articles tagged "The Middle East"

A Looming Attack on Syria

Sunday, 8 September 2013 | A Public Affair
Night view of Damascus, Syria

This week, President Barack Obama pleads his case for attacking Syria. To talk about this issue and the history behind it, our host Allen Ruff spoke with investigative journalist Robert Parry and UW-Madison Professor of Middle Eastern Studies Jennifer Loewenstein. more »

Arab Spring, Libyan Winter

Thursday, 6 December 2012 | A Public Affair
vijay

On Thursday December 6th, host Allen Ruff interviewed author Vijay Prashad about unrest in the Middle East. Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair of South Asian History, Professor and Director of International Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He is the author of several books, including “Karma of Brown Folk” (Village Voice, one of the top 25 books of the year, 2001), “Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting” (Village Voice, one of the top 25 books of the year, 2002), and “The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World” (winner of the 2009 Muzaffar Ahmad Book Prize). He writes regularly for Frontline (India) and Counterpunch (USA). Prashad discussed with Allen his most recent book, “Arab Spring, Libyan Winter” which was published in May of this year. “The Arab Spring captivated the planet. Mass action overthrew Tunisia’s Ben Ali and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak. The revolutionary wave spread to the far corners of the Arab world, from Morocco to Bahrain. It seemed as if all the authoritarian states would finally be freed, even those of the Arabian Peninsula. People’s power had produced this wave, and continued to ride it out. In Libya, though, the new world order had different ideas. Social forces opposed to Muammar Qaddafi had begun to rebel, but they were weak. In came the French and the United States, with promises of glory. A deal followed with the Saudis, who then sent in their own forces to cut down the Bahraini revolution, and NATO began its assault, ushering in a Libyan Winter that cast its shadow over the Arab Spring. This brief, timely analysis situates the assault on Libya in the context of the winds of revolt that swept through the Middle East in the Spring of 2011. Vijay Prashad explores the recent history of the Qaddafi regime, the social forces who opposed him, and the role of the United Nations, NATO, and the rest of the world’s superpowers in the bloody civil war that ensued.” -AK Press (May 8, 2012)   Read more about the book “Arab Spring, Libyan Winter:” http://www.akpress.org/arabspringlibyanwinter.html Listen to the entire interview: more »

The Suffering Grasses and the Crisis in Syria

Friday, 30 November 2012 | A Public Affair
The Suffering Grasses

On Friday November 30th, host Esty Dinur interviewed Iara Lee about her documentary film “THE SUFFERING GRASSES: when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.” Iara Lee is a Korean Brazilian film producer, director and activist who works mainly in the Middle East. Esty also spoke with Middle East expert Professor Jennifer Loewenstein who added to the discussion of the film and the crisis in Syria. “The ongoing conflict in Syria has become a microcosm for the complicated politics of the region, and an unsavory reflection of the world at large. Against the backdrop of the Arab Spring, NATO’s toppling of Moammar Qaddafi in Libya, and the complicated politics of the region, this film seeks to explore the Syrian conflict through the humanity of the civilians who have been killed, abused, and displaced to the squalor of refugee camps. In all such conflicts, large and small, it is civilians—women and children, families and whole communities—who suffer at the leisure of those in power. While focusing on the plight of those caught in the crossfire of the hegemons, we seek to unravel the conflict by exploring the motivations of its actors—the Ba’athist regime of Bashar al-Assad, the Free Syrian Army and other geopolitical players like the United States, Israel, Russia, China, Iran, Lebanon, Turkey, the Gulf countries… When elephants go to war, it is the grass that suffers. This is a film about the elephants, but made for the grasses.” Read Iara Lee’s piece in The Huffington Post:” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/iara-lee/the-only-true-revolution-in-syria-is-nonviolent_b_1519844.html#s=more226651 Read more about the film, “The Suffering Grasses:” http://www.culturesofresistance.org/suffering-grasses   Listen to the entire program: more »

Jennifer Loewenstein on the Middle East

Thursday, 26 July 2012 | A Public Affair

On Thursday July 26th, Allen Ruff interviewed Jennifer Loewenstein on various matters concerning the Middle East. Jennifer Loewenstein is the Associate Director of the Middle East Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a political activist in here in Madison, and writes as a freelance journalist. Her work has been featured in scholarly publications such as The Journal of Palestine Studies and she is a regular contributor to CounterPunch magazine. Loewenstein is a well known critic of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians as well as American support for Israel. To read more about Jennifer Loewenstein: http://experts.news.wisc.edu/experts/918 more »

Syria, the Middle East, and More

Tuesday, 26 June 2012 | A Public Affair

For the first half of the program today, Cynthia Lin interviewed University of Wisconsin Communication Arts Assistant Professor Karma Chavez about queer justice, migrant rights, and international solidarity work. During the second half of the show, Cynthia interviewed Dr. Naseer Aruri, Chancellor Professor (Emeritus) of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth about the situation in Syria. To read more about Dr. Naseer Aruri: http://imeu.net/news/article005787.shtml       To listen to the entire interview: more »

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