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Voices of the Middle East on 03/09/12

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Fri, 03/09/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Trita Parsi on U.S. Policy on Iran and the AIPAC conference and Tina Foster on the Child Foundation

Trita Parsi with National Iranian American Council about President Obama's Iran Policy and AIPAC conference this week.  He is author of the book "A Single Roll of the Dice, Obama's Diplomacy with Iran." 

Have the diplomatic efforts of the Obama administration toward Iran failed? Was the Bush administration's emphasis on military intervention, refusal to negotiate, and pursuit of regime change a better approach? How can the United States best address the ongoing turmoil in Tehran? This book provides a definitive and comprehensive analysis of the Obama administration's early diplomatic outreach to Iran and discusses the best way to move toward more positive relations between the two discordant states.

Voices of the Middle East on 01/13/12

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Fri, 01/13/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The stalemate with Obama's Iran policy and threats of war with Iran

Host Goudarz Eghtedari interviews William Beeman of the University of Minnesota, who just came back from Iran after attending a conference in Tehran, and Reza Marashi, Policy Director with the National Iranian American Council, about the stalemate with Obama's Iran policy and threats of war with Iran.

Voices of the Middle East on 09/14/11

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Wed, 09/14/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Stephen Zunes, Professor and Mahdi Darius Nezamolraya, reporter on Libya

Goudarz Eghtedari interviews Stephen Zunes, Professor of Politics and Chair of Mid-Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco, whose recent article about Libya is "Lessons and False Lessons from Libya," and Mahdi Darius Nezamroaya of Canadian Global Research Institute, who was present in Libya in the past 3 months and has reported for Pacifica as well as other news media from inside Libya.

This program was pre-empted from its regular slot this past Friday for special coverage of the anniversary of 9/11. Voices of the Middle East normally airs on the second Friday of the month at 9AM.

Voices of the Middle East on 07/08/11

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Fri, 07/08/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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"Focus on North Africa: A Second Roundtable on the Middle East"

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.

Voices of the Middle East on 04/08/11

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Fri, 04/08/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Great Arab Revolt and How the West Is Dealing with It

Host Goudarz Eghtedari discusses the situation in Libya and the Middle East with an Oregon activist and an international journalist.

Voices of the Middle East on 02/11/11

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Fri, 02/11/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Current events in the Middle East and North Africa

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 is happening there has impact on other countries of the region.  Please join host Goudarz Eghtedari in talking with 3 scholars of the field: Sherifa Zuhur, Mike Ghouse and Peter Bechtold.

Voices of the Middle East on 01/14/11

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Fri, 01/14/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Reese Erlich and Dr. Nasser Abufarha

Host Goudarz Eghtedari speaks with journalist and foreign correspondent Reese Erlich. His new book is Conversations with Terrorists: Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence, and Empire. 

Reese Erlich speaks on Friday January 28, 2011, 7-9 PM at the Multicultural Center, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room #228, Portland State University


Voices of the Middle East on 12/10/10

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Fri, 12/10/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Iranian Human Rights Day 2010.

Two groups that face gross discrimination by the government in Iran as well as the society are religious and sexual minorities.  While these groups do not threaten the government establishment in a political way, they are still subject to silent violations of their human rights.  Followers of Baha'i and Jewish faiths are accused of spying for Israel and their loyalty is questioned.  Their education and chances of participation in the regular life are extremely minimal, and in many cases they are denied equal opportunities.  The GLBT community are treated as outcasts by both the society and the gove

Voices of the Middle East on 09/10/10

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Fri, 09/10/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interview with veteran journalist Stephen Kinzer

Voices of the Middle East presents:


Iran and Islam "mother of all problems" US faces in the world!!


A look at 9-11 anniversary, the Tony Blair's Journey and how Bush-Blair were denied a cake & flower walk into the Middle East.


An interview with Stephen Kinzer, and more.

Voices of the Middle East on 08/13/10

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Fri, 08/13/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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BP and Coup of 1953 in Iran, and the CIA's role in it
BP and Coup of 1953 in Iran, and the CIA's role in it.

August 19th will be the 57th anniversary of a Coup D'etat in Iran that removed democratically elected Prime Minister Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh and brought back the Shah.  BP's recent operations in the Gulf of Mexico has brought back the references to the coup and it is time to revisit the history of the Coup once again to better understand what people of Iran felt at the time when a company like BP was instigating regime change and CIA was implementing it.



