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Tuesday, March 02, 2021

30 Years Islamic Republic of Iran: The results of the Islamic revolution and the Western policy

Lecture and discussion with Amir Taheri (London)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 8 p.m. at the Werkstatt der Kulturen

Wissmannstraße 32, Berlin-Neukölln
(U7/U8 Hermannplatz, Map)

30 years of Islamic Republic of Iran stand not only for dictatorship and terror, but also for 3 decades of failed Iran policy of the West. While the tyranny in Iran – the persecution of the opposition, women, and independent labour unions, religious and ethnic minorities – continues, the enforced nuclear program makes the regime a daily growing international threat. Atomic weapons would not only pose an existential threat to Israel, but would also lead to an arms race in the crisis-ridden Middle East and would strengthen radical Islamic forces worldwide. The extensive Iranian support for Hamas and Hezbollah already aims at the annihilation of Israel and the spreading of the Islamic revolution.

2009 will be a decisive year. While the Iranian nuclear program is in its last stadium, the new US-administration under president Obama has announced a change of strategy. Direct talks with the Iranian leadership together with tougher sanctions should lead to concessions by the regime.

To gain an assessment of the risks and chances of this strategy Amir Taheri will look back at the results of the Western Iran policy and analyse the structure and ideology of the Islamic republic. Germany's Iran policy and its role as Iran's most important Western trade partner will also come into focus.

Amir Taheri, born 1942, was chief editor of one of the biggest Iranian Newspapers. Since 1979 he lives in exile in London and works as author and journalist e.g. for New York Times, New York Post, CNN, Asharq Al-Awsat, Spiegel, FAZ, Die Welt and Die Zeit. His books have been translated in nearly 20 languages, he has just published The Persian Night. Iran under the Khomeinist Revolution

An event by the Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin & the STOP THE BOMB campaign.

Chair: Benjamin Weinthal, Germany correspondent for the Jerusalem Post

Speech in English. Simultaneous translation will be available.

Please register at info-de(at)stopthebomb(dot)net

Please find an invitation in Farsi here (PDF).


Amir Taheri on "30 Years Islamic Republic Iran - The results of the Islamic revolution and the Western policy"

 The event took place on March 4 in Berlin. Please find more information here. The greeting is in German language, the introduction of Amir Taheri and his speech are in English.