Reports & Analysis
Iranian Forum, 26 January 2016
NIAC’s current campaign against Saudi Arabia is very similar to NIAC’s usual anti-Israeli drive which the organization has continued for more than a decade. According to NIAC, the Saudi’s and Israeli belligerent policies toward Iran are not in response to the Iranian actions or its expansionist polices. Saudi Arabia, like Israel, is a fading regional power that fears Iran’s ascending position in the region, thus, it tries to create smoke screens and crisis to isolate Iran, stop its ascend and prevent US-Iran rapprochement. Israel and Saudis are presented as the root cause of regional problems.
Accordingly, Iran is presented as a country that pursues a regional policy devoid of ideology and based on national interests. Iran seeks its legitimate place in the region and could be a valuable partner for the international community to bring peace and stability to the Middle East.
Afghani Division of Iranian Revolutionary Guards fighting in Syria
A Documentary by Iranian-American
Iran lobby under Obama, from pressure group to White House partner
A Documentary by Iranian-American Forum
Iran’s Proxy Militias in Iraq
A Documentary by Iranian-American Forum
Anniversary of Iran 2009 uprising and Obama’s appeasement of the regime
Iranian American Forum, June 3, 2015
While millions of Iranians were in the streets opposing the regime, Obama ignored this historic moment and continued his outreach to the Iranian rulers. His appeasing attitude was a signal that the US is so eager to reach a nuclear deal and befriend the regime that it would tolerate Mullahs’ brutal repression in Iran and hegemonic policies across the region
Denouncing NIAC’s charade against Senator Graham
Iranian American Forum, 5.31.2015
By slandering Senator Graham, NIAC tries to attain two goals: First, to discredit anti-Iranian regime camp in the US and facilitate Tehran’s pursuit of its nuclear ambitions and its hegemonic drive in the region. Second, it seeks to gain credit as a genuine defender of the Iranian-American community and use this credit to pursue its pro-regime lobby activities in Washington
Iranian Regime’s Quest to Dominate the Middle East
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”, A manifesto for the Iranian regime’s anti-Israeli campaign in 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.
Iran News Digest
Iranian American Forum, Jan. 12, 2016
As the Iranian economy continues to plummet under the weight of the sanctions, with declining oil prices and an ever deepening recession, Iranian Minister of Health traveled to Syria and Lebanon to assure both countries that Iran will continue to supply medicine and medical equipment, build two medical schools and train their medical staff in Iran
Refugees from Iran Denied Safe Haven
By Hamid Yazdan Panah, November 27, 2015
Refugees from Iran are being denied passage to western Europe, as new policies unfairly target refugees from specific countries.
Iran: Life of Prisoner of Conscience Alireza Golipour in Danger
Hamid Yazdan Panah, Nov. 19, 2015
Golipour, who is currently incarcerated in Evin prison, was arrested based on charges of aiding dissidents and protesters following the 2009 protests in Iran. Golipour was arrested initially 2012, but has yet to receive a formal sentence in regards to his alleged charges.
Hassan Nasrallah: Iranian leaders sacrifice national interests for the sake of Islamic nation
Hassan Nasrallah the leader of Hezbollah addressed thousands of followers in Beirut on the occasion of Shiite ceremony Ashura. Hassan Nasrallah the leader of Hezbollah addressed thousands of followers in Beirut on the occasion of Shiite ceremony Ashura. Iranian state Press TV aired the ceremony. Nasrallah criticized the Lebanese political coalition that opposes Hezbollah bullying…
Steinmeir fails in Tehran, Zarif attacks Saudis
Today, in a press conference in Tehran, Zarif attacks Saudi Arabia as Frank-Walter Steinmeir tries to mediate between two countries. Analysts see Steinmeir’s travel to Iran a failure.
Time to cash in
Hassan Dai, Sep. 21, 2015
Bijan Khajehpour, NIAC’s lobby partner and Trita Parsi’s former boss will participate in oil and Money conference in London to share the podium with an Iranian official from oil ministry and assist him in promoting business opportunities in Iran. Khajehpour and NIAC have been collaborating to oppose sanctions and urge US administration to be more flexible in nuclear talks
Khamenei and IRGC Business Empire Boosted by Iran Deal
Hamid Yazdan Panah, Sep. 15, 2015
Khamenei uses the business front known as “Setad” to extend his influence into every corner of the Iranian economy, including: “finance, oil, telecommunications, the production of birth-control pills and even ostrich farming.”
Human Rights Distorted to Support Iran Deal
Hamid Yazdan Panah, Aug. 12, 2015
The recent Iran deal has brought much fanfare and celebration, most of which conveniently overlooks the fundamental nature of the Iranian regime. Putting aside the details of the agreement, one claim in particular has consistently been made about the nuclear deal which simply holds no weight. The claim is that the nuclear deal will somehow improve human rights in Iran, and lead to an improvement in Iranian civil society.
The Benefactors of an Iran Deal
Hamid Yazdan Panah, July 14, 2015
NIAC continues to use the nuclear crisis to score as many points as it can. Like a Mullah stuffing his face with the last remaining ghorme sabzi, NIAC has sought to squeeze every last drop of publicity (and money), out of the Iran talks. Not only is NIAC’s President Trita Parsi getting his articles re-published by the pro-regime Tehran Times, but NIAC itself is continuing to live off the fat of the political landscape, while pushing the same tired line as always.
Iran’s Faux Dissident: The Curious Case of Akbar Ganji
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.