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April 2015 marked the 13th anniversary for Arab Voices on KPFT!

  

  
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Date:

 Wednesday, June 3, 2015
   

Time:

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

May 27, 2015

     
Guest:

Robert Naiman
Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy, who visited Iran earlier this month to participate in the aid boat to Yemen. Mr. Naiman edits the Just Foreign Policy news summary and writes on U.S. foreign policy at Huffington Post. He is president of the board of Truthout, and is on the Steering Committee of Gaza's Ark, a project to bring a boat out of Gaza filled with Palestinian exports in defiance of the blockade. Naiman has worked as a policy analyst and researcher at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. He has masters degrees in economics and mathematics from the University of Illinois and has studied and worked in the Middle East.

   
Topic:  We will speak with him about his recent visit to Iran, the Saudi lead bombing of Yemen and the situation in Yemen. We will also talk about Syria, the U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East, and more.    
    

 
          

Date:

May 20, 2015

     
Guest:

Dr. Clovis Maksoud
Former ambassador and permanent observer of the League of Arab States at the United Nations and its chief representative in the United States for more than 10 years. He is a lawyer, journalist, professor and diplomat, and served as the League of Arab States’ Ambassador to India and Southeast Asia from 1961 to 1966 as well as the League of Arab States’ special envoy to the United States in 1974. He was also a member of the United Nations Development Program Advisory Board on the Arab Human Development Reports. Maksoud founded and served as director of American University’s Center for the Global South. He is the author of several books on the Middle East and developing countries, including "The Meaning of Nonalignment", "The Crisis of the Arab Left", "Reflections on Afro-Asianism", "The Arab Image", and his recently released memoir "From the Corners of Memory: A Journey on the Train of Arab Nationalism".

   
Topic:  A live conversation with Dr. Maksoud about the Middle East and what's happening in several Arab countries including Yemen, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Egypt, and Palestine. We will also talk about ISIS; the Arab awakenings and where that is going; the U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East; and much more.    
    

 
          

Date:

May 13, 2015

     
Topic:

67th Anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe)
This week marks the 67th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe). Today, we will talk about that and air portions of special documentaries about Al-Nakba. We are also offering special "Thank-You" gifts today during KPFT's membership drive, and they include:
  
"Palestine 4 Film Pack" - FOUR documentaries (on DVDs) for $300
You get 4 films on the Israel-Palestinian crisis and history, some of which are multi-part series. The 4 Film Pack includes:
 
1 - "Al Nakba" (award-winning four-part series) - $150 by itself
2 - "The Price of Oslo"
3 - "Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land"
4 - "Occupation 101"
  
See full list below for additional offerings.
 


Spring Membership Drive
 

Arab Voices Needs YOUR Support to Raise $2,400
     
Please call during the show on Wednesday 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 (all gifts to KPFT are tax-deductible).

We are offering the following "Thank-You" Gifts during the fund drive:
 
"Palestine 4 Film Pack" - FOUR documentaries (on DVDs) for $300
You get 4 films on the Israel-Palestinian crisis and history, some of which are multi-part series. The 4 Film Pack includes:
 
   1 - "Al Nakba" (award-winning four-part series)
   2 - "The Price of Oslo"
   3 - "Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land"
   4 - "Occupation 101"
  
We are also offering additional "Thank-You" Gifts:
 
▪ $85 "The Battle for Justice in Palestine" book by Ali Abunimah
▪ $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
▪ $250 Edward Said Tribute 6 CD SET
▪ $180 “The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine” book by Miko Peled
▪ $240 "Dirty Wars" Combo (book and DVD) - documentary film and hardback book by Jeremy Scahill
▪ $150 "Al Nakba" (award-winning four-part series) DVDs
  
As another special thank you to members who contribute during KPFT’s 2015 Spring Membership Drive, everyone who becomes a new member, renews their membership, or makes an additional gift will be automatically entered to
win an iPad Mini! We have three iPad Minis to give away and we’ll be choosing a winner on Thursday April 30, Thursday May 7 and Thursday May 14. The sooner you pledge the more chances you have to win!
  
Thank you! 


 Membership Drive

   
    

 
          

Date:

May 6, 2015

     
Topic/
Guests:

Houston Palestine Film Festival
We will speak live with Houston Palestine Film Festival board members Thomas Locke, Vice President, and Amal Rammah, Secretary, about the 9th edition of the Houston Palestine Film Festival. This year HPFF will be screening the best contemporary Palestinian films for three consecutive weekends. The festival will include 7 feature films, 3 shorts, and a video art installation during the last weekend. The festival starts this Friday, May 8th and continues through May 23rd (6 evenings and 2 matinees).
      


 Membership Drive

   
    

 
          

Date:

April 29, 2015

     
Guests:

Joe Lauria
United Nations correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. He has been a independent journalist covering international affairs and the Middle East for more than 20 years, and has been an investigative reporter for The Sunday Times of London. He has also corresponded from the U.N. in New York for numerous newspapers, and his work has appeared in many publications. Mr. Lauria has taught journalism at two American universities and travelled widely throughout the Middle East and the world. He is the author, with former U.S. Senator and American presidential candidate Mike Gravel, of A Political Odyssey: The Rise of American Militarism and One Man's Fight to Stop It.

   
Topic: 

A live conversation with Mr. Lauria about the crisis in Yemen, and the efforts made to reach a political deal before the Saudi airstrikes began, and why they failed. Lauria co-wrote and just published the piece "Former U.N. Envoy Says Yemen Political Deal was Close Before Saudi Airstrikes Began," which states: "Yemen’s warring political factions were on the verge of a power-sharing deal when Saudi-led airstrikes began a month ago, derailing the negotiations, the United Nations envoy who mediated the talks said.
    


 Membership Drive

   
    

 
          

Date:

April 22, 2015

     
Guests:

Fuad Foty
An oud instrumentalist and a vibrant vocalist with over thirty years of performance and musical instruction experience. Born in Ramallah, Palestine, an integral part of Fuad’s childhood involved learning the classical Arabic songs of the musicians and composers of the time. His passion for the oud quickly evolved and he joined various Arab bands, and started playing music to inform the American public about Palestine and the Palestinian cause. Despite engaging in formal studies, obtaining his Masters of Science in Computational Mathematics and later practicing for over thirty years as a mathematical statistician, Fuad has continued to embrace his true passion, performing around the country and teaching Arabic music to Arabs and non-Arabs alike. He has also frequently lectured on topics involving Arabic music, the most recent of which chronicled the resistance songs of the Palestinian struggle in honor of the annual Nakba Commemoration. Fuad Foty is Co-Director of Music Performance & Instruction at Foty Fusion Productions.
 

