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A thing called freedom: Does Barack Obama control the United States?

A thing called freedom: Does Barack Obama control the United States?

By Lev Navrozov Some centuries ago, there originated a thing called freedom in some countries of Western Europe — and in particular in Great Britain and later in the United States. The founders of the United States created a unique society allowing a maximum amount of liberty for the individual and restricting government involvement into […]

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Netanyahu's gift to Obama jeopardized the 2800-year-old bond between two peoples

Netanyahu's gift to Obama jeopardized the 2800-year-old bond between two peoples

By Sheda Vasseghi During their most recent meeting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave President Barack Obama a copy of the Book of Esther as a symbol of his fears for Israel if the Islamic Republic of Iran becomes nuclear. While this gesture effectively telegraphed to the American public the message he wanted to deliver them, it […]

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From a prison state to a dream country, now endangered

From a prison state to a dream country, now endangered

By Lev Navrozov To emigrate to America from “Soviet Russia” was like going to live on some distant planet reproducing your favorite country: A dream. But one fine day those who ruled Russia decided to stage an unusual experiment: they allowed several hundred “Soviet citizens” to emigrate from the “Soviet paradise.” Naturally, we were highly […]

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Iran's advance to it pre-Islamic roots could help 'Arab Spring' succeed in 2012

Iran's advance to it pre-Islamic roots could help 'Arab Spring' succeed in 2012

By Sheda Vasseghi The gap between the destinies of Iran and Arab countries continues to grow exponentially given the differences in their respective culture and history. Iran has been in a state of identity crisis since the Arab Muslim invasion some 1400 years ago, while the rise of Islam gave Arabs a sense of unity […]

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America's dilemma: What if majority view is stupid and therefore a national security threat?

America's dilemma: What if majority view is stupid and therefore a national security threat?

By Lev Navrozov In 1970, I was 42 years of age and living in Russia. I made my living by translating into English those unique works of Russian literature. Stalin had destroyed Russian art by annihilating the freedoms of old Russia as enjoyed in literature by Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and Chekhov. I knew English “as to […]

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Today's Iran as seen clearly by its teenage girls

Today's Iran as seen clearly by its teenage girls

By Sheda Vasseghi  Nothing is more telling about a society than its views of itself especially those of its youth who carry the burden of the nation’s immediate future.  During informal interviews with Iranian teenage girls in and around schoolyards, one can learn many things about the character, bravery, thoughts, and worldliness of these young ladies, […]

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A modest proposal: Advocates of freedom must speak up or die

A modest proposal: Advocates of freedom must speak up or die

By Lev Navrozov How did I learn British English in Russia? When I was a child, German was taught in Soviet schools. But I asked my parents to invite a private teacher of English — an English lady who made her living by teaching English.  As I grew up, I continued to be an “Englishman […]

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Iran's 2009 uprising, unlike Egypt's, was about a total regime change

Iran's 2009 uprising, unlike Egypt's, was about a total regime change

By Sheda Vasseghi   It is a no-brainer that President Mubarak was going to eventually meet the demands of the Egyptian demonstrators by stepping down from his never-ending presidency.  Most Egyptians appear to have revolted with sincere intentions, but it would be naïve not to suspect that various forces such as political Islamists jumped on the […]

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Freedom, yes! And don't forget the slaves in slave-state China

Freedom, yes! And don't forget the slaves in slave-state China

By Lev Navrozov About a week ago, I saw Russians in the United States watching a CNN live report from Egypt, showing chaos and scenes of unrest and uncontrolled violence between protesters (demanding immediate transition from autocracy to democratic freedoms) and pro-government supporters. In his speech to the troubled nation, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak did […]

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Memo to the U.S. Navy: The mullahs are the enemy, not the Iranian people

Memo to the U.S. Navy: The mullahs are the enemy, not the Iranian people

  By Sheda Vasseghi   According to the clerics in Iran, educational programs promoting the desire to live in a free, democratic environment are “perverted political movements” and must be banned.  General humanities and pro-Western studies must be aggressively replaced with Islamic teachings of jihad.  Theatrical performances such as the recent Hedda Gabler in Tehran can be […]