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Malihe Razazan

Contributing Editor

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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Writing about Palestine: An Interview with Selma Dabbagh

[Cover of Selma Dabbagh,

In her debut novel, Out of It, British-Palestinian writer Selma Dabbagh explores the conflict in Palestine from a compelling intimate angle–the struggle between the personal and the political. Through her characters, she focuses on what it means for individuals to constantly weigh up the competing demands of the Palestinian cause and society, on the one hand, and their own individual wishes and desires on the other. She said in an interview “I wanted to present a state ...

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Egypt's Terrible Three: Interview with Hossam El-Hamalawy

[ Revolutionary Front protest in Talaat Harb Square on 19 November 2013 to commemorate the Mohammed Mahmoud clashes two years prior. Photo by Hossam El-Hamalawy. Via Flikr, Creative Commons]

Nearly three years after the fall of Mubarak, with the deep state and the military openly back in control, Egypt seems to have come full circle. How did that happen and what is the situation on the ground really like, with Egyptians going to the polls yet again to vote on a new constitution? Vomena's Khalil Bendib speaks with Egyptian activist, blogger, and journalist Hossam el-Hamalawy.

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The Armed Conflict in South Sudan: An Interview with Khalid Medani

[South Sudan: Growing violence deepens the humanitarian crisis across the country,©EU/ECHO/ Ludovico Gammarelli. Via Flikr Creative Common]

Two and half years after its birth, the world’s youngest nation-state, South Sudan, is engulfed in a crisis which has escalated into an armed conflict between two factions in the ruling People Liberation Movement. The political protagonists jockeying for power come from the ranks of the rebels who fought against the Sudanese central government in the 1983-2005 civil war. The war resulted in a loss of two million lives and the displacement of four million people in southern ...

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Media On the Margins: An Interview With Rania Abouzeid About Reporting on Syria

[Lebanese Town Opens its Doors to Newly Arrived Syrian Refugees: UNHCR/ M. Hofer/ November 2013. Flickr: Creative Commons]

Jadaliyya's "Media on the Margins" is a monthly show dedicated to the stories behind the news, on the fault-lines of journalism, and the fringes of public discourse. In each episode, Malihe Razazan speaks to reporters, editors, citizen journalists, and photographers to unpack their craft, interrogate their work, and uncover how the news comes to represent the world. The show shines a spotlight on stories missed, ignored, and omitted as well as the people who tell ...

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Defying the Apartheid Wall: A Conversation With Palestinian Artist, Filmmaker, & Photographer Khaled Jarrar About His Documentary 'Infiltrators'

[A scene from the documentary film

Palestinian visual artist Khaled Jarrar’s award-winning documentary film, Infiltrators, documents how Palestinians defy Israel’s twenty-six-foot apartheid wall by jumping over the wall or going through underground tunnels. Thousands of Palestinians who take the harrowing journey for work, a short visit with loved ones or medical treatment they cannot receive in the West Bank. In this journey, they risk arrest, injury or even death. “Infiltrators” will be screened on 5 ...

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Oil Nationaliazation and the 1953 Coup in Iran: A Conversation with Ervand Abrahamian

Demonstrators in Iran during the 1953 coup, Frank Walsh Creative Commons.

In August 1953, the U.S. and British governments overthrew the popular government of prime minister Mohammad Mossadegh and paved the way for the autocratic rule of Mohamad Reza Shah Pahlavi. In his latest book, The Coup: 1953, the CIA, and the Roots of Modern U.S.-Iranian Relations, Distinguished Professor of Iranian and Middle Eastern history and politics at City University of New York Ervand Abrahamian reveals how the United States reaped a substantial share of Iran’s oil ...

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Egypt's Economic Challenges: An Interview with Amr Adly

[Anti IMF Loan Protest in Down Town, Cairo: photo by Gigi Ibrahim via flicker]

  With Egypt mired in a revolutionary turmoil, the economic issues have yet to be addressed by any of the major political players in Egypt today! Whether an avowed dictatorship, a transitional military council, or a duly elected government, regime after regime have failed and collapsed in Egypt over the past three years. They seem oblivious to the country’s central quandary: how to feed its people and how to feed them now. VOMENA’s Khalil Bendib spoke with Egyptian ...

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Rising Up Against Sexual Violence: An Interview with Yasmin El-Rifae of Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment

[Activists organized a protest in front of the Egyptian Press Synidcate, to protest the mass sexual assaults against women during Eid in downtown Cairo. Photo by Hossam el-Hamalawy, taken on 9 November 2006, via Flickr]

According to HarassMap, since 30 June, there have been 173 cases of mob sexual assaults reported at protests in Tahrir Square and in front of the Presidential Palace. The esclation of sexual assaults against women has led to a number of campaigns working to raise awareness and combating what they describe as an epidemic of violence against women protesters. Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault is one of these organizations, which has tried to rescue women ...

