The Truth. The Whole Truth. And, Nothing But the Truth.

Falling victim to rumors and lies


The Truth. The Whole Truth. And, Nothing But the Truth.
by Nobar Elmi

As the Director of Community Outreach & Programming at the largest Iranian-American grassroots organization, I have the pleasure of regularly meeting and speaking with Iranian Americans from across the country. These conversations leave me proud of our culture and appreciative of our diversity. However, these interactions have also shed some light on one issue I find particularly painful, which is the fact that our community often falls prey to the rumor mill and conspiracy theories. This may be due to historical reasons. Regardless of the reasons, it prevents our growth and advancement.

We at NIAC have fallen victim to such rumors and lies. For example, over the last few days there have been several pieces published about the recent court case in which NIAC sued Hassan Daieoleslam for defamation for falsely claiming that NIAC and NIAC’s President Trita Parsi are agents of the Islamic Republic of Iran. One article in particular, published in a pro-war, neoconservative opinion paper stated that the “ruling lent some credence to the charge that Parsi is an agent of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

What bothers me about this false claim is, well, the fact that it’s false! So, here’s my pledge to you … to tell you the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth when it comes to this court case. Why am I emphasizing the word “truth” so much? Because it’s sorely lacking in all the commentary posted by Daieoleslam and his fellow neoconservatives.

The truth, according to the Judge’s own words is that: “Nothing in this opinion should be construed as a finding that [Daieoleslam]’s articles were true. [Daieoleslam] did not move for summary judgment on that ground.” When someone is being sued for defamation, the obvious defense would be to prove that what he/she said was, in fact, true. After pouring over thousands of NIAC’s emails and documents, it became crystal clear that Daieoleslam could not use truth as his defense. Rather, he switched gears. His case solely focused on proving that he didn’t know he was spreading lies. According to him, he thought he was telling the truth.

Since NIAC and Trita Parsi are considered to be public figures, the onus was on us to prove that Daieoleslam’s defamation was done intentionally and with malice. Unfortunately, the Judge did not feel we were able to prove this point. Of course, we are disappointed with this assertion and couldn’t disagree more. Throughout the case, we showed how Daieoleslam systematically cut up quotes and haphazardly put them together to mislead the public. Here’s a simple example of how this is done:

Sentence 1: I like rainbows.

Sentence 2:  The NYPD is working hard to stop sex trafficking.

Combined sentence:  I like sex trafficking

You can see how this is not only misleading, but it also takes effort to slice and dice my sentences in order to make me look like a pervert. This is precisely the kind of activity that Daieoleslam used to mislead the Iranian Diaspora time and time again that NIAC is lobbying for the Iranian government.

Another truth I find particularly interesting is about Hassan Daieoleslam himself. Perhaps we shouldn’t expect too much from, considering his past run-ins with the law in France, his admitted family ties to the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) and his past stint as a street salesman of stolen perfume. (Don’t believe me? Check the court documents where disclosure of police records and employment are required.) But, since he is regularly appearing in news outlets and publishing pieces, I believe he should be held to the same standards as actual journalists, pundits, etc. Otherwise, he is adding to the rumor and only causing confusion among our community.

The last – and very important – point I’d like to make about this case is the funding source and its motives. Imagine the line-up. In one corner, we have NIAC – a non-profit organization with limited funds and a small legal team. In the other corner, we have Hassan Daieoleslam who, thanks to the financial backing of Daniel Pipes, founder and director of the Middle East Forum, had one of the world’s largest law firms (Sidley Austin) on his side. Who is Daniel Pipes, you may ask? Well, if you read the Anders Behring Breivik’s manifesto, you’d know him, considering he was cited by the Norwegian mass murderer on several occasions as an inspiration for his terrorist act. Or, perhaps its best to read some of Daniel Pipe’s own writings in order to better understand his positions and possible motives for supporting Hassan Daieoleslam. For example, in his article entitled "Confirmed: Barack Obama Practiced Islam," you’d see that according to Pipes, "this matters" because Democratic presidential candidate Obama "is now what Islamic law calls a murtadd (apostate), an ex-Muslim converted to another religion who must be executed," and as president this would have "large potential implications for his relationship with the Muslim world.” In another article Pipes penned entitled “Unleash the Iranian Opposition, [the Mujahedeen-e Khalq]” he advocated that the U.S. “unleash” the MEK against Iran. And, one final article by Pipes worth noting is entitled “How to Save the Obama Presidency: Bomb Iran,” where the title pretty much sums up his message to our President.

