Tag Archives: Iranelection

Iranian activist Reza Shahabi in Evin Prison; Iranian band ‘Abjeez’

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

This week on the occasion of  International Human Rights Day, we speak to the wife of jailed labor union activist Reza Shahabi who began a dry hunger strike on December 4th in Evin Prison in Tehran.

We also talk to the director of the international campaign for human rights in Iran about the plight of jailed Iranian labor unionists.

Also, Shuka Kalantari speaks with Sweden-based Iranian musicians Melody and Safoura Safavi of the band Abjeez.

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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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This Week: Update on Iran Protest & Speech by Filmmaker Tariq Ali

Aired 12/29/09

Filmmaker Tariq Ali

This week, Voices of the Middle East and North Africa brings you an update about the protests in Iran, and on the governments continued wave of repression from Dr. Mansour Farhang, professor of politics at Benigton College. We also bring you the second part of a speech by noted  writer, journalist, and filmmaker Tariq Ali delivered at the Twelfth Annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture at Hampshire College on November 17. His lecture was titled “Obama’s War in Afghanistan and Pakistan”. Finally, we have a poem by  Ahmad Shamlou, ready by Iraqi poet Sinan Antoon.

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Video: Prisoners Getting Freed By Iranian Mob

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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