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2020 marks the 18th anniversary for Arab Voices on KPFT!


     
 

Outstanding Arab Media Award
 
Arab Voices Executive Producer and Host, Said, received the Outstanding Arab Media Award at the annual Arab American Cultural & Community Center's Unity & Friendship Gala, one of several awards and recognitions he received over the years.

 

     
 

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 Wednesday, June 10, 2020
   

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Date:

June 3, 2020

     
Topic/
Guests:

Justice for George Floyd Houston March
  

About 60,000 people attended the special Houston march on June 2, 2020, in downtown Houston, calling for Justice for George Floyd, the Black American man who was murdered on May 25, 2020, by Minneapolis Police. A horrific murder that was caught on video and caused outrage and protests across the world.
    
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to statements and remarks from several participants at that special march, including the remarks of
Bun B, rapper and activist, Trae tha Truth, rapper and philanthropist, Tamika Mallory, activist, Lee Merritt, one of the attorneys representing George Floyd's family, Sylvester Turner, Mayor of the City of Houston, several members of George Floyd's family, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congressman Al Green, and pastor John Gray.

   
             

 
          

Date:

May 27, 2020

     
Topic/
Guests:

From Nakba to Return: The Ongoing Struggle for Palestinian Liberation (Part 2 of 2)
  

Last week on Arab Voices, we aired some of the remarks delivered at the "From Nakba to Return: The Ongoing Struggle for Palestinian Liberation" event organized by the Palestinian Youth Movement and the National Students for Justice in Palestine that was held on May 16, 2020, in  honor of the 72nd commemoration of the Nakba. Part 1 of 2 is already archived online at www.ArabVoices.net.
   
Today on Arab Voices, we will air Part 2, and it includes remarks from
Mohammed Nabulsi and Ramah Awad talking about the Palestinian Youth Movement, National Students for Justice in Palestine, the ongoing Palestinian struggle for liberation, the 72nd commemoration of the Nakba, and Ghassan Kanafani Scholarship. We will also listen to Susan Abulhawa, Palestinian writer, political activist, and author of the international bestseller, Mornings in Jenin, and several anthologies and poetry collections, and Lina Abojaradeh, Palestinian-Jordanian artist and PYM Ghassan Kanafani Resistance Arts Scholar, and the discussion between Lina and Susan on the role of cultural production and arts as part of the broader resistance that Palestinians engage in.

   
             

 
          

Date:

May 20, 2020

     
Topic/
Guests:

From Nakba to Return: The Ongoing Struggle for Palestinian Liberation (Part 1 of 2)
  

May 15, 2020, marked the 72nd anniversary of the Nakba (Arabic word for catastrophe), the mass displacement of Palestinians from their homelands in 1948.
 
On May 16, 2020, the Palestinian Youth Movement and the National Students for Justice in Palestine, held an online community event in honor of the 72nd commemoration of the Nakba. Palestinian researchers, organizers, and artists participated in the event, and talked about the history of Palestinian displacement and refugeehood, the Nakba, as well as the threats that COVID-19 presents to Palestinian refugees, and how the pandemic is compounding and exacerbating existing conditions. They also discussed and highlighted the ongoing struggle in Palestinian refugee camps, the Right of Return, and the role of exiled and diasporic Palestinians and Arabs.

Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to some of the remarks delivered at the event by
Dr. Salman Abu Sitta, Palestinian author, founder of the Palestine Land Society, and researcher known for his groundbreaking work of mapping the return of Palestinian refugees to historic Palestine, and Nadia Younes, Palestinian community organizer and co-founder of Al Naqab Center for Youth Activities in Lebanon, whose doctoral research focuses on decolonizing education for Palestinians in Lebanon. We will also listen to a brief message from Pietro Stefanini, with The Palestinian Return Centre in London, who spoke about the Global Right of Return Campaign.  

   
             

 
          

Date:

May 13, 2020

     
Topics/
Guests:

1st Segment: Houston Ramadan Iftar Remarks
  

For the past few years and during the holy month of Ramadan, a special Houston Iftar Dinner was being held annually and attended by nearly 2,000 people each year, including politicians, congress men and women, community activists and leaders. This year, because of COVID-19, the annual Houston Iftar event was held virtually, on May 9, 2020. Earlier on that day, nearly 2,000 meals were distributed for pickup at the Bayou City Event Center before the virtual broadcast of the event.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to the remarks delivered at the virtual Iftar dinner by
Christopher Olson, Director, Mayor's Office of Trade & International Affairs, Muhammas Saeed Sheikh, Coordinator, Houston Iftar, Imam Tauqeer Shah, Resident Scholar, Brand Lane Islamic Center, ISGH, Sohail Syed, President, Islamic Society of Greater Houston, Murad Ajani, President, Aga Khan Council for Southwestern US, Shaikh Shabbir Saifee, Dawoodi Bohra Community Houston, Ahmed Alyasin, Chairman, Jordanian American Association of Houston, Susan Young, President, Sister Cities of Houston, Hamza Yusuf, President, Zaytuna College, Berkeley, CA, Javid Anwar, Chief Patron, Houston Iftar, and Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston.
   
The event was organized by Abu Dhabi, Baku, Basrah, Istanbul and Karachi Sister City Associations, along with the Islamic Society of Greater Houston and other collaborating organizations.
    

