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The Fire These Times

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Each week, Lebanese writer Joey Ayoub brings you conversations at the intersection of politics, history, philosophy, culture, science, and all the fun stuff in between. It is a project born out of my conviction that doing so requires an interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to understanding … read more

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Voice Messages From The Balkan Route

November 26th, 2021

41:07

As I'm taking a bit of a break, I thought I'd share with you a recording published by the Sara Jeva Collective. Listen to those who became victims of …

93/ Syrian Prison Literature and the Poetics of Human Rights (with Shareah Taleghani)

November 12th, 2021

1:15:52

This is a conversation with Shareah Taleghani, Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies and Arabic at Queens College at the City University of New …

92/ Big Tech, Gatopardismo and Data Colonialism (With Camila Nobrega and Joana Varon)

October 29th, 2021

59:40

This is a conversation with Brazilian researchers Camila Nobrega and Joana Varon about their paper for Global Information Society Watch, "Big tech …

91/ Satisfying Human Needs at Low Energy Use (With Jefim Vogel & Julia Steinberger)

October 15th, 2021

1:17:44

This is a conversation with Jefim Vogel of the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds, and Julia Steinberger of the Institute …

90/ The Ecological Paradox of Digital Economies (with Paz Peña)

October 1st, 2021

1:09:56

This is a conversation with Paz Peña, a Chile-based independent consultant and activist, who recently published a paper entitled “Bigger, more, …

88/ A History of Nothing (With Susan A. Crane)

September 17th, 2021

1:27:43

This is a conversation with Susan A. Crane, author of the book “Nothing Happened: A History

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87/ Counter-Cartographies: Mapping Back our World (With Boris Michel and Paul Schweizer)

September 10th, 2021

1:17:34

This is a conversation with Boris Michel and Paul Schweizer who helped create the ‘This Is Not an Atlas‘ book for Kollectiv Orangotango, which is …

I read the names of the Beirut port explosion victims

August 5th, 2021

22:00

This is a special episode in which I just read the names of those who died due to the Beirut port explosion on August 4th 2020.

Resources:

http://beirut607.org/

http://thepublicsource.org/

https://armlebanon.org/

August 4th 2020: "It Sounded Like The World Itself Was Breaking Open" (With Lina Mounzer)

August 4th, 2021

46:16

This is a special episode, initially recorded and released on August 7th 2020 with Lina Mounzer. 

I'm re-releasing it as it was. 

Twitter thread with reflections on this day

85/ The Legacy of the Great Lebanon Famine (with Lina Mounzer and Timour Azhari)

July 31st, 2021

2:26:26

This is a conversation with Lina Mounzer and Timour Azhari, repeat guests on the podcast, about the legacy of the Great Famine of Mount Lebanon (1915–1918) and its legacy today.

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84/ Space, Fiction and Growing Up in ‘Postwar’ Lebanon (with Naji Bakhti)

July 24th, 2021

1:41:07

This is a conversation with Naji Bakhti, author of the novel Between Beirut and the Moon (2020), published by Influx Press. He is also Project …

82/ The Populist Hype, ‘the People’ and the Far Right (With Aurelien Mondon)

July 10th, 2021

1:42:59

This is a conversation with Aurelien Mondon, he’s a senior lecturer in politics, languages and international studies at the University of  Bath and …

81/ Solarpunk and Storytelling the Present and Future (With Phoebe Wagner)

July 3rd, 2021

1:21:23

This is a conversation with Phoebe Wagner, co-editor of the 2017 book Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation alongside Bronte Christopher …

80/ Syria, State Ideology and Climate Politics (With Marwa Daoudy)

June 27th, 2021

1:11:19

This is a conversation with professor Marwa Daoudy, associate professor at Georgetown University and the author of the recently published book The Origins of the Syrian Conflict: Climate Change and Human Security.

