The Marc Steiner Show

Israelis and Palestinians

Dr. Thabit Abdullah: Discussion and Updates on Syria

Syrian refugee crisisApril 17, 2017 – Segment 3

I hosted a discussion and update on Syria, with Dr. Thabit Abdullah, Professor of Middle East History at York University, Toronto.


Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions Debate

Baltimore Court (Credit: BaltimoreSun)February 20, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a discussion and debate on a bill before the Maryland Legislature aimed at thwarting the Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in the state. The BDS movement is a global campaign attempting to increase economic and political pressure on Israel with the stated goals of ending of Israel’s occupation and colonization of Palestinian land and the Golan Heights, full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel, and acknowledgement of the right of return of Palestinian refugees. Proponents of the bill say the BDS movement is an effort to destroy Israel.

With: Delegate James “Jimmy” Tarlau, Democrat representing District 47A, Prince George’s County, in the Maryland House of Delegates; and Delegate Ben Kramer, who represents District 19, Montgomery County, in the Maryland House of Delegates.


The Latest on Israel-US Relationship & The Maryland Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement

February 14, 2017 – Segment 2 –

In light of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu coming to the US this week, we turn to the topic of the current Israel-US relationship and the Maryland BDS (Boycott, DivestmePresident Obama Visits Israel, Middle Eastnt, and Sanctions) movement. With: Jodie Zisow McClean, member of Jewish Voice for Peace and Baltimore Palestine Solidarity; Howard Libit, Executive Director of the Baltimore Jewish Council; Dr. Bob Freedman, visiting professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University and former President of Baltimore Hebrew University; and Palestinian American businessman and political commentator Dr. Ali Zaghab.


National News Roundtable: Donald Trumps Executive Order & Protests Against It

DC Protest (Credit: Flickr Commons User - Campaign Backbone)January 30, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a National News Roundtable, topics to include this weekend’s protests against Donald Trump’s Executive Order to ban people from seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the United States. With: Zainab Chaudry, Maryland Outreach Manager for the Council on American Islamic Relations; Bob Somerby, Editor of The Daily HowlerEugene Craig III, grassroots activist and 3rd Vice-Chair of the Maryland Republican Party; and Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-Editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities.


International News Roundtable: Russia, Iasrael, & NATO

Israel UN (Credit: FrontPagMag)January 4, 2017 – Segment 1

We host an International News Roundtable, discussing topics such as the new UN Israel Policy, Russia, and NATO.

With: Rania Khalek, Associate Editor at The Electric Intifida, co-host of the Unauthorized Disclosure podcast, and journalist whose work has appeared in publications including The Intercept and The NationJohn Feffer, Director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies and author of Splinterlands; and Charles “Sam” Faddis, retired CIA Operations Officer and author of many books, including the novel Kaffa.


Ellen Siegel: Picture Kindness, On Behalf Of Refugees In Lebanon

Ellen SiegelJune 24, 2016 – Segment 4

We close the show with Ellen Siegel, who remembers the 1982 Sabra and Shatila Massacre. Siegel first visited Israel, the West Bank, Gaza and Lebanon in 1972. Since that time she has been an active member and supporter of the Jewish and Israeli peace movements, and has supported the Palestinian solidarity cause. She volunteered her nursing services in 1982 during Israeli’s war on Lebanon. She worked in Gaza Hospital, Sabra refugee camp in Beirut and was present during the massacre. She testified before the Kahan Commission of Inquiry. She continues to work part-time as a nurse iand serves on the Medical Committee of the American Near East Refugee Aid.
Picture Kindness, an open house fundraising event on behalf of refugees in Lebanon, will take place on Saturday June 25th from 4 to 8pm at the XOL Gallery located at 830 Park Avenue in Baltimore. More information is available from Ronda Cooperstein at 410-486-6307. All funds will directly benefit refugees via the work of Ellen Siegel in coordination with socialcare.org.

Israeli Refuseniks On Their Refusal To Serve In The IDF

protestApril 19, 2016 – Segment 5

We talk with two Israeli Refuseniks. Yasmin Yablonko is a 23-year-old Israeli conscientious objector from Jaffa. She is the coordinator of Mesarvot, a newly established network of Israeli organizations that help elevate the voices of young people refusing military service, offering them capacity building, assisting with media work and helping them organize. Yasmin currently studies Humanities and Arts in the Tel Aviv University. Khaled Farrag is a 34-Year-old Palestinian Druze conscientious objector from Rama village in the Upper Galilee. In 1999, after moving to Jerusalem, Khaled refused to serve in the army and was sentenced to two months in military prison. Khaled was one of the founders of Urford, a movement that calls for ending compulsory military service imposed on Druze, and reconnecting Druze with their Palestinian and Arab identity. Khaled studied law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and established a preparatory school for university admission in East Jerusalem and co-founded Grassroots Jerusalem, a Palestinian NGO working on empowering communities in East Jerusalem.


Neil Hertz: Pastoral in Palestine

Neil HertzJanuary 20, 2016 – Segment 5

In a special archive edition of the Steiner Show, we hear Neil Hertz discuss his book Pastoral in Palestine, which offers a personal view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

 


The Fight With ISIS & The Crisis Of The Middle East

Gaza Crisis (Credit: Flickr - United Nations Photostream)November 9, 2015 – Segment 2

We discuss the international scene, as we examine and analyze ISIS and the crisis in the Middle East. With: Loretta Napoleoni, author of Islamist Phoenix: Islamic State and the Redrawing of the Middle East; Kate Gould, Legislative Representative for Middle East Policy for the Friends Committee on National Legislation; and Dr. Thabit A.J. Abdullah, Associate Professor of Middle East History at York University in Toronto.


Escalating Violence in Israel & Palestine: Is A Two-State Solution Possible?

Israel Violence (Credit: FoxNews)October 12, 2015 – Segment 1

We have a roundtable discussion on the escalating violence in Israel/Palestine. With: Ali Zaghab, Palestinian-born businessman and political observer; and Alan Elsner, Vice President of Communications for J Street.


Islamophobia in Our Society

ahmed mohamedSeptember 22, 2015 – Segment 2

We unpack Islamophobia in light of 14-year-old Muslim student, Ahmed Mohamed, arrested by police at his school after school officials thought the clock he made was a bomb, and presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson’s remarks that a Muslim would not be fit to serve as President of the United States. Our guests are: Zainab Chaudry, Maryland Outreach Manager for the Council on American-Islamic Relations; Laila el-Haddad, Palestinian journalist, blogger, activist ; Imam Derrick Amin, Muslim Chaplain at Morgan State University; and Farajii Muhammad, Host of Listen Up! on WEAA 88.9FM and member of the Nation of Islam.


