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Voices of the Middle East and North Africa - March 16, 2005 at 7:00pm

Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, for March 16, 2005 - 7:00pm

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Voices of the Middle East and North Africa - March 16, 2005

Join co-hosts Sureya and Steve as they focus on workers in the Middle East. We will interview Amjad Al-Jawhary from the Federation of Workers Councils and Unions in Iraq and the Union of the Unemployed (UUI) Al-Jawhary will discuss the economic conditions of the Iraqi workers and the effect of the US economic policies in Iraq for the trade unions. The US has sought to privatize much of Iraqi's industry and the flood of imports into the country has led to devastating conditions according to Al-Jawhary. He also reports that the US controlled regime has prevented the Iraqi workers from having the democratic right to elect their own representatives. Next we will listen to labor music by Saad Maaronf from Lebanon and will look at what the role of the United States is in Lebanon. We will interview Lebanese American trade unionist Rayan Elamine who is a member of AFT 212 and the newly formed Arab American Union Members Council Elamine will also discuss the repression that workers in Lebanon face and the reasons behind behind the US intervention for "democracy". We will also find out about a new film titled "Leaded, Unleaded" that looks at a worker rebellion last year in Lebanon against the economic conditions. Finally, we will examine how Arab American and Muslim people in the United States have been effected by 9/11 and the war. Simina Faheem with American Muslim Voice will discuss what people can do to stop the growing war frenzy in the US.

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