Born in Iran, Dr. Sasan Fayazmanesh was an economics professor at California State University – Fresno. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in applied mathematics from Cal State – Los Angeles and UCLA, respectively. He then went on to earn a Ph.D. in economics at the University of California’s Riverside campus.
Dr. Fayazmanesh’s writings have appeared in such publications as the Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, the Encyclopedia of Political Econom, and the Review of Radical Political Economics. He authored a 2006 book titled _Money and Exchange.
Fayazmanesh detests the United States and Israel. He condemns the U.S. government’s classification of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Hezbollah as terrorist groups, asserting that the designation is based solely — and unjustly — on the fact that those groups “are hostile to the Israeli occupation and answer violence with violence.”
Fayazmanesh denounces what he calls “the holy alliance” between the U.S. and Israel, whose names he mockingly combines as “USrael” to show that the two nations’ foreign policies are interwoven, inseparable, and mutually supportive. He states: “USrael has been using the accusation of Iran developing WMD for a long time to overthrow the Iranian government. . . . The Israelis, of course, have been repeating the same charge. . . . The USraeli accusation is . . . quite hypocritical. Both countries have nuclear weapons. Both are engaged in research and development in the area of nuclear weapons technology. Both are ready to use nuclear weapons if necessary.”
Fayazmanesh was offended by President George W. Bush’s references to Iran, Iraq, and North Korea as the “axis of evil.” Said the professor: “David Frum, a former speech writer for President Bush . . . took credit for coining the phrase ‘axis of evil’ and including it in President Bush’s 2002 State of the Union message. Frum . . . currently writes for the neo-fascistic National Review Online, which supports everything Israel does. . . . The expression ‘axis of evil’ was part of the neoconservative agenda of making the world safe for Israel.”
In Fayazmanesh’s view, American policy toward Iran since 1979 has been “duplicitous, irrational, and incoherent, since it was pulled in opposite directions by Israel and the U.S. corporations.”
Several of Fayazmanesh’s courses reveal a sharply political bent. An introductory course he teaches, “Economics 101: History of Economic Thought,” features no fewer than five works on Karl Marx, including one by Fayazmanesh himself — “Marx’s Methodology of Political Economy,” which he wrote for the Encyclopedia of Political Economy.
Fayazmanesh’s views on the Middle East, meanwhile, are on display in his course, “Economics 183: Political Economy of the Middle East.” The class has only two required textbooks, one of which is A History of Modern Middle East, written by William Cleveland, an anti-Israel activist who has long decried Israel’s “occupation.” The book apportions the blame for the region’s political and economic tribulations to U.S. foreign policy and Israel. Amplifying these themes, Fayazmanesh’s course description promises an “examination of Western colonial policies in the region.”