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April 2014 will mark the 12th anniversary for Arab Voices on KPFT!


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Date:

 Wednesday, April 23, 2014
   

Time:

 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. central time
   
 
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Date:

April 16, 2014

     
Topic:

"Al-Andalus and its Afterlife: Moorish Spain and the "Muslim Problem" in Europe Today"


   

On March 21, 2014, the Arab-American Educational Foundation in Houston organized a lecture at Rice University titled “Al-Andalus and its Afterlife: Moorish Spain and the "Muslim Problem" in Europe Today”. The speaker was Charles Hirschkind, associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.
   
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to that lecture.
 


 
          

Date:

April 9, 2014

     
Topics:

1st Segment: “Fleeing Syria, Seeking Refuge”
“Making Contact”, a weekly program produced by the National Radio Project, produced a segment titled “Fleeing Syria, Seeking Refuge”: "Over 2 million Syrians have been displaced by Syria’s ongoing war. Neighboring countries are overwhelmed with refugees. So where else to turn? Heading to more affluent nations isn’t so easy. This edition of Making Contact looks at refugees who’ve fled Syria to Turkey, Sweden, and Thailand. They’re trying to navigate a fragmented global refugee policy, in a time of extreme need." Today, we will listen to this program.
 

   
 

2nd Segment: "The Red Line and the Rat Line"
Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh published a new article few days ago in the London Review of Books titled "The Red Line and the Rat Line”. In that article, Seymour Hersh reveals a potential Turkish role in Syria chemical strike that almost sparked U.S. bombing last year. Few months ago, he published another article titled “Whose Sarin?” casting doubt on the veracity of the Obama administration’s claims that only the Syrian regime could have carried out the chemical attacks in Syria.
 
Amy Goodman with Democracy Now interviewed Hersh this past Monday about his latest article. Today, we will listen to that interview.


 
          

Date:

April 2, 2014

     
Topic/
Guests:

ACC's Round-table Discussion with Fotofest Artists
The Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) in Houston held a roundtable discussion last night with four artists participating at FotoFest 2014 International Biennial: Contemporary Arab Photographic Art. It was a special event marking the beginning of a month-long festivities planned by the ACC (part of The National Arab American Heritage Month). Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to the roundtable discussion with the four artists: Sama Alshaibi, Khaled Hafez, Steve Sabella and Stephen Stapleton.
 

   

 
          

Date:

March 26, 2014

     
Topics/
Guests:

1st Segment: The 4th Palestinian Festival
A live conversation with
Samer Kadoura, Festival Chair, and Ruba Afifi, Festival Co-Chair and Board Members with the Palestinian American Cultural Center (PACC-Houston) about the 4th Palestinian Festival scheduled to be held March 29-30 at Jones Plaza in Downtown Houston. This year, Palestinian International Artist Hani Mitwasi will be performing live at the Festival.

   
 

2nd Segment: Mohammad Bakri
A live conversation with award winning and one of the leading Palestinian actors and film directors, Mohammad Bakri. Bakri has acted in numerous international films in countries including France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and Canada. Amongst his production is the award winning film documentary "Jenin, Jenin" about Israel’s 2002 assault on the West Bank town of Jenin. He also directed the film "1948", and the autobiographical documentaries "Since You Left", and "Zahara".


 
          

Date:

March 19, 2014

     
Topic:

Jeremy Scahill on President Obama’s Dirty Wars
Jeremy Scahill is an investigative reporter, war correspondent and author of the international bestselling books Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield and Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. He has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria, the former Yugoslavia and elsewhere across the globe. Scahill has served as the National Security Correspondent for The Nation magazine and Democracy Now!. Scahill’s work has sparked several Congressional investigations and won some of journalism’s highest honors. Scahill is a producer and writer of the award-winning film Dirty Wars, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and has been nominated for an Academy Award. He is currently an editor with Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald at Pierre Omidyar’s new media project, The//Intercept, a publication of First Look Media.
  

   
 

We will listen today to most/excerpt of Jeremy Scahill's talk at the Lannan Foundation (part of the Lannan In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom series). Jeremy talked about drone attacks on American citizens, black sites around the globe where prisoners are tortured, the prison at Guantanamo, president Obama's “Dirty Wars” that has put Americans in more danger through actions that fuel hatred and extremism, and more. Scahill’s new book and film Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield, is an investigation into the U.S. government’s covert wars which he suggests are drawing the nation deeper into conflict across the globe, setting the world stage for destabilization and blowback. Scahill's talk was followed by a conversation with Tom Engelhardt.
 


