The Iranian regime's latest attempt to indoctrinate children has struck a sour note with child psychologists, activists and many Iranians.
Iran-backed attacks on countries where China hopes to gain a foothold, and international sanctions, bode ill for Beijing's military and economic plans in the region.
Over the past four decades, the IRGC has increased its emphasis on ideological training, giving it equal weight with military training and rewarding those most committed to Wilayat al-Faqih.
Chinese media have enabled Kremlin propaganda to skirt bans in the West. Meanwhile, Chinese citizens are being indoctrinated with an anti-Western, pro-Soviet ideological campaign.
Pollution in Iran is getting deadlier every year, but the government has taken away all pollution-combating subsidies while increasing its budget for military and expansionist expenses.
The regime has continued to flout international sanctions by relying on front companies in other countries, which puts these nations at risk.
The public expulsion of IRGC-QF commander Mostafa Javad-Ghaffari from Syria points to the Syrian regime's rising frustration with Iran and its ambitions in the country, analysts say.
The IRGC has taken over projects in different sectors of the economy, while increasingly nominating affiliated officials and commanders to key political posts.
The Emirati government was unaware that ships disguised as commercial vessels entering the Khalifa port were actually ships the Chinese military uses for signals intelligence collection.
Iran's president has declared engagement with neighbours a foreign policy focus, but the IRGC's existence depends on generating crises, from which it can command state funds.