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1 CASMII Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention In Iran http://www.campaigniran.org/casmii/ http://www.campaigniran.org/casmii/ CASMII Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention In Iran http://www.campaigniran.org/casmii/ http://www.campaigniran.org/casmii/

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3 CASMII was founded by Abbas Edalat in England in 2005 and its US branch in 2006 CASMII was created to bridge the Iranian regime with the left part of American peace movement. CASMII is the “left” and “anti-Imperialist” version of NIAC. CASMII and NIAC has worked closely together but each organization has specific role. NIAC tries to position itself at the center CASMII was founded by Abbas Edalat in England in 2005 and its US branch in 2006 CASMII was created to bridge the Iranian regime with the left part of American peace movement. CASMII is the “left” and “anti-Imperialist” version of NIAC. CASMII and NIAC has worked closely together but each organization has specific role. NIAC tries to position itself at the center

4 A simple look at CASMII’s website leaves no doubt about their unconditional support to the Iranian regime. See:website CASMII’s talking point on Iran’s nuclear program: Fact Sheets of Iran-US Standoff CASMII asks Iranian regime to “sue Israel and US in World Court”sue Israel and US in World Court A simple look at CASMII’s website leaves no doubt about their unconditional support to the Iranian regime. See:website CASMII’s talking point on Iran’s nuclear program: Fact Sheets of Iran-US Standoff CASMII asks Iranian regime to “sue Israel and US in World Court”sue Israel and US in World Court

5 CASMII’s missionCASMII’s mission (by its president, Abbas Edalat) 1: Systematically respond to biased and distorted articles in the media against Iran, 2: to mobilize opposition in the Iraq anti-war movement against any attack on Iran, and finally, 3: to lobby representatives in the US congress and the Senate against the war drive on Iran." CASMII’s missionCASMII’s mission (by its president, Abbas Edalat) 1: Systematically respond to biased and distorted articles in the media against Iran, 2: to mobilize opposition in the Iraq anti-war movement against any attack on Iran, and finally, 3: to lobby representatives in the US congress and the Senate against the war drive on Iran."

6 CASMII & Iranian regime’s Human rights http://www.zcommunications.org/opposing- theocratic-repression-in-iran-or-playing-into-hands-of- us-warmongers-by-casmii http://www.zcommunications.org/opposing- theocratic-repression-in-iran-or-playing-into-hands-of- us-warmongers-by-casmii CASMII & Iranian regime’s Human rights http://www.zcommunications.org/opposing- theocratic-repression-in-iran-or-playing-into-hands-of- us-warmongers-by-casmii http://www.zcommunications.org/opposing- theocratic-repression-in-iran-or-playing-into-hands-of- us-warmongers-by-casmii Feb. 2008Hassan Daioleslam CASMII criticized a peace organization because it had condemned human rights violations in Iran: “Your petition caves into US propaganda by devoting more space in its text to condemnation of the Iranian regime, which is to a large extent based on fallacies, inaccuracies and exaggeration. As citizens or residents of western countries, our essential duty is to oppose the aggressive and imperial policies of our own elected governments which we face and can impact rather than present a misleading and condescending picture of the internal situation in Iran and promote our version of "democracy" for a country with a different culture than ours. Rather than joining the bias Western media and condemning Iran for human rights violations… The war crimes and the gross violations of human rights committed by the coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, the human rights issues in Israel, and the Arab client states of the United Sates, as well as the violations of the U.S. Constitution, international renditions, Guantanamo Bay, and torture, will remain our main area of public focus.” CASMII criticized a peace organization because it had condemned human rights violations in Iran: “Your petition caves into US propaganda by devoting more space in its text to condemnation of the Iranian regime, which is to a large extent based on fallacies, inaccuracies and exaggeration. As citizens or residents of western countries, our essential duty is to oppose the aggressive and imperial policies of our own elected governments which we face and can impact rather than present a misleading and condescending picture of the internal situation in Iran and promote our version of "democracy" for a country with a different culture than ours. Rather than joining the bias Western media and condemning Iran for human rights violations… The war crimes and the gross violations of human rights committed by the coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, the human rights issues in Israel, and the Arab client states of the United Sates, as well as the violations of the U.S. Constitution, international renditions, Guantanamo Bay, and torture, will remain our main area of public focus.”

