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The "Iran deal," Washingtonís gravest mistake in Foreign Policy
Walid Phares, Ph.D. - 3/5/2014
The Obama administration, in its first and second terms, has committed strategic mistakes in the Middle East which will undermine U.S. national and security interests for many years, even under subsequent administrations after 2016.

The American Haters and the American Fools Dealsí Commenced
Kambiz Basetvat - 2/8/2014
The Islamic Republic (IR) in its great game of expansion of its military supremacy chose a new track.

Iran's Nuke Deal
Roman Brackman - 12/26/2013
George F. Will in his article ďThe Iran Nukes Deal: Better then WarĒ (NY Post Dec. 5, 2013) summed up his opinion in this title and quoted Kenneth M Pollack, who in his book ďUnthinkable: Iran, the Bomb and American StrategyĒ wrote:

Changing Scenario in West Asia
Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi - 12/9/2013
With the recent success in Geneva deal between Iran and the West there has emerged first signs of a likely possibility of reduction in tensions not only between Iran and the US but also between two erstwhile bitter opponents in this region - Iran and Saudi Arabia-whose regional rivalry has acquired a sharp sectarian edge during recent years.

Iran-US Nuclear Deal Signals A Gorbachev Moment For Rouhani
Sufyan bin Uzayr - 11/26/2013
So Iran and the United States reached a deal about the nuclear stuff recently. Thus far, I have read many opinions and analyses about this historic event: Israel calls it a mistake of gigantic proportions, US and Iran are claiming it to be a step in the right direction, rest of the world is watching, commentators and experts are either happy or unhappy depending on their political stance, and so on.

Geneva deal over Iranís nuclear programme
Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi - 11/26/2013
Although Iran is likely to get limited relief in continuing harsh sanctions imposed by the West, yet their double standards, as visible in the Geneva deal, may have adverse impact on regional as well as global security in the long run.

Iranís Response to US-led military attack against Syria
Ali Omidi - 9/4/2013
These days, discussion on the repercussions of application of chemical weapons in Syria is hot. Damascus denies that it perpetrated this crime; however, the US, England, France, Israel and some other claim that the use of chemical weapons in Syria was perpetrated by the Bashar Assad forces.

Understanding Hassan Rouhaniís Election as Iranís President
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 6/18/2013
Dr. Hassan Feridon Rouhaniís victory in the June 14, 2013 Iranian presidential election took many by surprise, not least of all the Iranian regimeís leadership, including the faqih, Supreme Leader Sayeed Ali Khamenei.

Crystal Ball on Iranís Presidential Election
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 6/13/2013
On Friday, June 14th, Iranians will go to the polls to elect a new president for a four year term. Out of a field of 686 applicants which included 30 women, the twelve-member Guardian Council that vets all candidates cut the number down to eight men that were deemed conservative and Islamic enough in order to legitimately aspire to the presidency.

Syrian Crisis Halts Persiaís Influence
Abid Mustafa - 3/17/2013
Lately, Iran has made headline news in a variety of ways. With 70,000 dead, memorial web sites for the victims have sprung up on the internet. Some have been killed in a terrible way, with at least one incident of a person being murdered by hydraulic torque wrenches. But is this just the beginning, with millions more potential victims?

Iranian regime on the verge of collapse
Shahriar Kia - 2/17/2013
The Iranian regime is entangled in five considerable crises, including the explosive and escalating popular discontent, Syrian and recently Iraqi people's uprising, impasse over the nuclear program, the regime's economic ruin and bankruptcy which it cannot prevent, and fifth crisis is the ruling circles are crippled with divisions and internal feuds. This is while Mullahs are on the verge of their presidential elections, which means that these divisions will become even more severe.

After certain fall of Syrian dictator, is Iranian mullahs' turn to be overthrown
Shahriar Kia - 1/30/2013
"The time has come to overthrow the religious fascism ruling Iran. The Iranian people and their organized resistance have risen up to overthrow the regime. The international community must realign itself with the will of the Iranian people." Mrs. Maryam Rajavi the president elect of NCRI (the national Council of Resistance of Iran) said in Estonian Parliament in mid-November, 2012.

Khamenei expresses fear of FSA receiving arms
Shahriar Kia - 12/8/2012
Khamenei, supreme leader of mullahs' regime, once again underscored the strategic importance of Syria in his regime's policy of export of terrorism and fundamentalism and unveiled his horror of arms reaching the Free Syrian Army and the opposition. He confessed that the downfall of Bashar al-Assad would devastate clerical regime's regional strategic front that protects his regime. He said that they want to "destroy the connecting ring in region's chain of resistance which is the neighbor of the usurping Zionist regime".

Deciphering Iranís Nuclear Intentions
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 10/12/2012
In the last half year the public "chatter" about the Iranian nuclear program has grown to a daily splurge of articles spread across the pages of news-media from London to Beijing via New York and from Moscow down to Buenos Aires.

Is the Iranian Regime on Verge of Collapse?
Nima Sharif - 10/12/2012
The Iranian mullahs have received some major and irrecoverable setbacks during the past couple of weeks, enough to make them stop, at least for the time being, and rethink over some policy stances.

Iran, Israel on Verge of Agreement
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 10/5/2012
Prompted by senior figures in both the current, Obama, administration and the previous, Bush administration, Israel agreed to major concessions in secret negotiations with Iran which have been taking place in Geneva since April of last year.

Khamenei creates special offices to steer crisis in Syria‏ and other Muslim countries‏
Hossein Abedini - 9/29/2012
Based on credible reports obtained from inside the Iranian regime, the regimeís Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, as well as other officials, have described the insult to the Prophet of Islam, the ďInnocence of MuslimsĒ movie, and cartoons published in a French magazine as presenting an exceptional opportunity for their ďestablishmentĒ (regime). Extremely overjoyed, they see these events as ďcausing a shift in the current state of affairs in favour of Syria and Iran,Ē and they seek to ďinflame the protests and outrage to the fullest extent possibleĒ in order to divert the attention of the world an...

The meddling of the Iranian regime in Syria and its attempts to save the Assad regime
Hossein Abedini - 9/18/2012
The capture of 48 Iranian regime's terrorists in Syria has frightened the leaders of the regime.

Madeleine Albright: Still Clueless About Some Womenís Legal Rights
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 9/5/2012
Nearly fifteen years after she signed an order designating the female-led Iranian resistance organization Mojahedin-e Khalq (aka Peopleís Mojahedin Organization of Iran) as a foreign terrorist organization as part of a politically motivated outreach to the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran in her capacity as President Bill Clintonís Secretary of State, sheís spouting off again. This time sheís claiming that she canít understand why any woman would chose to vote for Mitt Romney. I canít say that she surprises me.

US.State Department: When Its Enemy Becomes its Savior
Sadegh Sistani - 8/22/2012
ĎIt is wholly inappropriate to blame the victims of oppression for the crimes of their oppressorsí

Vintage piece of perversity
Allen Tasslimi - 8/8/2012
We have no idea what's behind the venomous and utterly perverse article by Danielle Pletka, ďLobbying for terrorists, more on the MEK,Ē which makes outrageous allegations against an organization for whose call for democratic change in Iran some 100,000 Iranians turned out last month in Paris.

Why is the Pot Calling the Kettle Black
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 7/21/2012
Approximately two weeks ago, Danielle Pletka of the American Enterprise Institute published an article on the AEI website entitled ďLobbying for terrorists, more on the MEKĒ , in which she takes to task several high profile advocates for the MEK based on her reading of the Washington Post article by Joby Warrick and Julie Tate, ďHigh-priced advocacy raises questions for supporters of Iranian exile groupĒ .

Iran's Freedom March
Hossein Abedini - 7/7/2012
On Saturday 23 June 2012, over 100,000 Iranian exiles and supporters of the Iranian resistance from five continents gathered in an historical rally at the convention centre in the northern suburb of Villepinte, Paris, to demand democratic change in Iran and immediate international measures to guarantee basic rights of Iranian Resistance members in Ashraf and Liberty.

Torture and Murder in the Islamic Republic
Kambiz Basetvat - 6/23/2012
A cogent eyewitness report of the gruesome tortures and executions in Islamic Republic detention centers horrifies and shocks the Iranian community abroad.

Three Options for Hillary Clinton to Deal With Iran's Democratic Opposition
Firouz Mahvi - 6/16/2012
Last Wednesday a meeting of Friends of a Free Iran (FOFI) intergroup in the European Parliament was held in Brussels. A declaration signed by over 220 Euro MPs was unveiled regarding the plight of the Iranian opposition, members of the Peopleís Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) currently living in camps Ashraf and Liberty in Iraq.

Hollow threats of Iranian regime to prevent international action against Syrian dictatorship
Shahriar Kia - 6/10/2012
Ali Larijani, speaker of the mullahs' parliament, following revelation of the mullahs' regime involvement in crimes against humanity in Syria and fearful of decisive international action against atrocities of the Syrian dictator, made hollow threats and said, "A new brutality is observed in recent statements by U.S. officials and their actions and by some Western countries against Syria ... Syria does not have the conditions of Libya and "making Benghazi" in Syria will be drawn into Palestine and the ashes of this fire will definitely cover the Zionist regime " (Iranian Revolutionary Guards FARS News -10 May).

NIAC Desperate to Keep MEK on Terrorist List
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 4/3/2012
The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) , a lobbying organization founded and led by Iranian-Swedish national Dr. Trita Parsi , and regarded by Tehran as its voice in Washington, DC, is doing its utmost to influence the outcome of the recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuitís order to the U.S. Department of State to comply by March 26, 2012 with a new review of the status of the Mojahedin e-Khalq (MEK) vis-a vis the 15 year old ďterroristĒ label applied to the Iranian anti-regime resistance group, nearly two years late for a similar order given by the Court to State in July 2010.

Iran: Why war is not an option
Sameer Jafri - 3/27/2012
Deadlock persists between Iran and the West over the controversial Iranian nuclear program. Even though another round of talks has been proposed, the grapevine gaining momentum in diplomatic & strategic circles is that the attack on Iran is ďnot a matter of if, rather when.Ē In other words, the US will resort to military option against Iran. But this war cry appears to be far-fetched. There are many reasons why armed conflagration between Iran and the West is improbable.

Iran and the Half-Life of Tyranny
Dillon Freed - 3/23/2012
Marsha B. Cohen wrote in an article entitled, ďConsequences of an Attack on Iran are no Joke,Ē that a strike against Iranís nuclear facilities would lead to considerable death tolls Ė ďtens or even hundreds of thousands might die and perhaps millions more might suffer from genetic damage causing birth defects and cancers for generationsÖĒ

State Department Uses Josh Rogin to Justify Bogus Blacklisting of MEK
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 3/21/2012
Last week the United States Department of State stooped to a new low in its attempt to justify its nearly fifteen-year old misguided policy of regarding the pro-secular democracy Iranian resistance organization the Mojahedin e-Khalq (MEK) as a terrorist organization when it used Foreign Policyís Josh Rogin to publish a canard against the MEK. Fortunately, it doesnít seem as if Mr. Rogin was very enthusiastic about the task as his usual careful research was quite evidently sorely lacking.

Before Attacking Iran, the Assad Regime Must be Removed
Elie Elhadj, Ph.D. - 3/18/2012
March 15, 2012 was the anniversary of the Syrian revolution against the Assad familyís illegitimate rule, corruption, and tyranny. That the Asad machine of destruction killed more than 8,000 citizens during the past twelve months shall inspire and energize the revolution until victory will be achieved. It is as morally just to carry on with the revolution today, as was the struggle for liberation from the French mandate, if not more.

President Obama , The MEK is a Test of American Will
Sadegh Sistani - 3/10/2012
Keeping the MEK in the US FTO (foreign terrorist organizations) list hostage to resolve a political controversy is against the hearts and conscience of the American people. Integrity is before dishonor.

Iran refuses to bow down
Tanveer Jafri - 3/5/2012
In recent days, rhetoric of war has escalated between USA and Iran. The US naval warship USS Lincoln is said to be moving towards Persian Gulf. America has also accelerated the work on development of a 13.6 tonne Massive Ordnance Penetrator bomb, which is capable of destroying the underground nuclear facilities of Iran. The efforts to isolate Iran & cripple its economy have been on for years.

Anti-War War Mongering
Dillon Freed - 2/14/2012
Without exception, every intellectual that I have spoken to about, or heard speak about, Iranís nuclear program are absolutely opposed to any sort of war against the country.

'Voluntary' Imprisonment At Camp Liberty
Abbas Rezai - 2/8/2012
Iranian refugees at Camp Ashraf in Iraq, are told by UN to move to a new camp which is nothing short of a Prison. It shall be done "voluntarily". But if they don't, they shall be killed!

Iran: Anticipating Spring
Dame Chkatroski - 2/8/2012
Regarding the situation in Iran and its region the most anxious countries are Israel and Turkey.

The Main Foe of the Mullahs in Iran
Shahriar Kia - 2/3/2012
The question still remains: after nine tumultuous years, what became of the treasure and blood, both American and Iraqi that was sacrificed in Iraq? With 2011 behind us, and US forces out of Iraq, new crises have erupted in Iraq - both on a political and security level. A new round of explosions has reaped of hundreds of lives among the innocent population of Iraq; and the cycle has yet to relent. All fingers are pointed at Iran. Leaders from Iraqís opposition blocs, who have voiced concern over Iranian intervention, are openly despised by the nationís Prime Minister, Noori al-Maliki, and eliminated arbitrarily under varying pretenses.

Attack Iran Today And Not Tomorrow
Elias Bejjani - 1/24/2012
The Israeli Prime Minister believes strongly that Iran must be attacked sooner not later and before it is too late. The USA Obama administration does not see the Iranian atomic danger eye to eye with Israel.

The Iranian People Are Not Alone
Prof. Kazem Kazerounian - 1/17/2012
The struggle of the Iranian people against the tyranny of the religious fundamentalist rulers of Iran is more than three decades old. The reign of ayatollahs have left more than 120,000 executed, and one million killed or wounded in the pointless, avoidable and tragic war with Iraq.

Iranian Opposition to Islamic Republic and Western Countries Military Option
Kambiz Basetvat - 1/11/2012
The United Nations atomic watch dog recent devastating report revealed Islamic Republic (IR) regime of Iranís uninterrupted and continuous work to weaponize its atomic research. The report increased the level of tensions and convinced the western countries to impose new sanctions on IR.

Khamenei orders British embassy attack by IRGC and plain-clothes agents
Shahriar Kia - 12/5/2011
According to a report by the National Council of Resistance of Iran obtained from inside the mullahsí regime, Khamenei himself had decided and supervised the British embassy attack in Tehran. Khamenei himself gave the order of British embassy attack in a meeting with the presence of a number of IRGC and plain-clothes commanders. Through such an intimidation, Khamenei and his cohorts had assessed that they could compel western and particularly, European countries to retreat from their harsh policies and imposing sanctions against the regime.

How real is the danger of military strike on Iran?
Tanveer Jafri - 11/30/2011
While many countries of the world are investing more in research and development of cheaper and cleaner nuclear energy, the nuclear research programme of Iran has drawn ire of the West since a decade. Although Iran has repeatedly claimed that its ongoing nuclear research program is for peaceful uses and its purpose is merely to become self reliant in nuclear energy, the western countries, particularly the United States and Israel are not ready to accept this argument. The United Nations agency IAEA has several times expressed its concern over the Iranian nuclear programme. In its latest report...

Clueless in Washington: Getting Iran Wrong
Arash Irandoost, Ph.D. - 11/24/2011
In a shocking interview with VOAís Persian News Network (PNN), the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton provided a window to Obama administrationís fallacious, misguided and resultant policy on Iran.

Imminent Human Catastrophee in Camp Ashraf
Shahriar Kia - 11/21/2011
On the 200th day of the Ashraf residentsí family members and supportsí sit-in in Geneva, in a press conference held in the cityís press club, prominent international jurists, human rights advocates and Swiss political and parliamentary figures strongly condemned the Iraqi Governmentís illegal ultimatum to close down Camp Ashraf, home to 3400 Iranian dissidents by the end of the year. They warned that at the behest of the Iranian regime, the Iraqi Government is resorting to various hindrances to prevent the UNHCRís work at camp Ashraf in order to set the stage for the massacre of Ashraf residents who are members of MeK the Iranian main opposition group.

Iran's MAD strategy has a strategic rationale
Walid Phares, Ph.D. - 11/8/2011
My first book, The Iranian Islamic Revolution, published way back in 1986, dealt with the historicity of the 1979 Khomeinist Revolution in Iran. In it, I exposed the Khomeinist regimeís long-term ambitions and revisionist account of events that led to the Shahís overthrow and Ayatollah Khomeiniís ascent to power in the alleged Islamic ďRepublicĒ of Iran. From my observatory in Beirut where Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRG) were growing into a force to be reckoned with in the region and beyond, I absorbed and digested the thinking and logic of Tehranís strategists. Boiled d...

Holding the Islamic Republic of Iran Accountable
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 11/8/2011
About one month ago, news broke of an Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States in a Hezbollah -like operation run by Qods Force operatives in which a truck loaded with high explosives would be detonated in front of a popular upscale Washington, DC restaurant while the target and hundreds of other diners were present. The details of the plot became known to our intelligence agencies and thus to the president by the end of July.

Iran's Botched Act of War in Washington
Walid Phares, Ph.D. - 10/13/2011
For the Iranian regime to attempt a terror strike on American soil, and particularly in Washington DC, including a high profile assassination and blowing up two important Middle Eastern embassies, it means that the Ayatollahs have crossed the conventional red line separating them from the previously cautious strategies of Terror.

Press TV: The mean spinning machine of the Islamic Republic
Khalil Kallas - 10/11/2011
Soft Power is not taken lightly by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

NIACís Leadership Conference Overwhelmingly Rejected by the Iranian-Americans
Arash Irandoost, Ph.D. - 10/11/2011
The National Iranian American Council (NIAC), again, held its annual members-only ďLeadership ConferenceĒ on Capitol Hill with a lot of usual fanfare but with very little participation, proving yet again that NIAC does not enjoy much support among the Iranian-American community.

What happened to the Americaís political morality and what seems to be wrong with it?
Kambiz Basetvat - 9/19/2011
There are obvious political morality discrepancies between domestic and foreign politics of American politiciansí.

The Bigger the Lie, NIACís Actual Membership Numbers
Dr. Arash Irandoost - 9/9/2011
How would a lobby organization go about advocating for favorable policies and doctoring up good reasons on behalf of an ideologically-driven and anti-Semitic regime such as the Islamic Republic in Iran, a regime that has: occupied the US embassy, held Americans hostage for 444 days, chanted death to America almost daily, held the highest records of violation of human rights, been listed as a state sponsor of terrorism, a secret nuclear weapons program, and a slew of sanctions imposed on it? It would seem as a daunting task indeed!

Ayatollahs with Nuclear Weapons!
Arash Irandoost, Ph.D. - 8/22/2011
The game of chicken is an influential model of conflict for two players in game theory. The principle of the game is that while each player prefers not to yield to the other, the worst possible outcome occurs when both players do not yield. As both parties ďup the anteĒ and raise the stakes. The game can become not only reckless but outright dangerous.

Ambassador Butler, you are on the wrong side!
Zohreh Shafaei - 8/19/2011
It was an early morning when I heard the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) had raided our house and arrested my mother to the horror of my 7-year-old brother and had confiscated our house. My mother was charged with arranging a memorial service for "Abbas Omani" at our home. Abbas, a teenager in the neighborhood, had been shot to death when he was distributing the MEKís popular newspaper. He was only 16 years old.