   
 

Ziad Foty
An emerging independent filmmaker. He holds his Bachelor of Arts from Lafayette College in English Literature with a concentration in Film, and a Masters of Philosophy in Film Studies from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. His films explore a range of counter hegemonic orientations associated with the process of representation. In his work he has addressed topics related to identity, feminism, and racism. Ziad is a 2012 recipient of the Jack Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship and his short film The Strange Ways of the Occident (2013) was screened at the DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival and the Alwan Film Festival. In addition, he is trained in classical and Arabic Piano, voice, and “tabla” (Arabic drum) and continues to perform and compose along with the other musicians in his family, incorporating hip-hop and other Western genres of music with the traditional Arabic style. Ziad Foty is Director of Film at Foty Fusion Productions.  
 

   
Topic: A live conversation with Fuad Foty and his son Ziad Foty about their work, music and new film documentary "Return to Ramallah". Fuad and Ziad grew up as Arab-Americans in Washington DC, and had immense pride in their Egyptian-Palestinian-African heritage, and expressed that outspoken political and cultural identity in their schools and communities. Fuad and Ziad are currently in Houston on a special film shoot for their documentary "Return to Ramallah". They spent last summer in Palestine working on their new film documentary (it was the first time for Fuad to return to Ramallah since he left it in 1974).    
    

 
          

Date:

April 15, 2015

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: The 1st Annual Lebanese Festival
A live conversation with Fadi Dimassi, Festival Chair and Wadih Elhajj, Festival Co-Chair, and Saadallah Masri about the 1st Annual Lebanese Festival scheduled to be held April 18-19 at Jones Plaza in Downtown Houston. Fadi, Wadih and Sam are also Board Members with the American Lebanese Cultural Center in Houston.
   
 
2nd Segment:
Arab History & Studies at the University of Houston
The Arab-American Educational Foundation and the University of Houston hosted a special reception on April 10, 2015 to celebrate the Arab History & Studies at the University of Houston. This reception recognized those who generously provided support for the growth of UH Arab Studies through the creation of an endowed chair, scholarship and lecture series. Today on the Arab Voices, we will listen to the remarks made at the event by Dr. Steven Craig, Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at UH, Dr. Aziz Shaibani, President of the Arab-American Educational Foundation, Dr. Emran El-Badawi, Program Director and Assistant Professor of Arab Studies at UH, and the finalist to the position of AAEF Chair in Modern Arab History at UH.

   
   
    

 
          
Topic: Rooted in Faith, Growing Through Service: CAIR Texas Annual Banquet    
 

The Council on American-Islamic Relations Texas (Houston Chapter) held its Annual Fundraising Banquet on April 4, 2015 in Houston under the theme "Rooted in Faith, Growing Through Service". Several local community members, faith leaders and elected officials attended the event that featured an awards ceremony recognizing several individuals. CAIR discussed the challenges ahead, debut upcoming projects and goals, and showcased the results of the work done by CAIR locally and nationwide.
  
There were several remarks made at the event, and today we will listen to
the remarks about CAIR delivered by Dr. Yusuf Shere, CAIR Texas President; and the keynote speech about civil rights delivered by Linda Sarsour, Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and Senior Strategist for Take on Hate, a recently launched campaign which aims to change perceptions of Arabs and Muslim Americans including refugees. 

   
    

 
          

Date:

April 1, 2015

     
Topic:

Shibley Telhami on "The politics of identity post-Arab Spring"
Last month, the Center for the Middle East at Rice University’s Baker Institute held the Divided Societies, Volatile States: The Politics of Identity Post-Arab Spring” conference. Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to the keynote address delivered at the conference by Dr. Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland, College Park; and Nonresident Senior Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution. In his keynote address, Telhami explored changes in the way the peoples of the Middle East define or think about themselves.
 
The conference also featured three panel presentations at which scholars from around the world discussed topics ranging from sectarianism in the Gulf and social reform for women in Egypt to the future of Israel.
 

   
    

 
          

Date:

March 25, 2015

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: The 5th Palestinian Festival
A live conversation with Ruba Afifi, Festival Co-Chair and Board Member with the Palestinian American Cultural Center (PACC-Houston) about the 5th Palestinian Festival scheduled to be held March 28-29 at Jones Plaza in Downtown Houston. We will also speak live with Dalal Abu Amneh who will be performing live at the Festival. Dalal is a Palestinian singer singing classical and folk music of the Arabic musical heritage, and also a neuroscientist from Nazareth. She is committed to achieving humanitarian goals through her art and draws from the rich culture of Palestine, and aims is to develop this art and spread the Palestinian culture to the wider world. Dalal is crafting a global Palestinian identity and advocating for the Palestinian cause through her music. She has participated in many international and Arab festivals and has represented Palestine in several Arab operettas and also participated in many local and International cultural events. In addition to her participation with her own band, Dalal is the lead singer in the international orchestra MESTO where she performs Arab and Palestinian folk, accompanied by Western musicians and orchestral arrangement. A surprise to many of her fans, besides music and singing, Dalal is studying for a PhD in neuroscience in the Faculty of Medicine at the Technical Institute in Haifa.
  

   
 

2nd Segment: Ibraham Qatabi
Yemeni American human rights activist and an expert on Yemen. He is a legal worker at the Center for Constitutional Rights and also serves as a UN/US advisor to the Nobel Peace Laureate Tawakkol Karman of Yemen, and was a lead advisor on the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Mr. Qatabi is a frequent commentator on Yemeni affairs on various national and international media outlets. Qatabi also co-founded the Yemeni American Coalition for Change (YACC) to support change and the democracy movement in Yemen. We will speak live with Mr. Qatabi about the crisis in Yemen.

   
    

 
          

Date:

March 18, 2015

     
Guest:

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.
 

   
Topics:

We will speak live with Dr. Al-Masri about the current situation in Palestine and the never ending Israeli occupation; the Israeli elections and its effect on future negotiations and/or Israeli actions in occupied Palestine (if any); the prospects for reconciliation and unity between some of the Palestinian factions; the recent projections of a potential collapse of the Palestinian Authority; the Arab, US, European, UN and others stance from the ongoing Palestinian/Israeli problem; the options for a solution to the Palestinian crisis; and more.
    