Stephen Kinzer and the Middle East

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Fri, 09/10/2010

A look at 9-11 anniversary, the Tony Blair's Journey and how Bush-Blair were denied a cake & flower walk into the Middle East.

An interview with Stephen Kinzer, and more.

Friday September 10th, 2010 9 AM

Stephen Kinzer is a United States author and newspaper reporter. He is a veteran New York Times correspondent who has reported from more than fifty countries on five continents. During the 1980s he covered revolution and social upheaval in Central America. In 1990, he was promoted to bureau chief of the Berlin bureau and covered the growth of Eastern and Central Europe as they emerged from Soviet rule. He was also New York Times bureau chief in Istanbul (Turkey) from 1996 to 2000. He currently teaches journalism and United States foreign policy at Northwestern University.

Kinzer has written several non-fiction books about Turkey, Central America, Iran, the US overthrow of foreign governments from the late 19th century to the present and, most recently, about Rwanda's recovery from genocide. He has spoken out widely against a potential U.S. attack on Iran, warning that it would destroy the pro-US sentiment that has become widespread among the Iranian populace under the repressive Islamic regime. 

1953 Coup D'etat in Iran, and BP-CIA's role in it.

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Fri, 08/13/2010

August 19th will be the 57th anniversary of a Coup D'etat in Iran that removed democratically elected Prime Minister Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh and brought back the Shah. BP's recent operations in the Gulf of Mexico has brought back the references to the coup and it is time to revisit the history of the Coup once again to better understand what people of Iran felt at the time when a company like BP was instigating regime change and CIA was implementing it.


Ironically I am going to interview Professor Gasiorowski, from Baton Rouge , Louisiana for this issue and premiering of another historical moment in Iran 's history of 1979.  I’ll be talking with Professor Gasiorowski about the 1953 Coup, the role of British Petroleum, BP (then known as Anglo-Iranian Oil Company). We will further expand on Mark’s new research about the events prior to Students take over of the US Embassy in Tehran after the revolution of 1979.


Mark Gasiorowski (1954, ) is a professor of Political Science at Louisiana State University . He is an expert in Middle East politics, Third World politics, and U.S. foreign policy. He holds a joint appointment in Louisiana State University's International Studies Program. He has been a Visiting Fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford University and a Visiting Professor at Tehran University. He has extensively researched on CIA Coup D'etat in Iran of 1953 that removed democratically elected Prime Minister DR. Mossadegh and brought back dictatorship of Shah of Iran. Journalist and academic Stephen Kinzer has called him "the most persistent" of "a small but dedicated group of scholars [who] have devoted considerable effort to uncovering the truth about events surrounding the 1953 coup" in Iran, an event so important (Kinzer believes) it "defined all of subsequent Iranian history and reshaped the world in ways that only now becoming clear."

Nonviolent resistance from Iranian Green Movement to Free Gaza flotillas

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Fri, 06/11/2010

Nonviolent Resistance

from Iranian Green Movement

to the Free Gaza Flotillas
An intriguing dialogue with Professor Ramin Jahanbegloo, University of Toronto
Ramin Jahanbegloo was born in Tehran , Iran . He has a doctorate in philosophyJahanbegloo's intellectual activity focuses on fostering constructive dialogue between divergent cultures. He has written numerous books and articles in Persian, English and French on the subject of Western philosophy and modernity. from Sorbonne University in Paris , France where he lived for twenty years.  He was a post-doctorate fellow in Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University
Upon returning to Tehran , he was appointed head of the Contemporary Philosophy Department of the Cultural Research Center . In his efforts to promote dialogue, he has interviewed scholars and intellectuals from all over the world, among them George Steiner, Noam Chomsky, Ashis Nandy and the Dalai Lama. In recent years, he invited Richard Rorty, Timothy Garton Ash, Antonio Negri, and Michael Ignatieff and other Western intellectuals to Iran .
In late April 2006, on his way to an international conference in Brussels, Jahanbegloo was arrested by the Iranian authorities.  On May 3, Iran judiciary branch officials confirmed that he was arrested and sent to Evin Prison. According to some sources, he was accused of spying.  On August 30, 2006, Jahanbegloo was released from prison after four months of confinement.
In 2006 and 2007 he was Rajni Kothari Professor of Democracy at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi, India . In January, 2008 he returned to the University of Toronto as a professor of Political Science, Massey College Scholar-at-Risk, and Research Fellow at the Centre for Ethics at Trinity College. In 2009, he wrote a book, Talking Architecture: Raj Rewal In Conversation With Ramin Jahanbegloo. The book was inaugurated on 19th December, 2009 in New Delhi , India.
Ramin Jahanbegloo’s publications, in addition to numerous papers, include following books:
  • Talking Architecture: Raj Rewal In Conversation With Ramin Jahanbegloo (2009)
  • The Clash of Intolerances (2007)
  • Talking India : Conversations with Ashis Nandy (2006)
  • Iran: Between Tradition and Modernity (Global Encounters) (2004)
  • Gandhi: Aux sources de la non-violence: Thoreau, Ruskin, Tolstoi (Le temps et les mots)
  • Conversations with Isaiah Berlin (2000)

