Recently, I noticed an email in my inbox which had the name of Anousheh Ansari on it. Soon after a glance, I realized that, this is something that must have been sent to all Iranian dot com members whose email addresses have been generously given to NIAC and supplied to others to spread their propaganda and present themselves as a real force for making any change in regards with American policies towards Iran. Before I go any further, I need to write a few words about Ms Ansari whose name appeared on an email sent to me without me asking for it. Ms. Ansari is obviously a rich Iranian who, thanks to the land of opportunity, has become rich after a successful business venture which she, along with her husband, initiated in United States. She was able to fulfill a childhood dream of flight to space which is great on a personal level but that really does not merit for any qualification (other than being wealthy) to any space tourist no matter where they are from. Certainly these days people do not get famous if they fly on a plane but if you fly to space even on a tourist ticket then you will be known because that is not something that many people can afford. This fame may very well be accompanied by respect (whether deserved or not) and trust (reasonable or not) by society that may be easily manipulated as a result of abuse of that trust and respect.
I don’t know Ms. Ansari and have no knowledge if she is a member of NIAC or not but she seems to have been convinced that this organization has played a role in making an important change in visa policy of US government so that she was urged to send out emails and ask for donations to support this organization which apparently has her approval. And this is while NIAC receives support from institutions like Rockefeller Brothers and some other organizations and is following an agenda which can only benefit those who are behind them. In recent days, there has been a lot of hype around the story of US visa policy change for Iranian students to show that this has been a great achievement in direction of interests of Iranian people that was made possible through “years of efforts” (as indicated in the email with Ms. Ansari’s name on it) by NIAC. To make this claim real, in one of the articles which NIAC propaganda clique published in Iranian dot com in recent days after so called victorious declaration of change in visa policy, we could even read that an Iranian student had complained that he “could not attend a relative’s funeral who was executed by regime” because of that visa policy!
During the times that people get harassed and killed for attending the funeral of people who died naturally (as it happened to daughter of late Mr. Ezatollah Sahabi) It would be nice if someone could answer a questions about when has there been any "funeral for an executed member" of someone's family in Iran? And where is the evidence that US government made such decision about student's visa out of good heart and based on suggestions by this or that group and not strictly based on their own national interests dictated by powerful financial institutions which need a cheap and easy solution to legitimize having open relations with Iranian government? Since when Islamic regime allows "funeral" for executed people so that some “concerned” relative takes a trip from USA to Iran to attend such event? Where is the EVIDENCE (not just meaningless list of claims) showing that NIAC has done anything worthy for Iranians, like what Nazanin Afshin-Jam has done to raise international awareness about cruelties of Islamic rulers in Iran towards Iranian youths? Running in the hallways of US government offices and begging this or that senator or congressman to vote for letting this or that corporation to open business relations with Iran has never helped Iranian people in general. Why is it that Ms. Anousheh Ansari does not send mass emails to support the “efforts” and cause of Nazanin Afhin-Jam to stop killing children in Iran?
Setting a condition for allowing Iranian people live a normal life in their homeland and linking it to the relation with US corporations, no matter how you look at it, is cruelty against Iranian people as they are held hostage for fulfillment of such condition. If the relation with western world had any effect on the political and social freedoms in Iran then why over 30 years of such relations with every nation in the world except USA has not produced anything positive for Iranians in that direction? What is the difference in having relations with US and American corporations? What is "non-single-entry" visa for a handful of students supposed to do for Iranian people as a nation at this day and age? There is a limited number of Iranians (of certain group of people), which are mostly linked with wealthiest class that owns and operates the bazaar or have hands in ruling the country, who can enter USA for their education. There are thousands and thousands of Iranian students who despite having highest GPA and great talents cannot even enter universities in Iran for lacking the financial requirements let alone going to USA or elsewhere to continue their education.
Almost all Iranian students who have done their studies in United States in the past (maybe since 60 years ago) have done it with single entry by choice because a 3-4 year term living away from family for education would not kill anyone and the cost of traveling and other expenses (which is by the way very significant for most people who do not have a rich bazaari family) would definitely have big effect on whether to go back for a visit. This matter looks more ridiculous considering the vast possibilities for communication through phone, email and video chat in these days. Iranian students do not need visa. They need safety in their homes and freedom in their country. And this, cannot be achieved with help of evil institutions like Rockefellers Brothers (major sponsor of NIAC) which have a hand in all kinds of suspicious activities including building of a mosque by one of their associates in ground zero of 9/11 event under pretext of humanitarianism and philanthropy, which enraged many Americans.
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