VOMENA: July 14, 2017

 Gulf crisis and the future of Al Jazeera PT 2, and remembering Dr. Jack Shaheen

al jazeeraThis week, we continue our conversation with Adel Iskander, Professor of Global communications at Simon Fraser university, about the rise, history of the Al Jazeera network and future following the feud between Saudi Arabia, its allies and Qatar.

 

 

 

 

jack-shaheenLater in the program, we pay tribute to prominent media scholar Professor Jack Shaheen, who passed away on July 9. Professor Shaheen’s seminal work “Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People” tells the long history of vilification of Arab American and and Muslims on the silver screen.

 

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Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf Cooperation Council Crisis-Jadaliyya

Timeline of Qatar-GCC disputes from 1991 to 2017-Al Jazeera

Gulf plunged into diplomatic crisis as countries cut ties with Qatar-The Guardian

Reel Bad Arabs Documentary

Reel Bad Arabs Book

Jack and Bernice Shaheen on Arab Stereotyping in the media

Jack Shaheen tribute-Al Jazeera

VOMENA: July 7, 2017

Al Jazeera Targeted in Gulf Crisis

al jazeeraLast month Saudi Arabia and its allies, Bahrain, The United Arab Emirates, and Egypt cut off all diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar, and imposed a land and air blockade because of Qatar’s alleged support for “terrorism”

Soon after, they turned the screws on Qatar by giving it 10 days to comply to a list of 13 demands.

According to news reports, the list of demands included a dictate to shut down Al Jazeera Network and all media outlets funded by Qatar directly or indirectly like Arabi21, Middle East Eye, Al Araby Al jadeed, ( the new arab) and Rassd.

Malihe Spoke with Adel Iskandar, an Assistant Professor of Global Communications at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver about Aljazeera and its operation for the past 20 years, and what’s in store for the network, as well as an overview of the conflict between between the Saudi led block and Qatar.

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Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf Cooperation Council Crisis-Jadaliyya

Timeline of Qatar-GCC disputes from 1991 to 2017-Al Jazeera

Gulf plunged into diplomatic crisis as countries cut ties with Qatar-The Guardian

VOMENA June 30, 2017

 

Miriyam Aouragh on the Protests in Morocco (Pt.2)

miriyam aouragh vproLast October, protests erupted in Morocco’s Rif region after a fish vendor named Mouhcine Fikri was crushed to death by a garbage truck compactor as he tried to retrieve fish the police had taken from him, claiming it was caught illegally.

The protests have continued through 2017 and have taken up many of the same demands made during the February 20th movement of 2011, the large-scale protest movement during the Arab Spring.

Anthropologist Miriyam Aouragh has called the recent protests as the “unfinished business” of Moroccan “Arab Spring” activists, and some on social media have been calling the latest wave of widespread demonstrations the “new February 20,” referring to the movement of 2011.

On June 26th, during the the Eid holiday at the end of Ramadan, around 50 protesters were arrested following violent clashes with Moroccan police in the northern city of Al-Hoceima in Morocco’s northern Rif region
Khalil Bendib picked up his conversation with Dr Arough where he left it last week about the latest protests in Morocco and what this means for the democracy movement in Morocco

 

 

The Yemen Relief Project

feedyemen2For months now, the UN has been warning of a looming human catastrophe in Yemen that could potentially kill hundreds of thousands of people . United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien told the UN Security Council recently that the war, together with the cholera outbreak and widespread hunger in Yemen could lead to the collapse of the country. The brutal US funded Saudi led military attack in Yemen has claimed more than 10,000 lives and has left the country’s infrastructure in Ruins.

This week, we will talk about the dire humanitarian crisis in Yemen and how one organization is trying to raise awareness about the unfolding human catastrophe in Yemen and to raise funds to help people with food and medicine. We’ll be joined by 3 founding members of Yemen Relief Project, a grassroots, charitable organization working to provide humanitarian relief while improving the overall quality of life of Yemeni people in underserved communities.

afa al-dabyani, Husain Muhsin and Dr walid hamud-ahmed are founding members of the Yemen relief project, a grassroots, charitable organization working to provide humanitarian relief while improving the overall quality of life of Yemeni people in underserved communities. You can help with their campaign to deliver food and life-saving supplies to Yemen by  visiting  Yemen relief project.org.

