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Syria’s Prospects; Egyptian Film, ‘Microphone’

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Syrian Flag

This week on Voices of the Middle East and North Africa we look at the political situation in Syria as it intensifies as the revolt against Assad’s government spreads to different parts of the country. We speak with Syrian-born political scientist, Professor Bassam Haddad who has just returned from a trip to the region, about the current developments in Syria  and what they might mean for the country’s future. Later on in the program, Voices of the Middle East and North Africa contributor Professor Samera Esmeir will be speaking with Egyptian actor and producer Khaled Abol Naga about the award winning feature film Microphone which explores the underground music scene in Alexandria, Egypt.

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Tunisian female labor activists Aida Zerai and Nahed Ben Dakhla as well as Egyptian unionists Madga Mohamed Ibrahim and Marwa Khalil Farghali Khalil will be speaking about the labor movement in their respective countries including the role of labor movement in democracy; the role of democracy within the labor movement itself; the hazards of labor organizing under authoritarian regimes and the role and struggle of women in the labor movement. This event will take place Thursday August 18th at 7:00pm at 522 Valencia St. in San Francisco.

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Egypt Protests Continue; Update on Syrian Uprisings

Syrian Protests

Syrian Protests (photo by Crethi Plethi)

This week on Voices of the Middle East and North Africa the revolutionary spirit continues in Egypt as thousands of protesters camped out in Tahrir Square for the sixth day in a row. We speak with leading Egyptian activist and journalist Hossam El Hamalawy about the current protests in Egypt and what the prospects are for the revolution to flourish and bring about real change. We will also talk to Bassam Haddad, co-founder of Jadaliyya online magazine and director of the Middle East Program at George Mason University for an update on the Syrian uprising that started in mid-March.

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The Green Wave Documentary; Protests in Syria

In this week’s program, we discuss the wave of protests that has been shaking Syria since the middle of March.  Shahram Aghamir speaks with Bassam Haddad.  Bassam Haddad is Director of the Middle East Studies Program at George-Mason University and teaches in the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University. He also serves on the Editorial Committee of Middle East Report and is Co-Founder of Jadaliyya Ezine.

The Green Wave, a documentary by Ali Samadi Ahadi.

The Green Wave, a documentary by Ali Samadi Ahadi.

Later in the program, Malihe Razazan will have a conversation with Ali Samadi Ahadi about his powerful documentary, The Green Wave, that narrates Iran’s 2009 post presidential election protests and the regime’s brutal crackdown.

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