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Kenneth Timmerman
Kenneth Timmerman
President, Foundation for Democracy in Iran
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      Kenneth Timmerman

      Kenneth R. Timmerman is an investigative reporter, author, and President/CEO of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran. His books and an illustrated bio are available at

Prominent Iranian Dissident Blasts Obama From Jail: Letter

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif pose for a photograph before resuming talks over Iran's nuclear programme in Lausanne March 16, 2015.      REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Heshmat Tabarzadi, a prominent Iranian prisoner of conscience jailed for leading protests against the regime, has smuggled a letter for President Obama to human rights activist Manda Ervin of the Alliance of Iranian Women, who published it with the Foundation for Democracy in Iran (

The evidence for Syrian chemical weapons use crumbles

9:34 AM 09/09/2013

Now we learn that President Obama may be second-guessing his “decision’ to launch military action – that Secretary of State John Kerry insists is not “going to war” -- to punish Syria for a chemical weapons attack the United States has not proved it carried out.

Congress must ask the right questions on Syrian chemical weapons use

1:40 PM 09/03/2013

President Obama has wisely decided to seek a vote in Congress to authorize the use of force against Syria. He needs to take this opportunity to publicly present the evidence behind the administration’s certainty that the Syrian government ordered and carried out the horrible massacre that took place in the Damascus suburbs on August 21.

Verify chemical weapons use before unleashing the dogs of war

4:27 PM 08/29/2013

The Obama administration has selectively used intelligence to justify military strikes on Syria, former military officers with access to the original intelligence reports say, in a manner that goes far beyond what critics charged the Bush administration of doing in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq war.

Iraq through a partisan lens

10:32 AM 03/20/2013

Ten years ago this week, President George W. Bush issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Saddam Hussein to complete his disarmament obligations under 17 United Nations Security Council resolutions or face the full brunt of a military assault from an allied coalition of 40 nations.

Germany and genocide, again

6:23 PM 03/15/2013

ERBIL, IRAQ --- This week, Kurds in northern Iraq commemorate the 25th anniversary of one of the most barbaric war crimes since WWII: the mass murder of civilians using chemical weapons by Saddam Hussein.

Iranian hostages redux

11:07 AM 03/08/2013

Six years ago today, former FBI agent Robert Levinson disappeared from his hotel on Iran’s Kish Island, a resort island in the Persian Gulf. He was kidnapped shortly after meeting with David Belfield, an American who fled to Iran in 1980 after assassinating an Iranian diplomat from the shah’s regime in Bethesda, Maryland.

Hagel the appeaser

10:23 AM 02/26/2013

At a 2006 conference in Washington, D.C., then-Senator Chuck Hagel laid out an appeasement policy that he claimed was the only sane option for the United States.

Panetta stonewalls (again) on Benghazi-gate

7:45 PM 02/07/2013

At Thursday’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta stonewalled repeated attempts by committee Republicans to get real answers to what happened in Benghazi, Libya, during the attacks on our consulate and a diplomatic annex that cost the lives of four Americans on September 11, 2012.

Libya killings: We need a more muscular response

5:55 PM 09/13/2012

The appalling rape and murder of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Libya and the ongoing assaults on our embassies across the Middle East cry out for a rapid response from the United States government.

Will Tel Aviv burn while Obama fiddles?

6:10 PM 08/31/2012

The latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, released on Thursday, should give all of us pause. It shows that Iran has made dramatic progress in just the past three months in expanding uranium enrichment all the while it continues to stiff arm international inspectors seeking to gain access to an alleged nuclear weapons development site.

Wars past, and wars future

9:59 PM 06/05/2012

On the morning of June 6th, 30 years ago, Israeli tanks defied the French commander of a United Nations peace-keeping mission at a place called Taibeh, and crossed the border into Lebanon.