Delisting MEK and protecting Ashraf residents
Shirin Nariman - 8/18/2011
The Iraqi forcesí brutal attack on Camp Ashraf in April 2011 killed 36 and injured more than 300 unarmed Iranian civilians living in the camp. The attack prompted a wave of sympathy among Iranians with different political tendencies. As a result, a movement to find a solution that will prevent a repeat disaster has emerged. Human rights institutions have become the forefront of this movement

MEK provides hope for Iranian people
Sadegh Sistani - 8/5/2011
Much has been said and discussed about the MEK/PMOI in the press and among policy makers, some behind closed doors and others in high-level diplomatic meetings. The most prominent Iranian opposition group (Mojahedin as known by the Iranian people) is a main battleground which will determine lives of millions in Iran and the whole region.

Iranian Military Strategy to any Foreign Assault
Ali Omidi - 6/28/2011
Iran has started the 10 days of war games that began on Monday (June 27, 2011) under the rubrics of ďGreat Prophet 6. At the same time, Iran for the first time unveiled underground ballistic missile silos in a warning to the likely enemies of its ability to protect its missiles and secretly store them in hidden locations throughout the country.

The U.S. Policy on Iran: Cautious Optimism or Obsessive Insanity?
Dr. Arash Irandoost - 3/24/2011
On the occasion of the Persian New Year (Norouz), President Obama extended his best wishes, this time, directly to the Iranian people, rather than the brutal dictatorship. This was a welcome departure compared to his former Norouz message. Is president Obama gradually warming up to the idea of supporting regime change? His message was much harsher toward the regime. He stated:

The Emerging Discourse in Iranís Politics is Commitment to Democracy and Separation of Mosque and State
Kambiz Basetvat - 3/10/2011
Why with an overwhelming popular opposition to the Islamic republic (IR) and the regimeís engagement in one serious crisis after another still IR survives year after year? This is the agonizing question Iranianís political observers fail to find a satisfactory answer for. Could the answer be the existence of a considerable indirect and secretive supports for the regime amid the regimeís well known oppositions? If this speculation carries any validity, the question which begs for an answer will be; who are these indirect and secretive supporters of the IR, who carries the burden of Islamic Repu...

Barbara Slavin Promotes Islamic Iranís Line on Opposition PMOI
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 3/10/2011
Barbara Slavin has developed a reputation as an expert on Middle East politics, especially as pertains to the Islamic Republic of Iran. She is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center and has served as a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 2006 and spent October 2007-July 2008 as senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace. In 2007 she authored a book on Iran entitled Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S. and the Twisted Path to Confrontation. She has visited Iran seven times as part of her research and maint...

Arab Gulf States and the Iranian Nuclear Challenge
Yoel Guzansky - 2/22/2011
The Gulf states' policy towards Iran's nuclear ambitions has combined elements of appeasement with a fundamental reliance on the United States as a defending and deterring force. Most Gulf states lack strategic depth, have small populations, and small, untrained armies. Moreover, their significant oil and natural gas reserves have made them the potential target for aggression and dependent on outside forces for defense.

ECO and its future as a non-Arab regional bloc
Abolghasem Bayyenat, Ph.D. candidate - 12/27/2010
The Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), comprising Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan and six Muslim former Soviet republics, recently held its latest summit meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, where President Ahmadinejad handed over the rotating presidency of this regional organization to President Abdullah Gul of Turkey. ECO is a low-profile regional economic integration organization, headquartered in Tehran, which was originally founded by Iran, Turkey and Pakistan.

Once Again Iran Produces Disinformation
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 12/21/2010
Abolghasem Bayyenat, reportedly a trade expert for the Islamic Republic of Iranís Ministry of Commerce, and admittedly a former political officer in its Foreign Ministry, recently penned an article entitled ďEconomic Sanctions Against IranĒ. In it, he claims that sanctions are counter-productive, causing pain only to the Iranian people and causing the regime further to resist efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the problem of nuclear proliferation. In his essay, Bayyenat suggests that Iran has successfully mitigated most of the effects of the sanctions, and that they are only hurting the innocent Iranian population.

Making Friends with the Octopus: Jordan Bows to Iran
Prof. Barry Rubin - 12/17/2010
Here's an old joke that applies to the contemporary Middle East. The Lone Ranger was a Western lawman who chased bad guys with his friend, a Native American named Tonto. One day, they were surrounded by dozens of Native American warriors.

Is Iran's Regime Officially Running--Or Merely Helping--a Pro-Nazi Site?
Prof. Barry Rubin - 11/21/2010
Is Iran's government sponsoring an Internet site that extols the German Nazis, their history and achievements, including the antisemitism that the current Iranian regime also supports? Or is it merely permitting one to operate in its highly censored communications' system?

Economic Sanctions Against Iran
Abolghasem Bayyenat, Ph.D. candidate - 10/14/2010
The political climate surrounding Iranís nuclear issue has dramatically changed over the past few months. The U.S. government has effectively lobbied its allies to impose harsh unilateral sanctions against Iran which go far beyond what is mandated by the last Security Council Resolution against Iranís nuclear program. This raises the question as to whether the current strategy would be likely to meet its ostensible goal of resolving Iranís nuclear issue.

Stuxnet: First Phase in now-aborted Israeli Military Attack on Iran
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 9/28/2010
Stuxnet is a worm which attacks Siemens SCADA industrial controls. It uses various vectors to enter a system and spread through a network. It leverages two zero-day software vulnerabilities (largely patched by Microsoft by now) and two pilfered digital certificates from Taiwan. It was developed by the resurrected Lishka le-Kishre Mada (Laka"m) in the Office of the Prime Minister: the same unit that handled Jonathan Pollard when it was headed by Rafael (Rafi "the Stinker") Eitan in the 1980s. Its aim was to attack the PCs and, later, the industrial controls of the Iranian uranium-enrichment facility in Natanz (not in Bushehr, as the Iranian misinformation campaign would have it).

Mideast Peace Talks Aimed to Forestall Israeli Attack on Iran
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 9/3/2010
Obama invited the leaders of Israel and Palestine (as well as Egypt and Jordan) to Washington for a peace conference in early September 2010 in order to forestall an imminent Israeli attack on Iran scheduled for September 6-8, 2010. Israel exacted a price for its newfound transigence in American jet fuel and spare parts deliveries as well as access to enhanced intelligence sharing.

Iran: Dialogue, Divest, Delist
David Johnson - 7/18/2010
Earlier this month, Iran was slapped with a new round of United Nations Security Council sanctions for its nuclear noncompliance. Offers of meaningful dialogue and sanctions by the United States have slowed Iranís sprint toward nuclear weapons capability. Unfortunately, sanctions have not been effective compelling Iranian nuclear compliance. Still, sanctions are an effective approach to coordinate the international community to achieve consensus and act effectively, at some point in the future. It is becoming increasingly evident that offers of dialogue should be directed toward Iranís democratic opposition.

Iran's Smoke and Mirrors
Arash Irandoost, Ph.D. - 7/17/2010
Since 1977, no two men have contributed more to the erosion of America's credibility and prestige than President Carter and his foreign policy advisor, Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski (with the verdict not yet in on President Obama). Jimmy Carter, aided by Mr. Brzezinski, introduced new directions in foreign policy that would ultimately trick Russia to invade Afghanistan in a cold blooded eagerness to payback Moscow for Vietnam and betray one of America's closest allies in the Middle East. By orchestrating the Shah's failure and supporting Khomeini, they created one of the most militant anti-American dictatorships, considered by many as the most dangerous threat faced by the United States today.

Iranian Refugees - A Human Rights Disaster
Arash Irandoost, PhD, Walton K Martin, Gill Gilles - 7/17/2010
Light snow was falling when the two young men set out on horseback for the border to flee Iran. By the time they were deep in the mountains, it had become a blinding blizzard, the temperature had dropped below freezing, and they were barely alive. According to UNHCR, Iranian refugees comprise 19% of the total registered refugee population in Turkey. Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, the passage of Penal Law in 2008 authorizing death penalty for apostasy and especially after June 2009 fraudulent election , Iranians have been seeking refuge in foreign countries in large numbers. UNHCR Globa...

The Iranian-Syrian flotillas charade
Elias Bejjani - 6/28/2010
In the aftermath of the Turkish flotilla fiasco and the extensive world media coverage that followed the confrontational bloody incident portraying the alleged theatrical Turkish heroism in standing up to the Israelis, the two notorious rogue and terrorist countries, Syria and Iran, who falsely and deceptively claim to be the actual custodians of the Palestinian cause, pulled the rug from under the feet of the Turkish Government. Their initial overt reactions were to publicly hail the Turkish heroism in a bid to maintain their so called "resistance image", while in reality and covertly they were so threatened, angry, envious and somewhat confused.

Islamic Republic of Iranís Smoke and Mirrors
Arash Irandoost, Ph.D. - 6/28/2010
Since 1977, no two men have contributed to the erosion of Americaís credibility and prestige than President Carter and his foreign policy advisor, Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, with the verdict not yet out on President Obama. Jimmy Carter, aided by Mr. Brzezinski, introduced new directions in foreign policy that would ultimately trick Russia to invade Afghanistan in a cold blooded eagerness to payback Moscow for Vietnam and betray one of Americaís closest allies in the Middle East. By orchestrating Shahís failure, and supporting Khomeini, they created one of the most militant anti-American dictatorships considered by many as the most dangerous threat faced by the United States today.

The shifting sands of the Middle East
Ted Belman - 6/14/2010
Shimon Peres, President of Israel, has, for the last thirty years, called for a New Middle East. In fact he wrote a book by that title in 1993, the year of the Oslo Accords. He believed that economic cooperation in the ME was the starting point for cementing ties and reconciling peoples. The Oslo Accords, of which he was the main architect and instigator, was intended to lead in that direction. It failed miserably.

Iran's threats & Arab states' al-taqiyya stances
Elias Bejjani - 6/14/2010
In spite of the actual odious Iranian military, religious, economic, territorial, cultural and existential threats, and the ongoing abhorrent internal interferences in their domestic affairs on all levels and domains, the rulers and officials of the majority of the Arab states that Iran is aggressively and openly targeting in its evil contrivance of expansionism, denominational and hegemony schemes, are in general not yet publicly and officially addressing these serious, fatal Iranian problems or dealing with them appropriately.

Israeli Military Attack on Iran This Summer?
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 6/12/2010
Late last year, Israel embarked on a coordinated campaign of leaks to the press regarding its determination to take out Iran's nuclear facilities if Obama's then-new administration fails to sway the Iranians diplomatically. Israel is unwilling to accept a nuclear Iran: "It is not an option", say its senior intelligence and military leadership. In the event, the promised attack on Iran did not materialize and many journalists, this author included, felt duped and manipulated.

Iran: Nuclear Blitzkrieg?
Alexander Maistrovoy - 6/1/2010
Is the civilized community ready to reconcile with the Iranian nuclear bomb? There is only one answer to the question: it is, because it has no other options. Years of peace initiatives, conferences, "good will gestures" and fruitless diplomatic shifts have taken their toll: Iran has passed (or is about passing) the line after which the creation of the nuclear weapon becomes an irreversible reality. And no sanctions Ė neither strong, nor soft Ė will change the situation.

U.S. Government Knows that Iran Helps al-Qaida
Prof. Barry Rubin - 5/15/2010
So what is this big development? Hard data showing that Iran has been helping al-Qaida. You remember al-Qaida, the group that staged the September 11 and many other attacks against Americans which have killed more than 3,000 of them. It is the only group in the world with which the current U.S. government sees itself at war.

Ahmadinejad Unveils His Grand Strategy
Prof. Barry Rubin - 5/10/2010
Whatever you think of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad he is not a stupid man. And he's also not acting like an intimidated one. During the latest UN meeting on nuclear issues, when the new International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)director-general urged Iran to "clarify" its activities, the camera showed Ahmadinejad laughing contemptuously.

How Has President Obama Been Weak and Lost Credibility Over Iran: Answering a Reader's Question
Prof. Barry Rubin - 5/9/2010
A reader asks [my summary]: Why do you and so many people in the Arabic-speaking world view President Barack Obama as weak regarding Iran. After all, he doesn't want to go to war with Iran or support an Israeli attack. And isn't the fault due mainly to the Europeans, Russia and China?

My response: There are a number of reasons for this but let me focus on three, which makes one think that the president is doing a Titanic job (not titanic, Titanic, see note below).

Iran May Be Able to Build a Missile Capable of Striking the US by 2015
Prof. Barry Rubin - 4/27/2010
Iran may be able to build a missile capable of striking the United States by 2015, according to a new U.S. Department of Defense report.

I was wondering how to follow up that sentence in this article but by accident, in cutting and pasting the text of the Reuters story, the "Related News" items accidentally came with it. These are other recent Reuters stories on this issue. So what is more telling than just to list them:

U.S. open to Iran nuclear fuel ...

Listen to the Two Best Arab Journalists Warning What A Nuclear-Armed Iran Means
Prof. Barry Rubin - 4/14/2010
The two Arab journalists I most respect have written of the fear in Arabic-speaking countries about Iran's having nuclear weapons. They explain persuasively why a U.S. containment policy of reassuring Arab states and Israel against direct nuclear attack is totally inadequate.

Obama Administration and Sanctions on Iran: The Farce Deepens
Prof. Barry Rubin - 4/9/2010
For more than a year I have repeatedly pointed out that the Obama Administration's strategy of increasing the level of sanctions against Iran has been a mess. Deadlines set by the U.S. government for September and then December weren't met. Even afterward, the government had not even established publicly (and it seems not even privately) its basic position on what sanctions should be. Congressional proposals for a tougher stance were discouraged and ignored.

New Intelligence Ministry agents sent to Camp Ashraf
Shahriar Kia - 4/4/2010
Since Monday, March 29, the mullahs’ regime has brought 15 new agents of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), under the guise of relatives of Camp Ashraf residents, from Khuzistan Province to the entrance of the camp to step up its disgraceful suppressive plots against the residents.

Attacking Iran: The Sooner the Better
Elias Bejjani - 4/1/2010
Apparently the Western, Arabic and Free World countries have all badly failed in their laborious, peaceful overtures, logical approaches and reasonable rapprochement towards Iran and its daydreaming and detached from reality president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and its fanatical, tunnel-visioned mullahs.

Iranian regimeís suppressive ploys to counter planned protests for Fire Festival
Shahriar Kia - 3/11/2010
In anticipation of confronting the religious dictatorship ruling Iran, the Iranian people are preparing themselves to celebrate the traditional Fire Festival (March 16) or Chaharshanbeh Souri, an occasion widely expected to see protests against the clerical regime. People in Tehran and the provinces have started preparing for the event several days ahead.

Rigiís arrest helped the Iranian regime reconsolidate itself
Reza Hossein Borr - 3/11/2010
Abdul Malik Rigi was arrested and delivered to Iran on 23 Feb 10, at a time when the Islamic Republic was extremely vulnerable and even some people thought that it could have collapsed in the early days of Feb, at the anniversary day of Iranian Islamic Revolution. A leaked letter indicates that the Iranian National Security Council wrote a letter and ordered the Air Force to prepare several airplanes to fly the supreme leader and several of his top officials and their families to Russia in case the government collapsed under the pressure by the protesters.

From Iran to Iraq, Tehran Rulers Crank Up Suppression of Dissidents
Majid Roshan - 3/3/2010
There is little doubt that the Tehran regime, fighting for survival in the face of nationwide uprisings, has pressured the Iraqi government to create bloodshed in Camp Ashraf in Iraq , thereby freeing the regime from one of its main and most organized democratic opposition movements. The mullahsí reign of terror has been dealt a lethal jolt and there is no end in sight for the widening factional fissures and purges at the top. The unprecedented suppression of pro-democracy Iranians has extended beyond Iran borders to Iraq, targeting, by proxy, the 3,400 Iranian dissidents living at Camp Ashraf .

Helping the ĎThird Optioní Bring Regime Change to Iran
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 3/2/2010
Given the overwhelming body of evidence that demonstrates the Islamic Republic of Iranís sponsorship of terrorism and belligerent behavior against American and Western governments and/or their allies in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, the Palestinian territories, and Israel , it is time to impose a strict regime of sanctions and embargoes on the Iranian regime. As Iran imports some 40% of the refined petroleum products that it uses, we need to cut off the supply that the Islamic regime imports from abroad. So too, any equipment that can have possible military usage must be embargoed. Travel abro...

What Iran Sanctions Wonít Do and What They Can Do
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 2/25/2010
Recently President Obama promised strict and biting sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran for its continued refusal to curtail its nuclear program or even to enter serious negotiations. Such sanctions, and even embargoes, will not cause Iranís current government of Supreme Leader Ali Khameneíi and his chosen representative, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to reverse course and terminate the nuclear program. In truth, nothing will convince the present Iranian regime to retreat on its mad rush to become a nuclear power. Khameneíi and his coterie of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) suppo...

How U.S. Intelligence Assessments Misunderstand Iran
Prof. Barry Rubin - 2/9/2010
"We continue to judge that Iran's nuclear decision-making is guided by a cost-benefit approach, which offers the international community opportunities to influence Iran." Dennis Blair, chief of U.S. intelligence in his annual threat assessment report for 2010.

Iranian Quickstep: 1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back
Jonathan Spyer, Ph.D. - 2/8/2010
Latest Ahmadinejad statement suggests that Teheran still believes it can find a few partners for the dance it has been performing since 2003.

The legal road to justice for PMOI
Jubin Afshar - 2/5/2010
An Iranian group tagged as a foreign terrorist organization since 1997 has challenged the Secretary of State's designation of the group in court. According to legal experts the group may have a real chance as the circumstances since the original designation have substantially changed, as it was argued in court.

Mullah's downfall in Iran has reached the point of no return
Shahriar Kia - 1/28/2010
The uprising of Iranian people has rocked the foundations of the Iranian regime, and the regime has reached the point of no return on the road to its downfall. Mullahs in Iran, for their survival, have planned to pursue a widespread suppression of Iranian people, in particular the members and relatives of the PMOI, the main opposition.

The Point of No Return: Iranian Nuclear Program
Prof. Barry Rubin - 1/27/2010
We must now face an extremely unpleasant truth: Even giving the Obama administration every possible break regarding its Iran policy, it is now clear that the U.S. government isnít going to take strong action on the nuclear weapons issue.

Did the Long Arm of Iran Reach the Dead Sea Highway?
Jonathan Spyer, Ph.D. - 1/22/2010
The revelations of possible Iranian involvement in the attack on Israeli diplomats earlier this month in Jordan appear to offer the latest evidence of direct engagement by Teheran in subversion and paramilitary activity across national borders.

End Appeasement of Iran, But Donít Pull the Trigger (Yet)
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 1/14/2010
Two articles in the Israeli press last week indicate that a growing number of Israeli political commentators believe that we have arrived at a point where engaging Iran diplomatically will only serve to allow the mullahs to acquire nuclear weaponry which is seen as an existential threat to the Jewish state. Both Michael Kolker, writing at Israel Insider (ďOnly Force Will Stop IranĒ, Israel Insider.com, January 1, 2010, http://israelinsider.ning.com/forum/topics/michael-kolker-only-force-will), and Michael Freund at Arutz ShevaĎ (ďIs it time to bomb Iran?Ē, Israel National News.com, December ...

NIAC and US Policy toward Iran
Dr. Arash Irandoost - 1/14/2010
The White House is in the process of fine tuning its Iranian Policy. On the sidelines, various groups are positioning to shape the plan. Front and center is NIAC, the National Iranian American Council, an organization that presents itself as the Iranian-American voice for Iran. On the surface, NIACís statements sound very noble. However, if examined closely, NIAC is actually at odds with the majority of the Iranian-American community. NIACís recently published internal documents, which it had to furnish Mr. Hassan Dai, an Iranian expat, who was sued by NIAC for his claim that it is a lobbyi...

Iran Hasn't Won the Cold War Yet
Jonathan Spyer, Ph.D. - 1/9/2010
The salient strategic fact in the Middle East today is the Iranian drive for regional hegemony. This Iranian objective is being promoted by a rising hardline conservative elite within the Iranian regime, centred on a number of political associations and on the Iranian Revolutionary Guards corps.

