Assal Rad (@AssalRad )

Assal Rad

Bio Senior Research Fellow @Niacouncil • PhD Middle Eastern History @UCIrvine • Researcher of Modern Iran • Opinions my own
Location California, USA
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Twitter Web App : In 2012, Obama boasted of how US sanctions on were 'virtually grinding the Iranian economy to a halt' & said 'even more *crippling* sanctions” were coming.

The devastating impact of sanctions on a country's people isn't an unintended consequence. The cruelty is the point.

Twitter Web App : 'The Democrats struggling and fighting for a full year to pass a bill that mostly makes ineffective pre-existing programs more complicated and harder to access' is one of those outcomes that's obviously funny but also very difficult to laugh at. twitter.com/mkraju/status/…

Twitter Web App : Biden admin put on a show just to argue that sanctions are an 'effective tool.' In reality sanctions are effective at starving & devastating millions of people, while state actors stay the same.

It doesn't matter if it's a Republican or Dem, sanctions are warfare by another name

Twitter for iPhone : “Stop Deporting Haitians” — A group of protestors held signs while blocking the entrance of Port Miami this afternoon. Dozens gathered to bring awareness to the number of Haitians that are being deported. NBC 6 South Florida
STORY: nbcmiami.com/news/local/imm…

Twitter for iPhone : “real tragedy of Powell’s passing is that the millions of Iraqis who continue to suffer from his past actions will never see justice…we should be mourning the 100s of 1000s of Iraqis who died as a consequence of Powell’s actions, for which he will never be brought to justice”

Twitter for iPhone : After 10 months the Biden admin releases a vague report on its “sanctions review” that doesn’t even mention *Covid* & barely addresses humanitarian issues in the countries we’re crushing w/sanctions. All to pretend their policy is very different than Trump
home.treasury.gov/news/press-rel…

TweetDeck : My hometown was supposed to be the American dream.

Our labor made the steel that built America but when the mills left, we paid the price.

Now I’m bringing the fight I’ve been in my whole life to Washington - to win a Green New Deal, Medicare For All, and racial justice.

Twitter Web App : In 2012, Obama boasted of how US sanctions on were 'virtually grinding the Iranian economy to a halt' & said 'even more *crippling* sanctions” were coming.

The devastating impact of sanctions on a country's people isn't an unintended consequence. The cruelty is the point.

Twitter Web App : 'Human beings are not bargaining chips, it is imperative that the Iranian govt abide by their human rights obligations. Nothing can atone for the many injustices that Nazanin has endured, but everyday her detention continues that injustice is prolonged.'
niacouncil.org/human_rights_t…

Twitter Web App : I'd have liked Iran to reenter negotiations on the future of the JCPOA much sooner. But I don't think delays are inherently a reason for pessimism about the deal.

For Raisi, going slow is about appearing smart.

I explain in this new commentary for ECFR.
ecfr.eu/article/nuclea…

Twitter Web App : “There it was, out at last, & if it seems like nothing very much, I can only say that it took a long time to say it, to be able to say it & none of the journey was easy”
-Merle Miller

Happy to be moderating this important discussion w/our esteemed guests:
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