12 episodes

Iyad and Ahmed talk about building organisations, spirituality, technology, mental health, history, social change and anything else that happens to be on their minds today...

Intergalactic Tarboush Iyad El-Baghdadi and Ahmed Gatnash

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Iyad and Ahmed talk about building organisations, spirituality, technology, mental health, history, social change and anything else that happens to be on their minds today...

    012 - Does language affect how we think?

    012 - Does language affect how we think?

    Iyad and Ahmed delve into the relationship between language and thought, discuss ideas about a potential Arabic-language podcast, and even pivot to modern discoveries about the Earth's mantle; in true Intergalactic Tarboush form.
    Episode Timetags:
    00:00 - Does language affect thought?
    03:30 - Arabic and translating vs. rewriting
    05:50 - The decline of the Arabic-language public sphere
    07:45 - An Arabic-language Kawaakibi Foundation podcast?
    08:20 - How Iyad's son navigates being quadrilingual
    11:30 - Is Hisham Matar an "Arabic writer"?
    16:00 - Strange blobs in the Earth's mantle
    20:30 - The Quran on the moon "splitting"

    • 22 min
    011 - Why is Steven Seagal such an A*****e?

    011 - Why is Steven Seagal such an A*****e?

    Iyad and Ahmed continue talking about why the long-term prospects and strategic situation of Egypt are so depressing, why Steven Seagal is such an a*****e and ideological polical opposition in Saudi Arabia.
    Episode Timetags:
    00:00: Egypt's troubles
    04:20: 'Syriana,' the movie
    06:30: Alaska and global trade
    07:30: Why is Steven Seagal such an a*****e?
    10:00: The privilege to insulate yourself from self-awareness
    15:40: A new study on Universal Basic Income: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/new-leaf-project-results-1.5752714
    19:00: Saudi political parties and ideological opposition
    22:00: Mustafa Akyol's book, 'Islam without Extremes'

    • 24 min
    010 - Great power politics & why Egypt is screwed!

    010 - Great power politics & why Egypt is screwed!

    In this episode, Iyad and Ahmed discuss changes in world order and the relationship between citizenry and government in traditional versus modern 'great power' political structures.
    Episode Timetags:
    00:50 - great power politics and world change
    04:40 - how do we defend human rights in the "new world"
    06:00 - the influence of modern citizenry on political power
    09:10 - The future of Egypt and its water security
    14:30 - Egypt and "mega projects"
    17:00 - The Toshka project and corruption

    • 22 min
    009 - Democracy is about power distribution, not votes

    009 - Democracy is about power distribution, not votes

    In this episode, Iyad and Ahmed discuss how a broad range of political and economic factors can impact democracy, and how the concept of a 'public sphere' can either strengthen or weaken democratic nations.
    Episode Timetags:
    05:00 - Centralisation of political and economic activity and weakened democracy
    06:00 - Economic inequality as a threat to democracy
    07:00 - APPGs in the UK, captured by the private sector - article referenced: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/feb/17/lobbying-fears-as-mps-interest-groups-receive-13m-from-private-firms
    10:00 - French colonial censorship in Syria
    11:00 - "Public sphere" theory and democracy (+ shout-out to Belabbes Benkredda!)
    12:30 - Jurgen Habermas - German philosopher of the public sphere
    14:30 - Disinformation in the public sphere and the destruction of Arabic Twitter
    15:30 - What is the impact of a shared public sphere on nationalism?
    17:30 - Two public languages in The Middle East: Indo-European and Semitic

    • 22 min
    008 - Consuming information in the modern world

    008 - Consuming information in the modern world

    In this episode, Iyad and Ahmed discuss advancements in the world of technology and communication, and how they have impacted politics and humanity as a whole.
    Episode Timetags:
    00:55 - Consuming information via podcasts
    03:55 - Tweets and threads as sources of information
    05:55 - Expansion of humanity via social media and communication
    09:25 - Global divides and scientific racism
    11:10 - Putin and how age affects decision making
    15:15 - Bitcoin mining as part of national policy

    • 21 min
    007 - Putin's politics, regionally & globally

    007 - Putin's politics, regionally & globally

    In this episode, recorded prior to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Iyad and Ahmed discuss Putin's politics and its significance both regionally and globally.
    Episode Timetags:
    01:00 - Predictions on Russia and Ukraine
    04:50 - US foreign policy - Obama, Assad and chemical weapons
    09:00 - Geopolitics and Russian motivations for the invasion
    14:45 - Recent books - 'Red Notice' and 'The Man Without A Face'
    18:00 - Putin not being ideological, only understanding hard power
    21:00 - What is cancel culture?

    • 25 min