Pakistan is stepping in to facilitate reconciliation between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Filmmaker Nate Kohn joins us to discuss the iconic film “Zulu Dawn,” which depicted the famous Zulu nation battle victory over British Soldiers on this day, 137 years ago. For Weekend Passport, we turn to travel guru, Rick Steves.
Tensions worsen between Iran and Saudi Arabia as Iran accuses the Saudis of targeting its embassy in Yemen during an airstrike. We get more from Juan Cole of the University of Michigan. Also, Nari Safavi tells us about an opera, 'Bel Canto’, inspired by the 1996 Peruvian hostage crisis. And film critic, Milos Stehlik, reviews two films showing this weekend: Leonardo DiCaprio's 'The Revenant,' and 'Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict.'
We look at the growing diplomatic crisis between Iran and Saudi Arabia with Ahmad Sadri of Lake Forest College. Also, India withstood militant attacks at a military base in Pakistan and at a consulate in Afghanistan. Sumit Ganguly of Indiana University-Bloomington tells us about current relations between the countries. And Ukraine will ask the United Nations (UN) for a peacekeeping mission in the country’s war-torn East. Russia and Ukraine have also begun a trade war. We’ll ask Anders Aslund from the Atlantic Council if there can be compromise.
Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties with Iran over Iranian reaction to the Saudis executing a popular Shi'a cleric. We'll talk about Saudi executions with Sarah Leah Whitson of Human Rights Watch and we'll talk about the diplomatic row with Gulf States scholar, Joe Kechichian. We'll also talk about United Nation plans for major reforms in 2016 with Barbara Crossette of The Nation.
Despite a strained relationship, President Barack Obama welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House today for their first meeting in over a year.Netanyahu has infuriated the White House by urging Congress to reject the Iran nuclear deal, and Obama angered the prime minister