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Egypt's Morsi Takes Dictatorial Powers
Thursday, 22 Nov 2012 05:03 PM
Iran and the Half-Life of Tyranny
Dillon Freed - 3/23/2012
By Ron Radosh
Thoughts on Conservatism at Restoration Weekend
November 19, 2012 - 8:49 am - by Ron Radosh   
Will Egypt's Ruling class be Replaced?
Kambiz Basetvat             2/14/2012
The Delegitimization of Torture
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 2/29/2012
Syria and Iran: Kindred Souls?
Abbas Milani | February 23, 2012 | 1:59 pm
Why Iran Thinks America won't Attack
By Reza Kahlili      March 22, 2012  
2013: The Death of Free Speech
The media quickly learns to abide by the new rules...
Robert Spencer
October 31, 2012 - 8:30 am
It is February 27, 2013. Barack Obama, having been safely reelected, awakens one morning to news
that Muslims in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Egypt, and elsewhere are rioting and storming U.S.
embassies, tearing down the American flag and raising the black flag of jihad. They’re in a rage over
a book that depicts Muhammad as waging war against his enemies, consummating a marriage with
a nine-year-old girl when in his fifties, and raining down curses upon Jews, Christians, and others. A
grim-faced Obama immediately takes to the airwaves.
Iranian Oppositions to Islamic Republic
and Western countries Military Option
Kambiz Basetvat                     1/13/2012
Anti-War War Mongering
Dillon Freed - 2/14/2012
The Other Drone War: Iran and Its Proxies Utilizing UAVs
Posted By Phillip Smyth On October 12, 2012 @ 12:00 am In Homeland Security,Iran,Israel,Middle
East,US News,World News | 10 Comments
Often, the deployment of drones in combat has been associated with modern Western countries. The
U.S. “drone war [1]” against al-Qaeda leaders in Iraq [2], Pakistan [3], Yemen [4], and Libya [5] has
become a common facet to reporting military affairs in the Middle East. However, another Middle
Eastern “drone war” has been growing. This war is part of the broader conflict involving Iran, Israel,
and the United States, now taking on an unmanned approach — pitting Iran and its proxies using
drone aircraft against their enemies, and also against Western drones.
Iran: Anticipating Spring
Dame Chkatroski - 2/8/2012
The New Left Fascists
Posted By Robert Spencer On October 1, 2012 @ 3:08 pm In Uncategorized | 82 Comments
The internationally notable Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy last week took a can of spray paint and began
spray-painting over an ad in the Times Square subway station that she didn’t like. Eltahawy painted the ad until a supporter
of the ad got in between her and it; shortly thereafter, Eltahawy was arrested, charged with criminal mischief, and spent the
night in jail. That a prominent journalist would stoop to this crude act of vandalism is noteworthy in itself, but even more
striking is the fact that so many on the Left are applauding her for it.
I Hate This Brave, New World
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 10/1/2012
I hate this brave, new world where:
Illiteracy is 140 characters long and has a face-book;
Everyone has a thousand virtual "friends", but virtually no real friend;
Every child has a mother and multiple fathers, but no parents;
Iran, Israel on Verge of Agreement
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 10/5/2012
Prompted by senior figures in both the current, Obama, administration and the previous, Bush administration, Israel agreed
to major concessions in secret negotiations with Iran which have been taking place in Geneva since April of last year.
The outlines of the emerging agreement, which is officially sponsored by the P5+1 (the permanent members of the UN
Security Council and Germany) are:
1. Israel will accept Iran's right to pursue a nuclear program aimed at peaceful purposes and subject to international
supervision by the IAEA (International Atmic Energy Agency) and P5
Does the Islamioc Republic's Demise derive from its
Presidential Election?
Kambiz Basetvat-Thursday, January 29, 2009        
Zombies: How the Left Captured Academia, the Media, and Other Organizations
Posted By Vik Rubenfeld On September 5, 2012 @ 12:00 am In Education,US News -
PJ Media - http://pjmedia.com
Recent studies have confirmed that American universities have become bigoted and biased against the expression of
conservative views. One new study [1] documents bias against the expression of conservative views among social and
personality psychologists, including those at universities:
We find that respondents significantly underestimate the proportion of conservatives among their colleagues. … that
conservatives fear negative consequences of revealing their political beliefs to their colleagues. Finally, we find that
conservatives are right to do so. In decisions ranging from paper reviews to hiring, many social and personality psychologists
admit that they would discriminate against openly conservative colleagues. The more liberal respondents are, the more
willing they are to discriminate.
