Arab Voices Archives for 2019 (click on the date to listen to any of the shows)

 
          

Date:

March 20, 2019

     
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1st Segment: 5th Annual Lebanese Festival
A live conversation with members of the Lebanese Festival Committee, about the 5th Annual Lebanese Festival that will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24 at Constellation Field, in Sugar Land, Texas, organized by the American Lebanese Cultural Center in Houston.
 
There will be delicious food, nonstop dancing, and activities for the whole family which include a NEW bazaar this year named "Made in Lebanon" that will bring a range of authentic Lebanese products and brands to you! ALCC will also sponsor a Walk for Hope during the festival weekend and contribute a portion of festival entrance proceeds to benefit the Children's Cancer Center of Lebanon, an affiliated hospital of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

 
          

   
 

2nd Segment: New Zealand Terrorist Attack
We will talk about the terrorist attack that killed 50 Muslims and injured 50 others at two mosques in New Zealand on March 15, 2019. We will listen to the reaction and remarks of Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand Prime Minister, and Waleed Aly, an Australian Muslim, writer, academic, lawyer, media presenter and musician, co-host of Network Ten's news and current affairs television program "The Project", who lives in New Zealand. We will also listen to the remarks of Nihad Awad, National Executive Director and co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest non-profit Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, and the remarks of Sylvester Turner, Mayor of the City of Houston.
      

   
 

3rd Segment: AAEF Center for Arab Studies at University of Houston
The Arab-American Educational Foundation (AAEF) in Houston signed an agreement with the University of Houston, a Tier One Research Institution, on March 7, 2019, to launch a center for Arab studies at UH with a million dollar endowment. It was another historic milestone reached by the AAEF Board of Directors, led by Dr. Aziz Shaibani, AAEF President. The AAEF announced right after the agreement was signed (which stipulated that the million dollar be paid over three years), that it actually raised the money and was ready to transfer it to the university the following week.
 
In 2011, the AAEF initiated an endowment campaign and successfully raised one million dollar to establish a Chair of Modern Arab History at the University of Houston, a position held by Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti since 2015. In 1995, the AAEF raised another one million dollar to establishment a Chair in Arab Studies at Rice University, a position held by Dr. Ussama Makdisi since 1997. The next phase would be for the AAEF to raise a million dollar to have its name given to the center.
     
Today on the show, we will listen to some of the remarks shared by some of the attendees at the celebration launch event held on March 7, 2019 at Mr. Nijad and Mrs. Zeina Fares' house where the agreement was signed. We will listen to the remarks of
Mr. Nijad Fares, Dr. Renu Khator, Chancellor of the University of Houston System and President of the University of Houston, Mr. Farouk Shami, who donated half a million dollars for the new center, and Dr. Aziz Shaibani, President of the Arab-American Educational Foundation.
       

   
 

4th Segment: Dr. Nadia Abuelezam
Creator, Producer, and Host of Palestinians Podcast. She is Palestinian-American, and is a public health researcher and professor interested in domestic and international health disparities. She is an accomplished teacher and storyteller with a passion for the craft of storytelling and narrative. She values storytelling and its impact in building community and creating unity within the Palestinian diaspora. Dr. Abuelezam has performed stories on stages across the United States.
 
We will speak with Dr. Abuelezam about the Palestinians Podcast, and her upcoming visit to Houston to conduct the Palestinian Narrative Training Program to be held at the University of Houston on March 30-31, 2019.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 13, 2019

     
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1st Segment: Alex McDonald
Founder of Texas Coalition for Human Rights. He is an Internet marketer and business consultant based in Houston, Texas. Alex just returned last week from a 10-day visit to Iran as part of a 28 person peace delegation organized by Code Pink, a women-led peace and human rights organization. In 2018, Alex was part of the ground crew for the 2018 Freedom Flotilla for the Norwegian fishing boat Al Awda (The Return) in La Rochelle, France and was a crew member for one week in Northern France onboard the Mairead. In 2017, Alex McDonald visited occupied Palestine and Israel with an interfaith peace group, and has been very concerned about the active role the U.S. has in oppressing the Palestinian people and supporting the violation of human rights.
  
