Journalist’s release from prison long overdue

Freedom New Mexico It is welcome news that Iranian-American journalist and former beauty queen Roxana Saberi has had her harsh eight-year sentence from the Iranian government quashed and that she is likely to be allowed to return to the United States soon. Unfortunately, the new verdict doesn’t suggest that anything resembling dispassionate justice is on […]

Businessman’s imprisonment strengthens ideals

By Freedom New Mexico If anybody has a right to have developed a bitter attitude toward the Iranian regime and perhaps even to have decided there’s just no talking to those people, it would be Ali Shakeri. Shakeri is the Iranian-American businessman who was snatched out of the Tehran airport more than four months ago […]

ROTC should have place on campus

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Last week, Columbia University was on my mind — not because I wanted to think about it but because, being an alumna, I was bombarded by e-mails, statements from alumni offices regarding Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s speech at the university. My e-mail box was full of messages stating that Columbia had exercised […]

Iranian leader’s visit testament to U.S.’ freedom

By Freedom New Mexico It’s easy to understand the large protests that greeted Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s long-anticipated speech Monday at Columbia University, less easy to understand those who tried to stop the event or who even want to punish Columbia for holding it. The New York Sun reported on efforts by the Democratic state […]

Iranian-American hostages highlight fragile relationship

By Freedom Newspapers Almost 30 years after the hostage crisis that has ever since soured relations between the United States and Iran, the United States is facing what could be viewed as a second hostage crisis — though smaller in scale and of a different character. Four Iranian-Americans are imprisoned in Iran and charged with […]

Iranians use epic film as political weapon

By Freedom Newspapers The movie “300” is making news all over the country, earning $70 million at the box office during its March 9 opening weekend, the biggest March movie opening ever. The movie depicts the ancient Battle of Thermopylae; it’s an epic tale of the little guy (King Leonidas and his army of 300 […]

If nothing else, U.N. reminds us world is crazy place

The opening days of the United Nations’ General Assembly debate were unusually entertaining last week. Americans heard Iran’s militant Islamic President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rant about the evils of Zionism and Venezuela’s leftist President Hugo Chavez refer to President George W. Bush as the “devil.” Such colorful discussions among world leaders don’t take place every day. […]

U.S. intelligences needs lessons from Godfather

By Freedom Newspapers Some Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee have released a 29-page staff report lambasting the “intelligence community” for not issuing more explicit warnings about the threat Iran poses to the United States. However true it is that intelligence agencies are downplaying the Iranian threat, one criticism the report gets right is […]

Russian-Iranian uranium deal may avert showdown

Freedom Newspapers The announcement that Iran and Russia have reached a tentative deal for Russia to enrich uranium in Russia for nuclear plants in Iran offers a faint hope that a showdown between Iran and the “international community” over Iran’s nuclear ambitions can be averted — for now. No doubt there will be deviltry in […]

U.S. has limited options dealing with Iran threat

On the surface it might seem strange that President Bush has responded in such a low-key fashion to news that the Iranian government rejected a proposal from Britain, France and Germany and decided to resume work at its uranium processing plant in Isfahan. Few people outside Iran believe that country, sitting on huge oil reserves, […]