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Voices of the Middle East on 06/14/13

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Fri, 06/14/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Panel on the Turkish Protests
Host Goudarz Eghtedari presents a panel discussion on Turkish Protests recorded on Wednesday, June 5th, at Portland State University.


  • Dr. Birol Yesilada, Professor of Political Science and International Studies, Endowed Chair of Contemporary Turkish Studies, Director of the Center for Turkish Studies
  • Dr. James Grehan, Associate Professor of History, Director of the Middle East Studies Center
  • Dr. Pelin Basci, Associate Professor of Turkish Language and Literature, Associate Chair of the Department of World Languages and Literatures

Voices of the Middle East on 05/10/13

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Fri, 05/10/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Host Goudarz Eghtedari interviews Dr. Omar Dahi trying to cover the latest situations in Syria. Omar S. Dahi, professor of economics at the School of Critical Social Inquiry at Hampshire College, received his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.  His research and teaching interests are in the areas of economic development and international trade, with a special focus on South-South economic cooperation, and on the political economy of the Middle East and North Africa.

Voices of the Middle East on 04/12/13

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Fri, 04/12/2013 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Cathy Breen of Voices for Creative Nonviolence on the people of Iraq and Iraqi refugees

The guest is Cathy Breen, who has volunteered with Voices for Creative Nonviolence for many years. She first went to Iraq in Fall of 2002 with Voices in the Wilderness as part of the Iraq Peace Team. She returned about eight months into the occupation and then again last October. Over the last six years she has also spent periods of time in both Jordan and Syria alongside of Iraqi refugees, to witness to their reality and advocate for their resettlement when desired.
Kathleen Stephenson interviews her about her experiences and the lives of the Iraqi people and Iraqi refugees.

Voices of the Middle East on 02/08/13

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Fri, 02/08/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Public Affairs

Voices of the Middle East on 01/11/13

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Fri, 01/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Drone warfare and the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA

 Host Goudarz Eghtedari hosts a program about drone warfare around the world in light of President Obama's nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA.  He'll speak with Trudy Cooper and Linda Wenning, who just returned from Pakistan on a Codepink visit to the area.

Voices of the Middle East on 12/14/12

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Fri, 12/14/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The proposed constitution for Egypt and the turmoil currently unfolding in that country.

Host Goudarz Eghtedari speaks with Professor Mohammad Fadel of University of Toronto about the proposed constitution for Egypt and the turmoil currently unfolding in that country.

Voices of the Middle East on 11/09/12

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Fri, 11/09/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Mike Ghouse on the elections and Obama's plan in the next cycle.

Host Goudarz Eghtedari speaks with Mike Ghouse, a Muslim advocate living in Texas, about the elections and Obama's plan in the next cycle.

Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker and a writer on pluralism, interfaith, politics, foreign policy, Islam, India, Israel, peace and justice. He is committed to building a cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. He is a frequent guest on Sean Hannity's show on Fox TV and a commentator on national radio. He writes weekly at Dallas Morning News and bi-monthly at Huffington Post and several periodicals. His daily blog is www.TheGhousediary.com

Voices of the Middle East on 09/14/12

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Fri, 09/14/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Israel's push for war in the Middle East

Host Goudarz Eghtedari speaks with journalist and blogger Richard Silverstein about the current Israeli administration's push for another American war in the Middle East. Silverstein's recent story on an Israeli plot caught international attention via BBC's News Hour. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19271083

Voices of the Middle East on 07/13/12

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Fri, 07/13/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A look at the Egyptian presidential elections and the struggle for power in Egypt

As new Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi calls on the People's Assembly to start its role in legislation until the new constitution draft is put to a vote, the Supreme Constitutional Court and the Council of the Army insist that the Assembly is null and can not resume.

Host Goudarz Eghtedari speaks with Professor Mohammed Aman of the University of Wisconsin, and Professor Nader Hashemi of the University of Denver about the recent presidential elections in Egypt and the current struggle between the popular revolution and the military establishment for control of the country.

