Over 725 expert guests have appeared on the show from around the globe since April 2002, including:

     

 
April 2017 marks the 15th anniversary for Arab Voices on KPFT!

  

  
   Next Show:
   

Date:

 Wednesday, January 25, 2017
   

Time:

 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. central time
 

Winter Membership Drive
Arab Voices Needs YOUR Support to Raise $2,160

 
    
KPFT Houston is currently in Winter Fund Drive, and Arab Voices needs your support to raise $2,160 during this drive. Arab Voices started in April 2002 (nearly 15 years ago) with over 760 shows produced and hundreds of guests appearing on the show from around the globe covering a wide range of topics.
 
Please call during the show on Wednesdays between 7 and 8 pm central time and pledge your support (713-526-5738), or send e-mail to ArabVoices@hotmail.com with your name and the amount you want to pledge. Your donation qualifies as a charitable deduction on your federal income tax return because KPFT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
  
Arab Voices is offering several "Thank-You Gifts" during the drive, including:
   
  
• $120 "The Occupation of the American Mind"
Film/DVD NEW
Israel's ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and its repeated invasions of the Gaza Strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world — except the United States. The Occupation of the American Mind takes an eye-opening look at this critical exception, zeroing in on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S.  Narrated by Roger Waters and featuring leading observers of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, the film explores how the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel's favor. The Occupation of the American Mind provides a sweeping analysis of Israel's decades-long battle for the hearts, minds, and tax dollars of the American people — a battle that has only intensified over the past few years in the face of widening international condemnation of Israel's increasingly right-wing policies.
    
• $150 "Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror: A Primer" book by Phyllis Bennis
   
• $300 "Palestine 4 Film Pack" - FOUR documentaries (on DVDs)
Four films on the Israel-Palestinian crisis and history, some of which are multi-part series.
    1 - "Al Nakba" (award-winning four-part series)
    2 - "The Price of Oslo"
    3 - "Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land"
    4 - "Occupation 101"
    
• $150 "Al Nakba" (award-winning four-part series) DVDs
 
• $85 "The Battle for Justice in Palestine" book by Ali Abunimah
 
• $250 Edward Said Tribute 6 CD SET
 
• $180 “The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine” book by Miko Peled
 
• $200 "Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East" book by Rashid Khalidi
 
• $150 “National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism” book by Melvin Goodman
 
• $200 “Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education” book by Nurit Peled-Alhanan
 
     

      
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Date:

January 18, 2017

     
Topics/
Guests:

President-elect Donald Trump said at the AIPAC (The American Israel Public Affairs Committee) conference last year: "In Palestinian textbooks and mosques, you've got a culture of hatred that has been fermenting there for years, and if we want to achieve peace, they've got to go out and they got to start this educational process. They have to end education of hatred. They have to end it, and now".
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to an interview Arab Voices conducted with
Nurit Peled-Elhanan, Lecturer in Language Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an award-winning Israeli peace activist, poet and author, and one of the founders of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine. Nurit is the daughter of Israeli General Matti Peled. In 2001 she was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Human Rights and the Freedom of Thought by the European Parliament. She is also the author of the book Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education. We will speak with Nurit about Palestinian and Israeli textbooks. Please note that her book is available as a Thank-You Gift today on Arab Voices during KPFT's Winter Fund Drive at the $200 pledge level (call 713-526-5738 or email ArabVoices@hotmail.com).
   

   
 

We will also listen to an interview Arab Voices conducted with Sut Jhally, Professor of Communication at the University of Massachusetts, a leading scholar on advertising, public relations, and political propaganda. He is the author of several books including The Codes of Advertising; Enlightened Racism; and The Spectacle of Accumulation. Professor Jhally is the Founder and Executive Director of the Media Education Foundation (MEF), a documentary film company that looks at issues related to U.S. media and public attitudes. He is the producer, director, or executive producer of dozens of MEF films, including Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land: U.S. Media & the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict; Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire; Reel Bad Arabs (featuring Jack Shaheen); Edward Said On Orientalism; Dreamworlds: Desire, Sex & Power in Music Video; and Advertising & the End of the World.
 
