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Media Matters with Bob McChesney
"Our guest this week is David Barsamian, host and producer of Alternative Radio-the award-winning, Boulder-based internationally broadcast program. His books include Targeting Iran, Confronting Empire with Eqbal Ahmad and Speaking of Empire & Resistance with Tariq Ali. Barsamian has been to Pakistan several times this year, and has broadcast a series of programs on Pakistan and Afghanistan."
-Bob McChesney, Illinois Public Media May 10, 2009

Pakistan Military Offensive in Khyber Region Enters Fourth Day
"Pakistani paramilitary forces have begun a fourth day of assaults on suspected Taliban sites in the northwest region of the country. The offensive marks the first major Pakistani offensive against Taliban fighters in the Khyber region and the first major military operation since Pakistan's new government came to power in March."
-David Barsamian, Democracry Now! Jul 1, 2008

Beware of American octopus
"That was an apt reaction of a young intellectual after listening with rapt attention to David Barsamian who was in the federal capital very recently. The American broadcaster and journalist spoke the whole truth about the past and present policies of rulers of his homeland in his informative and constructive lecture arranged by a group of writers and media persons in collaboration with a monthly magazine Badalti Dunya."
-News International Feb 18, 2008

Karachi: 'You can't deliver democracy from an F-16'
"David Barsamian barely finished high school, yet he speaks with the polish of an erudite scholar. The award-winning Armenian-American radio producer, journalist, author and lecturer has published interviews of Edward Said, Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad and many other iconic intellectuals, while he produces Alternative Radio, a recognised weekly one-hour public affairs programme that is distributed free to stations in the US, Canada, Europe, South Africa and Australia."
-Qasim A. Moini, Dawn Dec 14, 2007

US throwing its weight but scores nothing
"Washington's threats of war on Iran betray the United States’ doctrine of 'What We Say Goes’, the anti-establishment American broadcaster David Barsamian said here on Thursday.

'America makes the rules and demands the world to obey,' he said in a lecture at the Quaid-i-Azam University on 'Will Iran be Next.' To prove the point he contrasted US National Intelligence Estimate report that Iran was not making nuclear weapons and President George Bush’s response that Iran "was, is and will be a serious threat" until it came out 'clean.'"
-Anwar Mansuri, Dawn Dec 6, 2007

Alternative Radio Host a Hit in Pakistan
"David Barsamian is an anti-Imperialist dreamboat. And if he were a radio broadcaster in Pakistan, as he is in the US, it is highly likely he wouldn't have been around to speak at the Second Floor Sunday evening. He would have been picked up a long time ago and his name would have been added to the list of journalists who have disappeared or gone missing."
-Zainab Iman, The Cool Justice Report Dec 4, 2007

Collective voice vital for positive change: Barsamian
"Barsamian, who surprised the audience with his strong command over Urdu, which he used quite frequently (and wittily) in his talk, was critical of the corporate mainstream media and the role it has played in spreading propaganda via repetition of stereotypes and amplification of consumerism, which then played a significant part in the placating of the public’s critical awareness and social responsibility. "
-The News Dec 3, 2007

David Barsamian interviewed by Foaad Khosmood
"FKh: What were the attitudes towards the United States that you encountered in Iran?

DB: Well, of course, it's mixed. The Islamists, of course, are quite hostile towards US policies. But across the board, I found that Iranians, almost without exception, want to have diplomatic relations with the United States, want to have normal trade and cultural relations with the United States."
-ZNet Nov 27, 2007

"One World Report" Special Media Edition
David Barsamian is a radio journalist and author. He is also the founder and director of the radio program, "Alternative Radio." His two latest books are Targeting Iran and What We Say Goes. He was at the KBCS studios last week. "One World Report" sat down with him to talk about his books and the state of community radio.
-KCBS Nov 8, 2007

David Barsamian on Pirate TV Seattle
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-Pirate TV

Interview with David Barsamian on "Community Forum"
"Interview with David Barsamian, host and producer of Alternative Radio and author of Targeting Iran."
-KEXP Seattle Oct 27, 2007

Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Fighting Back
"In a new DVD, Democracy University captures four moving talks from education activist Jonathan Kozol, historian Randall Robinson, investigative journalist Robert Dryfuss, and author David Barsamian. Barsamian’s recent at UCLA talk focused on his new book, Targeting Iran, part of City Light’s Books “Open Media Series”. In the book, Barsamian examines the threat of war as the threat against Tehran escalates by speaking with three public intellectuals: Evrand Abrahamian, Noam Chomsky and Nahid Mozaffari."
-KPFK Fund Drive-Day 15 Oct 23, 2007

