The Pernicious Influence of Iran, Part 97

Iran appears to be helping Bashar al-Assad hunt down democracy activists:

The reasons for the newfound ability to sever communications were unclear, but Obama administration officials have said Iran, which faced a similar uprising in 2009, has provided the Syrian government, a longtime ally, with coercive supplies like tear gas, along with communications equipment that might help interrupt activists' phones.

"The only country they can trust to back them to the end is Iran," said an analyst based in Syria who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution.

Let us review: Iran is trying to seize control of the Shi'a rebellion in Bahrain; it is supporting Shi'a rebels in Yemen; it undermines Lebanese sovereignty by supporting Hezbollah; it provides rockets to Hamas, which launches them against civilian targets in Israel; it systematically undermines the American mission in Afghanistan; and it helps Bashar al-Assad kill his own citizens. And this is a partial list.


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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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