Arab Voices Archives for 2020 (click on the date to listen to any of the shows)

 
          

Date:

April 1, 2020

     
Topics:

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

   
 

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

   
 

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

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 25, 2020   (previously aired program)

     
Topic:

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 18, 2020   (previously aired program)

     
Topic:

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 11, 2020

     
Topics/
Guests:

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

    
 

   
 

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

March 4, 2020

     
Topic:

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 26, 2020

     
Topic:

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 19, 2020

     
Topic:

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 12, 2020

     
Topic:

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

February 5, 2020

     
Topic:

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


 Winter Fund Drive

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 29, 2020

     
Guest/
Topic:

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

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


 Winter Fund Drive

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 22, 2020

     
Guests/
Topics:

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

  

   
 

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

  

   
 

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 15, 2020

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

 
          

Date:

January 8, 2020

     
Guests/
Topics:

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

   
 

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

   
             

 
          

Date:

January 1, 2020

     
Topics/
Guests:

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

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