Entries by Jalal Ghazi

Jalal Ghazi

Putting US Hikers on Trial Gives Iran a Stronger Bargaining Chip

By Jalal Ghazi, Oct 20, 2010 4:02 PM

Iran’s decision to try three US citizens on November 6 indicates that it is planning to sentence them and use the sentence as a stronger bargaining ship.

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Video Doesn't Necessarily Link Taliban in Pakistan to C.I.A. Attack

By Jalal Ghazi, Jan 11, 2010 4:36 PM

Something important was missing in the New York Times article examining the recorded message of the Jordanian doctor, Humam al-Balawi, who carried out the suicide attack in a CIA base in Afghanistan, killing 7 CIA employees and private contractors as well as a senior Jordanian military officer.

Balawi appeared in the recoded video, which was aired on Al Jazeera, sitting next to Hakimullah Mehsud, a current commander of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) who succeeded Baitullah Mehsud after his death in a US bombing in August 2009.

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British Paper Suggests Ahmadinejad's Jewish Roots: Why Iranians Wouldn't Care

By Jalal Ghazi, Oct 7, 2009 3:00 PM

The Daily Telegraph reported last weekend that Iranian president “Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s attacks on the Jewish world hide an astonishing secret.” The paper shows a picture of the Iranian president holding up his identity card during the 2008 elections revealing that his last name used to be Sabourjian, a Jewish name meaning "cloth weaver," before his family allegedly changed it after converting to Islam.

The Telegraph article makes several wrong assumptions about Islam and Ahmadinejad pertaining to the Jews.