We will speak with professor Jhally about his new film
The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel's Public Relations War in The United States, featuring Roger Waters, Amira Hass, M.J. Rosenberg, Stephen M. Walt, Noam Chomsky, Rula Jebreal, Henry Siegman, Rashid Khalidi, Rami Khouri, Yousef Munayyer, Norman Finkelstein, Max Blumenthal, Phyllis Bennis, Norman Solomon, Mark Crispin Miller, Peter Hart, and Sut Jhally. This film is available as a Thank-You Gift today on Arab Voices during KPFT's Winter Fund Drive at the $120 pledge level (call 713-526-5738 or email ArabVoices@hotmail.com).
         


 Fall Fund Drive

   
     

 
          

Date:

January 11, 2017

     
Topic:

"The Terrorism Label: an Examination of American Criminal Prosecutions" by Wadie Said
The Palestine Center in Washington, D.C. held its annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture on October 7, 2016. The speaker was Wadie Said, professor of law at the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and human rights law. Before joining the South Carolina faculty, Said represented terrorist suspects as an assistant federal public defender in Tampa, Florida, serving as counsel in United States v. Al-Arian, one of the largest terrorism prosecutions in American history. A graduate of Princeton University and Columbia Law School, he clerked for Chief Justice Charles P. Sifton of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He is also the author of the recently published book, Crimes of Terror: the Legal and Political Implications of Federal Terrorism Prosecutions, which provides a comprehensive legal analysis of the criminal terrorist prosecution in the United States. His scholarship also appears in many prestigious law journals and reviews.
 
Professor Wadie Said spoke on the issue of terrorism and the ways in which it’s produced and dealt with in the American legal system. The lecture was titled "The Terrorism Label: an Examination of American Criminal Prosecutions".
   
Today, on Arab Voices, we will listen to that lecture and some of the questions and answers that followed his talk.

   
     

 
          

Date:

January 4, 2017

     
Topic:

Noam Chomsky: With Trump Election, We Are Now Facing Threats to the Survival of the Human Species
On December 5, 2016, Democracy Now! held a special celebration event for its 20th anniversary at the historic Riverside Church in Manhattan, New York. More than 2,300 people attended the event. There were several speakers, including Noam Chomsky, world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author. He is professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and author of more than 100 books.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to Noam Chomsky’s remarks at that event on “Trump and the decline of the American Superpower”, and will also listen to the conversation that followed his talk that Amy Goodman and Juan González of Democracy Now! had with Noam Chomsky and Harry Belafonte, who also spoke at the event. Harry Belafonte is a longtime civil rights activist who was also a popular singer and actor. He was one of Martin Luther King’s closest confidants and helped organize the March on Washington in 1963.

   
     

 
          

Date:

December 28, 2016

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Dr. Riyad Mansour
Ambassador and Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, and the non-resident Ambassador of the State of Palestine to Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. He joined the Permanent Observer Mission of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to the UN, New York, in 1983 as Deputy Permanent Observer, and has since represented Palestine in several committees and bodies of the UN. Dr. Mansour has published several studies and articles about the Palestinian community in the US, lectured in several American universities, and has participated in numerous international conferences, symposia, seminars and panel debates as a representative of Palestine. He is also a member of senior officials committees of the State of Palestine and the PLO.
 
We will speak live with Ambassador Mansour about the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 that was adopted last Friday, December 23, 2016 stating that Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories including East Jerusalem have no legal validity, constitute flagrant violation of international law, and demands that Israel stop such activity and fulfill its obligation as an occupying power under the Fourth Geneva Convention. It was the first UNSC resolution to pass regarding Israel and Palestine in 36 years, and the first to address the issue of Israeli settlements with such specificity since Resolution 465 in 1980. We will also get his reaction to today's speech by Secretary of State John Kerry about Israel and Palestine.
  