Iran--The End Is Not Nigh
Jonathan Spyer, Ph.D. - 1/3/2010
The ongoing demonstrations in Iran are testimony to the continued strength and resilience of Iranian civil society. They make a mockery of the Islamic Republic's ambition of offering a model for successful Muslim governance to the world.

The PMOI designation in FTO list is the cause of a human catastrophe in Camp Ashraf
Shahriar Kia - 12/31/2009
Eleven years have passed, but my memories of living in U.S, when I was a young teenager between years 1991 to 1998 still is on my mind. I am a 28 year old Iranian, living in Iraq, and even though many years have passed by, I still well remember those memories that I have from my school in North Virginia.

Iran, Pakistan and Rigi question
Reza Hossein Borr - 12/21/2009
Pakistan fell in a trap that Iran had planted for her when Pakistani government handed over 14 alleged members of Jondollah. Under pressure by Iran, the Pakistan government extradited Abdul Hamid Rigi, the brother of Abdul Malik Rigi, the leader of Jondollah. The Iranian governments forced Abdul Hamid Rigi to confess and used his forced confessions as true documents. Among different confessions, one is the claim that Abdul Malik Rigi lives in Pakistan under the protection of the security agents. Pakistan has rejected this claim as well as Abdul Malik Rigi. Since then, the Iranian governm...

Modern Maccabees: The Peopleís Mojahedin Organization of Iran
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 12/21/2009
It was almost twenty-two centuries ago that a small band of Jewish patriots rose up in rebellion in 167 B.C.E. to throw off the oppressive yoke of imperial rule and religious intolerance that marked the reign of Seleucid Syrian Emperor Antiochus IV. Against almost insurmountable odds and at great personal cost, the leaders of this independence movementóthe Hasmonean family of Mattityahu HaKohen and his sons, led by Judah the Maccabee (ďthe HammerĒ)ósucceeded after three years in foiling their enemiesí attempts to eradicate them and their beliefs, and re-established an independent, free Jewish ...

Trita Parsi Reports to Tehran
Hassan Daioleslam - 12/16/2009
In 2008, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) and its president Trita Parsi filed a defamation lawsuit against me. The discovery process has unearthed very valuable documents that clarify the working of NIAC and the relation of its president to influential people connected to the Iranian regime. Some of these documents raise serious concerns about the possible threat that Parsi's connections has on U.S. national security. Some examples follow.

When it Comes to Iran, President Obama Won't Hear
Prof. Barry Rubin - 12/14/2009
Question: What does Iran have to do to get across the fact that it isnít making a deal on its nuclear program?

Crackdown and Cohesion: The Iranian Regime Unites its Opposition
Prof. Raymond Tanter - 12/14/2009
Tens of thousands of peaceful Iranian protesters take to the streets and battle police on a week commemorating National Student Day in Tehran. Result? The Iranian regime cracks down on its dissidents inside Iran and orders Baghdad to do the same to those in Iraq.

Why Won't the Arabs Protect Themselves from Iran by Actively Battling Against Tehran Having Nuclear Weapons?
Prof. Barry Rubin - 12/2/2009
It isnít hard to conclude that Iran having nuclear weapons is a direct threat to Arab states, except SyriaóTehranís allyówhich would benefit. Why, then, donít Arab states and intellectuals public express more concern?

Human Rights and the Iranian Opposition
Prof. Raymond Tanter - 11/17/2009
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) of the United Nations begins with the statement that all peoples and all nations should strive to promote respect for human rights. Moreover, the Declaration ends with the principle that ďNothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.Ē

Listen and you can hear the chains of religious tyranny torn asunder
Shahriar Kia - 11/1/2009
The recent uprising of the Iranian people following sham elections in Iran, the formidable confrontation between the Iranian people and its Resistance on the one hand and the Iranian regime on the other, as well as the recent attacks against the Peopleís Mujahedeen of Iran aimed at destroying their camp in northern Iraq and extraditing its residents to Iran highlighted three major realities more than ever:

Iranian Negotiations: Ploy of the Week or Deal of the Century?
Prof. Barry Rubin - 10/26/2009
There are widespread reports about an imminent deal with Iran regarding its nuclear program. Hereís how the New York Times optimistically presents the proposal:

World Must Sustain Push Against Iranís Human Rights Abuses
Walid Phares, Ph.D. - 10/12/2009
As the United States and the international community meet Iranís diplomats and hope for the nuclear crisis to be resolved, another critical front should be opened: an investigation into the Iranian regime for abuse of human rights of its own people.

Who is Behind the Rand Report?
Prof. Kazem Kazerounian - 9/27/2009
In mid 2009, the Rand Corporation published a report titled ďThe Mujahedin-e Khalq in Iraq: A Policy ConundrumĒ. This report is a stunning example of misrepresentation and misinformation, erroneous and flawed research methodology and disguised political advocacy hiding behind the guise of unbiased research. While a detailed analytical response to this fallacious document is still forthcoming, let us examine who is behind this report.

Time for a Change in Iran
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 9/24/2009
No-to-Ahmadinejad Rally 2009
Dag Hammersjkold Plaza, New York, NY
25 September 2009
Jaanan: Salaam va Khosh-amadid!

This is the fifth time that I am standing here to protest the appearance of the antar Ahmadinejad at the United Nations, and I donít know abut you, but I am getting tired of hearing the ranting of that monkey. Itís time for a major change in Iran.

Open Letter to President Obama on Camp Ashraf
Mehdi Razavi - 8/24/2009
Dear President Barack Obama,

This is my second letter to you since July 28, 2009. In my first letter I urged you to speak out in defense of Camp Ashraf residents and prevent further atrocities by Iraqi Prime Minister, Al-Maliki. I also informed you that I am on my way to Washington DC to begin a hunger strike until United States delivers what it had promised the Iranians at Camp Ashraf. I have been camping outside of the White House, on hunger strike with 40 other people, for more than four weeks and still no word from your administration.

Was Iranís recent presidential election rigged?
Abolghasem Bayyenat, Ph.D. candidate - 8/19/2009
The dispute over Iranís recent presidential election is far from being settled and the political conflict there is taking a different life as both sides persist in their positions and as the conflict is becoming entrenched in the daily politics of that country. The Iranian government has now embarked upon a different phase in the crackdown on the opposition by holding mass trials of the prominent opposition figures . The opposition has also vowed to continue protests and insists that the recent presidential election was rigged despite its official endorsement by the Council of Guardians follow...

Clericsí call for dismissal of Khamenei signals regimeís end
Shahriar Kia - 8/19/2009
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian Resistance described the call by many clerics for the dismissal of the regimeís Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, as a clear sign of the end of the ruling medieval dictatorship in Iran, an upshot of the Iranian peopleís nationwide uprising, and the shattering of the spell of absolute clerical rule.

No Room for Public in the Islamic Republic
Arash Irandoost, Ph.D. - 8/8/2009
The Iranian political map consists of three major factions. To the "left" there are the moderate conservatives who were represented in the election by Mousavi. In the ďcentreĒ, there are the conventional conservatives led by certain figures from the clerical hierarchy as well as prominent businessmen. Finally, there is the ďradical rightĒ as embodied in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Council (IRGC), to which Ahmadinejad belongs. Above all these three factions, sits the supreme leader, manipulating the strings that control the equilibrium between them.

Different opposition groups of Right and Left supported Iranian people
Reza Hossein Borr - 8/7/2009
The main Iranian political parties and top politicians who are based in the United Kingdom held a meeting on 26 July to express their support for the struggle of Iranian people in Iran. The participants were from different opposition groups of right, Left, moderates, greens, students, and the powerful regional parties that have never before attended a political meeting collectively. The main organizer of the event, Reza Hossein Borr, chaired the meeting. About 350 people attended the meeting which was followed by revolutionary songs and music. The antagonistic Iranian groups who were present began dancing in a circle hand in hand in a scene that has never been seen before.

Stealing Ballots and Bandwidth
Namjoo Hashemi - 7/27/2009
The recent protests in Iran are eerily reminiscent of the ones the world witnessed in 1979 that ousted the Shah. Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Iran in protest against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Supreme Leader, Khamenie demanding a new fair election. Despite the clampdowns, each day thousands take to the streets. The question on everyoneís mind is - are we seeing the early stages of another revolution?

Iranian Regime Uses U.S. Media to Attack PMOI Opposition
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 7/27/2009
In what is becoming a regular routine, the beleaguered Iranian regime of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is using U.S. media to attack its arch-enemy, the popular People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, aka Mojahedin-e Khalq, MEK). Last month it was Jacob Laksin of Front Page Magazine. who wrote the poorly researched "Terrorists as Freedom Fighters"[1]; this month it's Antiwar.com's Charles Davis whose "US Lawmakers Call For Supporting Terrorists In Iran"[2] shows even less research, and could have been written by a freshman writer in the Iranian Ministry of Information a...

The days of Mullahs regime in Iran are numbered
Shahriar Kia - 7/27/2009
After announcing the result of the sham elections, the popular uprisings in Iran is escalating day after day. Before the election in Iran no one, especially the western governments could speculate such a blazing fire under the ashes, instead, they all drew a picture of a stable and strong government. But, deep schism at high ranks of religious dictatorship and the popular uprising clearly proved the Mullahs regime is in a deadlock and the days of mullahs in Iran are numbered.

Executions continue in Balochistan, Iran
Reza Hossein Borr - 7/27/2009
In a desperate attempt to crush demonstrations in Iran, the Islamic Republic of Iran has decided to hang three more Baloch political activists who are charged of the imaginary allegations of corrupting the earth and fighting God, a mysterious allegation that can be interpreted according to the desires of the Islamic judges of Iran to include everybody who seeks any kind of justice, fairness and freedom.

Freedom fighters labeled as terrorists
Ali Safavi - 7/27/2009
There is an old Farsi proverb, the English equivalent of which reads, "A clear conscience doesn't fear a false accusation." This aptly grounds a response to Jacob Laksin's inaccurate characterization of the principal Iranian opposition, the Mujahdin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK), in "Terrorists as Freedom Fighters," (FrontPageMagazine.com, June 25, 2009). His piece suffers from one major deficiency: Not a single one of its mischaracterizations is backed up by a shred of credible evidence.

Iran: Memory of fallen honored in Tehran cemetery
Shahriar Kia - 7/27/2009
On the twentieth day of the nationwide uprising in Iran, thousands of people in Tehran gathered in Behesht-e Zahra cemetery at 18:00 local time to honor the memory of those killed by the regimeís suppressive forces in the course of the uprising. They paid their respects by placing flowers on the martyrsí graves.

Thirty Years of Iranian Womenís Resistance
Jila Kazerounian - 7/27/2009
The images are very powerful. Iranian women, young and old, stand up to the fundamentalist, misogynist dictators of Tehran. No wonder that Neda Agha Soltan, the brave young woman who was brutally murdered by the Basij militia forces, has become the face and the symbol of this uprising. Iranian women identify with Neda, now a mystified figure, a martyr and an icon. They now have a face and a symbol for their struggle against misogyny. Today, Neda is a daughter and a sister to all Iranians from every walk of life inside and outside Iran.

Iran's Crisis and All Quiet on the Western Front
Prof. Barry Rubin - 7/27/2009
The Iranian crisis is being fought out on three fronts. The first, and the one properly receiving the most attention, is inside Iran itself. Commentators have now found the perfect phrase for describing the outcome there: As a result of the stolen election, demonstrations, and repression, Iran will be changed forever.

Forgive Mousavi, But Never Forget His Name
Prof. Kazem Kazerounian - 7/27/2009
In recent years Iranians have turned the New Yearís celebrations, soccer matches, or even petty grumble against bad university cafeteria food in the into widespread anti regime demonstrations. These days, clearly Mousavi is steering the crowds in the streets of Tehran. However, it is the message and not the man that leads: ďFreedomĒ, ďDemocracyĒ, ďEqualityĒ, ďJusticeĒ. To the extent that Mousavi remains loyal to these principles, he diverges from his past. And to the extent that he stands against the supreme leader, Khamenei , his president Ahmadinejad, and their theocratic government, Musavi has the support of people and hence opposition figures and groups.

Attack on Iran: Israel Turns to Russia
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 7/25/2009
Russian senior air defense officers, accompanied by mid-level diplomats have recently visited Israel. The discussions focused on Iran and their contents are only partly know. Israel may be asking Russia to leverage its growing influence within Iran to rein in the latter's nuclear weapons agenda. In return, Israeli sources claim that Israel has shared with the Russian visitors intelligence, including hard to obtain HUMINT, about the Iranian leadership, its oil economy, and military. The Americans were apprised of the discussions. Israel asked Russia not to supply Iran with strategic air defense...

Attack on Iran: Rift in the Military and the Role of Commandos
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 7/19/2009
The targets for Israel's attack on Iran have been chosen: one is close to the sea, the other is inland. Members of Sayeret Matka"l are now conducting joint (often nightly) exercises with Israel's Navy SEALS (the "Shayetet") off the coast of Ashkelon and on the beaches of Haifa. While the deployment of the commandos and other ground forces will be done mostly by air, their evacuation, 4-6 hours later, will be accomplished by sea.

Attack on Iran to Include Ground Forces
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 7/16/2009
An eventual attack on Iran may include ground forces. Units of Sayeret Matka"l ("Headquarters Scouts", Israel's elite special forces) have been transferred to the mock in Biq'at Hayareach ("Moon Vale"), not far from Eilat. They have spent the last few weeks training there: parachuting, paragliding, urban warfare (laba"b in Hebrew), and hand to hand combat. Special emphasis is placed on explosives. The area is isolated (it got its name from its eerie similarity to the moonscape), but various civilian suppliers have reported massive explosions during the day.

The Case for the PMOI/MEK: Debunking the Yellow Journalism of Jacob Laksin
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 7/14/2009
Itís a shame when good, conservative, socially responsible journalists like Jacob Laksin fail to do their homework, neglecting to research their material carefully enough and publish disinformation about a group put out by its enemies in an effort to discredit it. Such is the case as regards Mr. Laksinís recent ďTerrorists as Freedom FightersĒ, published in Front Page Magazine on June 25, 2009, where Laksin serves as a senior editor. Had he done his research properly, he would have read reports issued by the Iran Policy Committee , headed by terrorism expert Professor Raymond Tanter, or the r...

Iran: The Internal Balance of Power
Jonathan Spyer, Ph.D. - 7/14/2009
One would need a heart of stone not to be moved by the scenes currently emerging from Iran: Hundreds of thousands of youthful demonstrators, taking to the streets to express their frustration at the restrictions of life under a theocratic oligarchy - with the communications revolution enlisted to bypass the heavy hand of the regime's censors.

Mullahsí preposterous and threadbare claims
Shahriar Kia - 7/14/2009
As the suppressive forces of the mullahsí regime continue to murder people on the streets of Tehran, Saturday evening, the state-run news agency carried a false claim by the notorious Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) that several members of the Peopleís Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) ďwho had received training in Camp Ashraf in Iraq and had entered the country in order to carry out terrorist actsĒ had been arrested. This totally bogus claim was meant to justify the suppression and killings in Iran and put added pressure on the PMOI members residing in Camp Ashraf in Iraq. The state television, as always, paraded unidentified individuals confessing to such actions.

The Iranian revolt and the role of pro- appeasement lobby in the US
Hassan Daioleslam - 7/14/2009
As the daily images of the Iranian revolt in response to the outcome of the rigged presidential elections in Iran are witnessed around the world and at the same time the brutal and barbaric reactions of the Islamic regimeís security forces against the protesters is beamed around the globe, the illusion that the Iranian presidential elections would have brought a powerful Iranian president who would have been capable of responding to Obamaís overture has been definitively vanished by now.

Preparations for Attack on Iran Almost Complete
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 7/10/2009
Late last year, Israel embarked on a coordinated campaign of leaks to the press regarding its determination to take out Iran's nuclear facilities if Obama's then-new administration fails to sway the Iranians diplomatically. Israel is unwilling to accept a nuclear Iran: "It is not an option", say its senior intelligence and military leadership.

Tales from India- Superstition rules the roost
Syed Ali Mujtaba, Ph.D. - 6/20/2009
India is making significant advancements in various areas of scientific development. Be it in the field of satellite or atomic research, exploration of space or underwater, rocketry or mission to moon, everywhere India has left a stamp of scientific temper that is in construct of our modern nation.

News Update from Iran
Shahriar Kia - 6/20/2009
Tehran

From Shemiran to Azadi Square, there are state security forces with full equipment standing in every square meter in this region. The streets leading to Azadi including Ariashahr have been closed.

Maryam Rajavi: Irreversible escalation of crisis and Ďpolitical earthquakeí
Shahriar Kia - 6/20/2009
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, described remarks by the clerical regimeís Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in todayís Friday prayers sermon as an indication of an irreversible escalation of crisis and a Ďpolitical earthquakeí within the regime. She said Khamenei had insisted on the ridiculous figure of 40 million votes in the sham election and strongly supported Mahmoud Ahmadinejadís presidency and blatantly rejected the request by the rival defeated faction to annul the election result. This, she said, was a blatant threat to crack down ruthlessly on the popular uprising.

People clash with suppressive forces throughout Tehran
Shahriar Kia - 6/20/2009
Women and youths clashed with agents of the mullahsí dictatorship in various parts of Tehran. Tens of thousands of residents of Tehran gathered in 7 Tir Square at 18:30 (local time) and chanted ďdeath to the dictatorĒ. Earlier, thousands of students marched from the University of Tehran to 7 Tir Square.

Iran's Stolen Election Should Change Western Policies
Prof. Barry Rubin - 6/18/2009
Many Western analysts and journalists are treating the stolen election in Iran as something of no international significance. After all, they say, it is only an internal matter. Why should it affect Western attempts to engage with the Islamist regime?

Show is over and the real game has begun
Nasser Razy - 6/15/2009
The show was the election and the real game is the eruption of peoples silenced anger which can be seen in the streets of Tehran and other cities and can be heard in their slogans which is a clear indication of the will of Iranian society to uproot the religious dictatorship and establish freedom and democracy.

The brother of leader of Jondolla was hanged in Zahedan
Reza Hossein Borr - 6/12/2009
London, 8-6-09--Abdol Hamid Rigi, the brother of Abdol Malik Rigi, the leader of People's Resistance Movement of Iran, Jondolla, was hanged in Zahedan on Saturday, 6 June 09 after he was extradited from Pakistan to Iran, The semi-official Fars News Agency reported.

Iranian ďReformĒ Charades
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 6/12/2009
Iranís presidential elections, scheduled for today (12 June 2009), are an elaborate charade, intended to give the appearance of democracy as well as the ability of Iranian voters to choose between hard-line conservatives and reforming moderates. It is a charade because the election is neither free nor fair, and the outcome already has been pre-determined by the decision of one man, and one man alone. For those unfamiliar with the electoral system in the Islamic Republic of Iran, let me elaborate.

A turning point in mullahs' escalating internal feuding
Shahriar Kia - 6/11/2009
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, described WednesdayĎs television debate between mullahsí president Ahmadinejad and Mir-Hossein Moussavi, a presidential candidate and a former prime minister, where the mullahsí secrets were revealed, as a turning point in the regimeís escalating internal feuding and a devastating blow to its entirety. Whoever comes out of ballot boxes is doomed to suffer from its scathing and broad consequences, she reiterated.

Khamenaei called Fatema, the daughter of the holy Prophet, a martyr
Reza Hossein Borr - 6/5/2009
Ayatollah Khamenaei, the supreme leader of Iran, officially interpreted the natural death of Fatema, the daughter of the holy Prophet, as martyrdom, thus justifying the actions of those who have organised Omar Denunciation Ceremonies. (1 ) The ceremonies began about two months ago in Baluchistan where the majority of the people are Sunnis and resulted in widespread conflicts between Baluch Sunnis and Iranian security forces. The tension mounted when the People's Resistance Movement of Iran, Jondollah, initiated a bomb blast in a mosque that was dominated by the security forces and Iranian militia.

