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Today’s interview with Mr. Al-Azraq features a discussion on his activism work and the state of Palestinian youth in the occupied territories.

Mr. Al-Azraq is a Palestinian refugee who was born and raised in Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, the West Bank, Palestine. He holds a bachelors degree from the Harvard Extension School, in which he received the Dean’s List Academic Achievement Award and the Derek Bok Public Service Prize. From 2001-2003 Mr. Al-Azraq was a volunteer at the Lajee Center, a youth organization in Aida Camp. From 2003-2005 he served as the administrative director of the center. Since then, he has continued to work with Lajee in return trips, coordinating international summer camps that bring together international volunteers and Palestinian youth, teaching human rights, and leading a delegation of Palestinian youth to Belgium for a cultural exchange program. Among his many publications include A Refugee’s Childhood in the West Bank and a documentary entitled Degrees of Incarceration. He co-authored with Amahl Bishara The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion and The Boy and the Wall, a bilingual children’s book produced with the Lajee Center and published in the West Bank. Currently, Mr. Al-Azraq is the executive director of 1for2.org, a human rights organization that focuses on helping Palestinian communities access to clean water.

 

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Israel has used water deprivation as a political tool to control Palestinian health, agriculture, and economic growth.

Today, via Skype, we discuss Israeli water policies in the 1967 occupied Palestinian territories with Palestinian Water Rights Expert Ziyad Yousef. In the past, Mr. Yousef had worked as the advocacy coordinator for the Emergency Water Sanitation and Hygiene group (EWASH), a coalition of UN agencies and local and international NGOs based in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

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On today's program we bring you Dr. Nora Lester Murad.

Dr. Murad was born in Hollywood, CA and currently resides in Palestine with her husband. She holds a doctorate from Fielding University in Santa Barbara, a Master of Arts degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University, a master’s degree in Human Services from Fielding University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Middle East Studies from UCLA. In the past, she has served as an assistant professor of cross-cultural understanding at Bentley University and an adjunct faculty at Lesley University. Dr. Murad also worked as the corporate cultural competence strategist for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. Since moving to Palestine in 2004, Dr. Murad has worked with Palestinian non-governmental organizations, international NGOs and United Nation agencies. She additionally has founded the Dalia Association, which she directed from 2006 to 2010. The Dalia Association is a community foundation that seeks to reduce dependence on international aid by reforming the international aid system.

Related links:

www.noralestermurad.com
www.dalia.ps
 

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The recent attack on Gaza is the latest in a long line of Israeli massacres and ethnic cleansing perpetrated with impunity since 1948.

We welcome to our program, via Skype, human rights activist and environmental scientist Rania Masri.

Dr. Masri joins us today to discuss the war on Gaza and what can be done. She is a fellow of the Institute for Southern Studies and an editorial associate of its magazine, Southern Exposure. She is co-author of the books The South War and Paying more, Getting Less: Grading North Carolina’s Corporate Subsidies. Additionally, Rania is a commentator for radio and television broadcasts on Fox News, BBC, and NPR. In the past, she has served as the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association’s representative to the United Nations, as the coordinator of the Iraq Action Coalition, and on the board of Peace Action.

The interview was taped on Aug. 9, 2014.

 

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In today's program, we're happy to bring you again Mother Agnes Mariam with a coverage of her presentation on the Syrian Crisis that was held recently at the St. John of Damascus in Dedham.
Mother Agnes Mariam is mother superior of the monastery of St James the Mutilated in Syria, a Melkite Greek Catholic monastery in the town of Qara in the Homs diocese, Syria.
She has been living in Syria for 20 years and has been reporting actively on what has been going on in the war-ravaged country. And today, she will provide an eyewitness account of the current conflict in Syria.
Mother Agnes Mariam and the Mussalaha (Reconciliation) Initiative in Syria, has been nominated by Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate, for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
 

Mother Agnes's trip to Boston was sponsored by: The Syrian American Forum - New England chapter.
www.syrianamericanforum.org


 

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Our program today will feature a discussion with Mother Agnes Mariam on the Syrian Crisis.
Mother Agnes Mariam is mother superior of the monastery of St James the Mutilated in Syria, a Melkite Greek Catholic monastery in the town of Qara in the Homs diocese, Syria.
She has been living in Syria for 20 years and has been reporting actively on what has been going on in the war-ravaged country. And today, she will provide an eyewitness account of the current conflict in Syria.
Mother Agnes Mariam and the Mussalaha (Reconciliation) Initiative in Syria, has been nominated by Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate, for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
 

Mother Agnes's trip to Boston was sponsored by: The Syrian American Forum - New England chapter.
www.syrianamericanforum.org

Related link:
www.syriasolidaritymovement.org

 

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Our program today will feature a discussion with student panelists and Clinical Professor of Law Susan M. Akram regarding the Syrian Refugee Crisis and their Presentation for the Boston University School of Law and International Human Rights Clinic entitled “Protecting Syrian Refugees: Laws, Policies, and Global Responsibility-Sharing.”

Atty Susan M. Akram was born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan. Early on, she was exposed to the situations of refugees, which influenced her decision to pursue a career in immigration and refugee law. Professor Akram has been a member of Boston University’s Law’s clinical program since 1993 and prior to that she worked as an immigration lawyer. Among her many achievements include serving as executive director of Boston’s Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project and receiving a Fulbright Senior Scholar Teaching and Research Award for the academic year of 1999 to 2000.
Joining Professor Akram today are student attorneys in the Boston University International Human Rights clinic Aaron Lang, Danielle Hites, and Sarah Bidinger.




 

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We are delighted to once more welcome Dr. Alice Rothchild to our program.
Dr. Rothchild is a physician, activist, and author and will be joining us today to discuss her recent documentary film entitled Voices Across the Divide.
Dr. Rothchild began her activism work in the 1960s and 70s revolving around the topics of feminism and health reform movement. She later became involved in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through her work with the Boston Workmen’s Circle in 1997. Among her many accomplishments include being on the coordinating committee of Jewish Voice for Peace Boston, co-founding and co-chairing American Jews for a Just Peace Boston, and co-organizing the AJJP Health and Human Rights Project.

Related links: www.voicesacrossthedivide.com.



 

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The Arabic Hour is pleased to present you an interview with activist and journalist Eva Bartlett, who is hailed as “Canada’s Rachel Corrie”. The interview, conducted by Mr. John Roberts, revolves around Bartlett’s experiences working in Gaza.

Bartlett, who has spent three of the last five years volunteering with the International Solidarity Movement in Gaza, joins the Arabic Hour to discuss her experiences working as a volunteer. Throughout her time, she aided farmers and fishermen who were threatened by Israeli sniper fire, rode in ambulances during Operation Cast Lead, and more. On today’s program, she discusses how such events affect the populations of Gaza and what Americans can do to show their support. Throughout her time in Gaza, Bartlett published eyewitness accounts of the situations, which can be found on her blog: http://ingaza.wordpress.com.


 

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Today's program will feature an interview with Dr. Ghias Moussa with focus on Syria.

Dr. Moussa is a practicing Cardiologist along with being a political and civil activist with interest in Syrian-American affairs. Dr. Moussa is additionally the Director of Communication at the Syrian American Forum. The Syrian American Forum is a non-profit organization who’s mission is to promote the education of the Syrian American community and the American public on social, economic, and political events regarding both Syria and the United States.

Dr. Moussa is joining us via Skype from New Jersey.

Related links:
http://www.syrianamericanforum.org

 

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The Arabic Hour is pleased to present you with an interview regarding a recent expedition to Palestine by the independent group Interfaith Peace-Builders.

Today's guests are Sara Driscoll and Susan Etscovitz along with our interviewer Nancy Murray. Ms. Driscoll and Ms. Etscovitz are both active members in the Palestine liberation cause and recently participated in a trip to Palestine through Interfaith Peace-Builders.
Dr. Murray, who was also a member of this trip, has been active in the cause since 1988 and has published many articles along with a book Palestinians: Life Under Occupation (1991) regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Related Link:
http://www.ifpb.org/

 

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Our program today will feature Syrian human rights defender Haytham Manna.
Dr. Manna is the head of the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change Abroad. He received his first degree in medicine from the University of Damascus in Syria and continued his further studies at the University of Paris 13.
Currently, Dr. Manna holds degrees in law, anthropology and medicine. He is the author of more than 40 books regarding politics and the Arab Spring. His organization is one of the leading opposition groups that do not support foreign military intervention in Syria.

Joining us again as a guest interviewer is Dr. Da’Na. He is the Associate Editor of the Arab Studies Quarterly in addition to being the Chair of the Sociology and Anthropology Department of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. He also contributes Aljazeera net, Al-Akhbar newspaper, and Al-Ahram Weekly.

Related links:
http://www.haythammanna.net/index.europe.htm
 

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Our program today will feature an interview discussing the Arab uprising with focus on Egypt and Syria. The interview took place on location at Boston University’s recent conference entitled “Arab Uprisings: Accomplishments, Failures, Prospects.” The conference, which took place on November 15th, and was co-chaired by Professor Hani Faris of the Trans Arab Research Institute and Professor Richard Norton of Boston University. It was a daylong and featured scholars from both the United States and Middle East.