Get …

79/ Erasures, Borders and the Afterlife of the Armenian Genocide (with Sophia Armen)

June 20th, 2021

1:48:48

This is a conversation with Sophia Armen, an Armenian-American writer, scholar and organizer, about the legacy of the Armenian Genocide today.

We …

78/ Pedagogies of Liberation, Gender and the Syrian Revolution (with Banah Ghadbian)

June 12th, 2021

1:57:28

This is a conversation with Banah Ghadbian. She’s a Syrian activist  whose dissertation “Ululating from the Underground: Syrian Women’s  Protests, …

77/ From Hong Kong to Lebanon, Basebuilding Against Authoritarianism (with Promise Li)

June 6th, 2021

1:45:07

This is a conversation with Promise Li. He’s a US-based member of the Lausan collective and the Democratic  Socialists of America doing solidarity …

76/ Confronting Antisemitism on the Left: Anti-Authoritarian Perspectives (with Daniel Randall)

May 30th, 2021

1:53:09

This is a conversation with Daniel Randall.  He’s a London-based railway worker and workplace representative for the  National Union of Rail, Maritime, and Transport Workers and a member of  the Alliance for Workers’ …

75/ The Precariatized Mind and the Case for a Basic Income for All (with Guy Standing)

May 23rd, 2021

1:07:55

This is a conversation with Guy Standing, a Professorial Research  Associate at SOAS University of London and a founding member and  honorary co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), a  non-governmental …

Special Episode: Palestine and Global Solidarity

May 21st, 2021

1:18:19

This is a special episode with Sumaya Awad and Shireen Akram-Boshar. Sumaya's the co-editor of the book "Palestine: A Socialist Introduction" which Shireen contributed to.

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Intervention: Majed Abusalama #GazaUnderAttack

May 19th, 2021

11:04

As he was talking to me Majed Abusalama's family was being threatened with airstrikes by the Israeli state.

Video interview available on YouTube:

[Repost]: Wretched of the Earth: Thoughts on Syria, Palestine and Discourse

May 18th, 2021

1:10:43

In light of what's been happening in Palestine I am re-releasing my conversation with Mohammed Sulaiman from last year. 

Mohammed is a Palestinian …

Special Episode: A Conversation on Israel-Palestine, (Anti)Zionism and International Solidarity

May 16th, 2021

2:20:25

A conversation with my good friend Maya Schkolne on (anti)Zionism and international solidarity. Also: having multiple identities, Jewish supremacists …

73/ 1958: Re-imagining a Revolutionary Year in Revolutionary Times (with Jeffrey Karam)

May 2nd, 2021

1:32:24

This is a conversation with Jeffrey Karam. He’s Assistant Professor  of Political Science at the Lebanese American University and an  associate at …

72/ The Inherent Toxicity of France’s ‘Islamo-Leftism’ Obsession (with Rim-Sarah Alouane)

April 25th, 2021

1:52:00

This is a conversation with Rim-Sarah Alouane. She’s a French legal academic, commentator, and PhD candidate in law researching religious  freedom, human rights, and civil liberties in France, Europe & North America.

71/ Bearing Witness to What is Lost: Lebanon’s ‘Postwar’ Hauntings (with Ely Dagher)

April 18th, 2021

1:19:03

This is a conversation with Lebanese director Ely Dagher. He is the director of the Palme D’Or-winning Waves ’98, one of my favorite short films. He also has an upcoming feature  film called The Sea Ahead.

Get early …

69/ The Entrenched “Manliness” of Ethnic Power-sharing Peace Agreements (with Aida A. Hozić)

April 11th, 2021

1:25:17

This is a conversation with Aida A. Hozić.  She is an Associate Professor of International Relations and Associate  Chair of the Department of …

68/ Solarpunk, Youth Liberation and Why Revolution Needs Therapy (with Saint Andrew)

April 4th, 2021

1:21:32

This is a conversation with Andrew, the Solarpunk Anarchist from Trinidad and Tobago behind the YouTube channel 'Saint Andrewism.'

