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Cascades of breaking news stories flood front pages and social media feeds, cataclysmic events happen every day, entire industries have been formed around dissecting and understanding the news. With The Gateway, we'll go in-depth on developments submerged under the ocean of breaking news developments and explore issues poorly or under-reported on. From our offices in Amman, Jordan, we at Al Bawaba are breaking through the news.

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Cascades of breaking news stories flood front pages and social media feeds, cataclysmic events happen every day, entire industries have been formed around dissecting and understanding the news. With The Gateway, we'll go in-depth on developments submerged under the ocean of breaking news developments and explore issues poorly or under-reported on. From our offices in Amman, Jordan, we at Al Bawaba are breaking through the news.

    Ukraine and Decolonization, with Volodymyr Ishchenko

    Ukraine and Decolonization, with Volodymyr Ishchenko

    This week we hear from Volodymyr Ishchenko, a research associate at the Institute of East European Studies, Freie Universität Berlin.


    Volodymyr has recently published an article in the New Left Review called ‘Ukrainian Voices’. He argues that decolonization in Ukraine has focused on culture at the expense of a broader liberatory movement that could connect Ukraine’s struggle against Russia with wider battles for justice around the world, notably in the Global South.

    • 26 min
    Rethinking Waste for the 21st Century, with Patrick O’Hare

    Rethinking Waste for the 21st Century, with Patrick O’Hare

    In this episode, we are joined by Patrick O’Hare, UKRI Future Leaders Fellow and Senior Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews. Patrick’s new book, Rubbish Belongs to the Poor: Hygienic Enclosure and the Waste Commons, was published by Pluto Press in 2022.

    In the book, Patrick journeys to the heart of Uruguay's waste disposal system in order to reconceptualize rubbish as a 21st-century commons at risk of enclosure.

    I began by asking for a quick rundown of contemporary politics in Uruguay.

    • 32 min
    Iranian Propaganda from 1979 and the Iran-Iraq War, with Kaveh Abbasian

    Iranian Propaganda from 1979 and the Iran-Iraq War, with Kaveh Abbasian

    This week we hear from Kaveh Abbasian, a filmmaker and Lecturer in Film and Media Practice at the University of Kent.

    Kaveh talks about his new documentary, Triumph, which is about the state-sanctioned narratives of Iran's 1979 Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War. Triumph was released in 2022 and will soon be available to view online.

    • 29 min
    Feminist Revolution in Egypt, with Yasmin El-Rifae

    Feminist Revolution in Egypt, with Yasmin El-Rifae

    In this episode, we hear from Yasmin El-Rifae, writer and author of Radius: A Story of Feminist Revolution (Verso, 2022).

    Radius is the story of the women and men who formed Opantish—Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment—who deployed hundreds of volunteers, scouts rescue teams, and getaway drivers to intervene in the spiralling cases of sexual violence against women protesters in Tahrir Square during the uprising in Egypt.

    • 27 min
    Ocean Politics, with Chris Armstrong

    Ocean Politics, with Chris Armstrong

    In this episode, we hear from Chris Armstrong, Professor of Political Theory at the University of Southampton and author of A Blue New Deal: Why We Need a New Politics for the Ocean.

    Chris reveals how existing governing institutions are failing to respond to the most pressing problems of our time, arguing that we must do better. He examines these crises—from the fate of people whose lands will be submerged by sea level rise to the exploitation of people working in fishing to the rights of marine animals—and makes the case for a powerful World Ocean Authority capable of tackling them. A Blue New Deal presents a radical manifesto for putting equality, democracy, and sustainability at the heart of ocean politics.

    • 33 min
    Cairo 1921: The conference that Changed the Middle East, with C. Brad Faught

    Cairo 1921: The conference that Changed the Middle East, with C. Brad Faught

    In this episode, we are joined by C. Brad Faught, Professor of History and Global Studies at Tyndale University. We hear about the importance of the 1921 conference in Cairo in determining the course of 20th and 21st-century politics.

    • 32 min

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