Today we bring to you an exclusive interview with Professor Gilbert Achcar. He is a professor of development studies and international relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London and is currently the chair of the Centre for Palestine Studies. Among many of Dr. Achcar’s well known books are; The Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder, which was published in 13 languages; The Middle East and US Foreign Policy, which was co-authored with Noam Chomsky; The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives; and his most recent publication, The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising.

Our guest interviewer is Professor Seif Da’Na. He is the Associate Editor of the Arab Studies Quarterly in addition to being the Chair of the Sociology and Anthropology Department of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Dr. Da’Na also contributes to Aljazeera net, Al-Akhbar newspaper, and Al-Ahram Weekly.
 

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Our show will feature an interview with George Ellenbogen. Mr. Ellenbogen is a poet and creative writer, Bentley Professor Emeritus, and author of a recent memoir, which is set in Canada, titled Stone in My Shoe: In Search of Neighborhood. In addition to recently publishing his memoir, Mr. Ellenbogen advocated for the publishing of Ms. Shakir’s memoirs after her passing. He will be discussing both his recent publication and the work of Evelyn Shakir on today’s program.

             
This special program is dedicated to the late Evelyn Shakir, a dear friend and former member of the program. Ms. Shakir was a creative writer, Arab American scholar, former Bentley professor, and author of Teaching Arabs/Writing Self, a collection of personal essays.

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The Arabic Hour is pleased to present you with an informative program focused on the Gaza Strip today! With nearly 2 million Palestinians inhabiting it, 70% of whom are refugees, the Gaza Strip is just an astonishing 24 miles long. In the past, the living state within Gaza has been referred to as an “open air prison” and more. We will focus our discussions today on whether the circumstances within Gaza still warrant such labels. Before the main discussion of the hour though, our program would like to extend it’s welcome to Mushtaqu Mirza, Cambridge City Council candidate. He will say a few words in an interview by guest interviewer Ben Wittwer before we move on to the main topic of the day.

With focus on the Gaza Strip, Dr. Nancy Murray will be joining us for an interview with Ayman Nijim and Dr. Bill Slaughter in this episode. Mr. Nijim is from Gaza City, Palestine and the program coordinator of the Afaq Jadeeda Association in the Nusseirat Refugee Camp. Dr. Slaughter is a professor at Harvard Medical School and the current president of the Gaza Mental Health Foundation. We’d like to extend our thanks to our guests and interviewers for joining us in the discussion of an ever-pertinent topic.

 

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Egypt is our focus of today’s program.
Professor Elaine Hagopian interviews Dr. Hugh Roberts regarding the challenges of Post-Revolution Egypt.

Dr. Hugh Roberts is the Edward Keller Professor of North African and Middle Eastern History at Tufts University and holds a Ph.D. from Oxford University in History. He was a Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and since then has taught at numerous prestigious institutions. Dr. Roberts has lived and worked in Egypt and Algeria in order to conduct research on Algeria, Egyptian Political History, and the history of Islamism in North Africa. He has also worked for the International Crisis Group as Director of its North Africa Project.
Interview was taped on Sept. 8, 2013.
 

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On today’s program we focus on Syria with our guest Dr. Hugh Roberts.

Professor Elaine Hagopian interviews Dr. Hugh Roberts on the current state of affairs in Syria. Our focus is on understanding the key internal and regional players in the conflict and the US and President Obama’s administration’s position on how to handle Syria.

Dr. Hugh Roberts is the Edward Keller Professor of North African and Middle Eastern History at Tufts University and holds a Ph.D. from Oxford University in History. He was a Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and since then has taught at numerous prestigious institutions. Dr. Roberts has lived and worked in Egypt and Algeria in order to conduct research on Algeria, Egyptian Political History, and the history of Islamism in North Africa. He has also worked for the International Crisis Group as Director of its North Africa Project.
 

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We bring you coverage of the Hilda Silverman Memorial with guest Dr. Sara Roy and with keynote speaker Phillip Weiss giving the lecture entitled “Community and Ideology: What will it Take for American Jews to Walk Away from Zionism?”.

The Hilda Silverman Memorial Lecture, held annually to honor the late Hilda Silverman-internationally known peace and human rights activist whose work on Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation was seminal and inspirational.

The lecture entitled “Community and Ideology: What will it Take for American Jews to Walk Away from Zionism?” was given by Philip Weiss, Creator and editor of the popular blog Mondoweiss.

Related links:   www.mondoweiss.net

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The Arabic Hour brings you an interview with his eminence Bishop John Abdallah, Bishop of the Antiochian Orthodox diocese of New England and Worcester. He will be discussing the effects of the current war in Syria on its citizens with a focus on difficulties faced by the Syrian Christian Orthodox community.

The current war in Syria, which started for reasons of political reform, has escalated into a proxy war with regional and international dimensions bringing foreign powers from the U.S., Russia, Iran, Israel, Turkey and the Gulf States to the Syrian stage. The impact of foreign interest has devastated the Syrian people regardless of their religious identity. Today's interview highlights the difficulties and effects of the war on one particular community in Syria, the Antiochian Orthodox Christians. Many Syrians, like Palestinians, take pride in the fact that they are the continuation of Christianity since Christ himself.

Today's guest is his eminence Bishop John Abdallah, bishop for the Antiochian Orthodox diocese of New England and Worcester. He will discuss the effects of war on Syria's Christians and explore fears of Syria becoming another Iraq with most Christians fleeing the country.
Attorney George Abi-Esber is interviewing Bishop John. George is a member of the Antiochian orthodox community and a commentator on international relations and human rights.
 

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The Arabic Hour brings you the coverage of the public forum on April 10, 2013 with a talk by Dr. Thomas Abowd. The forum was hosted by the Umass Dartmouth student organization, Students for Justice in the Middle East. The talk from Umass Dartmouth is entitled “No Hope: Can the Obama Administration Play a Positive Role in Building Peace in Palestine and Syria?”.

Dr. Abowd covers the conflict in Palestine with focus on land confiscation by the state of Israel. He also discusses US foreign policy in the region and its bias toward Israel as well as current unrest in Syria.

Dr. Thomas Abowd is a professor in the Anthropology department at Tufts University. He is a Columbia university graduate where he earned a PhD in Cultural Anthropology. Throughout his career he has received numerous awards, the latest being a Fullbright Fellowship to do research in Jerusalem. He is author of the upcoming book, Colonial Jerusalem: The Spatial Construction of Identity and Difference in a Divided City. Currently he is working on a study of racial politics in Detroit that details Arab-American and Black class, racial and gendered encounters.
 

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We bring you part two of our interview with Beau Beausoleil and present our main interview with guest, Maysoon Pachachi, London based Iraqi filmmaker.

Maysoon Pachachi is a London-based filmmaker of Iraqi origin. She was educated in Iraq, the USA and the UK. She worked for many years as a documentary and drama film editor in the UK, and has worked since 1994 as an independent documentary film director. Ms. Pachachi has taught film in Britain and Palestine, and is a founding member of ACT TOGETHER: Women’s Action for Iraq. In 2004, she co-founded INDEPENDENT FILM & TELEVISION COLLEGE, a tuition-free film-training school in Baghdad. Today we are discussing her film Open Shutters Iraq. This film documents a photography project during which a group of women, from five cities in Iraq, live and work together in Damascus, Syria while learning photography. Their experience however is not just creative, it is transformative. Open Shutters Iraq documents the full spectrum of emotion one faces while reflecting on Iraq; the grief and struggle, yet also the resilience and strength of the Iraqi people.

In response to the March 5th, 2007 bombing of Al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad, Beau called the artist community together in an effort to preserve the cultural and artistic legacy of Al-Mutannabi Street. Mr. Beausoleil is co-editor of the anthology “Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets and Writers Respond to the March 5th, 2007, Bombing of Baghdad's "Street of the Booksellers".

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On today's program we have two guests, Artist Jesseca Ferguson and poet, bookseller Beau Beausoleil on the topic of The Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Project, a response to violence in Iraq from the Letterpress and Book Arts Community.

Jesseca Ferguson, a Boston-based artist working with the Al-Mutanabi Street Starts Here: A Response to Violence in Iraq From the Letter Press and Book Arts Community. Jesseca currently works with pinhole photography. Her pinhole photographs and collaged “photo objects have been included in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and Europe.  

The Al-Mutanabbi Street Project, developed by Beau Beausoleil, who we will hear from later in the show, is a response to the March 5th, 2007 car bombing on Al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad. The Street is the historic center of Baghdad bookselling and held bookstores and outdoor bookstalls, cafes, stationery shops, and tea shops. It had been the heart and soul of the Baghdad literary and intellectual community.

Jesseca speaks about the project’s call to book artists to join the project in hopes of reassembling some of the inventory of the reading material lost in the car bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street.

