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

 
          

Date:

December 2, 2020

     
Topics/
Guests:

1st Segment: Marc Lamont Hill's UN Remarks
    
We will air today the remarks Dr. Marc Lamont Hill delivered at the United Nations two years ago this week, in
November 2018, at a special meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. One day after his speech at the UN where he called for equal rights for all in historic Palestine, professor Hill was fired from his position as a commentator for CNN.
 

Marc Lamont Hill is an academic, author, activist, and television personality. He is a Professor of Media Studies and Urban Education at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the host of the syndicated television show 
Our World with Black Enterprise and hosts the online Internet-based HuffPost Live. He is also a BET News correspondent, and a former political commentator for CNN and Fox News.
     

   
 

2nd Segment: Dr. Muhammad Sahimi
    
Interview with Dr. Muhammad Sahimi about the assassination of the senior Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and its significance, Israel's role in the assassination (Israel has been targeting and assassinating Iranian and Iraqi scientists for years), was the assassination timed to provoke Iran to retaliate and then use that to launch an attack (by the US and/or Israel) on Iran before Trump departs office, US-Iranian relations now and what to expect under Biden, Iran's options, the current situation in Iran as a result of the economic sanctions, and much more.
   
Dr. Sahimi is a professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. For the past two decades, he has published extensively on Iran's political developments and its nuclear program. He was a founding lead political analyst for the website PBS/Frontline: Tehran Bureau, and has published extensively in major websites and print media. Professor Sahimi is also the editor and publisher of Iran News and Middle East Reports.

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 25, 2020

     
Topics/
Guests:

1st Segment: Ahmed Mansour & Ayah El-Fahmawi
    
Interview with Ahmed Mansour and Ayah El-Fahmawi, two members of the Organizing Committee for the upcoming online global Palestine Writes Literature Festival, scheduled to be held December 2-6, 2020.
 
Ahmed Mansour
Documentary filmmaker who was born and raised in the Gaza Strip, occupied Palestine. He did his Masters at NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, News and Documentary Program. His debut film "Brooklyn Inshallah", a feature documentary on the first Palestinian to ever run for the NY City Council, was released in 2019 and premičred at prestigious film festivals such as DOC NYC and TPFF. He was named the 2019 MountainFilm Emerging Filmmaker Fellow based in Telluride, Colorado. He has spoken to audiences at Duke University, Columbia University and the Washington Center for Narrative Studies about his journey with filmmaking as a result of 2014 Israel's attack against Gaza.
 

   
 

Ayah El-Fahmawi
Palestinian American poet and performance artist originally from Tulkarem and Kofr Al-Labad in occupied Palestine. She was the 2018 second place recipient of the Ghassan Kanafani Resistance Arts Scholarship and her work appears in the anthology titled We Feel a Country In Our Bones. Her work explores diasporic identity and the importance of storytelling in resistance.
 

   
 

2nd Segment: Richard Silverstein
    
Freelance journalist who writes the Tikun Olam blog, devoted to exposing secrets of Israel's national security state. His work has appeared in Haaretz, the Middle East Eye, The Nation, the New Arab, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, the Forward, and the Seattle Times. He contributed to the essay collection devoted to the 2006 Lebanon war, A Time to Speak Out, and has another essay in the collection, Israel and Palestine: Alternate Perspectives on Statehood. 
 
We will speak with Richard about President-elect Joe Biden's selection of Tony Blinken as his Secretary of State, and what that means for the U.S. foreign policy under Biden-Harris. We will also talk about the current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's recent visit to the illegal Israeli colonies in the occupied West Bank, and the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, and Pompeo's announcements that the US would label products made in Israeli colonies as "Made in Israel", and the US designation of three of the worlds leading human rights groups as well as the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement (BDS) for Palestinian rights as anti-Semitic.

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 18, 2020

     
Topics/
Guests:

1st Segment: Congresswoman Betty McCollum's Remarks on Palestine at the UN
    

Representative Betty McCollum (Minnesota) delivered remarks on Palestine at the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People meeting held on November 12, 2020. Representative McCollum has been a vocal supporter of Palestinian human rights, and critical of Israeli human rights abuses of the Palestinians. During her remarks at the UN, she said “Palestinian dreams for freedom, justice, equality, and self-determination are legitimate. Every Palestinian mother and father want a life free from military occupation and systemic discrimination for their child. And, every Palestinian child’s life is precious.”
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will air the remarks she delivered at that meeting.
  
