October 22, 2017

Shiite militia reviving in post-election Iraq

By HAMZA HENDAWI and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA
The Associated Press
BAGHDAD — A once-feared Shiite militia that was crippled two years ago by defections and a U.S.-Iraqi crackdown has quietly started to regroup, adding street muscle to the Shiite party that emerged strongest from Iraq’s parliamentary elections.
The revival of the Mahdi Army, loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, could […]

Tehran’s Strategic Defeat in Iraq

Huffington Post
Alireza Jafarzadeh
Author, The Iran Threat
Posted: April 6, 2010
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 […]

To only say Iranian nukes are unacceptable is to accept them

The Washington Post
By William Kristol
Sunday, March 28, 2010; A15
In March 1936, Hitler occupied the Rhineland. The French prime minister, Leon Blum, denounced the act as “unacceptable.” But France, Britain and the rest of the world accepted it. Years later, the French political thinker Raymond Aron commented, “To say that something is unacceptable was to […]

Enough Is Enough

Why we can no longer remain on the sidelines in the struggle for regime change in Iran.
by Richard N. Haass
January 21, 2010 7:0 PM EST
Two schools of thought have traditionally competed to determine how America should approach the world. Realists believe we should care most about what states do beyond their borders—that influencing their foreign […]

America, terrorists and Nelson Mandela

Reuters
Jan 15, 2010
Bernd Debusmann
Woe betide the organization or individual who lands on America’s terrorist list. The consequences are dire and it’s easier to get on the list than off it even if you turn to peaceful politics. Just ask Nelson Mandela.
One of the great statesmen of our time, Mandela stayed on the American terrorist blacklist […]

Transcript of Obama remarks on airline security and terror watch lists President Obama’s remarks Monday about airline security and this weekend’s protests in Iran

The Washington Post
December 28, 2009
Good morning, everybody. I wanted to take just a few minutes to update the American people on the attempted terrorist attack that occurred on Christmas Day and the steps we’re taking to ensure the safety and security of the country.
Before I leave, let me also briefly address the events that have […]

House Members Denounce Plan to Relocate Residents of Ashraf

Remarks by members of Congress
Congressman Bob Filner of California
Good Afternoon, my name is Bob Filner, I’m a Congressman from San Diego, California and Co-Chair of the Iran Human Rights and
Democracy Caucus in the Congress with me is Mike Coffman new Congressman from Colorado and we thank you for being involved so
quickly in these issues and […]

Profile: Mir-Hossein Moussavi

He is known as “Khomeini’s prime minister during the Iran-Iraq war.” This aptly depicts Mirhossein Mossavi’s position as the regime’s prime minister during the destructive eight year war with Iraq.
Moussavi was born in 1941 in northwestern Iran. He was virtually unknown among intellectuals and political activists prior to the 1979 revolution which overthrow Shah’s dictatorship. […]

Expect More Adventurism From Iran

By MOHAMAD BAZZI
Wall Street Journal
Beirut
Shortly after the rigged election and popular uprising in Iran, a seductive conventional wisdom emerged in Western policy-making circles: The Iranian regime, if it survived, would be significantly weakened by internal problems and would abandon its regional ambitions. Tehran’s influence in the Middle East will diminish as the hardline regime scrambles […]

Human bargaining chips in deals with Iran: Bernd Debusman

By Bernd Debusmann
REUTERS – COLUMN
WASHINGTON, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Seven summers ago, in a crowded conference room of a Washington hotel, an Iranian exile leader gave the first detailed public account of Iran’s until-then secret nuclear projects at the cities of Natanz and Arak. It greatly turned up the volume of a seemingly endless international […]