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[Published a day earlier as I'm going on a writing retreat] This is a conversation with Banah Ghadbian. She’s a Syrian activist whose dissertation “Ululating from the Underground: Syrian Women’s Protests, Performances, and Pedagogies under Siege” was the subject of our conversation. As usual, we ended up talking about a lot of other things as well.…
 
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 work with Hong Kong and China’s dissident movements. Topics Discussed: Growing up in Hong Kong in the shadow of the Tiananmen Square massacre and after the UK-China handover What is Lausan? The difficulti…
 
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’ Liberty. We spoke about antisemitism on the Left as Daniel has an upcoming book on this very topic. Topics Discussed: What is left antis…
 
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 organisation that promotes a basic income for all. Topics Discussed: What is Universal Basic Income (UBI)/ Basic Income Why it’s so impo…
 
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. Topics Discussed: Our relationship to Palestine What triggered the recent brutalities and broader context Connecting protests in Israel-Palestine with protests in the US (Black L…
 
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 writer and researcher who grew up in Gaza and currently works at the University of South Australia. The core of our conversation was Mohammed’s two essays for Hummus For Thought: Wretched of the Earth: Th…
 
A conversation with my good friend Maya Schkolne on (anti)Zionism and international solidarity. Also: having multiple identities, Jewish supremacists in Israel, erasing the Nakba, apartheid (South Africa/Israel), and more. List of resources: Jehad Abusalim's thread Gaza march leader to conscientious objectors: ‘Turn your words into weapons’ Reclaim…
 
This is a conversation with Giulio Mattioli and Julia Steinberger about their article ‘the political economy of car dependence: A systems of provision approach‘ published in the ‘Energy Research & Social Science‘ journal. We also discussed the topics below. Topics Discussed: The five key elements of what we’re calling the ‘car-dependent transport s…
 
This is a conversation with Jeffrey Karam. He’s Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Lebanese American University and an associate at Harvard’s Middle East Initiative. He’s also the editor of the book “The Middle East in 1958: Reimagining a Revolutionary Year“, the topic of our conversation. Patreon supporters have early access to this. …
 
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. We spoke about a recent piece she wrote entitled ‘A Spectre in France’s Public Debate: Islamo-Leftism‘ for Reset Dialogues. Topics Dis…
 
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. Shownotes & Movie Link: https://thefirethisti.me/2021/04/02/71-bearing-witness-to-what-is-lost-lebanons-postwar-hauntings-with-ely-dagher/ Patreo…
 
This is a conversation with Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel. We spoke about their book “Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East“ as well as related topics. Shownotes: https://thefirethisti.me/2021/03/31/postsectarianization-mapping-the-new-politics-of-the-middle-east-with-nader-hashemi-danny-postel/ Patreon: https://www.patreon…
 
This is a conversation with Aida A. Hozić. She is an Associate Professor of International Relations and Associate Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Florida, United States. Her research is situated at the intersection of political economy, cultural studies, and international security. Her current research project expl…
 
This is a conversation with Andrew, the Solarpunk Anarchist from Trinidad and Tobago behind the YouTube channel 'Saint Andrewism.' Topics Discussed What is Solarpunk? Solarpunk Anarchism? The problem with Greenwashing How to talk about the climate & problems with the climate movement Generational shifts in the climate movement The importance of int…
 
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 “Cultural Dementia: How the West has Lost its History and Risks Losing Everything Else“ If you like what I do, please consider supporting this project with only 1$ a month on Patreon or on BuyMeACoffee.com. Yo…
 
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 homeless people in the area. This got a bit of media attention, but it is not the first time such an attack happens. I had La Jeune Garde spokesperson Raphael Arnault on to talk about what happened exactly. …
 
This is a conversation with Dana El Kurd. She is a Palestinian academic who specializes in Comparative Politics and International Relations. Dana works as a researcher at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies and as an assistant professor at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. We spoke about her most recent book “Polarized and Demobi…
 
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 heard, last night eight workers in massage parlors were murdered in Atlanta in the Southern region of the United States. Six of these workers were Asian-Americans. In response to the massacre, Red Canary…
 
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 paper entitled ‘A Rapid and Just Transition of Aviation: Shifting towards climate-just mobility‘ which was a big part of our conversat…
 
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 three times (twice here and once in the previous 'Hummus For Thought' one). He most recently published a wonderful short book called "…
 
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 Vuong; James Baldwin; The Personal is Political; Pedro Lemebel; Israeli pinkwashing; criticizing the so-called ‘gay international’ by …
 
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 1.5°C. Topics Discussed: The importance of the study The problem with assuming economic growth in studying environmental impact The re…
 
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 with a focus on Syria. We briefly mentioned Afghanistan too. PATREON Help me make more podcast episodes by supporting me on Patreo…
 
