What follows are the preliminary findings for issues identified in the daily Watch Lists this week. We are only sending findings that we regard as significant or potentially significant to keep this list manageable. We have findings for all the Watch List items. Should you be interested in findings not listed here, please contact us and we will email them to you.
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Items from Oct. 2
Iran: Unemployment in some Iranian cities has reportedly increased to 60 percent, although the nationwide level is still around 12 percent. To which cities are these reports referring? These kinds of figures can lead to civil unrest. Do they pose any serious challenge to the government?
Finding: The announcement came from Iran’s interior minister, but he didn’t specify which towns he was refe