• 4 March 2008
  • Posted By Daniel Robinson
  • Election 2008, Presidential 2008 Elections

McCain and Obama Win Wisconsin; March 4 States Up Next

Barack Obama won the Wisconsin Democratic primary and the Hawaii Democratic caucus. Obama extends his delegate lead and his impressive run of victories. The delegate lead is still close in this epic struggle between Democratic heavyweights, but Hillary Clinton must now counter the mounting press coverage of her campaign’s troubles.

Hope still remains for the Clinton camp in the upcoming March 4 primaries that include Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont and the April 22 contest in Pennsylvania; however, Obama is cutting into Clinton’s base of support and her once-large leads in Texas and Ohio have evaporated.
Indeed, Iranian Americans will have yet another opportunity to show the potency of the Iranian-American vote in these tight races as world events impact the campaign (upcoming March 14 parliamentary elections in Iran and the Kosovo declaration of independence), thus giving the candidates an opportunity to inform prospective voters on their foreign policy views and demonstrate their ability to be commander-in-chief.
McCain has all but sewn up the nomination, and has no problem appearing as the GOP nominee. McCain took the time to chide his Democratic rivals on their experience and foreign policy approaches after his win. McCain went so far as to scold Obama when he said that the U.S. would go after Al-Qaeda and Taliban extremists in Pakistan under his administration, yet forgot his joyful rendition of “Barbara Ann” with bomb, bomb Iran.

The fear-mongering in American politics is passé, and with important international events like Kosovo’s independence, March parliamentary elections in Iran and Russia, and the horror in Kenya, Iranian Americans and Americans in general demand a return to seriousness and detail in policy debates so that the country can decide the candidate who has the most successful approach in meeting these challenges.

Posted By Daniel Robinson

    One Response to “McCain and Obama Win Wisconsin; March 4 States Up Next”

  1. Babak Talebi says:

    Well today is the potentially decisive March 4th “Junior Super Tuesday” with voters in four states voting in large numbers.

    But just keep in mind that there were a few other ‘potentially decisive’ primary days on the Democratic side already: New Hampshire and Super Duper Tuesday were both seen as ‘potentially decisive’, so we may all be in for another six weeks of campaigning still.

    On the Republican side, it seems all but certain that McCain will get the final 150 or so delegates he needs to “lock up” the nomination and formally pass the 1191 delegate threshold – so dont be surprised if Gov. Huckabee finally concedes tomorrow or even tonight.

    We’ll do a bit more of an analysis in the coming days about where the General Election race and the Democratic nomination is headed. There are quite a few items relating to US-Iran policy that will prove interesting. And the role of the IA community may well be important in some of the GE match ups.

    oh! and welcome to the NIAC blog 😉

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Tell Google: Stop playing Persian Gulf name games!

May 14, 2012
Larry Page
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Dear Mr. Page:

It has come to our attention that Google has begun omitting the title of the Persian Gulf from its Google Maps application. This is a disconcerting development given the undisputed historic and geographic precedent of the name Persian Gulf, and the more recent history of opening up the name to political, ethnic, and territorial disputes. However unintentionally, in adopting this practice, Google is participating in a dangerous effort to foment tensions and ethnic divisions in the Middle East by politicizing the region’s geographic nomenclature. Members of the Iranian-American community are overwhelmingly opposed to such efforts, particularly at a time when regional tensions already have been pushed to the brink and threaten to spill over into conflict. As the largest grassroots organization in the Iranian-American community, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) calls on Google to not allow its products to become propaganda tools and to immediately reinstate the historically accurate, apolitical title of “Persian Gulf” in all of its informational products, including Google Maps.

Historically, the name “Persian Gulf” is undisputed. The Greek geographer and astronomer Ptolemy referencing in his writings the “Aquarius Persico.” The Romans referred to the "Mare Persicum." The Arabs historically call the body of water, "Bahr al-Farsia." The legal precedent of this nomenclature is also indisputable, with both the United Nations and the United States Board of Geographic Names confirming the sole legitimacy of the term “Persian Gulf.” Agreement on this matter has also been codified by the signatures of all six bordering Arab countries on United Nations directives declaring this body of water to be the Persian Gulf.

But in the past century, and particularly at times of escalating tensions, there have been efforts to exploit the name of the Persian Gulf as a political tool to foment ethnic division. From colonial interests to Arab interests to Iranian interests, the opening of debate regarding the name of the Persian Gulf has been a recent phenomenon that has been exploited for political gain by all sides. Google should not enable these politicized efforts.

In the 1930s, British adviser to Bahrain Sir Charles Belgrave proposed to rename the Persian Gulf, “Arabian Gulf,” a proposal that was rejected by the British Colonial and Foreign offices. Two decades later, the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company resurrected the term during its dispute with Mohammad Mossadegh, the Iranian Prime Minister whose battle with British oil interests would end in a U.S.-sponsored coup d'état that continues to haunt U.S.-Iran relations. In the 1960s, the title “Arabian Gulf” became central to propaganda efforts during the Pan-Arabism era aimed at exploiting ethnic divisions in the region to unite Arabs against non-Arabs, namely Iranians and Israelis. The term was later employed by Saddam Hussein to justify his aims at territorial expansion. Osama Bin Laden even adopted the phrase in an attempt to rally Arab populations by emphasizing ethnic rivalries in the Middle East.

We have serious concerns that Google is now playing into these efforts of geographic politicization. Unfortunately, this is not the first time Google has stirred controversy on this topic. In 2008, Google Earth began including the term “Arabian Gulf” in addition to Persian Gulf as the name for the body of water. NIAC and others called on you then to stop using this ethnically divisive propaganda term, but to no avail. Instead of following the example of organizations like the National Geographic Society, which in 2004 used term “Arabian Gulf” in its maps but recognized the error and corrected it, Google has apparently decided to allow its informational products to become politicized.

Google should rectify this situation and immediately include the proper name for the Persian Gulf in Google Maps and all of its informational products. The exclusion of the title of the Persian Gulf diminishes your applications as informational tools, and raises questions about the integrity and accuracy of information provided by Google.

We strongly urge you to stay true to Google’s mission – “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” – without distorting or politicizing that information. We look forward to an explanation from you regarding the recent removal of the Persian Gulf name from Google Maps and call on you to immediately correct this mistake.



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