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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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إطلاق العدد الجديد من مجلة الوضع

     إطلاق العدد الجديد من مجلة "الوضع" الخاص بالذكرى السنوية الأولى لإصدار المجلة. وسط الجو الصاخب لمؤتمر رابطة دراسات الشرق الأوسط (ميسا)، يسعدنا نحن والمؤسسات الشريكة لنا أن نعلن عن إطلاق عدد الوضع (2.3). [للنسخة الانجيليزية، اضغط\ي هنا] هذا عددنا الأغنى والأكثر تنوعاً حتى الآن، وفيه ما يناسب الأذواق كلها حول الأحداث الحالية والتاريخ والثقافة والشعر والموسيقا، أو غير ذلك. ونحن ممتنون كثيراً لضيوفنا، ومضيفينا، وفريقنا على تقديم هذا العدد ...

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Whose University? Criminalizing Student Organizing on Campus: A STATUS/الوضع Episode of Reclaiming Academic Freedom

In this episode of Reclaiming Academic Freedom, Status//الوضع host Tareq Radi interviews four students on the university’s stifling of political organizing via the criminalization of student activities that challenge institutional decisions and policies.  The program episode below includes four parts that you can click on separately. Please find the transcript below the player. Khalil Antonio Vasquez grew up in Spanish Harlem and the Bronx raised by his ...

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Intellectual Journey: On Islamic Studies - A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Ahmad Dallal

In this interview, Ahmad Dallal traces his intellectual and personal journey from Lebanon to the United Sates and back, while addressing his research trajectory, American University in Beirut provost experience, and future research plans. Dallal’s academic training and research focus is on the intellectual, historical, and institutional contexts of the disciplines of learning in medieval and early modern Islamic societies, covering both the exact and the traditional ...

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STATUS/الوضع: Issue 2.3 is Live! Celebrating Our One-Year Anniversary

Amidst the rambunctious MESA (Middle East Studies Association) conference atmosphere, we and all our partner organizations are happy to announce the release of STATUS/الوضع Issue 2.3. [See Arabic here.] By far, this is our richest and most diverse issue yet, with something for every taste, whether it is current events, history, culture, poetry, music, or otherwise. Lots of gratitude to our guests, hosts, and team for delivering this colossal installment. In this ...

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Navigating the Law and Misuse of Title VI: A STATUS/الوضع Special Segment

In this second episode of "Reclaiming Academic Freedom," host Tareq Radi speaks to Omar Shakir, Yaman Salahi, and Nadia Ben Youssef, three lawyers who discuss the legalities of academic freedom and the legal challenges they face both in the United States and the Palestinian 1948 territories.    The special segment below includes four parts that you can click on separately. Please find the transcript below the player. Listen to the first ...

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Quick Thoughts on Sanctions and Elite Factionalization in Syria: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Samer Abboud

In this Quick Thoughts conversation for Status/الوضع, Samer Abboud outlines the impact of sanctions on the rise of social actors in Syria who facilitate transactions as intermediaries and assist in providing access to parts of the country afflicted with conflict. As producers and distributors, these elite networks are helping provide access to otherwise unreachable areas in the country. Much of this involves close coordination with armed groups to ensure ...

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Exploring an Agenda for Active Citizenship: Selected Conference Presentations from STATUS/الوضع

In addition to a collection of rich individual interviews and regular programs, Status/الوضع also publishes panels, lectures, and selected presentations from conferences with every issue of the audio journal. For Issue 2.2, we highlight a conference which seeks to interrogate normative understandings of civil society in the Arab region, moving beyond tired tropes and methodological approaches that have largely emanated from mainstream knowledge ...

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الموسيقى الفولكلورية المصرية: بين التقليد والحداثة

مقابلة مع النجمة الشابة الصاعدة دينا الوديدي وشريكتها الموسيقية نانسي منير حول المشهد الموسيقي الحالي في مصر، المشاريع الأخيرة والمشكلات التي واجهتهما كموسيقيتين شابتين وكأنثيين. تتضمن المقابلة التالية أربعة أجزاء، بحيث يمكنكم أن تنقروا.عليهما بشكل منفصل. بوسعكم أن تقرأوا أيضاً النص العربي المدوّن المرافق.   نانسي منير  إن عازفة الكمان الشابة التي ولدت وترعرعت في الإسكندرية صنعت شهرة لنفسها في المشهد الموسيقي المصري كعازفة آلات متعددة، ومنتجة موسيقية ومعدة. وهي ...

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Migration and Exclusion in the Gulf: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Omar al-Shehabi

In this interview, Omar al-Shehabi discusses his new co-edited book, Transit States on Immigration in the Gulf, expanding on issues of migration, exclusion and co-optation.  Omar al-Shehabi is the director of the Gulf Centre for Development Policies. His current research interests lie in the demography and political economy of the GCC and the modern history of Bahrain.  The interview below includes three parts that you can click on separately. Please find the ...

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The State of Reporting on the Middle East: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Chris Toensing

In this interview, Chris Toensing discusses the evolving state of reporting on the Middle East, including moving beyond mainstream media problematics, covering the uprisings, and the increasing influence of social media. Chris Toensing is editor of Middle East Report, published by the Middle East Research and Information Project. He holds an M.A. in Near Eastern studies from Princeton University and completed coursework for a doctorate in Middle East history at Georgetown ...