Middle East Roundtable: Iran, Israel, ISIS and More

iran_nuclearJuly 20, 2015 – Segment 3

We hold a middle east roundtable and focus on Iran, Israel and ISIS with: Dr. Steven David, Professor in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University; Phyllis Bennis, Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies; and Dr. Thabit A.J. Abdullah, Associate Professor Of Middle East History and Associate Dean For External Relations At York University, Toronto, and author of many books including A Short History Of Iraq. 

 


The Plight Of Palestinian Refugees In Syria & The World

UNRWA-logoJune 29, 2015 – Segment 4

We discuss the plight of Palestinian refugees in Syria and worldwide with Abby Smardon, Executive Director of UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) USA.

 


The Wanted 18: A Story Of Nonviolent Resistance During The 1987 Intifada

wantedJune 23, 2015 – Segment 4

We have a preview of the film The Wanted 18, a story of nonviolent resistance during the First Intifada in 1987. With: Julia Bacha, Peabody award-winning filmmaker, media strategist, and Creative Director at the non-profit Just Vision; and The Wanted 18 Director Amer Shomali, artist who uses fine art, digital media and technology as sociopolitical tools for change.


Protests Against Police Brutality in Tel Aviv

ethiopiansMay 8, 2015 – Segment 1

We take a look at Israel, where thousands of people took to the streets of Tel Aviv on May 3 to protest police harassment of and brutality targeting Israelis of Ethiopian descent. The protests were sparked by a video showing two police officers pummeling an Ethiopian-born soldier, Damas Pakada, who alleged he was the target of a racist attack.

We speak with Ajamu Baraka, Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and editor and columnist for Black Agenda Report; and Oren Ziv, photographer with the Activestills collective, who has worked in news and documentary photography for the last 10 years.


Black and Jewish: What It Means To Be Both

twittypraysApril 3, 2015 – Segment 2

We delve into the world of Black Jewish traditions and discover what it means to be both Black and Jewish as Marc speaks with author, blogger and public speaker MaNishtanahip hop artist, Orthodox Jew and Baltimore native Yitz Jordan aka Y-LoveMichael Twitty, Culinary Historian of African and African American Foodways and blogger at Afroculinaria. Michael Twitty discussed his recent harassment at Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport in Haaretz.


Lia Tarachansky: On the Side of the Road

tarachanskyMarch 27, 2015 – Segment 3

Lia Tarachansky, filmmaker and Israel/Palestine correspondent for the Real News joins us to talk about her documentary On the Side of the Road, which is showing in Baltimore on Wednesday, April 1, 6:00pm at The Real News Network, 231 Holliday Street.


Israeli Election Results and US Politics

US-Israel_HoroMarch 23, 2015 – Segment 3

We look at last week’s Israeli election results and their implications for U.S. politics, with: Bill Fletcher, Senior Scholar at Institute for Policy Studies.


Israeli Election Results: Benjamin Netanyahu Will Serve 4th Term

Netanyahu (1)March 19, 2015 – Segment 3

With news that Benjamin Netanyahu will serve a fourth term as Prime Minister of Israel, we take a look at the Israeli elections and what they mean for Israelis and Palestinians. With: Lia Tarachansky, Israel/Palestine correspondent for the Real News Network.


Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress

netanyahuMarch 4, 2015 – Segment 2

Our guests reflect upon Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech yesterday before Congress, as well as U.S. policy with Israel. With: Dr. Adil Shamoo, Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, Senior Analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus, and Author of Equal Worth – When Humanity Will Have Peace; and Dr. Robert O. Freedman, Visiting Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University and Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Baltimore Hebrew University.


Film By Fida Qishta: Where Should the Birds Fly

fidaFebruary 20, 2015 – Segment 4

We speak with Palestinian filmmaker Fida Qishta about her compelling new film Where Should the Birds Fly. It’s the story of two young women living through war and blockade in Gaza. You can visit Qishta’s website here. She is currently raising funds to attend film school. You can donate here.

 


Jewish Music Special: The Shondes

shondesJanuary 28, 2015 – Segment 3

In the second part of a two part series on Jewish music, producer Mark Gunnery speaks to two founding members of the Brooklyn-based rock group the Shondes, Louisa Solomon, lead vocalist and bassist, and Eli Oberman, who plays violin and sings harmony. They discuss their music, the ethics of political engagement as musicians and Jews, and their support of the cultural boycott of Israel.

Click here to listen to the first part of this series, an interview with the Klezmatics.


Jewish Music Special: The Klezmatics

KlezmaticsJanuary 28, 2015 – Segment 2

Marc Steiner Show producer Mark Gunnery presents a two part special on Jewish music. In this first installment, he speaks with members of the Klezmatics, one of the most popular klezmer bands in the US. Band members Lorin Sklamberg and Frank London discuss Yiddish culture and music, Jewish spirituality and politics, and the cultural boycott of Israel.

Click here to listen to the second part of this series, an interview with the Shondes.


On the Side of the Road: Exploring Denial & The Contested History of Israeli-Palestinian Relations

onthesideoftheroadDecember 4, 2014 – Segment 3

Israeli journalist and filmmaker Lia Tarachansky joins us to talk about her documentary On the Side of the Road, which is showing in Baltimore on Friday at Johns Hopkins University and Sunday at Space 2640.


+972 Magazine: Conversation with Palestinian & Israeli Journalists

+972 Magazine

November 7, 2014 – Segment 3

We talk with two journalists, one Palestinian and one Israeli. Noam Sheizaf is an independent journalist and editor, founder of +972 magazine, and partner for the Hebrew-language blog Local Call created together with Just Visions and Activestills. Samer Badawi is a DC-based writer, Middle East analyst, and regular contributor to +972 magazine.


Jenin Freedom Theatre in the Occupied West Bank

Jenin Freedom Theatre

November 7, 2014 – Segment 2

We talk with individuals from the Freedom Theatre in the Jenin Refugee Camp in the Occupied West Bank. The goal of the theatre is to empower youth and women in the community and to explore the potential of arts as an important catalyst for social change.

Our guests will be: Nabil Al-Raee, Artistic Director of the Freedom Theatre; and Alia Alrosan, Theatre School student at The Freedom Theatre.


