Heshmat Alavi


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Heshmat Alavi is a political activist and supporter for regime change in Iran. He writes on Iran and the Middle East.He tweets at @HeshmatAlavi

Most Recent Articles by Heshmat Alavi:

Business in Iran: new opportunities for west, or a delusion?

Oct 19, 2016 — Heshmat Alavi

On Friday before holidays, the Obama administration took another step in favor of Iran by removing some of the obstacles on doing business with entities within the country. On the same day, the US Treasury released new rules that specified US wouldn’t sanction foreign companies and individuals doing business with boycotted Iranian entities, provided they maintain only minority interests in the projects.

Almost a year after the signing of the JCPOA, the final nuclear deal, Iran has practically turned into a promised land for European companies, who for long were dreaming to enter its markets. Reports say 16 countries, including the Europeans as well as China and Russia are finding their way into Iran’s markets. Sigmar Gabriel, German Minister of Economy, was probably the most effective one, who took 200 German businessmen with him when he recently visited Tehran.

In Iran, President Hassan Rouhani is welcoming foreign investors to push forward an in-house power struggle against his hardline competitors. It seems both foreign investors and the so called moderates of Iran are in need of each other. Success in their union, however, does not seem to be very handy.

Iran Actually Pleased After Brussels Attack

Mar 29, 2016 — Heshmat Alavi

The March 22nd terrorist blasts in Brussels that left more than 300 people killed and injured came as an unbelievable shock. However, the response seen from the ruling mullahs in Iran was quite different, acting as a startling reminder of Tehran’s reactions following last November’s Paris attacks. Back then Iran and its propaganda machine were delighted, arguing to the French the attacks were the offspring of their Middle East policy, coincidentally against Tehran’s interests in the region. Today, we are witnessing a repeat of similar reactions following the Brussels atrocities.

“Today, the people of Brussels experienced the fear and horror Syrians have been enduring for 5 years as a result of their policymakers’ interferences.” These hideous remarks were actually aired by Iran state TV on March 22nd, the very day of the attacks.

The Story Behind Iraq’s Iran-backed Shiite militias

Feb 11, 2016 — Heshmat Alavi

As the international coalition in Iraq may be tightening their grip over ISIS, another very dangerous phenomenon spiraling out of control are the Iran-backed Shiite militias roaming freely on killing sprees across Mesopotamia. This is a dire menace called Islamic extremism that can threaten the very fabric of this once iconic cradle of humanity. True is the undeniable fact that ISIS has occupied more than one third of Iraq, yet Iran-loyal Shiite militias are seen across the country murdering and massacring innocent people, especially Sunnis, bombing and setting homes and mosques ablaze. Recent scenes of Shiite militias killing Sunnis are stark and uninvited reminders of the ferocious 2006-07 ethnic cleansing and sectarian war that pushed Iraq to the brink of civil war. Yes, ISIS deserves much-delayed attention; however, Iran is taking advantage of the international community’s ordeal to strengthen its proxies and this should not go unanswered.

ISIS: Outcome of a failed policy toward Iran

Mar 6, 2015 — Heshmat Alavi

From summer 2014 onward a widespread international coalition has established against ISIS. However, the fate of this campaign is very much dependent on getting a rooted understanding of the rise of this phenomenon that has now turned into a global crisis.

Mullahs’ regime stuck in epicenter of crises

Jan 29, 2015 — Heshmat Alavi

The waves of back-to-back crises are reaching the coasts of the Iranian regime, with no stopping in sight. The economic dead-end, administrative corruption and explosive unrest and dissent in a society of 80-million, with a foreign policy engulfed in a nuclear calamity, its puppet Nouri Maliki being set aside from the Iraqi Prime Ministry and the possible fall of Bashar Assad in Syria, have all rallied to target the heart of the mullahs’ dictatorship in Tehran.

A shade Dissention in pursuing nuclear talks

Dec 27, 2014 — Heshmat Alavi

Nuclear negotiations between P5+1 countries and Iran have ceased for the time being. The talks passed its second deadline, while some aftermath talks, between undersecretaries, were continued later in December. A new deadline was set for June. The news of Iran’s atomic programs has now depreciated from the top news.

Mullahs’ regime stuck in epicenter of crises

Nov 20, 2014 — Heshmat Alavi

The waves of back-to-back crises are reaching the coasts of the Iranian regime, with no stopping in sight. The economic dead-end, administrative corruption and explosive unrest and dissent in a society of 80-million, with a foreign policy engulfed in a nuclear calamity, its puppet Nouri Maliki being set aside from the Iraqi Prime Ministry and the possible fall of Bashar Assad in Syria, have all rallied to target the heart of the mullahs’ dictatorship in Tehran.