So, it was no surprise to us when, through the legal process of discovery, we found email communications where Hassan Daieoleslam writes that “destroying [Trita Parsi] … is an integral part of any attack on Clinton and Obama.“ (The email was sent during the Democratic primaries, when it was not yet clear who would be the Democratic nominee.)

There you have it folks. You have a defendant (Daieoleslam) who is pro-war, anti-Obama with MEK tendencies being back by a group (Middle East Forum) that is pro-war, anti-Obama with MEK tendencies.

I’m proud of the work NIAC has done throughout the years to promote civic engagement among the Iranian-American community, defend human rights in Iran, fight against the repression of the Iranian government against its people, prevent a U.S./Iran war, and promote our beautiful heritage and culture, among other things. I’m proud of our grassroots support. And, I’ve had enough of the lies spread by Hassan Daieoleslam and the other neocon elements. I’ll leave you all with one last question … if Daieoleslam really cared about our community, how come he spends all his time causing confusion and no time producing actual, tangible results? You want to see our results? Just click here. As the old adage goes, actions speak louder than words.


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Walton K. Martin III

by MaryamJoon on

To - Walton K. Martin III:

Iranians are opposed to (1) sanctions, (2) war, (3) the people you affiliate with, and (4) the Israeli lobby.  None of this is contingent on Trita Parsi.

Blabbering on about Trita Parsi doesn't change those facts.  

In your imaginary world you surrounded yourself with a tiny handful of what we Iranians call 'vatanforooshes' (traitors) and in the process gained yourself several million political adversaries in the form of the Iranian diaspora.

Go look at; they know everything about you.  They know everything about your associates; they know "Arash Irandoost's" real name ....   Trita is a kittycat - The lions of Iran live elsewhere.

Your absurd cause was flushed down the drain hole a long time ago.

Your Guru, Ken Timmerman, was outed as a Jewish Nazi and the film of him was translated into several languages and viewed by millions of Iranians.

You're just shouting in the wind fella.  The Iranian diaspora and its supporters have their hands so deep up the Israeli lobby's wazoo that the Israeli lobby will never be the same again.  

You're are witnessing the emasculation of the once feared Jewish lobby, the exhaustion of its resources, and the rise of the greatest political power in the Middle East and Central Asia since Xerxes.  

Open letter to Arash Irandoost, Ken Timmerman, Hassan Dai, & PDMI

Delirium the Movie: "Iranian Satanism," the Israeli Lobby, Democracy, & Defamation 

iraj khan


by iraj khan on



I, along with the solid majority of Iranian Americans do not want U.S. to go to war with Iran.

The truth is I, along with the solid majority of Americans do not want a new war started,

for any reason or on anybody's behalf,

Not on behalf of Reza Pahlavi  and his family,

Not on behalf of racist settlers' regime of Israel,

Not on behalf of Al Saud family,

And Not on behalf of Mojahedin.

The truth is we are sick and tired of constant wars and we are going bankrupt because of it. Does any of you know how many Americans died in Afghanistan during the last 3 days? Does any of you care?

I, along with Trita Parsi, NIAC, NIAC supporters and the solid majority of Americans do care about how many American soldiers die in mindless wars.

The reason is very simple, we now have the second generation Iranian Americans who are serving in all branches of U.S. millitary, and I personally know a couple of them myself. 


