Reza Pahlavi
Last crown prince of the former Imperial State of Iran
Reza Pahlavi
Prince Reza Pahlavi is the last crown prince of the former Imperial State of Iran and current head of the House of Pahlavi. He is the older son of the late Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and his Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi. In 1979, Reza Pahlavi left Iran at the time of the Iranian Revolution.
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Thailand's future under King Rama X: lessons from three Asian countries
Huffington Post - 3 months
Buddhist monks pray in front of a picture of Thailand's new king at Wat Pho temple in Bangkok on December 1. Jorge Silva/Reuters Patrick Jory, The University of Queensland Thailand's crown prince has become King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun or Rama X, the tenth monarch of the Chakri dynasty, succeeding his father who died on October 13. But great uncertainly remains about Thailand's future - and that of the monarchy - both within the country and among international observers. Much attention has focused on the personality of the unpopular Crown Prince. While the international media has noted his erratic personal life, of much greater concern is his reputation for ruthlessness, which could harm the overwhelming respect for the monarchy in Thailand. Despite the superficial appearance of a modern constitutional monarchy (carefully crafted by palace propaganda), Thailand's monarchy is, in reality, deeply conservative. Can it modernise itself after the death ...
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How Will Khamenei And Trump Deal With Each Other?
Huffington Post - 3 months
During his campaign for presidency and afterwards, President-Elect Donald Trump has expressed his opposition to military intervention in other countries, as well as nation building such as, for example, what happened in Afghanistan. On January 20 Trump will begin his term as the president. He believes that the main threat in the Middle East is the Daesh (also known as the ISIS or ISIL), not the dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, and that in order to destroy Daesh, his administration will be willing to work with Russia and other nations. The Guardian recently reported that Donald Trump, Jr., recently met in Paris with Randa Kassis, a pro-Syrian government activist who believes that the war in Syria can be ended through cooperation between the U.S., Russia and the Syrian Government. Trump also met with Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D. Hawaii) who is strongly against U.S. intervention in Syria. But, although Iran has been fighting the Daesh fiercely, both in Syria and in Iraq, ...
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The Lifting of International Economic and Financial Sanctions of the Islamic Republic
Huffington Post - about 1 year
My Fellow Compatriots,‎ The lifting of international economic and financial sanctions, which were imposed on ‎the people of Iran as a result of provocative and destabilizing policies of the ‎theocratic regime, could be a reason to rejoice.‎ The regime's track record demonstrates its sole pursuit of self-interest and self-‎preservation, rather than national interests. Now, after inflicting various calamities ‎on the Iranian people, we are witnessing the regime's retreat, and once again (as ‎Khomeini first said) had to drink poison from the chalice. ‎ It has been the longstanding policy of Islamic Republic to take hostages or exchange ‎Iranian-Americans hostages to win financial concessions from the West, in order to ‎expand the sphere of the Islamic revolution in the region and beyond.‎ Today, we may imagine that by the removal of economic sanctions there could be a ‎window of opportunity for the oppressed people of Iran. However, it is obvious to ‎everyone, that the unfreezi ...
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<i>The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government</i>, David Talbot, (New York: HarperCollins, 2015)
Huffington Post - about 1 year
In The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government, David Talbot, the journalist who founded Salon.com in 1995 and wrote a great book on the lives of John and Robert Kennedy, Brothers (2007), has produced another page-turner that unearths mountains of new evidence about the seamier side of the rise of the United States' Cold War national security state. Talbot has achieved something rare in our scholarly discourse these days on the origins of the Central Intelligence Agency and the men who were responsible for shaping the Cold War ethos that for decades dominated American foreign policy in the 20th Century. By presenting the contours of Allen Dulles's life and his everlasting imprint on the nature of the CIA in a cogent and highly readable way, Talbot offers us a new and sophisticated analysis of America's secret Cold War history. The Devil's Chessboard is quite simply the best single volume I've come across that details the morally ban ...
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Ashraf Pahlavi, Sister of Iran’s Last Shah, Dies at 96
NYTimes - about 1 year
The princess was a close ally and staunch defender of her brother, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi.
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Ashraf Pahlavi, Sister of Iran’s Last Shah, Dies at 96
NYTimes - about 1 year
The princess was a close ally and staunch defender of her brother, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi.
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Blowback -- the Washington War Party's Folly Comes Home to Roost
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Exactly 26 years ago last week, peace was breaking out in a manner that the world had not experienced since June 1914. The Berlin Wall—the symbol of a century of state tyranny, grotesque mass warfare and the nuclear sword of Damocles hanging over the planet—had come tumbling down on November 9, 1989. It was only a matter of time before the economically decrepit Soviet regime would be no more, and that the world’s vast arsenal of weapons and nuclear bombs could be dismantled. Indeed, shortly thereafter according to Gorbachev, President George H.W. Bush and Secretary Baker promised that NATO would not be expanded by “as much as a thumb’s width further to the East” in return for acquiescing to the reunification of Germany. So with its “mission accomplished” there was no logical reason why NATO should not have been disbanded in parallel with the Warsaw Pact’s demise, and for an obvious and overpowering reason: On November 9, 1989 there were no material military threats to US secur ...
