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ON THE LINE: INTERNATIONAL CRISES & "THE VOTE"i
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September 06, 2013 3:00 AM
INTERNATIONAL CRISES & "THE VOTE" As the most powerful body in the United Nations, the Security Council is responsible for maintaining global peace. But when it comes to major international disputes, does the veto power of the permanent members render the council irrelevant? The question arises from Russia and China's decision to block any action on Syria in the UN Security Council and the US decision to then bypass the Council in favor of a coalition of the willing. This week's edition of "On the Line" discusses with two experts who watch these issues very closely. GUESTS Margaret Besheer: UN Correspondent, Voice of America, New York. Dr. Christopher O'Sullivan: Lecturer in History and International Studies, University of San Francisco; Author, “The United Nations: A Concise History”.

ON THE LINE: INTERNATIONAL CRISES & "THE VOTE"

Published September 05, 2013

INTERNATIONAL CRISES & "THE VOTE" As the most powerful body in the United Nations, the Security Council is responsible for maintaining global peace. But when it comes to major international disputes, does the veto power of the permanent members render the council irrelevant? The question arises from Russia and China's decision to block any action on Syria in the UN Security Council and the US decision to then bypass the Council in favor of a coalition of the willing. This week's edition of "On the Line" discusses with two experts who watch these issues very closely. GUESTS Margaret Besheer: UN Correspondent, Voice of America, New York. Dr. Christopher O'Sullivan: Lecturer in History and International Studies, University of San Francisco; Author, “The United Nations: A Concise History”.

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This Week's Program:

#FreeJason: Media in Iran
The Washington Post has launched a new campaign to win the freedom of its Tehran bureau chief, Jason Rezaian, who has been held in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison for nine months.  President Obama says the government would not rest until the journalist is freed.  Other Americans also being held include: Amir Hekmati, Saeed Abedino and Bob Levinson.  HashtagVOA reviews the speculation over Rezaian’s arrest, and Iran’s treatment of the Media.

GUESTS:
Ali Rezaian: Brother of Jason Rezaian
Nazila Fathi: Former Reporter, New York Times; Author, "The Lonely War: One Woman's Account of the Struggle for Modern Iran"
Lejla Sarcevic: Campaign Director, @PressUncuffed
Martin Baron: Executive Editor, Washington Post