   
 

2nd Segment: Dennis Johnson
   
We will speak with Dennis Johnson, Deputy Regional Director of the 2020 U.S. Census, about the Census, its importance, who will be counted, changes/what's new to the 2020 Census, important dates, how to participate, and much more.
    

   
             

 
          

Date:

May 6, 2020

     
Topic:

Pandemics, Democracies & Dictatorships
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will air a segment from the weekly public affairs program, Alternative Radio. It is  titled "Pandemics, Democracies & Dictatorships" by Nader Hashemi, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and teaches Middle East and Islamic politics at the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He is the author of "Islam, Secularism and Liberal Democracy" and co-editor of "The People Reloaded, The Syria Dilemma and Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East".
  
Today, fear stalks the globe. The grim reaper is taking a heavy toll. The coronavirus pandemic has led to many thousands of deaths and tremendous economic dislocation. In this climate of fear, authoritarian regimes from Saudi Arabia to Hungary, from Russia to Turkey, from Iran to the Philippines use the crisis as a pretext to curtail civil liberties, expand police power and surveillance, silence their opponents, settle old scores, muzzle the press and jail dissidents. The pattern repeats in different shapes and forms among tyrants and would-be tyrants. Indian prime minister Modi has thrown journalists critical of his rule in jail. Kashmir remains under military control. In Washington, the U.S. president has declared “ultimate authority. I call the shots.” How can people in democratic societies effectively respond to the current crisis? 

   
             

 
          

Date:

April 29, 2020

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Houston Arab Community Mutual Aid
 
During these challenging and uncertain times with the outbreak of the corona virus, the Houston Arab Community has not been spared from the economic impact. That is why 13 organizations have joined a new coalition of Arab organizations in the Houston community (Houston Arab Community Mutual Aid Coalition or HACMA Coalition) to carry forward mutual aid relief efforts to serve and support the Arab community of Houston.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will speak about the new coalition and its goals with Mohammed Nabulsi, Palestinian-American attorney, community organizer, and board member with the Palestinian American Cultural Center, one of the 13 organizations that joined the coalition.
 

   
 

2nd Segment: “COVID-19 worsens Israel’s racism”
  
The Electronic Intifada released a new podcast titled “COVID-19 worsens Israel’s racism”, featuring Diana Buttu, former legal adviser and negotiator for the Palestine Liberation Organization, and a policy advisor to Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network. The podcast also features a conversation between Nora Barrows-Friedman and Asa Winstanley on how they are coping with coronavirus lockdown in the US and UK, and Asa gets into a recent leaked report about Britain’s Labour Party.
  
Today on Arab Voices, we will air “COVID-19 worsens Israel’s racism" podcast by the Electronic Intifada.

   
             

 
          

Date:

April 22, 2020

     
Topic:

“Sectarianism and Anti-sectarianism in the Modern Arab World” by Dr. Aziz Al-Azmeh
(previously aired program)

 
Rice University and the University of Houston organized the "Arab Traditions of Anti-Sectarianism Conference", held December 1-2, 2017 in Houston, and was hosted by the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chairs at Rice University and the University of Houston.
   
The keynote address at the conference was delivered on December 1, 2017 on the topic "Sectarianism and Anti-sectarianism in the Modern Arab World" by Dr. Aziz Al-Azmeh,
University Professor in the Department of History and Director of the Center for Religious Studies at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.
      
Today, on Arab Voices, we will listen to Dr. Al-Azmeh's keynote address on “Sectarianism and Anti-sectarianism in the Modern Arab World”.

   
             

 
          

Date:

April 15, 2020

     
Topic:

CAIR-Houston's Annual Gala: "Defend. Educate. Empower." Part 2 of 2
 

The Council on American-Islamic Relations Texas (Houston Chapter) held its 18th Annual Gala on December 8, 2019, in Houston, under the theme "Defend. Educate. Empower." More than 600 people including several local community members, faith leaders, and elected officials attended the event that also featured an awards ceremony recognizing several individuals. It was a celebration and review of CAIR-Houston's achievements and work in the past 18 years, and plans for the coming year.
     
There were many remarks delivered at the event, and today we will air Part 2 of 2, which will include the remarks of
Bahia Amawi, recipient of CAIR-Houston’s Courage & Justice Award. Amawi is a Palestinian-American speech pathologist who filed a federal lawsuit against Pflugerville Independent School District and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for violating her First Amendment right of free speech and challenging Texas Anti-BDS Act, H.B. 89., after she lost her job because she refused to sign a “No Boycott of Israel” clause. Bahia won her case on April 25, 2019, when a federal judge ruled that Texas law banning state contractors from boycotting Israel violates the First Amendment.
 
We will also listen to the keynote speaker,
Imam Khalid Latif, Executive Director and Chaplain (Imam) for the Islamic Center at New York University (NYU). in 2007, Mayor Michael Bloomberg nominated Imam Latif to become the youngest chaplain in history of the New York City Police Department. Since then, Imam Latif has dedicated himself to America's largest Police Department, and has developed tremendously valuable skills as a spokesperson for co-existence, mutual understanding and productive relationships between cultures, communities and religions. At NYU, Imam Latif has not only managed to build a strong Muslim institution at NYU, but he has offered his experience and awareness to the U.S. State Department, various institutions, corporations, mosques and other communities in the United States, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain and Egypt. He is a highly sought-after speaker, offering to diverse audiences his unique blend of motivational speaking, leadership insights, spiritual development and religious awareness. He has been featured on numerous media outlets including BBC, NPR, CNN, the New York Times, Newsweek, Time Magazine, BET and GEO TV.
 
