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Heard in Iran: Economic Crisis Might Impact U.S.-Iranian Ties

Could Direct U.S.-Iranian Talks End the Nuclear Stalemate?
November 12 -- International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei told Radio Farda that, "If there is a direct dialogue between the U.S. and Iran, Iran will probably be more forthcoming with the IAEA." He said the sides are at a stalemate right now, but hopes that "a political opening will convince Iran that they need to work with us." [Hear the interview in Persian]
Economic Crisis Might Impact U.S.-Iranian Ties
November 10 -- Abbas Milani, the Director of the Iranian Studies Program at Stanford University, tells Radio Farda that, "A powerful faction in the Iranian regime is against the normalization of U.S.-Iran relations, because they think their survival lies in the existing tension between the two countries. They see their financial survival in the current economic crisis of Iran." [Read more in Persian]
More Analysis on Future of U.S.-Iran Relations
November 10 -- How will Barack Obama's election affect relations between Tehran and Washington? On Radio Farda's weekly roundtable, "Viewpoints," experts from Iran, Canada, and the U.S. try to answer that question. [Read the article in Persian]
Prominent Labor Activist Beaten in Jail
November 6 -- The mother of Mansour Osanlou, President of the Syndicate of Workers of the Tehran Bus Company, tells Radio Farda her son was beaten in jail. [Listen in Persian]
Weekly Magazine Banned
November 7 -- Shahrvand-e Emrooz, a popular magazine, has been banned by the Iranian government. Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, a spokesperson from Iran's Association for Press Freedom, tells Radio Farda that the publication is popular amongst educated Iranians and could be influential during the upcoming presidential election. [Listen in Persian]
Iranian Women and the Right to Sing
November 11 -- Radio Farda's weekly program on women's issues, "The Other Voice," explores the Islamic regime's prohibition on women singing in public. [Read in Persian]
Monopolizing Iranian Imports
November 10 -- Abbas-Ali Noura, a member of the Iranian Parliament's Planning and Budget Commission, tells Radio Farda that certain groups he calls "the import mafia" have monopolized Iran's import industry. [Read more in Persian]