Hole Truth

by anglophile on

Indeed Ms Elmi's version of truth is Holesome with a big hole right in the centre of it.


desperate defense..

by Sohrab_Ferdows on

The biggest mistake by Trita Parsi and his associates was the attempt to take advantage of the name of Iranian community to further some covert and unfreindly agendas in the interest of those who needed a direct relation between U.S. and Iranian government for their own business. There would be no problem if they called themselves something else and did their work as they did but making it look like their actions and agnedas were supported by majority of Iranian in U.S. was definitely a terrible misrepresentation of the facts on their part.

From the article by Mss Elmi, one can conclude that, it is OK to unjustly slander and attack against people like Mr. Dai for their famiy relations to some members of PMOI but it is not OK to question the relations and fundings of NIAC which is illegitimately taking advantage of the name of Iranian community (without their support) for private business matters. It seems to be true that they have probably bought or obtained (without permission) the emails of the members of to be used for distributing their misleading propaganda and possibly misrepresenting the facts about number of their true members.

From the information that is publically available and thanks to the hard and honest work by Mr. Dai, it has become more clear everyday that NIAC has nothing to do with interests of Iranian people in United States or elsewhere. I personally do not believe that NIAC is a lobby for Islamic Republic regime in Iran as much as I do not believe Islamic Regime is representing Iranians at all. The trick of discrediting opposing views with brand of conspiracy "theory" attempted by the author, has lost its effectiveness as many facts about the activities and relations of different dishonest and devious organizations which have insatiable hunger for wealth and power have come to light.

Many legitimate questions have been presented here in the comments section under this article by the members who are probably also on the email list of NIAC (without wishing for it). If the author of the article or any othe official representative of that organization would care to clarify these matters which have been brought up by members of here, this would be the time. As far as the court case, I think documents speak for themselves and attempts to distort the facts and twist the "truth" will not help the image of NIACin any way.

Soosan Khanoom

I was not talking to you but to Faramarz actually. I did end

by Soosan Khanoom on

further discussions with you after your last comment yesterday. Do not worry, dear Vildemose,  that is not going to happen.  I think engaging someone who is not interested in politics is not a good idea anyway!  

See you in poetry and music blogs!  



 soosan khanoom: Don't

by vildemose on

 soosan khanoom: Don't worry about my reactions. I don't have any interest in what happens to Mr. Daie. I don't even know much about him.. It could have MR. X or whoever...This is not personal for me as it for the likes of you.

Though, I am glad NIAC and Terita have been exposed...I am not an ideologue and don't care much about politics as you do...

I will kindly ask you not to engage me in any further discussion. Wish you the best.


All Oppression Creates a State of War--Simone De Beauvoir


Arash IsraelDoost don't embarrass yourself by asking questions

by MaryamJoon on

In case you forgot, Mr. Israeldoost, Mr. Dai, and Mr. Timmerman: My questions for you are right here:

Did the peeshee steal your tongues again?  

Open letter to Arash Irandoost, Ken Timmerman, Hassan Dai, & PDMI

Delirium the Movie: "Iranian Satanism," the Israeli Lobby, Democracy, & Defamation


*  I also have questions for NIAC.  

iraj khan


by iraj khan on

What was the name of the first Iranian American organization that collected thousands of signatures to let Iranian Americans send money to the earthquake victims in Azarbijan and succeeded to persuade President Obama.

1. Was it Reza Pahlavi and his organization?

2. Israel Lobby?

3. Bahais?

4. Mojahedin?

Soosan Khanoom

Peeshee don't count on that much... It all depends

by Soosan Khanoom on

To the U. S foreign policy.  Don't go KooKoo if the table turns against Daee ...

Meanwhile, watch last night's  CNN interview with the Independent Candidate who  scored high.   I am talking about my favorite politician, The former governor of  Minnesota ! 

Spend less time with the bad guys  ... Ok .. You can do better ! 