Executions in Iran

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Fri, 05/14/2010

On May 9th 2010 Islamic Republic of Iran executed five political prisoners at Evin, Tehran's notorious prison. At least four of the victims -- Farzad Kamangar, Ali Haydarian, Farhad Vakili, and Shirin Alam-Houli -- were ethnic Kurds. The fifth victim was Mehdi Eslamian. 

Their court cases were heard behind closed doors. The work of their attorneys was constantly obstructed, or ignored altogether. Neither they nor the families of the victims knew about the executions until after they had taken place. Even the dead bodies of the victims have not been turned over to their families.

Kamangar's case, which attracted international attention, is particularly heart-breaking. He was 35 years old and married. A highly popular teacher in Kurdish villages, he was also a poet and author. He was sentenced to death in February 2008, and his family had lived in agony ever since. In a letter to his students from prison two years ago, Kamangar wrote, "I miss you all. From behind these tall walls, I wake up with you, laugh with you, and go to sleep with you.... I wish I could play soccer with the first graders, and you, with the dream of becoming another Ronaldo, could score past your teacher, the goalie, and then celebrate it."
An interview with Dr. Hadi Ghaemi, International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, and Behrouz a Kurdish-American activist.

President Obama's Nuclear Posture Review

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Fri, 04/09/2010

President Obama's Nuclear Posture Review and the success of the policy with regards to the Middle East, an interview with Dr. Flynt Leverett, New America Foundation, Director, Iran Initiative, Senior Research Fellow, American Strategy Program and Director, Geopolitics of Energy Initiative

Flynt Leverett is a leading authority on U.S. foreign policy, the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, and global energy issues.  From 1992 to 2003, he had a distinguished career in the U.S. government, serving as Senior Director for Middle East Affairs at the National Security Council, Middle East Expert on the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff, and Senior Analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency. He left the Bush administration and government service in the spring of 2003 because of disagreements about Middle East policy and the conduct of the war on terror more generally. He is a consultant to the World Economic Forum's “Gulf Cooperation Council and the World 2025” scenarios project and to the Club of Madrid on global energy issues. He is a peer reviewer for the International Energy Agency's World Energy Outlook.

FIFA barrs Iranian Women Soccer Team from Competing in the First Youth Olymic games in Singapore

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Fri, 04/09/2010
The first-ever summer Youth Olympic Games will be held in Singapore from Oct. 12-25. Some 3,600 athletes, ages 14 to 18, will compete in 26 sports. Iran's girls' squad was to be among the six teams competing in the girls' soccer competition.... No longer.
The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) ruled that the Iranian girls may not play while wearing the hijab. In fact the version of the hijab the Iranian girls would wear is an unobtrusive head-covering that interferes neither with play nor with anyone's safety, FIFA's concerns notwithstanding.  Thailand will replace the Iranian team.
Please join me when I discuss this issue with Golbarg Bashi, Linda Lowen and Pierre Trisnam;
Golbarg Bashi is an Iranian Studies Professor at Rutgers University. She was born in Iran, raised in Sweden, and educated in Britain. She holds a First Class B.A. (Honors) in Middle Eastern Studies from Manchester University, a M.Sc. in Women's Studies from Bristol University and has recently completed her doctoral thesis on a feminist critique of the human rights discourse in Iran. Her research interests include the theories and practices of human rights in Iran, modern Iranian social and intellectual history, and women's rights movements in Iran and in a comparative context.
Pierre Tristam is an editorial writer and columnist at the Daytona Beach, Fla., News-Journal, and editor of Candide’s Notebooks and a contributor on Middle East issues at about.com

A former radio/TV broadcast journalist, Linda Lowen has won national awards for her coverage of women's issues over the past decade. She's been featured in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and on NPR's Talk of the Nation, and she is a commentator for 51% The Women's Perspective, a nationally-syndicated show heard on public broadcasting, ABC Radio Network, and Armed Forces Radio stations.