   
 

2nd Segment: Paul Butler
Director of ANERA's (American Near East Refugee Aid) Palestine programs overseeing the West Bank and Gaza Strip since 2011. He is based in Jerusalem and supervises ANERA’s programs in health and education services, sustainable community development, water rehabilitation, agriculture, microfinance and emergency relief and medical aid. He is a veteran development professional with over two decades’ experience in the Middle East. He has directed programs in emergency relief, medical aid and economic development in some of the region’s most vulnerable places: Gaza, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt. A fluent Arabic speaker, Paul has first-hand experience in the difficult political and economic situations of the region. He travels to Gaza regularly and was instrumental in ANERA’s relief efforts after the most recent war.
 

We will speak live with Mr. Butler about his experience on the ground in Palestine, an update on the humanitarian conditions there and what is being done to address them, the priorities for humanitarian relief and development work over the next few years, how has Gaza reconstruction progressed since the last war, how do the residents of Gaza cope with poverty and the blockade, how can development work advance peace in the region, and more.

   
    

 
          

Date:

December 21, 2016

     
Guest: 

Said Arikat
Journalist, author, and political analyst. He is the Washington, DC Bureau Chief for the daily Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds (based in occupied Jerusalem), for which he is a writer, columnist, and analyst. He is also an adjunct professor at the American University in Washington, DC where he teaches a course on "The Role of the Media in the Arab World". He also served as spokesman and director of public information for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq from 2005 to 2010.

   
Topics:  We will speak with Said Arikat about various topics including U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East under President Obama, and what we might expect under the Trump presidency; Trump’s selections for his administration, his foreign policy team, and the selection of David Friedman to be the U.S. ambassador to Israel; the ongoing expansion of Israeli colonies on Palestinian lands; President Jimmy Carter’s call on the Obama administration to recognize Palestine before leaving office; the crisis in Syria and the path to end it; media coverage in the U.S. about the Middle East; and more.    
    

 
          

Date:

December 14, 2016

     
Guest: 

Liz Jackson
Founding Staff Attorney for Palestine Legal and Cooperating Counsel with the Center for Constitutional Rights. Her work includes representing students, professors and activists on free speech and academic freedom issues, documenting the chilling effect of repression campaigns, and educating activists on their rights. She advised the successful divestment campaign at UC Berkeley, and helped students respond to Title VI complaints, which were dismissed, rejecting the theory that Palestine activism creates a hostile environment for Jewish students. She has defended the right to advocate for Palestine on campuses from New Mexico to Southern Florida, Boston, New Jersey, and California. She has organized for Palestinian human rights as a member of Students for Justice in Palestine, as a Jewish solidarity activist, and as a former Co-Chair of the National Lawyers Guild Free Palestine Subcommittee. Liz has advocated for First Amendment rights to speak about Palestine in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Boston Globe, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Electronic Intifada podcast, the Real News Network, Al Jazeera, and more.

   
Topic: 

We will speak with Liz about the controversial and unconstitutional "Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2016" that passed the U.S. Senate earlier this month, but failed to pass the U.S. House of Representatives last week despite intense lobbying by Israel advocacy groups. Will this be the end of it, or will we see it again during the next session? We will also talk about the efforts by some lobbying groups to restrict speech on U.S. campuses that are critical of Israel; the attacks on advocacy for Palestinian Rights; the rights of students advocating for justice in Palestine on university campuses; and more.

   
    

 
          

Date:

December 7, 2016

     
Topic: 

“Semitism and the Palestinians" by Joseph Massad
The United States Senate silently passed a dangerous piece of legislation last week called “The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2016”. It was introduced by senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Bob Casey (D-PA). This new piece of legislation requires the Department of Education to apply the State Department's definition of anti-Semitism in evaluating complaints of discrimination on educational campuses across the United States. It threatens the First Amendment rights and academic freedoms of students and faculty across the country by equating criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism.
 
Arab Voices will be discussing this in more details on the show with experts on the subject matter within weeks, but today, we will listen to a lecture held a few years ago at the James A. Baker III Institute at Rice University in Houston titled “Semitism and the Palestinians”, delivered by Dr. Joseph Massad, who is now Professor of Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History at Columbia University. He is a historian, political scientist, a leading scholar of Arab culture, and author of several books and articles. This lecture addresses questions such as: What is Semitism and what does it have to do with the Palestinians? What is the relationship that Palestinians have to the Semite? Does the history of Semitism have anything to do with Palestinians? If so, what is it?

