FROM Jimmy Delshad
Persian-Americans React to Rising Tensions in Iran All during this week of massive protests in Iran, there has been support from expatriates and other sympathizers here in the US. Americans of Iranian heritage are concentrated in several parts of the US, most conspicuously in Southern California and Texas. We sample their response to today's developments.
Iranian Ex-Pats React to the Turmoil in Iran Another day, another mass protest on the streets of Tehran, this time with many people wearing black to signify mourning for those killed since last Friday's elections. Los Angeles is the home of more Iranians and their descendents than any place other than the mother country, and many are not just interested but deeply involved. We speak to Iranian-Americans with different views of what's going on in their home country.
A New Iranian Year and Mayor in Beverly Hills Since the fall of the Shah in 1979, many Iranians have come to America. They are now 26% of the population of Beverly Hills . Early this month Jimmy Delshad was elected to his second term on the City Council after a campaign to become the first Persian Mayor. That's expected to happen next week.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?