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Iyad El-Baghdadi and Ahmed Gatnash study authoritarianism and its universal strategies and tactics, as well as the best ways to resist it. Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/kawaakibi

Iyad El-Baghdadi and Ahmed Gatnash study authoritarianism and its universal strategies and tactics, as well as the best ways to resist it. Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/kawaakibi

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United Kingdom

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Iyad El-Baghdadi and Ahmed Gatnash study authoritarianism and its universal strategies and tactics, as well as the best ways to resist it. Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/kawaakibi

Language:

English


Episodes

033 The Left's Tribal Anti-Imperialism

11/13/2019
In September, Ahmed spoke to Joey Ayoub, Lebanese writer and researcher, about tankies, genocide denial, red-brown alliances and the uncomfortable affinity between large parts of the political left and authoritarianism. Find Joey on Twitter @joeyayoub, and us at @ahmedgatnash and @arabtyrantman. Support our work: www.patreon.com/kawaakibi For full show notes, including all mentioned articles and links, go to: https://arabtyrantmanual.com/atm-033-the-lefts-tribal-anti-imperialism/

Duration:01:01:25

032 - Lebanon vs Sectarian Warlord Oligarchy

11/4/2019
Ahmed talks to Timour Azhari and Joey Ayoub about the massive popular movement against the entire political order which has rocked Lebanon for over 2 weeks. It has led to the end of the government already, but can it achieve the real goal - total systemic change? Catch our guests on Twitter: https://twitter.com/timourazhari https://twitter.com/joeyayoub Support us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/kawaakibi

Duration:00:46:32

031 - Lessons from Egypt's latest protests

10/4/2019
Ahmed Gatnash speaks about the recent protests in Egypt, which surprised almost everyone but show that the lessons of 2011 have still not been fully absorbed. For a text version of the article: https://arabtyrantmanual.com/9-lessons-from-egypt/ Support our work: https://www.patreon.com/kawaakibi

Duration:00:16:59

030 - Is Your Phone Safe? Inside Saudi's Phone Hacking Scandal

9/20/2019
Human Rights Foundation and Arab Tyrant Manual present this panel from this year's Oslo Freedom Forum, in which Iyad el-Baghdadi and Karen Attiah discuss the Saudi government's use of surveillance software. They go into detail on Jamal Khashoggi and his legacy, as well as the hack of Jeff Bezos and what activists can do to keep safe. Support us for more: patreon.com/kawaakibi You can find our partners the Human Rights Foundation here: hrf.org

Duration:00:32:09

029 - Art vs Repression, from Egypt to Hong Kong - with Amr Waked & Denise Ho

8/29/2019
Celebrities are notoriously shy of politics, advised to stay neutral for the sake of their careers. But what do you do when you can no longer be silent? Denise Ho, a singer and actress from Hong Kong, and Amr Waked, an Egyptian actor, discuss their journeys into activism, what it meant for their careers, the regimes they fight against and how their art plays a role. Denise and Amr can be found on Twitter (@hoccgoomusic and @amrwaked). Support us: http://patreon.com/kawaakibi

Duration:00:42:57

028 - In the Mirror: What Went Wrong with the Arab Spring?

6/2/2019
At the Oslo Freedom Forum last year, 7 activists from the Arab region found ourselves in a room together. This is the discussion which followed - on identity, exile, activism, trauma and healing, whether the Arab Spring failed, and different visions of what the future holds. It was nuanced and surprisingly self-critical, but there was no cynicism or defeatism in the room - just the maturity of taking the long term view, as we recalibrate for the future. Mentioned in this episode: Asma's OFF...

Duration:00:39:52

027 - Iyad's Statement on Saudi Threats

5/20/2019
This episode is a recording of Iyad El-Baghdadi's recent press conference, in which he speaks about the recent revelations from intelligence agencies that the Saudi government potentially poses a threat to his life. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/07/cia-warns-arab-activist-of-potential-threat-from-saudi-arabia You can find a video version of the press conference and a transcript here:...

Duration:00:18:34

026 - The Power of Nonviolence, with Jamila Raqib

4/24/2019
What is the purpose of nonviolence? What are its limits? Surely it couldn't work against someone as brutal as the Nazis...could it? In this episode, Iyad and Ahmed speak to Jamila Raqib, Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution - an organisation dedicated to advance the worldwide study and strategic use of nonviolent action. She tells us about working with Professor Gene Sharp, what issues are on the cutting edge of nonviolence, and future problems for nonviolent movements. You...

Duration:00:46:23

025 - Bombs, Ballots and Bullets: the Battle for Libya's Future

4/15/2019
Ahmed Gatnash (@gatnash) discusses Libya with Nadine Dahan (@NadineDahan), a journalist and independent analyst focussed on Libya, human rights and transitional justice in the MENA region. As well as analysing the current crisis, started by Haftar's attempt to invade the capital Tripoli, they also provide a run-down of what's happened Libya since 2011 and how it came to be this bad - armed militias, terrorist groups, coups, rival parliaments, allegations of slavery, a dozen international...

Duration:00:59:07

024 - Why There Are Few Ex-Presidents in Africa

3/31/2019
Abderrahmane Weddady, the brother of regular Arab Tyrant Manual contributor Nasser Weddady, has been charged with "spreading fake news" and jailed pending trial in his home country of Mauritania. His crime? Revealing a massive Ponzi scheme which cost 7000 families their homes, and uncovering direct links to the president's family. In this episode, Nasser tells us about his brother and what he uncovered. For updates to the case, follow Nasser on Twitter - @weddady. You can also find out more...

