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The Iran Agenda: The Real Story of U. S. Policy and the Middle East Crisis

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Based on firsthand reporting in Iran and the United States, The Iran Agenda explores the turbulent recent history between the two countries and shows how it has led to a showdown over nuclear technology.

In addition to covering the political story, Erlich offers firsthand insights on Iran’s domestic politics, popular culture, and diverse population He also interviews the former Shah’s son, Reza Pahlavi, as well as the members of Southern California’s large Iranian expatriate ...

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Overview

Based on firsthand reporting in Iran and the United States, The Iran Agenda explores the turbulent recent history between the two countries and shows how it has led to a showdown over nuclear technology.

In addition to covering the political story, Erlich offers firsthand insights on Iran’s domestic politics, popular culture, and diverse population He also interviews the former Shah’s son, Reza Pahlavi, as well as the members of Southern California’s large Iranian expatriate community and reports on their efforts to shape Iran’s future.

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Publishers Weekly

Though Erlich (Target Iraq) offers an alternative explanation for Iranian-U.S. mistrust and the growing possibility of an American strike against Iran, he doesn't back it up convincingly. He writes: "The U.S. ruling elite always wants to confuse national security with corporate/military interests. The people of the United States face no immediate threat from Iran.... But Iran does threaten the interests of the... elite who run the United States." Yet he does very little to support this thesis other than repeat it, as if that would make it true. Drawing on familiar observations, he offers a clear, if occasionally patronizing picture of contemporary Iran, but the reasoning behind his flat-out denial that Iran is developing nuclear weapons boils down to: it would be hard to do; people I like tell me it's not so; and the mainstream media are just telling you what the ruling elite wants you to think. Admittedly, it's hard to prove something's nonexistence, but Erlich's effort is unlikely to convince people who don't already agree with him. (Oct.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977825356
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Reese Erlich’s publications include Dateline Havana, The Iran Agenda, and Target Iraq, which he co-authored with Norman Solomon (introduction by Howard Zinn and afterword by Sean Penn). He reports regularly for National Public Radio, Latino USA, Radio Deutche Welle, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He also writes for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Dallas Morning News. In 2001, he produced a one-hour radio documentary, “The Struggle for Iran,” which was hosted by Walter Cronkite.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Robert Scheer Scheer, Robert

1 In Tehran with Sean Penn 1

2 United States Tells Iran: Become a Nuclear Power 17

3 Iran, Hizbollah, and Israel: The Real Story 35

4 A Brief History of U.S-lranian Relations 51

5 Who Rules Iran? 73

6 Who Will Be Iran's Next Ruler? 91

7 Iran's Democratic Opposition 109

8 Iran's Ethnic Minorities: Rebellion on the Borders 125

9 What the U.S. Media Didn't Tell You 147

10 Learning the Lessons of Iraq 167

Acknowledgments 185

Notes 187

Index 211

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