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Over 1,000 expert guests have appeared on the show from around the globe since 2002, including:

 

     

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:

 Wednesday, January 29, 2020
   

Time:

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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.

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 16, 2019

     
Topic: Arab Voices Needs Your Support
   
   
KPFT continues its Fall Fund Drive, and Arab Voices Needs Your Support. We are offering the following "Thank-You Gift" during this drive at the $100 pledge level:
    
"The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel's Public Relations War in The United States" DVD
    
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to portions of an interview we conducted previously with Professor Sut Jhally, executive producer of the film and also listen to portions of this film documentary/DVD.
 
About the Film: Israel's ongoing military occupation of Palestinian te
rritory and its repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world — except the United States. "The Occupation of the American Mind" takes an eye-opening look at this critical exception, zeroing in on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S. Narrated by Roger Waters and featuring leading observers of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, the film explores how the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel's favor. The Occupation of the American Mind provides a sweeping analysis of Israel's decades-long battle for the hearts, minds, and tax dollars of the American people — a battle that has only intensified over the past few years in the face of widening international condemnation of Israel's increasingly right-wing policies.
     

Please call 713-526-5738 between 6 pm and 7 pm central time on Wednesday and support your commercial-free community radio station. You can also send email to info@ArabVoices.net with your name and the amount you'd like to pledge.
    
Thank you.
 
      


 Fall Fund Drive

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 9, 2019

     
Topic:

Re-Airing Portions of Previous Interviews with Melvin Goodman
Melvin Goodman is Director of the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy in Washington, DC, and a professor of government at Johns Hopkins University. He was an analyst at the CIA for 24 years; a former analyst at the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research; and author of several books on international security, including "National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism" and "Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA". His latest book is "Whistleblower at the CIA". Goodman helped draft the report that described Israel’s attack against Egypt on the morning of June 5, 1967.Last year, he published the piece The Six Day War and Israeli Lies: What I Saw at the CIA. Goodman has written numerous articles and op-eds over the years, appeared on various media outlets, and has lectured all over the country. He is also the national security columnist for counterpunch.org.
  
      
Because KPFT is currently in Fall Fund Drive, Arab Voices is offering the following books as a "Thank-You" Gift during this drive:
 
  • "National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism" book by Melvin Goodman - $100
  • "Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider’s Account of the Politics of Intelligence" book by Melvin Goodman - $100
  • Both Books by Melvin Goodman - $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.
 


 Fall Fund Drive

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 2, 2019

     
Guests/
Topics:

1st Segment: Ellen Siegel
Jewish American nurse, a longtime peace activist who has been a strong voice for justice for Palestinians for decades. Ellen serves on the advisory board of the American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), and works closely with the National Institution of Social Care and Vocational training known as Beit Atfal Assumoud (Lebanese NGO). Ellen Siegel was working in Gaza Hospital inside Sabra refugee camp in Lebanon during the Israeli massacre in Sabra & Shatila in September 1982 and witnessed the killing of thousands of Palestinian men, women, children and elderly, and testified before the Israeli Kahan Commission of Inquiry. Ellen returned to Lebanon each year after the massacre to participate in the commemorations.
   
We will speak with Ellen Siegel about the work she did in Lebanon as a nurse inside a Palestinian refugee camp; her eyewitness account of the Israeli massacre in Sabra & Shatila 37 years ago in Lebanon; the situation inside Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, and more.
   

   
Topic:

2nd Segment: Jehan Hakim
Chair of the Yemeni Alliance Committee, which advocates for ending the US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen by raising awareness and pushing legislation. Previously, she served as the Community Advocate with Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus to support communities through educational programs, community organizing initiatives and empowerment and advocacy, and also served with the American Association of Yemeni Students and Professionals. Jehan is a Yemeni American based in California.
      
We will speak with Jehan Hakim about the crisis in Yemen as a result of the U.S.-supported Saudi-led war on Yemen, the current situation inside Yemen, efforts to stop the war, and what people can do to help end U.S. support for this war.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 25, 2019

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, for a special "Execution Watch" live coverage of the planned Texas execution of Robert Sparks.
  
Our next show will be on Wednesday, October 2, 2019.
   
