Scott Horton Interviews Muhammad Sahimi
Muhammad Sahimi, Professor of Chemical Engineering and political columnist on Iran issues, discusses his article “The IAEA Report on Iran’s Nuclear Program: Alarming or Hyped;” recycling the old “smoking laptop” documents into new allegations against Iran; debunking the story about a Russian nuclear scientist who supposedly helped Iran with nuclear weapons; leaving Iranians to form their own opposition parties without foreign interference; why David Albright won’t give up the Iran-propaganda business and get an honest job; how the 2007 and 2011 NIEs contradict IAEA claims about Iran’s nuclear weapons capabilities; the “Bolton plan” of pestering Iran until they withdraw from the NPT – so a war can begin; and Iran’s long history of pragmatic foreign policy decisions, including cooperating with the US and Israel in various circumstances.
MP3 here. (42:14)
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 antiwar.com and National Public Radio on issues related to Iran.