Arab Voices Archives (click on the date to listen to any of the shows)

   
         

Date:

April 26, 2017

     
Guest/
Topic:

Joe Catron
Organizer with Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. We will speak live with Joe about the thousands of Palestinian political prisoners including children, women and legislative council members held in Israeli jails, and the latest on the massive hunger strike that started 10 days ago on April 17, 2017 (Prisoner's Day) by nearly 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails and detention centers, amidst resentment of Israel’s cruel policies towards Palestinian political prisoners.
 
We will also talk with him about the hearing held yesterday in a Detroit U.S. District Court where a plea agreement was reached to revoke Palestinian American Rasmea Odeh's U.S. citizenship and deport her from the U.S.!

   
     

 
          

Date:

April 19, 2017

     
Topic:

"Beyond the Arab Muslim Ban: Feminist Futures and Joint Struggle" by Professor Nadine Naber
The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and The Arab-American Education Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History at the University of Houston held the Nijad and Zeina Fares Arab-American Educational Foundation Annual Distinguished Lecture in Modern Arab Studies on March 21, 2017, at the University of Houston. The lecture was titled "Beyond the Arab Muslim Ban: Feminist Futures and Joint Struggle", and the speaker was Professor Nadine Naber.
   
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to Professor Naber's lecture on "Beyond the Arab Muslim Ban: Feminist Futures and Joint Struggle".
    
Professor Nadine Naber is a leading Arab-American feminist scholar, author, and social justice advocate. She is an associate professor in the Gender and Women's Studies Program and the Global Asian Studies Program and the director of the Arab American Cultural Center at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Professor Naber is author of Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism and editor of Race and Arab Americans; Arab and Arab American Feminisms (winner of the Arab American Book Award 2012); and The Color of Violence.

   
     

 
          

Date:

April 12, 2017

     
Guest:

Philip Giraldi
Former CIA Officer and Army Intelligence Officer who spent twenty years overseas in Europe and the Middle East working terrorism cases. He is the Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest and a recognized authority on international security and counterterrorism issues. He writes regularly on terrorism, intelligence, and security issues, and appears frequently on national and international broadcasts. He holds a BA with honors from the University of Chicago and an MA and Ph.D. in Modern History from the University of London.
  

   
Topic:

A live conversation with Mr. Giraldi about the recent U.S. missile attack on Syria after a horrific poisonous gas attack in Khan Shaykhun, south of the Syrian city of Idlib that killed dozens of civilians.
  
Mr. Giraldi is one of several prominent former intelligence and other officials with Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (from virtually every branch of the U.S. national security state) that have released a statement saying "Trump Should Rethink Syria Escalation", and also asking Trump to pull back from his dangerous escalation of tensions with Russia.

   
     

 
          

Date:

April 5, 2017

     
   


              


 Spring Fund Drive

   
     

 
          

Date:

March 29, 2017

     
Topic:

The 3rd Annual Lebanese Festival
A live conversation with
Hiba Elroz and Fred Davis, members of the Lebanese Festival Committee, about the 3rd Annual Lebanese Festival that will be held Friday through Sunday, March 31-April 2 at Jones Plaza in Downtown Houston.
 
There will be entertainment, food, different activities, great festivities, enjoyable atmosphere for both adults and children, door prizes, music, folkloric dances, performances, and much more. This will not just be a festival...it will be a one of a kind experience as attendees are whisked away on a memorable and exquisite journey to explore all that Lebanon has to offer. The 3rd Annual Houston Lebanese Festival will be unlike any other festival before. It will be filled with surprises that take you to the streets, the sights, and the sounds of Lebanon. This event is hosted by the American Lebanese Cultural Center (ALCC) in Houston. 

              


 Spring Fund Drive

   
     

 
          

Date:

March 22, 2017

     
Topics:

1st Segment: The 7th Annual Houston Palestinian Festival
A live conversation with Ruba Afifi, Festival Chair and Board Member with the Palestinian American Cultural Center (PACC-Houston) and Alma AlQuqa, Festival Co-Chair about the 7th Annual Houston Palestinian Festival scheduled to be held March 25-26 at Jones Plaza in Downtown Houston. We will also speak 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 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 Ph.D. in neuroscience in the Faculty of Medicine at the Technical Institute in Haifa.
  

   
 

2nd Segment: ESCOWA's New Report: Israel is guilty of apartheid 
We will talk about a new report published a few days ago by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, ESCOWA, which directly accuses Israel of imposing an apartheid regime on the Palestinian people. The report also urges governments to "support boycott, divestment and sanctions activities and respond positively to calls for such initiatives." What did the U.N. do when the report was released? Secretary-General Antonio Guterres ordered the report be withdrawn and removed from the web! Rima Khalaf, the head of the U.N. agency ESCOWA, responsible for this report resigned in protest!

   
     

 
          

Date:

March 15, 2017

     
Topics:

Trump’s Foreign Policy Positions on Palestine and the Middle East
The Palestine Center in Washington, D.C. held an event titled "Trump’s Foreign Policy Positions on Palestine and the Middle East" on February 7, 2017. Panelists Dr. Nathan Brown, Dr. Shibley Telhami, and Professor P.J. Crowley will examine in this panel the foreign policy positions of President Donald Trump with regard to Palestine and the Middle East. Among the many issues related to the subject of this panel are President Trump's campaign promise to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and his appointment of David Friedman, a pro-settlement lawyer with no foreign policy experience, as US ambassador to Israel. The panelists will discuss these issues, while examining the widespread regional and global effects the Trump administration will bring.
  
Today, on Arab Voices, we will listen to that panel.
 
Dr. Nathan Brown is a professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies as well as Director of the Middle East Studies Program at George Washington University. From 2013 to 2015, he was President of the Middle East Association–the academic association for scholars studying in the region. In 2013, Dr.Brown was named a Guggenheim Fellow. Four years earlier he was named a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. For the 2009-2010 academic year, he was a fellow at the Wilson International Center for Scholars.
  
Philip J. (P.J.) Crowley is a professor of practice and distinguished fellow at the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communications at George Washington University, after serving a long career in the U.S. Department of State. He is a specialist on national security and from 2011- 2012 he was a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress where he authored detailed analyses on security issues including Safe At Home —a national security strategy to protect the American homeland, improve national preparedness and rebuild the US standing in the world.
  
Dr. Shibley Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development and the Director of the University of Maryland critical issues poll. He is also a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. His best-selling book, The Stakes: America and the Middle East, was selected by Foreign Affairs as one of the top five books on the Middle East in 2003. His recent book, The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East, was published in 2013. Dr. Telhami was selected by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, along with the New York Times, as one of the “great immigrants” for 2013.

   
      

 
          

Date:

March 8, 2017

     
Topics:

1st Segment: President Trump's new "Muslim Ban"
President Trump signed on Monday, March 6, 2017 another executive order to ban Muslims and Arabs from 6 Muslim countries from entering the United States. This is his second attempt at this after his first executive order to ban Muslims from 7 countries was stopped in courts. Several national organizations voiced opposition and concerns about this second attempt at banning Muslims from entering the United States.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to statements and reactions to this latest executive order from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). We will also listen to a news conference held by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
       

   
 

2nd Segment: Dr. Michael Fares 
Instructional Assistant Professor of Arabic at the University of Houston. He joined the department of Modern and Classical Languages at UH in 2012. Michael grew up in the Middle East and has spent time in several Arabic speaking countries. He teaches beginning and intermediate Arabic, and is working to develop the curriculum for these courses as part of the department’s newly created Arab Studies Minor. Prior to teaching at the University of Houston, Michael worked as a teaching assistant for the Arabic Flagship Program at the University of Texas. He also served as an instructor of advanced Arabic for the University of Texas Arabic Summer Institute. Michael is interested in foreign language acquisition, as well as Medieval Arabic philosophy and literature. He also has several publications and projects, including University of Houston Arabic Speaking Faculty Interview Series, Online Beginning Arabic “Catchup” Lecture Series, The Phenomenon of Interlanguage and its Importance for Teaching Arabic as a Second Language, and Ghassan Kanafani’s “The Stolen Shirt”: A Translation and Introduction.
  
We will speak with professor Fares about the Syrian refugees and the upcoming “Sketches of the Syrian Diaspora: A night of Music and Storytelling” event that will be held at the University of Houston on March 22, 2017.

   
     

 
          

Date:

March 1, 2017

     
Guest:

Dr. Ramzy Baroud
US-Arab journalist, media consultant, author, internationally-syndicated columnist, founder and editor of Palestine Chronicle, former managing editor of the London-based Middle East Eye, former editor-in-chief of The Brunei Times, and former deputy managing editor of Al Jazeera online. He is the author of several books including Searching Jenin: Eyewitness Accounts of the Israeli Invasion, The Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of a People’s Struggle, and My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story. He is also the co-author, with Samah Sabawi and Jehan Bseiso, of the poetry collection I Remember My Name. His work has been published in hundreds of newspapers and journals worldwide, and is regularly translated and republished in several languages. He has contributed to and was referenced in hundreds of books and academic journals. Baroud has been a guest on many television and radio programs nationally and internationally, and he has been a guest speaker at many top universities around the world. Baroud has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Palestine Studies from the European Centre for Palestinian Studies at the University of Exeter.

   
     

 
          

Date:

February 22, 2017

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Building Resistance: Japanese Imprisonment and the Fight Against a Muslim Registry
Produced by Making Contact (02.14.2017)
 
This year is the 75th anniversary of we now call Japanese Internment. And every year since 1942, Japanese Americans have tried to get the rest of us to remember what happened. To notice the scar that mass incarceration left, not just on the Japanese community, but on all of us. We found ourselves at similar crossroads in 2001 when the Bush Administration used the chaos of 9/11 to push through drastic changes, including the creation of a Muslim registry called NSEERS, the National Security Entry Exit Registration System. But, people fought it. And won. Today, as President Trump moves to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. and threatens to build another registry we are faced with similar choices. So, what can we learn from our history? And how do we fight back?
 
Featuring:
Satsuki Ina, documentarian; Mutsu Homma, Roy Ebihara, George Murihiro, Matsuo Watanabe, survivors; Joseph Arsinoe, US soldier; War Relocation Authority. Lara Kiswani, Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center; Anirvan Chatterjee, Alliance of South Asians Taking Action Liz Ouyang, attorney; Mohammad Sarfaraz Hussain; Anirvan Chatterjee, Alliance of South Asians Taking Action; Jason Prado, Sophie Xie, DoBetter.Tech
     

   
 

2nd Segment: Lawyers, activists organize against Trump’s Muslim ban
A podcast produced by The Electronic Intifada (02.03.2017)
  
Immigration attorneys and immigrant rights groups continue to fight the Trump administration’s so-called Muslim ban but the executive branch of the US government remains intransigent in its refusal to comply with federal court orders against the ban. The executive order banning persons from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US was signed by President Donald Trump last Friday. On Saturday, thousands of activists poured into airports around the US to demand that Customs and Border Protection (CPB) release people it had detained under the ban. By the evening, a federal court in New York had issued an immediate order against the ban.
 
“What I saw at the protests at SFO [San Francisco International airport] was an organized and focused crowd of protesters … to respond and protest to the immediate implementation of Trump’s executive order,” said The Electronic Intifada’s Charlotte Silver in an interview for the podcast.
 
On Wednesday, immigration attorneys in Southern California told The Electronic Intifada that the US Marshals Service is failing to enforce federal court orders against the CPB at Los Angeles International airport, Silver reported.
 
There have been ”several” instances in the past few days where CBP agents “are telling lawyers, telling congress people, telling activists that they are specifically not complying with the court order, that it is not applying to them,” Silver explained.

She said that there are “serious reasons to be concerned about the Trump administration and its federal agency’s willingness to comply with court orders.”
 
Featured audio: Lara Kiswani, Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center, speaking to crowd at SFO, 28 January; crowd chanting and drumming via Palestinian Memes

   
     

 
          

Date:

February 15, 2017

     
Topic:

Panel Discussion about "Immigration Ban Statement"
The Arab American Cultural and Community Center (ACC) in Houston held a panel discussion of local immigration lawyers and experts on February 11, 2017 to help address the community's concerns and help clarify questions in regards to the immigration ban that was put in effect January 27, 2017. The Panel included:
 
Wafa Abdin, Esq.
Vice President for Immigration and Refugee Services at Catholic Charities. She oversees the Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance, the largest non-profit provider of immigration legal services for low-income and indigent non-citizens and Refugee Resettlement Program. She has more than 15 years of experience in immigration law and is a frequent lecturer at immigration conferences and has also written several articles and papers on immigration law topics. In recognition of her outstanding work and dedication, she was awarded the Chrys Dougherty Legal Services Award in 2010 by the Texas State Bar.

Norma Ayoub
Attorney at the law firm of Ayoub & Associates, PC. She has been practicing law for about 18 years. Earlier in her career she handled international corporate matters while working overseas. Upon returning to the US, she opened her own office and has handled strictly immigration matters for the past 16 years and is licensed in both New York and Texas. She is admitted in various appellate courts. She speaks fluent Arabic.

Nejd Jill Yaziji
Attorney at Yaziji Law Firm. She has been practicing Immigration & Asylum Law for more than a decade. She represents clients from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Pakistan, Sudan, Egypt, Ukraine and other countries. She is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, and is Editor-in-Chief of The Houston Lawyer magazine (2016-2017), the official publication of the Houston Bar Association.
 
Today on Arab Voices we will listen to the remarks made at the panel discussion on refugees, asylum and non-immigrant visa. We will also listen to some of the questions and answers raised during the event such as could a Muslim registry be enforced, the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), what do undocumented immigrants need to do, what to do if targeted by ICE, what can we do to counter hate speech and hate crimes, what will happen to TPS, when can one apply for asylum, what is the legality of agents asking for and searching smartphones and laptops at airports, what is the status of DACA, and more.

   
     

 
          

Date:

February 8, 2017

     
Guests:/
Topics:

1st Segment: Wafa Abdin
Vice President for Immigration and Refugee Services at Catholic Charities. She oversees the Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance, the largest non-profit provider of immigration legal services for low-income and indigent non-citizens and Refugee Resettlement Program. Ms. Abdin has more than fifteen years of experience in Immigration Law and is a frequent lecturer at Immigration conferences and has also written several articles and papers on Immigration law topics. In recognition of her outstanding work and dedication, Ms. Abdin was awarded the Chrys Dougherty Legal Services Award in 2010 by the Texas State Bar.
 
We will speak live with Wafa about President Trump's executive order, the lawsuits filed to stop it, where does it legally stand now, and more.
  

