Reports & Analysis
A Documentary by Iranian-American Forum
How an Iranian misinformation campaign has been adopted and promoted by the Obama administration
Hassan Dai, April 2015
Obama administration claims that Iranian nuclear program is supported by vast majority of Iranians and it has become a matter of national pride, therefore, the US can’t force Iran to stop enrichment. This claim is part of Iranian regime’s misinformation campaign that started in 2003 and includes a total ban on opposing the program, jailing the critics, holding state-organized rallies in support of program and fabricating fake public opinion polls in Iran for US audience. Majority of these polls are made by a Tehran-based center tied to security forces. These polls are publicized and promoted by pro-Tehran groups in Washington, many of them are close allies of the Obama administration.
Five reasons Saudi attack on Yemen is a turning point in the Middle East
Keyvan Kaboli, April 6, 2015
This is the first time in the last 30 years that a decisive and operating coalition is being formed against the Iranian regime in the Middle East. All Arab countries except Oman have participated and contributed to this coalition.
Background: What is the pro-Iran lobby in the US?
Iranian Forum, April 2015
Since the beginning of the Islamic Republic in Iran 36 years ago, there have always been political forces in Washington that preach coexistence and friendship with the Iranian regime. On top of Iran’s allies in the US that demand removal of economic sanctions are the trade lobbies, notably the oil l companies. The Iranian regime considers these business and political forces that favor more Tehran friendly policies as the pro-Iran lobby in the US and has maintained a practical relationship with these groups.
From Amia bombing to Golan Heights: Iranian regime’s two pronged policy of blackmail
Hassan Dai, February 2015
Experience of Rafsanjai.’s overture in the 1990s and current Rouhani’s detent have the same message that the smile diplomacy in one hand and the use of terror and spread of fundamentalism to dominate the region on the other hand are leverages used by Iranian regime to advance its strategic goals
Rouhani government’s plan to enhance the “Iran Lobby” in the US
Iranian Forum, February 2014
The new government intends to enhance pro-Tehran lobby in the US to counter AIPAC’s influence and assist the government’s diplomacy efforts.
Rouhani government’s Energy Diplomacy and Oil Lobby
Hassan Dai, March 2014
Rouhani government hopes that offering juicy deals to Western oil firms will make them lobby their home governments to ease sanctions and to be more flexible in nuclear talks
Trita Parsi’s Book: “Treacherous Alliance – The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the US”
Hassan Dai, March 2015
Parsi’s book is a manifesto for the Iranian regime’s anti-Israeli campaign in the US. It is a story with three personages: a guilty, an accomplice and a victim, who are respectively Israel, the US and Iran.
Javad Zarif and Trita Parsi’s collaboration to exploit Political divisions in Washington over Iran Policy during George Bush administration
Hassan Dai, March 10, 2015
In 2006-2007, NIAC president arranged meetings between Iranian ambassador and Congress members, mainly democrats who according to Parsi ”were disillusioned with Bush foreign policy and are tired to sit on the sidelines as Bush undermines the US’s global position. They are willing to take matters in their own hands and they accept the political risk that comes with it.
In 2008, Obama’s campaign team member William Perry and Joe Biden’s staff Puneet Talwar met with Iranian delegations led by Ahmadinejad’s chief advisor Hashemi Samareh in Europe.
Iranian regime’s sanctions busters
Hassan Dai, February 18, 2015
Rouhani’s government tries to lure Western companies back to Iran and loosen the economic sanctions. A group of Iranians with business experience in the West play a pivotal role in this campaign. They use their knowledge of Western business system, their connections to foreign companies, think tanks and the media, to advance regime’s campaign
Court of Appeals Upholds Sanctions against NIAC and Trita Parsi
The ruling reaffirmed the district court’s initial opinion that NIAC and Parsi engaged in systematic abuse of discovery process and repeated false and misleading declarations to the court. The district court had ordered NIAC to pay $184000 for Dai’s legal expenses.
Code Pink and Iranian regime
Iranian American Forum, 30 January 2015 The Iranian regime has forged alliance with various political, social, religious and cultural organizations in the US to further its political agenda. However, the practical alliance between the theocratic regime of Iran and part of American left and anti-war groups could seem the most inconvenient and difficult to understand. […]
Trita Parsi’s Deceitful Gobbledygook
Hassan Dai, August 11, 2014
As the Iranian regime has intensified its campaign to fuel the war in Gaza, call for elimination of Israel and spread anti-Semitism, Trita Parsi, president of pro-Tehran lobby group NIAC has published an article praising Iranian leadership for being silent on the war in Gaza, soft toward Israel and pursuing a moderate foreign policy
The Truth Behind NIAC’s Failed Lawsuit – Part Two: NIAC’s Sloppy Legal Work and Evidence of Parsi’s Pro-regime Lobbying
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 News Digest
By Hamid Yazdanpanah, 5.22.2015
Akbar Ganji is on a mission, not as the voice of Iranian dissidents, but as an apologist for the regime in Tehran
Iran’s Forgotten Activists Remain Defiant
By Hamid Yazdan Panah
Iran’s activists have been ignored during nuclear talks, but they remain defiant in their struggle
Iran’s Larijani threatens going back to the old route of enrichment
Iran Pulse in America- May 5, 2015
The Fars News Agency, close to IRGC and Khamenei, has quoted Ali Larijani, the head of Iran’s parliament, threatening the West to go back to the regime’s previous practice of enriching uranium. He pointed to the western countries “futile attempts” to corner Iran by imposing harsh economic sanctions. Larijani said, “In spite of failure to pressure us by sanctions, they (Western countries) still talk nonsense and demand too much.”
