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Articles by Arash Irandoost

Iranian Dissident: Dear Israeli Brothers and Sisters – Help Us!

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Iranian anti-regime activists are hoping for an Israeli technological hand to help them fight the Islamic Republic. As of now, hundreds of protesters have been killed by the regime, which is evidently using Arabic-speaking armed thugs from Hizbullah to help perpetrate the violence.

“Dear Israeli Brothers and Sisters,” writes Iranian dissident Arash Irandoost, “Iran needs your help more than ever now. And we will be eternally grateful. Please help opposition television and radio stations which are blocked and being jammed by the Islamic Republic (Nokia and Siemens) resume broadcast to Iran. There is a total media blackout and Iranians inside Iran for the most part are not aware of their brave brothers and sisters fighting and losing their lives daily. And the unjust treatment and brutal massacre of the brave Iranians in the hands of the mullah’s paid terrorist Hamas and Hizbullah gangs are not seen by the majority of the Iranians. Please help in any way you can to allow these stations resume broadcasting to Iran.
“And, please remember that we will remember, as you have remembered Cyrus the Great’s treatment of you in your time of need,” Irandoost concludes, signing his blogged call for help “Your Iranian Brothers and Sisters!” Arash Irandoost

In an interview with Israel National News, Iranian expatriate pro-democracy activist Amil Imani said that Irandoost’s message represents the sentiments of much of the youth in the streets in Iran. They have a strong belief in the technological know-how of the Israelis to overcome the Iranian regime’s attempts to block communications.

“This is going to be the most massive, impressive revolution of the 21st century,” Imani said, “and we’re seeing it live.” However, he added, it is now too dependent on Internet communications, so the protesters are very much in need of outside assistance to fight the technological and information war.

More generally, Imani said, the Iranian people are lionizing any leader of any nation who comes out strongly against the Islamic Republic at this time.

According to Imani, at least 500 people have been killed by Iranian government forces, with another 5,000 injured. But the hospitals are no longer safe, he added, as the gunmen from the basiji militia enter the emergency wards looking for

We will remember, as you have remembered Cyrus the Great’s treatment of you in your time of need.
wounded protesters. Therefore, Imani said, sympathetic doctors have taken to treating the wounded wherever they can, including in private homes.

Even outside Iran, tens of thousands of protesters are out in the streets every day, especially in the United States and Europe. Imani said he thinks the phenomenon represents unprecedented unity in the Iranian expatriate community.

As for the basijis themselves, Imani reported, many of them are Lebanese and Palestinian Authority Arabs hired by the regime to do its bidding. Iranians reportedly captured seven basijis who spoke no Persian, only Arabic. According to Imani, 10,000 more Arab hired guns arrived in Tehran to serve the mullah-led regime.

But they are not the only ones thinking about guns at this point. Some Iranian protesters, Imani reported, have taken to threatening their oppressors, “God have mercy on you if we decide to [take up] arms!”
“There is no turning back,” Imani concluded.


Articles by Arash Irandoost

The Shameless, Deadly Silence at the UN

Posted by on Monday, 5 December, 2011

Do not waste your time with your petitions.

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Many of you have been busy circulating numerous petitions to the United Nations regarding the brutality of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Please do not waste your precious time any longer, hoping for a miracle to happen from this incompetent, corrupt, anti-Semitic and pro-Islamic organization. Since June 12, 2009, despite numerous

The Iranian people are simply hopeless and helpless, and the United Nations does not come to their rescue.

Petitions signed by Iranians and submitted to the UN, there has not been any strong condemnation from this pro-Islamist organization regarding the criminal conduct of the medieval Islamist regime against its own citizens.

Don’t just take my word for it, please do your own research on this organization and how it functions. The UN is an organization rife with incompetence, corruption and mismanagement.

The Iranian people are simply hopeless and helpless, and the United Nations does not come to their rescue. Mass public hangings, as well as secret executions in prisons, are routine in the tyrannical Islamic Republic of Iran. From its past performance, or rather its absence of performance, we know that the UN watchdog is a true disgrace to dogs, since all it does is eat, sleep and look the other way. Furthermore, the dog has no teeth. The vet had to pull all its teeth before the dog became acceptable to the crafty cats that constitute the UN itself.

The founding purpose of the UN was to “bring peace and prosperity to the people of the world.” In the age of terror and blatant human rights violations by many countries, such as Burma, China and Iran, the UN has failed miserably to meet its obligation and its purpose. The UN programs which were set up to help the Palestinians over the past half-century, have not only failed to produce decent lives, but have helped create a culture of hate and violence – fueled in large part by the UN’s own anti-Israel agenda. It is not uncommon to hear anti-Israeli rhetoric in the hallways of the United Nations.

