Topics: Coverage of current events, focusing on issues related to women. Rape in conflict with human rights specialist, Ms. Elahe Hicks The recent United Nations evaluation of Bahrain by the United Nations Human Rights Council.
News and Views
Two days after a deadly explosion at a mosque in one of Iran's largest cities, controversy has erupted over the cause of the blast. Eyewitnesses and some local officials say it appeared to be a bomb blast, while Iranian officials in Tehran say the explosion was accidentally caused by leftover ammunition from an exhibition recently held in the mosque. The explosion happened as the main cleric, Hojatoleslam Mohammad Enjavinejad, was leading his regular service for some 800 people. The LA times claims he asserts that it was a bomb blast.
We are efforting reaction from the State Dept regarding the US denying a British press report of back-channel talks between Washington and Iran on Tehran's controversial nuclear program. In London, The Independent newspaper reported Monday that a group of former US diplomats and foreign policy experts had been holding talks for the past five years with Iranian academics and policy advisers, in hopes of reaching a breakthrough on the diplomatic impasse. But a White House official on Monday, speaking anonymously, said "clear channels" exist for communication with Iran, and that the approach described in the Independent article "isn't one of them."
We will report on comments from a senior army commander that Iran will eliminate Israel if it launches a military attack on the Islamic state, on Tuesday. "If Israel wants to take any action against the Islamic republic, we will eliminate Israel from the scene of the universe," he said.
Dr. Mehrangiz Kar will be our guest live from Boston to discuss new Amnesty International Report on executions. Kar is a visiting Scholar, New House Center for Humanity at Wellesley University, and is a human rights lawyer, writer, essayist, and former editor of the now banned Zan literary review and is considered one of the most celebrated activists in Iran. China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan carried out most of the known executions worldwide in 2007, Amnesty International said in a report that called upon governments to openly publish numbers of those killed. in Iran at least 317 were executed in 2007. According to the figures from Amnesty International's yearly statistics, at least 1,252 people were executed in 24 countries worldwide. More than a quarter of all known executions in the world were carried out by the regime in Iran
Roundtable With You hosts Dr. AliReza Nourizadeh.
Topic: Latest events from Iran: Shiraz Mosque Bomb, DeathThreats for Shirim Ebadi etc.
Top story: the world food crisis.
Guests. 1-Naser Mohamadi via the London polycom. 2-Rob Sobhani in the DC studio. 3-Researcher and historian Dr. Batoul Azizpour live from Paris.
Topics include: Updates on the Shiraz explosion Tomorrow's P5+1 meeting in Shanghai re Iran Iran's economy with an emphasis on Iran's unemployment rate Amnesty International's report on worldwide executions.