130 security forces and militias killed in Baluchistan
Reza Hossein Borr - 6/4/2009
130 security forces and militias have been killed in a suicide bombing yesterday in Zahidan, the capital of Baluchistan, claimed The Peopleís Resistance Movement of Iran, Jondollah, while the latest reports by the official Iranian news agencies say that only 30 men have been killed and 182 have been injured in the incident. The People Resistance Movement of Iran, Jondollah, claimed that this incident has been organised in response to one week of Omar Denunciation Ceremonies which the fanatic Shias and security forces organised to curse Omar, the second Caliph, whom they blame for killing Fatema, the daughter of Prophet Mohammad.

Iran extends its influence in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Reza Hossein Borr - 5/28/2009
The Islamic Republic of Iran is taking advantage of a lapse in American politics when President Obama is formulating his new Middle East policies to actualize its expansionist policies in the Middle East. Just a few days after the summit meeting of American president with the presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan, president Ahmadinejad invited the presidents of both countries to Iran in a comprehensive show of unity. The president of Iran was able to emphasize the strategy of regional peace and security by the governments of the region while both Pakistan and Afghanistan are heavily dependent on America for their survival.

Iran-Syria Alliance in Harmony
Jonathan Spyer, Ph.D. - 5/28/2009
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran and President Bashar Assad of Syria reconfirmed the close alliance between their two countries during the Iranian president's visit to Damascus this week.

June is the Cruelest Month
Prof. Barry Rubin - 5/26/2009
April, wrote T.S. Elliott, is the cruelest month of all. But for hopes of peace, freedom, and moderation in the Middle East, June will play that role this year. In Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad backed by the spiritual guide is about to be reelected. In Lebanon, a regime backed by Iran and Syria is about to be installed.

Sejil 2 Missile has 2,500 kilometer range; could carry nuclear warhead
Shahriar Kia - 5/24/2009
According to information obtained by the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) from inside of Iran, the "Sejil 2" Missile could carry nuclear warhead and is part of the clerical regime's drive to obtain nuclear weapons. The clerical regime announced on Wednesday, May 20 that it had test fired this missile successfully.

By erecting these high walls and fences, Iran monopolised drug trafficking
Reza Hossein Borr - 5/22/2009
If the Iranian people and international community believed the propaganda of the Islamic Republic of Iran that the Baluch people were drug traffickers before they cannot believe it anymore when they look at these high concrete walls, deep canals and thick and high metal fences that have been established all along the borders with Afghanistan and Pakistan. There are hundreds of checkpoints at the top of high towers all over the borders. The security guards can detect the movement of every single person along the border. It is impossible for an ordinary person to climb over these high concrete walls, fences or go thru very deep canals without being detected.

Forces Positioning Themselves in Iranian Elections
Kambiz Basetvat - 5/19/2009
With less than a month to Presidential election the political landscape is getting more complicated. The student organizations could not get their choice to become candidate for election, and they are now considering endorsing another reformist candidate. The reformist political activists, other than the goal of removing Ahmadinejad from office, condition their support for the reformist candidates to their specific demands. The interesting developments in this election are the formation of a few new voting blocs. Meaning, since none religious political entities canít organize freely in a polit...

Call to identify and expel Iranian regime intelligence agents from European countries
Shahriar Kia - 5/13/2009
An annual report recently published by the Swedish security service (Sapo) mentions the expulsion of a spy who had been working as an embassy advisor in Sweden, thus uncovering a part of the Iranian regime intelligence services plots against Iranian dissidents and refugees residing in Sweden. The report refers to gathering of information and identifying regime opponents, impeding opposition activities through threats and bribes, spreading misinformation, propaganda, and conducting a demonizing campaign against the opposition, working to diminish trust toward regime opponents, infiltrating thei...

A brief about Ashraf
Shahriar Kia - 5/3/2009
Facts about the Ashraf camp for Iranian opposition in Iraq:

This Time the Truth Caught Up with their Lies
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 5/1/2009
The American author Mark Twain once noted: ďA lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.Ē

Supreme Judge of Palestine called on Iraqi government to end Ashraf Siege of Iranian Opposition Members
Shahriar Kia - 4/22/2009
Hon. Sheikh Dr. Taisir al-Tamimi, Supreme Judge of Palestine and the president of Jurisdiction Supreme Council urged the Iraqi government to remove the siege from the Iranian refugees residing in Ashraf city and to acknowledge their rights in the context of international law and humanitarian treatment. He underscored that their expulsion and displacement is in contradiction with the international law.

Ahmadinejad's Wager, The World's Peril
Prof. Barry Rubin - 4/22/2009
Why did Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, with the full backing of Iran's regime, behave as he did at the Durban-2 conference? One reason, of course, is that he believed every word he said, and much of the Iranian Islamist regime thinks the same way. This factor should always be remembered, lest people think this was only some cynical ploy.

The Quest for Democracy in an Islamic Style Fascist Dictatorship
Kambiz Basetvat - 4/8/2009
The Islamic Republic presidential election is scheduled for June 12, 2009, has brought a new life to political activity in Iran. Popular electionsí legitimacy for the government became a well respected tradition since the 1905 Constitutional Revolution; although most of the times since then they were a faÁade for dictatorial regimes. For a peculiar internal structure of Shiite branch of Islam, Shiite authorities keep their independent from the most revered or powerful; in short, there is no firm hierarchy in Shi.ism. Since Islamic Republic is a new form of Shi.ism authority universally impose...

Italian Senators and MPs condemn pressures and limitations on Ashraf
Shahriar Kia - 3/24/2009
In a press conference in Italian Parliament in Rome, a number of prominent members of Italian Senate and Parliament condemned the limitations and impositions of pressures dictated by the clerical regime of Iran against Ashraf residents and asked the Unites States to stand for its commitments regarding protection of Ashraf.

Six Baluch were hanged and 7 were shot dead in the last seven days
Reza Hossein Borr - 3/24/2009
London- 10.3.09--Six Baluch were hanged and 7 were shot dead in the last seven days. Radio Farda quoted official news agencies of the Iranian government as saying that the six men were accused of Fighting God and Corrupting the Earth, a term used by the courts to describe the activities of those who are fighting against the Iranian government. Fighting against the government has been equaled to fighting against God by the Islamic regime. None of the official news agencies that reported these incidents revealed the names of the victims. The Iranian government usually refuses to give the full details of the identities of its victims in order to confuse the public. (1)

Iranians urge Red Cross to protect PMOI members in Iraq
Nasser Razy - 3/10/2009
Supporters of the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI) on Thursday rallied outside the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in London urging the world body to take urgent action to guarantee the protection and fundamental rights of PMOI members in Camp Ashraf in Iraq.

The homes of relatives of Ashraf City residents viciously raided and many arrested in Tehran
Shahriar Kia - 3/3/2009
On Friday February 20, 2009, the mullahsí Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) conducted simultaneous raids of many homes across Tehran belonging to families of members of the Peopleís Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) residing in Ashraf City, Iraq. While the families were resting in their homes, the regimeís suppressive forces broke doors and windows, entered the households while terrorizing the families, and brutally beating them. A number of them were arrested and transferred to the notorious Evin prison without even being allowed to change into proper clothing. The regimeís sup...

After the removal of PMOI off EU blacklist no more excuse remains for pressuring Ashraf residents
Shahriar Kia - 2/23/2009
After security pact has signed between the US and Iraq in December 2008 and after protection of Ashraf has transferred from US forces to the Iraqi government at the beginning of 2009, the Iranian regime started a series of new conspiracies against its opposition, members of the PMOI residing in Ashraf in Iraq.

Does The Islamic Republic's demise derive from its presidential election?
Kambiz Basetvat - 2/23/2009
In 1979, in the final months of Shahís regime, Khomeinist forces in their scheme to take over political power in Iran stressed on the republicanism of their Islamic regime to cement support of nationalists, liberals, and leftists for their leadership of an anti Shah movement. The Islamist later proved the worthlessness of their promise to none religious political groups, but the regime was trapped with idea of the power and legitimacy of the peopleís votes and republicanism of the regime. In the three decades of Islamic regime existence the political landscape in Iran has changed dramatically,...

Iranian regime Recycling circus
Hassan Daioleslam - 2/23/2009
After 30 years of dealing with the United States and Europe, the Iranian regime has mastered two qualities: How to achieve objectives by bullying and blackmail; and, how to recycle its political refuse and reuse it in the US.

Harming John Solecki will harm Baloch Cause
Reza Hossein Borr - 2/23/2009
Your voice has been heard all over the world. Now the international community has become aware of what is going on in Baluchistan. They know that 141 women and about six thousands men are missing. The world is aware that the Baluch women have been used as sex slaves in prisoners. You have achieved your outcome. John Solecki not only helped the Baluch people in his freedom, but he served the cause of the Baluch people while he was under your protection. This man has served your cause more than any other foreign men or any other country. Because of the world's attention to him, you also received the attention of the world.

26 security officers were killed in Baluchistan
Reza Hossein Borr - 2/5/2009
26 security officers were killed in Baluchistan in two separate incidents, Iranian officials sites reported. The first incidents was organised by People's Resistance Movement of Iran, Jondollah, in Sarawan on 20th of January. Jondollah reported in a statement that this operation was conducted to prevent supplies of arms and ammunitions to a military base near the border of Pakistan. This base is used for operations against Baluch fighters in the area between Sarawan and Zahedan. Jondollah claimed that they have used two roadside bombs to explode two cars which were loaded by ammunitions and arms. 14 security guards were killed in this operation.

European Parliamentarians and jurists urge EU to recognize Iranian Resistance
Shahriar Kia - 1/28/2009
Dozens of Parliamentarians from EU national parliaments and the European Parliament as well as jurists and human rights activists urged the European Union on Tuesday to recognize the Iranian Resistance. The announcement was made at a press conference in Brussels organized by the European committee "In Search of Justice" (ISJ), which represents some 2,000 Parliamentarians from all member states of the 27-nation bloc.

Questions about a New Conference on Iran
Hassan Daioleslam - 1/28/2009
The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University will be hosting a two-day conference1 on the theme of "The Iranian Revolution: Thirty Years" on the weekend of February 7-8th, 2009. Judging by the selection of speakers and considering Rutgers' past activities, we could predict another conference satisfying both the Iranian regime and those who crave for "coexistence" with the Iranian Ayatollahs.

Fabricating lies about a nonexistent MeK suicide operation
Shahriar Kia - 1/28/2009
Simultaneous with the arrest of dozens of the families of Ashraf residents at Tehran Airport, Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran- based in Paris, and the jurists in defense of Ashraf, based on reliable intelligence from inside of the Iranian regime, disclosed the mullahsí regime extensive plot for imposing pressure, conspiring and fabricating cases against the residents of Ashraf.

Iranian regime enjoys Arabs and Jews killing each other
Reza Hossein Borr - 1/8/2009
The Iranian Ayatollahs who see Shiism as the embodiment of Iranian nationalism are enjoying themselves quietly in their huge and well-secured palaces in Iran while the Arabs and Israelis kill each other. They are enjoying their success in provoking both Palestinians and Israelis in a war which is providing the grounds for the Islamic Republic to become a major player in politics of region without being accountable or without being hurt. The regime considers both, enemies of Iran and Iranian Shiism, and helps both to become the victims of their own hatred and anger.

Iraqi National Security Advisor pledge to close down Ashraf City
Shahriar Kia - 1/8/2009
The Iranian Resistance views the unlawful remarks by Mr. Mowaffak al-Rubaie, Iraqi National Security Adviser, on "prohibiting any political, propaganda, cultural, religious, and social activities" of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) and "closure of Camp Ashraf and moving its people and their expulsion to Iran or a third country," a consequence of the Iranian regime's enormous pressures on the Iraqi government, which come following the signing of the security agreement between Iraq and the U.S. government. In addition, the recent judgments by the European Court of Justice annu...

Iranians rally outside French embassy in London
Nasser Razy - 12/29/2008
Iranians from across the UK rallied outside the French embassy on Monday to demand that the French presidency of the EU implement a European Court verdict removing at once the name of the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI) from the EU's terrorist list. The supporters of the Iranian Resistance warned that a failure by the EU Council of Ministers to implement the judgment of the Court of First Instance of the European Communities and a decision instead to trample on the rule of law could result in a humanitarian catastrophe for political opponents of the regime at Camp Ashraf in Iraq and lead to an unprecedented Europe-wide politico-legal scandal.

Maintaining a Free Ashraf
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 12/29/2008
The following text was delivered as a speech on the 104th day of the vigil being held for Camp Ashraf, and was delivered at Lafayette Park across from the White House in Washington, DC, on December 24, 2008:

31 Balochis killed in the last 30 days in Iran
Reza Hossein Borr - 12/22/2008
One Baluch was killed and another one was arrested on 20.12.08 by the Iranian security forces, the Iranian Fars News Agency reported. (1) This Baluch was killed when he was travelling in Kerman province. The report suggested that there was an armed clash between the two sides but did not say anything about the government casualties.

Court orders EU to lift ban on Iran's PMOI immediately
Nasser Razy - 12/22/2008
The Court of First Instance of the European Communities (CFI), in its fourth ruling over the past two years, rejected a request by the EU Council and France to delay implementation of the 4 December court ruling on the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) until the deadline to submit an appeal against the ruling has ended. It described their demand as "clearly unacceptable" and ordered the Council to pay all legal costs incurred by the PMOI.

Mullahs Will Have To Choose To Be Either Gorbachev or Ceausescu
Ryan Mauro - 12/16/2008
Although our window to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons or the capability to produce them nearly at-will is closing quickly, so is the regimeís ability to govern effectively. Besides the option of supporting democratic opposition forces in Iran, as I constantly argue for, there remains other options for non-military means of pressuring the regime.

Iranís ďaging oil infrastructureĒ will likely doom its economy, and the mullahs that rely on oil exports for about 90% of government revenue:

972 Baloch have been arrested
Reza Hossein Borr - 12/6/2008
Tyranny has no any limits in Iran now. You as a human being and international community can prevent the expansion of tyranny in Iran. Tyranny began to grow when you as an individual, you as a leader, and you as a nation believed that you cannot stop it.

Iran is promoting hatred against Sunnis
Reza Hossein Borr - 12/3/2008
The Islamic Republic of Iran systematically is generating far-reaching hatred against Sunnis in a way that has no precedence in history. While the Safavid Kings used their swords for the massacre of thousands of Sunnis, the Iranian Shia regime is using a new strategy for generating a wide and deep resentment in the unconscious mind of the general public, especially the young generations who have been born after the revolution. This strategy is about presenting Islam in a way that only legitimizes the Shias and illegitimize the Sunni Moslems and portrays them as the infidels who have been destroying Islamic principles even when the prophet was alive.

Taking a stand for Ashraf
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 11/26/2008
We were assembled on the afternoon of 31 October 2008 at the United Nations Plaza on the 50th day of a vigil to draw the worldís attention to a miscarriage of justiceóa violation of an agreementóa double-crossing of a partner and ally in the civilized worldís war with the barbarity that has been unleashed upon civilization by Khomeinism and those that would apply obscurantist religious law to rule society. Iím referring to the decision of the State Department and the Pentagon directing the coalition forces constituted as the Multi-National Force-Iraq to transfer authority and responsibility fo...

Stop the execution of 5 Baloch innocent young men
Reza Hossein Borr - 11/26/2008
London- 25.11.08-- After the demolition of Azim Abad mosque in Balochistan on 27 August 2008, several students and teachers were arrested for expressing their discontent about the demolition of the mosque. Five of them are now on trial on fabricated charges of having links with the People's Resistance Movement of Iran, Jondollah. Everybody in Baluchistan knows quite well that these are simple teachers and students that have no any kind of links with any armed group or political organizations.

Protection of Camp Ashraf residents
Nasser Razy - 11/3/2008
We are extremely alarmed by reports that the U.S.-led Coalition is contemplating transferring to Iraqi forces the protection of nearly 4,000 Iranian political refugees residing in Camp Ashraf, which include 1,000 women, who are "protected persons" under international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Bombardment of Balochistan, Iran, on 11, 12, 13 October 08 by Iranian forces
Reza Hossein Borr - 10/22/2008
After visiting his uncle, Nader Baloch began walking towards his home. He saw a huge smoke and fire was coming from the neighborhood where he lived with his parents. As he moved closer he realised that the smoke was coming from his own home. A large number of people gathered in the neighborhood. The Iranian security forces had surrounded his home to arrest his brother but since they found the iron door locked, the security forces climbed over the roof and poured few gallons of oil from the chimney in the main room and set fire on it. His parents, sisters and brothers were there when it was set on fire. All of them were burned to death as if they were in hell.

Bombardment of a large part of Western and Northern Baluchistan
Reza Hossein Borr - 10/13/2008
London, 13 October 2008--Dozens of Baluchi villages have been destroyed in the bombardment of a large part of Western and northern Baluchistan in the third day of the bombardments. The bombardment began in Dumag after an unexpected encounter between the security forces and guerrilla fighters of People's Resistance Movement of Iran three days ago in a long range of mountains that begin from Zahedan, Capital of Balochistan and continue to the Kerman province in the Eastern part of Iran.

Open Letter to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 9/30/2008
Mr. President, for once I find myself in complete agreement with you, which is a great surprise, given our different backgrounds and views on religion, politics, and life. But when I read your recent statement that Israel's Jews should return home, I found myself absolutely amazed that we are in such total agreement: Israel's Jews should return home. Absolutely; every last one of them should go home!

The Need to Contain Iran & Hezbollah before it is too late
Elias Bejjani - 9/30/2008
Hezbollah, the Iranian terrorist militant and fundamentalist organization, is now actually occupying Lebanon, controlling its government and terrorizing its peace loving people. This Iranian mercenary Army by all means and according to all standards is like a wild and cannibal beast gradually devouring Lebanon, the independent, free and multicultural state.

Violation of human rights continues in Baluchistan, Iran
Reza Hossein Borr - 9/29/2008
Following the arrest of 5 Baloch human rights activists on Sunday, 7 September, two more civil society campaigners were arrested today, 10th of September. Mohammad Hussain Khalili and Mohammad Reza Rakhshani who run a cultural society were violently arrested and taken to an unknown location.

The destruction of another Sunni mosque in Iran and its consequences
Reza Hossein Borr - 8/27/2008
The security forces of Iran attacked a mosque and a religious school at three o'clock in the morning today, 27 August 2008, arrested the students and staff and destroyed the mosque and the religious school in the North East of Baluchistan, Iran. The security forces used several bulldozers and tractors to completely destroy the building of Imam Abu Hanifa Mosque in Azimabad, a suburb of the city of Zabol. Nobody knows what has happened to the students, teachers and staff of the school and the mosque. The people who witnessed this morning operations observed that the students and teachers wer...

Iranians rally outside Red Cross demanding protection of PMOI's rights in Ashraf city in Iraq
Nasser Razy - 8/26/2008
Hundreds of Iranians gathered outside the UK office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) urging the world humanitarian body to take action to ensure that Coalition forces continue to protect the members of Iran's main opposition force, the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI), in Camp Ashraf in Iraq's Diyala Province.

The Educated Dictators of Iran
Prof. Kazem Kazerounian - 8/26/2008
The fiasco of the clumsily forged Oxford doctoral diploma of the Iranian interior minister is comically tragic. Unfortunately for the interior Minister Ali Kordan, he will not be able to join the elite group of Dr. Ahmadinejad, Dr. Larijani, Dr. Khatami, Dr. Maleki, Dr. Rezaii, Dr. Motaki, Dr. Jajili and a thousand other officials with a PhD degree any time soon. However this debacle raises the question, why Tehranís rulers feel the need to carry the title of ďDoctorĒ to govern?

