In preparation for my first meeting with famed activist, Ahmad Batebi I read up about his involvement with the student reform movement, his participation in the demonstrations and his subsequent arrest.
Dan Senor seems to advocate that the US take a tougher line with the Iranians, but is he willing to see American soldiers die fighting to free Iran from the Ayatollah? Dan Senor talks tough, but is he willing to put American troops where his mouth is?
"Any communications strategy plays second to reality. So as long as deaths from misplaced drone attacks, atrocities by soldiers and videos of Abu Ghraib exist, you are not going to fool anyone regardless of how many tweets you send out."
There is one thing in common between Congress-funded Arabic TV, Alhurra, and countries of the Arab Spring. Both have unaccountable leaders, who have been in place since forever, and who look like they are staying indefinitely.
When the Broadcasting Board of Governors unveiled a new Strategic Plan, it set an ambitious goal: "To become the world's leading international news agency by 2016." But based on its latest budget proposal, global news organizations like Reuters and AP have little to fear.