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C.I.A. Documents: U.S. Had Knowledge of 1980s Chemical Attacks in Iran

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A new report from Foreign Policy says that the U.S. knew Saddam Hussein was planning to launch a chemical attack and still provided him with support. Rick Francona is retired Airforce Lt. Col. and a liaison officer in Baghdad during the 1980's. He joins The Takeaway to discuss his experience on the ground in Baghdad and why the U.S. would accept the use of chemical weapons.

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CIA Finally Confirms Role in 1953 Iranian Coup

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

It's long been known that U.S. and British operatives were behind the 1953 Iranian coup, which overthrew the nation's Prime Minister, but only yesterday did the CIA officially confirm it. Malcolm Byrne, the director of the National Security Archives, which made these documents public for the first time,  joins The Takeaway to discuss these revelations.

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CIA Finally Confirms Role in 1953 Iranian Coup | New York City's Biggest Gun Bust | Every Taco Tells a Story

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Conflict in Egypt: A Proxy for Competing Ideologies in the Middle East | New York City's Biggest Gun Bust | CIA Finally Confirms Role in 1953 Iranian Coup | Ex-Pakistani President Faces Murder Charges | Every Taco Tells a Story | Texas & The Voting Rights Act | The Republican ...

The Brian Lehrer Show

New Iranian President

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Hassan Rouhani is set to be sworn in as Iran's new president this weekend. Does this signal a turning point for Iran? Robin Wright, joint fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center, former diplomatic correspondent at the Washington Post, and author of Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World (Simon & Schuster, 2011) examines what this means for Iran's relationship with the West, and possible challenges to the new regime.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Snowden In Russia; Movie Flops; New Iranian President; Choire Sicha

Thursday, August 01, 2013

NSA leaker Edward Snowden has been granted asylum by Russia and has left the Moscow airport. We update the latest, and discuss the shift in public opinion about national security surveillance. A.A. Dowd of The A.V. Club chronicles the string of recent summer movie flops, and explains how Hollywood might avoid expensive mistakes like this moving forward. Plus: a new president will be inaugurated in Iran this weekend. Robin Wright, a senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, talks about the challenges and the potential upside to the new regime; Choire Sicha on his new book Very Recent History; and an examination of modern-day parenting techniques. 

 

World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

The impact of Iran's election

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The impact of Iran's election

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The Takeaway

Kambiz Hosseini: Iran's Jon Stewart on the Presidential Election

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Kambiz Hosseini has been called the Jon Stewart of Iran. In his weekly persian-language podcast, "Five in the Afternoon," he satirizes the politics and culture of his home country, highlighting the often-tragic issues facing Iran with humor. Hosseini weighs in on the Iranian presidential elections last week and what the loss of Ahmadinejad will mean for his comedy.

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Arming the Syrian Rebels, Voices Against the War on Drugs, The Eiffel Tower as a Musical Instrument

Monday, June 17, 2013

How Should the U.S. Help Syrian Rebels? | Voices Against the War on Drugs | The Eiffel Tower as a Musical Instrument | Freedom: A Prison Librarian's Perspective | Election Results Hint at New World For Iran | New Leak: U.S. and Britain Eavesdropped on World Leaders in 2009 | In Immigration Debate, Focus Turns to Texas Border

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Ambivalence Among Iranian Voters Ahead of Elections

Friday, June 14, 2013

Four years ago this week, Iranians took to the streets of Tehran in protest of the presidential elections. This year, the mood and sounds of the city are very different. Reza Marashi is Research Director at the National Iranian American Council. He explains whether there is any real choice in this election. Reese Erlich, correspondent for GlobalPost is in Tehran, gives an update on the situation there.

