Reports & Analysis

The Truth Behind NIAC’s Failed Lawsuit – Part Three: NIAC’s Misrepresentations During and After Trial

Hamid Yazdan Panah, 11.12.2014
The lawsuit serves to show the true nature of NIAC as an organization rife with misconduct, secrets, and dirty tactics. More disturbing than the revelations uncovered through the litigation process is the continued belligerence of NIAC. Despite losing their case in an embarrassing manner, they continue to distort the law, threaten Daioleslam, and claim the moral high ground after being sanctioned by the court

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: 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.

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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.

Assessing the Iran Appeasement Project

Jonathan Tobin, Commentary Magazine, 10.8.2014
Former diplomat William Luers and those backing his effort have also promoted The Iran Project, a think tank devoted to Iran détente and pooh-poohing concerns about the nuclear threat from Tehran.
The Iran Project is backed by major figures within the U.S. foreign policy establishment and has found an eager audience in the media for its reports downplaying the Iranian threat and promoting the virtues of friendship with the ayatollahs even as the regime’s domestic oppression and promotion of terror abroad has increased.

Iran’s Secret Massacre: The Untold Legacy

Hamid Yazdan Panah, August 12, 2014
This summer marks the 26th anniversary of Iran’s massacre against political prisoners in 1988. The shock and terror inflicted on the Iranian nation when tens of thousands of prisoners were executed in a matter of months went unnoticed in the international sphere, and unresolved in the Iranian psyche. The legacy of this event has resulted in the survival of a despotic regime, and the stunted growth of a nation.

When the masks fall: Gareth Porter in Iran

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,