Monday, October 22, 2012
By Brigid Bergin : Reporter
President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will tackle foreign policy issues in Monday’s third and final presidential debate – meaning a nuclear Iran, the future of Syria, negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and China's relationship to the United States are all fair game.
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
In 1979, as the Iranian Revolution was in high gear, militants took over the U.S. embassy in Tehran, holding 52 Americans hostage. While the United States negotiated the release of the 52 hostages, an entirely different rescue mission was being planned for 6 other Americans who’d managed to escape and were hiding out in the Canadian ambassador's home in Tehran.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad makes his final appearance at the United Nations today. European and U.S.-led sanctions and high inflation have taken a toll on Iran’s economy and Ahmadinejad remains an isolated figure abroad. Hooman Majd, author of “The Ayatollah Begs to Differ”, has been speaking to the Iranian delegation at the United Nations General Assembly.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Antonio Mendez gives an account of leading the 1979 rescue of six American hostages from Iran. He's joined by his wife, Jonna Mendez, also a former CIA agent. Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled off the Most Audacious Rescue in History, written with Matt Baglio, tells the full story of how Mendez, a top-level CIA officer, devised an incredibly risky plan to rescue the six escaped hostages. He disguised himself as a Hollywood producer and traveled to Tehran under the guise of scouting locations for a fake science fiction film called “Argo.”
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
"We are heading up to one of the greatest crises, I think, in modern history." This prediction about oil and the Middle East was made in 1951 by none other than Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas at a Books and Authors Luncheon.
Friday, September 07, 2012
David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, WNYC contributor and author of Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, discusses his reporting on Middle East, how regional tensions are playing out, and American foreign policy towards the region. He also fact-checks one of the claims President Obama made in his convention speech last night.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Marjane Satrapi discusses writing and co-directing the new film “Chicken with Plums,” based on her graphic novel of the same name. The story begins in Teheran in 1958, when renowned musician Nasser Ali Khan has lost the will to live since his violin has been destroyed. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed and wait for death. Through the film a poignant secret of his life comes to light, a story of love that inspired his genius and his music. “Chicken with Plums” opens August 17 at Lincoln Plaza and Angelika Film Center.
Thursday, August 09, 2012
David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, WNYC contributor and author of Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, discusses the latest diplomatic efforts around the Syria crisis and where Iran and the rest of the region fit in.
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
It’s largely against American law to do business with Iranian banks, but Standard Chartered broke those laws when they allowed some transactions with Iran to pass through New York.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
David Crist, senior historian for the Department of Defense and author of The Twilight War: The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict With Iran, discusses the United States' relationship with Iran and the latest developments in the Middle East.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Bulgaria says it is likely that it was a suicide bomber who carried out an attack on a bus carrying Israeli tourists. At least six Israelis and a Bulgarian were killed, and more than 30 people injured. Israel's Prime Minister has blamed Iran and promised a firm response.
Monday, July 09, 2012
Chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times and WNYC contributor David Sanger talks about the latest on the diplomatic relationship with Iran, the effects of economic sanctions and their impact on the oil markets. Plus the latest from Syria, Libya, and more.
Thursday, July 05, 2012
For journalist, author, and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof, one of the biggest mysteries about Iran was how the regime not only stayed in power, but remained relatively popular among the Iranian people during the Arab Spring. To find out, he took a road trip across Iran with two of his children, looking for an answer to that question.
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.