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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Silence and the Roar: the Syrian Uprising in a Novel

Friday, March 15, 2013

Nihad Sirees, Syrian novelist, playwright and screenwriter and now author of The Silence and The Roar, joins us to talk about his novel in the context of the Syrian uprising, and his own life in exile from Syria.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

As political change sweeps the streets and squares, the parliaments and presidential palaces of the Arab world, Shereen El Feki has been looking at an upheaval a little closer to home—in the sexual lives of men and women in Egypt and across the region. Her book Sex and the Citadel: Intimate life in a Changing Arab World examines how sex is highly sensitive and still largely secret aspect of Arab society. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New Jersey's Iranian Presidential Candidate

Friday, February 01, 2013

Hooshang Amirahmadi, founder and president of American Iranian Council and Rutgers professor and director of its Center for Middle Eastern Studies, talks about his decision to run for the Iranian presidency as an expat.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Syria Check-In

Friday, January 25, 2013

Just after accepting a DuPont award for her reporting on Syria, Clarissa Ward, CBS News' foreign correspondent, updates the situation there and other Middle East news.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Situation in Pakistan

Thursday, January 17, 2013

New York Times reporter Declan Walsh in Islamabad and Marvin Weinbaum, who served as analyst for Pakistan and Afghanistan in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research from 1999 to 2003, examines the current political crisis in Pakistan. Weinbaum is currently a scholar-in-residence at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Coming to Terms with Iran

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Middle East in Turmoil

Monday, December 10, 2012

Leila Hilal, Director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation, discusses the latest developments in Gaza, Egypt, Syria, and throughout the region.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Gazan Economy in Context

Friday, December 07, 2012

Sari Bashi, director of Gisha, a non-profit that focuses on freedom of movement and economic sanctions in Gaza, will be discussing the latest cease-fire, and economic conditions on the ground in Gaza.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Latest From Cairo

Monday, December 03, 2012

A new Islamist Constitution, a Judiciary that refuses to rule on its legitimacy and a President who has made his edicts temporarily above judicial review. The situation in Egypt is convoluted and fluid. Noel King, a radio reporter based in Cairo, gives us the latest on an unstable political situation from the ground.

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The Takeaway

Was Yasser Arafat Murdered?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Yasser Arafat, former chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, died after a mysterious, month-long illness in a French military hospital, eight years ago. Today French, Swiss, and Russian scientists will exhume Arafat's body in Ramallah.

Was Arafat poisoned? How will Arafat's exhumation affect the tenuous peace in the Middle East? Charles Glass is a Middle East expert, journalist and broadcaster. He discusses the investigation, and Arafat's legacy.

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WNYC News

Clinton Presses On With Israel-Hamas Truce Efforts

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The U.S. secretary of state continued Wednesday with efforts to wring an elusive truce deal from Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers, after earlier attempts to end more than a week of fighting broke down amid a furious spasm of violence.

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The Takeaway

Middle East Peace Negotiations: There and Back Again

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

As Hamas and other groups in Gaza continue to launch rockets into Israel, and the Israeli Defense Forces bomb Gaza, in turn, it's hard to remember that there have been moments of reconciliation, and promises of peace, between Arabs and Israelis. William Quandt, who helped negotiate the Camp David Accords, and Robert Malley, who worked in President Clinton's National Security Council during the Oslo Accords, both have experience negotiating Middle East peace.

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WNYC News

Obama Sends Clinton To Mideast Amid Gaza Crisis

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

President Barack Obama dispatched Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the Middle East on Tuesday as the U.S. urgently seeks to contain the bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Gaza Conflict Latest

Friday, November 16, 2012

Dan Murphy, long-time Middle East reporter and "Backchannels" blogger for the Christian Science Monitor, discusses the latest developments in the conflict between Gaza and Israel.

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The Takeaway

Tensions Escalate after Israeli Air Strikes Kill Hamas Military Leader

Thursday, November 15, 2012

On Wednesday, in response to rocket attacks from Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, Israel launched a series of air strikes that killed Hamas military leader Ahmed al-Jabari, and, according to health officials in Gaza, nine others. Isabel Kershner, reporter for Takeaway partner The New York Times, reports from the Israel-Gaza border. Aaron David Miller, distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, discusses the current conflict and Israel's position in the evolving Middle East.

“The wanton aggression against Gaza proves that Israel has yet to realize that Egypt has changed and that the Egyptian people who revolted against oppression will not accept assaulting Gaza.”

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: The Mideast

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: The status of relations between the U.S. and countries in the Middle East. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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The Takeaway

Plunging Currency and Protests in Iran

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Yesterday, hundreds of demonstrators flooded the streets of Tehran, chanting anti-government slogans and setting garbage cans on fire. The cause of the protests: money.

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The Takeaway

Is Israel's Military Hindering Middle East Peace?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A new book by longtime Jerusalem correspondent Patrick Tyler argues that while Iran and other countries in the Middle East have no doubt contributed to the stalemate in the region, Israel's bellicose outlook has also impeded the prospects for peace. Tyler is the author of "Fortress Israel: The Inside Story of the Military Elite Who Run the Country – And Why They Can’t Make Peace."

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The Takeaway

Setbacks in Libya

Monday, September 24, 2012

Unrest in the Middle East has been a political and foreign policy setback for President Obama. Eric Schmitt, who covers terrorism and national security for The New York Times, explains.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Middle East Protest Narrative

Monday, September 17, 2012

Steven Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, digs deep into the continuing protests in the Middle East.

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