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An interview with Martha-Jane Ekstrand  -- “M. J.” – of Weymouth, MA. To discuss the newly published Frank Maria’s biography  entitled:FRANK MARIA – A Search for Justice and Peace in the Middle East.

music by singer Aboud Agha and ensemble from our Annual fundraiser Halfi that was held on Oct 6, at St. George’s Church Hall in west Roxbury.   

PLAY VIDEO  10/13/07

M. J 

An interview with His Eminence Metropolitan Elias Kurban of Tripoli, Lebanon. His Eminence on a visit to the United States shares with Attorney George Abi-Esber his views on recent developments in Lebanon and the Middle East.

Coverage of the first Boston Palestine Film Festival opening reception - SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY SIMON SHAHEEN

 

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Kurban
 Shaheen
A program produced by Alternate Focus:  “Nowhere To Flee" : Palestinians currently stranded in al-Tanaf and Al-Ruweished camps tell of their own personal experiences and what led them to flee Baghdad. Al-Tanaf camp is located in no man's land on the Syria Iraq border. Al-Ruweished detention camp is located on the Jordanian border. Unlike other refugees who have gone through this camp, most of the Palestinians have been there for four years already. Subtitles in English. No Where to Flee is an October 2006 film by Adam Shapiro and Perla Issa.
PLAY VIDEO  09/29/07
 

For more information please visit Alternate Focus at: www.alternatefocus.org

Marcel Khalifé is coming to Boston on Friday November 16. At Berklee Performance Center

Click to watch songs by Marcel

Two programs produced by Alternate Focus:  “Sacred Space Denied: Bethlehem and the Wall” provides a revealing view into the alarming rate at which lands are being absorbed by the growth of the Separation Wall. “Palestine Under Siege” deals with the overwhelming obstacles Palestinians face in their daily lives

For more information please visit Alternate Focus at: www.alternatefocus.org

 

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Discussion of the Anti Defamation League (ADL) position on the Armenian Genocide. In response to the controversy that erupted last July in Watertown, MA over ADL’s position on the Armenian Genocide and implications for this community’s sponsorship of ADL’s “No Place for Hate” school-based program, Abe Foxman (ADL president) issued a statement denying the Armenian Genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Turks. Later he said that perhaps the events of that time (1915 on) could be described as a consequence of war and tantamount to Genocide.  He refused to commit ADL to supporting a US Congressional Resolution acknowledging the Genocide, stating it would be counter-productive. Discussing these developments with Elaine Hagopian is Armenian-American artist Varteni, Narini Badalian, and longtime community activist, Hilda Silverman.  PLAY VIDEO  09/15/07

 

 

For more information please visit No Place for Genocide Denial at: www.noplacefordenial.com

If Americans Knew Investigations, a two-part program produced by Alternate Focus:

Part 1: features four  segments: “The Easiest Targets,” Palestinian, American, Muslim, Christian and Jewish tell stories of humiliation and harassment; how the Associated Press allegedly erased footage of an Israeli soldier shooting a Palestinian boy; "Jeffrey Goldberg: Pundit for Israel" on the writer’s past as a prison guard in Israel; and, "Off the Charts: Media Analysis of the Israel-Palestine Conflict"a 3-minute segment by Alternate Focus --

Part 2: features four           segments: "Captured Prisoners" testimony about Palestinians inside Israeli prisons; "Gaza After Disengagement"; interviews with American politicians, diplomats, and journalists, and "Divesting From Violence: Presbyterian Policy in the Middle East" – a 3-minute segment by Alternate Focus

PLAY VIDEO  09/08/07

 

For more information please visitt Alternate Focus at: www.alternatefocus.org and, If Americans Knew at: www.ifamericansknew.org

Special to the Arabic Hour, The Doha Debates, “This House believes only another dictator can end the violence in Iraq.” Chair Tim Sebastian is joined by guests Sabah Al-Mukhtar, Adnan Pachachi, Robert Baer, and George Galloway (Doha, Qatar, January 31, 2007)

The Doha Debates are an initiative of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.

PLAY VIDEO  09/01/07

For more information please visit The Doha Debates website at: www.thedohadebates.com

Remainder and conclusion to “Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land: U.S. Media & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” Produced by The Media Education Foundation (2004), this important documentary sheds a critical light on the role of the US media in reinforcing biases and distortions concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the wider relationship between media and politics. Followed by a selection of Arabic music. PLAY VIDEO  08/25/07

For more information, including how to order copies of this documentary, please visit The Media Education Foundation website at: www.mediaed.org

“Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land: U.S. Media & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” Produced by The Media Education Foundation (2004), this important documentary sheds a critical light on the role of the US media in reinforcing biases and distortions concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the wider relationship between media and politics.

