Private and public spheres in Iran – Engl.

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    Iran is often portrayed as a restrictive and conservative country, though in particular young people in bigger cities strive for a more western lifestyle – including partying and alcohol. Together with our guest Keivan, we talk about how (social) rules in Iran affect public and private life.

    LISTEN HERE Private and public spheres in Iran – Engl.

    USA – Taliban Deal in Afghanistan

    After 4 decades of crisis, Afghanistan has seen the emergence of a so-called peace treaty with the Taliban. But can it really bring longterm and enduring peace? And what do the Afghan people see in it?

    LISTEN HERE USA – Taliban Deal in Afghanistan

    Fridays for Future in Lebanon – Engl.

    A waste crisis, lack of education on the consequences of our current lifestyle on the environment, politically instrumentalised media and the #LebaneseRevolution on top - can Fridays for Future induce a change in Lebanon?

    LISTEN HERE Fridays for Future in Lebanon – Engl.
    Backpacking in Saudi Arabia – how does that work?
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    Backpacking in Saudi Arabia – how does that work?

    Saudi Arabia is still a blind spot on the map for most people. Nahostcast takes you with us on a backpacking trip to this long closed country, where an incredibly fast social change is unfolding right in front of our eyes, and tells you about the personal encounters with the Saudi people.

    LISTEN HERE Backpacking in Saudi Arabia – how does that work?

    A Revolution of Music and Art in Lebanon – Engl.

    What is the role that music and art played during the protests in Lebanon? How political can and should music be? And what is the role of artists in revolutions? Julia discusses all of these questions with independent musicians in Beirut.

    LISTEN HERE A Revolution of Music and Art in Lebanon – Engl.

    “Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History” – Engl.

    Women in Lebanon are the driving force behind the protests against the ruling elite. They are fighting not only against the corrupt system that prevents them from passing on their Lebanese nationality to their children, but also for the rights of LGBTQI+, refugees and migrants.

    LISTEN HERE “Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History” – Engl.
    Between climate crisis and the Arab Spring  – how can theatre contribute?
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    Between climate crisis and the Arab Spring – how can theatre contribute?

    Carlotta and Katrin were invited for the premiere of “the naked good life” – a transnational theatre cooperation between Hamburg, Berlin and Beirut. Director Lydia Ziemke talked to us afterwards about the role of theatre within the Arab Spring and the current civil protests in the region.

    LISTEN HERE Between climate crisis and the Arab Spring – how can theatre contribute?
    A journey to Oman – Engl.
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    A journey to Oman – Engl.

    Last Friday, on January 13th, the ruler of Oman Sultan Qabus bin Said passed away. Nahostcast had only in December recorded an episode on the country and didn’t foresee this development. But in order to understand what this loss means to a country like Oman, it is even more important to provide an insight into its political and societal system.

    LISTEN HERE A journey to Oman – Engl.
    What the hell is orientalism?
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    What the hell is orientalism?

    What do you think of, when you read, see or hear the word 'orient'? camels, desert, spices, food..? The term has a tremendous effect- and this itself is problematic. Together with Ayse from the association dis:orient we discuss the term orientalism.

    LISTEN HERE What the hell is orientalism?

    The use of renewable energies in Morocco

    While Germany still discusses the 'climate package' and its prospective content, the turn towards renewable energy is already underway in Morocco and renders it a global example. But how does the energy transition look concretely? Our guest Salwa might provide some answers to this question.

    LISTEN HERE The use of renewable energies in Morocco
    Current: Syrians in Turkey
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    Current: Syrians in Turkey

    Due to the current happenings, Carlotta and Robin are discussing the situation of Syrian refugees in Turkey in this special episode. How is the political atmosphere ein the country? And what do Turkish and Syrian people think about the operation "source of peace"?

    LISTEN HERE Current: Syrians in Turkey

    On a trip to Tripoli, Lebanon

    TTripoli - that's the second biggest city in Lebanon and we want to pay her a visit in this episode. We dive into the busy market, try out traditional sweets and discover an architectural secret.

    LISTEN HERE On a trip to Tripoli, Lebanon
    Taxi drivers in Beirut
    Taxi in Beirut (c) Vladimir Varfolomeev

    Taxi drivers in Beirut

    Driving taxi on the streets of Beirut - adventurous and without safety belt, but also an interesting object of research. Our sociologists Stella explains rules, social codes and strategies of the taxi world.

    LISTEN HERE Taxi drivers in Beirut
    The Algerian Festival “Raconte-Arts”
    Raconte-Arts 2018 in Tiferdoud © Carlotta Hack

    The Algerian Festival “Raconte-Arts”

    One week, 150.000 visitors, 700 artists in a village of 1.500 inhabitants - that's the Algerian festival Raconte-Arts 2018. The village together celebrates, discusses, eats and creates art. Carlotta has experienced this intensive week.

    LISTEN HERE The Algerian Festival “Raconte-Arts”
    Gertrude Bell
    Gertrude Bell im Alter von 53 Jahren (c) Gertrude Bell Archive - Newcastle University

    Gertrude Bell

    After the First World War European powers profoundly changed the structure of the Middle East. A very special woman has played a decisive role there in Iraq and is today almost forgotten - Gertrude Bell.

    LISTEN HERE Gertrude Bell
    A journey through Iraqi Kurdistan
    Anmerkung: Die gestrichelte Linie zeigt das Einflussgebiet nach dem Sieg über den IS und vor dem Referendum 2017 (c) Maximilian Dörrbecker (CC BY-SA 2.5)

    A journey through Iraqi Kurdistan

    Robin and Katrin have taken two weeks off from all the Christmas and New Years Eve hustle and flown to Northern Iraq. In this episode they take you on a trip through the autonomous region Kurdistan.

    LISTEN HERE A journey through Iraqi Kurdistan

    Syrian refugees in Lebanon

    We talk about daily life in a shared flat with Syrians in Lebanon, about the Syrian artist community and which difficulties or enrichments can be found in the Syrian-Lebanese contact.

    LISTEN HERE Syrian refugees in Lebanon
    The story of Abed’s Oud song
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    The story of Abed’s Oud song

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    Abed is from Idlib, Syria, and recorded a piece on his oud for our podcast. The instrument was transported with the help of some friends from Damascus over Beirut and Berlin to Hamburg.

    LISTEN HERE The story of Abed’s Oud song