Haleh Esfandiari

May 23, 2007 at 8:28 am (Faux Iranian Dissidents)

The case of Haleh Esfandiari, an Iranian citizen who is being held by Iran’s government, on alleged espionage charges and “acting against national security.” is being publicized far and wide in the United States – as if she was an objective scholar.

Esfandiari is, infact, the Director of the Middle East project of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars which is a US government “think tank” whose trustees include major donors to the Bush regime, and whose director is on Bush’s Homeland Security Advisory Board.

Esfandiari, 2004, also gave a presentations at the notorious AIPAC (American Israel Public Action Committee):

(note her co-panelaist is a US State Department individual)

Revolution From Within: Can the Iranian People Reclaim the Republic? (Convention Center – ROOM 144 ABC):

— Mr. Philo Dibble, deputy assistant secretary, U.S. Department of State

— Ms. Haleh Esfandiari(*), Middle East Project consulting director, Woodrow Wilson Center

Esfandiari’s work at this “center for scholars” appears to be focused on women’s issues in the “middle-east.” An interesting publication is something called “Building A New Iraq” that is focused on “Regional Strategies for Empowering Women.” A cursory look at the publication suggests that it is all focused on how women are working for “democracy” in Iraq. There was not one word about the horrendous loss of life that is due to the American occupation, nor did I find any “strategy” that included a call for American withdrawal from Iraq and the “region.” The very title “Building a New Iraq” should be a give away about what is going on. Who is doing this “building” and what exactly is this “New Iraq?”

read more on Esfandiari here


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