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  • Iran goes to the polls today following an acrimonious election campaign that has polarized the country between the incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and three opposition candidates. A record turnout is expected for this presidential election, and the enormous mobilization generated by some of the candidates has been described as unseen since the early days of the Iranian revolution. We speak with Trita Parsi, founder and president of the...
    Jun 12, 2009 | Story
  • We speak to Nobel Peace Prize-winning Iranian human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi about the jailed Iranian American reporter Roxana Saberi, whom she represents. Ebadi also shares her thoughts on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s upcoming elections, US-Iran relations, and more. [includes rush transcript]
    Apr 30, 2009 | Story
  • Nobel Peace Prize-winning Iranian human rights advocate Shirin Ebadi is on a short visit to the United States speaking out against both American and Israeli military threats to Iran, as well as the growing domestic repression of activists inside Iran. In recent weeks, Ebadi herself as been the target of right-wing attacks in her country. We speak to her about how she is dealing with the climate of repression in her country, her visit to the...
    Feb 04, 2009 | Story
  • The White House has described Iran’s first launch of a domestically made satellite as a "matter of acute concern," adding that it would deal with Iran using "all elements of our national power." We speak to Hillary Mann Leverett, former director of Iran and Afghanistan Affairs at the National Security Council. [includes rush transcript]
    Feb 04, 2009 | Story
  • In part two of our interview, we ask Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about growing Iranian influence in Iraq since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, the persecution of Iran’s gay community, and his position on the Israel-Palestine conflict. And we get reaction from Iranian American activist Kourosh Shemirani of the Queer Iran Alliance. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 26, 2008 | Story
  • In part one of an interview with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad talks about the threat of a US attack on Iran and responds to international criticism of Iran’s human rights record. We also get reaction from CUNY Professor Ervand Abrahamian, an Iran expert and author of several books on Iran. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 25, 2008 | Story
  • Former presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich delivered one of the most passionate addresses Tuesday night. "Wake up, America! We went into Iraq for oil. The oil companies want more," Kucinich said. "War against Iran will mean $10-a-gallon gasoline. The oil administration wants to drill more, into your wallet. Wake up, America! Weapons contractors want more. An Iran war will cost $5 to $10 trillion." [includes rush...
    Aug 27, 2008 | Story
  • The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Judiciary Committee say they will review allegations the White House ordered the CIA to forge and disseminate false intelligence documents linking al-Qaeda and Iraq. The revelation is among several in Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Suskind’s explosive new book, The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism. Suskind joins us for the hour to talk about the...
    Aug 13, 2008 | Story
  • Congressional leaders agreed to a request from President Bush last year to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran aimed at destabilizing Iran’s leadership, according to a new article by veteran investigative journalist Seymour Hersh in The New Yorker magazine. The operations were set out in a highly classified presidential finding signed by Bush, which, by law, must be made known to Democratic and Republican leaders....
    Jun 30, 2008 | Story
  • The New York Times reported Friday that Israel recently carried out a major military exercise that Pentagon officials say appeared to be a rehearsal for a potential bombing attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. More than 100 Israeli F-16 and F-15 fighter planes took part in the maneuvers over the eastern Mediterranean and Greece. [includes rush transcript]
    Jun 23, 2008 | Story