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It's Time to Stop Islamic Republic's Expansionism
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The totalitarian regime of Iran has done nothing but escalate its regional ‎destabilizing efforts since the nuclear agreement. ‎ When the Iran National Council declared our conditional support for the Joint Plan ‎of Action on nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran, we did so based ‎on the premise that such an agreement would reduce regional and international ‎tensions and the risk of imminent war. We did so, while firmly reminding the free ‎world that this agreement does not address the repressive policies and tyrannical ‎nature of the theocratic regime and its state sponsorship of terrorism, nor does it ‎address the hardships imposed on the Iranian people by its internal violations of ‎human rights and basic principles of a civic society. ‎ Barely three months since the announcement of the said agreement, the ‎theocratic regime has been busy acquiring new missiles technology from some of ‎the signers of the agreement, while at the same time aggressively expanding its ...
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The Anti-Arab Zionized Ruling Al Saud
Intifada - almost 2 years
 Image credit MWC.NET The Saudi ruling family follows an anti-Arab, anti-Muslim, pro-Zionist, terror-sponsored, tyrannical, suppressive, ruthless, authoritarian, and treacherous absolute monarchy. The Saudi monarchy was established on betrayal, chauvinism, elitism, and discrimination.       By Dr. Elias Akleh   It must be clearly and loudly declared that the Saudi ruling family follows an anti-Arab, anti-Muslim, pro-Zionist, terror-sponsored, tyrannical, suppressive, ruthless, authoritarian, and treacherous absolute monarchy. The Saudi monarchy was established on betrayal, chauvinism, elitism, and discrimination. Al Saud dynasty started with its founder Muhammad bin Saud, who in 1744 joined forces with Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, the founder of the Wahhabi ideology; a religiously extremist movement, to establish the first Saudi State. This state was destroyed by the Ottomans in 1818. A second Saudi State was established in 1824 by Turki ibn Abdulla but was a ...
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Lawmakers Who Seem To Have Forgotten Iraq Insist They're Right About Iran
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) doesn’t have to think very hard to remember what happened after he visited Iraq in 2002, before Congress voted for a war to destroy Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction. “I became ‘Baghdad Jim,’” McDermott said this week. “That was during a campaign year. People came up on my lawn and wrote ‘Baghdad Jim’ on my yard signs.” What McDermott had done to earn that Jane Fonda-like sobriquet was to repeat, during an interview from Iraq’s capital with ABC News’ George Stephanopolous, his opinion that President George W. Bush’s administration was dummying up the case for war. "I think the president would mislead the American people,” McDermott said, sparking a firestorm of criticism back home, where he was labeled “disgraceful” and accused of “slander” by war-supporting pundits. Of course, in one of history’s more humbling lessons, McDermott turned out to be right -- not just about the quality of the case being made for war, but also ...
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Week to Week News Quiz for 4/3/15: Iran Special Edition
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Now that agreements are being made with Iran, it's time the Week to Week news quiz takes a special look at this contentious relationship and agreement. Here are some random but real hints: Well, not officially at least; it happened on November 5, 1979; he's triangulating; and that's only if Obamacare has already been repealed. Answers are below the quiz. 1. Which of the following is not true regarding the framework deal reached by world powers and Iran regarding its nuclear program? a. Iran will not enrich uranium to levels needed to build a nuclear weapon b. International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors will have access to all of Iran's declared nuclear facilities c. After key milestones are passed by Iran, the United States and European Union will lift nuclear-related sanctions d. Iran will dismantle its Fordo nuclear reactor, which is buried 200 feet under a mountain 2. Which of the following was not involved in the negotiations? a. Russia b. China c. Germany d. Isra ...
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Mr. Netanyahu Goes to Washington: What to Say
Huffington Post - about 2 years
With the prospect of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to the U.S. Congress looming, it seems necessary to revisit the possibility that Israeli leaders, increasingly isolated because of Iran's foreign policy -- support of Hamas, Hezbollah and now the Houthis in Yemen -- might once again feel compelled to call for and mount a preemptive assault against Iranian nuclear facilities in places such as Bushehr, Arak, Natanz, and the Isfahan Nuclear Technology Center. Encirclement is the condition Israel faces, and the fear and other similar sentiments that result in a "strike now" mindset is certainly understandable. It does not constitute "paranoia" as some have put, because Israel is increasingly surrounded by enemies in Gaza, Syria and Lebanon. As if that were not enough of a problem, the prospect of a "Third Intifada" within Israel is real. Indeed, while some have previously called the spate of "lone-assailant" attacks in Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, and elsewhere in Israe ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Reza Pahlavi
    FORTIES
  • 2011
    In February 2011, Pahlavi said after violence erupted in Tehran that Iran’s youth were determined to get rid of an authoritarian government tainted by corruption and misrule in the hope of installing a democracy. “Fundamental and necessary change is long overdue for our region and we have a whole generation of young Egyptian and Iranians not willing to take no for an answer,” Pahlavi told the Daily Telegraph. “Democratisation is now an imperative that cannot be denied.
