Search Results for: Nima Shirazi

Sep 25 2015

PolitiFact Is Right That Ted Cruz Is Wrong, But Still Botches Iran Deal Facts


It wasn’t too difficult for PolitiFact to judge Ted Cruz’s claims about the Iran deal to be false. But PolitiFact’s own understanding of the parameters of the Iran deal itself was surprisingly rife with errors.

Sep 11 2015

‘This Deal Affirms the Peaceful Nature of the Iranian Nuclear Program’

CounterSpin interview with Nima Shirazi on Iran deal

Nima Shirazi

“We constantly hear, in nearly every single article that is written about this deal and its potential consequences, that Iran is a bad actor in the region and that it has nefarious activities.”

Sep 04 2015

Nima Shirazi on Iran Deal, Mark Trahant on Native Americans

CBS News on Iran deal coverage

The debate over the Iran deal has featured a wealth of misinformation about Iran and the pact itself. Plus: If indigenous people are, as the New York Times said, an “important political constituency,” why do we see so little news about them?

Nov 22 2013

Trevor Timm on NSA ‘Reform,’ Nima Shirazi on Iran Negotiations


Download MP3 (right click) This week on CounterSpin: Polls show Americans overwhelmingly opposed to the government’s mass surveillance programs; they find the unconstitutional spying “alarming” and don’t think it’s making them safer. There’s legislative movement to “reform” surveillance procedures–but is it real reform or windowdressing? We’ll hear from Trevor Timm of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Also on CounterSpin today: Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers resumed on November 20, after falling apart nearly two weeks earlier. But the US press seems a little confused about why those earlier talks failed. We’ll talk with Nima Shirazi of Wide Asleep […]

Aug 01 2013

After Ahmadinejad, Alarmism Still Reigns

Spinning Iranian election results to maintain an official enemy

ABC's Dan Harris and Jonathan Karl parrot AIPAC on "pro-nuclear Iran."

With the surprise election (CNN, 6/15/13) of moderate pragmatist Hassan Rouhani as the next president of Iran, and the attendant departure of the West’s favorite bogeyman, outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, from the political stage, U.S. elite media have had to rapidly adapt the collective narrative in order to maintain their alarmist depiction of the Islamic Republic. For the past eight years, references to what is perceived as Ahmadinejad’s bombastic rhetoric abounded in political speeches and were readily parroted by the press (Extra!, 6/12). He was routinely presented as a megalomaniacal, apocalyptic madman, hell-bent on developing nuclear weapons in order to […]

Mar 01 2013

Nima Shirazi on Argo, Mitra Ebadolahi on Warrantless Spying


Argo won the Best Picture Academy Award. The film claims to be ‘based on’ the true story of the Iranian hostage crisis. But just how far removed is it from that true story, and why does it matter? We’ll hear from Nima Shirazi of the blog WideasleepinAmerica.

Also on the show: The Supreme Court has determined that the government doesn’t have to reveal who it’s targeting with its domestic spying programs, but civil liberties groups can’t challenge the spying because… they can’t prove they’ve been targeted. Mitra Ebadolahi of the ACLU’s National Security Project will explain.