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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

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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.

 

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Human Rights Violations in Iran after the Elections

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Fri, 09/11/2009

An interview with Dr. Hadi Ghaemi of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran about the situations in Iran in aftermath of the elections fraud and people uprising.  Thousands of the regular people and reform activists are still in prison 80 days after the elections.  We will also hear about the welcoming ceremonies planned for president Ahmadinejad in New York while he visits the UN general assembly.

Hadi Ghaemi is the director of International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran[1], which is a project of the Dutch Foundation for Human Security in the Middle East.  Ghaemi was formerly the Iran and United Arab Emirates researcher in the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch.[4] He holds a PhD in Physics.

Socioanalysis of the Iranian events after the elections

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Thu, 07/09/2009

An interview on sociological analysis of the recent events in Iran with Professor Mahmoud Sadri, Texas Woman's University, and Professor Hossein Farahani, Portland States University, and Professor Ahmad Sadri, Lake Forest College, Chicago.

 

Mahmoud Sadri is a professor of sociology at the Federation of North Texas Area Universities that includes Texas Woman's University, University of North Texas , and A&M University , Commerce. His major interests include Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Culture, and Theoretical Sociology.
 
Dr. Sadri regularly contributes to popular journals and newspapers in his native country, Iran, and grants interviews to radio and television programs such as BBC, Radio France, Voice of America, and Radio Australia. Also, he writes op. ed pieces for Daily StarDaily Telegraph, Newsweek, and Time have carried interviews, profiles, and quotations from him in the recent years., The Guardian, UK . The New York Times, Fort Worth
 
For a pre-election prediction of Dr. Sadri goto: http://www.iranian.com/main/2009/jun/tragic-choices 
 
Professor Sam Hosein Farahani is an International studies visiting scholar at Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University.

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. 
 

 

Please Note that the Voices of the Middle East has now moved from Thursday nights to Friday mornings at 9 AM.

Iranian Green Wave movement for democracy and US Left's skepticism

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Mon, 06/29/2009

Why were ellections in Iran rigged? What Iranian Demonstrators want? Is the Green Wave in Iran another CIA staged colour revolution? for some answers tune into KBOO's special talk show with Goudarz Eghtedari when he interviews Professors Hamid Dabashi and Kaveh Ehsany, 8 AM Tuesday June 30th.

Hamid Dahbashi is a Columbia University's Middle East Studies Professor, and Kaveh Ehsani is Professor of International Studies at DePaul University, Chicago and an editor of Middle East Report.
 

Iranian elections - the day after

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Fri, 06/12/2009

An interview with Professor Hamid Dabashi, Columbia University on Iranian elections and future of the Islamic Revolution.

Born on June 15, 1951 into a working class family in the south-western city of Ahvaz in the Khuzestan province of Iran, Hamid Dabashi received his early education in his hometown and his college education in Tehran, before he moved to the United States, where he received a dual Ph.D. in Sociology of Culture and Islamic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. 


 
He wrote his dissertation on Max Weber’s theory of charismatic authority with Philip Rieff (1922-2006), the most distinguished Freudian cultural critic of his time. 
 
He is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York, the oldest and most prestigious Chair in Iranian Studies. He has also taught and delivered lectures in many North American, European, Arab and Iranian universities.
 
Professor Dabashi has written 18 books, edited 4, and contributed chapters to many more. He is also the author of over 100 essays, articles and book reviews in major scholarly and peer reviewed journals on subjects ranging from Iranian Studies, medieval and modern Islam, comparative literature, world cinema, and the philosophy of art (trans-aesthetics).
 
An internationally renowned cultural critic and award-winning author, his books and articles have been translated into numerous languages, including Japanese, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Hebrew, Danish, Arabic, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Polish, Turkish, Urdu and Catalan.
 
In the context of his commitment to advancing trans-national art and independent world cinema, Professor Dabashi is the founder of Dreams of a Nation, a Palestinian Film Project, dedicated to preserving and safeguarding Palestinian Cinema. He is also chiefly responsible for opening up the study of Persian literature and Iranian culture at Columbia University to students of comparative literature and society, breaking away from the confinements of European Orientalism and American Area Studies.
 
A committed teacher for nearly three decades, Professor Dabashi is also a public speaker around the globe, a current affairs essayist, and a staunch anti-war activist. He has two grown-up children, Kaveh and Pardis, who are both Columbia University graduates, and he lives in New York with his wife and colleague, the Iranian-Swedish feminist, Golbarg Bashi, their daughter Chelgis and their son Golchin.

