This Week on War News RadioAuthor: Swarthmore College
23 May 2022

This Week on War News Radio

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War News Radio fills the gaps in the media's coverage of the conflicts in Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and more by providing balanced and in-depth reporting, historical perspective, and personal stories. Today WNR is heard around the country on radio stations and around the world by thousands online

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    Forgotten Conflict: The Tigray War

    This episode of War News Radio investigates the Tigray war in Ethiopia. The civil war has been ongoing since 2020 and has had huge human costs, despite very little press coverage of the conflict. 


    We interviewed Professor Emily Paddon Rhoads, a political science professor at Swarthmore College who specializes in international relations, civilian agency, and international responses to conflict. We also spoke to David Shinn, a professor at George Washington University who served in the US Foreign Service, where he was an ambassador to Ethiopia. They discuss the roots of the conflict, the human impact of the war, and the misconceptions and implications of the war. 


    This episode was written and produced by Jace Flores, Ethan Pintar, Max Winig, and Sophia Becker.

  • Posted on 23 May 2022

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    Identity and Impact: Perspectives on Being an Afghan Refugee

    This episode of War News Radio features Taufiq Azamy, an Afghan refugee-turned-doctor who discusses his personal experience of being a refugee, including fleeing Afghanistan in 1982, contending with the identity of being a refugee, the emotional impact, visits back to his homeland, and the current need to help refugees across the world.


    This episode of War News radio was written and produced by Zane Irwin, Max Winig, Narimen Zorgui, Samantha Tanapat-Hastings, and Zamir Ticknor.

  • Posted on 10 Apr 2022

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    Playing for Peace: Afghan Musicians’ Perspectives on Taliban Rule

    With the Taliban’s recent takeover of Afghanistan, musicians have been fearful of their safety. During the Taliban’s previous rule, music was completely banned, and musician’s lives were in danger, and now citizens are concerned again that music poses a risk. 


    In this episode of War News Radio, we spoke with Afghan pianist Arson Fahim, who has come to the United States to continue his studies, and Ariana Delawari, an Afghan American singer, filmmaker, and activist. They share their perspectives on the current state of music and musicians in Afghanistan, as well as how music and other modes of art are being used in resistance to Taliban rule.


    This episode of War News Radio was written and produced by Sadie Smart, Jonė Bagdanskytė, and Sophia Becker. 

  • Posted on 09 Mar 2022

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    Academics Reflect on the War in Afghanistan

    With the end of American involvement in the War in Afghanistan, it is time to reflect on how this war came to be, a conflict spanning half a century and countless different phases. This episode of War New Radio will be looking at the history of one of the longest wars in world history, starting from the Saar Revolution and going all the way to the present day. We are joined by esteemed professors Amy Kapit and Tom Barfield, interviewed by our Ethan Pintar, in the first edition of War News Radio’s coverage of the War in Afghanistan.

    This episode was written and produced by Max Winig, Jace Flores, Ethan Pintar, and Erin Kaye.

  • Posted on 15 Feb 2022

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    Saudi Arabia and Solidarity: Supporting Women's Activism from Abroad

    Earlier this year, the Saudi female rights activist Loujain Al-Hathloul was released from prison. While certainly a cause for celebration, to many it was also a reminder of the persistent lack of political freedom in Saudi Arabia. Loujain Al-Hathloul was originally arrested for protesting the ban on women driving, and although this ban was lifted in 2018, she still remained in prison. Even after her release, she won’t be allowed to travel for the next five years. 


    To understand women’s inequality in Saudi Arabia beyond the headlines, we need to have a conversation about the male guardianship system--a term that refers to a variety of formal and informal barriers women in Saudi Arabia face when attempting to make decisions or take action without the presence or consent of a male relative. Human Rights Watch has released a comprehensive report on the male guardianship system, which you can find here.


    Today, we have a conversation with the author of this report, Kristine Beckerle. We talk about the dynamics of being a Western reporter covering the Middle East, Loujain Al-Hathloul’s story, feminist solidarity, and the complexities of the male guardianship system.


    Image by Carlos Latuff, 2011


  • Posted on 07 Aug 2021


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