• Books: Bury the Chains by Adam Hochschild, Endless War: Hidden Functions of the "war on terror" by David Keen, Capital Vol. 1, Tin Drum by Günter Grass, What is Islam? by Shahab Ahmed, Desiring Arabs by Joseph Massad, Spies, Soldiers and Statesmen by Hazem Kandil, La Condition Humaine by André Malraux, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Imagined Community by Benedict Anderson, Culture and Imperialism by Edward Said, The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon, The Richness of Life by Stephen Jay Gould, Children of the Alley by Naguib Mahfouz, The Mass Psychology of Fascism by Wilhelm Reich, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, 1984 by George Orwell, Noli me Tangere by José Rizal, Age of Extremes by Eric Hobsbawm, ذهنية التحريم لصادق جلال العظم, Karl Marx by Francis Wheen, وليمة لأعشاب البحر لحيدر حيدر, Candide by Voltaire, النزعات المادية في الفلسفة العربية الإسلامية لحسين مروة, Listen Little Man by Wilhelm Reich ..
  • Films: Alexanderplatz by Rainer Fassbinder, Clockwork Orange, Apocalypse Now, The Battle of Algiers, films by P. P. Passolini, Persepolis, Midnight Express, 1984, Papillion, Gangs of New York, Sophie Scholl, Life of Brian, Ivan the Terrble, Battleship Potemkine ...

Friday, May 30, 2008

01 June 2008

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In the fourth part of Israel/Palestine (1948-2008): From the 'Red House' to the Siege of Gaza, Joel Kovel, author of Overcoming Zionism: Creating a single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine (Pluto Press 2007) and editor-in-chief of Capitalism Nature Socialism talks about his experience as a Jew and elaborates on issues like the linkage between Zionism and capital, class struggle and nationalism.

Also in this week show: "Peace" talks with Syria and army chief becomes Lebanon's new president.

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Monday, May 19, 2008

25 May 2008

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In The Myths of Zionism John Rose shows how "Zionism, a powerful political force, is based in mythology; ancient, medieval and modern. Rose argues that, as Zionism is a living political force, these myths have been used to justify very real and political ends – namely, the expulsion and continuing persecution of the Palestinians."

Pakistan - "unravelling of the democratic farce."

Mai Ghossoub (1952-2007): Anti-establishment, anti-war, ardently feminist and a lover of literature, art, jazz and belly dancing, she became an internationally acc­laimed writer, playwright, poet and sculptress.

Friday, May 16, 2008

18 May 2008

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In a second part of Israel/Palestine (1948-2008): From the 'Red House' to the Siege of Gaza, we listen to the Israeli historian Dr. Moti Golani speaking on: 'Wars Do Not Just Happen'. The Most prominent and controversial argument that Golani presents seems to be that "peace has not always headed Israel's list of priorities and war has not always headed its neighbours' list of priorities."

What is confessionalism? What is Hizbollah? What has made it popular? What gave birth to such organisation that the US ruling class considers terrorist? What is its programme? Is Hizbollah challenging the power structure in Lebanon? Lara Deeb, a cultural anthropologist, assistant professor of women’s studies at the University of California-Irvine and author of "An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi‘i Lebanon".

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

11 May 2008

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Israel/Palestine (1948-2008): From the 'Red House' to the Siege of Gaza. Part 1: "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine" by the Israeli historian Ilan Pappe.

Torture and the Twilight of Empire: from Algiers to Baghdad by Marnia Lazreg, professor of sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. "When empire is in decline, does the use of torture, or the motivations behind it, change? For Marnia Lazreg, what the French colonial forces did to people in Algeria during that nation's war of independence in the 1950s speaks volumes about the relationship between torture, power, empire, and even democracy. Lazreg also draws parallels between French colonial conduct then and US military conduct today." Part of an interview broadcast by Against the Grain on Pacifica Radio.

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The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
Torture and the Twilight of Empire

Friday, May 02, 2008

04 May 2008

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  • Seven months after Israeli warplanes destroyed a building in Syria’s eastern desert, the Bush administration has released intelligence purporting to prove that Damascus was building a nuclear reactor at the site. Why was the silence? Syria denies that the building housed a nuclear reactor “What did Israel bomb in Syria?” asked American journalist Seymour Hersh. Why has the Bush administration chosen to release its intelligence now, seven months after the Israeli strike?
  • Drug Dealing in Lebanon: tribal drug lords, addiction, Hizbollah and Israel.
  • Pakistan: Pakistan has been plagued by shortages and a crisis of basic necessities of life for a long time, but the situation exploded on the eve of the last elections while General Musharraf and his team were blowing the trumpet about "unprecedented economic development".

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US Intelligence on Syrian Reactor
At Home with a Drug Baron
Pakistan: Workers' Anger Shakes Multan

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