Voices of the Middle East on 05/11/12

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Fri, 05/11/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Iran: Myths and Facts

News and Public Affairs Day

Threats of military strikes against Iran have many of us concerned. We know peace is possible, but is another Middle East war probable?


Iranian Opposition Group spends millions of $$$ on US Politicians to be removed from the State Dept. terrorists list.

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Fri, 08/12/2011

Huffington Post, Christian Science Monitor are reporting that an Iranian opposition group, Mujahedin Khalgh Organization of Iran (aka MKO, MEK, PMOI, NCRI,...) has spent millions of dollars booking American and European politicians to support their campaign to reverse European Union and State Department's decision to list them as a foreign terrorist organization.  Voices of the Middle East's Goudarz Eghtedari interviews Jamal Abdi, policy director with National Iranian American Council (NIAC) and Dr. Evan Siegel, NJ City University about MKO and its campaign over the years against Shah's regime and now the Islamic Republic and its evolution from a marxist Islamist organization to now aligning with neo-cons in the US.

"Focus on North Africa: A Second Roundtable on the Middle East"

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Fri, 07/08/2011

Host Goudarz Eghtedari presents a panel discussion on "Focus on North Africa: A Second Roundtable on the Middle East." recorded recently at Portland State University and featuring Lindsay Benstead, Assistant Professor of Political Science in the School of Government at PSU, where she teaches courses on Middle East and North African politics; Nabil Boudraa, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Oregon State University; and Professor Keith Walters, a Professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics at PSU.

  • Length: 46:57 minutes (64.47 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

Interview with Dr. Yahya Abdul-Rahman

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Fri, 06/10/2011

A dialogue with Dr. Yahya Abdul-Rahman on the topic of his lecture in Oregon "The Theology of the Other in Islam: An American Muslim Perspective" and Islamic Banking system, a concept of interest-free financing.

Dr. Yahia Abdul-Rahman is author of "The Art of Islamic Banking and Finance" and author of many papers on Islamic Financing & Islamic Financial Instruments, Dr. Abdul-Rahman has more than 37 years of experience in International Banking and Project Financing. This includes having been a member of the Founding Board of Directors of a U.S. bank in Houston, Texas and Chairman of the Resources International Corporation, also in Houston. In 1987, Dr. Abdul-Rahman founded the American Finance House- LARIBA in Pasadena, California. Specializing in interest-free lending, the American Finance House is among the most respected names in finance in the world and is frequently profiled in the domestic and international media.

Arab Spring 2011 and Green Movement of 2009.

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Fri, 05/13/2011


Arab rebellion continues and while West picks and chooses what to support and what not, people in both sides are following the dreams for a democratic future in the region.  Some argue that Green movement in Iran after the elections of 2009 ignited the post modern indigenous uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya, and now Syria.  My guests are of the believe that new generation of the Middle Eastern are fed-up with autocracy and are in pursuit of a anti-colonial, yet modernized system of governance across the region. 
Nader Hashemi teaches Middle East politics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, and he is the co-author with Danny Postel of "The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran's Future." Danny Postel is the author of “Reading Legitimation Crisis in Tehran: Iran and the Future of Liberalism (Paradigm)”.
This month, US was able to attack and Kill al-qaeda leader Usama Bin Laden in the Pakistani town of Abotabad. The incident ended a self proclaimed decade of war against terror as was defined by US administrations since 2001, while President Obama now can claim the victory on behalf of victims. I have interviewed Barry Amundson a local member of the progressive community whose brother was killed during the 9-11 attack on Pentagon in Washington DC. Barry talks about his personal view of the killing of UBL and his right as survived brother of a victim of the crime the terrorists of 9-11 committed.


Libyan Rebels, and The Great Arab Revolution of 2011

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Fri, 04/08/2011

This is recording of an interview with Nadia Abraibesh and Pepe Escobar about the situations in Libya and the rest of the Middle East and North Africa. 

