UANI: United Against the Nation of Iran

Those who regularly follow the developments of Iran might have come across to the website of “United Against Nuclear Iran”, a “non-partisan, non-profit advocacy organization” that seeks to “prevent Iran from fulfilling its ambition to become a regional super-power possessing nuclear weapons”

UANI has compiled an elaborate list of the foreign companies and firms which do business with Iran and calls on its readers and visitors to send condemnatory letters and complaints to these companies so as to persuade them to withdraw their capitals and resources from Iran and stop doing business with a country which the United States and its European allies consider to be an emerging nuclear threat in the Middle East.

Interestingly, UANI has listed each and every foreign company which is active in Iran, from the food production companies to internet service providers, medicine manufacturers, industrial conglomerates, news agencies, transportation infrastructure providers and private consortiums, and its objective is to convince these companies to put an end to their activities in Iran.

UANI runs a divestment campaign which contains pressuring foreign corporations to stop conducting business with Iran. So far, it has succeeded in pulling out General Electric, Caterpillar and Ingersoll Rand from Iran’s market.

UANI’s advisory board consists of a number of U.S. government insiders and big shots who have close ties with the U.S. statesmen including R. James Woolsey, the former head of CIA, Fouad Ajami, a John Hopkins University professor and a close associate of the Council on Foreign Relations, Henry D. Sokolski, the former Deputy for Nonproliferation Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Gary Milhollin, the director of the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control and the publisher of Iran Watch website which is dedicated to promoting financial sanctions against Iran.

The activities of UANI, however, are not limited to lobbying for the intensification of sanctions against Iran. Each year and on the advent of UN General Assembly, UANI runs an advertorial campaign to prevent New York hotels from accommodating Iranian President and his colleagues and dissuade the city’s convention centers from hosting events in which the Iranian officials are slated to deliver a speech.

By publishing propagandistic reports and articles on the purported hazard of Iran’s nuclear activities, UANI also functions as a mouthpiece which is exclusively dedicated to fear-mongering and spreading falsehood about Iran.

UANI’s President is Mark Wallace, the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations and a close companion of ex-President George W. Bush. Wallace had played a key role in the Florida election recount of 2000 which finally resulted in the installation of Bush to the presidency of the United States. Wallace also presides over Tigris Financial Group Ltd, “a multifaceted investment, advisory and asset management business with areas of focus that include resources and the natural resources sector, real estate, art and collectibles.”

UANI is a well-funded group which regularly runs anti-Iranian TV ads on cable news stations. With budgets which are seemingly devoted to UANI by the U.S. government, this “advocacy organization” produces anti-Iranian materials which are on sale in its online store. These materials include lapel pin, bumper sticker, baseball cap, yard sign kit and T-shirts on which several anti-Iranian slogans are printed.

This anti-Iranian group which is spearheaded and funded by the extremist neo-conservatives in the United States has emerged as a duplicate of Freedom’s Watch, a lobbying organization which pursues similar objectives to those of UANI in confrontation with Iran and its nuclear activities. It’s chaired by Ari Fleischer, a former Press Secretary to ex-President Bush and Matthew Brooks, the executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition. American billionaire businessman Sheldon Adelson funds this group sumptuously and helps them in running political campaigns and TV programs against Iran.

According to peace activist and political journalist Richard Silverstein, the website of UANI is backed bu Henley MacIntyre, a former Bush political operative who was involved in the RNC/White House email scandal. Times reported in April 2007 that more than 50 White House staffers violated the Presidential Records Act by “inadvertently” removing 2,400 pages of electronic documents which were relevant to the discriminatory firing of eight U.S. attorneys by the direct verdict of President George W. Bush.

A little bit of research demonstrates the fact that UANI and its major players are not afraid of a nuclear threat by Iran. It is Israel that is the sole possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East. Why have they turned a blind eye to the striking reality that it’s only Israel that poses a fundamental threat to the global security with its hawkish politicians who don’t know anything of peace and stability? The specifications of Dimona nuclear facilities in Israel are almost known to everyone. If nuclear disarmament was the intention of UANI’s actors, they would start by disarming Israel and the permanent members of United Nations Security Council whose nuclear arsenals are filled with thousands of atomic warheads. If UANI was looking for peace and nuclear non-proliferation, it would have advocated a nuclear-free Middle East by demilitarizing the sophisticated arsenals of the Zionist regime.

UANI claims that its goal is to prevent Iran from possessing nuclear weapons, so it persuades foreign firms and companies to stop helping Iran in ways which could lead to the development of nuclear weapons. Had they been honest in their claims, why do they target Iran’s food, communication, housing, pharmacy and oil sectors? What do these industries have to do with nuclear weapons?

In a nutshell, UANI is a fraudulent organization that merely seeks impairing the Iranian nation. They already know that Iran is not after nuclear weapons, because the power of Iranian nation does not essentially emanate from military might. They already know that the Iranian nation is unique and strong against those who nurture malicious intentions for this powerful and robust country. UANI wants a weak, demoralized and unstable Iran without an active role in the international community. UANI is not United Against Nuclear Iran, it is United Against the Nation of Iran.