Journalist Rula Jebreal on Minority Life in Israel and Islamophobia

Rula Jebreal

November 6, 2014 – Segment 2

We talk with Palestinian journalist, foreign policy analyst and author Rula Jebreal about her recent op-ed piece in the New York Times, Minority Life in Israel.”


From Ferguson to Gaza: Black & Palestinian Communities and Activism

palestine gazaOctober 23, 2014 – Segment 3

We discuss the growing synergy between African American and Palestinian activists in the U.S., and discuss the points of unity and tension within Black and Arab communities. We are joined by academic, author, and activist Dr. Steven Salaita; and the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, community activist, Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, and Executive Director of Orisha’s Cross Freedom School.

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Debating Israel-Palestine: One State or Two States?

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August 18, 2014 – Segment 3

We examine solutions for the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, considering whether a one- or two-state solution is more viable, with these experts: Alan Elsner, Vice President for Communications of J Street; and Zahi Khamis, a Palestinian educator and artist from Nazareth.

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International Roundtable: Gaza, Ukraine & President Obama’s Foreign Policy

GazaAugust 5, 2014 – Segment 2

We have an International Roundtable on Gaza, Ukraine and President Obama’s Foreign Policy. With: Dr. Jared Ball, Associate Professor at Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism and Communication, co-Editor ofMalcolm X: A Lie of Reinvention and author of I Mix What I Like: A Mixtape Manifesto, and he can be found online at imixwhatilike.orgDr. Adil Shamoo, Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, senior analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus, and author of Equal Worth – When Humanity Will Have Peace; and Dr. Steven Bucci, Director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy for the Heritage Foundation.

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Debating the Situation in Gaza

GazaJuly 30, 2014 – Segment 2

Listen to a debate on the situation in Gaza, with: Jay Bernstein, Chair of the Advocacy Committee of the Baltimore Zionist District and Host of Shalom USA Radio; and Dr. Adil Shamoo, Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, Senior Analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus, and Author of Equal Worth – When Humanity Will Have Peace.

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Gaza Strip Update

israel palestineJuly 28, 2014 – Segment 3

As the situation in Israel/Palestine intensifies, it becomes more and more important to hear reports on the conflict. Joining us are Mohammed Sulaiman, Palestinian journalist from Gaza who works with the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights; Lia Tarachansky, Israel/Palestine correspondent for the Real News Network; and the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, community activist and pastor at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church.

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Israel/Palestine Roundtable: Abu Khdeir Family

khdeir2July 9, 2014 – Segment 2

Today we have a special interview with members of the Abu Khdeir family. Mohammed Abu Khdeir was the Palestinian teenager who was kidnapped and murdered in a revenge killing in Jerusalem, and Tariq Abu Khdeir, a teenager who was born in Baltimore and was vacationing in East Jerusalem, was beaten by the Israeli police last week. Our guests include: Maria Baroody, whose husband, who is currently in Shu’fat, is a cousin of both the Abu Khdeir teenagers; Hakeim Abu Khdeir, who is a cousin to Tariq Abu Khdeir; and Lia Tarachansky, Israel/Palestine correspondent for the Real News Network.

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Immigration Roundtable: Border-Crossing Conditions

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July 8, 2014 – Segment 2

On today’s roundtable, we debate immigration policy, in light of protests against immigrants in California, and check in more specifically with the conditions of the children crossing the border. With: Steven Hsieh, a news blogger at TheNation.com; Maegan “La Mamita Mala” Ortiz, freelance journalist based in Los Angeles who has been writing about immigration for 10 years; Genevieve Wood, Senior Contributor to The Daily Signal and to the Heritage Foundation’s The Foundry; and Luis Larin, United Workers Leadership Organizer.

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Israel/Palestine Roundtable

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July 2, 2014 – Segment 3

The shocking killings of children, violent neo-fascist protests, and other news from Israel/Palestine have caused unrest for many, both on a political and personal level. We discuss these events withEman Mohammed, freelance photojournalist and TED fellow for 2014; Lia Tarachansky, Israel/Palestine correspondent for the Real News Network; and Joshua Runyan, Editor-in-Chief of the Baltimore Jewish Times.


Israel/Palestine Update

Porat_Yosef_attackJune 30, 2014 – Segment 4

As the Israel/Palestine conflict grows more complicated, we discuss its many sides and viewpoints with Real News Network reporter Lia Tarachansky, who will give us a live update from the area.

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Middle East Roundtable: ISIS, Iraq, and Syria

isisJune 26, 2014 – Segment 3

As tensions in the Middle East grow, understanding the complexities of the issue grows more and more important. We discuss the ongoing conflicts with a panel of experts. Dr. Adil Shamoo, Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies and Senior Analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus; Phyllis Bennis, Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies; Dr. Thabit A.J. Abdullah, Associate Professor of Middle East History and Associate Dean for External Relations at York University, Toronto; and Jay Bernstein, Chair of Advocacy Committee of Baltimore Zionist District, and host of Shalom USA Radio

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Presbyterians Divest From Israel Occupation Profiters

PRESBYTERIANSISRAEJune 25, 2014 – Segment 3

We examine the recent announcement from the Presbyterian Church that they are divesting from some companies profiting from Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, with the Rev. Jeffrey DeYoe, Advocacy Chair of the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and Sr. Pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Ft. Myers, Florida.

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Remembering the Six Day War/al Naksa

naksaJune 9, 2014 – Segment 3

We discuss the 47th anniversary of the Six-Day War between Israel and several Arab nations and the beginning of 47 years of occupation. The war is known as al Naksa, or “the setback,” by Palestinians. We talk with Palestinian political observer and businessman Dr. Ali Zaghab, Lia Tarachansky, Israel/Palestine correspondent for The Real News Network, and Dr. Neve Gordon Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University and author of Israel’s Occupation.

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Ali Abunimah: The Battle For Justice In Palestine

Ali AbunimahMay 2, 2014 – Segment 3

Ali Abunimah, Palestinian-American journalist, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada, and author of the books The Battle for Justice in Palestine and One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse, joins us to discuss the current situation in Palestine, the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement, and the prospects for a single state solution.

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Exploring ‘The Story of the Jews’ with Simon Schama

Simon Schama in the BBC series The Story of the Jews.March 28, 2014 – Segment 4

We close the show with a fascinating discussion with award-winning historian and Professor of History and Art History at Columbia University Simon Schama on his latest book – which is now a documentary series running on PBS –The Story of the Jews.