Last week on Arab Voices, we aired Part 1, and it included the remarks of several CAIR-Houston Board Members, and the remarks of two awardees: Cesar Espinosa, Executive Director of FIEL Houston, who received CAIR-Houston’s Political Activism Award for his dedication and work in fighting for justice and protection for immigrant communities, and Mustafaa Carroll, former Executive Director of CAIR-Houston, who received CAIR-Houston’s Ester L. King Bridge Builder Award for his lifelong dedication and work in activism and promoting justice. That program, Part 1, is already archived on our website www.ArabVoices.net, and you can always listen to it online.

   
             

 
          

Date:

April 8, 2020

     
Topic:

CAIR-Houston's Annual Gala: "Defend. Educate. Empower." Part 1 of 2
 

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Houston Chapter, held its 18th Annual Gala on December 8, 2019, in Houston, under the theme "Defend. Educate. Empower." More than 600 people including several local community members, faith leaders, and elected officials attended the event that also featured an awards ceremony recognizing several individuals. It was a celebration and review of CAIR-Houston's achievements and work in the past 18 years, and plans for the coming year.
     
There were many remarks delivered at the event, and today we will air Part 1 of 2, which will include the remarks of
Rawan Harirah with CAIR-Houston Board of Directors, Yusuf Shere, CAIR-Houston Board of Directors President, Judge Rabeea Collier, first elected Muslim State Court Judge in Harris County, Texas, Lubabah Abdullah, Executive Director of CAIR-Houston, and John Floyd, Esq., with CAIR-Houston Board of Directors. We will also listen to the remarks of two awardees: Cesar Espinosa, Executive Director of FIEL Houston, who received CAIR-Houston’s Political Activism Award for his dedication and work in fighting for justice and protection for immigrant communities, and Mustafaa Carroll, former Executive Director of CAIR-Houston, who received CAIR-Houston’s Ester L. King Bridge Builder Award for his lifelong dedication and work in activism and promoting justice.
 
Next week, we plan to air Part 2, and it will include the remarks of
Bahia Amawi, recipient of CAIR-Houston’s Courage & Justice Award. Amawi is a Palestinian-American speech pathologist who filed a federal lawsuit against Pflugerville Independent School District and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for violating her First Amendment right of free speech and challenging Texas Anti-BDS Act, H.B. 89., after she lost her job because she refused to sign a “No Boycott of Israel” clause. Bahia won her case on April 25, 2019, when a federal judge ruled that Texas law banning state contractors from boycotting Israel violates the First Amendment.
 
We will also listen next week to the keynote speaker,
Imam Khalid Latif, University Chaplain for New York University and Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU.

   
             

 
          

Date:

April 1, 2020

     
Topics:

1st Segment: “Gaza physicians “brace for impact”: How can healthcare workers prepare for COVID-19 pandemic under siege?”
 
The Electronic Intifada released a new podcast last week titled “Gaza physicians “brace for impact”: How can healthcare workers prepare for COVID-19 pandemic under siege?”. At the time of the release of the podcast, there were 2 positive cases of COVID-19 in the besieged Gaza Strip (one of the most densely populated area on planet earth), but as of March 31, 2020, and according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, there are now 10 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Gaza Strip.
  
Today on Arab Voices, we will air “Gaza physicians “brace for impact”" podcast by the Electronic Intifada.
  

   
 

2nd Segment: "Corona Radiata": A New Poem by Dr. Fady Joudah
  
Dr. Fady Joudah, Palestinian American physician, poet, and translator, who won an award from the United Kingdom for translating a collection of Mahmoud Darwish's poems into a compilation called The Butterfly's Burden, and was also winner of Yale Series of Younger Poets competition, who lives and works in Houston, released a new poem on the coronavirus pandemic titled “Corona Radiata”.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to Dr. Joudah's “Corona Radiata” poem.
    

   
 

3rd Segment: In Memoriam: Arab Voices Interview with Dr. Daoud Khairallah
  

Dr. Daoud Khairallah, who was an attorney and professor of international law at Georgetown University and the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, passed away on March 22, 2020, in Fairfax, Virginia. In 2012, we interviewed Dr. Khairallah live on Arab Voices where we talked about the foreign intervention by the U.S. and other countries in the Arab uprisings in the Middle East.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will re-air the interview we conducted with Dr. Khairallah in 2012.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 25, 2020   (previously aired program)

     
Topic:

"Iraq Afterwards: Epistemic Violence and Poetic (In)Justice" by Dr. Sinan Antoon
  
The Center for Arab Studies and the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History at the University of Houston held the inaugural lecture of the Michael and Hoda Kardoush Lecture Series on November 20, 2019, at the University of Houston. The speaker was Dr. Sinan Antoon and the topic was "Iraq Afterwards: Epistemic Violence and Poetic (In)Justice."
   
Today on Arab Voices, we will air that lecture in its entirety.
   
