Reports & Analysis
Hamid Yazdan Panah, June30, 2014
This is part two of an ongoing series focused on the details of NIAC’s lawsuit against Iranian journalist Hassan Daioleslam.
The Truth Behind NIAC’s Failed Lawsuit – Part One: Understanding the Legal Issues
Hamid Yazdan Panah, April 27, 2014
Part one of this series looks at the legal issues in the lawsuit brought by NIAC against Iranian journalist Hassan Daioleslam. Clarifying that NIAC did not meet the minimum requirements for bringing a defamation claim, while setting the record straight as to what Daioleslam was actually required to prove in court
In the name of peace: How Ploughshares funds an Iranian agent and terrorist suspect
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
Iran News Digest
Hassan Dai, June 5, 2014
Porter, the so-called progressive and anti-war journalist and author is in Iran, appearing on state TV and speaking at regime’s events to defend the Iranian dictators and their nuclear program. Porter began his pro-Tehran advocacy in 2006 with Trita Parsi of NIAC. His nauseating declarations in Tehran illustrate alliance between part of American left and Iranian regime
Footprint of Appeasement Policy in German Government
Dr. Kazem Moussavi, May 31, 2014
Markus Potzel, the head of the Middle East Division in German Foreign Office is one of the most passionate advocates of the appeasement policy toward Iran. Mr. Putzel’s persistent efforts to appease the Iranian regime also include attacking Iranian opposition groups and sponsoring events that aim to undermine international sanctions against Iran.
Mullahs’ Friends in Germany Try to Loosen Sanctions
May 14, 2014
Nader Maleki, a pro-Iranian regime banker in Frankfurt, Germany has organized an event called Business Forum IRAN. The event scheduled for May 23, is part of a greater campaign to loosen and end international sanctions that have crippled Iranian regime’s economy
Aboutalebi and the fate of American hostages in Iran
Kayvan Kaboli, April 17 2014
Although resolving Iran’s nuclear threat is the US and world’s primary concern, but these negotiations with Iran must not eclipse other US interests.
Power Punishment & Execution in Iran
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.