or you can donate directly here: www.crowdrise.com/project-heal-yemen

VOMENA June 23, 2017

Miriyam Aouragh on The Ongoing Protests in Morocco

miriyam aouragh vproWe go to London to speak with Moroccan anthropologist and activist Miriyam Aouragh about the recent revival of anti- government protests in the northern Rif region on Morocco’s Mediterranean coast
Last October, protests erupted in Morocco’s Rif region after A fish vendor named Mouhcine Fikri was crushed to death by a garbage truck compactor as he tried to retrieve fish the police had taken from him and claimed was caught illegally. The protests have continued through 2017 and have taken up many of the same demands made during the February 20th movement, the large-scale protest movement during the Arab Spring. Anthropologist Miriyam Aouragh has described the recent protests as the “unfinished business” of Moroccan “Arab Spring” activists, and some on social media have been calling the latest wave of widespread demonstrations the “new February 20,” referring to the movement of 2011.
Khalil Bendib spoke with Professor Aouragh about the legacy of resistance in Morocco, and specifically in the Rif region, the epicenter of the current protests.

Sinan Antoon’s Novel “The Corpse Washer” 

51t6SPOpZvL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_This week, we speak with award-winning Iraqi poet and author Sinan Antoon about his novel “The Corpse Washer”. The book paints a vivid and heartbreaking portrait of Iraq, confronting the war-torn nation’s horrifying recent history.

January 6th, 2017 – Civil Liberties under Trump and John Berger

 

This week, we pay tribute to the renowned British Art Critic, and Palestinian rights advocate John Berger who passed away on January 2nd.

But first, we will talk with Abdi Soltani, executive director of the ACLU in Northern California about potential threats to the civil rights of Muslim Americans under the new Trump regime.

 

 

 

VOMENA: December 2, 2015

Mads Gilbert on His New Book “Night in Gaza”

A question that rarely comes up in Western media: What are the public health effects of the Israeli occupation in Gaza?

gilbertDr. Mads Gilbert is a medical doctor at the University Hospital of North Norway. Since 1981, he has been going regularly to Palestine as a teacher and emergency care doctor at Gaza’s Al Shifa Hospital. He has worked in Gaza during successive waves of Israeli attacks on the densely populated area. His new book, “Night in Gaza,” contains photographs documenting the horror of last summer’s Israel’s 51 day military assault on Gaza. A trauma expert, he describes how his experiences working under weeks of Israeli bombardment ‘totally changed’ him. This week, we speak with him about “Night in Gaza” and the experience that prompted him to write the book.

Home Yet Far Away: Searching for the Feminine Iran

hyfaAcclaimed Iranian documentary filmmaker and editor Sabereh Kashi turns the lens on herself in her upcoming film “Home Yet Far Away: Searching for the Feminine Iran.” The film follows her over several years on trips between Iran and the United States as she attempts to heal personal wounds and bridge the two cultures. The purpose of making this film, in her words , is “to deepen the American understanding of Iran, and to counter the politicized and one-sided image of Iran in the mainstream media with authentic footage that shows the layers of Iranian society.”

Olive Harvest in Palestine

If the Olive Trees knew the hands that planted them, Their Oil would become Tears.

Mahmoud Darwish

olivetreeinitiativeIn every pantry sits a bottle of olive oil. In the United States alone over 300,000 metric tons of olive oil were consumed last year. While the olive tree and its oil is prized for its its beauty, taste, and health benefits, in Palestine it is cherished for its resilience, symbolic significance and economic importance.  Olive groves have become yet another site of contention in the Israeli Palestinian conflict. In a segment produced by UC Berkeley students Bita Mousavi and Cierra Remiche to mark the return of Berkeley-based Middle East Children’s Alliance’s annual Palestinian Crafts Bazaar, which coincides with the Palestinian olive harvest, we will discuss the history of this struggle as it has played out through the uprooting of and attacks on Palestinian olive trees.

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Review of “Night in Gaza” by Middle East Eye

“Home Yet Far Away” Beacon fundraising page

Middle East Children’s Alliance’s Annual Palestinian Holiday Crafts Bazaar

 

Home Yet Far Away: Searching for The Feminine Iran

hyfaAcclaimed Iranian documentary filmmaker and editor Sabereh Kashi turns the lens on herself in her upcoming film “Home Yet Far Away: Searching for the Feminine Iran.” The film follows her over several years on trips between Iran and the United States as she attempts to heal personal wounds and bridge the two cultures. The purpose of making this film, in her words , is “to deepen the American understanding of Iran, and to counter the politicized and one-sided image of Iran in the mainstream media with authentic footage that shows the layers of Iranian society.” 

You can donate to the making of the film here

 

VOMENA: November 4, 2015

The Politics of Fear and the Turkish Elections

pg-21-turkey-2-apAfter a summer of bloodshed, intimidation and the arrests of hundreds of leftist activists and journalists and full-blown military attacks against the Kurdish PKK forces, on Sunday, Nov 1st, President Erdogan’s AKP party reversed its recent electoral misfortune by winning the majority it had lost in June’s parliamentary election, and came one step closer to his long-held aspiration of imposing his absolute personal rule over Turkey, through a constitutional amendment.