Execution and mass arrest in Baluchistan
Reza Hossein Borr - 8/15/2008
Yaqoub Mehrnehad, the Baloch peaceful political activist, journalist and writer was executed today, the fourth of August 2008 along with another young Baluch human rights activist, Abdolreza Taheri Sadr. He was sentenced to death some time ago. When his family was allowed to meet after that he said that he was quite innocent and had no contact with any armed group. He said that he campaigned for equality and Justice and if death is the price for equality and Justice he would accept it with all his heart as accepting tyranny is giving the tyrants the opportunity to terrorise the innocent people.

The execution of two security men is not justified
Reza Hossein Borr - 8/4/2008
I have been informed that Al Arabia television has broadcast a video film of Peoples Resistance Movement of Iran, Jondollah, about the execution of two members of the revolutionary guards of Iran. I have been informed that the film shows quite clearly how two members of security guards have been executed. If this is the case, as a journalist and a human rights activist, I strongly express my protest about the execution of these officers and showing of the video of their execution. This act of violence is not justified by any means and is not acceptable by anybody who is campaigning for observation of human rights.

Appeasement Business as Usual
Prof. Kazem Kazerounian - 8/3/2008
White House has announced that the Undersecretary of State William Burns will attend talks between the EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Iranís negotiator Saeed Jalili. While Iranís lobbyists in Washington are celebrating, many political observers are puzzled by the unexpected change of hearts of the Bush administration that had maintained that no talks would be held until Iran halted its uranium enrichment. A few hours after the US announcement, the Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated that Iran will not pass its read line (namely halting uranium enrichment), but ne...

Iranian version of Shiism portrayed Ali as the Creator of Universe
Reza Hossein Borr - 7/29/2008
Two separate videos that were recently published showed how the Iranian version of Shiism has been diverted from the Islamic principles. One of them depicted Ali, the fourth Caliph, as the creator of the universe and skies and the giver of food to humanity. The second video portrayed Fatema, the daughter of the prophet, as Al Rahman wa Al Rahim, (2 names of God) and the owner of Day of Judgement.

Gullibility & Guile: the Ben-Ami Ė Parsi "Peace with Iran" Plan
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 7/17/2008
Humans have a strong desire to solve problems, especially when it is believed that the efforts will solve major international conflicts and bring regionalóor possibly even worldópeace. This characteristic within the human psyche may prove to be very beneficial for the long-term survival of this planet in an age of nuclear proliferation. But it is essential for any "problem solver" to know well his/her partners in a potential peace pact. The recent article[1] by Dr. Shlomo Ben-Amióformerly Israelīs Minister of Foreign Affairs in the government of Ehud Barak and currently vice-president of the T...

The Baloch Movement is not supported by the US
Reza Hossein Borr - 7/17/2008
Dozens of different authors, Think tanks and web sites have claimed that the Baluch struggle for establishing democracy in Iran is somehow financed or supported by the United States of America, Western Europe or Arab countries. These claims are totally false and fabricated. These are either claims by the Islamic Republic of Iran or its lobbyists. Some uninformed journalists and boasting intelligence officers are involved too. The claims that they make are the copies of the false accusations of Islamic Republic of Iran that have been attributed to independent and popular Baluch resistance against the regime.

An Alternative to War or Surrender With Iran
Prof. Barry Rubin - 7/17/2008
Here's what Israel thinks: Since Iran's regime is thoroughly radical and deeply committed to its destruction, Israel can't accept Tehran having nuclear weapons. Unless sanctions and pressures can stop this program Israel must attack in order to defend itself.

Radio Farda and Iranian oppositionís rally in Paris
Pooya Javid - 7/16/2008
On the morning of June 28, 2008, this news article appeared on Radio Fardaís Persian-language web page: ďPolish Students in the rally of Peopleís Mojahedin OrganizationĒ.

The Persian Empire in the Middle East is consolidated
Reza Hossein Borr - 7/11/2008
The shift of power to Hezbollah in Lebanon consolidated the Persian Empire in the Middle East. The Iranians always craved to reinstate their Empire after it was destroyed by the Arabs. Now by plotting, clandestine agreements, smart political manoeuvring and military strategies, the Persians have been able to reintroduce their Empire again in the Middle East. First it was Iraq which was the major barrier towards the advancement of Persians in the Middle East. The United States of America removed that formidable barrier for them and paved their way for further march in the heart of Arabs lands.

Iran's 2008 Parliamentary Elections: A Triumph Of The System
Raz Zimmt, Ph.D. candidate - 7/7/2008
Over 24 million voters participated in the elections for the eighth Iranian parliament (Majlis), on March 14, 2008. Since the Islamic Revolution (1979), the Majlis has been one of the major pillars in Iranian politics. Under Iran's system of clerical rule, ultimate power lies not with the Majlis or even the president, but with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameneíi.

MeK Deserves To Be Legalized
Ana K. Sami - 7/7/2008
This text is being written in response to the article written by Ahmad Baaran on June 1, 2008 entitled "Errors in UK Court Decision on MEK". Baaran heavily criticizes the "lack of sophistication" within the UK legal system in regards to a recent decision by their Court of Appeals to remove the PMOI (People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran) from their list of terrorist organizations. The author provides a grossly inaccurate and distorted view of the PMOI's positions and core ideology, in addition to a skewed definition and use of the word "terrorism."

The leadership qualities of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Reza Hossein Borr - 7/7/2008
The Islamic Republic of Iran has been rated as one of the most incompetent and most inefficient countries in the world. It had scored between 10 to 30 points from 100 in areas of accountability, corruption, political instability, quality of performance and government effectiveness. It has possibly wasted more human and financial resources than any other country in the last 29 years. Its performance has declined gradually and steadily and corruption and violence have increased dramatically over the last ten years.

Tehran Tries to Throttle MEK Opposition Through Iraqi Allies
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 7/7/2008
On Saturday, June 14, 2008, the Solidarity Congress of the Iraqi Peoples[1] held its fourth annual meeting[2] at Camp Asraf in Diyala Province where it was hosted by the Iranian opposition group, the Mojahedin-e Khalq [MEK] (aka Peopleís Mojahedin Organization of Iran/PMOI). At the meeting, a petition was presented with the signatures of over 3 million Iraqi Shiites calling for the expulsion of the Iranian regime and its agents from the territory of Iraq, as well as the removal of restrictions from the PMOI in Iraq. The petition stated the following:

Iran's discredited Press TV Celebrates Anniversary of Propaganda
Paul Martin - 7/7/2008
According to reports, Iran 's state-run media known as "PressTV" is celebrating its anniversary. Though most people around the world find the media almost synonymous with propaganda, the Iran government continues to pay more than 27 million dollars to run it.

Iran's Future: Interview with Student Leader Amir Fakhravar
Dan Rabkin - 7/2/2008
Amir A. Fakhravar, an Iranian pro-democracy and student leader, joins me for an interview. He is the founder of the Iranian Freedom Movement, chairman of the Independent Student Movement, founder of the Confederation of Iranian Students, and president of the Iranian Enterprise Institute. Mr. Fakhravar is also an award winning author and journalist. The Iranian Revolutionary Guards have a shoot-on-sight order out against him. His website is located at www.fakhravar.com.

IRI Mind Games with the Iranian Opposition
Ghazal Omid - 6/27/2008
For the past thirty years, the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) has cleverly come up with a series of layers of fake opposition created to ensure that when Iranians look for regime opposition, they will find a fake, designed to distract, right in front of their eyes. The fake opposition is well educated and equipped with money and knowledge of how to deal with American politicians. There are so skillful that even the most veteran Iranian journalists, researchers and former politicians have a hard time distinguishing between the real and the fake.

Interview With Soona Samsami on Iran and NCRI
Dan Rabkin - 6/19/2008
Soona Samsami, a leading Iranian womenís rights and pro-democracy activist, joins me for an interview. She is the Executive Director of Womenís Freedom Forum and was the U.S. Representative of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) until its U.S. offices were closed by the State Department in 2003.

16 top security guards were captured by Baloch fighters
Reza Hossein Borr - 6/19/2008
In an interview on 17 June 08 with Dr Nourizadeh of Chanel one TV, the spokesman of the Peoples Resistance Movement of Iran, Jondollah, wowed to continue their struggle until the Islamic Republic of Iran is overthrown. In answer to a question that what kind of Iran he wants to see in future, he articulated a vision of equality, prosperity, freedom and democracy. He expressed that his organization's military operations in Sarawan, Baluchistan in which 16 top security guards were captured, was in response to the call of local people who had been beaten and their women had been raped by security...

The Islamic Republic of Iran is inciting Shia-Sunni Civil War in Iran
Reza Hossein Borr - 6/10/2008
"Damn Omar, the Murderer of Fatema." This was the slogan of the Shia revolutionary community in Zahedan, the capital of Baluchistan on Saturday, 7 June 2008. They marched in the style of grand elections. These marches were organised by the Shia fanatics who were supported by the Iranian regime. The demonstrators had written this slogan on many cars and cardboards and they were shouting it as they were marching in Zahedan, the Sunni dominated city of Baluchistan. The Shia fundamentalists have fabricated the facts of history and alleged that Fatema, the daughter of Prophet Muhammad, was murdered by Omar, the second Caliph.

The global vision of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Reza Hossein Borr - 6/9/2008
The manifestation of the global vision of the Islamic Republic of Iran is demonstrated in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Palestine. Khomeini formulated and devised a 50-year-global-vision in which he planned for the Islamic Republic of Iran to become the main power of the Middle East and the controller of the Persian Gulf as he asserted that the power that controls the Persian Gulf controls the throats of free world.

Shattered Engagements
Prof. Barry Rubin - 6/7/2008
Engagement doesnít always produce marriage and romance. In the U.S.-Iran case, diplomatic engagements have been repeatedly disastrous. Yet many think the idea of engagement was just invented and never tried.

Iran spreading poison of terror in Moslem nations
Sunita Paul - 5/25/2008
Almost every day, we read news and commentaries in the international media about Iran's direct or indirect participation in instigating terror as well as religious extremism. People in most of the Western capitals consider Iranian President Ahmadinejad as a devil. There are series of facts flooding in Western media about today's 'Islamic Republic of Iran' as well as its nuclear ambition and neo-conspiracy in patronizing global terror. Moslem press maintains particular silence in projecting such actions of Tehran in general, for quite obvious reason of religious bias.

How Iran is changing the balance of power in the Middle East?
Reza Hossein Borr - 5/21/2008
Lebanon fell in the lap of the Iranian regime in less than two days. Lebanon is now unofficially a colony of Iran. The illusions are over now. Those who thought that Iran has abandoned Hezbollah and occupation of Lebanon through Hezbollah were proved to be wrong. Iran designed a strategy of deception for some time to arm, equip and train Hezbollah to the highest level on one hand and to give false assurances to the Arab governments that it has no bad intentions in Lebanon. During this time, the Shia regime of Iran prepared Hezbollah so well and so much that it took over Beirout in less th...

Khamenei and Ahmadinejad, Men of Confidence or Great Fear?
Ghazal Omid - 5/20/2008
If you could look into their eyes, hear their voice and read the silent language of gestures, what would you see, men of confidence or great fear? May 1, 2008 was declared Teachersí day in Iran. It also featured a rare trip for Ali Khamenei to Shiraz. The senior leader of IRI has been diagnosed with many illnesses. Years have passed since his Presidency when he lost the use of his right hand to a bomb. Last year there were rumors of handing power to his successors. It is a rare and important gesture for him to venture to Shiraz, which is known in Iranian history as the cradle of Farsi Literature.

America's Opportunity in Iran and Iraq
David Amess - UK Parliament Member - 5/15/2008
As US rhetoric intensifies over Iranís seemingly incessant support for Iraqi militias, five Iraqi Members of Parliament are believed to have travelled to Iran to meet Iraqi cleric Muqtadr al Sadr, hoping to end the continued bloodshed. The discussions are believed to be centred on the increasing violence caused by fighters loyal to the cleric in the Southern provinces of Iraq. However, the delegation of Shia Parliamentarians is further looking to clarify the role that Iran is believed to be playing, most significantly in the clashes across Basra.

The Humiliating Price of Appeasing Iran
Prof. Sharam Taromsari, Ph.D. - 5/15/2008
In a unique action taken by prominent politicians, including a former home secretary, a former Solicitor General and a former Law Lord of the United Kingdom against the British government, Britain ís highest legal authority handed out a humiliating ruling against the British Government. This ruling reiterated an earlier ruling by the Proscribed Organisations Appeals Commission (POAC) in which they described the British governmentís attempt to list the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI) as a terrorist organisation as ďperverseĀ. The 32 page judgement was far stronger and goes beyon...

Gholam Haidar Baloch will be executed if he is transferred to Iran
Reza Hossein Borr - 5/14/2008
Balochistan Human Rights Watch reported that Gholam Haidar Baloch, a Pakistan national who was arrested for carrying unauthorized arms in Pakistan will be extradited to Iran after the court sentenced him for one-year imprisonment . The new government of Pakistan who has not sufficient experience in foreign policy of the region has decided to deliver this Pakistani citizen as the Iranian government claims that he is an Iranian national and he has committed crimes in Iran.

Yes, Iraq Had Unsettling al Qaida Connections
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 5/4/2008
The proposition that Iraq, prior to our intervention, never had a connection to al Qaida, or to any jihadist movement in a broader sense, has prematurely congealed into conventional wisdom. Nevertheless, this exemption of the Hussein family is fallacious and untrue. It would be appropriate if we can look at the history and information we have ó the known knowns, letís say ó in an empirical and apolitical manner, separating this discussion from the debate as to whether or not any of this merited war.

The beginning of a peopleís war in Balochistan, Iran
Reza Hossein Borr - 5/3/2008
When the Islamic Republic of Iran hanged two Sunni Baluch leaders in the morning of 9 April 08, the Baluch people knew that a new era has began in the relationship between the Shia fundamentalist regime of Iran and the rising Sunni Baluch people. As the Baluch culture requires, the Baluch people offered plenty of advice to the regime to stop its atrocities in Baluchistan and if they did not, then, they would face severe consequences. As usual, the Iranian regime underestimated the inner strength of the Baluch people and continued the execution and hanging of Baluch people. Now a widespread...

War with Iran: Closer than Ever II
Dan Rabkin - 5/1/2008
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the Iranian Oppositionís parliament-in-exile, is one anti-regime organization worthy of Western support.

War with Iran: Closer than Ever
Dan Rabkin - 4/30/2008
Americaís Mayor and former U.S. presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani previously said that ďthe use of military force against Iran would be very dangerous. It would be very provocative. The only thing worse would be Iran being a nuclear power.Ē Giuliani is absolutely right, but why are we sitting by as these frightful alternatives become the only two feasible options?

And Yes, Iran Has Unsettling al Qaida Connections
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 4/25/2008
My last article explored what the 9/11 Commission had to say about Iraqís links to al Qaida. The consensus of that commission was, in essence, that while it has not been proven that Saddamís Iraq had any collaborative relationship with the terror group ó that is to say, they never cooperated on a specific attack ó there were, in fact, serious connections and high-level contacts between the two parties for years (offers of asylum to bin Laden, requests for basing privileges by bin Laden, etc.).

Western Failure to Contain Iran
Dr. Sharam Taromsari - 4/20/2008
Since the 1979 revolution in Iran, international political systems have witnessed dramatic changes. The cold war was declared over after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Given the nature of these changes, terms such as critical engagement and constructive engagement became buzz words amongst foreign policy decision makers. A new world order was declared and in the UK, New Labour went as far as declaring "ethical foreign policy".

The Iranian Job
Colonel Charbel Barakat - 4/16/2008
During the Shah time Iran was becoming one of the major players in the Middle East region, being an oil country with a liberal regime and an ally to the West at the borders of the Soviet Union, the Shah had the best army in the Gulf very well equipped and trained in the Western military academies. We still remember the celebration of Persepolis with the fortune the Shah spent to show the glory of the ancient Persia. The French President then, Mr. Ponpidou, refused to assist to this celebration, to which all the world leaders were invited, claming that it is not fair to spend so much money for such a celebration while the Iranian people is in need of it.

Flirting with the Mullahs
Prof. Mohammad Parvin, Ph.D. and Hassan Daioleslam - 4/7/2008
Senator Dianne Feinstein is announced as the keynote speaker of an upcoming event in Capitol Hill on US-Iran relations.1 (April 6th) Trita Parsi, the president of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) will moderate the conference. Parsi was the political advisor and assistant to now the federal prisoner Bob Ney. Neyís conviction was partly related to the bribes he received from two London based international felons working with the Iranian regime.

Iranian Nuclear Program Remains In Full Flow
Lt. Cdr. Esmaeil Abnar - 3/24/2008
The threat posed by Iran to Coalition troops in the region is considerable. Iran has for a number of years run a systematic campaign of targeting all Coalition troops based in Iraq, Afghanistan and the wider region. However, this campaign may well be considerably more deadly if the Iranian regime were to acquire a nuclear weapon, a scenario which is now becoming an ever growing prospect.

YouTube Banned and Censored in Iran
Ghazal Omid - 3/5/2008
Feb 26th, 2008, Reuters reported, ďYouTube outage might have been caused by Pakistan.Ē Cheap YouTube viewsallow the opposition to promote its message and the government is trying to prevent it. The same night, news of YouTube being shut down was discussed on every major network, speculating whether the Pakistani government was responsible. YouTube executives didnít call it censorship, explaining the shutdown was the result of a routing change creating a massive traffic jam and ďmany users around the world could not access the site for about two hours.Ē

US Policy on Iran: Where is the Missing Link?
Ghazal Omid - 3/4/2008
A new set of sanctions against Iran has again been recommended to the UN Council. The IRI reacted with an unenforceable threat to the UN. The threat is impotent because Iranís economy is not thriving but IRI uses media cleverly to portray Iran as otherwise. Article 44 of IRI Assembly allows the IRI to cleverly work around sanctions. The IRI relationship with Arab countries of the Persian Gulf suggests that, behind the scenes, there is ďblinkingĒ at the sanctions.

Using Amnesty and Human Rights for change in Iran
Ghazal Omid - 2/28/2008
On February 22, Amnesty International had a panel discussion on Human Rights in Iran and how to move forward with that issue. The following paragraph is from Amnestyís webpage: "This is a panel presentation followed by discussion on how activists can promote human rights in Iran in the context of the current situation. Panelists include: Trita Parsi of the National Iranian-American Council, activists Elahe Amani and Nazanin Boniadi, and former AI Board member Alireza Azizi.Ē Several days prior to this panel discussion, Iranians flooded Amnesty with faxes and e-mails in angry reaction to the de...

Iranian Elections A FaÁade For Terror-Sponsoring Regime
Hossein Abedini - 2/26/2008
As the Iranian regime prepares itself for upcoming parliamentary elections on 14 March, I am reminded of a day in Turkey exactly 18 years before it, when the mullahs' brutal nature and their support for terrorism became a stark reality for me. On 14 March 1990, in mid-afternoon I was sitting next to the driver taking me to the Istanbul airport, when suddenly a car carrying four men blocked our path. Another car pinned us in from behind. Seconds later, two men, one from the front car and one from the car behind, raced out with automatic guns. As they approached, I opened the car door and rushed...

Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) Campaign of Terror Against the Opposition
Ghazal Omid - 2/20/2008
The Iranian regime celebrated its 29th anniversary in January 2008 for a two week period called Fajar or Victory. No doubt the revolution has been a victorious event for the IRI government but it is an entirely different story for the Iranian people.

Hear the Cry of the People of Iran for Freedom
Baroness May Blood - Member of UK House of Lords - 2/19/2008
On January 31, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution expressing its "deep concern over the deterioration of the human rights situation in Iran." The EP strongly condemned the death sentences and executions in Iran, in particular those imposed and/or carried out on minors.

