Friday, July 28, 2006

Roni Ben Efrat - Arthur Neslen

Middle East Panorama radio show on Resonance FM 104 or Every Friday 14.00 - 15.00 London time (GMT)

  • Interview with Zeina Abou Al-Hosn, a Lebanese living in London. Zeina works at a production company called Out There News and trying to make some radio/video stories from Lebanon and the area to make up for the lack of coverage in the news.
  • Interview with Roni Ben Efrat from the Organisation for Democratic Action, Tel Aviv, Israel. Ben Efrat argues that "When Israel seeks to effect political changes, it relies on military might. The logic of force has always been the central factor in determining its policy." Ben Efrat speaks of two hidden strategic goals of two Israeli withdrawals: south Lebanon in May 2000 and Gaza in August 2005. >> Listen
  • Sounds from the 22 July demo in London.
  • Interview with two evacuees who arrived in the UK from Beirut, via Cyprus, on 20 July 2006. Middle East Panorama met them in a Lebanese restaurant in London.
  • Arthur Neslen, author of 'Occupied Minds - A Journey through the Israeli Psyche' (Pluto Books, March 2006) talks about his newly published book. Neslen was until recently the London correspondent for and the website's only Jewish journalist. For five years he was Red Pepper Magazine's international editor and between 2001 and 2004, he worked as a broadcast journalist at the BBC. He has also written for publications including the Guardian, the Independent, the Observer, the New Statesman and Private Eye. >> Listen to the interview here

Friday, July 21, 2006

Starry Night - Yossi Schwartz - Eurabia

Middle East Panorama radio show on Resonance FM 104
Every Friday 14.00 - 15.00 London time (GMT)

  • Starry Night by Mazen Kerbaj, a musican, a comic and blogger from Beirut.
  • Israel-Gaza- Lebanon and beyond: The ReaL Aim. Interview with Yossi Schwartz from Haifa. Listen here
  • Eurabian Nightmare by Matt Carr, journalist and author of the forthcoming Unknown Soldiers: How Terrorism Transformed the Modern World. Matt Carr is one of the first thinkers to explore and explode the myths underpinning the dangerous concept of Eurabia - being popularised by a range of authors including Melanie Phillips (in Britain) and Oriana Fallaci (in Italy). The speech derives from an article on Eurabia in the current issue of Race & Class (vol. 48, issue 1, July 2006). To order click here >> Listen to the speech

Friday, July 14, 2006

Endless War? Iraq Freedom Congress

Middle East Panorama radio show on Resonance FM 104 or Every Friday 14.00 - 15.00 London time (GMT)

  • "Endless War? Hidden Functions of the 'War on Terror'" (Pluto Books 2006) by David Keen. A Live interview. David Keen explores how winning war is rarely an end in itself; rather, war tends to be part of a wider political and economic game that is consistent with strengthening the enemy. Keen devises a radical framework for analysing an unending war project, where the "war on terror" is an extension of the Cold War. >> Listen
  • “There is a different and progressive voice and a promising alternative to both the US occupation and political Islam in Iraq” says Samir Adil a co-founder and the president of The Iraq Freedom Congress - IFC. >> Listen
  • Iraqi Tradional Music Revisited in a War Era.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Greg Palast

Middle East Panorama radio show on Resonance FM 104
Every Friday 14.00 - 15.00 London time (GMT)

Interview with Greg Palast
"He is the best journalist in North America", according to Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela.
Invistigative reporter for the BBC, Media Channel advisor, journalist for the British newspaper the Observer. He went undercover for the British newspaper and worked his way inside the Prime Minister's inner circle and busted open Toni Blair's biggest scandal 'Lobbygate'.
He is also known for his New York Times bestseller "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy" published in 2003. The book deals with corporate corruption, finance, globalization, political corruption, and the 'stolen' United States presidential election of 2000.
His recent articles include: "Unreported: the Zarqawi Invitation", "The Assassniation of Hugo Chavez", "Was the Invasion of Iraq a Jewish Conspiracy?"
His first reports first gained international attention in his column "Inside Corporate America" for the Guardian and Observer.
His recent book is "Armed Madhouse", published on the 6th of July 2006 by Allen Lane. He has been on a tour in the UK during which he has spoken in the National Union of Journalist and for Hands off Venezuela Campaign, given a lecture at Chataham House in London, and also speaking and signing his book in Edinburgh and Manchester. >> Listen to the interview