RADIO INTIFADA Programs, 6/07/2007 to 8/31/2007
Produced and hosted by members of SWANA Collective, as noted
Note: Many of these programs are available in the Pacifica Radio Archive
6/7/2007 - 60 Years of Occupation: Putting Israel's Six-Day War of Aggression in Context
The program will focus on the historical context leading up to June 5, 2007 which marks the 40th anniversary of Israel's war of aggression and colonial expansion against neighboring Arab states. Rather than further cover-up the genocidal history responsible for Israel's creation and the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe in Arabic), the program will place the 1967 Naksa ("Setback" in Arabic) or Israel's 40 year occupation of the remaining 22 percent of Palestine--the West Bank and Gaza Strip--and Syria's Golan Heights within the proper context of the racist colonial project of Zionism and Israel's 60 year occupation of nearly 80 percent of Palestine.
Our special guest are:
Samera Esmeir LL.M, PhD (Law and Society), New York University, Assistant Professor. Samera Esmeir is also the co-editor and co-founder of Adalah's Review, a sociolegal journal published in Arabic, Hebrew and English that focuses on the Palestinian minority under Israel's occupation of the nearly 80% of Palestine occupied by Zionist forces in 1948.
Richard Becker is a founder and member of the National Steering Committee of the International ANSWER-Act Now to Stop War and End Racism-Coalition. He has traveled extensively to Iraq, Palestine and elsewhere on fact finding missions. He also helped produce the video "Palestine Fights for Freedom."
Hosted and produced by Muna Coobtee and Michael Shahin
6/14 FUND DRIVE - UNMASKING TRUTHS: Amu, Reel Bad Arabs, Arna's Children
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The "Amu" package: DVD of two documentaries on the making of the critically acclaimed feature film, "Amu," opening this weekend in Los Angeles + chai/tete-a-tete with the film-maker and autographed copy of the novel published only in India - $100 pledge
7/05 Turkey and its Kurdish issues
This week's program will feature a discussion on the Turkish military treats against the Kurds and the possibility of war, the peace movement in Turkey in 2003 vs 2007, and the Turkish presidential elections.
Kani Xulam, Director of American Kurdish Information Network AKIN
Ardishir Rashidi-Kalhur, President UN Association of Southern California,President KAES.
Jiyar Gol, Canadian Documentary Film Maker (The Emblem of Turkey, The Kurdish Problem, Healthcare 911 The plight of Immigrant Medical Doctors)
Produced and hosted by Nyma Ardalan
7/12/2007 - ???
7/19 The Future of Palestine - A Different View
Because of the ongoing brutal Israel occupation and the discourse controlled by Israel, the US and the EU, the question of the future of Palestine has focused almost exclusively on the idea of a two-state solution. But the future of Palestine must deal with the larger issue of the refugees, Palestinians in the diaspora, and the Palestinians who are citizens of Israel.
This week's Radio Intifada explores the current situation on the ground and the recent Fateh coup, the death of the two-state solution, and the role of the PLO and PNC (Palestinian National Congress) in (re)building Palestinian institutions and charting a viable future for Palestinians.
* Naseer Aruri, Chancellor Professor (Emeritus) of Political Science, U Mass, Dartmouth, his most recent publication is the new edition of Palestine and the Palestinians
* Virginia Tilley, Chief Research Specialist in Democracy and Governance, Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria, South Africa, author of The One State Solution: A Breakthrough for Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Deadlock
* Osamah Khalil, Palestinian-American doctoral candidate in US and Middle East History, UC Berkeley and frequent contributor to Electronic Intifada
and featuring the music of Reem Kalani
Produced by Sherna Gluck and Michael Shahin
7/26 How Hollywood Vilifies a People
- Dr. Jack Shaheen (Lebanese American Professor of Media Studies)
- Ismail Abou El Kanater (Moroccan actor/director)
- Jasmin Hanini (Iraqi American actress)
- Hana Elias (Palestinian director of The Olive Harvest)
- Ahmed Ahmed (Egyptian comedian from the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour)
Honored guest, Professor Jack G. Shaheen is the author of Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People, the first comprehensive review of Arab screen images ever published. A former CBS News consultant on Middle East affairs, Professor Emeritus of Mass Communications at Southern Illinois University, Shaheen is also the author of the award-winning TV Arab and Arab and Muslim Stereotyping in American Popular Culture. His book, Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People, has recently been made into a documentary film.
