RADIO INTIFADA Programs, 1/05/06 to 5/25/06
Produced and hosted by members of SWANA Collective, as noted
Note: Many of these programs are available in the Pacifica Radio Archive
1/05/06 Iran’s Internal and Foreign Policy – no details
Produced and hosted by Hamoud Salhi
1/12/06 – No broadcast - PRE-Emption for special program
1/19/2006 The Palestinian Elections: Implications on the Ground and in the Diaspora
This program will explore who the players are and what impact their winning a sustantial number of seats on the Legislative Council might have on the daily life of Palestinians on the ground in the West Bank and Gazaand for those who are citizens of Israel or Palestinians in exile. We will be paying particular attention to the implications for women of a large HAMAS showing, and explore what the experience of the earlier municipality elections might signal. Guests:
Naseer Aruri, noted author and professor emeritus of political science, University of Massachusets, will provide an overview, beginning with what the Legislative Council is, a breakdown of the parties and the implications of a a significant showing of any of them, both nationally, in the larger Palestinian body, and internationally.
Nadia Hajal - a Birzeit MA graduate in gender, law and development, will focus on the impact on women, in particular. She conducted research on women and the municipal elections and has worked closely with Palestinian women's organizations and in Women Campaign International targeting empowerment of young Palestinian women.
Yousef AduDayyeh - longtime Palestinian American activist, native of Beit Jala, is a member of Free Palestine Alliance and the National Council of Arab Americans. A member of many anti-war peace organizations in San Diego, where is lives, he was part of the North American delegation to the Conference on Exiled Palestinians that was held in Geneva.
Co-produced and co-hosted by Sherna Gluck and Michael Shahin of SWANA (South and West Asia and North Africa) Collective of KPFK
1/26/2006 Iranians in the US: A Roundtable Discussion of the Question of Identity
This program explores the question of identity of Iranians in the US with leading Iranian authors and performers:
* Reza Aslan, author of 'No god but God; The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam'.
Born in Iran, a resident of Santa Barbara and New Orleans, Aslan has studied religions at Santa Clara, Harvard and the UC, Santa Barabara. He holds an MFA in fiction from Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa, where he was also a visiting assistant professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. His work has appeared in The Nation, Stae, and the New York Times, and he has been profiled in USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Born in Iran, he lives in Santa Barbara and New Orleans.
* Maz Jobrani, actor and comedian.
Jobrani performs stand-up comedy regularly at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. He has starred in many movies and TV shows including The Interpreter, Friday After Next, 13 Going on 30, Law& Order, The West Wing and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He is currently on a standup comedy tour called "The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour." www.mazjobrani.com
* Sepideh Khosrowjah, playright, actor and director and co-founder of Darvag Theatre Group, an Iranian Theatre group based in Berkeley since 1985. Her plays include 'It is not about Pomegranate' and 'Tehran is on the other side of the street.' She was a speaker in the IWSF 14th annual conference in London where she presented on "Media and Globalization" in June 2003. She is currently active in Pacifica and is a member of the KPFA Local Station Board.
Produced and hosted by Farah Davari
2/2/2006 Spying on Arab Americans
On Monday, February 6th, the Senate will hold hearings on the National Security Administration's program of domestic spying. Most of the progressive media has focused on the spying on anti-war activists. This week's Radio Intifada will focus on the experiences of Arab Americans.
Co-produced and co-hosted by Hamoud Salhi and Nile El Wardani
2/09 – no record
2/16/2006 FUND DRIVE SPECIAL - THE MEDIA IN THE ARAB WORLD
FEATURING A DISCUSSION OF AL JAZEERAH AND of MOSAIC - the link TV compilation of Arab news broadcasts.
Featuring excerpts from Control Room (one of our thank you gifts), we will discuss the portrayal of Al Jazeerah and examine its role in the Arab world. We will explore what drives it and discuss - among other things - if it is really radical. Featured guest: media specialist, political scientist Edmond Ghreib.
In the second segment, we will talk with Jamal Dajani, producer of Mosaic, the Link TV weekday news compilation from throughout the Middle East. Dajani, a Jerusalem native, together with an Israeli Jerusalemite, recently completed "Occupied Minds," a 60 minute video, which we will offerring as another "thank you" gift.