Topics Discussed

67/ Cultural Dementia: How the West Lost Its History and Risks Losing Everything Else (with David Andress)

March 28th, 2021

1:29:18

This is a conversation with David Andress. He is a Professor of  Modern History at the University of Portsmouth and is the author of the  book “

Intervention: Anti-Fascist Solidarity in Lyon (English/Français)

March 25th, 2021

22:00

A few days ago La Plume Noire library was attacked by a group of around 50-60 fascists while it was hosting a food and clothing collection for …

66/ Legacies of Authoritarianism in Palestine (with Dana El Kurd)

March 21st, 2021

1:04:56

This is a conversation with Dana El Kurd. She is a Palestinian academic who specializes in Comparative Politics and International Relations. Dana …

#StopAsianHate [Repost] Sex Workers' Rights, Basebuilding and Mutual Aid (with Kate Zen)

March 17th, 2021

56:27

Hey everyone,

I don't usually do this but in light of recent events friends suggested that I republish this episode from July 2020. If you haven't …

65/Shifting Towards Climate-Just Mobility (with Anne Kretzschmar)

March 14th, 2021

54:35

Today we'll be talking to Anne Kretzschmar. She’s a coordinator with the Stay Grounded network which works on a global level to reduce air traffic and build a climate-just transport system. They recently published a …

64/In the End, It Was All About Love (with Musa Okwonga)

March 7th, 2021

1:35:31

Today we'll be talking to Musa Okwonga. Musa is a writer, broadcaster, poet, speaker, musician. author, sportswriter, broadcaster and commentator on current affairs. He's also the first person to come on the podcast …

63/Queerness, Literature and Revolution (With Saleem Haddad)

February 28th, 2021

1:17:14

Today we'll be talking to Saleem Haddad. He is the author of Guapa, the director of Marco and a 2nd time guest on The Fire These Times.

Topics discussed:

What constitutes queer literature?; Muhammad Abdelnabi; Ocean …

62/ How to Limit Global Warming to 1.5°C: A Societal Transformation Scenario (with Kai Kuhnhenn and Linda Schneider)

February 21st, 2021

1:00:49

This is a conversation with Kai Kuhnhenn and Linda Schneider. They recently co-wrote a really important and freely-available study exploring a Societal Transformation Scenario (STS) on how to limit global warming to …

61/ A Class Analysis of the Arab Spring (with Anand Gopal)

February 14th, 2021

1:01:25

This is a conversation with Anand Gopal about his essay for Catalyst Journal entitled ‘The Arab Thermidor‘ in which he presents a class analysis of the Arab Spring. We spoke about a number of Arab-majority countries but …

60/(Anti-)Fascism and the Future of Complex Warfare, Part 2 (with Emmi Bevensee)

February 7th, 2021

1:19:54

Today we'll be talking to Emmi Bevensee again. They're a data journalist who utilizes a data storytelling approach to make complexity understandable.

Topics discussed:

Fifth Section: Eco-Fascism; the ‘Thanos’ tendency; …

59/(Anti-)Fascism and the Future of Complex Warfare, Part 1 (with Emmi Bevensee)

January 31st, 2021

1:11:56

Today we'll be talking to Emmi Bevensee. They're a data journalist who utilizes a data storytelling approach to make complexity understandable.

Topics discussed:

First section: Complex Warfare; Disinformation Warfare; …

58/ Democracy, Counterrevolution and the Rhetoric of Anti-Imperialism (with Rohini Hensman)

January 24th, 2021

1:16:57

Today we’ll be talking to Rohini Hensman.

She is an India-based Sri Lankan labor activist and feminist and an  independent scholar whose book “

57/The Psychology of Silicon Valley (with Katy Cook)

January 17th, 2021

1:17:58

This is the first episode of the year and I wanted us to start this year by talking about silicon valley. Now, I know that this might sound weird, maybe out of context even, but I think we've reached a point where we …

The (quick) Updates Are A-Comin'

January 6th, 2021

6:56

Some quick updates.