7 CASMII’s president in US: Rostam Pourzal

8 Pourzal and the Iranian women Defending regime’s repression http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2006/pourzal180606.html http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2006/pourzal180606.html Pourzal and the Iranian women Defending regime’s repression http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2006/pourzal180606.html http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2006/pourzal180606.html Feb. 2008Hassan Daioleslam Rostam Pourzal on Women in Iran: ". If, for example, equal rights for women are actually not as popular in Iran as we wish, we would be better off facing the facts and asking what we are doing wrong, instead of inventing excuses or blaming the messenger. I was stunned during arecent visit to Iran to find that President Ahmadinejad is quite popular among women from all walks of life.” Rostam Pourzal on Women in Iran: ". If, for example, equal rights for women are actually not as popular in Iran as we wish, we would be better off facing the facts and asking what we are doing wrong, instead of inventing excuses or blaming the messenger. I was stunned during arecent visit to Iran to find that President Ahmadinejad is quite popular among women from all walks of life.”

9 Defending Ahmadinejad Feb. 2008Hassan Daioleslam

10 Abbas Edalat’s background Since 1999, He has been active as the president of Science and Arts foundation that he founded in Tehran.Science and Arts foundation Edalat worked with trita Parsi in 2001 to the create a lobby group in US. See: Conference call Parsi with Abbas Edalat, ….) Conference call Parsi with Abbas Edalat, ….) He founded CASMII in 2005 in England and in 2006 the CASMII in US Since 1999, He has been active as the president of Science and Arts foundation that he founded in Tehran.Science and Arts foundation Edalat worked with trita Parsi in 2001 to the create a lobby group in US. See: Conference call Parsi with Abbas Edalat, ….) Conference call Parsi with Abbas Edalat, ….) He founded CASMII in 2005 in England and in 2006 the CASMII in US

11 Edalat (SAF’s president and future CASMII president) collaborated with Trita Parsi in 2001 to create a lobby group in Washington. The goal was to remove sanctions against Iran Document 1: Conference call Parsi with Abbas Edalat, ….)Conference call Parsi with Abbas Edalat, ….) Document 2: Minutes of the Conference callMinutes of the Conference call Edalat (SAF’s president and future CASMII president) collaborated with Trita Parsi in 2001 to create a lobby group in Washington. The goal was to remove sanctions against Iran Document 1: Conference call Parsi with Abbas Edalat, ….)Conference call Parsi with Abbas Edalat, ….) Document 2: Minutes of the Conference callMinutes of the Conference call

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18 SAF chapter in US, founded in 1999

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20 SAF’s biggest donor was the IT company Centelium Communications led by Faraj Alaei. He was a board member of AIC an advocacy group led by H. Amirahmadi. AIC tried to remove sanctions on Iran. Trita Parsi was AIC’s director in 2001.

21 In 2000, Abbas Edalat participated in lobby efforts in US to remove sanctions against Iranparticipated In 2000, Abbas Edalat participated in lobby efforts in US to remove sanctions against Iranparticipated

22 CASMII and NIAC

23 Edalat collaborated with Trita Parsi in 2001 to create a lobby group in Washington. The goal was to remove sanctions against Iran Document 1: Conference call Parsi with Abbas Edalat, ….)Conference call Parsi with Abbas Edalat, ….) Document 2: Minutes of the Conference callMinutes of the Conference call Edalat collaborated with Trita Parsi in 2001 to create a lobby group in Washington. The goal was to remove sanctions against Iran Document 1: Conference call Parsi with Abbas Edalat, ….)Conference call Parsi with Abbas Edalat, ….) Document 2: Minutes of the Conference callMinutes of the Conference call