Hosted and produced by Nile El Wardani.
8/02/07 The Future of Lebanon - Where Is It Heading?
A wide-ranging discussion on Lebanon, featuring:
Noubar Hovsepian, Professor of Political Science, Chapman University, on Syrian and Iranian involvement in Lebanon as well as the recent visit to Lebanon by the French Foreign Minister;
Rania Masri, Professor of Environmental science, U of Balaamand and anti-war activist
Sami Ofeish, Professor, Balaamand University, on the domestic situation in Lebanon.
Gabriel Piterberg, Professor of History, UCLA on US and Israeli involvement in Lebanon
Hosted and produced by Lucy Der Tawitian and Hamoud Salhi
8/09/2007- Developments in Iran and the Persian/Arabian Gulf
This week's program will focus on Iran's domestic politics in light of the increased crackdown on dissent, including reformist newspapers. The program will also discuss the new cold war in the Persian/Arabian Gulf, examining the implications of the recent U.S. allocation of $30 billion in military aid and the approved sale of $20 in military weapons over the next decade. At the same time, Ahmedinejad visited Algeria in an attempt to rally Arab support against the U.S.
Sami Ofeish, Professor of Political Science at Balamand University Beirut,
Laid Zelgham, Algerian journalist
Niki Akhavan, anti-war activist and a PhD candidate at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She is a board member of the "Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran" (http://www.campaigniran.org/casmii/).
Hosted and produced by Hamoud Salhi
8/16/07 - Recent Developments in Turkey: The Aftermath of the Turkish Election
Human rights activist, Reyhan Yal'nda of the Human Rights Association of Turkey will talk about human rights issues, the future of Turkey's democratization process and how the Kurdish issue fits into the democratization process;
Hosted and produced by Nyma Ardalan
8/23/2007 - SPECIAL - Political Cartooning, Islamophobia and Free Speech
This week's special program is featuring the outrageous political cartoonist, Khalil Bendib, who also happens to be a highly accomplished artist who works in many mediums. We will be discussing his recently published book of cartoons, Mission Accomplished: Wicked Cartoons By America's Most Wanted Political Cartoonist, and then move into a discussion of Islamophobia and the question of free speech, focusing on the notorious Danish cartoons of the prophet Mohammed. Joining us for this part of the discussion is Signe Wilkinson, the Pulitzer prize-winning cartoonist for the Philadelphia Daily News - and then you, the listener.
and featuring the music of Iron Sheikh and spoken word by Suheir Hammad
Phones will be open for the last 10-15 minutes of the show
Produced by Sherna Gluck and co-hosted by Sherna Gluck and Hamoud Salhi
8/30/07 IRAQI REFUGEES: People with a broken country and few options for life
The displacement of Iraqis from Iraq is now the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world. The UN estimates that over 4 million Iraqis have been displaced by violence in their country, the vast majority of which have fled since 2003. Over 2 million have vacated their homes for safer areas within Iraq, 1.5 million are now living in Syria, and over 1 million refugees inhabit Jordan, Iran, Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen, and Turkey. Most Iraqis are determined to be resettled to Europe or North America, and few consider return to Iraq an option. With no legal work options in their current host countries, Iraqis are already exploring the use of false documents to migrate to Western nations.
The violence in Iraq has reached a deadly tipping point: Most Iraqis feel threatened. Iraqis who are unable to flee the country are now in a queue, waiting their turn to die, is how one Iraqi journalist summarizes conditions in Iraq today. While the US debates whether a civil war is raging in Iraq, thousands of Iraqis face the possibility of death every day all over the country. Refugees International has met with dozens of Iraqis who have fled the violence and sought refuge in neighboring countries. All of them, whether Sunni, Shiâ, Christian or Palestinian, had been directly victimized by armed actors. People are targeted because of religious affiliation, economic status, and profession many, such as doctors, teachers, and even hairdressers, are viewed as being anti-Islamic. All of them fled Iraq because they had genuine and credible fear for their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
Today Radio Intifada will discuss the plight of Iraqi refugees as well as internally displaced persons (IDPs) with guests:
Sean Garcia with Refugees International
Stephen Tomlin with International Medical Corp
and Iraqi refugees:
Saif Al-Qassser, 23 year old refugee in Amman, Jordan and his 24 year old brother, Zaid Al-Qasser , who is internally displaced in Baghdad with the rest of the family.
Produced and hosted by Nile El Wardani