   
    

 
          

Date:

November 30, 2016

     
Guest: 

Sam Kadi
Director/producer of the award winning American feature drama THE CITIZEN. THE CITIZEN received five awards on the festival circuit before being released theatrically worldwide in 2013. The film was named among the "Best 10 Films of 2013" by Examiner.com. Kadi has been recognized by the prestigious Cinema For Peace organization for raising awareness of human rights issues through motion pictures, and was asked to speak on the same subject before the International Criminal Court at The Hague, Netherlands in June 2012. In 2013, Kadi was presented with a Humanitarian Service Award by the Life for Relief and Development Organization. Kadi is a member of the Directors Guild of America, where he serves on the Directors Guild Asian American Committee.

   
Topics: 

We will speak with Sam Kadi about the ongoing catastrophe in Syria; the war that has devastated the country and left hundreds of thousands dead and millions refugees. We will talk about the horrific situation in Aleppo; and the path for peace. We will also talk about the new award-winning documentary film "Little Gandhi" that will be screened in Houston on December 1 and 2.

   
    

 
          

Date:

November 23, 2016

     
Guest: 

Dr. Emran El-Badawi
Program director and associate professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Houston. He founded the Arab Studies program at UH and has designed, implemented and assessed degree programs in the Humanities and Sciences. He has consulted for various industries, including government, law and oil & gas, and he is also active in program development and fundraising. Dr. El-Badawi is founding executive director and treasurer of the International Qur'anic Studies Association, which is the world's first learned society of its kind. He has published in English as well as Arabic and has made dozens of national and international media contributions or appearances including for The New York Times, Al-Jazeera, Forbes, Christian Science Monitor and Association Relative à la Télévision Européenne (ARTE). His current research projects include a book on 'Arab Liberalism' between secular nationalism and political Islam, as well as a project documenting the evolution of Eastern Church/Canon Law to Shariah Law. Dr. El-Badawi has received numerous awards for his work and research including honorable acclaim by the British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize for his book on The Qur'an and the Aramaic Gospel Traditions. Furthermore, his professional management and scholarly projects have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for several organizations.

   
Topics: 

We will speak with Dr. El-Badawi about several issues including the U.S. election results, populism, immigration, globalization; Trump's impact on minority groups in the US; Muslims, Arabs, South Asians in America (contributions and challenges); Middle East policy, and more.

   
    

 
          

Date:

November 16, 2016

     
Guest: 

Khalil Jahshan
Executive Director of the Arab Center Washington DC, a non-partisan, non-profit think tank focusing on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, as well as furthering economic, political, and social understanding of the Arab World in the United States. He is a Palestinian-American activist and media commentator. He previously served as Executive Director at Pepperdine University, Executive Vice President of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and director of its government affairs affiliate (NAAA-ADC), Vice President of the American Committee on Jerusalem, President of the National Association of Arab Americans, National Director of the Association of Arab-American University Graduates (AAUG), Assistant Director of Palestine Research and Educational Center, and Lecturer in Arabic at the University of Chicago Extension and at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Mr. Jahshan has served on the boards of directors, and advisory boards of various Middle East-oriented groups, including ANERA, MIFTAH and Search for Common Ground.

   
Topics: 

We will speak with Mr. Jahshan about the U.S. elections, Trump’s victory and what we might expect in terms of foreign policy, the recent Arab Public Opinion Poll about the U.S. elections by the Arab Center Washington DC, and Trump’s rhetoric during the campaign about Muslims and other minority groups and its impact.
 
Since Trump's victory last week, we have seen a significant increase in violent hate rhetoric and crimes targeting Arab and Muslim American communities, and communities of color. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, more than 500 incidents of hateful harassment and intimidation have been reported in the U.S. following the election results (higher than the immediate post-9/11 backlash), and according to Campus Safety magazine, a series of racially-motivated incidents have been reported at schools at all levels across the U.S. following Trump’s victory. A new report released on  November 14, 2016 by the FBI reveals that law enforcement agencies across the country reported 257 anti-Muslim incidents in 2015, up 67 percent from the year before (many attribute that to the anti-Muslim rhetoric that came out of the presidential campaign).

