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Malihe Razazan

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Protests in Tunisia: An Interview with Nadia Marzouki

[Photo from Wikimedia Commons]

Five years after the inspirational uprising in Tunisia that toppled the long dictatorship of Ben Ali, people are back on the streets demanding the fulfilment of the 2011 revolutionary slogan “ jobs, freedom, and national dignity." Last week, at the onset of the 2011 mass uprising, people took to the streets in cities and towns across the country. One protester captured his fellow Tunisians' predicament succinctly: “We have the freedom, but you cannot eat freedom.” ...

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The Saudi PR Machine in the US: An Interview with Lee Fang

[Faisaliyah Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photo from Wikimedia Commons]

On 2 January 2016, Saudi Arabia executed forty-seven people, including prominent dissident Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr. Soon after the executions, organized mobs attacked the Saudi diplomatic missions in Tehran and the northeastern city of Mash-had. The tension between the two countries reached its paroxysm when Saudi Arabia severed all diplomatic and commercial ties with Iran. In his new piece in the Intercept, Lee Fang writes that a well-funded Saudi public relations ...

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Uncivil Rites: An Interview with Steven Salaita

[Steven Salaita: photo by youtube.com]

  In the summer of 2014, renowned American Indian studies professor Steven Salaita had his appointment to a tenured professorship revoked by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, because of public tweets criticizing the Israel’s fifty-one day military assault on Gaza. Professor Salaita’s firing sparked a heated debate about academic freedom, free speech on campus, and the silencing pro-Palestinian voices on US campuses. Professor ...

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Syria: An Interview with Samer Abboud

[Cover of Samer N. Abboud's book Syria]

The humanitarian costs of the Syrian conflict have been staggering. Many, including officials at the United Nations, identify this as the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. More than 200,000 Syrians killed, more than four million refugees, approximately eight million displaced inside Syria, close to 650,000 Syrians living in areas under regime besiegement and completely cut off from humanitarian access, and twelve million Syrians inside of the country in need of ...

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Ankara's Black Saturday: An Interview with Osman Sahin

[Moment when bomb goes off at Ankara peace rally. Capture from YouTube]

Last Saturday, two powerful bombs turned a peaceful rally in Ankara into into a bloody nightmare. According to the People’s Democratic Party's (HDP) estimates, 128 people have been killed and over five hundred injured. The anger against the government of president Erodgan became evident in the immediate aftermath of the massacre, as tens of thousands of people took to the streets shouting slogans against the government, chanting “murderer Erdogan, murderer police.” ...

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Battlefield Syria: An Interview with Omar Dahi

[After aerial bombardment by the Syrian government of rebel-held areas of Azaz in Aleppo governorate, Photo from Wikipedia]

Last week, Russian jets began carrying out airstrikes in Syria. With the military buildup in Bashar al-Assad's western coastal heartlands, Moscow’s military intervention has brought a new dimension to an already catastrophic civil war driven by internal and external state and non-state actors. This week, we talk to Omar Dahi about the latest military intervention by Russia and the future of what remains of the Syrian nation-state. Omar Dahi is an Associate Professor of ...

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Yemen, Battered and Forgotten: An Interview with Hisham Al-Omeisy

[Destroyed house in the south of Sanaa. Photo via Wikimedia Commons]

Three years after a popular uprising against Ali Abdullah Saleh's thirty-three years of autocratic rule in Yemen forced him to stand down, the country is now embroiled in a bitter civil war and a Saudi-led military intervention with catastrophic consequences for the population. It has been more than five months since the Saudi-led regional coalition began a bombing campaign, coupled with an air and naval blockade of Yemen, ostensibly to force out Houthi forces and their ...

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A Perfect Metaphor? The Trash Crisis in Lebanon: An Interview With Ziad Abu-Rish

[Overflowing trash in the Hamra neighborhood of Beirut in late July 2015. Image by Ziad Abu-Rish]

On Tuesday, Lebanese security forces arrested and beat up protesters staging a sit-in at the office of the environmental ministry in Beirut. For the past two weeks, thousands of people have been protesting the government’s inability to provide basic services and demanding an end to the widespread corruption and sectarianism embedded in the country's sectarian political system. Garbage has become a perfect metaphor for the rot of the chronically dysfunctional political ...

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A Shift in Turkey's Foreign Policy? An Interview with Osman Shahin

[Massive influx of Syrian Kurdish refugees into Turkey. Photo by European Commission DG ECHO via Flickr]

Last week, Turkey joined the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), after the group carried out a suicide bombing in the town of Suruç close to the Syrian border, killing thirty-two young socialist activists and students, and injuring many more. Following that horrific tragedy, the Turkish government came under pressure to stop the free movement of ISIS fighters and operatives over the Syrian border. Despite the bombing of a few ISIS targets, most ...

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Iran’s Nuclear Deal and the Day After: An Interview with Kamran Matin

[Negotiations about Iranian Nuclear Program - Foreign Ministers and other Officials of P5+1 Iran and EU in Lausanne. Photo via Wikimedia Commons]

For more than a week, diplomats from Iran and six world powers have gathered in Vienna’s Coburg Palace to finalize a historic deal on Iran’s nuclear program.   The officials from Iran and the US have told reporters  “we are making good progress on almost all of the issues..But there are a few issues which … remain to be resolved” as a result, the self imposed deadline of June 30th is now extend to Friday July 10th. This week, we spend the hour with Kamran ...

