Friday, May 18, 2007

American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib - Wars Do Not Just Happen

Middle East Panorama show on Resonance FM 104.4
Every Friday 14:00 - 15:00 London Time (GMT)

Michael Otterman, an award-winning freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker, reveals in American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib (Pluto Press, March 2007) how torture became standard practice in today's 'War on Terror'; an 'alternative set of procedures' and vital tools needed 'to protect the American people and our allies'. (George W. Bush) >> Listen here.

The Israeli historian Dr. Moti Golani from Haifa University will be speaking on 'Wars Do Not Just Happen'. The Most prominent and controversial argument that Golani presents seems to be that "peace has not always headed Israel's list of priorities and war has not always headed its neighbours' list of priorities." >> Listen here.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Turkey - Labour News

Middle East Panorama show on Resonance FM 104.4
Every Friday 14:00 - 15:00 London Time (GMT)

The Economist magazine: "Turkey's problems are postponed, not solved." “We want neither Sharia [Islamic law] nor another coup, but a democratic Turkey,” say the Kemalists. The Turkish military has carried out no fewer than three coups in recent history-in 1960, 1971 and 1980. "Turkey is NATO's longstanding bulwark in the Middle East," argues Cihan Tugal. However, in 2003 the Turkish parliament refused the US use of Turkish bases for its war against Iraq. On this year's May Day between 600 and 900 people were detained during a rally in Istanbul. >> Interview with Cihan Tugal.

Labour News: "The longest and strongest wave of worker protest since the end of World War II is rolling through Egypt." May Day rallies in Turkey and Pakistan.


Friday, May 04, 2007

Drugs in Afghanistan - 'Since You Left'

Middle East Panorama show on Resonance FM 104.4
Every Friday 14:00 - 15:00 London Time (GMT)

"Afghanistan is the world's largest producer of opium and heroin, but its own people are becoming the victims. ..." David Macdonald tells a story about the diversity of drug use in Afghanistan that no one has ever told before. Author David Macdonald has worked as a drugs advisor to the UN. Drugs in Afghanistan - Opium, Outlaws and Scorpion Tales (Pluto Press 2007) breaks down the myths surrounding the cultivation and consumption of drugs, providing a detailed analysis of the history of drug use within the country. He examines the impact of over 25 years of continuous conflict, and shows how poverty and instability has led to an increase in drugs consumption. >> Listen to the interview

Since You Left is an autobiographical essay of a Palestinian-Israeli actor Bakri who returns to the grave of his former mentor, the writer and communist Emile Habibi, and attempts – using archive footage, personal films, and documentary materials – to account for the personal and political transformations that have occurred in Israel/Palestine as well as within his own thinking since the author’s death. Q&A with the director of the film Mohammed Bakri.

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