   
    

 
          

Date:

November 9, 2016

     
Topics/
Guest:

1st Segment: Reactions to Trump's Election
We will listen to the reaction of several national U.S. Muslim and Arab organizations and interfaith organizations to the election of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th president. The comments will include: Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), Muslim Alliance of North America, National Council of Churches USA, Islamic Circle of North America, American Muslims for Palestine, Muslim American Society, and others.
        
2nd Segment: Hani Al-Masri
Director General of Masarat, the Palestinian Center for Policy Research & Strategic Studies, and Policy Advisor at Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. He founded and was director general of the Palestinian Media, Research and Studies Centre, Badael, between 2005 and 2011. He has published hundreds of articles, research and policy papers in Palestinian and Arab magazines and newspapers including Al-Ayyam and Al-Safir. He previously served as General Manager of the Printing & Publication Department at the Ministry of Information and as a member of the Committee on Government in the Commission of Dialogue held in Cairo in 2009. He is also a member of the board of trustees at the Yasser Arafat Foundation.
  

Please note that Dr. Hani Al-Masri will be speaking at the Arab American Cultural and Community Center in Houston on Sunday, November 13 at 5 p.m. Click here for more details.

   
    

 
          

Date:

November 2, 2016

     
Guest: 

Sheila Carapico
Editor of the newly released Arabia Incognita: Dispatches from Yemen and the Gulf, who is widely recognized as a leading expert on Yemen. She is the author of Civil Society in Yemen: The Political Economy of Activism in Modern Arabia and numerous other books, book chapters, and articles about Yemen, the Arabian Peninsula, and the region. Carapico acquired her reputation as a Yemen expert through her time as a Fulbright research scholar in the country and consultancy work she did there for bodies such as Human Rights Watch, the Royal Netherlands Embassy, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. During 2010 and the crucial spring of 2011, she was Visiting Chairperson of the Department of Political Science at the American University in Cairo. She teaches Political Science and coordinates the International Studies program at the University of Richmond and is a long serving member of the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP) collective.

   
Topic:  A live discussion with professor Carapico about the crisis in Yemen and the ongoing Saudi-led attacks on the country; the US and other countries' involvements in the war on Yemen; the humanitarian catastrophe the war has caused; and the possibilities of an end to the crisis.    
    

 
          

Date:

October 26, 2016

     
Topic: 

ACC's Annual Unity & Friendship Gala
The Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) in Houston held its 23rd Annual Unity & Friendship Gala on October 1, 2016. This year's theme was "Raising Hope", and it highlighted the Culture and People of Tunisia. The Gala Chairs were Mrs. Shiraz Ghedira Goucha and Mrs. Aicha Limayem Lassoued. The Mistress of Ceremonies was Kaitlin McCulley, Reporter at KTRK ABC 13 News in Houston.
 
This year's ACC honorees were the Levant Foundation for outstanding community service, Dr. Mohamed Rabie for the ACC lifetime achievement award, and Minuteman Press Southwest for the ACC business community award.
  
Today on Arab Voices we will listen to most of the remarks made at the Gala, including the remarks of Dr. Kamal Khalil, ACC President, Sylvester Turner, Mayor of the City of Houston, and Ambassador Fayçal Gouia, Tunisia’s Ambassador to the United States.

   
    

 
          

Date:

October 19, 2016

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, for a special Democracy Now! LIVE coverage of the third and final Presidential Debate.
 
Our next show will be on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.
   
