Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

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

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

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.

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

Scott Horton Interviews Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

(source: November 20, 2008

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, an independent researcher on U.S. foreign policy in Iran, discusses the worldwide goodwill Obama has already squandered with his hawkish appointments, the U.S.’s double standard when it comes to nuclear non-proliferation, ordinary Iranians’ desire to be left alone to form their own government, and how neocons like Max Boot support fomenting factional conflicts to provoke an Iranian overreaction. ››read more

        Editor's note: Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich is an independent researcher on U.S. foreign policy in Iran associated with CASMII.

We Have a Dream

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (CASMII Columns)November 11, 2008

President-elect Obama: You were elected, not selected. You have the mandate of the people to do what is right. As a constitutional law scholar you must surely empathize with George Washington’s celebrated Farewell Address to the American people in which he urged Americans to avoid taking sides in foreign disputes. The first of many presidents to do so, he urged Americans to be in impartial in commercial relations with the world but "have with them as little political connection as possible." President John Adams was a non-interventionist also. Thomas Jefferson called for "peace, commerce, and honest friendships with all nations, entangling alliances with none". Sir, in the spirit of these great presidents, I ask you to call for peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none. Sir, let the White House that you occupy be free of foreign influence and hostilities. ››read more

American Politics and the Gathering Storm

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (CASMII Columns)October 6, 2008

Misinformation is all the more dangerous when it becomes a diversionary tactic by aspiring American Politicians. The candidates and their running mates for the highest office in the land, unable to unite the people in a common goal, create a threat to divert attention from the gathering storm. The Vice presidential debate between Senator Biden and Governor Palin is no exception. ››read more

The Illusion of Sovereignty

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (CASMII Columns)September 28, 2008

Perhaps sovereignty is relative; how else can one explain the subjugation of the most powerful industrial nations to the will of another while under the delusion of independence, national interest, democracy, and even capitalism? A single country, Israel and its powerful lobby AIPAC have altered the course of history in America and by extension, the rest of the world. ››read more

The Dutch Connection

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (CASMII Columns)September 1, 2008

The recent De Telegraaf article ‘revealing’ the Dutch intelligence cooperation with the CIA is a propaganda piece aimed at undermining the credibility of the United Nations specialized agency, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and its chief Mohammad ElBaradei’s findings on Iran’s peaceful civilian nuclear program. As importantly, it presents war as the solution to a non-existent threat. ››read more

The Saudi Exception

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (CASMII Columns)May 24, 2008

Mr. Bush has offered Saudi Arabia nuclear technology. Given the Kingdom’s past attempts to gain access to nuclear weapons and its record on human rights violations, either his sanity is questionable or his motives. ››read more

Terror Most Imperial (II): The Neo-Conservatives & ‘Islamofascism’

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (CASMII Columns)May 23, 2008

John F. Kennedy warned: “The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived and dishonest -- but the myth -- persistent, persuasive and unrealistic”. After the attacks of 9/11, refusing to present the truth as authority, we have been led to believe that the greatest threat to civilization is Islam. Dominance and ownership of language enabled the neoconservatives to coin the term ‘Islamofascism’ in order to wage war against Iraq. Iran is their next target, while shamelessly and brutally the people of Palestine and Lebanon are being eradicated in the name of ‘democracy’. ››read more

Terror Most Imperial: Part I

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (CASMII Columns)May 17, 2008

The case of Mojahedeen-e Khalg (MEK) showcases the ever present imperial influence of the West in defining the ‘other’ due to the ownership of language. The hypocrisy is stark given that the U.S. with the help of her ally the British waged a ‘war on terror’ which has resulted in the death of over a million people to date.
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Sister Hillary

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (CASMII Columns)April 24, 2008

It seems Hillary Clinton has sacrificed her conscience to ambition ... She announced her readiness to reduce 70 million innocent Iranian lives to ashes so that she could imagine her picture in the White House. Hillary’s lust for ambition will never be satisfied; on the contrary, it seems to grow more inflamed with the prospect of mass murder. After all, this is nothing new to her. ››read more

Bankrupt and Audacious

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (CASMII Columns)April 1, 2008

How can a morally bankrupt nation induce the world to punish a law-abiding state and by so doing, violate not only international law, that of the nonproliferation treaty (NPT), but the Geneva Conventions? Sanctions are warfare. It cost Iraq over half a million innocent lives, a genocide, in preparation for the ‘shock and awe’ that was to come. ››read more

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