The dangerous infiltration of Ahmadinejad loyalists: Kaveh Afrasiabi

Kaveh Afrasiabi is a favorite of Iran’s official news channels.  More worryingly, however, the New York Times and CNN have chosen to give their prestigious, legitimizing platforms to his pro-Ahmadinejad, pro-Iranian regime views.  He has served as an Iranian negotiator in the past and in 2010 he accompanied Ahmadinejad to the UN.  Afrasiabi, to his credit doesn’t (always) hide his bias.  In fact in this CNN interview, he openly and proudly states his support for the brutal Iranian president:

Interviewer: Do you support the president, Mahmud Ahmadinejad?

Afrasiabi: “On balance I do. He has done a tremendous job… he has defended Iran’s nuclear rights.”

More recently, his pre NAM conference opinion piece in the New York Times was completely ‘on message’.  A mass influx of diplomats and world leaders was to add much needed legitimacy to the Iranian regime and its attempts to bypass international isolation over Iran’s nuclear program.   He boasted about the monumental importance of Egyptian President Morsi’s attendance.

Even after Morsi’s speech which highlighted the atrocities of Ahmadinejad’s friend and ally, Bashar al-Assad, (and the embarrassing Pravda-esque mistranslation episode), Afrasiabi managed to spin the outcome in the Asia Times:

“At the landmark summit’s opening day, the speeches by Morsi and his Iranian hosts such as by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, reflected a symbiosis that explains why the NAM torch was passed from Morsi’s hands to Ahmadinejad, in light of the common themes of decrying unjust global structures, support for Palestinians, a Middle East nuclear weapons-free zone, etc.”

In another piece of Asia Times commentary, he continues to advance the Iranian line;   a line the rest of the world no longer buys:

“Iran’s position is that it has not breached its obligations by increasing its enrichment activities that are “fully monitored by the IAEA inspections as well as cameras,” to paraphrase Iran’s envoy to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh in a recent conversation with the author. In fact, the US media often give the misleading impression that Fordo is outside the IAEA inspection regime and that the atomic agency would fail to detect any weapons grade enrichment and or military diversion.” 

So next time you read one of his “enlightened” op-ed pieces, or “rational” interviews, remember why he is there.  He is a spokesperson for the regime.  A spokesperson for Ahmadinejad.  A proponent of theocracy.  An opponent of human rights.  An opponent of freedom and democracy.  I suggest another glance at the aforementioned CNN interview with an attached reminder that the same opposition leader – who he continues to criticize – Mir-Hossein Mousavi is still under house arrest 18 months later.

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8 comments on “The dangerous infiltration of Ahmadinejad loyalists: Kaveh Afrasiabi
  1. […] Iran Media Focus Why I decided to create this blog? Because i want to see how Iran is portrayed in the western media, to see how it portrays itself, and to examine how close these two are to the reality on the ground. Skip to content HomeWhy I decided to create this blog? ← The dangerous infiltration of Ahmadinejad loyalists: Kaveh Afrasiabi […]

  2. VM says:

    Well, isn’t this the job all spokesperson for all gov’t?

    What’s wrong with what he did? Nothing, absolutely nothing.

    • It is ok to be a spokesperson. The problem is when the media present him as an objective “Middle East expert” or a “commentator” or an “expert on Iran”. He is a spokesperson for the regime, so say so.

  3. […] I have written posts on the extensive lobbying on behalf of the current Iranian regime by figures such as slippery Seyed Hossein Mousavian (see previous post), Trita Parsi (see previous post) and Kaveh Afrasiabi (see previous post). […]

  4. […] remember Kaveh Afrasiabi, the Ahmadinejad loyalist?  He echoes Butt in the Asia Times and attempts to discredit David Albright, a major […]

  5. […] including Kaveh Afrasiabi’s interviews which reach new heights of hypocrisy (see my previous posts on this Trojan horse sent out by the Iranian regime to undermine western democracies in the name of… […]

  6. […] As for the impact of the Korean crisis on Iranian negotiating strategy, there’s this eye-opener from Tehran apologist Kaveh Afrasiabi, to whom we’ve referred in the past: […]

  7. […] its spin with Tehran this time around? We suggest readers consider this from Iran apologist Kaveh Afrasiabi (apparently banished from US media to the Asia Times […]

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