For more information, including how to order copies of this documentary, please visit The Media Education Foundation website at: www.mediaed.org

08/18/07
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The remainder and conclusion to this documentary will air next week

Special to the Arabic Hour, The Doha Debates, 'This House believes that the pro-Israeli lobby has successfully stifled Western debate over Israel's actions.” Chair Tim Sebastian is joined by guests
Norman Finkelstein, Martin Indyk, Andrew Cockburn and David Aaronovitch (Oxford Union, UK, May 1, 2007).
The Doha Debates are an initiative of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.
For more information please visit the Doha Debates website at: www.thedohadebates.com
PLAY VIDEO  08/11/07

 

 

Award-winning documentary, "Introduction to the Arab World" produced by AMIDEAST (1989).  This important documentary introduces the people and places of the region and addresses crucial issues confronting the Arab world. Divided into three sections, today’s program features Part 1 “Overview” and Part 2 “Islam”. Followed by a selection of Arabic music. PLAY VIDEO  08/04/07

 

In this week’s “Want to Know” segment with attorneys George Abi-Esber and Hugh Samson,
George and Hugh provide perspective and analysis on wide-ranging issues,
from the take-over of Hamas in the Gaza Strip in early June, the US role in the Middle East and other current events.
Followed by a selection of Arabic music.
PLAY VIDEO  07/28/07

A documentary entitled, ““Arabs in America". This upbeat examination of Arab immigration to the US since the mid-19th century focuses on the problems faced by these new immigrants in adjusting to life in the US. Imaginative use of old photographs as well as contemporary slides and interviews in communities ranging from Colorado to Connecticut. Followed by a selection of Arabic music PLAY VIDEO  07/21/07

A program produced by Alternate Focus entitled,
Questions about Palestine: Answers from the PLO"
For more information please visit:
www.alternatefocus.org
Selections of Arab classical music performed by the Bassam Saba Ensemble, from the Third Annual Evelyn A. Menconi Memorial Cultural Series Event (May 8, 2007). Look for our special program covering this event airing in September 2007.
PLAY VIDEO  07/14/07

 

 A production by Alternate Focus entitled
Jeremy Scahil: Blackwater and the Coalition of the Billing". part-1  For more information,
please visit:
www.alternatefocus.org
PLAY VIDEO  07/07/07

A documentary produced by Alternate Focus entitled: “The bases are loaded”. Independent
journalist Dahr Jamail, and author Chalmers Johnson, are discovering that
military bases in Iraq are being consolidated from over a hundred to a handful
of "megabases" with lavish amenities. For more information, please visit:
www.alternatefocus.org

Also variety of Algerian RAI songs by singers Cheb Khaled, Rachid Taha, and  Faudel

PLAY VIDEO  6/30/07

 

A documentary produced by Alternate Focus entitled “This Body is a Prison”, Parts 1 and 2, about Palestinian life under Israeli military occupation. For more information, please visit: www.alternatefocus.org PLAY VIDEO  6/23/07

Interview with Sherif Fam, human rights activist in Boston on the June 10th rally in Washington, DC protesting 40 years of illegal Israeli occupation of the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza Strip - including East Jerusalem - and the Syrian Golan Heights. Includes footage and clips from the rally ---For more video coverage of the rally, please CLICK HERE PLAY VIDEO 6/16/07

Coverage of the annual Syrian-Lebanese Women’s Club of Greater Boston scholarship awards ceremony in Dedham. The event featured guest speaker Cynthia Haddad, financial analyst, and honored Dr. Elaine Hagopian for her many years of service and support to the organization and the community. PLAY VIDEO 6/9/07

Commentary and analysis of issues in the Middle East by Souad Dajani, followed by our popular segment, “Want to Know” with Attorneys George Abi-Esber and Hugh Samson who analyze the current situation in Lebanon and the Occupied Palestinian Territories PLAY VIDEO  6/2/07

Interview with  Alice  Rothchild , M.D.  on her book , Broken promises, Broken Dreams : Stories of Jewish & Palestinian Trauma &   Resilience

For more information please click here     

PLAY VIDEO  5/26/07

Coverage of a book reading & signing with Evelyn Shakir Remember Me to Lebanon: Stories of Lebanese Women in America. Held at MIT

Click here to read more about the author and the book  

PLAY VIDEO  5/19/07

1-This week’s Want to Know segment with Attorneys George Abi-Esber and Hugh Samson features an interview with Attorney P. Sabin Willett on “Secret Prisons and Torture Under the American Flag.” 