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Yemen at Crossroads: An Interview with Activist Hisham Al-Omeisy

[photo by Collin Anderson via Flikr Creative Commons]

Yemen has grabbed the world's attention as the country’s political crisis appears to have been deepened with the Saudi-led military intervention. According to The Guardian and other news organizations, the U.S. is providing “logistical and intelligence support” to the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthi forces in Yemen. In the absence of independent on-the-ground reporting by the major media outlets on the turmoil in Yemen, social media platforms are once again providing ...

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Twelve Years After Iraq Invasion: An Interview with Rijin Sahakian, and “ A Letter to Al-Mutanabbi Street” by Sinan Antoon

[U.S. Marines patrol the streets of Al Faw, October 2003. Photo by Ted Banks from Wikimedia Commons]

On 19 March 2015, twelve years will have passed since the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Today, the country is back in the headlines because of the brutality with which ISIS has been trying to destroy what is left of Iraq’s diverse cultural and human landscape. Since ISIS has moved into northern Iraq, they have displaced over a million people and gone after the cultural heritage that makes Iraq such an irreplaceable locus of world history. They have destroyed mosques, ...

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One Year after Raba'a: An Interview with Adam Sabra and Mona El Ghobashy

[Raba'a sit-in during the 14 August 2013 dispersal. Photo by Amsg07 from Wikimedia Commons]

Egypt has been the subject of media attention for its role as a mediator between Hamas and Israel during negotiations to end the military assault on Gaza. By contrast, Egypt's own very serious political strife has been largely neglected by the international media. Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the Raba'a massacre of 14 August 2014, during which at least 817 supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi were killed by security forces. According to the ...

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What Can and Should be Done to End the Crisis in Gaza? Public Radio in San Francisco Interview with Mouin Rabbani and Tom Segev

On 13 August, Your Call, a daily call-in show on local public radio station KALW in San Francisco, interviewed Israeli historian Tom Segev and Jadaliyya co-editor Mouin Rabbani about the current situation in Gaza and what the military assault on Gaza reveals about the political landscape in Israel and the occupied territories.   Click to listen  

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Media on the Margins: An Interview with Sky News' Sherine Tadros on Reporting the Israeli Attack on Gaza

[Screenshot of Sherine Tadros during a report from Gaza]

In the early hours of Sunday, 20 July 2014, the Israeli military began indiscriminately shelling the eastern Gaza City neighborhood of Shujaiya, leaving sixty people dead and more than three hundred injured. The Shujaiya massacre marked the bloodiest day in the latest Israeli assault on Gaza. Sherine Tadros, a Middle East Correspondent with Sky News has been on the ground in Gaza and reporting on the worsening humanitarian crisis there. During the 2008-2009 Israeli war on ...

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Incremental Genocide: An Interview with Ilan Pappe

[Khan Yunis Refugee Camp in Gaza, March 2006. Photo by zoriah via Flickr]

In a recent Opinion piece published on Electronic Intifada, Israeli historian Ilan Pappe defines the Israeli policy towards the Gaza Strip as an "incremental genocide." He writes “Israel’s present assault on Gaza, alas, indicates that this policy continues unabated. The term is important since it appropriately locates Israel’s barbaric action—then and now—within a wider historical context.” Malihe Razazan spoke with Professor Ilan Pappe about ways in ...

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The Killing Fields of Gaza: An Interview with Mouin Rabbani

[No-man's land Gaza to Israel. Photo by Kashfi Halford via Flickr]

Since the early morning hours of Tuesday 8 July 2014, Israeli occupation forces have been bombing Gaza from air, land, and sea. At the time of writing, Israel's indiscrimate bombing of the besieged enclave had killed over eighty Palestinians with more than five hundred injured, according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza. The narrative about recent extensive raids of the West Bank and the Israeli military assault on Gaza revolves around two specific events--the abduction and ...

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Deciphering the Escalation of Sectarian Violence in Iraq: An Interview with Nida Alahmad

[Academy of Fine Arts, Baghdad, 2003. Image from InCounter Productions]

With the escalation of sectarian conflict in Iraq, the country's future has become the topic of the day for analysts and pundits alike. Until recently, making American media and Middle East watchers remember Iraq was an uphill battle. But now, with the advances of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militias, low and behold, interest in Iraq and its intricate geographical boundaries along sectarian lines has heightened and the conflict is once again front and center ...

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Media On the Margins: An Interview with Alex Christie-Miller about Turkey's Attack on the Media Beyond Twitter

A twitter logo on an iPhone display is seen in front of the Turkish flag. Photo by Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images]

On this edition of "Media on the Margins," Malihe speaks with Istanbul-based freelance journalist Alexander Christie-Miller shortly after Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's ban on Twitter went into effect and before the country's elections. On 20 March, during a campaign rally ten days before the local elections, Erdogan said, “We now have a court order. We’ll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of ...

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Media on the Margins: An Interview with Muhammad Ali on his Frontline Documentary "Syria's Second Front"

[Muhammad Ali films an interview. Screen image courtesy of Frontline]

On this edition of Media on the Margins, Malihe Razazan speaks with Syrian-born Frontline correspondent Muhammad Ali about his most recent reporting trip from the town of al-Atārib near Aleppo in northern Syria, which is the subject of his Frontline documentary, “Syria’s Second Front.” Since the start of the uprising in 2011, Ali, a 32-year-old Damascus native, has been to Syira on assignment thirteen times. He called his latest trip "a suicide ...

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Bio

Malihe Razazan


Malihe Razazan is producer and cohost of Voices of the Middle East and North Africa on KPFA Radio in Berkeley. She is also a producer and guest host of Your Call, a daily public affairs program on KALW, local public radio station in San Francisco and a member of The Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association (AMEJA). Malihe is the Co-Editor for Jadaliyya's Media page and host of weekly program "Media on the Margins."

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