By Jonathan S LONDON | Wed Sep 5, 2012 2:37pm EDT
A Russian firm has decided to stop verifying safety and
environmental standards for one of Iran's biggest shipping
Islam vs. Man’s Best Friend?
David Solway,  August 28, 2012 @ 7:00 am In Islam,Pets,Religion
Not everyone, however, is appreciative of Shiba’s playful and rambunctious presence. As I was
about to launch another tennis ball for her to retrieve, I was approached by two attractive, deeply
tanned young women who objected to Shiba’s performance, or, rather, to Shiba herself. They
demanded that we cease and desist. When I inquired why I should comply, I was informed that
dogs were unclean creatures and that Shiba prevented them from bathing since the water would
be polluted by her thrashing about.
There Goes the Army; There Goes the Free Media;
There Goes Egypt
August 11, 2012 - 11:53 pm - by Barry Rubin
Who Rules Egypt? The Battle Begins
July 2, 2012 - 7:36 am - by Barry Rubin  
An Iranian Storyteller’s Personal Revolution
By LARRY ROHTER            July 1, 2012
Torture and Murder in Islamic Republic
06/12/12                                            Kambiz Basetvat
A cogent eyewitness report of the gruesome tortures and executions in Islamic Republic detention
centers horrifies and shocks the Iranian community abroad. The cooperation of a contrite aged
Islamist refuge of IR justice department’s Inspector and Advisor to rubber stamp young Islamic
judges and a well known and respected IR opposition, Dr. Noghrakar, in the US is producing an
impressive myriad of criminal documents accusing IR pro-government religious Shiite’s
establishment and IR security department agents of gross torture and murder. Dr Noghrakar is
currently publishing a series of weekly articles in Parse based on conversations with an eyewitness
in the IR jails who was the IR justice department Inspector.
Economic Crisis in Iran
Jahangir Amuzegar Thursday, May 3, 2012.
Modern Wisdom from Ancient Minds
Posted By Victor Davis Hanson On December 17, 2012 @
Lost wisdom, Rethinking Modernity in Iran
A Book Review                  Kambiz Basetvat
Hostages? What hostages?
Insoluble Syria
Posted By David P. Goldman On January 3, 2013
. Why did Athens Lose the Peloponnesian War?
Posted By Victor Davis Hanson On February 6, 2013
Ad Remembering Victims of Islamic Apartheid Deemed ‘Hateful’ by U.S. Campuses
Posted By Daniel Greenfield On March 8, 2013 @ 9:36 am In Uncategorized | 23
Comments
Every year, college campuses across the country hold a festival of hatred aimed at Jews and the
Jewish state. Israeli Apartheid Week has become notorious for the targeted harassment of Jewish
students, support for Hamas, and even physical violence.
This year the David Horowitz Freedom Center responded to Israeli Apartheid Week with Islamic
Apartheid Week [1]. Unlike Israeli Apartheid Week, which is based on a lie, Islamic Apartheid Week
addresses the sexism, homophobia, and religious bigotry threatening minorities in the Muslim
world.
Sheikh Who OK’d Killing Americans in Iraq Gets White
House Reception
Posted By Patrick Poole On June 26, 2013 @ 1:24 am In
Politics,Terrorism
Iranian Politician Deemed Too Pretty to Hold Office
By Beth Greenfield, Shine
Iranian politician Nina Siakhali Moradi epitomized the promise of more civil rights
for the country’s women when she won her bid as an alternate to the Qazvin City
Council earlier this summer. But now she’s had her election overturned by
religious conservatives, who have basically barred her from office for being too
hot.  
“We don't want a catwalk model on the council,” balked an unnamed senior official
in Qazvin, according to a report in the Times of London.
