Khalil Bendib, co-host of Voices of the Middle East And North Africa, will be launching his new Prez-in-the-Fez bid for the White House, just in time to beat Obama and Romney after giving them enough of a head start. Besides his stomp speech, Mr. Bendib will also be presenting his newest book of editorial cartoons, “Too Big To Fail.”
Voices of the Middle East and North Africa has received a tremendous amount of listeners messages requesting for the past show. We are proud to announce that we put a part of our work on Youtube. And we will continue to feed the website with the latest programs.
Last Saturday, a criminal court in Cairo sentenced Egypt autocrat Hosni Mubarak -along with his long-time interior minister Habib al-Adli, to life in Prison but dismissed corruption charges against Mr. Mubarak and his deeply unpopular sons, Alaa and Gamal, on technical grounds. Six top police commanders, who faced the a charge of complicity in killing unarmed protesters, were acquitted for what the judge said was a lack of evidence.
Soon after the verdict was announced, protesters poured on to Tahrir Square and planned for a million strong march, which took place yesterday. Khalil spoke with Egyptian journalist Amad Shokr about the protests and the current political landscape in Egypt.
Hamid Naficy, a leading authority on Iranian cinema is Professor of Radio-Television-Film at Northwestern University. He is the author of An Accented Cinema: Exilic and Diasporic Filmmaking, The Making of Exile Cultures: Iranian Television in Los Angeles, and (in Persian) Film-e Mostanad, a two-volume history of nonfiction cinema around the world. Naficy helped to launch ongoing annual Iranian film festivals in Los Angeles and Houston.
This week on Voices of the Middle East and North Africa we speak with Sohrab Behdad professor of economics at Denison University about the state of labor in Iran and current anti-worker laws in that country. Later in the program Cindy Correy and muralist Susan Green will talk to us about Olympia Rafah Solidarity Project.
Ali Abunimah, co-founder and director of the publication The Electronic Intifada, talks about his new book, "The Battle for Justice in Palestine" and Rachel Rosen talks about Middle Eastern films at the International Film Festival.
The Nation's sports editor Dave Zirin speaks about varying levels of aggression facing Palestinian soccer players at home and abroad, and Medea Benjamin from Code Pink discusses her rough treatment in Cairo on her way to Gaza.