See y'all in a couple of weeks! Happy new year.

TLDR: short poems from around the world; 10 year anniversary of Arab Spring; The Fire These Times is now on YouTube; I'm now on Medium at …

55/Lessons from Workers' Resistance in China (with Zhongjin Li & Eli Friedman)

December 7th, 2020

1:03:13

This is a conversation with Zhongjin Li and Eli Friedman, co-editors of the book 'China on Strike: Narratives of Workers' Resistance', with the original Chinese edition edited by Hao Ren.

Through the story of Labor …

53/Masculinity in Pop Culture: The Toxic and the Subversive (With Jonathan McIntosh)

November 23rd, 2020

49:45

This is a conversation with Jonathan McIntosh who runs the Pop Culture Detective Agency,  the video essay series focusing on the intersections of …

52/The Palestinian Left and Its Decline (with Francesco Saverio Leopardi)

November 16th, 2020

42:42

I spoke with Francesco Saverio Leopardi of Ca'Foscari University of Venice about his recently released book 'The Palestinian Left and Its Decline: Loyal Opposition'.

We go through the recent history of the Palestinian …

51/The Case for People-centered Recovery Processes in Beirut (with Mona Harb)

November 9th, 2020

59:20

This is a conversation with Dr Mona Harb,  Professor of Urban Studies and Politics at the Department of  Architecture and Design at the American …

Reflections on the first 50 episodes and upcoming projects

November 2nd, 2020

25:32

This is an unusual episode in that it's just me reflecting on the first 50 episodes that were released on The Fire These Times since March 14th 2020.

I also speak about the projects I'm working on and which are made …

50/Golden Dawn: The Anatomy of a Nazi Party in 21st Century Europe (with Loukas Stamellos)

October 18th, 2020

34:50

This is a conversation with Loukas Stamellos. He's a member of the Greek grassroots media organisation OmniaTV and of the "Golden Dawn Watch" …

49/The Moria Camp and Fortress Europe's Deadly Xenophobia (with Ghias Al Jundi)

October 11th, 2020

1:01:43

This is a conversation with Syrian-British human rights activist Ghias Al Jundi about the recent fires at the Moria camp for refugees and migrants in Greece. The fires that burned through the camp left thousands …

48/Our Climate Emergency Present (with Peter Kalmus)

October 1st, 2020

40:46

This is a conversation with Dr Peter Kalmus.  He's a climate scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, and an activist  struggling, like so many of us, …

47/Evaporated Euphoria: the Current Crises in Lebanon (with Lara Bitar)

September 27th, 2020

47:55

This is a conversation with Lara Bitar, the founding editor of The Public Source, a Beirut-based independent media organization  "dedicated to reporting on socioeconomic and environmental crises afflicting Lebanon since …

46/Hong Kong, Disappearances and the Emotional Cost of Disinformation (with Shui-yin Sharon Yam)

September 11th, 2020

1:41:13

This is a conversation with Shui-yin Sharon Yam, a US-based Hongkonger academic who has been writing on various topics.

It is a long conversation about Hong Kong, being a member of the  diaspora who may not be able to …

45/Ethiopian Migrants' Saudi Hell/Ethiopia's Anti-Government Protests (with Zecharias Zelalem)

September 7th, 2020

1:00:08

This is a conversation with Ethiopian journalist Zecharias Zelalem on  his recent investigation into the horrific living conditions that Ethiopian migrants are living in in Saudi detention centers, as well as  his …

44/That Cairo Concert, Mental Health and Growing Up Queer in Lebanon (with Hamed Sinno)

September 4th, 2020

1:15:33

This is a conversation with Hamed Sinno, lead singer of the Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila.

