RADIO INTIFADA Programs, SEPTEMBER 2007 to December 27
Produced and hosted by members of SWANA Collective, as noted
Note: Many of these programs are available in the Pacifica Radio Archive
9/06/2007 - The Israel Lobby & Iran: Outside Threats and Domestic Opposition in the Islamic Republic
This week's program will feature a discussion with Dr. Sasan Fayazmanesh of CSU Fresno as he discusses US and Israeli policies of sanctioning and threatening Iran with military strike. During the second half of the show CSU San Francisco Professor, Maziar Behrooz, will be interviewed to discuss Iran's domestic policies, repression against dissidents and opposition to the Islamic Republic. Finally, listeners will be welcome to call in and join the discussion on the outside threats of Israel and the current state of Iran.
Phones will be open for the last 10-15 minutes of the show
Produced and Hosted by Afshin Matin
9/20 SPECIAL - Berberism in Culture, Politics and Music
In this week's program, we will be talking about the Berber movement through the music of popular singers. What role did the Berber music play in raising the consciousness of Berbers and others? Berber musician Umalu will take us through a historical journey of music, culture, and politics - and he may even bring his guitar along.
Special guest: Umalu
Produced and hosted by Hamoud Salhi
9/27 The Economy of War in Iraq
This week's program is a precursor to a radio documentary that will air on Radio Intifada in November on the Economy of War in Iraq. Today's show will focus on the effects of the war on both American and Iraqi citizens - creating linkages from narratives on the ground to a larger analysis of the ways in which the War on Terror impacts economies, infrastructures and profiteering.
Featured guests are :
Ali Allawi, former Defense Minister, Trade Minister and Finance Minister of occupied Iraq.
Pete W. Moore, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Case Western University and contributing writer to the Middle East Report . Both guests will relay a larger analysis of the Iraqi economy pre- and post-occupation.
And Raed Jarrar, an Iraqi blogger who will offer us a perspective on the toll this war economy has on the citizens of Iraq.
Produced and Hosted by Sejal Patel and Lucy Der-Tawitian and hosted by Lucy Der-Tawitian
10/4/2007 - The Campaigns to Silence Critics of Israel
While the case of political scientist Norman Finkelstein has been widely publicized, other organized campaigns to silence academic critics of Israel are taking place around the country - from New York city to Missoula, Montana. At one university, even Nobel Laureate Bishop Desmond Tutu was denied a speaking engagement. At the same time, vicious attacks and charges of anti-Semitism have been leveled against those organizing for a just peace in the Middle East using the time-honored strategy of boycott, divestment and sanctions - the very same ones used in the earlier struggle against the apartheid South African regime.
This week's program will focus on these various campaigns and on the way that charges of anti-Semitism are used to silence critics of Israel.
Laurie Brand, School of International Relations at USC; Chair, Committee on Academic Freedom of MESA (Middle East Studies Assn)
Cris Toffolo, Department of Political Science and Peace and Justice Program, University of St. Thomas (St Paul, Minn)
Dennis Kortheuer, Department of History, California State University and activist in California Faculty Association
Richard Kuper, Spokesperson, European Jews for a Just Peace
Produced and Hosted by Sherna Gluck
10/11 Fund Drive SPECIAL - Culture as Resistance: Humor, Memoirs and Film
with great premiums to match*
Khalil Bendib, Algerian American political cartoonist, will be throwing his fez in the ring to become the first Muslim-American president in the US and to talk about his fabulous book of cartoons, Mission Accomplished; Jean Makdisi will talk about her memoir, Beirut Fragments; and Abdalla Omeish on his film DVD) Occupation 101.
Their works will all be available as "thank you" gifts for your contribution, as well musical CDs of Knossos and Yuval Ron - and as a SPECIAL SURPRISE, the first 8 callers to contribute an additional $50 over any premium will get a weekend pass to the Arab Film Festival (a $70 value).
Produced and Hosted by Lucy Der-Tawitian and Sherna Gluck
NO SHOW – Fund drive 10/18 and 10/25
11/01 The Los Angeles ARAB FILM FESTIVAL:
Radio Intifada brings you Interviews with 4 Directors Featured in the AFF
LIVE in the studio with special guests:
Nadia Kamel (Egyptian director) "SALADA BALADI"
Line Halvorsen (Norwegian director) "USA VS. AL-ARIAN"
Michael Kammoun (Lebanese director) "FALAFEL"
Jennifer Needleman co-director, "I LOVE HIP HOP In MOROCCO"
Hosted and produced by Nile El Wardani.
11/08/2007 - Turkey's Threat of War: Consequences and Option for Kurds, Iraq and US
Will Turkish officials heed US requests not to invade? What would happen if a Turkish war broke out?
This week's program will focus on the various implications of Turkey's threats of war. Professor Burhan Yavas, of California State University, Dominguez Hills will discuss the threats and responses to Kurdish Turkish relations and Turkey's cooperation with the United States in the Iraq war,
Produced and Hosted by Nyma Ardalan and Hamoud Salhi
11/15 US War Policy and the Impact on Human Rights in Iran
The situation in Iran, particularly the state of civil rights and political freedoms, has deteriorated in the last two years since presidential elections in June 2005 and the establishment of the Ahmadinejad government. Yet resistance movements have continued to flourish notwithstanding the continued repression of the Islamic government.
This week's program will focus on these movements and explore how the Bush administration's efforts, including its $75 million Campaign for Democracy in Iran, undermine Iran's sovereignty and impacts civil society and social movements in Iran.