   
 

2nd Segment: Ussama Makdisi
Professor of History and the first holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University. In 2012-2013, Makdisi was an invited Resident Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin). In April 2009, the Carnegie Corporation named Makdisi a 2009 Carnegie Scholar as part of its effort to promote original scholarship regarding Muslim societies and communities, both in the United States and abroad. Professor Makdisi is the author of Faith Misplaced: the Broken Promise of U.S.-Arab Relations, 1820-2001. His previous books include Artillery of Heaven: American Missionaries and the Failed Conversion of the Middle East, which was the winner of the 2008 Albert Hourani Book Award from the Middle East Studies Association, the 2009 John Hope Franklin Prize of the American Studies Association, and a co-winner of the 2009 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize given by the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies. Makdisi is also the author of The Culture of Sectarianism: Community, History, and Violence in Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Lebanon and co-editor of Memory and Violence in the Middle East and North Africa. He has published widely on Ottoman and Arab history as well as on U.S.-Arab relations and U.S. missionary work in the Middle East. Among his major articles are “Anti-Americanism in the Arab World: An Interpretation of Brief History” which appeared in the Journal of American History and “Ottoman Orientalism” and “Reclaiming the Land of the Bible: Missionaries, Secularism, and Evangelical Modernity” both of which appeared in the American Historical Review. Professor Makdisi has also published in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Comparative Studies in Society and History, and in the Middle East Report. Professor Makdisi is now working on a manuscript on the origins of sectarianism in the modern Middle East to be published by the University of California Press.
  

We will speak live with professor Makdisi about President Trump’s Muslim ban executive order, what it means to U.S. relations with the Arab and Muslim world, President Trump's exempting Christians from his ban, and more. Professor Makdisi published an article last week titled "Trump's executive order pits Muslims against Christians" in which he says "The cynical executive order is not only blatantly discriminatory, but it plays Muslim against Christian, demonizing the former while pretending to be sympathetic to the latter. Trump's politics of sectarian sympathy and the purported protection of minorities has a long history. It has led to more persecution, not less."

   
     

 
          

Date:

February 1, 2017

     
Guests:/
Topics:

Arsalan Safiullah
Staff Attorney at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Texas Houston). He earned his undergraduate degree from McGill University in Montreal and holds a Master of Biotechnology (M.Biot.) and a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Texas A&M University. In his current position, Arsalan focuses on employment discrimination, civil liberties issues, hate crimes, and know your rights community education.
   
     

   
 

Yolanda Rondon
Staff Attorney for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC National), where she works on legal cases and policy issues related to surveillance, racial and religious profiling, hate crimes, employment discrimination and immigration. She has provided written and oral testimony to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board on surveillance, privacy and profiling concerns of the Arab American community, and has provided written testimony and reports to the United States Commission on Civil Rights on religious violations of prisoner rights and religious accommodation issues in immigration detentions. She has also addressed the United States compliance with the Convention Against Torture and privacy issues related to surveillance at the U.S. Department of State – Universal Periodic Review. She has also provide written testimony to U.S. Congressional committees on issues ranging from profiling and countering violent extremism to the refugee crisis and the visa waiver program, as well as oral testimony to the U.S. Department of Education on implementation of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act, resource equity, and accountability for English Language Learners.
   

   
 

We will speak live with Arsalan and Yolanda about President Trump's executive order to ban Muslims from 7 countries entry to the US, the effect of that on Houston and the nation, the nationwide stay issued by a federal judge halting part of Trump's immigration ban (after ACLU files emergency lawsuit), how should travelers deal with this ban and questioning by authorities at airports, the Texas Muslim Capitol Day that drew the largest crowd ever (held yesterday in Austin), the rise of attacks and hate crimes against Muslims in the US, and more.
   
    
We will also listen to the remarks of Sylvester Turner, Mayor of the City of Houston and Art Acevedo, Chief of the Houston Police Department (HPD) in the wake of President Trump's executive order on Immigration, and their message to the community.

   
     

 
          

Date:

January 25, 2017

     
 

           


 Winter Fund Drive

   
     

 
          

Date:

January 18, 2017

     
Topics/
Guests:

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

   
 

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


 Winter Fund Drive

   
     

 
          

Date:

January 11, 2017

     
Topic:

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

   
     

 
          

Date:

January 4, 2017

     
Topic:

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

   
     

 
          

Date:

December 28, 2016

     
Guests/
Topics:

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

   
 

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

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

   
    

 
          

Date:

December 21, 2016

     
Guest: 

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

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

 
          

Date:

December 14, 2016

     
Guest: 

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

   
Topic: 

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

   
    

 
          

Date:

December 7, 2016

     
Topic: 

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

   
    

 
          

Date:

November 30, 2016

     
Guest: 

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

   
Topics: 

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

   
    

 
          

Date:

November 23, 2016

     
Guest: 

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

   
Topics: 

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

   
    

 
          

Date:

November 16, 2016

     
Guest: 

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

   
Topics: 

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

   
    

 
          

Date:

November 9, 2016

     
Topics/
Guest:

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

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

   
    

 
          

Date:

November 2, 2016

     
Guest: 

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

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

 
          

Date:

October 26, 2016

     
Topic: 

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

   
    

 
          

Date:

October 19, 2016

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

 
          

Date:

October 12, 2016

     
Guest:

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

   
Topic:

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


 Fall Fund Drive

   
    

 
          

Date:

October 5, 2016

     
 

     


 Fall Fund Drive

   
    

 
          

Date:

September 28, 2016

     
Guest:

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

   
Topics:

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

   
    

 
          

Date:

September 21, 2016

     
Topic:

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

   
    

 
          

Date:

September 14, 2016

     
Topics:

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

   
 

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

   
    

 
          

Date:

September 7, 2016

     
Topic:

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

   
    

 
          

Date:

August 31, 2016

     
 

     


 
Back to School Mini-Drive

   
    

 
          

Date:

August 24, 2016

     
Guest/
Topic
:

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

   
    

 
          

Date:

August 17, 2016

     
Guest/
Topic
:

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

   
    

 
          

Date:

August 10, 2016

     
Topic:

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

   
    

 
          

Date:

August 3, 2016

     
Topic: 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Khizr Khan's DNC Remarks, and Electronic Intifada Podcast on DNC Delegates Support for Palestinian Rights
Over the past week, the remarks of Khizr Khan at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia made, and continues to make headlines throughout the world. Khizr Khan (Muslim American) is the father of deceased Army Captain Humayun Khan, a Muslim U.S. soldier who was killed while serving in Iraq. Khizr Khan addressed the anti-Muslim rhetoric coming out of Donald Trump.

Today, we will listen to those remarks of Khizr Khan, as well as the remarks of Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, a Muslim American, former professional basketball player and advocate for racial and religious tolerance who also spoke at the convention condemning Trump's anti-Muslim speech.

During the second half of the program, we will listen to a Podcast by the Electronic Intifada titled “DNC delegates support Palestinian rights, even if Democratic Party doesn’t”. It features interviews with Rania Khalek, journalist and associate editor at Electronic Intifada; Josh Ruebner, policy director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation; and Jennifer Bing of the American Friends Service Committee.

   
    

 
          

Date:

July 27, 2016

     
Topic: 

KPFT Houston is currently in Summer Fund Drive, and Arab Voices needs your support to raise $800 during this drive. Arab Voices started in April 2002 (more than 14 years ago) with over 740 shows produced and hundreds of guests appearing on the show from around the globe covering a wide range of topics.
 
Please call during the show today, Wednesday between 7 and 8 pm central time and pledge your support (713-526-5738). Your donation qualifies as a charitable deduction on your federal income tax return because KPFT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
 
Arab Voices will be offering several "Thank-You Gifts" during the drive, including:
 
• $120 "The Occupation of the American Mind" Film
Today, we will air portions of the interview conducted in May 2016 with the executive producer of the film, Professor
Sut Jhally.
 
Israel's ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and its repeated invasions of the Gaza Strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world — except the United States. The Occupation of the American Mind takes an eye-opening look at this critical exception, zeroing in on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S. Narrated by Roger Waters and featuring leading observers of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, the film explores how the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel's favor. The Occupation of the American Mind provides a sweeping analysis of Israel's decades-long battle for the hearts, minds, and tax dollars of the American people — a battle that has only intensified over the past few years in the face of widening international condemnation of Israel's increasingly right-wing policies.

• $150 "Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror: A Primer" book by Phyllis Bennis

• $300 "Palestine 4 Film Pack" - FOUR documentaries (on DVDs)
Four films on the Israel-Palestinian crisis and history, some of which are multi-part series: 1 - "Al Nakba" (award-winning four-part series); 2 - "The Price of Oslo"; 3 - "Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land"; 4 - "Occupation 101"

• $150 "Al Nakba" (award-winning four-part series) DVDs

• $85 "The Battle for Justice in Palestine" book by Ali Abunimah

• $250 Edward Said Tribute 6 CD SET

• $180 “The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine” book by Miko Peled

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

• $150 “National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism” book by Melvin Goodman

• $200 “Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education” book by Nurit Peled-Alhanan
  


 Membership Drive

   
    

 
          

Date:

July 20, 2016

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, for a special Pacifica National coverage of the Republican National Convention.
 
Our next show will be on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.
   
    

 
          

Date:

July 13, 2016

     
Guests/
Topics:

Dima Khalidi
Founder and Director of Palestine Legal, and Cooperating Counsel with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). Her work includes providing legal advice to activists, engaging in advocacy to protect their rights to speak out for Palestinian rights, and educating activists and the public about the repression of Palestine advocates. Over the years, Dima worked on numerous cases that sought to hold Israeli officials and corporations accountable for Israeli violations of international law, including Belhas v. Ya’alon, Matar et al. v. Dichter and Corrie v. Caterpillar, as well as on CCR’s Guantanamo Bay docket. Prior to studying law, Dima worked at Birzeit University, heading a research project on the role of informal justice mechanisms in the Palestinian legal system. She has advocated on Palestinian rights issues in media forums such as the New York Times, the Jewish Press, The Hill, Huffington Post Live, The Real News Network, Al Jazeera English, Mondoweiss, Huffington Post, Law and Disorder Radio, and Radio Tahrir. She is fluent in Arabic and French. Dima is based in Palestine Legal’s Chicago office, and is admitted to practice law in Illinois.

 
We will speak live with Dima about the wave of bills that have been introduced in state legislatures across the U.S. aimed at punishing or suppressing boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns for Palestinian freedom. We will also talk about last month's Executive Order signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York directing state agencies and authorities to divest public funds supporting BDS campaign against Israel.
  

   
 

Rabbi Brian Walt
Founding Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights-North America, co-chair of the Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) Rabbinical Council, and co-founder of Jewish Fast for Gaza.

   
We will speak live with Rabbi Walt about the ongoing incitement to racism and violence against Palestinians from senior Israeli religious, political, and military leaders. We will talk about the endorsement of rape by Israel's new Military Chief Rabbi, Eyal Karim, who was named to that post yesterday. Rabbi Karim stated on a site in the past that it is permitted for Jewish soldiers to rape non-Jewish women during times of war. Furthermore, and according to the English edition of Israel's Yedioth Arnot newspaper: "The rabbi gave a more shocking answer on the same site when asked if soldiers were permitted to rape women during war. Karim replied that, as part of maintaining fitness for the army and the soldiers' morale during fighting, it is permitted to 'breach' the walls of modesty and 'satisfy the evil inclination by lying with attractive Gentile women against their will, out of consideration for the difficulties faced by the soldiers and for overall success.'"

   
    

 
          

Date:

July 6, 2016

     
Topics:

Hate Incidents & Attacks against Muslims on the Rise
Over the past ten days, hate incidents and attacks (including beatings and shootings) targeting Muslims and Islamic houses of worship have risen noticeably across the United States, as anti-Muslim sentiment continues to rise alongside the anti-Muslim political climate in the United Sates.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to remarks delivered by several community leaders at a news conference held by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) on July 4, 2016, urging additional security measures in light of the recent hate incidents. We will listen to the remarks of Mustafaa Carroll, Executive Director of CAIR-Houston; Dr. Shahid Hasnain, Representing the Greater Houston community doctors; Rev. Kimberly Orr, Associate Pastor for Windsor Village United Methodist Church; Deric Muhammad, Community Activist; David Atwood with Pax Christie; Dr. Yusuf Shere, President of CAIR-Texas; Arsalan Safiullah, Staff Attorney at CAIR-Houston; Shaykh Waleed Basyouni, Imam of Clear Lake Islamic Center; and a statement from the Greater Houston Coalition for Justice sent to the US Department of Justice.
 
We will also listen to the remarks made by Syeda Bokhari, the wife of Dr. Arslan Tajammul, who was shot outside a Houston mosque on Sunday, July 3, 2016.

        

Confronting Fear: Islamophobia and its Impact in the U.S.
A new report released on June 20, 2016, by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR National) and the Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley, reveals that 33 Islamophobic groups had access to at least $205 million in total revenue between 2008-2013 used mainly to make people afraid of Islam and Muslims. The report, titled “Confronting Fear,” also presents a four-point strategy designed to achieve a shared American understanding of Islam in which being Muslim carries a positive connotation, and in which Islam has an equal place among the many faiths that together constitute America’s pluralistic society. The report also documents the negative impact of Islamophobia in America, including the anti-Islam bills that became law in 10 states. At least two states, Florida and Tennessee, have passed laws revising the way they approve textbooks for classroom use as a direct result of anti-Islam campaigns.
 
We will also listen today to
Corey Saylor, Director of the Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia at CAIR National, discussing this new report.

   
    

 
          

Date:

June 29, 2016

     
Guest:

Melvin Goodman
Director of the National Security Project and senior fellow at the Center for International Policy, and an adjunct professor of government at Johns Hopkins University. He was an analyst at the CIA for 24 years; and a former analyst at the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research. He is author of six books on US intelligence and international security, including "National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism" and "Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA". His forthcoming book is "Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider’s Account of the Politics of Intelligence". His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Harper's, CounterPunch, and many others.

   
Topics:

We will speak live with Mr. Goodman about the report released yesterday on the Benghazi attack in Libya that killed four Americans. He commented yesterday on that report by saying "This Benghazi report is of a continuing media circus that the Republicans have created. But we still have much to learn about the CIA's role in Benghazi; the interest of Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi; and the communications between the White House and the CIA in trying to explain the events of that terrible night." Mr. Goodman revealed before that the US consulate in Benghazi was a diplomatic cover for an intelligence operation.
  
We will also talk about American militarism around the world; US presidential candidates and their stance towards military spending and defense budget; US involvements in other countries; and more.

   
    

 
          

Date:

June 22, 2016

     
Topic:

Notes From the Left Forum in NYC: Medea Benjamin and Amy Goodman
   
Rage, Rebellion, Organizing Our Power was the theme of the Left Forum in New York City held at John Jay College of Criminal Justice May 20-22, 2016.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to two remarks delivered at the forum by Medea Benjamin and Amy Goodman. Notes from the Left Forum is a new series produced by our sister station WBAI Radio in NYC.
 
Medea Benjamin, award-winning Peace Activist and co-founder of Code Pink addressed the conference. Speaking to the change that's needed out of a war economy, Benjamin said "We will only give peace a chance when we challenge those in power and replace the war economy with a local peace economy."
 
Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now, on a 20th Anniversary tour of the award-winning program, addressed the Left Forum. She spoke out about Donald Trump, "the man who has ripped open the underbelly of hate" and the importance of independent media, a media that covers power not a media that covers for power. She says "The media can be the greatest force for peace on earth, instead all too often it's wielded as a weapon of war."

