Sheda Vasseghi

Sheda Vasseghi is on the Board of Azadegan Foundation and is a regular contributor on Iran’s Affairs to several publications including WorldTribune.com.

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Only a country that disses its Founding Father could possibly have re-elected this president

Only a country that disses its Founding Father could possibly have re-elected this president

Something is rotten in the State of Denmark — “The Tragedy of Hamlet” by Shakespeare (Act 1, Scene 4) “What Federal holiday can we do without?” It was the response to this question on the radio a few days post-2012 presidential election that provides a possible glimpse as to why an administration that failed on […]

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The nonstop assault on Iranian history and heritage

The nonstop assault on Iranian history and heritage

By Sheda Vasseghi Reading Wafa Tarnowska’s English translation of “The Seven Wise Princesses” (Persian “Haft Peykar”) in prose originally by one of greatest Iranian romantic poets, Nezami (1141-1209), shocks the common sense. The story revolves around Iranian kings such as Yazdgerd and Bahram during pre-Islamic Sasanian Persia era (224-651).  But according to Tarnowska, the Persian […]

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High stakes at the 5+1 Iran talks: The threat of a 'big war' that could involve Russia

High stakes at the 5+1  Iran talks: The threat of a 'big war' that could involve Russia

By Sheda Vasseghi On April 14, 2012, representatives from the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany (“5+1”) met with officials from the Islamic Republic of Iran in Istanbul to discuss its nuclear ambitions.  Discussions were preliminary and introductory, and expectations for the parties to come to any agreement were low. According to UK representative […]

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Netanyahu's gift to Obama jeopardized the 2800-year-old bond between two peoples

Netanyahu's gift to Obama jeopardized the 2800-year-old bond between two peoples

By Sheda Vasseghi During their most recent meeting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave President Barack Obama a copy of the Book of Esther as a symbol of his fears for Israel if the Islamic Republic of Iran becomes nuclear. While this gesture effectively telegraphed to the American public the message he wanted to deliver them, it […]

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An SOS from the people of Iran to the people of Israel: Two former top diplomats take a stand against war

An SOS from the people of Iran to the people of Israel: Two former top diplomats take a stand against war

By Sheda Vasseghi The following is based on recent statements by Amb. Ardeshir Zahedi, former foreign minister and and the last ambassador of the Shah in Washington, and Dr. Assad Homayoun, former minister at the Iranian Embassy in Washington. “I have come to believe that Israel will indeed strike Iran in 2012.” This is the […]

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Iran's advance to it pre-Islamic roots could help 'Arab Spring' succeed in 2012

Iran's advance to it pre-Islamic roots could help 'Arab Spring' succeed in 2012

By Sheda Vasseghi The gap between the destinies of Iran and Arab countries continues to grow exponentially given the differences in their respective culture and history. Iran has been in a state of identity crisis since the Arab Muslim invasion some 1400 years ago, while the rise of Islam gave Arabs a sense of unity […]

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Critique of Iran's cultural heritage conveniently ignores main factor: historic role of Islamic invaders

Critique of Iran's cultural heritage conveniently ignores main factor: historic role of Islamic invaders

By Sheda Vasseghi In his article “Iran’s Fundamental Cultural Reformations,” Davood-Rahni calls for the immediate elimination of “bad [Iranian] social and cultural traits and practices.” Although this column will not serve to negate Davood-Rahni’s list of negative traits among Iranians or the need to reflect on them, it is a rather silly posture given a […]

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In response to an assassination plot against a Saudi diplomat, the U.S. should not go to war

In response to an assassination plot against a Saudi diplomat, the U.S. should not go to war

By Sheda Vasseghi The latest Saudi official assassination conspiracy implicating the Islamic Republic of Iran brings chills to Iranian nationalists as it is a reminder of many examples in history whereby in the scheme of things a small trigger causes global warfare and carnage. Accusations against the Islamists in control of Iran triggering potential backlash […]

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LIFE's list of dictators: Who put the interns in charge?

LIFE's list of dictators: Who put the interns in charge?

By Sheda Vasseghi Mainstream media’s shameless audacity and direct attack on the general public’s intelligence has reached an all time high.  LIFE magazine has published a list of the world’s worst dictators including the late Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1919-1980) as one of the nominees.  A definition for “dictator” or the method of […]

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August demonstrations in Azerbaijan take aim at Iran's ecological mismanagement

  By Sheda Vasseghi This past weekend the cities of Urmia and Tabriz in Azerbaijan, Iran, witnessed clashes between civilians and Islamic Republic thugs trained in crushing demonstrations. Dozens were arrested or severely injured, according to reports from the region.  While the focus of the uprisings has been regime’s incompetency in failing to prevent the […]

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