Iran—Rumors of War?
"Famed scholar and linguist, Noam Chomsky, interviewed recently by radio host David Barsamian, gives a powerful example of the impact of media upon us. Chomsky explained:

Take a classic example, Germany. Under the Weimar Republic, Germany was the most civilized country in the world, the leader in the sciences and the arts. Within two or three years it had been turned into a country of raving maniacs by extensive propaganda--which, incidentally, was explicitly borrowed from Anglo-American commercial propaganda. And it worked. It frightened Germans. They thought they were defending themselves against the Jews, against the Bolsheviks. And you know what happened next."
-Mumia Abu-Jamal Oct 12, 2007

Spotlight On...David Barsamian
"Human rights should be front and center in any peace and justice movement. One has to be cautious about how it is manipulated by big powers."
-Journalists for Human Rights, University of Washington

David Barsamian interviewed on KBOO
An interview with David Barsamian on "Voices of the Middle East" on KBOO 90.7 FM in Portland, Oregon.
-KBOO, 90.7 FM Oct 11, 2007

War With Iran: Probable (& Disastrous)
"The U.S and Iran have been moving towards a head-on collision for the last seven years. The expected collision will most probably take place in the final months of the Bush administration. The course has been set by two irreconcilable goals. Iran is adamant about gaining full mastery over nuclear technology — especially uranium enrichment. The U.S. is equally adamant that Iran should not be allowed this mastery on the grounds that the latter’s real intentions are not to use such knowledge for peaceful purposes — as Iran claims — but for weaponry."
-Ervand Abrahamian, Britannica Blog Oct 9, 2007

Shifting Targets: The Administration's plan for Iran
"In a series of public statements in recent months, President Bush and members of his Administration have redefined the war in Iraq, to an increasing degree, as a strategic battle between the United States and Iran."
-Seymour M. Hersh, The New Yorker Oct 8, 2007

Speaking Truth to Power...but not in The Star
"Maybe I missed it. Maybe it was buried somewhere in the back pages. But after David Barsamian spent more than an hour with Kansas City Star reporter Scott Canon, even Tom Crane, who helped organize the first Progressive Media Awards, wasn’t sure the Star had printed anything about Barsamian or the awards’ ceremony."
-Bruce Rodgers, Publisher's Note, eKC Online Oct 5, 2007

Barsamian Targets Democracy
"David Barsamian, founder of Alternative Radio, author, journalist and lecturer, visited FRCC on Sept. 12 to discuss his book 'Targeting Iran.' Wearing a t-shirt with the words 'Democracy, We Deliver' and a picture of a B-52 bomber, Barsamian personally greeted all who attended"
-Jill Prenger, The Rangeview, FRCC-Larimer Oct 1, 2007

David Barsamian interviewed on Liberadio(!)
"Senator Joe Lieberman co-sponsored an amendment this week calling for the designation of Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization responsible for killing U.S. troops. It passed overwhelmingly, 76-22. Our guest on Monday, October 1st, David Barsamian, is the founder and director of Alternative Radio and author of Targeting Iran; Interviews with Noam Chomsky, Ervand Abrahamian & Nahid Mozaffari, which presents the perspectives of three experts on Iran and U.S. foreign policy. We wonder, does all this talk about Iran instead of Iraq make him think of when all the talk was about Iraq instead of Afghanistan, too? The Institute for Alternative Journalism named Barsmian one of its 'Top Ten Media Heroes,' and Howard Zinn called him 'the Studs Terkel of our generation.'"

To listen to the interview, scroll down to 10-01-2007 and click on the link.
-Liberadio(!) Oct 1, 2007

David Barsamian: Targeting US Foreign Policy
"Monday, Sept 24th: On the day of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s controversial visit to Columbia University, David Barsamian, the well-known left-wing author, journalist, and radio broadcaster, was in Boulder talking about his new book, Targeting Iran. Concerned that the U.S. and Iran ‘are on the brink of war’, Barsamian has collected together in his book interviews with Noam Chomsky, Ervand Abrahamian, and Nahid Mozaffari, exploring briefly the political, religious, economic, and cultural history of Iran and its turbulent relationship with the United States."
-Tim Chase, denverpost.com Sep 25, 2007

David Barsamian interviewed on Media Matters
"This week our guest is David Barsamian, host of Alternative Radio and author most recently of Targeting Iran. In Targeting Iran, Barsamian presents interviews with three experts on Iran and U.S. foreign policy who discuss the 1953 CIA coup and the rise of the Islamic regime; Iran's internal dynamics and competing forces; relations with Iraq and Afghanistan; and the consequences of U.S. policy."
-Bob McChesney, WILL 580 AM Sep 23, 2007

Targeting Iran-Part 2
"The Daily Banter is pleased to publish the second set of exclusive excerpts from David Barsamian's critically acclaimed new book Targeting Iran. The book contains interviews with todays leading intellectuals about the escalating conflict between the United States and Iranian governments. . .