Beau Beausoleil, a poet and bookseller. In response to the March 5th, 2007 bombing of Al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad, Beau called the artist community together in an effort to preserve the cultural and artistic legacy of Al-Mutannabi Street. Mr. Beausoleil is co-editor of the anthology “Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets and Writers Respond to the March 5th, 2007, Bombing of Baghdad's "Street of the Booksellers".

Today, we’ll show part 1 of our interview to be concluded next week with part 2.

Related links:

www.al-mutanabbistreetstartshere-boston.com/

 

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On today’s program we have, long time friends of the Arabic Hour, human rights activist Dr. Nancy Murray interviewing British author Victoria Brittain on her new book Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women in the War on Terror and Jeff Klein interviewing co-authors of the book The Gaza Kitchen, Maggie Schmitt and Laila El-Haddad.

Victoria Brittain is a leading British journalist who has closely covered Guantanamo for years. She also worked as associate foreign editor at the Guardian newspaper for 20 years. Victoria co-wrote a memoir by former Guantanamo prisoner Moazzam Begg called Enemy Combatant and co-authored the play Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom. Her new book, just out, is called Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women in the War on Terror. The book discusses the unseen side of the “9/11”, its impact on the wives and families of men incarcerated at Guantanamo.

Victoria Brittain shows how these families have been made socially invisible and a scapegoat for the state in order to exercise arbitrary powers under the cover of the “War on Terror”.

The Gaza Kitchen is a new book celebrating besieged Gaza’s vibrant (and spicy) cuisine.

Authors Maggie Schmitt and Laila El-Haddad discuss their book and how it challenges the pervasive image of Gaza as destitute, war-torn and bereft of any possibility of a vibrant culture. El-Haddad, a journalist from Gaza living in the US, and Schmitt, a US anthropologist living in Spain discuss local Gazan culture through its cuisine.

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Our guest is Dr. Alice Rothchild physician, activist and author of the book Broken Promises, Broken Dreams, Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resistance.

Dr. Rothchild developed an interest in progressive politics in the 1960s and 70s starting with campus opposition to the Vietnam War and moving on to her discovery of feminism and health reform movements while in medical school and residency.

Dr. Rothchild developed an interest in progressive politics in the 1960s and 70s starting with campus opposition to the Vietnam War and moving on to her discovery of feminism and health reform movements while in medical school and residency. She contributed to the first edition of Our Bodies, Our Selves, joined women’s consciousness raising activities, and worked for health care reform on the grassroots level. Political analysis thus increasingly informed her understanding of the world. She also became active in a number of social justice organizations and began speaking and writing on topics ranging from childbirth to menopause to caring for undeserved populations. In 1997 she joined the Ad Hoc Committee to Defend Health Care, now The Alliance to Defend Health Care, and until June 2007 was president of the Alliance Board.

In 1997, through her involvement in the Boston Workmen’s Circle, a progressive secular Jewish organization, Alice turned much of her non-medical focus to understanding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and its relationship to US foreign policy and American Jewry. She co-founded and co-chairs Visions of Peace with Justice in Israel/Palestine, now American Jews for a Just Peace – Boston and co-organized the AJJP Health and Human Rights Project.

Related links:

http://alicerothchild.com/

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/voices-across-the-divide

 

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On todays program we have Medea Benjamin, an anti-war activist and founder of Global Exchange and Code Pink Women for Peace. We also have a short documentary entitled What’s wrong with this picture?

Medea Benjamin, founder of Global Exchange and CodePink Women for Peace, has recently returned from solidarity trips to Gaza and to protest U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan. In 2005 she was one of 1,000 exemplary women from 140 countries nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the millions of women who do the essential work of peace worldwide.

Her work for justice in Israel/Palestine includes taking numerous delegations to Gaza after the 2008 Israeli invasion, organizing the Gaza Freedom March in 2010, participating in the Freedom Flotillas and opposing the policies of the Israel lobby group AIPAC. In 2011 she was in Tahrir Square during the Egyptian uprising and In 2012 she was part of a human rights delegation to Bahrain in support of democracy activists; she was tear-gassed, arrested and deported by the Bahraini government. 

Her latest book is called Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control.

www.CodePink.org

What’s Wrong with this Picture?, Produced by Alternate Focus, is a documentary about Palestinian children’s artwork created during the war on Gaza in 2008/2009.

When an exhibition of children’s art from Gaza was banned from a museum in California the competing narratives about Israel’s military assault on Gaza during 2008 were called into question. Susan Johnson tells the story of how the pictures were made and how these powerful visuals from the children of Gaza came to the U.S.

www.alternatefocus.org

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Today’s program features Joy Totah Hilden, author of “Bedouin Weaving of Saudi Arabia and its Neighbors”.  Hilden is a recognized authority on Bedouin textiles Her work is based on more than twelve years of residence in Eastern Saudi Arabia and extensive travels throughout the Arabian Peninsula and points north.  Born to a Palestinian father and American mother, she spent her childhood in Palestine where she observed the making of many crafts, including Bedouin weaving.  She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the San Francisco Art Institute as well as Secondary Teaching Credentials in art and English.  

Our guest interviewer is Janice Hayden, owner of Folk Art Mavens, a small fair-trade business importing handcrafted Palestinian gifts.  Her interest in Palestine began in 1996 and 1997 when she was living in Jerusalem.  Subsequently, she returned to the United States and pressed for equal rights for Palestinians through various forms of activism. Hayden founded Folk Art Mavens in 2003 to help Palestinian artisans gain market access in the United States.  She travels regularly to Palestine and Lebanon to local Palestinian artisans.  Meeting with embroiderers in villages and refugee camps has give Hayden a great appreciation for their work. 

To view her products and place orders go to:

www.folkartmavens.com

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On Today’s Program, we interview Leila Roumani, a producer on the radio station Syrian Freedom Waves, on the current situation in Syria and on her work with the radio station Syrian Freedom Waves.

Leila Roumani is a Syrian-American dentist who, with six other Syrian-Americans, founded the Syrian Freedom Waves radio station at syrianfreedomwaves.org/.

She is the producer for the show Fen Wa Thakafeh (Arts and Culture).

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Edward Roger Owen is a British historian who has authored several classic books on the history of the modern Middle East. His research interests include the economic, social and political history of the Middle East, especially Egypt, from 1800 to the present, as well as
the theories of imperialism, including military occupations. Owen is currently the A.J. Meyer Professor of Middle East History at Harvard University and was previously the director of Harvard's Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Prior to teaching at Harvard, he was a faculty member at Oxford University, where he served several times as the
director of the St Antony’s College Middle East Centre. In addition to his teaching and scholarship, Owen frequently writes columns for the
English-language versions of the Arabic newspapers Al-Hayat and
Al-Ahram. His most recent book is The Rise and Fall of Arab
Presidents for Life, Harvard University Press, 2012.
 

 

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On todays program we bring you Michael Provence on the conflicts in Syria and the political origins in the context of the uprising.

Michael Provence is a scholar at UC San Diego. He has published numerous essays in foreign policy publications. His field research is the impact colonial on the modern Middle Eastern history.

 

 

 

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On today’s program, we bring you board members of the American Arabic Benevolent Association to discuss their organization and their involvement with the Arab and Arab-American community in the Boston-area.

Related link: aabausa.org

 

We also have music by renowned composer Bassam Saba, and poetry by Palestinian poet Lisa Suheir Majaj.

 

 

 

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On today’s program, Professor Elaine Hagopian interviews Dr. Hugh
Roberts on Salafist and Islamist movements in the Middle East and
Africa, covering hot topic issues like the insurgencies in Northern Mali, its impact on Algeria and Mauritania, as well as growth of
Salafist influence and appeal in post-Arab Spring countries like Egypt and Tunisia.

Dr. Hugh Roberts is the Edward Keller Professor of North African and Middle Eastern History at Tufts University. He holds a Ph.D. from
Oxford University in History. He has taught at numerous prestigious
institutions and was a Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics. He has lived and worked in Egypt and Algeria conducting research on Algeria, Egyptian Political History, and the history of Islamism in North Africa. He also worked for the International Crisis Group as Director of its North Africa Project.

 

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On today’s program we bring you an interview with Father Timothy Ferguson on his work and experiences with the Al-Kafaat foundation serving thousands of disabled people in Lebanon.

We will also feature a speech by Ali Abunimah on creating Palestinian solidarity.

 Al-Kafaat, which is also Arabic for “Abilities”, operates 8 campuses in Lebanon which provide practical training, special education and a dignified quality of life to over 4,500 disabled Lebanese. To learn more about this charitable organization, we will bring you Father Timothy Ferguson, a pastor at the St. George’s Antiochian Orthodox Church of Boston who works with Al-Kafaat to raise support in the United States.

Related link

http://www.stgeorgeofboston.org/

 Ali Abuminah is a Palestinian American journalist and co-founder of Electronic Intifada, a not-for-profit journalistic organization. He regularly contributes to the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles times.

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www.alternatefocus.org/

 

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Father Timothy Ferguson

 

 

 

 

Ali Abuminah

 On today’s program we focus on Egypt and its new president, Mohammed Morsi.

Guest: Dr. Hazem Fahmy.        

