Reports & Analysis
Iranian American Forum, 2.13.2014
Ploughshares has granted millions of dollars to individuals and organizations that lobby for friendlier policy with Iran. Most shocking case is Mousavian, former Iranian ambassador to Germany at a time when his embassy was the supporting and liaison headquarter for Iranian terror squads that hunted and killed opposition leaders in Europe. Since 2009, Moussavian lives in US and lobbies for Iranian regime
J Street’s Iranian connections
Iranian American Forum, February 5, 2014
Since 2008, J Street has been a member of the coalition that lobbies for friendlier policy with Iran and opposes sanctions. NIAC coordinates this coalition. Government press in Tehran calls NIAC “the Iran lobby in the US”. Court documents obtained during a defamation lawsuit show that one of coalition partners coordinated its lobby with Ahmadinejad’s office
White House is using Iran lobby tactics to discredit US Senators
Iranian Forum, 1.10.2014
The White House campaign to frame Senators who support more sanctions as warmongers is a tactic used by pro-Tehran lobbyists for the past ten years. In a secret memo written by Trita Parsi and sent to his partner in Tehran, he explained why and how the sanctions should be framed as initial step that invariably will lead to war.
Mousavian, a key figure in secret U.S.-Iran nuclear talks
Iranian American Forum, 14 November 2013
Mousavian, a former Iranian diplomat lives in the US since 2009. Supported by pro-engagement circles, he has built trust with US officials and has acted as a middleman between two countries. since Rouhani’s victory, he has played a key role in back-channel talks and the shaping of US approach in nuclear negotiations
Rouhani and Zarif’s plan to revive Iran lobby in US
Iranian-American Forum, Nov 11 2013
Rouhani and Zarif appeal to Iranian-Americans to join the Iran lobby and help regime’s diplomacy by combating the “Zionist lobby” AIPAC. Government experts assert that past efforts to lure Iranians have failed because they oppose the regime and will not join the lobby. A group of advisors tell President that the Iran lobby should count on regime’s traditional allies, the American oil lobby and anti-war groups.
Iran: Anti-Imperialism Meets Big Oil
Hamid Yazdan Panah, 7 November 2013
A popular view amongst some individuals who claim to be “anti-war” is that the Iranian regime is resisting imperialism. Yet these individuals rarely if ever talk about the issue at the core of Iran’s geopolitics, namely oil. The reality is the regime has actively sold the wealth of Iran in order to maintain its own survival, and has continuously been backed by foreign entities keen on exploiting our natural resources.
Zarif says Iran can defeat US and Israel
Hassan Dai, 11.2.2013
Zarif told parliament that Iran can defeat US and Israel by exploiting the divisions in Washington over Iran. An advisory report to Rouhani recommends enhancing the hands of those political forces in Washington that accept a nuclear Iran and believe policy of pressure against Iran should be abandoned
Sanctions and Human Rights, Beyond the Empty Rhetoric
Hamid Yazdan Panah, 27 October 2013
Many Iranians and westerners have questioned the use of sanctions and whether they are an effective tool against the regime, or a threat to the domestic population. But little attention has been paid as to who is behind these efforts to remove sanctions, and how they aim to benefit from business with Tehran. This begs the question, is it the people of Iran who will be hurt most by these sanctions, or the regime and the oil industry
Zarif’s game plan and Al monitor’s role
Oct 20, 2013
While Javad Zarif has requested 5+1 to keep the Iranian nuclear proposal secret, his entourage gave Al Monitor the alleged details of Iran’s offer. In May 2003, while Zarif was secretly negotiating with US in Geneva, his friends sent the grand bargain offer to Washington. Is Barbara Slavin playing Bob Ney’s role?
Human Rights in Iran as Grim as Ever
Hamid Yazdan Panah , 20 October 2013
Lost in the media coverage of Iran’s nuclear program and its President’s charm offensive is the grim human rights situation faced by Iranians, particularly those who dare to defy the regime. 250 people have been executed since Rouhani took office two months ago.
Iran News Digest
Hamid Yazdanpanah, March 4 2014
The regime needs the public execution as a ritual of state power and control against an increasingly discontented populace. The public execution is not meant to restore the balance of justice, but to display the “dissymmetry between the subject who has dared to violate the law and the all-powerful” regime.
Khamenei’s Little Helper in Washington
Hamid Yazdan Panah, 23 january 2014
In his latest feat of absurd logic Trita Parsi has claimed that a bi-partisan group of Senators who voted to enact increased sanctions on Iran are somehow, “Khamenei’s Little Helpers in the Senate.” This is just the latest move to distort the reality that Parsi himself has been advocating the same demands that Khamanei and his nuclear team have been pursuing throughout negotiations.
Iran’s fingerprints in Fallujah
By David Ignatius, Washington Post, 1.9.2014
“What is tragic is that Iraq’s slide toward an Iranian axis and civil war were not only predictable but indeed predicted by Iraq experts within the U.S. government,” laments one former U.S. official. “Iraq’s current meltdown and its grave implications on U.S. national security interests were entirely avoidable.”
The greatest irony of all is that Iraqis voted in March 2010 to dump Maliki in favor of an alternative slate headed by Ayad Allawi. In the horse-trading that followed, however, Maliki and his Iranian sponsors (bizarrely backed by the United States ) ended up forming a new government,
Mandela’s Legacy for Iran
Hamid Yazdan panah, 23 December 2013
Nelson Mandela was a hero for many in the world. His legacy serves as an inspiration for those fighting for freedom, but also as a useful guide in regards to dealing with the regime in Iran.
My Conversation with Javad Zarif: Hypocrite Extraordinaire
By Davood Zaboli, 13 December 2013
In March of this year I had a short conversation with Javad Zarif over Facebook. Our interaction was brief, but our conversation displays the hypocrisy and empty charm that has become typical of Zarif and Rouhani.
Forgotten Children, Human Trafficking & Child Labor in Iran
By Hamid Yazdan Panah, 4 December 2013
Child labor and human trafficking represent a serious problem in Iran, with many blaming the government itself for perpetuating these terrible crimes.
What about the Iranian people?
Kayvan Kaboli, Nov 30 2013
It can be argued that the Iranian people are the major losers in this game, because during the next twelve months, the West will try to befriend Tehran and therefore, the Mullahs’ unstoppable violation of human rights will be largely ignored by the international community.
Iranian Myths and Inverted Orientalism
Hamid Yazdan Panah, 26 November 2013
The global policy on Iran continues to focus on negotiations and appeasement with the regime. In doing so, many myths have emerged as to the nature of the Iranian regime. These myths are part of a policy of appeasement enabled by a complex and subtle lobby.
NIAC and Trita Parsi’s peace business
Hassan Dai, 20 November 2013
NIAC continues to slander US politicians who oppose Tehran’s agenda and call them warmongers but NIAC’s internal documents released during the lawsuit (that NIAC lost), show clearly that its pro-Tehran lobby is only about business and opening up trade between US and Iran. The peace mantle is just a disguise and human face for its lobby
Prominent civil society leader disgusted by NIAC’s hate campaign
Hassan Dai, 18 November 2013
Civil society activist Memarsadeghi denounces NIAC’s hate campaign against Senator Kirk and asserts that NIAC and Trita Parsi “echo the Islamic Republic’s agenda in the US, working to discredit any voice, particularly among US policymakers, that stands with the people of Iran and firmly against their oppressors.”