Co-produced by SWANA member Sherna Gluck and Senior Producer Alan Minsky and co-hosted by Sherna Gluck and Hamoud Salhi with special guest co-host Sonali Kolhatkar
2/23 – FUND DRIVE Pre-emption
3/2/2006 Iran's Nuclear Project: Repeating the Iraqi WMD
Radio Intifada host Afshin Matin will interview two leading experts on the international campaign led by the Bush administration to threaten Iran with sanctions and military strikes to stop that country's alleged nuclear weapons project. But is there evidence of Iran making WMDs, or do we see a repeat of the scenario that led to Iraqi sanctions and invasion?
These and other related issues will be discussed by California State University Fresno's Iran expert Professor Sasan Fayazmanesh and nuclear weapons physicist and US government consultant Dr. James Gordon Prather.
The guests will also answer calls from Radio Intifada listeners.
3/09/06 Iraqi and Saudi Arabian Women - Then and Now
What are the myths and what are the realities of being a woman in Iraq - prior to the US invasion and today? How are Saudi women coping? Has anything changed in the last 40 years? How are these women's situations similar and different? How does US foreign policy affect their lives? What is their future?
Ferial Masry: Candidate for the 37th Assembly District, 1st Saudi to run for office in the USA.
Faiza Al-Araji: Iraqi woman visiting the US with Code Pink
Medea Benejamin: Co-Founder of Global Exchange and Code Pink has made several visits to Iraq working with women.
Produced and hosted by: Nile El Wardani
3/16/06 Special program for Women's History Month Women and literature in North Africa
This week, Radio Intifada welcomes two distinguished guests:
Moroccan author Laila Lalami will talk about her debut novel, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits (published by Algonquin in fall 2005). She will also talk about her literary blog Moorishgirl.
Poet Rachida Mohammedi will talk about her work as a poet, and her experience as a journalist and commentator in her native Algeria.
Produced and hosted by Jamila Allouane
3/23/2006 Special program on Women in Iran
Continuing March series on the women of the SWANA region (south and West Asia), and in celebration of International Women’s Day, this week, Radio Intifada will be focusing on the role of women in today's Iran and their emergence as a social and political force despite the Islamic government's attempt at subjugation for over twenty-eight years. Featuring
-Elahe Amani, President of the Coalition of Women from Asia and the Middle East (CWAME). She serves as State Chair of International Section of American Association of University Women California, and as a WIN Board Member.
-Sepideh Khosrowja: Play write, actor and one of the founding members of the Darvag Theatre group in Berkeley
-Partow Nooriala: Poet
Hosted and produced by Farah Davari
3/30/2006 Radio Intifada celebrates women's history month- Algerian and Kurdish women
During the first part of this week's program, our listeners will hear an interview with Dr. Roya Toloui, a Kurdish woman from Kurdistan, who was just released from jail in Iran, Eastern Kurdistan, for her activism on behalf of women and particulary Kurdish women. She was tortured and is seeking asylum from the west.
The second part of the program will focus on terrorism and Algerian women.
Hosted and Produced by Nyma Ardalan and Hamoud Salhi from SWANA with the help of Soraya Falah and Cklara Moradian .
4/06/2006 The Kurdish Uprising in Turkey
This week's program will focus on the recent Kurdish uprising in Turkey (Northern Kurdistan) and the shooting and killing of Kurdish demonstrators by the Turkish military. Guests include:
Kani Xulam Director of American Kurdish Information Network
Soraya Serajeddini Executive Vice President of Kurdish National Congress
Brusk Reshvan, President of the Ottawa Kurdish Community Association
Produced and hosted by Nyma Ardalan
4/13/2006 Beyond War Propaganda: The State of Iran's Nuclear Program
Professor Sasan Fayazmanesh, economist and expert on the current Iran-US confrontation, and Dr. Vojin Joksimovich, nuclear engineer and expert on international nuclear proliferation, will discuss the actual state of Iran's nuclear program vis-a-vis the Bush administration's propaganda and war threats.
The guests will be interviewed live by radio Intifada's host Afshin Matin and listeners can call and ask questions.
4/20/2006 - The Western Sahara decolonization conflict: Towards self-determination or autonomy?
This week, Radio Intifada will focus on Africa's last colony, Western Sahara. We will examine the role played by the international community, emphasizing the US. We will also talk about the impact of the conflict on the relationship between Algeria and Morocco. The last part of our program will focus on the humanitarian aspects of the conflict. Featuring interviews with:
-Steven Zunes, Professor of politics and chair of the Peace and Justice Studies program at the University of San Francisco.
