Whose closet are you hiding in?

Reza Pahlavi’s campaign is gathering momentum rapidly

21-Jan-2012 (20 comments)
In my observation the two major reasons behind the confidence of our monarchist countrymen can be rounded up as following: Firstly RP is a squeaky clean, brand new, fresh out of the box leader. He has no shadowy past to have to answer for and no political legacy to drag him down. Unlike other groups and former leaders who have once collaborated with IRI and especially Khomeini. Who might even have the blood of many Iranians on their hands. But unlike them RP does not have such excess baggage>>>


Why Regime Change Won't Work

The assumption that democracy would magically ensue

19-Jan-2012 (8 comments)
One of the most popular things on the Republican campaign trail is regime change in Iran. Mitt Romney favors it, Rick Santorum favors it, and Newt Gingrich even has a plan for doing it. Give these guys some credit: At least they don't suffer from the common illusion that a few days of bombing will lastingly set back Iran's nuclear program. Unfortunately, the idea that regime change would do the job isn't much more reality-based>>>


Neither War Nor Nuclear-Armed Iran

Reshaping the Middle East via a policy of common security

17-Jan-2012 (7 comments)
Joschka Fischer’s concerns and warnings should be taken seriously by every responsible politician and urge him or her to look for ways that could prevent the approaching catastrophe. It is however disappointing that his article does not address those considerations for a diplomatic solution. On the contrary, in his assessment of possible threats Fischer constructs a deadlock, which in the final analysis presents a war on Iran as the only possible alternative to a nuclear Iran>>>


Assassinations with a Message

Life expectancy is short for Iranian nuclear scientists

15-Jan-2012 (2 comments)
Does the killing of nuclear scientists stop or delay the Iranian nuclear weapons plan? Hardly. There are thousands of scientists and technicians on the job, and killing a few dozen individuals does harm the development of nuclear bombs, but only marginally. However there are ancillary by-products which could be the intended side effect of each of these operations: to instill fear and practically immobilize other scientists still working>>>


 ترور دستاویزی برای خشونت متقابل

بیانیه محکومیت ترور کارشناسان هسته ای

15-Jan-2012 (10 comments)
ما به عنوان مخالفان فعال جنگ، ترور مصطفی احمدی روشن از مدیران تاسیسات هسته ای نطنز را که در 21 دی ماه در تهران اتفاق افتاد، بمانند هر ترور دیگری، شدیدا محکوم می کنیم. ترور در هر شکلی محکوم است و با هر هدفی صورت گیرد، اقدامات صلح طلبانه را خنثی می کندو مشروعیت و دستاویزی برای خشونت و ترور متقابل بوجود می آورد>>>


Are Americans Wise Enough?

To avoid war

13-Jan-2012 (3 comments)
Clearly, then, the world is about to witness yet another devastating war in the Middle East region, the ramifications and reverberations of which will no doubt affect world politics, the world economy, and the Middle East region for decades to come. A simple reassessment, therefore, of the root cause of the problem might help guide politicians and policymakers in the right direction for dealing with this horrific prospect>>>


نیت رضا پهلوی، ماهیت نهاد سلطنت را عوض نمی کند

توصیه ام این است که از هم اکنون در سیاست مداخله نکند

13-Jan-2012 (54 comments)
سلطنت و هر قدرت موروثی و انتصابی دیگری در هر کجای جهان بویژه درایران میل به خودکامگی دارد. به همین دلیل هم هست که در اکثر دموکراسی های جهان این نهاد بکلی از میان رفته است. در کشورهای بریتانیا، سوئد و یا اسپانیا نیز به نهاد سلطنت همچون یکی از اشیاء موزه تاریخ نگاه می کنند. و پادشاه از هرگونه دخالت در سیاست منع شده است، چرا که تجربه تلخ دخالت این نهاد در سیاست را فراموش نکرده اند>>>


Time to Meet

Prominent Iranians should gather

11-Jan-2012 (4 comments)
Iranians abroad must band together to shape a new narrative distinct from the one blaring from Tehran or emanating from foreign chancelleries in London, Ottawa, Paris, Tel Aviv or Washington. Prominent Iranians should shed their ambiguity and weigh in on such contentious issues as the pros and cons of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons, on the efficacy of the current sanctions placed on the Islamic Republic, of proposing smart sanctions>>>


Are you serious?

