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The Gateway - A Podcast from the Middle East


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The Right Side of History: How Ideas of History Justified Europe’s Imperial Crimes, with Priya Satia

Nov 25 • 29:57
Welcome to The Gateway, my name is Nicholas Pritchard. In this episode, we speak to Priya Satia, Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History and Professor of History at Stanford University, and author of ‘Time’s Monster: History, Conscience, and Britain’s Empire’.

Professor Satia argues that history not only shapes the way the past is interpreted but also shapes...

Interview With Football Veteran Ibrahim BA

Nov 11 • 33:17
In this episode, we hear from Ibrahim Ba, French former professional footballer who played as a right midfielder. Starting off his career with Le Havre in France in the early 1990s, he went on to represent clubs in Italy, England, Turkey, and Sweden before retiring at A.C. Milan in 2008.

Ba talks to Sports Writer Husam Binni about his life as a football player, his best fr...

U.S. Power, Profit, and War, with Andrew Cockburn

Nov 9 • 31:39
In this episode of The Gateway, we speak to Andrew Cockburn, Washington editor of Harper’s and long-time follower of American foreign policy and American wars.

Andrew is the author of a new book, The Spoils of War: Power, Profit, and the American War Machine. In the book, he argues that the American war machine can only be understood in terms of the private passions and in...

Travel and the Colonial Gaze, with Hamid Dabashi

Oct 28 • 27:46
In this episode, we hear from Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia, and the author of a new book Reversing the Colonial Gaze: Persian Travelers Abroad, published by Cambridge University Press in 2020.

Hamid follows the journeys of travelers from Iran and India as they go to Asia, Africa, North and South America,...

Letting the World In: How is Investigative Journalism Changing?

Oct 14 • 30:27
In this episode of The Gateway, we speak to Matthew Fuller, Professor of Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Eyal Weizman, Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures, also at Goldsmiths.

Eyal founded the research agency Forensic Architecture in 2010. Their investigations focus on a range of vital topics, including political violence in Myanmar, airstrik...

What Happened to Peace? Humanizing War with Samuel Moyn

Sep 30 • 27:01
In this episode of The Gateway, I speak to Samuel Moyn, Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School and Professor of History at Yale University, and the author of a new book, Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War.

Samuel argues that a new focus on waging wars with greater technological and tactical complexity - notably through Un...

The Abraham Accords: One Year Later

Sep 16 • 33:12
It’s been a year since Donald Trump sat on the South Lawn of the White House with Benjamin Netanyahu and the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
They all gathered in the September sun to sign what’s been dubbed the ‘Abraham Accords’, an agreement between Israel, the UAE, and Bahrain to normalize relations, establish embassies and, essentially, begin ...

The Palestinians Who Built the Middle East, with Andrew Ross and Elias and Yousef Anastas

Sep 2 • 38:06
This week’s episode of The Gateway focuses on Palestinian stonework. An intrinsic part of Palestine’s economy and history, stone workers have helped to build every state in the Middle East, except their own.
Our first guest is Andrew Ross, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University and author of Stone Men: The Palestinians Who Built Israel, released t...

The Science Behind the Forest Fires

Aug 18 • 24:23
In this episode of The Gateway, we discuss the science behind the forest fires that have been plaguing the Middle East, North Africa, and other regions around the world this summer.

Imma Olivera, Lecturer in Ecosystems Science and Deputy Programme Leader on Ecosystems at the University of Oxford, talks us through the conditions necessary for forest fires to arise, ways of ...

Guantanamo Bay Forever Detainees And Justice In The U.S.

Aug 2 • 39:16
On 19 July, the U.S. Department of Defense announced that Abdul Latif Nasir had been released from Guantanamo Bay back to his family in Morocco. Mr. Nasir was a detainee at Guantanamo for 19 years, during which time he was known as prisoner 244.

He was never charged. In 2016, during Barack Obama’s push to close Guantanamo, Abdul Latif Nasir was cleared for release by the P...

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