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Women shut out of Syria’s opposition leadership

Posted by on Thursday, 8 November, 2012

فصلی که نکوست …

KARIN LAUB, Associated Press | November 8, 2012 | Updated: November 8, 2012 1:28am

Syrian regime opponent Aklas Ahmad Badawi speaks during the meeting of the General Assembly of the Syrian National Council in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Photo: Osama Faisal / AP

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The leadership of Syria’s main opposition bloc in exile, the Syrian National Council, has become an all-male affair after elections failed to promote a single woman to a decision-making group of 41.

Female delegates at the SNC convention under way in Qatar — some rushing toward the podium in protest after the results were announced early Thursday — say the shutout fails to reflect the key role of women in the push to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad and erodes the SNC’s attempt at diversity.

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Dai beats NIAC: The real David vs. Goliath story

Posted by on Sunday, 16 September, 2012

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Dai beats NIAC :The real David vs. Goliath story
Sunday, 16 September 2012 04:43
Arash Irandoost, PhD

It was only a few years back, when Trita Parsi, the brash president of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) bragged about beating AIPAC and likened his victory to David versus Goliath. Flush with private enterprises, US government support, and foundation donors, NIAC’s swaggering Mafioso was determined to form the most powerful organization to advocate for policies favorable to the regime in Iran.
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Misreading The Islamic Republic in Iran At Our Peril

Posted by on Monday, 16 July, 2012

Misreading Iran At Our Peril

by Ilan Berman
Washington Times
July 16, 2012

http://www.ilanberman.com/11997/misreading-iran-at-our-peril

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When it comes to the financial markets, it is a rule of thumb that past success is a poor indicator of future performance. Sadly, it turns out, that’s also the case with political science.

Take the latest offering from one of the field’s best and brightest. Kenneth N. Waltz, a decorated professor at Columbia University and the University of California at Berkeley, is dean of the “neorealism” school in international relations theory — a deep thinker whose 1965 book “Man, the State, and War” revolutionized our understanding of how nation-states behave.

Of late, however, Mr. Waltz has turned his attention to a more contemporary international security dilemma, with considerably less satisfactory results. In an article in the latest issue of the journal Foreign Affairs, Mr. Waltz makes the case that the current hubbub over the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear program is overblown. In his view, a nuclear-armed Iran would be a neutral — indeed, even a beneficial — development for regional security, spurring “balancing” by other nations and generally leading to a more stable Middle East.

I wish that were so, but Mr. Waltz’s argument falls flat on at least two fronts.

The first has to do with the Iranian regime’s rationality. At the heart of Mr. Waltz’s contention that Iran should be allowed to get the bomb is the assumption that, at the end of the day, its leaders are “perfectly sane ayatollahs.”

That issue has been debated hotly for years. Skeptics allude to the fact that parts of the Iranian government — most notably Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his ideological fellow-travelers — espouse a millenarian worldview to argue that the Iranian regime writ large is both irrational and apocalyptic. Others, however, point to the conduct of Iran’s “realist” camp, headed by former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, as proof that Iran’s leaders are supremely pragmatic in nature.

To some extent, both are right. Iran is anything but a political monolith, and its official ideological spectrum stretches from the messianic conservatism of Mr. Ahmadinejad’s spiritual mentor, the Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi, on the far right to the more progressive “reformist” ideas of former president Mohammad Khatami, now a leader of the “Green” movement. (Informally, Iran’s political scene is wider still and includes dissidents seeking the outright abandonment of the Islamic republic in favor of a more representative, post-theocratic polity.)

The question, rather, is whether the political faction currently in power in Tehran is capable of being deterred in the way Mr. Waltz envisions. There still is considerable uncertainty on that score, and, given the notorious opaqueness of Iran’s internal power politics, world leaders simply cannot afford to be sanguine about the how the Iranian regime — which is still officially radical and revolutionary — might behave once it possesses a nuclear weapon.

Mr. Waltz’s second spurious contention is that Iran’s nuclearization will have a beneficial and stabilizing effect on the Middle East. He identifies Israel’s long-running “regional nuclear monopoly” as the root of the current crisis — and Iran’s will to atomic power as the logical (if belated) response to it. But Israel’s 4-decade-old nuclear hegemony in the Middle East has proved so remarkably durable precisely because other regional states, whatever their public animus toward the Jewish state, have tended to view it as a mature nuclear possessor. Israel’s “Samson option,” in other words, is seen regionally as much more shield than sword.

Iran’s nuclear program, by contrast, is viewed as just the opposite. One need only look at the recent frenzied nuclear plans of Iran’s neighbors — from the wealthy petro-states of the Gulf to impoverished Yemen — to grasp the depths of their unease over Iran’s potential emergence as a nuclear power. The activism of those countries, moreover, speaks volumes about how they think Iran is likely to behave once it crosses the nuclear threshold.

In the context of the Middle East, then, balancing isn’t likely to be the panacea Mr. Waltz suggests. It is, however, a sure-fire recipe for a new nuclear arms race — and a nightmare for U.S. and allied nonproliferation efforts.

None of this is accounted for in Mr. Waltz’s piece, which brushes away concerns about Iranian intentions and the destabilizing effect an atomic Iran is bound to have on the Greater Middle East in favor of easy allusions to nuclear balance-of-power politics.

All of this must be music to the ears of the ayatollahs. Iran’s leaders have long sought to convince the world that their nuclear ambitions are both legitimate and benign. Indeed, last summer, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards went so far as to publicly make the case that “the day after Iran’s first nuclear test is a normal day” — in other words, that the world should not fear the coming Iranian nuclear age. Now, it seems, one of the bastions of the American political science establishment is intent on making their argument for them.


