Official List of Approved/Vetted 2013 Iran Presidential Election Candidates: Rafsanjani & Mashaei Disqualified

It’s official: the Guardian Council, a roundtable of 12 men approved either directly or indirectly by the Supreme Leader of Iran, has announced its verdict: of the 686 men and women who registered to run for the office of the Presidency this year, only eight have been chosen. And all are men. (Remember, the Guardian Council doesn’t approve of women running for president). Perhaps most controversial is the news that the Reformist candidate (and former president) Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has been disqualified, as has current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s handpicked candidate (the one he accompanied to the election registration), Esfandiar Mashaei. Read more…

 استاد دانشگاه "راتگر" که می خواهد رییس جمهور آینده ی ایران شود.  مصاحبه ی خانم شیرین صادقی با آقای هوشنگ امیر احمدی

استاد دانشگاه “راتگر” که می خواهد رییس جمهور آینده ی ایران شود. مصاحبه ی خانم شیرین صادقی با آقای هوشنگ امیر احمدی

   در حالی که ایران خود را برای انتخابات سال 1392 آماده می کند و جمهوری اسلامی ایران نمایش و بازی انتخابات را با انتخاب لیست کاندیداهای ریاست جمهوری آغاز کرده است، آقای هوشنگ امیراحمدی ـ استاد دانشگاه راتگر ـ تصمیم دارد که خود را برای پست ریاست جمهوری آینده ی ایران کاندید کند. آقای امیراحمدی بیش از چهل سال از عمر خود را در خارج از ایران به سر برده است.         در جمهوری اسلامی ایران رئیس جمهور هم تابع رهبر است (چهره ای که هرگز با رأی مستقیم مردم قرار انتخاب نمی شود.)، با این همه مقام ریاست Read more…

Racial Maddow vs. The Islamic Republic of Iran

Racial Maddow vs. The Islamic Republic of Iran

  Racial Maddow vs. the Islamic Republic of Iran Posted: 04/12/2013 9:37 am In high school, Rachel Maddow was a long-haired blonde, complete with Birkenstocks and an SAT prep book vocabulary. Today, as a well-paid journalist hawking a franchise that has convinced far too many Americans that liberal means unquestioned allegiance to the Democrat in the White House, Maddow has crafted an entirely different image, complete with an entirely different uniform. Either one of these versions is an impostor or Rachel Maddow has no scruples about playing whatever role the mainstream expects of her. She has never been and is Read more…

An Interview with Hooshang Amirahmadi: "Candidate" for the 2013 Iranian Presidential Election

An Interview with Hooshang Amirahmadi: “Candidate” for the 2013 Iranian Presidential Election

The Rutgers Professor Who Wants to Lead Iran by Shirin Sadeghi Feb 26, 2013 12:43 PM EST   Rutgers scholar Hooshang Amirahmadi wants to be Iran’s next president—even though he’s lived abroad for nearly 40 years As Iran gears up for elections in June, the fanfare of vetting a presidential-candidate list is once again in full swing. While the president is subordinate to the country’s real leader, the Ayatollah Khamenei (a man never up for election himself), the position nevertheless attracts many contenders. And with current officeholder Mahmoud Ahmadinejad terming out this year, one man has already thrown his hat into the Read more…

Earthquake Hits Eastern Iran Province of Khorasan, Near Birjand & Qayen

Earthquake Hits Eastern Iran Province of Khorasan, Near Birjand & Qayen

  IRAN – December 5, 2012 – News reports from Iran are indicating that an earthquake has hit the Eastern province of Khorasan which borders Afghanistan, with a magnitude of 5.5 on the Richter scale at approximately 8:40 PM Iran time today, December 5, 2012.  Fars News is reporting that the earthquake “was so strong that people fled into the streets in fear”.  Tabnak.ir is reporting that “aftershocks continue” and while “emergency and rescue services are en route” there is currently no information about damages. 

Nobody Trusts the Iranian American: an interview with Maz Jobrani

Nobody Trusts the Iranian American: an interview with Maz Jobrani

You’ve seen his face before. He was Dr. Bhambi in Better Off Ted. He was “Mo,” the Secret Service agent in Sydney Pollack’s film The Interpreter. And he’s played all range of Middle Easterners, Pakistanis, Indians and minorities on television. But maybe you can’t quite place his name. Well, Maz Jobrani is setting out to change that. The co-headliner of the wildly successful Axis of Evil comedy troupe has been bringing his own flavor of Iranian-American comedy to audiences across America and the world, and now he’s on the road to making his name a fixture of American television, thanks to a script deal Read more…

Canada Cuts Ties with Iran & Syria Despite Its Embarrassing Record on Defending Its Middle Eastern Immigrants

Canada Cuts Ties with Iran & Syria Despite Its Embarrassing Record on Defending Its Middle Eastern Immigrants

The Canadian government announced this weekend that it has cut ties with the governments of Iran and Syria  – shutting down its embassy in Tehran and expelling diplomats from Canada.  The reason? Human rights. Canada, citing its Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act, says that it is taking these measures to make it easier for its Middle Eastern immigrants to take legal action against their homelands for violations of human rights. The Canadian government made no mention of the easiest and most harmless solution: changing Canadian laws to implement this highly important goal.  What the Canadian government failed to report Read more…

Why the Republicans Ignored Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq & Iran at This Year's Convention

Why the Republicans Ignored Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq & Iran at This Year’s Convention

  Amidst the glorious speeches at the Republican National Convention this election year, there is one subject that has glaringly been missing this time around: the wars that America is currently waging in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.   Of all of the high profile speeches, only one – John McCain’s – even used the word “Afghanistan” — a country that is the base of the longest-running war in American history. McCain mentioned it in reference to his disappointment that Obama is withdrawing from Afghanistan. Not one has mentioned Iraq — the country that may never recover from the U.S.-allied war that Read more…

Iran's War on Female Doctors and Male Nurses

Iran’s War on Female Doctors and Male Nurses

  The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has always been wary of women. The reasons vary, of course, though the predominant belief is that the attitude stems from sexism rooted in religion and tradition. There is, as well, a more practical reason for it: a government that has from its very beginning demanded and exerted control of the people’s lives is naturally resistant to those who acquire any measure of independence. And that is exactly what Iranian women have done in the last 33 years: they’ve found a way to be independent in a country that is very Read more…

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