 

Reflections on President Obama’s speech in Cairo and upcoming elections in Iran

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Wed, 06/10/2009

Reflections on President Obama’s speech in Cairo and upcoming elections in Iran

A live interview with Stephen Zunes, University of San Francisco,
and Farideh Farhi, University of Hawaii, Manoa.



 
Dr. Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco , where he chairs the program in Middle Eastern Studies. A native of North Carolina , Professor Zunes received his PhD. from Cornell University , his M.A. from Temple University and his B.A. from Oberlin College . He has previously served on the faculty of Ithaca College , the University of Puget Sound , and Whitman College . He serves as a senior policy analyst for the Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies, an associate editor of Peace Review, and chair of the academic advisory committee for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.

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.)

 
Dr. Farideh Farhi is an independent researcher and an adjunct professor of political science at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Her publications include States and Urban-Based Revolutions in Iran and Nicaragua (1990), as well as numerous articles and book chapters on comparative analysis of revolutions, contemporary Iranian politics and foreign policy. Her writings also appear on numerous webzines such as "Informed Comment". I'll interview her about the elections in Iran this Friday and the challenge that President Ahmadinejad is facing with 3 opponents that are gaining ground.

Morocco from afar

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Wed, 04/08/2009

Morocco a look from afar – Literature of North Africa, Religion and the Moroccan Society

An interview with Moroccan author Laila Lalami,
and Professor Kambiz Ghanebasiri, Reed College .
 
Laila Lalami was born and raised in Morocco . She earned her B.A. in English from Université Mohammed V in Rabat , her M.A. from University College , London , and her Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Southern California . Her work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post and elsewhere. She is the recipient of an Oregon Literary Arts grant and a Fulbright Fellowship. She was short-listed for the Caine Prize for African Writing (the “African Booker”) in 2006. Her debut collection of short stories, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, was published in the fall of 2005 and has since been translated into Spanish, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Italian, and Norwegian. Her first novel, Secret Son, will be published in the spring of 2009. She is currently Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California Riverside .
 
Kambiz GhaneaBassiri was born in Tehran , Iran , and grew up in the United States . He has a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University . He has taught Islamic studies in the religion and humanities department at Reed College since 2002.
 
 
Kambiz was asked by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Religious Endowments in Morocco to lead curricular reform efforts at Dar Al Hadith Al Hassania. The Islamic seminary, which has begun teaching non-Islamic religions and non-Islamic languages as well as philosophy and social sciences, asked GhaneaBassiri to direct academic affairs during the 2006-2007 academic years.

Iranian Islamic Revolution 30 years after

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Thu, 02/12/2009
Ambassador John LimbertFebruary marks the 30th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran . One of the most significant events in the Middle East in the last half century, it dramatically changed the political balance of power in the region and created one of the US’s greatest foreign policy challenges. The revolution caught all the western intelligence agencies off-guard. The Shah’s monarchy, characterized by President Carter a year earlier as the Island of Tranquility , had disappeared and a revolutionary government unlike anything seen before had taken over the most valuable US ally in the Persian Gulf .   
 
US-Iran relations have regrettably gone from bad to worse over the past 3 decades. During this same period, Iran has gained great influence in the region and is a major player in all Middle East arenas – Iraq and Palestine in particular. Many analysts of foreign affairs today agree that having a normal relationship with Iran is critical if the US goal for stability of the Middle East is to be realized.

 
Ambassador Limbert  first joined the Foreign Service in 1973, and his overseas experience also included tours in Algeria , Djibouti , Iran , Saudi Arabia , and the United Arab Emirates .  From 1981 to 1984 he taught Political Science at the U.S. Naval Academy, and in 1991-92 he was a Senior Fellow at Harvard University 's Center for International Affairs.  Ambassador Limbert was president of the American Foreign Service Association (2003-2005) and Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania (2000-2003). 
 
 
John Limbert was appointed Distinguished Professor of International Affairs at the U.S. Naval Academy in August 2006 after retiring from the Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor.  His last postings before retirement were as Dean of the Foreign Service Institute's School of Language Studies and, on temporary assignment, as Chief of Mission in Khartoum , Sudan .
 
