Posts Tagged ‘ lobby ’

Evolution of Pro-Iran lobby under Obama, from a pressure group to a White House partner

Nov 16th, 2016

Hassan Dai, 11 November 2016
Pro-Iran lobby is a coalition of organizations and politicians, led by US corporations and accompanied by an army of pundits and Iran experts that regardless of what Iran is doing, asks the US government to adopt a friendlier policy with Iran and remove sanctions. At the center of this lobby are small Iranian-American organizations that are tied to various factions of the Iranian regime.



Time to cash in

Sep 21st, 2015

Hassan Dai, Sep. 21, 2015
Bijan Khajehpour, NIAC’s lobby partner and Trita Parsi’s former boss will participate in oil and Money conference in London to share the podium with an Iranian official from oil ministry and assist him in promoting business opportunities in Iran. Khajehpour and NIAC have been collaborating to oppose sanctions and urge US administration to be more flexible in nuclear talks



Anniversary of Iran 2009 uprising and Obama’s appeasement of the regime

Jun 3rd, 2015

Iranian American Forum, June 3, 2015
While millions of Iranians were in the streets opposing the regime, Obama ignored this historic moment and continued his outreach to the Iranian rulers. His appeasing attitude was a signal that the US is so eager to reach a nuclear deal and befriend the regime that it would tolerate Mullahs’ brutal repression in Iran and hegemonic policies across the region



Denouncing NIAC’s charade against Senator Graham

May 31st, 2015

Iranian American Forum, 5.31.2015
By slandering Senator Graham, NIAC tries to attain two goals: First, to discredit anti-Iranian regime camp in the US and facilitate Tehran’s pursuit of its nuclear ambitions and its hegemonic drive in the region. Second, it seeks to gain credit as a genuine defender of the Iranian-American community and use this credit to pursue its pro-regime lobby activities in Washington



Iran’s Faux Dissident: The Curious Case of Akbar Ganji

May 22nd, 2015

By Hamid Yazdanpanah, 5.22.2015
Akbar Ganji is on a mission, not as the voice of Iranian dissidents, but as an apologist for the regime in Tehran



Iran on Pace to Set Execution Record After Nuclear Deal

Apr 27th, 2015

By Hamid Yazdan Panah, April 27, 2015

Much has been made about the supposed benefits of the Iran nuclear deal. One of the most audacious claims has been that the nuclear deal would result in an improvement in the human rights situation inside the country. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact if the last past few weeks are any indication, Iran may very well set a new record for executions committed in the past decade. To make matters worse, the issue is being completely swept under the rug, despite claims that a nuclear deal would give the West “leverage” to promote human rights.



How an Iranian misinformation campaign has been adopted and promoted by the Obama administration

Apr 20th, 2015

Hassan Dai, April 2015
Obama administration claims that Iranian nuclear program is supported by vast majority of Iranians and it has become a matter of national pride, therefore, the US can’t force Iran to stop enrichment. This claim is part of Iranian regime’s misinformation campaign that started in 2003 and includes a total ban on opposing the program, jailing the critics, holding state-organized rallies in support of program and fabricating fake public opinion polls in Iran for US audience. Majority of these polls are made by a Tehran-based center tied to security forces. These polls are publicized and promoted by pro-Tehran groups in Washington, many of them are close allies of the Obama administration.



Human Rights: The First Casualty of Iran’s Nuclear Program

Mar 31st, 2015

Hamid yazdan Panah, March 31, 2015
As nuclear talks continue with Iran, the first casualty of these negotiations are the human rights of the Iranian people



Javad Zarif and Trita Parsi’s collaboration to exploit Political divisions in Washington over Iran Policy during George Bush administration

Mar 10th, 2015

Hassan Dai, March 10, 2015
In 2006-2007, NIAC president arranged meetings between Iranian ambassador and Congress members, mainly democrats who according to Parsi ”were disillusioned with Bush foreign policy and are tired to sit on the sidelines as Bush undermines the US’s global position. They are willing to take matters in their own hands and they accept the political risk that comes with it.
In 2008, Obama’s campaign team member William Perry and Joe Biden’s staff Puneet Talwar met with Iranian delegations led by Ahmadinejad’s chief advisor Hashemi Samareh in Europe.



Iranian regime’s sanctions busters

Feb 18th, 2015

Hassan Dai, February 18, 2015
Rouhani’s government tries to lure Western companies back to Iran and loosen the economic sanctions. A group of Iranians with business experience in the West play a pivotal role in this campaign. They use their knowledge of Western business system, their connections to foreign companies, think tanks and the media, to advance regime’s campaign