You have heard frequent complaining and condemnation from the UN that the self-admitted terrorist prisoners at Guantanamo are being denied their human rights, or defenseless Palestinians are killed by Israeli soldiers; yet, the UN has no time to speak out against documented human-rights-violating thugs in Iran. The UN has ignored the alarming surge in assassinations, rapes, killings, torture and the massive crackdown that the Islamic Republic has launched against pro-democracy activists.

The UN’s never-ending silence on the crimes committed by the agents of terror in Iran is abhorrent. The UN has conveniently ignored the men and women being beaten, brutalized, raped and shot in the streets of Tehran and other Iranian cities. The Security Council is silent; the Human Rights Council is silent; and no member state or any UN official has bothered to call for an emergency session to address these issues.

Why is the UN abandoning Iran’s thousands of brutalized victims? Would Neda, Sohrab and Taraneh, and numerous other peaceful demonstrators, have been arrested, tortured, raped and killed if the UN had put the mullahs on notice, and expressed the world’s outrage?

Pro democracy demonstrators are being killed daily by the paramilitary group, the Basijis and Hamas militias in Iran. Where is the UN? The UN was created and is committed in its charter to promote peace, freedom and “reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights.”

The Islamic Republic also has started a nuclear program, not for peaceful purposes, as they claim, but only to prolong their unwanted existence long enough to get their hands on the bomb. Then they can feel invincible and continue their control over the armless Iranian people, and ultimately export their version of Shi’a Islam and terrorism around the globe.

Iran’s regime is already in gross violation of a series of UN sanctions over a nuclear program the UN Security Council deems a threat to international peace. The same regime has now unleashed its security apparatus of

The UN is too cozy with Hamas terrorists and loathsome mullahs.

trained thugs and snipers on Iranian youth who have been, in huge numbers, demanding their basic rights. Surely, top UN officials such as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon should be leading the charge for liberty and justice, with the strongest possible condemnation and other measures against the mullahs.

But that’s not happening. While Iranian protesters have been risking their lives to try to rid their country of immoral Islamic dictators, Ban Ki-moon congratulates Ahmadinejad, invites him to the UN General Assembly, and asks him to continue cooperating closely with the UN in addressing regional and global issues.

Do not waste your time with your petitions. The UN is too cozy with Hamas terrorists and loathsome mullahs. Do not expect any help from the UN; they are in cahoots with extremists and have deviated from their original human rights charter of treating the world as one human family.

Dr. Arash Irandoost is a pro-democracy activist who advocates regime change in Iran. He denounces those who have corrupted the religion of Islam, make war with all free nations and intend to dominate the world with their theocracy. Dr. Irandoost’s work has been published in numerous magazines around the world, as well as in hundreds of Internet magazines, websites and blogs. He is also a researcher and literary translator. He blogs at hakemiat-e-mardom. blogspot. com/


Articles by Arash Irandoost

Terrorism redefined: Interpol at Islamic Republic’s Service

Posted by on Monday, 5 December, 2011

FRIDAY, 28 MAY 2010 11:18
DR. ARASH IRANDOOST

Democratic governments allow acts of dissension and protest by their citizens, whereas totalitarian regimes treat even peaceful dissent and protest, as a criminal act. Since June 12, 2009, the world has witnessed the Iranian police force transformed into agents of terror, against their fellow Iranians.

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The Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) has shown an unwavering capacity to intimidate, disrupt, disable, and eliminate its political opponents. Since formation of the Islamic Republic in 1979, IRI has ruled its people by intimidation, brute force and terror. Victimized as well are Iranian dissidents living outside Iran, with over 200 assassination attempts in 21 plus countries targeting this group.

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No Room for Public in the Islamic Republic

Posted by on Monday, 5 December, 2011

Originally Published in Global Politician

No Room for Public in the Islamic Republic

Arash Irandoost, Ph.D. - 8/8/2009

The Iranian political map consists of three major factions. To the “left” there are the moderate conservatives who were represented in the election by Mousavi. In the “centre”, there are the conventional conservatives led by certain figures from the clerical hierarchy as well as prominent businessmen. Finally, there is the “radical right” as embodied in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Council (IRGC), to which Ahmadinejad belongs. Above all these three factions, sits the supreme leader, manipulating the strings that control the equilibrium between them.

