From Wikipedia: Implosion schema of a nuclear weapon
In response to my blog post “Pakistan just became a bigger security threat to Iran“, Mr Farhad Poluladi who is a former Tehran based AFP journalist tweeted:
Mr Pouladi makes a very interesting point, but I am not sure I agree.
Until now, Pakistan has not been a major reason for Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons. Yes, Pakistan is a primarily Sunni Muslim state and Iran is a Shiite Muslim state. The two have vied for power in places such as Afghanistan. But in none of these differences Pakistan’s nuclear weapon have been a threat to Iran.
The next question which must be asked is: what if there are more cross border attacks from Pakistan inside Iran by armed groups?
Again, I am not sure that’s going to be sufficient reason for Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons.
The only time when Pakistan could turn into a serious threat is if it arms the Saudis with nuclear weapons.
If the reports are true and the Saudis could buy a nuclear weapon off the shelf from Pakistan in response to Iran acquiring nuclear weapons, then Iran will not just have one, but two enemies. Proliferation of nuclear weapons from Pakistan to a major enemy of Iran will be no small matter to Iran’s leaders. This could seriously impact Pakistani – Iranian relations.
I think we are very far from the realization of such a scenario. To be honest, I don’t think Iran’s supreme leader Khamenei will ever decide to issue an order to assemble a nuclear weapons. The economic and military costs would be too high.
Recently there was the kidnapping of five Iranian soldiers by Pakistan based Sunni Iranian militants.
And today a Pakistani Taliban group carried out a suicide bombing near Iran’s consulate in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing two people.
There have been attacks from Pakistan before. However during the past year, Pakistan has started to become a bigger security threat to Iran.
Why is that? What has brought this change?
In my opinion, two factors:
One is the war in Syria. Iran’s support for Assad’s attacks against Sunnis has energized many anti-Shia terror groups. This includes groups in Pakistan.
The other reason is Pakistan’s current Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He entered office in June last year.
And what is so different about Sharif?
“Compared to his predecessor, Sharif is much closer to the Saudi regime, which is one of Iran’s staunchest rivals in the region. In fact, when Sharif was deposed in a bloodless coup as Pakistan’s prime minister in 1999, it was Saudi intervention which saved him from jail. He then went to live in Saudi Arabia until 2007. Since coming to power, Sharif has met with the Saudi king again.
As the saying in Northern Ireland during “the Troubles” went: “Collusion is not an illusion“.
مقاله اخیرم که به فارسی برای بی بی سی فارسی نوشتم.
- “من کشور اسرائیل را به رسمیت میشناسم چرا که سازمان ملل آن را به رسمیت شناخته است.”
این اظهار نظر صادق زیباکلام، عضو هیات علمی دانشگاه تهران که در مناظره “تعامل انقلاب اسلامی با غرب” در دانشگاه امام صادق بیان شد چیزی کم تر از یک کابوس برای تندرو های اسرائیلی نیست.
امروز دو اسرائیلی متهم شدند یه قصد فروش ابزار نظامی به ایران. ایا چرا دولت ایران دوباره حاضر شده با دو بازرگان اسلحه اسرائیلی معامله کنه؟
آیا امکانش وجود داره که (دوباره) پشت پرده خبری هست?
در پادکست اخیرم راجع به این موضوع صحبت کردم.
Tomorrow is the start of the new term at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya for me. That means I will start teaching the “contemporary Iranian politics” course for the fourth year.
For the last three years the course has been very popular. For two of three years I received the highest teaching grade in the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy. I teach the course in English to the international students in the morning. In the afternoon I teach the Israeli students in Hebrew.
My course was so popular among the Israeli students that there was a waiting list. This is why this year, instead of being a seminar, it has been turned into a class, so that instead of 25 students, I can teach 50 students. I am very proud of that.
Its so exciting to teach Iranian politics here in Israel. There is so much enthusiasm. Its almost electric and very catchy.
Am I nervous? Yes I am.
At the beginning of a new semester I am always nervous. I always want to give it my best. And you never know what next year’s students are going to be like. And each year when I start teaching a new class, I miss my students from all the classes before. I feel like I am cheating on them with the new class. Strange, but true. After meeting over 13 weeks, I always feel there is a bond between us. I am not afraid to say that I even suffer from a small dose of separation anxiety at the end of the course.
So tomorrow is a new class (well two), new day, new semester. Lets see how it goes. And if all else fails, I will always have Maz Jobrani to help me out. Very few people describe the difference between Iranians and Arabs better than him
Iranian Kabab and rice
Laura Rozen reports today from Geneva where the latest round of nuclear talks are taking place:
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif kicked off this round of talks with a dinner of Iranian kebabs and rice at the Iranian mission in Vienna Monday night.
Did I read that right?
Kebabs and rice? Is that what the Iranians really prepared for Cathy Ashton?
Are you being serious?
Is that what you call Iran’s “charm attack” Mr Netanyahu?
Kebab and rice are as basic as you can get in Iranian hospitality.
With a galaxy of delicious Iranian dishes, you really are not hard up for choice. How about some nice Ghorme Sabzi. Or Zereshk polo chicken, topped off with some delicious tah-e dig (or as I would like to call it: highly enriched Iranian rice). Or Fesenjoon (which my Colombian wife cooks a mean dish of).
Lets just hope that this does not turn into a gastronomical tit for tat affair.
Because if Cathy Ashton decides to repay in kind by hosting a traditional Steak and Kidney pie and chips dinner then all bets will be off and all options will be on the table (no kidding this time). Those things could make a Genghis Khan out of any old pacifist.
Venezuelan electrocaribe music is usually associated with coastal areas of south America.
Listening to it adds more exoticism when the music video is filmed in: yes, you guessed it right, Tehran. Its one of the last places you’d imagine as a venue for a electrocaribe style music video.
The Venezuelan band Bituaya recently filmed the video for one of its songs there.
The song is called “solos” meaning they are alone.
According to the song’s composer Piki Figueroa:
“In the song talk about how we feel alone, but we’re really not, because we have our family, our talent, and our country. And we realized that Venezuela is not alone because of the support of other countries, like Iran,” he said.
The video does a great job of showing the beauties of Tehran.
By the way, you see that tall tower? thats about 20 minutes from our former house in Tehran.
Yo creo que el pueblo Irani no debe sentirse solo. Solo el regimen.