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SWANA (South and West Asia and North Africa) Region Radio

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A weekly review of politics and culture that seeks to broadcast the voices of the voiceless from Kolkata to Casablanca. The podcast is the work of a collective of volunteers, mostly from the region of South and West Asia and Northern Africa: Ankine Antaram, Nyma Ardalan (@NymoArd), Inara Khankashi, … read more

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Updates on Rojava: Syria

December 6th, 2021

29:39

In this episode, we discuss the Kurdish administration in N. E Syria. We review U.S. President Biden's administration policy on Kurds alongside the …

Lebanon: A Political History

November 20th, 2021

28:40

Since last year, Lebanon has been under severe economic crisis topped by the collapse of  the nation’s electric power grid, a catastrophic failure of …

House Number 12, Block Number 3: A Conversation with Novelist Sana Balagamwala

November 15th, 2021

29:05

Join us in conversation with Pakistani-American novelist Sana Balagamwala about her debut novel, House Number 12, Block Number 3 published by Hidden …

Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike

November 4th, 2021

26:05

SWANA collective members David Lloyd and Rana Sharif as they discuss the plight of Palestinian poltiical prisoners on hunger strikes. They are joined …

The Situation for Women and the History of Women’s Resistance in Afghanistan

October 29th, 2021

26:36

This show is dedicated to the people of Afghanistan, and is hosted by SWANA collective members David Lloyd and Soraya Zarook and featuring our guest, …

Regional Updates: Iraq and Lebanon

October 29th, 2021

23:26

SWANA Collective members Nyma Ardalan focus on the Iraqi elections and what implications it will have on the future of American presence in Iraq. …

Tunisia Updates

October 29th, 2021

24:00

SWANA collective members Hamoud Salhi and David Lloyd devote our weekly half-hour to discussing the situation in Tunisia where—as we mentioned in …

Regional Updates on Qatar, Tunisia, & Western Sahara

October 6th, 2021

29:42

SWANA Collective members Nyma Ardalan and Hamoud Salhi focus on two historical events in the Arab world: the first legislative elections in Qatar and …

Hassan Sabi: A Conversation with Clarissa Bitar

September 26th, 2021

29:02

We invite you to take a musical journey with us as we speak with Palestinian oudist, Clarissa Bitar about her debut album, “Hassan Sabi” released by Levantine Music Group last month. We will speak with her about her …

Nagorno-Karabakh War with Dr. Anna Ohanyan

September 23rd, 2021

51:30

On  the anniversary of the 44-day war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabagh, Ankine Antaram, with guest co-host Adrineh Gregorian, are …

Regional Update: Afghanistan's Interim Government and the Morocco-Algeria Crisis

September 14th, 2021

29:23

SWANA  collective members Nyma Ardalan and Hamoud Salhi cover two segments: the  new interim government in Afghanistan and the Morocco-Algeria …

Hosting At-Risk Scholars with Dr. Keith Watenpaugh and Dr. Jane Newman

September 8th, 2021

57:52

David Lloyd and Hamoud Salhi host this show, dedicated to hosting at-risk scholars, and especially scholars from Afghanistan at this critical …

Is America's Longest War Over? With Dr. Sadia Abbas and Dr. Shah Mahmoud Hanifi

September 4th, 2021

53:30

In this episode, SWANA collective members David Lloyd and Rana Sharif speak with our guests  Professors Sadia Abbas of Rutgers University in New …

Afghanistan in Focus with Mariam Hotaki, Nawa Lodin, and Malalai Farooqi Ramadan

September 2nd, 2021

43:07

This show is dedicated to the people of Afghanistan & hosted by SWANA collective members David Lloyd and Rana Sharif. For the past several days …

NGOs Struggle in Afghanistan

August 24th, 2021

29:47

Collective members Nyma Ardalan and Hamoud Salhi discuss the challenges faced by Afghanistan's NGOs in light of recent US pullout and what conditions …

Lebanon: One Year After the Beirut Port Explosion with Yeghia Tashjian and Rana Khoury

August 16th, 2021

43:37

On the one-year anniversary of the Beirut port explosion, SWANA collective members speak with regional analyst Yeghia Tashjian and social and …

Tunisia and Afghanistan

August 2nd, 2021

24:21

SWANA collective members Hamoud Salhi and David Lloyd devote our weekly half-hour to discussing the situation in Tunisia and developments in …

On Edward Said: Places of Mind with Timothy Brennan, Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan, and Leslie Fernandez

July 4th, 2021

1:12:30

SWANA collective member David Lloyd hosts a roundtable on Timothy Brennan’s new biography of Edward Said, the great Palestinian intellectual, scholar …