   
    

 
          

Date:

June 15, 2016

     
Topic:

Local reaction to the Orlando massacre, and bigotry towards Islam and Muslims
 
There was outrage and denunciation to the recent massacre in Orlando, Florida from all over the world, including Houston, while some news media outlets, some politicians, a presidential candidate, and others ceased the opportunity to continue their attacks and hostilities towards Islam and Muslims. In Houston, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee along with Muslim, Christian, Hispanic and LGBTQ community leaders held a press conference on Sunday, June 12, 2016, to denounce the massacre. Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to some of those remarks from
MJ Khan, President of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston; Deacon Sam Dunning, Director of the Office of Justice and Peace for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston; Mufti Mohammed Wasim Khan, Muslim Imam and Director and Dean of ISRA Foundation; and Mustafaa Carroll, Executive Director of the Houston Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
 
In addition, we will listen to some of the remarks delivered at the Annual Houston Ramadan Iftar Dinner on June 12, 2016, by Congresswoman
Sheila Jackson Lee; Congressman Al Green; Harris County Judge Ed Emmett; and Mayor of the City of Houston Sylvester Turner. They also talked about Islam, Muslims, and the Orlando massacre.
 
We will also listen to the speech delivered at Muhammad Ali's funeral on June 10, 2016, by
Michael Lerner
, a Jewish Rabbi and Editor-in-Chief for Tikkkun Magazine.

   
    

 
          

Date:

June 8, 2016

     
Topic:

1st Segment: Remembering Hedy Epstein
On May 26, 2016, Holocaust Jewish survivor Hedy Epstein, passed away in St. Louis, Missouri, at the age of 91. Hedy was an internationally renowned, respected and admired advocate for human and civil rights. Throughout most of her life, she fought for justice and freedom for the oppressed. Following the 1982 massacre of Palestinians at Sabra and Shatila camps in Lebanon, Hedy began her courageous and visionary work for peace and justice. Much of her later activism centered on efforts to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Hedy traveled to the occupied West Bank several times, and attempted several times to go to Gaza with the Freedom Flotilla, the Audacity of Hope, and the Gaza Freedom March.
 
Hedy Epstein was a guest on Arab Voices twice over the years. First in April 2005, where she talked about her experience in occupied Palestine, and the second time was on December 23, 2009, where she talked about her participation in the Gaza Freedom March at the Egypt/Gaza border. Today, we will re-air her last interview on Arab Voices.
   
2nd Segment: "The Nakba, the Naksa, and the future of Palestine"
Making Contact, an award-winning, weekly magazine/documentary-style public affairs program that is heard on 140 radio stations in the USA, Canada, South Africa and Ireland, produced a new program titled “The Nakba, The Naksa, and the Future of Palestine”.
 
In 1948, Zionist militias expelled over 700,000 Palestinians from their villages and towns. The event, and the ongoing destruction and occupation of Palestine are referred to as the Nakba – the catastrophe. How did the events of 1948 shape Palestine and its diaspora? And generations later, how are Palestinians fighting to return home?
 
In this edition, Making Contact reflects on the Nakba, the Naksa, and the future of Palestine.
 
Featuring:
Rami Almeghari, FSRN reporter; Ghazi Misleh, author of I Am from There and I Have Memories; Rabab Abdulhadi, Professor of Ethnic Studies and Senior Scholar of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative at San Francisco State University; Dina from Rammun; Mohannad from Ramle; Remi Kanazi, poet and author of Before the Next Bomb Drops

   
    

 
          

Date:

June 1, 2016

     
Topic:

In Memoriam: Arab Voices interview with Dr. Clovis Maksoud
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, passed away in Washington, D.C. on May 15, 2016, at the age of 89. He was a lawyer, journalist, 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 has authored 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 memoir "From the Corners of Memory: A Journey on the Train of Arab Nationalism".
 
Arab Voices interviewed Dr. Maksoud more than once, and in his memory, we will re-air the last interview conducted with him last year. In that interview, we talked about the Middle East and what's happening in several Arab countries including Yemen, Syria, Libya, Iraq, and Egypt. We also talked about ISIS; the Arab awakenings; and more.

   
    

 
          

Date:

May 25, 2016

     
Guest:

Sut Jhally
Professor of Communication at the University of Massachusetts, a leading scholar on advertising, public relations, and political propaganda. He is the author of several books including The Codes of Advertising; Enlightened Racism; and The Spectacle of Accumulation. Professor Jhally is the Founder and Executive Director of the Media Education Foundation (MEF), a documentary film company that looks at issues related to U.S. media and public attitudes.
 
He is the producer, director, or executive producer of dozens of MEF films, including Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land: U.S. Media & the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict; Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire; Reel Bad Arabs (featuring Jack Shaheen); Edward Said On Orientalism; Dreamworlds: Desire, Sex & Power in Music Video; and Advertising & the End of the World.
 
Professor Jhally is executive producer of the just-released film
The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel's Public Relations War in The United States, featuring Roger Waters, Amira Hass, M.J. Rosenberg, Stephen M. Walt, Noam Chomsky, Rula Jebreal, Henry Siegman, Rashid Khalidi, Rami Khouri, Yousef Munayyer, Norman Finkelstein, Max Blumenthal, Phyllis Bennis, Norman Solomon, Mark Crispin Miller, Peter Hart, and Sut Jhally.

   
Topic:

We will speak live with professor Jhally about his new film The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel's Public Relations War in The United States.
 
About the Film:
Israel's ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and its repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world — except the United States. The Occupation of the American Mind takes an eye-opening look at this critical exception, zeroing in on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S. Narrated by Roger Waters and featuring leading observers of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, the film explores how the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel's favor. The Occupation of the American Mind provides a sweeping analysis of Israel's decades-long battle for the hearts, minds, and tax dollars of the American people — a battle that has only intensified over the past few years in the face of widening international condemnation of Israel's increasingly right-wing policies.

   
    

 
          

Date:

May 18, 2016

     
 

     


 Membership Drive

   
    

 
          

Date:

May 11, 2016

     
Topic/
Guest:

Houston Palestine Film Festival
We will speak live with Houston Palestine Film Festival's President Khalil AbuSharekh about the Houston Palestine Film Festival (HPFF). This year HPFF will be celebrating the tenth anniversary with its largest festival to date, showcasing a number of award winning and internationally acclaimed feature films, documentaries and shorts that address a variety of themes and narratives in Palestinian society.
    
The festival will run for three consecutive weekends in May and will be the largest and most varied edition in the organization’s history in terms of the number of films screened and number of days running. This year’s highlights include two Oscar-nominated films, director visits and Q&A sessions, evening receptions and plenty of surprises for audience members.
  
Screenings during the first weekend, May 13-15, will be held at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. For the second and third weekends, May 19-22 and May 26-28, screenings will be held at the Rice University Media Center.
 
Click here for more details and Program Lineup.
    
 


 Membership Drive

   
    

 
          

Date:

May 4, 2016

     
Topic:

"The Hundred Year War in Palestine" by Dr. Rashid Khalidi
This lecture titled "The Hundred Year War in Palestine" was given by Professor Rashid Khalidi at the Centre for Palestine Studies at SOAS University of London on March 11, 2016. Professor Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies and Chairman of the Department of History at Columbia University.
 
The Balfour Declaration of 1917 launched what amounts to a hundred years of war against the Palestinians. This war had a unique nature – it was formally sanctioned and authorized by the great powers of the day at different times during this century, and via different fora, such as the League of Nations and the United Nations, but it was mainly waged by other actors. A much distorted and maligned feature of this long war has been the Palestinians’ continuing resistance, against heavy odds, to what amounts to one of the last ongoing attempts at colonial subjugation in the modern world.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to Dr. Khalidi's lecture on "The Hundred Year War in Palestine".

   
    

 
          

Date:

April 27, 2016

     
Guest:

Andrew J. Bacevich
Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University; a retired U.S. army colonel; and New York Times bestselling author. A graduate of the US Military Academy, he served for twenty-three years as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. He received his Ph.D. in American Diplomatic History from Princeton University. Before joining the faculty of Boston University, he taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins. Bacevich is the author of the just released book America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History (2016). His previous books include Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country (2013); Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War (2010); The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism (2008); The Long War: A New History of US National Security Policy since World War II (2007) (editor); The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War (2005); and American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy (2002). His essays and reviews have appeared in a variety of scholarly and general interest publications including The Wilson Quarterly, The National Interest, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Nation, and The New Republic. His op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Boston Globe, and Los Angeles Times, among other newspapers. In 2004, Dr. Bacevich was a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. He has also held fellowships at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the Council on Foreign Relations.
  

   
Topics: 

We will speak with professor Bacevich about his new book America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History (2016); US wars in the middle East; US presidential candidates and their stance on wars, US foreign policy towards the Middle East; ISIS; the military-industrial complex; US-Israel relations; and more.

   
    

 
          

Date:

April 20, 2016

     
Topic: 

"Rousseau and Palestine: The Radical Tradition of Popular Sovereignty" by Professor Karma Nabulsi
The Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History held a lecture on March 31, 2016, at the University of Houston titled "Rousseau and Palestine: The Radical Tradition of Popular Sovereignty". The speaker was Professor Karma Nabulsi of Oxford University.
 
Karma Nabulsi, D.Phil., is a distinguished Palestinian public intellectual, political theorist, historian, and former national representative. She is a senior faculty member and current director of undergraduate studies at the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University. She is the author of Traditions of War: Occupation, Resistance and the Law and Palestinians Register: Laying Foundations and Setting Directions. Professor Nabulsi has been a columnist for the Guardian and is a regular contributor to a variety of publications including the Independent, The New Statesman, and the London Review of Books. She is Chair of Trustees and co-founder (with Bella Freud) of the HOPING Foundation.
  
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to Professor Nabulsi's lecture on "Rousseau and Palestine: The Radical Tradition of Popular Sovereignty".

   
    

 
          

Date:

April 13, 2016

     
 

"America, Energy and War" by Toby C. Jones
The Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at rice University held a lecture on March 29, 2016, titled "America, Energy and War". The speaker was Toby C. Jones, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University.
 
"Over the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the United States waged what should reasonably be argued was a long war in the Middle East. At the heart of this history is a complex relationship between energy, American geopolitical anxiety, revolution, radicalism and shifting crises in an embattled region. While it is commonly posited that wars in the region can or should be understood as struggles for direct control over oil or that the militarization of the Middle East only reflects the pursuit of petrodollars, I encourage a new way of thinking. By examining the steady increase of violence in the Persian Gulf that began in the mid-1980s, my talk argues that that the distinction between energy and war were systematically erased, remade in a new material order of militarized-energy networks. The result has been a deeply entangled history of weapons, oil and war ever since."
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to Professor Jones' lecture on "America, Energy and War".

   
    

 
          

Date:

April 6, 2016

     
 

The 2nd Annual Lebanese Festival
A live conversation with Mirna Makhoul, Fred Davis and Linda Bousaid, with the American Lebanese Cultural Center and members of the Lebanese Festival Committee, about the 2nd Annual Lebanese Festival that will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10 at Jones Plaza in Downtown Houston.
 
There will be delicious food, great festivities, enjoyable atmosphere for both adults and children, door prizes, music, folkloric dances, performances throughout the day, and much more.
   

   
 

A Thousand and One Journeys: The Arab Americans
We will talk about the groundbreaking documentary film "A Thousand and One Journeys: The Arab Americans", which will be screened (free admission) at Rice University on Friday, April 8, sponsored by The Arab-American Educational Foundation. Following the screening, there will a question and answer session with the film Director.
 
This documentary provides viewers with a first-ever glimpse of the Arab Americans experience told through the eyes of famous and everyday people. Mapping the arc of American History, the film explores early and multiple waves of immigration along with the tremendous impact of 9/11 on the Arab American community and its challenges and dreams in light of the zeitgeist. A Thousand And One Journeys: The Arab Americans is the untold story of almost 200 years of the contributions of those who immigrated to the United States from the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf have made to the American fabric.

   
    

 
          

Date:

March 30, 2016

     
Guest:

Dr. As'ad AbuKhalil
Lebanese-American professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus. He is the creator of and maintains the Angry Arab News Service blog. He is author of several publications including Historical Dictionary of Lebanon; Bin Laden, Islam & America's New "War on Terrorism"; and The Battle For Saudi Arabia: Royalty, Fundamentalism, and Global Power.
  

   
Topics:

We will speak live with professor AbuKhalil about the Middle East (wars in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya); the ongoing Israeli/Palestinian crisis; US stance/foreign policy towards the Middle East; and more.

   
    

 
          

Date:

March 23, 2016

     
 

“What I would tell a visiting congressional delegation” by Gideon Levy
On March 18, 2016, a conference was held in Washington, DC called Israel’s Influence: Good or Bad for America?. It was co-sponsored by the American Educational Trust, publisher of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep). Fourteen well-known expert panelists and keynote speakers analyzed the enormous impact Israel’s influence has on Congress, establishment media, academia and other major institutions. They explored the costs and benefits in terms of foreign aid and covert intelligence, foreign policy, America’s regional and global standing, and unbiased news reporting. There were 4-panel discussions at the conference:
  
 - Israel's Influence on Congress and Government Agencies
 - Israel's Influence on U.S. Foreign Policy
 - Responding to Israel's Influence on Campus and in Court
 - Israel's Influence on Mainstream Media
   
Today, we will listen to one of the keynote speeches delivered at the conference by Gideon Levy “What I would tell a visiting congressional delegation” - What politicians, members of Congress and media elites visiting Israel should know about the situation on the ground—as opposed to what they are told on hundreds of junkets organized by AIPAC. What harm is the relationship doing to the U.S.? We will also listen to the question and answer sessions that followed his talk. Levy is a journalist with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, and former spokesman for former Israeli prime minister Shimon Perez.
   
For more information on this conference, visit www.israelsinfluence.org.

   
    

 
          

Date:

March 16, 2016

     
 

1st Segment: The 6th Annual Houston Palestinian Festival
A live conversation with
Ruba Afifi, Festival Co-Chair and Board Member with the Palestinian American Cultural Center (PACC-Houston), and Mona Fareed, Festival Team Member, about the 6th Annual Houston Palestinian Festival that will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20 at Jones Plaza in Downtown Houston.
 
This year, Palestinian Singer Rola Azar (from Palestine) will be performing live at the Festival. In addition, there will be live performances by Jabour, Ayman Al-Khatib, DJ Ashraf, and more. 

   

   
 

2nd Segment: Bill Corcoran
A live conversation with Bill Corcoran, President and CEO of ANERA, American Near East Refugee Aid, about the Syrian and Palestinian refugee crisis, and ANERA's projects and efforts to assist the refugees in Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon.
 
Mr. Corcoran will be in Houston on Tuesday, March 22, to give a presentation about the current and ongoing projects in Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon (Benefit Dinner: Stories of Hope from Palestine & Lebanon). This event will be held at 7 p.m. at Fadi's Mediterranean Grill, 12360 Westheimer Rd. in Houston. He will also be participating at the Palestinian Festival on Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20.

   
    

 
          

Date:

March 9, 2016

     
Guest:

Ghada Talhami
Emeritus Professor in the Department of Politics at Lake Forest College in Illinois. She has published several books including "Historical Dictionary of Women in the Middle East and North Africa", "The Mobilization of Muslim Women in Egypt", and "Syria and the Palestinians". She has also published numerous articles including "Arab Women and the Attack of September 11", “Women, Education and Development in the Arab Gulf Countries”, and “Women and Philanthropy in Palestine and Egyptian Societies”. Professor Talhami previously served as Director of Arab Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and Director of the Arab Information Center in Chicago (an office of the Arab League of States). She also served as President of the Association of Arab-American University Graduates, Editor of Arab Studies Quarterly, and Chair of Palestine Human Rights Campaign. She is also the recipient of several awards and honors over the years.
  