We will speak with Alex about his visit to Iran and what he witnessed there, the impact of the U.S. sanctions on the Iranian people, the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement (JCPOA), and his talk with the Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, and others.
 
         

   
 

2nd Segment: Abed A. Ayoub
National Legal & Policy Director of the American-Arab Anti- Discrimination Committee (ADC), the largest Arab American civil rights organization in the U.S. Through his position, Ayoub works to address issues impacting Arabs and Muslims in the United States, including discrimination, hate crimes, and profiling. Ayoub also works to enhance the community’s economic empowerment and access to education. Ayoub also represents the Arab and Muslim community on Capitol Hill, working regularly with members of Congress. He regularly appears as a community voice/contributor on national and international news outlets. Ayoub is a native of Dearborn, Michigan, which is home to the largest concentration of Arab Americans. Before joining ADC, Ayoub was in private practice in Michigan, specializing in immigration and criminal law. Outside of ADC, he works with a number of organizations on interfaith projects and has participated in numerous diversity training programs throughout the country.
  
We will speak with Abed Ayoub about the recent/historic resolution voted on condemning Anti-Muslim bigotry, the attacks against speaking truth regarding the Israel Lobby influence on politicians, accusations of anti-semitism against congresswoman Ilhan Omar, media attacks on Arabs, Tucker Carlson’s attack on Iraqi and Arab culture, and more.

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 6, 2019

     
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1st Segment: Dr. Nabeel Shalan
Palestinian American medical doctor, and organizer/promoter of a tour for the "Fozi Mozi & Tutti" Palestinian group in four U.S. cities during the month of April, including Houston.
 
We will speak with Dr. Shalan about the tour that is offering Arab children living in the U.S. the unique opportunity to be part of a children's show in their mother tongue, which will help connect them with their roots and heritage.
 
"Fozi Mozi & Tutti" group is coming from Palestine, and has performed live shows in different countries including Palestine, other Arab countries, and Europe. It is a performance group oriented toward children all over the world. Their programs on YouTube have been dubbed in multiple languages. "Fozi Mozi & Tutti" play the role of two mischievous children, who along with their smart little sister Mandalina, learn as they navigate through daily life. Their fun-filled programs and live shows include plenty of songs and sketches that combine educational value with entertainment.
 
The Houston performance (presented in Arabic) will be held on April 4, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Cullen Theater at the Wortham Center.
         

   
 

2nd Segment: Dr. Hatem Bazian
Teaching Professor in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and he is also Provost, Co-Founder and Professor at Zaytuna College, the 1st Accredited Muslim Liberal Arts College in the United States. Dr. Bazian is an adviser to the Religion, Politics, and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley. In 2009, he founded the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at UC Berkeley, Editor-in-Chief of the Islamophobia Studies Journal and Founder and Director of the International Islamophobia Studies Consortium. Dr. Bazian is on the board of several organizations, including the Islamic Scholarship Fund, Muslim Legal Fund of America and Muslim Americans for Palestine, for which he is also the founding president. Dr. Bazian publishes articles and papers frequently, and he is author of several books, including "Annotations on Race, Colonialism, Islamophobia, Islam and Palestine", and "Palestine: ...it is something colonial".
  
We will speak with Dr. Bazian about the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestine, the newly released report by the U.N. on Israeli crimes and the efforts to silence critics, the mounting criticism and accusations of anti-semitism against congresswoman Ilhan Omar, and more.
 
Dr. Hatem Bazian was profiled last week in a newly published New Yorker piece “How a Private Israeli Intelligence Firm Spied on Pro-Palestinian Activists in the U.S.

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 27, 2019

     
Topic: Arab Voices Needs Your Support
   
   
KPFT continues its Winter Fund Drive, and Arab Voices Needs Your Support to raise $2,150. We are offering several "Thank-You" Gifts during this drive, including:

"Roadmap To Apartheid" documentary DVD narrated by Alice Walker - NEW offering by Arab Voices - We will air portions of this documentary on the show today.
 