Live KPFK episode: Election Results in Algeria and Iran

June 28th, 2021

58:34

In this show, SWANA collective members Nyma Ardalan and Hamoud Salhi examine the result of the recent elections in Iran and Algeria. Both of these …

Election Coverage: Algeria and Iran

June 13th, 2021

28:02

In this episode, SWANA collective members Nyma Ardalan and Hamoud Salhi review elections in Algeria and Iran. The Algerian elections faced the issue …

KPFK Fund Drive: Reflections on Palestine and Regional Press Updates

May 24th, 2021

28:31

During our show this week, KPFK is continuing an urgent fund drive in order to survive what have been immensely challenging times for the station financially. We know that our listeners have also faced serious economic …

BDS and How To Do It, with Dr. Rafeef Ziadah

May 20th, 2021

55:02

In this podcast, SWANA Collective members Rana Sharif and David Lloyd talk to Palestinian rights activist, feminist scholar and spoken word artist, …

The Violence of Apartheid, with Dr. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian

May 17th, 2021

45:00

Rana Sharif & David Lloyd talk to Dr. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkianabout the unfolding events in her home city of colonized Jerusalem & across …

Regional Update: Afghanistan, Armenia, Palestine, Tunisia and Turkey

May 15th, 2021

48:26

In this regional news update, we cover Afghanistan, Armenia, Palestine, Tunisia and Turkey. U.S. troops are finally being removed from Afghanistan after almost twenty years of war that did not achieve any of its stated …

Science Under Apartheid: Israel’s Assault on Knowledge in Palestine with Loay Elbasyouni

May 9th, 2021

24:17

In this episode, SWANA collective members Rana Sharif and David Lloyd speak with Loay Elbasyouni about the conditions for Palestinian science under …

Commemorating Genocide: Stories of Love and Resistance with Bared Maronian and Dr. Marie Berry

May 1st, 2021

56:20

In this episode, we think about what it means to commemorate genocide and mass atrocity with our guests, Bared Maronian, Executive Producer at Armenoid Productions and director of Women of 1915, and Dr. Marie Berry, …

The Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen: End the Blockade with Iman Saleh and Dr. Aisha Jumaan

April 14th, 2021

28:40

The SWANA collective hosts Iman Saleh, who is now on the 13th day of her hunger strike, and Dr. Aisha Jumaan. Our incredible guests help us …

Sri Lanka: The 2019 Easter Day Bombings with Ambika Satkunanathan and Qadri Ismail

April 5th, 2021

28:44

On this episode, we host Qadri Ismail and Ambika Satkunanathan. On the anniversary of the Easter Sunday bombings that occurred nearly two years ago in Sri Lanka, we discuss the impact of the Rajapaksa presidency, …

Regional News: Afghanistan, Libya, and Yemen

March 29th, 2021

27:59

In this episode, collective members Nyma Ardalan and Hamoud Salhi offer a brief overview of topics and issues in the SWANA region press and …

Palestine Writes Literature Festival with Susan Abulhawa

March 24th, 2021

29:35

SWANA collective members Rana Sharif and David Lloyd speak with novelist and activist susan abulhawa about the first North American Palestinian …

Libya and the United Nations

March 24th, 2021

27:12

Join SWANA collective members Hamoud Salhi and Ankine Antaram as they focus today on Libya and the recent move led by the United Nations  to bring an …

Crafting Care: Occupation, Militarization, & Mental Health with Dr. Saiba Varma

February 1st, 2021

26:41

We host Dr. Saiba Varma, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego and author of The Occupied Clinic: Militarism …

A Tribute to David Graeber: Museum of Care in Rojava with Debbie Bookchin & Nika Dubrovsky

January 25th, 2021

57:25

This special one-hour show is a tribute to anarchist, anthropologist, and activist, David Graeber, hosted by SWANA collective members Nyma Ardalan, …

The November 10th Armenia-Azerbaijan Armistice with Mihran Toumajan

January 20th, 2021

28:27

SWANA collective member Nyma Ardalan hosts our guest Mihran Toumajan. We discuss the meaning and outcomes of the November 10th Armenia - Azerbaijan …

Syria and the Western Sahara

January 13th, 2021

27:45

Join SWANA collective members Nyma Ardalan and Hamoud Salhi for their coverage on Syria and the Western Sahara. They discuss Syrian media reports …

The Year in Review

January 4th, 2021

27:41

Join SWANA Collective Members Ankine Antaram, Nyma Ardalan, David Lloyd and Hamoud Salhi for  a recap of last year's stories from the region. We …

Art & Culture in Palestine with Emily Jacir

December 27th, 2020

57:38

For  this week’s show, SWANA Region Radio brings you a different kind of  news from Bethlehem than you might be accustomed to in this season of  commercialized Christian celebration. David Lloyd and Rana Sharif have a …

