• Books: Bury the Chains by Adam Hochschild, Endless War: Hidden Functions of the "war on terror" by David Keen, Capital Vol. 1, Tin Drum by Günter Grass, What is Islam? by Shahab Ahmed, Desiring Arabs by Joseph Massad, Spies, Soldiers and Statesmen by Hazem Kandil, La Condition Humaine by André Malraux, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Imagined Community by Benedict Anderson, Culture and Imperialism by Edward Said, The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon, The Richness of Life by Stephen Jay Gould, Children of the Alley by Naguib Mahfouz, The Mass Psychology of Fascism by Wilhelm Reich, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, 1984 by George Orwell, Noli me Tangere by José Rizal, Age of Extremes by Eric Hobsbawm, ذهنية التحريم لصادق جلال العظم, Karl Marx by Francis Wheen, وليمة لأعشاب البحر لحيدر حيدر, Candide by Voltaire, النزعات المادية في الفلسفة العربية الإسلامية لحسين مروة, Listen Little Man by Wilhelm Reich ..
  • Films: Alexanderplatz by Rainer Fassbinder, Clockwork Orange, Apocalypse Now, The Battle of Algiers, films by P. P. Passolini, Persepolis, Midnight Express, 1984, Papillion, Gangs of New York, Sophie Scholl, Life of Brian, Ivan the Terrble, Battleship Potemkine ...

Friday, December 05, 2008

07 December 2008

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Pakistan may be the linchpin of the US's so-called war on terror, but it is also, as Tariq Ali notes, a wrecked country. Pakistan's neighbor Afghanistan is also devastated; the continuing war there makes meaningful recovery impossible. In a recent talk, Ali addressed key developments in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq, often dictated by US geopolitical interests. Tariq Ali's recent book is The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power (Scribner, 2008). The talk was given in Vancouver, on 10th November 2008. The talk was broadcast by Against the Grain show on KPFA Radio, Berkeley, US.
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Monday, November 17, 2008

30 November 2008

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A leading review of the Crusades on Amazon.com says the following: “The Christian invaders were regarded as infidels. The Arabs were scorned as lawless pagans. The Westerners saw their quest as literally a sanctified crusade, while the Muslims launched their own holy war, called a jihad, in retaliation. Sound familiar? It should, because although the events depicted in the History Channel's documentary "The Crusades - Crescent & The Cross" took place nearly a thousand years ago, they are but a distant mirror to what's going on in the Middle East right now.” The Crusades: Were they religious wars? Many Muslims believe that the Crusades continue today and see the "war on terror" as a "Crusade against Islam." We listen to views by Yunus Bakhsh, writer and union activist, John Heelan of the Street Evangelists Association, Tariq Ali, author of "The Blood of Saladin", Professor Jonathan Riley Smith of Cambridge University, and Professor Konrad Hirschler of the School of Oriental and African Studies,

Music by Naseer Shamma, Kamilya Jubran, Rabih Abou Khalil, Anouar Braham.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

02 November 2008

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An interview with Joel Beinin, professor of Middle East history at Stanford University (USA) and a member of the editorial committee of Middle East Report online. Beinin has been Director of Middle East Studies and Professor of History at the American University in Cairo. He is author of "Workers on the Nile: Nationalism, Communism, Islam and the Egyptian Working Class, 1882-1954," a study that examines the role of trade unionism and the working class in the development of Egyptian nationalism during the first half of the 20th century, and "Workers and Peasants in the Modern Middle East".
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Saturday, October 25, 2008

26 October 2008

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The Arab Communist Movement, featuring the views of Tareq Ismael, author of 5 books on the subject, and Hussam Al-Hamalawy, blogger, journalist and socialist activist from Egypt.
Dissection of "The Unwinnable War in Afghanistan."

Friday, October 03, 2008

05 October 2008

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Iran: 30 Years of an Unfinished Revolution. As a process the Iranian revolution started in early 1977 when civil rights groups and lawyers demanded more freedom. But the spark that ignited the big explosion took place on 8 September 1978 (Black Friday) when troops killed thousands of demonstrators in Tehran. In reply, the workers went on strike. What has been achieved after thirty years and where is Iran going? Asef Bayat, Director of the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World and Professor at Leiden University, the Netherlands, and author of Workers and Revolution in Iran, Work, Politics and Power, and Street Politics, in a talk entitled Iran - The Unfinished Revolution. The talk was organised by The Middle East Institute and School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, 07 April 2008
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28 September 2008

Iraq: Five Years On. (A repeat)

