Iran Uncensored: The Rushdie Attack

On August 12th, Salman Rushdie was violently attacked in western New York, where he was set to deliver a presentation on the United States as a safe haven for exiled writers. NUFDI quickly prepared to serve as a resource for the American and international press on this attack and the implications for America’s Iran policy. […]

They Didn’t Kill Him, So They’re Torturing Him

Few know the cost of freedom better than Amir Hossein Moradi, who at the tender age of 25 endured incomparable suffering at the hands of the Islamic Republic occupying Iran since 1979, and all because he wanted his country to be free. While Amir is just one of the countless Iranians oppressed, persecuted, and imprisoned […]

President Biden is Betraying the Truman Doctrine

In 1947, President Harry Truman established what became his lasting and namesake foreign policy doctrine: America will always protect, from both internal and external threats, all who fight for democracy. Originally focused on protecting the sovereignty of nations from assimilation by the Soviet Union following World War II, and supplemented by the Marshall Plan, the […]

Soviet Disinformation Finds New Life in the Islamic Republic

From the tattered desk of a distant country’s diplomatic office, a loyal state official diligently disseminates falsified messages and memorandums. The agent’s sole intent: skew adversarial perceptions and maintain domestic control. The contemporary concept of disinformation campaigning — or the intentional production and promulgation of counterfeit information — originated in the 1920s, when the Soviet […]

Iranians and Cubans: Fighting for Freedom and the World’s Attention

“Patria o muerte”, or “ homeland or death”, is a revolutionary slogan all Cubans are taught at an early age. Reinforced by the government, the idea is that every citizen should be prepared to die for the state. On July 11, however, Cubans flooded the streets in over 40 cities shouting “Patria y Vida”, or […]

The Truth about Iran Cannot be Untold

For nearly two weeks, there have been large demonstrations in the southwestern Iranian province of Khuzestan that began over severe shortages in water supplies and quickly escalated into anti-regime protests. Other cities and townships in Iran followed suit in support of protests in Khuzestan. This is the natural course of all protests in Iran under […]

Zarif Praises the Taliban, Iranians Push Back

Images of Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s recent public meeting with the Taliban sparked backlash from Iranians on social media condemning Zarif’s endorsement of the terrorist group. One Iranian tweeted an image of Zarif with Taliban leaders captioned “Shame on you #Zarif. These images are a source of shame for Iranians.” BBC reporter Sattar Saeedi posted […]

Gay Rights are Human Rights

Article I of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights says  “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”  In 2016, the UN’s Human Rights Council went a step further and adopted […]

Raisi, The Iran Lobby, and the Four Stages of Grief

The elections held by the Islamic Republic of Iran are not real.  They are not free. They are not fair.  And nothing changes as a result. Iran had one such “election” last Friday, in which Ebrahim Raisi, the butcher of Iran, was elected as the new president.  It was, as expected, a mockery of democracy.  […]

#IranProtests in Yasuj after Election Boycott

  Protests have spread throughout the Southwestern Iranian city of Yasuj as dissent continues to mount against the Iranian Republic’s widespread fraud in last week’s presidential election. Videos from inside the country appear to show hundreds of protesters, mainly youth, taking to the streets of Yasuj and protesting the fraud committed in local council elections. […]