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Patrick Basham analyzes the new Trump administration's investigation into voter fraud

Frank SR Branker - Thursday, February 16, 2017
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On CNBC, Patrick Basham discusses Donald Trump's priorities early in his presidency

Frank SR Branker - Wednesday, January 25, 2017
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Patrick Basham discusses President Trump's inauguration and examines the prospects for Trump's agenda

Frank SR Branker - Tuesday, January 24, 2017
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On BBC Radio, Patrick Basham discusses President Trump's inauguration

Frank SR Branker - Tuesday, January 24, 2017
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Patrick Basham previews Donald Trump's presidential inauguration

Frank SR Branker - Monday, January 23, 2017
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Patrick Basham critiques the Obama administration's approach to the Mideast peace

Frank SR Branker - Saturday, January 07, 2017
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Patrick Basham discusses US President Barack Obama's final State of the Union speech.

Frank SR Branker - Friday, January 15, 2016
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On Canadian radio, Patrick Basham discusses the Democracy Institute's new election poll, "Canada & the World 2015"

Frank SR Branker - Friday, October 16, 2015

On Canadian radio, Patrick Basham discusses the Democracy Institute's new election poll, "Canada & the World 2015"

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30 September 2015 On Press TV, Patrick Basham discusses Saudi Arabia's mismanagement of the tragedy near the holy city of Mecca

Frank SR Branker - Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Press TV has conducted an interview with Mohammad Marandi, professor at University of Tehran in Tehran, and Patrick Basham, founding director of Democracy Institute in Chicago, to discuss Saudi Arabia’s mismanagement of the recent deadly crush during the Hajj rituals.

Marandi states that this tragedy is a sign of “Saudi incompetence”, adding that the “sheer arrogance” in which the Saudi regime behaves in this particular case is very disturbing.

He also maintains the Saudis are showing disregard for human life “basically because they are Wahhabi and they are like Daesh and the al-Nusra Front in their attitudes toward people.”

Marandi further notes that the Saudi regime is in a very difficult situation both at home and abroad and there is deep concern in the West that the new Saudi regime - the new King and his son –"are ineffective in running the country."

The academic goes on to say that it will be best for the Saudis to change their policy. “If they continue to abuse the Iranian people and the Iranian pilgrims, they will definitely lose in a devastating way in any confrontation with the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he says.

Basham, for his part, believes the Saudis are acting in an “ineffective way” and the crisis management performance of the whole tragedy has been very poor.

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/10/01/431479/Saudi-Arabia-hajj-stampede-Mina-Mecca-Iran-pilgrims

 


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