Monday, September 08, 2008

14 September 2008

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Obituary: Randa Chahal Sabbag, a film-maker.
Interview with Jeff Halper (a repeat)

Friday, September 05, 2008

07 September 2008

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“Iraq under occupation: Raed Jarrar decodes the misinformation" is a talk by an Iraqi architect, blogger, and activist resident in the United States. Raed Jarrar is currently the Iraq consultant for the American Friends Service Committee. Jarrar was born and raised in Baghdad, and is half Iraqi and half Palestinian. The talk was given on the 23rd of May of this year at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Monday, September 01, 2008

31 August 2008

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The French film-maker Jean-Luc Godard once replied, when asked why U.S. films are the most popular in the world, "Because Americans tell the best stories. They can invade a country and immediately construct a narrative justifying it." "Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People," is a documentary directed by Sut Jhally and released in conjunction with Jack Shaeen's book of the same title, takes up the issue of Arab representation in U.S. media. Also in the show: an analysis of one of the worst atrocities of the US-led occupation of Afghanistan, as many as 90 civilians were killed by an American air strike last week.

Friday, August 22, 2008

24 August 2008

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Obituary: The legacy of Mahmoud Darwish, the poet and the activist.
Israel: The resignation of Ehud Olmert.
Pakistan: The resignation of Pervez Musharraf.
Iran: Flogging of workers' rights activists.

Friday, August 15, 2008

17 August 2008

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A repeat: Lina Khatib to speak about Politics in the Cinemas of Hollywood and the Arab World. Today the world's media have a pressing need to understand and interpret the modern Middle East. In her book (released by I B Tauris on 27 September 2006) Khatib examines how contemporary American cinema and the cinemas of the Arab world contribute to this global preoccupation in their representations of Middle Eastern politics. The writer, a lecturer in world cinema, also uncovers the challenges presented by Arab cinemas to Hollywood's ways of representing Middle East politics.

A repeat: Obituary: More celebrated abroad than in his own country, Yousssef Chahine tried every film genre, from historical epic to musical comedy. The Egyptian director, who died last Sunday, 27 July in Cairo, received the lifetime achievement award on the fiftieth anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival in 1997. Jean Renoir once remarked that in the work of his Egyptian fellow film director Youssef Chahine, "reality is always enchanting."

Friday, August 08, 2008

10 August 2008

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This week show is an adaptation from Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, a programme on KPFA radio, featuring a conversation with Sohrab Behdad, co-author of "Class and Labor in Iran : Did the Revolution Matter?" and the Iraqi poet and novelist Sinan Antoon reading from his recently published book of poems, "Baghdad Blues".

Friday, August 01, 2008

03 August 2008

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Obituary: More celebrated abroad than in his own country, Yousssef Chahine tried every film genre, from historical epic to musical comedy. The Egyptian director, who died last Sunday, 27 July in Cairo, received the lifetime achievement award on the fiftieth anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival in 1997. Jean Renoir once remarked that in the work of his Egyptian fellow film director Youssef Chahine, "reality is always enchanting."

The recent bombing that rocketed Turkey is only another symptom of a wider crisis in the country's socio-political secene of the last 4 decades. Cihan Tugal is a Turkish analyst who teaches sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. According to Tugal, the AKP is more a market fundamentalist party than an Islamic fundamentalist one. In this interview he draws a distinction between the Kemalists and the conservatives and provides the background of the situation in Turkey.

In an article published by Challenge Magazine entitled "Why Israel Can't Attack Iran". The Israeli activist Roni Ben Efrat lists three major obstacles that impede an Israeli attack on Iran.
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Monday, July 21, 2008

27 July 2008

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  • Walid Siti's exhibition: Land on Fire. Walid Sitti is an Iraqi-Kurdish painter and printmaker based in Britain. Sitti's subjects are his experiences of war, exile, pain and loss. Conversation with the artist and the curator Rose Issa at Leighton House Museum.
  • Hadani Ditmars reading from her book Dancing in the No-fly Zone: A Woman's Journey Through Iraq. Ditmars' book (chosen by the Toronto Globe and Mail as one of 100 best and most influential books of 2005) recounts her time in Iraq from 1997 until the autumn of 2003. Music by David Ferrard.
  • Iranian court upholds death sentence against teacher trade unionist.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

20 July 2008

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Mitra Tabrizian. This is that Place: The first major UK exhibition (at Tate Britain) of work by Mitra Tabrizian, an Iranian-British photographer and film-maker. The artist talks to MEP about her work.

