Voices of the Middle East and North Africa

Voices of the Middle East and North Africa – ” Coal mine tragedy in Turkey and correcting ancient Persian history in schools”

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On today’s show, Shahram Aghamir speaks with Erdem Yörük, a sociologist at Koç University in Turkey about workers’ rights and safety in Turkey. On May 13th, Turkey witnessed what has been characterized as the deadliest mining accident in Turkish modern history. This tragedy has raised questions about the impact of neo-liberal and privatization policies of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its far reaching impact on the lives of millions of workers in Turkey.

Later in the program, Malihe Razazan hosts a conversation with John Lee, Associate Professor of history at UC Santa Barbara and Dr. Jaleh Niazi of HistoryAdvocates, about a new campagin to bring radical change in the way ancient Persian civilization is being taught in K-12 public education.