Sinan Antoon is an Iraqi-born poet, novelist, scholar, and translator. He studied at Baghdad, Georgetown, and Harvard. He has published two collections of poetry and four novels. His most recent work is The Book of Collateral Damage (Yale University Press, 2019). His literary works have been translated to fourteen languages. His translations include In the Presence of Absence by Mahmoud Darwish, which won the American Literary Translators Association Prize. Antoon’s translation of his own novel, The Corpse Washer, won the 2014 Saif Ghobash Prize for Literary Translation. His scholarly works include The Poetics of the Obscene: Ibn al-Hajjaj and Sukhf (Palgrave, 2014) and articles on the poetry of Mahmoud, Darwish, Sargon Boulus, and Saadi Youssef. His op-eds have appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times and many pan-Arab newspapers and journals. In 2003 Antoon returned to his native Baghdad to co-produce About Baghdad, a documentary about the lives of Iraqis under occupation. He is co-founder and co-editor of Jadaliyya and associate professor at New York University.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 18, 2020   (previously aired program)

     
Topic:

Law and Revolution in the Arab Spring
The Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History at the University of Houston and The Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Arab Studies at Rice University, held an event at the University of Houston on November 13, 2018 that featured Dr. Nimer Sultany, Senior Lecturer in Public Law at SOAS, University of London, and winner of the 2018 International Society of Public Law Book Prize and the 2018 Society of Legal Scholars' Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship. Dr. Sultany talked about his recent book Law and Revolution: Legitimacy and Constitutionalism After the Arab Spring. This award winning book offers a critical re-examination of political, legal, and constitutional theory in light of the Arab Spring.
 
Dr. Sultany was introduced by Dr. Ussama Makdisi, Professor of History and the first holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University, and his talk was followed by commentary from Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti, Associate Professor and Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History at the University of Houston.
  
Today on Arab Voices, we will air the remarks delivered at that event.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 11, 2020

     
Topics/
Guests:

1st Segment: Houston Palestinian Festival
A live conversation with Dr. Waleed Faris, President of the Palestinian American Cultural Center (PACC), organizer of the 10th Annual Houston Palestinian Festival, and Mazin Alkhadraa, who serves on the PACC Board of Directors and the Festival Team.
 
 
We will speak with them about the
10th Annual Houston Palestinian Festival (POSTPONED to a future date) and the Palestinian American Cultural Center organization and its activities.
 
The Palestinian Festival was originally scheduled to be held on Saturday-Sunday, March 21-22, 2020, at The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park, in Houston, but a decision was made on March 11, 2020 to postpone it to a future date (read official statement).

    
 

   
 

2nd Segment: Dr. Rashid Khalidi
We will speak live with Dr. Rashid Khalidi about his new book The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017, the U.S. foreign policy towards occupied Palestine, the so called “Deal of the Century” announced by President Trump in January 2020, Israeli colonies on Palestinian land, the BDS movement, efforts to suppress Palestinian voices and supporters on college campuses in the US, and more.
  
Dr. Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University in New York, and editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies. He served as president of the Middle East Studies Association, and was an advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from October 1991 to June 1993. He is author of: Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. has Undermined Peace in the Middle East (2013); Sowing Crisis: American Dominance and the Cold War in the Middle East (2009); The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood (2006); Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East (2004); Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness (1996); Under Siege: PLO Decision-Making During the 1982 War (1986); British Policy Towards Syria and Palestine, 1906-1914 (1980); and co-editor of Palestine and the Gulf (1982), The Origins of Arab Nationalism (1991), and The Other Jerusalem: Rethinking the History of the Sacred City (2020). His most recent book is titled The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017 (2020).

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 4, 2020

     
Topic:

"Age of Coexistence: The Ecumenical Frame and the Making of the Modern Arab World" by Dr. Ussama Makdisi
 
Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy held a special event on March 2, 2020, where Dr. Ussama Makdisi, the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University, discussed his most recent book "Age of Coexistence: The Ecumenical Frame and the Making of the Modern Arab World", which provides a fuller understanding of the contemporary Middle East. The event was sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for the Middle East.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will air Dr. Makdisi’s remarks delivered at the event.
 
Observers of the Middle East are often quick to speak of the sectarian tensions that have beset the region. However, Ussama Makdisi, Ph.D., the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University, stresses the need to view these issues within a broader historical context. Focusing particularly on Lebanon under the rule of the Ottoman Empire, Makdisi dispels assumptions about why and how sectarian sentiments arose in the Middle East, detailing often overlooked elements of coexistence that have shaped the modern Arab world.
 
Ussama Makdisi, Ph.D., is a professor of history and the first holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University. Currently, he is a visiting professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley. He has published widely on Ottoman and Arab history as well as on U.S.-Arab relations and U.S. missionary work in the Middle East. Makdisi is the author of, most recently, “Age of Coexistence: The Ecumenical Frame and the Making of the Modern Arab World” (University of California Press, 2019) and “Faith Misplaced: The Broken Promise of U.S.-Arab Relations, 1820-2001” (Public Affairs, 2010). Makdisi received the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin in spring 2018. In 2012-2013 he was an invited resident fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin). In April 2009, the Carnegie Corporation named Makdisi a 2009 Carnegie Scholar as part of its effort to promote original scholarship regarding Muslim societies and communities, both in the U.S. and abroad. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Princeton University.

