CASMII Columns

The President and I

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (CASMII Columns)September 29, 2010

I was pleasantly surprised when my request for an interview with Mr. Ahmadinejad, Iran's president was accepted. President Ahmadinejad has never shied away from being heard, but these interviews had been exclusive to prominent mainstream media personalities such as Larry King and Charlie Rose. However, it was the mainstream media's projection of Mr. Ahmadinejad that always remained questionable. ››read more


Israel or US? Who's The Boss?

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (CASMII Columns)July 8, 2010

Katie Couric's interview on CBS News on July 7 leaves little doubt that she considers Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's Prime Minister as the boss and that President Obama is irrelevant. ››read more


EU ban on Iran Air: An awakening moment

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (CASMII Columns)July 7, 2010

 Sepahpour-Ulrich Sepahpour-UlrichIranians will learn that the proposal for an air boycott -- a quarantine -- was an idea voiced in the right-wing Washington Times in 2007 by Michael B. Kraft and Brett Wallace. These two argued that "[S]uspending Iran Air's landing rights and cutting off spare parts and maintenance services would be a very visible and dramatic step to both the Iranian public and the mullahs". ››read more


The Mushroom Effect

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (CASMII Columns)January 9, 2010

One could be forgiven for thinking that the neoconservatives who nudge us towards war with Iran are under the effect of the magic mushroom. Obsessed with Iran, their trips take on the shape of a 'mushroom cloud'. ››read more


The Lobby versus Science

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (CASMII Columns)December 12, 2009

Today, in order to wage another war against Iranians and to ensure that Iran shares Iraq's fate, the argument presented by the Lobby and trumpeted by the neoconservative-dominated media is why does Iran not need to enrich uranium. Before one responds that it is Iran's right under the NPT, it would be more simple to demand of the neoconservatives to explain why America and her allies should place such a high demand on readioisotopes? ››read more


Bomb, bomb McCain turns Boom Box!

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (CASMII Columns)December 9, 2009

It is extraordinary that the presidential candidate who hoped to occupy the White House by showing no qualms about 'bomb, bomb, bombing Iran' is now singing a different tune. The man who wanted to bury the voices of men, women, and children under the debris of bombs, has decided that he should not 'just bombard Iran with messages from America' but become their boom box - VOICE for Iranians. ››read more


True intentions

by Daniel Pourkesali (CASMII Columns)May 16, 2009

An article titled ‘Iran's missiles not an existential threat, study says’ published in Haaretz this week is a Cliffs Notes guide for anyone trying to understand Israel’s true intentions and concerns as it obliterates the deceptive victim fascia so often portrayed through the Western media and reveals its genuine regional ambitions. ››read more


Durban II: Shameful Hypocrisy of the West

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (CASMII Columns)April 22, 2009

Israel continuously threatens Iran and its 70 million inhabitants with war. Yet, the same country that demanded America and other proxies to abandon the Conference Against Racism had a bunch of clowns representing it to interrupt a speech which was condemning its oppressive behavior. ››read more


Silence: An Open Letter to Reza Pahlavi

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (CASMII Columns)April 2, 2009

I write to you in the hope that in the absence of a blatant disregard for international law by your friends, you may use your connections to help salvage what rightfully belongs to Iran and Iranians. ››read more


Freeman's withdrawal and the 'Lobby'

by Daniel Pourkesali (CASMII Columns)March 11, 2009

Ambassador Freeman’s withdrawal may be considered a victory by the 'Lobby' but it is a shameful and deplorable defeat for the American people and their system of government. ››read more


1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: The Israeli Agenda and the Cost to Americans

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (CASMII Columns)March 6, 2009

On November 4, 2008, the world watched as Americans filed into polling booths to decide who should be the next occupant of the White House. The excitement of the elections veiled the removal of the single most important choice: the option to cancel the neoconservatives’ lease on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. ››read more


        Editor's note: Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich has a Master of Public Diplomacy from USC Annenberg for Communication and USC School of International Relations. She is an independent researcher with a focus on U.S. foreign policy and the influence of lobby groups.