   
 

Please note that Dr. Hani Al-Masri will be speaking at the Arab American Cultural and Community Center in Houston on Sunday, March 22 at 5:30 p.m. Click here for more details.

   
    

 
          

Date:

March 11, 2015

     
Topic:

Last year, the Women and Human Rights in the Middle East Program at Rice University’s Baker Institute held the "International Conference on Gender and Human Rights in the Middle East: The Evolving Roles of Women in the Arab World". Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to two of the remarks delivered at the Societal Change Post-Arab Spring panel discussion, delivered by:
   
Dr. Wanda Krause, former assistant professor and coordinator of the Gulf Studies Program at Qatar University. Before coming to Qatar, Krause taught Middle East politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Krause has studied, worked and researched in Germany, Canada, the U.K., Egypt and the Arabian Gulf, particularly the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. She spoke at the conference about women's participation in Egypt and Qatar (her paper was titled Post Arab Spring Transformations in need of Feminine Politics).
    
Dr. Dina Kiwan, associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies at the American University of Beirut. Previously, she was a senior lecturer in citizenship studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, and co-director of the International Centre for Education for Democratic Citizenship, a joint international center of Birkbeck College and the Institute of Education at the University of London. She spoke about Syrian and Syrian-Palestinian women in Lebanon, and the Syrian refugee crises.

   
    

 
          

Date:

March 4, 2015

     
Guest:

Grant F. Smith
Director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington DC. He has published numerous articles and books including America’s Defense Line: The Justice Department’s Battle to Register the Israel Lobby as Agents of a Foreign Government, Spy Trade, Foreign Agents, Deadly Dogma, and Neocon Middle East Policy. Smith has filed a federal lawsuit last week against the CIA seeking disclosure of thousands of files revealing why the CIA is convinced that Israel stole enough U.S. government-owned weapons-grade uranium in the 1960’s to manufacture over a dozen atomic weapons. This lawsuit comes after Smith's courtroom victory last month against the U.S. Department of Defense to release a report on the Israeli H-bomb development program, laser enrichment of weapons-grade material and 1987 status of its nuclear weapons production sites.
  

   
Topics: We will speak with Mr. Smith about Israel and Netanyahu’s visit to the US; nuclear weapons; his recent courtroom victory to release a report on the Israeli H-bomb development program and its nuclear weapons production sites; US support for Israel; US-Israel relations; and more.    
    

 
          

Date:

February 25, 2015

     
Guest:

Sahar Aziz
Associate Professor at Texas A&M University School of Law, and serves on the board of the Egyptian American Rule of Law Association. She previously served as a senior policy advisor for the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where she worked on law and policy at the intersection of national security and civil rights. Her area of scholarship focuses on the intersection of national security, civil rights, and American Muslims. She has been featured on several media outlets and has published many articles including Coercive Assimiliationism: The Perils of Muslim Women's Identity Performance in the Workplace; Policing Terrorists in the Community; and Caught in a Preventive Dragnet: Selective Counterterrorism in a Post-9/11 America. She can be followed on Twitter @saharazizlaw.
  

   
Topics: We will speak with Sahar about various topics including hate crimes against Arab-Americans and Muslim-Americans in the US; the so-called "Islamic State" in the Middle East and its actions; the status of Egypt; and more.    
    

 
          

Date:

February 18, 2015

     
Topic:

In Memory of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha
Today on the show, the topic will be about last week’s hate crime and cold-blooded murder of three young Arab-American Muslim students in North Carolina (shot execution style in the head) by their neighbor, a terrorist, Craig Hicks. The victims were Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha.
 
We will listen today to statements by Suzanne Barakat, Deah’s sister, Mohammad Abu-Salha, the father of Yusor and Razan, Farris Barakat, Deah’s Brother; and also listen to many others who spoke at the special Candlelight Vigil that was held last week in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

   
    

 
          

Date:

February 11, 2015

     
Topics/
Guests:

The Case of Rasmea Odeh
Rasmea Odeh is a 67 year old Palestinian American community leader who was raped and tortured by Israel in 1969 until she confessed to a crime (participating in two bombings in Jerusalem) she denies committing, and then was jailed for 10 years. After that, she came to the U.S. and became a U.S. citizen in 2004. In October 2013, Rasmea Odeh, Associate Director of the Arab American Action Network (AAAN), was arrested at her home in Chicago by agents from the Department of Homeland Security. She was indicted in federal court, charged with unlawful procurement of naturalization, an allegation based on answers she gave on a 20-year-old immigration application (for not reporting the Israeli conviction she refuses to accept). In November 2014, without a full and fair trial, Rasmea Odeh was found guilty by a jury in Detroit, detained in a Michigan jail and then was released on bond (during the trial, Rasmea was portrayed to the jury by the prosecution as a terrorist. Rasmea’s bombing conviction in 1969 was discussed, but evidence and discussion of her rape and torture experience was not allowed in court). Her sentencing is scheduled to take place on March 12, 2015. If convicted she will face several years imprisonment, huge fines, loss of her US citizenship and deportation.
 
This week is the National Week of Action to defend and demand justice for Rasmea, and today on Arab Voices, we will speak live with
Jim Fennerty, one of her defense attorneys, and also speak live with Muhammad Sankari, representative of the Rasmea Defense Committee.
 
We will also get their reaction to last night's hate crime and cold-blooded murder of three young Arab-American Muslim students in North Carolina (shot execution style in the head). Recently, there has been a rise of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States.

   
    

 
          

Date:

February 4, 2015

     
Guest:

Marcy Wheeler
Investigative journalist Marcy Wheeler writes the "Right to Know" column for ExposeFacts. She is best known for providing in-depth analysis of legal documents related to "war on terrorism" programs and civil liberties. Wheeler blogs at emptywheel.net and publishes at outlets including the Guardian, Salon and the Progressive. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit: How the Bush Administration Used the Media to Sell the Iraq War and Out a Spy. Wheeler has a PhD in comparative literature, and in 2009 she won the Hillman Award for blog journalism. In October 2013, Newsweek published an article about Wheeler titled "The Woman Who Knows The NSA's Secrets".
 

