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Iranian-born Hossein "Hoder" Derakhshan is a blogger, journalist, and internet activist. Since 2001, he has been based out of Toronto, Canada, running his award-winning weblog, Editor: Myself, which has been among the most influential blogs in the Persian language. Close.

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September 2006 Archives

September 1, 2006 5:56 AM

Iran Won't Stop Enrichment Without Secuirty Guarantees

Amsterdam, Netherlands - The deadline set for Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment by the UN Security Council has passed. But sanctions are not only unlikely, they're illogical.

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September 6, 2006 10:54 AM

Is Secretary Rice killing regime change policy in Iran?

In the past few months, Secretary Rice has really changed the way the White House has dealt with Iran since Bush came to power:

  • First it was the $75 million to 'promote democracy,'
  • then the announcement by Rice that US is ready to directly start talking to Iran if Iran stops uranium enrichment
  • then a meeting with a group of Iranian activists in Washington, DC hosted by Nicholas Burns, Rice's deputy, in which Burns clearly said the US policy is not pursuing regime change in Iran,
  • and now it is former president Khatami's trip to the U.S. whose visa is issued by the the same Nicholas Burns.

Khatami is the highest ranking former or current official ever visited the States with an undiplomatic visa anf given what he represents now in Iran, it's a great sign that the U.S. has started to take the moderates seriously after all those nonsensical rhetoric of 'reform is dead, people are about to revolt' mainly advocated by the neo-conservative activists and writers.

What makes me quite confident about this new realisation is neo-con spokespersons such as Frontpage magazine or National Review Online or Michael Ledeen or Richard Perle have been attacking all these new steps. Just take a look:

Another sign is that how VOA TV has become tolerant enough to give a vioce to even the most outspoken crtics of the Bush administration (such as Hamdi Dabashi and actually myself!).

Amir Abbas Fakhravar, in a testimony along with Ledeen at a senate committee hearing, harshly attacked Radio Farda and VOA Persian TV, accusing them of becoming a platform to promote reformers. "The reform theory is suspicious and unacceptable. It allows the Iranian regime to hide behind a mask, buying more time, and thereby growing stronger every day," he said.

He finally concluded that "the VOA and Radio Farda programming must support regime change."

September 19, 2006 7:36 PM

The Illusion of Iranian People vs. the Governement

There is no clear line separating people from the government in Iran.

This is a big conceptual mistake many make these days, especially Goerge W. Bush to cover his failure to design a concrete and substantive policy on how to deal with the complex political system in Iran.

Without the oil revenue, a dysfunctional state like Iran with a high unemployment rate and a broken economy, could not possibly survive.

In the absence of a healthy economy with a functional private section, millions of peoples' lives depend on the government and while they are directly or indirectly benefiting from the oil revenue, it's unfair to expect them to suddenly turn against their government, no matter how repressive it is.

Separating ordinary Iranians from "Mullahs" is only possible on paper, so are the resulted strategies and policies.

September 26, 2006 6:24 AM

Akbar Ganji Dismisses US Negotiations with Iran

In his latest opinion piece, Akbar Ganji, rejects the prospects of direct negotiations which he calls them 'secret deal' with the U.S. -- as if diplomatic negotiations in the 'beautiful and amazing' United States or elsewhere have ever been public.

We believe the government in Tehran is seeking a secret deal with the United States. It is willing to make any concession, provided that the United States promises to remain silent about the regime's repressive measures at home. We don't want war; nor do we favor such a deal. We hope that the regime will not be allowed to suppress its people, foment a crisis in the region or continue with its nuclear adventurism.

Interestingly enough, Reza Pahlavi, last week, suggested almost the same thing:

Clearly, war is an option rejected and which, as far as I am concerned, must be taken off the table; equally ineffective, is the process of endless diplomacy which has been fruitlessly pursued, now for several years -- with the full prestige, backing and weight of the European Union, Russia, the UN and the United States. The net result of this process has been that the militant clerical regime of Iran is today not only closer to reaching its enrichment objectives, but also recklessly emboldened by the lack of resolve it has seen amongst the practitioners of international diplomacy.

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