BTS 6/22/09: Iran at the Brink; KPFK Fund Drive

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The Islamic regime in Iran has cracked down and the death toll is rising as demonstrators continue to protest the fraudulent re-election of President Ahmadinejad. The Guardian Council’s analysis of sample of election returns in 50 cities confirms that the numbers don’t add up – it appears there were more voters than people and they all voted for Ahmadinejad. Juan Cole joins us for an update and analysis of the continuing crisis in Iran.

Today is the last day of KPFK’s fund drive – and we’ll have a special “Suzi’s dollar a day best of the fund drive pack” as a thank-you gift for those who pledge.  This pack includes a brand new DVD of Eduardo Galeano in California last week talking about his new book Mirrors; Avi Lewis’ documentary on the California budget disaster -- “California: Failed State;”  Richard Wolff’s DVD “Capitalism Hits the Fan;” Robert Baer’s book The Devil We Know: The New Iranian Superpower – and more.

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1. Juan R. I. Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. He blogs at “Informed Comment,” juancole.com. His most recent book is Engaging the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan, March, 2009) and he also recently authored Napoleon's Egypt: Invading the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). He has been a regular guest on both mainstream and alternative news programs, has written extensively about Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. He has a regular column at Salon.com. Cole commands Arabic, Persian and Urdu and reads some Turkish, knows both Middle Eastern and South Asian Islam. He lived in various parts of the Muslim world for nearly 10 years, and continues to travel widely there