Todays Woman Features Dr. Mahnaz Motevali, Senior Coordinator for Johns Hopkins University international medical programs. She will discuss leaving Iran and what she has achieved in the US, her activities within the US Iranian community, and what she has given back to that community.
News & Views will lead the broadcast with coverage of Turkish warplanes launching strikes on Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq, officials say. Claims are that 150 rebels have been killed and more than 200 targets have been hit in recent days. Ankara stringer Javanmardi will be live on the phone from Ankara will give us updates on an explosion in Istanbul today, rumored to be the work of PKK rebels in retaliation for the airstrikes. NaV will be joined by Mr. Taghizadeh live on the phone from London, an ex diplomat and expert on Iran/Iraq relations, to discuss reports that Iraqi president Jalal Talabani has nullified the 1975 Algiers accord reached between Tehran and Baghdad in 1975. The 1975 Algiers Agreement, commonly known as the Algiers Accord, was a treaty that was meant to settle disputes over the lands between Iraq and Iran The broadcast also covers: The Jewish Agency is working hard to bring all of Iran's remaining 25,000 Jews to Israel, an official told The Jerusalem Post as 40 immigrants landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Tuesday afternoon. Russia will supply Iran with the advanced S-300 surface-air missiles in accordance with an agreement sealed Tuesday night. According to the Fars agency, the system will "grant Iran air superiority over enemy missiles and aircrafts."
Roundtable will feature nuclear expert Amir Hossein Ganjbakhsh who will the discuss the problems the Islamic Republic might face in developing a nuclear power program in Iran.
Late Edition will take a look at this week's Middle East peace meetings in Israel and at how people around the world celebrated Christmas yesterday. The show also includes a segment on this year's top entertainment stories around the world.
Newstalk will be joined by Mr. Sazgara in the DC studio, and by Mr. Nourizadeh via the London Polycom. The topic of discussion will be the top stories from Iran and the region in 2007.