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Status Audio Journal is Live! Listen Away and Contribute

November 18, 2014


We are very excited to share the launching of Status Audio Journal, with regional and national partners.* 

Status، الوضع,  is an evolving critical, collaborative, and independent monthly Audio Journal combining analysis, reporting, and satire, comprised mainly of hard-hitting interviews/conversations, on-the-scene reports, reviews, informed commentary, and readings. Interviews from the region and beyond will feature activists, journalists, scholars, artists, unusual conduits, and ordinary people. We will highlight movers and shakers in “civil society” and beyond, who animate the new spaces, places, and modes of action that the uprisings engendered. 

Status will address salient matters in the political, economic, and social spheres, academia and the media, and in the hitherto underworld within the relevant countries. Beyond addressing events and developments, a distinct flavor of this Journal will be its attention to cultural production and the various processes of knowledge production and information dissemination for public consumption, via social or traditional media. 

*Our partners, a growing category, include Mada MasrAs-Safir, KPFA-VOMENA, George Mason’s Middle East Studies Program, and AUB’s Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship. This is an evolving category based on common trajectories. Jadaliyya and other partners will host Status content, but the producer Quilting Point, Jadaliyya's Audio-Visual sister organization, operating under the umbrella institution Arab Studies Institute (ASI).

You--Listeners with an interest in contributing incisive interviews or commentary with decent sound quality--can upload your contributions to our UPLOAD page here. Uploading does not guarantee publishing, but equal treatment of audio submissions is guaranteed.

Visit and Follow Status on Twitter and Facebook.
Lots more coming your way. shhhhhhhh

We will not say much here, except that we are exhausted trying to launch this thing. The website, has all the information you might need. We hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed producing. More, actually, much more, coming soon.

Please find the table of contents below.

Status, الوضع, Audio Journal Team



Concept: Bassam Haddad & Sinan Antoon
Hosts: Bassam Haddad & Sinan Antoon 
Social Media Hosts: Samia Errazzouki, Adel Iskandar, Mona Kareem
Guest Host: Noura Erakat
Regional Hosts: Lina Atallah, Sahar Mandour, Rania Masri
VOMENA/KPFA Partner: Malihe Razazan
Special Projects Host: Tarek Radi

Producer: Quilting Point / Arab Studies Institute
Partners: As-Safir, Mada Masr, KPFA-VOMENA, George Mason’s Middle East Studies Program, AUB’s Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship. 
Sponsors: Arab Studies Institute & George Mason University’s Middle East Studies Program
Principal Recording/Production Location: ASI Headquarters in Washington DC


Executive Producer: Bassam Haddad
Sound Editing: Malihe Razazan & Bassam Haddad
Associate Producer: Nour Joudah
Audio Mixing and Mastering: Bassam Haddad
Technical Consultant: Khalid Namez
Arabic Editor: Sinan Antoon

Soundcloud Editor: Nour Joudah
Database Editor: Nadine Tadros
Website Editors: Bassam Haddad & Nour Joudah
Arabic Translator/Transcriber/Editor: Osama Esber
Copy Editing: Ziad Abu-Rish
Resident English Transcriber: Samantha Brotman
Researcher: Aisha Jama
Contributing Transcribers: Nour Joudah, Zack Cuyler, Lizette Baghdadi, Michael Ernst, Samantha Brotman





Intellectual Journey: Language, Identity, and Dislocation
Ella Shohat

  • Professor of Cultural Studies at New York University
  • Interviewed by Bassam Haddad
  • 18 September 2014   |   English

Syrian Regime Strategy During the Uprising
Kheder Khaddour

  • Visiting scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. 
  • Interviewed by Bassam Haddad
  • 23 September 2014  |  Arabic

Censorship and Detention in Egypt: 
A Personal Account by Alaa Abd El Fattah
Alaa Abd El Fattah

  • Cairo-based political activist and software developer
  • Interviewed by Lina Atallah
  • 25 October 2014  |  English

Representing Iraq and its Diaspora

  • Swiss-Iraqi film director and producer. Latest work is Odyssey (2014)
  • Interviewed by Sinan Antoon
  • 18 October 2014  |  English

Academic Freedom in the United States and the Salaita Case
Steven Salaita 

Decentralizing News in Egypt 
Fatemah Farag 

  • Founder and CEO of Welad El Balad 
  • Interviewed by Adel Iskandar
  • 1 October 2014  |  English

The Historical Drivers of Modern Day Developments in Iraq
Juan Cole

  • Professor of History at the University of Michigan
  • Interviewed by Bassam Haddad
  • 6 October 2014  |  English

Countercurrent: Bahrain Watch 
Reda al-Fardan

  • Bahraini software developer behind Bahrain Map and a researcher with Bahrain Watch
  • Interviewed by Mona Kareem
  • 22 Oct 2014

On the Disintegration of the Lebanese State
Charbel Nahas

  • Former minister of labor and researcher in Lebanon
  • Interviewed by Rania Masri
  • 13 October 2014  |  Arabic

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Racism, Alliances, and Misery
Moe Ali Nayel  

  • Freelance journalist based in Beirut
  • Interviewed by Bassam Haddad
  • 22 September 2014  |  English

Rap as Activism in Morocco: 
An Interview with Mouad Belghouate (El-Haqed)

Mouad Belghouate

  • Moroccan rapper and activist,  and recently released from jail for the third time in three years.
  • Interviewed by Samia Errazzouki
  • 22 October 2014  |  Arabic

What Happened to the January 25 Egyptian Revolution?
Wael Gamal

  • Resident Journalist and Researcher at Al-Shurouq in Cairo
  • Interviewed by Bassam Haddad
  • 17 September 2014  |  Arabic

Nature of US-Egypt Relations Today
Mohammad El-Agati and Wael Gamal

  • Researcher and civil society advocate; Resident Journalist and Researcher at Al-Shurouq in Cairo
  • Interviewed by Bassam Haddad
  • 17 September 2014  |  Arabic

R-Shief's 5th Anniversary
Laila Sakr 

  • Founder and Executive Director of R-Shief, a knowledge management system and archive
  • Interviewed by Adel Iskandar
  • 30 October 2014  |  English

The Role of Civil Society in the Tunisian Revolution
Abdelbasset Ben Hassen 

  • President of the Arab Institute for Human Rights
  • Interviewed by Fateh Azzam
  • 28 October 2014  |  Arabic

Most Wanted: Mohammed al-Ajmi
Mohammed al-Ajmi 

  • Blogger and political activist from Kuwait; Member of the National Committee for Monitoring Violations
  • Interviewed by Mona Kareem
  • 29 October  2014  |  Arabic

Mediating the Assault on Gaza
Ayman Mohyeldin

  • Foreign Correspondent for NBC News
  • Interviewed by Adel Iskandar
  • 8 November 2014 | English

Operation Protective Edge: Legal and Political Implications of ICC Prosecution
Panel Discussion

Noura Erakat, New Century College at George Mason University 
David Luban, Georgetown University Law Center
Margaret deGuzman, Temple University Beasley School of Law
George Bisharat, University of California Hastings College of the Law
Kevin Jon Heller, SOAS, University of London

  • Hosted by George Mason University's Middle East Studies Program, New Century College (NCC), and the Trans-Arab Research Institute
  • 20 October 2014 | English