Iran http://wesa.fm en Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Hopes to Tour Iran in Time for Anniversary http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-symphony-orchestra-hopes-tour-iran-time-anniversary <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is partnering with the nonprofit American Middle East Institute to look into a possible tour of Iran. </span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Robert Moir is the PSO's senior vice president for artistic development and audience engagement, and Simin Curtis</span><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">​&nbsp;</strong>is&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">from the American Middle East Institute</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Moir says the potential tour would&nbsp; </span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">mark a significant cultural exchange for two countries that severed diplomatic ties over three decades ago, <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">and it would mark the 50th anniversary of the symphony orchestra's 1964 visit to the country</span>. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 19:09:07 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23235 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Hopes to Tour Iran in Time for Anniversary Overplaying Their Hand in Egypt http://wesa.fm/post/overplaying-their-hand-egypt <p></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15;">With Egypt’s government in turmoil yet again,Georgetown professor </span><a href="http://www.polisci.pitt.edu/person/ross-harrison" style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15;"><strong>Ross Harrison </strong></a><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15;">believes that one thing is for certain: the recent overthrow of </span><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/07/03/198282481/showdown-in-egypt-wednesdays-developments" style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15;">Mohammad Morsi’s presidency</a><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15;"> 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 </span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15;">in the first place. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15;">“There was an expectation in the street that he would govern more broadly than it did,” Harrison says. Instead, Morsi allocated</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15;"> 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.”</span> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 19:26:37 +0000 John Lavanga 13606 at http://wesa.fm Overplaying Their Hand in Egypt New Bill Encourages Pennsylvania Companies to Divest from Iran http://wesa.fm/post/new-bill-encourages-pennsylvania-companies-divest-iran <p>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.</p><p>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).</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 20:14:06 +0000 Jared Adkins 7748 at http://wesa.fm