Blacklisting Iranian Opposition Despite Court Order
Malcolm Fowler - 2/18/2008
On Wednesday, January 23, 2008 the Council of Europe voted on a resolution in relation to the United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) terror blacklists. This resolution was based on a report by Dick Marty, a Swiss investigator working for the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Council of Europe. The report and the resolution in turn were a damning indictment of the way in which individuals and groups are blacklisted within the EU and UN.

Iran's Majlis Elections Neither Free Nor Fair
Mark Williams - UK Member of Parliament - 2/7/2008
It is with optimism that I usually regard elections. Win or lose, they are an opportunity for the voice of the people to be heard, but an exception to this will be the Iranian ďelectionsĒ this March. Elections in Iran are neither free nor fair. Mahmoud Ahmadinejadís rise to the Presidency in 2005 serves as a striking example. Even by the regimeís own pre-poll records, Ahmadinejad was not even close to first place. So how does a previously-unheard-of Revolutionary Guards commander with no proven success in politics and no pre-poll showing get more than 50 percent of the votes in an election widely boycotted by the vast majority of the Iranian population? Simple. He doesnít.

Iranian Revolutionary Guards Perpetuate Terror Within and Without
Majid Sadeghpour, Ph.D. - 1/21/2008
"Cold blooded murders", a friend of mine cried out recently as she recalled gruesome memories from Iran while reflecting on the newly levied sanctions against Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). Encouraged and emboldened, her voice was filled with anger, determination, and a newfound hope that echoed the braveness of dissident university students in Iran of today. All a reminder that the Presidential executive orders 13382 and 13224 carry a subtle but dual benefit affecting not only Iranian regime's activities abroad, but also its enemies within.

US Policies On Iran and Iranian People
Ghazal Omid - 1/18/2008
President Bush has been active the first month of 2008 reviving his efforts to boost his Middle East peace initiative. Part of that campaign is his trip to the Persian Gulf region. The Iranian and Gulf media has written more about Presidentís Bushís photo-ops and the Kuwait Foreign Ministerís sudden visit to Iran while President Bush is in that country than about the core of the trip itself.

Our Deadly Tango with Iran
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 1/18/2008
In the convoluted world of Middle East politics and diplomacy, the American relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) remains one of the most difficult to fathom. However, of late, the dense fog that emanates from the Persian Gulf and also swirls so frequently along the shores of the Potomac that the area is known locally as ďFoggy BottomĒóthat veil of fog has lifted, and for once a relatively clear view is possible for those willing to look. Islamic Iranís policies on the ground, particularly in Iraq, are directly related to our own forcefulness or timidity towards the mullah regim...

Iran's Nuclear and Syria's Iraq Adventures
Prof. Barry Rubin - 12/22/2007
The two main areas where the alliance of radical forces in the Middle East confront Western interests and pose a danger of major instability are Iran's drive for nuclear weapons and Syria's efforts to destabilize Iraq. This article considers these two issues. First, it examines what effect Iran's obtaining nuclear weapons would have on Middle East politics, with an emphasis on scenarios that would occur even if Iran never actually uses them. Second, it asks why it is that the interests of Iran's ally, Syria, compel it to destabilize Iraq.

Iranís 2003 Grand Bargain Offer: Secrets, Lies, and Manipulation
Hassan Daioleslam - 12/19/2007
In the past year, Iran has emerged as the main concern for United States foreign policy. In the aftermath of Iraq war, the United States is blamed for not pursuing diplomatic means in dealing with Iran. Much is said and written about the lost opportunity of dialogue and settling differences with Iran in 2003.

War With Iran For Knowledge
Imran Khan - 12/9/2007
Two significant things happened in October 2007. One was the visit of Russia's President Vladimir Putin to Iran in mid October, as he was the first Kremlin leader to visit Iran since Josef Stalin in 1943. He exchanged warm words with Iranians and said that there is no evidence to suggest Iran wants to build a nuclear bomb and "peaceful nuclear activities must be allowed". He also warned against the use of force against Iran "Not only should we reject the use of force, but also the mention of force as a possibility."

An Increasing Possibility
Jonathan Spyer, Ph.D. - 11/16/2007
The possible emergence of a nuclear-armed, Islamist Iran committed to the destruction of the Jewish state is the key security issue currently occupying the attention of Israel's political and security elite. It is one of the few issues upon which there is near (but not total) consensus. Israel has watched the growing power of radical elements within the Iranian ruling elite in the last half-decade with concern. These elements, of which President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad is the most prominent representative, openly reject Israel's right to exist. Ahmedinejad's comments advocating Israel's destructio...

Nuclear Iran: The Strategic Fallout
Prof. Barry Rubin - 11/16/2007
The Iranian nuclear issue is too important and dangerous to be miscomprehended. So here are some life-and-death factors to keep in mind about it:

Blacklisting Iran's Revolutionary Guard: War On Terror Has Finally Begun
Shahab Sariri - 11/13/2007
It was a real shocker to the clerical regime in Iran when the Bush administration blacklisted the Iranian regime's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and accused its elite Quds Force of supporting terrorism. The silence of the high ranking clerics in Tehran for several days was the proof of that. It was not until the passing of five days that Ali Khamenei appeared in public to alleviate the anxiety of the clerical establishment's shrinking ideological base.

Return from Paradise in the Left Lane
Hassan Daioleslam - 10/8/2007
In 2006, the Iranís nuclear dossier was referred to the UN Security Council inaugurating a new era of confrontation between the clerical rulers and the international community. To counter the diplomatic pressure on Tehran, a new advocacy and PR group namely ďCampaign Against Sanction and Military Intervention In IranĒ (CASMII) was created.

French Plan To Impose Fresh Sanctions On Iran Finds Strong Support in London, But Less Enthusiasm In Germany and Italy
Angelique van Engelen - 10/5/2007
A French plan to impose fresh sanctions against Iran very soon has found strong support by the UK, whilst Germany and Italy are more hesitant. A British Foreign Office spokesman told AFP that the UK 'wholeheartedly' backs the initiative. Germany and Italy are reportedly not so keen to act outside the United Nations. A letter written by the French foreign minister, urged other European countries that it is necessary that new measures are taken straight away. "Time is working against us, since each day Iran moves closer to mastering the technology of enrichment, which means a de facto military nuclear capacity," Kouchner wrote. He proposed "a combination of dialogue and firmness".

In Search of Ahmadinejad
Prof. Barry Rubin - 10/2/2007
A massive controversy has erupted in the United States, and across the world, around Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejadís visit to New York, where he spoke at the United Nations and Columbia University. Who is this man and what does he want? Is he a new Hitler or a leader with understandable grievances who should be engaged in dialogue? Apart from the passion provoked and naÔvetť too often shown toward this leader, how can we accurately assess him?

The IAEA-Iran Partnership
Ephraim Asculai - 9/21/2007
On August 27, 2007, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) published an Information Circular (INCIRC 711) that included the text of the ďUnderstandings of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the IAEA on the Modalities of Resolution of the Outstanding Issues.Ē Towards the end of that document, the following text can be found: "The Agency's delegation is of the view that the agreement on the above issues shall further promote the efficiency of the implementation of safeguards in Iran and its ability to conclude the exclusive peaceful nature [sic] of Iran's nuclear activities." Resolution of ...

The Real Impact Of Sanctions Against Iran: Interview with Chris Cook
Angelique van Engelen - 9/17/2007
The next few days, the world will be holding its breath as the US is drumming up support for highly controversial sanctions against Iran. The implications of such a move could be potentially disastrous and itís likely weíll see a showdown of who holds what kind of power and where on the planet. In a bizzare twist of fate, a UK consortium that is involved in developing the Iran Oil Bourse (IOB), might stand to benefit from sanctions.

Iranian Nuclear Issue Is Heating Up
Angelique van Engelen - 9/16/2007
Iranís recently struck agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) might be too late, but judging from IAEA officialsí comments, what Iran brought to the table is certainly not classifiable as too little. IAEA top officials say that Iran has offered it access to information that goes even beyond requirements of the additional protocol that Iran failed to fulfill earlier on.

How Iranian Leftists Protect Islamic Regime
Kambiz Basetvat - 9/16/2007
Iranian commentators in US media, with the impressive professorship credentials from prestigious universities or other institutions, are engaged in providing considerable misinformation to the American public concerning the course of action that US should take for overthrowing the Islamic regime in Iran. After twenty seven years dealing with Islamic regime, the US government and the united stats people have no doubt in hostility they are facing from Hezb Allah regime. The political ambitions of Islamo-Fascist head quartered in Iran, although, concentrated in the Middle East for the time being,...

Pilgrimage to Tehran
Prof. Barry Rubin - 9/12/2007
The big picture can be found in the little details. Hereís a great example. Iran recently held a summit meeting bringing together Palestinian leaders. Hamas was there, of course, and Islamic Jihad, too. No surprise that. But there was someone else participating in the gathering: Farouq Qaddumi.

Iran: Targeting the Heart of Terrorism
David Johnson - 9/11/2007
On the surface, the terror bombings in London and the ascension of fundamentalist radicals to high ranking positions in Iran may appear unrelated. However, they both should serve as a stern wake-up call.

Iran: The Rise Of The Revolutionary Guard and State-Sponsorship of Terror
Nasser Rashidi - 9/11/2007
A few years ago, the world was awakened to the dangers of the mullahs' nuclear program by an opposition group. Since then, faced with more recent regional events, international consciousness has come to better appreciate the extent of Iran's involvement in terrorist activities abroad, its nuclear ambitions, and its interference in Iraq, Lebanon and Israel-Palestine. It was this same group (The National Council of Resistance of Iran, NCRI) which first unmasked the so-called "moderation" agenda of the mullahs, that had culminated in the election of the current "moderate" president, Mr. Khatami...

Zuckerís List: Enemies of the Rajavi Cult Terrorists
Prof. Paul Sheldon Foote - 9/4/2007
Professor Rabbi Daniel Zucker, a promoter of the Iranian Communist MEK (MKO, PMOI, NCRI, Rajavi Cult, or Pol Pot of Iran) terrorists, has made a new list of the enemies of this evil cult. It is a high honor to be placed on a list of enemies of these communist terrorists who have murdered American military officers, Rockwell International employees, and large numbers of Iranians and Iraqis. Supporters of the MEK have committed terrorist acts in many countries, including in America in 1992. In September 2002, the White House published a background paper listing the MEK as a Saddam Hussein-suppor...

Disinformation Campaign in Overdrive: Iranís VEVAK in High-Gear
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 9/3/2007
In two prior articles,[i] we looked at the Islamic Republic of Iranís Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS = Farsi: VEVAK=Vezarat-e Ettela'at va Amniat-e Keshvar). The following essay is a third installment in what looks to be a growing research project. Reference to the earlier papers is suggested for those new to the subject.

IRGC: Iran's Old Dogs
David Johnson - 8/30/2007
You canít teach old dogs new tricks; so the saying goes. This tired clichťí seems to fit the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC) very well. The organization, scorned by majority of Iranians as the ďrabid dogs of ayatollahsĒ, has been unwilling to be domesticated, no matter how delicious the incentive. The IRGCís top commander, Rahim Safavi, has repeatedly threatened the United States, Israel , Arab and Muslim states, and international shipping lanes with violence. Increased, tangible interference in Iraq ís affairs has been repeatedly and consistently attributed to the IRGC by the United S...

Behind the Curtain!
Ghazal Omid - 8/24/2007
This week, on August 21, 2007 Mr. Lee H. Hamilton achieved the goal of diplomacy for which he worked so hard for nearly four months, the release of Ms. Haleh Esfandari from an Iranian prison. As an Iranian and human rights activist, I am both relieved and saddened. Trite as it may be, sometimes the end does not justify the means. On one hand, I am delighted to see an innocent woman, an Iranian American scholar from Woodrow Wilson Center, freed without further delay. I was asked to help her and would have gladly done so had I been needed. On the other hand, the price Mr. Hamilton bargained ...

Iran: A Third Option
Shahab Sariri - 8/22/2007
Iranian cities have been the scene of widespread protests and clashes between a restive population and the Iranian regimeís State Security Forces (SSF). Students from Tehranís Amir Kabir otherwise known as Polytechnic University, where Ahmadinejadís pictures were burned earlier this year, have been staging sit-ins demanding the release of political prisoners. Across the country, other universities have followed suit and clashes with SSF have been widely reported. Over the past few months, teachers, laborers, and feminists have also staged their own protests, strikes, and sit-ins. The peopl...

U.S. Iran Talks: A wakeup call
David Johnson - 8/16/2007
Talks between the U.S. and Iran on Iraqi security came at a crucial time for all parties involved. Right now, Baghdad is a bullís-eye in a decisive competition for influence in the Near East . In our increasingly globalizing world, the stakes are higher than ever. While the United States is using talks to clarify necessary steps toward sustainable peace in Iraq , Iran is using talks as a means to acquire official legitimacy to sustain violence. To that end, Iran is training, arming and funding sectarian militias. Iranian backed militias not only isolate Iraqi communities from their neighbors, ...

Iranian President Makes Moves To Capitalize On Iranian Oil Wealth
Angelique van Engelen - 8/14/2007
The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad is reshuffling the oil ministry. He says this way, he hopes to deliver on his promise to redistribute wealth. Heís also sacked the Industry Minister. And next on the agenda is the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Voice of Mullahs in Washington Silences Voice of America
Omid Biniaz - 8/2/2007
National Iranian American Council (NIAC) on their web site has announced that it has "taken legal action against proponents of US-Iran war who have waged a defamation campaign against NIAC". Of course as is usually the case with NIAC, the truth is between lines. By legal action, NIAC is referring to a letter written by their own lawyer to Voice of America-TV (VOA). This tactic, commonly known as "cease and desist letter" is typically not the first step in a legal action but an alternative to taking a legal action, aimed to intimidate. NIAC in the same statement has also braged abo...

Timmermanís Tendentious Tirade Against Iranian Opposition
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 7/26/2007
Dr. Kenneth R. Timmerman has an excellent understanding of the nefarious nature of the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran. In that regard he enjoys a well deserved fine reputation. It is therefore a shame that he spoils his good name by engaging in wholesale lies and slander towards the best organized, oldest, and most popular and most effective of all Iranian resistance organizations,1 the Mojahedin-e Khalq, a group that has existed for 42 years, beginning as an anti-monarchist (anti-Shah), pro-democracy student group in 1965 and after the fall of the Shah in 1979 became the leading anti-fundamentalist (anti-Khomeini), pro-democracy movement in Iran.

Influence Of Iran On Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq
Prof. Barry Rubin - 7/25/2007
As American diplomats hold their first high-level meeting with Iranian counterparts for many years, U.S. policymakers need to be reminded of a very simple but incredibly important point. Namely: What do all the current threats facing the Middle East - the Hamas takeover in the Gaza Strip, Hizballahís bid for power in Lebanon, political turmoil in Iraq, and imminent nuclear weapons in the hands of a radical dictatorship--all have in common? Answer: Iran.

Ayatollahsí Lobby In Washington Offering Human Rights As A Negotiating Item
Hassan Daioleslam - 7/21/2007
The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) and its president Trita Parsi plan to organize a panel in the US House of Representatives on July 26th, 2007, titled ďHuman Rights in Iran and US Foreign Policy OptionsĒ [1]. According to the published agenda, representatives from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch will participate. The sponsors of the program (NIAC and Trita Parsi) are key players in the lobby enterprise of Tehranís ayatollahs in the United States. The Iranian regimeís violations of human rights have reached unprecedented levels. Its barbaric suppression of women, workers...

Regime Change In Iran: Interview With Mahtub Hojatti
Ryan Mauro - 7/18/2007
Mahtub Hojjati writes under the by-line of Mattie Fein. She is the founder and president of the Institute for Persian Studies in Washington, D.C. which aims to replace the current regime of Iran with a democracy. Global Politician's Associate Editor Ryan Mauro interviewed Mr. Hojjati.

Europe and Iraq: Test Case For The Common Foreign And Security Policy
Jonathan Spyer, Ph.D. - 7/5/2007
Since its beginnings in 1990, the Iraq crisis has exposed the dilemmas and paradoxes at the heart of European attempts to build a common foreign and security policy. It has also illustrated the varying aspects of U.S.-Europe relations. This article looks into the stances adopted by the main European countries and the debates within EU institutions regarding events in Iraq and the extent and nature of their engagement with that country in the post-Saddam era.

Five Point Roadmap to War with Iran, An Instructional Manual
Prof. Kazem Kazerounian - 7/5/2007
Engage Tehran. I have a piece of advice for those wishing to start a ferocious and bloody war with Iran that would claim the lives of millions of Iranian people and thousands of American soldiers, would cost hundreds of billions of dollars, and would enflame turmoil in the region for decades: engage Tehran. Here is a step by step instructional guideline for engagement to proceed.

Core members of Iran's council of Economic Governance
Iqbal Latif - 7/4/2007
Adam Smith is quoted to have said that 'Civil government is in reality instituted for the defence of the rich against the poor.' This maxim is particularly apt when the President of an oil rich $600 billion economy talks shop with his neighbourhood butcher. "We have hardworking shopkeepers in our neighbourhood from whom I get important economic information because they are living among the people." Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said he keeps his finger on Iran's economic pulse by talking to his butcher. Ahmadinejad, the son of a conscientious blacksmith, has also referred to his local shopkeepers wh...

Iran To Hang Political Prisoner On July 4
Ghazal Omid - 7/3/2007
Khaled Hardani, a political prisoner since 2000, was last able to call from prison on June 12, 2007. His death sentence was reaffirmed May 31, 2007. He is to be hanged July 4, 2007, according to UN officer Mr. Gram. Khaled has been separated from the prison population since June 17; quarantined in an undisclosed location in Raji Shahr prison. According to UN officer Grams and other political prisoners this is usually an indication that a prisoner will be hanged and also is mandated as mental torture by the UN. He was last seen in medical clinic on June 20 when he told witnesses he was four d...

Iran: Regime Change, Not Reform
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 6/29/2007
Negar Azimi, who once proclaimed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "the people's choice", showcases equal lunacy and bluster in a recent New York Times article, entitled "Hard Realities of Soft Power." Azimi sheds light on the daily work of David Denehy, the senior advisor to the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, who oversees U.S. funds for democracy promotion in Iran. The "democracy fund," as it is called, totals $75 million - more than the $1.5 to $11 million that was previously granted.

Knighthood For Rushdie: The Need For Social Change
Saberi Roy - 6/28/2007
Salman Rushdie’s contribution to literature has been recognized once again with the British honor of Knighthood. The recognition is not just of literary contribution but also of a bold spirit and freedom of speech. In the literary world, Salman Rushdie is quite a phenomenon because it was the publication of the Satanic Verses that exposed Islamic fundamentalism way back in 1989 but let’s not forget, Satanic verses apart, he is the author of 13 very good books and he shouldn’t be branded only as the author of Satanic Verses and one who wrote against the Prophet.

Why Isnít Iran Like the Poland of Solidarity?
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 6/26/2007
Norman Podhoretz, Editor-at-Large of Commentary Magazine, published an essay in the June 2007 issue of Commentary Magazine and republished it in the Wall Street Journal on May 30, 2007 (ďThe Case for Bombing IranĒ), in which he declared his fervent prayer that President George W. Bush would choose to bomb Iran in order to remove the threat of nuclear war instigated by Iran against Israel and the West. Citing the history of the recent rise of worldwide militant Islamization as well as the prelude to World War II and the Holocaust, Podhoretz gave a cogent argument for militarily deterring Iranís...

Flawed Presumptions of the Proponents of Engagement with Mullahs
Prof. Kazem Kazerounian - 6/24/2007
The argument for negotiating with Tehranís mullahs rests upon several flawed presumptions:

Barren Negotiations With Iran Come As No Surprise
Hedayat Mostowfi - 6/16/2007
The much anticipated negotiations between the United States and Iran started underway on Monday, May 28, 2007. Once more the negotiations were announced as a ďbreakthroughĒ. But realistically, what can be anticipated from these negotiations? Communication with the Iranian mullahs has never been a problem. Both countries have communicated during the Iran-Contra crisis, during the tenure of the Clinton administration and before the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. The problem has been the behavior of the Iranian mullahs. So, the fact that Mondayís negotiations bore no actual result should not come as a surprise.

