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Voices of the Middle East and North Africa is a weekly program hosted by Malihe Razazan and Mira Nabulsi. It explores the richly diverse and fascinating world of culture and politics of the Middle East and North Africa through a complex web of class, gender, ethnic, religious and regional differences. Voices of the Middle East and North Africa airs on KPFA radio, 94.1 FM, in Berkeley, CA. Online on kpfa.org or subscribe to iTunes.

Latest Episodes

Vomena Sept 27th, 2019: Presidential elections in Tunisia; Democracy movement in Algeria

Vomena Sept 27th, 2019: Presidential elections in Tunisia; Democracy movement in Algeria by KPFA: Voices of the Middle East and North Africa

58 MIN3 w ago
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Vomena Sept 27th, 2019: Presidential elections in Tunisia; Democracy movement in Algeria

Vomena September 13, 2019: Crackdowns on Syrians in Turkey & Sowt's Podcast ‘Mal Amal’

In the past two months, the Turkish Authorities have escalated their crackdown on Syrian refugees living in Istanbul arresting thousands and giving them an ultimatum until August 20th to move to the cities they obtained residency in when they first arrived into Turkey OR face deportations back to Syria. The deadline is now extended to the end of October. But the crackdown left thousands of Syrian refugees fearful for their future and the possibility of uprooting their families for the second time. Turkey hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees, an estimated 3.6 million people. Human Rights organizations are also reporting that Turkey is deporting Syrians back into Syria, a charge the Turkish government denies… International law prohibits the forcible return of anyone to a place where they would face a real risk of persecution,or a threat to life. To understand the background of these crackdowns and the status of Syrians in Turkey we speak with Professor Ayşen Üstübici. She is an Assistant Professor at Koç University Department of Sociology and the Department of Political Science. She is the author of The Governance of International Migration: Irregular Migrants' Access to Right to Stay in Turkey and Morocco (University of Amsterdam Press). Next, we air the first episode of ‘Mal Amal’ a podcast about migrant labor in Jordan. The podcast is produced by the Arab podcast platform Sowt (or voice), with support from the Heinrich Böll Foundation. But first, to learn more about the idea behind the podcast ‘Mal Amal’ and which focuses on the struggles of migrant workers in Jordan, I Reached Sowt’s Executive Director Ramsey Tesdell in Amman Jordan. For more 'Mal Amal' episodes: https://soundcloud.com/sowtpodcasts/sets/malamal-english

58 MINSEP 14
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Vomena September 13, 2019: Crackdowns on Syrians in Turkey & Sowt's Podcast ‘Mal Amal’

A Conversation with Journalist and Author Farnaz Fassihi on the Impacts of Renewed Sanctions on Iran

Last May, Donald Trump unilaterally violated the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran, the United States and 5 other world powers, and followed this up by reimposing harsh economic, trade and financial sanctions against Iran- Back in July of 2015 Iran, the US, along with Russia, China, and the European Union had agreed to a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA.) Under this agreement, Iran would be protected from economic sanctions in exchange for accepting to subject its nuclear research program to international inspections. This agreement was widely seen as a crowning achievement of former president Barack Obama’s foreign policy but was vociferously opposed by Israel, Saudi Arabia and Zionist forces and their allies in the US. Once in power, the Trump administration decided to violate and terminate this hard-won accord, calling it a “bad deal” and it has since ramped up a new “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, a maneuver aiming to strangulate Iran’s economy which n...

31 MINSEP 7
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A Conversation with Journalist and Author Farnaz Fassihi on the Impacts of Renewed Sanctions on Iran

Vomena September 6, 2019: The Impact of Renewed Sanctions on Iran; Sameh Zoabi on "Tel Aviv on Fire"

Last May, Donald Trump unilaterally violated the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran, the United States and 5 other world powers, and followed this up by reimposing harsh economic, trade and financial sanctions against Iran. Back in July of 2015 Iran, the US, along with Russia, China, and the European Union had agreed to a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA.) Under this agreement, Iran would be protected from economic sanctions in exchange for accepting to subject its nuclear research program to international inspections. This agreement was widely seen as a crowning achievement of former president Barack Obama’s foreign policy but was vociferously opposed by Israel, Saudi Arabia and Zionist forces and their allies in the US. Once in power, the Trump administration decided to violate and terminate this hard-won accord, calling it a “bad deal” and it has since ramped up a new “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, a maneuver aiming to strangulate Iran’s economy which n...

