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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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VOMENA Special: Iran Election Coverage

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.”

Flashpoints – June 22, 2009 at 5:00pm

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Survival Through Dispossession: Privatization of Public Goods in the Islamic Republic

Article by Kaveh Ehsani

The Islamic Revolution at 30

The Islamic Revolution at 30

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.

 
 

 

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