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Debating Maryland’s Anti-Israeli Boycott Legislation

Boycott-Israeli-apartheidFebruary 27, 2014 – Segment 2

We look at the debate taking place in the Maryland Legislature regarding the American Studies Association’s recent resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions. Joining us are: Jay Bernstein, chair of the Advocacy Committee of Baltimore Zionist District and host of Shalom USA Radio; Sara Love, Public Policy Director of the ACLU of Maryland; and Yousseff Munnayer, Executive Director of the Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development and its educational program, the Palestine Center.

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Debate: American Studies Association’s Academic Boycott of Israel

American Studies Association BoycottJanuary 16, 2014 – Segment 3

We look at the American Studies Association’s academic boycott of Israel, with: Peter Beinart, author of The Crisis of Zionism, Editor of the Daily Beast blog, “Open Zion,” and Associate Professor of Journalism and Political Science at The City University of New York; and Dr. Steven Salaita, Associate Professor of English at Virginia Tech and author of six books, including Anti-Arab Racism in The USA: Where It Comes From and What It Means for Politics Today.  

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Political Complexity in the Middle East: Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt

IraqJanuary 7, 2014 – Segment 3

We begin the day with a roundtable on the Middle East, including Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt. Our panel of guests are:

  • Dr. Thabit A.J. Abdullah, Associate Professor of Middle East History & Associate Dean for External Relations at York University, Toronto;
  • Dr. Adil Shamoo, Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies and Senior Analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus;
  • Dr. Steven David, Professor of Political Science and Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education at Johns Hopkins University;
  • and Phyllis Bennis, Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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Joe Sacco’s “Footnotes in Gaza”

footnotes in gazaNovember 29, 2013 – Segment 1

We kick off the day with journalist, writer and cartoonist Joe Sacco, talking about his 2010 graphic novel, Footnotes in Gaza.  In this important book, Sacco sought to get to the heart of a tragic incident in 1956 in which Israeli soldiers shot 111 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.


Israeli Knesset Debating Prawer Plan, Which Would Remove 40,000+ Bedouin Citizens From Ancestral Homelands

Prawer Plan ProtestsNovember 11, 2013 – Segment 2

Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace, joins us to talk about the Israeli Knesset’s Prawer Plan, a proposal to forcibly remove over 40,000 Bedouin citizens of Israel from their ancestral homelands, which is currently being debated. To learn more and to take action, click here.

From JVP:

UPDATE: KNESSET DELIBERATION POSTPONED TILL NEXT WEEK. OUR DEADLINE TO COLLECT SIGNATURES IS NOW SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 AT MIDNIGHT. HELP US REACH 25,000 SIGNATURES!

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Neil Hertz: Pastoral in Palestine

Neil HertzOctober 11, 2013 – Segment 7

We close out the show with author Neil Hertz about his book Pastoral in Palestine, which offers a personal take on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

Imam_Feisal_Abdul_RaufOctober 3, 2013 – Segment 2

We are joined by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, renowned author, Muslim leader, Founder and Chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, and author of Moving the Mountain: A New Vision of Islam in America; and Thomas M. Brown, President of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies. They join us to talk about an event the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies is presenting Thursday evening (October 3) at 7:30 at Goucher College: A Muslim Perspective on Interreligious Dialogue. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf discusses the conflicts that arise in a religiously plural world and how these conflicts demand the attention of Muslims, Jews and Christians. He focuses on the specific tensions within Islam and how they shape Muslim relations with Jewish, Christian and other non-Muslim communities.

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Dr. Shibley Telhami On The Middle East

MorsiAugust 22, 2013 – Segment 3

Dr. Shibley Telhami joins us for a conversation on the Middle East. Dr. Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, and author of The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East. He joins us to speak about the Israeli/Palestinian peace process, protests in Egypt and the ongoing conflict in Syria.

We discuss the latest spike in violent crime in Baltimore City. What is at the root of the violence, and what can be done to combat it?

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Middle East Roundtable: Egypt and Israel/Palestine Peace Talks

Protest in EgyptAugust 12, 2013 – Segment 3

We close out the show with a roundtable on the Middle East to discuss the situation in Egypt and Israel/Palestine peace talks. Our guests are:

  • veteran journalist Sunni Khalid;
  • Dr. Julie Fisher, expert in democracy and foreign politics and author of Importing Democracy: The Role of NGOs in South Africa, Tajikistan and Argentina; 
  • Lia Tarachansky, Israel/Palestine correspondent for the Real News Network and filmmaker whose current project is called “On the Side of the Road;”
  • and Dr. Steven David, professor of Political Science and Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education at Johns Hopkins University.

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Weekly Roundup: Leakers & National Security, The Pope On Gay Marriage, and Israel/Palestine Peace Talks

Pope FrancisAugust 2, 2013 – Segment 1

On this morning’s weekly roundtable on national news headlines we discuss a range of topics including new NSA revelations, the Bradley Manning trial verdict, the Pope’s stance on gay marriage and homosexuality, and peace talks between Israel and Palestine. Our guests are:

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Life in Palestine and Israel: Hekmat Biseso & Tamar Sharabi

PalestineMarch 20, 2013 – Segment 2

We hear perspectives on life in Palestine and Israel from two women: Hekmat Biseso, activist from Gaza living in Ramallah, and Tamar Sharabi, independent artist and activist spending time in Palestine.

President Obama Visits Middle East, First Presidential Trip To Israel

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March 20, 2013 – Segment 1

President Obama makes his first trip to the Middle East this week. He will visit with leaders from Israel, Palestine, and Jordan. While many presidents in the past have traveled to the Middle East promoting plans and ideas for a peaceful resolution between Israel and Palestine, there is no official statement from the White House on Obama’s intentions. Without official word, many are wondering about the purpose of this trip. If Obama were to advocate a resolution between Israel and Palestine, how would it be addressed? And, after decades of violence, protests, and failed negotiations, is a permanent peaceful resolution still possible? Rashid Khalidi, Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University and Jason Isaacson, Director of Government and International Affairs for the American Jewish Committee acknowledge the symbolism in an American president traveling to Israel but disagree on its substantive value.