    More Details Hide Details It is only a matter of time before the whole region can transform itself. Following in a line of Persian dynasties stretching back 3000 years, the Pahlavi dynasty was founded early in the twentieth century. The revolution of 1979 led to the replacement of the Persian constitutional monarchy (de facto absolute monarchy) with an Islamic republic. Although he currently lives in exile, Pahlavi is still regarded by some Iranians as the current Shah of Iran. After the death of his father, Mohammad-Rezā Shāh Pahlavi, Pahlavi symbolically declared himself Shāhanshāh (Literally, King of Kings in Persian) at the age of 21, but now his press releases refer to him as either "Reza Pahlavi" or "the former Crown Prince of Iran". Succession is theoretical, as the Iranian monarchy was abolished with the Islamic Constitution in Iran in 1980. He is the current pretender in the succession line to his late father and Noor Pahlavi is the second in line.
  • 2010
    On 27 March 2010, Reza Pahlavi was invited by the International Society of Human Rights in Bonn, Germany, to speak on the challenge of implementing democracy and human rights in Iran; a sample excerpt from this speech follows:
    More Details Hide Details democracy and human rights for Iran is not just a slogan; it is our unique hope for salvation and the fundamental element which will bring long term political stability as well as put our nation back on the track of modernity, progress and prosperity. Iranians have come a long way, particularly in this last century. We have paid a heavy price while learning valuable lessons. As such, we are stronger as a society and perhaps clearer in our collective vision of a better future. Other samples of his speeches are in the External Links below.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Reza Pahlavi is the owner of Medina Development Company. Although it is unclear how this entity conducts business or where its revenues come from. He and his company were engaged in a civil lawsuit against a family member in the 90s culminating in a favorable judgment in May 1997.
    More Details Hide Details Reza Pahlavi has used his high profile status as an Iranian abroad to campaign politically for human rights, democracy, and unity among Iranians in Iran and outside it. On his website he calls for a separation of religion and state in Iran and for free and fair elections "for all freedom-loving individuals and political ideologies". He exhorts all groups dedicated to a democratic agenda to work together for a democratic and secular Iranian government. According to Reza Bayegan, Prince Pahlavi believes in the separation of religion from politics. However, Pahlavi avoids the "Islam bashing" that Bayegan writes occurs in some circles of the Iranian opposition. Rather, he believes that religion has a humanizing and ethical role in shaping individual character and infusing society with greater purpose. Pahlavi wrote in his book, Winds of Change: Since the advent of Islam, our clergymen have served as a moral compass. Spirituality has been an inseparable part of our culture Today, moral guidance has been replaced by clerical censorship and dictatorial fiat.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1986
    Reza married Yasmine Etemad Amini on 12 June 1986.
    More Details Hide Details Yasmine, a graduate of the George Washington University School of Law, worked for ten years as a lawyer for the Children’s Law Center as a legal advocate for at-risk youth. Yasmine also founded the Foundation for the Children of Iran in 1991, a non-profit foundation that provides health care services to Iranian children or children of Iranian origin. Reza Pahlavi and his wife Yasmine have three daughters: Noor (born 3 April 1992), Iman (born 12 September 1993), and Farah (born 17 January 2004). In 2004, Reza Pahlavi was named as the "unofficial godfather" of Princess Louise of Belgium the eighth granddaughter of King Albert II of Belgium. The decision to choose him was criticized by the Foreign Ministry of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    With the death of his father on 27 July 1980, Reza Pahlavi became the Head of the House of Pahlavi.
    More Details Hide Details Reza Pahlavi has written three books on the state of Iran. According to Iranian writer Reza Bayegan, Prince Reza Pahlavi is deeply attached to his Shi'ite Muslim faith. He has named one of his daughters Iman (meaning faith in Arabic), and has performed the Hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca.
    In 1980, at the start of the Iran–Iraq War, Pahlavi, a highly-trained fighter pilot, wrote to General Valiollah Fallahi, Chief Commander of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic, offering to fight in the air force for Iran in the war.
    More Details Hide Details The offer was rebuffed.
  • 1979
    In 1979, Reza Pahlavi left Iran at the time of the Iranian Revolution.
    More Details Hide Details Reza Pahlavi was born in Tehran, Iran, as eldest son of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran, and Empress Farah Pahlavi. Reza Pahlavi's siblings include his sister Princess Farahnaz Pahlavi (12 March 1963), brother Prince Ali-Reza Pahlavi (28 April 1966 – 4 January 2011), and sister Princess Leila Pahlavi (27 March 1970 – 10 June 2001), as well as a half-sister, Princess Shahnaz Pahlavi (27 October 1941). He left Iran at the age of 17 for air force training. He spent a year at Williams College, but was forced to leave because of the turmoil in Iran. With the monarchy overthrown and an Islamic Republic established, Reza Pahlavi did not return to Iran. He received a BSc degree by correspondence in political science from the University of Southern California, because Williams did not offer that option. A jet fighter pilot, Reza Pahlavi completed the United States Air Force Training Program at the former Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas.
  • OTHER
  • 1960
    Born on October 31, 1960.
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