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Nima Shirazi is a political commentator from New York City and co-editor of the Iran, Iraq and Turkey pages for the online magazine Muftah. His analysis of United States policy and Middle East issues, particularly with reference to current events in Iran, Israel, and Palestine, can be found in numerous online and print publications, as well as his website, WideAsleepInAmerica.com.

The Crying of Flight 655: The Washington Post and the Whitewashing of a War Crime

The Crying of Flight 655: The Washington Post and the Whitewashing of a War Crime

If the Iranian military had blown up a Pan Am flight, protestations of self-defense probably wouldn't find many sympathetic ears in the US.…

Kerry, Kerry, Quite Contrary: US Secretary of State Reveals Ignorance on Iranian Nuclear Program

Kerry, Kerry, Quite Contrary: US Secretary of State Reveals Ignorance on Iranian Nuclear Program

Such ignorance goes a long way to explaining how and faulty and false information is disseminated by politicians, goes unchallenged by the press and is subsequently regurgitated by professional pundits.…

Mainstream Media’s Ongoing Disinformation Campaign On Iran

Mainstream Media’s Ongoing Disinformation Campaign On Iran

Despite the increasingly rapid pace of renewed Iranian and American communication and cooperation, the media's disinformation campaign against Iran has yet to slow down.…

George Stephanopoulos Thinks Iran Is Enriching Weapons-Grade Uranium…But It’s Not

George Stephanopoulos Thinks Iran Is Enriching Weapons-Grade Uranium…But It’s Not

With media personalities like Stephanopoulos, it is no wonder that the American public remains misinformed and mislead on basic facts about Iran's nuclear program.…

Rouhani, Like Countless Iranian Officials Before Him, Affirms: Iran Will Never Seek Nuclear Weapons

Rouhani, Like Countless Iranian Officials Before Him, Affirms: Iran Will Never Seek Nuclear Weapons

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani again asserted Iran's wholesale condemnation of nuclear arms and its commitment never to build or acquire such weaponry.…

New Documentary Reclaims ‘The Canadian Caper’ from Affleck’s ‘Argo’

New Documentary Reclaims ‘The Canadian Caper’ from Affleck’s ‘Argo’

Ben Affleck’s movie “Argo” is still leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of Canadians – politicians and the public alike – over its depiction of the escape of American…

Only Bad Guys Ignore Public Opinion, Right? Not to Mention International Law

Only Bad Guys Ignore Public Opinion, Right? Not to Mention International Law

Like his much-maligned predecessor, a lack of solid evidence and respect for legality may not deter this new Decider from launching another war, logic and democracy be damned.…

Wagering on War Crimes: The Atlantic’s Latest Anti-Iran Propaganda

Wagering on War Crimes: The Atlantic’s Latest Anti-Iran Propaganda

The latest, overwrought, bromidic claptrap published by a mainstream media outlet is an article in The Atlantic written by Graham Allison of Harvard University’s Belfer Center.…

The Language of Power: Obama’s ‘Humanitarian Hawk’ & Israel’s New Gladiator at the UN

The Language of Power: Obama’s ‘Humanitarian Hawk’ & Israel’s New Gladiator at the UN

Samantha Power has surely embraced her new role in Turtle Bay as Israel's stalwart apologist.…

Benjamin Netanyahu Cries ‘Wolf’ … Again

Benjamin Netanyahu Cries ‘Wolf’ … Again

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to the Sunday morning airwaves to spout tired talking points about the non-existent threat Iran's safeguarded, civilian nuclear program poses to Israel…

The Talented Mr. Takeyh

The Talented Mr. Takeyh

If there’s one thing mainstream “Iran experts” hate, it’s well-credentialed, experienced analysts who dare challenge Beltway orthodoxies…

When Fact Becomes Opinion

When Fact Becomes Opinion

For the Associated Press to omit crucial and easily accessible information from its characterizations of Iran's nuclear program is irresponsible and serves to continually misinformation (or under-inform) the public on…

The Washington Post’s Racism Problem

When will The Washington Post insist its columnists refrain from using such racist rhetoric?…

Smiles and Denials: Official Israeli and Iranian Statements Demonstrate a Double Standard

Of course, while denial doesn't mean absolution and silence isn't necessarily complicity, the double standards of international expectation, obligation, and suspicion when it comes to Israel and Iran remain as…

Threats and Propaganda: 30 Years of U.S. Policy Towards Iran

My 20-minute presentation, which can be seen below, focused primarily on some of the major falsehoods, misperceptions and double standards regarding Iran in our current discourse.…

The Warped Morality of a Warmonger: Why Alan Dershowitz is Wrong on Israel’s ‘Rights’

The Warped Morality of a Warmonger: Why Alan Dershowitz is Wrong on Israel’s ‘Rights’

Renowned torture enthusiast and perennial Israel apologist Alan Dershowitz was in Tel Aviv this month attending an annual business conference sponsored by Globes and, as usual, took the opportunity to equivocate…

The Invisible Dead and ‘The Last Word': Lawrence O’Donnell ‘Rewrites’ the Occupation of Afghanistan

The Invisible Dead and ‘The Last Word': Lawrence O’Donnell ‘Rewrites’ the Occupation of Afghanistan

“It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.” – Albert Einstein On Saturday August 6, 2011, a U.S. military Chinook…

Fleitz of Fancy & A New Diehl on Iran: The Fear-Mongering Continues

Fleitz of Fancy & A New Diehl on Iran: The Fear-Mongering Continues

Alarmist editorializing about Iran, its regional influence, and its nuclear energy program have picked up considerably in the past few weeks. Despite the latest IAEA report this past Spring which revealed no evidence of…

Operation Desert Bloom: The Myth that Won’t Spoil, Wither, or Die

“This tractor does two things – it turns the land and turns us off the land. There is little difference between this tractor and a tank. The people were driven,…

The ‘No Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza’ Canard

The ‘No Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza’ Canard

On June 27, former IDF prison guard Jeffrey Goldberg approvingly quoted an excerpt from a recent anti-Gaza Flotilla opinion piece by Irish columnist Kevin Myers. Myers’ snide commentary is full of historical…

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