Elise Auerbach, Iran country specialist, Amnesty International
Nahid Mozaffari, Consultant for PEN and other NGOs with a focus on Middle Eastern literature
Elahe Amani, Gender, Peace and Social Justice Activist
Produced by members of SWANA Collective, Co-hosted by Sejal Patel and Sherna Gluck
11/22 On this holiday, we bring you MUSIC from the Arab & Islamic World: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco
Hosted and produced by Nile El Wardani with ethnomusicologist Alfred Madain
11/29/2007 - Targeting the Arab and Muslim Community:
The Cases of the LA 8, Dr. Sami Al-Arian, and the Holy Land Foundation
For the past 20 years the U.S. Government persecuted eight Palestinians and a Kenyan (dubbed the Los Angeles 8), under the guise of purely fabricated "terrorism" charges, in an effort to silence those whose speech supported Palestinian human rights and exposed the crimes against humanity being carried out by, Israel, the colonial regime which has occupied Palestine since 1948. Recently, the US Government finally dropped all charges against the Los Angeles 8. However, the case of the Los Angeles 8, unfortunately, is neither isolated nor unique. Once the largest Muslim charity organization in the US, the Holy Land Foundation continues to be targeted by the US Government despite the fact a jury recently failed to convict the Holy Land Foundation of any "terrorism" charges. This political witch-hunt continues as Dr. Sami Al-Arian, an awarding winning tenured Palestinian professor at the University of South Florida currently remains wrongfully imprisoned under inhumane conditions despite being acquitted of trumped-up terrorism charges.
This week's program will focus on the US Government's attempt to silence the Arab and Muslim community by repeatedly targeting Arab and Muslim community leaders and organizations of false charges of supporting "terrorism."
Our guests include:
David Cole, Center for Constitutional Rights and School of Law, Georgetown University
Ahilan Arulanantham, an attorney for the Los Angeles 8; ACLU of Southern California
Abdullah Al-Arian, the son of Dr. Sami Al-Arian; PhD student in history at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.
Produced and Hosted by Michael Shahin and Hamoud Salhi
As part of our observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the SWANA Collective dedicates this program to the Palestinian People in their just struggle for self-determination and liberation and against Israel's 60 year old occupation of Palestine.
12/04 Marking 20th anniversary of intifada - 60-40-20-0 – What next for the Palestinians?
December 8th marks the 20th anniversary of the intifada, the Palestinian non-violent popular uprising against Israeli occupation. Earlier this year, the 40th anniversary of Israeli occupation was marked, and in another five months, the 60th anniversary of the dispossession and displacement of the Palestinians - al-nakba- will be observed. And now, the Bush administration has held yet another “peace” conference designed to seal the legacy of al-nakba. 60-40-20-0
This week's Radio Intifada special commemorating the 20th anniversary of the first intifada, will explore what was gained then, what has happened since, and what needs to be done to realize a just peace for Palestinians and Israelis.
Join Radio Intifada this Thursday to hear a conversation with Sam Bahour from El Bireh, Palestine and Osamah Khalil from UC Berkeley, and to hear Arab actor, Al Faris, reading the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish and Tawfiq Zayyad.
Produced and hosted by Sherna Gluck
12/13 The New Voices of Middle Eastern Youth: Modernity and/or Piety?
Economic growth in the Middle East has opened new vistas, with rising educational levels, especially among women. In this new environment, youth are trying to define their own rules while remaining true to cultural, social and religious demands.
In this week's program, Radio Intifada explores how the regions economy and politics are helping to shape the social, psychological and cultural understandings of Arab youth today. We will also explore what role the Internet plays in this new social and political environment, how blogging is a potential avenue for democratization, and the ramifications that the newly empowered youth face as they seek to reclaim their basic human rights.
Produced and hosted by Lucy Der -Tawitian
12/20/2007 - 60 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE: PLACING PAKISTANI LEADERSHIP IN CONTEXT
With Special Guests:
Dr. Ayesha Jalal, Professor of History at Tufts University. Jalal is among the most prominent American academics who writes on the history of Pakistan. She will provide listeners with a backdrop of Pakistan's political context since the brink of independence in 1947 to the early 1970s with the fascinating democratically elected term of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the father of current prime ministerial candidate, Benazir Bhutto.
Neena Gopal, Indian journalist who has been based in the United Arab Emirates for 27 years and was the former Editor of the Dubai-based Gulf News. Gopal has done a number of interviews with top South Asian leaders, including the current list of Pakistani presidential candidates, who also happen to be former Pakistani Prime Ministers as well, this list includes Nawaz Sharif, Benazir Bhutto and current President Pervez Musharraf. She will provide relevant context to each of these previous leaders' terms and the impact that the highly anticipated upcoming election will have regionally and internationally.
Kiran Khalid, freelance journalist, field producer, and creator of the film, We are not Free, a documentary on the media crackdown in earlier this year.
Produced and Hosted by Sejal Patel
12/27 ROCK, HIP HOP AND METAL: THE NEW MUSIC OF THE MIDDLE EAST
This week's holiday special explores how Middle Eastern youth are breaking down barriers, stereo types and oppression through music. In a region where freedom of speech comes with a high price, young musicians and artists are finding creative and alternative means in which they can express their emotions, troubles, hopes and aspirations and are creating a culture of their own.
We travel to Tunisia, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, Iraq and Iran with Mark Levine as he introduces us to this new culture of the Middle
Introduced by Lucy Der-Tawitian and Guest Produced and Hosted by Mark Levine; Engineered and Co-produced by Mike Boyle