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 26, 2020

     
Topic:

"Anti-Blackness and The Palestinian Struggle" by Dr. Melina Abdullah and Dr. Gerald Horne
 
Several student organizations at the University of Houston organized a discussion about the intersections of anti-blackness and the Palestinian struggle. The event centered on systemic injustices both communities face and how University of Houston students can unite against these forms of oppression. The event was sponsored by the UH History Department.
   
Today on Arab Voices (during Black History Month), we will listen to the remarks delivered at the event on the way blacks were treated in the U.S., the struggle for black people and being slaves, Black Lives Matter movement, Police abuse, killing of black people, the struggles for justice, the importance of understanding what is happening to blacks in the U.S. and how that parallels to what is happening to the Palestinian people, how the struggle for black freedom in the U.S. is intrinsically tied to the struggle of oppressed people around the globe, especially the Palestinian people, how freedom is a constant struggle, U.S. foreign policy, BDS movement, settler colonialism, and much more.
 
Speakers:
 
Dr. Melina Abdullah is Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Southern California in Political Science and her B.A. from Howard University in African American Studies. She was appointed to the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission in 2014 and is a recognized expert on race, gender, class, and social movements. Abdullah is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, with subjects ranging from political coalition building to womanist mothering. Most notably, she has appeared on the featured film 13th. Melina is the recipient of many awards, most recently the 2016 Racial Justice Award presented by the YWCA.
 
Dr. Gerald Horne holds the Moores Professorship of History and African American Studies. His research has addressed issues of racism in a variety of relations involving labor, politics, civil rights, international relations and war. He has also written extensively about the film industry. Dr. Horne received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and his B.A. from Princeton University. Dr. Horne's undergraduate and graduate courses include the Civil Rights Movement, U.S. History through Film, Diplomatic History, Labor History, and 20th Century African American History. Dr. Horne is the author of more than thirty books and one hundred scholarly articles and reviews.

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 19, 2020

     
Topic:

"The Flowers of Arabic Literature in America" by Dr. Edmund Ghareeb
 
The Palestine Center in Washington, D.C., held a book talk event titled "The Flowers of Arabic Literature in America" on November 13, 2019. The guest speaker was Dr. Edmund Ghareeb, Collector and Scholar. In this talk, Dr. Ghareeb discusses the little known history of Arabic language books published in the United States, including books by early Arab-American women writers and known luminaries like Khalil Gibran Khalil. He shares personal stories of his father’s encounters with Khalil Gibran Khalil, as his translator, with rare hand signed first editions. Dr. Ghareeb showcased such books as a volume on the sayings of Benjamin Franklin; a compendium of knowledge for Syrian Americans, including questions on the US citizenship test; books with original artwork by Gibran and many more surprises.
  
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to Dr. Edmund Ghareeb's talk on "The Flowers of Arabic Literature in America".

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 12, 2020

     
Topic:

Abby Martin Files Lawsuit against Georgia's Unconstitutional "anti-BDS" Law
Abby Martin, Director and Creator of The Empire Files, journalist, filmmaker, and former teleSUR presenter, filed a federal free speech lawsuit against Georgia's unconstitutional "anti-BDS" law on February 10, 2020. The lawsuit was filed on her behalf by the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia), CAIR Legal Defense Fund and the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund.
 
A few weeks ago, Abby Martin was blocked from delivering a keynote speech at Georgia Southern University for refusing to "sign a contractual pledge to not boycott Israel" to comply with the anti-Boycott, Divest and Sanctions state law.
   
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to some of the remarks delivered at a press conference held on February 10, 2020, after the lawsuit was filed, including the remarks of
Abby Martin, journalist, filmmaker and host of The Empire Files, Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Executive Director of CAIR-Georgia and co-counsel to Abby Martin, Mara Verheyden-Hilliard with the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund and co-counsel to Abby Martin, and Gadeir Abbas, Senior Litigation Attorney at CAIR and co-counsel to Abby Martin.
  
Abby Martin was live on Arab Voices on January 29, 2020, discussing her new documentary film “Gaza Fights for Freedom”, and more.

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 5, 2020

     
Topic:

Houston Protest Against Trump's "Deal of the Century"
Hundreds of people protested on February 1, 2020, the so called "Deal of The Century" announced last week by President Trump, and voiced their opposition to it. The event was organized by the ‎‎Palestinian Youth Movement, Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Houston, the Palestinian American Cultural Center, and the Palestinian American Council.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to statements and remarks from 15 participants at the protest.
 


 Winter Fund Drive

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 29, 2020

     
Guests/
Topics:

Abby Martin
Director and Creator of The Empire Files. She is a journalist, filmmaker, and former teleSUR presenter. Her new film is “Gaza Fights for Freedom”, a powerful must-see film documentary (directed, written and narrated by Abby Martin). Abby is an outspoken critic of Israel’s apartheid government and anti-Palestinian policies. A few weeks ago, she was blocked from delivering a keynote speech at Georgia Southern University for refusing to "sign a contractual pledge to not boycott Israel" to comply with the anti-Boycott, Divest and Sanctions state law.
  
We will speak live with Abby Martin about her new film “Gaza Fights for Freedom”, and also get her reaction to the Israeli Apartheid Plan, announced on Tuesday by President Trump.
 
