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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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Date:

July 8, 2020

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, for a special "Execution Watch" live coverage of the planned Texas execution of Billy Wardlow.
   
Our next show will be on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.
   
             

 
          

Date:

July 1, 2020

     
Topic:

Israel's Annexation Plan for the Occupied West Bank
  
Today on Arab Voices, we will talk about the Israeli annexation plan of 30% of the occupied West Bank in occupied Palestine. We will read a strong letter sent by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and signed by 13 members of the U.S. Congress, to Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State, asking him to take the necessary action needed to reverse Israel’s plan for annexation, and also promises in the letter to “pursue legislation that conditions the $3.8 billion in U.S. military funding to Israel to ensure that U.S. taxpayers are not supporting annexation in any way”.
 
We will also
share the reaction of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet on the annexation plan, and listen to a few remarks delivered at the United Nations Security Council and at a special United Nations forum on “the Question of Palestine: Threats of Annexation and the Prospects for Peace” by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, Member of the PLO Executive Committee, Dr. Riyad Mansour, Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Riyad Al-Maliki, Palestinian Foreign Minister, and Alvin Botes, South Africa’s Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.

   
             

 
          

Date:

June 24, 2020

     
Topic:

It’s easy to say Black Lives Matter
  
The Electronic Intifada released a new podcast titled “It’s easy to say Black Lives Matter”. It is a discussion on Black-Palestinian solidarity in the context of the current US uprisings against police violence, and what it means to internationalize liberation struggles. It features Kristian Davis Bailey, co-founder of Black for Palestine, and Ajamu Baraka, scholar, writer, former Green Party vice presidential candidate, an editor with Black Agenda Report, and the national organizer for The Black Alliance for Peace. Also in this podcast, Nora Barrows-Friedman and Asa Winstanley, co-hosts of the Electronic Intifada Podcast, discuss this global moment with revolutionary potential, and some of their recent articles.
   

Today on Arab Voices, we will air “
It’s easy to say Black Lives Matter" podcast by the Electronic Intifada.

   
             

 
          

Date:

June 17, 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, and was held on October 8, 2018.
   
Today on Arab Voices, 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, 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, holder of 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:

June 10, 2020

     
Topics:

1st Segment: Arab & Muslim American Organizations' Response to George Floyd's Murder
  
On June 9, 2020, George Floyd was laid to rest in Houston, Texas. Floyd was a 46-year-old Black-American man who was killed on May 25, 2020, by a Minneapolis police officer, while he was handcuffed and lying face down on a city street. Floyd's murder has caused outrage and protests across the world.
 
Several Arab-American and Muslim-American organizations, as well as many individuals from the community participated at several rallies and protests held last week in Houston, and also attended the public viewing and funeral of George Floyd. Numerous organizations from across the world issued strong statements condemning the murder of George Floyd, including several national Arab-American and Muslim-American organizations.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will talk about the Arab-American and Muslim-American response to the murder of George Floyd, and share statements issued in this regard by the Arab American Cultural and Community Center (ACC Houston), the Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH), the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston), the Palestinian American Cultural Center (PACC-Houston), Birzeit Society (Houston Chapter), Students for Justice in Palestine (Houston Chapter), and the Palestinian Youth Movement (Houston Chapter).
 
We will also talk about the knee-over-neck tactic used by the Police, where did that come from, what kind of training provides that, and how thousands of police officers from different cities in the U.S., including Minneapolis, are being trained by Israel (a topic that will be discussed in more details on a future show)!
 

   
 

2nd Segment: Joe Meadors
  

This week, marks the 53rd anniversary of the deadly Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, a signal intelligence platform ship, in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea when it was brutally attacked on June 8, 1967, by Israel, despite the fact that Israel knew it was a United Stated communications ship! The attack by the Israeli fighter jets and torpedo boats killed 34 U.S. servicemen and injured 174 others. Joe Meadors was a U.S. Navy Signalman on the USS Liberty when it was attacked by Israel in 1967.
 
Next month, July 2020, marks the 2nd anniversary of the Israeli attack on Al-Awda ship, one of four 2018 Gaza Freedom Flotilla ships that were carrying urgently needed medical supplies to Gaza, when Israel intercepted the ship in international waters on July 29, 2018, about 40 miles off the coast of Gaza, beat the captain and threatened to kill him, repeatedly tasered several crew members and delegates and severely injuring some! A medical doctor, Dr. Swee Ang, who was also on board Al-Awda ship was attacked on the head and body and ended up with two broken ribs! Israel then hijacked Al-Awda boat and kidnapped everyone on board including Joe Meadors, who was the U.S. delegate on the 2018 Gaza Freedom Flotilla. Israel illegally detained and jailed Joe Meadors for several days before deporting him to the United States.
    
Today on Arab Voices, we will air an interview we conducted previously with Joe Meadors detailing both attacks, what he witnessed, and how the White House intervened and ordered U.S. fighter jets that were racing to the rescue of the USS Liberty in 1967 (after the Sixth Fleet aircraft carrier USS Saratoga received a distress message from the USS Liberty) not to intercept the attack on the USS Liberty, and retreat!

   
             

 
          

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.

   
             
   

 
  
 
   

 

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