    

 
          

Date:

October 12, 2016

     
Guest:

Ann Wright
Former US State Department official/diplomat, retired US Army Colonel, and a long-time CODEPINK activist.
She resigned from the US government in March, 2003 in opposition to the war on Iraq. Since her resignation, she has travelled to Gaza seven times, helped organize the 1,300 person Gaza Freedom March in 2009, was a passenger on the Challenge 1 in the 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla, was an organizer for the 2011 US Boat to Gaza and a boat leader on the 2015 Gaza Freedom Flotilla. She was also an organizer for Gaza’s Ark. Ann Wright was an organizer and the boat leader for the 2016 Women’s Boat to Gaza that began to sail on September 14, 2016 from Barcelona in an effort to break the Israeli naval blockade on Gaza. The boat, Zaytouna-Oliva, was hijacked in international waters by the Israeli military on October 5, 2016 a few miles of the coast of Gaza, and all 13 women on board, including Ann Wright, were kidnapped by force by the Israeli military and taken to the Israeli port of Ashdod. On board with her were three parliamentarians from New Zealand, Sweden and Algerian, an Olympic athlete from South Africa, and Nobel Peace Laureate, Mairead Maguire, from Northern Ireland.

   
Topic:

We will speak live with Ann Wright about her recent attempt to break the siege on Gaza, and her firsthand account of her kidnapping from international waters by the Israeli military.
   


 Fall Fund Drive

   
    

 
          

Date:

October 5, 2016

     
 

     


 Fall Fund Drive

   
    

 
          

Date:

September 28, 2016

     
Guest:

Dr. Mohamed Rabie
Distinguished Professor of International Political Economy who taught at several Arab and American universities, including the University of Houston and Texas Southern University in Houston, Georgetown University, The Johns Hopkins University, and The American University in Washington. Dr. Rabie published 43 books in English and Arabic including The Politics of Foreign Aid; A Vision for the Transformation of the Middle East; The US-PLO Dialogue; Conflict Resolution and the Middle East Peace Process; and Global Economic and Cultural Transformation: The Making of History. He also drafted the original document that guided negotiations and coordinated secret contacts between the US and the PLO. Dr. Rabie received several awards and recognitions over the years including the prestigious 2015 State of Palestine Honorary Award for his contributions to the humanities and social sciences fields.

   
Topics:

We will speak live with Dr. Rabie about various topics including the current situation in the Middle East and the wars that are destroying several Arab countries; the U.S. involvement and its foreign policy towards the Middle East; the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli problem; and the prospects for peaceful resolutions to what's happening in the Middle East.
 
Note: Dr. Mohamed Rabie is currently in Houston and on Saturday, October 1, 2016, he will be the recipient of the Arab-American Cultural & Community Center's Lifetime Achievement Award at the ACC's annual gala.

   
    

 
          

Date:

September 21, 2016

     
Topic:

Edward Said - Palestine and the Universality of Human Rights
This week marks the 13th anniversary of Professor Edward Said's death, and on this occasion, we will air today on Arab Voices one of the last major speeches he delivered few months before he died. The talk was titled "Memory, Inequality, and Power: Palestine and the Universality of Human Rights". He delivered that speech at the University of California, Berkeley on February 19, 2003.
 
Professor Said is an internationally renowned writer, author, and scholar, whose writings about the Middle East and its relationship with the West have gone far to open new roads in academia and to influence public opinion. Dr. Edward Said was a giant figure in the Arab-American community, and for Arabs in the Middle East and across the world. During the course of his life, he articulated a vision of Palestine and the Arab world that not only recalled the significant contributions of the region’s people but also offered hope for the future. Edward W. Said was Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He died on September 25, 2003, in New York.

   
    

 
          

Date:

September 14, 2016

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Israel's Netanyahu redefines “ethnic cleansing”!!!
Comments and reactions to the latest remarks by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that those who want to create a Palestinian state are seeking “ethnic cleansing” of Jews from the occupied territories. We will also listen to the reaction of the US State Department, and a talk about ethnic cleansing by Israeli Historian Ilan Pappe.
    

   
 

2nd Segment: Gareth Porter on Syria
An American historian, investigative journalist, author and policy analyst specializing in U.S. national security policy. He has written several books about the potential for peaceful conflict resolution in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, including Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare. Porter has reported extensively on Middle East conflicts including Syria. Porter's analysis and reporting have appeared in academic journals, news publications, and periodicals for four decades, and in 2012 he was the winner of the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism.
 
