In this episode of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Iranian-American writer and political commentator, Hooman Majd about the 2017 protests in Iran. How do we interpret the Iranian protests within the wider political, social, cultural, and financial dimensions of the greater Middle East?
Hooman Majd is an NBC News contributor, who has written for publications including the New York Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Financial Times, GQ, Time, The Washington Post, and Newsweek, among many others. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Ayatollah Begs to Differ, as well as The Ayatollahs’ Democracy, and The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay.
Hooman Majd joins Hidden Forces for a conversation about Iran, its culture, and its politics. The context of our conversation are the ongoing protests in Iran, which have delivered the worst scenes of unrest witnessed since millions took to the streets over a disputed presidential election in 2009. The protests have reportedly resulted in at least 20 deaths and more than 450 arrests. What is behind the protests in Iran? What do the protests express about the current state of Iranian society, its economy, and its politics? How do the Iranian protests fit within the western-oriented framework of thinking about Iran? How much of what Iran is experiencing today – economically and politically – is the result of forces that are shaping the broader, oil-reliant and politically volatile economies of the Middle East?
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Producer & Host: Demetri Kofinas
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