With the tacit support of the Islamic Republic, a number of organizations have been cultivated to expound the Islamic regime’s policy abroad. These pro-Islamic regime lobby organizations such as CAIR, CASMII, AIC, NIAC, IAPAC, CFR and PAAIA are attempting to manipulate, influence and pressure, both the U.S policy makers as well as the European Union’s, in favor of the Islamic Republic. In reality, these groups main objective has been to prolong diplomacy long enough until the IRI is beyond the point of return with its nuclear program.

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Iran’s Smoke and Mirrors

Posted by on Monday, 5 December, 2011

Originally Published in Global Politician

Iran’s Smoke and Mirrors

Arash Irandoost, Ph.D. - 7/17/2010

Since 1977, no two men have contributed more to the erosion of America’s credibility and prestige than President Carter and his foreign policy advisor, Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski (with the verdict not yet in on President Obama). Jimmy Carter, aided by Mr. Brzezinski, introduced new directions in foreign policy that would ultimately trick Russia to invade Afghanistan in a cold blooded eagerness to payback Moscow for Vietnam and betray one of America’s closest allies in the Middle East. By orchestrating the Shah’s failure and supporting Khomeini, they created one of the most militant anti-American dictatorships, considered by many as the most dangerous threat faced by the United States today.

Their short-sided and ill-conceived policies have been a source of frustration and disappointment towards America leading to lack of trust and loss of respect for this great nation. Carter’s policies have contributed to making the Middle East an extremely turbulent region giving rise to militant and ideologically-driven Islam that has been reigning terror ever since. Indeed, Taliban and the Islamic Republic are the byproducts of such miscalculated foreign policy decisions.

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Ayatollahs with Nuclear Weapons!

Posted by on Monday, 5 December, 2011

Originally Published in Global Politician

Ayatollahs with Nuclear Weapons!

Arash Irandoost, Ph.D. - 8/22/2011

The game of chicken is an influential model of conflict for two players in game theory. The principle of the game is that while each player prefers not to yield to the other, the worst possible outcome occurs when both players do not yield. As both parties “up the ante” and raise the stakes. The game can become not only reckless but outright dangerous.

The United States and Islamic Republic have been playing such a game. Leading to a collision course on numerous occasions within the past three decades and the United States has been the chicken. It started with Khomeini declaring “America cannot do a damn thing!” signifying President Carter’s ineptitude and the 1979-1981 Islamist students’ occupying the US embassy and taking Americans hostage for 444 days. Khomeini’s prophecy was fulfilled in the absence of an appropriate response from the Carter administration. It also emboldened the regime, which resulted in Iran’s mullahs unleashing a reign of terror and assassinations on Iranian opposition leaders and people of influence, as the West continued to remain silent. Further emboldened, many US interests around the world were easy targets for the Ayatollah’s proxies, yet the mighty giant did not respond, convinced by regime agents that dialogue was the correct way to proceed. Today, targeting of US interests in Iraq and Afghanistan are common occurrences, despite US top military empty threats and shallow warnings.

The root cause of the United States’ inability to effectively deal with Iran goes back to the cold war era. Indeed many Iranian leftist and Marxist leaning groups have been active in the United States for decades trying to shape the US policy toward Iran. Within the past decade, Mullahs, seizing the opportunity have teamed up with Iran’s left (who prefer the term socialists) and formed a treacherous alliance infiltrating various influential groups, foundations, institutions of higher education and left leaning politicians and liberal organizations.

Disguised as grass root organizations, human rights advocates and peace movements, NIAC, AIC and CASMII are at the center of Iran’s web of influence. Flush with Ayatollahs’ financial, strategic and logistical support, time and again at critical times in US-Iran relations, they have cunningly misled US administrations and derailed the shaping of an effective and practical American policy toward Iran. Needless to say, there has not been a shortage of Mullahs’ useful idiots: Anti-capitalist, anti-war Americans and those with anti-Semitic tendencies have naively jumped onto their band wagon of deception and campaign of smoke and mirrors.

Moral imperative and common sense should lead the United States to ally itself with pro-democracy Iranians who are very pro-West and desirous of a free and secular Iran for a long-term and lasting relationship. But the unholy alliance of Reds and Blacks (Communists and Islamists), masterful in the art of deception as a religious and ideological tactics, has successfully controlled the discussion by being allowed to freely lecturing at our universities and roaming the halls of Congress as well as appearing on media outlets.