   
Topic:

Tuesday, March 8th was the International Women’s Day, and today on Arab Voices we will speak with professor Talhami about women in the Middle East; their great contributions to societies; the important roles women play politically, economically, socially, and culturally; women's involvements in education; political activism; and their struggle and sacrifices for human rights, justice, and freedom. We will also talk about the west's view and stereotyping of Arab women; and more.

   
    

 
          

Date:

March 2, 2016

     
Guest:

Joe Lauria (live from Iraq)
Veteran foreign-affairs journalist, author and political commentator based at the United Nation since 1990. He has been an independent journalist covering international affairs and the Middle East for more than 20 years. A former Wall Street Journal United Nations correspondent, Joe 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 traveled 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. Joe has appeared on BBC World, PBS News Hour, Al-Jazeera, CNN, and other TV and radio programs.
  

   
Topic:

We will speak live with Joe (currently in Iraq) about the situation in Iraq and what he is witnessing there; and the wars in Syria and Yemen. Joe just published an article titled "Obama’s Most Momentous Decision," which states: "With the Russian-backed Syrian army encircling Aleppo, cutting off Turkish supplies to rebels and advancing on the Islamic State’s capital of Raqqa, a panicked Saudi Arabia and Turkey have set up a joint headquarters to direct an invasion of Syria that could lead to a vast escalation of the war. And there’s only one man who could stop them: President Barack Obama".

   
    

 
          

Date:

February 24, 2016

     
Guest:

Stephen Zunes (live from New Zealand)
P
rofessor of politics and international studies and program director of Middle Eastern studies at the University of San Francisco. He has published scores of articles in academic journals, anthologies, magazines, and newspaper op-ed pages on such topics as U.S. foreign policy, Middle Eastern politics, Latin American politics, African politics, human rights, arms control, social movements and nonviolent action. He is the author of Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism; co-author of Western Sahara: War, Nationalism and Conflict Irresolution; and co-editor of Nonviolent Social Movements. Recognized as one of the country’s leading scholars of U.S. Middle East policy and of strategic nonviolent action, Professor Zunes serves as a senior policy analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus, an associate editor of Peace Review, a contributing editor of Tikkun, and the chair of the academic advisory committee for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. He has contributed to the Nation, Huffington Post, and Alternet. Professor Zunes has presented numerous lectures and conference papers in the United States and over a dozen foreign countries and has traveled frequently to the Middle East and other conflict regions, meeting with prominent government officials, scholars and dissidents.
  

   
Topic:

We will speak live with professor Zunes about the rewriting of the history of the Iraq War, challenging recent inaccurate statements by Marco Rubio, Hillary Clinton, and other presidential candidates.

   
    

 
          

Date:

February 17, 2016

     
Topic:

The 2015 Edward Said Memorial Lecture with Dr. Cornel West
The Palestine Center in Washington, D.C. held its annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture on October 1, 2015. The speaker was Dr. Cornel West, Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University.
    
In this lecture, Dr. West discusses the profound legacy of Edward Said in social and political thought. He explores Dr. Said’s role as an “engaged intellectual” whose voice provoked introspection, deep questioning, dialogue, and enduring change.
    
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to that lecture.

   
    

 
          

Date:

February 10, 2016

     
Topic:

Winter Membership Drive
Arab Voices Needs YOUR Support!
     
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).
 
Click here for a list of the "Thank-You Gifts" offered.
  
 


 Membership Drive

   
    

 
          

Date:

February 3, 2016

     
Topic:

Listen: Israeli army is “making our lives impossible,” says Hebron activist
A podcast produced by The Electronic Intifada.
 
Activists in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron have been staging an around-the-clock sit-in protest at an Israeli military checkpoint located at the entrance to Shuhada street in the Old City. The checkpoint leads to an area occupied by Israeli settlers. In this podcast, The Electronic Intifada speaks with
Issa Amro, coordinator of Youth Against Settlements.
    
 


 Membership Drive

   
    

 
          

Date:

January 27, 2016

     
Guest/
Topic:

Dyala Husseini
Palestinian activist (born and currently lives in occupied Jerusalem) who is heavily involved in social work. She graduated with a general education degree from the American University in Beirut, Lebanon. She worked at the Jordan Pavilion during the New York World Fair in 1964-65, and worked as a guide at the United Nations in New York in 1965-67. She joined the Jordan Mission to the United Nations for a year. In 1967, she helped create the Social Society of Burj Al-LuqLuq NGO in the Old City of Jerusalem (it gives social and psychological support and services to the residents of the Old City).
 
We will speak live with Dyala about the ongoing Israeli atrocities in occupied Jerusalem; home demolitions; colony expansion; and the Israeli destruction of Mamilla Cemetery, the oldest Muslim burial ground in Jerusalem, displacing hundreds of Muslim graves dating as far back as the 7th century, in order for US-based Simon Wiesenthal Center to build a "Museum of Tolerance" on its ground!
    
 


 Membership Drive

   
    

 
          

Date:

January 20, 2016

     
Guest:

Joshua Landis
Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies. He writes “Syria Comment,” a daily newsletter on Syrian politics that attracts over 100,000 readers a month. Dr. Landis travels frequently to Washington DC to consult with government agencies and speak at think tanks. He has lived over 14 years in the Middle East (4 years in Syria, 8 years in Lebanon, and spent most summers in Damascus until the revolution began) and speaks Arabic and French fluently. He served as President of Syria Studies Association. He is a frequent analyst on various media outlets including Charlie Rose, PBS News Hour, Al-Jazeera, and many others. He is frequently published in many journals such as Foreign Policy and Middle East Policy. He has won the best teacher prize at his university; helped raised over one million dollars for a new chair in Iranian studies, and helped bring the government funded Arabic Flagship Program to OU. Three Fulbright grants, the SSRC and other awards have helped support his research. Dr. Landis teaches Political Islam, International Relations in the Middle East, Islam, The Modern Middle East, Culture and Society in the Middle East, and the US in the Middle East.

   
Topic:

We will speak live with Joshua about the crisis in Syria; foreign interventions by various countries (Russia, Iran, US, Turkey, Arab States); the Syrian peace talks set for next week in Geneva; and the prospects of a real peace deal and/or path to end the crisis.

   
    

 
          

Date:

January 13, 2016

     
Topic:

Chris Hedges' Talk in Houston
The Houston Peace and Justice Center (HPJC) held its 2015 Peacemaker Awards Dinner on November 14, 2015. The National Peacemaker Award recipient was Chris Hedges, who was also the keynote speaker.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to Chris Hedge's talk at this event, and also listen to some of the questions and answers that followed his talk.
 
Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who writes a weekly column for the online magazine Truthdig. He spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years. Hedges left the Times after being issued a formal reprimand for denouncing the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq. In 2012, he sued President Barack Obama after the passing of the National Defense Authorization Act. Hedges authored numerous bestselling books, including Empire of Illusion; Death of the Liberal Class; War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning; Days of Revolt which he co-wrote with Joe Sacco; and his most recent book Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt. Hedges received many awards and recognitions over the years. He was part of the team of reporters at The New York Times that was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, and he also received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism. Hedges is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University and The University of Toronto. He currently teaches prisoners at a maximum-security prison in New Jersey. Hedges holds a B.A. in English literature from Colgate University and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California. Hedges speaks Arabic, French and Spanish and studied classics, including ancient Greek and Latin, at Harvard.

   
    

 
          

Date:

January 6, 2016

     
Topic:

"Islam in Liberalism" by Joseph Massad
The Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History at the University of Houston held an event on December 3, 2015 titled "Islam in Liberalism". The guest speaker was Joseph Massad, Professor of Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History at Columbia University. He is the author of Islam in Liberalism (Chicago, 2015); Desiring Arabs (Chicago, 2007), which was awarded the Lionel Trilling Book Award; The Persistence of the Palestinian Question: Essays on Zionism and the Palestinian Question (Routledge, 2006); and Colonial Effects: The Making of National Identity in Jordan (Columbia, 2001).
   
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to Professor Massad's lecture on "Islam in Liberalism".

   
    

 
          

Date:

December 30, 2015

     
 

Interviews from 2015
Arab Voices will air portions of several interviews conducted with different guests in 2015, including:

Remi Kanazi
Poet, writer, and organizer based in New York City. He is the author of the new released collection of poetry Before the Next Bomb Drops: Rising Up from Brooklyn to Palestine.

Zakaria Odeh (in occupied Jerusalem)
Executive Director of the Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem.

Chris Hedges
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author who writes a weekly column for the online magazine Truthdig.

Phyllis Bennis
Fellow and the Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington D.C. She is also a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. She has been a writer, analyst, and activist on Middle East and UN issues for many years.

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.

   
    

 
          

Date:

December 23, 2015

     
 

1st Segment:
We will first air the statement by the US Council of Muslim Organizations (US-CMO), a coalition of leading national and local Muslim organizations, announcing major educational, outreach and civic empowerment initiatives to address growing Islamophobia in America and to enhance national security through the promotion of freedom and justice.
 
We will also air few minutes from an interview Amy Goodman conducted on Democracy Now! on December 22, 2016 with Pulitzer-winning veteran journalist
Seymour Hersh  about a new report he published in the London Review of Books that says the US Joint Chiefs of Staff has indirectly supported Bashar al-Assad in an effort to help him defeat jihadist groups!
 

   
 

2nd Segment: Vijay Prashad
Vijay Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College. He is the author of sixteen books, including The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South, Arab Spring, Libyan Winter, (co-edited with Paul Amar) Dispatches from the Arab Spring, and No Free Left: The Futures of Indian Communism. Vijay's latest book is Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation. He is the chief editor at Leftward Press, and writes regularly for The Hindu, Frontline, Jadaliyya, Counterpunch, Himal and Bol. Vijay also served as the Edward Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut (2013- 2014).
 
We will speak live with Vijay about ISIS and the how it is able to extract and smuggle oil from the oil fields it controls in Syria and Iraq to other countries including Turkey and Israel to fund itself.

   
    

 
          

Date:

December 16, 2015

     
Guests:

Rev. Ronnie Lister
Reverend Lister is an ordained minister in the National Baptist Convention. He is a social activist, scholar, and an advocate for the poor. He co-founded (with his wife, Minister Ann Lister) the International Center for Spiritual and Social Activism, committed to . He has also served as a teaching assistant at the Interdenominational Theological Center, and Candler School of Theology at Emory University both located in Atlanta, GA. Reverend Lister holds a Master of Arts Degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, and has pursued post graduate studies at California State University, and the Interdenominational Theological Center.

   
 

Mustafaa Carroll
Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Texas, Houston Chapter. He has more than 23 years' experience in business and leadership, and 18 years as a corporate management consultant specializing in leadership, service and diversity. Mustafaa began his civil rights activism at 16 as President of the NAACP Youth Council in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. Prior to his arrival to CAIR's Houston office in June 2010, he served on the CAIR-TX DFW board from 2004-2006 and the Executive Committee as Board President in 2007, and was appointed as Executive Director in June 2007. Carroll has also served on several other boards including the North Texas Islamic Council, Masjid Al-Islam, Dallas, the Islamic Medieval Studies Group, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas, the advisory committee of the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, and he was a founding member and Chair of Humanitarian Day-DFW Event for 5 years. Together with the board and staff of CAIR-TX, Carroll is helping to develop and execute strategies that assure justice and civil rights for Muslims in the Greater Houston Community.
  

   
Topic:

We will speak live with our guests about the anti-Muslim sentiment that is on the rise in the US; recent spike in attacks on American Muslims and their religious institutions including hate crimes, vandalism, shootings, harassment, and arson. We will talk about Islamophobia, fearmongering, stereotyping, racism, racial profiling, and surveillance of Muslims, Arabs, and mosques.
 
We will also talk about ways community organizers, organizations and religious institutions of different faiths work together to counter these issues through interfaith work/relations, and how to deal with the negative image portrayed by media outlets, politicians, presidential candidates and others.

   
    

 
          

Date:

December 9, 2015

     
Topics/
Guest:
Today, we will talk about Muslims and Donald Trump’s comments and plan to deny Muslims entry into the US if elected president. We will also run a short documentary produced by Unity Productions Foundation titled American Muslims: Facts vs. Fiction.
 
During the second half of the program, we will speak live with Robert Naiman, Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy, who edits the Just Foreign Policy news summary and writes on U.S. foreign policy at Huffington Post. He is also president of the board of Truthout, and is on the Steering Committee of Gaza's Ark Project. 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.
 
We will get his reaction to President Obama’s plan to defeat ISIS, and also get his reaction to Donald Trump’s plan to deny Muslims entry to the US, if elected President.
   
    

 
          

Date:

December 2, 2015

     
Topic:

ACC's Annual Unity & Friendship Gala
The Arab American Cultural & Community Center in Houston held its 22nd Annual Unity & Friendship Gala on November 14, 2015. This year's theme was "Embracing our Community's Needs and Aspirations", and it highlighted the culture and people of the Kingdom of Jordan. The Gala Chair was Mayada Al-Kaisi Coleman, and the Gala Co-Chair was Sarah Rabie. The Master of Ceremonies was Phil Snyder. Today on Arab Voices we will listen to most of the remarks made at the Gala.
     
This year's ACC honorees were the late Dr. Amer Sabbagh (2015 ACC Outstanding Community Service Award, presented by Wafa Abdin, ACC Board Member, and Abdel ElKhadiri, ACC Treasurer), and Dr. Samir Tuma (2015 ACC Lifetime Achievement and Leadership Award, presented by Dr. Kamal Khalil, ACC President).
  
There was also special recognition for FADI'S Mediterranean Grill (2015 ACC Business Community Award, presented to Fadi Dimassi by Wadih ElHajj, ACC Second Vice-President), and FotoFest (2015 ACC Service to the Arab Culture and Art Award, presented to Frederick Baldwin and Wendy Watriss, co-founders of FotoFest, by Dr. Rudeina Baasiri, ACC Board Member at Large).

   
    

 
          

Date:

November 25, 2015

     
Guest:

Paul Gottinger
An independent journalist based in Madison, WI whose work focuses on the Middle East. He recently wrote an analysis of the "war on terror" in an article titled "Despite 14 Years of the U.S. War on Terror, Terror Attacks Have Skyrocketed Since 9/11". In this analysis, Paul Gottinger says: "Terror attacks have jumped by a stunning 6,500 percent since 2002, according to a new analysis by Reader Supported News. The number of casualties resulting from terror attacks has increased by 4,500 percent over this same time period. These colossal upsurges in terror took place despite a decade-long, worldwide effort to fight terrorism that has been led by the United States." "The analysis, conducted with figures provided by the U.S. State Department, also shows that from 2007 to 2011 almost half of all the world’s terror took place in Iraq or Afghanistan -- two countries being occupied by the U.S. at the time.
 

   
Topic: We will speak with Paul about the "war on terror" and the rise of terror attacks since 9/11.    
    

 
          

Date:

November 18, 2015

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 for a special Pacifica Radio Archives National Fund Drive that aired on all Pacifica stations in the US. Our next show will be on Wednesday, November 25, 2015.    
    