Born in Washington , D.C. , John Limbert graduated from the D.C. public schools and holds his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Harvard University , the last in History and Middle Eastern Studies.  Before joining the Foreign Service, he taught in Iran , both as a Peace Corps Volunteer (1964-66) and as an English instructor at Shiraz University (1969-72).  He has written numerous articles on Middle Eastern subjects and has authored Iran :  At War with History (Westview Press, 1987) and Shiraz in the Age of Hafez ( University of Washington Press , 2004).
 
Ambassador Limbert holds the Department of State's highest award -- the Distinguished Service Award and Award for Valor, which he received after fourteen months as a hostage in Iran .  He also holds the American Foreign Service Association's Rivkin Award for creative dissent.  His foreign languages are Persian, Arabic, and French.  He is married to the former Parvaneh Tabibzadeh, and has a son, a daughter and two grandchildren.
 
For previous shows goto: www.voicesofthemiddleeast.com

Gaza; a humanitarian catastrophe in making

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Wed, 01/07/2009

Gaza; a humanitarian catastrophe in making- A live interview with Stephen Zunes, University of San Francisco, and Isaac Luria, JStreet.

Dr. Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco , where he chairs the program in Middle Eastern Studies. A native of North Carolina , Professor Zunes received his PhD. from Cornell University , his M.A. from Temple University and his B.A. from Oberlin College . He has previously served on the faculty of Ithaca College , the University of Puget Sound , and Whitman College . He serves as a senior policy analyst for the Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies, an associate editor of Peace Review, and chair of the academic advisory committee for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.

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.)

Isaac Luria, Online Campaigns Director. Isaac joins J Street after 4 years of experience in online organizing and consulting, 2 years of which he spent at the online marketing firm Donordigital in San Francisco . Isaac received his Bachelors degree in American Studies from Trinity College in Hartford , Connecticut . During 2007-2008, Isaac lived in Jerusalem , Israel as a Dorot Fellow. Isaac lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Sara, who is studying to become a Reform Rabbi.

ABOUT J STREET

J Street is the political arm of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement. J Street was founded to promote meaningful American leadership to end the Arab-Israeli and Palestinian-Israel conflicts peacefully and diplomatically. J Street supports a new direction for American policy in the Middle East and a broad public and policy debate about the U.S. role in the region.

An interview with Ambassador Farhang

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Wed, 12/10/2008

An interview with Professor Mansour Farhang on issues related to the Middle East, Iran and the anniversary of the Universal Mansour FarhangDeclaration of the Human Rights.
 
Dr. Mansour Farhang holds a Ph.D in political science from Claremont graduate School in California, and served as an advisor to the Iranian foreign ministry and as ambassador to the United Nations following the 1979 revolution. He later resigned in protest when the Khomeini regime refused to accept the U.N. Commission of Inquiry's recommendation to release American hostages in Teheran.  Early in the Iran-Iraq war, he also served as envoy in negotiations with international peace missions.  During his ambassadorship, Dr. Farhang wrote and spoke about the threat of religious extremists who had come to dominate the course of the Iranian revolution.

 

 

He sought refuge in United States in the fall of 1981, following the violent suppression of political dissidents in Iran . He has been teaching international relations and Middle Eastern Politics at Bennington College in Vermont since 1983.

Mansour Farhang currently serves on the advisory board of Middle East Watch, a branch of Human Rights Watch, an organization dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. And in the media, he's one of the most sought-after experts on the Middle East , appearing as a guest on numerous national and international radio and television programs

He holds a BA from the University of Arizona (1965) and a PhD from Claremont Graduate School (1970).

Books:
U.S. Press and Iran : Foreign Policy and the Journalism of Deference (Univ. of California, 1987)
U.S. Imperialism: From the Spanish-American War to the Iranian Revolution (South End Press, 1981).
 

A Window of Opportunity With Iran

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Wed, 11/12/2008

farideh FarhiAn interview with Farideh Farhi on the US election results and President-elect Obama's window of opportunity to move toward an oppening with Iran.  The benefits of such involvement and impacts that it might have on the Middle East in general and stability of the region and especially Iraq.

Farideh Farhi is an independent researcher and an adjunct professor of political science at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.

 
 
Her publications include States and Urban-Based Revolutions in Iran and Nicaragua (1990), as well as numerous articles and book chapters on comparative analysis of revolutions, contemporary Iranian politics and foreign policy. Her writings also appears on numerous webzines such as "Informed Comment". 

 

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