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"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 is an independent political analyst and media critic. He is co-host, with Adam Johnson, of the podcast Citations Needed. He previously served as an editor for the digital foreign affairs magazine Muftah

His analysis has been published by numerous media and commentary outlets, including Al Jazeera English, Salon, Extra!, Truthout, Mic, Mondoweiss, Jadaliyya, Alternet, Prism Magazine, ConsortiumNews, Foreign Policy Journal, Antiwar.com, Palestine Chronicle, Monthly Review, The Leftist Review, ColdType, MichaelMoore.com 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 defunct) Tumblr, Mr. Friedman, could I ask you a question? (read Christian Science Monitor's report on it here).

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.
Boggs, C. & Pollard, T. (2016). The Hollywood War Machine: U.S. Militarism and Popular Culture. New York: Routledge. (First edition published by Paradigm Publishers, 2007)
Keene, S. D. (2016). Threat Finance: Disconnecting the Lifeline of Organised Crime and Terrorism. New York: Routledge. (Original work published by Gower Publishing, 2012)
Ashwarya, S. (2017). India-Iran Relations: Progress, Problems and Prospects. Oxford, England: Routledge.
Wingard, J. (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, The New York Daily News, Andrew Sullivan's The Dish, BuzzFeed, VICE, Thrillist, Poynter, Common Dreams and BuzzFeed.


On The Air

Nima is the co-creator and co-host of the weekly media criticism podcast, Citations Needed. All episodes are available on iTunes, Stiticher, Soundcloud, LibSyn, Google Play, or wherever else one might find podcasts.

Other television appearances and radio interviews include:

09.19.18 - Talking Simpsons with Henry Gilbert and Bob Mackey, "The Springfield Files"
05.20.18 - The Listening Post, Al Jazeera English, "Pro-war pundits on US airwaves"
05.10.18 - Radio Dispatch with John and Molly Knefel
01.19.18 - Radio War Nerd, Episode 117: Iran Protests, Politics & the MeK Cult
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 - RT, "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 - RT, "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.



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Twitter: @WideAsleepNima