 
          

Date:

November 4, 2015

     
Guest:

Remi Kanazi
Poet, writer, and organizer based in New York City. He is the author of the new released collection of poetry Before the Next Bomb Drops: Rising Up from Brooklyn to Palestine. He is also the author of Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine, and the editor of Poets For Palestine. Remi's political commentary has been featured by news outlets throughout the world, including The New York Times, Salon, Al Jazeera English and BBC Radio. Kanazi has toured hundreds of venues across the United States, Canada, Europe and the Middle East, and he has appeared in the Palestine Festival of Literature as well as Poetry International. He is a Lannan Residency Fellow and an Advisory Committee member for the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. He has taught poetry workshops from Oklahoma to the West Bank, given talks from New York City to London, and has performed at hundreds of venues, from New Orleans to Amman.

   
    

 
          

Date:

October 28, 2015

     
Topic:

Political Terrorism in the US: The Assassination of Alex Odeh
Today on Arab Voices we will air a special Pacifica Radio Archives documentary from interviews with law enforcement agents, possible suspects, politicians, and community members concerning the October 11, 1985 murder of Arab-American political activist Alex Odeh.
 
Thirty years ago this month Alex Odeh, who was the West Coast Regional Director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) at that time, was assassinated in his office, and to this date, the murder case of Alex Odeh remains unsolved by the FBI.
  
"Political Terrorism in the United States: The Assassination of Alex Odeh" is an early look at the circumstances surrounding the terrorist attack. This documentary features the voices of Alex Odeh, family members, the FBI and from the Jewish Defense League, an organization originally named by investigators as the probably culprit of the crime. Just who killed Alex Odeh remains a question to this day.
   

Visit www.ADC.org for more details.
   
Born in Jifna, Palestine in 1944, Alex Odeh became a poet, lecturer and Arab-American peace activist. He originally studied to become an engineer at Cairo University in Egypt. When the Six Day War ended in 1967, Israeli authorities prevented Odeh from returning to his hometown in the West Bank. Living a life of exile changed him, starting off a life in politics. Alex Odeh immigrated to the United States in 1972 eventually continuing his studies with a Masters degree in political science from Cal State Fullerton. In 1982, the Palestinian activist joined the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, a newly formed group aimed at combating grotesque Arab stereotypes in the media and bias in Middle East reporting. A year later, Odeh became the West Coast Regional Coordinator, setting up an office in Santa Ana, California. Death threats haunted Odeh on nearly a daily basis. On October 10, 1985, a local television station interviewed him about the Achilles Lauro hijacking and murder of Leon Klinghoffer. Odeh spoke condemning terrorism across the board but argued that the media was too quick to link the attack to the PLO. As fate would have it, the activist opened the door to his officer the next morning for what was to be another routine day at work. When the door swung open, a powerful pipe bomb exploded killing Odeh.

   
    

 
          

Date:

October 21, 2015

     
Guest/
Topic:

Zakaria Odeh (in occupied Jerusalem)
Executive Director of the Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem (an independent, non-governmental, non-profit coalition of organizations, institutions, societies, and associations dedicated to the promotion and protection of Palestinian rights in Jerusalem). We will speak with Zakaria (in occupied Jerusalem) about the situation in occupied Palestine, especially in Jerusalem, and the ongoing Israeli atrocities and killing in occupied Palestine (more than 51 Palestinians were killed over the past three weeks including 11 children and 1 pregnant woman, and nearly 6,000 Palestinians were injured).
 
We will also hear the reaction and statements of several
local Houstonians who participated in a demonstration/protest held in Houston on Saturday, October 17 to protest Israel’s actions in the occupied Palestinian territories.

   
    

 
          

Date:

October 14, 2015

     
Guest:

Susan Abulhawa
Palestinian-American human rights activist, novelist, award-winning author and a frequent political commentator. She was born to Palestinian refugees from Jerusalem, where her family had lived for centuries. She is the founder of Playgrounds for Palestine, an organization dedicated to upholding Palestinian children's Right to Play. Susan received her Master's degree in Neuroscience from the University of South Carolina. She is a science writer for medical journals, and has contributed to several anthologies and has been published in several US and international newspapers and other periodicals. Her first book of poems was titled My Voice Sought the Wind. Her first novel, Mornings in Jenin, was an international bestseller, with rights sold in twenty-six languages, and her second novel (just released) is titled The Blue Between Sky and Water, and was sold in nineteen languages before its release. Susan tried to visit Palestine in July 2015 as a US citizen, but was denied entry by the Israeli occupation forces.
 

   
Topic: We will speak live with Susan about her new book The Blue Between Sky and Water; her recent attempt to visit occupied Palestine; and the latest escalation of violence by the Israeli occupation forces against Palestinians throughout occupied Palestine where at least 33 Palestinians were killed including 7 children since October 1, 2015, dozens were kidnapped, and more than 1,600 Palestinians were injured in addition to more than 4,000 Palestinians treated for tear gas inhalation fired by Israeli occupation army.    
    

 
          

Date:

October 7, 2015

     
Topic:

Fall Membership Drive
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Date:

September 30, 2015

     
Topic:

Fall Membership Drive
Arab Voices Needs YOUR Support to Raise $2,940
     
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 Membership Drive

   
    

 
          

Date:

September 23, 2015

     
Topic:

Fall Membership Drive
Arab Voices Needs YOUR Support to Raise $2,940
     
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Date:

September 16, 2015

     
Guest/
Topic:

Shireen Jasser
Social Worker, community organizer and President of the Syrian American Council Houston Chapter.
 
We will speak with Shireen about the Syrian Refugee Crisis where more than half of the Syrian population (over 12 million) are now refugees as a result of the ongoing bloody and destructive war in Syria. We will also talk about the Syrian refugees in Houston, and how the Houston community is dealing with the situation, and also talk about ways to assist.

   
    

 
          

Date:

September 9, 2015

     
Guest: 

 

Chris Hedges
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who writes a weekly column for the online magazine Truthdig. He spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years. Hedges left the Times after being issued a formal reprimand for denouncing the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq. In 2012, he sued President Barack Obama after the passing of the National Defense Authorization Act. Hedges authored numerous bestselling books, including Empire of Illusion; Death of the Liberal Class; War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning; Days of Revolt which he co-wrote with Joe Sacco; and his most recent book Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt. Hedges received many awards and recognitions over the years. He was part of the team of reporters at The New York Times that was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, and he also received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism. Hedges is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University and The University of Toronto. He currently teaches prisoners at a maximum-security prison in New Jersey. Hedges holds a B.A. in English literature from Colgate University and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California. Hedges speaks Arabic, French and Spanish and studied classics, including ancient Greek and Latin, at Harvard.
 

   
Topics: 

 

We will speak with Chris Hedges about the US Foreign Policy towards the Middle East; ISIS; the crisis in the Syria, Iraq, Yemen and other countries in the Middle east; the BDS Movement; and more.
 
Please note that
Chris Hedges will receive the Houston Peace and Justice Center HPJC's 2015 National Peacemaker Award and give the keynote address at the Awards Dinner in Houston on November 14, 2015. For more details on this event or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.hpjc.org/dinner2015.

   
    

 
          

Date:

September 2, 2015

     
Guest: 

 

Phyllis Bennis
Fellow and the Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington D.C. She is also a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. She has been a writer, analyst, and activist on Middle East and UN issues for many years. She helped found and remains on the advisory board of the U.S. Campaign to End Israeli Occupation. Phyllis plays a leading role in US and global movements against wars and occupation, and writes and speaks widely across the U.S. and around the world as part of the global peace movement. She continues to serve as an informal adviser to several top UN officials on Middle East and UN democratization issues. She is the author of numerous books including "Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict", "Ending the Iraq War: A Primer", "Understanding the US-Iran Crisis: A Primer", and "Before & After: US Foreign Policy and the War on Terror". Her most recent book (just released) is titled "Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror: A Primer".
 

   
Topic: 

 

We will speak with Phyllis about her new book "Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror: A Primer". We will also get her views on the US foreign policy towards the Middle East, the turmoil that is engulfing several areas in that region, and more.

   
    

 
          

Date:

August 26, 2015

     
Topic: 

 

National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA) National Medical Convention
The National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA) will hold its 37th National Medical Convention in Houston from September 4th through the 7th. Today on Arab Voices we will talk about this important convention with Dr. Samir Tuma, founder and first President of the Arab American Medical Association in Houston (1979), co-founder of the National AAMA (1980), and co-founder and former President of the Arab American Cultural and Community Center in Houston (2009-2010). He is also co-founder of the prestigious Ben Qurrah Award. Dr. Tuma was born in Acca, Palestine, and has received numerous awards and recognitions over the years.
   
Dr. Bassem Youssef, renowned Egyptian satirist who turned his show, Al Bernameg, into the most watched program in the Middle East (by uniquely criticizing most political and public figures in Egypt) will be attending the convention. NAAMA will be honoring Dr. Youssef at the convention with the 2015 award for his accomplishments as a cardiothoracic surgeon and for his contributions to elevate the public awareness about civil rights. We will listen to some of Dr. Youssef's remarks during the show today.
 
In addition, we will listen to the special remarks of
Dr. Elias Zerhouni, Arab-American medical doctor (born in Algeria), world-renowned physician, and former Director of the National Institutes of Health, that he delivered at the Biennial Ben Qurrah Award Gala held by the Houston Chapter of the Arab American Medical Association few years ago to honor Arab-American physicians who have made remarkable contributions in the field of medicine and who have succeeded in the worldwide advancement of science.

   
    

 
          

Date:

August 19, 2015

     
Guest: 

 

Ghada Mukdad
Board member with the Syrian Civil Coalition (a lobby of nearly 100 Syrian civil society organizations). She is a Syrian peace activist who was forced to leave Syria in 2012 and has been in the U.S. since then. 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.
 

   
Topic: 

 

We will speak with Ghada about Syria; the current situation there; Sunday's brutal massacre in Douma (one of many over the past few years); the refugee crisis; civil society in Syria; nonviolent opposition; women's involvement/role; foreign interventions; the letter sent yesterday from the Syrian Civil Coalition to the UN Security Council and the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria calling on sending mandated human rights monitoring mission to Syria; the best way out of the current crisis; and more.

   
    

 
          

Date:

August 12, 2015

     
Topic: 

 

Dr. Rania Masri's Houston Remarks on "Gaza: One Year Later"
The Palestinian American Cultural Center (PACC Houston) organized an event titled “GAZA: One Year Later”. It was held at and co-sponsored by the Arab American Cultural & Community Center as well as the Ramallah Club of Houston and Beirzirt Society. It was a fundraising event benefiting KinderUSA humanitarian relief projects that benefit children and families in Gaza. The keynote speaker was Dr. Rania Masri, Associate Director of Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut, and an associate producer of The Status Hour.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to the remarks delivered at the event by Dr. Rania Masri.

   
    

 
          

Date:

August 5, 2015

     
Topic: 

 

This week, KPFT Houston has a Summer Fund Drive, and Arab Voices needs your support to raise $1,300 during today's show. As you know, Arab Voices started in April 2002 (more than 13 years ago) with nearly 700 shows produced and as many distinguished guests appearing on the show from around the globe covering a wide range of topics.
 
Please call during the show today, 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. Your donation qualifies as a charitable deduction on your federal income tax return because KPFT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
 
We are offering several "Thank-You" Gifts during the fund drive, including:
  
▪ $50 "The Mass Destruction of Iraq: Why It Is Happening, and Who Is Responsible” on Amazon Kindle (electronic book ONLY) by William Rivers Pitt and Dahr Jamail
  
▪ $90 "Gaza Unsilenced" Book - a compilations of essays, articles, photographs, and poetry reflecting on the 2014 Israeli assault on Gaza by Refaat Alareer and Laila El-Haddad

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   1 - "Al Nakba" (award-winning four-part series)
   2 - "The Price of Oslo"
   3 - "Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land"
   4 - "Occupation 101"

▪ $85 "The Battle for Justice in Palestine" book by Ali Abunimah

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 Membership Drive

   
    

 
          

Date:

July 29, 2015

     
Guest: 

Dr. Rania Masri
Associate Director of Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut, and an associate producer of The Status Hour. She has been active on issues of human rights and justice since 1993. Before leaving North Carolina to Lebanon in 2005 to be a professor of environmental science at the University of Balamand, Rania was the Director of the Southern Peace Research and Education Center at the Institute for Southern Studies in Durham, NC. She also served as a national board member of Peace Action, a member of the Steering Committee of the United for Peace and Justice national coalition, and a state board member of the American Civil Liberties Union-NC. Her research and activism have centered on anti-sanctions/anti-war (Iraq), anti-occupation, anti-apartheid (Palestine), environmental justice, and civil rights. She served as an expert in the Court of Conscience on the Israeli 2006 War on Lebanon during which she presented expert testimony on the Environmental Impact of the Israeli War on Lebanon. She also serves on the advisory board of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.
 

   
Topic: 

We will speak with Dr. Masri about the ongoing occupation of Palestine; the crisis in Gaza one year after Israel's war on it; the BDS movement; the latest on the Syrian crisis; the U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East; and much more.
  
Note:
Dr. Rania Masri will be speaking in Houston on Sunday, August 2 at a special event titled "Gaza: One Year Later". One year after the Israeli war on Gaza, where are we now? What has happened in Gaza since? What has happened throughout Palestine? And how can we, as individuals and as a movement committed to justice, organize and respond? Click here for more information about this event.

   
    

 
          

Date:

July 22, 2015

     
Topic: 

Conflict in Yemen: The New Iran-Saudi Proxy War?
The World Affairs Council of Houston held an event on June 30, 2015 titled "Conflict in Yemen: The New Iran-Saudi Proxy War?". The guest speaker was
Sama'a Al-Hamdani, an independent writer, researcher and analyst focusing on Yemeni politics. Her work has been published in Al-Monitor, Yemen Observer, Yemen Times and several other publications and academic journals. She is also a regular expert commentator for major international media outlets including: CNN International, BBC World Service, Al-Jazeera, and The Huffington Post.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to Sama'a Al-Hamdani's remarks and some of the questions and answers that followed her talk. During the event she addressed several points including what is happening in Yemen, the key players in the conflict, the Houthis and other groups, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the reasons many countries are participating in the war on Yemen, the possible outcomes of this conflict, the role of the US, and more.

   
    

 
          

Date:

July 15, 2015

     
 

Jamal Abdi
Policy Director at the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) and Executive Director of NIAC Action. Abdi leads NIAC Action’s efforts to monitor policies and legislation, and to educate and advocate on behalf of the Iranian-American community. He previously worked in the US Congress as Policy Advisor to Representative Brian Baird (D-WA). As one of a small number of Iranian Americans working on the Hill, he served as a Congressional advisor, liaison, and expert on foreign affairs, immigration, and defense. Abdi has written for The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, Foreign Policy, Huffington Post and The Hill, and he is a frequent guest contributor in print, radio, and television.
   

   
Topic:

We will speak with Jamal about the historic long-term comprehensive nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 -- the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia and Germany -- along with the European Union; the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JPOA) agreed to by all parties; the reactions in Iran and the region to the deal; the effect of the deal on Iran and the region; U.S.-Iran future relations; the sanctions imposed on Iran; nuclear weapons; Iran-Gulf States relations; and more.

