was to undermine the possible détente between Turkey and Russia.
In the Politics section, the threat of the renewal of Iran Sanctions Act by US Congress to the nuclear deal has been discussed in an Op-Ed piece, followed by an interview with Dan Steinbock on the same topic, who believed that ISA is clear violation of international law and a new effort to harm Iran, for another 10 years. Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent visit to Baku raised questions that were addressed in a short Op-Ed, followed by another piece on Michel Aoun’s presidency to Lebanon considered as a rebalancing step in the region. Other topics discussed are Saudi Arabia’s destabilizing moves in the region, the UAE claim on Iran’s three islands, and an interview with Pakistan’s ambassador to Tehran.
In Iran’s foreign relations section, various reports assess the current status of the Islamic Republic’s diplomatic and economic relations with Russia, China, ASEAN, Vietnam, Belgium, etc.
Following this section is a number of reports on the impacts of the JCPOA on the economic status of Iran, particularly Iran’s petroleum industry, the return of oil giants to Iran, and Saudi Arabia’s undermining role in the OPEC.
The Culture section kicks off with a report on the 33rd Tehran International Short Film Festival and an interview with Jukka-Pekka Laakso, Director of Finland’s Tampere Film Festival, who was part of the jury panel at the TISFF. Following that, is an interview with Danish Muslim singer Ali Al Hadi who visited Mehr News Agency’s HQ to sit with our reporters for a friendly talk on art and Islamic Unity. Further, MNA correspondent contacted Narges Kalbasi Ashtari whose story has made headlines internationally and nationally for being wrongfully convicted of murder by Indian courts.
The Technology section includes a comprehensive report on the prospects of Internet of Things for the world and Iran in particular.
The Dossier is dedicated to Donald Trump’s presidency of US and the possible decisions and measures of his administration in regard to Iran and the region.
News in Vision features the sum up of the most notable events from October to December at a glance.
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