Dr. Fahmy began his career in 1987 at the Egyptian ministry of foreign affairs.  He served at the Egyptian mission to the European Union in Brussels from 1991 to 1995, in the Egyptian foreign minister’s cabinet from 1995 to 1998, and at the Egyptian permanent mission to the United Nations from 1998 to 2003.

Dr. Fahmy is currently a minister plenipotentiary at the Egyptian Foreign Service seconded to the United Nations’ secretariat.  He joined the financing for development office in the UN secretariat in 2003, and worked on UN reform issues at the executive office of the secretary general between January 2006 and January 2007.  At present, he is chief of the multistakeholder engagement & outreach branch at the financing for development office of the UN department of economic and social affairs.                        Dr. Fahmy holds degrees from the American university in Cairo, Harvard university, and the new school university from which he received a PhD in economics.

Please note: the views and opinions expressed during this interview are those of the guest and do not necessarily reflect those of the United Nations secretariat.  The designations and terminology employed may not conform to United Nations practice and do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the United Nations.

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Remembering Anthony Shadid (1968-2012)
Pulitzer-Winning NY Times Middle East Correspondent



 

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Today we conclude our profile of our chief political interviewer and analyst, Dr. Elaine Hagopian, scholar, intellectual and activist.

Dr. Elaine C. Hagopian is Professor Emerita of Sociology, at Simmons College; Boston She was the recipient of two Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Grants to do research on Palestine and Lebanon (1971, 1983). She held a visiting professor appointment at the American University of Beirut, and Distinguished Lecturer at American University/Cairo. She was appointed as a special consultant to UNICEF in the United Arab Emirates to evaluate a program in process on Women and Health as well as community development (Summer 1974), and as an Expert on a UNESCO team (1979-1980) to do a feasibility study for a Palestine Open University for Palestinian Refugee education. She is the principal founder of the Trans-Arab Research Institute and former president of the Association of Arab-American University Graduates  and Director pro tem of the Institute of Arab Studies  She was the major organizer of the first historic conference on the “Right of Return: Palestinian Refugees and a Durable Peace” held at Boston University Law Auditorium, April 8, 2000. Her most recent book as author and editor is Civil Rights in Peril: The Targeting of Arabs and Muslims (2004) for which she received the Myers Outstanding Book Award .She has published numerous journal articles, book chapters and book reviews related to Syria, Lebanon and the Israel/Palestine conflict. Professor Hagopian has led delegations to Egypt,  Palestine, Jordan Lebanon. Shes a frequent public speaker on Middle East issues, and she serves as the political interviewer for Arabic Hour Television in Boston.

 

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 Today we feature a profile of our chief political interviewer and analyst, Dr. Elaine Hagopian, scholar, intellectual and activist.

 Dr. Elaine C. Hagopian is Professor Emerita of Sociology, at Simmons College; Boston She was the recipient of two Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Grants to do research on Palestine and Lebanon (1971, 1983). She held a visiting professor appointment at the American University of Beirut, and Distinguished Lecturer at American University/Cairo. She was appointed as a special consultant to UNICEF in the United Arab Emirates to evaluate a program in process on Women and Health as well as community development (Summer 1974), and as an Expert on a UNESCO team (1979-1980) to do a feasibility study for a Palestine Open University for Palestinian Refugee education. She is the principal founder of the Trans-Arab Research Institute and former president of the Association of Arab-American University Graduates  and Director pro tem of the Institute of Arab Studies  She was the major organizer of the first historic conference on the “Right of Return: Palestinian Refugees and a Durable Peace” held at Boston University Law Auditorium, April 8, 2000. Her most recent book as author and editor is Civil Rights in Peril: The Targeting of Arabs and Muslims (2004) for which she received the Myers Outstanding Book Award .She has published numerous journal articles, book chapters and book reviews related to Syria, Lebanon and the Israel/Palestine conflict. Professor Hagopian has led delegations to Egypt,  Palestine, Jordan Lebanon. Shes a frequent public speaker on Middle East issues, and she serves as the political interviewer for Arabic Hour Television in Boston.

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On today’s program we focus on the climate of popular opposition to the regimes of Iran and Syria, including the complexities of internal needs and external interests.
with our guests Mohamad al Bardan and Alex Shams.
Alex Shams is an Iranian-American graduate student of Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. He has been active in Palestinian rights activism for years, both in the United States and in Lebanon, as well as campaigns around feminist causes and migrant worker rights. He is currently an editor at AjamMC.com, a Perso-Iranian culture blog.
Mohamad Al Bardan was born and grew up in Damascus, studied Electronics and Communication engineering in Syria, and now he is pursuing his masters degree Telecommunication management at Northeastern university. He participated in the initial revolutionary protest from the second month when it had started inside Damascus, he continued to participate in protests raging from 20 people to 20,000 people demonstrations. When he arrived to the US he joined the Syrian Nonviolent movement organization, he participated in the Dignity strike campaign and many other campaigns, and he is currently working on an awareness campaign here in Boston for the nonviolent movement in Syria.
 

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 On today’s program we bring you “Beyond Recognition” brought to you courtesy of Alternate focus.

This documentary examine the implications of Palestine's bid for recognition in the UN, Alternate Focus interviews supporters and critics of this proposal with an inside look into the Palestine Authority's strategy, and background information about its historical context.

 

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On today’s program Dr Elaine Hagopian leads a discussion on the status of Palestinians who are citizens of Israel and Palestinians outside of Israel, most particularly within the occupied territories.
Our guest’s today are Amahl Bishara & Nidal Al-Azraq.

Amahl Bishara is an assistant professor of anthropology at Tufts
University. She has just completed a manuscript on the production of
U.S. news in the West Bank during the second Intifada, entitled Back
Stories: U.S. News Production and Palestinian Politics. Her second

major research project concerns the relationship between Palestinians
inside Israel and Palestinians in the West Bank.

Nidal Al-Azraq is a Palestinian refugee and long-time activist with
refugee youth in Aida Refugee Camp. He has taught human rights, helped youth express themselves through theater, and led summer camps with Lajee Center, a community organization there. He also produced the documentary Degrees of Incarceration on the effects of political prison on Aida Camp in collaboration with Amahl Bishara. He teaches Arabic in Boston.

 

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Today, we bring you a conversation with Palestinian film’s director Elia Suleiman.  

In 1994, Suleiman moved to Jerusalem and began teaching at Birzeit University in the West Bank. In 2008 Elia Suleiman became a professor at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee. He continues to guest lecturer in other universities around the world.

His award winning films include “The Time That Remains, Divine Intervention, which won the Jury Prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, Invitation to the End of an Argument, and Chronicle of a Disappearance. His most recent Film, The Time That Remains launched the 5th Palestinian film festival here in Boston at the Museum of Fine Arts.

 

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On part 1 of today’s program we bring you The “Palestine in Israeli School Books Nurit Peled-Elhanan”, and on the second half of the program we bring you “America The Making of Israel vs Israel”, both segments are brought to you courtesy of Alternate focus.

 America The Making of Israel vs Israel                                    Terje Carlsson, a documentary filmmaker for Swedish Television, has been working as a freelance journalist in the Middle East for over nine years. His first film about Palestine, “Welcome to Hebron,” won much acclaim, and let directly to the production of “Israel Versus Israel,” which is a startling account of the activities of four Israeli peace activists and their relationship with their fellow Israelis and their Palestinian neighbors.

 Palestine in Israeli School Books Nurit Peled-Elhanan Alternate Focus interviews Nurit Peled-Elhanan, author of the forthcoming book Palestine in Israeli School Books, She analyzes the presentation of images, maps, layouts and use of language in History, Geography and Civic Studies textbooks, and reveals how the books might be seen to marginalize Palestinians, legitimize Israeli military action and reinforce Jewish-Israeli territorial identity.

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On part 1 of today’s program we bring you The “Voices of a Generation”, and on the second half of the program we bring you “Minarets in Temecula”, both segments

are brought to you courtesy of Alternate focus.

 

Voices of a Generation: Remi Kanazi

Palestinian-American poet, writer, and activist Remi Kanazi shares the struggles and concerns of the Palestinian people through his spoken word performance.

 

Minarets in Temecula

America was founded on the concept of religious freedom, but the desire of the Muslim residents in Temecula, a city north of San Diego, to build a new place of worship is met with resistance from elements in the local community. We examine how this conflict plays out against a backdrop of national and global politics and explore the roots of the opposition, as well as the diverse nature of the support for the project.

 

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On part 1 of today’s program we bring you:                                 The “Role of Jews in Palestinian Solidarity”, and on the second half of the program we bring you “Return of the General’s Son”, both segments are brought to you courtesy of Alternate focus.

 Role of Jews in Palestinian Solidarity, With Guest Henry Herskovitz who shares his experiences anddifficulties becoming a peace activist in solidarity with Palestine.