America’s Problems in the Middle East Are Just Beginning
David P. Goldman On August 15, 2013
It’s 2015, and there is a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza. The Palestinian
branch of the Muslim Brotherhood (Hamas), financed by Iran, wins an election on a
platform demanding the expulsion of the Jews from Israel. Iran, meanwhile, smuggles
shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles to terrorist cells in Palestine that can take down civilian
airlines at Ben-Gurion Airport. With backing from the Egyptian military, Fatah throws out the
elected Hamas government and kills a large number of Hamas supporters. What will
Washington do? Given the track record of both the Obama administration and the
Republican mainstream, one would expect America to denounce the use of violence
against a democratically elected government.
How Egypt Escaped Islamist   
Kambiz Basetvat                 10/01/213
The historical events of Egypt at the beginning dramatic and now bloody compel us to
attain a political, emotional and logical interpretation and conclusion of the historical
events we witnessed. To an observer, who diligently follows Egypt’s political turmoil since
the beginning of democracy movement and overthrow of the autocratic president Mubarak,
Egypt is revealing to be an evolving complicated political landscape. What we are
witnessing is the clash of modernized Egypt with traditional Islam in a chaotic and nascent
free political environment and shifting political alliance. Traditional Islam has a deep
social and judicial root in antiquity and the echelons of Islam never has accepted the
social and judicial development of modern Egypt which confirms to global norms.
Iran Will Not Have an Atomic Bomb Period Roger L. Simon
Sorry for the corny title of this article — I was going to call it “It’s the Centrifuges, Stupid!” —
but as a Hollywood movie executive famously said in a script meeting, “Obviousness is
your friend.” He was right about screenplays and he’s right here. No one believes Barack
Obama about anything anymore. Why should they? The new Iran deal is Obamacare II,
only worse, a thousand megatons worse.
So many things are wrong with the agreement coming out of Geneva, it’s hard to know
where to begin (for an excellent overall go to The Israel Project’s Tower [1] website or look
right here with our resident expert Dr. Ledeen [2]), but the most egregious part indeed
comes down to centrifuges. Iran has some 19,000 of them — more than three times the
amount of longtime nuclear-armed Pakistan. The agreement forbids the Iranians to build
anymore, but, much more importantly, it allows the Iranians to fix any of their centrifuges
that may be broken and get them working again..
Two winners and two losers in Iran nuclear deal
By Lisa Daftari
There are mixed global reactions to the interim deal struck between the P5+1 and the Iranian regime in
Geneva this weekend. Some are celebrating and others are skeptical about the six-month arrangement
brokered between the UN Security Council diplomats and Iran’s government, but it appears there are two
obvious winners and two losers.
It’s clear who the winners are, as the foreign diplomats and Iranian leaders walked away from Geneva with
their heads held high, offering their constituencies press conferences and self-congratulatory Tweets on
Twitter. And among the leaders, the Americans and Iranians, the two main victors, could not be happier, albeit
for different reasons.
Iran nuke deal quietly collapses
By Amir Taheri
December 16, 2013 | 9:34pm
Less than a month after it was hailed as “a great diplomatic coup,” the so-called
Geneva accord to halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions seems to have come unstuck.
The official narrative in Tehran is that Iran signed nothing. “There is no treaty and no
pact,” says Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham, “only a statement of
intent.”
Originally, Iran’s official media had presented the accord as a treaty (qarardad) but it
now refers to a “letter of agreement” (tavafoq nameh).
2014: The World Without America. Or Is It?
Michael Ledeen On January 1, 2014      
The point being that all over the world, the people who mattered always had an eye on America, assumed that
America was watching them and had plans for them, and thought that at the end of the day America was likely
to be decisive in their future.
These convictions, most of which were fantasies, became even stronger when the Soviet Empire imploded, in
the Bush-Clinton-Bush era when America was the lone superpower. One way or another, the world had to
come to terms with the United States, because there was no effective counterforce, and, aside from a few
fanatics, no one could imagine a fundamental change. Who could challenge American power?  Our enemies
had to be very careful, our friends felt very comfortable, and the events of those years–our intervention in the
Balkans, our smashing of Saddam when he ventured into Kuwait–removed any delusions of grandeur by
would-be uppity
The American Haters and the American Fools Deals’ Commenced
Kambiz Basetvat          02/06/2014
The Islamic Republic (IR) in its great game of expansion of its military supremacy
chose a new track. In this new game, which will replace devalued and pointless
many previous years of negotiations with six great world powers but with great
reward for IR that facilitated a great expansion of Islamist regime nuclear
capability, IR supposedly in one path will dismantle its hard gained great nuclear
achievements while it agrees to slow its nuclear rapid progress in exchange for a
modest step by step release of its blocked cash around the world and easing of
other economics hindrance. The question that primarily poses itself is which party
is in driver seat and steering the direction of this agreement.
