We spoke with Seda Altug about the significance of the violence in the Syrian town of Kobani, and international attention on it. She tells us how Kobani has become a “metaphor of resistance” for people of many different ideologies and groups against all sorts of barbarism, manipulation, sectarianism and authoritarianism. It is because it provides an alternative example for the political imagination in the Middle East that Kobani has become so starkly targeted by ISIS. You can hear the rest of this two-part series on Syrian Kurds on the upcoming edition of VOMENA.
Seda Altug is assistant Professor at The Ataturk Institute for Modern Turkish History at Bogaziçi University.
In our second segment, we discuss the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement with Nora Barrows-Friedman, journalist and author of the new book In Our Power: US Students Organize for Justice in Palestine. In recent years, Students for Justice in Palestine and other Palestine solidarity groups have campaigned tirelessly, calling upon their universities to boycott and divest from companies and institutions that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestine. We speak with Barrows-Friedman about why Israeli Zionists are so acutely threatened by student activists, and
Nora Barrows-Friedman is an editor at the Electronic Intifada, and author of the new book In Our Power: US Students Organize for Justice in Palestine. She discussed the book on Thursday November 6, 7pm, at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley.