Over 600 expert guests have appeared on the show from around the globe since April 2002, including:

     

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


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Date:

 Wednesday, July 30, 2014
   

Time:

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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.

   
       

 
          

Date:

June 25, 2014

     
Topic:

Faith in Freedom: CAIR Texas Annual Banquet
The Council on American-Islamic Relations Texas (Houston Chapter), America's largest Muslim civil liberties organization, held its annual fundraising banquet on June 14, 2014 in Houston under the theme "Faith in Freedom". Several local community members, faith leaders and elected officials attended the event that featured an awards ceremony recognizing several individuals (Reverend Ronnie Lister received the Ester L. King Bridge Builder Award; Texas State Representative Lon Burnam received the Courage in Justice Award; and Farrukh Shamsi received the Civic Engagement Award). The guest speaker was UT-Austin professor Dr. Denise Spellberg, scholar of Islamic civilization and Islam in America and Europe and author of the recently published book "Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders". She spoke about the history of Islam in America. CAIR also discussed the challenges ahead, debut upcoming projects and goals, and showcased the results of the work done by CAIR. Nearly 400 people attended the event, and CAIR was able to raise approximately $200,000 in contributions to support its civil rights work.
  
There were several remarks made at the event, and today we will listen to few of these remarks, including the remarks by
Dr. Yusuf Shere, CAIR Texas President; Mustafaa Carroll, Executive Director of CAIR Texas; Nihad Awad, Executive Director and co-founder of CAIR National; Ruth Nasrullah, Communications Coordinator; and Ahmad Alaswad, Outreach Coordinator.

   
       

 
          

Date:

June 18, 2014

     
Guest:

 

Dr. Dahlia Wasfi
Dr. Dahlia Wasfi is a speaker and activist in support of ending the military and economic occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Palestine. She was born in the US to an American Jewish mother and an Iraqi Muslim father. She is currently working on a book. Dr. Wasfi can be found on the internet at www.liberatethis.com and on Facebook and YouTube.
 

   
Topic:  We will speak live with Dr. Wasfi about Iraq; the current situation there and the latest developments with the recent ISIS involvement.
 
   

 
          

Date:

June 11, 2014

     
Guest:

 

Buthayna Hammad
On June 1, 2014, Palestinian-American Buthayna Hammad was attending a soccer match between Honduras and Israel at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. Fifteen minutes into the game, she was approached by the Head of Security at BBVA Compass Stadium, removed her from her seat, surrounded her with four Houston Police officers and three additional stadium security personnel, and prohibited her from returning to her seat until she surrendered the Palestinian Flag she had on her. Ms. Hammad said that the Head of Security told her that she was not allowed to carry this flag because it implies a “racial slur” and that it is a BBVA Compass Stadium violation.
   

   
Topic:  Today on Arab Voices, we will speak live with Ms. Hammad about this incident that has caught local and national attention. An invitation was also extended to the Head of Security, the General Manager and Director of Operations at BBVA Compass Stadium to appear on the show. Arab Voices received a statement via email from the General Manger of  BBVA Compass Stadium, Mr. Dough Hall, that will be read on the air during the show.
 
   

 
          
Topic:

 

Dr. Rashid Khalidi
The Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University, editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, and was President of the Middle East Studies Association, and an advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from October 1991 until June 1993. He is the author of many books and publications, including his latest book "Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East". He teaches courses on Modern Middle Eastern History; The United States, the Middle East and the Cold War; Islamic Movements in the Modern Middle East; The Modern History of Palestine; and Nationalism in the Arab World.
 

   
  Today, we will listen to the remarks Professor Khalidi made at the Palestine Center on April 17, 2014 titled "Washington and the Peace Process: Assessing America's Role, Past and Present".
 
   

 
          

Date:

May 28, 2014

     
Guest:

 

Dr. Samer Shehata
Associate Professor of Middle East Studies & Middle East Studies Program Coordinator at the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He has previously taught at the American University in Cairo, Columbia University, New York University, and Georgetown University. His areas of research include Middle Eastern politics, Egyptian politics, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist politics, and U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East. Professor Shehata has authored and published several books and articles.  
 

   
Topic:

We will speak live with professor Shehata about Egypt; the latest developments there; the current presidential elections; rebuilding Egypt; the US-Egyptian relations; and much more.
  

   

 
          

Date:

May 21, 2014

     
Topic:

"Reporting From the Front Line: The Middle East and The Challenge To Tell The Truth"
On May 9, 2014, the Arab-American Educational Foundation in Houston organized a lecture at Rice University titled “Reporting From the Front Line: The Middle East and The Challenge To Tell The Truth”. The speaker was
Robert Fisk, Middle East Correspondent for The Independent. It was "an examination of the conflicts now tearing apart the Arab world and the way in which journalism and governments frame our misunderstanding of it. How can we learn from the unwritten story of the region -- and predict its future?".
   
