Monthly Archives: September 2007


How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future

Vali Nasr
Vali Nasr

Middle East expert Vali Nasr talks about THE SHIA REVIVAL: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future in this engrossing interview with Francesca Rheannon.

Iranian-born scholar Vali Nasr recently went to work for the Obama Adminstration’s Richard Holbrooke as a special representative on Af-Pak (Afghanistan-Pakistan) affairs. We talked to him in 2007 about his book The Shia Revival. It’s about how conflicts within Islam — notably the Shia and Sunni sects and the respective countries they dominate — “will shape the future”. He was just featured in the September 28, 2009 issue of The New Yorker, in an article by George Packer about Holbrooke, “The Last Mission.”

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He covers the history of the Shia-Sunni split and says the Shia’s rise (aided by the Bush Administration’s misadventure in Iraq and destruction of Saddam’s Sunni dictatorship) encompasses Lebanon and Syria through the Persian Gulf to Iraq and Iran, and finally Pakistan and India.

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Focus on Global Warming

Mayer Hillman
David Gershon

We talk with dean of the British environmental movement Mayer Hillman about THE SUICIDAL PLANET: How to Prevent Global Climate Catastrophe. He co-authored the book with Tina Fawcett and Sudhir Chella Rajan. Also, David Gershon of the Empowerment Institute tells us about his LOW CARBON DIET: A 30 Day Program to Lose 5000 Pounds.


Junot Diaz, BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO and Laraine Herring on writing

Junot Diaz
Laraine Herring

Literary sensation Junot Diaz talks about his acclaimed novel, THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO. Also, Laraine Herring on writing. Her book is WRITING BEGINS WITH THE BREATH: Embodying Your Authentic Voice.



Environmental activist and green economy imagineer Paul Hawken talks about BLESSED UNREST: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming. Co-hosted with Corporate Watchdog Radio’s Bill Baue.

Also, Michael Shuman, author of SMALL MART REVOLUTION, talks about his post on food miles on the blog, The Ethicurian.