"O! had I the ability, and could I reach the nation’s ear, I would, to-day, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced."
- Frederick Douglass, July 5, 1852
“They got all the weapons. They got all the money. And they know how to fight violence because they’ve been doing it for a thousand years. And the only thing they don’t know about is nonviolence and humor.”
- John Lennon, Spring 1969
Nima Shirazi was born and raised in Manhattan. He lives in Brooklyn.
His analysis has been published by numerous media and commentary outlets, such as Mondoweiss, Al Jazeera English, Salon, Extra!, Truthout, Mic.com, MichaelMoore.com, Jadaliyya, Alternet, Prism Magazine, Foreign Policy Journal, ConsortiumNews, Antiwar.com, Palestine Chronicle, Monthly Review, Dissident Voice, The Leftist Review, ColdType, Media With Conscience, Fabius Maximus, The Political Film Blog and Woodstock International.
Nima is a member of the Gulf/2000 Project, an academic forum and online resource service sponsored by the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and co-curator of the satirical (and now pseudo-defunct) Tumblr, Mr. Friedman, could I ask you a question? (read Christian Science Monitor's report on it here).
Nima's research and analysis has been cited by Glenn Greenwald, ThinkProgress (2), Le Monde Diplomatique's Alain Gresh, The Atlantic's Robert Wright, The Electronic Intifada's Ali Abunimah, media watchdog Peter Hart (2), New York Review of Books' Jeremy Bernstein, The Daily Beast's Ali Gharib, VICE's Charles Davis, The American Conservative's Scott McConnell, Alternets's David Sheen, philosophy and political theory professor Falguni Sheth, scholar and former Iranian diplomat Seyed Hossein Mousavian, professor and historian Lawrence Davidson, former Republican Congressional staffer Mike Lofgren, foreign policy analyst Murtaza Hussain, and Global Post's Sarah Dougherty, among others.
Other citations include:
Finkelstein, N. G. (2010). "This Time We Went Too Far": Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion. New York: OR Books.
Leverett, F. L., & Leverett, H. M. (2013). Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran. New York: Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company.
Kilstein, J., & Kilkenny, A. (2014). #Newsfail: Climate Change, Feminism, Gun Control, and Other Fun Stuff We Talk About Because Nobody Else Will. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Porter, G. (2014). Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare. Charlottesville, VA: Just World Books.
Baker, R. W. (2015). Oases of Resistance and Reform. In One Islam, Many Muslim Worlds: Spirituality, Identity, and Resistance Across Islamic Lands. New York: Oxford University Press.
Boyd-Barrett, O. (2015). Propaganda and Iran's Non-Existent Nukes. In Media Imperialism. London: SAGE Publications.
Green, T. H. (2015). Muslims in the Media and at the Movies. In The Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
Kelly, R.D.B. (2015). Apartheid's Black Apologists. In J. Soske & S. Jacobs (Eds.), Apartheid Israel: The Politics of an Analogy. Chicago, IL: Haymarket Books.
Keene, S. D. (2016). Threat Finance: Disconnecting the Lifeline of Organised Crime and Terrorism. New York: Routledge. (Original work published by Gower Publishing, 2012)
Jennifer Wingard (2017). Branding Citizens: The Logic(s) of a Few Bad Apples. In K.H. Nguyen (Ed.), Rhetoric in Neoliberalism (pp. 135-155). London, England: Palgrave MacMillan.
A number of his snarky tweets have made it into articles on sites like The Guardian (2), The Washington Post, Al Jazeera English, Andrew Sullivan's The Dish, BuzzFeed, VICE, Thrillist, Poynter, Common Dreams and BuzzFeed.
John Cusack (yes, that one) once tweeted out a link to one of Nima's articles. That was awesome.
Oh, and this happened:
Follow and read @WideAsleepNima on all matters Iran - invariably thoughtful and independent analysis***
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 11, 2013
Nima is currently blocked on Twitter by Commentary's John Podhoretz, The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg and David Rothkopf, Vox's Max Fisher and Matt Yglesias, The Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart, Salon's Amanda Marcotte, sanctions fanatic Mark Dubowitz, former governor and MEK payrollee Howard Dean, political analyst Emily Hauser, Saban Center's Suzanne Maloney, reporter Ben Adler and Israeli commentator Meir Javedanfar.
So he must be doing something right.
On The Air
Television appearances and radio interviews include:
09.17.15 - Straight Up, BRIC TV with Jarrett Murphy and Ali Gharib
09.04.15 - CounterSpin Radio, Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR)
02.28.14 - Radio Dispatch with John and Molly Knefel
02.16.14 - Unauthorized Disclosure with Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola
11.24.13 - The Scott Horton Show with Scott Horton
11.22.13 - CounterSpin Radio, Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR)
11.03.13 - The Scott Horton Show with Scott Horton
09.29.13 - The Scott Horton Show with Scott Horton
07.22.13 - The Scott Horton Show with Scott Horton
07.06.13 - Mic Check Radio with Adam Hebert
07.03.13 - Radio Dispatch with John and Molly Knefel
03.01.13 - CounterSpin Radio, Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR)
02.28.13 - A Women's Place, 88.5 WMNF Tampa
02.26.13 - Radio Dispatch with John and Molly Knefel
02.18.13 - Global Listening Post, Al Jazeera English, "Game of Drones"
11.14.12 - Citizen Radio with Allison Kilkenny and Jamie Kilstein
10.18.12 - Russia Today, "Hollywood beats the war drum"
11.17.11 - The Stream, Al Jazeera English, "Parazit: Voice of America or voice of the people?"
07.23.11 - Antiwar Radio with Scott Horton, Liberty Network
01.11.11 - Antiwar Radio with Scott Horton, Liberty Network
12.11.10 - Russia Today, "America's human rights rhetoric tarnished by actions"
07.11.09 - On with Leon, XM Satellite Radio
Nima has participated in a number of panel discussions about foreign policy and human rights, including the 2012 Left Forum at Pace University and a Peace and Justice Task Force Teach-In alongside Phyllis Bennis.
Email: wideasleepinamerica (at) gmail (dot) com