'Under George W. Bush, U.S.–Iranian relations have deteriorated drastically. In his 2002 State of the Union address, President Bush designated Iran as part of the 'axis of evil.' The speech stunned Tehran, particularly as it had just assisted the Bush administration in ousting the Taliban in Afghanistan.'"
-The Daily Banter.com Sep 20, 2007

David Barsamian interviewed on KPFA's The Morning Show
Interview with David Barsamian on KPFA's The Morning Show.
-KPFA 94.1, kpfa.org Sep 18, 2007

Targeting Iran-Part 1
"The Daily Banter is pleased to publish exclusive excerpts from David Barsamian's critically acclaimed new book Targeting Iran. . .

'Today, the United States and Iran are on the brink of war. Much of what we see playing out today had its origins in the events of the late 1970s. The “loss” of Iran was a huge blow to Washington’s larger strategy in the Middle East. The humiliating and interminable hostage crisis, coupled with a botched rescue mission, further hardened Washington’s stance toward the new government in Tehran. The United States cut off diplomatic relations and imposed sanctions, conditions that continue to this day.'"
-The Daily Banter.com Sep 13, 2007

Windows on Iran-Parts 36 to 38
"Some argue that a war on Iran is not an option for practical reasons. A fantastic piece on this is an interview that David Barsamian has done with the renowned historian of contemporary Iran Ervand Abrahamian (City University, New York). The interview is short, very perceptive, and readable. It has a very interesting title too: “The Mullahs Face Off: Washington Versus Tehran.” (San Francisco, City Light Books, 2007)."
-Fatemeh Kashevarz, The American Muslim Sep 5, 2007

David Barsamian interviewed on Uprising Radio
David Barsamian, author of Targeting Iran, is interviewed on Uprising Radio about the Bush administration's decision to list Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist group.
-KPFK 90.7 FM Aug 17, 2007

David Barsamian interviewed on The Insighters with Maria Armoudian
To access David Barsamian's interview scroll down to "4 o'clock Thursdays-Maria Armoudian, Thursday, August 9, 2007 at 4:03 pm" and click "Play." A podcast of the interview will begin to automatically download.
-KPFK 90.7 FM Aug 9, 2007

David Barsamian interviewed on Radio Islam
Radio Islam's topic is the US threat to target Iran with guest David Barsamian, author of Targeting Iran. To listen to the interview, scroll down to date July 12, 2007 and click "Listen."
-Hiba Abdul-Rahim, Radio Islam Jul 12, 2007

David Barsamian interviewed on the Taylor Report
An interview with David Barsamian on the Taylor Report about his new book Targeting Iran.
-The Taylor Report Mar 26, 2007

David Barsamian interviewed on Between the Lines
"David Barsamian, an author and radio producer, recently returned from a 10-day trip to Iran. Without restriction or government chaperones, he spoke informally with hundreds of Iranians. Many told him that President Bush's actions have only weakened moderates inside Iran. Between the Lines Scott Harris spoke with Barsamian about how the threat of a U.S. attack is perceived among the Iranians he met and how he believes activists in the U.S. can be most effective in preventing the war."
-Scott Harris, Between the Lines, WPKN 89.5 FM Mar 2, 2007

David Barsamian interviewed on Antiwar Radio
David Barsamian of AlternativeRadio.org talks about his recent trip to Iran and his forthcoming book Targeting Iran.
-Charles Goyette, Antiwar Radio Feb 22, 2007

David Barsamian awarded 2006 Cultural Freedom Fellowship
David Barsamian is founder and director of Alternative Radio, an independent award-winning weekly series based in Boulder, Colorado. He has been working in radio since 1978. In addition to his radio work he is an author and lecturer. His interviews and articles appear regularly in The Progressive and Z Magazine. His latest books are Original Zinn: Conversations on History and Politics with Howard Zinn; Imperial Ambitions with Noam Chomsky, and Speaking of Empire & Resistance with Tariq Ali. His earlier books include The Checkbook & the Cruise Missile with Arundhati Roy; Propaganda and the Public Mind with Noam Chomsky; Eqbal Ahmad: Confronting Empire, and The Decline and Fall of Public Broadcasting.