The result has been that many US administrations have failed to seize golden opportunities with Iran at various times. Successive US administrations have been advised by regime apologists to tolerate Ahmadinejad’s rants and threats to wipe Israel off the map, remain patient and wait for Mousavi to win the most recent 2009 elections. President Obama remained mostly silent while Ayatollahs massacred, tortured and raped demonstrators in the June 2009 uprising. He was advised by Trita Parsi, president of NIAC, a lobby organization for the Islamic Republic, to remain silent when Neda was brutally shot by the Islamists. President Obama was advised by Parsi to extend an olive branch to Islamists in his first year in the office. He was advised by Parsi to use the path of negotiations and diplomacy with Iran. If insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, US policy toward Iran is a classic example.

The US administration’s unwillingness to talk with pro-democracy Iranian opposition groups has finally put it on a serious and dangerous collision course with Iran. Each side is leveraging the resources to enter the game from the position of strengths. Aware that mullahs are very afraid of their nemesis People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK), the Obama administration is now using the MEK card and as a bargaining chip to force Iran to the negotiations table. The Islamic Republic recently sentenced American hikers to eight years in prison, telling the Obama administration not so fast and reminding them of their impotency in the hikers’ situation. Thus, the game of chicken continues, each time the US has been advised by the Islamic Republic apologists to swerve, it has done so, and this time will not be any different.

My prognosis is that MEK will not be de-listed. In return for this, the two American hostages will be freed in due time with heavy concessions and mullahs having received what they want. Next, once again aided by Ayatollahs lobbyists and spies, dressed as Iran experts, university professors and essayists, we will be encouraged once more by the regime apologists

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Dr. Arash Irandoost is the founder of Pro-Democracy Movement of Iran (PDMI) which focuses on social, political and current events pertaining to Iran. He is an independent, non-partisan Iranian-American pro-democracy activist who works to inform and educate about the threat posed by Islamic Republic and radical Islam. He investigates and documents human rights abuses by the Islamic Republic in Iran and aims to raise international awareness of human rights violations inside Iran.

Dr. Irandoost has been published on numerous online and print publications such as New Media Journal, the American Thinker, Faith Freedom International, Free Republic, Israel National News, Right Side News, Kurd Net, Radio Farda, www.Iraniansforum.com and The Global Politician. He has appeared on various radio and television programs discussing issues affecting Iran and the United States.

Contact him at: hakemiat.e.mardom@gmail.com

Read his blog: http://hakemiat-e-mardom.blogspot.com/


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NIAC’s Leadership Conference Overwhelmingly Rejected by the Iranian-Americans

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NIAC’s Leadership Conference Overwhelmingly Rejected by the Iranian-Americans

Arash Irandoost, Ph.D. - 10/11/2011

The National Iranian American Council (NIAC), again, held its annual members-only “Leadership Conference” on Capitol Hill with a lot of usual fanfare but with very little participation, proving yet again that NIAC does not enjoy much support among the Iranian-American community.

Iranian-American overwhelmingly rejected NIAC’s call for the Leadership Conference. Less than twenty people responded to NIAC’s call. This must be indeed very embarrassing and troubling for NIAC, since after several weeks of massive outreach, advertisement and email campaigns, etc., Trita Parsi, NIAC’s Director, could only muster very few Iranians-Americans to attend the three day ill-fated conference, proving once more that NIAC has lost credibility among the Iranian-American community.

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Iranian Refugees – A Human Rights Disaster

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July 18, 2010

http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/07/iranian_refugees_a_human_right.html

By Arash Irandoost, Walton K. Martin, Gill Gillespie

Since the Islamic Revolution[i] in 1979, the passage of a Penal Law in 2008 authorizing the death penalty for apostasy, and especially after the June 2009 fraudulent election[ii], Iranians have been seeking refuge in large numbers in foreign countries. A UNHCR Global Trends Report paints a dire picture for the year 2010. In Turkey, UNHCR lists a total of 10,350 refugees and 5,987 asylum-seekers for 2009. It is expected that the number of registered Iranian refugees will more than double between 2010 and 2011, from 2,230 to 5,550. It is estimated that there are as many unregistered Iranian refugees as well.
Iranian refugees have often escaped violence and persecution. They have lost everything — their homes and families. They have no chance to work or send their children to school or live a meaningful life. They yearn to live in peace, yet only a small number of refugees obtain refugee status; others are living in desperate conditions waiting for the UNCHR to process their cases.

