AzaadiNow: Palestinian Resistance! 73 years since the #Nakba

On Saturday May 15, 2021 at 11:00 am EST time / 8:30 pm IST we discussed Sheikh Jarrah, the Nakba, and ongoing Palestinian Resistance. We had three strong Palestinian voices:

Emilio Dabed is a Palestinian-Chilean lawyer and political scientist (Science Po-Aix en Provence, France) specializing in constitutional matters, international law and human rights. He is currently living in Toronto and writing a book on law and politics in Palestine. Previously, he was a Researcher and Visiting Professor at An-Najah National University Law School, Nablus, Palestine (2017-2018). In 2015-2016 he was the Palestine and Law Fellow and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at Columbia University Law School-Center for Palestine Studies. Between 2014 and 2015 he was the director of the International Law and Human Rights Program at Al-Quds/Bard College, Jerusalem, where he taught from 2011 to 2015. He also taught in Diego Portales University, Santiago, Chile. His latest research and publications look at the relations between law and political and social changes, subjectivity, and identity formation, with a particular focus on the disciplinary powers of law and the discourse of (human) rights in contemporary politics.

Mark Muhannad Ayyash is Associate Professor of Sociology at Mount Royal University. He is the author of A Hermeneutics of Violence (UTP, 2019), and has published several academic articles on the Palestinian-Israeli struggle, among other things. He is currently writing a book on settler colonial sovereignty in Palestine-Israel, and writes regularly for Al-Jazeera.

Nayrouz Abu Hatoum is an assistant professor in the department of sociology and anthropology at Concordia University. She was the Ibrahim Abu-Lughod postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University for 2018/2019. Her research explores visual politics in Palestine and the Israeli state and focuses on people’s place-making and dwelling practices in contexts of settler colonialism and military occupation. She has published several academic articles in journals such as Environment and Planning E, City & Society, Visual Anthropology Review, and American Quarterly. She is a co-founding member of Insaniyyat- Society of Palestinian Anthropologists, and a co-founding member of Dalaala, Arabic-English translation collective.

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AzaadiNow: Reflecting on 10th Anniversary of the Syrian Uprising

On Saturday May 8th at 11 am EST / 8:30 pm IST we had a live conversation focusing on the 10th Anniversary of the Syrian Uprising.
We are joined by four strong Syrian voices: Alaa Al Soufi, Mohammad Al-Attar, Noura Ghazi, Shiyam Galyon.

Here is more about them.

Alaa Al Soufi (they/them) arrivied to Turtle Island 5 and a half years ago, and ever since, they have been working to raise awareness and integrate the Syrian Revolution into the activist scene here by being involved in various struggles such as Indigenous land back efforts, BLM, queer rights, advocating for tenant and homeless rights, as well as migrant rights.

Mohammad Al-Attar is a Syrian playwright and Dramaturge. He is considered an important chronicler of war-torn Syria. He studied English Literature at Damascus University and Theatrical Studies at the Higher Institute for Dramatic Arts in Damascus. He also has a Masters in Applied Drama from Goldsmiths, University of London. His plays have been staged in many languages at various international theaters and in venues around the world. They include Withdrawal (2007), Samah (2008), Online (2011), Could You Please Look into the Camera? (2011), A Chance Encounter (2012), Antigone of Shatila (2014), While I Was Waiting (2016), Iphigenia (2017), The Factory (2018), and Damascus 2045 (2019) . Al-Attar has written for numerous magazines and newspapers, with a special focus on the Syrian
uprising since 2011.

Noura Ghazi is a Human Rights lawyer. She has helped over 1,000 detainees and their families in Syria. She is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Nophotozone, an organization providing legal assistance, empowerment, and advocacy for detainees and their families and families of those forcibly disappeared in Syria. Ghazi internationally advocates for Human Rights. Her work has been covered by the BBC, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Al Jazeera among others. In 2018 Ghazi was named by Amnesty International as one of the “8 kick-ass women standing up for our rights.” She is from Damascus, Syria. She lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon.

Shiyam Galyon is a U.S. based writer. She is a member of the Syrian Women’s Political Movement and is the current communications coordinator at War Resisters League, the oldest secular pacifist antiwar organization in the United States.

Documentary Preview: Syria was once a beautiful country | Project Lead – Dr. Mehrunnisa Ali | Director – Cyrus Sundar Singh | Available in Arabic & English

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AzaadiNow: In Conversation with Prof. Inshah Malik

On Saturday April 10, 2021 at 11:00am EST / 8:30pm IST time, join us live on Kashmir Gulposh’s Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter for a conversation with: Professor Inshah Malik. Get to know her as a writer and hear her talk about her book ‘Muslim Women, Agency and Resistance Politics: The Case of Kashmir’! A live Q & A will follow.

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AzaadiNOW: Six Nations Land Defenders Speak about 1492 Land Back Lane

Welcome to AzaadiNOW. On July 19, 2020 Haudenosaunee land defenders reclaimed a part of their territory at Six Nations and ever since, have stayed there protecting the land. We speak with land defenders Myka and Dex to understand what’s happening at 1492 Land Back Lane. Interview recorded Aug. 20, 2020.

Here is what we talk about in this video: why this land is important to them; how they perceive the ‘purchase’ of this land by the housing developer from the from the Canadian government imposed ‘Indian Act Elected Band Council’; what the Six Nations community’s relationship with the Elected Band Council is; what the land defenders think of Canada’s ‘reconciliation’ efforts, the injunctions that have been imposed, and recent violent invasion by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the Statement of Support from Haudenosaunee Confederacy Council. They also describe how allies can be of support, and share a message to Indigenous people protecting their land globally.

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AzaadiNOW: Kashmiri Political Prisoners & ‘(Dis)Integration at Gunpoint’ Report

Welcome to Azaadi NOW. In this episode, we are joined by guest Mirza Saaib Beg.
This is part two. We discuss Kashmiri Political prisoners and the ‘(Dis)Integration at Gunpoint’ Report (
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AzaadiNOW: India’s Domicile Law & Military Cantonments Area Policy in Kashmir

Welcome to AzaadiNOW. In this episode, we are joined by guest Mirza Saaib Beg. Listen as Mirza unpacks what India’s domicile law and military cantonment areas in Kashmir are.

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