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Concluding coverage of the ADCMA Second Annual Banquet with Executive Director Caline Jarudi
PLAY VIDEO  5/12/07

Coverage of the American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee (ADCMA) Second Annual Banquet in Boston. Featuring Presentation of Awards to Dr. Nancy Murray, Director of Education at the ACLU and The Arabic Hour. Keynote speaker, Attorney P.Sabin Willet, reflects on “My Guantanamo Moment. PLAY VIDEO  5/5/07

 

Continued coverage of the forum held at Brandeis University on “Public Framing of The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: How the Holocaust Underlies Realities of Fear, Intimidation, and Denial.” Q & A  PLAY VIDEO  4/28/07

Coverage of the lecture: PUBLIC FRAMING OF THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT with Dr. Sara Roy, Dr. Alice Rothchild and Dr. Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi PLAY VIDEO  4/21/07

1. Documentary produced by Alternate Focus entitled “A Palestinian Woman”. For more information, please visit: www.alternatefocus.org 

2. Clips from an Arab Classical Music event by the Bassam Saba Ensemble 

PLAY VIDEO  4/14/07

1- A documentary entitled Deir Yassin Remembered about the Deir Yassin Massacre on April 9th 1948. For more information, please visit: www.deiryassin.org

2- Poetry by Lisa Majaj and music

PLAY VIDEO  4/7/07

1- A Coverage of a Political Workshop entitled: “ Practical Politics for Arab Americans, An Arab American Empowerment Workshop

2- A “Sabeel” presentation by Alternate Focus. Courtesy of www.AlternateFocus.org

PLAY VIDEO  3/31/07

Selected clips and coverage of the Arabic Hour's Spring Hafli (March 17/07). 

A documentary entitled, "American Inquisition" on coercion and torture in prisons, produced by Alternate Focus. For more information please visit their website at www.AlternateFocus.org

 

PLAY VIDEO  3/24/07

 

This week the Arabic Hour we have another ““Want to know “ segment with attorneys Hugh Samson and George Abi-Esber  addressing the issue of Christian Zionism.

Douglas Stuart (PhD, Harvard University) is professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

PLAY VIDEO  3/17/07

Part 11: A short interview with Lebanese-American director Omar Naim (The Final Cut, Lions Gate Films, 2004) followed by the debut TV screening of Naim’s Grand Theatre: a Tale of Beirut, a documentary about the Grand Theater in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war and its aftermath through the eyes of an old theater. 

Part 2: Coverage of the American Lebanese Engineering Society Annual Dinner held at the Byblos Restaurant in Norwood, MA on 10 February 2007.

PLAY VIDEO  3/10/07


ALES Annual Dinner
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This week’s show features parts 3 and 4 of the series “Creating Chaos” produced by Alternate Focus. Please visit their website for more info www.AlternateFocus.org 

To listen to parts 1 & 2

PLAY VIDEO  3/3/07

An interview withh Dr. Samah Jabr, a Palestinian Psychiatrist who works in the community mental health clinics in Jericho and Ramallah. She discusses the mental health crisis facing the Palestinian people under Israeli occupation. PLAY VIDEO  2/24/07

Part 2 and the conclusion of the “34-Day War” in Perspective, The 2006 Israeli offensive in Lebanon and its aftermath; with presentations by David Barsamian, founder, Alternative Radio. and Marty Federman, Jewish Voice for Peace, Boston PLAY VIDEO  2/17/07

Part 11 of the “34-Day War” in Perspective, The 2006 Israeli offensive in Lebanon and its aftermath; with presentations by Elaine Hagopian, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Simmons College, and Ara Sanjian, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern History and Director, The Armenian Research Center, University of Michigan in Dearborn. Footage courtesy of DDTV PLAY VIDEO  2/10/07

Organized by Armenians and the Left Public Forum and co-sponsored by the Harvard Armenian Student Society and the Harvard Alliance for Justice in the Middle East, December 2006. 

Today’s segment, entitled, Want to Know, is with attorneys Hugh Samson and George Abi-Esber. Together with their guests, Phil Dunkelbargar and Elizabeth Taylor, discuss former President Jimmy Carter’s book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid as well as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in general. PLAY VIDEO  2/03/07

Dunkelbargar ;
Samson , Taylor, Abi-Esber
Interview with photographer Rania Matar on her trips to Lebanon and the pictures she took in Palestinian refugee camps and in the aftermath of war. For more information please visit her website at: www.raniamatar.com PLAY VIDEO  1/27/07

Coverage of a teach-in on the U.S. agenda in the Middle East.            “ Creating Chaos: Civil War 101”. Parts One and Two; produced by Alternate Focus, www.alternatefocus.org PLAY VIDEO  1/20/07

An interview with Raouf Zaki, director and filmmaker and George Jriege. Raouf Zaki directed a film entitled “Just Your Average Arab”, produced by George Jriege, the film is a comedy that portrays the life of Arab-Americans post 9/11. For more information regarding the film  please contact  Raouf  Zaki at. (508) 788 0221 or email him at filmmaker@rcn.com PLAY VIDEO  1/13/07

This week's program consists of two segments:

1- "West Bank Stories: Dheisheh Refugee Camp And Ramallah Mayor" A film by www.alternatefocus.org 

2- Attorneys Hugh Samson and George Abi-Esber discussing headlines of the past few weeks, including Saddam Hussein's execution -- This is A first in a new series

PLAY VIDEO  1/6/07

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