12-Sep-2007 (39 comments)

Michael Ledeen, the neo-conservative enforcer of war on Iran, has continously made outlandish remarks in supporting war against. And yet despite the fact that he has never been to Iran, nor has an academic background in the area, nor does he speak farsi, he is classified as an "expert" by conservative media outlets like Fox News, and even some Iranians in the United States, including Amir Abbas Fakhravar, particularly those who support regime change.

06-Sep-2007 (10 comments)
In the early 1990s, prior to the Rwandan genocide, the minority Tutsi group in Rwanda were constantly called inyenzi, or cockroaches, by those who sought to destroy them. The strategy was to dehumanize the minority group, making it easier to inspire others to join in destroying the minority group, thus resulting in the Rwandan genocide in 1994. The same rhetoric has often been used by Israeli soliders and generals which have been connected with Palestinian massacres.>>>
06-Sep-2007 (6 comments)
I’m not sure if this classifies as “dialogue” between the two countries, but lost in the news concerning Haleh Esfandiari and Parnaz Azim’s released is that it was done primarily through Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s orders. According to the LA Times, Khamenei was replying to a letter from Esfandiari’s boss, former Democratic Rep. Lee Hamilton, the co-chair of the Iraq Study Group, who wrote a “respectful letter asking for Esfandiari’s release and pledging to work for peace between the U.S. and Iran.”>>>
04-Sep-2007 (3 comments)
Making the Middle East a WMD Free Zone won't ease Iran's appetite for nuclear technology.  According to Joseph Cirincione, director for non-proliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, most weapons programs in the Middle East began in direct response to Israel’s decision to go nuclear in the 1950s and 1960s. Despite this analysis, I think the calls for a Free Zone in the Middle East as a way for curbing Iran’s appetite for nuclear technology is faulty. Iran is not responding to any Israeli threat, but to a US threat. Israel will never threaten Iran’s territory like it does to other bordering Arab states. >>>
27-Aug-2007 (one comment)

The following is an account by a friend of mine, Borhan, evidencing, yet again, the lack of both journalistic and quality care by most Iranian satellite stations.

As I was flipping channels out of curiosity to see if anyone with 1/10 brain about producing TV material has arrived on Persian satellite television to surprise me with something bearable, I stopped to look at some sort of auction on Kanal Yek Television (Channel One) was having with a lady who looked like Shirin Ebadi with a shorter hair-cut at 9:20PM on August 26, 2007. After a few seconds I noticed she was using the word IPod to describe the product, when I looked and listened closer, I noticed that the product was indeed NOT apple's Ipod but rather one of these many Chinese knock-offs of Ipod [The linked product is the closest thing to that I could find online] >>>
22-Aug-2007 (5 comments)
How the designation of the IRGC as a terrorist organization will alienate the Iranian people from the US even further: The New York Times articulated the following statement upon news that the Revolutionary Guard Corps in Iran may be designated as a terrorist organization: "Labeling Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization — as the State Department now proposes — is another distraction when what the Bush administration needs to be doing is opening comprehensive negotiations with Tehran..." >>>
15-Aug-2007 (2 comments)
If financing and helping terrorism around the world is sufficient to classify oneself as a terrorist organization despite that organization being an agent of a sovereign entity, then it seems also appropriate to classify Mossad and the CIA as terrorist organizations.>>>
13-Aug-2007 (4 comments)
Hosting Matters, a Florida based web-hosting provider, has recently decided to terminate Hossein Derakhshan's influential website on the basis of a defamation allegation by Mehdi Khalaji, an Iranian fellow at the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy, a neo-conservative think-tank because of alleged Khalaji's support for the Iran Freedom Initiative, a concerted effort for regime change in Iran.>>>