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Iran Election: The Beginning of the End

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June 16, 2009

Iran Election: The Beginning of the End

By Amil Imani & Dr. Arash Irandoost

http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/06/iran_election_the_beginning_of.html 

Iran’s President Ahmadinejad, a veteran of the Islamic Republic’s repressive Revolutionary Guard, took office on August 3, 2005, after unexpected win in a sham presidential election — there are no democratic elections in the Islamic Republic of Iran. All candidates are prescreened by the Guardian Council before they are allowed to run for office.  In practice, a president of Iran is already chosen through a farce process of giving the voters a chance to elect one of the men hand-picked from the regime’s functionaries, as was the case with President Ahmadinejad.

During the previous “election,” only a small percentage of the voters bothered to vote, since voting under the pre-screening and undemocratic system of the mullahs is more like selection than election. The result of staying away from the polls materialized in the person of the fascist Ahmadinejad.
The great majority of the people of Iran are disillusioned and even disgusted by the mediaeval incompetent, oppressive, and corrupt rule of the mullahs, irrespective of which mafia gang is in power. The votes, more than anything else, are protest ballots cast against the entire system, rather than indications of support for the so-called conservative-moderate coalition.
It took less than 4 years for Iranians to realize that boycotting the so-called elections in the Islamic Republic of Iran can only bring to power even a worse bunch of Islamofascists. This time around the people turned out to vote for the lesser of two camps of evil — the mullah dominated gang of conservatives and “moderates.”

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There Goes the NIAC…Again!

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This article was written in response to National Iranian American Council’s article recently posted on the Huffington Post titled: As Sanctions Ratchet Up, Iranian Americans Bear Increasing Burdens. Despite my numerous attempts, unfortunately, the Huffington Post’s moderator(s) refuse to publish my comments regarding the article, thus depriving its readers from hearing alternative perspectives on Iran. NIAC has embarked on a campaign of disinformation intent on advocating policies that are favorable to the Iranian regime. Unfortunately, it has used the Iranian-American community as a propaganda tool to convince American policy makers that it represents our views.

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NIAC and US Policy toward Iran

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Dr. Arash Irandoost - 1/14/2010

The White House is in the process of fine tuning its Iranian Policy. On the sidelines, various groups are positioning to shape the plan. Front and center is NIAC, the National Iranian American Council, an organization that presents itself as the Iranian-American voice for Iran. On the surface, NIAC’s statements sound very noble. However, if examined closely, NIAC is actually at odds with the majority of the Iranian-American community. NIAC’s recently published internal documents, which it had to furnish Mr. Hassan Dai, an Iranian expat, who was sued by NIAC for his claim that it is a lobbyist for the Islamic Republic, paints a very disturbing and troublesome picture of the organization. The following information supports these extensive claims:

