Scott Horton Interviews Muhammad Sahimi

Scott Horton, May 18, 2010

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Muhammad Sahimi, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Southern California, discusses the Iran/Turkey/Brazil enriched uranium swap agreement, the predictable negative reception from Europe and the US, further demands upon Iran and continuing sanctions meant to queer the deal, Hillary Clinton’s last minute attempt to dissuade Turkey and Brazil from cooperating with Iran and why arguing for Iran’s rights under the NPT is not an endorsement of Ahmadinejad or the ayatollahs.

MP3 here. (19:24)

Dr. Muhammad Sahimi is a political columnist for Tehran Bureau. He is a professor of chemical engineering and materials science, and the NIOC Chair in petroleum engineering at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. In addition to his scientific research, which has resulted in four books and nearly 300 published papers, he has been writing about Iran’s nuclear program and its internal developments for many years.

His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, Harvard International Review, the Progressive, Antiwar.com and Huffington Post. Muhammad has been a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists since 1986, and a contributor to its Partners for Earth program.

12 Responses to “Muhammad Sahimi”

  1. excellent

  2. Part 1 of 3

    Respectable Mohammad Sahimi is WRONG on just one issue ie the “fraud” in the June 2009 Iranian Election.

    I hope he stops honoring that BIG LIE of warmongering neocons. Repeating their lies (instead of negating them) must be the Mission of every ethical individual.. .

    I urge him and other antiwar activists studying objectively the recent report of scholars who have thoroughly investigated that election

    To start I urge him to read a 38 page report by Eric A Brill ( http://iran2009presidentialelection.blogspot.com/ )

    His conclusion: So far, not a single evidence of fraud is ever presented by Mousavi or Neocons.

    He knows Probability and Statistics, I urge him and others to watch 2 one hour long videos of the statisticians of University of Maryland (WPO) and their opponent in this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKG-hUyk1_0

  3. Part 2

    There we see how the director of the Polling office of Washington Post tries to belittle the professional assertions of the WPO statisticians. He uses phrases such as “the unknown of unknown” without accurately explaining what he really means. At one point he says “ …in covering the Iranian election results we concluded there are many signs of manipulations and outright fraud in Iran’s disputed election results…”. Concluded? Outright fraud? He does’t provide a single evidence of such “distinct” and very “consequential” accusation.

    I urge him to Google Search “Iran Paul Craig Roberts” or “Iran Ray McGovern” and finds out the Green was a name picked by Iran-hating neocons such as Kenneth Timmerman.

    I urge him to read Profits of War by Ari Ben Menashe (the Israeli insider) to find out who is Manouchehr Ghorbani (Mousavi’s friend) and then he should be able to connects the dots.

  4. Part 3

    The BIG LIES of fraud in the Iranian election, Iran is a threat to US / Israel, Iran’s Mistle endangering Europe, Iran is building a bomb, Iran is an existential threat to Israel etc are all single elements of a whole…..

    Almost certainly there was no fraud !

    I am sure Sahimi will change his mind if he spends a little time to research this extremely important subject.

  5. Correction:

    In part 1, Instead of

    "must be the Mission of every ethical individual"

    read

    must not be the Mission of every ethical individual.. .

  6. [...] stoupenců Izraele“. Pro skutečné informace o iránském jaderném programu doporučuji rozhovor z ANTIWARRADIO.COM s Muhammadem Sahimiim, který učí na Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Southern [...]

  7. "There is no evidence that they actually want to make a nuclear bomb. They have said repeatedly that they are not interested in a nuclear bomb but, of course, the war party in this country don't buy it because they are only interested in sanctions and possible military attacks on Iran."–Prof. Sahimi

    Not only is Iran uninterested in obtaining nukes, it is illegal for them to do so. It is against Iranian law for that nation to pursue and stockpile nuclear weapons. Ayatollah Khamenei issued a fatwa–those edicts of binding import for Shia–forbidding nuclear weapons at an IAEA conference in 2005. Ahmadinejad has also corroborated this as he recently told Charlie Rose, unequivocally, that "Iran does not want nuclear weapons" which "would violate not only the Iranian people’s religious beliefs but also their culture." It seems any diplomatic measures should simply involve a reinforcement of this fatwa to provide sureties for the Security Council . This point also must be mentioned any time it is asserted that Iran's nuclear program is anything other than pacific.

  8. NO MATTER HOW ACCOMMODATING ANY IRANIAN REGIME BECOMES, THE UNITED STATES WILL KEEP MOVING THE GOALPOSTS AND DEMAND MORE…. THIS WILL CONTINUE UNTILLCONTROL OF THE FOSSIL FUEL ENERGY RESOURCES OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE CASPIAN BASIN

  9. Green was the color drawn by moussavi in the process to schedule one v. one debates in Iranian elections. It was then adopted and welcomed by his followers as it has special significance for the shiites. Ahmadinejad drew red, Karroubi white, and Rezaii blue.

  10. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by AngelaKeaton, Ano Takashi. Ano Takashi said: Muhammad Sahimi « Antiwar Radio: http://bit.ly/dq9rFh discusses the Iran/Turkey/Brazil enriched uranium swap agreement & US reaction [...]

  11. Another great interview Scott,

    I’m glad you covered the issue about plutonium being harvested from the Bushehr reactor and how practically impossible it is.

    It should be mentioned that the Bushehr reactor is a light water reactor and that no such reactor has ever been used for nuclear weapons production.

    While Gordon Prather pointed out the fact that the harvesting of Plutonium requires the rector to be shut down, it should be noted that light water power reactors do not require refuelling for long periods of time (as compared to heavy water reactors). The problem for anyone trying to harvest PU is that these long cycles lead to any PU that is produced being degraded, so in order to achieve any yield, the reactor has to be shut down far more regularly than is necessary for power generation.

    This alone would be a dead give-away.

    Another issue if the fact that because light water reactors use lower enriched fuel than heavy water reactors, they also produce a much lower yield of plutonium.

  12. Not only is Iran uninterested in obtaining nukes, it is illegal for them to do so. It is against Iranian law for that nation to pursue and stockpile nuclear weapons. Ayatollah Khamenei issued a fatwa–those edicts of binding import for Shia–forbidding nuclear weapons at an IAEA conference in 2005. Ahmadinejad has also corroborated this as he recently told Charlie Rose, unequivocally, that "Iran does not want nuclear weapons" which "would violate not only the Iranian people’s religious beliefs but also their culture." It seems any diplomatic measures should simply involve a reinforcement of this fatwa to provide sureties for the Security Council . This point also must be mentioned any time it is asserted that Iran's nuclear program is anything other than pacific.
    +1

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