24 IIC (1997-2002) lobby group created by Parsi Trita Parsi Alex Patico Babak talebi Daniel Pourkessali Mohammad Navab Dokoi Fassihian Javad Fakherzadeh Shahram Mostarshed Mohammad Ala NIAC 2002 Created by Parsi Trita Parsi Alex Patico Babak talebi Daniel Pourkessali Mohammad Navab Dokoi Fassihian CASMII 2006 Created by Edalat Alex Patico Daniel Pourkessali Mohammad Navab Javad Fakherzadeh Shahram Mostarshed Mohammad Ala Board members from 3 consecutive organizations

25 Feb. 2008Hassan Daioleslam Feb. 2008Hassan Daioleslam25 Alex Patico, the #2 and co-founder of NIAC and CASMII

26 Feb. 2008Hassan Daioleslam Shot taken from CASMII website in 2007 Feb. 2008Hassan Daioleslam26 Alex Patico posted as a board member

27 CASMII’s president in US: Rostam Pourzal

28 Pourzal was a NIAC member

29 Feb. 2008Hassan Daioleslam Feb. 2008Hassan Daioleslam29 Public collaborations between sister organizations NIAC and CASMII

30 Babak Talebi, NIAC co-founder http://www.iranian.com/main/albums/good-people-good-work http://www.iranian.com/main/albums/good-people-good-work Babak Talebi, NIAC co-founder http://www.iranian.com/main/albums/good-people-good-work http://www.iranian.com/main/albums/good-people-good-work

31 Baquer Namazi from Tehran talks about CASMII-NIAC relation and collaboration to recruit the peace movement and create a “pressure group” in US

32 Two very good Iranian groups are working hard (NIAC) National Iranian American Council and the London based (CASMII) Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention against Iran. The latter had a hand in the Washington ad you shared with me. They are both also working closely together. This is really great and we know the heads of both, close friends. Trita Parsa NIAC and Abbas Edalat CASMI. Their team work and cooperation should be emulated by all of us. Attached please find An article from Dokhi Fassihian, former Ex. Dir. of NIAC on How Iranian Americans can block attack on Iran. Dr. Abbas Edalat has also written a wonderful article on the threat. some important websites on major organizations and movement involved in the anti war campaign. Once we get our act together we should try and link up to NIAC. Parker and I know Dr. Trita Parsa. Hossein is a good friend of Dr. Edalat. I know him too. Both these gentlemen are accomplished scholars, well known and respected in Iranian and international circles. Our American friends, especially yourself and Parker and Geri can help link us up with US based peace movements. Just imagine if we can work out a grand coalition for peace or the Network of Peace Networks, what a great ethical and humanitarian force, what a formidable pressure group. Two very good Iranian groups are working hard (NIAC) National Iranian American Council and the London based (CASMII) Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention against Iran. The latter had a hand in the Washington ad you shared with me. They are both also working closely together. This is really great and we know the heads of both, close friends. Trita Parsa NIAC and Abbas Edalat CASMI. Their team work and cooperation should be emulated by all of us. Attached please find An article from Dokhi Fassihian, former Ex. Dir. of NIAC on How Iranian Americans can block attack on Iran. Dr. Abbas Edalat has also written a wonderful article on the threat. some important websites on major organizations and movement involved in the anti war campaign. Once we get our act together we should try and link up to NIAC. Parker and I know Dr. Trita Parsa. Hossein is a good friend of Dr. Edalat. I know him too. Both these gentlemen are accomplished scholars, well known and respected in Iranian and international circles. Our American friends, especially yourself and Parker and Geri can help link us up with US based peace movements. Just imagine if we can work out a grand coalition for peace or the Network of Peace Networks, what a great ethical and humanitarian force, what a formidable pressure group.

33 تریتا پارسی و آلکس پاتیکو ( مسئول سازمان لابی کاسمی ) در حال برنامه ریزی برای یک دیدار بین ” کارشناسان “ و سیاستمداران آمریکائی طرفدار مماشات با مقامات ایران

34 تریتا پارسی : بنظر من نمی توانیم کسی را از میان ایرانیان به این کنفرانس دعوت کنیم که مورد قبول نایاک و رژیم باشد


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