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Any hopes that the Taliban in Afghanistan had softened in their hardline attitudes were quickly dispelled when, on 23 March, 2022, they announced that girls would not be permitted to attend school. The sudden u-turn by the Islamist group was a devastating blow to the thousands of young girls who had hoped they would be given their fundamental right to attend school and secure a vital education. Today, almost 80 percent of girls in Afghanistan are out of education. Following the ban, the Taliban gave no real justification, only saying that the education of girls must be according to "Islamic principles".On this week's episode of The New Arab Voice, we explore the Taliban's ban on educating girls. Why did the Taliban make a sudden policy u-turn? How has the education ban affected young girls in Afghanistan? What can be done to get girls back in classroom? And how can the international community work with the Taliban, without giving the hardline group financial support?Featuring interviews with Heather Barr (@heatherbarr1), associate director of the Women's Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, and Weeda Mehran (@WeedaMehran), Afghan lecturer at the University of Exeter with expertises in conflict prevention and peace in Afghanistan. This podcast is written and produced by Rosie McCabe (@RosieMcCabe3). The executive producer is Hugo Goodridge (@hugogoodridge). Theme music by Omar al-Fil (@elepheel). Other music by Blue Dot Sessions.To get in touch with the producers, follow then tweet us at @TheNewArabVoice or email hugo.goodridge@alaraby.co.uk
This week on The New Arab Voice, we explore the difficulties of reconstructing in Gaza following Israeli attacks. One year ago, Israel launched a devastating attack on the narrow strip, killing hundreds and injuring hundreds more. Additionally, thousands of homes and businesses were destroyed or badly damaged. When the ceasefire was reached, those who  lost homes or businesses were unable to rebuild, due to the Israeli blockade of Gaza. The blockade was put in place by Israel in 2007, and since then has been described as collective punishment and a breach of international law. How can residents of Gaza rebuild their lives, while living behind the blockade? What can international powers do to help lift the blockade and ensure reconstruction? Where is all the money that has been pledged by donors? Could Fatah in the occupied West Bank help lift the blockade?We speak with Najla Shawa (@WhateverInGaza). A resident of Gaza and a food security and livelihoods manager for the charity Oxfam. And Yara Asi (@Yara_M_Asi). Assistant professor and Global Health Management and Informatics at the University of Central Florida and a visiting scholar at the FSB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University.This podcast is produced by Hugo Goodridge (@hugogoodridge). Music by Omar al-Fil (@elepheel). Other music by Blue Dot Sessions.To get in touch with the producers, follow then tweet us at @TheNewArabVoice or email hugo.goodridge@alaraby.co.uk
This week on The New Arab Voice, we examine the recent developments in the war in Yemen. On 19 April, Yemen's new leaders took a ceremonial oath of office under tight security, completing a major shake-up aimed at ending seven years of war with the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.Earlier in the month, a UN-brokered ceasefire gave the embattled citizens of the Gulf state a respite from years of intense and deadly fighting.We explore if these two events could pave the way for peace in Yemen. Can the internationally recognised government form a unified military front? Are the Houthis using the pause to regroup and prepare for another offensive? Why do Saudi Arabia and the UAE want to exit the conflict? And, if a peace settlement can be reached, will the desperate population be provided with much needed aid. Featuring interviews with Abdulghani Al-Iryani (@AbdulGhani1959), a senior researcher at the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies (@SanaaCenter). Previously he worked with the United Nations in the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen; and Baraa Shiban (@BShtwtr), a MENA caseworker with the human rights group Reprieve, a Yemeni researcher and analyst, and former member of the Yemeni National Dialogue Conference.If you enjoyed this episode, please don't forget to rate and review.  This podcast is produced by Hugo Goodridge (@hugogoodridge). Music by Omar al-Fil (@elepheel). Other music by Blue Dot Sessions.To get in touch with the producers, follow then tweet us at @TheNewArabVoice or email hugo.goodridge@alaraby.co.uk