58 MINSEP 7
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Vomena September 6, 2019: The Impact of Renewed Sanctions on Iran; Sameh Zoabi on "Tel Aviv on Fire"

Vomena August 30, 2019: The Political Landscape in Tunisia and the Upcoming Presidential Elections

Almost nine years after its Jasmine revolution, which precipitated a chain reaction of revolts in the Arab world, Tunisia is seen as the only one among the ten countries directly impacted by the Arab Spring to have succeeded in establishing a formal democracy and, as such, has been accepted into the world’s club of democratic countries. It is now poised for its third round of presidential elections since the 2010-2011 revolution. However, with a weak economy and an increasingly restive population struggling with poverty, and being surrounded by countries that are politically unstable and with the very notion of liberal democracy in serious jeopardy worldwide, how long can Tunisia maintain the trappings of a formal democracy if it does not at the same time alleviate the serious socio-economic problems that afflict its society? We pose these questions to US-based Tunisian scholar Mohammed Hammami, who spoke to us from his home in Tunis.

58 MINSEP 2
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Vomena August 30, 2019: The Political Landscape in Tunisia and the Upcoming Presidential Elections

Vomena August 23, 2019: The Protests Continue in Algeria with Hamza Hamouchene

Sixty years ago, Algeria was known as a poster child for anti-colonial revolution and became a magnet for liberation struggles worldwide after reaching independence in 1962. Half-a-century later, the Algerian people are back in the streets, this time for a revolution against autocracy and corruption, national independence having failed to deliver the full emancipation that Algerian citizens feel they deserve. For the past six months, millions of Algerians of all ages and from all walks of life have been demonstrating in every major city in Algeria every Friday in massive numbers without fail, rain or shine, through the worst heatwave the country has known for years, through Ramadan and through the summer hiatus. Nothing has managed to break the movement’s momentum so far. Today we speak with Algerian scholar and activist Hamza Hamouchene about the movement, its endurance and its promise for the future of the country.

58 MINAUG 27
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Vomena August 23, 2019: The Protests Continue in Algeria with Hamza Hamouchene

Vomena August 16, 2019 Mapping the Yemen War & Recent Fighting in the Southern City of Aden

Yemen’s southern secessionist forces appear to have taken effective control of the port city of Aden, seat of the internationally recognized government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. In this latest conflict, fighters loyal to Southern Transitional Council (STC), which seeks an independent south Yemen, began an offensive against the government forces on August 7. Both sides have been part of a military coalition, dominated by Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE), which intervened in Yemen in March 2015 against the Houthis and their allies after they removed Mr. Hadi from power earlier that year. The separatist fighters involved in the recent showdown are UAE trained while the government forces appear to be backed by the Saudis. What is the significance of this recent confrontation? How will it impact the ongoing war in Yemen? What do we need to know about South Yemen and its history? Who are the secessionist in Yemen today? Does the showdown in Eden signal a schism in t...

58 MINAUG 27
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Vomena August 16, 2019 Mapping the Yemen War & Recent Fighting in the Southern City of Aden

Vomena July 19, 2019: The Civil War in Libya and Pro-BDS Resolution in the US Congress

Since the overthrow of long-time dictator Muammar Al Qadafi in 2011, with the support of NATO, Libya was thrown into chaos with no foreseen end. For the past few years a power struggle has emerged between the internationally recognized government led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj and the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army led by General Khalifa Haftar who receives military support from regional powers, and the US and Russia The latest episode in this power struggle started in April with the advancement of General Haftar towards the Capital, Tripoli. The confrontations have so far claimed hundreds of lives. Also earlier this month an air strike by the Haftar forces on the Tajoura immigration detention centre in eastern Tripoli claimed the lives of at least 40 refugees and migrants, and injured more than 80. Amnesty International said that around 600 people were trapped in the detention center with no way to escape, AND called for the attack to be independently investigated as a...