 
          

Date:

March 12, 2014

     
Guests:

Zoe Goldman
2014 Arab Projects Coordinator at FotoFest. She joined FotoFest in 2013 in preparation for the FotoFest 2014 Biennial, working on Arab press and community outreach. Zoe has lived in Cairo, Morocco, and most recently Singapore, where she worked as a writing teacher for 11th grade students at a Singaporean public school.
  
Karin Adrian von Roques
Arab and Indian Art Collections Specialist. She is the lead curator for FotoFest 2014 Biennial. She is known for her work, over the past 20 years, bringing contemporary Arab art to international museums and galleries throughout the world.
 
Dana Ashrawi
Board member at The Arab-American Educational Foundation (AAEF), one of the Arab Programming Partners with FotoFest 2014 Biennial.
   
Shady El Noshokaty
A contemporary Egyptian artist, a teacher of drawing, painting and media arts at Helwan University in Egypt and at the American University in Cairo. Many of his Art projects have been very successful and were featured in the biggest museums and international exhibitions around the world. Shady is one of 49 prominent contemporary Arab artists from 13 countries
participating in FotoFest 2014 Biennial.
  

   
Topic:

A live discussion with the guests about FotoFest 2014 Biennial, the 15th International Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Art to be held March 15 - April 27, 2014 in Houston. FotoFest's own exhibitions for the 2014 Biennial will focus on Contemporary Arab Video, Photography and Multi Media art. The Biennial will showcase 49 prominent contemporary Arab artists from 13 countries using photography and related visual media. The featured artists explore a diverse range of ideas and subjects important to contemporary Arab artists including: the emergence of secular art and culture in modern societies; the desert as metaphor; religion and faith in everyday life; a sense of belonging and feelings of estrangement; the complexities of East-West relationships; the rapidity of social, economic and environmental change, particularly in the Gulf region; the position of women in Arab societies; and the recent political changes in the region.
 
The Arab exhibitions will be one of the most important presentations of Arab contemporary art to be done in the United States. FotoFest’s Arab exhibitions are accompanied by six weeks of Arab programs including forums and panels as well as Arab films, concerts, poetry readings, and programs for schools.
   


 
          

Date:

March 5, 2014

     
Topics:

1st Segment: “Syria’s Second Front”
A segment produced by Voices of the Middle East & North Africa that airs on our sister station KPFA in Berkeley, California.
 
"As we approach the third anniversary of the Syrian uprising and the resistance against the genocidal regime of Bashar El Assad, the civil war has now further devolved into factional war. We will talk with Syrian-born Frontline correspondent Muhammad Ali about his latest reporting trip from the town of Al Atarib near Aleppo in northern Syria, which is the subject of his Frontline documentary, “Syria’s Second Front”."
 

   
 

2nd Segment: "Update on Yarmouk" and "Pushing for divestment at San Diego State University"
A podcast produced by The Electronic Intifada.
 
- "An update on the humanitarian situation inside the besieged Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, Syria, as distribution of food and medical aid resumes; we'll hear from Christopher Gunness, spokesperson for the UN agency for Palestine refugees."
 
- "Students at San Diego State University present their case for divestment to the student government, we'll speak with student activist Nadir Bouhmouch about the push for divestment from companies which profit from Israel's occupation, and the backlash they're receiving from the administration."

- "Poet-activist Remi Kanazi's new piece, This Divestment Bill Hurts My Feelings."


 
          

Date:

February 26, 2014

     
Topics:

1st Segment: We will re-air portions of an interview conducted few years ago with the late Dr. Ezzat Abouleish, a local Houstonian, Egyptian-American artist, author, philosopher, scientist and physician, who passed away in Clear Lake last Thursday. We talked about his art, bridging the gap between the east and the west, and contributions of Arabs and Muslims to medicine, science and more.
  

   
 

2nd Segment: MPA Event with Mehdi Hasan
The Muslim Professional Association (MPA) in Houston held its anniversary event on February 8, 2014 under the title "The Future of Muslims in America: Opportunities Ahead". The keynote speaker was Mehdi Hasan, a prominent British journalist, TV presenter and author. Today, we will listen to the remarks made by Mehdi Hasan at that event.


 
          

Date:

February 19, 2014

     
Guest:

Gilad Atzmon
Israeli expat who served in the Israeli military, world-acclaimed jazz saxophonist, composer, author and activist. His albums often explore political themes and the music of the Middle East. Atzmon has published numerous political and cultural essays, and he brings his intellect and artistry to bear on Israel’s continuing occupation of Palestine. Gilad's latest book is titled "The Wandering Who? A study of Jewish Identity Politics".
  

