National Endowment for Democracy and Iran’s faux dissidents

March 18, 2008 at 10:11 pm (democracy promotion, faux democracy promotion)

An interesting post by Yoshie of Critical Montages.

However, I don’t agree with her conclusion about “winning Iranians over for gender equality” — If anything, the Americans lefties and so-called feminists, have to be won over towards understanding Islam – the Americans leftists and feminists have little or nothing to offer the world. They have not been able to stop the war that has killed a million in Iraq, and are now backing a reactionary liberal imperialist man called Obama, and a liberal imperialist woman, Hillary Mrs. Clinton, as their savior.

Please keep your winning overs to yourselves, you have nothing of worth to be won over to — but do continue to expose these fraud dissidents – you do that well.

The National Endowment for Democracy, in its tireless effort to give democracy a bad name, initiated a project called “World Movement for Democracy” in 1999. The project’s acronym, WMD, may very well be a bad inside joke among the guardians of the empire today.

On WMD’s steering committee sits Mahnaz Afkhami, President of “Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and Peace.” One of WMD’s projects is “International Women’s Democracy Network,” whose “secretariat [is] to be housed at an existing network with a substantial trans-regional membership, currently the Women’s Learning Partnership.” Iran must be close to the heart of this circle.

Afkhami, the first Minister for Women’s Affairs under the Pahlavi regime, is naturally a friend of Reza Pahlavi, the son of the deposed Shah, who has not given up on the dream of restoration and is busily trying to organize Iranian exiles, not just monarchists but also leftists and separatists, in a vain attempt at regime change (Connie Bruck, “Exiles: How Iran’s Expatriates Are Gaming the Nuclear Threat,” New Yorker, 6 March 2006). What does Afkhami say about the former crown prince? “He’s a regular guy” (qtd. in Franklin Foer, “Reza Pahlavi’s Next Revolution: Successor Story,” The New Republic, 3 January 2002). That says everything about the kind of world she lives in.

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Akbar Ganji

December 12, 2007 at 1:12 am (faux democracy promotion, Faux Iranian Dissidents)

Last week, Akbar Ganji received the annual award from Right and Democracy (or International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development), a Canadian government-funded organisation which is known to be the Canadian version of the American National Endowment for Democracy.

In his speech, he openly called for Western government’s support to spread democracy and human rights in Iran, according to the Persian version of his speech, published by Dutch-funded ‘pro-democracy’ projects, Rooz Online and Radio Zamaneh.

Read more here

See also “Who is Akbar Ganji?”

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Woodrow Wilson Center works with NED and Hoover Institute on Iran

September 15, 2007 at 9:22 am (faux democracy promotion, Think Tanks)

Woodrow Wilson Center is the faux think tank that the recently released faux Iranian dissident Esfandari works for.

September 2, 2007

[The Woodrow Wilson Center] is continuing to engage in joint venturing with other institutions around the country and overseas – joint venturing that is mutually beneficial and that extends the reach and the effectiveness of the Center’s work.
Examples include:

numerous Latin American Program conferences co-hosted with a variety of Latin America-based institutions on such topics
as Haiti, Cuba, US-Mexican relations, and peace building in Colombia;

The Kennan Institute working with four major American foundations on a conference in Russia on civil society and its important role;

Middle East Program conferences with the Hoover Institution on Iran, with USIP for Iraqi women, and with the National Endowment for Democracy on Islamism and democracy in Muslim countries;

and the convening of a number of university groups, business groups, and nongovernmental organization representatives with government officials from several agencies to assess the balance between access and security and to discuss current visa issues and a myriad of problems getting foreigners into the United States.

via Hossein Derakhshan’s blog.

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US vice-President wants to provoke Iran

August 19, 2007 at 4:30 pm (anti-Iran Propaganda)

The Cheney proposal for an airstrike against three bases in Iran can have only one purpose — to provoke an Iranian retaliation that would then make it possible to unleash a full-fledged strategic air attack against Iran. The provocation strategy would be an obvious way around the political obstacles in the way of an unprovoked attack.

