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On this edition of Your Call, Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts join us to discuss their award-winning documentary For Sama, a first-person perspective of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria and a love letter from a young mother to her daughter. 

Gay and Syrian: One refugee’s journey to San Francisco

Apr 16, 2019
Eli Wirtschafter

 


San Francisco Film Festival's “Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America” introduces us to four young LGBTQ refugees who came to San Francisco from the Congo, Angola, and Syria. The Syrian man in that film, Subhi Nahas, was taken in by a couple in Oakland when he first arrived. 

Hannah Kingsley-Ma

Over five million Syrians have fled their homes, seeking refuge from a brutal civil war that’s killed an estimated half a million people since 2011. It can be easy to get lost in the numbers and lose perspective on the individual people living admist the violence. So how can you connect with people living around the world? Try with a shipping container, a Skype account, and a little gold paint.

On this week’s weekly media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of Saudi Arabia -- its ties with the US, its tensions with Iran, and its war in Yemen -- with veteran FRONTLINE correspondent and producer Martin Smith. We will also talk with the Guardian’s Martin Chulov about developments in Syria, including divisions in the Trump Administration over the President's call to pull American troops out "very soon." 

Guests:

Martin Chulov, award winning journalist covering the Middle East for the Guardian

Brian Mann/North Country Public Radio

On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the shooting massacre at Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead. Students who survived the shooting are boldly calling on Republicans to pass gun control legislation and stop taking contributions from the NRA.

  A conversation with award winning journalist and civil rights lawyer Alia Malek about her new book The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria

Your Call: US foreign policy in the Middle East

Apr 10, 2017

Since the inauguration, the Trump administration has sharply increased drone attacks on Yemen and bombings in Iraq. Trump also appointed a pro-settlement ambassador to Israel, and ordered a missile strike on Syria.

  On Thursday, the US military launched 59 cruise missiles on a Syrian military airfield. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the attack did not signal a change in US policy or its military involvement in Syria. Why did the US bomb Syria?

Kelly McEvers on the risks and rewards of reporting

Feb 21, 2017

If you listen to KALW before Crosscurrents, chances are you’ve heard our next interviewee co-hosting All Things Considered. Kelly McEvers has had a well-traveled career in journalism — she’s reported stories from Beirut to Baghdad, and won multiple awards for her coverage of the Syrian conflict.

Donald Trump's travel ban barring citizens of seven Muslim majority countries entry into the US has sparked protests at airports across the country.

On the December 2nd edition of  Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the ongoing major ground and air assault on eastern Aleppo by Russia, the Syrian regime, and its regional allies.

Your Call: Reflections on the presidential debate

Oct 10, 2016

On the October 10th edition of Your Call, we'll break down the second Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

  On the September 30th edition of  Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the deadly air bombardments on Aleppo, Syria, and the worsening humanitarian situation in the besieged city.

Your Call: Aleppo under attack; the Panama Papers

May 5, 2016

  On the May 6th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the worsening humanitarian crisis in Syria. The recent hospital bombing has killed 250 people and devastated the ancient city of Aleppo.

Your Call: Burning country: Syrians in revolution & war

Apr 13, 2016

 

On April 13th edition of  Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami about their new book Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War.

  

On the March 11th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the Syria refugee crisis. The devastating war in Syria has created one of the worst humanitarian crisis in modern history. Eight million Syrians are internally displaced, with more than four million others in neighboring countries, and hundreds of thousand risking death to reach the Europe.With countries shutting down their borders, how are the media covering the worsening refugee crisis? Join the conversation, on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Your Call weekly kudos: February 19th, 2016

Feb 19, 2016

  

On the February 19th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable.

Courtesy Edward Miguel

Some scientists are saying that you can’t talk about the global refugee crisis without talking about another crisis: climate change.

  

On the January 15th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of Madaya, the town besieged by Syrian forces where people have been dying from starvation.

Your Call Weekly Kudos: January 8th, 2016

Jan 8, 2016

Every week on Your Call's Friday Media Roundtable, we ask the journalists on our panel to recommend great reporting they've seen this week.

Guests:

Borzou Daragahi, Middle East correspondent for BuzzFeed News based in Istanbul gave kudos to fellow panelist Lee Fang for his coverage of Saudi Arabia at the Intercept. Also, Borzou gave kudos to The Guardian's Kareen Shaheen and his coverage of Syria.

On the January 8th edition of  Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the diplomatic crisis between Iran and Saudi Arabia after the Saudi government executed a prominent Shiite dissident.

Your Call: The Syrian civil war

Jan 4, 2016

On the January 5th edition of  Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with professor Samer Abboud about his new book Syria.

Your Call: Syria: How did we get here?

Nov 17, 2015

On the November 18th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris that killed more than 130 people and injured hundreds.

Twitter/Syria Civil Defence

On the October 2nd edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, the war in Syria dominated discussions at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York and Russia became the 13th country to bomb Syria.

Your Call Weekly Kudos: September 4th, 2015

Sep 4, 2015

Every week on Your Call's Friday Media Roundtable, we ask the journalists on our panel to recommend great reporting they've seen this week.

Your Call: Syria, Turkey and the Kurds

Oct 17, 2014

On October 17th edition of Your Call, it’s out Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the intense clashes between the Kurds and ISIS forces in the city of Kobani, near the Turkish border with Syria. Why has Kobani been getting so much media attention? We will also talk about Turkey’s relationship with the Kurds. We’ll be joined by investigative journalist Reese Erlich and the Christian Science Monitor’s Alex Christie-Miller will join us from Turkey. Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests:

Your Call: UN General Assembly, climate change & ISIS

Sep 26, 2014

On the September 26th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we discuss coverage of the People's Climate March and the UN Climate Summit in New York. We will also talk about the United States’ widening military intervention in Iraq and Syria. We’ll be joined by the Guardian’s Suzanne Goldenberg and McClatchy’s Jonathan Landay -- and the Financial Times’ Borzou Daragahi joins us from Baghdad. Join the conversation on the next Your Call with Matt Martin.

Guests:

Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent of the Guardian

Your Call: Old debts & new wars

Sep 19, 2014

  

On the September 19th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of President Obama’s war plan for Iraq and Syria. We will also talk about the investigation into the debt collection industry. We’ll be joined by Propublica’s Paul Kiel and the Nation’s Zoe Carpenter. Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Holly Kernan and you

Guests:

Paul Kiel, covers consumer finance for ProPublica. He is the author The Great American Foreclosure Story


Five Percent Movement via www.fivemovement.org

 

The conflict in Syria has been raging for three years now. While other Arab countries witnessed the "Arab Spring", Syria's spring hasn’t happened yet. The government is shelling territory held by rebels – the Free Syrian Army – and it's gotten so messy with other militant groups infiltrating the country, that it is a completely chaotic situation.

Some Syrians, including Syrian Americans, have lost hope in any political process to solve the crisis, and have found other ways to help their country from right here in the Bay Area.

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