From the Discussion

The Purpose of the Trip:

“Besides general reassurance to Israel and the Israeli people. He clearly is not carrying with him any major initiatives in so far as Palestinian and Israeli issues are concerned. [And] the topic of Iraq…is not a burning one of the moment.” -Rashid Khalidi

“It is a substantive trip in terms of the symbolism of America’s alliance with Israel and America’s support for the two-state solution…” -Jason Isaacson

The Relationship between the United States and the Middle East:

“What the American public should expect of the American presidents is that they support peace in that region and that they will help the parties reach peace between themselves. United States has profound security interests in the region.” -Jason Isaacson

“Israel constitutes a huge drag on the American interest, quite frankly. …since the Cold War, it’s really arguable that Israel has gotten the United States into a lot of problems.” -Rashid Khalidi

Negotiations between Israel and Palestine:

“[The Palestinians] are very wary of their own public opinion on this issue. It has not led to peace, it hasn’t led to Palestinians’ self determination, it hasn’t led to anything positive as far as the Palestinians are concerned.” -Rashid Khalidi

“It’s important that the Palestinians get back to the bargaining table as Israel has offered them an opportunity to do.” -Jason Isaacson


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Ten years ago, writer and activist Rachel Corrie was killed by Israeli soldiers during a protest in the Rafah region of Gaza. At the time Rachel and other members of the International Solidarity Movement were leading a non-violent resistance against the bulldozing of Palestinian homes for Israeli development. The ISM was established in 2001 to counter the Israeli occupation and focuses on non-violent, direct-action methods and demonstrations. Articles in remembrance of Rachel Corrie can be found on their website.

Craig and Cindy Corrie admit that before their daughter’s involvement in the Middle East they knew little more about the Israeli-Palestinian relationship than what was occasionally covered by the major news networks and papers. But before Rachel left for the Middle East and during her time in Gaza, she shared the history of the area and its current events and issues with her family. And when she was in Rafah living with Palestinian families and within the constraints of Israel’s occupation, she sent emails to her family about what it was like to be on the ground and dealing with-to some extent-what Palestinians have been dealing with for decades. In honor of Rachel and to continue her dedication to a peaceful resolution, Mr. and Mrs. Corrie founded The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice. While the foundation establishes and supports grassroots movements of education and peaceful action in Palestine and Israel, the Corries believe in the importance of educating and encourage Americans to recognize the United States’ involvement in this and the responsibility and power we have as citizens.

From the Discussion

“Once she started to share with our family and friends…it just opened up the issue to us in a new way. So when she started to write about what she was witnessing that really just opened up the issue to…all of our family and friends.” -Cindy Corrie

“I would like people to look…for the justice in all of it and work together to try to see that there is eventual justice and peace in the Middle East.” -Craig Corrie


Israelis Offering Up Votes to Palestinians

Israelis Offering Up Votes to PalestiniansFebruary 12, 2013 – Segment 3

We share a story that came out of the Israeli election, wherein some Israelis offered up their votes to Palestinians.

We hear from George Abdallah, who is a 19-year-old activist from Jenin, Palestine, and Tamar Aviyah, an Israeli citizen and activist in Tel Aviv.


January 23, 2013 – Hour 2

We discuss King’s legacy of nonviolent resistance. We’ll speak with Omar Barghouti, a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and author of  BDS: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights, Willa Bickham, peace activist and co-founder of the Viva House, a Catholic Worker house and soup kitchen in Baltimore, and Mark Kurlanksy, journalist, historian, and author of Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea.

 

 


December 11, 2012 – Segment 2

We discuss the situations in Syria, Egypt, and Palestine/Israel, and ask the important question of what US foreign policy should be in the Middle East. We’ll speak with

  • Bilal Saab, the executive director and head of research at the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis North America;
  • Charles Faddis, author and retired CIA officer;
  • Adil Shamoo, Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, and 
  • James Phillips, Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs at the Heritage Foundation.

December 6, 2012 – Segment 2

Baltimore has surpassed the 200 homicide mark in 2012 to date, which already outnumbers last year’s total. We get perspectives from a diverse roundtable of guests about what this means for the city and police strategy. Our guests include:

  • Anthony Guglielmi, Public Affairs Director for the Baltimore City Police Department;
  • John Bullock, Professor of Political Science at Towson University;
  • Justin Fenton, crime reporter for The Baltimore Sun;
  • Jack Baker, President of the Southern District Police and Community Relations Board;
  • and Israel Cason, Founder and President of I Can’t We Can, a rehabilitation program.


November 15, 2012 – Segment 2

 

We jump into international headlines to break down the news coming out of the Gaza Strip. Israel has launched air and naval strikes and Palestinian militants have fired rockets into southern Israel. We hear a short piece from Mohammed Sulaiman, 23-old Palestinian journalist from Gaza who works with the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights.
Then, we talk about what this situation means with Ali Zagreb, former professor of English Literature at Bir Zeit University in the West Bank and local Palestinian businessman; and Robert O. Freedman, Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Professor of Political Science at Baltimore Hebrew University and Visiting Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University.

 


September 11, 2012 – Segment 3

We spreak with Nabeel Abboud Ashkar, a Palestinian classical violinist who is the director of the Polyphony Foundation, an organization that brings together young Palestinian and Israeli musicians.


August 2, 2012 – Segment 3

We discuss presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s visit to the Middle East and what we learned about his ideas on foreign policy from his controversial remarks about Palestinians. We discuss this topic with:

  • Haviv Gur, special correspondent to the U.S. Elections for the Times of Israel
  • Ali Zaghab, Palestinian-born local businessman and political observer
  • Robert Freedman, visiting professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University

May 29, 2012 – Hour 1

Join us as we discuss the recent rioting and violence against African refugees living in Tel Aviv. Joining us from Tel Aviv are Yohannes Bayu, executive director of the African Refugee Development Center, and Haggai Matar, journalist with +972 Mag and Zman Tel Aviv. We’ll also be joined by Rev. Heber Brown, III of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, Rabbi Geoff Basik of Kol HaLev, and Jay Bernstein of Shalom USA Radio and Baltimore Zionist District


May 7, 2012 – Segment 1

Listen in as Middle East Correspsondent for Real News Network Lia Tarachansky calls in from Israel to discuss the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike.


December 5, 2011 – Segment 3

We speak with Dr. Bernard Avishai, author of the article “Abraham’s children: Toward a right of return for Palestinians” in the most recent issue of Harper’s Magazine.  Dr. Avishai is an adjunct professor of business at Hebrew University.


September 21, 2011 – Segment 3

Israeli peace activist Rabbi Arik Asherman joins us to discuss his work with Rabbis for Human Rights and current peace struggles that he has been a part of in Israel.


September 20, 2011 – Segment 1

This week, Palestinian officials are applying to the United Nations for recognition as an independent state, setting off strong reactions both of support and opposition internationally.  We’re joined by a panel to discuss what this historic moment means.  Our guests are Aziz Abu Sarah, journalist and Director of Middle East Projects at the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University, Mark Gopin, Director of the Center on World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and Stephen Davidprofessor of International Relations and Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education at Johns Hopkins University.