Henry Herskovitz is a retired Mechanical Engineer, who became a peace activist after witnessing the effects of US-led sanctions against Iraq in 2000. He founded Jewish Witnesses for Peace and friends, a group in Ann Arbor that has held non-violent vigils at Beth Israel Congregation for over seven years.  Return of the General’s Son Miko Peled is the son of General Matti Peled, who was a leader in the 1967 war who also fought in the War of Independence in 1948. Like his father, Peled is an advocate for an end to the occupation of Palestine. As an Israeli, he offers an insider's perspective on just how far Israel has strayed from its democratic principles, and how it has created a society marred by racism and indifference to the suffering of others. His observations are now collected in a book, "The General's Son: The Journey of an Israeli in Palestine." In this segment, Miko Peled tells of his experiences as a young soldier in the Israeli army. He describes a confrontation with the same army on a recent visit to Israel and the West Bank.

 

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On Today’s show, we bring you Egypt: Revolution in Motion, courtesy of Alternate focus. Egyptian scholar and activist Rabab El-Mahdi dispels some myths about the ongoing revolution in Egypt that have taken hold in the west. She discusses economic/political context as well as challenges and concerns of the revolution.

 To be followed by the excerpts from Mai Marsri’s documentary “FRONTIERS OF DREAMS AND FEARS”. Mai Masri, a Palestinian film-maker, based in Beirut, Lebanon has studied film at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University where she graduated with a BA degree in 1981.  Masri explores the enduring friendship that evolves between two Palestinian girls—Mona, who was born and raised in the economically marginalized Shatila refugee camp in Beirut, and Manar, who lives in the De-heisha refugee camp under Israeli control. Her most recent films include: 33 Days (2007) and Beirut Diaries (2006)

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On Today’s show, we bring you The Palestine Papers, courtesy of Alternate focus. Thousands of documents leaked to Al Jazeera reveal a host of unnecessary concessions made by a feckless Palestinian negotiating team. We interview three of the first experts to examine this historic trove who give their analysis of its implications.

To be followed by part1 of Mai Marsri’s documentary “FRONTIERS OF DREAMS AND FEARS”.Mai Masri, a Palestinian film-maker, based in Beirut, Lebanon has studied film at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University where she graduated with a BA degree in 1981.  Masri explores the enduring friendship that evolves between two Palestinian girls—Mona, who was born and raised in the economically marginalized Shatila refugee camp in Beirut, and Manar, who lives in the De-heisha refugee camp under Israeli control. Her most recent films include: 33 Days (2007) and Beirut Diaries (2006)

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On today’s program, Dr. Elaine Hagopian interview’s Middle East analyst Dr. Najib Saliba on current situation in Syria, and Implications on the region.

Dr. Najib Saliba is a Professor of History at Worcester State College in Massachusetts, where he teaches a variety of topics including Modern and Medieval Middle East History, Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa, International Relations, History of Western Civilization, History of World Civilization, Renaissance and Reformation, The U.S. and the Middle East and Arabic Language.  Dr. Saliba has written extensively about the Middle East, particularly about Syria and Lebanon; and the subject of his doctoral dissertation is “The Province of Syria: 1876-1909” with emphasis on administration, government and modernization.  Dr. Saliba has traveled extensively and conducted research in the Middle East and Europe..

This interview was taped on Nov. 12, 2011.

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Elia Suleiman.  

In 1994, Suleiman moved to Jerusalem and began teaching at Birzeit University in the West Bank. In 2008 Elia Suleiman became a professor at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee. He continues to guest lecturer in other universities around the world.

His award winning films include “The Time That Remains, Divine Intervention, which won the Jury Prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, Invitation to the End of an Argument, and Chronicle of a Disappearance. His most recent Film, The Time That Remains launched the 5th Palestinian film festival here in Boston at the Museum of Fine Arts.

 

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Today, Dr. Hagopian speaks with journalist and Middle East analyst Lamis Andoni via audio hookup to Amman, Jordan, on the unrest in the Arab world, including Libya, Palestine, Syria, Yemen and the role of Iran and Turkey.  ;

Ms. Andoni is a Palestinian-American journalist and analyst. Originally from Bethlehem, she is a free lance journalist with an international reputation, publishing her articles in Middle East International; Le Monde Diplomatique; Jordan Times; Al-Ahram, Al-Hayat; Journal of Palestine Studies, and various other publications.  

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Lamis Andoni

 

Following the latest developments in Libya, we’ll re-broadcast our interview with Libyan American Mohamed Aljahmi.

Interview taped on 3/12/11.

 Mohamed Aljahmi is a software engineer and a Libyan/American human rights activist.  He is a co-founder and former Communication Officer of American Libyan Freedom Alliance. 
Mr. Aljahmi actively educates and informs US government, national and international media and NGOs about Libyan affairs. He is also the brother of the late Libyan Democratic Dissident Fathi Aljahmi who was tortured and imprisoned by the Gaddafi regime for his insistent dissent. He died on May 21, 2009, while in custody of the Libyan government..
 

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 Today we focus on Palestine, with two guests.

First we bring you a discussion with Dr. Diana Butto, a Palestinian human rights lawyer, former legal adviser to the PLO Negotiating Team and former Bir Zeit University professor. Dr. Buttu received her law degree from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in Canada and a masters of law from Stanford University. She is currently a joint the Middle East Initiative (Harvard Kennedy School) and the Human Rights Program at the Harvard Law School.

 In the second half of our program we bring you a discussion on Palestine with ;Keith Harvey a long-time advocate for civil and human rights and a resident of Wareham, Massachusetts. Mr. Harvey is New England Regional Director of the American Friends Service Committee, heading the Cambridge office and overseeing staff across New England.  Mr. Harvey has worked for the Quaker organization for 19 years.  He participated in delegations to North Ireland during the time of the peace accords as a member of Peace Watch Ireland and has also traveled to South Africa, Kenya and the UK.  This was his first visit to Israel/Palestine

 

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Diana Butto

On Today’s show, we bring you Flight Of Return, courtesy of Alternate focus.

The Free Palestine Movement, in collaboration with Al Awda (which means “the return”) is planning an innovative campaign to focus world attention on Palestinians who are prevented from returning to their homeland.

To be followed by “excerpts from the Mai Marsri’s documentary “FRONTIERS OF DREAMS AND FEARS”.

“FRONTIERS OF DREAMS AND FEARS” is a documentary by award winning filmmaker Mai masri. 

Masri explores the enduring friendship that evolves between two Palestinian girls—Mona, who was born and raised in the economically marginalized Shatila refugee camp in Beirut, and Manar, who lives in the De-heisha refugee camp under Israeli control. 

Mai Masri, a Palestinian film-maker, based in Beirut, Lebanon has studied film at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University where she graduated with a BA degree in 1981.   Her most recent films include: 33 Days (2007) and Beirut Diaries (2006)

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On Today’s show, we bring you a program entitled “Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Strategic Actions for Justice”, brought to you courtesy of Alternate Focus.

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movem


link: www.AlternateFocus.org

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Today we focus on the issue of the bid for recognition of a Palestinian State at the United Nations.

Ahmed Moor  is a Palestinian American, born in the Gaza Strip, Palestine. He spent several years in Lebanon and Egypt working as a journalist. He has written for Al-Jazeera English, The Guardian, The Boston Review, Mondoweiss and others. Today, he is a candidate for a Masters degree in Public Policy, at Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University..

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Denise Hajjar.

With more than thirty years in the design business.  Denise Hajjar  is one of Boston premiere fashion designers. She has a national reputation with clients all over the world including celebrities. Her fashions have been featured at the Tonys, Emmys and Oscars.

She is the recipient of many awards among them Rising Star of the Year Award, Exceptional Woman Award, Vision Leader Award and lifetime Achievement Fashion Award.

Related Link: www.denisehajjar.com

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On Today’s show, we bring you a program entitled , brought to you courtesy of Alternate Focus.

Huwaida Arraf, co-founder of The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) and Free Gaza Movement chair, gave a speech at San Diego State University where she talked about the history of the Palestinian people under Israeli occupation.

Huwaida Arraf was on board Challenger 1, one of the six siege-breaking ships bringing humanitarian aid supplies to Gaza when the flotilla was attacked in international waters by Israeli commandos killing nine Turkish activists, and many were wounded.

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On Today’s show, we bring you part 2 and the conclusion of the documentary Occupation Has No Future, brought to you courtesy of Alternate Focus.

This documentary studies Israeli militarism, examines the occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, and explores the work of Israelis and Palestinians organizing against militarism and occupation

link: www.AlternateFocus.org

 

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On Today’s show, we bring you part 1 of the new documentary Occupation Has No Future, brought to you courtesy of Alternate Focus.

This documentary studies Israeli militarism, examines the occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, and explores the work of Israelis and Palestinians organizing against militarism and occupation

link: www.AlternateFocus.org

 

 

 

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Today, we bring you part 3/3 of a panel discussion on the topic:
"Options and Opportunities for
Resolving the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict"

panelist are:
Noam Chomsky
Susan Akram, Boston University Law School, Refugee and Immigration Law.

Diana Butto, former legal adviser to the PLO Negotiating Team . She is currently a Fellow at the Dubai Initiative Program at Harvard University.

