Category Archives: Iran

“Why Iran Is Protesting”

New York Times: “Unlike during the first decades of the post-revolutionary Iran, the rich now heedlessly flaunt their wealth. Until the mid-2000s, the gentlemen’s agreement among the embezzlers held that they keep a modest appearance at home and launder their … Continue reading

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“Iran protests: Social media blocked, fake news thrives”

See video here. “Protesters in Iran are using social media to share with the world what’s happening in their country, where journalists have little or no access. But fake news is flooding the conversation and tainting the truth. A video … Continue reading

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A Word of Caution Re: Iran Protests

Be weary of those who are shedding crocodile tears for Iranians protesting in Iran, and talk about democracy and human rights. “Democracy” and “human rights” are talking points that certain people use as a battering ram against their enemies. In … Continue reading

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Iranians have Agency

There’s much to discuss and discern regarding recent events in Iran but for me the starting point is to not deny Iranians inside the country their agency. Doubtless, there is a tendency among Iranians both abroad and within the government … Continue reading

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VOA Interview regarding “The Saudi Roots of Today’s Shi’ite-Sunni War”

Here’s a very brief interview regarding my article “The Saudi Roots of Today’s Shi’ite-Sunni War” at Voice of America. Please excuse the accent.

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The Saudi Roots of Today’s Shi’ite-Sunni War

My latest piece at The Huffington Post: The rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its fervent anti-Shi’ite worldview has once again sparked the debate about the “age-old” conflict between Shi’ites and Sunnis with countless “experts” … Continue reading

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Open letter from NYC Iranians to Mayor de Blasio: When you stand by AIPAC, you do not stand by us

Beaming with pride: “We stand with those Jewish New Yorkers who have recently said in their open letter to you, ‘AIPAC speaks for Israel’s hard-line government and its right-wing supporters, and for them alone; it does not speak for us.’ … Continue reading

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Who Has Nukes in the Middle East

If there’s one relatively long YouTube video you watch this month, let it be this one. It puts much into perspective.

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New Voyager | President Rouhani (Video)

I have to admit, US news sources are producing some amazing articles related to the Middle East. I’ve been gathering them and will post them soon in full. But before that happens, I wanted to share this probably-state-sponsored music video … Continue reading

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The Failed Gamble of Khaled Meshaal

AbuKhalil’s recent post on al-Akhbar is concise and worth reading in full: It would be fair to say that Khaled Meshaal is one of the biggest casualties of the Arab uprisings. Early on, Meshaal appeared more arrogant and more self-confident … Continue reading

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Netanyahu talks of Iran instead of Palestine

Israeli prime minister and the US secretary of state recently met in Italy to talk about prospects for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Instead, the Israeli prime minister focused the discussion on the “Iranian threat” of nuclear proliferation. I suppose … Continue reading

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Rohani’s UN Speech

View/listen to it in full here.

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Rohani: “Why Iran seeks constructive engagement”

Rohani and Khatami have both published letters in leading American publications in a major PR blitz. The millions in Iran must indeed be suffering from what Obama shamelessly bragged were “crippling sanctions” and Rohani and his administration seem to be … Continue reading

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The Syria Intervention Plan Is Being Pushed by Oil Interests, Not Concern About Chemical Weapons

Alternet.org: “Whatever the case, few recall that US agitation against Syria began long before recent atrocities, in the context of wider operations targeting Iranian influence across the Middle East. In May 2007, a presidential finding revealed that Bush had authorised … Continue reading

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Toxic legacy of US assault on Fallujah ‘worse than Hiroshima’

The US, which has used chemical weapons in warfare as recently as the Iraq War, now claims that it has the moral high ground to intervene in the Syrian War to stop Asad’s alleged use of chemical weapons. What’s next? … Continue reading

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