We spoke about the September 2017 concert in Cairo, Sarah …

42/"It Sounded Like The World Itself Was Breaking Open": The Beirut Explosion (with Lina Mounzer)

August 7th, 2020

46:56

I spoke with Lebanese writer and translator Lina Mounzer about witnessing and experiencing the Beirut explosion on August 4th,  2020. So far there are 157 deaths, 5,000 injuries, US$10–15 billion in  property damage and …

41/Rendering Our Struggles Visible: Palestine, #BlackLivesMatter and Syria (with Mariam Barghouti)

July 28th, 2020

58:57

This is a conversation with Mariam Barghouti. She’s a Palestinian-American writer and researcher currently based in Ramallah.

I spoke with Mariam about her growth as a Palestinian activist,  #BlackLivesMatter, the …

40/We Exist: Queer Transnational Activism in the Middle East and Beyond (with "The Queer Arabs")

July 26th, 2020

51:28

Trigger warning: suicide. We talked about Sarah Hegazi's death.

This is a conversation with Alia and Nadia of "The Queer Arabs" podcast.

We spoke about what it's like to host a podcast about LGBTQ Arabs, the guests they …

39/Basebuilding, Sex Workers’ Rights and Mutual Aid (with Kate Zen)

July 22nd, 2020

52:52

This is a conversation with Kate Zen. She’s an organiser with Red Canary Song,  a US-based grassroots Asian sex workers coalition. They also organise transnationally with Asian sex workers across the diaspora in …

38/My Father and Syria's Forcibly Disappeared (with Wafa Mustafa)

July 17th, 2020

1:16:04

This is a conversation with Wafa Mustafa, a Berlin-based Syrian journalist.

We spoke about her father, Ali Mustafa, who was forcibly disappeared by …

37/The Racialisation of Migrant Labor Under the Kafala System in Lebanon (with Daryn Howland)

July 16th, 2020

47:36

This is a conversation with Daryn Howland. She's a Beirut-based researcher who recently finished her MA thesis entitled "racist capital: the racialization of migrant labor under the kafala system in Beirut", the subject …

36/Lebanon’s Deep Crisis Explained (with Timour Azhari)

July 7th, 2020

1:30:44

This is my second conversation with Timour Azhari, a Beirut-based Lebanese journalist with Al Jazeera.

I wanted to talk to Timour because few people are able to explain what’s happening in Lebanon with such clarity. 

We …

35/The European Union's Violence Against Asylum Seekers (with Jack Sapoch)

July 6th, 2020

44:11

I spoke with Jack Sapoch, coordinator of No Name Kitchen's border violence reporting, itself part of the Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN).

34/Remembering Through Storytelling in Times of Hardship in Lebanon (with Ronnie Chatah)

July 5th, 2020

1:21:57

This is a conversation with Ronnie Chatah, host of 'The Beirut Banyan' podcast and organiser of the Walk Beirut tour.

We spoke about Ronnie's experience with storytelling and his desire to maintain the memory of those …

33/Mutual Aid is Sweeping the World (with Zoe Smith)

July 1st, 2020

42:32

This is a conversation with Zoe Smith, a London-based writer with connection to the Carribeans.

Zoe had written two pieces for The Correspondent …

31/Disinformation, 'Post-truth' and What To Do About Them (with Peter Pomerantsev)

June 24th, 2020

47:43

This is a conversation with Peter Pomerantsev. He's a Soviet-born British writer and the author of two books: Nothing is True and Everything is Possible and This is Not Propaganda. He also runs the research initiative

Intervention: Ghanaian woman on surviving slavery in Lebanon. #AbolishKafala

June 24th, 2020

1:03

211 Ghanaian citizens returned home after working as migrant domestic workers in Lebanon and this is what one of them had to say about what her living and working conditions was under the racist Kafala system in a …

30/Poetry, Tripoli and Navigating the Moment (with Zeina Hashem Beck)

June 22nd, 2020

1:34:48

This is a conversation with Zeina Hashem Beck. She's a poet originally from Tripoli, Lebanon. We spoke about her poems of  course and about what it …

Intervention: Saleem Haddad on the death of Sarah Hegazy

June 22nd, 2020

7:53

This is the audio version of Saleem Haddad's reaction to the death of Sarah Hegazy, which he posted on Instagram and which I'm re-posting here with permission. 

