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Heard This Week - 10/18/2007

Heard in Iran This Week
on Radio Farda

(Washington, DC -- October 18, 2007) Radio Farda aired reports on vital issues such as:
* International support for labor leader Mansur Osanlu
* The arrest of human rights activist Emadedin Baqi
* The state of international financial sanctions against Iran

Farda Reports on International Support for Jailed Labor Leader Osanlu...
International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) General Secretary David Cockroft told Radio Farda on October 13 that workers throughout the world would use the occasion of Global Road Transport Week (October 15-21) to call for the release from prison of Tehran Bus Company union leader Mansur Osanlu (

...Interviews Wife on Osanlu's Vision Loss
In an interview aired on Radio Farda on October 16, Osanlu's wife Parvaneh said he may lose the ability to see through one of his eyes, because he has been denied emergency surgery to repair a torn retina (; article in English at

Farda Covers Arrest of Human Rights Advocate
Radio Farda broadcast interviews on October 15 with an Iran watcher at Amnesty International and Nobel Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi on the arrest of Emadedin Baqi, the head of the Tehran-based Association for Defending Prisoners' Rights on charges of "acting against national security" (audio at

Farda Airs Exclusive Interview with Student Activist
During an October 17 interview with Radio Farda, student activist Arman Sedaghati said the jail terms meted out to three Amir Kabir University students were aimed at keeping the students in prison, and out of politics, until the end of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's presidency (

Radio Farda Investigates Poverty in Iran
On October 17, the UN-declared International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Radio Farda's "Evening Magazine" aired in-depth coverage of poverty in Iran, including interviews with listeners in several Iranian cities as well as an interview with Tehran-based economist Fariborz Raeesdana (audio at

U.S. Treasury Under Secretary Interviewed on Financial Sanctions
On October 16, Radio Farda aired excerpts from an exclusive interview with U.S. Under Secretary Stuart A. Levey, as part of a report on the current state of financial sanctions against Iran over the country's nuclear program and its involvement with terrorism (article in English at; audio at Radio Farda will air the full interview in translation next week.
RFE/RL Analysis

Russia/Iran: Odd Couple In Tehran?
October 16, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinejad met for talks in Tehran today during the first visit to the Iranian capital by a Kremlin leader in more than four decades.

Iran: Politicians Stake Out Territory Ahead Of Caspian Summit
October 15, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Iranian politicians and commentators are concerned that Tehran might find it difficult to hang on to what it regards as Iran's fair share of the Caspian.

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

Radio Farda, a joint project of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and
Voice of America (VOA), is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week news service to Iran.