Kourosh Ziabari is an Iranian freelance journalist and media correspondent. His articles have appeared on a number of media outlets and newspapers. He is a member of Tlaxcala Translators Network for Linguistic Diversity. Read other articles by Kourosh.

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  1. hayate said on September 18th, 2010 at 11:57am #

    This is a good expose of another of the many ziofascist fronts used by the israelis to warp world opinion and attack those the zionists want to destroy.

    In a slight change of subject, I would also like to say I found Knott’s piece on chomsky to be very well argued and written. I wanted to express my appreciation of his writing the piece, here, since it’s a related subject, and the comments are closed after the Knott article.

  2. teafoe2 said on September 18th, 2010 at 2:45pm #

    Subject: link to freebie pdf of Fateful Triangle, offered to facilitate refutation only:)
    here’s the link to the pdf:

    http://www.vho.org/aaargh/fran/livres5/fateful.pdf

    teafoe2 on September 18th, 2010 at 19:34: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    I’m using a pdf of the Pluto Press edition of the book which seems to be a photocopy page by page, but I’m confused about the page numbers. Jay Knott refers to a quote from P.4 but my pdf version doesn’t have a P.4. After Said’s intro there are a table of contents and Chomsky’s preface, then the first chapter begins on P 36.”please help”?

    This from my comment pending on Palestine Thinktank; that **** Hammond posted some “rebuttal” hasbara I wanted to comment on.

  3. kalidas said on September 18th, 2010 at 3:54pm #

    Lost in the Yehuda triangle, no doubt.

  4. shabnam said on September 19th, 2010 at 11:23am #

    You are right; Mr. Ziabari to say: “United against Nuclear Iran” is a fraudulent organization that merely seeks impairing the Iranian nation. Their aim is ‘regime change’ through military attack on Iran, therefore, this organization is nothing but propaganda based on LIES AND DECEPTIONS.

    The UANI mainly consists of Zionists in addition to Arab Zionist stooges, including Fouad Ajami, pushing for a war against Iran, like they did against Iraq, to serve ISRAEL’S INTEREST, not Americans. Fouad Ajami, a neocon must use his energy against the most reactionary and backward terrorist state in the region, perhaps in the world, Saudi Arabia, to help desperate Arabs who are under occupation by the war criminals and their servants, if he is interested to improve Arab’s situation and get lost from Iran’s politics. But this zionist stooge has chosen to serve the interest of Israel, an apartheid state. There is no comparison between Iran and Saudi Arabia led by puppets as ‘moderate leaders’. You as a Zionist propagandist are responsible for 1.5 million deaths along with other war criminals that must be arrested and be sent to ICC. The Arab population at large wants a nuclear Iran, according to the latest poll taken by an Israeli professor. This is due to Zionist stupid policy in the region. You cannot force Iranian people to go against their government and elected president. When do you want to wake up and see the reality? Zionist stooges have no credibility. The best example is the puppet in Saudi Arabia and other Arab leaders who are condemned by their own population due to their cooperation with the occupiers in the region.

    The so called ‘founders’ of this Zionist propagandist group are two notorious Zionist Jews, Richard Holbrooke, responsible for the war in Pakistan, Afghanistan and daily massacre of Muslims in this region, and a fifth column zionist, Dennis Ross, who knows sh*t about Iran but due to Jewish control of US foreign policy, Ross has designated as “Iran expert” against Obama’s choice, John Limbert, a former ambassador to Mauritania, to serve as deputy assistant secretary for Iran in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, but he was forced out by the Lobby. We know Dennis Ross served the interest of ‘jewish state’ when he was responsible to direct the phony ‘peace process’, but everyone knows Dennis Ross protected Zionist’ interest against American’s interest and allowed the highest land theft ever through Jewish settlements building under Clinton administration, the most Zionist administration since Johnson’s presidency. Dennis Ross is currently a special adviser for the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia (which includes Iran) to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    Dennis Ross became religiously Jewish after the Six Day War. In 2002 he co-founded the Kol Shalom synagogue in Rockville, Maryland.
    The Zionist CONTROLLED AMERICA has no conflict of interest with a committed religious Zionist Jew on board to advise the President on Iran policy, but cannot accept a more independent American diplomat, when Iran policy is concerned. Therefore, they went after John Limbert who was not in the service of the Zionist fifth column like Dennis Ross. The Limbert’s crime is that he spoke at the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) conference on Capitol Hill alongside former Undersecretary of State Thomas Pickering, who, reportedly, held a clandestine meeting with leaders of the Hamas organization, we were told.

    The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) is painted as ‘Iran Lobby” pro Ahmadinejad, by the Jewish propagandists, which is nothing further from the truth. The NIAC, in fact, is against Ahmadinejad and pro ‘Green’ stooges and has nothing to do with Iranian government and protects the interest of the Iranians residing in the US. Neither Mr. Parsi nor anyone else at NIAC has registered as a lobbyist or filed papers with the Justice Department as a local agent of the Iranian government or Iranian companies.

