How To Become A “Tehran-Based” Journalist And Keep Your Job

Hamid Yazdanpanah 15 March 2011

Hamid Yazdanpanah
Jason Rezaian is, by his own admission, one of the only “foreign” journalists currently permitted to work in Iran. As we all know since the 2009 elections, the Iranian regime has been loath to allow any foreign journalists access to the country, however Mr. Rezaian has had no problem in this matter.

Indeed Mr. Rezaian has spent a considerable amount of time in Iran, and seemingly continues to enjoy a close relationship with the state; as he concedes in this commentary he wrote for the New York Times: “Last night I rode with some of them in a back of a truck plastered with the incumbent’s photos. These were members of the Bassij, the youth militia — young men in their 20s who are the new generation of the Islamic revolution.”

MEK Terrorist Designation; an In-depth Look

14 March 2011

Nima Sharif
Recently in Washington, DC a number of former high ranked officials and public figures from both parties, made calls for the removal of the main Iranian oppositions group, the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq Organisation of Iran (MEK) from the State Department's Foreign Terrorist Organizations list.  At the same time some discussions began to appear in online publications and blogs with arguments such as the MEK being a cult or being unpopular.

In an in-depth fact-finding researched paper, "Iranian Dissidents and Their Critics", Raymond Tanter[1] of Iran Policy Committee, addresses these issues surrounding the MEK. 

Time to Act on Iran

11 March 2011

By Ali Safavi - March 9, 2011
Originally Published At HuffingtonPost.Com

For the past three weeks, tens of thousands of protestors have taken to the streets in Iran once again, demanding democracy and an end to the regime. Popular protests continue to haunt the fundamentalist rulers at a critical time in the region's history. But without offering support to the Iranian people and their main opposition, this critical window of opportunity will be closed, and it will be much harder and too late to deal with the Iranian regime's threat.

For the West, the expression of legitimate demands for freedoms and human rights across the Middle East has meant that the era of choosing tyrannical stability over democracy as a matter of foreign policy has ended.
To alleviate concerns about the role of religious fundamentalism in the region's future, Washington should stop talking to the fundamentalist mullahs and start listening to the Iranian people.

Iran Defends Human Rights in France

20 October 2010

Stop Fundamentalism - Guess who is most concerned about the rights of protesters in the ongoing anti-retirement-age-reform strikes in France?  Surprisingly, it is the Iranian Parliament.

Tabnak, an Iranian state-run daily, reported that the head of Iranian Parliamentary Committee for Defending Human Rights has submitted a letter to General Secretary of United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, complaining about violation of human rights of protesters in France.

When Stars Fall, Legends Are Born

19 October 2010

Crowed of well over two thousand Iranian dissidents gathered in Auvers-sur-Oise near Paris on Monday 18 October to bid farewell to the Iranian Legendary Singer and resistance icon Marzieh.

MarziehMarzieh, diva of Persian music and a symbol of Iranian women’s resistance against the Mullahs’ theocratic rule passed away on Wednesday 13 October in Paris, at the age of 86.

Marzieh, was known to all Iranians for her music of love, culture and pride.  She spoke to her listeners through her music.  Her songs bring back memories and give hope to all Iranians.

Iranians Prepare for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in New York

21 September 2010

Nima Sharif
Once again, it is time for heads of states to address the general assembly meeting of the United Nations in New York.  An opportunity that the overly isolated and mostly hated Mahmoud Ahmadinejad does not seem to want to miss.

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