On this week's episode of The New Arab Voice, we sit down with Anoosheh Ashoori. British-Iranian Anoosheh was arrested in Tehran in 2017. He was accused of espionage and sentenced to 12 years in prison. It was widely agreed that Anoosheh, with other dual nationals, was being held hostage by Iran, who were demanding that the British government return the money that was paid to them for tanks, prior to the 1979 Iranian revolution. During his time in prison he helped to form a poetry society. The inmates would recite poems and would also write their own about their experiences inside the prison, and how they longed for the outside.Other classes soon started up. Anoosheh called it Evin University.We spoke with Anoosheh about Evin University, his experiences inside, and the response of the British government.If you enjoyed this episode, please don't forget to rate and review.  This podcast is produced by Hugo Goodridge (@hugogoodridge) and Rosie McCabe (@RosieMcCabe3). Music by Omar al-Fil (@elepheel). Other music by Blue Dot Sessions.To get in touch with the producers, follow then tweet us at @TheNewArabVoice or email hugo.goodridge@alaraby.co.uk
This week on The New Arab Voice, we explore the growing trend of cooperation between Arab states and the Chinese government in the persecution of Uyghur Muslims. Why are Arab states cooperating with the Chinese government in the persecution of Uyghur Muslims? What form does this cooperation take? And what can be done to protect Uyghur Muslims?Featuring interview with Bradley Jardine (@Jardine_bradley), Research Director at the The Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs (@OxusSociety), and Uyghur activists and linguist Abduweli Ayup (@AbduwelA). And then we speak with Mona Mansour (@MonaMansourNY) about her new play The Vagrant Trilogy, which opens at The Public Theater (@PublicTheaterNY) in New York on April 8th.  Ticket information here. This podcast is produced by Hugo Goodridge (@hugogoodridge). Music by Omar al-Fil (@elepheel). Other music by Blue Dot Sessions.To get in touch with the producers, follow then tweet us at @TheNewArabVoice or email hugo.goodridge@alaraby.co.uk  
On this weeks episode of The New Arab Voice, we the Israeli response to Amnesty International’s apartheid report, and how they are using the internet to spread accusations and misinformation. And also speak with the pro-Palestine activists threatened by accusations of anti-semitism. Featuring interviews with Kristyan Benedict (@KreaseChan), Marc Owen Jones (@marcowenjones), and Shahd Abusalama (@ShahdAbusalama). And then, Lyse Mauvais (@lyse_mauvais) dives into the rock climbing scene in Jordan and the country’s first domestically produced climbing guide.This podcast is produced by Hugo Goodridge (@hugogoodridge). Music by Omar al-Fil (@elepheel). Other music by Blue Dot Sessions.To get in touch with the producers, follow then tweet us at @TheNewArabVoice or email hugo.goodridge@alaraby.co.uk
This week on The New Arab Voice, we explore the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, the impact that it is having in the Middle East. We examine how Middle Eastern countries have responded to the crisis and how relations with the likes of Russia and Ukraine have been shaped by events. Featuring interviews with , Inna Melnykovska from the Central European University (@ceu) Gerald M. Feierstein from the Middle East Institute (@MiddleEastInst), Murat Aslan (@dr_murat_aslan), Steven A. Cook (@stevenacook), and Ruslan Trad (@ruslantrad).And then, we speak with Mona Iskander (@monaisk2010), a founding board member of the Arab and Middle East Journalist Association (@AMEJA), about the Western coverage of the war in Ukraine, and some of the unhelpful comparisons made to conflicts in the Middle East.This podcast is produced by Hugo Goodridge (@hugogoodridge) and Rosie McCabe (@RosieMcCabe3). Music by Omar al-Fil (@elepheel). Other music by by Blue Dot SessionsTo get in touch with the producers, follow then tweet us at @TheNewArabVoice or email hugo.goodridge@alaraby.co.uk
