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Iran's Green Movement -
One year later
In reponse to the June 2009 alleged victory of incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, demonstrations broke out across the country, initially in support of the rival “reformist” candidates, who dubbed their opposition campaign the Green Movement (adopting the “color of Islam”). As the protest demonstrations grew, it soon became clear that the legitimacy not merely of the election but of the regime itself seemed to be in question. Despite repression, the Green Movement persisted, remaining highly diverse, with many leaders, spokespersons and agendas cooperating and competing within its broad and rather vague scope.
While there is strong international support for the Green Movement within the politically active Iranian communities in Europe and the U.S., there has been growing opposition to it from a segment of the left that sees the Islamic Republic, and Ahmadinejad in particular, as anti-imperialist.
This week’s program seeks to revisit the one-year history of the Green Movement in Iran, evaluating its strengths and weaknesses, and probing into its political agenda, leadership composition and social base.
Our guest is Columbia professor Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. An internationally renowned Iran expert, and widely published author, Professor Dabashi hosts a one-hour weekly online tv program, “The Week in Green,” which provides updated news and analysis of Iran’s Green Movement.
The phones will be open during the second half of the hour to enable our listeners to talk with Professor Dabashi.
Produced and hosted by Afshin Matin-Asgari, SWANA Collective