The Whole Truth for the Fruit!

by Faramarz on



I hope that the US has extradition treaty with Sweden. We may have to bring these people back to the US to serve justice down the road.

arash Irandoost

Ms. Elmi, you left out the “nothing but the truth” part

by arash Irandoost on

You claim that NIAC has fallen prey to the rumor mill- Just the opposite seems to be the case, I submit to you that it is those that have opposed NIAC, Trita Parsi and the Islamic Republic by extension who have been maliciously slandered by your organization where you proudly serve. Is it not NIAC’s policy to “cease and desist” anyone who might oppose it? It was NIAC and its minions that accused Dai and many others of being a part of MEK, pro-war, with CIA and Mossad affiliations. NIAC is the bully here and not the victim! Your “across the country meetings” purporting to represent the Iranian American interest is highly contrived and carefully orchestrated private meetings that do not allow ordinary Iranians to ask NIAC’s leadership direct questions. A case in point is your utter silence regarding the comments made by the Iranians in reaction to your article. Don’t they deserve an answer? Why the silence? Regarding the accusations that NIAC advocates for policies favorable to the regime, Judge Bates after four arduous years of deliberations concluded that Trita Parsi is a “Semi-intelligent” water carrier and agent for the regime and his half measured attempts at human rights violations by the criminal regime have indeed been “tepid.” Also, your knowledge of our legal system is a bit skewed. NIAC sued Dai. Therefore, it was not Hassan Dai who had to prove anything. It was NIAC who had to prove that it was not a “lobbying” organization serving the interests of the Islamic Republic. NIAC failed to prove that it was NOT serving a “lobbyist” for the regime. And that is why NIAC and Parsi lost your lawsuit and was appropriately fined. There is nothing misleading in Judge Bates opinion and summary judgment. What was misleading and a point of grave concern for the judge was how a dubious organization such as NIAC have been allowed to operate and continuously disregard the court orders by lame excuses similar to “dog ate my homework”. NIAC refuses to disclose its membership numbers. May I remind you that an expert on non-profit organizations who was hired to ascertain NIAC’s actual membership numbers that Trita purported in excess of 30,000, concluded that NIAC’s membership is around 0-3,000. Even a 501c3 expert could not determine NIAC’s actual membership. Why the secrecy? A detailed and careful examination of Trita’s discovery sessions and NIAC’s internal memos reveal that NIAC has taken great liberties in inflating its membership numbers and lied about it to members of Congress. Hassan Dai continues to assert that NIAC’s membership is fewer than 500. Why is NIAC so intent on NOT disclosing its membership names and numbers? What are you hiding? To claim that NIAC is the largest Iranian American organization when it suits you and turn around and call it a “small” organization is a bit disingenuous on your part. NIAC received close to one million dollar from the now “went-underground” PARSA Foundation, alone. George Soros routinely and regularly funds NIAC. NIAC obtained funding from the National Endowment for Democracy, Plough Shares, Tides Foundation and less than 2% of its donations were from its members during the start-up phase. To call NIAC a small organization is simply insincere and yet again distortion of the truth and nothing but the truth. NIAC has not disclosed its tax returns since 2009. Why? Don’t you think the Iranian American community has the right to know who really funds your organization? Will you be kind enough to at least disclose you tax returns and enlighten us? NIAC has indeed some explaining to do, you owe at least that much to tell the “whole” truth and nothing but the truth to the Iranian American community. My apologies for grammar and misspelling, in advance!

Soosan Khanoom

Walton is AIPAC that promising for you or you are just an

by Soosan Khanoom on

Ordinary lawyer living life under lies?    Which actually could be just like the OJ case and his lawyers!!! Indeed money do buy professional liars ... Oops I meant lawyers! 

Now go ahead with the republicans and their agendas ... After all what can you expect from bunch of old guys talking to chair and calling it victorious speech!!! 

