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.
The SF film society will screen “This is not a film” from the prominent director Jafar Panahi. This coming friday (April 6th) to the 12th, you can watch the movie at the following adress 1746 Post Street (Webster/Buchanan)>
This week on Voices of the Middle East & North Africa, we have a conversation with Kamran Ali, an associate professor of anthropology and acting director of the South Asia Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. Ali talks about the political landscape in Pakistan in the midst of a flood that’s left thousands dead and over one and half million people homeless.
Later in the program, we’ll bring you the first of two part conversation with Iraqi film maker Mohamed Al-Daradji about his award winning feature film Ibne Babel, or Son of Babylon, a story about a grandmother and grandson in occupied Iraq. Al-Daradji speaks with us about the state of the film industry in Iraq. And how he’s received numerous death threats – and has even been kidnapped – because of the movies he’s produced.
This week, Voices of the Middle East and North Africa brings you the first part of a speech by noted writer, journalist, and filmmaker Tariq Ali delivered at the Twelfth Annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture at Hampshire College on November 17.His lecture was titled “Obama’s War in Afghanistan and Pakistan”.
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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"