Amir Abbas Fakhravar
Amir Abbas Fakhravar (Amir-Abbas Fakhr-Avar, sometimes also named Siyaavash or Siavash ) is "a writer, a journalist and a law student who has devoted his life to the fight for freedom and democracy in his native Iran. In the last 14 years he has been arrested numerous times, and has endured the most terrible forms of torture at the hand of the Islamic regime," he says on his website.
On April 29, 2006, Fakhravar escaped from Iran to come to the United States. 
"The Iran Enterprise Institute is directed by a newly arrived Iranian dissident whose cause has recently been championed by AEI fellow and former Pentagon advisor Richard Perle," Laura Rozen wrote November 13, 2006, in The American Prospect. Fakhravar "served time in Iran's notorious Evin prison before arriving in Washington in May , with Perle’s help. Fakhravar, who advocates U.S. intervention to promote secular democracy in Iran, now seeks Washington’s backing to lead an organization that would unite Iranian student dissidents," Rozen wrote.
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- "About CDI: Leadership," Council for a Democratic Iran, accessed October 2008.
- Profile, fakhravar.com.
- Petition to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: Free Iranian Freedom Fighters: Amir Abbas Fakhravar, Dr. Farzad Hamidi, PetitionOnline.
- Jason Lee Steorts, "Message from Underground. A conversation with Amir Abbas Fakhravar," National Review Online, December 5, 2005.
- Jason Lee Steorts, Q& A: "Counting the Minutes. A conversation with Iranian dissident Amir Abbas Fakhravar," National Review Online, February 13, 2006.
- Ramin Talaie, "Laborers at a May Day Rally in Iran Turn the Tables Against Mullahs," The New York Sun, May 2, 2006.
- "Dissident Amir Abbas Fakhravar Escapes To The U.S," All Things Beautiful, May 2, 2006.
- Eli Lake, "Iranian Dissident to Seek Support For Opposition," The New York Sun, May 9, 2006.
- Bernhard, "Is Fakhravar A Fraud?" Moon of Alabama, May 26, 2006. (Updated October 8, 2006.)
- Testimony: "Amir Abbas Fakhravar, U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs," RegimeChangeIran Blogspot, July 21, 2006.
- Laura Rozen, "Has Washington found its Iranian Chalabi? Introducing the talented Mr. Fakhravar," MotherJones, October 6, 2006 (also in November/December 2006 Issue/posted October 26, 2006).
- Laura Rozen, "Iran Hawks Reorganize. Meet the Iran Enterprise Institute. Its name might sound familiar," The American Prospect, November 13, 2006.