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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Weekend Roundup: Trump’s Siding With Saudi Arabia Against Iran Deepens The Mideast Divide
Huffington Post - 9 months
In a speech in Riyadh ostensibly billed as seeking to unite the Muslim world against terrorism, U.S. President Donald Trump instead further inflamed the Shia-Sunni schism in the region by signaling America’s embrace of the Saudi anti-Iran vision for the Middle East. It was, of course, left unmentioned that the so-called Islamic State, which claimed credit for the truly evil atrocity in Manchester days later, derives part of its fanatic ideology from the fundamentalist Wahhabism strain of Islam that legitimates Saudi Arabia’s monarchy.   One can only imagine how the images of Trump partaking in a traditional sword dance with Saudi officials played to voters who had just gone to the polls in Iran and overwhelmingly returned the reformist leader Hassan Rouhani to the presidency. Rouhani’s re-election was due in no small part to the nuclear and sanctions relief deal he negotiated with the United States and other major powers. That deal was crucial to former U.S. President Barack Obam...
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Thailand's future under King Rama X: lessons from three Asian countries
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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 deat...
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How Will Khamenei And Trump Deal With Each Other?
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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 2 years
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 unfreez...
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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 2 years
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 ba...
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Ashraf Pahlavi, Sister of Iran’s Last Shah, Dies at 96
NYTimes - about 2 years
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 2 years
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 2 years
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 secu...
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It's Time to Stop Islamic Republic's Expansionism
Huffington Post - over 2 years
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 it...
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The Anti-Arab Zionized Ruling Al Saud
Intifada - almost 3 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 ...
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Lawmakers Who Seem To Have Forgotten Iraq Insist They're Right About Iran
Huffington Post - almost 3 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 als...
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    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.
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  • 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:
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  • 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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1986
    Reza married Yasmine Etemad Amini on 12 June 1986.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    With the death of his father on 27 July 1980, Reza Pahlavi became the Head of the House of Pahlavi.
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    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.
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  • 1979
    In 1979, Reza Pahlavi left Iran at the time of the Iranian Revolution.
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  • OTHER
  • 1960
    Born on October 31, 1960.
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