Friday, December 12, 2008

December 2008 Show

An interview with Ambassador Farhang on issues related to the Middle East, Iran and the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights.

Thursday December 11, 2008

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Professor Mansour Farhang served as an advisor to the Iranian foreign ministry and as ambassador to the United Nations following the 1979 revolution. He later resigned in protest when the Khomeini regime refused to accept the U.N. Commission of Inquiry's recommendation to release American hostages in Teheran. Early in the Iran-Iraq war, he also served as envoy in negotiations with international peace missions. During his ambassadorship, Dr. Farhang wrote and spoke about the threat of religious extremists who had come to dominate the course of the Iranian revolution. He sought refuge in United States in the fall of 1981, following the violent suppression of political dissidents in Iran . He has been teaching international relations and Middle Eastern Politics at Bennington College in Vermont since 1983.

Mansour Farhang currently serves on the advisory board of Middle East Watch, a branch of Human Rights Watch, an organization dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. And in the media, he's one of the most sought-after experts on the Middle East , appearing as a guest on numerous national and international radio and television programs

He holds a BA from the University of Arizona (1965) and a PhD from Claremont Graduate School (1970).


U.S. Press and Iran : Foreign Policy and the Journalism of Deference (Univ. of California, 1987)
U.S. Imperialism: From the Spanish-American War to the Iranian Revolution (South End Press, 1981).

November 2008 Show

President-elect Obama and a window of opportunity to resolve some of the issues with Iran.

An interview with Farideh Farhi, University of Hawaii, Manoa

Thursday Nov. 13th, 2008

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Farideh Farhi is an independent researcher and an adjunct professor of political science at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Her publications include States and Urban-Based Revolutions in Iran and Nicaragua (1990), as well as numerous articles and book chapters on comparative analysis of revolutions, contemporary Iranian politics and foreign policy. Her writings also appears on numerous webzines such as "Informed Comment". I'll interview her about the US election results and President-elect Obama's window of opportunity to move toward an oppening with Iran. The benefits of such involvement and impacts that it might have on the Middle East in general and stability of the Region and especially Iraq.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

October 2008 Show

Presidential Candidates and the Middle East - Interview with Dr. Entessar
Thursday Oct 9, 2008

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Nader Entessar is professor and chair of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at University of South Alabama . He is the author of Kurdish Ethnonationalism (1992) and the co-editor of Reconstruction and Regional Diplomacy in the Persian Gulf (Routledge, 1992) and Iran and the Arab world (St Martin Press, 1993)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

September 2008 Show

Raid on Islamic Charities after 9-11, Interview with Tom Nelson
Thursday Sep 11, 2008

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In aftermath of the 9-11, many Islamic Charities and foundations became targets of FBI raids and investigations. Al-Haramin was the first such institution in Oregon to be targeted. I have interviewed Tom Nelson who represented Al-Haramin in their law suit against the Federal government. Thomas Nelson is a local lawyer who is active with several cases dealing with Civil Rights affected by 9-11.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

August 2008 Show

An interview with Robert Dreyfuss
On issues related to US presence in the Middle East: Iraq, Iran, and beyond
Thursday August 14th, 6 pm

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For nearly fifteen years, Robert Dreyfuss has worked as an independent journalist who specializes in magazine features, profiles, and investigative stories in the areas of politics and national security. In 2001, he was profiled as a leading investigative journalist by the Columbia Journalism Review, and two of his articles have won awards from The Washington Monthly. In 2003, Dreyfuss was awarded Project Censored’s first prize for a story on the role of oil in U.S. policy toward Iraq. He has appeared on scores of radio and television talk shows, including Hannity and Colmes on Fox News, C-Span, CNBC, MSNBC, Court TV, and, on National Public Radio, The Diane Rehm Show and Public Interest with Kojo Nnamdi, and Pacifica's Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman.

Based in Alexandria, Va., Robert Dreyfuss has been writing for Rolling Stone for at least a decade, and currently he covers national security for Rolling Stone’s National Affairs section. He is a contributing editor at The Nation, a contributing writer at Mother Jones, and a senior correspondent for The American Prospect. On line, he writes frequently for, and has produced a popular blog for Tom Paine called The Dreyfuss Report.

Monday, June 30, 2008

June 2008-Bread and Roses

Interview with Professor Fatemeh Keshavarz, Washington University

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Fatemeh Keshavars is Associate professor of Persian and of comparative literature, and chair of the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages & Literatures of Washington University, St. Louis, MO.

Gabi Ross has interviewed Professor Keshavarz on her book "Jasmin and Stars, Reading more than Lolita in Tehran". Interview covers more than just the book and critiques the orientalists approach to literature and emphasizes on the richness of Iranian literature and samples from Iranian women writers whose works are translated to English. This was a "Bread and Roses" show and is being presented at "Voices of the Middle East" with permission.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

May 2008 Show

An interview with Proessor William Beeman, University of Minessota.
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William Beeman is a professor of anthropology and director of Middle East Studies at University of Minessota. He writes extensively about Iran and US relations and their conflicts. Dr. Beeman has recently visited Iran and is the author of The "Great Satan" vs. The "Mad Mullahs": How the United States and Iran Demonize Each Other.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

February 2008 Show

Dr. George Habash was remembered in an interview with historian Professor Evan Siegel (City University of New Jersey) and Dr. Mazen Malek, local Palestinian activist. George Habash was the leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) who died at age 82 in January in Amman Jordan.

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Friday, January 11, 2008

January 2008 Show

"The important thing to know about Scott Ritter is that he was right."
- Seymour Hersh

US Tour of Duty: The Iran Talks

An interview with SCOTT RITTER
The UNSCOM Senior Weapons Inspector in Iraq and Non Proliferation Analyst

Click here for the Voices of the Middle East program that was aired on January 11, 2008.

Video of the entire forum at Lincoln High School is available on-demand (courtesy of Mike Tabor)