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Heard This Week - 02/14/2008

Heard This Week in Iran
on Radio Farda

Radio Farda Airs Senior U.S. Diplomat's Views on Iran's Nuclear Program...

February 11 -- At London's Foreign Press Association, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Nicholas Burns [audio in Persian] told Radio Farda that "Iran seems to be willfully disregarding the Security Council, as well as the IAEA" regarding demands over Iran's nuclear program. Burns emphasized the need for a third UN Security Council resolution against Iran: "It is now imperative that it be passed, because Iran is so willfully out of compliance."

...Marks Anniversary of Islamic Revolution...

February 8 -- Tehran-based political analyst Taghi Rahmani, U.S. academic Kazem Alamdari and Hamburg-based political analyst Hassan Shariatmadari discussed Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution and its aftermath on Radio Farda's weekly roundtable program "Viewpoints" [audio in Persian].

...Exposes Ill Health of Jailed Labor Activist...

February 9 -- The wife of jailed labor activist Mahmoud Salehi [audio in Persian] told Radio Farda that her husband is now suffering from heart problems in prison; his doctors worry that Salehi may fall victim to a stroke.

...Airs Statement on Torture of Jailed Students...

February 9 -- A member of the student organization the Office to Foster Unity (DTV) was interviewed by Radio Farda [text in Persian] about DTV's recent statement condemning the torture of jailed left-wing students.

...Reports Exile Sentence for Teacher

February 13 -- Teacher Massoud Kordpour [audio in Persian] told Radio Farda that, in the wake of massive teachers' rallies in March 2007 he was sentenced to exile on charge of provoking teachers through doing interviews with foreign and national media.

RFE/RL Analysis

Women's Activist Wins Human Rights Award

February 14 -- Parvin Ardalan, a leading Iranian women's rights activist who just won the 2008 Olof Palme Prize for her work and commitment to human rights, tells Radio Farda that activists in of the One Million Signature campaign do not expect that their campaign will lead to changes in laws that discriminate against women any time soon, adding: "So far we have succeeded in changing Iranian people's attitude toward such laws."

Dissidents See Dark Legacy of 'Glorious Revolution'

February 11 -- Radio Farda talks to prominent Iranians such as dissident Akbar Ganji, author Azar Nafisi and Stanford University professor Abbas Milani about the poisoned legacy of what Iran touts as the "Glorious Victory of the Islamic Revolution" in 1979.

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