Representative McCollum has introduced a bill (2017 and 2019) that would prohibit the use of U.S. military funding by Israel to detain Palestinian children: It is called “Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act” or H.R. 2407. The bill places conditions on U.S. security assistance to any country, including Israel, and prohibits U.S. tax dollars from being used to support or enable the military detention of Palestinian children. In August 2020, she introduced another bill called the “Israeli Annexation Non-Recognition Act”, or H.R. 8050. This bill prohibits any U.S. government agency or department from extending assistance or legitimacy to any area of the Occupied West Bank annexed by Israel.
            

   
 

2nd Segment: Dr. Shireen Al-Adeimi
   
Interview with Dr. Shireen Al-Adeimi about the U.S.-supported Saudi-led genocide in Yemen, the dire situation inside Yemen, the U.S. involvement, expectations from the Biden presidency, how to end the war, and much more.
 
Dr. Shireen Al-Adeimi is a Yemeni-American activist, graduate of Harvard University, and 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.
   
Dr. Al-Adeimi's latest article is titled "Biden Must End the War He Helped Start".

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 11, 2020

     
Topics/
Guests:

1st Segment: Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti
    

Interview with Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti about the U.S. elections and its outcome, the U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East, president Trump's actions while in office, expectations from president-elect Biden, Arab-Americans elected to office in 2020, activism, the work ahead to make a change, and more.
 
Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti is a Historian, Associate Professor, the inaugural holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History, and the Founding Director of the Center for Arab Studies, at the University of Houston. His research focuses on the history of revolutions, anti-colonialism, global intellectual currents, and state-building in the modern Arab world. Dr. Takriti is the author of “Monsoon Revolution: Republicans, Sultans, and Empires in Oman, 1965-1976”. He also co-authored, with Karma Nabulsi, the digital humanities initiative the “Palestinian Revolution" website, which offers a wealth of primary sources on Palestinian history from the 1948 Nakba to the 1982 Siege of Beirut.
          

   
 

2nd Segment: “My life as a child living under Israeli Military Occupation” by Janna Jihad
   
A talk by Janna Jihad, the youngest officially registered journalist in the world, a 13-year old Palestinian from the village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank, speaking about her life as a child living under the Israeli occupation.
 
It was a talk delivered at the
Palestine Center in Washington, D.C., in July 2019.

   
             

 
          

Date:

November 4, 2020

     
Topic:

In Memoriam: Robert Fisk's Lecture on "Reporting From the Front Line: The Middle East and The Challenge To Tell The Truth"
  
Robert Fisk, award-winning veteran journalist who was the Middle East Correspondent for the British newspaper The Independent, and was based in Beirut, Lebanon, passed away on October 30, 2020, in Ireland at the age of 74. Fisk was critical of the US imperialism and foreign policy in the Middle East, as well as Israel's occupation of Palestine. He won more journalism awards than any other journalists did. He won the Press Awards Foreign Reporter of the Year seven times. Robert Fisk authored six books, including "Pity the Nation: Lebanon at War", and "The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East".
 
In 2014, Robert Fisk delivered a lecture at Rice University in Houston. He spoke on the topic "Reporting From the Front Line: The Middle East and The Challenge To Tell The Truth". It was an event organized by the Arab-American Educational Foundation in Houston.

Today on Arab Voices, we will re-air that lecture in memory of Mr. Fisk.
      

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 28, 2020

     
Guest:

Amer Zahr
Arab-American comedian, writer, speaker, activist, academic, commentator, adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and author of the book “Being Palestinian Makes Me Smile”. He is also author of The Civil Arab blog.
  
Amer draws on his experiences growing up as a child of Palestinian refugees, performing and lecturing throughout North America (including Houston), Canada, Europe, and the Arab world on topics like politics, society, growing up Arab, Islam, and more.
 
Amer Zahr holds a Master’s degree in Middle Eastern and North Africa Studies and is also a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School with a JD degree. He writes and speaks widely on political and social affairs, and has appeared on radio and television. Some of his writings have been featured in major publications, including Time Magazine, and Al-Jazeera.
  
In 2016 and 2020, Amer served as a surrogate for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
     

   
Topic: We will speak with Amer Zahr about the U.S. elections and the Arab American participation.    
             

