Amir Basiri

Amir Basiri is an Iranian human rights activist and supporter of democratic regime change in Iran.Follow him on Twitter: @Amir_bas

Most Recent Articles by Amir Basiri:

Iran terrified over new Saudi initiative to fight terrorism

Dec 16, 2015 — Amir Basiri

Thirty-five states have signed a bold new joint statement announcing the formation of a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia to significantly upgrade the fight against terrorism. This new initiative can provide the ground forces needed on the ground to yield positive and constructive results from airstrikes being carried out by a highly criticized U.S.-led coalition against ISIS in Iraq and Syria that has failed to bear the necessary fruit. What is interesting is the fact that Iran is now terrified over this new coalition, seeing its interests in the Middle East being dangerously jeopardized.

Low down dirty shame: Iran officials, pro-regime media express consent over Paris attacks

Nov 18, 2015 — Amir Basiri

As Paris and the world are left horrified and utterly shocked over attacks described as Europe’s 9/11, what is even more unbelievable and outright shameful is the fact that officials and pro-regime media in Iran are actually expressing consent.  Everyone knows Iran has a long and dreadful history of supporting international terrorism and recently dubbed as the Godfather of ISIS.  However, openly expressing their satisfaction about such crimes against all of humanity can only be defined as an epic low down dirty shame.

Following Friday’s dreadful terrorist attacks in Paris that have left 129 dead and more than 350 others injured, with over 90 in critical condition, the ayatollahs ruling Iran, known as the central banker of international terrorism, have been expressing their pleasure over this atrocity.  Their goal is to despicably take advantage of this tragedy in order to legitimize the ongoing massacre of the Syrian people and justify Bashar Assad remaining in power as the international community is calling for him to step down.  It is worth noting that the carnage of the Syrian people and Tehran and Moscow supporting Assad to cling to power have been two of the main elements paving the path for the rise of ISIS.

The growth of Islamic extremism, a byproduct of nuclear talks with Iran

Feb 18, 2015 — Amir Basiri

While U.S. President Barack Obama is pressing to finalize a nuclear agreement with Iran, a growing number of congressmen and officials from allied states, especially in the Middle East, are expressing deep concerns over the framework of the deal being shaped.

Obama’s failed approach to rein in Iran’s nuclear ambitions

Nov 20, 2014 — Amir Basiri

With the specter of the November 24 deadline looming on the horizon, a tough and determined position toward Iran is essential in saving the day. But President Barack Obama seems to be poised on repeating his previous mistakes in dealing with the Iranian regime. That is what his latest letter to the Iranian regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei indicates, in which he made cooperation with Iran against ISIS on achieving a nuclear deal. The missive—which happened to be the fourth of its kind—was riddled with misconceptions, and proves that despite his failed attempts, Obama is still adamant that he can tackle one of the most vicious regimes through rapprochement.

Iran’s regional hegemony threatened by the war against ISIS

Oct 22, 2014 — Amir Basiri

Iran’s regional hegemony threatened by the war against ISIS

After years of enjoying the position of the main hegemon in Iraq and Syria, Iran is now facing an escalating dilemma as other powers have entered the scene to deal with the rising threat of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL), an extremist group which has occupied stretches of Iraqi and Syrian territory in the past months.

Iran is not the enemy of the ISIS

Oct 3, 2014 — Amir Basiri

Iran is not the enemy of the ISIS

If you think the principle “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” applies to Iranian regime with respect to the Islamic State—also known as ISIS or ISIL—think again. The reality is that the Iranian regime has been taking advantage of the onslaught of the Islamic State to further its own agendas in the region. Reciprocally, the Islamic State owes much of its recent gains in power, territory and riches to the Iranian regime and its cohorts in the region.