Setting Policy Toward a Fictional Iran

Setting Policy Toward a Fictional Iran

The Hill

By Ali Safavi

There is no denying that the threat from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (IS) is escalating. Meanwhile, relations with Iran are deteriorating once again. With less than two months until the extended deadline for nuclear negotiations, the Iranian position has become more hardened and unreasonable. Regime officials, including the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, have been unrestrained in their rhetorical jabs at the West, even going so far as to irrationally accuse the U.S. and Arab states of creating the Islamic State.

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Iran’s anti-nuke Fatwa is a Hoax

Iran’s anti-nuke Fatwa is a Hoax

The Washington Times

By Ali Safavi

For the last several years, Iranian diplomats have been dangling a “fatwa,” or religious decree, in the face of western governments, as if to hypnotize them further into the abyss of negotiations. The Iranians allege that the fatwa has been issued by the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and that it bans the development and use of nuclear weapons.

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Perfect election: Tehran style

Perfect election: Tehran style

McClatchy-Tribune News Service
By Ali Safavi

Now here’s a scenario for a perfect election: Iran’s turbaned tyrant, or the “Supreme Leader,” has to replace the incumbent president, who is term-limited and is fighting for a bigger portion of wealth and power. So candidates line up to run. But some of those candidates are not favored by the Supreme Leader because they, too, are asking for a bigger piece of the pie.

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