 
          

Date:

October 21, 2020

     
Topic:

2020 Edward Said Memorial Lecture with Daphne Muse
The Intersections of Our Resistance and the Legacies We Leave Future Generations

The Palestine Center in Washington, D.C. held its annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture on October 7, 2020. The speaker was Daphne Muse, a writer, poet, cultural broker, and Veteran of the Civil Rights Movement. In this lecture, Daphne Muse discusses the similarities and intersections between Palestinian and Black struggles for equality and justice, as well as their implications for the future.
  
Today on Arab Voices, we will air that lecture and some of the questions and answers that followed.
  
Daphne Muse is a writer, poet, cultural broker, and Veteran of the Civil Rights Movement. When she was a teenager her parents seeded an enduring bond with the people of Palestine. She became an activist while a student at Fisk University working with the anti-war movement and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Her activism evolved during her time managing Drum and Spear Bookstore and while serving as a secretary to the Legal Defense Team for the Angela Davis Trial. Her essays, reviews, and social commentaries have appeared in scores of publications including Black Scholar, The Atlantic, This Week in Palestine, and aired on NPR. As a writer, lecturer, retired educator, and in partnership with the Imagining America Consortium, she continues to mentor activists and creatives around the world. She has lived in Northern California since 1971.

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 14, 2020

     
Topic:

Texas State Board of Education District 6 Candidate Forum
  
Today on Arab Voices, we will air the recording of the informational forum held on October 8, 2020, with two candidates running for the Texas State Board of Education District 6 seat, Mr. Will Hickman (R), and Ms. Michelle Palmer (D). Ms. Whitney Bilyeu (L) was unable to attend due to prior commitments.
 
The forum was organized by the Arab-American Educational Foundation, and it addressed several important topics, including candidates' qualifications and why they are running for this position, changes they think are needed in Texas schools
and to the curriculum or textbooks, what they want students to learn in relations to History, their position on the State of Texas plan to take over the Houston Independent School District (HISD), how the word "terrorism" is covered in Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) world history standards where the only use of that word is in the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” and the message such phrasing is sending to students, the way History books reference occupied Palestine and Israel and whether they will pursue books that list truth/real facts on that matter, Texas law that prohibits state agencies from contracting with companies that boycott Israel, and more.
 
Please note that early voting in Texas started on October 13 and continues through October 30, and Election Day is November 3, 2020. For more information on voting, visit www.vote.org.

   
             

 
          

Date:

October 7, 2020

     
Topic:

“Stopping Israel’s Arms Industry
  
The Electronic Intifada released a new podcast titled “Stopping Israel’s Arms Industry”. It features several boycott campaigners taking direct action against corporations involved in Israel’s military occupation and settlement industry, including Huda Ammori of Palestine Action in the UK, and Dalit Baum and Noam Perry of the American Friends Service Committee in the US. In this podcast, Nora Barrows-Friedman and Asa Winstanley, co-hosts of the Electronic Intifada Podcast, discuss this topic with the guests, and some of their recent articles.
    

Today on Arab Voices, we will air “Stopping Israel’s Arms Industry" podcast by the Electronic Intifada.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 30, 2020

     
Topics/
Guests:

1st Segment: Dennis Johnson on the 2020 Census
   
As we approach the new deadline (October 5, 2020) to submit the 2020 Census, we will air a previous interview we conducted with
Dennis Johnson, Deputy Regional Director of the 2020 U.S. Census, talking 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.
 
On Monday, September 28, 2020, the Secretary of Commerce announced a target date of October 5, 2020, to conclude the 2020 Census self-response and field data collection operations.
       

   
 

2nd Segment: "Race & Ethnicity Question on US Census"

We will air a talk on "Race & Ethnicity Question on US Census" hosted by the Arab American Institute in July 2020 between Maya Berry, Executive Director of the Arab American Institute in Washington, D.C., and Dr. Rita Stephan, Director of the Middle East Partnership Initiative at the U.S. Department of State.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 23, 2020

     
Topic:

"The End Game In the Middle East - Dr. Tim Anderson" by Guns and Butter
 
Guns and Butter program, which airs on our sister station WBAI in New York, interviewed Dr. Tim Anderson to discuss his new book, "Axis of Resistance: Towards an Independent Middle East". Today on Arab Voices, we will air that interview.
  