"This is Our Constitution" Book by Khaizr Khan - NEW offering by Arab Voices
  
"An American Family" Book by Khaizr Khan - NEW offering by Arab Voices
   
"The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel's Public Relations War in The United States" DVD We will air portions of this documentary on the show today.
   
"National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism" book by Melvin Goodman
 
"Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider’s Account of the Politics of Intelligence" book by Melvin Goodman
 
"Ralph Nader: Empowering People in the Trump Era" DVD
 
"All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone" DVD
 
Please call 713-526-5738 between 6 pm and 7 pm central time TODAY 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.
      
      


 Winter Fund Drive

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 20, 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.
  
      


 Winter Fund Drive

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 13, 2019

     
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1st Segment: Taher Herzallah
Associate Director of Outreach & Community Organizing for American Muslims for Palestine. He is one of the 'Irvine 11,' a group of students who were arrested and prosecuted for expressing their constitutionally protected rights of free speech and political dissent when they walked out of a speech given by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren at UC Irvine in 2010. Mr. Herzallah was also one of six people arrested for protesting the appointment of David Friedman as US ambassador to Israel at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in February 2017. He has had articles published in various media outlets including the Orange County Register and Al Jazeera English. He has been featured on several media and radio interviews throughout the US and internationally. Taher Herzallah studied Political Science and International Affairs at UC Riverside.
  
We will speak live with Taher Herzallah about American Muslims for Palestine organization, and the work it does, including the upcoming Palestine Advocacy Day & Training scheduled to be held April 5-8, 2019, in Washington, D.C. We will also talk about the attempts to suppress free speech on college campuses, and the recent attacks against Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib.
     

   
 

2nd Segment: Hanan Awad
Palestinian American living in Edmond, Oklahoma, USA. Hanan is an established street photographer. She held multiple photo galleries in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and the United States. She received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, NJ in Middle Eastern Studies, Film-making certificate from New York Film Academy and her Masters in double major focusing on Latin America and the Middle East at the University of Central Oklahoma. Her many visits to Palestine got her interested in the forced displacement of the Jahalin Bedouins, a concept that now stands as the main emphasis of her research.

 
We will speak live with Hanan Awad about the Palestinian Bedouins in occupied Palestine and what she witnessed when she visited several of their villages. We will talk about the ongoing Israeli ethnic cleansing, destruction and displacement of the Bedouin villages in Palestine including Khan Al-Ahmar, Israel’s “Judaisation” plan, and laws it passes against the Palestinian Bedouins, Israel's colonial demographic policies, and more.

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 6, 2019

     
Topic:

CAIR-Houston's Annual Banquet: "Faith Led, Justice Driven"
The Council on American-Islamic Relations Texas (Houston Chapter) held its 17th Annual Banquet on December 9, 2018, in Houston under the theme "Faith Led, Justice Driven". Several local community members, faith leaders, and elected officials attended the event that featured an awards ceremony recognizing several individuals. It was a celebration and review of CAIR-Houston's achievements and it also highlighted how to work together to protect civil rights and share a positive message about Islam and Muslims.
    
There were several remarks delivered at the event, and today we will listen to some of them, including those of
Mohammed Nasrullah, CAIR-Houston President and Board Chairman; Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee; and Linda Sarsour, award-winning racial and civil rights activist, community organizer, and former Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPOWER Change.

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 30, 2019

     
  Arab Voices was preempted on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, for a special "Execution Watch" live coverage of the planned Texas execution of Robert Jennings.
  
Our next show will be on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.
   