             

 
          

Date:

September 18, 2019

     
Topic:

PACC Gala with Keynote Speaker Saree Makdisi
    
The Palestinian American Cultural Center (PACC), held its 10th Anniversary Gala on September 14, 2019, in Houston, to celebrate its achievements and accomplishments over the years, and in appreciation of the organization’s sponsors and donors. The gala was held under the theme “Strengthening the community through unity”. over the years. The Gala was held under the theme “Strengthening the community through unity”.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will air the remarks delivered at the Gala, including the keynote address on Palestine delivered by Saree Makdisi, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UCLA, and author of Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation, who was introduced by Abdel Razzaq Takriti, Associate Professor and Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History at the University of Houston. We will also listen to the remarks of Tarek Abuata, Executive Director of Friends of Sabeel North America, the recipient of this year’s Abu-Obaida Community Service Award, and the remarks of Abbas Yaacoubi, PACC board member, past president and one of its founders, Dr. Waleed Faris, PACC President, Muhammad Nabulsi, PACC board member, and Kareem El-Sadi with PACC.
 
The Gala was an amazing event, with nearly 400 people in attendance. The Gala chair was Muna Saqer, co-chair was Luna Madi, and the Mistress of Ceremonies was Nuzha Petro. In addition to the remarkable speakers, the Gala featured Palestinian folkloric performance by Alawdah Dabkeh School members, live traditional Palestinian music played by the talented brothers Muhammad and Hamzah Saadah, and an amazing national anthem and Mawtini performance by Muna Khalidi while Muhammad Saadah was playing the Oud. The gala also featured silent auction, authentic centerpieces of Palestinian clay water jars, a display of traditional Palestinian embroidered dresses, and entertainment by Jabour and Band.
 
One of the highlights of this year’s Gala, was the photo gallery with incredible pictures and powerful Photo Essays by Palestinian American established Photographer, Hanan Awad, narrating stories about Palestine with a series of photographs she took herself when she was in Palestine. Each photo essay tells a story of how occupation destroys identity and land. Hanan Awad is based in Edmond, Oklahoma, and has held multiple photo exhibitions in the U.S., Dubai, and Abu Dhabi.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 11, 2019

     
Guests/
Topics:
 

1st Segment: "How the VCHR is Preventing Israel Affinity Organizations from Politicizing K-12 Textbooks" by Kathy Drinkard
   
We will air today the remarks of Kathy Drinkard on the topic "How the VCHR is Preventing Israel Affinity Organizations from Politicizing K-12 Textbooks". Kathy Drinkard is chair of the Ministry for Middle East Peace and Justice at Grace Presbyterian Church in Springfield, VA, and a retired teacher and elementary school counselor. She’s long been concerned about the suffering in the Palestinian territories, and has been involved with her church on the issue for more than a decade. She’s traveled to the region four times, most recently Fall 2018, a trip she helped plan. During her second trip, she spent 10 days in Nablus visiting an Anglican congregation which is in partnership with her church. Her third trip was to participate in the seminar “Faith in the Face of Empire,” sponsored by Rev. Mitri Raheb and Bright Stars of Bethlehem.
       
Drinkard delivered those remarks at The Israel Lobby and American Policy Conference held on March 22, 2019 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
         

   
 

2nd Segment: Sam Husseini on the Iraq War Lies Exposed in the New Film "Official Secrets"
  

Sam Husseini is a senior analyst and director of communications with the Institute for Public Accuracy. He has written widely on politics, foreign affairs, public policy, media, and culture. His writing is regularly published by Consortium News, CounterPunch, TruthDig and other outlets. He’s a contributing writer with The Nation and has been published in the Washington Post, USA Today and other large circulation print outlets. He’s appeared on CNN, “Good Morning America,” MSNBC and FNC as well as many independent outlets. Prior to joining IPA, Husseini was media director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. He founded The Washington Stakeout and VotePact.org.
      
We will speak live with Sam Husseini about the Iraq war lies exposed in the new film "Official Secrets" that opened nationally this week including in Houston, and described by Sam Husseini as the "Tip of Mammoth Iceberg".
 
