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Hamid Yazdan Panah is an attorney focused on asylum and immigration in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also a human rights activist focused on the Middle East and Iran.

Trita Parsi and the distortion team at NIAC are at it again. Parsi recently, penned a piece entitled. “The Senate's Gift to ISIS: Sanctions on Iran”. The piece reads much like every article written by Parsi, it takes a current event, and spins it into a reason that now is the perfect time to coddle Tehran. This time he uses ISIS as the boogeyman that can only be defeated if sanctions are not imposed on Tehran.

Hamid Yazdan Panah is an attorney focused on asylum and immigration in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also a human rights activist focused on the Middle East and Iran.

Last Tuesday, President Obama claimed that “our diplomacy is at work with respect to Iran”. Yet I can’t help but think that it is Iran who has put Obama’s diplomacy “to work”, namely using it to obtain its strategic goals. Democratic Senator, Robert Menendez referred to Obama’s remarks on Iran in the State of the Union, saying: “The more I hear from the administration and its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran. And it feeds to the Iranian narrative of victimization, when they are the ones with the original sin.”

Hamid Yazdan Panah is an attorney focused on asylum and immigration in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also a human rights activist focused on the Middle East and Iran.

The attack that took place this past week against Charlie Hebdo in Paris was nothing short of terrorism in its most horrific form. There is no justification for such crimes, nor is there any room in the modern world for these acts. Much has been said in the way of solidarity Charlie Hebdo, yet little has been offered in terms of policy as it pertains to the threat of Islamic fundamentalism itself. I propose a simple, yet long overdue stance in regards to this issue. Stand with those who have been fighting against fundamentalism and terror, and support an interpretation of Islam that is progressive, tolerant, and peaceful.

Hamid Azimi is the Communications Director for the Iranian American Community of Northern California. Azimi
has been actively promoting Human Rights and democratic change in Iran, exposing and combating the Iranian 
Ayatollahs' Islamic Fundamentalism. His writings and interviews have been covered by many California based news  outlets as well as major national news agencies

President Obama’s recent interview with NPR suggest that the US government is trying to get Iran by a soft policy of nudging and negotiation, but analyst like Jonathan Keller call this “detente” bragging and wishful thinking, it wont be possible to outwit the Iranian mullahs. 

The strategy of the US government till now has been ineffectual. It contains a policy of rapprochement with Iran. The standoff with Iran prevents application of American power in the “Indo-Pacific”, and this seems to be the only reason why the administration is not playing hardball with Iran. This precludes only marginal reallocation of some naval resources.

Hamid Yazdan Panah is an attorney focused on asylum and immigration in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also a human rights activist focused on the Middle East and Iran.

The Iran question has dominated policy discussions for nearly a decade. How to prevent the mullahs from obtaining nuclear weapons is no doubt a hot button issue. The general consensus remains that there is no viable military solution to this problem. What we are left with are sanctions and continual dialogue with an undemocratic and barbaric regime, with the hopes of getting them to “behave.” Yet even this is too harsh for some, who object to sanctions against Iran on humanitarian grounds. The question then becomes, what exactly is the humanitarian cost of doing business with Iran?

There are poignant examples which can be cited as a basis to oppose sanctions on humanitarian grounds. For example the a UN report noted that more than 500,000 Iraqi children died due to sanctions in the 1990’s. However, many who adamantly oppose sanctions appear to have a more complicated agenda in mind.

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