• Interview with Dahr Jamail, an independent US reporter and photographer. US media to accurately report on the realities of the war in Iraq for the Iraqi people and US soldiers, Dahr Jamail went to Iraq to report on the war himself. His dispatches were quickly recognized as an important media resource and he is now writing for the Inter Press Service, The Asia Times and many other outlets. His reports have also been published with The Nation, The Sunday Herald, Islam Online, the Guardian and the Independent to name just a few. On radio as well as television, Dahr reports for Democracy Now!, the BBC, and numerous other stations around the globe. Dahr is also special correspondent for Flashpoints. Dahr has spent a total of 8 months in occupied Iraq as one of only a few independent US journalists in the country. Dahr uses the DahrJamailIraq.com website and his popular mailing list to disseminate his dispatches. >> Listen
  • David Shayler and Annie Machon, former MI5 officers, join Middle East Panorama show. David Shayler joined MI5 in Oct/1991 and worked there for five years. Mr Shayler wrote The Organisation, a novel based loosely on his experiences working for MI5. Shayler says in July 1994 Mossad told MI5 about imminent Hezbollah bombings of Jewish targets in the UK - but the security service ignored the warnings and didn't tell the police. And in Feb/1996 Libyan dissidents tried to blow up Gadaffi in an MI6-funded plot, but failed - Shayler heard of this conspiracy from a contact in SIS. David's only 'crime' is to have revealed, what he calls, "ineptitude and malpractice within MI5, Britain's security service: shortcomings which have resulted in the waste of millions of pounds worth of taxpayers' money and, worse still, to the deaths of innocent civilians." >> Listen

Ted Honderich - Rabih Abu Khalil

Middle East Panorama radio show on Resonance FM 104.4
Every Friday 14.00 - 15.00 London time (GMT)

  • He defends 'Zionism', but he is anti-neo-zionist, he 'asserts the moral right of the Palestinians to their terrorism'. The charitable organization Oxfam refused to accept a donation of £5,000 accrued in royalties from sales of his book, 'After the Terror'. The director of the Holocaust museum in Frankfort, Micha Brumlik, called him an anti-Semite. When the Palestine Society at SOAS realized that he was a Zionist, an invitation to a meeting of the Palestine Society at the School of Oriental and African Studies, a college of the University of London, was dropped from the list of speakers. His last book, 'Humanity, Terrorism, Terrorist War: Palestine, 9-11, Iraq, 7-7' is to be released in September 2006. 'In the context of the Middle East violence is usually referred to as "terrorism", but the actions of the American and British forces are not. Is it because 'Democracies' do not practice terrorism?' Ted Honderich has been the Grote Professor of the Philosophy of Mind and Logic at University College London, and visiting professor at Yale University, the Graduate Center at CUNY, and Brooklyn College. >> Listen to the interview >> Read Why Ted Honderich is Wrong on all Accounts
  • The Lebanese musician and composer Rabih Abou Khalil :pieces from his album 'Tarab'. Rabih Abou Khalil, with other musicians, is performing at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, UK, on Wednesday 10 May 2006.

The Art of the Santoor - The Bridge

Middle East Panorama radio show on Resonance FM 104.4
Every Friday 14.00 - 15.00 London time (GMT)

  • Music 1: The Art of the Santoor, Hossein Ferjami, traditional folk music from Iran. 'Hossein Farjami is one of the big names amongst Iranians around the world, known as a virtuoso player of the santoor, one of the oldest oriental instruments. Apart from the santoor this CD (The Art of the Santoor, August 2000) presents other traditional Iranian instruments such as the tar, setar (string instruments), ney (reed flute), zarb, and daf (drums).'
  • Music 2: The Bridge (2002), Marcel Khalife, Lebanon. Any bridge, in Arabic communication, most often signifies "the bridge back to the Palestinian homeland."

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