1. Representation: NIAC does not represent a large constituency of Iranian-Americans. NIAC internal memos clearly show NIAC overstated the true number of its Iranian American members, altered in-house survey results, and mislead Congressional members. With estimates of one million plus, Iranian-Americans in the U.S., NIAC’s membership, as stated at the time of the documentation, is under five hundred members, a very insignificant number.
2. IRI as America’s Friend: NIAC sees no fundamental clash of interests between Iran and US. According to Trita Parsi, there is no justification for US hostility toward Iran. Trita believes that the Iranian regime has always been ready to reach an agreement with the US. The main reason behind US hostilities and refusal to engage Iran, Trita Parsi says, is Israel. The problem with Parsi’s assertion is that it contradicts the reality. For thirty years, the IRI has demonstrated a consistent characteristic, a passionate hatred of America. The most popular rallying cry of the Islamic Republic is “Death to America,” through its well financed and highly orchestrated street rallies. America is the “Great Satan” and nurtured enemy of Islamic Republic. It is “the kiss of death” for any Islamic Republic official to show any sign of befriending America. Likewise, seeking mullah’s friendship by the US is naive and foolhardy and worthless.
3. Dialogue and Diplomacy: Despite NIAC’s assertion that dialogue and diplomacy is the best approach, thirty years of dialogue by various US administrations has shown that the regime is interested in dialogue only to buy itself enough time in order to develop its weapon’s program. IRI uses its proxies within the United States to convince various American officials that the regime is desirous of a dialogue. The radical and irrational nature of the regime, intent on its expansionist ideology, makes any honest and meaningful dialogue with the regime an utter waste of time.
4. Use of Sanctions: NIAC has maintained that sanctions are counterproductive and ineffective and will inflict pain and suffering on the ordinary Iranians. Effectiveness of sanctions as a tool can be argued both ways. To those that see Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism and an International threat to world peace, targeted sanctions are a potent tool. On the other hand, for groups such as NIAC, sanctions are to be avoided at all cost to ensure the regime’s survival. NIAC’s campaign against sanctions is not to protect the ordinary Iranians, as it claims, but is an orchestrated effort by Oil Corporations seeking economic ties between Iran and America. Smart sanctions will hit hardest at the regime, and affect ordinary Iranians only incidentally. Targeted sanctions will deepen the divide between the public and the military-religious dictatorship.
5. NIAC as IRI Lobby: There is extensive evidence that NIAC engages with Islamic Republic’s top level officials, facilitating meetings between IRI and various US politicians, despite limits imposed on it as a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt organization. The governmental press in Tehran has called Parsi and his organization NIAC as the “Iranian lobby in Washington”. Indictments of Bob Ney and Hassan Nemazie with close ties to NIAC clearly paint a disturbing picture of the organization. Recently, Senator Jon Kyl requested a full investigation of NIAC’s questionable activities, which if successful it might shed more light on NIAC‘s real intentions.
6. Islamic Republic is Rational and Pragmatic: When Ahmadinejad shoots off test missiles while engaged in uranium enrichment, or makes appalling statements about wiping Israel “off the map,” one wonders how pragmatic and rational Islamic Republic really is?
7. NIAC as Human Rights Advocate: Despite extreme brutality and crack down and stories of rape, torture and killing, NIAC issued a statement on June 16, 2009 asserting that United States “should not interfere” as its involvement would be counterproductive.” Parsi also took issue with a strong statement of support for the young Iranian freedom fighters expressed by Senator Joseph Lieberman when he urged the Obama administration to “speak out, loudly and clearly, about what is happening in Iran and unambiguously express its solidarity with the brave Iranians. Trita Parsi, unashamedly, has referred to Iran’s blatant human rights violation as “less than flattering human rights record,” and anticipated “a trend towards the improvement of human rights situation” in Iran. The reality is, human rights violations have gotten progressively worse. Iran is second to China on human rights violations and NIAC has never taken a real strong position in defense of human rights in Iran, except for occasional “feel good” and apologetic statements.

Iran has one of the youngest demographics in the world. Over 70% of the population is under the age of 35. On June 12th, they went to the streets, chanting “Where is my vote?” Demonstrations are getting more organized and are spreading to other parts of Iran to form a truly popular movement. Today, the protesters no longer are seeking democratic elections; they are demanding regime change. There are cracks appearing almost daily within the regime. About 27 Iranian diplomats have already defected. Many ayatollahs have declared the regime neither republic, nor Islamic. Any US policy towards Iran needs to seek input from a larger more diverse group of Iranians representing current thinking on Iran in order to develop a more robust, effective and sustainable foreign policy towards Iran. Trita Parsi left Iran when he was four years old. He is not even an Iranian-American which disqualifies him to speak for Iranian Americans. His experience on Iran is rather limited to personalities who are either regime supporters, seek economic ties with Iran, or are Islamic Republic high level officials. Limiting the discussion and input only to NIAC, and monopolization of the discussion by NIAC, and its proxies will have devastating results.

Mullahs are intent on developing nuclear weapons. With a nuclear Iran as a major power in the volatile Middle East and with oil price at 70 to 80 dollars a barrel, the Islamic Republic will expand its presence around the world. In collaboration with allies such as Russia, China and Venezuela, Islamic Republic will flaunt its military power in the Persian Gulf to demonstrate its regional dominance and superiority in the Middle East, challenging Israel into a direct and inevitable confrontation. If mullahs are allowed to realize their nuclear aspirations, its pernicious and disastrous impact will be felt far beyond the Middle East.

By supporting Iranian opposition groups, the world community not only can avert a regional and potentially global catastrophe, it will help establish a democratic system of government in the region. If Iranians are successful in shaking off the yoke of theocracy, their success could herald the failure of a political and militant Islam. Helping Iran become a democracy not only is a moral imperative, but should be considered an essential foreign policy priority. On December 7, Iranians demonstrators shouted loudly “Obama are you with us or with them?” It is time for the United States to place itself on the right side of history. President Obama has no logical alternative but to stand with the people of Iran or shoulder the responsibility for dangerous consequences of propping up a dictatorship bent on expansion of a religious and fanatical ideology.