Walton K. Martin III

Refusal to comply, Altering Evidence and Admitted Tax Evasion

by Walton K. Martin III on

Dear Elmo,

Parsi spent his Christmas holiday altering NIAC documents from "LOBBY" to “ADVOCACY”

The "date modified" field of these entries showed that 87 of the entries, including 42 of Parsi's 63 entries, had been altered between December 25 and December 27 of that year.

The Court may assess sanctions, if warranted, under either Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37 or the Court's inherent authority. Rule 37 authorizes the issuance of sanctions when a party disobeys a discovery order. 

But given defendant’s rather damning account of the metadata and plaintiffs’ failure to rebut it, the Court is prepared to find by a preponderance of the evidence that plaintiffs intentionally altered the document. As discussed in the last section, an award of expenses is appropriate to deter such behavior. Hence, the Court will award the defendant the expenses of bringing this portion of its sanctions motion.

Defendant's motion focuses on the following areas: (1) plaintiffs' delayed production of NIAC's computers and servers for forensic imaging, (2) plaintiffs' allegedly intentional alteration of NIAC employees' calendar entries, (3) plaintiffs' tardy production of Babak Talebi's emails, (4) plaintiffs' failure to produce certain emails sent to third parties, (5) plaintiffs' belated production of NIAC's Salesforce data, (6) the necessity of redeposing Parsi and NIAC employee Emily Blout, (7) various issues relating to Parsi’s computers, and (8) plaintiffs' alleged  intentional alteration of a document relating to Iranians for International Cooperation, a group cofounded by Trita Parsi. The Court will discuss each issue in turn.

Where is the Truth you just promised Elmo?

I do hope Trita appeals as we have some new damning evidence from Iranian State Computers that came to light after the discovery process had ended. Bring it on.


Walton K. Martin III

The Iran Information Project


NIAC MUST be investigated!

by Liberty on

Now that Parsi and IRI lobbyist firm (NIAC) have lost the legal lawsuit,
It has to be investigated by US Department of Justice for violating FARA (Foreign Agents Registration Act) and failing to register  NIAC as a LOBBY organization under section 4 of Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 and for possible Tax Evasion.


NIAC has received federal funds but essentially has acted as a LOBBY
organization for the murderous IRI regime. NIAC lobbyists must have
registered within 45 days with the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Representatives after they made a lobbying contact!


Congratulations to Hassan Dai for fighting IRI stooges and prove them
WRONG in DC District court. Indeed NIAC's tactic of silencing its
critics has turned against this IRI Lobby organization! Shame on IRI

Shazde Asdola Mirza

The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth, as the court says:

by Shazde Asdola Mirza on

"Trita Parsi was first and foremost an advocate for the regime ..."

"After all, any moderately intelligent agent for the Iranian regime would not want to be seen as unremittingly pro-regime, given the regime’s reputation in the United States."


NIAC needs to call the US out on this video

by MaryamJoon on

MEK are garbage, but it is fact they are one of SEVERAL such groups the US & Israel have been sponsoring.  

Don't miss seeing this video >> Excellent video showing threats to Iran & their sources 

The video is  a "must see" 


The 501 c3 status needs to be looked at

by seannewyork on

this needs to be investigated becuase they have certain requirements they need to meetin for the IRS. So an investigations needs to be done.

 And the position of most Iranian Americans is for regime change.  they are not here because the love khamenei or hashemi.  so no war and no negotiations but regime change.


iraj khan

It is not too late!

by iraj khan on

and it is not too early either, it is what it is.

It is about the powerful Israel Lobby trying to 'Destroy' and 'Discredit' a brilliant mind and the organization that he has created with the help of others. The Lobby has failed on both points.

Mr Trita Parsi and NIAC are as effective and as active as ever because they represent the position of the majority of Iranian Americans on the subject of Sanctions and War on Iran.

Sanctions against Iranians inside Iran also effects a large number of Iranian Americans. Case in point, the incident that involved 'refusing to sell Apple Products to Iranian Americans'. NIAC was the first organization that mobilized Iranian Americans to send their protest letters to Apple company. Well, it was a big deal for us to have a united voice and have our voice to be heard and of course NIAC made sure that it was heard.

