Revealing the Veil: NBC’s “Inside Iran” on Dateline

Click here to watch NBC’s Dateline’s Inside Iran Special

The first thing my Mom said to me when I returned to our home was that Dateline was showing a special insider on Iran. As we’re sitting around the TV, my Father becoming a bit homesick, my Mother googling the bazaar, myself wishing I was in the TV, we felt a mutual glimmer of hope for the media. This was undoubtedly an authentic look at Iran, parallel to Rick Steve’s lectures we went to a few months ago. The highlight of this special was the Iranian the youth: The “new face of change”….

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One Bold Step Forward:Obama’s Messege of Peace in the Mid-East


I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo, and to be hosted by two remarkable institutions. For over a thousand years, Al-Azhar has stood as a beacon of Islamic learning, and for over a century, Cairo University has been a source of Egypt’s advancement. Together, you represent the harmony between tradition and progress. I am grateful for your hospitality, and the hospitality of the people of Egypt. I am also proud to carry with me the goodwill of the American people, and a greeting of peace from Muslim communities in my country: assalaamu alaykum.

We meet at a time of tension between the United States and Muslims around the world – tension rooted in historical forces that go beyond any current policy debate. The relationship between Islam and the West includes centuries of co-existence and cooperation, but also conflict and religious wars. More recently, tension has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations. Moreover, the sweeping change brought by modernity and globalization led many Muslims to view the West as hostile to the traditions of Islam…..

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