   
Topics:

A live discussion with Gilad Atzmon about Palestine, Israel, Zionism, his views on the current efforts to find a solution to the problem, and much more.
 
Note: Gilad will be speaking and performing live in Houston on Tuesday, February 25 at 7 p.m. at Ovations on Times Blvd. For more info, click click here.
 


 
          

Date:

February 12, 2014

     
Topic:

"Sectarianism in the Middle East: A Brief History of a Modern Problem"

   

Last Friday, February 7th, the Arab-American Educational Foundation in Houston organized a lecture at Rice University titled “Sectarianism in the Middle East: A Brief History of a Modern Problem”. The speaker was Dr. Ussama Makdisi, Professor of History and Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University.
  
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to that lecture.
 


 
          

Date:

February 5, 2014

     
Topic:

"Assessing the Arab Spring, Three Years On"

   
Last month, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University held an event titled "Assessing the Arab Spring: Three Years On" hosting two prominent experts from the Middle East Institute.
 
Paul Salem, vice president of policy and research, and Khalil al-Anani, senior fellow, discussed the dynamics behind the transformations underway, with a focus on how the democratization process has fared in countries like Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and Libya. Salem analyzed the overall trends shaping the transitions and the prospects for a more democratic future. Al-Anani highlighted the case of Egypt, focusing on the new constitution and Egypt’s path toward elections.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to some of the remarks made at the event, including portions of the Q & A session that followed.
   

  

 


 
          

Date:

January 29, 2014      
 

Membership Drive
 

Dear friends, listeners and supporters of Arab Voices,

  • Did you know that Arab Voices has been broadcasting LIVE every Wednesday since April 2002 (almost 12 years)?
  • Did you know that over 600 distinguished guests appeared live on the show covering different topics?
  • Did you know that listeners can call in and talk live with the guests?
  • Did you know that Arab Voices was featured in a special program on Al-Jazeera?
  • Did you know that Arab Voices and its producer/host, Said, received several awards and recognitions over the years?
  • Did you know that Arab Voices maintains a comprehensive Community Calendar on its website 24/7?
  • Did you know that you can listen live from anywhere in the world online?
  • Did you know that you can listen to previous shows and interviews online?
  • Did you know that 90% of KPFT's budget comes from listeners like you?
  • Did you know that KPFT 90.1 FM is listener-sponsored, commercial-free, community radio station?
  • Did you know that your donation qualifies as a charitable deduction because KPFT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization?

All of this has been possible because of your support, and it is time for the Winter Membership Drive. Arab Voices needs your support to meet its quota of $1,800.  Please call us during the show today, January 29 between 7 and 8 pm central time and pledge your support at 713-526-5738 If you are unable to call during the show, please send e-mail to ArabVoices@hotmail.com with your name, phone number, mailing address and the amount you want to pledge.
 

Arab Voices is offering several
Thank-You Gifts during KPFT's Membership Drive including:

  • “Al-Nakba” 4 DVD Set ($150)
  • "Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East" by Rashid Khalidi ($200)
  • "Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel" by Max Blumenthal ($150)
  • "Dirty Wars" Combo (Book and DVD) by Jeremy Scahill ($240)
  • "National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism" by Melvin Goodman ($150)
  • "Faith Misplaced: The Broken Promise of U.S. Arab Relations, 1820-2001" by Ussama Makdisi ($180)
  • “Edward Said Tribute” 6 CD Set ($250)
  • " Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology & Propaganda in Education" by Nurit Peled-Elhanan ($200)
  • "The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine" by Miko Peled ($180)
  • "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine" by Ilan Pappe ($100)

Please call during the show 713-526-5738 and pledge your support. Help us reach our goal of $1,800 during this membership drive. Thank you.
 


 Membership Drive

   

 
          

Date:

January 22, 2014      
Guest:

Max Blumenthal
Award-winning journalist and bestselling author whose articles and video documentaries have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, The Nation, The Guardian, The Independent Film Channel, The Huffington Post, Salon.com, Al Jazeera English and many other publications. His new book is titled "Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel" (offered as a thank-you gift for $150 contribution during the show today/KPFT's membership drive).
  

   

Topics:

We will speak live with Max about his new book "Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel" (offered as a thank-you gift for $150 contribution during the show today/KPFT's membership drive). We will talk about the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestine, his eyewitness account of what he witnessed in Palestine, the current U.S. efforts to broker peace, and much more.
 