Report: Iran Quds Forces March into Syria

Posted by on Wednesday, 8 February, 2012

by Reza Kahlili

In a recent order, Ayatollah Khamenei has given the duty of stabilizing the Assad regime in Syria to Iran’s Quds forces.

According to the Turkish newspaper, Sabah, the commander of the Quds forces, Qassem Soleimani and 15,000 of his fighters have entered Syria with the mission of assisting in the suppression of the Syrian protestors. The Quds forces will act as a firewall for the Assad regime as the Syrian army is finding itself in a difficult situation where many officers are joining the opposition because they do not approve of the mass killings of the civilians, which so far has taken the lives of more than 5,000 people.

Other sources have indicated that Qassem Soleimani has a permanent presence in Syria’s war room overseeing and managing the attacks on the opposition.

Khamenei has said that Syria is the red line, adding that the fall of Assad will not be tolerated. Qassem Soleimani is urging Assad to enforce a complete lockdown of information to the outside world and to use a vicious clampdown to put an end to the uprising before the West can possibly get involved militarily.

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Strait of Hormuz in Greater Context

Posted by on Friday, 13 January, 2012

Strait of Hormuz in Greater Context

http://newmediajournal.us/indx.php/item/4177

Dr. Arash Irandoost
January 13, 2012

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US Aircraft Carrier

In 2011, Congress pressured Obama administration to take tougher stance on Iran than President Obama has been willing, this time against Iran’s Central Bank. Publicly Iran remains defiant and claims that sanctions will have no effect. Privately, however, they are panicked and have mobilized their lobbyists and apologists to persuade the international community to delay its implementation claiming it will hurt diplomatic attempts to engage Iran. They are wrong! We must see through IRI and its lobbyist’ propaganda and proceed with it.

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NIAC and US Policy toward Iran

Posted by on Sunday, 2 October, 2011

 

by Arash Irandoost

Tita Parsi and former and convicted Congressman Bob Ney

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. Read the rest of this entry »


ملاقات های پنهان اردشیر امیرارجمند با مقامات آمریکائی

Posted by on Sunday, 2 October, 2011

حسن داعی، 29 سپتامبر 2011

طبق گزارشات موثقی که در حاشیه دادگاه فدرال در اختیارم قرار گرفته اند، در ماه ژوئن امسال، اردشیر امیر ارجمند بهمراه تریتا پارسی با برخی از مقامات آمریکائی در واشنگتن ملاقات کرده است. در این دیدار ها، امیرارجمند خود را بعنوان سخنگوی جنبش سبز مردم ایران معرفی کرده و ضمن مخالفت با تحریم، از حرکت اصلاح طلبانه در چهارچوب نظام دفاع نموده است

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Iran Considering Attacking U.S. Facilities in Mideast

Posted by on Saturday, 24 September, 2011

September 23, 2011

By Reza Kahlili

Destroying American military positions in the Middle East is the most effective method to get the “Great Satan” to abandon the region, Iran now believes.

“The Islamic Awakening in the region has overthrown many of the heads of states who were puppets of the West,” according to a recent analysis by the Mahramaneh online website, which is close to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. “It is simple-minded for us to assume that America and the West in general would sit by and forget about devising new conspiracies for derailing and taking control of the revolutions.”

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Iranian Refugees: A Human Rights Disaster

Posted by on Friday, 23 September, 2011

Dr. Arash Irandoost

July 14, 2010

This article was written in collaboration with Walton K Martin & Gill Gillespie, PhD

Light snow was falling when the two young men set out on horseback for the border to flee Iran. By the time they were deep in the mountains, it had become a blinding blizzard, the temperature had dropped below freezing, and they were barely alive…more

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The Bigger the Lie, NIAC’s Actual Membership Numbers

Posted by on Wednesday, 21 September, 2011

Dr. Arash Irandoost – 9/9/2011

trita parsiHow would a lobby organization go about advocating for favorable policies and doctoring up good reasons on behalf of an ideologically-driven and anti-Semitic regime such as the Islamic Republic in Iran, a regime that has: occupied the US embassy, held Americans hostage for 444 days, chanted death to America almost daily, held the highest records of violation of human rights, been listed as a state sponsor of terrorism, a secret nuclear weapons program, and a slew of sanctions imposed on it? It would seem as a daunting task indeed!
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About Dr. Arash Irandoost

Posted by on Wednesday, 21 September, 2011

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. Read the rest of this entry »


U.S. Eyes Covert Plan to Counter Iran in Iraq

Posted by on Friday, 16 September, 2011

By JULIAN E. BARNES, ADAM ENTOUS and SIOBHAN GORMAN

WASHINGTON—Military commanders and intelligence officers are pushing for greater authority to conduct covert operations to thwart Iranian influence in neighboring Iraq, according to U.S. officials.
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Letter to The Honorable Robert Menendez on Iran Sanctions

Posted by on Thursday, 15 September, 2011

September 11, 2011

The Honorable Robert Menendez
Senate Foreign Relations Committee
528 Senate Hart Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

The Honorable Senator Robert Menendez,

The pro-Democracy Movement of Iran (PDMI) appreciates your recent efforts regarding the imposition of robust sanctions against the Islamic Republic in Iran. The Islamic Republic is indeed a growing threat to the region, the world and its own people. We support the imposition of the strictest non-food and medicine sanctions against the criminal regime that rapes its own citizens for simply demanding their basic human rights.
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