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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat on China Radio International's Big Debate

[Scene from Shifa Hospital in Gaza on 21 November 2012. Image by venstresida via Flickr

In the below interview that was conducted on 21 November 2012, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat is part of a panel discussion on China Radio International's Big Debate to discuss recent developments regarding Israel's assault on Gaza. In addition to Noura Erakat, the panel features Daniel Levy (European Council on Foreign Relations) and Hua Liming (former Chinese ambassador to Iran).  

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Russia Today Interview with Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani and Others on Gaza Assault

[Mouin Rabbani (center) with two other guest on Russia Today's Cross Talk. Image from screenshot of below video]

In the following joint appearance on Russia Today's Cross Talk, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani discusses the Israeli assault on Gaza, highlighting the on-the-ground situation, the backdrop to this current attack, and the ways in which genuine resolution would need to be achived.

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Democracy Now! Interview with Raji Sourani and Richard Falk on Gaza Assault and International Humanitarian Law

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  President Obama has announced his full support for Israel’s ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip even as dozens of Palestinians, including many civilians, continue to be killed by U.S.-supplied weaponry. At least ninety-five Palestinians have been killed in air strikes by warplanes and drones. More than seven hundred have been wounded, including two hundred children. On Sunday, a massive air strike leveled a home in Gaza City killing twelve people, including ten members ...

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The Situation in Gaza: Ali Abunimah on Al-Jazeera

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Co-Founder of Electronic Intifada, Ali Abunimah, addresses the latest Israeli assault on Gaza. Abunimah's writings can be accessed here.    

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Democracy Now! Interview with Islamic Scholar Tariq Ramadan on the Growing Mideast Protests and "Islam & the Arab Awakening"

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As anti-U.S. protests spread across the Middle East, we’re joined by Tariq Ramadan, professor of contemporary Islamic studies at Oxford University and visiting professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies in Qatar. Ramadan is considered one of the most prominent Muslim intellectuals in Europe and was named by Time magazine as one of the most important innovators of the 21st century. He was barred from entering the United States for many years by former President George W. ...

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On Defections and Developments in Syria: PBS NewsHour Interview with Bassam Haddad and David Lesch

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The following interview was conducted by Margert Warner on PBS's NewsHour. It aired live on Monday 6 August 2012, and featured Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad and Professor David Lesch. The interview primarily discussed the wave of recent defections and their significance (or lack thereof) in the ongoing struggle between the Syrian regime and various opposition forces. An interview transcript is available below the video.  

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Lebanon, the Sectarianization of Politics, and Genderalizing the Arab Uprisings: Interview with Maya Mikdashi

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The following interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Maya Mikdashi was conducted by Eugenio Dacrema for the Istituto per gli studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI), on whose website it was originally published on 21 June 2012. In the interview, Maya discusses developments in Lebanon as they related to the uprising in Syria. She also discusses Lebanese politics more generally as well the workings of gender politics in the Middle East. Eugenio Dacrema (ED): A Few days ago a new ...

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The Barbarian Has to Keep It Real: Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon

[Sinan Antoon (far right) near the Symbolic Tomb at the Martyr's Monument in Baghdad (2003). Image from Encounter Productions.]

[The following interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon was conducted by Nahrain Al-Musawi and originally published in Al-Akhbar English on 2 May 2012.] Sinan Antoon is an Iraqi-born novelist, poet, translator, filmmaker, and professor. His 2003 widely translated novel I’jaam is a fictional prison memoir. The book is ironic and haunting as it reflects the absurdities of Saddam Hussein’s Baathist regime, futile attempts to escape censorship, and prisoners going mad as ...

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On Israeli Attacks and Gaza Ceasefires: Democracy Now! Interview with Ali Abunimeh

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As Israel and Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip reportedly agree to a ceasefire after four days of cross-border violence, we speak with Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the online publication, “The Electronic Intifada.” Earlier today, an Egyptian official said both sides have pledged to end current attacks and implement "a comprehensive and mutual calm." Israel’s latest strikes on Gaza killed at least 25 Palestinians. At least 80 Palestinians were also wounded, ...

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Nada Bakri: Democracy Now! Interview with Wife of Anthony Shadid

[Nada Bakri and Anthony Shadid. Image from Democracy Now!]

In this Democracy Now! interview, Nada Bakri, the widow of Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Anthony Shadid, speaks about her husband’s passion for covering the Middle East and his posthumous memoir. "House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East" chronicles Shadid’s rebuilding of his family’s ancestral home in Lebanon. "He felt like [the Arab Spring] is a dream come true for every journalist covering the Middle East," Bakri says. ...