August 24, 2011 – Hour 2

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish is a physician from Gaza.  Three of his daughters were tragically killed during the Israeli attack on Gaza in January 2009.  Dr. Abuelaish, author of I Shall Not Hate, shares his personal story and his quest for peace with us today.


August 16, 2011 – Segment 3

Journalists Dimi Reider and Aziz Abu Sarah join us again to discuss the latest from the protest movement in Israel.

Dimi Reider writes regularly for +972 magazine, and his work has appeared in The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Haaretz, and the Jerusalem Post.

Aziz Abu Sarah is Director of Middle East Projects at George Mason University’s Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution, and is a columnist for Alquds Newspaper and also contributor to +972 magazine

 


August 11, 2011 – Segment 2

We take a look at the street protests in Israel with Dimi Reider and Aziz Abu Sarah.  Their op-ed In Israel, the Rent Is Too Damn High appeared in the New York Times last week.

Dimi Reider writes regularly for +972 magazine, and his work has appeared in The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Haaretz, and the Jerusalem Post.

Aziz Abu Sarah is Director of Middle East Projects at George Mason University’s Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution, and is a columnist for Alquds Newspaper and also contributor to +972 magazine

 


June 27, 2011 – Segment 4

Israel has enforced a naval, aerial and land blockade of the Gaza Strip since June 2007, cutting off the delivery of foreign goods to the area. Multiple attempts have been made by international organizations to bypass Israeli enforcement through the use of independent flotillas, but these attempts have been mostly unsuccessful. Another flotilla organized by humanitarian activists has set sail this week, prompting a swirl of controversy in the international community. Israel is threatening to stop the fleet by any means necessary, but activists are still set on trying to break the blockade.

Joining us to discuss this issue are:

Medea Benjamin – activist and founder of Code Pink, will be travelling on the flotilla this week

Melissa Lane – activist from Washington, D.C. who will be travelling on the flotilla this week

Alan Elsner – Senior Director, Communications and Research for The Israel Project


May 23, 2011 – Hour 2

Last Thursday President Obama gave an speech on the Arab Spring and the next steps towards building a lasting peace in the Middle East.  Join us for a discussion about his speech, the White House visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the way forward in the Middle East.  Joining us are:

Ali Zaghab – Palestinian-born local businessman

Steven David – Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University


April 7, 2011 – Segment 3

We were heartbroken this week to hear of the death of Juliano Mer-Khamis, a Palestinian and Jewish artist and advocate of peace in the Middle East.  He was an actor and theatre artist who helped to found The Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp in 2006.  He worked tirelessly through his art and in his community to help heal the divide between Palestinians and Israelis.
We’re joined for a remembrance of his life and work by his cousin, artist and teacher Zahi Khamis.  Zahi was born in a village outside of Nazareth, and now teaches and lives in Baltimore.

March 28, 2011 – Hour 2

The first few months of 2011 have been marked by conflict, revolution, and uprising in the Middle East. Conflicts occuring in Egypt, Libya, Palestine, and Syria have become an increased news focus in America. Marc continues this discussion today with guests:

 

Ali Zaghab – Palestinian born local businessman

Steven David – Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University

Thabit Abdulah – Professor of History at York University in Toronto, and author of Dictatorship, Imperialism, & Chaos: Iraq Since 1989.


March 10, 2011 – Hour 1

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish is a physician from Gaza.  Three of his daughters were tragically killed during the Israeli attack on Gaza in January 2009.  Dr. Abuelaish, author of I Shall Not Hate, shares his personal story and his quest for peace with us today.


March 8, 2011 – Segment 2

Dr. Bernard Avishai is an Adjunct Professor of Business at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and one of the leading thinkers on the conflict between Israel and Palestine.  He joined us in Washington to discuss his assessment of the political reality of the struggle in the Middle East, and how he thinks American foreign policy towards the region should change.

March 3, 2011 – Segment 2

Ronit Avni is an activist, filmmaker, and founder of Just Vision, an organization dedicated to educating people about non-violent solutions to the conflict in the Middle East.  Her most recent film is Budrus, which is about the joint efforts of Palestinians and Israelis to save the lands of a Palestinian village from being destroyed by Israel’s Separation Barrier.  She joined us to discuss the power of the media, the frequent but unreported non-violent cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians, and her films.

March 3, 2011 – Segment 1

On today’s show you’ll hear three interviews recorded earlier this week at the J Street Conference in Washington, DC.  We travelled tot the conference to meet with some of the leaders and thinkers who were there to present their ideas for a lasting and just peace in the Middle East.
Up first, we sat down with Gidon Bromberg, the Israel Director of Friends of the Earth Middle East.   His organization works to restore the sacred Jordan River, which in places has been reduced to a mere trickle of sewage.  He joined us to discuss the fight to save the river, and how Israel, Palestine, and Jordan need to work together to ensure equitable access to clean water.

January 31, 2011 – Hour 2

We continue our look at events unfolding in Tunisia, Egypt, and other parts of the Middle East as massive protests are overturning long-established regimes.  Our guests are Zeynep Tufekci, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at UMBC, Mariam Shahin, journalist and author who joins us from Palestine, and Nancy Youssef, chief Pentagon correspondent for McClatchy.


August 5, 2010 – Segment 1

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Kai Bird joins us to talk about his most recent book,  Crossing Mandelbaum Gate: Coming of Age Between the Arabs and Israelis, 1956-1978.  Bird grew up the son of an American diplomat in the Middle East, where he could cross political boundaries that his Israeli and Palestinian friends could not.  He writes about the long-standing conflict in the region by blending historical scholarship and his own experience there.  
Kai Bird adapted his memoir into an essay, The Hebrew Republic, for The Nation.  Read it on their website.  


August 4, 2010 – Hour 2

We’re joined by cartoonist-reporter Joe Sacco. His most recent book, Footnotes in Gaza, tries to get to the heart of a tragic incident in 1956 in the Gaza Strip in which 111 Palestinians were shot by Israeli soldiers.

To see some images from the book, click here and here.


June 10, 2010 – Segment 2

Reverend Heber Brown, Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, recently returned from a trip to Palestine and Israel with an inter-faith group.  He joins Marc to discuss his experiences there, how the region reacted to Israel’s raid on the flotilla of ships bound for Gaza, and his perceptions of the conflict in the Middle East.


