Watch this video, published on The Real News Network, 15.58 min, by Paul Jay, February 22, 2011.
Transcript: PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay Washington. In Libya, protests continue to mount. Benghazi may be partly under the control of protesters, and in Tripoli, it–situation is described as being in chaos. The regime is starting to fracture. Libya’s representative to the Arab League announced that he was resigning in protest at the suppression of the unrest. Libya’s ambassador to China resigned on air while on Al Jazeera Arabic, calling on the army to intervene, and urged all diplomatic staff to resign. Now joining us to talk about the current events in Libya and the historical context, how did Gaddafi come to power, and who is he anyway, we’re joined by–Hamid Dabashi is a professor of Iranian studies and comparative literature at Columbia University. He’s host of The Week in Green, a weekly online program about the Green Movement in Iran. Thanks very much for joining us, Hamid.
HAMID DABASHI, PROF. IRANIAN STUDIES & COMPARATIVE LIT., RADIO HOST: Thanks, Paul. Thanks for having me.
JAY: So what’s your take on the most recent developments? … (full long transcript text).