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soft and velvet coups

July 20, 2007 at 6:07 pm (from the Iranain press)

Provisional Friday Prayer Leader of Tehran Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami said here Friday in his second sermon confessions of three US agents proved Washington is after launching “soft and velvet coups’ not only in Iran, but also in many other countries.

According to IRNA Political Desk reporter from central campus of Tehran University, addressing thousands of Tehrani worshipers, this week’s Friday preacher of Tehran added, “This policy has worked in some countries, but in Iran, it has faced defeat, just like the other failed US policies on Iran.”

Khatami reiterated, “In order to pursue its interferences in independent countries of the world, the United States always backs up the process of soft coups, resorting to promotion of Western culture in so-called civil societies, creation of gaps between the nations and their governments through crisis generation and systematic activities of certain individuals, and launching psychological wars.”

He added, “Then in the long run, taking full advantage of the press, mass media, and intellectual circles, and launching feminist campaigns, they try to reap the fruits of their vast scale efforts.” Pointing out that getting involved in such broad activities aimed at interference in foreign countries costs the United States millions of dollars, he once again referred to the confessions of the arrested US agents in Iran, arguing, “Those confessions have enraged the US statesmen and press, prompting them to react angrily.” Ayatollah Khatami reiterated, “During the past fifty years the United States has directly or indirectly interfered in the internal affairs of 25 countries of the world militarily, and the funny thing is that Washington also claims it is after the establishment of democracy throughout the world.”

Member of the Leadership Experts Assembly highlighted the Islamic Republic of Iran’s role in preserving stability and security in the Middle East region, adding, “Iran’s policies regarding Iraq have always been aimed at promoting security measures there and serving the oppressed Iraqi nation, and yet the United States has always, resorting to fake pretexts, been accusing Iran of interference in Iraq’s affairs.”

He added, “The US policy in Iraq today is aimed at bringing the Ba’th Party back to power, and fueling the flames of tribal and sectarian wars there.”

Elsewhere in his second sermon, Ayatollah Khatami referring to the the Palestine issue, said, “In Palestine, the government and parliament took shape relying on people’s votes, but you noticed how the oppressive powers treated that government and that parliament.” He added, “Now the world nations know very well that the only matter about which the United States does not care about the slightest bit is establishment of democracy, and that at the peak of that country’s ideals there is exertion of US hegemony in as many independent countries in the world, as possible.

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US seeks velvet revolution

July 20, 2007 at 9:33 am (from the Iranain press)

Cleric says US seeks velvet revolution

Fri, 20 Jul 2007 15:51:03

Source: IRNA

Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, Tehran’s Friday prayers leader
Friday prayers leader Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami has said that the US seeks to spark velvet revolution not only in Iran but in all countries.

“This US policy has been successful in certain countries but it failed in Iran like all the other US conspiracies failed in Iran,” Khatami said during his Friday prayers sermon in Tehran.

“The US has always taken velvet revolution into consideration by promoting Western culture in the society and by causing strife between people and the government through propaganda, organizing certain individuals, psychological warfare and making intentional use of media, intellectual circles, university student’s establishments and feminism movements in order to implement its interfering policies,” he added.

The US spends millions of dollars towards its policies, he said, adding that the confessions made by those arrested who intended to implement US policies in Iran brought anger to the US statesmen and the US media and has forced them to reciprocate.

“The US has had direct and indirect military interference in 25 countries during the past 50 years and it is funny to know that this country claims to establish democracy in the world,” the cleric said.

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in the name of democracy (farsi)

July 19, 2007 at 9:33 pm (from the Iranain press)

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US funding of Iranian “dissidents”

June 23, 2007 at 9:38 pm (faux democracy promotion, Faux Iranian Dissidents, Think Tanks)

This article in today’s New York Times Magazine is worth a read because it details the names of faux Iranian dissidents, and the think tanks involved in psyop against Iran. While the article quotes some faux dissidents as not wanting to have anything to do with the US funding — the reason for this refusal has little to do with principles, and a lot to do with the fact that the Iranian government is onto the US sponsored counter-(soft) revolutionary interventions.