June 1, 2010 – Hour 1

We start off the show today with a discussion of the violence off the coast of Gaza.  This weekend, Israeli soldiers raided a flotilla of ships in international waters who were heading towards the blockade of Gaza.  Nine of the activists on the boat were killed, and both activists and Israeli soldiers were wounded.  We hear voices from Israel, Turkey, and the U.S. on what the raid means for the Middle East and the U.S.
We spoke with:
Reverend Heber Brown, III, a Baltimore minister who is currently in Israel on an inter-faith trip
Phyllis Bennis, Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, who is currently in Istanbul, Turkey 
Adam Shapiro, one of the organizers of the flotilla whose wife was on board and was arrested by Israeli officials
David Makovsky, Director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and co-author with Dennis Ross of Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction in the Middle East .

May 26, 2010 – Hour 1

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Kai Bird joins us to talk about his most recent book,  Crossing Mandelbaum Gate: Coming of Age Between the Arabs and Israelis, 1956-1978.  Bird grew up the son of an American diplomat in the Middle East, where he could cross political boundaries that his Israeli and Palestinian friends could not.  He writes about the long-standing conflict in the region by blending historical scholarship and his own experience there.  
Kai Bird adapted his memoir into an essay, The Hebrew Republic, for The Nation.  Read it on their website.  

March 24, 2010 – Segment 1

Senator Ben Cardin, U.S. Senator from Maryland, joined us today during the first segment to discuss the passage of health care reform, as well as other political issues including US/Israeli relations and the imminent budget cuts facing Baltimore and other cities around the country.


March 2, 2010 – Hour 1

Israeli filmmaker Dan Geva joins Marc to discuss art, the philosophy of film, and why the truth of any documentary is subjective.  Dan Geva is a Spring 2010 Schusterman Visiting Artist at Maryland Institute College of Art.  As part of his residency, he and his wife are hosting a series of film screenings highlighting contemporary Israeli films. 

On March 10th, he will present No. 17 by David Ofek, and he will show selections of his own work on April 14th.  Read about his work and see the entire list of films he’s showing here.


February 17, 2010 – Hour 1

In our first hour, Marc talks with cartoonist-reporter Joe Sacco. His most recent book, Footnotes in Gaza, tries to get to the heart of a tragic incident in 1956 in the Gaza Strip in which 111 Palestinians were shot by Israeli soldiers.

To see some images from the book, click here and here.


December 8, 2009 – Hour 2

Sean Dobson, Executive Director of Progressive Maryland shares the findings of the Working Maryland Report. Get ready for a sobering set of facts.

Next, Mazin Qumsiyeh joins Marc via telephone from the West Bank to discuss current events in Israel and Palestine.


September 30, 2009 – Hour 2

Continuing our coverage of local theater in Baltimore, Marc sat down today with director Marlyn Robinson and lead actor Marc Horowitz from Performance Workshop Theatre’s performance of The Puppetmaster of Lodz. Originally produced in Baltimore in 1995 and reprised in 2002, this is the third time that Baltimore audiences have a chance to see this award-winning production about the aftermath of World War II, told from the perspective of a puppetmaster and Holocaust survivor.

Tickets and more information are available here. Performances run Thursday – Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons from October 9th – 25th.

Then author and journalist Naomi Klein (No Logo, The Shock Doctrine) joined Marc for an interview about her recent piece in Harper’s Magazine.  Entitled “Minority Death Match: Jews, Blacks and the ‘Post-Racial’ Presidency,” the article reexamines the 2001 World Conference Against Racism, which took place in Durban, South Africa.  The legacy of the conference has been largely obscured by the walkout of the United States and Israel because of language in a draft resoluion that they saw as anti-Israel.  Klein argues that the real message of the conference was an important renunciation of the racism that is entrenched in our economic system. 

You can read the 2001 Durban Declaration here. For information on the writers and activists mentioned at the end of the interview, see below.
Roger Wareham, human rights attorney and an organizer of the 2001 World Conference Against Racism
John A. Powell, Executive Director of the Kerwin Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University
Juan Santos, Latino activist and author.  Read his essay, "Barack Obama and the ‘End’ of Racism."

 


Marc interviews Naomi Klein

Author and journalist Naomi Klein (No Logo, The Shock Doctrine) joined Marc for an interview about her recent piece in Harper’s Magazine.  Entitled “Minority Death Match: Jews, Blacks and the ‘Post-Racial’ Presidency,” the article reexamines the 2001 World Conference Against Racism, which took place in Durban, South Africa.  The legacy of the conference has been largely obscured by the walkout of the United States and Israel because of language in a draft resoluion that they saw as anti-Israel.  Klein argues that the real message of the conference was an important renunciation of the racism that is entrenched in our economic system. 


You can read the 2001 Durban Declaration here.


For information on the writers and activists mentioned at the end of the interview, see below.


Roger Wareham, human rights attorney and an organizer of the 2001 World Conference Against Racism
John A. Powell, Executive Director of the Kerwin Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University
Juan Santos, Latino activist and author.  Read his essay, "Barack Obama and the ‘End’ of Racism."


June 15, 2009 – Hour 1

Today’s show started with a brief discussion with Senator Ben Cardin about today’s headlines, including Israeli’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement that he could accept a Palestinian state, and the future of the American health care system.
Then, we discussed the protests following the Iranian Presidential election with a panel of experts.
Our guests were:


Phyllis Bennis, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, a fellow at the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam, and a long time analyst, writer and activist around middle eastern issues.


Shiva Balaghi, a member of the editorial committee at the Middle East Report, Vice President of the American Institute of Iranian Studies, and author of Iran: Art Society and Revolution, Saddam Hussein: A Biography, and an upcoming book on modern Iranian cultural history.


William Kern, editor of Worldmeet.us, a website that publishes English translations of international news stories.


June 1, 2009 – Hour 1

Juan Cole, professor of history at the University of Michigan, joins us this hour to discuss his new book Engaging The Muslim World.  We’ll discuss withdrawing US troops from Iraq, escalating the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the ongoing conflict in Israel and Palestine, and more.  Check out Juan Cole’s website for his insightful analysis of world affairs.


May 18, 2009 – Hour 2

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the United States to meet with President Barack Obama. Whether it is how to approach Iran, the question of a two state solution, or the issue of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, there are a lot of areas where the two leaders do not see eye to eye. Marc discussed the future of Israeli-U.S. relations and President Obama’s role in the Middle East peace process with Robert Freedman and Waleed Hazbun.

Robert Freedman is a professor of politcal science at Johns Hopkins University and the author of 4 books on Soviet foreign policy.  He is also the editor of 14 different books on Israel and the Middle East.

