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Malihe Razazan

Contributing Editor

About the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Tehran: An Interview with Mansour Farhang

[Map Non-Aligned Movement members. Image from Wikimedia Commons]

Iran was host to the 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on 26-31 August 2012.  In order to hold this gathering, the Iranian government spent a reported sum of six hundred million dollars. Tehran, a mega city of twelve million, was practically shut down for five days; a massive force of 110,000 people took over the security of the conference; 360 checkpoints were established in the city; and residents were encouraged to leave the city. The state propaganda ...

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Crisis in the Gulf and Oriental Architecture in the U.S.: Interviews with Toby Jones and Phil Pasquini

[image from the book, Domes, Arches and Minarets by photographer Phil Pasquini]

In the fall issue of Middle East Report, Professor Toby Jones discusses the impact of revolutionary fervor in the Middle East and North Africa on the Persian Gulf Monarchies. In his article, "Embracing Crisis in the Gulf," he notes, “Typically concerned to hide unrest from view, out of fear of seeming weak or unpopular, the Gulf monarchies now seem disinterested in masking their violent response. In part, the states have lost control; activists can broadcast ...

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Mona El-Ghobashy on Egyptian Election and its Aftermath; Sinan Antoon Reads Mahmoud Darwish

[Presidential standoff continues in Egypt. Image from Egypt Independent]

Last Sunday, soon after polls closed in Egypt’s presidential run off election, the Supreme Council for the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued a set of constitutional amendments, which has been met with nationwide protests. The Egyptian daily newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm captured the essence of the SCAF’s latest decree with the headline “The military hands power to the military,” so what’s in store for the future of Egypt? And how can different political and social forces ...

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The Guardian's Martin Chulov Discusses Reporting on Syria

[Lebanese activists and journalists at a protest on April 11, 2011 against the killing of Lebanese Al-Jadeed TV's cameraman Ali Shaaban at he hands of Syrian troops. Image from The Daily Star]

 With Syria grabbing all the news attention, and journalists being virtually barred from entering the country, how can we decipher fact from propaganda? There is no shortage of information and analysis about what is unfolding in Syria. With foreign journalists shut out, much of the news comes from citizen journalists' accounts, YouTube videos sent to media channels or websites in addition to various official narratives from governments across the world, in favor or against ...

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Protests in Tahrir; Drones in Turkey's Skies

[A desecrated presidential campaign poster for candidate and former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq. Image by Jess Hill/The Global Mail]

This week we talk to Egyptian journalist Ahmad Shokr about the political landscape in his country after the pivotal verdict on Hosni Mubarak and members of his regime announced on Saturday, 2 June 2012. We’ll also discuss Turkey’s plans to purchase US armed drones with University of Indiana researcher, Burhan Althuran. Last year, the United States had moved four of its Predator drones from Iraq to Turkey, and now that country is trying to acquire armed drones of its ...

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Crossroads in Iranian Cinema: Interview with Hamid Naficy

[image from Duke University Press]

Hamid Naficy of Northwestern University is a leading authority of Iranian cinema His most recent four-volume series, A Social History of Iranian Cinema. Covers the Iranian cinema from late nineteenth century to the early twenty-first cinema. Hamid Naficy has published extensively about theories of exile and displacement, exilic and diaspora cinema and media, and Iranian and Third World cinemas. His many publications include such well-known titles as An Accented Cinema, The ...

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Marcel Khalife: An Interview

[Marcel Khalife, Mahmoud Darwish. Image from unknown archive]

Marcel Khalife is one of the Arab world's most revered and celebrated cultural icons. Composer, singer, and oud player, he is best known as the musical voice of students, intellectuals, laborers, and all those committed to social justice, freedom, and human dignity. His arrangements, especially those inspired by the poems of Mahmud Darwish and performed by his band, the Mayadine Ensemble founded in 1976, became part of the daily cultural life of two generations.  ...

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"A Separation" Buried Under the Dust of Politics

[Asghar Farhadi receiving Oscar for

A Separation, Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar winning film, gave Iranians a reason to come together and celebrate this moment, which could have potentially taken the focus away from war and nuclear program. The media on both sides, however, missed the moment. On Sunday, 26 February, Asghar Farhadi began his acceptance speech by greeting “the good people of my homeland” and saying: “Many Iranians all over the world are watching us and I imagine them to be very happy. They are ...

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An Interview With Paul Sedra: Another Victim of the Egyptian Junta - I'Institut d'Egypte

[Egyptians collect burnt manuscripts from the destroyed Institute of Egypt in central Cairo on December 19, 2011. Photo credit: AFP.]

One Egyptian news paper wrote “Many Egyptians pass this building every day on their way to work and they take great pride in it. And on Saturday, December 17th that very special building, The Institut d'Égypte became the latest causality of the ongoing military attack on the revolutionary protesters. Malihe Razazan spoke  with professor Paul Sedra about the significance The Institut d'Égypte, one of the finest cultural hertiage buildings in the world On ...

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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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