Assaf Kfoury, Boston University Computer Science Department and Political Commentator.

Moderated by Dr. Elaine Hagopian
 

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Today, we bring you part 2/3 of a panel discussion on the topic:
"Options and Opportunities for
Resolving the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict"

panelist are:
Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, MIT and renowned Public Intellectual.

Susan Akram, Boston University Law School, Refugee and Immigration Law.

Diana Butto, former legal adviser to the PLO Negotiating Team . She is currently a Fellow at the Dubai Initiative Program at Harvard University.

Assaf Kfoury, Boston University Computer Science Department and Political Commentator.

Moderated by Dr. Elaine Hagopian
 

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Today, we bring you part 1/3 of a panel discussion on the topic:
"Options and Opportunities for
Resolving the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict"

panelist are:
Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, MIT and renowned Public Intellectual.

Susan Akram, Boston University Law School, Refugee and Immigration Law.

Diana Butto, former legal adviser to the PLO Negotiating Team . She is currently a Fellow at the Dubai Initiative Program at Harvard University.

Assaf Kfoury, Boston University Computer Science Department and Political Commentator.

Moderated by Dr. Elaine Hagopian
 

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On today’s program, Dr. Souad Dajani interviews Mr. Fateh Azzam, Board Chair, and a Founding Member, of the Arab Human Rights Fund (AHRF).
Mr. Azzam spent
many years teaching, directing and acting with theatre groups in the U.S. and the Middle East. He has published widely in
Arabic and English in the fields of human rights and theater.

Today, Fateh outlines the mission and objectives of the AHRF and talks about the organizations and projects it currently supports in
light of the current status of human rights in the Arab world.

Related link:  www.AHRfund.org

 

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Since December 2010, the Arab world has experienced a staggering upheaval involving no fewer than eleven countries.

 In today’s show we bring you a panel discussion entitled: Revolution in the Arab World, moderated by Nasser Barghouti, courtesy of Alternate Focus.

 

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 On Today’s show, we bring you a program entitled “Children of Catastrophe”, brought to you courtesy of Alternate Focus.

Author Jamal Kanj, in his recent book "Children of Catastrophe: Journey from a Palestinian refugee camp to America," provides an account of life from Palestine to refugee camps in Lebanon and the events leading for the creation of the state of Israel.

link: www.AlternateFocus.org

 

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On Today’s show, we bring you a program entitled “Johan Galtung on Uprising and the End of Empire”.
Peace mediator Johan Galtung gives his analysis of the uprisings in the Arab world as an indicator that the era of Western domination in the region is coming to an end.
This segment was brought to you courtesy of Alternate Focus.

link: www.AlternateFocus.org

 

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Our guest today is Dr. Alice Rothchild, who earlier this year visited Israel and the Palestinian occupied territories, she will report to us her observation of life under Israeli occupation, and talk about the BDS movement, a nonviolent campaign to boycott, divest and sanction Israel until it complies with international law. 

Dr. Rothchild graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1970 with a BA in psychology, from obtained her medical degree from Boston University in 1974.

 She developed an interest in progressive politics in the 1960s and 70s starting with campus opposition to the Vietnam War and moving on to her discovery of feminism and health reform movements while in medical school and residency.  ;

In 1997, through her involvement in the Boston Workmen’s Circle, a progressive secular Jewish organization, she turned much of her non-medical focus to understanding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and its relationship to US foreign policy and American Jewry. She co-founded and co-chairs Visions of Peace with Justice in Israel/Palestine, now American Jews for a Just Peace– Boston.

Dr. Alice Rothchild is the Author of “Broken Promises, Broken Dreams” Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience.

Links:

 www.alicerothchild.com

 

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On Today’s show, we bring you A program entitled: break the silence, with guests Craig and Cindy Corrie.

Brought to you courtesy of Alternate Focus..

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On today’s program, we bring you coverage of a lecture by Dr. Dahlia Wasfi entitled:

“US interference in the Middle East: With friends like us, who needs enemies? “

sponsored by: Students for Justice in the Middle East – U Mass Dartmouth.

Dr. Dahlia Wasfi an internationally known activist who is speaking out against the occupation of Iraq.

Born in the United States to an American Jewish mother and an Iraqi Muslim father, she lived in Iraq as achild, returning to the U.S. at age 5. After graduating from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Biology in 1993, she earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. Dr. Wasfi has made two trips to Iraq to visit her extended family since the 2003 "Shock and Awe" invasion, including a three month stay in Basrah in the spring of 2006. Through her activism, she brought her eyewitness accounts of life under occupation to the United States.

Based on her experiences, Dr. Wasfi is speaking out in support of immediate, unconditional withdrawal of American forces from Iraq and the need to end the occupation.

Link: www.liberatethis.com

 

 

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On Today’s program, we bring you Diana Buttu in a lecture entitled “Palestinian Refugee Rights & Negotiations”

Diana Buttu is a Palestinian human rights lawyer, former Bir Zeit University professor, and former legal advisor to the Palestinian negotiation team. Buttu received her law degree from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in Canada and a masters of law from Stanford University.

A program brought to you courtesy of Alternate focus, www.alternatefocus.org

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On Today’s show, we bring you “New Anti-Semitism: Political Ploy to Silence Americans and Protect Israel from Criticism”

Guest, Dr. Ibrahim Soudy

Dr. Ibrahim Soudy probes with host Bill Alford, manipulation of so-called “New anti-Semitism.” It has cleverly become a weapon to silence Americans. It smears the likes of Jimmy Carter and Helen Thomas and ordinary citizens of conscience outraged by clear “racism” and “genocide”. Anti-Semitism hype cannot hide the horrors. Nor can it trump the moral obligation to oppose “wrong.” Guest and host compare hating the Sin not the Sinner. Anti-mafia is not anti-Sicilian; anti-Israel criminality is not anti-Jew.

A program brought to you courtesy of Alternate focus, www.alternatefocus.org

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On Today’s show, we bring you “New Anti-Semitism: Political Ploy to Silence Americans and Protect Israel from Criticism”

Guest, Dr. Ibrahim Soudy

Dr. Ibrahim Soudy probes with host Bill Alford, manipulation of so-called “New anti-Semitism.” It has cleverly become a weapon to silence Americans. It smears the likes of Jimmy Carter and Helen Thomas and ordinary citizens of conscience outraged by clear “racism” and “genocide”. Anti-Semitism hype cannot hide the horrors. Nor can it trump the moral obligation to oppose “wrong.” Guest and host compare hating the Sin not the Sinner. Anti-mafia is not anti-Sicilian; anti-Israel criminality is not anti-Jew.

A program brought to you courtesy of Alternate focus, www.alternatefocus.org

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On Today’s show, we bring you a program entitled: “Johan Galtung Transcend: Methods and Solutions”,

Johan Galtung is the founder of Transcend, a network for peace, development and environment. Galtung's approach to mediation offers concrete proposals that are intended to give both sides the sense that they are winners. In this interview he describes his methodology and offers proposals for peace in the Middle East and other areas of conflict.

A program brought to you courtesy of Alternate focus, www.alternatefocus.org

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Our guest today is Raja Shehade, a Palestinian lawyer and writer. Born in 1951 in Ramallah in the West Bank, Raja Shehade attended the Quaker school in Ramallah and the American University of Beirut. He was called to the bar in London, then returned to Ramallah and private practice with his father, Aziz Shehade, a lawyer well-known in Palestine for advocating a two-state solution decades ahead of its time.

Shehade is a founder of the human rights organization, Al-Haq, an affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists. He has written several books on international law, human rights and the Middle East.

Today Journalist Ellen Cantarow interviews Raja Shehade on his most recent book:  A Rift in Time: Travels with my Ottoman Uncle (2010) and later in the program Dr. Elaine Hagopian Professor Emerita at Simmons College interviews Shehade on Palestine.

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On Today’s program, we bring “Resistance Trilogy—Prologue: The Colonial Legacy”,

First of a series of documentaries exploring the origins of Fatah, Hizbollah, and Hamas. Featuring interviews with Rashid Khalidi and Helena Cobban.

Brought to you courtesy of Alternate focus, www.alternatefocus.org

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Dr. Elaine Hagopian interviews Dr. Thomas Philip Abowd on his forthcoming book entitled:

“Colonial Jerusalem: The Spatial Construction of Identity and Difference in a Divided City”..

Professor Abowd is A Columbia University graduate with A PhD in Cultural Anthropology.

In 2006 he received A Post-Doctoral Research Award from the Palestine-American Research Center (PARC), to study housing politics in contemporary Jerusalem.

In 2008-09 Dr. Abowd was the recipient of a Faculty Fellowship from the Humanities Center, of Wayne State University, to continue research on housing politics and housing-rights activism in Jerusalem

Dr. Abowd is Visiting Assistant Professor, at the UMass-Amherst, Department of Legal Studies, and Instructor at Tufts University in the Department of Anthropology.