   
Topics:

We will speak with Marcy about the recent trial and conviction of CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling; the US "war on terror" and its effects on civil liberties; the involvement of the US in wars in the Middle East; the use of drones; torture; NSA's spying programs; and more.

    

 
          

Date:

January 28, 2015

     
Guest:

Funouniyat Palestinian Folklore Troupe
Today, January 28 on Arab Voices, we will be speaking with Houston's very own talented musician Mohamad Hadrous about the special event that will be held in Houston on Friday, January 30 hosting 17 members of Funouniyat Palestinian Folklore Troupe that is coming from Palestine. The Troupe will be performing live Palestinian Folk Dance and Songs at the Stafford Civic Center at 7:30 p.m. The event is organized by the Palestinian American Council.
 


Arab Voices Needs YOUR Support
We are also asking for your support tonight during KPFT's Winter Fund Drive. Arab Voices needs to raise $2,300. Please call during the show today 713-526-5738 and pledge your support. 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.
 
We are offering the following "Thank-You" Gifts during the fund drive:
 
"Palestine 5 Film Pack" - FIVE documentaries (on DVDs) for $365
You get 5 films on the Israel-Palestinian crisis and history, some of which are multi-part series. We will air portions of these documentaries on the show today. The 5 Film Pack includes:

   1 - "Al Nakba" (award-winning four-part series)
   2 - "Roadmap to Apartheid"
   3 - "The Price of Oslo"
   4 - "Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land"
   5 - "Occupation 101"
 
We are also offering additional "Thank-You" Gifts:
 
▪ $150 "The Battle for Justice in Palestine" book by Ali Abunimah
▪ $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
▪ $250 Edward Said Tribute 6 CD SET
▪ $180 “The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine” book by Miko Peled
▪ $240 "Dirty Wars" Combo (book and DVD) - documentary film and hardback book by Jeremy Scahill
▪ $150 "Al Nakba" (award-winning four-part series) DVDs
   
Thank you.
  


 Membership Drive

   
    

 
          

Date:

January 21, 2015

     
Guest:

Matthew Hoh
Former State Department Official and Whistleblower; Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy; and previously directed the Afghanistan Study Group, a collection of foreign and public policy experts and professionals advocating for a change in U.S. policy in Afghanistan. Prior to that, he served with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq and on U.S. Embassy teams in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

   
Topic:

Live discussion with Mr. Hoh about what is happening in Yemen and the U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East. Yesterday, Mr. Hoh said: "You don't have to be an expert on Yemen, the Middle East, Islam or foreign policy in general to realize that what is occurring in Yemen is similar to what is occurring throughout the Greater Middle East. Decades of American interventionist policy, that can be at best be described as inept meddling, with roots going back to the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Iran in 1953 and the establishment of the Shah's authoritarian police state, have created, fostered and sustained sectarian, ethnic and religious conflicts that have birthed repressive regimes, extremist terror groups and genocidal civil wars throughout the Middle East. Yemen is one more glaring example of failed American policy in the Middle East, perhaps all the more tragic and absurd as Yemen was cited as an example of success by President Obama when he authorized his seventh bombing of a Muslim nation, Syria, last year."
  


 Membership Drive

    

 
          

Date:

January 14, 2015

     
Topic:

Rania Khalek
An independent journalist reporting on the underclass and marginalized. She's written for Extra, The Nation, Al Jazeera America, the Electronic Intifada, Truthout, Salon, AlterNet, Citizen Radio and more. To follow her work, check out her website Dispatches from the Underclass and follow her on twitter @RaniaKhalek.
 
We will speak live with Rania about last week's attack on Charlie Hebdo in France, and the hypocrisy some countries, leaders and media outlets have shown regarding this attack. We will also talk about the Senate intelligence committee’s explosive report on the CIA’s worldwide network of torture program, and also talk about the Palestinian efforts to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), and more.
 

   

 
          

Date:

January 7, 2015

     
Topic:

Noam Chomsky's Remarks at the UN
Professor Noam Chomsky, world-renowned political dissident, Professor in the department of linguistics and philosophy at MIT, and author of numerous best-selling political works (which have been translated into scores of countries worldwide) spoke at a rare event that took place on October 14, 2014 at a packed hall at the United Nations General Assembly. The event was hosted by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. Amy Goodman of Democracy Now introduced Noam Chomsky, followed by a question and answer session.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to Chomsky's remarks and some of the questions and answers that followed his talk.
      

   

 
          

Date:

December 31, 2014

     
Topic:

Palestine and the United Nations
The United Nations Security Council failed yesterday to pass a resolution calling  for a full Israeli withdrawal from the Occupied Palestinian Territories within two years, a peace agreement with just terms for lasting peace to be established within one year, and a just resolution on all outstanding issues (including the status of Jerusalem, control of water resources, the release of Palestinian prisoners and the return of Palestinian refugees).
  
We will listen today to the remarks made by some of the UN Security Council Member States that voted for the resolution, and also listen to the remarks of Dr. Riyad Mansour, Palestinian Ambassador at the United Nations.
 
We will also hear the reaction of some prominent Palestinian figures about the failed resolution, and their reaction to today's news about Palestine formally signing a document to join the International Criminal Court to pursue charges against Israelis for war crimes.
   

   

 
          

Date:

December 24, 2014

     
Topic:

What is the value of Palestinian lives?
The Palestine Center in Washington, D.C. held its annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture on October 13, 2014. This year the lecture was titled "What is the value of Palestinian lives?", and the guest speaker was
Dr. Judith Butler, Professor of Comparative Literature and Critical Theory at the University of California at Berkeley. She spoke about the difference in the value of life given to Palestinian versus Israeli civilians.
  
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to that lecture.
   

   

 
          

Date:

December 17, 2014

     
Guests/
Topics:

 

1st Segment: Ruth Nasrullah & Ahmad Alaswad
Ruth Nasrullah is the Communications Coordinator for the Council on American Islamic Relations (Houston). She has a master of arts degree in journalism and is a regular contributor to Azizah, Islamic Horizons, Toastmaster and the Houston Chronicle, for which she has written The Straight Path blog since 2006. She previously served as president of the Houston chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
 
Ahmad Alaswad is the Outreach Coordinator for the Council on American Islamic Relations (Houston). He received dual bachelors degrees in criminal justice and political science, and a masters degree in public policy and international development. He worked as Council Aide to Houston City Council Member M.J. Khan, and also served as the Policy and Agenda Director for Council Member Jarvis Johnson. He also worked with Mayor Bill White and Mayor Annise Parker, providing them policy advice. The highlight of his time working for the City of Houston was winning the Mayor’s proclamation.
  
