Commentary & Opinion
12:46 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Herbert London: Why The Iranians Are Smiling

November 24, 2014, looms as a strategic date in world history. At that time, a deadline for a deal with Iran will be reached. And, even though Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, among others, has said “no deal is better than a bad deal,” it appears as if President Obama’s team and the so-called P5+1 group — the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, and China, plus Germany – are seeking any deal rather than no deal.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:52 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Herbert London: Negotiating With Iran

It is something of an old saw to contend that if a woman says “no,” she means “maybe.” If she says “maybe” she means “yes,” but if she says “yes” she is not a “lady.” Similarly if a man says “yes,” he means “maybe,” if he says “maybe” he means “no,” but if says “no,” he could not possibly be a negotiator in Vienna for the Obama administration.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed October 22, 2014

'The Republic Of Imagination: America In Three Books'

  Azar Nafisi, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, is here to tell us about her new book: The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books.

Ten years ago, Nafisi wrote Reading Lolita in Tehran, which told the story of how she taught American literature to eager students in Iran, revealing how fiction can be a liberating force in a totalitarian society.

Blending memoir with close readings of four of her favorite novels—Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Sinclair Lewis’s Babbitt, Carson McCullers’s The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and James Baldwin’s Another Country—Azar describes how she first discovered America and its fictional landscape as a young girl in Tehran and reminds us of the crucial role that literature played in the lives of the founding fathers.

Commentary & Opinion
12:46 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Herbert London: Iran - An Ally, An Enemy, A Surrogate?

The Obama Middle East foreign policy lens is focused on one issue at the moment: the defeat of ISIS. In pursuing this goal, the Obama team is seeking allies including former enemies such as Iran, notwithstanding claims to the contrary. While the U.S. now sees Iran as a potential stabilizing force in Iraq and Syria, Tehran is chafing at what it considers the tough negotiating stance of the U.S. on its nuclear program.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Misunderstanding Iran

For the last few days my wife and I attended the semi-annual meeting of the International Society for Iranian Studies. It was held in Montreal this time. Several panels were devoted to Iranian foreign policy. At one of them, scholars outlined Iran’s strategic isolation and the limited choices available to it.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

7/17/14 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Activist Libby Post and executive editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal, Stu Shinske.

Topics include:
Obama on Iran
Russia Sanctions
Clinton Speech
Cuomo Money
Federal Terrorism Insurance
O'Malley Mulls Presidential Run
Atlantic City's Decline
NFL Drug Abuse

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

6/26/14 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Activist Libby Post and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus, Ira Fusfeld.

Topics include:
SCOTUS Decisions
Utah and Indiana Gay Marriage
Democratic reunification of state senate
Iran - Iraq
New Anchor for ABC News
Boehner Sues Obama

Vox Pop
12:30 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Vox Pop : Open Forum on 6/17/14 : Iran & Iraq

A brief meeting yesterday between U.S. and Iranian officials in Vienna and news today that the U.S. is deploying almost 300 troops to Iraq to protect its embassy there amid deadly clashes between Shiite Iraqi forces and the Sunni extremist group ISIS has given the world plenty to talk about in the last 24 hours.

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Commentary & Opinion
1:17 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Herbert London: The Faltering American Foreign Policy

At President Obama’s State of The Union Address scant attention was given to foreign policy. He did note that “the war in Afghanistan is coming to end;” but in reality the war continues. It just so happens the U.S. will be absent from it. Yet the truncated reporting on foreign policy is suggestive. Could it be there is little to report or is it more telling to suggest that there is little good news to report?

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue November 26, 2013

11/26/13 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Newtown Report
Obama Defends Iran Deal
Karzai Ultimatum
Heart Study Criticized
Katie Couric goes to Yahoo
Albany Civic Center