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Hummus For Thought is a podcast started by Lebanese writer Joey Ayoub and Syrian writer Sarah Hunaidi. Our goal is to have interesting people talk about the issues facing our world in a spirit of mutual aid.

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Hummus For Thought is a podcast started by Lebanese writer Joey Ayoub and Syrian writer Sarah Hunaidi. Our goal is to have interesting people talk about the issues facing our world in a spirit of mutual aid.

    Hari Prasad and Aman Madan on India's anti-CAA/NRC protests

    Hari Prasad and Aman Madan on India's anti-CAA/NRC protests

    As India commemorates the 70th anniversary of its Republic Day, the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect in 1950, on January 26th, we sat down with researcher Hari Prasad and journalist-academic Aman Madan to talk about the recent waves of protests throughout India opposing the ruling BJP's Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and National Register of Citizens which threatens to disenfranchise millions of Indians, particularly Muslims. What are the CAA and the NRC? Who are Modi and his BJP followers, and what is Hindutva? What differentiates these protests from previous ones? 

    This conversation is intended to inform those who only vaguely know about what's been going on in India since the BJP took power and is the first of hopefully many more to come to discuss the threats and opportunities facing the world's largest democracy.

    Hari's website, including pieces co-written with Aman: http://hkprasad.com/

    Further Reading/Listening:


    India: how some Hindu nationalists are rewriting caste history in the name of decolonisation 
    How India’s BJP cultivated a Muslim front for its Hindu nationalism
    For the first time, India is seeing secularism go from a top-down decree to a street slogan 
    Two reasons that can keep CAA-NRC protests from evolving into a larger anti-Modi movement

    Even more info via "Asia Art Tours" podcast episodes:


    Journalist Surabhi Tandon on the "F*cking Insanity" of Kashmir's Historic and Contemporary Suffering
    Journalist Neha Dixit on India's Protests, Feminism and the Hindu Supremacy of the BJP
    Between Authoritarianism and Democracy:  A Conversation on Contemporary India w. Debasish R Chowdhury
    Big Brother, Big Tech & Big Modi: Pranav  Dixit of Buzzfeed News on Survelliance and Silicon Valley's Broken  Promises in India

    More links will be on the associated blogpost on HummusForThought.com

    After the episode, Hari wanted to add something he didn't have time to say so we're pasting it below:

    "When I was in India this past fall, I met up with a fellow researcher based in Delhi. As we were talking about the state of India (and also the state of South Asia today), I expressed my frustrations with how we witnessed so many mass movements in democracies and police states, like the large scale protests in the Middle East and elsewhere, but that there hasn't been a similar response in South Asia. What he replied stuck with me. He said, "Indians, Pakistanis, Sri Lankans, South Asians, people underestimate our capacity to suffer through things. Everybody knows how bad the problems here are, how bad things are. We suffered through centuries of horrific British rule, and still it took us so long to organize and get together. Desis would rather suffer through something and wait for someone else to take responsibility (like a strongman) to do it for us, don't underestimate our capacity to suffer". 

    • 57 min
    Musa Okwonga on brexit, fear and our future

    Musa Okwonga on brexit, fear and our future

    I spoke to Musa Okwonga (@Okwonga) to speak about the 2019 UK Elections, Brexit, Fear, Empire, Englishness, Race, Nationalism, the Youth Movement, Intersectionality and everything in between.

    Further reads:

    The lopsided centre: Why is the Media's Unbalanced Scrutiny Giving the Tories a Free Ride?, by Musa Okwonga:
    https://bylinetimes.com/2019/12/04/the-lopsided-centre-why-is-the-medias-unbalanced-scrutiny-giving-the-tories-a-free-ride/

    The Man in the High Castle: How to Evict the Conservatives from their Nationalist Redoubt, by Musa Okwonga:
    https://bylinetimes.com/2019/12/16/the-man-in-the-high-castle-how-to-evict-the-conservatives-from-their-nationalist-redoubt/

    The paranoid fantasy behind Brexit, by Fintan O'Toole: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/nov/16/brexit-paranoid-fantasy-fintan-otoole

    Musa Okwonga's podcast on football:
    https://twitter.com/stadio

    Professor David Andress' tweets:
    https://twitter.com/ProfDaveAndress/status/1205563724649684992
    https://twitter.com/ProfDaveAndress/status/1205825798034411520

    Labour won’t win again until it works out why it lost , by Gary Younge:
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/13/labour-why-lost-jeremy-corbyn-brexit-media

    • 47 min
    Andrew Arsan on Lebanon, our painfully ordinary country

    Andrew Arsan on Lebanon, our painfully ordinary country

    To Dr Andrew Arsan, Lebanon is "a microcosm of the contemporary world. His book "Lebanon: A Country in Fragments" deals with the events of 2005 to 2018. In those thirteen years, Lebanon had thirty-four months without a president; a war which left over a thousand killed in 30 days and displaced a quarter of its population; forty-eight separate bombings and twenty-one assassinations or assassination attempts, mainly targeting anti-Assad figures; a potential civil war; conflicts between religious sects, the army, Hezbollah, and/or Syria-based groups; and over a million refugees fleeing the violence in Syria. These are the thirteen years that have followed the Cedar Revolution of 2005 which forced the other invading army, the Syrian one, out of the country.

    The episode was scheduled to happen before Lebanon's October 17th Revolution but, by a happy coincidence, we ended up doing it on November 4th. So, naturally, we discussed the significance of the protests.

    How are protesters trying to reclaim space, and why does that matter? Can they pave the path forward for a truly non-sectarian Lebanon? What kind of future is possible if the past is contested and the present endlessly postponed?

    Joey's review of the book, published a week before the revolution: https://joeyayoub.com/2019/10/11/lebanon-our-painfully-ordinary-country/

    • 52 min
    Danny Postel and William Mazzarella on populism, trumpism and the left

    Danny Postel and William Mazzarella on populism, trumpism and the left

    Danny Postel and Dr. William Mazzarella speak about "Populism, Trumpism and the Left" at the Open University of the Left, on May 25th, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.

    You can watch the whole talk on the YouTube page of the Open University of the Left at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIZ_969hFecsMFl7N7ERP3Q

    You can also visit their website at http://openuniversityoftheleft.com/

    Hummus For Thought will come back soon with our first themed season. Stay tuned!

    • 54 min

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