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Inside Iran With Mohsen Sazegara: When Dictators Unite

April 4, 2013 1 minute Read by Mohsen Sazegara

The Freedom Collection’s Mohsen Sazegara, an Iranian political dissident and freedom advocate, offers his unique perspective on the inner workings of the regime in Tehran.  In this video, Mohsen talks about the relationship between the authoritarian regimes in Iran and Venezuela.  Their partnership has allowed Iran to build influence in a region far from its borders.   At the same time, both sides have benefited economically from the partnership through a series of reciprocal investment projects.  The alliance also provided opportunities for the governments of Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to build common fronts on a variety of international issues.  Mohsen speculates on how cooperation between Venezuela and Iran may change post-Hugo Chavez, and how upcoming elections in both countries could affect the relationship.

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Mohsen Sazegara
Mohsen Sazegara

Mohsen Sazegara is an Iranian dissident, writer, and political activist. He was a founding member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and an aide to Ayatollah Khomeini before becoming disillusioned with Iran’s regime and its brutal repression. His reformist policies eventually resulted in his arrest in early 2003, after which he left the country. He has since actively worked for greater freedom and democracy for his native Iran, and has become a major figure in the country’s Green Movement.

Sazegara has been a visiting professor at several universities in Iran and has held visiting scholar positions at Yale and Harvard. He also served as publisher of several reformist Iranian newspapers closed by regime hardliners, and was managing director of Iran’s press cooperative company.

Sazegara is an exiled Iranian citizen currently living in the United States.

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