We will speak with both Ruth and Ahmad about the Texas Muslim Capitol Day scheduled for January 29, 2015, and the issues they plan to raise (including the anti-Islamic bills, immigration reform and its impact, and the criminal justice reform).
   

   
 

2nd Segment: Steven Salaita's Remarks
Professor Steven Salaita was dismissed from the University of Illinois over the summer because of his tweets about the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip at that time. His firing caused outrage and raised many questions about academic censorship.  Professor Salaita spoke at Northwestern University in October at an event organized by Students for Justice in Palestine. He talked about his firing, academic censorship, and the continuing colonial domination of the Palestinian people that this censorship covers for.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to his remarks.
  

   

 
          

Date:

December 10, 2014

     
Topic:

Empowering Through Media Access: How To Get Your Story Told
The Muslim Professional Association (MPA) in Houston held an event on November 20, 2014 titled "Empowering Through Media Access: How To Get Your Story Told". The guest speaker was Azmat Khan, an investigative reporter with BuzzFeed, formerly with Al Jazeera America and PBS Frontline. She has won numerous awards for her journalism and produced stories on topics as diverse as the Egyptian revolution, underground abortions in Brazil and the forgotten victims of Detroit’s bankruptcy.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to Azmat's remarks as well as the questions and answers that were raised during the event.
   

   

 
          

Date:

December 3, 2014

     
Topic:

Christians in the Arab World: History, Demography & Current Affairs
The Arab-American Educational Foundation in Houston held an event on November 14, 2014 titled "Christians in the Arab World: History, Demography & Current Affairs". The guest speaker was Shawqi Kassis, Arab American scientist, author and translator.
  
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to Shawqi Kassis' remarks.
  

   

 
          

Date:

November 26, 2014

     
Topic:

Is the Arab World Dying or Being Born?
The World Affairs Council of Houston held an event on November 13, 2014 titled "Is the Arab World Dying or Being Born?". The guest speaker was Rami Khouri, founding director and senior policy fellow at the Issam Fares Institute of Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut; editor-at-large of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper; and an internationally syndicated political columnist and book author. He is a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Dubai School of Government. He has been a visiting scholar at Stanford, Syracuse, Tufts, Mt. Holyoke and Northeastern universities, and in 2006 he was the co-recipient of the Pax Christi International Peace Award for his efforts to bring peace and reconciliation to the Middle East.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to Rami Khouri's remarks and some of the questions and answers that followed his talk.
  

   

 
          

Date:

November 19, 2014

     
 

Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 for a special Pacifica Radio Archives National Fund Drive that aired on all Pacifica stations in the US.
 

 

   

 
          

Date:

November 12, 2014

     
Topic:

ACC's 21st Anniversary Celebration Gala
The Arab American Cultural and Community Center in Houston held its 21st Anniversary Celebration Gala on October 11, 2014. This year's theme was "Moving Forward", and it highlighted the culture and people of Morocco.
 
We will listen today to the remarks made at the Gala by the Mistress of Ceremonies, Ms. Sonia Azad with ABC Channel 13; Mrs. Randa Baba Chadraoui, ACC Gala Chair; and Mr. Abdel Elkhadiri, President of the ACC. We will also listen to the remarks made by the Honorees: Dr. Kamal G. Khalil, the 2014 Outstanding Community Service Award recipient; Dr. Samia N. Khalil, the 2014 ACC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient; and Mr. Farouk Shami with Farouk Systems, the 2014 ACC Outstanding Philanthropic Honoree recipient (introduced by Dr. George Elhaj). We will also listen to the remarks of the Consul General of Morocco from New York.
 
During the Gala, the Arab American Cultural and Community Center announced that it successfully completed its Debt Elimination Campaign after Mr. Farouk Shami gifted the ACC $350,000 dollars during the Gala!
   

   

 
          

Date:

November 5, 2014

     
Guest:

Rami Khouri
Founding Director and Senior Public Policy Fellow at the Issam Fares Institute of Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut; editor-at-large of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper; and an internationally syndicated political columnist and book author. He is a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Dubai School of Government. He has been a visiting scholar at Stanford, Syracuse, Tufts, Mt. Holyoke and Northeastern universities, and in 2006 he was the co-recipient of the Pax Christi International Peace Award for his efforts to bring peace and reconciliation to the Middle East.
  

   

 
          

Date:

October 29, 2014

     
 

"Palestine 5 Film Pack" available tonight on Arab Voices
  
Dear friends, listeners and supports of Arab Voices,
  
KPFT began its Fall Membership Fund Drive On October 12, 2014 and Arab Voices needs your support to reach its goal of $3,000. Arab Voices already raised $2,125 during the past two shows. Please call during the show today 713-526-5738 and pledge your support. 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.
  
We are offering the following special "Thank-You" Gifts:
  
"Palestine 5 Film Pack" - FIVE documentaries (on DVDs) for $365
You get 5 films on the Israel-Palestinian crisis and history, some of which are multi-part series. We will air portions of these documentaries on the show today. The 5 Film Pack includes:
 
1 - "Al Nakba" (award-winning four-part series)
2 - "Roadmap to Apartheid"
3 - "The Price of Oslo"
4 - "Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land"
5 - "Occupation 101"
  
We are also offering:
 
▪ $150 "The Battle for Justice in Palestine" book by Ali Abunimah
▪ $200 "Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East" book by Rashid Khalidi
▪ $75 "Masters of Mankind: Essays and Lectures, 1969-2013" by Noam Chomsky"
▪ $75 DVD "Noam Chomsky at the UN with Amy Goodman"
▪ $120 Both Book & DVD for Noam Chomsky
 
Thank you.
         

