Iyad El-Baghdadi and Ahmed Gatnash discuss all things related to authoritarianism and liberty in the Arab Tyrant Manual podcast.

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035 - The Xinjiang Victims Database, with Gene Bunin
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035 – The Xinjiang Victims Database, with Gene Bunin

In this episode, Ahmed talks to Gene Bunin, founder of the Xinjiang Victims Database - a unique initiative to track the crimes being committed against individuals in the western region of China and investigate the fate of those missing.

Arab Tyrant Manual
Arab Tyrant Manual
035 - The Xinjiang Victims Database, with Gene Bunin
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034 – Reflections on the podcast, US elections and the future…

Ahmed Gatnash and Iyad El-Baghdadi reflect about the podcast, how far it's come, and plans for the future, as well as discussing Joe Biden's election victory and Trump's defeat, and what they mean for the MENA region and the global struggle for human rights.

Arab Tyrant Manual
Arab Tyrant Manual
034 - Reflections on the podcast, US elections and the future...
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033 – The Left’s Tribal Anti-Imperialism

In September, Ahmed spoke to Joey Ayoub, Lebanese writer and researcher, about tankies, genocide denial, red-brown alliances and the uncomfortable affinity between large parts of the political left and authoritarianism.

Arab Tyrant Manual
Arab Tyrant Manual
033 - The Left's Tribal Anti-Imperialism
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032 – Lebanon vs Sectarian Warlord Oligarchy

Ahmed talks to Timour Azhari and Joey Ayoub about the massive popular movement against the entire political order which has rocked Lebanon for over 2 weeks. It has led to the end of the government already, but can it achieve the real goal - total systemic change?

Arab Tyrant Manual
Arab Tyrant Manual
032 - Lebanon vs Sectarian Warlord Oligarchy
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031 – Lessons from Egypt’s latest protests

Ahmed Gatnash speaks about the recent protests in Egypt, which surprised almost everyone but show that the lessons of 2011 have still not been fully absorbed.

Arab Tyrant Manual
Arab Tyrant Manual
031 - Lessons from Egypt's latest protests
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030 – Is Your Phone Safe? Inside Saudi’s Phone Hacking Scandal

Human Rights Foundation and Arab Tyrant Manual present this panel from this year's Oslo Freedom Forum, in which Iyad el-Baghdadi and Karen Attiah discuss the Saudi government's use of surveillance software. They go into detail on Jamal Khashoggi and his legacy, as well as the hack of Jeff Bezos and what activists can do to keep safe.

Arab Tyrant Manual
Arab Tyrant Manual
030 - Is Your Phone Safe? Inside Saudi's Phone Hacking Scandal
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029 – Art vs Repression, from Egypt to Hong Kong – with Amr Waked & Denise Ho

Celebrities are notoriously shy of politics, advised to stay neutral for the sake of their careers. But what do you do when you can no longer be silent? Denise Ho, a singer and actress from Hong Kong, and Amr Waked, an Egyptian actor, discuss their journeys into activism, what it meant for their careers, the regimes they fight against and how their art plays a role.

Arab Tyrant Manual
Arab Tyrant Manual
029 - Art vs Repression, from Egypt to Hong Kong - with Amr Waked & Denise Ho
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028 – In the Mirror: What Went Wrong with the Arab Spring?

At the Oslo Freedom Forum last year, 7 activists from the Arab region found ourselves in a room together. This is the discussion which followed - on identity, exile, activism, trauma and healing, whether the Arab Spring failed, and different visions of what the future holds. It was nuanced and surprisingly self-critical, but there was no cynicism or defeatism in the room - just the maturity of taking the long term view, as we recalibrate for the future.

Arab Tyrant Manual
Arab Tyrant Manual
028 - In the Mirror: What Went Wrong with the Arab Spring?
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