Iran on Pace to Set Execution Record After Nuclear Deal
By Hamid Yazdan Panah, April 27, 2015
Much has been made about the supposed benefits of the Iran nuclear deal. One of the most audacious claims has been that the nuclear deal would result in an improvement in the human rights situation inside the country. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact if the last past few weeks are any indication, Iran may very well set a new record for executions committed in the past decade. To make matters worse, the issue is being completely swept under the rug, despite claims that a nuclear deal would give the West “leverage” to promote human rights.
Anti-gender equality regime joins UN gender quality body
Iran Pulse in America- April 11, 2015
In Iran, women are legally barred from holding some government positions, there are no laws against domestic violence, and adultery is punishable by stoning, making it wholly inappropriate that Iran assume a leadership role on women’s rights and welfare at the U.N.
NIAC’s Nuclear Goals Align With Regime
Hamid Yazdan Panah, April 10, 2015
Now that a supposed “historic” framework of political understanding has been reached between Iran and the international community, it may be worth looking at the role played by the Iranian regime’s lobby in the United States, and what its actual interests are.
Iran’s export of Islamic Fundamentalism: Al Mustafa global training centers
Established in 2007, Al Mustafa religious university has 120 branches in 60 countries. 50.000 Mullahs have graduated from Al Mustafa in past seven years. Iranian regime uses the graduates in religious centers around the world to spread regime’s ideology, defend its policies and recruit among local populations
Human Rights: The First Casualty of Iran’s Nuclear Program
Hamid yazdan Panah, March 31, 2015
As nuclear talks continue with Iran, the first casualty of these negotiations are the human rights of the Iranian people
Ghassem Soleiman’s world view
In this speech, the commander of Ghods Force said that crusade between the West and Islam continues today. Shiite Iran is the new center of gravity in the Islamic world and the Shiite crescent, led by Iran is not only political but a formidable economic power as majority of energy resources are in Shiite regions
Iran’s Repression Targets Kurds, Other Minorities
Hamid Yazdan Panah, March 5, 2015
The Iranian regime continues its campaign to maintain control over population that has grown increasingly weary of dissent and repression, including the denial of basic rights to ethnic minorities. Many of these minorities have organized themselves in resistance groups
NIAC Distorts Court Rulings after Losing Appeal
Hamid Yazdan Panah, February 23, 2015
The National Iranian American Council or NIAC, received a final blow to what little legitimacy it had left this past week, following a final ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The ruling was based on an appeal filed by NIAC, which challenged a District Court’s decision to award Hassan Daioleslam $183,480 in monetary sanctions based on NIAC’s conduct during trial.
Air Pollution and Empty Promises
Feb. 10, 2015
Increasing air pollution all over cities from west to south and empty promises by environmental officials to request for budget to solve this life threatening issue.
Iran debuts 700km cruise missile amid negotiations
Iran Pulse in America- Feb. 9, 2015
Iran’s deputy defense minister, Mohammad Eslami told the semi-official News agency about the new missile. Named Ya-Ali, the 700km missile is a step up from the previous model that Iran’s Mirage fighter jets were equipped.
A Bad Time to Be a US Ally
Iran Pulse in America- Feb. 7, 2015
In this article, Eli Lake examines President Obama’s 2015 National Security Strategy and its distance to the reality. He calls the White House report “Obama’s Middle East Fantasy”.
Iran’s chief lobbyist Hossein Mousavian: We could build a nuclear bomb anytime
Iran Pulse in America- Feb. 7, 2015
Hossein Mousavian, former Iranian ambassador to Germany and a suspected terrorist who is currently residing in US and lobbying on behalf of the Iranian regime has admitted that the Iranian regime has the capability to make nuclear bomb.
Iran Pulse in America
Iranian American Forum- Feb. 6, 2015
Bomb near Israel embassy in Uruguay and Iranian connection
UAE is out, suspending its operations in the region
Problems of impending deal with Iran
Iran Pulse in America
Iranian-American Forum- Feb. 2, 2015
White House nominee for secretary of defense position, Ash Carter attended the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday….
Alberto Nisman, the murdered prosecutor who was working on 1994 Amia bombing, was going to indict President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner…
An Iranian-born business onwner in Los Angeles is under investigation for abusing a federal program called EB-5…
The Iran Lobby’s Gift to the US: Trita Parsi
Hamid Yazdan Panah, Jan. 30, 2015
Trita Parsi and the distortion team at NIAC are at it again. Parsi recently, penned a piece entitled. “The Senate’s Gift to ISIS: Sanctions on Iran”. The piece reads much like every article written by Parsi, it takes a current event, and spins it into a reason that now is the perfect time to coddle Tehran. This time he uses ISIS as the boogeyman that can only be defeated if sanctions are not imposed on Tehran.
The Human Cost of Business with Iran
Hamid Yazdan Panah, 1.22.2015
The Iran question has dominated policy discussions for nearly a decade. How to prevent the mullahs from obtaining nuclear weapons is no doubt a hot button issue. The general consensus remains that there is no viable military solution to this problem. What we are left with are sanctions and continual dialogue with an undemocratic and barbaric regime, with the hopes of getting them to “behave.” Yet even this is too harsh for some, who object to sanctions against Iran on humanitarian grounds. The question then becomes, what exactly is the humanitarian cost of doing business with Iran?
A Look Inside Iran’s Spy Network In Bosnia
John Schindler, The XX Committee, Business Insider, 10.24.2014
Tehran’s covert tentacles in Bosnia reach deep, since Iran began extending its malign influence there back in 1990, as Communism collapsed in Yugoslavia. The mullahs dispatched spies with cash to Sarajevo to buy politicians, spread radicalism, and recruit and train terrorists.