Last summer it was the Gezi park anti-government that rattled the Turkish government. Today, Turkish Prime Minster Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party AKP are facing another crisis brought about by a corruption scandal and a power struggle between the self-exiled influential US based religious leader Fethullah Gülen and Prime Minister Erdogan.
For more background reading about Turkey’s latest political crisis, visit Jadaliyya.com.
In the second part of the program, Malihe will speak with acclaimed Iraqi novelist Sinan Antoon about the inspiration for his new novel. News from Iraq has been reduced to daily reports of bombings and carnage. Seeking to explore the emotions of those still alive, Sinan Antoon writes about the accumulated tragedy of loss in his novel, “The Corpse Washer”. The protagonist Jawod is pressured by his father, a corpse washer, to take over the family job. But Jawod has different plans for his life – he wants to become an artist, a sculptor. But growing up during the Iran-Iraq war of the 80’s and witnessing the invasion of Kuwait in the 90’s, he is exhausted by death, and wishes to shape his future in other ways. But his future does not pan out as he plans.
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.
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.
Voices of the Middle East and North Africa has a conversation with Professor. Pete Moore of Case Western University about the political economy of Iraq. Tunisian filmmakers Kalthoum Bornaz speaks about her film, “The Other Half of the Sky.”
In this week’s program, we mark the 6th anniversary of the full-scale invasion and occupation of Iraq. Shahram Aghamir speaks to independent journalist Dahr Jamail and Nabil Al-Takriti, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Mary Washington.
Later in the program, Sanaz Meshkinpour and Shuka Kalantari take us through the tradition of NoRouz that starts at the exact moment of the vernal equinox, when the sun crosses the equator and winter ends. Scroll to the bottom of the page to for a short video of the event, produced by Kiazad Ehya.
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"