   

 
          

Date:

October 22, 2014

     
 

Fall Membership Fund Drive
KPFT began its Fall Membership Fund Drive this week, and
Arab Voices needs your support to reach its goal. Please call during the show on Wednesday 713-526-5738 and pledge your support. 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. Thank-You Gifts offered include:

  • $365 "Palestinian 5 Film Pack" featuring Al Nakba and Roadmap to Apartheid: You get 5 films on the Israel-Palestinian crisis and history, some of which are multi-part series. The pack includes the award-winning Al Jazeera four-part series "Al Nakba," the two-part documentary "The Price of Oslo" by the same filmmaker and the documentary "Roadmap to Apartheid," narrated by Alice Walker, about the connections between the Israel/Palestinian conflict and the former Apartheid regime in South Africa. It also includes "Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land," and "Occupation 101."
  • $75 DVD: "Road Map to Apartheid"
  • $150 DVD Set 1: "Al Nakba" plus "Price of Oslo"
  • $200 DVD Set 2: "Al Nakba" plus "Road Map to Apartheid"
  • $150 "The Battle for Justice in Palestine" by Ali Abunimah
  • $200 "Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East" by Rashid Khalidi
  • $75 "Masters of Mankind: Essays and Lectures, 1969-2013" by Noam Chomsky"
  • $75 DVD "Noam Chomsky @ the UN with Amy Goodman"
  • $120 Both Book & DVD for Noam Chomsky

Thank you.
        

   

 
          

Date:

October 15, 2014

     
 

Fall Membership Fund Drive
KPFT began its Fall Membership Fund Drive this week, and
Arab Voices needs your support to reach its goal. Please call during the show on Wednesday 713-526-5738 and pledge your support. 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. Thank-You Gifts offered include:

  • $365 "Palestinian 5 Film Pack" featuring Al Nakba and Roadmap to Apartheid: You get 5 films on the Israel-Palestinian crisis and history, some of which are multi-part series. The pack includes the award-winning Al Jazeera four-part series "Al Nakba," the two-part documentary "The Price of Oslo" by the same filmmaker and the documentary "Roadmap to Apartheid," narrated by Alice Walker, about the connections between the Israel/Palestinian conflict and the former Apartheid regime in South Africa. It also includes "Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land," and "Occupation 101."
  • $75 DVD: "Road Map to Apartheid"
  • $150 DVD Set 1: "Al Nakba" plus "Price of Oslo"
  • $200 DVD Set 2: "Al Nakba" plus "Road Map to Apartheid"
  • $150 "The Battle for Justice in Palestine" by Ali Abunimah
  • $200 "Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East" by Rashid Khalidi

Thank you.
        

   

 
          

Date:

October 8, 2014

     
Topics:

Russell Tribunal on Palestine & BDS Local Event
The Russell Tribunal on Palestine held a special extraordinary session in Brussels on September 24-25, 2014 to examine the nature of potential international crimes committed in Gaza recently by Israel. During the session, several testimonies from 16 individual witnesses provided eyewitness and expert opinion on a range of issues of direct relevance to the events in Gaza in the summer of 2014.
    
Today on Arab Voices we will listen to some of the remarks made at the session including those of
Ronnie Kasrils, writer, activist and former South Africa government minister, Ken Loach, award-winning film & television director, and Michael Deas, Coordinator in Europe for the BDS Movement.
    
We will also be speaking with
Sarah Kassis with the BDS Houston Campaign about an event scheduled for Thursday, October 9 at the University of Houston titled "Free Palestine: How You Can Help" that will highlight the BDS movement.

   

 
          

Date:

October 1, 2014

     
Topics:

"Medical equipment sits at border as Egypt bans Gaza imports"
A podcast produced by The Electronic Intifada.
 
- After Israel’s attacks created thousands of new patients with physical disabilities in Gaza, patients and doctors are still waiting for basic medical equipment and medicines to arrive as Egypt and Israel maintains a tight blockade; we’ll speak with Dr. Basman Alashi, executive director Gaza’s only rehabilitation hospital, which was bombed to rubble in July.
 
- Human rights advocate Khalil Abu Shammala on the personal and collective psychological trauma after Israel’s onslaught on Gaza.
 
- Ohio University’s student senate president takes a stand for Palestine and is threatened with death and rape.
 
- Nader Ihmoud reports from Chicago, where hundreds of runners are gearing up to raise money for Palestinian children needing medical care in Gaza.
  

   

 
          

Date:

September 24, 2014

     
Guest/
Topic:

1st Segment: Salam Al-Marayati
President of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. He writes frequently and extensively on Islam, human rights, democracy, Middle East politics, and more. His articles and interviews have appeared in numerous national and international media outlets. He has also been deeply involved in interfaith activities. He also speaks frequently to congregations at community-sponsored events, temples, synagogues, churches, high schools, and college campuses. Mr. Al-Marayati also works as an advisor to several political, civic and academic institutions seeking to understand the role of Islam and Muslims in America and throughout the world.
  
We will speak with him about ISIS or the so called "Islamic State".
  

   
 

2nd Segment: Edward Said's Remarks
On the 11th anniversary of his death, we will listen today to a portion of the late Professor Edward Said’s speech at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s annual convention held in Washington, D.C. in June of 2003. The title of his talk was "On Dignity and Solidarity".
 
Edward W. Said was Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He died on September 25, 2003 in New York.
   

   

 
          

Date:

September 17, 2014

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Stephen Stapleton
Artist and Edge of Arabia co-founder. He is an artist and curator. After encountering the artistic community in Abha, Saudi Arabia during a journey across the Middle East in 2003, he founded the Off-screen Education Program and Edge of Arabia as platforms for cultural dialogue between the Middle East and the western world. He later co-founded the Crossway Foundation. He has exhibited his own artwork in Tehran, Amman, London, Oslo and New York. He has published several books related to the Middle East, including Offscreen: Four Young Artists in the Middle East, and has won several awards for his work in the field of intercultural education.
 
We will speak with Stephen about the upcoming event CULTURUNNERS at the Rothko Chapel this coming Sunday, September 21, that is part of a larger initiative that is bringing Middle Eastern artists to the US for a three-year tour and will include artist talks and film screenings at the Chapel focused on the artists' journey, the importance of cross-cultural dialogue, and the introduction of Arab artists to the American audience.
  

   
 

2nd Segment: Ruth Nasrullah & David Atwood
Ruth Nasrullah is the CAIR-TX communications coordinator. She has a master of arts degree in journalism and is a regular contributor to Azizah, Islamic Horizons, Toastmaster and the Houston Chronicle, for which she has written The Straight Path blog since 2006. She previously served as president of the Houston chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
 
Davis Atwood is the past president of the Houston Peace and Justice Center and currently serves on the board of that organization. He is coordinator of Pax Christi Houston, a Catholic peace and justice organization. He has authored several books and has worked many years to improve the Texas criminal justice system, including abolition of the death penalty.
 