Nadia Abraibesh traveled to her father’s homeland after graduation from Linfield College to meet her Libyan family, and found herself in the middle of the uprising. She joined anti-government rallies and documented protests and atrocities with photos and interviews.  Two weeks ago, Nadia and a male relative departed Benghazi for the 17-hour trip to the Cairo airport, and she is now safe at home in Portland.
Pepe Escobar (born 1954) is a journalist based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He writes a column entitled The Roving Eye for Asia Times Online and is analyst and correspondent for The Real News Network.
An extreme traveler, Pepe's nose for news has taken him to all parts of the  globe. He was in Afghanistan and interviewed the military leader of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, Ahmad Shah Masoud, a couple of weeks before his assassination (Masoud: From warrior to statesman , Sep 11, 2001). Two weeks before September 11, 2001, while Pepe was in the tribal areas of Pakistan, ATol published his prophetic piece, Get Osama! Now! Or else ... (Aug 30, 2001). Pepe was one of the first journalists to reach Kabul after the Taliban's retreat, and more recently he has explored and reported from Iraq, Iran, Central Asia, US and China.
To follow Pepe's articles on the Great Arab Revolt, please click here.

Libyan uprising a detailed perspective

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Fri, 03/11/2011

Popular uprising in the Middle East and North Africa has expanded to Bahrain, Yemen and Libya, but unlike Tunisia and Egypt, people in these countries have faced fierce resistance from the government supporters.  While West is considering military interventions or some sort of press for no fly zone over the Libya, US is asking Yemenis people to accept Ali Abdullah Saleh's reform initiatives and calm down the unrests.

I interviewed Professor Ali Ahmida on situations in Libya.  Ali Ahmida is a professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of New England, Biddeford, Maine. His specialty is political theory, comparative politics and historical sociology of power, agency and anti-colonial resistance in North Africa, especially modern Libya. He is the author of The Making of Modern Libya: State Formation, Colonization and Resistance (1994) in addition to numerous articles. He is editor of Beyond Colonialism and Nationalism in the Maghrib: History, Culture and Politics (2000).

Egyptian Revolution

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Fri, 02/11/2011

Voices of the Middle East presents;

Friday February 11, 2011
9-10 AM on KBOO 90.7 FM
Current events in the Middle East and North Africa have captured world attentions.  Ben Ali and Husni Mubarak, the US's allies of 20-30 years in Tunisia and Egypt are under pressure to leave or have already submitted to the will of the people.  What happens there has impact on other countries of the region.  Please join me in talking with 3 scholars of the field: Dr. Sherifa Zuhur, Mike Ghouse and Dr. Peter Bechtold in discussing these issues live on KBOO.  Previous shows on www.voicesofthemiddleeast.com 
Sherifa Zuhur Masoud Ph.D.:
Dr. Zuhur is the Executive Director of the Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic and Strategic Studies, and Associate Editor for Contemporary Conflicts and International Systems, Review of Middle East Studies and the Assistant Editor, Encyclopedia of U.S. Middle East Wars. ABC-Clio. She has two Ph.D. in History and Political Science from UCLA.
Mike Ghouse:
Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker and a writer. He runs the Foundation for Pluralism championing the idea of co-existence through respecting and accepting the otherness of other and is committed to nurturing the pluralistic ideals embedded in Islam through the World Muslim Congress. www.MikeGhouse.net
Peter Bechtold, Ph.D.:
A native of Heidelberg, Germany, Bechtold came to Oregon as a teenager to visit two uncles. He liked the area, so when fall 1956 rolled around, he entered Portland State College. At PSU, Bechtold earned a bachelor's in math and a minor in Middle East studies, before going to Princeton on a full fellowship. There he received two Ph.D.s, one in Near East studies and one in political science. to study culture, customs, religion, politics, and other issues before being dispatched abroad. For almost 30 years, Peter Bechtold '61 taught at the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service Institute in Washington, D.C. Last year he returned to Portland State as director of the Middle East Studies Center, where he served for one year.