Dr. Tim Anderson is Director of the Centre for Counter Hegemonic Studies in Sydney, Australia. He was for 20 years an academic in Political Economy at the University of Sydney and before that taught at other universities. He researches and writes on development, rights and self-determination in Latin America, the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. He has published dozens of articles in a range of academic books and journals.
    
From Guns and Butter: The 21st century wars against Middle Eastern countries are bringing them together in what the author terms an ‘axis of resistance’ that includes Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Yemen; what is most feared by American and Israeli strategists is an Iranian Land Bridge consisting of infrastructural links and integration between Tehran and the Mediterranean, including road, rail, communications, oil and gas pipelines and defense collaboration; characterization of empires and imperialism; the nature of Iran’s leadership role; Russia’s role within the ‘axis of resistance’ and its relationship with Israel; all terrorist groups have been backed by the US-led coalition; final stages of the failed war on Syria; devastating economic sanctions on the entire region; White Helmets; human organ trafficking; all claims of chemical weapon use by the Syrian government a fabrication; war on Syria was never a civil war; the assassination of Iranian General Soleimani and Iraqi Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and others have resulted in a call to expel US forces from the entire region. Aired in January 2020.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 16, 2020

     
Guest:

Dr. Khalil Jahshan
  
Executive Director of the Arab Center Washington DC, a non-partisan, non-profit think tank focusing on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, as well as furthering economic, political, and social understanding of the Arab World in the United States. He is a Palestinian-American political analyst and media commentator. He previously served as Executive Director at Pepperdine University, Executive Vice President of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and director of its government affairs affiliate (NAAA-ADC), Vice President of the American Committee on Jerusalem, President of the National Association of Arab Americans, National Director of the Association of Arab-American University Graduates (AAUG), Assistant Director of Palestine Research and Educational Center, and Lecturer in Arabic at the University of Chicago Extension and at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Mr. Jahshan has served on the boards of directors, and advisory boards of various Middle East-oriented groups, including ANERA, MIFTAH and Search for Common Ground.
   

   
Topic:

We will speak with Dr. Jahshan about the deals Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates signed with Israel on September 15, 2020, brokered by the United States to establish full diplomatic relations, what may have motivated them to do so, the opposition to the deals within Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, the Palestinian reaction to it (calling the deals betrayal and a stab in the back), what should the Palestinians be doing moving forward, and more.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 9, 2020

     
Topic:

"A History of Activist Repression" by Zoha Khalili
 
On April 15, 2019, Zoha Khalili spoke at the University of Houston Law Center on the topic "A History of Activist Repression". She delivered a historical analysis of activist repression in the United States, examples of the types of suppressions that people have faced when engaging in advocacy, and the types of issues that have affected people advocating for Palestine, lessons to learn, Dos and Don'ts, resources, and more.
 
During her lecture and the Q&A session that followed, she talked about Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, Black Panthers, American Indian Movement, COINTELPRO (COunter INTELligence PROgram), the different forms of propaganda, the Espionage and Sedition Acts, loyalty oaths, surveillance, infiltrators, informants, pro-Palestinian groups, deportation of Palestinian activists, BDS movement, BDS laws, Israel Anti-Boycott Act, Counter Violent Extremism (CVE), and more.
 
Zoha Khalili is a staff attorney for Palestine Legal. She provides legal advice and advocacy support to Palestine rights activists, students and professors on the West Coast on issues ranging from free speech violations, discrimination, threats, surveillance and disciplinary charges. Zoha's legal career has been devoted to defending the rights of marginalized communities.
  
The event was organized by Defend Our Voice Coalition at the University of Houston.
 
Today on Arab Voices, we will air that lecture and some of the questions and answers that followed.

   
             

 
          

Date:

September 2, 2020

     
Topic:

"Racism, Social Equity, and Health Care Disparities in the Time of COVID-19"
    

A discussion organized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR-Houston. The guest speaker was Dr. Ayesha Khan, Infectious Diseases Scientist and Clinical Microbiologist at UTHealth. She is also a Grassroots Organizer of COVID-19’s impact on marginalized communities and our role in confronting racial health disparities.

The discussion focused on how our community can center social justice to overcome COVID-19 and prepare for the next pandemic, and that working together, we can dismantle the root cause of bad health in minority communities-systemic racism.