Dr. Arash Irandoost (pen name), founder of pro-democracy Movement of Iran (PDMI) is a human rights and pro-democracy activist who advocates Regime Change in Iran. He has been published in numerous magazines around the world as well as hundreds of Internet magazines, websites and blogs. He is also a researcher and literary translator and has been a strong voice for the struggling people of Iran. He blogs at www.pdmiran.com and www.pdmi.org


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The Curious Case of Islamic Republic Lobby and US Human Rights Activists

Posted by on Monday, 5 December, 2011

by arash Irandoost

18-Oct-2010

This past September, Ahmadinejad paid yet another visit to the UN to deliver his message of hate and demonization of Israel and Jews. In reaction, the usual walkout ensued and pundits pro and against this “ little big man” spoke in his admiration or his arrogance.

Ahmadinejad’s inflammatory remarks such as denial of holocaust and wiping Israel off the map are deliberately orchestrated to fuel the “1400 year old anti-Semitism” fire among his Muslim sympathizers. Ahmadinejad is fully aware that hatred for the Jews runs deep among many Arabs and left leaning groups. Even though Ahmadinejad’s rhetoric has been mostly intended for internal consumption, most reporters have been unwilling orincapable to challenge him with his assertions.

Afraid that their slippery leader might eventually be caught off guard and trapped by smart questioning, his handlers have changed tactics and limited his visits to private meetings with trusted and proven supporters. Ahmadinejad met with communist sympathizers, representatives of anti-war, labor, alternative media and Iranian and Palestinian solidarity organizations. Among the participants were former attorney generalRamsey Clark, former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinneyBrian Becker of the ANSWER coalition, and Amiri Baraka, poet and activist. According toBill Baar who was in attendance, activists admired Ahmadinejad but overlooked Human Rights Abuses by the Islamic Republic guest after guest delivered prepared statements, posing no questions or challenges to Iranian delegation. They lauded Ahmadinejad as a hero for standing up to the bullying of the United States government.”  Mr. Baar, disappointed with the meeting, continues:  “Speech after speech failed to address any calls for solidarity with the brave young men and women in Iran who took to the streets and demanded their rights in the face of government suppression.

Wednesdays’ gathering comprised of many Iranian groups, includingAmerican-Iranian Council, American-Iranian Friendship Committee, and Coalition Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran, as well. These organizations are known for their support of the Islamic Republic among the Iranian opposition groups. Some are engaged in lobbying for the regime such as CASMII under the guise of “anti war” and “human rights”, and AIC an advocate for dialogue, diplomacy and removal of sanctions. Other organizations are engaged in anti war propaganda, but do not trouble themselves with current internal affairs of Iran, aware that such exposure might anger American general public and ill-informed politicians alike against the Islamic Republic.

These Iranian-American organizations have adamantly denied their role as the “lobbyist” for the Islamic Republic in the past. However, on Wednesday the cat was out of the bag and all Iranian-American groups admiringly expressed their support for Ahmadinejad.

Closely and carefully examined, it becomes clear that being anti war and human rights is only a facade and orchestrated to hide their anti-Semitic beliefs. One can conclude that these lobby groups are commissioned to excuse Ahmadinejad’s incitement to genocide and keep hidden from the public eye atrocities committed by the Islamic Republic officials.

Since the presidency of Ahmadinejad, anti-Semitism has been heightened and played up by the regime inside Iran. The regime leaders are actively engaged in Israel bashing and annihilation of Israel in the strongest terms for the purpose of showcasing themselves as Islamic leadership in the world and Middle East.

As early as 1997, Trita Parsi, President of NIAC, made confrontation and fight with AIPAC as one his primary goals.  His doctoral thesis focused on Israel and the only book he has published deals with Israel. The basic premise of Parsi’s book is that IRI does not pose a threat to the United States and is very much interested in establishing diplomatic
relationship with the United States. He further claims that the United States is interested in establishing diplomatic relations with Iran as well, but it is the “Evil” Israel that prevents it from coming to fruition. According to Dr. Parsi, the reason is very obvious, Iran, united with the United States, will weaken and harm the position of Israel.  Therefore, Israel and its powerful lobby are vehemently opposed to Iran and the US establishing friendly ties. The United States under pressure from Israel pressures the UN to turn Iran’s “peaceful” nuclear program as the threat to world peace and security. Therefore, Israel and not Iran should be perceived as the world threat!

Needless to say, AIC, NIAC, CASMII and others fail to provide an answer as to why the “peaceful” Islamic Republic leaders as a UN member state call for wiping a sovereign UN member nation off the map? Or, why Islamic Republic continues to fund terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbullah, and provide military and technical assistance and financial support to Iraqi and Taleban insurgent to kill American soldiers? If the mullahs are indeed interested in having friendly relations with the Great Satan, then why they have a special “Quds Day “Jerusalem  Day?” and chant “Death to Israel” , “Death to America” and walk on and burn the US and Israeli flags?

