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Forward Magazine: Jewish Identity In A Changing World

October 23, 2017 – Forward Magazine

The Forward started out 120 years ago as a Socialist daily paper written in Yiddish that appealed to the Jewish immigrant workers for decades. Now it has morphed into a monthly magazine and daily news site with a 21st century twist appealing to young and old, from all corners of the Jewish world. Its CEO and Publisher Rachel Fishman Feddersen stopped by our studios for a conversation last week when she was in town. You will enjoy this wide ranging lively conversation about changing media, the Jewish world past and present and what our future brings.


The Six Day War: Dr. Ali Zaghab and Time in Palestine

Six Day War (Credit: National Interest)June 7, 2017 – Segment 3

We hosted a conversation with our guests about the 50th Anniversary of the Six-Day War. Our second guest was a Palestinian American businessman and political commentator, Dr. Ali Zaghab. He offered us an updated perspective on the war and occupation, as well as his time in Palestine.


The Six Day War: A Historic Perspective with Lia Tarachansky

The Six Day War (Credit: The Holy Land Timeline)June 7, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a conversation with our guests about the 50th Anniversary of the Six-Day War. Our first guest was Lia Tarachansky, journalist, filmmaker with Naretiv Productions, and former Israel Palestine correspondent at the Real News. She will offer a historic perspective on why the soldiers were fighting and what the War meant for the world.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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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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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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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Israeli Journalist Akiva Eldar

akivaDecember 6, 2013 – Segment 2

We ‘re joined for a discussion with Akiva Eldar, Israeli columnist for Al-Monitor’s Israel Pulse, about life on the West Bank and whether a two-state solution is possible. In 2006 The Financial Times named Eldar among the world’s most influential commentators. He will be in Baltimore on Monday, December 9 for a conversation called “Why the Two-State Solution is Vital,” 7:30 PM at Har Sinai Synagogue in Owings Mills.

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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.

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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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Dr. Shibley Telhami On The Middle East

TelhamiSeptember 9, 2013 – Segment 2

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.

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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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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.


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.


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 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.

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


1/15/08 Middle East Peace

One of the most interesting things I have read about the situation in Israel and Palestine is a positive observation. The observation is that for the first time in many, many years, the leader of Israel and the leader of Palestine trust each other.

The problem is, perhaps, that their own people may not trust them.

Ehud Olmert, Prime Minister of Israel, is under investigation for corruption, has been blamed for the loss of the second Lebanon war, and according to some polls, only 8% of Israeli’s support his government.

Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian National Authority, is in a constant fight to keep the Palestinian populace loyal to his Fatah party as opposed to Hamas.

And President Bush, who is meant to help usher these men and their nations towards peace, is generally disliked in the Arab world and due to leave office in a years time.

Is there any hope?

Join us at Noon today to discuss. We’re going to talk with Aron Raskas, a Baltimore attorney who is national vice-president of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America and a director of www.onejerusalem.org, and with Daoud Kuttab, an award-winning Palestinian columnist/journalist and currently a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University, as well as William Kern, Managing Editor of WORLDMEETS.US, a website that provides articles translated into English from an array of international media.

Poll: Do you think this latest push for peace will result in any lasting agreements?

-Jessica


11/26/07 Annapolis Peace Summit

Seems like this week’s Middle East peace conference in Annapolis has come back from the dead.  Everyone was saying that the conference had become irrelevant–that no one was coming, it would only be one day, and it wouldn’t make a dent in the enormous amount of work and negotiation that needs to occur between Palestine and Israel.

But things seem to be looking up.  As President Bush emphasizes his desire to make peace in the Middle East part of his legacy, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and other nations of the Arab League have agreed to attend. 

So looks like we’re going to have a bona fide conference.  Today at Noon we’re going to discuss what issues are going to be at the top of the heap.  What are the likely sticking points?  What is a reasonable set of things we can hope to see accomplished?

We’ll talk with our friend Ali Zaghab, a Palestinian-born local businessman who has joined us many times in the past to discuss these issues, and Dr. Elli Lieberman, a retired Israeli Army major, a PhD in Middle East studies, and a local businessman.  We’re also going to here an essay on peace and interfaith understanding and love from John Oliver Smith.

So join us.  What do you want to see accomplished?  Do you feel optimistic?

-Jessica