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Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, for June 2, 2004 - 7:00pm

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Voices of the Middle East and North Africa - June 2, 2004

In the 1st part of today's program, we are going to examine the nature of political Islam. Muslims and Middle Eastern people have been under suspicion and scrutiny attack by the Bush administration here because of their country of origin and religious background. Despite this, it is important to analyze political Islam, its social origins and how it affects the people and social movements in Iran and in the Middle East in general, from the point of view of the workers' movement. It is critical to show that it is not a religious war and to show that those who see this as clash of different religions are part of the problem and want to hide more critical issues like hunger, unemployment and the effects of capitalism.

Iranians have had a unique experience in the Middle East and for more than two decades have been truggling toward the basic principle of "separation of religion and state". This demand can be heard in all parts of the political spectrum in Iran. We have interviewed Mehdi Kia the editor of Iran Bulletin. To get more information about his views, you can go to their website, or check our website at

The 2nd part of the program is an interview with Lenni Brenner. You can not talk about fanaticism and religious rule without forgetting Israel and Christian-Zionists in the United States. The US foreign policy has resulted in strengthening or spreading many reactionary religious movements like Taliban in Afghanistan or Saudi Arabia brand of religion. In this year's presidential election, John Kerry is not offering a better or different alternative from what the Bush administration is offering to the Middle East region. It has become more relevant to say, "one party with two factions of Democrats, and Republicans" about the political system in the US. The current political direction in the US is continued blanket support for the Israel without regard for the state of millions of Palestinians under occupation. To look at Zionism and Christian-Zionism in the Unites States, Steve Seltzer did an interview with Lenni Brenner. Lenni Brenner is The author of numerous books on Zionism including: "Zionism in the Age of the Dictators" and "Documents on collaboration Of Zionists and Nazi". For more information on Lenni you can go the website:
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