We will speak live with Gareth about the latest ceasefire in Syria, and the probabilities of it succeeding.

   
    

 
          

Date:

September 7, 2016

     
Topic:

US student politics “rapidly shifting” despite Israel lobby efforts
Podcast produced by The Electronic Intifada.
 
We will listen today to a Podcast by the Electronic Intifada titled “US student politics “rapidly shifting” despite Israel lobby efforts”. It features interviews with Omar Zahzah and Rahim Kurwa, both graduate students at UCLA and members of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), and Charlotte Kates of the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoners Solidarity Network, who was denied entry to Palestine by Israel. Kates was travelling to accompany a delegation of European parliamentarians and lawyers in support of Bilal Kayed, who ended a 71-day hunger strike last month. Charlotte was interrogated about her activism with the BDS movement.

   
    

 
          

Date:

August 31, 2016

     
 

     


 
Back to School Mini-Drive

   
    

 
          

Date:

August 24, 2016

     
Guest/
Topic
:

Ghada Alatrash
Syrian-Canadian writer, author, poet, and certified translator based in Calgary, Alberta, in Canada. She is chair of the Syrian Women's Club of Calgary. She holds a Masters of English from the University of Oklahoma, with an emphasis on post-colonial studies, and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Calgary's Werklund School of Education in Canada. Ghada taught English at Abu Dhabi Women's College, Arabic at the University of Oklahoma, and is a Columnist for Gulf News. In 2012, she released her first work of translation "So that the Poem Remains", a collection of poems by Lebanese poet Youssef Abdul Samad, translated from Arabic to English. She also held a number of poetry readings set to music by Western and Eastern composers. Ghada just published her first book "Stripped to the Bone: Portraits of Syrian Women", a collection of seven short stories about Syrian women in war-torn Syria and the West, and it explores issues of identity, love, strife and courage.
   
We will speak with Ghada about her stories and work, poetry, Syrian women, women's issues, and her new book "Stripped to the Bone: Portraits of Syrian Women".

   
    

 
          

Date:

August 17, 2016

     
Guest/
Topic
:

Rania Khalek
An independent journalist reporting on the underclass and marginalized; Associate Editor at the Electronic Intifada; and Co-host of the weekly podcast Unauthorized Disclosure. She's written for Extra, The Nation, Al Jazeera America, the Electronic Intifada, Truthout, Salon, AlterNet, Citizen Radio and more.
 
We will speak with Rania about last week's murder of  Khalid Jabara, a 37-year-old Arab-American man, who was shot and killed in front of his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma by his neighbor, Vernon Majors, who terrorized the victim’s family for years, referring to them as “dirty Arabs” and "filthy Lebanese". Majors shot and killed Khalid Jabara while he was out on bond from a prior hate crime where he intentionally drove his car into Khalid Jabara’s mother, despite a prosecutor telling the court that Majors was “a substantial risk to the public.” According to the Jabara family, Khalid called the police 30 minutes before he was shot and killed to report that Majors had a gun and that he was scared for what might happen, but the police came and told him there was nothing to be done!
 
We will also talk about the execution-style killings on Saturday of New York imam (religious leader) and his associate, as hate crimes against Arabs and Muslims in the U.S. continue to rise in an atmosphere filled with hateful rhetoric in politics and the society at large, and a growing climate of fear among Arabs and Muslims in the U.S.

   
    

 
          

Date:

August 10, 2016

     
Topic:

Syrian Tragedy: Causes, Consequences, and Options
A fascinating overview and analysis of the history of Syria, from post-WWII to the current quagmire of war, the rise of ISIS, and the
battleground of the world’s powerful military countries.
 
Featured Speaker:
Stephen Zunes
Professor of politics and international studies and program director of Middle Eastern studies at the University of San Francisco. He has published scores of articles in academic journals, anthologies, magazines, and newspaper op-ed pages on such topics as U.S. foreign policy, Middle Eastern politics, Latin American politics, African politics, human rights, arms control, social movements and nonviolent action.
  
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