Your program epitomizes the very concepts and theories in which we engage in on a daily basis in academia in my Conflict Resolution Gradaute Program at Portland State University! We consistantly address engagement in dialogue, and emphasize “Inter-Cultural and Cross Cultural awareness”, you programming exemplifies this process! Your broadcast today, was simply awesome, with bringing to Portland and engaging in Iranian local culture, and by addressing both sides of the pendulum. Your programming connected Portland with London and Tehran, and uniquely amplified a often times overlooked aspect of Iranian society, by having guests share there experiences, their political views, religious ideals and cultural dynamics “in a very brilliant and forthcoming way! Congratulations to the WHYS team, this aspect of Iranian culture is not only overlooked, but simply is not widely shown in “main-stream media” in North America.
The Iranian elections on Friday, will be the most closely watched and followed election process, in any country, in the past thirty years; “will Mohmoud Ahmadinijad, and his conservative Islamist form of government prevail, and get re-elected?” “or will Mir Hossein Mousavi’s more “secular” and “liberal” government achieve majority and win the election?”
Either way, this opens the discussion for a interesting debate: Will conservative Islam, assume the popular vote and prevail, or will the Iranian youth, and gender influence and prevail in Iran, resulting in a more Western approach?
Joseph, notes; That the majority of Iran, 70% of the population is under the age of thirty, Mousavi’s more secular approach, for government and with his moderate approach in applying Sharia (Islamic law), particularly, as to how it affects Iranian women — their right to dress in a more Western-liberal fashion, are very heated political topics in Tehran right now. The women voting population may just influence and turn this election around in favor of Mousavi!
I think that the younger generation, the Women of Iran, eventhough they remain respectful of Islamic laws, particularly with regard to women’s dress, that the women in Iran, have the power to influence and change their countries direction!
I think that Mousavi, who is extremely popular among Iranian women and among the younger generation, just may surprise everyone and pull off an election victory! On the other hand, a good majority of Iranian women, are supportive & approve maintaining a strict Islamic dress code. They view wearing the Hijab as part of their identity, they welcome adherence to Sharia.
Thank-you for bringing a innovative program for all to listen and learn from on my radio this morning!
The video clip you posted in the morning has only enlivened my appetite to be a part of the program which is coming up latter in the day. The whole studio arena and the folks you have there promises to generate a show, full of energy.
I bet Ros may have some trouble moderating the discussion as every participant will be more than willing to express his/her opinion.
Good luck to you guys and WE CAN’T WAIT..
World Have Your Say should expand in Europe also. Your obsession with the United States is becoming passe.
I hope the following three questions will help establish how effective BBC Persian TV is in taking the pulse and letting us know:
Are there any distinct aspects of Iranian elections which were covered by BBC Persian TV but missed out by others? Was it able to forecast the proportions with which the votes will be split among the contenders?
Did BBC Persian TV ‘s coverage predict a higher voters’ turnout?
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