Book/Essay/Research

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Forty beautifully reproduced, full-color political cartoons by internationally acclaimed Iranian artists are accompanied by commentary by leading political activists and journalists, distinguished artists, international lawyers and family members of Iranian prisoners of conscience. In stark colors and unsparing lines, Iranian artists communicate the harsh realities of life in Iran today where political and artistic freedoms are denied. Sketches of Iran offers a rare and unvarnished view inside Iran. It documents the individuals who refuse to relinquish their rights, despite the Iranian government’s attempts to silence them. Sketches of Iran is a must-read for all those who wish to see the real Iran, in all its complexity and with its multitude of voices. This book shows Iran is far more than the official pronouncements coming out of Tehran. Even as the Iranian Government denies the existence of domestic dissent, the drawings and commentary in Sketches of Iran reveal that there is still an active community in Iran today who endure imprisonment, torture and death to defend their rights. This version is in English.

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Civil Society and Democracy in Iran
(Global Encounters: Studies in Comparative Political Theory)
by Ramin Jahanbegloo (Paperback – Dec 19, 2011)

I contributed an article to this book.
Book Description: In this timely, informative edited volume, major Iranian scholars and civic actors address some of the most pressing questions about Iranian civil society and the process of democratization in Iran. They describe the role of Iranian civil society in the process of transition to democracy in Iran and offer insight about the enduring legacy of previous social and political movements—starting with the Constitutional Revolution of 1906— in the struggle for democracy in Iran. Each contributor looks at different aspects of Iranian civil society to address the complex nature of the political order in Iran and the possibilities for secularization and democratization of the Iranian government. Various contributors analyze the impact of religion on prevailing democratic thought, discussing reformist religious movements and thinkers and the demands of religious minorities. Others provide insight into the democratic implications of recent Iranian women’s rights movements, call for secularism within government, and the pressure placed on the existing theocracy by the working class. The contributors address these and related issues in all their richness and complexity and offer a set of discussions that is both accessible and illuminating for the reader.  Amazon.com

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The Internet of Elsewhere: The Emergent Effects of a Wired World [Hardcover]

My years working as a journalist in Iran is featured in one of the four chapters of the book, written by Cyrus Farivar.

Book Description
Publication Date: April 15, 2011

Through the lens of culture, The Internet of Elsewhere looks at the role of the Internet as a catalyst in transforming communications, politics, and economics. Cyrus Farivar explores the Internet’s history and effects in four distinct and, to some, surprising societies–Iran, Estonia, South Korea, and Senegal. He profiles Web pioneers in these countries and, at the same time, surveys the environments in which they each work. After all, contends Farivar, despite California’s great success in creating the Internet and spawning companies like Apple and Google, in some areas the United States is still years behind other nations.

Surprised? You won’t be for long as Farivar proves there are reasons that:

Skype was invented in Estonia–the same country that developed a digital ID system and e-voting;Iran was the first country in the world to arrest a blogger, in 2003; South Korea is the most wired country on the planet, with faster and less expensive broadband than anywhere in the United States; Senegal may be one of sub-Saharan Africa’s best chances for greater Internet access. The Internet of Elsewhere brings forth a new complex and modern understanding of how the Internet spreads globally, with both good and bad effects.

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The Iran Primer: Power, Politics and U.S. PolicyThe Iran Primer

I contributed an article to this book.

“The Iran Primer” brings together 50 top experts—both Western and Iranian—to offer comprehensive but concise overviews of Iran’s politics, economy, military, foreign policy, and nuclear program. Each link on this site connects to a complete chapter on one of 62 subjects in 10 categories. Printable PDF attachments also are at the bottom of each chapter. New analysis is added weekly in the “Author Talk” section, based on recent developments in Iran.”
I’ve co-authored an article on the situation of Youth with Ms. Nesvaderani in this collection. The book is available to purchase in Amazon.com.

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bookPower and Principles

“This collection examines some of the classic questions of international relationsthe role of interests, ideals, power balances, and norms in determining the actions of nationsthough the lens of a set of powerful countries. Given the writers’ expertise in these regions of the world,Powers and Principles also offers insight into the foreign policies of the nations that will shape the twenty-first century world.”
Refashioning Iran’s International Role/ Page 295

Suzanne Maloney and Ray Takyeh
I’ve written a an article in reaction to
Suzanne Maloney and Ray Takyeh’s long essay about Iran in this book. To purchase or get more information about the book  click here.

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The Iran Agenda: The Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Middle East Crisis

By Reese Erlich, Robert (FRW) Scheer

Contributor Robert (FRW) Scheer
Chief Researcher: Omid Memarian
Published by PoliPointPress, 2007
ISBN 0977825353, 9780977825356
192 pages (Link to Amazon.com)

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picture-16The Great Recession (photography)

By UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, January 2009
(To order the Book click here )
At the end of August 2008, whispers of economic downturn were lingering in the air. Faulty loans, home foreclosures and job losses precipitated rumors of a recession. In October, murmurs quickly become reality with the largest economic collapse since the Great Depression.”The following photographs track a nation in economic slide – from the unhinging of its financial institutions to the ripples felt from Wall Street to so-called Main Street.PHOTOGRAPHERS: Rhyen Coombs, Carlos Davalos, Ali Reza Eshraghi, Jen Guyton, Howard Hsu, Omid Memarian, Luisa Morenilla, Lauren Rudser, Elizabeth Shemaria, Jacob Simas, Christopher Tompkins, EDITORS/INSTRUCTORS: Ken Light, Mimi Chakarova.”

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Communication Skills for NGOs(In Persian)
Author: Omid Memarian
Introduction: Yonus Shokrkhah(PHD)
Published by Nashre-Zeytoon, Tehran, 2005
SBN  09645681537
Pages: 104
Price: 11.11$(To buy this book click here)

 

 

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Essay: Civil Society in Iran
by: Omid Memarian
A review of the situation of Iranian civil society after the 1979 Revolution in Iran.
Presented at “Woodrow Wilson Center”

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