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STATUS/الوضع: Issue 2.2 is Live!

After some months of hard work and consolidation, we are more than pleased to announce the release of Issue 2.2 of Status. This issue, like previous issues, includes a remarkable variety of interviews, programs, and reviews related to some of the more exciting and substantive issues happening in the region. From politics, to history, art, media, and panels/lectures and more, all segmented to allow maximum listening flexibility, you will be able to indulge for hours at a time!

Download the podcast from iTunes and listen anywhere, or go to to listen to bits and pieces here and there, with diverse, annotated menu.

The content includes a broad range of interviews, reviews of books and film, segments on Academic Freedom, Music, Panels/Conferences, and more. It is too expansive to address individually and there is no substitute to checking out the site!

In the past months, we were hard at work procuring content, producing, doing post-production, and, most importantly, connecting with new voices and organizations, mainly in the region, that have joined our team and effort. The fruits of such developments will unfold and become evident with time as we expand our coverage, release issues more frequently, and dig deeper into the salient and exciting things taking place in the region.

As a result, in this issue, you will hear Arabic, English, and Turkish. This list will expand in time and material will be drawn from as close to the ground as possible. Significantly, we have added several partnerships to our effort, all of whom can be found on our Partners Page. We are grateful and excited about these additions and look forward to more collaboration as the best means to provide a collective alternative to establishment-type or mainstream audio programming.


In this regard, we continue to challenge the mainstream Audio outlets on the Middle East, whether in the region or beyond (principally Europe and the United States). Our content does so elegantly and, often, satirically, without making it a fixation that robs creativity. We are hoping to connect with more voices who wish to present an alternative narrative on all things related to the region, from history and politics, to gender and music. If you wish to join our effort, email us at

Moving forward, lots of good changes will be taking place at Status. Stay tuned, literally. Oh, and the Arabic vesion can be accessed here and we'll be reposting this announcement in Arabic.

Status Team



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Issue 2.2  •  Summer 2015
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Issue 1.1  •  Fall 2014
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Table of Contents

•    Intellectual Journey: Language, Identity, and Dislocation with Ella Shohat
•    Syrian Regime Strategy during the Uprising with Kheder Khaddour
•    Censorship and Detention in Egypt: A Personal Account with Alaa Abd El Fattah
•    Representing Iraq and its Diaspora with Samir
•    Academic Freedom in the United States and the Salaita Case with Steven Salaita
•    Decentralizing News in Egypt with Fatemah Farag
•    The Historical Drivers of Modern Day Developments in Iraq with Juan Cole
•    Countercurrent: Bahrain Watch with Reda al-Fardan
•    On the Disintegration of the Lebanese State with Charbel Nahas
•    Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Racism, Alliances, and Misery with Moe Ali Nayel
•    Rap as Activism in Morocco with Mouad Belgouate (El-Haqed)
•    What Happened to the January 25 Egyptian Revolution? with Wael Gamal
•    Nature of US-Egypt Relations Today with Mohammad El-Agati and Wael Gamal
•    R-Shief's 5th Anniversary with Laila Sakr
•    The Role of Civil Society in the Tunisian Revolution with Abdelbasset Ben Hassen
•    Most Wanted with Mohammed al-Ajmi
•    Mediating the Assault on Gaza with Ayman Mohyeldin


Issue 2.1  •  Winter 2015
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•    Quick Thoughtswith Toby JonesOmar Dahi& Laila Sakr
•    Reclaiming Academic Freedom* with Nadia Ben Yousef, Nashiha Alam, Judith Tucker, Lisa Rofel, Ilana Feldman, & Nadia Abu El Haj
•    Indie and Alternative Music Production in the Arab World* with Kinda Hassan and Khyam Allami
•    On Post- and Pre-Revolution with Bilal Fadl
•    Dismantling Iraqi Health Care – and its Regional Impacts with Omar Dewachi
•    Live Art and its Political Function with Tania El-Khoury
•    Wanted 18: On Film, Comedy, and Resistance with Amer Shomali
•    A History and Gendered Political Economy of Activism in Morocco with Zakia Salime
•    Battling for a Meaningful Civil Society in Egypt with Gasser Abdel Razek
•    Migrants in Qatar with Andrew Gardner
•    Answering the Call: Popular Islamic Activism in Sadat’s Egypt with Abdullah Al-Arian
•    The Senate Select Committee Published an Incriminating Report, Now What? with Lisa Hajjar
•    Big Words on Art: The School Playground and the Cloud of Bollocks with Andeel
•    Still Singing the Revolution with Ramy Essam
•    Beyond Romanticism: Scribbles Then and Now with Wael Attili
•    Creating Change through Theater: The Freedom Theater in Jenin with Nabil Al Raee and Alia Al Rosan


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The photography page aims to provide a space for reflection on photography in its various forms and uses in the Middle East. We showcase the work of photographers active in the region and cultivate critical thinking about photographic practices, representations, and history. The page publishes photo essays, articles, interviews, reviews and more. It also provides information on photographic archives, agencies, and institutions, exhibits, events, and publications.