During her career as a broadcast journalist, she created, produced, and hosted women's issues radio and television programs for NPR and PBS station affiliates including the award-winning talk show Women's Voices. Linda is also a member of the Women's Media Center Progressive Women's Voices program and the National Cancer Survivor's Day Speaker's Bureau.

Non-Violent movement in Islamic countries.

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Fri, 03/12/2010

Poor record of President Obama when it comes to Israeli’s violation of Human Rights and an analysis of the Islamic non-violence movements.  An interview with Professor Stephen Zunes, University of San Francisco.

Professor Zunes is the author of scores of articles for scholarly and general readership on Middle Eastern politics, U.S. foreign policy, international terrorism, nuclear nonproliferation, strategic nonviolent action, and human rights. He is the principal editor of Nonviolent Social Movements (Blackwell Publishers, 1999), the author of the highly-acclaimed Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism (Common Courage Press, 2003) and co-author (with Jacob Mundy) of the forthcoming Western Sahara: Nationalism, Conflict, and International Accountability (Syracuse University Press.)

31st Anniversary of the Islamic Republic of Iran

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Fri, 02/12/2010

Iranian government on Thursday celebrated its 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution while mass protests continues.  Violent suppresions of the demonstrators related to the Green Movement was apparent all over the country.  I talked with Professor Ahmad Sadri about the prospects of a resolution to the 8 month unrests in Iran with a look at Iran's recent nuclear maneuvers and challenges for the Obama Administration.

Ahmad Sadri is Professor of Sociology and James P. Gorter Chair of Islamic World Studies at Lake Forest College. He received his BA and MA degrees at the University of Tehran and his PhD from the New School for Social Research. Sadri is the author of Max Weber’s Sociology of Intellectuals (Oxford University Press 1992, 94) and editor and translator (from Persian) of Reason Freedom and Democracy in Islam (Oxford University Press, 2000) and (from Arabic) Saddam City (Saqi Press, 2002.) Sadri has authored three books in Persian published by Kavir, and Hermes Press, Tehran. He has also functioned as a columnist for Daily Star of Lebanon and a commentator at National Public Radio in Chicago.

Kiana Karimi and Rees Erlich on Iranian Activism

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Fri, 01/08/2010

Two talks:  Kiana Karimi and Rees ErlichKiana Karimi is a women's rights activist and a member of One Million Signatures Campaign, a peaceful grassroots movement for gender equality that has sprung from the efforts of Iranian women inside Iran. The Campaign officially launched on August 27, 2006, it aims to collect one million signatures in support of a petition addressed to the Iranian Parliament asking for the revision and reform of current laws, which discriminate against women. Although the campaign is legal within the Iranian constitution, 43 activists have spent time in jail so far; some have received prison sentences and many have been freed on probation or such high bail that their activism has been suppressed.    Foreign correspondent Reese Erlich had just returned from Iran, where he was covering the recent elections. Hear a first-hand account from the streets of Iran from the author of  The Iran Agenda.  The event was sponsored by the American Iranian Friendship Council, aifcpdx.org

Iran and Israel, What is the Problem?

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Fri, 12/11/2009

Iran and Israel, What is the problem? Do they hate each other, or this is all internal rhetoric?

An interview with Marsha Cohen, Florida International University, and Patrick Disney, National Iranian American Council (NIAC).

Marsha Cohen

Dr. Marsha B. Cohen is a Fellow of Florida International University's Middle East Studies Center. Her research focuses on the role of religion in international affairs, particularly in political discourse. She taught for over a decade at FlU, specializing in International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa.. She covers Israel-Iranian relations for TehranBureau, now affiliated with PBS/Frontline and has written for the global news agency InterPress Service (IPS). Her book Lions and Roses: the Politics of Religion in Israel and Iran, is in the process of being edited for publication.

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