Ten years ago, today. (Watch his interview below)
July 1, 2009
This week on Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, we have continued coverage of the ongoing protests in Iran regarding the recent forced television co. Plus an interview with co-owner of Berkeley Daily Planet, Becky O’Mally, talks about a campaign from right-wing Zionists who are trying to shut down the paper. Plus an interview with Rachel Lea Jones, director of the documentary film “Ashkenaz,” looking at the issue of racism among Jewish in Israel.
June 28, 2009
(Kaveh Ehsani is assistant professor of international studies at DePaul University. Arang Keshavarzian is associate professor of Middle East and Islamic studies at New York University. Both are editors of Middle East Report. Norma Claire Moruzzi is associate professor of political science and gender and women’s studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago.)
|For background on Mousavi and his “green wave,” see Shiva Balaghi, “An Artist as President of the Islamic Republic of Iran?” Middle East Report Online, June 11, 2009.
For more on privatization and the state of the Iranian economy under Ahmadinejad, see Kaveh Ehsani, “Survival Through Dispossession: Privatization of Public Goods in the Islamic Republic,” Middle East Report250 (Spring 2009).
For background on Ahmadinejad’s right populism, see Kaveh Ehsani, “The Populist Threat to Democracy,” Middle East Report 241 (Winter 2006).
For background on Ahmadinejad’s cultural rollback, see Azam Khatam, “The Islamic Republic’s Failed Quest for the Spotless City,” Middle East Report250 (Spring 2009).
See also Fatemeh Sadeghi, “Foot Soldiers of the Islamic Republic’s ‘Culture of Modesty,’” Middle East Report 250 (Spring 2009).
Order Middle East Report 250 online.
The morning after Ira
June 24, 2009
This week on Voices of the Middle East & North Africa, we continue our coverage of the ongoing protests of the election in Iran by looking at the youth movement and the role it has played in the recent protest with professor and author Asef Bayat. Later in the program, Yorke University sociologist Haideh Moghissi will discuss the prominent role of women in post-revolutionary Iran.
June 23, 2009 (begins at 5 minute point)
We speak with Eric Hooglund, professor of politics at Bates College and editor of the scholarly journal, Middle East Critique. He will discuss the debated notion of the rural/urban divide in Iran in the context of the most recent elections. Kaveh Ehsani will also share with his take on this topic. Dr. Kaveh Ehsani is an Assistant Professor of International studies at DePaul University. He is also a member of the editorial committee of the Middle East Report Quarterly as well as the editor of an independent journal of social analysis in Iran called “the Dialogue.”
We also hear from Iman, a young activist who recently escaped from Iran will share his story with us. Iman had to flee to Dubai on June 15th – three days after the election – fearing imminent arrest by the Iranian regime. Yesterday I had the opportunity to talk to Iman on the phone.
Finally we will hear the reaction of two Tehran residents about the historic demonstration that took place two weeks ago.
June 22, 2009 (Begins at 8 minute point)
In this program, we talk to Arang Keshavarzian, an Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University who just returned from Iran. Dr. Keshavarzian is the author of “Bazaar and State in Iran: the Politics of the Tehran Marketplace.” He is on the editorial committee of Middle East Report Quarterly and was in Iran for approximately three weeks before returning last week.
Later in the program, we speak with Kaveh Ehsani, an Assistant Professor of International studies at Depaul University. He is also a member of the editorial committee of the Middle East Report Quarterly as well as the editor of an independent journal of social analysis in Iran called “the Dialogue.”
Article by Kaveh Ehsani
Since the 2005 election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the burning economic issue in Iran has been the privatization of public assets and, more recently, the elimination of subsidies for a vast array of goods and services. Leading figures, including the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, have called the privatization program “an economic revolution.” But it is not only the economy that private ownership is supposed to rescue. There seems to be a consensus across the political and ideological spectrum that public ownership of economic assets is the cause of a host of social and political ills, from authoritarianism to corruption and nepotism.
Though the debate seems new, the privatization of public assets has been a constant, albeit disputed strategy of consolidation for the Islamic Republic from the outset. Privatization of public assets has taken place in waves, always accompanied by a rational justification: The privatization of public land in the 1980s was carried out in the name of distributive justice, while the sale of city skyline and the liberalization of zoning laws in the 1990s were presented as the precondition for urban renewal. The current wave of privatization of industrial and financial institutions is framed as the technocratic rationalization of a hopelessly deadlocked economy. In fact, it is only the latest in a series of enclosures of the commons for the benefit of a select few who happen to have, for the moment, the upper hand in the political domain. Read more.