Free Running Oct. 30, 2009

from Electric Politics Podcast· ·

Norouz flower posterSometimes speaking truth to power, even when you're in power, means risking your life. That's why Abolhassan Banisadr, the first President of Iran following the 1979 revolution, fled in 1981 to take up political asylum in France. Nor has he seen eye to eye with the clerics ever since. What's surprising is that Mr. Banisadr's critique of the Iranian regime, of what's going on in Afghanistan, and of developments in the Islamic world generally, isn't pitched at particular contextual facts so much as at core beliefs. Exactly the sort ...



Norouz flower posterSometimes speaking truth to power, even when you're in power, means risking your life. That's why Abolhassan Banisadr, the first President of Iran following the 1979 revolution, fled in 1981 to take up political asylum in France. Nor has he seen eye to eye with the clerics ever since. What's surprising is that Mr. Banisadr's critique of the Iranian regime, of what's going on in Afghanistan, and of developments in the Islamic world generally, isn't pitched at particular contextual facts so much as at core beliefs. Exactly the sort of thing we mean by thinking outside the box. It's a special honor to have been able to talk with President Banisadr, for which I'm quite grateful. Note: this podcast is a three-way conversation with Dr. Mahmood Delkhasteh interpreting from English to Persian and back again. Total runtime an hour and twenty four minutes.  ☮