Arab Tyrant Manual
Episode 009 - The Catch-22 of Arab Economic Reform
In this conversation, Ahmed and Nasser discuss the Catch-22 of economic reform in the Arab World - the conflicting pressures on regional governments from established business interests and burgeoning youth populations create a true 'rock and a hard place' and allow us to understand much better the situation in Jordan, as well as the economic reforms in Saudi Arabia and possibly even predict what's going to happen in other countries.
Alert: The Saudi Regime Declares War on Women's Rights Activism
An emergency episode about the 9 women's rights activists arrested in Saudi Arabia in the last week. They are: Dr Eman al-Najfan, Joujain al-Hathloul, Dr Aisha al-Mana', Dr Madeha Al-Ajroush, Professor Aziza Al-Yousef, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Modaimeegh, Mohammad Al-Rabea and Abdulaziz Al-Mesha’al. You can find out more about them here, courtesy of Al-Qst, the Saudi human rights abuses monitoring organisation: https://alqst.org/eng/top-names-in-saudi-human-rights-movement/ Find out more about the...
Episode 007 - Inside the UAE-Saudi Alliance
In this experimental episode format, Iyad gives his take on the dynamics of the UAE-Saudi alliance and the possibility of fractures appearing. Let us know your thoughts, and join the conversation on #ArabTyrantManual
Episode 006 - The Arab World Won't Fix Itself
A wide-ranging conversation in which Ahmed Gatnash and guest Nasser Weddady, touching on American air strikes on Syria, coup-proofing, Syrian regime relations with Nazis, emergent models of digital surveillance in China and the gulf, the Arab league, the perks of allying with authoritarian regimes and the long-term prospects of the Arab world. Find us on twitter at @Gatnash and @Weddady, and join the conversation on #ArabTyrantManual
Episode 005 - Nonviolence
Iyad El-Baghdadi and Ahmed Gatnash discuss nonviolent resistance to oppression - realistic mechanism of change or idealistic and ineffective? What is it, and how does it apply to different struggles today? Got any thoughts or questions? Tweet us @iyad_elbaghdadi, @gatnash. #ArabTyrantManual
Episode 004 -Scholars and Tyrants
Ahmed and Iyad talk about #globalpeace17 and Muslim scholars who legitimise and support tyrants. Why they do so, and what does this mean both for the Muslim world and for Islam? People mentioned in this episode: Womens rights activists Loujain alhathloul and Masyaa Al Amoudi (@LoujainHathloul and @maysaaX), Salman al-Odah (@salman_alodah), Hassan Farhan al-Maliki (@HsnFrhanALmalki), Mustafa Akyol (@AkyolinEnglish) and Emad Effat. Join the discussion on Twitter #ArabTyrantManual or tweet us...
Episode 003 - Iran Protests
Ahmed and Iyad discuss the protests in Iran, what they're about, and what they mean for the future. Mentioned in this episode: Jamal Khashoggi's article on Saudi's response: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2018/01/03/why-saudi-arabias-crown-prince-should-be-worried-about-irans-protests/?utm_term=.ac5f657069b0 And Iran activist Maryam Nayeb Yazdi: https://twitter.com/maryamnayebyazd Got any thoughts or questions? Tweet us: https://twitter.com/iyad_elbaghdadi...
Episode 002 – Saudi Reforms (Part1)
In episode 2, Ahmed and Iyad continue the discussion on Saudi Arabia. Obama's legacy, what's behind it's regional rivalry with Iran, and how can their historical differences tell us more about their wordviews. How can we fix the crises we're in at the moment? Got any thoughts or questions? Tweet us @iyad_elbaghdadi, @gatnash. #ArabTyrantManual
Episode 001 – Saudi Reforms (Part1)
In our first episode, Iyad and Ahmed discuss the recent events in Saudi Arabia, and what Mohammed bin Salman's reforms mean in context. Got any thoughts? Tweet us @iyad_elbaghdadi, @gatnash. #ArabTyrantManual