Targeting Iran
Targeting Iran

Media Matters with Bob McChesney
May 10, 2009
"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

Pakistan Military Offensive in Khyber Region Enters Fourth Day
Jul 1, 2008
"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!

Beware of American octopus
Feb 18, 2008
"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

"Targeting Iran is concise and cogent, essential reading for anyone who wants to learn about Iran." - Tim Llewellyn, former BBC Middle East correspondent, journalist and author

Fellowship of Reconciliation
"A valuable book in that it covers, in less than 200 pages, many of the essential questions regarding the geopolitics of the Islamic Republic and the ominous specter of a U.S. military attack on Iran."
—Danny Postel

Against the Current
"Targeting Iran . . . goes a long way in deflating the current rhetoric while providing some context and understanding for the current spiral of antagonism and drift toward confrontation . . . [T]he book offers some important perspectives on the renewed threats emanating from Washington and the realities of present day Iran."
—Allen Ruff

“Targeting Iran, a recently published book by journalist and author David Barsamian, offers critical insight into Iranian society and the geo-political battles being fought over the country's growing military power….Barsamian provides historical insight often removed from the mainstream media coverage surrounding Iran and historical perspectives that provide for a deeper understanding toward contemporary Iran….Targeting Iran is a fascinating read because it addresses contemporary politics in Iran with the subtle complexities that aren't found in mainstream political discourse. The book is perhaps a call for a meaningful exchange with contemporary Iranian society and culture.”
Stefan Christoff

Karachi: 'You can't deliver democracy from an F-16'
Dec 14, 2007
"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

US throwing its weight but scores nothing
Dec 6, 2007
"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

Alternative Radio Host a Hit in Pakistan
Dec 4, 2007
"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

Collective voice vital for positive change: Barsamian
Dec 3, 2007
"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

David Barsamian interviewed by Foaad Khosmood
Nov 27, 2007
"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

"One World Report" Special Media Edition
Nov 8, 2007
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

David Barsamian on Pirate TV Seattle
Click on the link to begin automatically downloading the video. - Pirate TV

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

Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Fighting Back
Oct 23, 2007
"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

Iran—Rumors of War?
Oct 12, 2007
"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

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

War With Iran: Probable (& Disastrous)
Oct 9, 2007
"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

Feminist Review
"Targeting Iran feels like sitting in on a series of riveting seminars by top experts. . . . You will find profound insight into the complex Republic of Iran in a conversational and easy-to-read format. I finished the book enlightened - which is more than I can say after watching the news." —T. Tamara Weinstein

Shifting Targets: The Administration's plan for Iran
Oct 8, 2007
"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

Speaking Truth to Power...but not in The Star
Oct 5, 2007
"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

Barsamian Targets Democracy
Oct 1, 2007
"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

David Barsamian interviewed on Liberadio(!)
Oct 1, 2007
"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(!)

David Barsamian: Targeting US Foreign Policy
Sep 25, 2007
"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,

David Barsamian interviewed on Media Matters
Sep 23, 2007
"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

Targeting Iran-Part 2
Sep 20, 2007
"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

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

Targeting Iran-Part 1
Sep 13, 2007
"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

Windows on Iran-Parts 36 to 38
Sep 5, 2007
"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

David Barsamian interviewed on Uprising Radio
Aug 17, 2007
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

David Barsamian interviewed on The Insighters with Maria Armoudian
Aug 9, 2007
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

David Barsamian interviewed on Radio Islam
Jul 12, 2007
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

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

David Barsamian interviewed on Between the Lines
Mar 2, 2007
"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

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

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.

"Insightful, timely, and laced with rich historical perspective, Targeting Iran presents a bracing exploration of Iran’s current place in the world, and its tangled relationship with the West. These fascinating interviews capture Iran’s complexity and illuminate the morning’s headlines." - Azadeh Moaveni, author of "Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America And American in Iran"

Publishers Weekly
Barsamian, founder and director of Alternative Radio and coauthor of Imperial Delusions, has produced a highly informative book that examines the U.S.-Iran standoff through interviews with Noam Chomsky, Ervand Abrahamian and Nahid Mozaffari. Topics of discussion range from the U.S.-backed 1953 coup to poetry in the years after the Islamic revolution, but the exposition of why Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad thinks Iran has the upper hand and the prospects for and likely consequences of a U.S. military strike in Iran are some of the most powerful portions of the book. "Both sides are playing brinksmanship," claims Abrahamian. One of the central conclusions is that the U.S. and Iran are teetering precipitously on the edge of another war that neither side can afford to participate in. In Barsamian's (and his interviewees') view, the best hope for a bloodless conclusion to the current standoff is for the US to approach Iran without demanding it submit to American demands before they even reach the bargaining table. This slim book is heavy with historical and cultural background that doesn't often find its way into news accounts; it's a great primer on a simmering conflict.

Book News Inc.
"David Barsamian is widely known in progressive circles for his interviews with prominent intellectuals on a wide range of political issues. In this volume, he presents three 2007 interviews with longstanding critic of US foreign policy Noam Chomsky and two Iranian- born professors of Middle Eastern history, Ervand Abrahamian and Nahid Mozaffari, on US-Iranian relations and the possibility that the US government may attack Iran over its nuclear energy program or on some other grounds. Barsamian and his interlocutors aim to provide critical background omitted from the US media when policy towards Iran is discussed, such as the decades-long support for the hated dictatorship of Shah Reza Pahlevi, and to introduce a more nuanced picture of Iranian society than typically understood by the average American."

". . . Barsamian’s listeners and readers know what to expect: clear, straightforward questions, often preceded by some background information. . . sowing insight into the intricacies and complications of a region that has long suffered in the hands of those worshipping at the altars of oversimplification, trivialization, decontextualization et al. . . Always at ease and at his best with Barsamian, Chomsky pulls out examples and arguments from his memory with the skill of a seasoned magician pulling out all kinds of objects from a hat and leaving the audience at awe."
Khatchig Mouradian