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مصاحبه: اهود اولمرت و پدیده فساد در سیاست اسرائیل

28 May

چند روز پیش اهود اولمرت, نخست وزیر اسبق اسرائیل به کلاهبرداری محکوم شد. پارسال به خاطر فساد به شش سال زندان محکوم شده بود. به خاطر اتهامات جدید کلاه برداری, هشت ماه به مجازات او اضافه شد.

در مصاحبه اخیرم با رادیو فردا در مورد پدیده فساد در اسرائیل و دیوان قضایی این کشور صحبت کردم

https://soundcloud.com/radio-farda/qet4wiq56mfm

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The #ISIS threat and question of human rights in #Iran

27 May

Some of my colleagues believe that a nuclear deal with Iran is likely to improve the human rights situation there. A major reason which I often hear to justify this view is: by reaching a deal, the threat of a U.S attack against Iran will fall substantially, thus leading to Iranian politics becoming less security oriented, or as some say “securitized”. And the less securitized the political atmosphere in Iran is, the less the regime can abuse human rights.

Yes, but no.

Yes, a deal is likely to significantly reduce the chances of war with the U.S. But, Iranian hard liners are likely to find another excuse to replace the threat posed by the US to securatize Iranian politics: namely the threat posed by ISIS to Iran.

So when it comes to the question of human rights and post nuclear agreement Iran, the best scenario is likely to be short term improvements in human rights. Not much more.

Abusing human rights is an existential necessity for Iran’s hard liners who rule the regime. And soon after a nuclear deal with the U.S, the threat posed by ISIS is likely to give them another excuse to crackdown against human rights activists in Iran, again. They’ll be back to their old tricks in no time.

در تل اویو : برو سریال “در حاشیه” را ببین

26 May nozari
امروز لوله کش خونمون کرمانی از آب در اومد. ۲۶ سال پیش از ایران مهاجرت کرده به اسرائیل.

آرش نوذری در نقش نوشین عادل در سریال “در حاشیه”

شروع کردیم به صحبت راجع به ایران. بهش گفتم بره سریال “در حاشیه” را ببینه. عالیه. بسیار خنده دار. از هر ۲۶ قسمتش لذت بودم. مهران مدیری که مثل همیشه بازیگر عالی و مستعد.
مهران غفوریان ستاره درخشان این سریال بود. اون قسمتی که از دانشگاه “کوریکوکو” فیلیپین به ایران برمیگرده یکی از خنده دار ترین بود.
البته بایستی اعتراف کنم که محبوبترین شخصیت در این سریال برای من رییس اتاق اورژانس بود. آرش نوذری بازیگر این شخصیت بود. از خنده روده بر شدم. آقای نوذری مثل هموطنی که امروز باهاش آشنا شدم هم متولد کرمان هستند. بهشون خیلی تبریک میگم.
نمیدونم چرا هروقت کنگر زهتاب رییس بیمارستان را میدیدم یاد مهدی کوچک زاده میفتادم. شما هم همینطور؟
واقعا متاسفم که در یک جلسه محرمانه میان مسئولان صداوسیما و مقامات وزارت بهداشت تصمیم گرفته شد که این سریال متوقف بشه.

Rare TV interview with #Iran Defence Minister

25 May

Iran’s Defense Minister, Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan (pictued right) rarely gives interviews to foreign journalists.

However, when he was in Moscow last month, he gave a 25 minute interview to Russia Today.

General Dehghan is a former IRGC man. In fact he was an IRGC commander based in Beirut in 1983, the same year that the US marine barracks was attacked in Beirut and 241 people were killed. Some have linked him to this attack.

This is a worthwhile interview to watch, especially if you are interested in Iran – Russia relations.

#Iran nuclear talks: more progress re: sanctions than originally thought

16 Apr

One of the sticking points in the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 has been the question of nuclear relatSecretary_Kerry,_Iranian_Foreign_Minister_Zarif_Sit_Down_For_Second_Day_of_Nuclear_Talks_in_Viennaed sanctions.

The US is saying that they will be lifted gradually, after Iran has fulfilled a number of essential steps. Thats of course after a deal has been signed.

Meanwhile Iran seems to be adamant that all nuclear related sanctions have to be removed immediately, as soon as a deal has been signed.

So the impression which I and quite a few other colleagues have is that this issue is far from being resolved.

But, while watching a debate on Al Jazeera English, my colleague Dr. Ali Vaez who works for the International Crisis Group (ICG) and has been at the talks presented a different take. One which says that more progress on this issue has been made than many of us realized.

Meir Javedanfar: my thoughts regarding the recent #Iran draft nuclear agreement

10 Apr

The senior politicians of the State of Israel really need to calm down and stop behaving as if the world is about to end. It is not.

The new draft framework agreement between Iran and the P5+1 needs improvement and clarifications. It is not perfect.

It’s understandable for our politicians to be concerned about parts of this deal. After all, the Iranian regime has been saying “Death to Israel” since 1979 and has sponsored numerous terrorist attacks in which hundreds of Israeli citizens have been killed.

But to call this draft agreement “a historic mistake” and “a threat to Israel’s survival,” as our current defense minister and prime minister have done, respectively, is very inaccurate.

The man who negotiated over each centrifuge with #Iran

10 Apr

Professor Ernest Moniz

Professor Ernest Moniz was a late addition to the U.S negotiation team with Iran . He joined the negotiations only recently.

He is an MIT educated physicist, and the current U.S energy secretary. And in the negotiations with Iran, he sat opposite Dr. Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Agency of Iran (AEOI). Together they worked on the reconfiguration of the Arak heavy water reactor as well as Iran’s centrifuges at a very technical level.

They also worked on the inspection regime of Iran’s nuclear program.

Lets hear what he has to say about the recent draft agreement between Iran and the P5+1. Will Iran be prevented from making a weapon? Will inspectors be able to monitor Iran’s nuclear program effectively?

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