Confronted by such questions, in the past they used to seek refuge in the reformist camp. Their reply, once Mousavi is elected, he is pragmaticenough that it will end such militancy and bring about the needed reforms. With Mousavi officially out of the picture, such lobbyists do not play the pragmatic card anymore.  They have received new marching orders.  They do not demonstrate in front of the UN and talk about human rights violations by the regime anymore.  Talking about rape in IRI jails by its Basij and Hamas thugs is now out and unconditional support for Islamic Republic and Ahmadinejad is in, all this to ensure regime’s survival.

Amazing what a difference a year makes! The same lobbyists who distanced themselves (at least publicly) form Ahmadinejad are now openly admiring his statesmanship and love for peace and human rights.  One of CASMII leaders, after attending the dinner reception and being granted a long interview with Ahmadinejad, referred to him as “a great
man misrepresented by the media”
.   As we say in Iran bisharmi ham haddi daarad!  Mildly translated: the gall of some people!

http://www.iranian.com/main/blog/arash-irandoost/curious-case-islamic-republic-lobby-and-us-human-rights-activists

Dr. Arash Irandoost is the founder of Pro Democracy Movement of Iran (PDMI) focusing on human rights and pro-democracy initiatives. He is an Iranian-American activist, who works to inform and educate about the threat posed by Islamic Republic and radical Islam. He believes that Islamic Republic cannot be reformed and regime change is the only viable option. Dr. Irandoost is a researcher, a literary translator, an essayist, and a political analyst. He writes regularly for online publications such as New Media Journal, The American Thinker, Faith Freedom International, Free Republic, Israel National News, Right Side News, Global Politician and the Iranian Online magazines.


Articles by Arash Irandoost

President Obama, are you with the IRI criminals or with the Iranian people?

Posted by on Sunday, 4 December, 2011

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.  Albert Einstein

Obama, Yes we could have!

Obama, Yes we could have!

 

Click to Watch Video: US Senator’s against White House Policy on Islamic Republic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ea8v4ZsuVMI#!

US Senator\’s against White House Policy on Islamic Republic

Under the heavy influence of the IRI lobby, President Obama and Secretary Clinton disregard the Iranian people’s wishesfor a regime change and their desire to establish a free, secular and democratic Iran.

President Obama’s continued appeasement of the criminal and rapist regime in Iran is reminiscent of President Carter 33 years ago under his misguided foreign policies toward Iran and perhaps the reason for the mess we are in toady.

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A Letter to the Freedom Loving People of the World and World Leaders

Posted by on Thursday, 1 December, 2011

حرف بس است, عمل کنیم

Dear friends:

Time is of the essence. The Islamic Republic has inflicted nothing but misery on the Iranian people. We, hereby, are asking people of the free world to support us and help our beloved country, Iran, to take its rightful place among the civilized nations of the world. Please read the letter and if you agree with the contents and the actionable steps proposed, add your name to the list of many brave compatriots who have signed the letter by emailing PDMI at hakemiat.e.mardom@gmail.com.

Thank you!
Amil Imani and Arash Irandoost

دوستان گرامی وایرانیان دلیر و هم رزم,  دوران حساسی را میهن عزیزمان بسر میبرد. لحظا ت حساسی را طی میکنیم .  مدت 33 سال است که آخوند های نادان به همراه بسیجان وحشی ایران را به خاک وخون کشیده اند. با خواندن متن ان نامه و در صورت قبول برای ضمیمه نام خود, با ما به ادرس زیر در تماس با شید.

با سپاس فراوان
امیل ایمانی و آرش ایراندوست

 hakemiat.e.mardom@gmail.com

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December 1, 2011

A Letter to the Freedom Loving People of the World and World Leaders

We, the undersigned, declare that the illegitimate government of the Islamic Republic of Iran is a “quisling” entity that has betrayed its people, its traditions, its glorious pre-Islamic achievements, and is working against Iran’s national interest. Iran, under the stranglehold and machinations of the Mullahs, has been transformed, in less than three decades, as a perpetrator of evil and of all that is abhorrent to humanity.

The life that God gives, no man should extinguish. The illegitimate mullahs presently ruling Iran have blatantly violated this sacred covenant while shooting at a large number of peaceful demonstrators demanding nothing more than their God-given rights to individual liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The mullahs and their mercenaries waste precious human life to maintain themselves in power while terrorizing the population.

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