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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.

45:56 minutes (21.03 MB)

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.

56:35 minutes (25.91 MB)

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

53:17 minutes (48.79 MB)

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.

48:35 minutes (22.24 MB)

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.

48:07 minutes (22.03 MB)

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.

22:47 minutes (10.44 MB)

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.
32:33 minutes (14.9 MB)

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.
36:28 minutes (16.69 MB)

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
50:21 minutes (46.09 MB)

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

55:09 minutes (50.49 MB)

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.


 

24:06 minutes (22.06 MB)

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 40:37 minutes (37.19 MB)

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. 

53:13 minutes (48.72 MB)

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. 
32:57 minutes (30.17 MB)

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.

58:11 minutes (106.55 MB)

Libya after the fall of Tripoly

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Wed, 09/14/2011

After 6 months of heavy bombardment by and military assistance from NATO and some Arab countries Libyan capital Tripoli fell and now is under the control of the Libyan Transitional National Council.  Countries from all across the world have recognized the TNC as the only representative of the people of Libya, but the struggle is not over.  Several cities are still in control of the forces loyal to colonel Ghadafi and the African Union is still refusing to recognize what has replaced one of the friendlier leaders of the African nations. 

In this program Goudarz Eghtedari of the Voices of the Middle East interviews Professor Stephen Zunes, University of San Francisco, an authority in the Middle East Studies www.stephenzunes.org,  and Mahdi Darius Nazemoroaya, a sociologist and research associate with the Center for Research on Globalization,  www.globalresearch.ca, who has been reporting from within the country for the past 3 months on dispatch by Global Research and Pacifica.

57:07 minutes (52.29 MB)

 

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