Sunday, February 6, 2011

Beyond Egypt: Yemen Erupts in Protest

Updated 8 February 2011: To listen to the podcast of this program, click on:

February 3, 2011 protests poster.
The ripple effect from the Tunisian turmoil has reached not only Egypt but also other states in the region, including Yemen. For the next edition of KUCI's Subversity program we look into the evolving situation in Yemen, as protesters and the state deal with the fast-changing political situation.

We talk with two activists, one a graduate student from UC Irvine, who collaborated in co-founding the Yemen Peace Project.

Dana Moss is a graduate student at UCI's PhD program in Sociology where she studies comparative social movements, social change and the Middle East. She received her B.A. from Loyola College in Maryland and an interdisciplinary M.A. from Villanova University with an emphasis on Middle Eastern Studies. She spent the summer of 2009 studying Arabic at the Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies with Will Picard, and co-founded the Yemen Peace Project with him and two other colleagues, Aliya Naim (UGA) and Tiffany Aurora. Dana has been researching women's issues, social movement organizations, and politics in Yemeni society for several years.

William Picard is a political and historical researcher and analyst based here in Orange County. He has spent a decade studying Southwest Asia, with a particular focus on the modern history and current affairs of Yemen. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied Arabic, Persian, and Pashto, and completed a double major in Modern Middle East Studies and Southwest Asian Conflict Studies. In late 2009 he helped found the Yemen Peace Project (YPP) with Dana, a peace advocacy organization that seeks to educate the American public about Yemen, advocate for peaceful and constructive foreign policy, and facilitate communication between Yemenis and Americans. He directs the YPP’s research and public education efforts, manages the organization’s Twitter activity, and writes frequently for the Directors’ Blog.

They will be interviewed by Daniel C. Tsang, Subversity show host.

The show airs from Monday, 7 February, 2011 from 5-6 p.m. on KUCI, 88.9 FM in Orange County, California, Calif., and is simulcast via A podcast will be posted later.

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