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In Iran, protests erupted again this week as the U.S. deadline for imposing sanctions looms. Carol Giacomo, a member of The New York Times editorial board, and Irshad Manji, a professor at New York University and the author of "The Trouble With Islam Today," join Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the mounting pressures on Iran, both internal and external.
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Today, a funeral for Hossein Ali Montazeri, an 87-year-old dissident Iranian cleric, turned into a massive protest against the Iranian authorities. Ervand Abrahamian, a professor of history at the City University of New York, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the significance of the protests. And, Nazanine Sadri of Al Jazeera English reports on Montazeri's life.
The international standoff with Iran over its nuclear ambitions seemed to go from bad to worse today, as the country test-fired a new version of its longest-range Sajjil-2 missile -- capable of reaching Israel, U.S. bases in the Persian Gulf and parts of Europe. This drew quick reaction from western governments. For more, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Ervand Abrahamian.
Every year, December 7 commemorates the three students killed by police during protests against a 1953 visit by then-U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon. Amateur videos culled from YouTube show that this year's events transformed into demonstrations opposing the Iranian government. Watch footage from some of the country's largest anti-government rallies since July.
As protests continue in Iran today, Vali Nasr joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the role of that country's rising middle class in the political process. Nasr, a professor at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, argues that the protests reflect the aspirations of Iran's educated young people.
Iran's announcement that it will build ten more uranium processing facilities drew a range of reactions today. Yet Iran itself was saying that a "diplomatic opportunity" is still possible. For more on Iran and its nuclear ambitions Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Ervand Abrahamian of the City University of New York.
Ervand Abrahamian, a distinguished professor of history at the City University of New York, joins Martin Savidge to discuss today's UN watchdog agency's rebuke of Iran. He argues that the censure reflects an unusual degree of international unity and strengthens the threat of further sanctions against Iran.
Worldfocus producer Gizem Yarbil interviews Neil Grungras of ORAM, a not-for-profit organization providing legal assistance for refugees fleeing sexual or gender based violence. He describes the difficulties faced by gay, lesbian and transgender refugees who often flee persecution only to find continuing harassment while in transit.