Today’s woman will discuss the works of Encyclopedia Iranica, a multi-disciplinary reference of Iranian history and civilization. The guest is Mr. Karimi-Hakak, Iranica contributor and Head of the Persian Studies Department at the University of Maryland. The program will also focus on the Persian Studies program at the University of Maryland and will feature a package from Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi's recent visit. The last segment will discuss the health benefits of exercise.
News and View: Gunmen opened fire on a car carrying three Iranian embassy staff in Baghdad overnight, wounding them and their Iraqi driver. Iran's official IRNA news agency blamed the US military.We will have reaction from a VOA stringer in Baghdad, NaV’s stringer in Northern Iraq, as well as comments from State Dept Spokesman David Foley. Bank Melli, Iran’s biggest commercial bank, is set to be banned from operating in the European Union under proposals in the final stages of discussion in Brussels. At present, the bank operates branches in the City of London, France and Germany.“It is important for the EU to come to agreement on stepping up financial pressure on Iranian banks as a means of demonstrating to the Iranian regime how seriously we take their nuclear proliferation,” said a European diplomat. We will have analysis from a regional economic expert. Officers of Iran's Intelligence Ministry have arrested six of the seven members of the country's national Bahá'í leadership, the worst assault on Iran's Bahá'ís in almost 30 years. The six leaders are being held at Tehran's infamous Evin Prison. We will have an interview with a spokesperson from the Human Rights Documentation Center to give background on this story.
Roundtable features a discussion with petroleum analyst Dr. Mansour Kashfi, live from Dallas, Texas. The topic is the global oil crisis.
Late Edition will feature an on set interview with members of Zarbang, a Persian traditional music group, who will discuss their US tour. The show also features a medical segment on a new artificial ankle.
Newstalk will host State Dept spokesman David Foley and Political Analyst Shayan Samii live on set. Topics include the president’s trip to the Mid East, the role of Saudi Arabia in the region, and the crisis in Lebanon.