Is It Over, and We Just Don’t Know It?
Tom Blumer On February 10, 2014
Historians have a tough time agreeing on many of the turning points in ancient history.
One of them, in light of events during the past several years and the tone of President Barack Obama’s State
of the Union address on January 28, seems particularly relevant. That’s the question [1] of when the Roman
Republic ended:
(The republic) began with the overthrow of the Roman monarchy, c. 509 BC, and lasted over 450 years.
Towards the end of the period a selection of Roman leaders came to so dominate the political arena that they
exceeded the limitations of the Republic as a matter of course. Historians have variously proposed the
appointment of Julius Caesar as perpetual dictator in 44 BC, the defeat of Mark Antony at the Battle of Actium
in 31 BC, and the Roman Senate’s grant of extraordinary powers to Octavian (Augustus) under the first
settlement in 27 BC, as candidates for the defining pivotal event ending the Republic.
Fallacies of the ‘Iran deal’ fantasy
By Amir Taheri           February 7, 2014
There are only two examples of trying to persuade a nation to abandon its nuclear
project through negotiations: North Korea and Iran, with no success in either
case. There has been one case of stopping a nation’s nuclear ambitions through
war, that of Iraq in 1991 — but even then, what clinched the deal in the end was
regime change in 2003.
Regime change has worked in other cases. Argentina dropped its nuclear
program after the toppling of the military regime. In South Africa, the collapse of
the Apartheid regime produced the same result. In others cases, notably Ukraine
and Kazakhstan, regime change after the collapse of the Soviet Empire spelled
the end of nuclear arsenals. In Libya, a mixture of sanctions and “proximity
pressure” forced Moammar Khadafy to abandon his nuclear project (which
evenually produced regime change as well).
Works and Days- Why Aren’t We No. 1?By Victor Davis Hanson On April 6, 2014
There is a pastime among liberal pundits — the latest is Nicholas Kristof [1]— to quote a new center left
global ranking (with unbiased titles such as “The Social Progress Imperative”) and then to decry that the
United States is behind its major industrial competitors in things like “Internet Access” and “Ecosystem
sustainability.” The subtext of these rants is that an illiberal, reactionary U.S. does not spend enough on
government entitlements to promote parity, equality and social justice among its citizenry. These
pessimistic rankings increase the angst about the American condition when viewed from scowling
perches in Washington or New York.
Arming the Mullahs-Michael Ledeen On April 7, 2014
Somebody on Twitter posted an upbeat message saying the US delegation to the
latest round of talks with Iranian officials was quite optimistic.  Don’t get me
wrong, I’m a born optimist and I love optimism, but I’d rather revel in victory than
hope for good news, and the Iranians have every reason to revel.  The Obama
crowd has just ok’d something the Tehran tyrants have desperately wanted since
the eighties: spare parts [1] for their long-grounded American passenger aircraft.  
Boeing and General Electric were given export licenses by the Treasury
Department and everyone involved has been chanting “we take aircraft security
very seriously,” in order to cloak this latest gift to the Khamenei-Rouhani regime in
humanitarian hues.
Why Middle East is in roil and how it could be prevail
Kambiz Basetvat         09/2016
Gradually, in less than four decades after World War II, the Middle East
slipped into war and destruction and the era after the war for Middle
East seems like golden years of peace and prosperity of distance past.
What made that era possible for the countries of the Middle East and
how it came up to war, ruins and the rise of Islamist Jihadist and
Shariatist?  During the years after war the myriad of political and
economic revolutions fundamentally changed the traditional political
equilibrium among Middle East countries and modernity that imbued in
industrialized west’s way of life permeated in those countries.