100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide
April 24th marks the centennial of the 1915 Armenian Genocide, when the Ottoman Empire began carrying out a systematic plan to annihilate its Armenian population. As a result, between 1 million and 1.5 million people were killed or died of starvation. This week, to mark the 100th anniversary of this tragic event, we bring back a 2006 conversation Beshara Doumani had with Dr. Stephan Astourian, about the historical circumstances that led to the genocide. Beshara Doumani is a Professor of Modern Middle East History and Director of the Middle East Studies at Brown University. Dr. Stephan Astourian is the Executive Director of the Armenian Studies Program and associate adjunct Professor of History at UC Berkeley.
Dr. Hatim Kanaaneh: The Life of a Palestinian Doctor
For the past 35 years, Dr. Hatim Kanaaneh has provided healthcare to his fellow Palestinians in the Galilee. In 1981, he set up The Galilee Society, an NGO working for equitable health, environmental and socio-economic conditions for the Palestinian citizens of Israel. In 2008, he published his first book, a work of non-fiction, about his life as a Palestinian doctor in his memoir, A Doctor in Galilee: The Life and Struggle of a Palestinian in Israel. On this program, we speak with Dr. Kanaaneh about his recently published book, “Chief Complaint: A Country Doctor’s Tales of Life in Galilee,” which provides a unique look at the Palestinian struggle in historic Palestine through a series of fictional short stories based on his experience and the experience of patients he treated in Galilee. In a light-hearted and entertaining way, this book explores the changing, precarious, and ever-shrinking world of Palestinians living in Israel
We at VOMENA want to remember a very special member of the KPFA community, our dear and irreplaceable board-up engineer Wesley Burton, who was also the co-host of KPFA music shows, Sideshow Radio. Westley died early Saturday morning in a hit-and-run car accident. The KPFA family grieves the sudden loss of Wesley, a kind, helpful, generous person and committed broadcaster. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife Lucrecia, his three children and all of his family and friends. Wesley will be profoundly missed. To donate to the fund set up to help Wesley’s family click here.