This week, we’ll speak with Istanbul based political scientist Osman Shanin about the parliamentary election results in Turkey and what enabled Mr. Erdogan’s party, AKP to gain a solid majority after last June’s parliamentary defeat

Additional Information

Turkish Election Analysis in Jadaliyya 

The Guardian on fairness in the elections

 

VOMENA: October 14, 2015

 

The Bloodbath in Turkey

A pair of shoes, belonging to a street vendor who was selling Turkish traditional bagel or simit, is placed at the bombing scene during a commemoration for the victims of Saturday's bomb blasts, in AnkaraOn Saturday, two powerful bombs turned a peaceful rally in Ankara into into a bloody nightmare. According to the People’s Democratic Party’s (HDP) estimates so far, 128 people have been killed and over 500 injured, some in critical condition The anger against the government of president Erodgan has been evident in the aftermath of the massacre, as tens of thousands of people took to street shouting slogans against the government, chanting “ murderer Erdogan, murderer police.”

Immediately following  the horrific attack,  the government censored news coverage and banned all photographs and any associated images “that create fear and panic”. Officials warned that any Turkish media organizations violating the ban would face “permanent blackout.” This week, we’ll have a conversation with Istanbul based political scientist Dr. Osman Sahin about the massacre in Ankara and the increasing frequency of attacks on peaceful gatherings in Turkey. (Photo: Reuters.com)

The Extent of Racism in Israel

.In the past week, the images of palestinian protesters being executed by Israeli soldiers have been circulating widely on social media. One of the most shocking videos shows a 13 year old Palestinian boy in east Jerusalem bleeds to death, a Jewish settler verbally abuses him while the Israeli police watch. This rampant racism has not spared the African migrants fleeing the destruction of the Sudan and other war torn areas. Independent journalist and filmmaker David Sheen has been closely following the development of widespread and officially sanctioned Anti-African racism in Israel. In a recent article for Middle East Monitor he writes “With public sympathy for the asylum-seekers all but extinguished, the government passed a law permitting it to round Africans up off the streets, out of Israeli cities, and into desert containment camps. Once there, the government applies its stated policy to “make their lives miserable“, in order to pressure them to grudgingly agree to be deported back to the tortures they originally fled from, instead of languishing in these jails for what might be the rest of their lives.”

In a two part interview, David sheen spoke with khalil Bendib about  the dehumanizing and racist discourse in Israel against Palestinians, Africans and other non-Jews by top Israeli political and religious leaders, and the vigilante attacks they inspire. (Photo: Atlanta Black Star)

David Sheen will be speaking about racism in Israel in San Jose on October  21st, Berkeley, October 22nd and Oakland on October 25th.

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Jadaliyya’s coverage of Turkey

Osman Sahin on Twitter

David Sheen in Middle East Monitor

David Sheen speaking in the Bay Area

 

VOMENA: October 7, 2015

 

Battlefield Syria: Omar S. Dahi on the Conflict

putin-russia-will-continue-to-help-syria-if-the-us-attacksLast week,  Russian jets started carrying out airstrikes in Syria. This brings the total number of countries who have bombed Syrian territory in 2015 to an unbelievable 13.The military buildup in Bashar al-Assad’s western coastal heartlands and Moscow’s military intervention has  brought a new dimension to an already catastrophic civil war driven by internal and external state and non state actors. In this episode, we have a conversation with Omar S. Dahi about the latest military intervention by Russia and the future of what remains of the Syrian nation-state. Omar Dahi is an  associate professor of economics at Hampshire College. He also serves on the editorial committee at the Middle East Report, co-editor of the Syria page for Jadaliyya e-zine.

Amir Soltani on His New Film Dogtown Redemption

photo-originalThe new documentary film, Dogtown Redemption, delves inside the lives of West Oakland’s poor and homeless recyclers. Amir Soltani and Chihiro Wimbush  follow the lives of three homeless people trying to eke out a living by recycling other people’s trash. One of the questions the filmmaker raises is who owns our garbage and what makes otherwise marginal characters important voices in a conflict over race, class and public space in a modern American city.  Amir spoke to us about why he spent several years working on this  particular story.

Dogtown redemption will be screened at this year’s Mill Valley film festival on Satruday Oct 10th and Thursday Oct 15th.  Please tune in next week to hear  our extended conversation with  Dogtown redemption’ co director  Amir Soltani

Additional Information

Jadaliyya’s Syria page

Mill Valley Film Festival

 

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