Battlefield Syria: Omar S. Dahi on the Conflict
Last 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
The 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