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After Soleimani Strike, We Zoom In On The Demographics Of LA’s Iranian Community




Activists gather in Los Angeles on Saturday January 4, 2020 to protest recent U.S. military actions in Iraq.
Activists gather in Los Angeles on Saturday January 4, 2020 to protest recent U.S. military actions in Iraq.
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Los Angeles is home to the largest Iranian community outside of Iran, and with it, a diverse range of ethnic and religious perspectives.

Some are in emphatic support of the killing of the Quds Force general, while some are wary of the geopolitical fallout of the strike. We want to know, if you’re an LA resident of Iranian descent, regardless of your faith or birthplace, what’s your reaction to Soleimani’s death? Where do you think this is going, and what does it mean for Iranians abroad?

Guests:

Benjamin Radd, lecturer at UCLA’s Center for Middle East Development, an expert on Middle East Politics and US Foreign Policy

Ali Akbar Mahdi, lecturer in sociology at Cal State University Northridge and professor emeritus of sociology at Ohio Wesleyan University