IMPORTANT: Support for Arab Voices
Because KPFT is currently in Winter Fund Drive, Arab Voices is offering the new film documentary "Gaza Fights For Freedom" (DVD format) as a "Thank-You Gift" for those who pledge $150. Please consider a contribution to keep Arab Voices on KPFT. You can call during the show on Wednesday between 6 and 7 pm central time and pledge your support (713-526-5738), or send e-mail to ArabVoices@hotmail.com with your name and the amount you want to pledge. Thank you.
    

Film Screening:
"Gaza Fights For Freedom" film will be screened in Houston today, Wednesday, January 29 at 7 p.m. at the Dominican Center for Spirituality, 6501 Almeda Rd., Houston, TX 77021.
   


 Winter Fund Drive

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 22, 2020

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Ruth Nasrullah
We will speak live with Ruth Nasrullah, Communications Director for Houston Women March On, about the Houston Women's March.
  
This year, the march will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020. More details about the march is at www.houstonwomensmarch.org.

  

   
 

2nd Segment: Nader Alghoul
Freelance journalist, photographer, news contributor, columnist, political analyst and commentator with 20+ years in network, cable and satellite television production, including director, producer and translation & interpretation (English-Arabic) working high-profile news, general interest, breaking and feature stories globally. He has worked with and contributed to numerous media outlets over the years including Aljazeera English, BBC, France 3, NBC News, SIS, and RAMATTAN News Agency.
  
We will speak live with Nader about a recent “Jeopardy!” episode that caused outrage in which a contestant was told she was wrong for identifying Jesus's birthplace, the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, as Palestine, and that the correct answer was Israel!

  

   
 

3rd Segment: Phyllis Bennis DN! Remarks on Democratic Debate & U.S. Wars in the Middle East
We will air a portion of an interview Democracy Now! conducted last week with Phyllis Bennis with her reaction to the Democratic Debate and U.S. Wars in the Middle East.
 
Phyllis Bennis is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies who has appeared live on Arab Voices before. She has written a number of books, including "Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict", "Ending the Iraq War: A Primer", "Understanding the US-Iran Crisis: A Primer", "Before & After: US Foreign Policy and the War on Terror", and "Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror: A Primer".

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 15, 2020

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, for a special "Execution Watch" live coverage of the planned Texas execution of John Gardner.
  
Our next show will be on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.
   
             

 
          

Date:

January 8, 2020

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Dr. Assal Rad
Research Fellow at the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the voice of Iranian Americans and promoting greater understanding between the American and Iranian people. Dr. Rad graduated with a PhD in Middle Eastern History from the University of California, Irvine. Her PhD research focused on Modern Iran, with an emphasis on national identity formation and identity in post-revolutionary Iran. She works with the policy team on research and writing related to Iran policy issues and U.S.-Iran relations, and also works to organize Iranian Americans around issues that affect the community.
   
We will speak live with Dr. Assal Rad about the U.S. assassination of  Iranian Commander Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, Iran’s decision to reduce compliance with nuclear deal, the Iranian missile attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq, detentions of Iranian Americans at U.S. ports of entry, and more.
    

   
 

2nd Segment: David Swanson
Executive Director of WorldBeyondWar.org, a global nonviolent movement to end war and establish a just and sustainable peace, and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. He is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie and When the World Outlawed War. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. Swanson was awarded the 2018 Peace Prize by the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation. He speaks frequently on the topic of war and peace, and engages in all kinds of nonviolent activism. Swanson recently drafted a resolution urging Congress to move money from the military to human and environmental needs, rather than the reverse. Versions of the resolution were passed by several cities and by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
 
We will speak live with David Swanson about the increased tension and attacks between the U.S. and Iran, U.S. military bases/forces in Iraq and other countries in the Middle East and beyond, how to avert another war in the Middle East, and more.

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 1, 2020

     
Topics/
Guests:

Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria & Yemen: A Look Back at 2019
   
Today on Arab Voices, we will look back at the year 2019, and particularly the situations in Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Yemen. We will air portions of interviews we conducted live on Arab Voices during 2019 with the following guests:
 
Iraq: Interview with Raed Jarrar, Iraqi-American political activist and writer
 
Lebanon: Interview with Maya Mikdashi, Assistant Professor at the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and a lecturer in the program in Middle East Studies at Rutgers University, and Co-Founder and Co-Editor of Jadaliyya
 
Palestine: Interview with Mohamed Mohamed, Executive Director of The Jerusalem Fund and The Palestine Center
  
Syria: Interview with Daniel McAdams, Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity
  

Yemen: Interview with Jehan Hakim, Chair of the Yemeni Alliance Committee

   
             

 
          

Date:

December 25, 2019

     
Topic/
Guest:

Archbishop Atallah Hanna's Houston Remarks
   
Archbishop Atallah Hanna, a prominent Palestinian Christian figure, has been hospitalized for inhaling poisonous gas from gas canisters thrown into his church in Jerusalem last week. The Archbishop suffered from temporary paralysis, but is now in stable condition in a hospital in Amman, Jordan. In a press conference held Monday, the Archbishop held Israel responsible for the attack against him and accused Israel of trying to silence his voice.
   