In addition to Blumenthal's Goliath book, Arab Voices is offering the following Thank-You Gifts during KPFT's Membership Drive:

  • "National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism" by Melvin Goodman ($150)

  • "Al-Nakba" 4 DVD Set ($150)

  • "Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East" by Rashid Khalidi ($200)

  • "Dirty Wars" Combo (Book and DVD) - "Dirty Wars" documentary film and hardback book by Jeremy Scahill ($240)

  • "Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel" by Max Blumenthal ($150)

Please call during the show 713-526-5738 and pledge your support. Help us reach our goal of $1,800 during this membership drive. Thank you.
 


 Membership Drive

   

 
          

Date:

January 15, 2014      
Guest:

Dr. Dahlia Wasfi
Internationally known speaker and activist; born to an American Jewish mother and an Iraqi Muslim father, and lived in Iraq as a child. She is an activist in support of ending the US-led and US-funded occupations (military and economic) of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Palestine. Dahlia is currently working on a book, and she can be found at www.liberatethis.com and on Facebook.

   

Topics:

We will speak live with Dahlia about Iraq; the current situation there as we get close to the 11th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion and occupation of Iraq; the ongoing violence inside Iraq that is claiming the lives of many Iraqis on daily basis; and much more.
 

   

 
          

Date:

January 8, 2014      
Guest:

Ghada Mukdad
Syrian peace activist who was forced to leave Syria in 2012 and has been in the U.S. since then. Until recently, she was the representative for the Syrian Women's Forum for Peace. In 2007 she ran as an independent candidate for parliament in Syria. She currently resides in Dallas, Texas, where she is actively involved in community efforts calling for an end to violence against civilians in Syria and peaceful resolution to the conflict.

   

Topics:

We will speak with Ghada about Syria; the current situation there; the refugee crisis; political prisoners inside Syria; civil society in Syria;  nonviolent opposition; women's involvement/role; foreign interventions; the upcoming Geneva II conference; the possibility of a peaceful resolution to the Syrian crisis; and more.
 

   

 
          

Date:

January 1, 2014    
Guest:

Ramzy Baroud
Palestinian-American author, journalist, an internationally-syndicated columnist, media consultant, editor-in-chief of The Palestine Chronicle and former Al-Jazeera producer. He authored several books including “My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story”.

   

Topics:

We will speak live with Ramzy about the year 2013 in terms of conflicts, wars, uprisings, occupations, etc. in the Middle East including the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestine and the recent U.S. efforts to revive talks and "broker peace" between Palestinians and Israelis. We will also talk about the crisis in Syria and Egypt, and whether 2014 will be another year of conflicts or peace, and much more.
 
   

 
          

Date:

December 25, 2013      
Topic:

Arab Christians and Christian Zionism
A lecture given by Dr. George Sabra few years ago at Rice University in Houston. Dr. Sabra is now President and Academic Dean and Professor of Systematic Theology at the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, Lebanon. He is also a lecturer in Cultural Studies at the Lebanese American University, and Editor of the Theological Review (a semi-annual journal of theology).

   
       

 
          

Date:

December 18, 2013      
 

1st Segment: Dr. Edward Said on "On Dignity & Solidarity"
Recorded speech for Dr. Edward Said.
   
2nd Segment: Melvin Goodman on "National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism”
An interview conducted few months ago with Melvin Goodman about American Militarism.

   
       

 
          

Date:

December 11, 2013      
Topic:

1st Segment: “Whose Sarin?”
Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh published a new article few days ago in the London Review of Books titled “Whose Sarin?” casting doubt on the veracity of the Obama administration’s claims that only the Syrian regime could have carried out the chemical attacks in Syria earlier this year. In this new article, Hersh argues that the Obama administration "cherry-picked intelligence to justify a strike against Assad." Amy Goodman with Democracy Now interviewed Hersh about this, and we will listen today to a portion of that interview that was conducted on Monday.
  
2nd Segment: “Global Powers, Regional Powers and the War in Syria”
The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, hosted a panel discussion on September 26, 2013 titled “Global Powers, Regional Powers and the War in Syria”. The panel included Dr. Alex Lubin (with the American University of Beirut), Dr. Paul de Quenoy (with the History Dept. at AUB), and Dr. Anthony Billingsley (with the University of New South Wales & Issam Fares Institute Affiliated Scholar). We will listen today to that discussion including the introduction by Dr. Karim Makdisi, Associate Director of the Issam Fares Institute.

