“Hummus For Thought, the Podcast” is a project by Syrian writer Sarah Hunaidi and Lebanese writer Joey Ayoub. Sound by Ibrahim Youssef, design by Azza el Masri and music by Tarabeat. Check them out!
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January 25, 2020
Joey speaks with Hari Prasad (@HariPrasad91) and Aman Madan (@madan_aman_) 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?
November 14, 2019
Joey speaks with Musa Okwonga (@Okwonga) about the 2019 UK Elections, Brexit, Fear, Empire, Englishness, Race, the Youth Movement and Intersectionality.
Okwonga is a Berlin-based British poet, author, sportswriter, broadcaster, musician, communications adviser and commentator on current affairs, including culture, politics, sport, race and sexuality.
November 6, 2019.
Joey speaks with Dr Andrew Arsan, author of the book ‘Lebanon: A Country in Fragments’. They spoke about reclaiming space, political time, sectarianism, the politics of naming & all the fun bits in between. They also spoke of the ongoing revolution.
Samira Al Khalil and the #Douma4
December 9th, 2018.
Joey speaks with Sarah Hunaidi, our co-host and the translator of Samira Al-Khalil’s diaries into English.
Samira Al-Khalil is a Syrian dissident who was first arrested by the Assad regime and imprisoned from 1987 to 1991 for belonging to an opposition Communist party. When the revolution broke out in 2011, she helped organise various activities to protest the Syrian regime. On December 9th, 2011, Samira was kidnapped by the rebel group Jaysh Al Islam in Eastern Ghouta along with her friends and fellow activists at the Violations Documentation Center in Syria (VDC): Razan Zeitouneh, Wael Hamada, & Nazem Hammadi, themselves respected actors in their own rights.
Five years later, on December 9th, 2018, Eastern Ghouta has been ‘evacuated’ (a euphemism for ethnic cleansing) and the four activists’ fate – since known as the Douma Four – remains uncertain.
The Diaries will be coming out in English in 2019.
August 15th, 2018.
Joey explores the ‘Kafala’ sponsorship system which governs the lives of hundreds of thousands of migrant workers in Lebanon.
To that end, Joey Ayoub went to the Migrant Community Center in Beirut and spoke with Sami, an Ethiopian activist and one of the leaders of Mesewat, a non-governmental, non-religious, non-racial and non-profit solidarity network that supports migrant workers in Lebanon and the Middle East. He also spoke with Alli, a member of the Anti-Racism Movement, a community organiser and a researcher working on anti-discrimination and gender equity initiatives.
Click here for the associated blogpost.
July 11th, 2018.
In this first episode, Sarah Hunaidi and Joey Ayoub look at ‘the personal as political’ and reflect on the Syrian revolution, being a migrant or refugee and the right to narrate. Click here for the associated blogpost.