    

 
          

Date:

July 8, 2015

     
 

Noha Radwan
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Religious Studies at the University of California-Davis. She is an Egyptian literary scholar and was assistant professor of Arabic Literature at Columbia University. Her research interests focus on modern Arabic poetry and fiction. Radwan was born in Cairo, Egypt. She received her MA from the Department of Arabic Studies at the American University of Cairo and her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. In February 2011 she spent 18 days with demonstrators in Cairo's Tahrir Square protesting the regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and was attacked and beaten by a mob of Mubarak supporters. She authored a book titled "Egyptian Colloquial Poetry in the Modern Arabic Canon: New Readings of Shi'r al-'Ammiyya (Literatures and Cultures of the Islamic World)", and also published a report in the Journal of Higher Education titled "Egypt's Revolution, in Verse".
 

   
Topic: We will speak with professor Radwan about Egypt; the situation there few years after the revolution that toppled the Mubarak regime; the ouster of President Morsi; is Egypt better now under President Al-Sisi than it was under President Mubarak; the recent attacks in the Sinai and other areas inside Egypt; the crackdown on activists and journalists in Egypt; and more.
    

 
          

Date:

July 1, 2015

     
 

 
We will first talk about the vote that took place yesterday, June 30, 2015, and that is the vote by the United Church of Christ in Cleveland, calling for boycotts and divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands. 80% of the United Church of Christ delegates voted for the divestment. It was a landslide vote with 508 delegates in favor, 124 against, and 38 abstentions.
 

   
Guest:

David Heap
Steering committee member of the Canadian Boat to Gaza, part of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition and one of the organizing groups for Freedom Flotilla III. He is associate professor (French and Linguistics) at the University of Western Ontario, Canada and father of two. He participated in the 2009-2010 Gaza Freedom March. He was on board the Tahrir when it was stopped by Greek authorities in July 2011, and again in November 2011 when captured by the Israeli navy. Deported to Canada after six days in Israeli prison, he also joined the Swedish ship to Gaza Estelle for part of its voyage in September 2012, representing the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, and he visited Gaza in October 2012 with a group of linguist colleagues (including Noam Chomsky). He has spoken about previous Freedom Flotilla voyages and the Gaza Ark campaign (2012-2104) to challenge the blockade from Palestine from the inside out.
 

Topic:

We will speak with David about Freedom Flotilla III (four boats carrying 47 people from 17 countries sailing to the besieged Gaza Strip to challenge the blockade of 1.8 million Palestinians), and Israel's attack on Monday on the "Marianne" one of the 4 boats (a Swedish vessel) while it was in international waters on its way to the Gaza Strip, and the kidnapping by force of the 18 participants on board (including Dr. Bassel Ghattas, Member of the Israeli Knesset, Dr. Moncef Marzouki, ex-President of Tunisia, Ana Miranda, Member of European Parliament, and several journalists). Four were released, but fourteen participants remain hostage in Israeli jails. During the attack on “Marianne”, Israeli soldiers used violence against the participants.

    

 
          

Date:

June 24 2015

     
Guest:

Dahr Jamail
Staff reporter at Truthout and author of several books including "The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan", "Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches From an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq", and his recently released book "The Mass Destruction of Iraq: Why It Is Happening, and Who Is Responsible". Jamail reported from Iraq for more than a year (one of only a few independent and unembedded US journalists in Iraq), as well as from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Turkey over the last ten years. Dahr’s stories have been published widely, and his writing has been translated into many languages. Dahr has reported for Democracy Now! and Al-Jazeera, and has appeared on numerous media outlets around the globe. Dahr’s reporting has earned him numerous awards, including the Martha Gellhorn Award for Investigative Journalism, the Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage, and five Project Censored awards.
 

   
Topic:

We will speak with Dahr about Iraq and the situation there. We will also talk about the lawsuit filed by Sundus Saleh, an Iraqi single mother, suing members of the George W. Bush administration for their role in the war in Iraq, and the amicus brief filed on June 2, 2015 by an international group of lawyers (which includes former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark) in support of Saleh's claims.

    

 
          

Date:

June 17 2015

     
Topic:

MPA Speakers' Remarks of Imam Ali & Comedian Obeidallah

   

The Muslim Professional Association (MPA) held a special anniversary event on March 28, 2015 in Houston titled "Building Strength: The Future of Muslims in America". There were several speakers at the event, and today we will listen to the remarks of Imam Wazir Ali, recipient of the Muslim Journal's prestigious "Imam of the Year Award" for 2010, and the keynote address by award-winning comedian Dean Obeidallah.
 

Imam Wazir Ali
Recipient of the Muslim Journal's prestigious "Imam of the Year Award" for 2010 and is the imam of the historic Masjid Warithud-Deen Mohammed and Masjid Al-Qur'an, both located in Houston. Imam Ali has co-trasnslated and has assisted in research for multiple Islamic texts. He is an entrepreneur, kinesiologist, registered dietitian and board certified specialist in renal nutrition, who also owns a private nutrition consulting firm in Houston. Imam Ali holds multiple undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology, nutrition, and kinesiology and is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in clinical nutrition.
 

Dean Obeidallah
Dean’s comedy comes in large part from his unique background of being the son of a Palestinian father and a Sicilian mother. He is an award winning comedian who was at one time a practicing attorney, and co-starred in the Comedy Central special “The Axis of Evil.” He is a also columnist for The Daily Beast and has written for CNN.com and The Huffington Post. Dean is the co-director/co-producer of the comedy documentary “The Muslims are Coming!” featuring a stand up comedy tour of Muslim-American comedians performing free shows across the South and West in the hopes of fostering understanding. He was also the co-creator of Comedy Central.com’s critically acclaimed Internet series “The Watch List” featuring a cast of all Middle Eastern-American comedians. In addition to performing comedy throughout the US, Dean has performed across the Middle East. For more details, visit www.deanofcomedy.com.

    

 
          

Date:

June 10 2015

     
Topic:

Nick Rahall and MJ Rosenberg on "How Does the Israel Lobby Influence Congress"
On April 10, 2015, a conference was held in Washington, DC called “The Israel Lobby: Is It Good for US? Is It Good For Israel?”. It was organized by the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy and the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. It was unprecedented gathering that focused on the Israel lobby in America. There were several speakers at the conference including former Congressmen Paul Findley and Nick Rahall, Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy, former UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk, Palestinian-American lawyer and human rights advocate Huwaida Arraf, photojournalist and radio host Jeffrey Blankfort, founder and Director of Palestine Solidarity Legal Support and Cooperating Counsel with the Center for Constitutional Rights Dima Khalidi, Israeli writer and activist Miko Peled, Internationally acclaimed author and media critic Jack Shaheen, director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy Grant Smith, and other well-known experts. There were 6 Panel discussions at the conference:
 
 - What Is the Israel Lobby and How Does It Work?
 - Are Critical Voices Silenced?
 - Is Freedom of Speech Encouraged on American Campuses?
 - Is the Lobby Good for Israel?
 - How Does the Lobby Influence Congress?, and
 - Is There an Iraq-Iran Continuum?
 
Today, we will listen to some of the remarks delivered during the “
How Does the Lobby Influence Congress” panel by former AIPAC employee MJ Rosenberg (his talk was titled “Is it all about the money?”), and former congressman Nick Rahall (his talk was titled “My experience with the Israel Lobby; The use of dark money”).
 
For a full list of the speakers and to listen to their remarks including the question and answer sessions, visit www.israellobbyus.org.

   
    

 
          

Date:

June 3 2015

     
Guest:

Wardah Khalid
Scoville Fellow, focusing on research, development and presentation of non-violent policy solutions to counter the self-described Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, as well as highlighting why U.S. militarism is undermining locally-led peace building approaches in these countries and throughout the region. Prior to joining FCNL, Wardah worked as a CVE consultant in Houston, focusing on creating a community plan to counter violent extremism in the local Muslim American community. Wardah recently graduated from Columbia University where she obtained a masters in International Affairs focused on Human Rights and Middle East Studies. While at SIPA, she interned for various UN and international agencies including UNRWA, UNDP, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the UN Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate where she conducted research on Lone Wolf Terrorism from a UN perspective. She is also the author of the “Young American Muslim” blog for the Houston Chronicle.

   
Topics: 

We will speak with Wardah about last week's incident where Asher Abid Khan was arrested in Houston for allegedly trying to join ISIS (Wardah Khalid attends the same mosque as Asher) and the impact this incident had on the community. We will talk about ISIS; the true Islamic values; what attracts some youth to join ISIS; why is ISIS successful in its recruitment efforts; why young Muslims and others should reject ISIS; what should communities do to counter ISIS and its ideology; how to steer youth from violent extremism; how to combat this threat effectively; and ISIS and the U.S. foreign policy. We will also talk about the rise of Islamophobia in the U.S. and last week's protest that was held outside a Phoenix Mosque; and the recent historic Supreme Court ruling in Abercrombie & Fitch Hijab Case.

   
    

 
          

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.

   
   
    

 
          

Date:

April 8, 2015

     
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

     
 

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

     
 

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 (new book - February 2014)
  • $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 American 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.
 

 
     
   

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.
 
 
     
   

Date:

June 4, 2014

 
 
Guest:

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.
 

 
Topic:

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
 


 Membership Drive

   
 
     
   

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.


 Membership Drive

   
 
     
   

Date:

April 30, 2014

 
 
Guest/
Topic:

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.
 
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.


 Membership Drive

   
 
     
   

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.
 

     
   

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 $1,600 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”.

Topic:

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

 

Topics:

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

 

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.

     
   

Date:

October 23, 2013

 

Membership drive
 
 


 Membership Drive

We are offering several thank-you gifts for your pledges including a 4-DVD Special Series documentary titled "Al-Nakba". This is a series on the Palestinian 'catastrophe' of 1948 that led to dispossession and conflict that still endures. The narrative moves through the 19th century and into the 20th century with the British Mandate in Palestine and comes right up to date in the 21st century and the ongoing ‘nakba’ on the ground. Arab, Israeli and Western intellectuals, historians and eye-witnesses provide the central narrative which is accompanied by archive material and documents, many only recently released for the first time. This 4-DVD set is available at the $150 pledge level.

     
   

Date:

October 16, 2013

 
Guest:

Richard Becker
Western Regional Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism); a noted writer and commentator on Middle East affairs; a featured speaker at political forums and conferences in the US and across the world; and author of the book Palestine, Israel and the U.S. Empire. Becker has visited the Middle East on numerous occasions, and led several fact-finding delegations to Palestine, Iraq and Syria over the years.

Topic:

A live discussion with Mr. Becker about his book Palestine, Israel and the U.S. Empire (offered as a thank-you gift for $175 contributions to KPFT during our Membership Drive this month).
 
We are also offering another thank-you gift for the first time and that is a 4-DVD Special Series documentary titled "Al-Nakba". This is a series on the Palestinian 'catastrophe' of 1948 that led to dispossession and conflict that still endures. The narrative moves through the 19th century and into the 20th century with the British Mandate in Palestine and comes right up to date in the 21st century and the ongoing ‘nakba’ on the ground. Arab, Israeli and Western intellectuals, historians and eye-witnesses provide the central narrative which is accompanied by archive material and documents, many only recently released for the first time. This 4-DVD set is available at the $150 pledge level.
 
You can ask for both the 4-DVD set "Al-Nakba" and the book "Palestine, Israel and the U.S. Empire" for $250.

 
Please call during the show 713-526-5738 and pledge your support!
   


 Membership Drive

     
   

Date:

October 9, 2013

 

Membership drive
 
 


 Membership Drive

We are offering several thank-you gifts for your pledges including a 4-DVD Special Series documentary titled "Al-Nakba". This is a series on the Palestinian 'catastrophe' of 1948 that led to dispossession and conflict that still endures. The narrative moves through the 19th century and into the 20th century with the British Mandate in Palestine and comes right up to date in the 21st century and the ongoing ‘nakba’ on the ground. Arab, Israeli and Western intellectuals, historians and eye-witnesses provide the central narrative which is accompanied by archive material and documents, many only recently released for the first time. This 4-DVD set is available at the $150 pledge level.

     
   

Date:

October 2, 2013

Guest:

Muhammad Sahimi
Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and the NIOC Chair at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He has been analyzing Iran's political developments for the past two decades. He is co-founder and editor of Iran News & Middle East Reports.

Topic:

We will speak with professor Sahimi about the relations between Iran and the U.S., the Iranian nuclear and political developments, Syria, Israel, and more.

     
   

Date:

September 25, 2013

  
Topic:

Glenn Greenwald's remarks on the NSA's Mass Surveillance Program

Glenn Greenwald is a Journalist for the Guardian; former constitutional lawyer; and author of three New York Times Bestselling books: two on the Bush administration's executive power and foreign policy abuses, and his latest book, With Liberty and Justice for Some, an indictment of America's two-tiered system of justice. Greenwald was named by The Atlantic as one of the 25 most influential political commentators in the nation. He is the recipient of the first annual I.F. Stone Award for Independent Journalism, and is the winner of the 2010 Online Journalism Association Award for his investigative work on the arrest and oppressive detention of Bradley Manning.
   

Today we will listen to Glenn Greenwald’s talk to the Socialism 2013 Conference held in June 2013 in Chicago, sponsored by SocialistWorker.org, the International Socialist Review and the Center for Economic Research and Social Change. Glenn Greenwald spoke about Edward Snowden and the NSA’s mass surveillance program.
     
   

Date:

September 18, 2013

  
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Father Nabil Hanna
The Very Rev. Father Nabil Hanna is Pastor of St. George Orthodox Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to coming to St. George, he served as pastor at St. George Cathedral in Toledo, Ohio; St. John of Damascus Church in Dedham, Mass.; and assistant pastor at St. Luke’s Church in Garden Grove, California.

 

We will speak with Father Hanna about Syria; Christians in Syria; the importance of Syria to Christianity; the war in Syria; the threats of a U.S. attack on Syria; and the prospects for a peaceful resolution to the war-torn country.
  

 

2nd Segment: Alex Kane
Assistant Editor at Mondoweiss and at World editor for AlterNet. He is
a blogger and a freelance journalist based in New York City, writing mostly on Israel/Palestine, Islamophobia and the Middle East. He writes for the Indypendent, and a frequent contributor to the blog Mondoweiss. His work has also appeared in Electronic Intifada, Common Dreams, Palestine Chronicle, Red Pepper (UK), Extra!, AlterNet, Salon, and the Gotham Gazette.
 

We will speak with Alex about the newly released  top-secret document (provided to the Guardian by whistleblower Edward Snowden) which reveals that "The National Security Agency routinely shares raw intelligence data with Israel without first sifting it to remove information about U.S. citizens".

 
     
   

Date:

September 11, 2013

  
Guests:

Jacqueline Cabasso
Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation, which focuses on weapons of mass destruction. They just released the briefing paper "The Rush to Bomb Syria: Undermining International Law and Risking Wider War", which states: "Unilateral punitive strikes justified as a defense of the global norm against chemical weapons are unlikely to actually protect Syrians or others against use of chemical weapons and other attacks, may do little to reinforce the norm or even undermine it, and could lead to a significant increase in the level of violence throughout the region."