Hala Mohammad, Monzer Masri, Rasha Omran and Lukman Derky visit the UK for events at the Ledbury Poetry Festival and at the London Review Bookshop. Little is known in the UK of literary life in Syria, but there’s an extraordinarily vibrant cultural and literary scene.
Interviews and more.

A coup plot in Turkey?

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

06 July 2008

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  • Houssam Hamalawy on Egypt. Based in Cairo, blogger, activist and journalist Houssam dissects the workers' strikes and and forms of protests that have swept Egypt since year 2000. Photographer and activist Farah Kobaissy documents the role played by women in the movement.
  • More signs of Israeli-US preparations for attacking Iran.
  • In Mashhad, second largest city in Iran, over 8000 people protested last month against inflation and the government.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

29 June 2008

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  • Islam and Islamic Civilisation: An overview by Talat Ahmed.
  • Report: Iraq social and refugee crisis is worsening.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

22 June 2008

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The revolt of the mining area of Gafsa, Tunisia.
Morocco: The town of Sidi Ifni is under siege.
Britain: Brown assures Bush more troops for Afghanistan and no Iraq withdrawal.
The Paris and Turin book fairs and Israel's participation: To boycott or not to boycoytt - culture and politics.

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

08 June 2008

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AN ISRAELI IN PALESTINE - Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel is a book by Jeff Halper and a publication of Pluto Press, 2008. "An Israeli in Palestine records Halper's journey 'beyond the membrane' that shields his people from the harsh realities of Palestinian life to his 'discovery' that he was actually living in another country: Palestine. " Jeff Halper, an Israeli Professor of Anthropology, has been a leading figure within the Israeli peace movement for over thirty years, and the head of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD). An interview.

Professor Norman Finkelstein, an American Jewish scholar known for his trenchant criticism of Israeli policy, was detained and interrogated by Israel’s security forces, Shin Bet, for 24 hours at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport on May 23, denied entry into Israel and deported back to Amsterdam where he had been lecturing.

Workers struggle at the Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Development Commercial Company at Haft Tapeh in Shush city, Khuzestan province in southern Iran.

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Friday, May 30, 2008

01 June 2008

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In the fourth part of Israel/Palestine (1948-2008): From the 'Red House' to the Siege of Gaza, Joel Kovel, author of Overcoming Zionism: Creating a single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine (Pluto Press 2007) and editor-in-chief of Capitalism Nature Socialism talks about his experience as a Jew and elaborates on issues like the linkage between Zionism and capital, class struggle and nationalism.

Also in this week show: "Peace" talks with Syria and army chief becomes Lebanon's new president.

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Monday, May 19, 2008

25 May 2008

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In The Myths of Zionism John Rose shows how "Zionism, a powerful political force, is based in mythology; ancient, medieval and modern. Rose argues that, as Zionism is a living political force, these myths have been used to justify very real and political ends – namely, the expulsion and continuing persecution of the Palestinians."

Pakistan - "unravelling of the democratic farce."

Mai Ghossoub (1952-2007): Anti-establishment, anti-war, ardently feminist and a lover of literature, art, jazz and belly dancing, she became an internationally acc­laimed writer, playwright, poet and sculptress.

Friday, May 16, 2008

18 May 2008

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In a second part of Israel/Palestine (1948-2008): From the 'Red House' to the Siege of Gaza, we listen to the Israeli historian Dr. Moti Golani 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."

What is confessionalism? What is Hizbollah? What has made it popular? What gave birth to such organisation that the US ruling class considers terrorist? What is its programme? Is Hizbollah challenging the power structure in Lebanon? Lara Deeb, a cultural anthropologist, assistant professor of women’s studies at the University of California-Irvine and author of "An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi‘i Lebanon".

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

11 May 2008

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Israel/Palestine (1948-2008): From the 'Red House' to the Siege of Gaza. Part 1: "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine" by the Israeli historian Ilan Pappe.

Torture and the Twilight of Empire: from Algiers to Baghdad by Marnia Lazreg, professor of sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. "When empire is in decline, does the use of torture, or the motivations behind it, change? For Marnia Lazreg, what the French colonial forces did to people in Algeria during that nation's war of independence in the 1950s speaks volumes about the relationship between torture, power, empire, and even democracy. Lazreg also draws parallels between French colonial conduct then and US military conduct today." Part of an interview broadcast by Against the Grain on Pacifica Radio.

