It is vital for the anti-war groups and individuals to know the precise background and funding sources of spokespersons of Havvaar and Raha (Iranian women's group) whom “the Campaign for Peace and Democracy” (CPD) has been promoting.
Who's Who in HAVAAR and RAHA?
Fact Sheet and Research June 28, 2012
On May 16, 2012, the Campaign for Peace and Democracy (CPD) circulated among organizations and groups in the anti-war and peace and justice movement an email with the subject heading:: “Introducing new Iranian anti-war group Havaar, + Iran War Weekly,” with a request to "Forward, Post and Share on Websites, etc.", this 'new' group – Havaar, Iranian initiative against war, sanctions and state repression.
According to CPD, Havaar "is an exciting and inspiring group…a coalition of Iranians, Iranian Americans and allies formed in response to the U.S. government's escalating attacks on Iran and to the 'Iranian government's ongoing repression of grassroots movements." We thought it important to know the background and history of this 'new' group, so a number of progressives did some research and below is what we found out about the leadership of both Havaar and Raha. It is important for anti-war organizers to know the background and funding sources of spokespersons of Havvaar and Raha (Iranian women's group) who CPD is promoting and to ask "Why?" given the facts we discovered. All information has links establishing the money and connections underlying this 'new' group.
At a forum at the anti-Nato People's Summit in Chicago on May 12, 2012, Ali Abdi, with Havaar (the group includes members of Raha) called for the anti-war movement to stand 'with the people of Iran resisting their government'. What Mr. Abdi omitted from his background is that he received a scholarship from the George Soros founded and funded Central European University, which has used some of Soro's billions to undermine governments around the world who are not acceptable to U.S. Foreign policy objectives.
In Budapest, Abdi delivered presentations on citizen journalism in Iran, staged protests and events, lectured on the treatment of human rights advocates, and is working to further the 'regime change' goals of the neo-con funded Democracy Coalition Project regarding "human rights" in Iran.
These 'civil society' groups interlock with international institutions run from and on behalf of Wall Street and multinational corporations, not on behalf of "oppressed people" in those countries. Soros' money also funds Avaaz, which has been very active in shaping public opinion for US intervention in the Middle East. Avaaz convinced 800,000 people to sign a petition for a no-fly zone in Libya, which was the prelude to NATO’s massive air attack on the Libyan people last year.
HAVAAR AND RAHA
Manijeh Nasrabadi—a member of the NYC-based RAHA Iranian Feminist Collective
Manijeh Nasrabadi …..won the City University of New York Arts Gala Memoir Prize in 2005, a Hertog Fellowship that same year.
Roger Hertog—Hertog is an executive committee member at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a member of the U.S. board of trustees of The Israel Center for Social & Economic Progress (ICSEP)] ….
The Hertog Foundation also donated money to the Central Israel Fund, a major organization in the US for transferring money to right-wing groups in Israel. Hertog also donated money to Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign.
Manijeh Moradian received a C.V. Starr Center for Asian/Pacific/American Studies Conference Grant in 2010
Maurice Greenberg is the chairman of the Starr Foundation
The Starr Foundation also funds the Center for Strategic and International Studies
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a right-wing, neoconservative think tank. In the Middle East, CSIS Neocons support the most extremist elements in Israel such as the Likud Party. Greenberg is also a former director of the Council on Foreign Relations, Elliott Abrams works at the Council on Foreign Relations, as a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies. Abrams has consistently voiced strong support for Likud positions.
Bitta Mostofi is with Havaar and a speaker at a recent Havaar event
Bitta Mostofi co-founded Where Is My Vote, New York. Listed as an affiliate on United4Iran’s website is Where Is My Vote New York
Ms. Dokhi Fassihian, Senior Advisor to United for Iran
Fassihian worked as a research analyst for the CNA Corporation focusing on the Middle East, military operational policy, and civil-military relations.
In an effort to assist US policymakers and inform US expert and academic communities about the objective realities of expanding open media in the Middle East, the Stanley Foundation, in association with the Institute for Near East & Gulf Military Analysis (INEG- MA) and the CNA Corporation (CNAC), brought together key media and policy elites from the Middle East, the United States, and the United Kingdom to discuss the implications of this Middle East media transformation
Ms. Fassihian is the Executive Director of the Democracy Coalition Project
Other board members of the Democracy Coalition Project:
Robert Herman the co-founder and co-director of the Democracy Coalition Project…He is presently director of projects for Freedom House
Freedom House’s board included a number of people who have been associated with rightist advocacy endeavors, including Thomas A. Dine, former director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. its leadership remains heavily represented by individuals affiliated with neoconservatism and it has continued to support projects aimed at bolstering aggressive U.S. foreign policy.
Theodore Piccone Mr. Piccone is a Senior Fellow and Deputy Director for Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution. Piccone served on the National Security Council, at the State Dept. and Pentagon.
Robert Kagan is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Kagan, who has a track record of supporting Mideast policies in line with right-wing hawks in Israel, also a co-founder for the Project For a New American Century
Demonstration co-sponsored by United4iran.
One of the organizers is Ali Afshari, who was a NED fellow
Ali Afshari was a Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy
Deceptive Zionist tactics used in demonstrations
The 2009 demonstration in NY, (and most likely demonstrations to follow) were organized by Zionist groups.
Article from Jewish Forward
Broadened Coalition To Protest Iran This Year at United Nations
By Nathan Guttman
Published September 18, 2009
“THE NEW STRATEGY IS REFLECTED IN FULL-PAGE ADVERTISEMENTS THE JEWISH-LED COALITION HAS TAKEN OUT IN SELECTED NEWSPAPERS CALLING FOR A “STAND FOR FREEDOM IN IRAN” RALLY ACROSS STREET FROM THE U.N. on Sept. 24 to protest Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to the world body. UNLIKE PREVIOUS YEARS, THE WORDS “NUCLEAR” AND ISRAEL” APPEAR NOWHERE IN THE AD.”
Also, if you download their flyer, you will see no mention of Israel or that this is a Jewish-led demonstration. Very deceptive.
Fact Sheet provided by the American Iranian Friendship Committee (AIFC)