             

 
          

Date:

January 23, 2019

     
Topics:

1st Segment: “Houstonians Views on Muslim Americans” by Robert L. McKenzie
Robert L. McKenzie is a Senior fellow at New America and director of its Muslim Diaspora Initiative. He is a domestic and foreign policy analyst and scholar of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), with fifteen years of applied research and work experience for the U.S. government, private sector, and academia. An anthropologist by training, McKenzie is an expert in displaced persons, refugee resettlement and integration, and Arab and Muslim communities in the United States and Europe. McKenzie is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and he has been a lecturer at Wayne State University (Detroit), a researcher at the American University in Cairo, and a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford. In his latest book project McKenzie explores humanitarian assistance and policy solutions to protracted refugee situations in the Middle East.
 
We will speak live with Dr. McKenzie about the newly released results of a recent study entitled, “Houstonians Views on Muslim Americans”, co-sponsored by Wasat Institute and New America. This local study, as part of a larger national study, breaks down the “whys” at the heart of misunderstandings about Muslims in America. We will talk with Dr. McKenzie about the key findings from this study.
           

   
 

2nd Segment: "Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice"
Making Contact, an award-winning weekly magazine/documentary-style public affairs program heard on 140 radio stations in the USA, Canada, South Africa and Ireland, produced a new edition titled “Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice”. In this edition, Making Contact speaks with author Paul Kivel about his book, Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice. This book offers a framework for understanding institutional racism. It provides practical suggestions, tools, examples, and advice on how white people can intervene in interpersonal and organizational situations to work as allies for racial justice. Completely revised and updated, this expanded third edition directly engages the reader through questions, exercises, and suggestions for action, and takes a detailed look at current issues such as affirmative action, immigration, and health care. It also includes a wealth of information about specific cultural groups such as Muslims, people with mixed-heritage, Native Americans, Jews, recent immigrants, Asian Americans, and Latinos.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice” edition by Making Contact.
 

Paul Kivel is an award-winning author and an accomplished trainer and speaker. He has been a social justice activist, a nationally and internationally recognized anti-racism educator, and an innovative leader in violence prevention for over forty years.

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 16, 2019

     
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:

January 9, 2019

     
Topic:

The Realities of Jerusalem Today
 
Today on Arab Voices we will air the remarks delivered at "The Realities of Jerusalem Today" panel held on October 11, 2018, at the Houston Jerusalem Conference entitled "JERUSALEM: WHAT MAKES FOR PEACE?", organized by Bright Stars of Bethlehem. There were three speakers at that panel:
 
Osama Qawasmeh
Member of the Palestinian National Council
 
Tarek Abuata
Executive Director of Friends of Sabeel North America. He previously worked as the coordinator of the Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron
 
Majed Bamya
Political Coordinator and Legal Adviser for the Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine to the United Nations in New York, and Head of the International law and Treaties Department at the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 2, 2019

     
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1st Segment: Daniel McAdams (re-airing last week's HD2 channel interview on the FM radio)
   

Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. He served as the foreign affairs, civil liberties, and defense policy advisor to U.S. Congressman Ron Paul, MD (R-Texas) from 2001 until Dr. Paul’s retirement at the end of 2012. From 1993-1999 he worked as a journalist based in Budapest, Hungary, and traveled through the former communist bloc as a human rights monitor and election observer.
  
We will speak live with Daniel about Syria, Israel's missile attack on Syria on Christmas day, President Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, will the U.S. actually get out of Syria, what does that mean to Syria and the region, and more.
    

   
 

2nd Segment: Dr. Shireen Al-Adeimi (re-airing June 2018 interview)
   

A Harvard University graduate who will soon begin a position as an assistant professor of education at Michigan State University. Having lived through two civil wars in her country of birth, Yemen, she has played an active role in raising awareness about the U.S.-supported, Saudi-led war on Yemen since 2015. Through her work, she aims to encourage political action among fellow Americans to bring about an end to the U.S. intervention in Yemen.
  
We will speak live with Dr. Al-Adeimi about the catastrophic and dire situation in Yemen as a result of the U.S.-supported Saudi-led war on Yemen, the refugee crisis this war has created (today, June 20 is World Refugee Day), and the recent deadly attack on Yemen’s port city of Al-Hudaydah.