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Listen to the interview with Marnia Lazreg

Related:
The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
Torture and the Twilight of Empire

Friday, May 02, 2008

04 May 2008

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  • Seven months after Israeli warplanes destroyed a building in Syria’s eastern desert, the Bush administration has released intelligence purporting to prove that Damascus was building a nuclear reactor at the site. Why was the silence? Syria denies that the building housed a nuclear reactor “What did Israel bomb in Syria?” asked American journalist Seymour Hersh. Why has the Bush administration chosen to release its intelligence now, seven months after the Israeli strike?
  • Drug Dealing in Lebanon: tribal drug lords, addiction, Hizbollah and Israel.
  • Pakistan: Pakistan has been plagued by shortages and a crisis of basic necessities of life for a long time, but the situation exploded on the eve of the last elections while General Musharraf and his team were blowing the trumpet about "unprecedented economic development".

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Related:
US Intelligence on Syrian Reactor
At Home with a Drug Baron
Pakistan: Workers' Anger Shakes Multan

Friday, April 25, 2008

27 April 2008

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  • US military tightens siege of Sadr City as cleric warns of 'open war': an analysis.
  • Professor Gilbert Achcar on tribalism in Iraq, nationalism, fundamentalism and barbarisms. Gilbert Achcar is from Lebanon, where he lived until 1983. He authored several books on international politics and the Middle East, including “The Clash of Barbarisms” and “Eastern Cauldron”. He teaches political science at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.

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Related:

US Military Tightens Siege of Sadr City...

Eleven Theses on the Resurgence of Islamic Fundamentalism

Saturday, April 12, 2008

20 April 2008

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War on Terror, Inc. Corporate Profiteering from the Politics of Fear by Solomon Hughes (Verso, 2008). "Who is behind companies that reap the dividend of war? How close are they to our political decision-makers? Do they actually deliver what they are contracted to deliver, and at a cost-effective price? "

Iraq: 5 Years On. "How the Media Sells War and Why?" From a public meeting called by Media Workers Against the War. Speakers include: Nick Davies, an award-winning investigative reporter (the Guardian): "Our media have become mass producers of distortion." And Dhar Jamail, independent journalist and author of Beyond the Green Zone.



Related:
War on Terror, Inc. Review
Flat Earth News by Nick Davies
Other:
"Our Reign of Terror, by the Israeli Army"

Saturday, April 05, 2008

09 & 13 April 2008

Wednesday between 9pm and 10pm (GMT)
Sunday between noon and 1pm 104.4 FM (London)
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Underbelly Egypt's Neoliberal Agenda: IBSF, immiseration and struggle, bread and gathering dissent.

The European Union and Turkish Accession - Human Rights and the Kurds (Pluto Press 2008), including a conversation with the co-author Kerim Yildiz, Executive Director of Kurdish Human Rights Project.

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Related:
Video: "Protesters face Egyptian riot police"
Clashes in Egypt's Strike Stand-off

Underbelly Egypt's Neoliberal Agenda

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

02 & 06 April 2008

Wednesday between 9pm and 10pm (GMT)
Sunday between noon and 1pm 104.4 FM (London)
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The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew and the Heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolan. In The Lemon Tree, Sandy Tolan tells the big-picture story of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the parallel, very personal story of Bashir and Dalia. An interview conducted by C. S. Soong, Against the Grain programme on KPFA (Pacifica) Radio.

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Related:
Reviews of The Lemon Tree

Thursday, March 20, 2008

26 & 30 March 2008

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Iraq: "The Politics of the Local" - an interview with Charles Tripp, professor of Middle East Studies at School of Oriental and African Studies, London. "Iraq may fall into a second violent civil war. Or it may become an imperial protectorate with a privileged military and sharp class divisions."
Oil-linked Inflation Exacerbates Instability in the Middle East:
Egypt: The Wave of Strikes Continues.
Historic Strike by University Staff
Israel: Arab and Jewish Women March for Jobs in Tel Aviv

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Related:
Iraq: "No, no to the new Dictatorship"
Egypt: Historic Strike by University Staff
Egypt's Doctors Take on Mubarak
Arab and Jewish Women March in Tel Aviv
Workers Protest in UAE and Egypt
Other:
"A Delusional War"

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

12 & 16 March 2008

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The United States plotted the armed overthrow of the Hamas government elected by the Palestinian people in January 2006, according to “The Gaza Bombshell”, an article based on leaked documents and interviews with key players in the Bush administration that was published in the latest edition of the US magazine Vanity Fair.

Middle Eastern soundscapes: A concert by Al-Finjaan group. Nizar Al-Issa and his group performed at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, 11th of March 2008.