Sarah Hegazy was a Queer activist from Egypt who was …

28/Who Owns This World? Grief, Borders and Music [Correct Version] (with Yousef Kekhia)

June 14th, 2020

1:00:26

(I accidentally uploaded the wrong file before so let's all pretend that didn't happen)

This is a conversation with Yousef Kekhia, a Berlin-based Syrian singer, songwriter and producer originally from Aleppo. I spoke to …

27/The Risks of Psychologising Patriarchal Oppression (with Chuck Derry)

June 10th, 2020

1:01:27

Trigger warning: gender-based violence is mentioned throughout the episode.

This is a conversation with Chuck Derry, co-founder of the Gender …

Intervention: Street Action #BlackLivesMatter

June 2nd, 2020

1:46

This is a PSA from the Channel Zero Network. I'm posting it here in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter. Justice for the murder of George Floyd and for …

25/Resistance, Rescue and Waging Non-Violence (with Bryan Farell)

May 31st, 2020

48:19

This is a conversation with Bryan Farell, one of the founders of Waging Nonviolence. He also hosts the podcast City of Refuge, the topic of this …

24/Bellingcat: Fact-Checking in a Post-Truth World (with Eliot Higgins)

May 25th, 2020

46:00

This is a conversation with Eliot Higgins, founder and executive director of Bellingcat, an online open-source investigation collective.

Bellingcat …

23/Syria, Performativity, and Being Rooted in the Local (with Shiyam Galyon)

May 22nd, 2020

1:01:47

This is a conversation with Shiyam Galyon. She's a Syrian-American feminist writer who currently leads communications at War Resisters League, the …

22/Building Mutual Aid in Lebanon (with Ayman Makarem)

May 19th, 2020

56:12

This is a conversation with Ayman Makarem. He’s a Lebanon-based writer and filmmaker who recently wrote essays on mutual aid in Lebanon for The Public Source.

One of the themes of The Fire These Times is to promote …

21/Taiwan Since the 2014 Sunflower Movement (with Brian Hioe)

May 18th, 2020

47:21

This is a conversation with Brian Hioe, one of the founding editors of New Bloom Magazine which came out of Taiwan's 2014 Sunflower Movement, in which Brian also participated.

The topics covered in this episode are …

20/On Primo Levi, the Lebanese Revolution and Life in the Midst of History (with Lina Mounzer)

May 15th, 2020

53:35

This is a conversation with Lina Mounzer. She's a Beirut-based writer and translator who, like me, took part in the October and post-October …

19/Our Women on the Ground (with Zahra Hankir)

May 13th, 2020

46:56

This is a conversation with Lebanese-British journalist and editor Zahra Hankir. She's the editor of the award-winning, best-selling anthology Our …

18/Guapa, Marco and living Fernando Pessoa’s dreamlife in Lisbon (with Saleem Haddad)

May 8th, 2020

1:06:45

This is a conversation with writer Saleem Haddad, author of the novel Guapa and the director of the short film Marco, now available for free online.

We spoke about both Guapa and Marco as well as his contribution to the …

17/What the Lebanese should know about Ethiopia (with Zecharias Zelalem)

May 2nd, 2020

48:24

This is a conversation with Zecharias Zelalem. He's an Ethiopian journalist with Addis Standard as well as a freelance journalist focusing on the …

16/The second wave of the Lebanon protests (with Nadim El Kak)

May 1st, 2020

32:39

This is a conversation with Nadim El Kak. He’s a researcher at the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies with a background in sociology and political …

15/The legacy of Yiddish Bundism (with Molly Crabapple)

April 30th, 2020

1:09:31

Molly Crabapple and I have been chatting about this topic for a long time so this was a really fun episode to do. Although it was (roughly) my MA …