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Presidential Elections in Iran, Daniel Ellsberg Discusses Snowden, Mozart's Violin Visits The Takeaway

Friday, June 14, 2013

Daniel Ellsberg Discusses Snowden N.S.A. Leak | Ambivalence Among Iranian Voters Ahead of Elections | Mozart Never Made it to the U.S., but his Violin Finally Has | Patents On Genes Ruled Unconstitutional | New Movie Releases: "The Bling Ring," "This is the End," "Man of Steel" | Chemical Weapons Confirmed in Syria | Lessons Learned From Losing a Father

On The Media

Iran's Pre-Election Media

Friday, June 07, 2013

Next week, Iran is holding its first presidential election since the one in 2009 that sparked the protests in the street known as the Green Revolution. The Iranian government is hoping to avoid a repeat of what it saw in 2009, in part by restricting the free flow of information in the country. Bob speaks to Golnaz Esfandiari, a senior correspondent for Radio Free Europe and editor of the Persian Letters blog, about what the Iranian media landscape is looking like in the run up to the election.

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On The Media

Surveillance Revelations, Turkish Media Looks Away, and More

Friday, June 07, 2013

New revelations about US foreign and domestic surveillance, Turkey's journalists caught between the government and protesters, and getting around Iranian internet censorship.

On The Media

My Stolen Face

Friday, June 07, 2013

In the summer of 2009, Neda Agha-Soltan became the face of the Iranian Green Revolution after her tragic death by gunshot was caught on cell phone camera and uploaded online for the whole world to see. The international media rushed to put a face to the victim--but the face they used was that of another Iranian woman by the name of Neda Soltani, who was still very much alive. In a piece that originally aired in November of last year, Brooke speaks to Neda Soltani, author of My Stolen Face: The Story of a Dramatic Mistake.

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Outsmarting the Iranian Filternet

Friday, June 07, 2013

One way the Iranian government has been trying to ensure a smooth election is by slowing down the internet to a nearly unusable speed. This is in addition to blocking Iranians from Facebook, Twitter, and thousands of international news sites. Brooke talks to an Nariman Gharib, an Iranian expatriate who connects with people still in Iran to help them find workarounds to the Iranian “filternet.”

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Cyberwar

Thursday, May 23, 2013

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent at the New York Times, and the author of (now in paperback) Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power (Broadway, 2013) talks about the use of cyberattacks in the conflict with Iran.

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Iran Eyeing the Conflict in Syria Nervously

Monday, May 06, 2013

The twin airstrikes in Damascus on Friday and Sunday attributed to Israel appear to be more about Jerusalem’s broad, mostly covert battle with Iran and Hezbollah than about the bloody civil war raging in Syria. Homman Majd is the author of "The Ayatollah Begs to Differ."

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Escalation of Crisis in Syria, The Inner Monologues of New Yorkers, Padmasree Warrior Talks Women in Silicon Valley

Monday, May 06, 2013

Syria: Israeli Airstrikes Escalate Tensions | Responses: How do you Define 'Justice' today in America? | Padmasree Warrior on Why She Doesn't Believe in Work-Life Balance | Iran Eying the Conflict in Syria Nervously | Teen Diaries and the Power of Being Your Own Storyteller | Listening in on "The Lives of Other Citizens"

World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

The debate over intervention in Syria

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

The debate over intervention in Syria

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The Takeaway

Depicting Iran Through Street Art

Monday, April 22, 2013

Iranian street artists Icy and Sot's provocative images can be found from Brooklyn, where they are based today, to a wall in Istanbul, Turkey or Tabriz, Iran, the city of their youth. The brothers work in large stencils which they carry to their locations and then cart away before anyone knows they've made their mark. Their art ranges from controversial depictions of life in contemporary Iran to symbols of international youth culture.

 
Iranian street artists Icy and Sot's provocative images can be found from Brooklyn, where they are based today, to a wall in Istanbul, Turkey or Tabriz, Iran, the city of their youth. The brothers work in large stencils which they carry to their locations and then cart away before anyone knows they've made their mark. Their art 
The brothers were persecuted in Iran for their artistics expression and are now seeking political asylum in the United States, where they receive support from the street artist community and have seen their art celebrated at a gallery in Soho.

 

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Senior American Officials Call For Policy Change on Iran

Monday, April 22, 2013

Since 1979, the US has issued sanctions on trade with Iran. The goal of these sanctions is to support diplomatic efforts to peacefully resolve the disagreements with Iran without having to resort to violent means. But a new report argues that sanctions against Iran are backfiring and failing to reinforce diplomatic efforts.

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