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This Week: Women’s Struggles in Iran

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

This week on Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, we bring you an interview with Haideh Moghissi from York University in Canada, about women’s struggle for equality in Iran.

Later in the program we have a conversation with Rachel Leah Jones, directory of the documentary film, Ashkenaz, about the history of Ashkenazi Jews in Israel.

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This Week: Israel Boycott; Tehran Art Exhibit in San Francisco

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

This week on Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, we’ll have a conversation with Ali Abu Nima, co-Founder of Electronic Intifada and activist and Middle East expert Jeff Blankfort, in which they each comment on an interview Voices of the Middle East and North Africa first taped and aired last month with Professor Noam Chomsky of MIT on the subject of the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign as well as the role of Israeli lobby in influencing US foreign policy when it comes to Israel/Palestine. We invited Prof. Chomsky back for this debate, but he declined.

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Later in the program, Voices of the Middle East and North Africa producer Shuka Kalantari will talk to Bay Area-based artist Taraneh Hemami about an exhibit she has curated, titled ‘One Day: A Collective Narrative of Tehran‘, and which is currently showing at the Intersection for the Arts Gallery in San Francisco.

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This Week: Iran Political Crisis; Berber New Year

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

This week on Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, Shahram Aghamir will speak with Ali Rezaei a social researcher at the University of Calgary in Canada about the political crisis within the Iranian regime.

Later in the program, leading Bay Area based Algerian Berber musician and song writer Moh Alileche will talk to us about the Berber New year of 2960.

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Iran’s Mousavi fired as head of Arts Institution

From BBC News

The Council for Cultural Revolution, a high-ranking body chaired by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, dismissed him on Tuesday night, state media said.

Mr Mousavi had run the institution, affiliated to the president’s office, since its inception 11 years ago.

In recent days, hardliners have urged Iran’s judiciary to put Mr Mousavi on trial for instigating unrest.

Mr Mousavi came second in the June election, and anger at the result saw mass protests in Tehran and other cities that led to thousands of arrests and some deaths.

Mr Mousavi has said the poll, that returned President Ahmadinejad to power, was fraudulent.

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VOMENA Special Part 2: Iran Election Coverage

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.

Flashpoints – June 23, 2009 at 5:00pm

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A girl shot by a basij member in Kargar Ave, Tehran Iran

Iran Election June 20, 2009: A girl shot by a basij member in Kargar Ave, Tehran Iran (Please be warned – THIS IS GRAPHIC, and devastating.)

Iranian Election Protest in San Francisco – 6/16/09

Watch this video of the Iranian election protest in San Francisco, California on June 16, 2009. Thousands including supervisor Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi gathered in San Francisco’s Union Square to protest the false election results in Iran.

Iran Election Protest in Berkeley, CA – 6/14/09

Watch this video of the Iranian election protest in Berkeley, California on Sunday June 14, 2009.

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