Pro-democracy rallies are common in Bahrain, where 25 people were arrested Monday during a protest coinciding with the anniversary of two activists killed in 1994
The prolonged civil war in Syria has devastated that country’s infrastructure and resulted in tens of thousands of people dead and millions more displaced. This week, VOMENA talks about the role of regional and international actors in the Syrian civil war with Bassam Haddad, Director of the Middle East Studies Program at George Mason University. Also, VOMENA gets an update on Bahrain’s pro-democracy movement from Toby Jones, Professor of history and Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University.
El-Housseini abu-Deif died at a hospital in Cairo after a week-long coma from being shot in the head during clashes.
Protesters numbering in the hundreds of thousands took to the streets in Egypt after President Morsi granted himself near-absolute power last month. This week, VOMENA talks with Egyptian journalist Ahmad Shokrabout the quickly-evolving political landscape in Egypt, and who the key players are. Also, journalists and activists mourned the death of photojournalist El-Husseini abu-Deif, who died yesterday after being shot in the head during clashes last week. Adel Iskandar, adjunct professor of communications at Georgetown University and author of the forthcoming book, “Egypt in Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution,” weighs in on the current state of independent media in Egypt and Al Jazeera’s new role in the country’s politics.
Human rights laywer Nasrin Sotoudeh is now in her second month of a hunger strike.
Egyptians are revolting after democratically-elected leader Mohammad Morsi awarded himself near-dictatorial powers. Almost two years after the ousting of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt remains mired in political struggles between remnants of Hosni Mubarak’s regime, the Muslim Brotherhood and the rest of Egyptian political opinion. VOMENA talks with Barnard College’s assistant professor of political science Mona El Ghobashy and Jadaliyya co-editorHesham Sallam about Morsi’s latest move and the balance of power between competing political movements in Egypt. Also, International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran director Hadi Ghaemi, weighs in about the case of imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has been on a hunger strike since Oct. 17.
A conversation with Widener University economist, Professor Hamid Zanganeh and Mohammad Moeini, who teaches economics at Bard College at Simon’s Rock about the current economic crisis in Iran and the impact of tightening noose of international sanctions on the country.
The anniversary of Maspero massacre
A conversation with Paul Sedra, Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University, and Middle East Editor of the Wiley-Blackwell journal, History Compass. He explains the plight of the minority Christian Copts in a country now officially governed by an Islamist government.
For the past week, the world’s attention has been focused on the protests in front on US embassies in Muslim majority countries, with special attention devoted to the protests in front of the American embassy in Cairo. But at the same time Egyptians were gearing up for a different type of protests! Tonight, you will hear from Egyptian journalist and activist Hossam El-Hamalawy, about the recent wave of labor strikes in Egypt.
Khalil Bendib, co-host of Voices of the Middle East And North Africa, will be launching his new Prez-in-the-Fez bid for the White House, just in time to beat Obama and Romney after giving them enough of a head start. Besides his stomp speech, Mr. Bendib will also be presenting his newest book of editorial cartoons, “Too Big To Fail.”
Later in the program, we will hear from Iraqi filmaker Oday Rasheed. His beautifully shot feature film “Qarantina“, captures life in the post occupation Iraq, he portrays relationships among his film’s five characters. Shahram Aghamir interviewed him while he was visiting for his residence at the San Francisco Film Society.
Voices of the Middle East and North Africa has received a tremendous amount of listeners messages requesting for the past show. We are proud to announce that we put a part of our work on Youtube. And we will continue to feed the website with the latest programs.
Illan Pappe lectures about the fallacy of the two state solution in resolving Israel/Palestine. Hosts Khalil Bendib looks at the future of Middle East Studies at San Francisco City College, and Malihe Razazan interviews Musa Syeed about his short film showing at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
" Khalil Bendib speaks with Egyptian activist and journalist Hossam elHamalawy about the worsening political situation in Egypt, followed by a conversation with British-Palestinian writer, Selma Dabbagh"