60 MINJUL 20
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Vomena July 19, 2019: The Civil War in Libya and Pro-BDS Resolution in the US Congress

Vomena July 12, 2019: Rebroadcast: Professor Ilan Pappe About His Book "On Palestine"

In this Interview Khalil Bendib talks with the Israeli scholar Ilan Pappé about his book "On Palestine" which he co-authored with Noam Chomsky. Published in the aftermath of Israel's offensive on Gaza known as "Operation Protective Edge" which left thousands of Palestinians dead and cleared the way for another Israeli land grab. Khalil asks Pappe about where he agrees and disagrees with Chomsky, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and the comparisons with apartheid in South Africa.

57 MINJUL 13
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Vomena July 12, 2019: Rebroadcast: Professor Ilan Pappe About His Book "On Palestine"

"Syria: Hot Spots in Global Politics" Complete Interview With Dr. Samer N. Abboud

An exclusive interview with Samer N. Abboud (@samer_abboud ), Associate Professor of historical and political studies at Arcadia University about his latest book "Syria: Hot Spots In Global Politics" With more than 500,000 people killed and at least half of the population displaced, Syria’s conflict is considered the most deadly of the twenty-first century. In his new book, Professor Samer Abboud provides an in-depth analysis of Syria’s descent into civil war, then the Involvement of regional and international players. In this interview, VOMENA's Shahram Aghamir discusses with Abboud the consequences of Russian military involvement after 2015, the economic interests of Iran and other actors, the US role, and plans of reconstruction in Syria. The interview starts with the latest offensive on Idlib province one of the last strongholds of the armed groups fighting Al Assad regime.

104 MINJUL 6
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"Syria: Hot Spots in Global Politics" Complete Interview With Dr. Samer N. Abboud

Latest Episodes

Vomena Sept 27th, 2019: Presidential elections in Tunisia; Democracy movement in Algeria

Vomena Sept 27th, 2019: Presidential elections in Tunisia; Democracy movement in Algeria by KPFA: Voices of the Middle East and North Africa

58 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Vomena Sept 27th, 2019: Presidential elections in Tunisia; Democracy movement in Algeria

Vomena September 13, 2019: Crackdowns on Syrians in Turkey & Sowt's Podcast ‘Mal Amal’

In the past two months, the Turkish Authorities have escalated their crackdown on Syrian refugees living in Istanbul arresting thousands and giving them an ultimatum until August 20th to move to the cities they obtained residency in when they first arrived into Turkey OR face deportations back to Syria. The deadline is now extended to the end of October. But the crackdown left thousands of Syrian refugees fearful for their future and the possibility of uprooting their families for the second time. Turkey hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees, an estimated 3.6 million people. Human Rights organizations are also reporting that Turkey is deporting Syrians back into Syria, a charge the Turkish government denies… International law prohibits the forcible return of anyone to a place where they would face a real risk of persecution,or a threat to life. To understand the background of these crackdowns and the status of Syrians in Turkey we speak with Professor Ayşen Üstübici. She is an Assistant Professor at Koç University Department of Sociology and the Department of Political Science. She is the author of The Governance of International Migration: Irregular Migrants' Access to Right to Stay in Turkey and Morocco (University of Amsterdam Press). Next, we air the first episode of ‘Mal Amal’ a podcast about migrant labor in Jordan. The podcast is produced by the Arab podcast platform Sowt (or voice), with support from the Heinrich Böll Foundation. But first, to learn more about the idea behind the podcast ‘Mal Amal’ and which focuses on the struggles of migrant workers in Jordan, I Reached Sowt’s Executive Director Ramsey Tesdell in Amman Jordan. For more 'Mal Amal' episodes: https://soundcloud.com/sowtpodcasts/sets/malamal-english