-New York-based filmmaker JoMarie Fecci spent two years documenting the plight of a forgotten refugee community stranded in the most desolate part of the Sahara desert. As co-producer/co-director and cinematographer of WESTERN SAHARA, AFRICAâ€™S LAST COLONY she collaborated with Shantha Bloemen, to bring viewers the Sahrawisâ€™ story of sacrifice and courage in the face of international indifference.
Hosted and produced by Jamila Allouane
4/27/2006 Local and Global Focus on Sweatshop Conditions and Organizing
On February 23, 2006 at the KTS textile factory in Bangladesh, 63 people were killed and 100 injured, when a fire broke out. The doors of the factory were locked so many people were not able to escape the building. We will discuss the local and global context leading to such conditions, and the movement working to improve working conditions in garment industries.
Featuring interviews with:
-Amirul Haqu Amin: General Secretary of Garment Workers Federation in Bangladesh
-Karin Mark, New Voices Fellow and Project Coordinator at Sweatshop Watch
-Professor Edna Bonacich, Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside, and author of several books including: "Behind the Label: Inequality in the Los Angeles Apparel Industry,
-Professor Rich Appelbaum, Professor of Sociology and Global and International Studies at UC Santa Barbara, director of the Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research, co-director of ISBER's Center for Global Studies, and author of books including "States and Economic Development in the Asian Pacific Rim"", and "Behind the Label: Inequality
in the Los Angeles Garment Industry".
Produced and hosted by Nithya Ramanathan and Neel Garlapati
5/04/2006 The Political, Economic and Humanitarian Crisis in Palestine
Beyond facing a brutal decades long occupation, Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip now face an even harsher a political, economic and humanitarian crisis since electing HAMAS in a fair and democratic election. Fateh has refused to form a unity government; Israel has been regularly executing Palestinians while staging raids in Nablus and the surrounding areas, as well as withholding the $50million monthly taxes it owes the Palestinian Authority, and the US and European countries have cut off aid to Palestinians.
This week's program examines the internal political conflicts inside Palestine and the recent efforts to open dialogue among the various factions and re-establish the authority of the PLO. We will also discuss the impact on the Palestinian people of the latest punitive measures taken against them.
Guests include Political Scientist, Professor Emeritus Naseer Aruri, and eye witnesses on the ground in Palestine Sam Bahour, El Bireh and Gaza guest (awaiting confirmation).
Co-produced and co-hosted by Sherna Gluck and Michael Shahin
5/11/2006 The Future of Iraq:A Viable Exit Strategy to End the Occupation
Dr. Khair Eldin Haseeb and Dr. Mounzer A. Sleiman
of the Center for Arab Unity Studies/Al Mustaqbal Al Arabi, Beirut, Lebanon and Washington,DC propose principles for dialogue and agreement to end the occupation of Iraq.
Dr. Haseeb has authored this strategy which reflects the will of the Iraqi people to end the occupation of Iraq. It is an Iraqi national initiative and gives a view of the Iraqi National Resistance and other major political forces opposing the occupation.
Hosted and produced by Nile El Wardani
5/18/2006 Sexuality and gender in the Middle East and North Africa
Radio Intifada focus on sexuality and gender in the Middle East and North Africa. We will also examine homosexuality in Islam and the struggle of queer Muslims for their religious identity.
Featuring interviews with:
-Reza Aslan author of "No God but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam"
-Faisal Alam, Founder and Former Director of Al-Fatiha Foundation, a US-based organization dedicated to supporting and empowering Muslims who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and those questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity.
-Naveed Merchand, Member of Al-Fatiha Foundation
-Al-Kawthar, activist for lesbians rights - on her experience as a lesbian in North Africa.
Produced and hosted by SWANA
5/25/2006 The Kurdish Opposition in Iran
A discussion with leaders of two Kurdish parties in Iran, Abdulah Mohtadi, Secretary general of Komala Party- Iranian Kurdistan and Mostafa Hejri, Secretary general of Kurdistan Democratic Party-Iran and Dr. Kamal Artin of the Kurdish National Congress of North America:
They will discuss a host of complex issues: What do Kurds want?; the Kurdish question in Iran and the Kurdish People movement; the Islamic Republic of Iran and the result of its rule in Kurdistan; the necessity of changing the political system of government into a federal republic of states; and the movement of women in Kurdistan
Produced and hosted by Nyma Ardalan