 

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On today’s show, we bring you “My Early Years in Occupied Palestine: Archbishop Elias Chacour”. A program Courtesy of Alternate Focus.www.alternatefocus.org
Archbishop Elias Chacour, three time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and founder the Mar Elias Educational Institutions. His early life was during the English Mandate of Palestine and afterward when his family was forced from their home and village in 1948. His story is a poignant one full of drama and personal hardships, depicting a far different picture of events during and following the 1948 war between Israelis and Arabs in Palestine. This segment captures a compelling story of all the Israeli government did to thwart the completion of this school for disadvantaged Palestinians.

 

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Today we bring you part 2, and the conclusion, of a lecture by Dr. Norman Finkelstein speaking on March 15th at Tufts University, on the topic of Israel and Palestine.

 

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On today’s program, we bring you part 2 and the conclusion of our interview with Dr. Dahlia Wasfi.

Dr Wasfi is an internationally known activist who is speaking out against the occupation of Iraq.

Based on her experiences, Dr. Wasfi is speaking out in support of immediate, unconditional withdrawal of American forces from Iraq and the need to end the occupation.

 Dr. Wasfi’s website:

www.liberatethis.com

 

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Dr. Dahlia Wasfi an internationally known activist who is speaking out against the occupation of Iraq.

Born in the United States to an American Jewish mother and an Iraqi Muslim father, she lived in Iraq as a child, returning to the U.S. at age 5. After graduating from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Biology in 1993, she earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. Dr. Wasfi has made two trips to Iraq to visit her extended family since the 2003 "Shock and Awe" invasion, including a three month stay in Basrah in the spring of 2006. She has brought her eyewitness account of life under occupation to the United States.

Based on her experiences, Dr. Wasfi is speaking out in support of immediate, unconditional withdrawal of American forces from Iraq and the need to end the occupation.

Dr. Wasfi’s website is:

www.liberatethis.comm

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Today we bring you part 1 of a lecture by Dr. Norman Finkelstein speaking on March 15th at Tufts University, on the topic of Israel and Palestine.

 Dr. Finkelstein, is a political scientist and author, specializing in the Holocaust and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Internationally acclaimed scholar, author of:

-   Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History

-  The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the exploitation of Jewish suffering

-  Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict.

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As the situation in Libya worsens and The Us contemplates the imposition of a no fly zone, we bring Mohamed Aljahmi.
 
Mohamed Aljahmi is a software engineer and a Libyan/American human rights activist.  He is a co-founder and former Communication Officer of American Libyan Freedom Alliance. 
Mr. Aljahmi actively educates and informs US government, national and international media and NGOs about Libyan affairs. He is also the brother of the late Libyan Democratic Dissident Fathi Aljahmi who was tortured and imprisoned by the Gaddafi regim
e for his insistent dissent. He died on May 21, 2009, while in custody of the Libyan government..

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Today we bring you dissenting Israeli voices, a documentary film entitled “Voices from inside, Israelis Speak", Produced by award winning producer Marjorie Wright. Winner of the Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award, the documentary is brought to you courtesy of Alternate Focus.

Link: www.alternatefocus.org

 

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Relevant to our program today, in another tragically absurd turn of events, on Feb 18th, the UN Security Council resolution that would have condemned Israeli settlements as "illegal" and called for an immediate halt to all settlement building was voted 14 to one. That is 14 out of the full membership of 15 voted on behalf of the resolution including Britain France and Germany; the US however vetoed the resolution.

To understand the impact of illegal Israeli settlements on the Palestinian occupied territories we’ll bring you a program featuring Dr. Diana Bhutto, courtesy of Alternate Focus.

 Also, a short interview with Farah Haidar the executive director of the Center for Arabic Culture

http://www.cacboston.org//

 

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Diana Bhutto

Farah Haidar

 On today’s program, Dr. Elaine Hagopian brings us an interview with Professor Chibli Mallat

on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL).

 Chibli Mallat is Presidential Professor of Middle Eastern Law and Politics at the University of Utah. He was named Presidential Professor in 2009, and served between 2008 and 2010 as Senior Legal Advisor to the Global Justice Project: Iraq. He also holds the EU Jean Monnet Chair of Law at Saint Joseph's University in Lebanon.

As a legal practitioner and consultant Professor Mallat has litigated several international criminal law cases, and advises governments, corporations and individuals in Middle Eastern and international law.

Professor Mallat IS CURRENTLY TEACHING Islamic Legal Studies at Harvard law school.

He is also chairman of the right to non-violence, an international NGO established in Lebanon and the US.

He has held research and teaching positions in the US at Princeton University, Yale Law School, the University of Virginia Law School, the Library of Congress, University of California at Berkeley among others (Boalt Hall) School of Law, in Europe at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of Lyon, and in Lebanon at Saint Joseph's University and the Islamic University.

 

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Today, we bring you an interview by Dr. Elaine Hagopian with Professor Tarek Masoud on the triumphant pro-democracy revolution in Egypt. 

Dr. Masdoud is a political scientist and Middle East specialist, his research focuses on political development in countries that are poor and unfree, uncovering the processes by which governments become more accountable to, representative of, and responsive to the needs of their people.

Dr. Masoud is the co-editor of Problems and Methods in the Study of Politics(Cambridge, 2004) and Order, Conflict, and Violence (Cambridge, 2008), and his articles and reviews have appeared in the Journal of Democracy, Foreign Policy, and the International Journal of Middle East Studies, among others.

In 2009, Masoud was named a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and was awarded the American Political Science Association's Aaron Wildavsky Award for Best Dissertation in Religion and Politics. He is also the recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation.

Dr. Masoud holds an AB with honors from Brown and received his Ph.D in political science with distinction from Yale in 2008.

Professor Masoud is presently assistant professor of public policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

 

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Today, we bring you an interview by Dr. Elaine Hagopian with Ashraf Hegazy, Executive Director of The Dubai Initiative at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, On the pro-democracy revolution in Egypt.

 Ashraf Hegazy,  grew up in Egypt and around the world. His mother was Egypt’s first female diplomat.

He graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2009 with a mid-career Master in Public Administration degree. He was awarded a Lucius N. Littauer Fellowship for "exemplary academic achievement, public service & potential for future leadership," and a Presidential Management Fellowship. His research interests lie in the fields of adaptive leadership and negotiation frameworks in the Middle East.

 

 

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Today, we focus on Tunisia with an in-depth analysis of recent events namely the revolutionary uprising, The overthrow of Tunisian president Ben Ali and what it means for Tunisia and the region.
Dr. Elaine Hagopian interviews F
rench born Tunisian scholar, Malika Zeghal.


Dr. Zeghal, who has examined the changing relationship between Islam and governments across the Middle East, was associate professor of anthropology and sociology of religion in the University of Chicago Divinity School.

In 2010 She was appointed Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal Professor in Contemporary Islamic Thought and Life at Harvard University. Dr. Zeghal's research focuses on the changing relationship between Arab states, religious institutions, and Islamist movements over the last 50 years.

 

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Today, we bring you readings and conversation by  Dr. Sami Shalom Chetrit, a Moroccan-born Israeli writer and scholar, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Language, Literatures and Cultures in the Department of Classical, Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures at Queens College, CUNY.

The topic we’re covering is from Dr Chetrit’s book entitled: Intra-Jewish Conflict in Israel: White Jews, Black Jews.  It is the first book in English to examine the political history of Mizrahi Jews (Jews from The Arab and Muslim worlds) in Israel, focusing in particular on social and political movements. The book analyzes the ongoing cultural encounter between Zionism and Israel on one side, and Mizrahi Jews on the other.

  This event took place in November 2010 at the Suffolk University Poetry Center in Boston.

The Footage courtesy of the Institute of Near East and African Studies (INEAS): www.INEAS.org 

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On the prospect of war with Iran we bring you an interview with Richard Silverstein of the Tikun Olam blog by Host Bill Alford of Moral Politics.

This interview is brought to you Courtesy of Alternate focus..

 

 

 

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On Today’s program, we bring you “FRONTIERS OF DREAMS AND FEARSMai masri.

Her most recent films include::

-          33 Days (2007)

-          Beirut Diaries (2006) which won best documentary award at the "Asian Pacific Film Festival".

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On today’s show, we bring you a program entitled: “Cut Through the Denial About Israeli's Violence”.

A program produced by Alternate Focus and Moral Politics.

This show cuts through denial and exposes Israel’s violence.

conclusion, of Dr. Elaine Hagopian’s

WARNING. This program contains disturbing and graphic images of human trauma

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On today’s show, we bring you a program                                              entitled:

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Produced by Alternate Focus and Moral                                                    Politics.

"David Schermerhorn sailed in the first Free Gaza Flotilla in August, 2008 to bring food and medicine to Palestinians in Gaza. Later in that year, David Schermerhorn experienced Israeli cannon fire while an international observer on Palestinian fishing boats. Then as now, Israeli’s resort to gunboat diplomacy to establish territorial boundaries. In 2010 David Schermerhorn participated in the flotilla that was assaulted by Israeli commandos. Nine humanitarians were murdered in international waters. The Palestinians have suffered and been exploited. The Free Gaza flotillas keep a promise that the suffering and repressed people of Gaza will not be forgotten.