This discussion was held on August 26, 2020, and was moderated by Ambreen Hernandez, CAIR-Houston Communications and Program Coordinator. The discussion also included Rawan Harirah, with CAIR-Houston Board of Directors, who is also an Administrative Coordinator at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 26, 2020

     
Topic:

"The Movement and the Middle East: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Divided the American Left" by Dr. Michael R. Fischbach
    

The Palestine Center in Washington, D.C., held a book talk event on February 20, 2020, titled "The Movement and the Middle East: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Divided the American Left". The guest speaker was Dr. Michael R. Fischbach, Professor of History at Randolph-Macon College. Today on Arab Voices, we will air that talk and some of the questions and answers that followed.
   

The Movement and the Middle East offers the first assessment of the controversial and ultimately debilitating role of the Arab-Israeli conflict among left-wing activists during a turbulent period of American history. Michael R. Fischbach draws on a deep well of original sources—from personal interviews to declassified FBI and CIA documents—to present a story of the left-wing responses to the question of Palestine and Israel. He shows how, as the 1970s wore on, the cleavages emerging within the American Left widened, weakening the Movement and leaving a lasting impact that still affects progressive American politics today.
 
Michael R. Fischbach is Professor of History at Randolph-Macon College, and the author of numerous publications and books including, Black Power and Palestine: Transnational Countries of Color (Stanford University Press, 2018), Jewish Property Claims Against Arab Countries (Columbia University Press, 2008), The Peace Process and Palestinian Refugee Claims: Addressing Claims for Property Compensation and Restitution (United States Institute of Peace Press, 2006), and Records of Dispossession: Palestinian Refugee Property and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Columbia University Press, 2003; American University of Cairo Press, 2004). He was awarded grants by The MacArthur Foundation and the United States Institute of Peace, and has presented at numerous academic and diplomatic settings in sixteen countries on four continents.

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 19, 2020

     
Guest:

Dr. Ramzy Baroud
    

Palestinian-American journalist, media consultant, author, internationally-syndicated columnist, and editor of Palestine Chronicle. He is the author of several books and a contributor to many others. His latest book is titled "These Chains Will Be Broken: Palestinian Stories of Struggles and Defiance in Israeli Prisons". His work has been published in hundreds of newspapers and journals worldwide, and his work is regularly translated and republished in French, Spanish, Arabic and other languages. Ramzy Baroud has a Ph.D. in Palestine Studies from the University of Exeter.
 

   
Topic:

We will speak with Dr. Baroud about the daily Israeli airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip in occupied Palestine (that no one talks about anymore) where nearly two million Palestinians live in horrific conditions as a result of the ongoing Israeli attacks, blockade and strangulation of the Gaza Strip, the ongoing Israeli attacks and targeting of fishermen in Gaza, Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes in occupied Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank, and also in Palestinian Bedouin areas in the Negev region, Israeli colonizers' terrorist acts against Palestinians and their properties, uprooting of Palestinian olive and palm trees and targeting and burning Palestinian farms, and the ongoing extra-judicial executions of Palestinians.
 
We will also talk about the United Arab Emirates (UAE) treaty with Israel, the US stance towards occupied Palestine, the US elections and where Trump-Pence and Biden-Harris stand on occupied Palestine, what should the Palestinian leadership and Palestinians throughout the world do, and more.

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 12, 2020

     
Guest/
Topic:

Dr. Rania Masri (in Beirut, Lebanon)
    

Dr. Rania Masri is a lecturer and political and social justice activist. She is an elected representative of the Lebanese political party Citizens in a State, which seeks to end Lebanon's sectarian political system.
 
Rania is in Lebanon and was there when the horrific explosion shook the Lebanese capital, Beirut, killed at least 163, wounded more than 6,000, destroyed and damaged thousands of residential and commercial buildings, left more than 300,000 people homeless, and there are still many people missing, under the rubble!

We will speak with Dr. Rania Masri (in Beirut, Lebanon) about what she witnessed, the effect of the catastrophic explosion on Lebanon and the Lebanese people, Lebanon's corrupt sectarian political system, the collapse of the economic and financial systems, unemployment, electricity, water, the ongoing protests that started months ago against corruption, what is needed to make a real change and get rid of the sectarian and corrupt political system in Lebanon, and more. 