Duration:00:52:04

023 - Raed Fares: The Man Who Built a Civil Society in a War Zone

3/18/2019
On Friday, November 23nd, Raed Fares was assassinated in northern Syria by masked gunmen suspected of being affiliated with al-Qaeda. This episode features an interview we recorded with him at the Oslo Freedom Forum in 2017, in which he told us what the Syrian revolution meant to him, and why he would not give up hope. Raed will be remembered forever as a visionary, and this interview shows why. You can find a video version of the interview on our website, with a transcript (coming soon) in...

Duration:00:20:54

022 - Fauré Must Go!

3/10/2019
In Togo, protests are gathering steam against the 50-year rule of the Gnassingbé family. In this episode, Farida Nabourema, a blogger and human rights activist who has been a fearless critic of corruption, dictatorship and colonialism, tells Iyad and Ahmed about the Fauré Must Go movement. We may call this the Arab Tyrant Manual, but that certainly doesn't limit it to Arabs as this episode shows. Follow Farida on Twitter @Farida_N, and find us there too - @gatnash and @iyad_elbaghdadi. Join...

Duration:01:03:03

021 - Is There a Light at the End of 2019's Tunnel?

2/23/2019
Ahmed and Iyad do a roundup of major news from 2018, and discuss the outlook for the world in 2019. Where were we vindicated over the last year? Which countries will have popular uprisings this year? Why are Arab countries normalising relations with Assad again after 8 years of brutality? What are the big corruption scandals we're anticipating? And is there a light at the end of the tunnel after repression? Mentioned in this episode: - Iyad's Oslo Freedom Forum speech...

Duration:00:46:10

020 - Sudan, Mother of Arab Revolutions

1/27/2019
Sudan is in the middle of an uprising. That alone is notable, but Sudan is also one of the most fascinating and under-studied countries in the region, and has had more successful uprisings than any other country in the MENA region. In this episode, Ahmed @gatnash and @Anas_Abdalla take a historical dive into all the steps that have led to this juncture, from the lightest to the dark - from independence and through the coups, uprisings and civil wars. Ahmed's follow recommendations on...

Duration:00:50:01

019 - The Kawaakibi Foundation Story

12/31/2018
In this very special episode, we go through the history of our project from the early days of the Arab Spring through to the present. Our project is a child of the Arab spring, and if you're interested in the evolution of resistance, this is a must listen. On this New Year's Eve we're also taking a big step forward in launching our Patreon, which we hope will allow us to scale up, institutionalise, expand our team and become more regular. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/kawaakibi...

Duration:00:28:51

018 - The End Of Arab History

12/17/2018
Ahmed and Iyad discuss the aftermath of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and current narratives around authoritarianism in the Middle East. Has Mohammed Bin Salman won? Is the Arab spring over? Is the current state of repression in the Arab world a sustainable "new normal"? Mentioned in the episode: The Arab Winter is Coming - Hassan Hassan https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/11/where-us-middle-east/574747/ The Next Arab Uprising - Marwan Muasher...

Duration:00:38:56

017 - Where is Jamal Khashoggi?

10/6/2018
Jamal Khashoggi, the veteran Saudi journalist and former royal advisor, is missing and presumed kidnapped. He was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. In this episode we replay a conversation Jamal had with Ahmed, Iyad and Nasser at the Oslo Freedom Forum earlier this year to understand more about Jamal and why this might be happening. More information from the Washington Post:...

Duration:00:28:51

016 - Mauritania's Democratic Tipping Point?

9/23/2018
Where in the world could you find out that your deceased grandfather voted in a constitutional referendum 3 years after he died? In this episode, Ahmed and Nasser discuss the recent elections in Mauritania, in which an empowered opposition threaten to undo President Ould Abdelaziz' hopes for a constitutional amendment to allow himself third turn. Nasser's (extremely long) Twitter thread, on which this episode was based, makes for good side-reading:...

Duration:00:42:33

015 - How Gary Lineker Once Helped an Innocent Iranian Prisoner

9/13/2018
How do you get one of the world's most beloved ex-footballers to speak out about an innocent political prisoner in Iran? In this episode (part 2 of a 2-part show), Iyad El-Baghdadi and Maryam Nayeb Yazdi talk about a campaign they ran for Arash Sadeghi, and what activists can learn from it. Maryam can be found on Twitter at @MaryamNayebYazd. Iyad and Ahmed can be found at @iyad_elbaghdadi and @gatnash. Tweet us, or join the conversation on #ArabTyrantMan.

Duration:00:46:21

014 - Inside the Iran Bubble, with Maryam Nayeb Yazdi

8/18/2018
In this episode (part 1 of another 2-part show), Iyad El-Baghdadi (Twitter: @iyad_elbaghdadi) interviews Maryam Nayeb Yazdi (Twitter: @MaryamNayebYazd), a Canadian-Iranian human rights activist, about her journey into activism, and she tells us more about the country since 2009. Maryam has joined the team of HRANA, who publicise human rights news from Iran, and you should follow them too - their Twitter account is @HRANA_English Stay tuned for part 2 in the next few days.

Duration:01:05:36