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David Schermerhorn

 

 

  On today’s show, we bring you a program entitled: “Israel’s matrix of control” with guest Jimmy Johnson, a program co-produced by Alternate Focus and Moral Politics..

 "Matrix of control. That sounds ominous. However, it’s true, according to my guest Jimmy Johnson, International coordinator for the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions headquartered in Jerusalem. Israel has leaped ahead in weapons, surveillance and even architectural design to control a population. The occupied Palestinian territories have served as a laboratory to perfect these big brother security systems and techniques to control a population. That menacing technology is a major export to the United States.

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Troubled by rising Islamophobia and the lack of reliable information about American Muslims, prof. Dana launched MAPOS in 2007 to study the patterns of social, civic, and political participation among Muslim Americans

 Prof. Dana studied economics, political science and political economy at the University of Washington and followed with a Masters Degree in Socioeconomic Development and Sustainable Development from the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. He went on to earn his PhD in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies. Presently he is a Dubai Initiative Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

After finishing his post-doctorate fellowship at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, prof. dana started a faculty position at Tufts University in the Department of History and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Dana's research was recognized by the American Political Science Association, which presented Dana with the Best Paper award in 2009.

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Today we bring you part 2  covering the 25th annual veterans for peace convention,  which took place aug 29, 2010 in Portland maine.
Today’s speaker is Chris Hedges, he is an American journalist, author and war correspondent, specializing in American and middle eastern societies..
Mr. Hedges most recent book is empire of illusion: the end of literacy and the triumph of spectacle. Mr. Hedges is a senior fellow at the nation.

The Footage is brought to you courtesy of Radio Free Maine.

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Today we bring you part 1 of 2 programs covering the 25th annual veterans for peace convention,  which took place aug 29, 2010 in Portland maine.
Today’s speaker is Ann Wright, she is a former united states army colonel and retired official of the U.S state department.
Ms. Wright is most noted for having been one of the 3 state department official to publically resign in protest of the
march 2003 invasion of Iraq. Recently, Wright was a passenger on the challenger one which along the marvi marmara was
part of the Gaza flotilla..

The Footage is brought to you courtesy of Radio Free Maine.
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today, we bring you part 3/3 of a panel discussion on the topic:
"Options and Opportunities for
Resolving the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict"

panelist are:
Noam Chomsky
Susan Akram, Boston University Law School, Refugee and Immigration Law.

Diana Butto, former legal adviser to the PLO Negotiating Team . She is currently a Fellow at the Dubai Initiative Program at Harvard University.

Assaf Kfoury, Boston University Computer Science Department and Political Commentator.

Moderated by Dr. Elaine Hagopian

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today, we bring you part 2/3 of a panel discussion on the topic:
"Options and Opportunities for
Resolving the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict"

panelist are:
Noam Chomsky
Susan Akram, Boston University Law School, Refugee and Immigration Law.

Diana Butto, former legal adviser to the PLO Negotiating Team . She is currently a Fellow at the Dubai Initiative Program at Harvard University.

Assaf Kfoury, Boston University Computer Science Department and Political Commentator.

Moderated by Dr. Elaine Hagopian
 

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Today, we bring you part 1/3 of a panel discussion on the topic:

"Options and Opportunities for

Resolving the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict"

panelist are:

Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, MIT and renowned Public Intellectual.

Susan Akram, Boston University Law School, Refugee and Immigration Law.

Diana Butto, former legal adviser to the PLO Negotiating Team . She is currently a Fellow at the Dubai Initiative Program at Harvard University.

Assaf Kfoury, Boston University Computer Science Department and Political Commentator.

Moderated by Dr. Elaine Hagopian

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On today’s show, we bring you a program of commentary on the Goldstone report
courtesy of Alternate Focus.
 

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Richard Silverstein

On today’s program we bring you part 2 of 2 with Norman Finkelstein on the topic:

THIS TIME WE WENT TOO FAR

Dr. Finkelstein talks about how the massive destruction visited on Gaza was not an accidental by product  of the Israeli invasion but was the objective.

 This program was brought to you courtesy of Alternate Focus.

 Norman G. Finkelstein received his doctorate in 1988 from the Department of Politics at Princeton University. For many years he taught political theory and the Israel-Palestine conflict. Finkelstein is the author of five books which have been translated into more than 40 foreign editions: Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of HistoryThe Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering(Verso, 2000, expanded paperback edition, 2003); Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict(Verso, 1995, expanded paperback edition, 2003); with Ruth Bettina Birn, A Nation on Trial: The Goldhagen Thesis and Historical Truth (Henry Holt, 1998); and ;The Rise and Fall of Palestine: A Personal Account of the Intifada Years (University of Minnesota, 1996).

 

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On today’s program we bring you a part 1 of 2 with Norman Finkelstein on the topic:

THIS TIME WE WENT TOO FAR

Dr. Finkelstein talks about how the massive destruction visited on Gaza was not an accidental byproduct

of the Israeli invasion but was the objective. 

This program was brought to you courtesy of Alternate Focus.

Norman G

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Mr. Philip Dunkelbarger is a former City Councilor-at-Large. Also experienced in local, state, and federal campaigns for over 30 years.

Related links::

www.dunk2010.com

 

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On the TV program:

1- Dean Obeidallah  talking about his  Arabs Gone Wild Stand up Comedy Tour in Boston at The Wilbur Theater! On Saturday, October 9, 2010 , Interview conducted by Louay Al-Jondi . More details on  www.arabsgonewild.comm  

2- And part three, the conclusion of the panel on the topic of One State for Palestine /Israel: A Country for All Its Citizens.

Dr Salman Abu Sitta,  The Geographic and Demographic Imperatives of a Single State

- Professor Susan Akram, The Palestinian Right of Return in the Context of the One and Two State Solutions

 

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On today’s program we are bringing you part two of three shows on the
topic of One State for Palestine /Israel: A Country for All Its Citizens
 
Omar Barghouti,
Organizing for Self Determination, ethical De Zionization & Resisting Apartheid
 
 
Professor Ilan Pappe,
Proposal For A New Israeli Political Organization: Building A
Movement For The One State Solution

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Omar Barghouti

Ilan Pappe

On this week program:  we are bringing you part one of three shows on the topic of One State for Palestine /Israel: A Country for All Its Citizens

The Organization for Building
One country.

DDr Ghada Karmi: Building An International Movement To Promote the One State Solution.

Professor Leila Farsakh:  Building Movements for the One State Solution in Palestine & the Arab World

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On today’s program we'll conclude last week's coverage of the panel entitled
"principled resistance to the Israeli occupation" with Noam Chomsky,
prof. emeritus of linguistics at MIT, author, and leading critic of US foreign policy.

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Today we bring you part 1, of two, segments on the theme principled resistance to the Israeli occupation. Featuring three panelists Shachaf Polakow, an Israeli activist, Leila Farsakh Palestinian American, Author and educator. And the known Noam Chomsky.

The panel took place in February 2009. and the content remains relevant since the status of the occupation has remained the same. We bring you these issues in light of the recent direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority to underline the information, which seldom surfaces in mainstream news outlets in the US.

But, first here is an update on the current events relating to the separation Wall.

 

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Leila Farsakh

 

Nancy Murray

 

Shachaf Polakow

 

On this week program, a report on Depleted Uranium and it’s consequences.  Featuring Dr. Doug Rokke , director of the U.S. Army Depleted Uranium Project. According to the INDEPENDENT’s Patrick Cockburn. Toxic legacy of US assault on Fallujah / Iraq is 'worse than Hiroshima'.

The shocking rates of infant mortality and cancer in Iraqi city raise new questions about dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which was bombarded by US Marines in 2004. According to the Independent, the study, entitled "Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005-2009", by Dr Busby, Malak Hamdan and Entesar Ariabi, and concludes that the types of cancer are "similar to that in the Hiroshima survivors who were exposed to ionising radiation from the bomb and uranium in the fallout". Researchers found a 38-fold increase in leukaemia, a ten-fold increase in female breast cancer and significant increases in lymphoma and brain tumours in adults. At Hiroshima survivors showed a 17-fold increase in leukaemia, but in Fallujah Dr Busby says what is striking is not only the greater prevalence of cancer but the speed with which it is affecting people.

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1-On this week program, we bring you a continuation of our coverage of the new England anti war conference with panelist Pardiss Kebriaei, on the topic of “Debunking the war on terror”. Ms. Pardiss Kebriaei is a Gantanamu attorney from the center for constitutional rights. She has described the horror of the Gantanamu and Bagram prisons, and her efforts to bring legal aid and justice to the prisoners.

Pardiss Kebriaei is introduced by moderator Lisa Savage of code Pink

2-Following up on last weeks footage pf the demonstration in the village of El-Wa-la-ja in the occupied west bank.  We’d like to report that the Separation Wall, being built by the Israelis will not just cover one side of the village but rather will surround the village of Al-Walaja on all sides. And the Palestinian non violent protests continue as they have for a long while now.

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Pardiss Kebriaei

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