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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."...
    Sep 25, 2007 | Story
  • In his first interview with Democracy Now!, former President Jimmy Carter talks about what led him to write "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid", his controversial book that argues Israel’s settlements in the Occupied Territories are the main barrier to peace. Carter also discusses his regrets over sending arms to Indonesia during the occupation of East Timor and recounts his dealings with the Shah of Iran. The 39th president also...
    Sep 10, 2007 | Story
  • The Los Angeles Times is reporting nearly half of all foreign militants targeting U.S. troops in Iraq have come from Saudi Arabia — one of Washington’s closest allies in the Middle East. U.S. officials have so far refused to publicly criticize Saudi Arabia’s role in Iraq, focusing instead on Iran. We go to Baghdad to speak to L.A. Times correspondent Ned Parker. We’re also joined by Toby Jones, a former Persian Gulf analyst...
    Jul 19, 2007 | Story
  • CodePink member Leslie Angeline recently staged a 24-day hunger strike to protest a possible U.S. attack on Iran. We speak to her and Ali Nasri, a representative of "Miles for Peace," a group of Iranian peace activists who are cycling around Europe and the United States to oppose a war on Iran. They both met Senator Lieberman last week to discuss his stance on Iran. [includes rush transcript]
    Jul 16, 2007 | Story
  • President Bush hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday at the Bush family estate in Maine. Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation magazine and MIT professor and former Pentagon advisor Theodore Postol address the growing rift over U.S. plans for a so-called "missile defense" system in Eastern Europe, which some see as a direct threat to Iran. [includes rush transcript]
    Jul 03, 2007 | Story
  • Islamist militants entrenched in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon are facing an ultimatum to surrender or face further military action. The Lebanese government accuses Fatah al-Islam of having ties with al-Qaeda and the Syrian government. Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh joins us to talk about another theory of who is backing the militant group–the Lebanese government itself, along with the United States. Last March, Hersh reported...
    May 24, 2007 | Story
  • Iran said Monday it was questioning 15 British sailors and marines to determine if their alleged entry into Iranian waters was "intentional or unintentional" before deciding what to do with them. Iran maintains the sailors and marines crossed over into Iranian waters while Britain insists they stayed in Iraqi territory. We go to Tehran to get a report. [rush transcript included]
    Mar 27, 2007 | Story
  • We speak with independent journalist Reese Erlich about his report on Iranian Kurdish guerillas based among their Kurdish bretheren in northern Iraq. Erlich writes, "Kurdish and American sources say the United States has been supporting guerilla raids against Iran, channeling the money through organizations in Iraqi Kurdistan." [rush transcript included]
    Mar 27, 2007 | Story
  • After six weeks in a Texas immigration jail, a nine year-old Canadian citizen and his Iranian parents were released and allowed back into Canada last night. Canadian immigration authorities have granted the boy’s parents temporary residency. We speak with their attorney. [includes rush transcript]
    Mar 22, 2007 | Story
  • Three weeks after Democracy Now! first aired the voice of a nine-year-old Canadian boy named Kevin being held in a U.S. immigration prison, the Canadian government has taken steps to allow the boy and his Iranian parents back into Canada. We get an update on Kevin’s story. [includes rush transcript]
    Mar 15, 2007 | Story