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Related:
The Gaza Bombshell
US Plot to Overthrow Elected Palestinian Government Exposed
Nizar Al-Issa - artist profile

Monday, March 03, 2008

09 March 2008

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Iraq: "The many regional and sectarian leaders in Iraq now wield a power over ordinary citizens that the new national institutions cannot, and may not want to temper. Iraq may fall into a second violent civil war. Or it may become an imperial protectorate with a privileged military and sharp class divisions." (Charles Tripp, Professor of Middle East politics, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and author of A History of Iraq). Also views by Jonathan Steele, a Guardian Columnist and author of Defeat: Why They Lost Iraq.

Hamid "the terrorist" and Harry "the hero": Both Mohammed Hamid and Prince Harry have links with Afghanistan. Analysis and views by Gabrielle Tierney, a character witness in Hamid's trial, Mohammed Hamid, and Heiko Khoo, speaker at Speakers' Corner, Hyde Park.

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Related:
The Politics of the Local in Iraq
Mohammed Hamid and Prince Harry (audio)

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

27 February & 03 March 2008

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"The $3 Trillion War": The cost of the Iraq War. Joseph Stiglitz, former Chief Economist at the World Bank and winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize for Economics, speaks at the Jewish Book Week, London, 26th of February 2008.

The Pakistani Parliamentary Elections: Was it "The Mother of all Frauds"? Is a coalition a solution?

Related:
Review of Stiglitz's "Globalization and its Discontents"
Pakistan: article 1, article 2 , article 3

Sunday, February 24, 2008

20 & 24 February 2008

Wednesday between 9pm and 10pm (GMT)
Sunday between noon and 1pm 104.4 FM (London)
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"Can Hamas Liberate Palestine?". Views from the President of the British Muslim Initiative, the Jewish Socialist Group, Azzam Tamimi (historian and supporter of Hamas ), Gilbert Achcar, professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London...

"If Stones Could Talk" by James Petras

The Jewish Book Week: Spinoza and Secular Jewish Culture by Yirmiyahu Yovel, The $3 Trillion War by Joseph Stiglitz, The 1948 War by Benny Morris

Women's Cinema from Tangiers to Tehran: Persepolis and Dunia




Related:
Bringing down the new Berlin Walls
11 Theses on the Resurgence of Islamic Fundamentalism
Persepolis: "Bombs and Stars"
Eastern Eyes

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

13 & 17 February 2008

Wednesday between 9pm and 10pm (GMT)
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Repeat of 30 January show (see below).

Friday, February 01, 2008

06 & 10 February 2008

Wednesday between 9pm and 10pm (GMT)
Sunday between noon and 1pm 104.4 FM (London)
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A forgotten struggle. A stolen nation: Western Sahara, occupied by Morrocco for 30 years. Music by Saharawi band Tiris, who recently played the Musicport Fetstival in Whitby... a chat to Malainin Lakhal, Secretary General of the Saharawi Journalists and Writers Union... and some thought from Eduardo Galeano on the Wall that Morocco has built in Western Sahara.

Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan, on a European tour, and an interview with Lal Khan from the Pakistan Trade Union Defense Campaign by Antwerp, a local radio in Belgium.

The Iranian regime tortures arrested students, according to various students sources.
Iranian Regimes Tortures Arrested Students

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Related:
Students' Protest (09 December 2007, video)
Eduardo Galeano on Western Shara
The Struggle of the Saharawis, History and Perspectives

Monday, January 28, 2008

30 Jan & 03 Feb 2008

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Sunday between noon and 1pm
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"The American moment is not over, but it must be seized anew... A strong military is, more than anything, necessary to sustain peace...we must become better prepared to put boots on the ground in order to take on foes on a global scale...I will not hesitate to use force unilaterally, if necessary, to protect the American people or our vital interests...We must also consider using military force in circumstances beyond self-defense, in order to provide for the common security that underpins global stability - to support friends, participate in stability and reconstruction operations, or confront mass atrocities." (Barack Obama to Foreign Affairs magazine)

Live interview with Ira Chernus, professor of religious studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and author of Monsters To Destroy: The Neoconservative War on Terror and Sin (Paradigm Publishers, 2006). Prof. Chernus joins MEP to talk about Pakistan and the coming elections, Iraq, Iran, Israel, democracy and , of course, whether the American foreign policy in the Middle East will change with a new president. Listen to the interview

