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Media & the Current Political Landscape in Libya & Egypt

Flickr: Khalid Albaih

This week’s Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, we will be speaking with University of New England political science professor Ali Ahmida about the current political situation in Libya three months after the fall of the autocratic leader of the country, Muammar Gaddafi.

Later in the program, we will bring you the first part of a conversation with  prominent Egyptian activist and blogger, Hossam el-Hamalawy about the changing media landscape in post-Mubarak Egypt.

We will also hear the commentary, God’s Pirates by Amir, the co-authour of the graphic novel, Zahra’s Paradise about the strange incident between  Iranian fishermen and American sailors.

Guests:
Ali Ahmida
Hossam el-Hamalawy

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Algeria: Libya’s Neighbor the West

With the arrival of Gaddafi’s family in Algeria, we turn our attention to Libya’s neighbor to the west, Algeria. We speak with Azzedine Layachi the professor of government and politics at St. John University in New York. We also speak with Algeria’s leading cartoonist, about his colleague Ali Farzad, who was brutally beaten by government thugs on the streets of Damascus.

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Revisiting Libya; Part 2 Conversation with Khaled Abol Naga

 

A rebel stands guard as another places a Kingdom of Libya flag at a state security building during a protest against Muammar Gaddafi in Benghazi

A rebel stands guard as another places a Kingdom of Libya flag at a state security building during a protest against Muammar Gaddafi in Benghazi

This week on Voices of The Middle East and North Africa, we revisit the situation in Libya. We speak with Libyan Professor Ali Ahmida from the University of New England and professor Gilbert Achcar who teaches at the School of Oriental and African Studies. We will also speak to the Guardian’s Africa correspondent, David Smith, about the challenges of reporting from the Libyan capital. Also tonight, the second half of a conversation we had with Egyptian actor and movie director Khaled Abol Naga about his award-wwinning feature film, “Microphone.”

 

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Libya & Iran Updates; Cheb i Sabbah Fundraiser

Libya Uprsings

Libya Uprsing (photo by Shabaka Bark)

This week on Voices of The Middle East and North Africa, we speak with Libyan Professor Ahmida from the University of New England to update us on the current situation in Libya. We will also speak with KPFA’s music programmer Kutay Kugay about the July 8th fundraiser for Bay Area based musical pioneer Cheb i Sabbah who has been diagnosed with cancer. We also discuss the state of political prisoners in Iran and talk with Executive Director of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran Hadi Ghaemi.

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More on Gaza; Reparations for African Victims of Colonization & Slavery.

Aired January 21, 2009

In this program we listen to the second part of a series on reparations for African victims of colonization and slavery. The week prior, we discussed the movement for reparations for slavery in the United States, and in tonight’s segment we look towards the other side of the Atlantic Ocean at the continuing quest for reparations on the African continent. We talk with Karim Kebir, editorial writer for the Algerian daily newspaper, Liberte, about the recent breakthrough accord between Libya and Italy in which Italy agreed to formally apologize and pay reparations to Libya for 31 years of colonization.
Later in the program, we  bring you a special commentary on the massacres in Gaza by Osha Neumann, Berkeley artist, attorney and author of the recent memoir, “Up Against the Wall Mother F-ers.” We follow that with an interview with Nadia Hijab, about the tragic destruction of a children’s music center in Gaza. Nadia Hijab is Senior Fellow at the DC-based Institute for Palestine Studies.

And finally, we close with an eye-witness commentary of the Israeli war on Gaza written by legendary Egyptian novelist Ahdaf Soueif.

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