Chroniques de la décadence

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, The Death of the Ayatollah-Maker

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By S. Hesam Houryaband, The death of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in the beginning days of January 2017 marks a political turning point in Iran, the ramifications of which are yet to be felt nationally and internationally.  But one thing is clear: Rafsanjani’s death provides another massive political opportunity for Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to finally consolidate total political power in the country. Ironically, although it was Rafsanjani’s political manoeuvring and masterminding efforts which paved the way for Khamenei to become Supreme Leader after the death of Ayatollah Khomeini,…read more

White House Scrambles to Address Rise of Anti-Muslim Sentiments in the United States

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By S. Hesam Houryaband. On December 14th, 2015, I was invited to attend an “anti-discrimination” teleconference organized by the White House, targeting civic, political and religious leaders in an attempt to address the rise of mainly anti-Muslim sentiments in the United States, specifically after the December 2nd San Bernardino shooting in California. The conference call, which was organized by the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, was hosted by the director of that office, Valerie Jarrett, as well as Jesse Moore, Associate Director of Public Engagement, and Melissa…read more

The Niqab Is Hijacking Canadian Elections

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By S. Hesam Houryaband. One of the most delicate, yet irrelevant topics in the 2015 Canadian federal elections has the potential to divert attention from real issues facing Canada and Canadians. The subject of niqab has been a recurring point of discussion in almost all of the televised debates between the heads of political parties, with candidates showing vague to firm stances on the matter. Throughout the years, Canada and Canadians have accommodated millions of immigrants with various cultural and religious backgrounds. There is a general tolerance for immigrants and their…read more

The Persian Gulf Arab States and the Regional Refugee Crisis

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By S. Hesam Houryaband. In recent weeks, tens of thousands of Syrian and Iraqi refugees have flooded the gates of Europe, escaping the worsening humanitarian crisis engulfing Syria and Iraq. Millions of Syrians and Iraqis have been hard hit by the civil war in Syria and Iraq, as well as the threat posed by ISIS. To date, according to UNHCR, approximately 5 million Syrians have left the country seeking refuge in neighboring states, or making their way to Europe. Faced with the impending waves of refugees, several European nations have felt…read more

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Looks Like You Sold Your Soul To The Devil!

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By S. Hesam Houryaband. On April 28th, 2015 in an interview with Charlie Rose, Mr. Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s Foreign Minister, discussed the human rights situation in Iran and much to my astonishment and millions of others, he bluntly stated that, “We do not jail people for their opinions.” And as if that statement wasn’t enough, Mr. Zarif went on to say, “And I believe it is important for everybody to respect the rule of law and to allow the political process, the judicial process in Iran to run its course.”…read more

The complexity of the Iran-Israel-United States relations in the wake of Benjamin Netanyahu’s electoral victory.

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S. Hesam Houryaband has an extensive background in international, political, and diplomatic affairs with experience working for the Iranian Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, Mission of Iran to the UN, and Embassy of Iran to France. S. Hesam holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and Diplomacy. P.L. : Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, made a controversial speech in the beginning of March in front of the U.S. Congress about Iran’s progress towards acquiring nuclear weapons and the Geneva interim agreement, stating in short, that Iran is close to a nuclear breakthrough and…read more

Poets of Western Civilization

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This piece was originally intended for the September 2014 edition of TheBlvdier. That edition having gone unpublished, and this piece now having been dug up, feel free to read it here and enjoy it to your taste. Read more works by good writers at TheBlvdier.com. By Robert Ravensbergen « The real life in regular verse is an irregular movement underlying. » – Ezra Pound Poetry today in the West, predominantly in America but throughout the region to a great degree, is taken on by rappers, emcees, and street musicians. They often provide…read more

The Social Century

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By Robert Ravensbergen No matter how much work a man can do, no matter how engaging his personality may be, he will not advance far in business if he cannot work through others. – John Craig The fundamental issue now, remaining upon us in our time beyond ideology, is the realization of modest ambitions. Homes, and families, and goods and services, and the stuff of life that makes things a little better, so that we might be with the ones we love. Great things are still great, and we might…read more

The Middle East regional « Cold War », what next? An interview with S. Hesam Houryaband.

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*Cover picture: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul Aziz. Interview by Philippe Labrecque. S. Hesam Houryaband has an extensive background in international, political, and diplomatic affairs with experience working for the Iranian Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, Mission of Iran to the UN, and Embassy of Iran to France. S. Hesam holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and Diplomacy. Philippe Labrecque: What are the origins of the current regional “Cold War” between Iran and the Gulf Monarchies, especially Saudi Arabia? S. Hesam Houryaband : The current rivalries between Iran and the other Persian Gulf monarchies,…read more

What should we expect from ISIS after Charlie Hebdo? An interview with S. Hesam Houryaband.

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Interview by Philippe Labrecque S. Hesam Houryaband has an extensive background in international, political, and diplomatic affairs with experience working for the Iranian Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, Mission of Iran to the UN, and Embassy of Iran to France. S. Hesam holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and Diplomacy. Philippe Labrecque: Following the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Andrew Parker, Director General of the British intelligence MI5, stated that ISIS is planning « mass casualty attacks » against the West. Do you agree and what objectives is ISIS pursuing in doing so? What is…read more