Middle East

UN Official Calls for Lifting ‘Illegal’ Syria Sanctions After Seeing Devastation First-Hand

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Rania Khalek is joined by UN Special Rapporteur Prof. Alena Douhan who returned from a 12-day visit to Syria where she assessed the negative impact of sanctions across the country. Upon her return, she called for the sanctions, which she deems illegal and a violation of human rights, to be...

How the US Used Saudi Arabia to Fuel Fanaticism & Fight Progressive Movements Worldwide, with As’ad Abukhalil

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To discuss the history of the Arab Gulf states as Western imperial outposts and the damage they have done and continue to do to the left and progressive movements around the world, Rania Khalek was joined by As’ad Abukhalil, a Lebanese-American professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus.

How ‘Arab Spring’ Music Was Co-opted and Corrupted by the West & Gulf Monarchs, with Mohamad-Ali Nayel

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The misnamed “Arab Spring” unleashed restrained aspirations of the region and like all uprisings saw an eruption of expression in songs, music, lyrics, spreading, much like these intifadas, through social media, massive crowds, and sharing ideas and trends across borders. But just as the initial optimism of the protests was...

Palestinians Have Tried Surrender & Collaboration. Only Resistance Is Left with Ali Abunimah

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Israel killed at least 49 Palestinians in its three-day assault on the Gaza Strip last week and 17 of them were children. Israel Defense Forces also raided the West Bank city of Nablus and killed three, including the commander of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. Ali Abunimah, Director of ElectronicIntifada.net & author...

Nuclear Deal or No Deal: U.S., Iran & the New Middle East, with Mohammad Marandi

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Iran nuclear deal negotiations appear frozen and the Biden administration is busy pouring fuel onto the Ukrainian fire and trying to encircle China. To help us understand why attempts to salvage an agreement with Iran have not succeeded, Rania Khalek was joined by Mohammad Marandi, professor of English literature and...

How French Neo-Colonialism Destabilized Africa’s Sahel, with Hannah Armstrong

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Africa’s Sahel region encompasses Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad and has been an arena of French colonialism, liberation struggles, ongoing imperialist interventions, the war on terror, and coups d’etat.   To discuss this and more Rania Khalek, was joined by Hannah Rae Armstrong, a long-time researcher with years...

Lebanon’s Elections Amid Economic Collapse, Foreign Interference & Resistance, with Jamal Ghosn

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Lebanon’s May 15 elections results were confusing, with contradictory claims of victory and defeat. Much of the mainstream media coverage further obfuscated the results, with journalists celebrating the few self-described independents and reformists as a sign that some kind of change might be coming, while also appearing to cheer the...

Former Saudi Political Prisoner: U.S. Officials ‘Don’t Give a F*** About These Souls’

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In a mass execution, Saudi Arabia killed 81 prisoners over a 24-hour period, including political prisoners and protesters. Ali Al-Ahmed, director of the Institute for Gulf Affairs & a former Saudi political prisoner, explains what’s going on.

Amnesty Intl Finally Joins World in Condemning Israeli Apartheid, Israel Freaks Out, w/ Ali Abunimah

Eugene Puryear
Human rights group Amnesty International came out finally with a position that Israel is “committing the crime of apartheid against Palestinians.” While Human Rights Watch, Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, and myriad civil society groups and organizations worldwide have long held this view on Israel, Amnesty is joining the chorus...

A War on Civilians: Yemeni Suffering Intensifies Due to U.S., Saudi & Emirati Bombs and Blockade

Rania Khalek
Professor Shireen Al-Adeimi, Yemeni-born anti-war activist & Assistant Professor at Michigan State University, joined Eugene Puryear and Rania Khalek on The Freedom Side to discuss the ongoing Saudi and Emirate destruction of Yemen and the role of the US and UK in making it possible.
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