Category Archives: Iran


Iran, A Post Mortem Note

As the last debates in the U.S. Senate fade away and President Rouhani receives a hero’s welcome in the UN, it is worthwhile to note the new alliances the U.S. has formed in the wake of this “New middle East.” Chief amongst them is NIAC, the National Iranian American Council, who played a major role in developing and advocating for the nuclear deal. Iran, according to NIAC, will embark on a new path of moderation, human rights and democracy, worlds away from what is actually taking place in Iran as these deliberations continued. Optimism can be an easy sell – but reality is no less important. 


In a recent Huffington Post article, NIAC’s president, Dr. Trita Parsi, argued that the nuclear deal will not only prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and a devastating war, but also that it will “improve the prospects for Iran moving in a positive direction internally – in terms of democratization and human rights.” To further his point that a nuclear deal will benefit those fighting for human rights on the ground in Iran, Mr. Parsi refers to “an unprecedented group of Iranian human rights defenders and pro-democracy activists” that have “come out in a massive wave in support of the agreement.” Continue reading


¡Del ideólogo y el ignorante!

Una jornada después de unos comicios legislativos en los que el votante estadounidense parece haber puesto en tela de juicio al Presidente y su iniciativa, el Wall Street Journal apuntaba la primicia de que el Presidente Obama habría remitido una misiva secreta al ayatolá Jamenei, líder supremo de la República Islámica. Se trataría al parecer del cuarto escrito de una serie de intercambios epistolares secretos que Obama habría mantenido con Jamenei desde que fuera investido.

Según el Wall Street Journal, el Presidente Obama escribió secretamente al Líder Supremo iraní el mes pasado, describiendo unos “intereses compartidos en la lucha contra los militantes del Estado Islámico en Irak y Siria”. Aunque admitir oficialmente la existencia de la misiva llevó a Irán otra semana, Jamenei apuntó el intercambio en su intervención del 3 de noviembre con motivo del aniversario de la revolución iraní: “El nuevo Presidente estadounidense ha hecho unos comentarios hermosos. También nos solicita repetidamente pasar página oralmente y por escrito, y ayudarle a cambiar el actual clima. Nos pide cooperar con él a la hora de resolver problemas mundiales”. Continue reading



A day after mid-term election in which American voters appeared to have challenged the President and its leadership, the Wall Street Journal broke the news that President Obama sent a secret letter to Ayatollah Khamenei, Islamic Regime’s supreme leader. This was apparently the fourth letter in a series of secret exchanges Obama has had with Khamenei since taking office.

According to WSJ, President Obama secretly wrote to Iran’s Supreme Leader last month describing a “shared interest in fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.” Although it took another week for Iran to officially acknowledge the letter, Khamenei hinted of the exchange in his Nov. 3 speech on the anniversary of the Iranian revolution: “The new U.S. President made some beautiful comments. He also repeatedly asked us in writing and orally to turn a new page and help him change the present situation. He asked us to cooperate with him to solve global issues.” Continue reading


Why the Mullah is Smiling

by Nir Boms and Shayan Arya

 Gatestone Institute

Although physically weak from recent routine prostate surgery, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, emerged smiling from his hospital bed — and for a good reason. He has never been stronger. From Syria to Iraq, from Tehran to Gaza and UN headquarters in New York, he feels empowered and this shows nowhere better than in Geneva.

Khamenei has many reasons to smile. The sanctions that were crippling his regime just a year ago appear to be receding. Companies from Europe to Asia are lining up to do business in Iran. His significant efforts to assist Bashar Assad in Syria and to keep Hezbollah afloat have paid off as well. Many in Washington have begun to see Assad as a potential ally against what they believe to be the real threat, namely ISIS. His disciple, President Hassan Rouhani, has just met British Prime Minister David Cameron in New York. Rouhani appears to be making new friends.

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