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ISIS and Women: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Rafia Zakaria

In this interview with STATUS/الوضع host Katty Alhayek, journalist and author Rafia Zakaria discusses her articles on ISIS and women, and the challenges that she faces when sharing her perspective on these issues with a wider audience.  Rafia Zakaria is an attorney and political philosopher. She is a regular columnist for Al Jazeera America and Dawn Pakistan and has written for many publications around the world including The Hindu, The ...

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Sectarianism in the Gulf - A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Toby Matthiesen

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Mona Kareem speaks with Toby Matthiesen about sectarianism in the Gulf after the Arab uprisings. Toby Matthiesen gained his doctorate from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 2011. He is the author of Sectarian Gulf: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the Arab Spring That Wasn’t (Stanford University Press, 2013), and The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent and Sectarianism (Cambridge University Press, 2015). The interview is ...

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Black-Palestinian Solidarity - from STATUS/الوضع Panels

Co-sponsored by the Arab Studies Institute and the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship. [The panel was held on 8 December 2015 at the American University of Beirut.]   Covering historical trajectory to current efforts between the communities and movements, this panel from STATUS/الضع presents three aspects of Black-Palestinian Solidarity. The panel is moderated by Rania Masri and includes:  "The Evolution of ...

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Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine - A STATUS/الوضع Lecture by Sherene Seikaly

Sponsored by George Mason University's Middle East and Islamic Studies Program [This lecture by Sherene Seikaly was held on 16 March 2016 at George Mason University.]   In this lecture presented by STATUS/الوضغ, Sherene Seikalydiscusses and contextualizes her new book Men of Capital in Times of Scarcity: Economy in Palestine (Stanford Unviersity Press, 2016). Men of Capital examines British-ruled Palestine in the 1930s and 1940s through a focus on ...

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Causes and Dynamics of the Syrian Uprising: From Civil Protests to the Implications of the Russian Intervention - A STATUS/الوضع Lecture by Bassam Haddad

Sponsored by Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law's Program on Arab Reform and Democracy and in partnership with the Markaz Resource Center  [This lecture by Bassam Haddad was held on 22 January 2016 at Stanford University]   After nearly five years since the start of the uprising, Syria finds itself divided and embattled, with no end in sight. More significantly, more than half of the Syrian population ...

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The Human Right to Dominate: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Nicola Perugini

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Noura Erakat interviews Nicola Perugini about his newly co-authored book The Human Right to Dominate.  Nicola Perugini is Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University. He has been assistant Professor at and Director of the Human Rights Program at the Al Quds Bard College (Jerusalem, Palestine), and taught at the Department of International Relations of the American University of Rome. He is the author (with Neve Gordon) of The ...

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Syrian Refugees and the Map of a Dangerous Journey: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Alia Malek

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Malihe Razazan speaks with Alia Malek about Malek's article "The Road to Germany $2400" which recently appeared in Foreign Policy.  Alia Malek is a journalist, civil rights lawyer, and author of A Country Called Amreeka: Roots, American Stories. She is currently a Puffin Foundation writing fellow at the Nation Institute and at work on a book about Syria.   The interview is divided into three ...

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إطلاق العدد 3.1 من مجلة الوضع

 بعد مرور سنة على إطلاق مجلة “الوضع” الصوتية، وتماماً قبل أن نجري تعديلاً رئيسياً على منبرنا الإلكتروني، يسرّنا أن نعلن تقديم دفعة جديدة من المقابلات في عددنا الأضخم حتى الآن. سيُذْكَر هذا العدد على أنه العدد الذي يضمّ أكبر عدد من المقابلات باللغة العربية حتى الآن. وهذه ليست مصادفة عشوائية، بل بالأحرى شهادة على التزامنا بتأصيل الموضوعات التي نناقشها في دينامية إقليمية وتعقيدات محلية.ويسعدنا أن نعلن مع منظمات شريكة إطلاق العدد 3. 1 من مجلة الوضع الصوتية (شاهد النسخة ...

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Art as Interruption: On 'Homeland,' Revolutionary Utterances, Surveillance - A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Heba Y. Amin

In this interview with STATUS/الوضع host Adel Iskander, artist Heba Y. Amin discusses and reflects on her most jarring works, which include hacking the set of televions series Homeland with subversive graffiti, a videographic documentation of long-lost online audio messages from the Egyptian revolution (Speak2Tweet), and how birds relate to surveillance, the Bible, and the British takeover of Jerusalem.  Heba Y. Amin is an Egyptian visual artist, researcher and ...

