A still from “The Big House”, Musa Syeed’s short film up for an award from the Sundance Film Festival
On today’s episode, we’ll hear a lecture from Israeli historian Ilan Pappe about the the fallacy of the two-state solution to resolve the conflict between Israel and Palestine. The lecture was originally given in December 2013 at Cambridge. Dr. Pappe is a professor of history, director of the European Center for Palestine Studies and co-director for the Exeter Center for Ethno-Political Studies. Among his ground-breaking books is The Ethnic Cleansing in Palestine, which has documented the historiography and mythology around the creation of the state of Israel.
Also in the episode, we discuss the future of Middle East studies classes at San Francisco City College with faculty member Dr.Abdul Jabbar and student Ashely Suarez. For the past two years, San Francisco City College, the biggest community college has been in danger of losing its accreditation, but earlier this month a San Francisco judge ruled that closing city college would have a “catastrophic” effect on the city. We’ll talk about the importance of this vital community institution of higher learning, which is currently under attack. The fear of a possible shutdown has resulted in a 30% decrease in enrollment. Various departments at San Francisco College are now campaigning to make sure students continue to be able to receive a diverse and quality education. To learn more about Middle East studies at San Francisco City College and to enroll, please visit www.ccsf.edu.
Finally, we have an interview with award-winning independent filmmaker Musa Syeed. His film,”The Big House”, is one of the 15 short films selected in this year’s Sundance Film Festival. “The Big House” is the story of a Yemeni boy who finds the key to an empty mansion, which is a far cry from his impoverished living conditions. This 5-minute film has been called an allegory for the revolutionary struggles currently occurring in the Middle East and North Africa. You can watch and vote for the big house by going here.You have until January 24th to cast your vote.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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