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The nonstop assault on Iranian history and heritage

The nonstop assault on Iranian history and heritage

By Sheda Vasseghi Reading Wafa Tarnowska’s English translation of “The Seven Wise Princesses” (Persian “Haft Peykar”) in prose originally by one of greatest Iranian romantic poets, Nezami (1141-1209), shocks the common sense. The story revolves around Iranian kings such as Yazdgerd and Bahram during pre-Islamic Sasanian Persia era (224-651).  But according to Tarnowska, the Persian […]

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High stakes at the 5+1 Iran talks: The threat of a 'big war' that could involve Russia

High stakes at the 5+1  Iran talks: The threat of a 'big war' that could involve Russia

By Sheda Vasseghi On April 14, 2012, representatives from the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany (“5+1”) met with officials from the Islamic Republic of Iran in Istanbul to discuss its nuclear ambitions.  Discussions were preliminary and introductory, and expectations for the parties to come to any agreement were low. According to UK representative […]

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An SOS from the people of Iran to the people of Israel: Two former top diplomats take a stand against war

An SOS from the people of Iran to the people of Israel: Two former top diplomats take a stand against war

By Sheda Vasseghi The following is based on recent statements by Amb. Ardeshir Zahedi, former foreign minister and and the last ambassador of the Shah in Washington, and Dr. Assad Homayoun, former minister at the Iranian Embassy in Washington. “I have come to believe that Israel will indeed strike Iran in 2012.” This is the […]

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Critique of Iran's cultural heritage conveniently ignores main factor: historic role of Islamic invaders

Critique of Iran's cultural heritage conveniently ignores main factor: historic role of Islamic invaders

By Sheda Vasseghi In his article “Iran’s Fundamental Cultural Reformations,” Davood-Rahni calls for the immediate elimination of “bad [Iranian] social and cultural traits and practices.” Although this column will not serve to negate Davood-Rahni’s list of negative traits among Iranians or the need to reflect on them, it is a rather silly posture given a […]

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LIFE's list of dictators: Who put the interns in charge?

LIFE's list of dictators: Who put the interns in charge?

By Sheda Vasseghi Mainstream media’s shameless audacity and direct attack on the general public’s intelligence has reached an all time high.  LIFE magazine has published a list of the world’s worst dictators including the late Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1919-1980) as one of the nominees.  A definition for “dictator” or the method of […]

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August demonstrations in Azerbaijan take aim at Iran's ecological mismanagement

  By Sheda Vasseghi This past weekend the cities of Urmia and Tabriz in Azerbaijan, Iran, witnessed clashes between civilians and Islamic Republic thugs trained in crushing demonstrations. Dozens were arrested or severely injured, according to reports from the region.  While the focus of the uprisings has been regime’s incompetency in failing to prevent the […]

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Islamic Republic's masters of disaster are no match for the Iranian people with Internet access

Islamic Republic's masters of disaster are no match for the Iranian people with Internet access

By Sheda Vasseghi  The Islamic Republic’s two-prong strategy of chaos to remain in power involves destruction of Iranian heritage and culture while using Iranian people’s national funds to support projects in troubled countries beset by corrupt regimes or extreme poverty.  Of course, buying followers and believers from among the most miserable parts of the world […]

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Lessons from recent history for Middle Eastern nations in turmoil

Lessons from recent history for Middle Eastern nations in turmoil

By Sheda Vasseghi   On the anniversary of the first Asian constitutional revolution resulting from a movement in Iran between the years 1905-1909, it is imperative to note that this monumental triumph taught a painful lesson to the people struggling for equality and equity some 120 years after the American Constitution.  That is, democracy cannot exist […]

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A British MP who presumes to know better than most Iranians what is best for Iran

A British MP who presumes to know better than most Iranians what is best for Iran

By Sheda Vasseghi     It is curious when non-Iranian politicians such as a British Member of Parliament, who are naturally working for the interests of their own country, suggest that those of Iranian descent and experts in Iranian history are wrong about Iran’s affairs.  It is unclear whether Mr. Brian Binley is actually ignorant of the […]

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Clerics whited-out major mural overnight in ongoing crusade against Iranian exceptionalism

Clerics whited-out major mural overnight in ongoing crusade against Iranian exceptionalism

 By Sheda Vasseghi    The liberal mainstream media is once again wrong on Iran!  Despite its tireless depiction of Iran’s internal struggle as a tug-of-war between two Islamist camps (Khamenei v. Ahmadinejad), both the regime in Tehran and the Iranian people know it’s really a long overdue civil war between a secular Iran and an Islamic […]

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