Bio / Contact

Staunch humanist. Opinionated egoist. Skeptical solipsist. Frustrated optimist. Hobbesian idealist.

Nima Shirazi was born and raised in Manhattan. He now lives in Brooklyn.

He is co-editor of the Iran, Iraq and Turkey pages for the online magazine Muftah.

His analysis of United States policy and Middle East issues, particularly with reference to current events in Israel, Palestine, and Iran, has been published by numerous media and commentary outlets, such as Mondoweiss, Al Jazeera English, Salon, Extra!,, Jadaliyya, Alternet, Prism Magazine, Foreign Policy Journal, ConsortiumNews,, Palestine Chronicle, Monthly Review, DesertPeace, Dissident Voice, The Leftist Review, ColdType, Media With Conscience, Fabius Maximus, The Political Film Blog and Woodstock International.

Nima's research and analysis has been cited by The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, Le Monde Diplomatique's Alain Gresh, The Atlantic's Robert Wright, former National Security Council staffers Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett, FAIR's Peter Hart, investigative reporter Gareth PorterNew York Review of Books' Jeremy Bernstein, The American Conservative's Scott McConnell, philosophy and political theory professor Falguni Sheth, scholar and former Iranian diplomat Seyed Hossein Mousavian, Citizen Radio's Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny, professor and historian Lawrence Davidson, former Republican Congressional staffer Mike Lofgren, foreign policy analyst Murtaza Hussain, and political scientist Norman Finkelstein, among others.

His tweets have made it into articles on sites like The Guardian, Al Jazeera English, Andrew Sullivan's The Dish, Poynter and BuzzFeed.

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.

He 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).

John Cusack, yes that one, once tweeted a link to one of Nima's articles. So that's awesome.

Oh, and this happened:

On The Air

Television appearances and radio interviews include:

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


Email: wideasleepinamerica (at) gmail (dot) com
Twitter: @WideAsleepNima