A war against Iran would be a disaster for Iranian Americans. It is not going to make life any easier for us if the country of our origin is in a state of war with U.S.

Japanese, Italians and German immigrants are very well awar of this fact. In case of Japanese Americans, they were driven out of their homes and businesses and were sent to camps.

Thanks for organizations such as National Iranian American Council and American Civil Liberties Union who stand with us to protect our civil rights. The director of the ACLU in California is an Iranian named Abdi Soltani, more power to him. 


Siamack Baniameri

It's too late!

by Siamack Baniameri on

I personally have not seen a single document that clearly
shows that NIAC is indeed an Islamic Republic lobbyist. But that’s beside the
point. The reality is that NIAC’s reputation has been damaged beyond repair. This
is the result of complete failure of leadership. When the decision was being
made to sue Mr. Daie, somebody in that boardroom should have asked these
questions, “What if we fail? What if Daie is exonerated? What would happen
then?” If Trita Parsi was the CEO of a private or public company, he would have
been fired immediately after the court’s decision was handed down. As the
president of NIAC, it is his responsibility to foresee consequences of failure
and act accordingly. It would be appropriate for Mr. Parsi to step down as the
president of NIAC and cut all ties with the organization. That perhaps can pave
the road for recovery and return of credibility for the organization.



NIAC and IRGC ect

by seannewyork on

A few other thoughts on why people do not trust NIAC:

  • Why do they lobby for IRGC to not be on the terrorist list.  They are actually killing Syrians as we speak.
  • Why did Trita want the Democracy fund ended.  This was set up for the Dept of State for democarcy activists.
  • Why play with words to confused people say that regime change means war.  that is a complete lie.  Was the 1979 regime change a war?  Was Tahriar square a war?
  • Why make a play on the word lobby.
  • Why did Trita say "there is a trend toward the improvement of the human rights situation"?
  • Why treat the terror organization MKO and terror regime IRI different?
  • Why do they insist on buying time for IRI to make a bomb?
  • Why did Trita have such close contact with IRI including Zarif?
  • What is the interation with the Leveretts.  What dinner party was he invited to with the Leveretts?
  • Why does the GreenMakmalbaff think Trita is a lobby for IRI?

Many more questions.  I am sure Ms. Elmi has no clue on these issues.  NIAC is a political organization and not a civic organization like she makes it out to be.  She would not be getting attacked if it was a civic organization because I am sure we would all asupport it.




Niac/ supporter=Mccain/

by vildemose on

Niac/ supporter=Mccain/ supporter=Right wingers

NIAC and their supporters are Iranian wingnuts...period..They support IRI...why is this so hard to understand...Extremist no matter how you look at it.

All Oppression Creates a State of War--Simone De Beauvoir


why I do not support the NIAC

by Fesenjoon2 on

Dear NIAC,

I voted for Obama in 2008. You lost my support for good the day I saw Trita Parsi advocating to remove IRGC (Sepah Pasdaran) from US terrorist list. ARE YOU KIDDING ME???!!!



Iraj this isn't about being for war/sanctions/mek....

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

Its not about being Pro war, I oppose any military or economic sanction

It's, not about being pro MeK. they are extremists who are unpopular with iranians, their organizational practices have been written by western observers as being similar to the north koean regme. I oppose MeK.

Our Problem as Iranans is that we face and have always faced an undeclared policy to prevent progress in Iran, period.  This has resulted in a USA that is really struggling to even desire to remve the IRI, because the IRI achieves the USA's #1 Aim/Goal.  They can't produce people, they can't produce know how, they need to buy all technologies from abroad for a high price with their oil money.  The west loves this for Iran.  The only other group that could do as bad or worse is the MeK.  What the west in 1,000,000 years doesn't wish to see is an Iran that goes from the beyond 100th economy in the world to in the top 10. 

