May 24 - Saudi Arabia Tries to Buy Egyptian Vote; Un-declaring War With Iran; "Significant Differences" After "Intense" Discussions

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We begin and go to Cairo, Egypt to speak with Hussein Shabka, professor of Sociology at American University in Cairo. He has been observing the historic presidential elections underway and we discuss his findings which indicate that an aggressive effort by Saudi Arabia to buy the vote may have backfired with Egyptian voters, after enormous amounts of money in support of Islamic fundamentalists has poured in from the Gulf.

 

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The we look into successful efforts by a bi-partisan group of Congressmen, led by John Conyers and Ron Paul, to insert language into the National Defense Authorization Act to “un-declare” war with Iran. Kate Gould, the Legislative Associate for Middle East Policy with the Quaker lobby, the Friends Committee on National Legislation, joins us to discuss this significant step to slow the momentum in Congress towards war with Iran.

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Then finally we are joined by Flynt Leverett who was the Senior Director for Middle East Affairs at the National Security Council from 1992 to 2003. We  look into the just-concluded P5+1 "intense" talks with Iran that yielded no breakthrough and ended with “significant differences” remaining, which presumably will be dealt with in Moscow in the next round of talks starting on June 18.   flynt leverett