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Reflections on a Lifetime of Engagement with Zionism, the Palestine Question, and American Empire: An Interview with Noam Chomsky

In the following interview conducted for the Journal of Palestine Studies by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani, Noam Chomsky reflects on a lifetime of engagement with the Palestine Question. He reflects on his early engagement, and how it developed over the course of his lifetime. He also considers how things ...  Read More »

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The President, SCAF, and the Future of Egypt: Interview with Sarah Sirgany

The following Skype interview was conducted on 29 June 2012 with Sarah Sirgany, an Egyptian journalist and editor at Egypt Monocle. In the first video, Sirgany discusses the presidential election outome while situating it within allegations of deal-making between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Surpeme Council for the ...  Read More »

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The Current Impasse in Syria: Interview with Haytham Manna' [Now with full English transcripts + all videos]

On 27 April 2012, around the Jadaliyya Co-Sponsored Conference at Lund University ("Contesting Narratives, Location Power"), I sat down for an extensive interview with Haytham Manna`, one of the icons of the independent Syrian opposition and a leading founder of the National Coordinating Body for Democratic ...  Read More »

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Philo- and Anti-Semitism in Germany: Interview with Gilbert Achcar

This interview is part of a longer one conducted with Gilbert Achcar in Berlin on 18 and 20 May discussing his book, The Arabs and the Holocaust which was translated into German in May 2012. The interview  explores intersecting paradigms and predicaments of racism and ...  Read More »

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Nahr al-Bared, Palestinian Refugees, and Lebanese Politics: An Interview with Ghassan Makarem

The following is the translated transcription of a Skype interview that was conducted on Friday 22 June 2012. It features Lebanese activist Ghassan Makarem. The interview explores the particular events that transpired last week in the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared, locating them within the broader ...  Read More »

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Interview with Hoda Barakat

[This interview was originally conducted in Arabic by Jadaliyya co-editor Ibtisam Azem and is translated by Suneela Mubayi. You can read the original Arabic here]  Jadaliyya interviewed Hoda Barakat on the occasion of the publication of her fifth novel, Malakut Hadhihi-l-Ard [The Kingdom of this Earth] (Dar ...  Read More »

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On Mubarak's Trial, Presidential Elections, and the Return to Tahrir: An Interview with Sharif Abdel Kouddous

In the following interview Egyptian journalist Sharif Abdel Kouddous discusses developments in Egypt in the wake of last Saturday's verdict in the Mubarak trial. The interview begins with an overview of the verdict, the legal process that led up to it, and the erruption of protests in its aftermath. It then tackles ...  Read More »

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Interview with Egyptian Presidential Candidate Abdel Moneim Abul Fettouh

I interviewed Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Abul Fettouh. In three short parts below, Mr. Abul Fettouh discusses the most important aspects of his electoral platform, covering a variety of economic and political issues.  Read More »

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Iran Will Require Assurances: An Interview with Hossein Mousavian

Hossein Mousavian has served as visiting research scholar at Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security from 2009 to the present. Prior to this position, he held numerous positions in the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including director-general of its West Europe department and ambassador to ...  Read More »

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Artistic Depictions of Arab Women: An Interview with Artist Lalla Essaydi

The intersection of gender, perception, identity, and space have, for centuries, collided to illustrate a skewed depiction of Arab women. The art of Orientalism brought about imagined scenes of women in harems, hidden in seclusion behind veils and walls. As these images continue to shape Western perception of Arab ...  Read More »

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Penetrated Opposition and Failure of Consensus in Syria: Interview with Haytham Manna`(Part 4 of 4)

On April 27th, around the Jadaliyya Co-Sponsored Conference at Lund University ("Contesting Narratives, Location Power"), I sat down for an extensive interview with Haytham Manna`, one of the icons of the independent Syrian opposition and a leading founder of the National Coordinating Body for Democratic ...  Read More »

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Bringing the Revolution to Campus: An Interview with March 9 Activist Laila Soueif

Laila Soueif, assistant professor of mathematics, Cairo University, is one of the founding members of the March 9 Movement for the Independence of Universities. The movement was founded in 2004 and became a part of the growing terrain of dissent that preceded the January 25 revolution (alongside Kifaya and other ...  Read More »

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How the Syrian Uprising Started, the "Rise" of the Syrian National Council, and The Role of The Arab Gulf Countries: Interview with Haytham Manna` (Part 3)

On April 27th, around the Jadaliyya Co-Sponsored Conference at Lund University ("Contesting Narratives, Location Power"), I sat down for an extensive interview with Haytham Manna`, one of the icons of the independent Syrian opposition and a leading founder of the National Coordinating Body for Democratic ...  Read More »

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Intervention, Resistance, Transformation, and Exit in Syria: Interview with Haytham Manna` (Part 2)

On April 27th, around the Jadaliyya Co-Sponsored Conference at Lund University ("Contesting Narratives, Location Power"), I sat down for an extensive interview with Haytham Manna`, one of the icons of the independent Syrian opposition and a leading founder of the National Coordinating Body for Democratic ...  Read More »

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The Barbarian Has to Keep It Real: Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon

[The following interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon was conducted by Nahrain Al-Musawi and originally published in Al-Akhbar English on 2 May 2012.] Sinan Antoon is an Iraqi-born novelist, poet, translator, filmmaker, and professor. His 2003 widely translated novel I’jaam is a fictional prison memoir. The ...  Read More »

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Internet Censorship, Human Rights, and Democracy in Tunisia: Julian Assange Interviews Moncef Marzouki