Is war with Iran a serious option?

09-Jan-2012 (5 comments)
Israel is not contemplating war against Iran, any more than the United States. Its noisy threats are, paradoxically, a signal that it is not planning to attack. When it bombed Iraq’s Osirak reactor in 1981, and Syria’s alleged nuclear facility in 2007, it did so in total secrecy and with no advance warning. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s fevered references to the ‘existential’ menace of an Iranian bomb should, I believe, be read, not as a prelude to war, but as an alternative to war>>>


Supreme Loser

Why Iran's ayatollah-in-chief always gets it wrong

07-Jan-2012 (one comment)
The United States and Iran are once again set on a collision course -- this time over the world's narrowest choke point, the Strait of Hormuz. With the specter of more draconian sanctions hovering over its oil exports, the Iranian regime threatened in late December to seal off the strait through which 30 percent of the world's oil supply travels. Iran's menacing rhetoric was matched by a bellicose rebuff from the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, based in neighboring Bahrain, warning that any disruption of the strait "will not be tolerated.">>>


چاره حتما جز اینه که ناله ی شبگیر کنیم!

حرف آخر: با هم باشیم... بر هم نباشیم

07-Jan-2012 (16 comments)
نصیحت من به شما عزیزان این است یا سکوت کنید و حرف نزنید و نظریه نپردازید و با احساسات این مردم بازی نکنید یا به واقع به فکر چاره باشید. بد نیست کمی با خود خلوت کنید و بیندیشید که در این چند سال چه کار مثبتی برای هموطنانتان انجام داده اید جز این که مشتی اطلاعات سوخته از بیت رهبری را حواله ی ماهواره ها و شبکه ها کرده اید که آقا الآن در بیت نشسته و بعد از تریاکش چای و نبات میل می کند و با آقا زاده اش برای فلان کار نقشه می کشد؟>>>


Who’s Afraid of the Ayatollahs?

Absolute folly of going to war with Iran

05-Jan-2012 (13 comments)
The alarms that some are sounding as they openly try to push the United States into another truly catastrophic war in the Middle East are based on the fact that Iran MIGHT choose at some point in the future to build a bomb. Advocates of war try to transform that into a certainty that Iran WILL build a bomb and then use it, probably against Israel. That fear of a suspected nuclear capability as a rationale for going to war should by now sound familiar to most Americans. It is exactly the same argument that got us into Iraq>>>


Responses to Iran's blockade threat

Top 10

03-Jan-2012 (6 comments)
ANSWER 1: "Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! ANSWER 2: "Go right ahead boys. We don't import any Iranian oil anyways, but may we remind you that you export ALL of it through the same straits, so if you want to do that, by all means, go right ahead, actually you can consider this as the next US sanction that you impose on yourself.">>>


The other eye

I discovered in Saudi Arabia that I could be an Iranian and an Arab

03-Jan-2012 (5 comments)
This past fall, I spent three weeks traveling across the vast desert terrain of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The desert is powerful and restrained. It captivates the human imagination with the layered sand that lifts and settles in a gentle breeze of silence across the kingdom. The silence humbles you, but speaks volumes to the visitor who wills to endure the desert’s gravity>>>


The Messiah Complex

Deprived of ad revenues and locked out of email

03-Jan-2012 (one comment)
Google plays such an important part of our daily lives that we’ve come to regard it as a near-spiritual entity, the company’s worker bees like so many discreet Gods, obediently watching over our enlightened era. If Google secretly suffered from a Messiah complex, could we really blame it? At the California-based multinational the strategy is think big: how do you make the world’s information readily available to the highest number of people?>>>