Revolution Day in Iran Splits Populace
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On the thirty-first anniversary of the Islamic revolution, Iran is marked by ongoing turmoil. There's pressure within from a protest movement that wants regime change, and pressure without from an international community that wants to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions. On this rebroadcast of today's To the Point, guest host Sara Terry explores how the revolution has changed Iran and Iranians. What role do the clerics who led the revolution play in the country today? Also, a new poll shows historic dissatisfaction with Washington, and preserving the land around the Hollywood sign from private development.
Banner image: Iranian men carry national flags and portraits of Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) and his predecessor, the founder of the Islamic revolution Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (C) during a mass rally held in Tehran on February 11, 2010 to mark the 31st anniversary of the revolution. Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images
The Political Crystal Ball for 2010 ()
Two-thirds of Americans are "dissatisfied" or actually "angry" about the way government is working, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. That dissatisfaction with Washington, DC is at its highest in more than a decade of the Post-ABC poll. Gary Langer is Polling Director for ABC News.
Revolution Day in Iran Splits Populace ()
Thirty-one years ago today, Islamic clerics in Iran shook the world, leading a revolution fueled by hatred of the West. The Islamic republic itself now faces unrest -- from within, as a protest movement continues to build. Today, thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets of Tehran, in shows of both support and protest. What legacy has more than four decades of Islamic rule left on the country and the region? What options does it have for coping with pressure from within and from Iranians outside who are pushing for change? What options does the West have in dealing with Iran's nuclear ambitions?
- Borzou Daragahi: Middle East Correspondent, Los Angeles Times, @borzou
- Gerald Seib: Executive Washington Editor, Wall Street Journal
- Reza Aslan: Contributing Editor, Daily Beast, @AslanMedia
- Roxanne Varzi: author, 'Warring Souls'
- Hossein Hedjazi: Producer/Host, Pars TV, @Golgasht
Blanketing the Hollywood Sign ()
The world-famous Hollywood sign disappeared today — temporarily. The iconic white letters that symbolize the glamour and business of Hollywood are draped with a banner that reads "Save the Peak." It's all part of a $12.5 million undertaking to buy 138 acres of land around the landmark from Chicago-based investors who acquired the peak for a bargain price of $1.7 million. Paige Rausser is senior project manager for the Trust for Public Land, the nonprofit conservation organization that hopes to purchase the land.
- Paige Rausser: Senior Project Manager, Trust for Public Land
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