On this week's episode of The New Arab Voice, we examine the Algerian Hirak, three years on from the first protests. Where did it succeed? Where did it fail? And what does the future hold for the pro-democracy movement?Featuring interviews with Andrew Farrand (@AndrewFarrand), author of The Algerian Dream, Zine Ghebouli (@GheZinou) from the University of Glasgow, and Salsabil Chellali (@SaChellali), researcher at Human Rights Watch. And then, we're joined by Benjamin Ashraf to discuss the film Bringing Assad to Justice, which recently had its London premier. Also featuring comment from the film's director Ronan Tynan (@RonanLTynan)This podcast is produced by Hugo Goodridge (@hugogoodridge) and Rosie McCabe (@RosieMcCabe3). Music by Omar al-Fil (@elepheel). Other music by by Blue Dot SessionsTo get in touch with the producers, follow then tweet us at @TheNewArabVoice or email hugo.goodridge@alaraby.co.uk
On this week's episode of The New Arab Voice we explore the search for post-conflict justice, and examine what the conviction of Anwar Raslan means for the victims of Syrian war crimes, what mechanisms are currently being used to secure justice, and what could be used in the future.We speak with international human rights barrister from Guernica37 (@Guernica37Group) Toby Cadman (@tobycadman), Kristyan Benedict (@KreaseChan) from Amnesty International, and Naya Skaf from the podcast Branch 251 (@Branch_251).And then Rosie McCabe looks at the poetry of Rumi and his rumination on love, with guests Alan Williams and Melody Moezzi.Alan Williams is a professor of Iranian Studies in the Department of Religions and Theology at the University of Manchester.  He has been translating the Masnavi of Rumi into English for the last umpteen years.Melody Moezzi is a writer, speaker, activist, attorney and award-winning author. She teaches for the University of Iowa’s esteemed International Writing Program (IWP). Iowa’s IWP program is currently accepting applications from youth in the Middle East and North Africa (ages 15-18) for their “Between the Lines” summer programs. You can learn more and apply to the sessions here. This podcast is produced by Hugo Goodridge (@hugogoodridge) and Rosie McCabe (@RosieMcCabe3). Music by Omar al-Fil (@elepheel). Other music by by Blue Dot SessionsTo get in touch with the producers, follow then tweet us at @TheNewArabVoice or email hugo.goodridge@alaraby.co.uk
This week on The New Arab Voice, Rosie McCabe (@RosieMcCabe3) examines Saudi Arabia's takeover of football team Newcastle United and ask, why did Saudi Arabia decide to invest millions in a football club in the north of England? And what are the consequences of this deal? We also explore the role of the Saudi Public Investment Fund, and what Mohammed bin Salman hopes to achieve with it. And then, we speak with journalist Mariam Elsayeh (@mariamelsaieh) about the film Amira, whose sperm-smuggling storyline has spark anger and consternation among Palestinian activists. This podcast is produced by Hugo Goodridge (@hugogoodridge) and Rosie McCabe (@RosieMcCabe3). Music by Omar al-Fil (@elepheel). Other music by by Blue Dot SessionsTo get in touch with the producers, follow then tweet us at @TheNewArabVoice or email hugo.goodridge@alaraby.co.uk
This week on The New Arab Voice, we examine the problems with inflations and the Turkish lira, and President Erdogan's dangerous obsession with low interest rates. We ask how the problems came about, what it means for the country's population, and whether it might threaten the president's rule. Featuring interview with Enver Erkan (@raenver) and Asli Aydintasbas (@asliaydintasbas).And then, Rosie McCabe (@RosieMcCabe3) speaks with the organisers and artists participating in the upcoming Syrian Arts and Culture Festival (SACF).For more information about the SACF, and a full listing of events, you can visit there website: https://sacf.art/This podcast is produced by Hugo Goodridge (@hugogoodridge) and Rosie McCabe (@RosieMcCabe3). Music by Omar al-Fil (@elepheel). Other music by by Blue Dot SessionsTo get in touch with the producers, follow then tweet us at @TheNewArabVoice or email hugo.goodridge@alaraby.co.uk