14/Revolution, disenchantment and the Lebanese New Left (with Fadi Bardawil)

April 29th, 2020

54:57

This is a conversation with Dr Fadi Bardawil, Assistant Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University and the author of the book "

13/Being the good immigrant in an ungrateful country (with Musa Okwonga)

April 26th, 2020

1:07:10

I spoke with Berlin-based British writer, poet, broadcaster and musician Musa Okwonga, who also co-hosts the popular football podcast Stadio. Musa …

12/Independent media versus the Lebanese oligarchy (with Julia Choucair Vizoso)

April 25th, 2020

36:12

This is a conversation with Julia Choucair Vizoso, an independent scholar trained as a political scientist as well as an editor and translator at The …

11/COVID-19, Travel and Building Solidarity (with Matt Dagher-Margosian)

April 21st, 2020

1:09:48

This is part two of my chat with Matt Dagher-Margosian, a Taiwan-based Lebanese-Armenian American who founded Asia Art Tours, an art and activism-oriented organisation, and who is also the host of the highly recommended

10/Syria, Journalism and the Cost of Indifference (with Kareem Shaheen)

April 17th, 2020

57:45

This is a conversation with Kareem Shaheen, former Beirut- and Istanbul-based The Guardian correspondent for Turkey and the Middle East, current …

9/‘Whiteness’, Migration and Identity (with Matt Dagher-Margosian)

April 15th, 2020

1:12:52

This is a conversation with Matt Dagher-Margosian, a Taiwan-based Lebanese-Armenian American who founded Asia Art Tours, an art and activism-oriented organisation, and is also the host of the highly recommended The Arts …

8/Lebanon’s October Uprising, Six Months Later (with Timour Azhari)

April 13th, 2020

52:22

This is a conversation with Lebanese journalist Timour Azhari of Al  Jazeera (previously The Daily Star) about the legacy of the October 17  uprising six months since it began. We spoke about the current state of …

7/Denying Genocide, from Halabja to Ghouta (with Sabrîna Azad)

April 11th, 2020

45:25

This is a conversation with Sabrîna Azad. She's a writer who published a moving piece for Mangal Media entitled 'From Halabja to Ghouta' in which she looked at how deniers of Assad's war crimes in Syria were evoking …

6/Lebanon's October 17 Revolution/ A Country in Fragments (with Andrew Arsan)

April 8th, 2020

54:52

This is a repost of an episode I did with Dr Andrew Arsan, British-Lebanese scholar and author of the book Lebanon: A Country in Fragments, and which …

5/Lebanon’s Migrant Domestic Workers: Between the Coronavirus and Slavery (with Banchi Yimer)

March 27th, 2020

40:09

I spoke with Banchi Yimer, founder of Egna Legna who define themselves as “community-based feminist activists working on  migrant domestic workers’ issues and general women’s issues in Lebanon and Ethiopia.” She spoke …

4/Why the Paris Commune Burned the Guillotine—and We Should Too (with Crimethinc)

March 25th, 2020

43:05

In this episode, I spoke with one of the authors of the Crimethinc piece of the same name about the 'logic of the guillotine' on how it is used in …

3/Venezuela and the Right to Narrate (with Laura Vidal)

March 22nd, 2020

1:04:50

What does it mean to have, to demand, the right to narrate? Usually associated with Edward Said and the Palestinian experience, this concept …

2/Lebanon's Kafala System is 'Civilized' Slavery (with Sami and Ali)

March 19th, 2020

49:50

This is part one of a two-parts series on the Kafala system in Lebanon.

Under Lebanon's Kafala (or sponsorship) system, the legal status of migrant domestic workers is in the hands of their employers, making workers …

1/Hong Kong's Existential Crisis (with JP, Lausan)

March 14th, 2020

54:56

This is a conversation with JP, a Hong Kong activist with Lausan, a left-wing and decolonial group based out of Hong Kong and its diaspora which …

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