The Lodging House, winner of the 2003 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature is a novel by Khairy Shalaby, translated to English by Farouk Abdel Wahab (a publication of The American Univeristy in Cairo Press, December 2006). A review by Susana Tarbush (Banipal Magazine). Listen

"Iranian Cinema: Art, Society and the State": a live interview with Ziba Mir-Hosseini, a freelance anthropologist, researcher and filmmaker, a research associate at the Centre for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, SOAS, in London. Listen to the interview

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Related articles:
US Hypocrisy, and Worse, on Pakistan Democracy
"The Lodging House" by Khairy Shalaby, a review.
"Iranian Cinema: Art, Society and the State"

Related audio
Politics in the Cinema of Hollywood and the Arab World

Monday, January 21, 2008

23 & 27 January 2008

Wednesday between 9pm and 10pm (GMT)
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In his monumental work A History of the Arab Peoples Albert Hurani concludes that “What could be observed was a current pattern in Middle Eastern history. The classes which dominated the structure of wealth and social power in the cities wanted peace, order and freedom of economic activity, and would support a regime so long as it seemed to be giving them what they wanted; but they would not lift a finger to save it, and would accept its successor if it seemed likely to follow a similar policy.” (Hurani, 1991, p. 454)

Class and Sect in the Middle East: an interview with Anne Alexander, a fellow researcher at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, author of Nasser (Life & Times), and a regular contributor to International Socialism journal.

Singer and composer Marcel Khalife in Britain. A concert in London, Friday 25 January 2008

Analysis of part of Shimon Peres's Speech given at the beginning of G.W. Bush's recent visit to Israel. The president of Israel said: "Your [Bush's] visit is on the eve of the of the sixth decade of our historic rebirth. We were attacked seven times.We never lost a war. We never lost desire for peace. We never postponed a moment for democracy."

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Related audio:
Interview with Joel Beinin (17 minutes)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

16 & 20 January 2008

Wednesday between 9pm and 10pm (GMT)
Sunday between noon and 1pm
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Bush in Israel: The Hands of Esau
Selling Weapons to Religious States, from an interview with Lenni Brenner, part 2 of last: Israel.
Book review: Dhar Jamail's Beyound the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq
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Related articles:
The Hands of Esau
The Fading of the Two-State Solution
Related audio:
Selling Weapons to Religious States (Interview with Lenni Brenner)

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

09 & 13 January 2008

"Selling Weapons to Religous States": Part 1 of 2 from an interview with Lenni Brenner produced by Against the Grain show on Pacifica Radio. This week: Saudi Arabia.
2007 World Press Photo Award
The Assassination of Benazir Bhutto: What next for Pakistan?
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Wednesday between 9pm and 10pm (GMT)
Sunday between noon and 1pm
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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Coming & Recent Shows/Interviews

Class and Sect in the Middle East, interview with Anne Alexander.
The Yacoubian Building: the novel and the film.
Can Hamas Liberate Palestine?
The US Elections and the Middle East
Katherine C. Donahue, author of Slave of Allah - Zacarias Moussaoui vs The USA (Pluto Press September 2007)
Ibrahim Abu Rabi, author of Contemporary Arab Thought

Recent
19 December 2007 show

Iraqi Oil for Beginners, a comic book by Jon Sack. Israel: the longest teachers strike in the history of Israel.
05 December 2007 show : Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files - The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (PLuto Press, November 2007)
Interview with Arun Kundnani, author of "The End of Tolerance - Racism in 21st Century Britain".
28 November 2007: InterviewArun Kundnani on his book The End of Tolerance - Racism in 21st Century Britain. Also in the show: Dubai, Wealth and Workers' Plight.
21 November 2007 show
14 November 2007 show: Pakistan,Turkey and the Kurds
31 October 2007 show
24 October 2007 show
Listen to the interview with the Egyptian historian Mahmood Ibrahim, author of Merchant Capital and Islam.
17 October 2007 show: Part of a talk by Norman Finkelstein author of On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History (2005).
Overcoming Zionism: Interview with Joel Kovel, 04July 2007
Joel Beinin on Workers Struggles in Egypt, 30 March 2007
Assaf Adiv on Arab Workers plight and struggle in Israel, 23 March 2007
"Iran on the Brink - Rising Workers and Threats of War", Part 1, Part 2, 16 March 2007
Lara Deeb on Hizballah, Part 1, Part 2, 09 March 2007


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Middle East Panorama on Resonance FM Radio
Wednesday between 21:00 to 22:00 GMT
(repeated on Sunday between 12:00 - 13:00 GMT)

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