58 MINSEP 14
Comments
Vomena September 13, 2019: Crackdowns on Syrians in Turkey & Sowt's Podcast ‘Mal Amal’

A Conversation with Journalist and Author Farnaz Fassihi on the Impacts of Renewed Sanctions on Iran

Last May, Donald Trump unilaterally violated the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran, the United States and 5 other world powers, and followed this up by reimposing harsh economic, trade and financial sanctions against Iran- Back in July of 2015 Iran, the US, along with Russia, China, and the European Union had agreed to a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA.) Under this agreement, Iran would be protected from economic sanctions in exchange for accepting to subject its nuclear research program to international inspections. This agreement was widely seen as a crowning achievement of former president Barack Obama’s foreign policy but was vociferously opposed by Israel, Saudi Arabia and Zionist forces and their allies in the US. Once in power, the Trump administration decided to violate and terminate this hard-won accord, calling it a “bad deal” and it has since ramped up a new “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, a maneuver aiming to strangulate Iran’s economy which n...

31 MINSEP 7
Comments
A Conversation with Journalist and Author Farnaz Fassihi on the Impacts of Renewed Sanctions on Iran

Vomena September 6, 2019: The Impact of Renewed Sanctions on Iran; Sameh Zoabi on "Tel Aviv on Fire"

Last May, Donald Trump unilaterally violated the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran, the United States and 5 other world powers, and followed this up by reimposing harsh economic, trade and financial sanctions against Iran. Back in July of 2015 Iran, the US, along with Russia, China, and the European Union had agreed to a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA.) Under this agreement, Iran would be protected from economic sanctions in exchange for accepting to subject its nuclear research program to international inspections. This agreement was widely seen as a crowning achievement of former president Barack Obama’s foreign policy but was vociferously opposed by Israel, Saudi Arabia and Zionist forces and their allies in the US. Once in power, the Trump administration decided to violate and terminate this hard-won accord, calling it a “bad deal” and it has since ramped up a new “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, a maneuver aiming to strangulate Iran’s economy which n...

58 MINSEP 7
Comments
Vomena September 6, 2019: The Impact of Renewed Sanctions on Iran; Sameh Zoabi on "Tel Aviv on Fire"

Vomena August 30, 2019: The Political Landscape in Tunisia and the Upcoming Presidential Elections

Almost nine years after its Jasmine revolution, which precipitated a chain reaction of revolts in the Arab world, Tunisia is seen as the only one among the ten countries directly impacted by the Arab Spring to have succeeded in establishing a formal democracy and, as such, has been accepted into the world’s club of democratic countries. It is now poised for its third round of presidential elections since the 2010-2011 revolution. However, with a weak economy and an increasingly restive population struggling with poverty, and being surrounded by countries that are politically unstable and with the very notion of liberal democracy in serious jeopardy worldwide, how long can Tunisia maintain the trappings of a formal democracy if it does not at the same time alleviate the serious socio-economic problems that afflict its society? We pose these questions to US-based Tunisian scholar Mohammed Hammami, who spoke to us from his home in Tunis.

58 MINSEP 2
Comments
Vomena August 30, 2019: The Political Landscape in Tunisia and the Upcoming Presidential Elections

Vomena August 23, 2019: The Protests Continue in Algeria with Hamza Hamouchene

Sixty years ago, Algeria was known as a poster child for anti-colonial revolution and became a magnet for liberation struggles worldwide after reaching independence in 1962. Half-a-century later, the Algerian people are back in the streets, this time for a revolution against autocracy and corruption, national independence having failed to deliver the full emancipation that Algerian citizens feel they deserve. For the past six months, millions of Algerians of all ages and from all walks of life have been demonstrating in every major city in Algeria every Friday in massive numbers without fail, rain or shine, through the worst heatwave the country has known for years, through Ramadan and through the summer hiatus. Nothing has managed to break the movement’s momentum so far. Today we speak with Algerian scholar and activist Hamza Hamouchene about the movement, its endurance and its promise for the future of the country.