As a senior adviser to the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, David Denehy is charged with overseeing the distribution of millions of dollars to advance the cause of a more democratic Iran. Affable, charming and approachable, he is bearlike in stature and manner. His voice is pleasantly rumbly; his smile is so wide that it seems to have been drawn onto his face with a crayon. Over the last two years, Denehy has canvassed dozens of pundits, students, journalists, bloggers and activists across the world about how he might best go about his work — what he calls, echoing President Bush, “the freedom agenda.” He has shaken hands with millionaire exiles, dissidents, monarchists, Communists, self-styled Mandelas and would-be Chalabis. He is the public face of “the democracy fund,” as it has come to be known, or simply “the $75 million.”

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Reza Aslan

June 23, 2007 at 9:36 am (Faux Iranian Dissidents)

Aslan counts himself as one of the “reform Islam scholars” – who believe, as do the neo-cons, that Islam must be reformed – for the religion to “co-exist” with the American empire (or, as they call it, “civilization” “west” and “democracy”). In this respect, Aslan serves the insidious role of corrupting Islam (the ideology of the Islamic Republic of Iran) from within – re-defining, and providing an interpertational framework that would re-fashion Islam into an empire friendly religion.

Aslan, like his collegue Vali Nar, is a member of the notorious neo-con Council on Foreign Relations.

Aslan got his so-called “education” from Harvard University. Harvard has been at the forefront of advocating “reform Islam” -and has supported some of the more notorious pro-empire Muslim groups such as the (now defunct) Progressive Muslim Union North America.

Aslan is also one of four original participants in meetings with Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff, ostensibly to counter “homegrown radicalism.” (Chertoff’s mission, is, of-course, to silence Muslim dissent (and really all dissent) to the US’s imperial project.)

A few comments by Aslan reveals his ideological leanings:

“Despite the apartheid state that has resulted from over half a century of bloody territorial conflicts with its neighboring Palestinian territories, few would deny that the state of Israel is a democracy.” (Perhaps this is one reason why most Muslims now find the word “democracy” to be just another name for hypocrisy).

“And it’s up to us as Muslims in the US to give voice to that (reform-Islam) for our brothers and sisters who don’t have the voice or the same ability to speak out as we do”

Well, yes, so long as you are speaking for an empire friendly Islam, from Harvard, and from the Council of Foreign Relations, yeah you can speak. Try seriously speaking out, and acting against imperialism outside of such institutions, and see how quickly you are first placed under surveillance, with Homeland knocking on your door next.

Aslan has contributed an essay called ‘The Struggle for Islam’s Soul’, in With All Our Might: A Progressive Strategy for Defeating Jihadism and Defending Liberty, Will Marshall, ed. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2006.

If one takes a look at how these terms are defined – we will find that “jihadism” is resistance to imperialism, and “liberty” is American style “democracy promotion.”

infact the cover of the book says it all:

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Iranians warned against psywar

June 23, 2007 at 8:23 am (from the Iranain press)

Sat, 23 Jun 2007 19:44:19

The chief of the Iranian Armed Forces Headquarters has encouraged awareness of all Iranians to stymie the psywar launched by the enemies.

Major General Seyyed Hassan Firouzabadi said people from all walks of life should be aware of the psychological war launched by the enemies and try to thwart their efforts.

Addressing a crowd of top military commanders in Tehran, he stated that Iran enjoys authority and dignity and that its religious policy has overshadowed all the current policies in the world.

He added that Iranian sovereignty has served as a deterrent against the aggressive, shameless and hegemonic enemies.

As the leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said, the enemies are making efforts to disrupt national Iranian unity.

The enemies are seeking to disrupt social unity in order to achieve their fiendish goals, he added.

The member of the Expediency Council also emphasized the importance of economic development and scientific and technological advances in Iran.

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