Ahmadinejad

The Obama-Rouhani Playbook for Aspiring Tyrants

Sheryl Saperia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Sheryl Saperia

The charmless Ahmadinejad disrupted the mutually beneficial dynamic with his inability to strike the right balance between genocidal banter and diplomatic pillow talk. His unremitting anti-Semitism -- ringing with historical authenticity -- laid bare the pathological Jew-hatred of the Khomeinist creed, and amplified the threat of a unilateral Israeli response.

How Iran's Student Movement Has Shaped Democracy

Maryam Nayeb Yazdi | Posted 02.06.2013 | Canada
Maryam Nayeb Yazdi

On this day in 2009 I and a few other online activists worked an intense and thrilling 16 hours to publish live updates on Persian2English about mass opposition student protests in Iran. It was National Student Day, or as the Iranians call it, 16 Azar. This year the lunar calendar caused 16 Azar to fall a day earlier, but there were no signs of opposition protests in Iran yesterday.

How Iran Was Duped by the Onion

Arsen Ostrovsky | Posted 11.28.2012 | Canada
Arsen Ostrovsky

You just can't make this up. Well, the satirical website "The Onion" did and the Iranian regime just fell hook, line and sinker for it! Earlier today, Fars News Agency, the regime's media propaganda machine, ran a front page story, claiming that according to a recent Gallup Poll in the United States, "rural whites prefer Ahmadinejad to Obama."

Don't Give Ahmadinejad a Platform, Put Him in Handcuffs

Irwin Cotler | Posted 11.23.2012 | Canada
Irwin Cotler

When Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrives in New York to address the UN General Assembly it will be a cruel parody of law and justice that will put us on the wrong side of history. Simply put, this charade ignores and undermines basic principles of domestic, international, and humanitarian law. Ahmadinejad will enter the U.S. despite being inadmissible under American law. He will address the United Nations General Assembly despite being in violation of its UN Charter and international law. And, he will be indulged by universities, institutes, and the media, thereby sanitizing his crimes and mocking the suffering of the Iranian people.

Solidarity, not Sanctions, Should be the West's Response to the Iranian People

Mahsa Alimardani | Posted 07.28.2012 | Canada
Mahsa Alimardani

A model of non-violence and civil disobedience in line with the Green Movement that began in 2009 is the best course for the future of Iran. International isolation and pressure on the Iranian state will lead the government toward further repressive measures. Military intervention will only make things worse.

Lifting the Veil on Iran's Barbaric Human Rights Abuses

Saba Farzan | Posted 12.12.2011 | Canada Politics
Saba Farzan

Is it imaginable that in the 21st century a modern woman and outstanding actress receives lashes for her art? Sadly such brutality is common in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Most tragic are the explanations by regime officials that they are defending moral values and the security of their country.

Why Isn't Ahmadinejad on a No-Fly List?

Mark Dubowitz | Posted 11.20.2011 | Canada
Mark Dubowitz

The U.S. and EU pass travel bans to great fanfare, yet ignore them completely when sanctioned officials travel to meetings of international organizations. As Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) wrote, these measures are meaningless if loopholes allow sanctioned Iranian officials to travel freely.