PROGRAM LISTING, April 2008
intifada=shaking off - oppression/silence
Voices from Kolkata to Casablanca
Voices of struggle, Voices for change
04/03/2008 - Who Speaks for Islam?What a Billion Muslims Really Think
When the media assert the level of anti-Western sentiment within the Muslim world, they consistently overlook the actual views of the world's Muslims. Who Speaks for Islam? is the product of the Gallup World Poll's massive, multiyear research study. As part of this groundbreaking project, Gallup conducted tens of thousands of interviews with residents of more than 35 nations that are predominantly Muslim or have significant Muslim populations.
Who Speaks for Islam? is based on data, not rhetoric. It represents the voices of a billion Muslims and brings invaluable evidence to what may be the most significant debate of our time. Radio Intifada will speak to authors John L. Esposito, PhD, one of the leading experts on the Muslim world and Dalia Mogahed, Gallup's executive director of Muslim studies, who offer an evidence-based understanding of extremism, the role of women in Muslim societies, Islam, and democracy - and what more than a billion Muslims really think about the West. When the media searches for answers to such issues, they usually overlook the actual views of the world’s Muslims. Who Speaks for Islam? Is about this silenced majority.
Produced and hosted by Nile El Wardana, SWANA Collective
04/10/2008 - NOTHING TO CELEBRATE I: COMMEMORATING THE DEIR YASSIN MASSACRE OF APRIL 9, 1948
Sixty years ago, on April 9, 1948, over 100 men, women and children in the Jerusalem district village of Deir Yassin were murdered by the forces of the Irgun and Stern gangs. As Israel calls for its celebration of 60 years, we say, "There is Nothing to Celebrate." Instead, Palestinians and Jews alike throughout the world are marking the 60th year of the Palestinian nakba (catastrophe).
Radio Intifada's program this week marks the anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre, both with a historical discussion of the events and a discussion of the Palestinian, Israeli and North American Jewish efforts to counter the predominant Israeli narrative and celebrations.
Professor Naseer Aruri, noted author, Chancellor Professor (Emeritus) of political science, U of Massachusets, Dartmouth, chair of the board of Trans-Arab
Eitan Bronstein, Israeli founder of Zochcrot and organizer of "Nakbah in Hebrew" campaigns, including the ceremony at the village of Deir Yassin,
Omar Barghouti, independent Palestinian cultural and political analyst based in Jerusalem. He is a founding member of PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
Ari Lev Fornari, antizionist Jew currently living in San Francisco and member of No Time to Celebrate: Jews Remember the Nakba campaign
and Al Faris, Los Angeles-based actor, who will be reading from documents related to the Dayr Yasin massacre
Produced and hosted by Sherna Gluck of SWANA (South and West Asia and North Africa Collective) of KPFK
04/17/2008 - EGYPT TODAY - Whose Will will prevail? The people or the government?
SWANA host/producer Nile El Wardani will speak to three notable Egyptians:
Young Egyptian Blogger Wael Abbas winner of the 2007 Knight International Journalism Award was honored in part because of his commitment to basing his blog on solid, factual reporting, not strictly in unsupported opinion. By giving Egyptians a firsthand view of what's happening in his country using new technology, he believes he is making a difference in a way that neither journalists nor general citizens ever could before now. Abbas has faced numerous threats and a government "smear campaign" against him.
Dr. Saad Eddin Ibrahim is a leading Egyptian pro-democracy activist and a world-renowned political sociologist. His unwavering commitment to promote peace, democracy and transnational civil society cooperation in the Middle East inspires and strengthens the work of many. Ibrahim is credited for playing a leading role in the revival of Egypt's contemporary research-based civil society movement. A professor of sociology at the American University in Cairo, he is the founder of both the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies in Cairo, the Arab Organization for Human Rights, and the Arab Democracy Fund.
Dr. Mohamed Sayed El Said, Deputy Director of the Al Ahram Center for Strategic Studies in Cairo Egypt and co-founding director of the Egyptian Movement for Change more popularly known as the KIFAYA movement – which means in Arabic ENOUGH. He has been life long advocate in Egypt for Human Rights and Democracy.
04/24/2008 - RECOGNIZING DENIAL- Turkey's Denial of the Armenian Genocide and US Resistance to Recognition
Since 1915 the Turkish Government has been denying the Armenian Genocide, claiming the atrocities which took the lives of 1.5 million Armenians were caused by disease and famine due to WWI. 93 years later, the most powerful nation in the world has yet to name the massacres as "Genocide." Professing the resistance is an act to protect US National interests.
April 24th is commemorated world wide as a day of remembrance for the Armenian Genocide. This week on Radio Intifada we will explore the validity of Turkey's claim and the reasons for current conflict and possible solutions; and examine the history of US in times of Genocide and the possibility for future change.
TANER ACKAM, professor of History at the University of Minnesota, is the first Turkish scholar to openly criticize the Turkish Government's denial of the Armenian Genocide.
SAMANTHA POWER, professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy and founding director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, is the 2003 Pulitzer prize author A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide
Program is produced and hosted by Lucy Der-Tavitian, SWANA (South and West Asia and North Africa) Collective