Category Archives: Iran

The Futility of Annual Top 10 Predictions

In every recent year, a black swan event has made top 10 lists appear quaintly naive and unimaginative. Our list is probably no better. This time of year, top 10 predictions are all the rage. These lists can be interesting and entertaining but how useful are … Continue reading

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So You Want a Revolution

You say you want a revolution Well you know We’d all want to change the world.____ The Beatles (1968) Apparently not. Not any more. Not everyone wants to change the world. To the Beatles in 1968, when young people aged less than 30 … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 Candidates, Demography, Economy, Europe, Iran, Middle East, Society, Turkey, United States

MENA Economies: Trouble Ahead

The economies of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are ill prepared for the coming population boom. War, terrorism, repression and poverty are all common features in much of today’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA). How are the region’s demographics changing in … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Demography, Dependency Ratio, Economy, Emerging Markets, Iran, Iraq, Levant, MENA, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates

AP: Iran Urges Baby Boom

NASSER KARIMI writes at the ASSOCIATED PRESS: Iran’s new message to parents: Get busy and have babies. In a major reversal of once far-reaching family planning policies, authorities are now slashing its birth-control programs in an attempt to avoid an … Continue reading

Posted in Asia, Demography, Family Planning, Iran

Irans’ Population Reaches 75 Million

An article in the TEHRAN TIMES says that Iran’s population has reached 75 million.  Per UN estimates, Iran has one of the lowest fertility ratios in the world, 1.59 children per woman. Article begins here: TEHRAN – According to the … Continue reading

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