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Ekumenopolis ve Otesi: Imre Azem ile bir STATUS/الوضع Soylesisi

Ekümenopolis ve Ötesi: İmre Azem ile bir STATUS/الوضع Söyleşisi Bu röportajda kent antropoloğu Duygu Parmaksızoğlu, Ekümenopolis filminin yönetmeni İmre Azem ile kentsel dönüşüm ve son filmi Yeniden İnşa Çağı konusunda söyleşiyor. Azem bu filminde küresel sermayenin kentleri nasıl şekillendirdiğini ele alıyor. Aşağıdaki röportaj ayrı ayrı dinlenebilir dört parçadan oluşuyor. Ses kaydının dökümü ve İngilizce diline çevirisi aşağıdadır. İmre Azem 1975 yılında İstanbul'da ...

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What's Trending? (Summer 2015): A STATUS/الوضع "Quick Thoughts" report by Laila Shereen Sakr

"What is Trending on Social Media in the Middle East?" is a regular feature of the Quick Thoughts special segment on Status. It offers insight into subjects that dominate online discussion in the Middle East. With every Issue, we will talk to Laila Shereen Sakr, who monitors, collects, and analyzes social media trends for R-Shief. The data visualizations for this episode (below) illustrate the patterns of hashtag use in the Middle East pertaining to ...

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قمامة لبنان من الفساد إلى صفر- نفايات: مقابلة للوضع بين زياد أبي شاكر ورانية المصري

في الحوار التالي يناقش المهندس والمنظّم زياد أبي شاكرسياسات الإدارة الفاسدة والفاشلة لنفايات لبنان الصلبة المسببة للتلوث، بالإضافة إلى الخيارات العقلانية لصفر نفايات.تتضمن المقابلة التالية أربعة أجزاء، بحيث يمكنكم أن تنقروا.عليهما بشكل منفصل. بوسعكم أن تقرأوا أيضاً النص العربي المدوّن المرافق. زياد أبي شاكر مهندس متعدد الاختصاصات متخصص في بناء مصانع لتدوير النفايات البلدية على المناطق المختلفة ويعمل ضد اتجاه  مصنع إعادة تدوير مركزي ضخم. وحين كان يقوم بالأبحاث في ...

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Is the U.S. Left Truly Anti-Zionist?: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Ilan Pappe

In this interview with Ilan Pappe, Khalil Bendib asks Pappe about his new book On Palestine, co-authored with Noam Chomsky. Pappe discusses issues debated in the book, spanning from the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and the one-state solution to a paradigm shift and discussion of old and new Left perspectives.  Ilan Pappe is chair of the Department of History at the University of Exeter and author of many books on Palestine-Israel, including ...

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Quick Thoughts on Tragedy and Treachery in Yemen: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Sheila Carapico

In this Quick Thoughts conversation for Status/الوضع, Sheila Carapico discusses the recent turmoil in Yemen, and describes the growing entrenchment of factionalism and sectarianism in Yemen as a result of growing local fissures and proxy interests. She argues that the complexity of Yemeni political terrain and the increasing levels of violence on all sides leave one with little sympathy for all of the warring groups in the country. Carapico also raises concerns about the ...

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ستاتوس\ الوضع: صدور العدد 2.2

بعد عدة شهور من العمل الشاق وتوحيد الجهود، يسرّنا أن نعلن إصدار العدد 2.2 من "ستاتوس\الوضع". ويشمل هذا العدد، مثله مثل الأعداد السابقة، تنوعاً لافتاًمن المقابلات والبرامج والمراجعات المتعلقة ببعض أكثر المسائل إثارة وأهمية التي تحدث في المنطقة.  فمن السياسة والتاريخ والفن إلى الإعلام والندوات\المحاضرات وغيرها، كل هذه المواد موزعة في فقرات كي تسمح بالحد الأعلى من المرونة في الاستماع.  ستكونون قادرين على الاستمتاع لساعات في المرة الواحدة. نزّلوا البودكاست ...

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STATUS/الوضع: Issue 2.2 is Live!

After some months of hard work and consolidation, we are more than pleased to announce the release of Issue 2.2 of Status. This issue, like previous issues, includes a remarkable variety of interviews, programs, and reviews related to some of the more exciting and substantive issues happening in the region. From politics, to history, art, media, and panels/lectures and more, all segmented to allow maximum listening flexibility, you will be able to indulge for hours at a ...

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Apply for Assistant Producer Position with Status/الوضع

Status/الوضع is recruiting an Assistant Producer for the show. The assistant producer will be responsible for assisting in cleaning and cutting audio and supporting all steps of the post-production process. The candidate will work with the Executive and Associate Producer. He/she will be an integral component in the development of Status, as well as diversifying and strengthening its partnerships and coverage.  Qualifications: Audio editing experience ...

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الوضع الحلقة الثانية - العرض

"الوضع" 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 والإنتاج المعرفي والثقافي والمعلوماتي وانتشاره في وسائل الإعلام والتواصل الاجتماعي. كما تركز المجلة عي المؤثرين والمحركين في "المجتمع الأهلي" وغيره الذين ...

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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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