US-Iran talks: Curb Your Enthusiasm
Prof. Kazem Kazerounian - 5/31/2007
On Monday, US and Iranian ambassadors in Iraq met to discuss Iraq's security, an event that has roused a sense of euphoria among proponents of engagement with Tehran's mullahs. Celebration should proceed with caution. The American envoy called the closed-door meeting "business-like," meaning we told them what we want and they told us what they want. We can extrapolate what each sides' demands were from what we have seen in published reports in Iran and elsewhere, but more importantly from what is going on in Iraq.

Appeasing the Ayatollahs and the Perils of Ignoring History
Dr. Majid Sadeghpour - 5/15/2007
It was June 8, 2000; the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) was the venue. ďIran is still the most egregious state-sponsor of terrorism, despite the election of a reformist president. Elements of the Iranian Government use terrorism as a policy tool, assassinating Iranian dissidents at home and abroad and giving money, weapons and training to terrorists fighting against peace in the Middle East.Ē, said Ambassador L. Paul Bremer, III Chairman of the National Commission on Terrorism.

Stop Ahmadinejad Before It's Too Late
Tashbih Sayyed - 5/11/2007
Iranís President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not only wants to wipe the state of Israel off the world map but also sincerely believes that it can be done. And the first stage in his long term strategy is the project of creating doubt about the single most human tragedy that the world had to endure Ė the Holocaust.

The Spring of Discontent In Iran
Ali Safavi - 5/9/2007
Spring in Iran was marked by the outbreak of protests nationwide by virtually every sector of Iranian society, beginning with demonstrations and strikes by tens of thousands of workers in March. By April and May, the level of discontent had escalated dramatically as tens of thousands of workers kept their pledge to turn out en masse.

Solution for Iran: Subversion or Military Strike?
Joel C Pousson - 5/8/2007
The terror-sponsoring government of Iran is rushing to develop a nuclear weapon (http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,430649,00.html). There is no doubt that the Mullahs in Teheran will be ready and willing to use it, preferably on a Western target, to assert their supremacy in the Islamic world.

The Key To Defeating The Mullahs In Iran
Hedayat Mostowfi - 5/3/2007
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Tehran mullah regimeís president, on Monday, April 16, 2007, vowed that the world powers would not be able to stop Iran's nuclear drive and that the Islamic Republic would defend its atomic program "to the end". Iranian made bombs, used by terrorists trained in Iran, explode daily in Iraq and kill innocent people. Yet there are still a few overly optimistic individuals that think if the Iranian mullahs and American officials sit around one table at the Iraq security summit beginning on Thursday, May 3rd in Sharm el-Sheikh, Iran will cease its nuclear weapons program and abandon terrorism after 30 years! The chances of such are less than nil.

Lying For Iran
David Johnson - 4/27/2007
When 15 British Sailors and Marines were taken hostage by the Iranian Government last month, few could have anticipated the rewards Iran would receive for its crime. What could have been and should have been a major international incident has been brushed under a Persian carpet in Tehran.

Iranís Modern Fundamentalism: The Fallacy of Cultural Relativism
Prof. Kazem Kazerounian - 4/25/2007
Cultural relativism is a school of thought that suggests that Islamic fundamentalistsí beliefs and activities should be interpreted in relation to their own culture. Cultural relativists advocate respect and tolerance for Iranís Islamic fundamentalism. This article examines Iranís modern brand of Islamic fundamentalism (an oxymoron phrase), and argues against cultural relativism, which overlooks a dangerous pillar of Islamic fundamentalism, namely expansionism.

Iranian Dissidents in Prison Are Forced To Resort To A Hunger Strike
Ghazal Omid - 4/20/2007
In United States prisons, the Constitutional proscription against "cruel and unusual punishment" is not just a theoretical ideal, it is a belief enacted in daily practice. The United Kingdom is justifiably horrified at the treatment the sons and daughter of their nation experienced at the hands of their Iranian captors; however, the conditions Iranian citizens face in prisons there are far worse. In Iran, the very policies regarding housing of political prisoners are themselves a form of repression that Iran in no way seeks to hide from the civilized world.

Press Freedom Curtailed In Iran
Amit Pyakurel - 4/20/2007
When there are two speculative gestures running throughout the world observers--one about the risk of Iran developing nuclear weapons and other being the possibility of the U.S. military attack against Iran--we seemed to have lacked adequate attention towards the actual concern of the livelihood of the Iran's ordinary citizens who are reported to have been living in a significant oppression from their authority, including restrictions imposed on the freedom of expression, and many instances of suppression of other basic democratic norms.

Growing Fear of Nuclear Iran
Amit Pyakurel - 4/15/2007
Nuclear disaster is unimaginable, but threats could still be tackled peacefully. As there has been one step forward in terms of alleviating tension upon the North Korea's nuclear program, following the recent talks that concluded with some initial positive signs, there hasn't been any satisfying outcome regarding the Iran's nuclear program that is believed to be gaining momentum, "in a dangerous manner," perceivably towards the process of building the nuclear weapons as believed by the opposers.

Regime Change In Iran Is On Its Way
Ghazal Omid - 4/14/2007
Regime change in Iran is on its way, from within. However, an outside attack on Iran will give the Mullahs exactly what they want. Iran has, rightfully, been identified as the main target in the US Global War on Terror. The regime has fostered the brutal insurgency in Iraq, nurtured terror groups like Hezbollah and Hamas, and committed many other violations of international law. The recent kidnapping/release of the British Marines may make an attack seem a tantalizing quick fix.

Paying The Price For Appeasement of Iran
Ali Safavi - 4/3/2007
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards' capture-at-gunpoint of 15 British sailors in the waters off the Iraqi coast last week was a brazen act in every respect. But, it was only the latest in the long chain of the Iranian regime's outlaw behavior over the past two decades.

Using Oil and Sanctions to Avert War with Iran
David J. Jonsson - 2/20/2007
As we drove to work today we observed the beautiful homes and cars, we watched our stock portfolios increase and we also read the disturbing headlines in the newspapers. This brings us to this year's dilemma. The dilemma is the contrast between the world's favorable economics, expanding democracy and free markets and troublesome politics-a new world order which is unknown and certainly a much less prosperous and friendly place. That we face a dilemma is clear enough. But the resolution is not. A range of possible outcomes, from the perverse and catastrophic to the unconformable and even benign...

America is pointing the guns to the Iranian regime but is Europe ready?
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 2/7/2007
If a single word can summarize Americaís view of Iran, it is ďanarchic.Ē And the last thing on the minds of American congressional leaders, however, is the damage Iran could do to the world with its nuclear warheads if it not barred from making it now.

Military strike on Iran
Iqbal Latif - 2/7/2007
According to Ahmed Al-Jarallah the Ahmed Jarallah, editor-in-chief of Kuwait's Al Siyaasa, (a regional paper well known for its inside connections with the Saudi Royal family and US) Washington will launch a military strike on Iran before April 2007, say sources. The attack will be launched from the sea and Patriot missiles will guard all oil-producing countries in the region, they add. Recent statements emanating from the United States indicate the Bush administration's new strategy for Iraq doesn't include any proposal to make a compromise or negotiate with Syria or Iran . A reliable source ...

The Womenís Revolution in Iran: Interview with Ramesh Sepehrrad
Ryan Mauro - 1/25/2007
Ramesh Sepehrrad is political scientist and president/founder of the oldest Iranian womenís Organization in Washington DC: The National Committee of Women for a Democratic Iran (est. 1990). Sepehrrad comes from a family of political prisoners with first hand knowledge of the Iranian peoplesí suffering, particularly women, at the hands of the clerical regime. In addition to public speaking, she has been published in The Brown Journal of World Affairs, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The United Press International Ė Outside View, Global Politician, American Chronicle, Women eNews, Fem...

Upping the Ante Against the Mullahs
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 1/25/2007
What a Jacksonian representative Mr. Bush has proved to be. Old Hickory, convinced that the laws of politics did not apply to him, was in no way, shape, or form a conventional politico. And here today, with bipartisan support for the Iraq Study Groupís capitulationism, a sweeping change to a Democratic polity, juvenile disdain for Iraqis coming from the mouth of media playboy darling Sen. Obama, and unrelenting domestic rebellion of his policy, George Bush has revived President Jacksonís contrarian form of obscure but domineering statesmanship. It could not have come at a more appropriate time.

Ahmdinejad: To Be Checkmated By Iranian People
Ghazal Omid - 1/23/2007
Ahmdinejad is about to be checkmated by the Iranian people. The End for Ahmdinejad and his regime could be closer than we think. Think year 2008.

Whatever The Findings at Iran's Holocaust Conference, It Works Politically For Ahmadinejad
Dr. Richard L. Cravatts, Ph.D. - 1/2/2007
In the same week that the Iraq Study Group released its own report to determine how history had unraveled internecine horror in Iraq, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad kicked off his own "fact finding" mission, a two-day conference called "Review of the Holocaust: Global Vision," with the stated intent of determining, once and for all, the nature and extent, if any at all, of one of the most monstrous crimes of the twentieth century. Over sixty "researchers and intellectuals" from some thirty countries were expected to attend the hate fest.

Stoning of women marks Ahmadinejadís first year in the office
Jila Kazerounian - 11/18/2006
Misogyny is the pillar of the ideology Ahmadinejad defends and represents. Beyond inhumane punishments such as stoning, limitations on the lives of women are enforced by the constitution. Violence against women is seen in various courts and legal bodies that prohibit women from attaining private and public rights. Private rights such as clothing, divorce, custody, inheritance, abortion and mobility are a matter of legal battles for women in Iran. Public and political rights such as presidency, leadership, judgeship and various educational fields are at the core of womenís war on fundamentalism.

Iran's Foreign Agents of Disinformation: More About VEVAK
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 11/17/2006
In September I presented a report (Iran's VEVAK: Disinformation, Inc., GP, September 17, 2006; see also http://www.iranterror.com/content/view/229/46/ ) about Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), or VEVAK as it is known in Farsi. For those who did not see that article, I suggest that a look at its first section will be helpful in order to understand VEVAK's methodologies and operating procedures. The essay obviously hit a sensitive nerve in Iran as a variety of regime web sites and one of its agents issued belligerent replies. I would like now to continue to discuss a variety o...

Iran Befriends Iraq: Overthrow of Saddam Reconciles Enemies
Dilip Hiro - 9/19/2006
Saddam Hussein's dictatorship in Iraq relied on mass murder, torture and chemical warfare against its own citizens. He was also the last of several Iraqi rulers who elevated the Sunni minority at the expense of the Shiite majority. During the years of repression, the Shiite sect in Iraq sought refuge in the mosque, much like their spiritual brethren in Iran, who became more devout during the reign of the authoritarian shah. So when the US invaded Iraq, deposing Saddam in 2003, it was inevitable that Shiites would play a larger role in the new government. But as author Dilip Hiro notes, this ne...

Iranian activists demand the arrest of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Homa Arjomand - 9/18/2006
Homa Arjomand, Coordinator of the International Campaign Against Sharia Court in Canada is calling a press conference where she and other Iranian activists will demand the arrest of President Ahmadinejad for crimes against humanity.

Iranís VEVAK: Disinformation, Inc.
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 9/17/2006
For the past twenty-seven years, we in the West, especially in the United States, have been on the receiving end of a very, very sophisticated campaign of disinformation dished out by the Islamic Republic of Iran▓s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), or in Farsi √ Vezarat-e Ettela▒at va Amniat-e Keshvar (VEVAK). VEVAK learned its methodology from the Soviet KGB and many of the Islamist revolutionaries who supported Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini actually studied at Moscow▓s Patrice Lumumba Friendship University, the Oxford of terrorism. Documented Iranian alumni ...

Ahmadinejad 'Mahdaviat' Demands 'Global Chaos Creation'
Iqbal Latif - 8/31/2006
It is argued that "Presidential obsession" with 'mahdaviat' leads Mr. Ahmadinejad to "a conviction that leaves little room for compromise. He thinks that the Mahdi will come in near future as his knight in shining armour? The only missing link that in Presidents opinion delays Mahdi's arrival is that world is still far too peaceful, the degree of clash and disasters that will set the chain of celestial events of 'mahdaviat' have to gather speed. The recent mess in Lebanon by his proxies was a component of that uncompromising ideological fixation. The altercation with America and Israel and wis...

Iranís Lebanon Card
George Perkovich - 8/28/2006
The growing success of Islamic extremists throughout the Middle East has emboldened Iran. The country flouts demands from the international community and ignores UN Security Council resolutions. As problems mount in the Middle East, Iran can negotiate on several fronts Ė for example, the country could promise not to interfere in Lebanon or Afghanistan, if it can proceed with nuclear enrichment. Conventional wisdom says threat of force would convince most countries to abide by international standards Ė but that does not seem to operate in the Middle East. Iranís defiance of the international co...

Ahmadinejad climb-down, the tactical admission of defeat and surrender!
Iqbal Latif - 8/27/2006
"Israel to be wiped off the map."
- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on October 26, 2005

"Iran no threat to Israel."
- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on August 26, 2005

The damaging repercussions of the disastrous and botched 'Hezbollites adventures' are emerging. The climb down has already begun. The world waited anxiously on 22nd August for the cataclysmic events which the distinguished Professor Lewis was extremely worried about. However, what came out on August 26th was a pleasant surprise for the world and a discreditable climb-down from President Ahmadinejad. At lea...

Is War With Israel The Next Step For Iran?
Ghazal Omid - 8/22/2006
What's next for Iran? Will it be war with Israel? My answer is 'yes' and here is whyÖ

A Charge to Keep: Three Pillars of Countering Iran
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 8/21/2006
ďI think weíre going to be obliged to fight a regional war, whether we like it or not. As soon as we land in Iraq, weíre going to face the whole terrorist networkÖ It may turn out to be a war to remake the world.Ē So said Michael Ledeen on the eve of the Iraqi war. Ledeen, a government insider-outsider connected to past administrations, is often described as the stereotypical ďneoconĒ that has been calling for ďtotal warĒ all along. He is often miss-quoted, wrongly villianized, and highly caricaturized as a warmongering recluse. But one thing Ledeenís detractors cannot concoct is the fact that he never contended the fight against Middle Eastern fascism would be a cakewalk.

Setting the Record Straight About the Mojahedin-e Khalq of Iran
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 8/7/2006
Jay Solomon's article in the Wall Street Journal ("Iranian Exile Group Aims to Build Bridges; Some in Congress See a Role For an Organization Listed as a Terrorist Group", May 22, 2006, A6) did much to shed light on the principal Iranian resistance organization. In that regard, it served a valuable purpose as most Americans have no idea who and what the Mojahedin-e Khalq is, and for what it stands. However, there are some important errors and oversights in his essay that need correction and clarification.

Why Iran Hasn't Been Liberated Yet
Ghazal Omid - 8/7/2006
Hundreds of thousands of political prisoners and thousands of losses of life; why then has Iran not been liberated? Why the new blood of a recent political prisoner killed in Evin did not water the tree of freedom in Iran! In recent days, Akbar Mohamadi, 37, a former university student died in Evin prison, due to bodily injuries, after a nine day hunger strike. He has become a controversial subject among expatriate Iranian opposition. Iranians and non-Iranians alike mourn his death but, while his departure should have been the beacon of light all Iranians are waiting for, his heroic death was ...

The Scourge of Fundamentalism, or When God Whispers Only in My Ear
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 7/31/2006
Religious fundamentalism, whether it be Muslim, Jewish, or Christian, results in the same unfortunate phenomenon: a closed mind and a view of life that ascribes the truth only to the self and those that accept that same truth. In effect, the fundamentalist says: "God has whispered in my ear and in my ear alone." Sadly the recipients of such "unique" revelations frequently believe that nothing should be allowed to interfere with what they perceive as their divinely commanded duty to spread the word, and that such a crusade or jihad justifies the use of force against any that would dare oppose it.

Iran, Lebanon, Russia, and IndiaóIt is about Power and Oil
David J. Jonsson - 7/27/2006
For Muslims, three cities of the Christian faith have particular significance: Jerusalem, Constantinople and Rome. The fall of Constantinople is described in detail in my earlier book, The Clash of Ideologies--The Making of the Christian and Islamic Worlds. Iran with its relations and support of Hamas and Hezbollah now has access to the Mediterranean and is the neighbor of Jerusalem. Italy was the first country from which Iran withdrew is funds. In my new book, Islamic Economics and the Final Jihad Ė The Muslim Brotherhood to the Leftist/Marxist Ė Islamist Alliance, I discuss how this Alliance...

French court overrules restrictions on Iran opposition leader
Iran Focus - 6/18/2006
Three years after a spectacular raid by more than 1,300 anti-terrorism officers on the offices of the Iranian opposition movement, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the Paris Court of Appeals overturned all restrictions on the movement and its leader Maryam Rajavi.

How Good Is American Intelligence on Iranís Bomb?
Graham Allison - 6/16/2006
For the first time since Iran walked away from negotiations with France, Germany and Great Britain in August 2005, there are rays of optimism in the crisis over the Islamic Republicís nuclear program. Before breaking out the champagne to celebrate a diplomatic solution, it may be appropriate to pause for reflection on a troubling unknown: the potential scope of Iranís secret bomb program. Twice shy after overrating Iraqi WMD, the American intelligence community may be seriously underestimating Iranís progress toward a nuclear bomb.

The Price Of Freedom: Human Rights Abuse in Iran Intesifies
Jila Kazerounian - 5/23/2006
While the world is occupied with Iranís nuclear program and how to solve the dilemma, the clerical government intensifies its internal suppression. A new wave of arrests and executions has begun since Ahmadinejad came to office. The hard-line president, himself a former member of the notorious Revolutionary Guard, is a fundamentalist Muslim who believes in ďpaving the pathĒ for the appearance of Shiite ďhidden ImamĒ. His goal is to expand fundamentalist Islamic empire ruled by Islamic religious law (Sharia). Defying the United Nations, he continues Iranís nuclear program, regularly threatens to ďwipe Israel off the mapĒ and questions the veracity of the Holocaust.

Terrorists carrying Iranian made weapons arrested in Jordan
NCRI - 5/22/2006
Jordan's state run Television showed footage of three men from a group of twenty terrorists arrested in Amman carrying Iranian made weapons.

Isolate Iran's Belligerent Regime
Jubin Afshar - 5/21/2006
In the past few weeks a chorus of influential voices in foreign policy circles in the United States and Europe has expressed concern over the perceived "march to war" by the Bush Administration, prompting emphatic appeals for direct dialogue between the US and the world's "most active state sponsor of terrorism." The call for dialogue with Tehran has come from Sandy Berger, former President Bill Clinton's national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, former President Jimmy Carter's national security adviser, Patrick J. Buchanan, a leading conservative columnist, George Perkovich, a vice-pres...

Iranian crisis produces a standoff between major powers
Abid Mustafa - 5/20/2006
The recent announcement by the EU to offer Iran incentives in exchange for Tehran to surrender its right to enrich uranium is another blow for the Bush administration. The EU initiative comes at a time when rumbling amongst America's political establishment is reaching fever pitch over the Bush administration's refusal to engage Iran, especially after the publication of Ahmadinejad's letter. Furthermore, the Bush administration has not helped its cause by antagonising relations with Russia and failing to assuage Chinese concerns over America's ultimate aim- regime change in Iran.

Open Letter to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 5/20/2006
Mr. President, for once I find myself in complete agreement with you, which is a great surprise, given our different backgrounds and views on religion, politics, and life. But when I read your recent statement that Israel's Jews should return home, I found myself absolutely amazed that we are in such total agreement: Israel's Jews should return home. Absolutely; every last one of them should go home!

