Iran http://kgou.org en In 2009, 3 Americans Went For A Hike, And Ended Up In A Tehran Prison http://kgou.org/post/3-americans-jailed-iran-tell-their-saga-sliver-light In the summer of 2009, three young Americans went for a hike. Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd were living together in Syria, teaching and writing. Their friend Josh Fattal was visiting from the U.S. The three took a tour to a waterfall in the Kurdish highlands of Iraq, and as they hiked along a road that turned out to be the border with Iran, an armed man in uniform waved them over.<p>The next thing they knew, they had embarked on a two-year ordeal in the infamous Evin prison in Tehran. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:16:00 +0000 editor 25172 at http://kgou.org In 2009, 3 Americans Went For A Hike, And Ended Up In A Tehran Prison World Views: February 7, 2014 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-february-7-2014 <p></p><p>Suzette Grillot and Joshua Landis discuss the ongoing conflict in Central African Republic, and why it seems reminiscent of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.</p><p>Later, a conversation with Iranian-American filmmaker Farzin Rezaeian. His documentary <a href="http://vimeo.com/53253260"><em>Iran: Seven Faces of a Civilization </em></a>explores 7,000 years of history in his home country.</p><p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:22:26 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Joshua Landis, Nick Aguilera & Brian Hardzinski 22797 at http://kgou.org World Views: February 7, 2014 The Forgotten Empire: Documentary Filmmaker Shares Lessons From Iranian History http://kgou.org/post/forgotten-empire-documentary-filmmaker-shares-lessons-iranian-history <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Iranian documentary filmmaker </span>Farzin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Rezaeian<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says Greek, Roman, and European history have overshadowed ancient Iranian history, yet there are valuable lessons from Iran’s past for today’s world.</span></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:27:59 +0000 Suzette Grillot & Nick Aguilera 22702 at http://kgou.org The Forgotten Empire: Documentary Filmmaker Shares Lessons From Iranian History World Views: January 31, 2014 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-january-31-2014 <p></p><p></p><p>Joshua Landis and Suzette Grillot discuss the 2014 State of the Union address and some of the foreign policy objectives President Obama outlined in Tuesday night’s speech.</p><p>Later, a conversation about migration and identity with Iranian-American novelist <a href="http://www.laleh-khadivi.com">Laleh Khadivi</a>, and Palestinian-American poet and physician <a href="http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/fady-joudah">Fady Joudah</a>.</p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:47:10 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Joshua Landis, Brian Hardzinski & Nick Aguilera 22317 at http://kgou.org World Views: January 31, 2014 Criticism And Contradiction Cloud State Of The Union’s Foreign Policy http://kgou.org/post/criticism-and-contradiction-cloud-state-union-s-foreign-policy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Obama’s international outlook remains heavily oriented toward decreasing the U.S. military presence in the Middle East. In his <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/28/president-barack-obamas-state-union-address">State of </a></span><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/28/president-barack-obamas-state-union-address"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the Union address</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the president promised to declare an end to the 12-year war in Afghanistan.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/ias/faculty/joshua-landis.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Joshua Landis</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the author of </span><a href="http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/"><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Syria Comment</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and the Director of the </span><a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/sponsored_programs/center_for_middleeaststudies.html"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Center for Middle East Studies</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at the University of Oklahoma, says President Obama’s address “claimed big successes” in a </span><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/14/222397967/u-s-and-russia-form-a-plan-on-syrias-chemical-weapons"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">September Syria chemical weapons deal</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and a </span><a href="http://eeas.europa.eu/statements/docs/2013/131124_03_en.pdf"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">November interim agreement with Iran</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> halting uranium enrichment programs in exchange for lifted sanctions.