RADIO INTIFADA Programs, 6/01/06 to 8/31/06
Produced and hosted by members of SWANA Collective, as noted
Note: Many of these programs are available in the Pacifica Radio Archive
6/01Arab/Arab American Feminist Organizing in the US
This week's program explores the roots of Arab American feminism, its connection to the Arab world, its distinctive voice, and current organizing among Arab and Arab American feminists in the US, including the upcoming AMWAJ (Arab Movement of Women Arising for Justice) gathering in Chicago of Arab and Arab American women and girls. Special guests:
Jaanan Attia, Bay Area activist, member of the Radical Arab Women's Activist Network (RAWAN), and member of the collective organizing the June 9-11 gathering, AMWAJ
Zeina Zaatari, program officer for the ME and North Africa at the Global Fund for Women, member of our sister collective at KPFA, and founding member of Sunbula:Arab Feminists for Change, which organized a recent art exhibition, "Arab Feminism Past and Present"
and featuring poetry of Suhair Hammad
Produced and hosted by Sherna Gluck
6/08 The Political and Cultural Legacies of the Iran-Iraq War"
Radio Intifada host Afshin Matin will interview live two academic experts writing books on the Iran-Iraq war. California State University, Fresno, Professor Sasan Fayazmanesh will discuss his upcoming book, focusing on the role of the U.S. and Israel in the Iran-Iraq war, and the subsequent U.S.-Israeli manufacture of the "Iran nuclear threat" scenario. University of California, Irvine, Professor Roxanne Varzi will discuss her newly-published book, "Warring Souls," to examine the Iran-Iraq war's enduring cultural impact, especially on today's youth.
Listeners are invited to call and ask questions during the program's last segment.
Produced and hosted by Afshin Matin
ACTION item - One of the important phases of the struggle for justice for the LA8 is Aiad Barakat's case against the government, which has critical ramifications for the LA8 and the Arab American community's 1st amendment rights. 6/20/2006, 8am - Stephen Wilson's Federal Courtroom
6/15/06 – Sovereign Threads: A History of Palestinian Embroidery
Nile El Wardani of SWANA Collective and Senior Producer Alan Minsky will speak with
Muna Coobtee of Palestinian American Women’s Association and Hanan Mourir, Palestinian Curator of the upcoming "SOVEREIGN THREADS” exhibit, which traces the history and development of Palestinian embroidery as seen in objects that range in scope from the 19th century costumes to contemporary textiles.
The exhibition will take place at the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum 7/17 to 10/08 17
7/06/06 "Operation Summer Rain:" Israel's Assault of Palestine
This week's Radio Intifada examines the real agenda behind Israel's "Operation Summer Rain" assault on Palestine - assailed even by the father of the kidnapped Israeli soldier. We will be getting reports from Gaza and the West Bank - where Israeli raids are occurring and elected officials are being arrested - and talking with activists/analysts in the US about the political implications of this latest siege.
*Dr. Asaad Abu Kharekh of the Gaza University Teachers Association
*Sam Bahour, El Bireh (West Bank) resident and longtime Palestinian American activist
* Dr. Jess Ghannam, Board member of Gaza Community Mental Health Program and member of Al Awda's international Executive Committee
Co-produced and co-hosted by Muna Coobtee and Sherna Gluck
7/13 July 13th - Focus on South Asia
This week's Radio Intifada examines a hunger strike against Coca-Cola in a village in India that houses one of its factories. How has Coca-Cola responded to peasant protests against its operations all over India?
We'll also take a look at the case of Kulvir Singh Barapind, a former Sikh militant activist who was extradited from the United States to India to face charges.
*Amit Srivastava, Director, India Resource Center
*Sukhman Dhami, Legal Director, ENSAAF
*Brad Adams, Asia Division Director, Human Rights Watch
Produced and Hosted by Neel Garlapati
7/20 SPECIAL PROGRAM – The Crisis in Lebanon
Featuring interviews with:
Dr. Mounzer Soliman - Bureau Chief of Mustqbal Al Arabi from Beirut
Dr. Mohamed Sayed El Said - Dir. of Al Ahram Strategic Center in Cairo.
