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Al-Masdar Podcast 16- “There is no left in America”: Assessing Trump’s transition to power, his actions and rhetoric, and moving forward

This week we're joined with Ben Norton from Alternet.org and Joaquin Flores from the Center for Syncretic Studies to discuss the current Trump administration which has now transitioned into power in the United States. You can follow Ben Norton on his Twitter account here and you can also check out the Center for Syncretic Studies here.

Al-Masdar Podcast 15 – Carla Ortiz, Voice of Syria, and stories from the front line

Carla Ortiz is a Bolivian actress and filmmaker who spent 8 months in Syria working on her upcoming film titled Voice of Syria, which will be released later this year and will show Carla's interactions with the people of Syria through her various expeditions through the country. In this interview, Carla shares stories from her travels through Syria, answers questions...

Al-Masdar Podcast 14- Allison Pointer: Black Lives Matter, the Dallas Shootings, and racial inequality in America

This week we had a chance to talk to Allison Pointer, a Black Lives Matter activist and independent journalist in Dallas, Texas. Ms. Pointer recounts her experience the night of the Dallas Shootings and also comments on the misunderstandings of the Black Lives Matter movement as well as the reactionary "All Lives Matter" and "Blue Lives Matter" movements.  

Al-Masdar Podcast 13- Brandon Turbeville on western media

Brandon Turbeville is a writer out of Florence, South Carolina. He is the author of seven books, The Road To Damascus- The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, Codex Alimentarius- The End of Health Freedom, Seven Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions, The Difference It Makes: 36 Reasons Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President, and Dispatches From A Dissident Vol. 1 and 2....

Al-Masdar Podcast 12- Mohammed Nimr Al-Nimr on the life and legacy of Sheikh Nimr

This week we were joined with Mohammed Nimr Al-Nimr, son of the famed cleric Sheikh Nimr. Mohammed discusses the life and legacy of his father, the treatment of Saudi Shia, Saudi Arabia's role in fueling sectarian conflicts around the globe, and Saudi Arabia's controversy involving the 9/11 report.

Al-Masdar Podcast 11- Kaylar Michaelian discusses Nagorno-Karabakh

This week we are joined with Kaylar Michaelian, the permanent representative from Nagorno-Karabakh to Australia, as we discuss the escalating situation in the region. Mr. Michaelian is the Chairman of Armenia Media, Inc. and the former Principal of Galstaun College. Mr. Michaelian recieved his Commission from President Bako Sahakyan on October 20th of 2015.

Al-Masdar Podcast 10 – A New Look at Terrorism: Dr. Max Abrahms and Mojtaba Masood

In this week's installment of the Al-Masdar Podcast, Brad Blankenship is joined with Dr. Max Abrahms to discuss his structural model of terrorism, one that is radically different from our basic intuitions. Also joining us is Mojtaba Masood, providing his experience and insights into the discussion. Dr. Abrahms is an assistant professor of political science at Northeastern University. Dr. Abrahms...

Al-Masdar Podcast 09 – Steve Oshana, genocide, and the Assyrian struggle

Steve Oshana is the Executive Director of a "A Demand for Action", a Washington-based lobby group focused on helping Assyrians in Syria/Iraq struggling against violence. On Monday (3/14/16), A Demand for Action was able to help the House of Representatives pass H.Con.Res 75 by 393-0.

Al-Masdar Podcast 08 – Sharmine Narwani on Syria and Geneva

In this week's podcast, Brad Blankenship converses with Sharmine Narwani on the subjects of the Syrian peace talks and the role of the Kurds. Sharmine is a distinguished writer, analyst, and commentator covering the geopolitics of the Middle East.

Al-Masdar Podcast 07 – Doctor Ryan Salzman on Press Freedom

Doctor Ryan Salzman is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northern Kentucky University and an analyst for Freedom House. His research focuses mostly on news media as well as political behavior in Latin America. Ryan has published work on media and Latino politics in the United States, as well. His work on attitudes related to the judicial systems of...