58 MINAUG 27
Comments
Vomena August 23, 2019: The Protests Continue in Algeria with Hamza Hamouchene

Vomena August 16, 2019 Mapping the Yemen War & Recent Fighting in the Southern City of Aden

Yemen’s southern secessionist forces appear to have taken effective control of the port city of Aden, seat of the internationally recognized government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. In this latest conflict, fighters loyal to Southern Transitional Council (STC), which seeks an independent south Yemen, began an offensive against the government forces on August 7. Both sides have been part of a military coalition, dominated by Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE), which intervened in Yemen in March 2015 against the Houthis and their allies after they removed Mr. Hadi from power earlier that year. The separatist fighters involved in the recent showdown are UAE trained while the government forces appear to be backed by the Saudis. What is the significance of this recent confrontation? How will it impact the ongoing war in Yemen? What do we need to know about South Yemen and its history? Who are the secessionist in Yemen today? Does the showdown in Eden signal a schism in t...

58 MINAUG 27
Comments
Vomena August 16, 2019 Mapping the Yemen War & Recent Fighting in the Southern City of Aden

Vomena July 19, 2019: The Civil War in Libya and Pro-BDS Resolution in the US Congress

Since the overthrow of long-time dictator Muammar Al Qadafi in 2011, with the support of NATO, Libya was thrown into chaos with no foreseen end. For the past few years a power struggle has emerged between the internationally recognized government led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj and the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army led by General Khalifa Haftar who receives military support from regional powers, and the US and Russia The latest episode in this power struggle started in April with the advancement of General Haftar towards the Capital, Tripoli. The confrontations have so far claimed hundreds of lives. Also earlier this month an air strike by the Haftar forces on the Tajoura immigration detention centre in eastern Tripoli claimed the lives of at least 40 refugees and migrants, and injured more than 80. Amnesty International said that around 600 people were trapped in the detention center with no way to escape, AND called for the attack to be independently investigated as a...

60 MINJUL 20
Comments
Vomena July 19, 2019: The Civil War in Libya and Pro-BDS Resolution in the US Congress

Vomena July 12, 2019: Rebroadcast: Professor Ilan Pappe About His Book "On Palestine"

In this Interview Khalil Bendib talks with the Israeli scholar Ilan Pappé about his book "On Palestine" which he co-authored with Noam Chomsky. Published in the aftermath of Israel's offensive on Gaza known as "Operation Protective Edge" which left thousands of Palestinians dead and cleared the way for another Israeli land grab. Khalil asks Pappe about where he agrees and disagrees with Chomsky, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and the comparisons with apartheid in South Africa.

57 MINJUL 13
Comments
Vomena July 12, 2019: Rebroadcast: Professor Ilan Pappe About His Book "On Palestine"

"Syria: Hot Spots in Global Politics" Complete Interview With Dr. Samer N. Abboud

An exclusive interview with Samer N. Abboud (@samer_abboud ), Associate Professor of historical and political studies at Arcadia University about his latest book "Syria: Hot Spots In Global Politics" With more than 500,000 people killed and at least half of the population displaced, Syria’s conflict is considered the most deadly of the twenty-first century. In his new book, Professor Samer Abboud provides an in-depth analysis of Syria’s descent into civil war, then the Involvement of regional and international players. In this interview, VOMENA's Shahram Aghamir discusses with Abboud the consequences of Russian military involvement after 2015, the economic interests of Iran and other actors, the US role, and plans of reconstruction in Syria. The interview starts with the latest offensive on Idlib province one of the last strongholds of the armed groups fighting Al Assad regime.

104 MINJUL 6
Comments
"Syria: Hot Spots in Global Politics" Complete Interview With Dr. Samer N. Abboud