 

Mel Duncan
Founding Director of Nonviolent Peaceforce. Duncan visited Syria and Lebanon and met with representatives of the Syrian government, religious leaders, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, Hezbollah, the nonviolent opposition, the Free Syrian Army and the UN. He also talked with refugees in Lebanon and internally displaced people in rebel-held territories in Syria. He recently wrote:
"Syrians must decide Syria’s future. What started as a nonviolent uprising has been hijacked into a geo-political, sectarian war that is anything but civil. The displaced people I met don’t care a whit about these international crosscurrents. They want to go home. Yet the country is whiplashed by proxy wars: U.S.-Russia, Iran-Saudi Arabia, Israel-Hezbollah and on and on. And religious differences have been inflamed in what was a secular country. As one colleague from Aleppo told me, 'I didn’t know I was Sunni until I was 20.'

 
Topic:

Syria

     
   

Date:

September 4, 2013

  
Guest:

Musa al-Gharbi
Research fellow with the Southwest Initiative for the Study of Middle East Conflicts based at the University of Arizona. He has done extensive research on fundamentalism, terrorism, social media, and social movements. His analysis of the way statistics are misused and misunderstood in discourse about the Syrian Civil War was published in the spring 2013 issue of Middle East Policy. He is also a columnist for Your Middle East and a contributor to Press TV.
 

Topic:

We will speak live with our guest about Syria. Mr. al-Gharbi just wrote the piece "Red Lines Drawn with Syrian Blood," which states: "As the Obama administration has made abundantly clear, the impending Western strikes in Syria will not be aimed at deposing Assad. The goal is not to resolve, but to perpetuate the conflict.". He also recently wrote "Toxic Discourse on Chemical Weapons," which states: "Al-Qaeda has a long and well-documented history of obtaining, developing, and deploying chemical weapons—even in the Syrian theater. In May, Turkish authorities disrupted a Jabhat al-Nusra cell and discovered sarin gas in the possession of the militants; it is worth noting that this is the precise chemical agent supposedly used in the small-scale attacks in April, which the Obama administration attributed to the Assad regime. Following closely after this event in Turkey, the Iraqi government claimed to have disrupted another major al-Qaeda plot involving chemical weapons, these to be deployed on a massive scale. It is clear that al-Qaeda and its affiliates within and around Syria have access to chemical weapons, as well as the intent to deploy them.

     
   

Date:

August 28, 2013

  
Guest:

Robert Naiman
Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy. He 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. Naiman has studied and worked in the Middle East.
 

Topic: We will talk with Mr. Naiman about Syria; the use of chemical weapons; the possibility of a U.S. military attack on Syria and the effects of such an attack on the war-torn country; can the U.S. president order a strike without congressional approval; should the U.S. launch yet another war without U.N. Security Council authorization and despite a new poll that reveals only 9 percent thought President Obama should intervene in Syria; and much more.

 
Before we begin our conversation with Mr. Naiman about Syria, we will listen to the historic speech "I Have a Dream" delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on this date 50 years ago calling for racial equality, as today marks the 50th anniversary of the historic march on Washington, where hundreds of thousands of people marched for civil and economic rights.

     
   

Date:

August 21, 2013

  
Guests:

Emad Mekay
Egyptian journalist currently working for the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. He worked for The New York Times, Bloomberg News and Inter Press Service in the Middle East. He is the founder of America In Arabic News Agency. He covered most of the initial protests of the Arab uprisings for The International Herald Tribune and for Inter Press Service.
  

Dr. Khaled Elsayes
An Egyptian living in Houston and has family in Egypt;
world renowned radiologist; associate professor of radiology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; fellow at several international societies; author of numerous publications and two radiology textbooks; and recipient of many international awards. Dr. Elsayes is chairman of Rebuilding Egypt organization, and is a board member of the Egyptian American Society for Democracy and Human Rights.
  

Topics: We will talk about Egypt; the democratic process and how the latest developments in Egypt has affected it; the prospects for a free and democratic elections in the future; rebuilding Egypt; foreign aid; media coverage of the events by the Egyptian media and others and how that coverage by the various sides played a role in the events; and much more.
     
   

Date:

August 14, 2013

  
Guest:

Sahar Aziz
Associate Professor at Texas A&M University School of Law, where she teaches national security, civil rights, and Middle East law. Aziz is also a 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.

 

Topics:

A live discussion with Professor Aziz about the latest developments in Egypt that left hundreds dead and thousands injured over the past few hours; the role of religion (if any) with what's happening in Egypt; the Egyptian military role and its intervention; the reason the military turned against Morsi and ousted him from power, and much more.

     
   

Date:

August 7, 2013

  
Topic:

CAIR Texas Annual Banquet: "American Muslims: Leading for Justice"
The Council on American-Islamic Relations Texas (Houston Chapter) held its Annual Fundraising Banquet on June 29, 2013 in Houston under the theme "American Muslims: Leading for Justice". Several local community members, faith leaders and elected officials attended the event that featured an awards ceremony recognizing individuals and organizations (KPFT 90.1 FM Radio was this year's recipient of the "Justice in Media Award"). CAIR also discussed the challenges ahead, debut upcoming projects and goals, and showcased the results of the work done by CAIR locally and nationwide. During the event, CAIR raised over $150,000 in contributions to support CAIR's civil rights work.

There were several remarks made at the event, and today we will listen to few of these remarks, including Congressman Al Green's remarks on voting rights act, immigration and citizenship; Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee's remarks about CAIR, immigration, homeland security bill, racial profiling, civil liberties protection, first amendment right, voting rights act and voter ID; Dr. Yusuf Shere's (CAIR Texas President) welcome and acknowledgement remarks; and the remarks about CAIR National and its challenges by Gadier Abbas, CAIR National Staff Attorney and Civil Rights Leader.

     
   

Date:

July 31, 2013

  
Guest:

Ali Abunimah
Co-founder and Executive Director of The Electronic Intifada. A
bunimah 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 a contributor to The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict. He has contributed to several other books and written hundreds of articles on the question of Palestine in a wide array of publications.

Topics:

We will speak live with Mr. Abunimah about his eyewitness account from his recent visit to the occupied Gaza Strip; the situation inside Gaza; the ongoing expansion of Israeli colonies on Palestinian land; Israel’s recent change in its issuing of Jerusalem IDs aiming at expulsion of Palestinians from the holy city; Israel's new plan to expel tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouins from their land; the "revival" of the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians; how different (if any) this round of negotiations from previous ones over 22 years; the U.S. role in the negotiations; the effect of the Arab Uprisings on the Palestinian-Israeli problem; and much more.

     
   

Date:

July 24, 2013

  
Topic:

In Memoriam: Helen Thomas' Interview with Arab Voices

 
Helen Thomas, an award winning Arab American veteran journalist that covered the White House for over 50 years, passed away in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at the age of 92. Two years ago, Said interviewed Helen Thomas live on Arab Voices, and in her memory, we will re-air the 45 minutes interview with her.

In that interview, we talked about various topics including her childhood; her work in journalism; memorable moments while covering the White House; her favorite and least favorite presidents; the U.S. foreign policy; her remarks about Israel and Palestine; terrorism; Zionism; and much more.

     
   

Date:

July 17, 2013

  
Guest:

Rania Masri
Arab-American working in Lebanon since 2005, university professor, writer, human rights advocate and environment scientist. She worked as a regional policy advisor in the UNDP for 15 months in Egypt. Prior to her current position as an assistant professor in environmental sciences in Lebanon, she directed the Southern Peace Research and Education Center at the Institute for Southern Studies in Durham, North Carolina.

Topics:

We will speak live with professor Masri about the situating in Syria and its effect on the regional politics including Lebanon and Egypt; the Syrian refugee crisis; the involvement of other countries in Syria; the U.S. and its foreign policy/role in what is happening in the region; Israel and its role; the military-industrial complex and its related effects on the region and the U.S.; and much more.

     
   

Date:

July 10, 2013

 
Guest:

Ghada Talhami
Emeritus Professor in the Department of Politics at Lake Forest College in Illinois. She has published numerous articles and six books including "The Mobilization of Muslim Women in Egypt", "Palestine in the Egyptian Press" and "Syria and the Palestinians". She previously served as Director of Arab Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and Director of the Arab Information Center at Chicago (an office of the Arab League of States). She also served as President of the Association of Arab-American University Graduates, Editor of Arab Studies Quarterly, and Chair of Palestine Human Rights Campaign.

 
Topics:

We will speak live with Dr. Talhami about the uprisings in various Arab countries, especially what is happening in Egypt and Syria, and also talk about the U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East.

     
   

Date:

July 3, 2013

 
Guest:

Mohamed Elmenshawy
A scholar, and the director of the languages and regional studies program at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC. He writes a weekly column for Egyptian daily Al Shorouk News. In 2009, he was selected to join the U.N. Secretary General's High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations initiative. He served as editor in chief of Arab Insight, and was the founding editor of Taqrir Washington. He is a regular commentator on international politics in major international and Arabic television and radio networks.

Topics:

We will speak live with Mr. Elmenshawy about the latest developments in Egypt; what has gone wrong since the historic uprising that toppled the Mubarak regime; why millions are demonstrating and calling for Morsi to step down one year after his election; is it a power struggle between the Muslim Brotherhood and other groups; the army's stance towards the situation and its 48 hours ultimatum to resolve the political crisis that expires today; will the army force Morsi out; and what comes next for Egypt.

     
   

Date:

June 26, 2013

 
Guest:

Deepa Kumar
Associate Professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University. She has been active in various social movements for peace and justice and has written numerous articles in both scholarly journals and alternative media, and has authored several books including Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire.  Kumar is a much sought after public speaker on various topics including Islamophobia, Political Islam, US foreign policy in the Middle East and South Asia, and women and Islam.

 
Topics:

We will speak live with professor Kumar about the NSA's mass surveillance and spying program on dissidents and activists, and the federal lawsuit filed last week against the NYPD for its widespread spying programs directed at Muslims. We will also talk about racism, religious and racial profiling, arrests, indefinite detentions, torture, deportation and surveillance of Muslims, and also talk about terrorism as well as media reactions in the US to recent events.

     
   

Date:

June 19, 2013

 
Guest:

Dr. As'ad AbuKhalil
Lebanese-American professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus, and visiting professor at UC, Berkeley. He is the creator of and maintains the Angry Arab News Service blog. He is author of several publications including Historical Dictionary of Lebanon, Bin Laden, Islam & America's New "War on Terrorism", and The Battle for Saudi Arabia.

Topic:

We will speak live with professor AbuKhalil about the crisis in Syria, the Syrian regime, the opposition, Hezbollah and its involvement in Syria, the roles played by Iran, Turkey, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, other Arab countries, the U.S. and European countries, and much more.

     
   

Date:

June 12, 2013

 
Guests:

Christopher Pyle
A scholar, political activist and professor currently teaching courses on constitutional law, civil liberties, American politics, American political thought, and decision making in complex organizations at Mount Holyoke College. He is author of Military Surveillance of Civilian Politics and Getting Away with Torture. Professor Pyle first received national recognition  when he disclosed the military’s massive surveillance of civilian politics in 1970 and worked to end it as a consultant to three Congressional committees.

Michael Figura
Legal Fellow at the Bill of Rights Defense Committee; a recent graduate of City University of New York School of Law. Michael was an Ella Baker Fellow at the Center For Constitutional Rights, and interned with the CUNY CLEAR (Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility) Clinic, the Guantanamo and Bagram Defense Clinic, and the Office of the Appellate Defender of New York.

Topics:

A live discussion with our guests about the U.S. government’s secret surveillance and spying on U.S. citizens; the secret National Security Agency (NSA) program of collecting phone records and emails that was leaked few days ago by whistleblower Edward Snowden; the (what seems to be limitless) power the U.S. government has granted itself to spy on its citizens; the out of control U.S. intelligence agencies; civil liberties and expectation of privacy; and much more.

     
   

Date:

June 5, 2013

 
Topic:

Re-airing of Pacifica National Special (collaboration between Arab Voices and others): A Commemoration of the Palestinian Catastrophe (Al-Nakba)
A special one hour documentary that features know experts, Palestinian politicians, elder survivors of the Nakba and their children and grand children, former detainees, reporters, and activists.

 

Featured speakers/
guests:

Rafeef Ziadah, Mustafa Barghouti, Nasseer Aruri, Jess Ghannam, the Foty Family, Fareed Bitar, Suheir Hamad, Head Roc, Dam, Mohammed Al-Farra and the Sling Shot Hip Hop, the children of the Holy Land Trust, Fairuz, Marcel Khalifeh, Ambassador Afif Safieh (former head of the Palestinian Mission in Washington), Dennis Halliday (former UN Assistant Secretary-General), The Arab Summit, Suha Dabousseh, Rami El-Amin and Left Turn magazine, Julia Nasser, Kristen Ess and Nasser Faris.
 

Credits:

A collaboration between Arab Voices of KPFT, Houston, Texas, Voices With Vision on WPFW and the dcradiocoop in DC and Palestine, Radio Intifada and the SWANA collective of KPFK-LA; Flashpoints of KPFA, Berkeley and Palestine; Open Journal of KPFT Houston, Texas, KCUT Radio Montreal, Nasser Faris-LA , Hazem Jamjoum (Badil), Pennie Quinton and Ghassan Bannoura (imemc.org) the International Middle East Media Collective, Toronto & CKUT radio Montreal in Canada, and WBIX/WBAI in New York…Nasser Faris, Jenka Soderberg of KBOO & imemc, Layla Al Haddad of Free Speech Radio News, and major help from Gretchen King, the BALOZIProductions.com, George Rashmawy, Nora Barrows-Friedman, Sherna Berger Gluck, Naji Mujahed, Fred Nguyen, Desmond Leary, Drew Poe, Tony Guinivan, Asmah Hamarneh, and Nathan Moore!… and many more!
 
Coordinating Producer, Ryme Katkhouda of WPFW

     
   

Date:

May 29, 2013

 
Topic:

"Syria and the US: The Complicity of Silence"
A special program from Empire at Al Jazeera English: Marwan Bishara, host of Empire, explores who is right and who is wrong, and what is - or should be - the Obama policy towards Syria, with guests:
Bassam Haddad, the director of the Middle East studies programme at George Mason University, who is also editor of the online magazine Jadaliyya, and author of several books, including his latest Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience; David Pollock, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Juan Cole, a professor of Middle East history at the University of Michigan, and author of several books including his most recent Engaging the Muslim World; and Stephen Starr, a journalist and author of Revolt in Syria: Eyewitness to the Uprising.

     
   

Date:

May 22, 2013

 
Guest:

Melvin Goodman
Director of the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy; former CIA analyst for 24 years; former analyst at the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research; adjunct professor of government at Johns Hopkins University; and author of several books on international security, including his just-released book "National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism".

Topics:

We will speak live with Mr. Goodman about his new book "National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism", and also talk about the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and why it was targeted. Mr. Goodman says the consulate was a diplomatic cover for an intelligence platform and whatever diplomatic functions took place in Benghazi also served as cover for an important CIA base.



 Membership Drive

     
   

Date:

May 15, 2013

 
Guests:

Ron Sconyers
Brigadier General Sconyers is President and Chief Executive Officer of Physicians for Peace, a global nonprofit medical education and treatment organization serving developing nations with unmet medical needs and scarce resources. General Sconyers was a career military officer in the U.S. Air Force.