   
             

 
          

Date:

August 5, 2020

     
 

   
Arab Voices extends its deepest condolences to the Lebanese people in Lebanon, in Houston and all over the world for the tragic losses as a result of the horrific explosion that rocked the Lebanese Capital Beirut and killed over 100 and injured thousands. The explosion caused massive destruction throughout Beirut and neighboring cities and villages. It came at a time when Lebanon was already going through tough times. The American Lebanese Cultural Center in Houston is asking those who want to donate and support the relief efforts, to do so by making a donation to the Lebanese Red Cross (link posted at www.ALCChouston.org).
    

   
Topic:

Radio New Zealand Interview with Robert Fisk
    

Today on Arab Voices, we will listen to an interview conducted by Radio New Zealand with Robert Fisk (recorded in May 2020), veteran war correspondent, who spent the past 40 years living in war zones covering conflicts in the Middle East, the Balkans and Ireland. In this interview, Fisk says journalists and editors cower from reporting honestly because of corporate and political influence, and he cites several examples including how reporters refer to the Israeli colonies as settlements, the Israeli wall as a security fence and the Israeli wars on the Palestinians as disputes.

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 29, 2020

     
Topic:

"Vampire trouble is more serious than the mighty plague: A comparative look at the history of evil and mischief, inspired by Evliya Çelebi (1611–ca. 1684") by Cemal Kafadar
   

On February 28, 2020, the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair at the University of Houston, sponsored the 2020 Annual Lecture in Ottoman History on "Vampire trouble is more serious than the mighty plague: A comparative look at the history of evil and mischief, inspired by Evliya Çelebi (1611–ca. 1684") by Cemal Kafadar.

Cemal Kafadar is the Vehbi Koç Professor of Turkish Studies at the Department of History at Harvard University, where he is also the Director of Graduate Studies and Acting Director at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He has written extensively on the social and cultural history of the Middle East and Southeastern Europe in the Late Medieval/Early Modern era and he teaches courses on the Ottoman Empire, urban space, popular culture as well as the history of cinema.

The event was originally scheduled to take place at the University of Houston, but because at that time there was a city-wide water main break, the University of Houston was closed, and the event was moved to Rice University.

Today on Arab Voices, we will air Dr. Kafadar’s remarks on "Vampire trouble is more serious than the mighty plague: A comparative look at the history of evil and mischief, inspired by Evliya Çelebi (1611–ca. 1684").

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 22, 2020

     
Topic:

The Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen
   

We will air an episode from CODEPINK Radio that airs on our sister stations WPFW in Washington D.C., and WBAI in New York, on “The Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen”.
 
CODEPINK, is a women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and militarism, support peace and human rights initiatives, and redirect our tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming programs.
 
In its latest radio episode, CODEPINK national co-director, Ariel Gold, who appeared on Arab Voices before, interviews
Shireen Al-Adeimi and Hassan El-Tayyab. Al-Adeimi is a Yemeni-American activist and educator, who also appeared on Arab Voices a few times before, that discusses the history of Yemen in regards to its politics and how an internal struggle led to the U.S.-Saudi intervention that has terrorized the country. El-Tayyab is a legislative manager for Middle East Policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation that elaborates how Yemen is the world's worst humanitarian crisis and the pandemic has only worsened its situation with children suffering the most from malnutrition, disease, poverty, and more; even so, aid to Yemen has been drastically cut.

   
             

 
          

Date:

July 15, 2020

     
Topics/
Guests:

1st Segment: Houston Day of Rage Car Caravan Against Annexation
   

We will air remarks delivered by several attendees at the "Houston Day of Rage Car Caravan Against Annexation" that was held on Saturday, July 11, 2020, in which hundreds of people with more than 150 vehicles participated in the caravan that traveled more than 8 miles through busy Houston roads to reach the Consulate General of Israel, to protest the Zionist Israeli Annexation plan for the occupied Palestinian West Bank. We will also air remarks delivered by representatives from the sponsoring organizations including Mohammed Nabulsi with the Palestinian American Cultural Center and Palestinian Youth Movement, Eman Elhaj with the Palestinian American Council, Sinan Shaibani with RISE-Houston, and Alex Kerry with Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Houston.
   

   
 

2nd Segment: Dr. Rashid Khalidi
   
We will air portions of an interview previously conducted with Dr. Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University in New York, editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, and author of many books including The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017, on the Israeli annexation plan, Trump’s so called “deal of the century”, the BDS movement, and more.    

   
             

 
          

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.

   
             

 
          

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