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Ali Gharib

Entries by Ali Gharib

Iranian Oscar-Winner Narrates, Defends Alarmist Iran Doc

(26) Comments | Posted February 16, 2011 | 10:39 AM

Due to recent protests in Iran, authorities are reportedly jamming the BBC Persian satellite broadcast. Iran's leaders regard the channel as a propaganda outlet for the Brits' nefarious aim of regime change.

But if the Iranians were paying attention, they would see that BBC Persian has an excellent...

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Iran Sanctions Don't Work -- Counterproductive and Hurt Ordinary Iranians

(12) Comments | Posted November 8, 2010 | 2:42 PM

This post originally appeared at, where Ali blogs daily on U.S.-Iran relations.

At the Middle Eastern affairs journal Muftah, Hani Mansourian takes a well warranted critical look into the human cost of sanctions against Iran.

With Iran seemingly recalcitrant on its nuclear...

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What Did WikiLeaks Really Tell Us About Iran?

(48) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 6:25 PM

(This story originally appeared at the website of the Columbia Journalism Review.)

A source provides details to the American government about the nefarious activities of a Middle Eastern country. That information ends up in scores of secret U.S. government documents. Subsequently, the information winds up on the front...

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Debunking an Iran Election Fraud Skeptic

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2009 | 6:26 PM

There's nothing wrong with publishing dissenting opinions. Much of the progressive blogosphere has erupted into green flames of support for Iranian presidential challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi -- much of it under the assumption that the election in Iran was indeed stolen. In the interest of balance, it makes perfect sense...

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Does "Changed" Iran Complicate U.S. Engagement?

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2009 | 3:13 PM

With the situation in Iran changing day to day and minute to minute, U.S. officials in the Obama administration have reiterated their continued intention to engage Iran again and again. But, even as they say they will let the "dust" settle in Iran first, their steadfastness belies...

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Are the Protesters Trying to Bring Down the Iranian Regime? (Video)

(4) Comments | Posted June 16, 2009 | 8:11 PM

The regime is NOT going to collapse. And that's not the goal of the vast majority of those marching Tehran's streets.

This is not about ending the Islamic Revolution, it's about getting back to it. For all his talk of returning it to its roots, Ahmadinejad's slow crawl from a...

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Frum Whitewashes Dutch Islamophobe

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2009 | 5:28 PM

In a column for Canada's National Post, former Bush speechwriter David Frum whitewashed the blatantly discriminatory comments of a radical Islamaphobe and didn't mention his institutional ties to a fund raising event for the controversial figure.

Last week, Dutch politician Geert Wilders went on a whirlwind East Coast tour...

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Dutch MP Geert Wilders and U.S. Allies Tied to European Far Right

(2) Comments | Posted March 3, 2009 | 12:45 PM

Bleached-blond Dutch MP Geert Wilders towered over his security team when he strode into Washington's National Press Club last Friday. Just the day before, the accused Islamophobe screened his controversial 17-minute internet movie, Fitna, and gave a speech on Capitol Hill, where sources told me that three members of...

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Obama Missing an Opportunity in Gaza?

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2009 | 10:17 PM

Now that the dust has settled after the three-week war, the emerging picture suggests that President Obama might apply the same failed policy toward the Gaza Strip that Bush pursued as he left office: Let the people of Gaza suffer in order to turn those same, regular people against Hamas.

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Dennis Ross as Iran Envoy?

(32) Comments | Posted January 29, 2009 | 7:21 AM

Two days after taking office, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a press conference to announce the new administration's advisers for the hottest part of the globe: the Middle East. Obama handed oversight of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to former Democratic Senator George Mitchell; veteran Clinton-era...

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SNL's Neocon Inside Job

(13) Comments | Posted October 7, 2008 | 4:46 AM

On September 29, popular neoconservative blogger Ed Lasky wrote a column blaming the financial crisis on wealthy liberal donors and ostensible Obama supporters Herb and Marion Sandler and George Soros. Days later, Saturday Night Live aired a sketch identifying the Sandlers and Soros as having made money off...

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Is John McCain a Neo-Con?

(2) Comments | Posted September 26, 2008 | 3:04 PM

With the economy in crisis, foreign policy issues have fallen by the wayside for much of the general election. But with two wars in full swing -- and new fronts and maybe even new wars coming on -- the foreign policy crisis left by the Bush administration should not be...

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The Passion Of The Baby Baldwin Brother

(21) Comments | Posted September 18, 2008 | 3:34 PM

After milling around for an hour in the green room of this year's Beltway Christian right bonanza, the Values Voter Summit, I found myself seated across from actor Stephen Baldwin, the youngest of the fabulous Baldwin boys. Baldwin, who had just introduced a Christian pop band on stage, was juiced...

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