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Majid Naficy: Great Feast

Death, like a weary actress
Has gone behind the stage
To take off her black dress
And put on her lounging gown.

July 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Klare: The Missing Three-Letter Word in the Iran Crisis

If the United States goes to war with Iran, you are unlikely to hear the word “oil” uttered by top Trump administration officials, but make no mistake: that three-letter word lies at the root of the present crisis, not to speak of the world’s long-term fate.

July 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

76 Retired US Generals and Diplomats Warn Trump Against War With Iran

“We have witnessed first-hand how quickly disputes can spiral out of control.”

May 27, 2019 · 6 Comments

Majid Naficy: Mosaddegh at The Hague

If you go to the Netherlands
Visit The Hague Court of Justice
On a rainy night

May 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jake Johnson: Undermining Trump-Bolton War Narrative, British General Says No Evidence of ‘Increased Threat’ From Iran

Intelligence and military officials in Europe as well as in the United States said that over the past year, most aggressive moves have originated not in Tehran, but in Washington.

May 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Sweet Accent

I like the sweet accent
Heard on the stairs this morning:
Persian with a hint of American.

April 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mohammad Omidvar: How did the Iranian Revolution go so far off the rails?

. Even though it has to wage much of its struggle underground, the Tudeh Party of Iran, 40 years after the overthrow of the autocratic U.S.-installed Shah, continues the fight … Continue reading

February 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: A Return to the Garden of Goethe

If your son asks you When was the best day of the Revolution What will you tell him?  Will you say instantly: February 11, 1979? The day you opened the gate of Evin … Continue reading

February 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Azad in Dubai

My son Azad has gone to Dubai With Zhu, one of his artists. I tell him: “Go to Khalifa Tower And see if from its roof You can spot the … Continue reading

July 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Adam Johnson: 10 of the Most Sociopathic Washington Post Columns

. For casually threatening economic ruin, inciting violence against entire populations, pushing for bombing faceless Muslims, or downplaying racism and child rape, there’s no better outlet than long-time echo chamber … Continue reading

May 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: The Last Story of Borhan

Borhan Hoseini passed, too. His heart stopped beating Behind the red light. He was in a death car With his last story Carried in a Samsonite brief case. Of our … Continue reading

April 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Hat in the Wind

Oh, wind! Where are you taking my hat? I will follow you Beyond this foggy bay Beyond these Pacific waters And in the bosom of my homeland I will find … Continue reading

June 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

James A. Lucas: US Has Killed More Than 20 Million People in 37 “Victim Nations” Since World War II

After the catastrophic attacks of September 11 2001 monumental sorrow and a feeling of desperate and understandable anger began to permeate the American psyche. A few people at that time … Continue reading

May 29, 2017 · 3 Comments

Majid Naficy: Grandma in Santa Monica

“Do you live alone?” “No! I am living with God” Up there: one, two, three In a room filled with scents of spices And the familiar sound of bubbling soup. … Continue reading

May 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

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