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Heard This Week - 10/25/2007

Heard in Iran This Week
on Radio Farda

(Washington, DC -- October 25, 2007) Radio Farda reporting covered:
* University protests
* New U.S. sanctions against Iran's armed forces
* The execution of Iranian Kurdish political activists

Radio Farda on New U.S. Financial Sanctions...
* October 25 -- Radio Farda aired several interviews [audio in Persian: rtsp://] with Iran experts on the implications of the U.S. decision to impose unilateral financial sanctions on Iran.

* October 25 -- Radio Farda published an online analysis [text in Persian:] which argues that the U.S. targeted the Iranian government as a whole with the new sanctions, because of the influential role of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in executive decisionmaking.

...Student Protests...
October 22 -- Radio Farda aired an exclusive interview [text in Persian: / in English:] with a participant in student protests at Tehran's Amir Kabir University in which the student said "University officials tried very hard to prevent it from taking place... Students insisted and there were clashes with the university's security forces, who beat up students."

...International Support for Arrested Human Rights Defender...
October 17 -- Radio Farda reported [text in Persian: / in English:] on protests by human rights organizations worldwide against the October 14 arrest of prominent human rights defender Emadedin Baqi.

...Executions of Kurdistan Political Activists...
October 18 -- Radio Farda covered [text in Persian:] the recent execution by hanging of two Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan party members, airing an exclusive interview with the party's deputy secretary general, Hassan Sharafi.

...Resignation of Iran's Nuclear Negotiator.
October 20 -- In an interview with Radio Farda [audio in Persian: mms:// / text in English:], Tehran University professor Sadegh Zibakalam said the resignation of Ali Larijani as Iran's main nuclear negotiator means the "[Iranian] leadership might tend to take a more hard-line approach." Radio Farda also aired analysis [audio in Persian: mms://] of the resignation by Washington-based political analyst Mohsen Sazegara.

RFE/RL Analysis

Public-Transport Bill Offers Window on Political Divide
October 23 -- An RFE/RL analysis concludes that debate over a public transportation bill in the Iranian parliament reveals a split between the government and critics who blame it for bungling previous efforts at gasoline rationing.

Military Flaunts New Capabilities as Tensions Rise
October 22 -- An RFE/RL report focuses on how Tehran has flaunted its military capabilities as tensions with the United States rise over Iran's nuclear ambitions and regional security issues.

For more on these and other stories about Iran, please visit: -- Radio Farda's Persian-language website -- "RFE/RL Iran Report" weekly analysis -- RFE/RL English-language coverage of Iran

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