</span></p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:28:53 +0000 Nick Aguilera & Associated Press 22316 at http://kgou.org Criticism And Contradiction Cloud State Of The Union’s Foreign Policy World Views: January 24, 2014 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-january-24-2014 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Joshua Landis provides an update on this week's Syrian peace talks in Switzerland, and Rebecca Cruise discusses the escalation of violence in Ukraine.</span></p><p>Later, a conversation about mother tongue-based bilingual instruction in West Africa with <a href="http://www.pambeghana.org/alice-azumi-iddi-gubbels/">Alice Iddi-Gubbels</a>, the founder and executive director of PAMBE Ghana.</p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Rebecca Cruise, Joshua Landis & Brian Hardzinski 21778 at http://kgou.org World Views: January 24, 2014 So Now What? Breaking Down The Syrian Peace Talks http://kgou.org/post/so-now-what-breaking-down-syrian-peace-talks <p></p><p>A United Nations mediator announced Friday a Syrian government delegation and the Western-backed opposition <a href="http://live.america.aljazeera.com/Event/Syrias_War/103032816">will meet Saturday</a> “in the same room.”</p><p><a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/ias/faculty/joshua-landis.html">Joshua Landis</a>, the author of the widely-read blog <em><a href="http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/">Syria Comment</a></em> and the Director of the <a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/sponsored_programs/center_for_middleeaststudies.html">Center for Middle East Studies</a> at the University of Oklahoma, says this week’s peace conference in Switzerland shows both sides understand there has to be a political solution.</p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 20:09:11 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 21835 at http://kgou.org So Now What? Breaking Down The Syrian Peace Talks U.S., EU Lift Some Iran Sanctions After Assurances On Uranium http://kgou.org/post/us-eu-lift-iran-sanctions-after-assurances-uranium <strong>This post was updated at 11:40 a.m. ET.</strong><p>The United States and European Union say they will lift some sanctions against Iran after reports from international inspectors that Tehran has suspended high-level enrichment of uranium under an interim pact to scale back its nuclear program.<p><a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/iran-says-it-starts-implementing-nuclear-deal">The Associated Press</a> reports:<p><blockquote><p>"The deal that went into effect Monday was worked out in talks brokered by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:06:44 +0000 Scott Neuman 21527 at http://kgou.org U.S., EU Lift Some Iran Sanctions After Assurances On Uranium World Views: January 17, 2014 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-january-17-2014 <p></p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">World Views</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;host&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/administration/Grillot_Home_Page.html" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Suzette Grillot</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;and contributor&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/ias/faculty/rebecca-cruise.html" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Rebecca Cruise</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;continue producing the program from the road, and spent this week in the United Arab Emirates.</span></p><p><font color="#333333" face="Georgia, Times, serif"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Later, a conversation with&nbsp;</span></font><a href="http://www.niacouncil.org/site/PageServer?pagename=About_limbert" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Ambassador John Limbert</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;to mark the 33rd anniversary of the end of the Iran hostage crisis. Limbert and 51 diplomatic and military colleagues were taken prisoner in the former U.S. embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">They were released 444 days later as Ronald Reagan was sworn into office on January 20, 1981.</span></p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Rebecca Cruise & Brian Hardzinski 21393 at http://kgou.org World Views: January 17, 2014 Iranian Hostage-Turned-Ambassador: Still Optimistic, Would Love To Return http://kgou.org/post/iranian-hostage-turned-ambassador-still-optimistic-would-love-return <p></p><p><a href="http://www.niacouncil.org/site/PageServer?pagename=About_limbert" style="line-height: 1.5;">Ambassador John Limbert</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and 51 diplomatic and military colleagues were taken prisoner in the former U.S. embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979. They were released 444 days later as Ronald Reagan was sworn into office on January 20, 1981.</span></p><p>Limbert<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has never been back to Iran in the 33 years after he boarded the plane for Algeria, even though he married an Iranian woman and his children were born there. He’s now a private citizen, no longer works for the State Department, and has no prohibition on his travel to Iran. But he says he’s not welcome by the Islamic Republic.</span></p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 19:13:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski & Suzette Grillot 21138 at http://kgou.org Iranian Hostage-Turned-Ambassador: Still Optimistic, Would Love To Return