Tuesday, September 25, 2007

  • Ahmadinejad Speaks at Columbia Amid Protests, Univ. President Excoriates Iran Leader from Podium

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    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke at Columbia University on Monday, ahead of his address before the United Nations. Hundreds gathered to protest for and against the visit. Meanwhile, Columbia University President Lee Bollinger excoriated Ahmadinejad in his introductory remarks. [includes rush transcript]

  • The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the United States

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    In a speech at Columbia University, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defended Iran’s right to nuclear power but denied Iran was seeking to build nuclear weapons. Ahmadinejad’s appearance sparked widespread protests at Columbia. We speak with Trita Parsi, author of "Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States," and Baruch Professor Ervand Abrahamian, co-author of "Targeting Iran." [includes rush transcript]

  • Burmese Protesters Defy Military Warning to Continue Marches Against Ruling Junta

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    In Burma, tens of thousands of monks and protesters are marching through the city of Rangoon today in defiance of military orders. On Monday, Burma’s military junta warned that it was ready to take action against the anti-government protests that have rapidly spread across the country. We speak with Jeremy Woodrum, co-founder of the US Campaign for Burma. [includes rush transcript]

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