Voices of the Middle East and North Africa

Voices of the Middle East and North Africa – March 22, 2006

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The dispute over Iran’s nuclear program entered a new phase earlier this month, when the issue was taken up the by the U.N. Security Council. The move followed a decision by UN’s nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), to report Iran’s case to the Security Council after rigorous lobbying by the U.S., U.K., France and Germany to muster support within IAEA for this decision. Iran maintains that, contrary to the suspicions raised by the western powers, its nuclear program is purely for civilian use, and that its actions have been in compliance with the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Ali Ezzatyar and Shahram Aghamir will talk to Mansour Farhang , Professor of International Relations at Bennington College in Vermont, who will share with us his thoughts on what these events mean and what may lie ahead. Later in the program, we will open the phone lines to your comments and questions on the subject. Mansour Frahang is sheduled to give a talk at UC Berkeley at 2 PM on Sunday, March 26.

Also in the program, we will talk to Salam Pax, the renowned "Baghdad Blogger", who has brought the fears and hopes Iraqi people through his web diaries. His writings have been published by The Guardian. He is scheduled to appear at San Jose State University at 7:30 PM on Thursday, March 23, for an address supplemented by videos shot in Baghdad by him.