Mohannad Mansour
Physical Therapist at Rafedia Hospital in occupied Palestine, and is currently in Houston to further enhance his skills as a trainer through Physicians for Peace.
He is one of two therapists in the Burn Unit, the only one of its kind in Palestine, serving patients from all over the West Bank.

Topics:

We will speak live with General Sconyers and Mr. Mansour about Physicians for Peace and the work it does around the globe. We will also talk about the Peace Burn Care Program and the West Bank Burn Clinic, and hear some great stories of miracles they've performed to reduce the suffering of so many.


 Membership Drive

     
   

Date:

May 8, 2013

 
Guest:

Sahar Aziz
Associate Professor of Law at Texas Wesleyan School of Law; President of the Egyptian American Rule of Law Association; former Senior Policy Advisor at the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and legal fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.

Topics:

A live discussion with professor Aziz about the current situation in Egypt and how the historic revolution that toppled the Mubarak regime has changed Egypt. We will talk about some of the issues that triggered/caused the revolution and where they stand now such as democracy, freedom, the constitution, corruption, and more.
   



 Membership Drive

     
   

Date:

May 1, 2013

 
Topics/
Guests:

1st Segment: Khalil AbuSharekh
Member of the board of directors at the Houston Palestine Film Festival, scheduled to be held in Houston on May 10-11 & 17-18. Khalil is a practical creative who continually raises the bar in verbal and visual communications. He aims to create memorable films to contribute lasting value to the good of business and community. We will speak live with Khalil about the 7th Annual Houston Palestine Film Festival.

 

2nd Segment: Manufacturing Terror: The Media’s Anti-Arab and Anti-Muslim Problem
After the Boston Marathon bombing, journalists scrambled to identify those responsible for the attack, and their motive. Rolling news and online message boards were filled with speculation, many pointing the finger at Muslims and Arabs. Does the media reinforce anti-Arab and anti-Muslim stereotypes? This is a special program produced by the National Radio Project.

     
   

Date:

April 24, 2013

 
Guests:

Nadia Kayyali
Syrian-American and Human Rights Activist, Legal Fellow at the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and Executive Vice President and served as Student National Vice President of the National Lawyers Guild. Her experiences include work at the ACLU of Northern California, and Occupylegal.

Lara Kiswani
Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center in California. She is a Palestinian raised in California, and has been active with antiwar, Palestinian, Arab, feminist, and student organizations. She is a Collective member of Sunbula: Arab Feminists for Change, was part of the Free Palestine Alliance and active in the immigrant rights movement in Northern California.
  

 
Topics: Civil liberties abuses, domestic surveillance and the use of drones, racial profiling, indefinite detentions, government spying, targeting Arabs and Muslims in the US, and how the recent Boston events affect these issues.
     
   

Date:

April 17, 2013

 
Guest:

Malek Jandali
Award-winning prolific Syrian composer and pianist, who is recognized as a leading figure in today's piano world. His outstanding recordings and extensive concert tours receive abundantly glowing praise. Jandali has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout the years, and his works have been performed with several leading orchestras around the world. Jandali appears frequently as a guest on numerous national and international media outlets.

 

He is the first Arab musician to arrange the oldest music notation in the world, which was featured in his 2008 album “Echoes from Ugarit”. He was the recipient of the 2011 “Freedom of Expression” award in Los Angeles for his song “Watani Ana – I am my Homeland”, as well as his activism in the Arab Spring movement for human rights and democracy. In 2012, he was recognized in New York City with the Arab-American Cultural Achievement Award. His latest album (just released) "Syria...Anthem of the Free" is dedicated to the Syrian people in their noble quest for freedom, dignity and human rights.

     
   

Date:

April 10, 2013

 
Guest/
Topic:

Omar Barghouti
Palestinian researcher, commentator, and human rights activist committed to upholding international law and universal human rights. He is a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and the Palestinian Civil Society Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. He is the author of BDS: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights.

 

We will listen today to Omar Barghouti's talk about the Palestinian Civil Society Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. Barghouti's remarks were made on February 1, 2013 at an event in Santa Fe, New Mexico that was part of the Lannan In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom series organized by the Lannan Foundation. Amy Goodman introduced Omar Barghouti at that event, and we will also listen to the remarks she made.

     
   

Date:

April 1, 2013

 
Guest:

Dr. Stephen Zunes
Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he chairs the program in Middle Eastern Studies. He is recognized as one of the country's leading scholars on U.S. Middle East policy and on strategic nonviolent action. He serves as a senior policy analyst for the Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies, an associate editor of Peace Review, a contributing editor of Tikkun, and chair of the academic advisory committee for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.

     
   

Date:

March 27, 2013

 
Topics/
Guest
s:

1st Segment: Rabeea Eid
A conversation with Eid, Political Science student at Haifa University, journalist, activist from the village of Eilaboun and member of the National Democratic Assembly in Israel. Rabeea spoke up during President Obama's speech to students in Jerusalem last week. He asked Obama “President Obama, did you come to make peace or to support Israel and the Israeli occupation? How can you be democratic and support a Jewish country? Who killed Rachel Corrie? Did you see the apartheid wall when you came from Ramallah?”

 

2nd Segment: Where is the Syrian Conflict Heading?
A special segment from Al Jazeera English: Inside Syria, with presenter Hazem Sika. Guests: Yaser Tabbara; legal advisor for the Syrian National Coalition, and the Syrian opposition coalition in the United States; Joshua Landis, a Syria expert and director of Center of the Middle East Studies, and associate professor at the University of Oklahoma; and Danny Makki, the co-founder of the Syrian Youth in Britain - a group of Syrians advocating democratic change through dialogue.

     
   

Date:

March 20, 2013

 

First, we will listen to a short audio message from the parents of Rachel Corrie on the 10th anniversary of the murder of their daughter. Rachel was killed by Israel in March 2003 in the occupied Gaza Strip in Palestine as she was trying to protest the Israeli demolition of a Palestinian home in Rafah.

Guest:

Raed Jarrar
Communications Director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). He is an Arab American political advocate, media analyst, and architect. Since his immigration to the US in 2005, he has worked on political and cultural issues pertaining to US-Arab relationships. Given his personal and professional experiences with issues that impact Arab Americans, Raed is a sought after analyst who frequently appears on English and Arabic media outlets.
  

 
Topics:

A live discussion with Raed about Iraq and Syria as this week marks the 10th anniversary of the US-led war on Iraq and also marks the 2nd anniversary of the Syrian uprising, and how the events affected both countries. We will also talk about President Obama's current visit to the Middle East and what is expected (if any) to come out of it.

     
   

Date:

March 13, 2013

 
Topics:

1st Segment: Ten Years Later: Counting the Costs of War in Iraq
A special report produced on March 12, 2013 by the National Radio Project: "The invasion and occupation of Iraq defined a generation; the world’s largest anti-war protest was followed by the 3rd longest war in US history. 10 years later, American troops have officially left Iraq, but the occupation and its effects continue. On this edition, we look back at the 2003 invasion of Iraq. For Iraqis, for the US military, and for the anti-war movement; how have things changed? And what, if anything, has the world learned?"

2nd Segment: The 3rd Palestinian Festival
A live conversation with
Wafa Abdin, Board Member with the Palestinian American Cultural Center (PACC-Houston) and one of the organizers for the 3rd Palestinian Festival about the festival scheduled to be held March 16-17 at Jones Plaza in Downtown Houston.  This year, world-renowned Al Hanouneh folkloric dance group will be performing live at the festival. Last year, more than 5,000 people attended the festival.

     
   

Date:

March 6, 2013

 
Guest:

Laura Nader
Professor of Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley. An influential voice in contemporary anthropology, Laura Nader’s books include Culture and Dignity - Dialogues between the Middle East and the West, Naked Science: Anthropological Inquiry into Boundaries, Power and Knowledge , The Life of the Law, and Plunder–When the Rule of Law is Illegal.

 
Topic:

 

 
A live discussion with professor Nader about her new book "Culture and Dignity - Dialogues between the Middle East and the West", in which she examines the historical and ethnographic roots of the complex relationship between the East and the West, revealing how cultural differences can lead to violence or a more peaceful co-existence.

     
   

Date:

February 27, 2013

 
Topics/
Guests:

1st Segment: US and Iran: Can talks take place?
A special program produced by Al Jazeera English that looks at tensions between the US and Iran as the US imposes more sanctions on Iran days after offering direct negotiations.

2nd Segment: Palestinian Political Prisoners
We will talk about Arafat Jaradat, Palestinian Political Prisoner who was tortured to death in Israeli interrogation facility, and also listen to an interview conducted few months ago by Arab Voices with Sahar Francis, Director of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association based in Ramallah, occupied Palestine, who is also a Human Rights Lawyer and lives in Ramallah. The interview was about the thousands of Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli jails.

     
   

Date:

February 20, 2013

 
Guest:

Philip Giraldi
F
ormer CIA Counter-Terrorism Specialist and Military Intelligence Officer who served 18 years overseas. He is the Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest and a recognized authority on international security and counterterrorism issues. He writes regularly on terrorism, intelligence, and security issues, and appears frequently on national and international broadcasts.

Topic:

 

A live discussion with Dr. Giraldi about Christian Zionism, and his newly published article “Towards a Christian Zionist Foreign Policy”, in which he notes "This powerful block of pro-Israel sentiment provides a free pass to the illegal Israeli settlements and also to Tel Aviv’s brutal foreign policy vis-à-vis its neighbors, which has damaged other American interests in the region. It also means that any consideration of Arabs as aggrieved parties in the Middle Eastern fandango is seldom expressed, even though many of the Arabs being victimized by the Israel-centric policies are in fact Christian."

     
   

Date:

February 13, 2013

 
Guest:

Lisa Hajjar
Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California - Santa Barbara, Visiting Professor at the Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, and author of "Courting Conflict". In addition to being a Co-Editor at Jadaliyya, she serves on the editorial committees of Middle East Report and the Journal of Palestine Studies.

Topic:

 

Today we will listen to a new lecture by Professor Hajjar titled "Lawfare and Armed Conflict: Comparing Israeli and US Targeted Killing Policies and Challenges against Them", which was delivered on February 5, 2013 at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon (a lecture co-sponsored by AUB's Issam Fares Institute and the Center for American Studies and Research).
 
Note: Because of time limitations, Arab Voices aired the first 53 minutes of professor Hajjar's 60 minutes lecture. You can listen to and view the entire lecture including the question and answer session by clicking here.

     
   

Date:

February 6, 2013

 
 

Today, February 6, is the third and last Wednesday for Arab Voices to raise pledges totaling $3,300 during KPFT’s Winter Fund Drive (which started two weeks ago).
 
Please call in during the show TODAY between 7 pm and 8 pm central time and pledge your support (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. KPFT will then send you the invoice. As a thank you note, Arab Voices and KPFT are offering premiums (Thank-You Gifts) for your support.
  
Today on the show, we will listen to portions of a unique speech by the late professor
Edward Said (we are offering a special Tribute 6-CD Set of his speeches and interviews over the years with a pledge of $250), and we will also listen to portions of a special interview we conducted with Miko Peled (we are offering his new book “The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine” for a pledge of $180) who is coming to Houston next week (check Arab Voices Community Calendar for the details).
     
For nearly 11 years, we brought you special programs and distinguished guests and politicians covering a wide range of topics. A full list of over 550 guests that appeared on the show is at www.arabvoices.net/archives.htm. Please call in today to support Arab Voices.
        
Note: All donations/memberships are tax-deductible, and 100% of your pledges go to the station (Arab Voices and its volunteers do not receive any funds from KPFT).
   



 Membership Drive

     
   

Date:

January 30, 2013

 
 

We will listen to portions for an interview conducted with Nurit Peled-Elhanan few months ago about her new book "Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education". In her book, Nurit examines the ways in which the Israeli education system indoctrinates young Israeli Jews with negative stereotypes of Palestinians and prepares them for service in the military, where many of them will be tasked with enforcing Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands. She analyzes the presentation of images, maps, layouts and use of language in History, Geography and Civic Studies textbooks, and reveals how the books might be seen to marginalize Palestinians, legitimize Israeli military action and reinforce Jewish-Israeli territorial identity.
 
We will also listen to portions of a speech by
Amy Goodman delivered in Houston last November talking about the importance of Pacifica, KPFT and independent media.
 

And we will listen to few minutes from an interview we conducted last September with
Ralph Nader talking about his new book “The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future”.
   



 Membership Drive

     
   

Date:

January 23, 2013

 
Guest:

Cecilie Surasky
Deputy Director of Jewish Voice for Peace, a national Jewish advocacy organization that supports democracy, international law and self-determination for both Israelis and Palestinians. She is a
videomaker, former newspaper columnist and talk radio host. Her analysis of Israel-Palestine politics have appeared in numerous media outlets around the world. Cecilie is the editor of Muzzlewatch, a blog that charts efforts to stifle debate on Israel-Palestine politics.

Topics:

 

A live discussion with Cecilie about the Israeli elections and how its outcome will affect future negotiations with the Palestinians (if any), the Israel Lobby in the US and the nomination of Hagel, and the Jewish American stand towards the current situation between Israel and the Palestinians.
 



 Membership Drive

     
   

Date:

January 16, 2013

 
Guest:

Sam Husseini
Director of Media and Communications at the Institute for Public Accuracy based in Washington, D.C., a consortium of policy experts providing independent sources on breaking news to media outlets. Husseini's articles on politics, foreign affairs, public policy, media, and pop culture are published in numerous media outlets. Prior to joining IPA, Husseini was media director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

 
Topics:

 

A live discussion with Sam Husseini about the US foreign policy under a second Obama term, and the nomination of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense and John Kerry as Secretary of State and how will that change/affect the US foreign policy (if any). We will also talk about the uprisings in various Arab countries, the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and much more.

     
   

Date:

January 9, 2013

 
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: "Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country"

A live conversation with Helen Samhan, Senior Outreach Advisor to the Arab American National Museum (AANM), and Claudia Baba, Board Member with The Arab American Educational Foundation (AAEF) and serves as a local liaison for the Arab American National Museum, about the Patriots & Peacemakers exhibition that will be coming to Houston (exploring Arab American life and culture, including religion, family life, work and gender).

 

2nd Segment: "Stop $30 Billion To Israel"

A live conversation with Bob Carter, co-founder of Justice For Palestinians organization, and Massoud Nayeri, peace activist, about the newly launched Billboard Ad project in Houston calling for a stop to sending billions of US dollars to Israel. Both Bob and Massoud are also part of a diverse group of individuals that has been working on the billboard project.

     
   

Date:

January 2, 2013

 
Guest:

Norman Finkelstein
Renowned American Jewish professor, political scientist, activist, and an independent scholar, who has worked on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict for over three decades. Finkelstein is author of several books including "Beyond Chutzpah: On the misuse of anti-Semitism and the abuse of history", "The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the exploitation of Jewish suffering", "Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict", and "This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion”.

Topic:

 

Today, we will listen to portions of Finkelstein's talk that took place in Houston last year at an event organized and sponsored by various organizations and was titled "Palestine: Roots of the Conflict and Prospects for Peace".

     
   

Date:

December 19, 2012

 
Guests/
Topics: