Initiated by Loubna Mrie and Mustafa as exiles in New York, Irrelevant Arabs had a short and nearly unacknowledged podcast run in 2017 and 2018. Audio of many of their earlier episodes is no longer available online; some of these precious conversations are preserved here.
Know of other such insightful audio, worried it will be lost in the internet soup, want to see it in text form? Antidote Zine’s transcript tipline is antidote[at]riseup[dot]net.
Oppression Radiates: Gaza and the Arab Spring
We need to connect and learn from each other about the histories of struggles in different places; get together and build together, so that when there is another revolutionary wave, we can be more prepared to make it everybody’s. Continue reading
All Our Liberation: The Arab Uprisings and Palestine
One of the most dangerous implications of the past seven years that will affect Palestinians in the years to come was the normalization of state violence and its use to suppress civilian populations. Continue reading
From Saraqeb to Raqqa
The mood is that ISIS is so evil that anything is a justified response to it. People don’t know the history of Raqqa and what happened there over the last few years. They don’t know there are human beings living there. Continue reading
Inside Yemen: Poverty, Power, and Arms
The country was poor before, and right now there’s no room and they’re just being squeezed even more with the attacks that are being waged. Continue reading
On Struggle, Suffering, and Meaning
Exiled Syrian dissident Yassin al-Haj Saleh in conversation with Loubna Mrie and Mustafa – The Irrelevant Arabs Continue reading
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“… in the midst of putative peace, you could, like me, be unfortunate enough to stumble on a silent war. The trouble is that once you see it, you can’t unsee it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There’s no innocence. Either way, you’re accountable.” – Arundhati Roy
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