The Passionate Attachment

America's entanglement with Israel

Pro-Israel Think Tank Ponders “Obstacles to Democracy” in Iran

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From the POMED Wire:

On Thursday, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, and the Middle East Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars co-hosted a conference titled Democracy and Human Rights in Iran, in honor of Siamak Pourzand. The third panel, “Politics or Culture? Iran’s Main Obstacles to Democracy,” featured Nazila Fathi, former Iran-based correspondent for the New York Times, Arash Sobhani, an Iranian musician and founder and lead singer of “Kiosk,” and Maziar Bahari, an Iranian author and documentary filmmaker. Karim Sadjadpour, senior associate of the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, moderated the panel.

Brookings’ Saban Center was founded thanks to a “generous initial grant” from Haim Saban, the Israeli-American media mogul who famously told the New York Times, “I’m a one issue guy, and my issue is Israel.”

A 2010 profile in the New Yorker explains the motive behind Saban’s generosity:

His greatest concern, he says, is to protect Israel, by strengthening the United States-Israel relationship. At a conference last fall in Israel, Saban described his formula. His ‘three ways to be influential in American politics,’ he said, were: make donations to political parties, establish think tanks, and control media outlets.”

Clearly, overcoming the “obstacles to democracy” in Iran is part of Saban’s agenda to protect Israel.


Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

April 21, 2012 at 3:59 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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    Israeli Official: Rockets Fired From Egypt Smuggled From Libya
    Yet another example of the far-reaching consequences of the NATO-backed regime change in Libya


    April 21, 2012 at 11:19 pm

  2. Consequences that no doubt were foreseen by Israeli strategists when their agents and assets — Lieberman, McCain, BHL, et al. — were pushing so hard for intervention in Libya.

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    April 22, 2012 at 4:55 am


    The Islamist Road to Democracy
    Muslims cannot be dragged to an embrace of secularism and the liberal values that spring from it. They have to arrive voluntarily at this understanding.



    April 23, 2012 at 7:28 pm

  4. Sorry, I meant to make the Dodd comment on this one lol.


    May 7, 2012 at 8:37 pm

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