Atallah Hanna is the Archbishop of Sabastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. In 2008, he refused to meet with President George W. Bush at the Church of Nativity during his visit to Bethlehem. In 2002, he was arrested by Israel on charges of "incitement", the first time a Christian religious leader was arrested for his activism against the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
   
In 2008, Archbishop Atallah Hanna visited Houston, Texas, and spoke at the 9th National Convention of Birzeit Society. Today on Arab Voices, we will air some of his Houston remarks (in Arabic, followed by translation of the main points in English) where he talked about occupied Palestine (the birth place of Jesus Christ), the suffering of Palestinians under the Israeli occupation, Palestinian Christians, roles Arabs and Palestinians should play in the U.S., Christian Zionism, one-state vs. two-states solution, the U.S. media, and much more.
  
We will also listen to his recent message to all Christians around the world regarding occupied Palestine, the birthplace of Christ and where Christianity originated and spread its message throughout the world.

   
             

 
          

Date:

December 18, 2019

     
Topic/
Guest:

"Iraq Afterwards: Epistemic Violence and Poetic (In)Justice" by Dr. Sinan Antoon
  
The Center for Arab Studies and the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History at the University of Houston held the inaugural lecture of the Michael and Hoda Kardoush Lecture Series on November 20, 2019, at the University of Houston. The speaker was Dr. Sinan Antoon and the topic was "Iraq Afterwards: Epistemic Violence and Poetic (In)Justice."
   
Today on Arab Voices, we will air that lecture in its entirety.
   
Sinan Antoon is an Iraqi-born poet, novelist, scholar, and translator. He studied at Baghdad, Georgetown, and Harvard. He has published two collections of poetry and four novels. His most recent work is The Book of Collateral Damage (Yale University Press, 2019). His literary works have been translated to fourteen languages. His translations include In the Presence of Absence by Mahmoud Darwish, which won the American Literary Translators Association Prize. Antoon’s translation of his own novel, The Corpse Washer, won the 2014 Saif Ghobash Prize for Literary Translation. His scholarly works include The Poetics of the Obscene: Ibn al-Hajjaj and Sukhf (Palgrave, 2014) and articles on the poetry of Mahmoud, Darwish, Sargon Boulus, and Saadi Youssef. His op-eds have appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times and many pan-Arab newspapers and journals. In 2003 Antoon returned to his native Baghdad to co-produce About Baghdad, a documentary about the lives of Iraqis under occupation. He is co-founder and co-editor of Jadaliyya and associate professor at New York University.

   
             

 
          

Date:

December 11, 2019

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, for a special "Execution Watch" live coverage of the planned Texas execution of Travis Runnels.
  
Our next show will be on Wednesday, December 18, 2019.
   
             

 
          

Date:

December 4, 2019

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Remarks of Human Rights Watch Omar Shakir and Kenneth Roth after Israel's Expulsion of Shakir
 
We will listen today to the remarks of Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch, and Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, one of the world's leading international human rights organizations, which operates in more than 90 countries. They spoke at a press conference last week, after Israel expelled Omar Shakir and revoked his visa.
   
Human Rights Watch vowed to keep documenting abuses despite the Israeli government’s expulsion.
       

   
 

2nd Segment: Live discussion with Deya' Leonard Dresner & Yazan Meqbil about LE•O and the Educational Opportunities for under-privileged Palestinian Youth.
 
Deya' Leonard Dresner

Founder and Executive Director of LE•O, Leonard Education Organization. She has several years of experience managing key elements of international programs focused on educational opportunities for under-privileged Palestinian youth. She served as Director of Donor Relations for AMIDEAST and as the Director of Development and Student Relations for The Hope Fund. Her strong relationship, program and team-building skills include internship programs, mentoring partners for students, graduate school and job placement support, and most recently Friends of LE•O support groups in the students’ countries of residence. Deya’ has worked closely with over 30 colleges and universities to create sustainable programs to ensure a student’s success in future leadership roles and fulfill their true potential.
  
Yazan Meqbil
Molecular Biologist/Biochemist with a B.A. in Molecular Biology/Biochemistry from Goshen College in Goshen, IN. He attended Goshen College as a LE.O scholar. Throughout his time at Goshen, Mqebil developed an interest in drug discovery which influenced his pursuit of a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology with the focus on Neuropharmacology. Meqbil grew up in the town of Beit Ommar in the West Bank, occupied Palestine, where he graduated from high school. In Beit Ommar, Meqbil started the Local Committee for Youth-Beit Ommar, an effort aimed to create the space and resources for students aged 10-15 for extracurricular and educational activities. Meqbil hopes to use his scientific expertise to transform scientific and pharmaceutical research in Palestine. As of December 2019, Meqbil is a graduate student at Purdue University in the Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology Ph.D program.

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 27, 2019

     
Topic/
Guest:

“A Lebanese October Revolution: Reclaiming Public Spaces, Rejecting Patriarchy, and Demanding Social Justice” by Dr. Sana Tannoury-Karam
  
The Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History at the University of Houston hosted Dr. Sana Tannoury-Karam on November 12, 2019, for a talk titled “A Lebanese October Revolution: Reclaiming Public Spaces, Rejecting Patriarchy, and Demanding Social Justice”.
  
Today on Arab Voices, we will air that lecture in its entirety.
  