This week on The New Arab Voice, we look back at the biggest events of 2021. We explore the events and news that shaped the region and drove news coverage. Joining us to discuss 2021 is, Rosie McCabe, Paul McLoughlin, Will Christou, Diana Al-Ghoul, Benjamin Ashraf, Karim Traboulsi, and Nick McAlpin. This podcast is produced by Hugo Goodridge (@hugogoodridge). Music by Omar al-Fil (@elepheel). To get in touch with the producers, follow then tweet us at @TheNewArabVoice or email hugo.goodridge@alaraby.co.uk
This week on The New Arab Voice, Rosie McCabe (@RosieMcCabe3) joins us to discuss the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus and the steps being taken to by governments in the Middle East to prevent further infections. And then, we examine the recent coup in Sudan, and ask what's next for the country, and why does it experience so many military coups. Interviews with Kholood Khair (@KholoodKhair),  Yezid Sayigh (@SayighYezid), and Jihad Mashamoun (@ComradeJihad). And finally, producer Aisha Aldris (@aishaaldris) looks ahead to the upcoming MDL Beast festival in Saudi Arabia, and asks if the festival will witness the same levels of sexual harassment  that occurred in 2019. This podcast is produced by Hugo Goodridge (@hugogoodridge). Music by Omar al-Fil (@elepheel). Other music by Victoria Darian & Alexei Kalinkin, Maarten Schellekens, and Amulets.To get in touch with the producers, follow then tweet us at @TheNewArabVoice or email hugo.goodridge@alaraby.co.uk
This week on The New Arab Voice, we discuss the recent visit of the Israeli ambassador to the UK to the London School of Economics, and the protests that erupted following her appearance. And then, producer Rosie McCabe (@RosieMcCabe3) explores the cruelty of hostage diplomacy, speaking with experts, and the families who are waiting for the return of their loved ones, including Richard Ratcliffe and Sherry Azadi. And finally, Aisha Aldris (@aishaaldris) explores new age spirituality and the law of attraction, and how Muslims are incorporating it into their faith. This podcast is produced by Hugo Goodridge (@hugogoodridge). Music by Omar al-Fil (@elepheel). Other music by Kevin MacLeod and Serge Quadrado.To get in touch with the producers, follow then tweet us at @TheNewArabVoice or email hugo.goodridge@alaraby.co.uk
This week on The New Arab Voice, Rosie McCabe (@RosieMcCabe3) speaks with The New Arab's Amr Salahi (@Amr_Salahi) about recent events in Sudan, and whether the country can survive and return to civilian government.And then, we explore climate change in the Middle East and North Africa, and ask what are the dangers that the region is facing, can Gulf countries end their reliance on oil, and how can climate change be mitigated while under occupation. And finally, Nick McAplin (@NickGMcAlpin) sits down with Palestinian activist Mohammed El-Kurd (@m7mdkurd), to discuss his new book of poetry, Rifqa.Music from Maarten Schellekens and Ketsa.This podcast is produced by Hugo Goodridge (@hugogoodridge). Music by Omar al-Fil (@elepheel). To get in touch with the producers, follow then tweet us at @TheNewArabVoice or email hugo.goodridge@alaraby.co.uk
