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The World Health Organization has declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, and also an “infodemic.” 

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A painstaking recreation of an Iranian artist's apartment in Tehran is on display at the Mattress Factory Museum through July. "The Other Apartment" is a joint project of Carnegie Mellon University art professor Jon Rubin and artist Sohrab Kashani, who have been friends for more than a decade.

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U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb voted with most Republicans, including Western Pennsylvania Congressmen Guy Reschenthaler and Mike Kelly, Thursday against a pair of amendments to limit President Trump's military authority in Iran, following the killing of a top Iranian general earlier this month. One amendment would require President Trump to get Congressional approval before using military force against Iran: The other repealed a 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force to fight terrorism in Iraq.

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U.S. Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey are split on whether the killing of Iran’s top military official was justified, following a classified briefing with senior administration officials Wednesday.

Oil Price Jumps On Fear Of Iranian Retaliation Against U.S.

Jan 3, 2020
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The price of oil surged Friday on concerns that Iran might respond to the killing of its top general by the United States by disrupting global supplies of energy from the Middle East.

News that Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, was killed in an air attack at the Baghdad international airport prompted expectations of Iranian retaliation against U.S. and Israeli targets.

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Iranian-born singer and composer Mahsa Vahdat is known around the world for her songs inspired by traditional Persian music, with lyrics drawn from classic and contemporary Iranian poetry. Her collaborators have included the famed Kronos Quartet (with whom she’s performing a pair of concerts in Georgia next week). Yet she’s never sung in public in her home country, where since the 1979 Islamic revolution has banned concerts by solo female singers. 

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President Donald Trump raised eybrows, and tensions, this week by ordering a military strike against Iran, and then reversing course. U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, by contrast, remained consistent in his support for the president's toward Iran.

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Pittsburgh native Shelly Culbertson describes a journey through six countries seeking to understand how the Arab Spring shaped the Middle East in her book "The Fires of Spring: A Post-Arab Spring Journey Through the Turbulent New Middle East." She joins us in studio to discuss her journey and where the Arab Spring nations stand today.  

Applying 'Trust, But Verify' To The Iran Nuclear Deal

Aug 10, 2015
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  As President Obama works to convince Congress to accept the Iran Nuclear Deal, many agencies and foreign policy experts have weighed in with their thoughts. We'll talk with former Ambassador to Israel Thomas Pickering who says: "We need to have a frank talk, not a rhetorical slamming match, about what's right and what's wrong with this deal and why this is a deal that Israel should accept."  

Negotiating The Iran Nuclear Deal

Aug 10, 2015
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  Republicans in Congress have scheduled a vote for mid-September on a resolution to reject the Iran nuclear deal. Conservatives are using the August recess to build up public pressure against the agreement.Former U.S. Ambassador Dan Simpson is now a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette associate editor. He has written an op-ed piece calling on Congress to approve the Iran deal. Ambassador Simpson joins us in studio along with, by phone from Israel, Gregg Roman, Community Relations Council Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh who says we have cause to be wary of Iran." Also in the studio, Stuart Pavilack, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Office Zionist Organization of America who believes Congress should reject the deal.

What’s the Way Forward for the U.S. and Iran?

Sep 9, 2014
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It has been months since President Obama announced an interim deal had been struck between the group known as P5+1 and Iranian leadership over Iran's nuclear program. Many open questions remain as the deliberations move forward and the details of the agreement emerge. How will this play out?

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is partnering with the nonprofit American Middle East Institute to look into a possible tour of Iran.

Robert Moir is the PSO's senior vice president for artistic development and audience engagement, and Simin Curtis​ is from the American Middle East Institute.

Moir says the potential tour would  mark a significant cultural exchange for two countries that severed diplomatic ties over three decades ago, and it would mark the 50th anniversary of the symphony orchestra's 1964 visit to the country.

Overplaying Their Hand in Egypt

Jul 23, 2013
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With Egypt’s government in turmoil yet again,Georgetown professor Ross Harrison believes that one thing is for certain: the recent overthrow of Mohammad Morsi’s presidency came as a result of the Muslim Brotherhood’s decision to overplay its hand and alienate many of the upstart, secular groups that helped elect him in the first place.

“There was an expectation in the street that he would govern more broadly than it did,” Harrison says. Instead, Morsi allocated power to himself and appealed only to the extremely religious elements that make up the Muslim Brotherhood. The question now, he says, is “whether [the Muslim Brotherhood] becomes part of the [new] coalition or whether they go back underground.”

Under a new state bill, any Pennsylvania company contracted by the state that’s also investing in Iranian energy would be forced to make a choice.

Rep. Dan Frankel’s (D-Allegheny) legislation, which passed the state House Tuesday, would bar any company that invests more than $20 million in Iran’s energy sector from entering into a state contract worth more than $1 million through the Department of General Services (DGS).