In the third episode of The World Tomorrow, broadcasted on Russia Today, Julian Assange interviews Tunisian president, Moncef Marzouki. Marzouki speaks about his experience in prison and exile under the deposed Ben Ali regime. Assange asks Marzouki about matters pertaining to his role in post-Ben Ali Tunisia, the ...  Read More »

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On the Ground in Basra: An Interview with Hashmeya Muhsin al-Saadawi

Iraqi unions demonstrated yesterday on May Day 2012 at a difficult historical moment. Still operating without a labor law that sanctions their organizing, and under the consolidation of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s growing police/military powers, their movement faces an array of antagonistic forces. In this ...  Read More »

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The Current Impasse in Syria: Jadaliyya Interview with Haytham Manna` (Part 1)

On April 27th, around the Jadaliyya Co-Sponsored Conference at Lund University ("Contesting Narratives, Location Power"), I sat down for an extensive interview with Haytham Manna`, one of the icons of the independent Syrian opposition and a leading founder of the National Coordinating Body for Democratic ...  Read More »

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Marcel Khalife: An Interview

Marcel Khalife is one of the Arab world's most revered and celebrated cultural icons. Composer, singer, and oud player, he is best known as the musical voice of students, intellectuals, laborers, and all those committed to social justice, freedom, and human dignity. His arrangements, especially those inspired by ...  Read More »

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"There Are Marxists in India?" Prabhat Patnaik on the Global Crisis

After an engaging half-hour interview with India’s pre-eminent Marxist economist during a conference at New York University, I told a friend about my one-on-one time with Prabhat Patnaik. “There are Marxists in India?” came the bemused response. “I thought India was the heart of the new capitalism.” Indeed, we hear ...  Read More »

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The Art of Narrating the Egyptian Revolution: An Interview with Alaa Awad

The paintings on the walls of Mohamed Mahmud Street have generated a great deal of attention in the past months. In an interview with Mona Abaza, artist Alaa Awad takes us through the journey of creating the impressive murals he painted on the walls of Mohammed Mahmud and the area surrounding the former Greek Campus ...  Read More »

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Art and Subversion: An Interview with Omar Kholeif

Subversion. Featuring work by Akram Zaatari, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Khaled Hafez, Larissa Sansour, Marwa Arsanios, Sharif Waked, Sherif El-Azma, Tarzan and Arab, and Wafaa Bilal. Curated by Omar Kholeif. Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester, UK. 14 April - 5 June 2012, preview/symposium 13 April ...  Read More »

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On Uprisings and Interventions: An Interview with Vijay Prashad

Since the start of the events in the Arab World, termed as the so-called “Arab Spring,” Vijay Prashad has been writing about the different countries where people turned against their regimes across the region. He has done so by consistently contextualizing the events, while still providing thorough analyses of ...  Read More »

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Notes from Western Sahara: An Interview with Fatma El-Mehdi

As the Arab Spring spread across several countries in the Middle East and North Africa, American philosopher Noam Chomsky argued that it did not originate in Tunisia, as is commonly understood. “In fact, the current wave of protests actually began last November in Western Sahara, which is under Moroccan rule, after a ...  Read More »

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Bahrain's Revolutionaries Speak: An Exclusive Interview with Bahrain's Coalition of February 14th Youth

In spite of claims that Bahrain’s revolution has failed, the reality is that peaceful protests, a campaign of civil disobedience, and anti-Al Khalifa energy is at an all-time high. The regime’s reliance on heavy-handed violence has failed to quell the country’s revolutionary spirit or stamp out the opposition. If ...  Read More »

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On Israeli Attacks and Gaza Ceasefires: Democracy Now! Interview with Ali Abunimeh

As Israel and Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip reportedly agree to a ceasefire after four days of cross-border violence, we speak with Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the online publication, “The Electronic Intifada.” Earlier today, an Egyptian official said both sides have pledged to end current attacks and ...  Read More »

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Nada Bakri: Democracy Now! Interview with Wife of Anthony Shadid

In this Democracy Now! interview, Nada Bakri, the widow of Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Anthony Shadid, speaks about her husband’s passion for covering the Middle East and his posthumous memoir. "House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East" chronicles Shadid’s rebuilding of his ...  Read More »

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Is It Time to Intervene in Syria? NPR Discussion with Bassam Haddad and Others

[Discussion on "military intervention" starts at 24:40] Syria's civilian death toll is now estimated at over 6000 people, as tanks and machine guns continue to bombard residential neighborhoods. Some 25,000 civilians have managed to flee to destinations including Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon. Meanwhile, ...  Read More »

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Turkey's Foreign Policy Towards the Middle East: An Interview with Asli Bali (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of a two-part interview in which Asli Bali discusses Turkey's foreign policy interests and objectives with regards to the Middle East. In this second part of the interview, Asli discusses Turkey’s foreign policy in the face of the Arab uprisings, with particular reference to Egypt, Libya, and ...  Read More »

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On Vetoes, Negotiations, and Syria: RT Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani

In the below interview with Russia Today (RT), Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani discusses developments in Syria with a particular eye to the maneuvering of key international players. He highlights the fact that much of the violence in Syria stems from the fact that the Assad regime has refused to negotiate on any ...  Read More »

About the Interviews Page

Jadaliyya’s Interview Page is a hub for all interviews published on Jadaliyya, including those in print, audio, and video formats. It features three categories of interviews: interviews conducted for Jadaliyya publication; interviews featuring Jadaliyya Co-Editors; interviews published elsewhere but considered important enough to be republished on Jadaliyya.

 

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