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The Panoptic Gaze and the Ivory Tower: A STATUS/الوضع Episode of Reclaiming Academic Freedom

This episode of Reclaiming Academic Freedom examines the state's use of university campuses as sites of surveillance and recruitment, and its effects on students and faculty. STATUS/الوضع host Tareq Radi interviews Muna Sharif, Arshad Ali, Jared Austin, and Danya Zituni about their experiences.  The program episode below includes four parts that you can click on separately. Please find the transcript below the player.  Muna Sharif is a Palestinian-American ...

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Announcing the Launch of Status/الوضع Issue 3.1!

With Status turning one, and just prior to a major overhaul of our online platform, we are proud to present our latest installment of interviews in our most stellar issue yet! This issue will be remembered for being the one with the most Arabic language interviews to date. This is not an arbitrary coincidence, but rather a testament to our commitment to ground the topics we discuss in regional dynamics and local intricacies. Along with partner organizations, we are ...

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حركة الإحتجاج اللبنانية: تاريخها وصراعاتها الحالية

نقاش حول حركة الإحتجاج في لبنان من وجهات نظر مؤرخة ومحام حقوق إنسان وناشط. جويل بطرس - باحثة في تاريخ لبنان ومن فريق عمل المفكرة القانونية. تركز في أبحاثها على الحركات العمالية في لبنان، لا سيما خلال فترة السبعينيات (قبل اندلاع الحرب الأهلية) والتسعينيات أو ما عرف بمرحلة "بناء الدولة". كما تناولت في مقالاتها التدمير الممنهج الذي طال قطاع النقل العام في لبنان من جهة والسطو على الأملاك العامة البحرية من جهة أخرى. تتابع حالياً العمل على مشروع يحاول تعزيز ...

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What is Political Economy?: The Inaugural Political Economy Project Workshop (Part 2) - from Status/الوضع Panels

Held in April 2015 at George Mason University, this inaugural workshop of the Political Economy Project (PEP) features presentations from numerous researchers and scholars of political economy from the Middle East and beyond. PEP is an evolving focus of the Arab Studies Institute, with research, pedagogic, and advocacy objectives. Participants were asked to address any aspect(s) of the following questions. However, they were encouraged to improvise and/or share their own ...

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What is Political Economy?: The Inaugural Political Economy Project Workshop (Part 1) - from Status/الوضع Panels

Held in April 2015 at George Mason University, this inaugural workshop of the Political Economy Project (PEP) features presentations from numerous researchers and scholars of political economy from the Middle East and beyond. PEP is an evolving focus of the Arab Studies Institute, with research, pedagogic, and advocacy objectives.  Participants were asked to address any aspect(s) of the following questions. However, they were encouraged to improvise and/or share their ...

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حلقة للوضع عن دورة الإنتاج الموسيقي في فلسطين: من عكا إلى غزة

 دورة الإنتاج الموسيقي في فلسطين: من عكا إلى غزة. حلقة للـ "الوضع" من برنامج المشهد الموسيقي والبديل في العالم العربي. إن الإنتاج الموسيقي في العالم العربي يتّسم بالإثارة؛ في فلسطين، تكتسب هذه الإثارة معنى جديداً كلياً. في هذه الحلقة من برنامج الوضع، نستكشف البيئة الموسيقية في فلسطين من خلال حوارات مع المنتج والناقر سامر جرادات وعدد من الموسيقيين من مختلف المناطق في فلسطين. سامر جرادات - مؤسس جرادات للإنتاج وناقر ومنتج. تيريز سليمان - مغنية مستقلة، ...

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المجتمع المدني في الخليج العربي: الواقع والاحتمالات. مقابلة للوضع بين انور الرشيد وفاتح عزام

نقاش حول واقع وانشطة وتاريخ حركات المجتمع المدني في منطقة الخليج العربي. أنور الرشيد رئيس منتدى المجتمع المدني الخليجي منذ 2007. يعمل أيضاً كصحفي ومحلل سياسي، وعضو جمعية الصحفيين الكويتيين، وهو مراقب دولي للانتخابات في المنطقة وكان نائب رئيس مجلس مديري شبكة انتخابات العالم العربي. وهو عضو في منظمة حقوق الإنسان الكويتية، ونسّق عدة “مؤتمرات ظل” للمجتمع المدني بالتوازي مع مؤتمرات قادة مجلس التعاون الخليجي  

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Quick Thoughts on the Political Landscape of Today's Sudan: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Khalid Medani

In this Quick Thoughts conversation with Status/الوضع host Bassam Haddad, Khalid Medani provides a near-comprehensive account of Sudan's recent past, its internal and external struggles, and current challenges.  Khalid Mustafa Medani is associate professor of political science and Islamic Studies at McGill University. Prior to his arrival at McGill, Medani taught at Oberlin College and Stanford University. Prof. Medani received a B.A. in Development ...

