This week on Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, we talk about democracy in the MENA region; from Tunisia to Egypt, Syria to Iran, to Yemen and Bahrain and Libya. Does this concept extend to Israel and Palestine? Can democracy be reconciled with colonialism or is that a contradiction in terms? We speak with prominent Israeli scholar Dr. Ilan Pappe who in his latest book “Out of The Frame” examines this question in depth. He recounts his political evolution from staunch Zionist as a youngster to liberated humanist as an adult. Ilan Pappe is a long time activist and is a professor of history at the University of Exeter. He is the Co-Director of the Exeter Center for Ethno-Political Studies and director of the European Center for Palestine Studies Center. He is the author of the best selling “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine“, “A History of Modern Palestine“, and “The Israel Palestine Question.”
Music featured on this week’s show: Anouar Brahem
Wednesday, April 6, 2010
This week we remember Juliano Mer Khamis, leading Palestinian rights activist, actor, filmmaker and Artistic Director of Freedom Theater in the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West bank. He was shot by unknown assailants in Jenin on Monday, April 4, as he was leaving the theatre.
We bring you a conversation that U.C. Berkeley History Professor Beshara Doumani had with Juliano Mer Khamis about his award-winning documentary Arna’s Children. Also, Malihe Razazan talks to Nabeel Al Raee, Director of the Freedom Theatre in Jenin, where he worked closely with Juliano Mer Khamis for many years.
Later in the program, Khalil Bendib speaks with Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri who are among more than 1,000 artists calling for a boycott of the $800 million Guggenheim Museum being built in Abu Dhabi over the rights of migrant workers at the constructions site.
More more info on the boycott visit The Art Newspaper.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
This week we bring back some of our favorite programming. We speak with Eyal Weizman about her his book, “Hollow Land: Israel’s Architecture of Occupation.”
We also speak with a Iranian-American author Firoozeh Dumas, about her latest book, “Laughing Without An Accent: Adventures of Global Citizen.”
Wednesday, December 22th, 2010
This week we’ll hear a conversation with the Director of the Institute of Jerusalem Studies about Jerusalem at the turn of the 20th century.
Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
This week we hear a talk by an Israeli historian talks about his book “Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel’s War Against Palestinians.”
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Voices of the Middle East has a conversation with prominent Marine Conservation Specialist Professor Rick Steiner, of the University of Alaska. We talk to him about the worst oil spill catastrophe ever to befall the Eastern Mediterranean, in July of 2006, which resulted from targeted Israeli air strikes on the giant Lebanese fuel tanks of Jiyyeh.
Later in the program, we bring you the first part of a two-part conversation with ethnomusicologist Dr Tim Abdellah Fuson about the genealogy of Gnawa music in Northwestern Africa. Tim Abdellah Fuson regularly performs with the North African Fusion Groove band the Dunes and with fellow North African musician Yassir Chadly as well. He will be leading Gnawa Music and Movement classes every Tuesday Night in November and December at the Zambaleta school in San Francisco.
Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
This week on Voices of the Middle East & North Africa, an interview with writer and activist Gilbert Achcar, professor of Development Studies and International Relations of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He discuss his new book, “The Arabs and Holocaust.”
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
This week on Voices of the Middle East & North Africa, we’ll have a conversation with a Palestinian author about the reason for Israel’s loss of legitimacy in world opinion. Also we pay tribute to thousands of political prisoners secretly executed in Iran in 1998, and the ongoing international campaign to help those currently detained.
Finally, members of the Aswat Music Ensemble will discuss their show at the La Pena Cultural Community Center in Berkeley, California.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
This week on Voices of Middle East & North Africa, a conversation with Paul Larudee, who was about the Free Gaza peace flotilla that was attacked by Israel forces in May 2010.
Later in the program Palestine-American artist, writer and activist Joy Totah Hilden, author of “Bedouin Weaving of Saudi Arabia.”