Sose Women's Issues NGO with Adrineh Gregorian

December 22nd, 2020

28:29

In this episode, we discuss emergency humanitarian aid with Adrineh Gregorian from Sose’s  Women NGO in the Artsakh/Armenia border city of Goris, which the  epicenter of the refugee crisis. Thousands of people fled …

Indigeneity in the SWANA Region & the U.S. with Steven Salaita, Amrah Salomon-Johnson and Eman Ghanayem

November 29th, 2020

59:02

After the so-called Thanksgiving holiday, which celebrates the nineteenth-century myth of Native American generosity towards the Pilgrim settlers in …

Armenia-Azerbaijan's Six Week War with Richard Ohanian and Richard Giragosian

November 23rd, 2020

28:34

Please join SWANA collective member Ankine Antaram and guest co-host Richard Ohanian and our guest, Richard Giragosian. Their vital conversation …

Armenia and Algeria

November 16th, 2020

27:43

SWANA collective members Nyma Ardalan and Hamoud Salhi discussing Armenia and Algeria. The Armenia-Azerbaijan war has ended with Russian mediation …

U.S. Post-Election Regional Recap

November 8th, 2020

28:44

The entire SWANA collective (Ankine Antaram, Nyma Ardalan, David Lloyd, Hamoud  Salhi, Rana Sharif, and Soraya Zarook) considers how the US …

Dr. Sadia Abbas' The Empty Room

November 1st, 2020

29:45

SWANA Collective member David Lloyd sits down to discuss The Empty Room with Author Sadia Abbas. Set in Pakistan from 1969  to about 1979, the novel …

The Nagorno-Karabakh War with Mihran Toumajan

October 12th, 2020

54:46

SWANA collective members Nyma Ardalan and Hamoud Salhi focus on the Nagorno-Karabakh war and its repercussions in the region. They discuss the …

Sectarian Politics in Pakistan with Dr. Sadia Abbas:

October 7th, 2020

29:49

To shed light on the causes and likely outcomes of the recent rise in sectarian antagonism in Pakistan, SWANA collective members David Lloyd and …

Regional Update: U.S. Sanctions against Iran, AFRICOM in Tunisia and Algeria, & Normalization of Israel

September 28th, 2020

29:16

SWANA collective members Nyma Ardalan and Hamoud Salhi  for a discussion of news from the region. Nyma questions Hamoud on how  academicians and …

Lebanon: The Aftermath with Yeghia Tashjian, Manal Kahale and Elizabeth Boulous from Light for Lebanon

September 20th, 2020

28:00

SWANA collective members Ankine Antaram and Soraya Zarook speak to Yeghia Tashjian, Manal Kahale and Elizabeth Boulous. Tashjian speaks with us about …

The U.S and Turkey

September 16th, 2020

35:47

SWANA members Nyma Ardalan and Hamoud Salhi  dig deeper into Turkey’s and France’s strategies in the Eastern part of  the Mediterranean and how they impact regional stability in Northern  Africa. What impact might this …

Occupation and the Environment with Mazin Qumsiyeh

September 7th, 2020

58:05

Join SWANA collective members Rana Sharif and David Lloyd in a conversation with Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, Founding Director of  the Palestine …

Israel-UAE Peace Treaty with Raed Jarrar

August 24th, 2020

29:30

Join SWANA collective members Rana Sharif and David Lloyd as they speak with Raed Jarrar, on Israel’s much trumpeted “peace deal” with the United …

On Mahmoud Darwish with Jeff Sacks and Fady Joudah

August 23rd, 2020

28:36

Collective member David Lloyd sits down with Professor Jeff Sacks and Poet Fady Joudah to speak about famous Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.

Fady …

Libya

July 25th, 2020

29:23

Join SWANA collective members, Nyma Ardalan and Hamoud Salhi as they discuss recent developments in Libya and the repercussions they could have in …

Roundtable: Democratic Confederalism with Janet Biehl

July 4th, 2020

52:32

Join SWANA Region Radio collective members David Lloyd, Hamoud Salhi, Ankine Antaram, and Nyma Ardalan, and guest author Janet Biehl, to talk about …

Andrew Ross's Stone Men: The Palestinians Who Built Israel (2019, Verso)

July 4th, 2020

27:58

David Lloyd sits down with award winning author and professor Andrew Ross to discuss his recent book Stone Men: The Palestinians Who Built Israel from Verso: https://www.versobooks.com/books/2926-stone-men.

“They …

Interview with Nasser Hussein: Drone Strikes

July 4th, 2020

29:19

David Lloyd sits down with Nasser Hussein to discuss drone strikes.

Nasser Hussain wrote extensively on colonial law and the state of emergency and …

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