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to that lecture.
 
 

   

 
          

Date:

May 14, 2014

     
Topic:

Dear friends, listeners and supporters for Arab Voices,
 
Last month, April 2014, marked the 12th anniversary for Arab Voices radio talk show on KPFT Houston, 90.1 FM. Over the past 12 years, more than
600 distinguished guests appeared live on the show covering different topics.
 
That has been possible because of your support, and today, Arab Voices needs your support during the Spring Fund Drive for KPFT, which started two weeks ago. Please call us during the show today, May 14 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
:
        

  • NEW: "No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State" new book (May 2014) by Glenn Greenwald ($150)
  • NEW: “Glenn Greenwald DemocracyNow! Broadcast” 2-DVD Special ($100)
  • NEW: “Glenn Greenwald Combo” - new book and 2-DVD special ($200)
  • NEW: "The Battle for Justice in Palestine" new book (February 2014) by Ali Abunimah ($150)
  • "Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East" book by Rashid Khalidi ($200)
  • "Al-Nakba" 4-DVD Set ($150)
  • "National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism" book by Melvin Goodman ($150)
  • "Dirty Wars" Combo (book and DVD) - "Dirty Wars" documentary film and book by Jeremy Scahill ($240)
      
Click here for a full list of many other gifts.
 
Thank you.
Said
 
   

 
          

Date:

May 7, 2014

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Sary Joudah
Palestinian-American who currently serves as the Executive Director of the Houston Palestine Film Festival and sits on its Film Selection Committee. The film festival is scheduled to be held in Houston on May 9-24. We will speak live with Sary about the 8th Annual Houston Palestine Film Festival.
   
2nd Segment: Robert Fisk
A multiple award-winning journalist on the Middle East, based in Beirut, Lebanon. He has been the Middle East correspondent for The Independent for more than 30 years, and has published a number of books and reported on several wars and armed conflicts. He was voted International Journalist of the Year several times. Fisk will be speaking in Houston this coming Friday on the topic "Reporting From the Front Line: The Middle East and The Challenge To Tell The Truth" at an event organized by the Arab-American Educational Foundation.
     


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

  • "The Battle for Justice in Palestine" by Ali Abunimah (new book - February 2014 $150)

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

  • "Al-Nakba" 4 DVD Set ($150)

  • "Natioanl Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism" by Mekvin Goodman ($150)

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

Click here for a full list of all gifts.

Thank you.
 

   

 
          

Date:

April 30, 2014

     
Guest:

Dr. Jess Ghannam
Palestinian-American Doctor; a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, and Adjunct Professor of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. He is a human rights activist; member of the international executive committee of Al-Awda, the Palestinian Right to Return Coalition; and former president of the San Francisco chapter of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. He currently serves on the Board of KinderUSA and the MLFA. He lectures and writes about the health effects of war and occupation in Palestine, where he travels frequently. He is a board member of the Gaza Community Mental Health Program, and has established clinics in Gaza City, Jabaliyah, Khan Younis and Deir al-Balah. Dr. Ghannam also co-hosts ARAB TALK RADIO program on KPOO in San Francisco, along with Jamal Dajani, the award-winning producer of Mosaic News on Link TV.
  

   
Topics:

We will speak live with Dr. Ghannam about occupied Palestine; the ongoing Israeli atrocities; colonies; the apartheid wall; BDS; the latest reconciliation between Fateh and Hamas; the U.S. efforts to “reach a deal” between Israel and Palestine lead by Secretary of State John Kerry; and more.
  


Today, KPFT begins its Spring Membership Fund Drive, and Arab Voices needs your support to reach its goal. Please call during the show 713-526-5738 and pledge your support. Thank-You Gifts offered include:

  • "The Battle for Justice in Palestine" by Ali Abunimah (new book - February 2014 $150)

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

  • "Al-Nakba" 4 DVD Set ($150)

  • "Natioanl Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism" by Mekvin Goodman ($150)

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

Click here for a full list of all gifts.

Thank you.
 


 
          

Date:

April 23, 2014

     
Topic:

Arabophobia: A Scholar, a Poet and a Visual Artist Respond
FotoFest in collaboration with the Humanities Research Center at Rice University and the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy held a symposium at Rice University on April 2, 2014 titled "Arabophobia: A scholar, a Poet and a Visual Artist Respond". The speakers were
Dr. Melani McAlister, Associate Professor of American Studies, International Affairs, and Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, a scholar on American reactions to Arabs, particularly regarding media representations; Houston-based, award-winning Palestinian-American poet and physician Dr. Fady Joudah; and featured artist Khaled Hafez, FotoFest Biennial Exhibiting Artist from Egypt.
  
Today, we will listen to the remarks made at the symposium.
 
The event was organized with Dr. Ussama Makdisi, Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University, and Fares el-Dahdah, Director of the Humanities Research Center at Rice University.
 

   

 
          

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.
 


 
  
     
   

 

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