We will speak with both Ruth and David about the 2014 Civil Rights Conference to be held in Houston on Saturday, September 20. We will also talk about the award winning film, NESHOBA: The Price of Freedom, that will be premiered at the University of Houston on Friday, September 19.
  

   
 

3rd Segment: Rick Halperin's Remarks at CRC
Director of the Embrey Human Rights Program at Southern Methodist University, a human rights educator and longtime activist, and twice chair of the board of directors of Amnesty International USA.
 
Rick Halperin spoke at the first Civil Rights Conference held in Houston in 2012 about the Right to Protest and Free Speech. Today, we will re-air those remarks.
 

   

 
          

Date:

September 10, 2014

     
Guest/
Topic:

Raed Jarrar
Raed Jarrar serves as the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)’s Policy Impact Coordinator at the Office of Public Policy and Advocacy in Washington, D.C. Since his immigration to the U.S. in 2005, he has worked on political and cultural issues pertaining to U.S. engagement in the Arab and Muslim worlds. He is widely recognized as an expert on political, social, and economic developments in the Middle East. He has testified in numerous Congressional hearings and briefings, and he is also a frequent guest on national and international media outlets in both Arabic and English.
 
We will speak with Raed about Iraq, Syria and ISIS.
  

   

 
          

Date:

September 3, 2014

     
Topic:

Save the Children of Palestine Awareness Day
On Monday, September 1, 2014, a coalition of civil rights activists organized a special "Save the Children of Palestine Awareness Day" at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Plaza in Houston, to educate the community about the plight of children in occupied Palestine. Organizations represented included the Black Heritage Society, Houston office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Houstonians for Peace, and Students for Justice in Palestine.
 
Several people spoke at the event and today we will listen to most of them, including the remarks of Minister Robert Muhammad with the Nation of Islam, Reverend Ronnie Lister, Sylvester Brown with the Black Heritage Society, Akua Holt with Pan African Journal, Mustafaa Carroll with the Council on Islamic Relations, and Hoda El-Haj with Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Houston.
   

   

 
          

Date:

August 27, 2014

     
Guest:

Khalil Jahshan
Executive Director at Arab Center Washington, a progressive think tank focusing on US foreign policy in the Middle East with a specific emphasis on the advocacy for democracy and justice in the region. He previously served as Executive Director at Pepperdine University, Executive Vice President at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), President of the National Association of Arab Americans, Assistant Director at the Palestine Research and Educational Center, and Director of National Office at the Association of Arab-American University Graduates.
 

   
Topic: We will speak with Mr. Jahshan about the latest ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians, what is means, will it last, will it resolve the root problems, what is expected from regional and international players to resolve the problems, the effect of the Israeli war crimes and genocide against the Palestinians over the past 51 days, and much more.
    
   

 
          

Date:

August 20, 2014

     
Guest/
Topics:

Vijay Prashad
Chair of South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College in Hartford. He is a well-known commentator on world affairs, and writes regularly in many journals. He is a columnist for Frontline, co-editor of Dispatches from the Arab Spring, and author of sixteen books, including The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South, and Arab Spring, Libyan Winter.
 
We will speak with him about the crisis in Palestine, the crisis in Iraq and Syria as the violence and political turmoil continue to escalate, and also talk about the advances and threats of ISIS to the region.
 

   

 
          

Date:

August 13, 2014

     
Guest/
Topic:

1st Segment: Dr. Mustafa Barghouti (in Gaza)
Member of the Palestinian parliament, co-founder and Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, a leading figure in Palestinian civil society, and a longtime advocate for the non-violent Palestinian protest movement. He previously served as Minister of Information in Palestine, and also ran for the presidency of the Palestinian National Authority. He is an advocate for peace in the Middle East, and is a 2010 Peace Prize nominee. Dr. Barghouti is currently in Gaza City in occupied Palestine. We will speak with him about the recent massive Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, what he is witnessing in Gaza, and his views on what is needed to end this crisis.
   
2nd Segment: John Quigley
Professor emeritus of international law at Ohio State University, who is active in international human rights work. His numerous publications include books and articles on human rights, the United Nations, war and peace, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. He authored several books including The Statehood of Palestine: International Law in the Middle East Conflict. Professor Quigley participated in the fourth session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine - New York Session in 2012. We will speak with him about the ongoing Israeli war crimes and genocide against the Palestinian people, and the options available to bring Israel before the International Criminal Court. We will talk about whether the Genocide Convention should be invoked with regard to Israel's recent attack on Gaza, and even if it does, will it make any difference knowing that Israel for so many years has gotten away with ethnic cleansing, war crimes, and genocide.
   

   

 
          

Date:

August 6, 2014

     
Guest/
Topic:

Dr. Mona El-Farra (in Gaza)
Vice President of the Palestine Red Crescent Society of the Gaza Strip, Director of Gaza Projects of the Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA), human rights and women’s rights activist, and member of the Union of Health Work Committees.

Last Friday, an Israeli airstrike massacred 9 members of Dr. Mona El-Farra's family in the Gaza Strip, including 5 children! Despite that personal tragedy, she continues to work tirelessly every day to treat hundreds of Palestinians. Dr. El-Farra has been warning that the situation in Gaza was going to worsen dramatically because of the dwindling availability of water, electricity, basic medications and medical supplies.
 
We will speak with Dr. El-Farra (in Gaza) about the crisis in the Gaza Strip as a result of the latest Israeli attack and genocide against the Palestinian people!

 


Summer Membership Fund Drive
KPFT began its Summer Membership Fund Drive this week, and
Arab Voices needs your support to reach its goal. Please call during the show on Wednesday 713-526-5738 and pledge your support. 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. Thank-You Gifts offered include:

  • $365 "Palestinian 5 Film Pack" featuring Al Nakba and Roadmap to Apartheid: You get 5 films on the Israel-Palestinian crisis and history, some of which are multi-part series. The pack includes the award-winning Al Jazeera four-part series "Al Nakba," the two-part documentary "The Price of Oslo" by the same filmmaker and the documentary "Roadmap to Apartheid," narrated by Alice Walker, about the connections between the Israel/Palestinian conflict and the former Apartheid regime in South Africa. It also includes "Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land," and "Occupation 101."
  • $75 DVD: "Road Map to Apartheid"
  • $150 DVD Set 1: "Al Nakba" plus "Price of Oslo"
  • $200 DVD Set 2: "Al Nakba" plus "Road Map to Apartheid"
  • $150 "The Battle for Justice in Palestine" by Ali Abunimah (new book - February 2014)
  • $200 "Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East" by Rashid Khalidi

Click here for a list of other gifts.
 