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Is It Time to Intervene in Syria? NPR Discussion with Bassam Haddad and Others

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[Discussion on "military intervention" starts at 24:40] Syria's civilian death toll is now estimated at over 6000 people, as tanks and machine guns continue to bombard residential neighborhoods. Some 25,000 civilians have managed to flee to destinations including Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon. Meanwhile, Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has announced a referendum in ten days to amend the constitution, limit his term in office, and set up elections. As France calls ...

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On Vetoes, Negotiations, and Syria: RT Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani

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In the below interview with Russia Today (RT), Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani discusses developments in Syria with a particular eye to the maneuvering of key international players. He highlights the fact that much of the violence in Syria stems from the fact that the Assad regime has refused to negotiate on any substantive issues while at the same time possess enough "support" and military capabilities to brutally suppress the mass protets movement. Rabbani goes ...

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The Transformation of the Syrian Revolution: Al Jazeera English Interview with Bassam Haddad

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In this Al Jazeera English interview, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad addresses the impending United Nations (UN) Security Council vote regarding Syria. He posits that the Syrian revolution is undergoing a transformation "from a legitimate domestic fight against dictatorship to someting far more cynical" that involves efforts to redraw the map of the region. Thus, "diplomatic" efforts should not be taken at face value.  

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A Syrian Activist and Filmmaker in Hiding: Interview with Democracy Now!

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Syrian troops continue to fire on protesters despite a visit by Arab League monitors to assess the Assad regime’s compliance with a plan to resolve the country’s political crisis. More than 5,000 people have been killed in the nine-month-long uprising. We’re joined from Damascus by Bassel, a Syrian activist and filmmaker just back from the city of Homs, where three dozen people were reportedly killed the day before monitors arrived. Speaking from hiding, Bassel says the ...

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Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah on His Detention and Egypt: Democracy Now! Interview

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Alaa Abd El Fattah, a prominent Egyptian revolutionary activist and blogger, has been released from prison after nearly two months behind bars. Fattah was ordered jailed by a military court on October 30 and summoned to face charges that included inciting violence—a charge he firmly denies. He refused to cooperate, rejecting the legitimacy of the military court who wanted to try him as a civilian. We speak to Fattah about the Egyptian revolution’s ongoing struggle against ...

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The Iraq We are Leaving Behind: Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon

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This is an interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon on the Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC). “Closure” is a very productive trope in political and other narratives. It drowns out all other voices (preferably with applause), produces silence and draws a fictitious end. The curtain is drawn and the crowd’s already brief attention is refocused on another spectacle on another screen. “The End” The war in Iraq is over. The flag is down and the boys are back home. “We” tried to ...

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BBC Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on Asad's ABC Interview

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Too much was made of today's ABC Interview with the Syrian President Bashar Asad today, at least in the so-called "West," as compared with the Middle East. Notably, this was the first time in a long while that Bashar spoke publicly, and certainly the first time he appeared on an American network. In this BBC interview, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad states that "the more you know about Syria, the less effective the interview is, and the less you know about ...

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Egypt and Yemen Developments: Interviews with Hossam Bahgat and Atiaf al-Wazir

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Recently, the international media’s attention was on Egyptian revolutionaries asking for the military junta to step down; But as news that the parliamentary elections were about to precede as planned, attention shifted to what the political structure in the Egypt of the near future and in the long term will look like. But What about myriad of issues human rights and Tahrir activist raised in the post Mubarak regime? Professor Saba Mahmoud spoke with Hossam Bahgat, founder ...

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"Arab League and United States Not Fit to Intervene in Syria": Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad

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As regional and international pressure mounts on Syria, the domestic scene seems to be heading towards civil war. No sooner than the Arab League sanctions on Syria were announced recently, did the camps that support or oppose the status quo there entrench themselves further in their position, leaving little room for constructive dialogue, cooperation, or exit from the current impasse. The brutality of the regime's squashing of the uprising continues as regional and ...

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Uncharted Waters: Thinking Through Syria's Dynamics

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[The following is the latest from the International Crisis Group (ICG) on developments in Syria.] Uncharted Waters: Thinking Through Syria's Dynamics Policy Briefing Middle East Briefing No. 31 Overview The Syrian crisis may or may not have entered its final phase, but it undoubtedly has entered its most dangerous one to date. The current stage is defined by an explosive mix of heightened strategic stakes tying into a regional and wider international competition on the ...

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