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Archiving Palestine: Building a Digital Platform for Oral History - A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Hana Sleiman

In this interview with Status/الوضع host Moe Ali Nayel, Hana Sleiman takes Status deep below the American University in Beirut building where a vast archive is housed, keeping Palestinian memory alive.  Hana Sleiman is an archivist and researcher based in Beirut, Lebanon. Her research interest lies in archive creation and appropriation in the Palestinian context. She is currently working as a Special Collections Librarian at the American University of Beirut Libraries. ...

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A Closely Guarded Secret: Saving the Most Vulnerable Women in Baghdad - A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Rania Abouzeid

In this interview, Mailhe Razazan speaks with Rania Abouzeid about her article "Out of Sight" in the New Yorker.  Rania Abouzeid is an award-winning journalist with over a decade's experience in the Middle East. She has held several fellowships, including the Ochberg at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, and a visiting fellowship at the Eurpoean Council on Foreign Relations. She is currently a New America Fellow, writing a book about the ...

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Beirut Bombed: A STATUS Quick Thoughts Conversation with Maya Mikdashi

In this not-so-quick Quick Thoughts interview for Status/الوضع, Maya Mikdashi examines how the representation of the attacks on Beirut became dominated by connotations surrounding the term dahieh. She reviews the Western media's characterization of the neighborhood as a Hezbollah stronghold and problematizes it against the backdrop of spatial sectarian fault-lines in Beirut. She also critiques the way in which the Paris attacks either quickly overshadowed Beirut or were ...

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Status Audio Journal Hosts
Concept: Bassam Haddad & Sinan Antoon
Hosts: Bassam Haddad & Sinan Antoon 
Social Media Hosts: Samia Errazzouki, Adel Iskandar, Mona Kareem
Guest Host: Noura Erakat
Regional Hosts: Lina Atallah, Sahar Mandour, Rania Masri
VOMENA/KPFA Partner: Malihe Razazan
Special Projects Host: Tarek Radi

Producer: Quilting Point / Arab Studies Institute
Partners: As-Safir, Mada Masr, KPFA-VOMENA, George Mason’s Middle East Studies Program, AUB’s Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship   
Sponsors: Arab Studies Institute & George Mason University’s Middle East Studies Program
Principal Recording/Production Location: ASI Headquarters in Washington DC
Executive Producer: Bassam Haddad
Sound Editing: Malihe Razazan & Bassam Haddad
Associate Producer: Nour Joudah
Audio Mixing and Mastering: Bassam Haddad
Technical Consultant: Khalid Namez
Arabic Editor: Sinan Antoon

Soundcloud Editor: Nour Joudah
Database Editor: Nadine Tadros
Website Editors: Bassam Haddad & Nour Joudah
Arabic Translator/Transcriber/Editor: Osama Esber
Copy Editing: Ziad Abu-Rish
Resident English Transcriber: Samantha Brotman
Researcher: Aisha Jama
Contributing Transcribers: Nour Joudah, Zack Cuyler, Lizette Baghdadi, Michael Ernst



About Status Audio Journal

An evolving, critical, collaborative, and independent monthly Audio Journal combining analysis, reporting, and satire. It will feature interviews/conversations, on-the-scene reports, reviews, informed commentary, and readings. Interviews from the region and beyond will feature activists, journalists, scholars, and citizens. 

Status will address salient matters in the political, economic, and social spheres, academia and the media. Beyond addressing events and developments, a distinct flavor of this Journal will be its attention to cultural production and the various processes of knowledge production and information dissemination for public consumption, via social or traditional media. 

مجلة صوتية شهرية مستقلة يصدرها مشروع تعاوني جماعي، وتسعى إلى خلق فضاء نقدي وتحليلي. ستتضمن أعدادها مواد تحليلية ونقدية وإخبارية، بالإضافة إلى مراجعات وقراءات وحوارات مع ناشطين وصحفيين وباحثين ومواطنين في العالم العربي وخارجه. ستتابع المجلة أهم القضايا في الحيز السياسي والاقتصادي والاجتماعي وعلى الانتاج المعرفي والثقافي والمعلوماتي وانتشاره في وسائل الإعلام والتواصل الاجتماعي.



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