"Official Secrets" is a remarkably accurate Hollywood account of how British spy Katharine Gun (played by Keira Knightley) attempted to stop the invasion of Iraq by exposing a top secret NSA document proving the U.S. and British governments were spying on other UN members to bully and blackmail their way to a UN authorization for war.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 4, 2019

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, for a special "Execution Watch" live coverage of the planned Texas execution of Billy Crutsinger.
  
Our next show will be on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.
   
             

 
          

Date:

August 28, 2019

     
Guests/
Topics:
1st Segment: Dennis Johnson
 
Deputy Regional Director of the U.S. 2020 Census. We will speak live with Dennis about the upcoming 2020 Census, its importance, who will be counted, changes/what's new to the 2020 Census, important dates, 2020 Census jobs, and more.
   
   
 

2nd Segment: Khaled Elgindy
Nonresident senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, and a founding board member of the Egyptian American Rule of Law Association. He previously served as an advisor to the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah on permanent status negotiations with Israel from 2004 to 2009, and was a key participant in the Annapolis negotiations held throughout 2008. He is author of the newly released book "Blind Spot: America and the Palestinians, from Balfour to Trump", and co-author of "The Arab Awakening: America and the Transformation of the Middle East". Prior to that, Elgindy spent nine years in various political and policy-related positions in Washington, D.C., both inside and outside the federal government, including as a professional staff member on the House International Relations Committee in 2002 and as a policy analyst for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom from 2000 to 2002. He served as the political action coordinator for the Arab American Institute from 1998 to 2000 and as Middle East program officer for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs from 1995 to 1997.
    
We will speak live with Khaled Elgindy about his new book "Blind Spot: America and the Palestinians, from Balfour to Trump".

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 21, 2019

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, for a special "Execution Watch" live coverage of the planned Texas execution of Larry Swearingen.
  
Our next show will be on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.
   
             

 
          

Date:

August 14, 2019

     
Topic:

In Memorium: Arab Voices Interview with Former Congressman Paul Findley
 
Former Congressman Paul Findley (R-IL), passed away on August 9, 2019, at the age of 98. He served in the United States Congress for 22 years representing central Illinois.
 
Findley was an advocate for Palestinian rights for nearly half a century, and one of the few who spoke against the Israel lobby in the United States. He was targeted by the Israel lobby and was pushed out of Congress in 1982. Paul Findley was co-founder and chairman emeritus of the Council for the National Interest, and was also a founding director of If Americans Knew.
 
Mr. Findley is the author of the best-selling book They Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel’s Lobby. This was the first book to expose the power of the Israel lobby throughout the United States: in Congress, academia, and the press. He is also the author of Deliberate Deceptions: Facing the Facts About the U.S.-Israeli Relationship, and Silent No More: Confronting America's False Images of Islam.
 
Arab Voices had interviewed Paul Findley live on the program in April 2006 and talked about the Israel lobby in the U.S., the impact of the Israel lobby on the US foreign policy, Zionist Christians, why fewer congresspeople speak out about the Israel lobby, intimidation by the Israel lobby against congresspeople, his book They Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel's Lobby, and more!
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will re-air the interview we conducted with former Congressman Paul Findley.

Because KPFT is currently in Summer Fund Drive, Arab Voices will be offering Congressman Paul Findley's book They Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel's Lobby during the show today as a Thank-You Gift for $100.

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 7, 2019

     
Guests/
Topic:

Ahmad Awad and Astha Sharma Pokharel
  

From Palestine Legal

Students at Fordham University won a landmark legal victory this week when a judge ruled that Fordham University violated its own rules in prohibiting the formation of a Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) club. The Court annulled Fordham’s decision to deny SJP club status, finding it arbitrary and capricious.
  
We will speak live about that with Ahmad Awad, one of the five students who filed the lawsuit in April 2017 against Fordham University, and Astha Sharma Pokharel, one of the attorneys who worked on this case. Astha Sharma Pokharel is a Bertha Justice Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she works on international human rights, corporate accountability, Palestine solidarity, and abusive immigration practices.
 
The students were represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights, Palestine Legal, and cooperating counsel Alan Levine. They have taken on that case and filed the lawsuit on behalf of the five students. This lawsuit is the first major legal win for campus Palestine activists in the US.

   
              

 
  
 
   

 

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