   
       

 
          

Date:

December 4, 2013      
Guest/
Topic:

Sahar Aziz
Associate Professor at Texas A&M University School of Law, and member of the Egyptian American Rule of Law Association (www.earla.org), which supports rule of law reform in Egypt through analysis, public education, and training. We will speak with Sahar about the latest developments in Egypt including Egypt’s new draft constitution.

   
       

 
          

Date:

November 27, 2013      
Topic:

Iran's Nuclear Program Deal
A deal was reached few days ago between Iran and the P5+1 countries regarding Iran’s Nuclear program (the P5 of course is in reference to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council…. the United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, and France, plus one and that is Germany).
 
Today, we will listen to a couple of segments from Free Speech Radio News on the deal with Iran, and then listen to a segment from Anti War Radio with Scott Horton on the same topic (an interview with Nima Shirazi, an independent researcher and political analyst. He is an editor for the online magazine Muftah and contributing writer for Mondoweiss. His political analysis can be found on his blog, WideAsleepinAmerica.com.

   
       

 
          

Date:

November 20, 2013      
Topic: Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 for a special Pacifica Radio Archives National Fund Drive that aired on all Pacifica stations in the US.
 
   
       

 
          

Date:

November 13, 2013      
Topic:

"Iraq: Ten Years After"
A special program from the "FIVE O'CLOCK SHADOW" with Robert Knight that airs on our sister station WBAI in New York City: It is a special review of a decade of war in Iraq, following the US-led invasion of March, 2003. The program is presented by former co-producer of The Knight Report on KPFA "Flashpoints", Nora Barrows-Friedman, an editor at "The Electronic Intifada", and one of the world's leading reporters on Palestine and other Mideast affairs. In this decennial special on the Iraq invasion, we shall hear from an array of Iraqi citizens, on-scene reporters, international scholars, student activists, war protesters, community organizers, and humanitarian aid workers, including:
 
Dahr Jamail, journalist and author of Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq and The Will to Resist: Soldiers who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan
 
Dr. Sabah Alnasseri, political science professor at York University
 
Liisa Schofield, activist and anti-poverty organizer
 
Ali Issa, activist and organizer with War Resisters' League and journalist with Jadaliyya
 
Sundus Abdul Hadi, multimedia artist
 
Rijin Sahakian, artist and co-founder of Sada, a non-profit project supporting new and emerging arts practices through education initiatives in Iraq and public programs internationally

   
       

 
          

Date:

November 6, 2013      
Topic:

MPA Event with Dr. Trita Parsi
The Muslim Professional Association in Houston (MPA) in partnership with the University of Houston's Center for International and Comparative Studies held a special event on October 24 titled "Impacting Policy & Changing Perceptions: How Grassroots Organizations Can Affect Policymaking". The guest speaker was Dr. Trita Parsi, a renowned expert of Middle East affairs, founder of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), and author of "A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama's Diplomacy with Iran" and "Treacherous Alliance - The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the US". As an academic, as well as an advocate, Dr. Parsi has been a tireless proponent for diplomatic solutions to Middle East issues, and has extensive experience in shaping policy in that region.
 
We will listen this week to the remarks made by Dr. Parsi and also listen to the question and answer session that followed his remarks.

   
       

 
          

Date:

October 30, 2013      
Topic:

ACC's 20th Anniversary Celebration Gala
The Arab American Cultural & Community Center in Houston held its 20th Anniversary Celebration Gala on October 5, 2013. This year's theme was "United We Shape Our Future", and it also highlighted the culture and people of Egypt.
 
We will listen today to the remarks made at the Gala by Ms. Sonia Azad, Mistress of Ceremonies and works with Channel 13; Dr. Rudeina Baasiri and Mrs. Miral Omar, Gala Chairs; Mr. Abdel Elkhadiri, President of the ACC; and Mayor Annise Parker. At the Gala, the ACC awarded Dr. Hazim Safi, Professor and Chairman at the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School, with the 2013 ACC Outstanding Community Service Award (introduced by Dr. Kamal Khalil); Mr. Ahmed Alzayyat, President of Aramco Services Company, with the 2013 ACC Lifetime Achievement Award; and Schlumberger, with the 2013 ACC Corporate Award.
Dr. Abdel Kader Fustok introduced Frederick Baldwin and Wendy Watriss, co-founders of FotoFest. Mr. Alaa Issa, Consul General of Egypt was also honored at the Gala (introduced by Dr. Rudeina Baasiri, Gala Chair and Dr. Waleed Gaber, Egyptian American Society President). There was also a scholarship presentation by Mr. Abdel Elkhadiri.

   
       

 
  
     
   

 

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