30 Jan & 03 Feb 2008

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"The American moment is not over, but it must be seized anew... A strong military is, more than anything, necessary to sustain peace...we must become better prepared to put boots on the ground in order to take on foes on a global scale...I will not hesitate to use force unilaterally, if necessary, to protect the American people or our vital interests...We must also consider using military force in circumstances beyond self-defense, in order to provide for the common security that underpins global stability - to support friends, participate in stability and reconstruction operations, or confront mass atrocities." (Barack Obama to Foreign Affairs magazine)

Live interview with Ira Chernus, professor of religious studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and author of Monsters To Destroy: The Neoconservative War on Terror and Sin (Paradigm Publishers, 2006). Prof. Chernus joins MEP to talk about Pakistan and the coming elections, Iraq, Iran, Israel, democracy and , of course, whether the American foreign policy in the Middle East will change with a new president. Listen to the interview

The Lodging House, winner of the 2003 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature is a novel by Khairy Shalaby, translated to English by Farouk Abdel Wahab (a publication of The American Univeristy in Cairo Press, December 2006). A review by Susana Tarbush (Banipal Magazine). Listen

"Iranian Cinema: Art, Society and the State": a live interview with Ziba Mir-Hosseini, a freelance anthropologist, researcher and filmmaker, a research associate at the Centre for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, SOAS, in London. Listen to the interview

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US Hypocrisy, and Worse, on Pakistan Democracy
"The Lodging House" by Khairy Shalaby, a review.
"Iranian Cinema: Art, Society and the State"

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23 & 27 January 2008

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In his monumental work A History of the Arab Peoples Albert Hurani concludes that “What could be observed was a current pattern in Middle Eastern history. The classes which dominated the structure of wealth and social power in the cities wanted peace, order and freedom of economic activity, and would support a regime so long as it seemed to be giving them what they wanted; but they would not lift a finger to save it, and would accept its successor if it seemed likely to follow a similar policy.” (Hurani, 1991, p. 454)

Class and Sect in the Middle East: an interview with Anne Alexander, a fellow researcher at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, author of Nasser (Life & Times), and a regular contributor to International Socialism journal.

Singer and composer Marcel Khalife in Britain. A concert in London, Friday 25 January 2008

Analysis of part of Shimon Peres's Speech given at the beginning of G.W. Bush's recent visit to Israel. The president of Israel said: "Your [Bush's] visit is on the eve of the of the sixth decade of our historic rebirth. We were attacked seven times.We never lost a war. We never lost desire for peace. We never postponed a moment for democracy."

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Interview with Joel Beinin (17 minutes)

16 & 20 January 2008

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Bush in Israel: The Hands of Esau
Selling Weapons to Religious States, from an interview with Lenni Brenner, part 2 of last: Israel.
Book review: Dhar Jamail's Beyound the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq
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The Hands of Esau
The Fading of the Two-State Solution
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Selling Weapons to Religious States (Interview with Lenni Brenner)

09 & 13 January 2008

"Selling Weapons to Religous States": Part 1 of 2 from an interview with Lenni Brenner produced by Against the Grain show on Pacifica Radio. This week: Saudi Arabia.
2007 World Press Photo Award
The Assassination of Benazir Bhutto: What next for Pakistan?
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Coming & Recent Shows/Interviews

Class and Sect in the Middle East, interview with Anne Alexander.
The Yacoubian Building: the novel and the film.
Can Hamas Liberate Palestine?
The US Elections and the Middle East
Katherine C. Donahue, author of Slave of Allah - Zacarias Moussaoui vs The USA (Pluto Press September 2007)
Ibrahim Abu Rabi, author of Contemporary Arab Thought

19 December 2007 show

Iraqi Oil for Beginners, a comic book by Jon Sack. Israel: the longest teachers strike in the history of Israel.
05 December 2007 show : Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files - The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (PLuto Press, November 2007)
Interview with Arun Kundnani, author of "The End of Tolerance - Racism in 21st Century Britain".
28 November 2007: InterviewArun Kundnani on his book The End of Tolerance - Racism in 21st Century Britain. Also in the show: Dubai, Wealth and Workers' Plight.
21 November 2007 show
14 November 2007 show: Pakistan,Turkey and the Kurds
31 October 2007 show
24 October 2007 show
Listen to the interview with the Egyptian historian Mahmood Ibrahim, author of Merchant Capital and Islam.
17 October 2007 show: Part of a talk by Norman Finkelstein author of On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History (2005).
Overcoming Zionism: Interview with Joel Kovel, 04July 2007
Joel Beinin on Workers Struggles in Egypt, 30 March 2007
Assaf Adiv on Arab Workers plight and struggle in Israel, 23 March 2007
"Iran on the Brink - Rising Workers and Threats of War", Part 1, Part 2, 16 March 2007
Lara Deeb on Hizballah, Part 1, Part 2, 09 March 2007

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