Euro-MPs voice strong backing for Iran opposition
Iran Focus - 4/23/2006
London, U.K. Ė More than a dozen European lawmakers urged the European Union on Wednesday to cut all ties with Iranís hard-line government and actively support the opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran. A statement by the European Parliamentís Friends of a Free Iran Inter-group, faxed to Iran Focus, said that a delegation of 13 Members of the European Parliament and the Belgian Senate made the call at a meeting with the councilís President-elect Maryam Rajavi at her residence in Auvers-sur-Oise, north of Paris.

Is regime change possible in Iran?
Abolghasem Bayyenat, Ph.D. candidate - 4/23/2006
In a development closely reminiscent of the incidents leading to the catastrophic US-led war against Iraq, some American media have recently unleashed a wave of assaults and tough talks against Iran including calling for regime change in that country. These developments follow the recent approval of $75 million dollars by the US congress to fund anti-Iranian activities and initiatives as well as the US State Department's new approach towards Iran involving democracy-promoting initiatives and outreach programs. What makes these recent developments sound alarming is the fact that they come amid...

Iran: What's Next?
Jubin Afshar - 4/18/2006
The president of the Iranian regime called it "good news." The world, however, looked on with deep concern and condemned the latest provocation by Iran's theocracy in enriching uranium after 18 years of pursuing a covert nuclear program that many suspect is aimed at producing nuclear weapons capability. The Iranian regime seeks the nuclear capability to bolster its drive to dominate the Muslim world and threaten regional and world security from a position of power atop a new "Caliphate," (Islamic empire). This has been the dream of Khomeini's Islamic fundamentalists since their usurping of the...

Lebanon, Hezbollah and the Upcoming US-Iran Confrontation
Dr. Joseph Hitti - 4/10/2006
CNN's Wolf Blitzer hosted Seymour Hersh of the New Yorker magazine to discuss Hersh's recent article where he quotes very highly reliable sources in the White House and the Pentagon as saying that the US is contemplating the option of a nuclear attack on Iran's nuclear facilities for two primary reasons:

Russia's Special Relationship With Iran's Mullahs
Natalya Hmelik - 3/27/2006
Last November Russia signed $1bn contract for export of weapons to Iran. Under the contract Russia is to supply the Tehran regime with 29 surface-to-air missile systems Tor-M1 (SA-15 GAUNTLET) and a consignment of military boats, and to upgrade Iran's Soviet-made bombers and fighter jets, in 2006. The deal was declared to be another triumph of Russian defense firms and the Rosoboronexport arms dealer as it is worth of about one fifth of arms export revenues for 2005.

Transparency Essential for Iran Nuclear Program
Amit Pyakurel - 3/2/2006
There was a sudden upsurge on the lingering doubt over the Iran's nuclear ambition being solely for a peaceful purpose, since the IAEA's finding of Iran's documentation illustrating the way to modify highly enriched uranium into a nuclear weapon. The finding has incited the Western accusation on the Islamic Republic's interest upon nuclear weapons rather than it to "generate fuel."

20 Terrorist training camps in Iran Uncovered
Farhad Razi - 3/1/2006
A list of 20 terrorist camps and centers run by Iranís Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has recently been obtained from a former IRGC officer. The names and details of the training centers were provided by a defector from the IRGC, who has recently left Iran and now lives in hiding in a neighbouring country. We agreed to keep his identity secret for obvious security reasons. The former IRGC officer said the camps and the training centers were under the control of the IRGCís elite Qods Force, the extra-territorial arm of the Revolutionary Guards.

When Suggesting Policy on Iran, Review Your Sources Carefully
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 2/28/2006
Dr. Kenneth R. Timmerman of the Foundation for a Democratic Iran has been an implacable foe of the mullah regime in Teheran. He has proven to be an excellent source on the Iranian buildup of its military forces, especially as regards its missile program and its nuclear arms program. He has been in the forefront of those who have looked over the horizon, and he has been one of only a handful of western scholars to warn of the threats coming out of Teheran. No careful student of Persian Gulf politics and military history can afford to ignore his work. His research on both Saddam Hussein's Iraq ...

Iran: A Third Option
Jubin Afshar - 2/20/2006
Iran figures to be the most urgent foreign policy crisis on the agenda for the international community in 2006. With the rise of an overtly belligerent foreign policy under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian regime has quickly made a carefully calculated move to project its virulent Islamic fundamentalist ideology to Muslim countries throughout the Middle East and beyond. If successful, this would have perilous repercussions for regional as well as global peace and security.

Multi Track Strategy to the Tehran-problem
Ramesh Sepehrrad - 2/13/2006
In the past several months pundits and analysts have attempted to provide roadmaps for change in Iran. While some ideas are settling in the minds of Americans, the results are real. More than half of Americans are now prepared to face some kind of confrontation with Iran; to curb its nuclear weapons drive and end its support for international terrorism. Remarkably, beyond popular reason, some analysts still advocate fostering behavioral change through engaging fundamentalist clerics with an "all carrots, no stick" approach. More coherent pundits favor of non-military-style change, by funding I...

True Monsters of Iran: Terrorist Theocrats, Not the Mujahedeen-e Khalq
Clare M. Lopez - 1/31/2006
The broadside that Michael Rubin unleashed against the Iranian opposition group, the Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK), in his January 13, 2006 article, "Monsters of the Left: The Mujahedin al-Khalq," vilified the one organization that actually has the wherewithal to challenge the terrorist theocrats in Tehran and missed the mark on a number of points. By recycling a combination of old, disproved allegations along with Tehran regime disinformation, Rubin falls neatly into the clerics' scheme for self-preservation.

The Prospects of a Nuclear-Armed Iran
Abolghasem Bayyenat, Ph.D. candidate - 1/3/2006
Although Iranian and EU officials have recently agreed to resume talks on Iran's nuclear activities, there is little optimism that such talks would lead to any breakthrough in the existing deadlock over Iran's nuclear program. As senior Iranian diplomats and nuclear negotiators have remarked, Iran is well determined to develop its own nuclear fuel cycle domestically despite Western countries' threats to refer its nuclear case to the UN Security Council for possible economic sanctions and/or other coercive measures.

Ahmadinejad, Warrior of Controversial Statements, and His Relationship with the Western Media
Ghazal Omid - 12/27/2005
As the world watches, Iran attracts media attention not only for its nuclear power progress but also for the shocking statements by Mr. Ahmadinejad, its newly elected president. His utterances are more like bad jokes by a standup comic than what is expected from an elected official of a cultured country such as Iran. As an intellectual Iranian Muslim woman, I feel deeply shamed by his outrageous comments about Israel, particularly ďthe holocaust never happenedĒ comment. But, this doesnít mean I am shocked by his behavior.

Tehranís Nuclear Clock is Ticking Faster
Hamid Namvar - 12/8/2005
In an under-reported interview, the head of International Atomic energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, told the British daily Independent that if Iran acts on its threat to reopen its Uranium enrichment underground facility at Natanz, then Tehran could be only "a few months" away from a nuclear weapon after the plant begins its operation. Say what? Only ďa few monthsĒ?

EXCLUSIVE: Iranian Nuclear Engineers Secretly Reveal - Nukes in 3-5 Years
Ghazal Omid - 11/27/2005
When will Iran become a Nuclear Power? What can we do to stop it? This is the important question burning in everyoneís mind in North America and around the globe. We all know too well that if Iran becomes a nuclear power it will be a huge threat to all of us in the human family. We need to be vigilant but must avoid accepting rumor as fact. And, we must not allow a bunch of fiction writers to lead us into a war with Iran.

Iranian Mullahs Move To Consolidate Power
Nasser Rashidi - 11/15/2005
Iran is on the verge of being referred to the United Nations Security Council for its now well-documented violations of the international nuclear proliferation treaties. Simultaneously, the Canadian government has again sponsored a draft U.N. resolution citing specific cases of human rights violations by the fundamentalist regime of Iran. For the past 25 years, the international community has condemned this brutal regime over 51 times as documented by the U.N. High Commission on Human Rights, European Union and other international organizations. Additionally, British Government recently reve...

Black Box Features In The Iranian Nuclear Arena - Manifest On A Laptop
Angelique van Engelen - 11/14/2005
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board meets on November 24 to decide whether to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions and the international community is fraught with tension in the run up to the meeting. Iran and the US appear to be equally matched participants in the media circus surrounding the Iranian nuclear situation. There's not a lot of certainty about the claims and counter claims that are being made presently, but nevertheless it's slowly becoming possible to get a clear idea of what's going to dominate in the near future.

Iranian Leader's Israel Comments Stun World
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 11/5/2005
In the short run, Iran's hardliners are hoping for a national coalition by playing the "Israel card" since Iran's bureaucracy has a record of bullying Western countries into cold-shouldering Israel, but such attitudes visibly show how hard it will be for Iran to build cross-border alliances in the long run.

How can we stop Iranian hardliners and their connection to the terrorists?
Ghazal Omid - 11/5/2005
The Islamic government of Iran, which came to power nearly three decades ago, has been a safe harbor and incubator for terrorism. Although the Iranian government is Shiah and many of the Islamic hardliners and terrorists are Sunni, they readily set historical and religious differences aside to focus on a common goal; spreading hatred and working toward the destruction of the United States and Israel, which they declare to be ďEVILĒ powers.

Nuclear Iran: Race Against Time
Ryan Mauro - 10/31/2005
"If one day, the world of Islam comes to possess the weapons currently in Israel's possession-on that day this method of global arrogance would come to an end. This is because the use of a nuclear bomb in Israel will leave nothing on the ground, whereas it will only damage the world of Islam."
-Former Iranian President Rafsanjani on December 14, 2001.

US Is Trying To Isolate Iran
Abid Mustafa - 10/15/2005
Over the past few weeks, the Bush administration has worked tirelessly to garner international support in its efforts to isolate Iran. A chief pillar of this strategy is to assemble a coalition of countries sympathetic towards Iran with a huge difference-they must support America's view on Iran's nuclear program and Tehran's support of terror networks.

Is time running out for Iran?
Abid Mustafa - 10/10/2005
On September 24, 2005, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) passed a resolution to refer Iran to the UN Security Council over its nuclear program. The 35-nation board of the IAEA in Vienna said that Iran has a ``long history of concealment and deception''. The Bush administration immediately seized on IAEA's decision and forecasted that it would eventually lead to Iran's isolation. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said," We have a patient long-term strategy. It's to isolate Iran on this question; it's to ratchet up the international pressure on Iran,' and assemble the kind of gl...

Indian Decision To Vote In Favor Of Iran Referral To UN Security Council May Have Wide Implications
Angelique van Engelen - 9/26/2005
International nuclear politics is a game in which peer pressure is rife, hypocrisy the standard and friend and foe as interchangeble as the two. This was shown recently by the dramatic turnaround in the Indian stance on Iran's nuclear program from one that it pledged to support to one it voted against in an effort to create more chances for diplomacy. Has Washington's success at pressuring India to vote in favor of Iran's referral to the UN Security Council is seen as a major breakthrough and alters the international atomic landscape significantly.

Iranian President Travels to New York amid Setbacks, Protests
Hamid Namvar - 9/12/2005
The U.S. State Department announced on Wednesday that as required by a 1947 agreement with the United Nations an entry visa had been granted to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's new president, to attend the nextweek's UN World Summit meeting in New York. It, however, did so only after denying another Iranian top official an entry visa.

Energy Bringing Beijing and Tehran Closer Together
Frederick Stakelbeck, Jr. - 9/10/2005
Iran is in the midst of a geopolitical transformation that has the potential to inflame the worldís most volatile and unpredictable region. An integral part of this transformation is the nurturing of bilateral relations with countries sharing similar geopolitical interests and a strong resentment for perceived U.S. hegemony Ė China is such a country.

Exiled Iranian Resistance Could Help Pressure Tehran
Angelique van Engelen - 9/10/2005
The terrorist status of the exiled Iranian resistance might be used to pressure Iran's regime over the next few months as the US, the UN and the EU step up efforts to get the country to comply with specific rules on its nuclear program. The proposition is simple: the Mujahiddeen stays on the terrorist list for at least another two years and in return for this goodwill, Iran is more forthcoming in its nuclear pledges.

Iranians To Stick To Their Guns In Future Nuclear Negotiations
Angelique van Engelen - 8/23/2005
One of the major worries the international community has expressed about Iran's audacious continuation of its nuclear program has been just how the new regime might position itself in any negotiations or confrontations ahead. The role of the newly appointed chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, has been subject to a lot of speculation. Some doubts were removed when Larijani earlier this week made his first move, which pretty much amounted to a continuation of the line of his predecessor Hassan Rowhani, when he insisted on Iran's rights to develop a full fuel cycle. Larijani has close ties wi...

Iranian President Coming to America
Hamid Namvar - 8/18/2005
According to media reports indicate that the United States is considering an entry visa to Iran's new president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to attend a UN meeting in New York City in mid-September. This would send a very wrong signal at a very crucial juncture to the increasingly belligerent Iran. Administration must firmly deny Ahmadinejad entry to the United States. And by all indications, the American public opinion would certainly welcome such a move.

An Ambitious Iran
Manuela Paraipan - 8/9/2005
The growing sense of frustration and hopelessness among the people of the Middle East combined with the Bush administration's policy toward Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah has produced complex feelings regarding the role of the United States in the region at large. Moreover, with the Guardian Council of Mullahs and an ultra-conservative president in control of Iran, the resumption of economic and political relations with the United States is less favorable than some would have expected.

Iran Versus Opinion Mania
Angelique van Engelen - 8/9/2005
The Iranians are busy getting the less exciting bits of their nuclear program back on track in the wake of failed negotiations with the EU Troika for reasons that appear to be, if anything, foolishly politically motivated. The Mullahs rejected a seemingly perfect EU proposal, the best they have had so far, including access to speedy World Trade Organization membership negotiations, generous EU trade incentives and some really sound technical assistance. They themselves also made a seemingly equally perfect offer to the EU during recent weeks, promising they will not go ahead with uranium enric...

Can We Trust Iran With Nuclear Weapons?
Manuela Paraipan - 6/25/2005
For months now, many are asking: What is Iran's looking for in building nuclear weapons? Are the Ayatollahs looking for a more respected position among the Middle East states, or the total annihilation of Israel?

The Options For Regime Change In Iran
Angelique van Engelen - 6/21/2005
If recent speeches by US officials on Iran's plans to become a nuclear power can be seen as part of a build-up to a possible US-evoked regime change in Iran, the intelligence behind it is at once scant and abundant. Whatever the real official US policy toward Iran is aiming for exactly is hard to get clear, but it is noteworthy that off late, US officials have stepped up their campaign of Iran criticism.

Iranian Elections: Roadmap To Continued Apathy
Angelique van Engelen - 6/17/2005
The June 17 Iranian elections somewhat resemble the rise to power of the promising Mohammed Khatami first time round in 1999. But despite the break from apathy seen over recent elections, the liveliness does not bode anywhere near the same promise that Khatami managed to swirl up six years ago. Thereís been discouraging controversy and intrigue surrounding the running of the main reformist candidate Mostafa Moin and the last minute participation of Hashemi Rafsanjani also brought zest to the process. Rafsanjani is tipped to win however simply because most people believe he holds the most sway ...

Regime Change in Iran: Interview with Gary Metz
Ryan Mauro - 6/3/2005
Gary Metz operates the Regime Change Iran web site (http://www.regimechangeiran.com), one of the top-notch blogs keeping readers up-to-date on developments inside Iran.

Many Plan To Boycott June Elections In Iran
Angelique van Engelen - 5/23/2005
Rolling the names of Iran's current leaders over your tongue is a pleasurable exercise. But Khameini, Khatami, Rafsanjani don't only have names that fit the requirements of rhymes of various kinds at once, their politics have shown various amounts of relaxation per leader too. Yet it will be hard to break the mould shaped by the official Guardian Council that is orchestrating the upcoming June Presidential elections. Even if a moderate or a reformist becomes the new Iranian leader, he'll have to reckon with an assembly dominated by hardliners, a fact largely the result of pre selection by this Council, the country's supreme ruling authority.

Iranian Elections
Angelique van Engelen - 5/20/2005
In order to get a perspective on the Iranian nuclear issue, one will have to view it from the angles of all immediate parties involved and build in some space to account for domestic elections to be prepared for the scenario that is likely to unfold in the near future. To be precise: the scenario that's starting with Iran's resumption of its nuclear program.

US Congressmen Meet Leaders of Group Labeled "Terrorist" by State Department
Nick Hoover - 4/19/2005
Several members of Congress addressed a gathering today of hundreds of Iranian exiles who the government considers terrorists. Reps. Bob Filner, D-Calif., Tom Tancredo, R-Col., Ted Poe, R-Texas, Dennis Moore, R-Kan., and staffers for Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-Texas, and James Talent, R-Mo., spoke to MEK supporters at a convention hall just four blocks from the White House. MEK has been listed as a terrorist organization by the State Department since 1997, but some in Congress and close to the Administration want the group to be removed from the terrorist list. Rep. Tancredo called Maryam...

Iran Accused of Illicit Nuclear Activity
Angelique van Engelen - 4/13/2005
Iran looks more and more set to become another Iraq. In the current circumstances it takes about three credible sources to say it is doing something suspicious and the international news headlines will be flushed with reports indicating Iran to appear in serious breach of the Non Proliferation Treaty it is a signatory to. The validity is unquestionable- there's very likely some activity going on in Iran's nuclear facilities which officially are temporarily closed- yet what exactly is almost equally obscure as the many similar situations from pre-war Iraq.

American Human Intelligence and Anti-Iranian Rebels
Capt. Vivian Gembara, Esq. - 4/11/2005
"Humint" --- this military shorthand for "human intelligence" has entered the vernacular. It is on the tongues of every politician, agency head and military leader. It is the one thing that those on the left and the right agree has impaired the U.S.'s ability to combat terrorism. Caught off guard by the September 11th attacks, we have seen the errors of our ways --- too much focus on technology and too little focus on spies and other human sources. While Washington has seized on the issue with the zeal of the newly converted, rhapsodizing about the need to cultivate humint, there still see...

Another Round of EU-Iran Talks Start April 10 - Will Iran Be Referred To The UN Security Council?
Angelique van Engelen - 4/11/2005
Iran's objection to ratifying the International Atomic Energy Agency's Additional Protocol of the IAEA is said to be the main obstacle to dispelling fears that it is not building a nuclear weapon. Iranian and EU officials meet April 10 to try to resolve a stalemate in their negotiations over this issue. If they fail, the EU will likely support the US and refer the case to the UN Security Council. At the moment, Iran is unwilling to ratify the Additional Protocol because of agreement between the EU and the US on its interpretation; none of the two settle for anything less than that inspectors s...

How To Handle Iran
Jaan Sepp - 4/7/2005
Iran may be among the most ripe anti-Western countries in the world to be turned around. It has been in internal turmoil for years already, as the rapidly growing youth is gaining strength and audacity, while effectively alienated from the theocracy's ide-ology by thorough frustration. According to many sources, Iran's large, relatively highly educated and potent population is far more pro-Western than the populations of many countries we tend to take as the West's allies, like Russia, India and certain Arab countries. Iran is an antithesis to Saudi Arabia. While Saudi Arabia is a country wher...

Iran: Conservative Victory is Likely in 2005 Presidential Elections
Stephan Rabimov - 2/27/2005
June 17, 2005 has been announced as the date for Iran's presidential election, which the conservatives seem likely to win. Although many candidates are planning to run for Iran's presidency, the majority will be from the conservative ranks, consolidating their power in an already "reformist-frail" government. A tight competition is likely between Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a conservative-leaning pragmatist and Ali Larijani, former head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, who is preferred by the conservative alliance.



  



  

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