The Irrelevant Arabs
By Loubna Mrie & Mustafa, The Irrelevant Arabs
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a topical podcast that puts Arabs in the moderator's seat when talking about the Middle East. Topics ranging from recent political events to social taboos and modern-day culture in the region are covered and openly debated. Hosted by two Syrians, a refugee and an immigrant, we are two friends who find ourselves facing the challenges of adapting to a new culture. We are trying to articulate our opinions on current events back home only to find our voices muffled by the mainstream media and its versions of our stories. We battle daily to fight off stereotypes forced upon us, as if our opinion was irrelevant- hence our chosen name, "The Irrelevant Arabs." We have grown tired of being hosted by others talking about our culture and lives. Most discussions surrounding the Arab world and Middle Eastern affairs in the US are initiated by people, not from the region. In light of this, a two-way dialogue is needed. The Irrelevant Arabs are one of the many efforts to challenge current narratives by putting Arabs in the moderator's seat. Diverging from the typical podcast/talk show, we are hoping to create a more interactive medium by allowing our audience to vote both on topics that they'd like to hear discussed and on invited guests. We want to create a dialogue that can help bridge the ill-founded gaps between Western and Arab thought. At the same time, we are fighting to clarify the lack of authenticity in the current era. From fake news to false, filtered, and blocked content, we hope to bring to our audience the realities of living through a revolution and to amplify the voices of the exiled.
||CleanGhouta: The land of Heroes & The Price of Freedom||We got together to have a conversation underlining the bottom lines of what is going on in Eastern Ghouta and finally sending a message out to the Syrian people around the world who have been forced to live in exile. Our message to those who stand along||3/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPalestine part 2: The Palestinian perception of the Arab spring, the Gaza strip today & battle for survival An in depth episode.||In this episode, a continuation of the previous discussion. We go into the details of Palestinian micropolitics and the different perceptions of the Arab spring inside of Palestine. Hamas and other Palestinian factions response to the Arab spring and th||2/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPalestine Part 1: Theorizing the 2011 moment and analyzing its impact on Palestine.||In this episode, we finally take a first step towards capturing the complexity of the Arab revolutions of 2011 in relation to the Palestinian struggle. We invited two of Palestine's most prominent activist Jehad Abusalim currently a PhD student in the H||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMashrou3 Leilas Hamed Sinno: A Heart to Heart with The Irrelevant Arabs||We sit down to explore the personal journey of Hamed Sinno, the lead singer of the Lebanese alternative rock band Mashrou3 Leila. From gender politics in the middle east and the bands' struggle against an increasingly fascist world to personal stories a||11/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWe Crossed A Bridge & It Trembled : A peoples History of The Syrian Revolution, Wendy Pearlman||As the Assad regime & its allies in Syria begin to write their story of "victory" it is now, more than ever, important to hear the voices of the Syrian people. We have a conversation with an Associate professor at North Western University, Wendy Pearl||11/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEgypt: From Dictatorship to Democracy And Back, A conversation with journalist Wael Eskandar||"Cracking down on any kind of innovation, diversity and expression that is not in line with society" in conversation, our guest Wael Eskandar a writer, blogger and journalist from Egypt takes us through the many transformations that have occurred in Eg||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow El Raqqa became the capital of ISIS in Syria: A conversation with journalist Anand Gopal & Murtaza Hussain||The war on ISIS has reached a critical moment as their strongholds in both Syria and Iraq begin to crumble. With our guests, Anand Gopal, an Afghanistan correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and The Christian Science Monitor, and has also reported o||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn Intro To The Yemen Conflict: A Conversation With Afrah Nasser & Sara Obeidat||Given the media blackout that is occurring, we decided to have a conversation about Yemen with Yemeni human rights blogger Afrah Nasser and Frontline journalist Sara Obeidat.||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn Syria & The Impossible Revolution. A Conversation With Yassin Al-Haj Saleh.||A conversation about the history of the Syrian Revolution with political activist and author Yassin Al-haj Saleh.||9/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Excellent and Informative
A thoughtful, nuanced look at contemporary Middle East/Arab issues through the lens of two US-based policy commentators. I’m looking forward to continuing to learn!
Very relevant indeed!
Very good show overall!! I was going for a job in Yemen and this podcast was one of the very few places where i found a very good verified source of information.
Keep it up!