August 6 - The Real Causes of Instability in Yemen; Assessing Iran's New Leader; Arbitrating in Baseball's "Age of Prosperous Turmoil"

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We begin with the U.S. withdrawing its diplomatic personnel from Yemen as it urges its citizens there to leave for fear of an impending attack from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Charles Schmitz, the president of the American Institute of Yemeni Studies joins us to discuss the narrow focus the U.S. has on Al Qaeda when Yemen’s greatest security threats come from its own political and economic instability. charles schmitz

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Then we look into the remarks that the new president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, made at his first press conference where he called for “serious and substantive negotiations” to end the standoff with the P5+1 over Iran’s nuclear program. Nader Hashemi, the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver joins us to discuss the new face on the same regime beset by rampant inflation, shrinking foreign reserves and an expensive proxy war in Syria.

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Then finally we speak with William Gould who arbitrated the 1992-93 salary disputes between the Major League Baseball Players Association and the Major League Baseball owners. The author of “Bargaining with Baseball: Labor Relations in an Age of Prosperous Turmoil”, we discuss Alex Rodriguez’s forthcoming appeal of his record suspension and possible lawsuits to come, as well as the apparent availability of illegal steroids and growth hormones that are readily accessible in the Dominican Republic where most of the 13 suspended players come from.

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