Muhammad Sahimi


Muhammad Sahimi, Professor of Chemical Engineering and political columnist on Iran issues, discusses his article “Don’t Remove the MEK From the Terrorist List;” at; why the US chose to keep MEK leaders safe in Iraq after the 2003 invasion, rather than exchange them for al-Qaeda members held in Iran; the groundswell of support in the US (thanks to a suspiciously large budget, neoconservative allies and successful lobbying) for removing the MEK from the State Department’s list of terrorist groups; and how the group is effectively a proxy, used by Israel and the US, to effect regime change and/or start a war in Iran.

MP3 here. (37:00)

Muhammad Sahimi, Professor of chemical engineering & materials science and the National Iranian Oil Company chair in petroleum engineering at the University of Southern California, has published extensively on Iran’s political development and its nuclear program. He is the lead political columnist for the web site PBS/Frontline/Tehran Bureau, blogs at The Huffington Post, and contributes regularly to and National Public Radio on issues related to Iran.

4 thoughts on “Muhammad Sahimi”

  1. One thing though. To compare the MEK and their move to Iraq with the iraqi politiians that went to Iran is wrong. The difference is that the MEK was a military organization, a militia that was being integrated and used in Saddam's war machine. MEK for example served as a personal death squad of Saddam and was used extensively to murder the Kurds in Iraq when Saddam cracked down on them

    The Iraqi politicians that went to Iran however are there on more of a political and religious alliance. They do not hold any authority in Iran, nor are they in any way integrated into Iranian society or military. But rather they are groomed by the Iranian elite.

  2. I'm so tired of countries which know nothing (primarily U.S.) about other countries act in judgement against other groups from other countries. Undoubtedly the biggest terrorist in the world is the U.S. MEK pales by comparison. Grow up.

  3. Must read: First Casualty by Philip Knightly. History of close cooperation bet press & govt propaganda. Nothing to see here. Move along. Long history.

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