Palestine Fair Trade

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Fri, 01/14/2011

The Palestine Fair Trade Association and Canaan Fair Trade are both a superb form of resistance to Israeli occupation.  Farming their own land and the connections with the outside world are empowering our fair trade farmers and gives them hope.  I interviewed Dr. Nasser Abufarha about his Fair Trade initiative in Palestinian territories.


Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Iran

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Fri, 12/10/2010

The situation of human rights in Iran is of concern, because the West is so pre-occupied with the nuclear issue that the question is never raised in the context of the negotiations and/or the confrontation with the Islamic Republic. Two of the groups that face gross discriminations by the government, as well as the society, are religious and sexual minorities. These groups do not threaten the governmental establishment in a po...litical way, but still are subjected to mostly silent violations of the Human Rights. Followers of Baha'i and Jewish faiths are accused of spying for Israel and their loyalty is questioned. Their education and chances for participation in regular life are extremely minimal and in many cases they are denied equal opportunities. The GLBT communities on the other hand are treated as outcasts, both by the society and by the government.

I talked with representatives from both groups in my show 'Voices of the Middle East.' Two members of the Portland Baha'i community will speak about the situation of their community in Iran and the persecution by the government. Later we will hear from a Gay refugee in Portland about Gays in Iran, their involuntary migration to Turkey and finally their resettlement in Portland.

Jacqueline Left Hand Bull (Delahunt) lives in Portland and is the Administrative Officer of an organization that serves 43 native American tribes in the Pacific Northwest with health issues including research, policy, service delivery, and capacity building.  She is also the Chairperson of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States – the elected nine-person body that governs the affairs of the American Bahá’í community in the 48 contiguous states.

Merat Bagha lives in Portland and is the President of Tiba Medical, a small medical device company.  Born and raised in Iran, he is a longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest having completed his undergraduate studies at Oregon State University and graduate studies at the University of Washington.  In 1981, his mother, Mrs Shidrukh Amirkia Bagha, was arrested in post-revolutionary Iran for hosting a Bahá’í gathering.  After a 3 month incarceration in the notorious Evin Prison, she was summarily executed along with 7 members of the Local Spiritual Assembly of Tehran.
Arash is a pseudo name for an Iranian Gay refugee who has lived in Portland for the past 14 months. He has spent 2 years in Turkey before being accepted by US. There are hundreds of sexual minority members among thousands of the Iranian asylum seekers in Turkey waiting for their cases to be processed by UN and western countries. Arash like other refugees who arrived in the past few years is still looking for a descent job and to realize the dream that youth from Iran are hoping for in the USA. If you or anyone you know can offer him and his friends a good job please call the station or contact Goudarz via email at Goudarz@voicesofthemiddleeast.com.

Conversation with Terrorists

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Fri, 11/12/2010

Goudarz Eghtedari interviews Reese Erlich the author of "Conversations With Terrorists: Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence, and Empire" on Voices of the Middle East.

The second half of the show is an interview with Osamah Khalil about the Israeli settlements in the occupied territories and Obama's attempt to deal with it.

Reese Erlich is a best-selling book author and freelance journalist who writes regularly for the Dallas Morning News, Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Radio and National Public Radio. He has won numerous journalism awards and he was a segment producer on a radio series that won a Peabody award.  Erlich was born and raised in Los Angeles. In 1965 he enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley, and later became active in the anti-Vietnam War movement. In October 1967 Erlich and others organized Stop the Draft Week. They were arrested and became known as the "Oakland Seven." In their trial they were acquitted of all charges, being successfully represented by Charles Garry.

Osamah Khalil is co-director of Al-Shabaka, The Palestinian Policy Network. He specializes in Palestinian politics and history, US foreign policy in the Middle East and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Khalil commented: “Israel's settlement policy perpetuates its occupation of the Palestinian territories and undermines American attempts to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Without American largesse, Israel's occupation could not continue. The US can either broker a final peace accord or it can continue to subsidize settlements -- it cannot do both.”


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