Sunday, 20 December 2009

List of Islamic Republic apologists

If you look to the right hand side of your screen and scroll down, you'll notice a new links list I have compiled. It is a work in progress cataloguing those that by whatever means push the Islamic Republic agenda. They include Professors, a Baroness, a Member of Parliament, journalists and so on. Some of these apologists e.g. Abbas Edalat attempt to do this very subtly, whereas others are open about their connections with the Regime and the fact that they are on its payroll e.g. Roshan Mohammad Salih.

These people all have one thing in common, that being that they have seeked to promote or apologise for the Islamic Republic, in universities, the media, etc. It is important that such individuals/groups are exposed so that there is no doubt about where their allegiances lie.

This list is currently a work in progress. Since I live in Britain, I am obviously better informed about those apologists that operate here in the UK. However, I know that people from all around the world read this blog, so if you see or hear any individual or group that you think ought to be included on the list, please leave a comment at the end of this post, or email me stating their name and with the appropriate evidence and they will be included.

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Thanks

Arash

16 comments:

  1. I would not call them apologists. I'd use "Criminal Partners" instead.

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  2. Certainly that is a good point...especially in the case of Darius Guppy ;-)

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  3. Did you receive my email regarding another "criminal partner"?

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  4. World Affairs Guy: Yes, I did, thank you very much, "Just Foreign Policy" has been added to the list.

    Thanks also to the Anonymous person that emailed me regarding the CASMII member and arch-apologist Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich. She has been added too.

    http://www.countercurrents.org/ulrich031209.htm

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  5. There are so many of these criminals around. NIAC, Trita Parsi, Democratic Party of the United States, Obama... they are all regime sympathizers.

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  6. Fantastic. Thank you for this list Arash

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  7. Kaveh & Potkin, you're very welcome, don't forget to let me know if you hear of any developments...

    Arash

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  8. Excellent list. To add:
    Andrew Gilligan, Derek Conway, Mehdi Hasan, Yoshie Furuhashi, As'ad AbuKhalil (e.g. Iran protests: covering the other side), Cyrus Safdari (www.iranaffairs.com), Flynt Leverett of the New America Foundation (e.g. this), Kaveh L. Afrasiabi (e.g. this).

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  9. Oh, sorry, just noticed Afrasiabi is already on the list!

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  10. You should include Zafar Bangash, The Canadian Islamic Congress, The Canadian Arab Federation, Mohamed Elmasry and Haroon Siddiqui

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  11. Don't forget Flynt Everett's wife, Hilary Mann Everett - who since her betrothal to Flynt has changed her tune. http://tinyurl.com/yaslpc5

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  12. A very useful list. But I would want to add one small quibble. I'm not sure Ray Tayekh really quite belongs here. All the other individuals and organizations listed here have combined blatant and persistent apologetics for the Iranian regime with efforts to dismiss or smear the democratic opposition. Now, it's true that Tayekh has often been the kind of foreign-policy pseudo-"realist" who has, at the very least, bent over backward to be sympathetic to the perspective of the Khamenei/IRCG/Ahmadinejad regime. But even at his worst, he was never in the same class as, say, the appalling duo of Flynt Leverett & Hilary Mann Leverett. More to the point, the fraudulent election in June 2009 and the Green Wave of opposition it provoked have had a genuine effect on his thinking, and everything he's written about Iran since then has had a new tone (e.g., see http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/30/AR2009123002248.html & http://www.cfr.org/publication/21427/from_conciliation_to_coercion.html). Unlike the Leveretts, he has been unmistakeably sympathetic, not hostile, to the democratic opposition, and he's been increasingly critical of the regime. One still might not find his position entirely satisfactory, but I don't thnik it's appropriate any longer to include him in a list of this sort.

    With that one caveat ... good work!

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  13. Jeff

    Ray Takeyh's book Hidden Iran is propaganda of the highest order, describing Khatami of all people as a "liberal". He remains on the list. You are right however that he is much better than the likes of Galloway and Everett but he is an apologist nonetheless.

    Arash

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  14. Why is Arshin Adib-Mughadam on this list? Are you saying anyone who doesn't say "Death to the IRI" an appologist for the regime? Your definition is way too wide. it's too much "you're either with me or against me". The other side does exactly the same thing: 'All critics of the IRI are Zionist agents'. Let's have some sanity here.

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  15. Mr Adib-Moghaddam is on the list because in his article (sourced) he had the gall to declare that not only is the Islamic Republic a "democracy" but furthermore that the people are only seeking a reform of this vile regime.

    He goes on to describe the IRR as "flexible" and "responsive to societal demands"...what about the demand for a free press?!

    He says that the regime which terrorises Iranians by means of the Basij and IRGC is not "a totalitarian monolith".

    His article reeks of apologism and appeasement and furthermore he is a member of CASMII, one of the IRR's most prominent lobby groups.

    http://www.campaigniran.org/casmii/index.php?q=node/7372

    For all of these reasons he has been included on the list.

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