Elizabeth Warren's son-in-law produced Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi's films, reveals new book

The new publication by investigative journalist Peter Schweizer, Profiles in Corruption, speaks about Indian-born Sushil Tyagi's ties with Iran in late 2000s when Washington and Tehran's relations were at a low ebb

                            Elizabeth Warren's son-in-law produced Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi's films, reveals new book
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This is a revelation that will put the Democratic Party in a lot of discomfort. Sushil Tyagi, the Indian-born son-in-law of Elizabeth Warren, one of its heavyweight candidates in the race to bag the presidential nomination, has been found to have a link with Iran. Unfortunately, Iran currently shares quite a troubled relationship with Washington.

A new book by investigative journalist Peter Schweizer -- ‘Profiles in Corruption’ -- which speaks on the progressive leaders’ lesser-known ties to corrupt businesses and governments, has given a detailed account of Tyagi’s business deals. He moved to the US where he met Warren’s daughter Amelia as both were pursuing MBA at the Wharton Business School. 

Schweizer wrote in his book that since he married Warren’s daughter, Tyagi “has been involved in a series of curious -- even troubling -- business ventures around the world.” Warren is known to be close to Tyagi and has been come to India to attend his brother’s marriage. 

Tyagi’s ‘Iran moment’ came in 2008 when his Tricolor Films produced a film ‘The Song of Sparrows’ directed by Iranian director Majid Majidi. The venture was called as Majidi’s “most religious” and it speaks about a man who is fired from his job, moves to the big city and becomes a bike cab driver and soon loses sight in the maze of city life. 

According to a New York Times page, Tyagi was listed as the film’s only producer though the credits now have been deleted, reports Breitbart News

Bodies controlled by Iranian regime also involved with film

Breitbart quoted Schweizer as writing: “The full credits of the film, for some reason, seem to also have been scrubbed from the internet. We obtained a copy by using the Wayback machine and made a startling discovery: the movie’s chief investors included none other than the social deputy of the State Welfare Organization (SWO) of Iran (SWO-“معاونت اجتماعی سازمان بهزیستی کشور”) as well as the Cultural and Artistic Organization of Tehran (“سازمان فرهنگی و هنری شهرداری تهران”)."

The two bodies are funded and controlled by the Islamist Iranian government. 

Iranian actor Reza Naji (L) and director Majid Majidi speak during the 'The Song of Sparrows' press conference during day six of the 5th Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 16, 2008 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

The author further wrote that the film has credits that read like “who’s who of prominent Iranian government institutions.” For example, the “Iranian Revolutionary Guards Air Force” has been thanked. Warren’s son-in-law also produced another film by the 60-year-old Majidi but not much information is available on that, Schweizer added. 

This had happened at a time when the US’ relation with Iran had seen considerable deterioration. Washington had accused Tehran of contributing to the killing of five American soldiers in Iraq and Iran’s then president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a hardliner, had threatened the US as a “satanic power” and also warned regional foe Israel would disappear from the face of the planet.

Currently, the US and Iran are seeing another volatile phase in their relationship particularly after the assassination of top Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani in an American airstrike in Baghdad in January 6. Iranians retaliated against US army bases in Iraq and the issue became a focal debate in the Democratic presidential debate in Iowa on January 14.

On the question of the US policy on the Middle East, Warren said during the debate that Washington needed to pull all its troops out of the region. 

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