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; Climate grief; Climate anxiety; Climate denialism; Manipulative algorithms; Network effects; Peer-to-peer technology; Gab; Alt-righ…
 
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; Drones; 3D-printed Guns; Houthis and Saudi Arabia; Asymmetrical Warfare; Surveillance; Anti-authoritarian communities; Open-source i…
 
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 “Indefensible: Democracy, Counterrevolution, and the Rhetoric of Anti-Imperialism” I’ve reviewed some years ago, and which will be the topic of our conversation today. In that book, she argues that the apparen…
 
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 need to come to terms with the fact that we're all living in a world heavily influenced by what we usually call Big Tech. So Amazon, …
 
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 joey-ayoub.medium.com; and wear that f-ing mask please. To support on Patreon -> https://www.patreon.com/firethesetimes Twitter -> @firethesetim…
 
This is the audio version of the virtual book launch of 'A region in revolt: Mapping the recent uprisings in North Africa and West Asia'. I took part in it alongside a number of the co-authors of the book. See you all in 2021. The Fire These Times will be back in mid-January. A wave of mass protest movements has spread across North Africa and West …
 
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 insurgency in China we go into the world of narratives and ideas. We explore the contrast between a government's projected image, and i…
 
This is a conversation with Martin Parker and Thomas Swann, co-editors of the book "Anarchism, Organization and Management: Critical Perspectives for Students". Now I know what you must be thinking: anarchism and management? Aren't they contradictory? Often, yes, but not necessarily, and this conversation will try and argue that they can work very …
 
This is a conversation with Jonathan McIntosh who runs the Pop Culture Detective Agency, the video essay series focusing on the intersections of masculinity, politics and entertainment. He was also a producer and co-writer on the Tropes vs. Women in Video Games YouTube video series created and hosted by Anita Sarkeesian. You don't have to watch his…
 
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 Front for the Liberation of Palestine, or PFLP, from 1982 to 2007. We go through its complicated role(s) in various Arab countries a…
 
This is a conversation with Dr Mona Harb, Professor of Urban Studies and Politics at the Department of Architecture and Design at the American University of Beirut. She also works at Beirut Urban Lab which is: "a collaborative and interdisciplinary research space. The Lab produces scholarship on urbanization by documenting and analyzing ongoing tra…
 
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 possible by your support. The projects: The Fire These Times: the podcast named after the James Baldwin book ‘The Fire Next Time’. Its…
 
This is a conversation with Loukas Stamellos. He's a member of the Greek grassroots media organisation OmniaTV and of the "Golden Dawn Watch" initiative. Loukas and I spoke about Golden Dawn more generally, not just the trial that finally concluded that they are a criminal organisation but about fascism in Greece and in Europe more broadly. He was …
 
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 houseless, turning a situation that was already described as a living hell into something even worse. Please check the links below for rea…
 
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, with the overwhelming presence of the climate emergency. You can follow the podcast on Twitter @FireTheseTimes. You can follow the other project, Hummus For Thought, on Twitter @LebInterviews. If you li…
 
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 the onset of neoliberal governance in the 90s, and providing political commentary on events unfolding since October 17." We spoke a…
 
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 go back, how Hong Kongers can learn from other people’s experiences with disinformation, as well as the emotional cost of that disinf…
 
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 overview of the recent protests in Ethiopia following the murder of popular Oromo singer Hachalu Hundessa. Additional links on TheFireThis…
 
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 Hegazi, mental health, and growing up queer in Lebanon - and everything in between. You can follow the podcast on Twitter @FireTheseTimes. You can follow the other project, Hummus For Thought, on Twitte…
 
This is a conversation with Rayhan Asat and Yonah Diamond, authors of a piece for Foreign Policy entitled "The World’s Most Technologically Sophisticated Genocide Is Happening in Xinjiang." In addition to both being lawyers, Rayhan is also the sister of Ekpar Asat who was forcibly disappeared by the Chinese Communist Party in 2016, and she's the pr…
 
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 an estimated 300,000 people left homeless. The blast was linked to about 2,750 tonnes (3,030 short tons) of ammonium nitrate – equiv…
 
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 Syrian revolution, trans-generational understanding and rendering our struggles visible Topics discussed: COVID19 in the context of the I…
 
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 have on and how queer arab activism has changed in recent years and especially since the 2011 uprisings including with the recent …
 
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 Toronto, Paris, and Hong Kong. “There are over 9000 workplaces like these across the country with no political representation, or access to…
 
This is a conversation with Wafa Mustafa, a Berlin-based Syrian journalist. We spoke about her father, Ali Mustafa, who was forcibly disappeared by the Assad regime on July 2nd 2013. Wafa highlights the fact that those who are forcibly disappeared are often depoliticized and coated in 'humanitarian' language. We spoke about how she participated in …
 
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 of our discussion. You can read the thesis in its current format here. Daryn argues that the racialisation and dehumanisation of m…
 
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