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Arab Talk with Jess and Jamal brings news and analysis of the Arab World and Middle East from an Arab perspective. Arab Talk Co-Hosts Jess Ghannam and Jamal Dajani come together every week to interview news makers from around the world and deliver a uniquely Arab view of this region-- politics, culture, art, music and all things Arab on Arab Talk with Jess and Jamal.

Khashoggi’s Murder: Who Benefits?

Jess & Jamal discuss the bizarre mystery surrounding the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and US-Saudi relations. Turkish officials have been leaking information to members of the press that Mr. Khashoggi was killed before his fingers were removed and his body dismembered inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

 

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Power, Money and the Politics of Fear

Jamal Dajani discusses with Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi the disappearance of Saudi dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the silence of the Trump Administration.

They also discuss the content of the new documents revealing that the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco (JCF) has been consistently funding far-right and anti-Muslim hate groups across the country as far back as 2003. With a 2017 budget of over $240 million, and assets totaling over $1 billion, the JCF funded these hate groups and agitators to the tune of more than 300 million dollars over the course of the years investigated.

Read more about the JCF’s funding here.

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Pro-Israel Canary Mission Exposed, Secret Funders Unveiled

Jess and Jamal discuss with Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi the recent exposé about Canary Mission, a shadowy online entity which publishes negative, often defamatory, portraits of activists, students and academics who are supportive of Palestinians, back the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement for Palestinian rights, or are critical of Israeli state policy in relationship to the Occupation of Palestine.

Canary Mission has received $100,000 in funds from the Helen Diller Family Foundation, a “supporting foundation” of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco.

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Kavanaugh vs. Ford and the Effects of Bullying & Trauma on Academic Freedom

Jess & Jamal discuss with Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi the confirmation hearing of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court and the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford who testified that she was sexually assaulted by him. Dr. Abdulhadi discusses institutional bullying and how women are fighting back.

 

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Big Harp George: Uptown Cool

Jamal Dajani interviews Big Harp George (Bisharat) about his latest album: Uptown Cool. They discuss his latest release, his inspiration to pursue music after a successful academic career, the difference between the big chromatic harmonica and the smaller diatonic one. Big Harp George’s latest release Uptown Cool has been winning rave reviews. For more information visit BigHarpGeorge.com

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Oslo & Trump’s Deal of the Century

Jess & Jamal discuss the demise of the Oslo agreement signed between Israel and the PLO at the White House twenty-five years ago to bring about an independent Palestinian state on the territories occupied by Israel in 1967. Today, most Palestinians believe that the Oslo agreement is dead and diminishes Palestinian rights. Jess & Jamal also discus Trump’s “Deal of the Century.”

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The Real Story on Syria’s “Rebels”

Jess & Jamal discuss Israel’s secretly arming and funding at least 12 “rebel” groups in southern Syria. The Israeli military transfers, which ended in July of this year, included assault rifles, machine guns, mortar launchers and transport vehicles. Israeli security agencies delivered the weapons through three gates connecting the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights to Syria.

 

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