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Blog Entries by Alireza Jafarzadeh
Once again, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has used the United Nations podium to churn out his misinformation and half-truths. And once again, the American media accepted his invitation for a fancy luncheon afterwards, enabling a ruthless murderer to wage his not-so-charm offensive. Apparently, some media outlets just want Ahmadinejad to say something, anything, as long as they get their story.
On Wednesday, September 21, Iran’s state-run media announced that the two American hikers held in Iran, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, were being released after more than two years in custody, just in time for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech at the UN the following day. Not coincidentally, the third hiker, Sarah Shourd, was released a year ago just before Ahmadinejad’s last UN speech.
Posted April 6, 2010 | 07:59 AM (EST)
The March 7 parliamentary elections have heralded a new era for Iraq, pushing aside the incumbent Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki and officials with ties to Iran while opening way for a new slate of politicians hoping to mend serious sectarian divides. But, as a U.S. military official in Iraq told…
Posted March 5, 2010 | 02:16 AM (EST)
The dark shadow of Iran looms over the March 7 parliamentary elections in Iraq, whose implications extend beyond determining a new political configuration in Baghdad. From Tehran to Washington – and many Arab capitals in between – the elections could prove a defining moment.
At first glance, the post-election…
Posted March 1, 2010 | 03:09 PM (EST)
The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, in its most recent report in February, declared for the first time that they have obtained extensive evidence that “raises concerns about the possible existence in Iran of past or current undisclosed activities related to the development of a nuclear…
Posted February 19, 2010 | 04:18 PM (EST)
In a recent panel discussion on the future of the anti-regime uprisings in Iran, I was approached by a fellow Iranian, who told me of his participation in an anti-Shah rally. Back then, almost everyone, from President Jimmy Carter to most pundits, discounted the 1978 popular protests as a minor…