This is the ONLY reason the west used propaganda against the late Shah of Iran, presenting him as a Dictator, Corrupt, torturing, Crook and used Iranian opposition groups who were after personal power to harm Iran by undermining him.  You don't see the USA saying anything about the king of saudi arabia or bahrain, because they are acting as told, as nowkars.  When the USA/UK/France/Japan deny Iranians the right to industrialize, you see those serving iran on the shahs team work with germany and Russia to industrialize Iran unlike all the other countries in the region.  The West Had no use for leadership that served Iranians andhelped the people enjoy the greatest rate of growth of Middle class in the world, due to pursuing policys by Irans economsts via Industrialization, the West wants nowkars. 

Something we know the late shah and his teams ability to produce was so many qualified and educated people, with the 9th largest economy in the world & according to the world bank was growing towards the 4th largest economy in the world and also democratizing society was betrayed and thwarted by bringing the IRI and deceiving the mass of Iranians regarding the late shah.

The problem is NIAC helps the IRI & USA, not IRAN, not like the late Shah helped Iran.  So I support IRI regime change by the people & leaders of Iran, to create a secular & democratic system, since most of the people are opposed to the regime, we need to get the people to bring the country to a standstill and to negotiate a peaceful transfer of the regime using the UN to monitor elections & based on the Unity of Iran as the theme.   So I also prefer offering Iranians the opportunity to have the choice to make use of their national principals and Irans national culture and its symbols, which is where a Constitutional Monarchy comes into place, mainly because their is ample public electoral support for such an idea.

The Problem is What I support is Something the entire so-called Free World under US leadership opposes. 

Not just Neocons, but Dems too.  Iranians are being treated badly and if they don't wake up it will get worse, not better.

The West is not after a path that gives development, freedom, peace, progress and human rights for Iranians.  If they were, the nasty actions against the late shah would not have occured.  The Issue is the west is very powerful and has no use for a pro-national shah, they need a populist nowkar, anti-monarchy, aka Mossadegh.

Misrepresenting the shah is ultimately why we lost what we had, which was good for Iranians and was leading us towards a society with democratic institution by evolution as had occured in the uk/holland/japan and other places over a much longer period. 

Soosan Khanoom

Sara Palin was as dumb as McCain and equally

by Soosan Khanoom on

Retarded.   Media only picked on her because she was a woman but not that she was more dumb that the rest of the Republicans cause actually she was NOT. Also it is  true that Republicans by choosing her had tried to reach the women voters something that is irrelevant here. Trita has loyal supporters who are contributing to this organization as the Iranian-Americans regardless the gender.  

Also, with all due respect  dear Vildemose, if you want to compare Trita compare him with anything but the Tea Party  or Neocons, unless by that comparison you actually meant his opponents like Daee .. I think Daee is supported by the right while Trita has the support of the left ... All seem to be the  U.S politics as usuall which has nothing to do with the supporting of the IRI by Trita because that's not true. NIAC is functioning in the capital because the organization itself has the current U.S governmental support and of course when you have AIPAC with their God, BiBi, showing the finger to the President all the time, then ypu sure will have every possible tricks in the book that can be used to discredit someone like Trita who is standing with the lefts on certain issues. As I said many times before I do support NIAC anti war stands and for that alone I appreciate this voice on behalf of the Iranian Anerican community. 

But I am not planning to change minds here ..This is my point of view dear Vildemose.  

iraj khan

Oh My! Take 2

by iraj khan on

according to the emails by Mr Dai presented to the court 'he wanted to destroy Trita Parsi', he has written it himself. 

Ms Elmi writes:  

"So, it was no surprise to us when, through the legal process of discovery, we found email communications where Hassan Daieoleslam writes that “destroying [Trita Parsi] … is an integral part of any attack on Clinton and Obama.“ (The email was sent during the Democratic primaries, when it was not yet clear who would be the Democratic nominee.)

