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The Takeaway

Obama and Allies Impose Severe Sanctions on Iran

Monday, July 02, 2012

The American government has been trying to shut down Iran’s nuclear program for three and a half years. They’ve used diplomacy, sanctions, cyber warfare, and, yesterday, the Obama administration and its allies put in place the strictest and furthest reaching sanctions yet.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Meet 'Flame'

Friday, June 01, 2012

Wired senior reporter Kim Zetter discusses 'Flame,' the latest tool of cyberweaponry infecting Iranian computers.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Iran, Syria, and Mid-East Security Update

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The unrest in Syria implicates Iran-US-Israel relations, as does the news of the latest computer virus known as "flame." We check in on Iranian stability with Afshin Molavi, senior research fellow at the New America Foundation and former Tehran-based correspondent for the Washington Post.

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The Takeaway

Cyber Security Experts Discover "Flame," The Newest, Best Way to Spy on a Country

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Moscow-based cyber security team has discovered the most advanced computer program for spying ever – they say a nation wrote it to spy on the Middle East, though they don't know which nation specifically. They’re calling it “Flame.” Roel Schouwenberg, a senior policy analyst for Kaspersky Labs, the company that discovered Flame, explains exactly what makes this worm so special. And Kim Zetter, a senior writer at Wired Magazine, discusses what this means for the future of espionage and security.

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On The Media

Western Technology in Oppressive Regimes

Friday, May 04, 2012

Much of the hardware and software used by oppressive regimes to monitor foreign dissidents is manufactured in the west. Margaret Coker, Middle East Correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, talks to Bob about President Obama's recent Executive Order banning the sale of this technology to Iran and Syria.

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The Takeaway

Voting in Iran a 'Tragic Farce'

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

A long winter of heightened tensions between Israel, Iran and the United States seems to finally have thawed, on this first day of May. But while Iran’s international relations may be improving, the country's internal politics have become increasingly hard-line. Laura Secor is a contributor at The New Yorker. Her piece, "Election, Monitored," appears in the May 7 edition.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: The GOP's Dumb Pivot to Foreign Affairs

Thursday, April 26, 2012

It's a bad sign for Republicans if their candidate is trying to focus the debate back on international security.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

North Korea's missile politics

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

North Korea's missile politics

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The Takeaway

North Korea Prepares Long-Range Rocket, US Prepares Negotiations with Iran

Monday, April 09, 2012

We talk to BBC correspondent Damian Grammaticas, who was among a group of foreign journalists taken by train to North Korea's north-west coast to see the final preparations for the rocket launch, and the New York Times' Steven Erlanger explains the demands that the U.S. and its allies are planning before a new round of negotiations with Iran.

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The Takeaway

Richard Clarke on Stuxnet and Cyber-Security

Thursday, March 29, 2012

This story has all the trappings of a spy novel, or a James Bond film. Espionage. International intrigue. Underground nuclear development. It would make for quite a work of fiction...except that this story is true. In 2010, a little virus called Stuxnet caused severe damage to an Iranian uranium-enrichment facility, effectively delaying Iran’s nuclear capabilities for months or possibly years. It was long thought that Israel took the lead in developing Stuxnet, but our next guest thinks that the Untied States was the culprit. And while we Americans might be skilled in creating cyber-viruses, we might be completely unprepared when it comes to defending ourselves against them.  

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Why the 'Israel Loves Iran' Movement is Essential for Peace

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Communication between countries, parties and leaders in that region is essential for progress toward peace. And where the elected leaders refuse to communicate, citizens are trying to fill the void.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Boycott ZTE for Helping Iran Oppress Its People

Monday, March 26, 2012

Despite tough sanctions on the Iranian government, they still were able to get embargoed American technology that has helped them track down and arrest—and then assuredly torture and otherwise harm—critics of the regime.

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The Takeaway

Are Campaign Critiques Affecting Obama's Foreign Policy?

Thursday, March 08, 2012

As the Republican Presidential candidates fight for the GOP nomination, President Obama is getting slammed on all sides. While voters consistently say that the economy is the most important issue in this election, the Republican candidates are particularly critical of President Obama’s foreign policy. Both Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney criticized President Obama for his stance on Iran's nuclear capabilities at the American Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC) Conference earlier this week. Santorum was particularly critical of the President for apologizing for the Koran burnings in Afghanistan last month. 

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On Being

Fatemeh Keshavarz — The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi [remix]

Thursday, March 08, 2012

The 13th-century Muslim mystic and poet Rumi has long shaped Muslims around the world and has now become popular in the West. Rumi created a new language of love within the Islamic mystical tradition of Sufism. We hear his poetry as we delve into his worl

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On Being

[Unedited] Fatemeh Keshavarz with Krista Tippett

Thursday, March 08, 2012

The 13th-century Muslim mystic and poet Rumi has long shaped Muslims around the world and has now become popular in the West. Rumi created a new language of love within the Islamic mystical tradition of Sufism. We hear his poetry as we delve into his worl

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The Brian Lehrer Show

David Sanger on Obama's Press Conference and Iranian Diplomacy

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent at the New York Times and contributor to WNYC, talked about President Obama's press conference and how the U.S. plans to confront Iran.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Obama and Netanyahu

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Jane Eisner, editor of The Jewish Daily Forward, talks about yesterday's meeting between the U.S. president and the Israeli prime minister, and their positions vis a vis Iran's nuclear ambitions.

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The Takeaway

President Obama to Meet With Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

Monday, March 05, 2012

At this weekend's conference of the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee, President Barack Obama reaffirmed the United States' commitment to Israel's security. During his remarks to the pro-Israel lobbying group, the President restated that, with regards to ensuring Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon, all options are on the table. The President also said sanctions and diplomacy should be given a chance before further action is taken. Later today, the President will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The meeting will be the latest installment in what has been an uneasy relationship between the two leaders.

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On The Media

Getting Out the Vote in Iran

Friday, March 02, 2012

This week Iranians returned to the polls for the first time since 2009’s presidential election, and opposition groups and reformers have called for a boycott of the elections. The government wants high voter turnout to show that the regime is still strong, and so they've attempted to clamp down on the media in order to get their version of the story out. Bob talks to Muhammad Sahimi of Tehran Bureau about the regime's efforts at message control. 

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On The Media

Iran's "Halal Internet"

Friday, March 02, 2012

The Iranian government is set to launch a "Halal Internet" this spring as an alternative to the greater World Wide Web. Bob speaks to Fast Company reporter Neal Ungerleider about the most ambitious attempt by a government to censor the internet since China's "Great Firewall."

 

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