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Has the Ouster of President Morsi Preserved the Path to Democracy or Ended It? A Panel Discussion on Egypt

On 30 June, over 14 million Egyptians took to the street demanding that President Morsi step down and on 3 July, the Egyptian military forced him out and suspended the constitution. Morsi supporters call it a coup; his opponents call it revolution 2.0 – but what kind of revolution is it? Will the military return civilian rule as promised? And what kind of democracy can emerge under these conditions? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar. This program was aired on Monday, July ...

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Interview with Cairo-Based Journalist, Ahmad Shokr, about the Political Dynamics in Egypt


One year after his inauguration, Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammad Morsi is now being referred to as Egypt’s former president. A petition campaign called Tamarrod was instr

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Statement of the Arab and Middle East Journalists Association in Reference to Newseum Scandal

[Newseum. Image from Flickr: Creative Commons]

The Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association (AMEJA) condemns in the strongest possible terms, the decision of the Newseum to exclude Palestinian journalists Mahmoud al-Kumi and Hussam Salama from its memorial of journalists killed in the line of duty. Israeli missiles fired at a car clearly marked “TV” during Israel’s attack on Gaza in November, 2012, killing Messieurs Al-Kumi and Salama as they returned from covering a story for TV station Al-Aqsa at Al-Shifaa ...

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From Yarmouk to Sabra-Shatila: The Guardian's Martin Chulov on Palestinian Refugees Fleeing Syria

[Children enter Lebanon with their families at the Masnaa border crossing. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP]

Following the recent bombing of Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria, over 2000 Palestinian residents of the camp have arrived in Lebanon, and the figures are expected to grow in the coming days. The Guardian’s Middle East correspondent, Martin Chulov, spoke with Malihe Razazan about the plight of the Palestinian refugees who have made it to Lebanon. Chulov talked to many of the Palestinas who fled Syria and are now taking refuge in the Sabra-Shatila refugee camp in ...

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Regional and International Players in Syria's Civil War, The Protest Movement In Bahrain: Interviews with Bassam Haddad and Toby Jones

[Anti-government protesters in Bahrain chant against the police on April 19, 2012. Hasan Jamali/AP]

On Monday, 17 December, during a mass protest in Bahrain, twenty-five people were arrested, among them prominent human rights activist Yousef al-Muhafedha, who is the acting head of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights. 17 December is recognized unofficially as Martyrs' Day in Bahrain. On that fateful day, in 1994, two young men, Hani Khamis and Hani Al Wasti, were shot and killed during protests demanding the re-instatement of the 1973 Constitution and the release of ...

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On Gaza: Interviews with Sherine Tadros and Mouin Rabbani, and A Reading by Sinan Antoon

[Joint Hamas and Islamic Jihad press conference after announcement of cease-fire. Seated left to right: Ramadan Shallah of Islamic Jihad and Khalid Mish'al of Hamas. Image by lodgaard via Flickr]

The latest Israeli assault on Gaza has received ample coverage during the past week in the international media. In a special edition of Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, three guests deepen our understanding of the recent onslaught beyond the reality of Israel's brutal aggression. First, whose narrative does this media convey and why? Malihe Razazan poses this question to Al Jazeera’s Sherine Tadros, who was one of a handful of journalists covering the ...

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Currency Crisis in Iran; Copts in Egypt

Iran Currency [photo posted on flickr by Dieter Zernig]

It is no secret that the lives of ordinary Iranians, the wage earners and the poor, have been adversely affected in recent months by the soaring prices of staple goods. The country is now facing a currency crisis, as the Rial has plunged by nearly 60 percent over the past three months. Popular disaffection with the worsening economic conditions has even led to a rare eruption of protests and merchant strikes in the capital. What are the reasons for the collapse of the Rial ...

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Labor Strikes in Egypt; Iran Tribunal in London

[Families visiting unmarked graves in Khavaran]

For the past week, the world's attention has been focused on the protests in front of US embassies in Muslim majority countries. There has been special attention devoted to the protests in front of the American embassy in Cairo. However, Egyptians were gearing up for a different kinds of protest! Egyptian journalist and activist Hossam El-Hamalawy speaks about the recent wave of labour strikes in Egypt. Nancy Hormeshea, a human rights lawyer, discusses the Iran ...

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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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