There you have it folks. You have a defendant (Daieoleslam) who is pro-war, anti-Obama with MEK tendencies being backed by a group (Middle East Forum) that is pro-war, anti-Obama with MEK tendencies."

Well, Mr Dai is not the only one. There are also monarchists, Mojaheds and Israel Lobby.

Meanwhile, Trita Parsi shines on international tribunes through his books, articles, interviews and blogs. He is representing the position of the vast majority of Iranian Americans on the subject of Sanctions and War on Iran. 

Who says so? The recent polls regarding Iranian Americans.



by afshinazad on

Did you know your email and username was either sold to NIAC or was it gift from to NIAC.

Because I get emails from NIAC without being their member and they put you and me in their list of members.

This lady is another liar like her buddy parsa, it is shameful for these traders call themselves Iranian and they call themselves our representative.


An Ordinary Iranian Woman with a Grudge!

by Faramarz on



Vildemose and Soosan Khanoom,

Nobar is among the Iranian-Americans that got mistreated in the aftermath of the Hostage Crisis and apparently she would like to carry that cross on her back for the rest of her life.

She could place the blame where it belongs on the wall-scaling, flag-burning followers of Emam "Khat" or she could blame the people who mistreated her here in US for the rest of her life. 

She has chosen to defend the Regime with occasional caveats of "things are not perfect in Iran, etc."

As for NIACis being smart or educated, well, Iranian-Americans are all educated. But smart, I don't think so. Here is why. If Dai is a criminal that was pushing stolen perfume on the streets as Nobar claims, then losing a case to such a person in the court of law makes NIAC incompetent and not-too-bright to represent us.


You write: NIAC is the

by vildemose on

You write: NIAC is the "largest", "Grassroots" organization - that is total bullshit. NIAC by all accounts has no members - one thing the court case revealed was that it basically has no members. The figure of 3000 thrown arround by Trita Parsi - has been proven to be a lie. And how can it be a grass roots organization when the President is self-appointed?  

 Kudos to you Ayatoilet...Can anyone sue this organization for misreprestening itself?? This has to be stopped.


All Oppression Creates a State of War--Simone De Beauvoir


 Dear SoosanKhanoom: No,

by vildemose on

 Dear SoosanKhanoom: No, I don't agree, period. Nobar is free to do what ever she wants. It's her choice...noone is stopping her. But you already know that...

I will certainly not join the teaparty and their heroes like Palin, Limbaugh et al, if I wanted to get involved in politics and express myself. However, that is I.

NIAC=Teaparty=Right wing=pro-IRI

And let's not fool anyone...NIAC is no "Iranian-American" organization...It's a political lobby. Don't waste your precious time to convince me otherwise.



All Oppression Creates a State of War--Simone De Beauvoir


Mrs. Elmi - First I wrote you were a victim, then I reread ...

by ayatoilet1 on

I re-read your article.

You are a liar and a pretty sophisticated one too. You write: NIAC is the "largest", "Grassroots" organization - that is total bullshit. NIAC by all accounts has no members - one thing the court case revealed was that it basically has no members. The figure of 3000 thrown arround by Trita Parsi - has been proven to be a lie. And how can it be a grass roots organization when the President is self-appointed?

And then later on in the article you begin to attack Daie. You claim people unfairly attack NIAC, then you attack Daie. And for what peddling fake shit on the street?? Oh Come-on!! OR for having cousins that are part of the MEK?? (So that makes him a member of the MEK)?? Oh Come-on!! I am sure you have cousins that are or once were MEK members too. Its not so unussual in big Iranian families....most Iranians have 140 cousins and second cousins etc.

Iranian-Americans are not naive or backward - and we won't be fooled like our parents were. And we know how to take on fraud monsters, and their accomplices. The IRI has more to fear from this next generation then our parents.  Mark my words, both IRI and NIAC's days are numbered.  

The one spreading lies is you. I would run from the NIAC like the plague if I was you.