Produced and hosted by Nile El Wardani
8/03 A RADIO INTIFADA SPECIAL - The Massacres in Palestine and Lebanon: An Historical and Political Perspective
The recent massacre in Qana has outraged people around the world and has also served to expose the previous Qana massacre of over 100 people ten years ago. But while the world has turned its attention to Lebanon, the massacres resulting from Israel's ongoing assault in Palestine have gone largely unnoticed.
Radio Intifada is continuing its special programming on the current crisis with a focus on the massacres in both Palestine - especially Gaza - and Lebanon. Guests:
Naseer Aruri, political scientist, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachuets
Mazin Qumsiyeh, geneticist, anti-occupation and environmental activist
Laila Haddad, Gaza journalist
and featuring the music of Lebanese composer and performer, Marcel Khalife
We will also talk about actions that people might take.
Co-produced and co-hosted by Sherna Gluck and Michael Shahin
8/10 WHAT DOES ISRAEL WANT?
The motivations for the scope and the nature of Israel's ongoing assault on Lebanon has left many puzzled. It's declared goal, is in conflict with the massive bombing of the Lebanese infrastructure, which has resulted in the destruction of Lebanon and in growing support for Hizbollah, which has remained largely unaffected by the onslaught.
What DOES Israel want? Our guests will discuss Israel's long term and short term goals, both internal and external, in Lebanon, in Gaza and in the West Bank, as well as the impact of the Bush government on the present situation.
Ilan Pappe, a senior lecturer of Political Science Haifa University and Chair of the Emil Touma Institute for Palestinian Studies
Tanya Reinhart, Journalist and Professor of Linguistics, Utrecht University and New York
and featuring the music of the Yuval Ron ensemble
Produced and Hosted by Hagit Bore
8.17 Inextricably Linked: The Israeli-US Imperial Project for a “New Middle East” and Anti-Colonial Resistance in Lebanon
Radio Intifada will examine these links and the regional implications with our guests:
PROF. LARA DEEB, a cultural anthropologist, is assistant professor of women's studies at the UC, Irvine
and ELIAS RASHMAWI, a longtime Sacramento area activist, is the national coordinator of the National Council of Arab Americans (NCA) and member of the national steering committee of the Free Palestine Alliance (FPA).
8/24/06 THE ARAB PUBLIC AND THE ARAB REGIMES: REACTIONS AND RESPONSES TO THE WAR AND HIZBALLAH
From the start of Israel's war on Lebanon, the "Arab street" hailed HizbAllah's resistance to Israel. Initially critical, the regimes of Jordan, Egypt and Saudia Arabia were forced to reexamine their stance in response to popular sentiment. In this week's program, we will examine the reactions of the Arab public and the reactions and responses of the Arab regimes.
Our guests include:
Khulood Badawi, a Palestinian activist in Israel involved in organizing demonstrations in Israel
Duraik Al Baik, of Gulf News
Marilyn Farhat, Lebanese American media watcher
and featuring the music of the Amal Murkus, Palestinian Israeli, who describes herself as Arab, Christian and Communist dedicated to smashing stereotypes in Israel
Produced and Hosted by Sherna Gluck and Hamoud Salhi
8/31/06 The South Caucasus: Instability and hope
Radio Intifada takes a look at the struggles and hopes of the South Caucasus, Armenia’s border blockades by Turkey and Azerbaijan and its effects on both the region and the United States; along with a new proposed railroad act which specifically bypasses Armenia and furthers instability. We also will talk about how the arts are bringing hope to this region and its people. The Golden Apricot Film Festival is creating a common space in developing cross border filmmaking and co-production initiatives. We will also look at how theater can influence the economy and politics of Armenia with a French Armenian director.
*Senator Frank Pallone of New Jersey.
* Alex Sarkissian. Head of the United States section of The Golden Apricot Film Festival.
*Simon Abkarian. French Armenian director in town directing Shakespeare’s “Loves Labor Lost.
Co-produced and co-hosted by Lucy DerTavitian of SWANA and special guest producer and host, Peter Bahalawanian