Today’s Woman focuses on the 3rd anniversary of the 22 Khordad women's protest which took place at Hafte Tir Square in Tehran, Iran. The show discusses the protest’s significance in the fight for equality and the crackdown on protesters and activists. The in studio guest, Fariba Davoodi Mohajer, human and women's rights activist, and Phoner guest from Iran, is women's rights activist Parvin Ardalan.
News and Views reports that President Bush and EU leaders threatened Iran yesterday with new financial sanctions. Bush and his European counterparts indicated they were prepared to go beyond current UN sanctions to try to ensure Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon. Former Iranian diplomat and Iran analyst Dr. Mehrdad Khonsari will join us live from London Studio to analyze the president’s trip. The broadcast also cover reports that U.S. military officials reported the arrest of the head of an assassination squad who coordinated arms deals between Iranian agents and Iraqi fighters in Basra. The man, who was not definitively identified by U.S. officials, "is alleged to be a commander of an assassination squad in Basra, an arms dealer with connections to Iran, and a document counterfeiter," the U.S. military said in a weekend statement. From inside Iran will be an interview regarding the story that a major Iranian state-owned company has told its single employees to get married by September or face losing their jobs, the press reported on Tuesday. “One of the economic entities in the south of the country has asked its single employees to start creating a family.”
Roundtable hosts Dr. Batul Azizpour, Iranian historian and researcher at CNR. The topic is the impact of the limitation of freedom of expression in the Islamic Republic.
Late Edition reports on President Bush’s trip to Europe, where tougher sanctions on Iran lead the discussion topics. Later there is a report on the South African wine industry, a “secret museum” at the headquarters of the US Central Intelligence Agency,” reviews of two movies released this week.
Newstalk will discuss Iran news of the week with political analyst Alireza Nourizadeh from London and Moshen Sazegara, in the DC studio.