    NIAC is let by Trita Parsi, and in fact is supported by the state Department and other Jewish groups like George Soros.
    The NIAC is supported and partially funded, mainly by Soros. The UANI group, like other Jewish groups are seeking military solution for ‘regime change’, but other groups, like George Soros, want ‘regime change’ through destabilization and ‘color revolution’ where was defeated in 2009 Iranian election. The NIAC is headed by Trita Parsi, a Zoroastrian, and Iran’s religion before Arab invasion Abdullah Shahbazi, an Iranian historian, has written articles and books on cooperation and connection of Jewish plutocracy with Parsi (Zoroastrian) who settled in India, and is available on line. Who is Trita Parsi?
    He was born in Iran, but moved to Sweden at the age of four. He later came to America and pursued a career in international relations, eventually leading him to found the National Iranian American Council.
    People must remember that, after Qajar dynasty went down in the early 20th century and Pahlavi family assumed power with British empire green light, there was talk about changing state religion from Islam to superstitious Zoroastrian region in Iran, where was not carried out. The Western Empires have targeted ‘Islam’ for the past few centuries because they view Islam as an obstacle against their interest especially in Iran. Don’t forget that the British Empire, according to Nathan Rothschild controlled by Jewish plutocracy and we are witness today the same thing is true with the American empire which is heavily influenced by Jewish plutocracy. The war criminals have tried and continued on the same path meaning to delegitimize Islam because they view Islam as anti imperialist force in the region.

    The Zionists are trying to paint NIAC as ‘Iran Lobby’ which is a lie. NIAC is in the service of the State Department and Jewish funder, George Soros, that supports “Green” stooges, not the Iranian government or Ahmadinejad. Apparently, these vicious Zionist groups want no peaceful solution but a military attack like in Iraq which let to 1.5 million deaths so far and total destruction of Iraq, to create Israel’s pawn, the Kurdish area, to fulfill the Zionist’s agenda. Dennis Gelb is another Board member of “United against Nuclear Iran” who pushed for Iraq war and was responsible for the partition of Iraq, under phony label, ‘federation’.

    Mr. Ziabari thank you for your good work.

  5. catguy00 said on September 19th, 2010 at 1:45pm #

    Evidence that the “green stooges” want the US to invade?

  6. shabnam said on September 19th, 2010 at 2:56pm #

    Please listen to an informed American’s views on Iran and its ancient civilization. The organized Zionist Jews cannot deceive American people again with their lies to paint Iranian peaceful nuclear energy as a ‘threat’ to world peace because no one buy their lies and they will tell the Zionist fifth column, go to hell. We were fooled by you before and shame on you, but if we buy your lies again, then shame on us.

    http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/1001

  7. shabnam said on September 19th, 2010 at 3:51pm #

    In reply to one of Amanpour questions regarding Hilary Clinton, Ahmadinejad told her that Ms. Hillary Clinton should THINK BEFORE SHE SPEAKS. Please watch the following video to see how a ‘Journalist’, Amanpour, reduces herself to a petty servant to be able to insult the Iranian President, in her mind, to build up her ‘journalistic’ credentials. Ahmadinejad’s tactic to belittle the effect of illegal sanctions on Iran by the criminal West is pure politics not to give any credit to the enemy that their brutal and illegal policies are attacking Iranian job security and lives. This Zionist servant is pushing the president to confess EXACTLY THAT, meaning to report the suffering of Iranian people and death of Iranian children, like Iraq, where Amadinejad is refusing to do that which makes Amanpour, the Zionist stooge, very angry. Amanpour is from an Iranian father, a Baha’i, and British mother who is married to James Rubin, a Zionist Jew who is an informal foreign policy advisor to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama. (Probably on Iran that knows sh*t). All in the family.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGJxk8i-pEI&feature=player_embedded

  8. shabnam said on September 21st, 2010 at 7:05am #

    How far does UANI is willing to go to fool Americans?
    PLEASE LOOK AT THEIR PROPAGANDA MESSAGE ON A BILLBOARD in Peoria, Illiois to fool Americans AGAIN based on LIES. Are Americans going to expose these Israel-firsters and a fifth column or sit as idle as ever?

    New York, NY – United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) today announced the launch of a billboard in Peoria, Illinois located near Caterpillar’s corporate headquarters. The billboard calls on Caterpillar to end its business in Iran. The billboard faces southbound toward downtown Peoria is located at 3400 NE Adams Street, Peoria, IL 61603.

    The billboard reads “Today’s Work, Tomorrow’s Nuclear Iran?” and features images of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Caterpillar equipment. Click here to view the billboard.

    http://www.unitedagainstnucleariran.com/sites/default/files/billboard_021510.jpg

  9. shabnam said on September 21st, 2010 at 7:08am #

    should read “How far is UANI willing to go..