Dr. Sana Tannoury-Karam is a historian of the modern Middle East, writing on the intellectual and social history of the Left in the Levant during the Mandate period. She is an Early Career Fellow at the Arab Council for the Social Sciences and a lecturer in the Humanities Department at the Lebanese American University. Most recently, she had completed a post-doctoral fellowship in History at Rice University. She is currently working on her book Red Flags in the Streets of Beirut: An Intellectual and Cultural History of the Lebanese Left, 1920-1948. Dr. Tannoury-Karam, currently residing in Lebanon, and is an activist in the ongoing Lebanese uprising. She is a member of the Coalition of Independent University Professors and an organizing member of the Coalition of Independent Professionals, organizations that have been formed during the October revolution.

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 20, 2019

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Mohamed Mohamed
Executive Director of The Jerusalem Fund and The Palestine Center. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas, where he majored in Political Science and completed his senior thesis on statelessness and its practical implications on Palestinians living in the refugee camps of Lebanon. He also earned an M.A. in International Relations and an M.S. in International Political Economy from the University of Texas at Dallas. He has written articles about Palestine issues that have been featured on Mondoweiss, Electronic Intifada, and others. Prior to joining The Jerusalem Fund, Mohamed campaigned and worked for a Palestinian-American city councilman and mayoral candidate in the city of Richardson, Texas.
 
We will speak live with Mohamed about the ongoing Israeli occupation and recent escalation of attacks on Gaza, and the US announcement that Israeli settlements are no longer considered a violation of international law.
  

   
 

2nd Segment: Raed Jarrar
Iraqi-American political activist and blogger. He is the Executive Director for MENA at the Delahunt Group. Since his immigration to the U.S. in 2005, he has worked on political and cultural issues pertaining to U.S. engagement in the Arab and Muslim worlds. He is widely recognized as an expert on political, social, and economic developments in the Middle East. He has testified in numerous Congressional hearings and briefings, and he is also a frequent guest on national and international media outlets in both Arabic and English.
  
We will speak live with Raed Jarrar about the ongoing protests and situation in Iraq, where more than 330 Iraqis were killed and more than 15,000 were wounded over the past three months.

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 13, 2019

     
  Due to technical issues at KPFT Studios, we were unable to broadcast as normal, and ended up re-airing the October 23, 2019 program. 
 
Our next show will be on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.
   
             

 
          

Date:

November 6, 2019

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, for a special "Execution Watch" live coverage of the planned Texas execution of Justen Hall.
  
Our next show will be on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.
   
             

 
          

Date:

October 30, 2019

     
Topic:

ACC's Annual Unity & Friendship Gala
The Arab American Cultural and Community Center (ACC) in Houston held its 24th Annual Unity and Friendship Gala on October 19, 2019, and it highlighted Iraq, The Dawn of Civilization. The Gala Chairs were Mrs. Luna Madi and Dr. Ghaidaa Makki. The Mistress of Ceremonies was Sally Mamdooh, award-winning reporter at KPRC-TV.
       
The ACC honorees were Dr. Issam Raad (2019 ACC Lifetime Achievement Award), Mrs. Wafa Abdin (2019 ACC Outstanding Community Service Award), and The Khudairi Group (2019 ACC Business Service Award).
    
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to some of the remarks delivered at the Gala, including the remarks of
Dr. Mahmoud Rabie, ACC President, Mrs. Luna Madi & Dr. Ghaidaa Makki, Gala Chairs, Dr. Ali Al Ameri, President of the Iraqi American Society in Houston, with a tribute to Iraq, Dr. Jamal Zahalka, former member of the Knesset (introduced by Alaa Aburahmeh), Dr. Issam Raad (introduced by Dr. Kamal Khalil), Mrs. Wafa Abdin (introduced by Saleh Al-Mohtaseb), and Mr. Aziz Khudairi (introduced be Subhi Khudairi).

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 23, 2019

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Ruth Ann Skaff
Ruth Ann Skaff serves on the organizing committee for the National Arab Orchestra’s first ever Houston performance that will be held in Houston on November 16, 2019. She also serves on the board of The Arab-American Educational Foundation. Previously, Ruth Ann has worked for a number of Arab American organizations including the ADC, AAI, ALSAC-St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Arab American National Museum.
   
Ruth Ann grew up in Houston. Her grandparents immigrated to the United States in the 1880s from the Ottoman province of Greater Syria. Their ancestral villages are in Lebanon. She grew up in the heart of the Arab American community and developed a great love and appreciation for her rich cultural heritage.
       
We will speak with Ruth Ann about the National Arab Orchestra, and the upcoming performance in Houston featuring Abeer Nehme and the Houston Youth Arabic Choir, sponsored by several Houston Arab organizations.
      

   
 

2nd Segment: Maya Mikdashi
Assistant Professor at the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and a lecturer in the program in Middle East Studies at Rutgers University. She is currently completing a book manuscript that examines the war on terror, sexual difference, secularism, and state power in the contemporary Middle East from the vantage point of Lebanon. Maya received her PhD from Columbia University's Department of Anthropology. She is Co-Director of the award-winning documentary film About Baghdad, and assistant director of Arabs and Terrorism documentary series. She is Co-Founder and Co-Editor of Jadaliyya, an independent ezine produced by the Arab Studies Institute. She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes, in addition to online platforms.
        
We will speak with Maya about the unprecedented protests in Lebanon where millions of all ages have been demonstrating across Lebanon for the past week and from across all religious and political groups. They are protesting against government corruption, lack of services, tax hikes, dire economic conditions, depressing electricity supply, austerity, and much more.

   
              
   

 
  
 
   

 

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