Letter to Senator Kerry on U.S. approach to Iran: Ambivalence or arrogance?

by Daniel Pourkesali (CASMII Columns)March 5, 2009

Senator KerrySenator KerryDuring a US Senate hearing debate Tuesday on how to engage Iran diplomatically, Senator John Kerry chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, warned that the international community already has sent a message of "ambivalence if not impotence" by allowing Iran to reach a point where it is enriching uranium on an industrial scale. ››read more


A New Spin on Iran’s Nuclear Threat

by Nader Bagherzadeh (CASMII Columns)January 14, 2009

BagherzadehBagherzadehThe neo-cons, some of the reporters from major US newspapers, and a number of nonproliferation experts are now spinning a new story about the potential threat of Iran’s uranium enrichment capability. According to the story, sometime in 2009, Iran will have enough Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) which may then be used as a seed for further refinement to bomb grade level, commonly referred to as High Enriched Uranium (HEU). ››read more


The Escalation of Israel's War

by Jubin Motamed (CASMII Columns)January 8, 2009

GazaGazaIsrael must immediately and unconditionally stop this massacre of the innocents. Egypt must open Rafah to allow aid agencies to provide medical, rescue and relief operation for tens of thousands of injured children, women and civilians. ››read more


Israel's intention for going to war in Gaza

by Jubin Motamed (CASMII Columns)January 4, 2009

GazaGazaHaving already been given assurances by future Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the US will obliterate Iran if she retaliated to Israeli attacks on her nuclear installations, Israel may attempt to hit Iranian nuclear installations, and since Iran has announced that she would retaliate by hitting back at Israeli nuclear installations as well as 32 US military bases in her bordering countries, the war may escalate globally and exponentially. ››read more


Gaza: Everyplace Is Dark

by Shirin Saeidi (CASMII Columns)January 4, 2009

"Everyplace is dark and filled of sadness; all hopes are hopeless; the whole world has ended. Four tall walls surrounded me; all that was open was the sky, but it was dark. I felt like I was burying myself, my heart could not stay in my chest, I wanted to tear it out, stomp on it, and no longer sense anything." -- Female veteran of war who participated in the freeing of Khorramshahr; describes burying her brother: personal interview, Tehran, Iran ››read more


Iranian American community and Human Rights

by Daniel Pourkesali (CASMII Columns)December 26, 2008

Respect for universal human rights begins at home and not through PR campaigns to promote such rights in Iran or any other country. ››read more


Power at the U.N.

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (CASMII Columns)December 12, 2008

Claudia Rosett believes she has mastered the art of propaganda rooted in her conviction that others will adopt her ideas through sheer repetition. In her latest article 'Iran's Power at the United Nations', Ms. Rosett uses sound-bites to demonize Iran while bemoaning America’s burdensome monetary contributions to the U.N. but she fails to tell her readers the unadvertised fact that U.S. ‘assessed share of the U.N budget’ is only matched by its total outstanding arrears which currently stand at more than $1.3 billion. ››read more


President Obama's remedies for the past US governments' failures in NPT

by Jubin Motamed (CASMII Columns)December 9, 2008

Dimona plantDimona plantAn investigation by the US Congress into weapons of mass destruction published on 3rd Dec 2008 expressed concern about the danger posed by proliferation of nuclear weapons in countries such as Iran, saying president Obama's administration must stop Tehran acquiring a nuclear weapons capability.

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Time for behavior adjustment – Ours

by Daniel Pourkesali (CASMII Columns)December 7, 2008

PourkesaliPourkesaliTo succeed with his pro-diplomacy agenda, president-elect Barack Obama must give up all attempts at gaining any leverage over Iran through sanctions because no "combination of incentives and disincentives" or any meaningful negotiation to resolve differences can even begin until all illegal sanctions already imposed are removed and Iran's nuclear dossier is returned to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). ››read more


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