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

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

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

Are we witnessing the break up of Iraq?

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By Philippe Labrecque Two years after the complete withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, the stability of the country is threatened once again. 2013 marked the bloodiest year of conflict since 2008 with nearly 8,000 civilians and over 1,000 members of security forces killed in sectarian violence. The oppressive treatment reserved to the Sunni minority by the Shia majority government under Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has opened the door to al-Qaeda’s ex- affiliate,  the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), to gain influence and entrench itself to the point…read more

Pour une apocalypse islamique: un coup d’État à l’étranger contre le militarisme des califes

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Cet article a été publié sur le site de Trahir. Traduction d’un article de Reza Negarestani, par Simon Labrecque, Montréal – Note introductive du traducteur – Selon toute vraisemblance, le texte qui suit a d’abord été publié en 2006, en anglais, par le philosophe et artiste iranien Reza Negarestani sur un ancien blog, « Cold me ». Aujourd’hui, l’hyperlien mène à « Deracinating Effect », dont les archives remontent seulement à novembre 2006. Il semble que plusieurs des textes informels écrits par Negarestani avant cette date (parfois sous le pseudonyme Basilisk dans le cadre du Maraka Project, par exemple, dont…read more