This week on The New Arab Voice, we speak with The New Arab's correspondent Will Christou (@will_christou) about the recent clashes in Beirut, and ask why they happened, and what it means going forward. And then, we explore the situation in Libya, ten years after the death of Muammar Gaddafi. We ask experts, what are the prospects for scheduled elections, what efforts are being made for state building, and will foreign mercenary forces ever leave the country. And finally, producer Rosie McCabe (@RosieMcCabe3) visits a new exhibition called ‘Stateless Heritage’ at The Mosaic Rooms in London (@TheMosaicRooms). The three-exhibition showcases the architecture, social fabric and cultural heritage of Dheisheh refugee camp in Palestine. Speaking to a head curator, visitors on opening night and a community organiser at the camp, Rosie unearths how the exhibition explores Dheisheh’s history and community as well as grappling with what home means for refugees.This episode featured music by Lahcen Akil and Maarten Schell.This podcast is produced by Hugo Goodridge (@hugogoodridge). Music by Omar al-Fil (@elepheel). To get in touch with the producers, follow then tweet us at @TheNewArabVoice or email hugo.goodridge@alaraby.co.uk
This week on The New Arab Voice, we examine the recent leak of the Pandora Papers with Diana Alghoul and explore the big names from the Middle East who have been mentioned.And then, Aisha Aldris looks at the Abraham Accords, one year on from the signing, and asks how relations between the UAE and Israel have changed, and what it means for the Palestinian cause. And finally, Nick McAlpin speaks with members of the Romani community in Turkey, and learns why music is such an important part of their culture, and how their lives have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. This podcast is produced by Hugo Goodridge (@hugogoodridge). Music by Omar al-Fil (@elepheel). To get in touch with the producers, follow then tweet us at @TheNewArabVoice or email hugo.goodridge@alaraby.co.ukMusic feature: Mastika by Farzad Farhangi, Animir Roman Havasi by Farzad Farhangi, Arcadian Dreams (feat. Turhan Karadeniz) - Gypsy Caravan by Turhan Karadeniz.
This week on The New Arab Voice we discuss Lebanon's new government with The New Arab's reporter in Beirut Will Christou. And then, Rosie McCabe discusses the hateful and discriminatory content that exists TikTok and asks, do they moderate this content effectively, or are extremist and far-right groups finding ways to break their Community Guidelines and evade punishment? And finally, Aisha Aldris speaks to our very own film critic Narjas Zatat who will be giving her thoughts on the award winning, and Oscar nominated, film ‘The Man Who Sold His Skin’, which is in cinemas now. This podcast is produced by Hugo Goodridge (@hugogoodridge), Rosie McCabe (@rosiemccabe3), and Aisha Aldris (@aishaaldris). Music by Omar al-Fil (@elepheel). To get in touch with the producers, follow then tweet us at @TheNewArabVoice or email hugo.goodridge@alaraby.co.uk
This week on The New Arab Voice, we discuss the Taliban's first weeks in power, as Afghanistan's new government, with Narjas Zatat (@Narjas_Zatat). And then, we dive into Tunisia's politics and explore the recent moves by President Kais Saied. We ask what his power grab means, what the future holds for journalists and the freedom of the press, and how the country's youth, raised on the dreams of the revolution are viewing the president's actions. Featuring interviews with Riccardo Fabiani (@ricfabiani, @CrisisGroup), Fadil Aliriza (@FadilAliriza, @MeshkalTn), and Sarah Anne Rennick (@SARennick, @ArabReform_ARI).And finally, Nick McAlpin (@NickGMcAlpin) look at the legacy and impact of Lila Abu-Lughod's seminal work Veiled Sentiments, 35 years after its first publication.This podcast is produced by Hugo Goodridge (@hugogoodridge). Music by Omar al-Fil (@elepheel). To get in touch with the producers, follow then tweet us at @TheNewArabVoice or email hugo.goodridge@alaraby.co.uk
This week we discuss the crisis in Afghanistan with The New Arab's Kamal Afzali, and our US correspondent, Brooke Anderson. Then we explore the issues surrounding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, and ask what the future holds for the mega project, and who could benefit the most. And finally, we speak with leaders from the Mandaean community, to hear how their exodus has changed the religion, and how they are keeping traditions alive. This podcast is produced by Hugo Goodridge (@hugogoodridge). Music by Omar al-Fil (@elepheel). To get in touch with the producers, follow then tweet us at @TheNewArabVoice or email hugo.goodridge@alaraby.co.uk
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