Waleed Hazbun is an assistant professor of politcal science at Johns Hopkins University and the Author of the book, Beaches, Ruins Resorts: The Politics of Tourism in the Arab World.


April 6, 2009 – Hour 2

In the second hour of the show today, a panel of community and city leaders discussed the future of Pimlico Race Track and the Preakness Stakes, which were recently put up for auction after their owner, Magna Entertainment Company, declared bankruptcy. The panel debated the merits of the several bids put forward by interested developers, and discussed how the plans would affect nearby residents in Park Heights and Mount Washington.

Our panel was:

Councilwoman Rochelle "Rikki" Spector, who since 1977 has represented Baltimore’s Fifth District, which includes the track and the Park Heights and Mount Washington neighborhoods.

Will Hannah, Executive Director of the new Park Heights Community Development Center.

Israel Cason, Executive Director of the I Can’t We Can recovery treatment center in Park Heights.

Otis Rolley, Chairman of the Board of the Park Heights Renaissance, the group charged with implementing the Park Heights Master Plan, and President and CEO of the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance.

Aaron Meisner, Resident of Mount Washington and President of the Mount Washington Improvement Association.

 


January 6, 2009

NOTE: Due to transmitter issues we lost some of today’s broadcast. As today’s show featured two pre-recorded interviews, we were able to reconstruct most of the first half, but be aware there will not be a transition between interviews or at the break. The full broadcast resumes immediately after the break.

Today, Marc discusses the conflict in Gaza in a series of interviews.

First, we’ll here from Marth Myers, Country Director for CARE in Gaza and the West Bank. We spoke to Martha from Jerusalem a few hours before the broadcast.

Gila Svirsky, an Israeli peace activist and co-founder of Women In Black, spoke to us yesterday from Jerusalem.

After the break, we spoke live by telephone with Aron Raskas, who serves on the Executive Committee of the Orthodox Union, a national Jewish organization, and on the Board of Directors of the National Jewish Council for Public Affairs.

We closed with a conversation with Ashraf Khalil, Jerusalem correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.


October 16, 2008

 

Jim Pelura, Chairman of the Maryland Republican Party, and Quincy Gamble, Executive Director of the Maryland Democratic Party, join us in the studio to discuss the third and final Presidential debate.

Also, author Zohara Meyerhoff Hieronimus discusses her new book, Kabbalistic Teachings of the Female Prophets: The Seven Holy Women of Ancient Israel. Click here for the complete interview, only available online.

The first few seconds of the show are missing from the recording; sorry about that!



September 18, 2008

Marc’s was on the road this weekend, so tonight we were hosted by our friend, Anthony McCarthy.
 
Anthony brings us an hour of stories and perspectives from Baltimore’s addiction recovery programs, from both our panelists and the many listeners from our community who called in.

Our panel of guests included Israel Cason, executive director of I Can’t We Can, a nonprofit organization started in 1997 to help those struggling with addiction; Bert Queen, an outreach worker for JHU School of medicine; and Dwayne Gould, a counselor at Universal Counseling Services.

 

Note: Due to a small technical problem, the first moments of tonight’s show weren’t recorded. The audio will start with Anthony’s introduction in-progress about a minute in.


4/3/08 More on Iraq War

Yesterday in Washington DC, we interviewed Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro, who co-produced the documentary on the Iraq War, Body of War. The subject of the film is Thomas Young, an Iraq war veteran who was shot through his fourth vertebra and is paraplegic. It is one of the most powerful documentaries I have ever seen. On Friday, we are going to interview Thomas Young. Living with the injuries he sustained in that war tires him out, so, he could not join Donahue and Spiro when we interviewed them yesterday. He graciously agreed to reschedule our interview and meet with us tomorrow morning. Once we have that interview in the can, we will be producing an audio/videowebcast and public radio show on the Body of War. It is coming soon.

This week I have been thinking a lot about the veterans of this Iraq war. I watched Body of War three times preparing for our interviews with Phil Donahue and the others. I have been talking with Josh Kors who exposed how the Department of Defense labeled over 20,000 veterans with “pre-existing conditions” so they could deny them millions of dollars in benefits. And last Monday I gave a keynote address to veterans and those who work with disabled, addicted and homeless veterans.

On top of that, this week in Adbusters and Rolling Stone there were articles about the Iraq war’s Marlboro man, James Blake Miller.

The photograph of him taken during the battle of Fallujah with a cigarette dangling out of his mouth, eyes staring off, with blood and dirt on his face became the iconic image of the young, tough, swaggering American war hero. He was a teenager then. His image was used and abused to support the war and entice other young people to join up. James Miller, who suffered severe PTSD, is now home in Kentucky, violent, angry, reflective and alone. He refused to let his image or name be used to support Bush’s war.

There are now over 4,000 American service people who have died in Iraq and almost 29,000 wounded or horribly maimed and crippled. There are tens and tens of thousands more who were wounded in body and soul. They estimate that up to 40% of returning vets will suffer from PSTD. The National Guard, whose rate of PTSD is astronomical, gets few federal benefits.

Our advanced medical technology kept those 28,000 badly wounded service people alive. If this were Vietnam, most of them would be dead. Yet the system of medical care for our veterans is in worse shape now than it was forty years ago. There is a scene in Body of War, when two veterans, one from the Iraq war and the other from the Vietnam war, both in wheelchairs, are talking. The Viet vet said he was in the hospital for a year with his wounds and was taught how to care for himself. The younger Iraqi war vet was in the hospital for only three months.

We went into this war without thinking about the consequences for Iraq, and for our veterans. All this mayhem and blood spilled for what?! For oil? For strategic political hegemony?

Yes, it was for oil. Yes, it was a war to protect our oil interests and our allies like Saudi Arabia and Israel. We produced many shows on the lead to up to this war. In that, we discovered Project for A New American Century, a think tank in Washington DC. Papers written over a twenty year period by all the shining lights of the Bush administration (Abrams, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Libby, and others) lay it all out in clear detail why we need to invade Iraq: protect the oil and secure American political power in the Middle East.

So now the Bush administration has gotten us into this madness, we have to deal with our responsibility to Iraq, a nation we have torn asunder, and to our veterans. We will be paying for the steep social and fiscal costs of this war for a generation, maybe more.

I don’t mean to rant or bring you all down, but when I meet and interview veterans of this war, and when I interview Iraqis here and in Iraq, I become so angry at what has been done to us. Now, we as a people have to make it right.

-marc


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