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Nima Shirazi

Nima Shirazi is co-editor of the Iran, Iraq and Turkey pages for the online magazine Muftah. His political analysis can be found at Wide Asleep in America. Follow him on Twitter @WideAsleepNima

Busting Major Myths About Iran

September 12, 2015
Azadi Tower

On August 1, an exclusive published by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) revealed details of an off-the-record conversation about the Iran deal between Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, who served as the country's lead nuclear negotiator for the past two years,

The Forgotten History of American Support for the Shah

March 1, 2014
Azadi (Freedom) Sqare

The week of February 11th marked the 35th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution; the popular uprising that successfully deposed the Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The Shah had ruled the country since September 1941, after Britain and the Soviet Union invaded and occupied Iran and forced the abdication of his father, Reza Shah Pahlavi. While...

Iran’s Nuclear Rights vs. the West’s “Bombastic Diplomacy”

November 19, 2013
Arak Reactor

Reports following the end of the most recent round of talks between six world powers and Iran in Geneva early Sunday morning revealed that, while a preliminary deal was close at hand, the failure to produce a workable agreement was due to unnecessary, last minute intransigence by the French delegation, led by Laurent Fabius,...

The Crying of Flight 655

October 30, 2013
Flight 655

The official story was that the crew of the Vincennes mistook the massive, lumbering Airbus for a small, supersonic F-14 Tomcat making attack maneuvers. The bodies of men, women and children

“Argo” – A Propaganda Fable

September 24, 2013

“Argo” misunderstands and misrepresents both Iranians and their revolution. "It starts to deviate from reality and never comes back."

A Study in American Hypocrisy

September 12, 2013
B52 Bombing Raid

A recently published report in Foreign Policy revealed that, during the Iran-Iraq War from 1980-1988, "America's military and intelligence communities knew about and did nothing to stop a series of nerve gas attacks far more devastating than anything Syria has seen."

Where Is the Line Between Real and Manufactured Threats?

August 26, 2013
Sting Ops

It is well known that the law enforcement and national security arms of the United States government routinely hatch and orchestrate elaborate sting operations, and then claim victory over thwarting nefarious plots that they themselves manufactured, planned, coordinated, funded and sometimes even led. An extensive 2011 Mother Jones investigation by journalist Trevor Aaronson found...

The Newseum: Buckling to Bigotry

May 24, 2013
Fallen Journalists

The Newseum, which honored 82 journalists on May 13, 2013, stated that it had “decided to re-evaluate their inclusion as journalists on our memorial wall pending further investigation,” even though just last week, in response to the hysterical reaction to Salama’s and al-Kumi’s initial inclusion, the museum had affirmed and defended their decision

Ironic Lady: Margaret Thatcher and Her Friends

April 13, 2013
Thatcher with Shah of Iran

It should be remembered that throughout her career, Thatcher was a staunch supporter of many of the world's most brutal regimes, propping up and arming war criminals and dictators in service to Western imperialism, anti-Communism and neoliberal hegemony.

From Iraq to Iran: Memories Ignored and Lessons Unlearned

March 12, 2013
Iran Iraq

The tactics of collective punishment and threats of military action now leveled against Iran are the same as they were ten years ago against Iraq. Every week, the mainstream media peddles new stories of supposedly nefarious Iranian acts, only to be debunked and discredited after these narratives have irreversibly gained traction.