Monday’s morning lecture series speaker John Koskinen quoted Winston Churchill in saying, “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing — after they’ve tried everything else.”
The final lecture of Week Six’s topic, “Iran: From Ancient Persia to Middle East Powder Keg,” featured Seyed Hossein Mousavian, who said, like many other lecturers this week, that the Iranian nuclear weapons conflict could be peacefully solved with the application of diplomacy, negotiation and compromise.
Tonight’s performers won’t need roadies to carry their stage equipment — their voices do all the work. The a cappella band Straight No Chaser will perform its own renditions of popular songs and original works at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater.
Farideh Farhi, while working for the International Crisis Group in 2006, attended a women’s demonstration in Iran for equal rights.
The Bush administration had recently given about $18 million to various civil society organizations in Iran, pushing for equal rights. The Iranian government viewed these funds as “regime-change money.”
Retired diplomat Nicholas Burns believes there are three basic choices the U.S. could make in foreign policy regarding Iran. The first two, he said, are so “absurd” that they shouldn’t be taken seriously. The third, though, is the path he believes in, because it’s “practical and right in the middle.”
In the face of Ayatollah Khomeini’s ultra-conservative regime, Azar Nafisi showed resolve. She had spent much of her life outside of Iran, studying English and American literature. Thus, as Khomeini enacted laws to limit women’s rights, Nafisi became quite outspoken.
The Iranian presidential election of 2009 is under heavy scrutiny. Somehow, the government was able to count up paper ballots in a single day, ending with a 64 percent win for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Nick Glunt | Staff Writer Donna Brazile’s sister Sheila, who had suffered from a benign yet mentally debilitating brain…
When journalist Kati Marton went to Africa with her U.N. ambassador husband, Richard Holbrooke, the two of them found themselves thinking the same idea. In each of the 11 countries they visited, they agreed that it would be the women to save Africa — if anything could.
In the disputed region of Kashmir, both India and Pakistan battle for control. There, women protest as much as the men — and as Farhana Qazi has seen, their lives are hard.