Thank you.
      

   

 
          

Date:

July 30, 2014

     
Guest/
Topic:

Yousef Al-Helou (based in Gaza)
Palestinian freelance Journalist based in Gaza City in occupied Palestine. He is a Reuters Journalist fellow at Oxford University and the Middle East correspondent for Real News Network. Yousef just completed his masters in journalism at Oxford University, and he can be followed on Twitter at @YousefAlhelou. We will speak with him about the horrific situation in the Gaza Strip and the latest/ongoing Israeli state terrorism, genocide, massacres and war crimes against the Palestinian people that has killed more than 1,300 Palestinians over the past 23 days (including many women, children, infants, elderly, journalists and medical personnel), injured more than 7,000 Palestinians, and caused major destruction to the Gaza Strip with thousands of homes completely destroyed, no water and no electricity (Gaza's sole power plant was bombed again!).
 
We will also listen to remarks and the names of some of the Palestinians that were killed by Israel as they were read last night at a
Candle Light Vigil held in Houston where more than 500 people attended in support of Gaza. Last Friday, nearly 4,000 people attended a demonstration by the Galleria in Houston calling for an end to Israeli terrorism and genocide against the Palestinians.
 


Summer Membership Fund Drive
KPFT began its Summer Membership Fund Drive this week, and
Arab Voices needs your support to reach its goal. Please call during the show on Wednesday 713-526-5738 and pledge your support. 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. Thank-You Gifts offered include:

  • $365 "Palestinian 5 Film Pack" featuring Al Nakba and Roadmap to Apartheid: You get 5 films on the Israel-Palestinian crisis and history, some of which are multi-part series. The pack includes the award-winning Al Jazeera four-part series "Al Nakba," the two-part documentary "The Price of Oslo" by the same filmmaker and the documentary "Roadmap to Apartheid," narrated by Alice Walker, about the connections between the Israel/Palestinian conflict and the former Apartheid regime in South Africa. It also includes "Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land," and "Occupation 101."
  • $75 DVD: "Road Map to Apartheid"
  • $150 DVD Set 1: "Al Nakba" plus "Price of Oslo"
  • $200 DVD Set 2: "Al Nakba" plus "Road Map to Apartheid"
  • $150 "The Battle for Justice in Palestine" by Ali Abunimah (new book - February 2014)
  • $200 "Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East" by Rashid Khalidi

Click here for a list of other gifts.

Thank you.
 

   

 
          

Date:

July 23, 2014

     
Guest:

Josh Ruebner
Policy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. He is a former Analyst in Middle East Affairs at Congressional Research Service, a federal government agency providing Members of Congress with policy analysis. He previously served as Executive Director of Jews for Peace in Palestine and Israel. Ruebner's analysis and commentary on U.S. policy toward the Middle East appear frequently in various media outlets. He is also author of the book “Shattered Hopes: Obama's Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace”.
   

   
Topic: We will speak live with Josh about the ongoing Israeli genocide and war crimes in the Gaza Strip in occupied Palestine, where over the past 17 days, nearly 700 Palestinians were murdered (mostly women, infants, children and elderly), more than 4,300 Palestinians were injured, over 3,000 homes, businesses and mosques were destroyed, Gaza's sole power plant was bombed, ambulances are targeted, and medical personnel are prevented from reaching the injured.
  
We will also hear the reaction of several local Houstonians who participated in a very large demonstration in Houston on Sunday to protest Israel’s genocide on the Gaza Strip.
  
   

 
          

Date:

July 16, 2014

     
Guest/
Topic:

Rania Khalek
An independent journalist reporting on the underclass and marginalized. She's written for Extra, The Nation, Al Jazeera America, the Electronic Intifada and more. To follow her work, check out her website Dispatches from the Underclass and follow her on twitter @RaniaKhalek.
 
We will speak with Rania about the current/ongoing Israeli attack and war crimes on the occupied Gaza Strip that has killed 214 Palestinians over the past few days (most of them are civilians including many children, infants, women and elderly), injured more than 1,600 Palestinians, destroyed over 620 homes, businesses and mosques, and caused major devastation to the besieged Gaza Strip.
 
We will also hear the reaction of many local Houstonians and others who participated in two demonstrations in Houston over the weekend where more than 2,500 people attended to protest Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip.

   
       

 
          

Date:

July 9, 2014

     
Guests:

Haidar Eid (in Gaza, Palestine)
Associate Professor at al-Aqsa University in Gaza, who has written widely on the Arab-Israeli conflict, including articles published at Znet, Electronic Intifada, Palestine Chronicle, and Al Jazeera. He has also published papers on cultural studies and literature in a number of journals.
 

   

Diana Buttu (in Palestine)
Lawyer and Policy Advisor to Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network. She previously served as a spokesperson for the Palestine Liberation Organization, and also served as legal advisor to the PLO in its negotiations with Israel.
  

Topic:

A discussion with professor Haidar Eid and Diana Buttu (all in occupied Palestine) about the latest Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip (the latest in a series of war crimes committed against the Palestinians over the years).

   
       

 
          

Date:

July 2, 2014

     
Guests:

1st Segment: Ali Abunimah
Co-founder and Executive Director of the award-winning and widely acclaimed publication The Electronic Intifada. Abunimah is a Media Commentator, an expert on Palestine and the Palestinian-Israeli problem, author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse, and the recently released book The Battle for Justice in Palestine.
 
    
2nd Segment: Jennifer Loewenstein
Associate Director of the Middle East Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an expert on contemporary Middle East: history, politics, culture, religion and U.S. foreign policy in the region She has spent extensive time in Gaza including witnessing attacks. She is now in touch with human rights groups in Gaza. She said today: “More than three times the number of the Israeli youths murdered near Hebron were murdered by the Israeli military in its terrorist rampage across the West Bank since the three [Israeli youths] went missing. But we will never see the handsome photos and bios of the dead Palestinians because they are ‘human animals’ according to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, unworthy of our grief."
 

   
Topic:

We will speak with our guests about the ongoing Israeli attacks on Palestinians throughout the occupied Palestinian territories including the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.

   
       

 
          
  
     
   

 

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