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Episode 29
Featuring Hooman Majd
Demetri Kofinas speaks with Iranian-American writer and commentator, Hooman Majd, about the Iranian protests that have led to at least 20 deaths and more than 450 arrests. How much of what Iran is experiencing is the result of forces that are shaping the broader, oil reliant, and politically volatile economies of the Middle East?

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.  

 

Today’s conversation is about Iran, its culture, and its politics. The ongoing protests in Iran 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? What do these demonstrations in Iran 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?

 

Producer & Host: Demetri Kofinas

Editor & Engineer: Stylianos Nicolaou

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Hooman Majd, born 1957 in Tehran, is an Iranian-American journalist, author, and commentator who writes on Iranian affairs. He is based in New York City and regularly travels to Iran.

 

He has published three non-fiction books, which have been translated into a number of other languages. these include, The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran, The Ayatollahs' Democracy: An Iranian Challenge, and The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay: An American Family in Iran.

 

Homan has also published short fiction in collections and in The American Scholar and Guernica.

Majd has also served as an advisor and translator for President Mohammad Khatami and translator for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on their trips to the United States and the United Nations, and has written about those experiences.

 

@HMajd​​​​​​​

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