Today’s Woman Show opens with a live telephone interview with Dr. Ali Akbar Khosrowshahi, husband of women’s rights activist, Khadijeh Moghaddam. He discusses how police yesterday burst into their home in Tehran and took away his wife. OtherTopics include: current events, focusing on issues related to women, latest research findings on tobacco use, the recent Vital Voices Award, given to women who have contributed significantly to their societies and viewer emails.
News and Views: The President is slated to speak live at 1130 re. the War on Terror, Iraq troop levels, etc. and NaV will carry this live. The Broadcast will debut a new “Special Report” type bumper beforehand… Dr. Reza Taghizadeh, professor of political science at Glasgow University, Scotland, will join us live on the phone to comment on the President’s speech, as well as to comment on other news of the day. Stories we are covering: A prominent reformist cleric has been jailed and ordered to be defrocked on charges of endangering national security and insulting authorities. Hadi Ghabel was arrested by security officers and taken to jail after he was invited for questioning at the Clerical Court in the holy city of Qom, "Hadi went to the court Monday to a meeting with the prosecutor but didn't return. We were informed that he was taken to jail to serve a 40 month sentence," his brother added. Hadi, an ally of former reformist president Mohammad Khatami, was sentenced to 40 months in jail and ordered to be defrocked last September but the sentence was not carried out until Monday after the intervention of top level clerics and powerful conservatives within the ruling establishment. President Ahmadinejad vowed Iran would not halt its nuclear drive in the face of pressure from the West demanding it halt sensitive atomic work."Iran is a nuclear country and if you continue your mischief, Iran will tomorrow conquer higher summits," Ahmadinejad told Western countries in a live televised speech in the holy city of Mashhad, northwest Iran. "It will punch you (the West) in the mouth," and warned the West to expect a "bloody nose" over mounting pressure on Iran to halt its sensitive uranium enrichment activities Iran also said on Wednesday that the latest report of the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq to the Congress is a justification of Washington's "false strategies and the failures" in Iraq. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said that such statements have got its roots in the lack of insight into the current realities in Iraq Iran's government spokesman has announced that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will replace the Interior and Economic Affairs ministers, PressTV reported .After weeks of speculation about cabinet replacements, Gholam Hossein Elham confirmed there would be changes in President Ahmadinejad's cabinet within the next few days. "Mr. President told me on Sunday that he has personally spoken to two of his cabinet members and asked them to serve the country in other positions," Elham said. In addition, the “Inside Iran” team will interview Jane’s Defense spokeswoman, Avital Yohanan on Iran’s missile system and two human rights activists in Iran on Mrs. Khadijeh Moqaddam who was arrested in Tehran. She is a human rights activist and one the “Peace Mothers.”
Roundtable;s topic: the function of the judiciary in Iran Guest: Attorney and human rights advocate, Dr. Hedayatollah Matin Daftary, by polycom from London.
Late Edition Will concentrate on discussion and analysis of the speech, delivered by President Bush earlier in the day.
Newstalk topics Include: --The Petraeus/Crocker testimony and reactions to it from Iran and around the world --Iran’s announcement of 6,000 centrifuges working at the Natanz nuclear facility and what it all means --th Olymic torch and its Tibetan and Chinese discontents Guests: Alii Sajjadi and Guita Mirsaeedi live from the studio. Ahmad Rafat, live on Camera from Rome Mohammad Reza Shahid, live on the phone from Paris.