Friday, October 27, 2006

Ilan Pappe - Jo Wilding

“I support compulsory transfer. I do not see in it anything immoral . . . The Arabs will have to go, but one needs an opportune moment for making it happen, such as a war.” David Ben-Gurion writing to his son, 1937. The 1948 Palestine-Israel War is known to Israelis as 'The War of Independence', but for Palestinians it will forever be the Nakba, the 'catastrophe'. Around a million people were expelled from their own country at gunpoint, civilians were massacred and hundreds of Palestinian villages were deliberately destroyed. Denied for almost six decades, had it happened today it could only have been called "ethnic cleansing." Ilan Pappe is an Israeli Jew, a world-renowned expert and author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (2006) joins Middle East Panorama for an exclusive interview. 

Don't Shoot the Clowns - Taking a circus to the children of Iraq. But what was a bunch of clowns doing in Iraq in the first place? What possible use could they be to a country suffering war and occupation, where families are torn apart by grief and children are shocked and terrified? Jo Wilding had moments when she doubted her own plans, until she saw the transforming effect that laughter has. >> Jo Wilding >> Montage by Amanda

Friday, October 20, 2006

Daniel Dor - Lina Khatib

Middle East Panorama show on Resonance FM 104.4 or
Every Friday 14:00 - 15:00 London Time (GMT)
Featured in The Independent, 'Critic's Choice', 20 October 2006
Interview with Daniel Dor, author of The Suppression of Guilt. A former journalist, Daniel Dor teaches at the Department of Communication,Tel Aviv University, and is a graduate of Stanford University. A revised translation of an earlier book, Intifada Hits the Headlines, was published by Indiana University Press in 2003. He has worked as a senior news editor in two of Israel's leading newspapers. "Dor's book," commented Amira Hass, journalist for the Israeli daily Ha'aretz, "gives ample evidence of how the Israeli free press easily turned into an instrument of propaganda. ... Personally, the book helped me get over the frustration of seeing the reality I described totally marginalised in print." >> Listen here
Also joining the show Lina Khatib to speak about
olitics in the Cinemas of Hollywood and the Arab World. Today the world's media have a pressing need to understand and interpret the modern Middle East. In her book (released by I B Tauris on 27 September 2006) Khatib examines how contemporary American cinema and the cinemas of the Arab world contribute to this global preoccupation in their representations of Middle Eastern politics. The writer, a lecturer in world cinema, also uncovers the challenges presented by Arab cinemas to Hollywood's ways of representing Middle East politics. >> Listen here

Friday, October 06, 2006

Muhammad's Sword - Pakistan - An Iranian Refugee

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

  • Uri Avnery argues,"True, Muhammad called for the use of the sword in his war against opposing tribes - Christian, Jewish and others - in Arabia, when he was building his state. But that was a political act, not a religious one; basically a fight for territory, not for the spreading of the faith... When the Catholics re-conquered Spain from the Muslims, they instituted a reign of religious terror. The Jews and the Muslims were presented with a cruel choice: to become Christians, to be massacred or to leave. Not for the first time in history, a religious robe is spread to cover the nakedness of economic interests; not for the first time, a robbers' expedition becomes a Crusade. Interview with Uri Avnery in Israel. >> Listen to the interview
  • Interview with a representative from Pakistan Trade Union Campaign in Pakistan about the ban of the Sindh Teachers' Union, the protests against the ban and the Musharef regime. Lal Khan will also be speaking about his new book. "The latest attack on Lebanon by America through Israel could be one of the last hiccups of the system. This attack could also be considered a successful suicide attempt," says Munno Bhai, commenting on a recently published book on current the Lebanon/Israel war by Lal Khan. The book was published by The Struggle Publications in Lahore. The book also looks at the history of wars and revolutions in the whole region and the changing role of Iran in the region and the spectre of an imperialist attack. >> Listen here
  • He is "an Iranian refugee, independent political activist in variety of issues such as anti-war, refugees' rights, Iranian people support committee and anti-capitalism. Hassan Zendeh was involved in Iranian anti-monarchy revolution in 1979 and has had a lot of experience through that period and lessons that could be useful today."