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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027 – Iyad’s Statement on Saudi Threats

This episode is a recording of Iyad El-Baghdadi's recent press conference, in which he speaks about the recent revelations from intelligence agencies that the Saudi government potentially poses a threat to his life.

Arab Tyrant Manual
Arab Tyrant Manual
027 - Iyad's Statement on Saudi Threats
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026 – The Power of Nonviolence, with Jamila Raqib

What is the purpose of nonviolence? What are its limits? Surely it couldn't work against someone as brutal as the Nazis...could it? In this episode, Iyad and Ahmed speak to Jamila Raqib, Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution - an organisation dedicated to advance the worldwide study and strategic use of nonviolent action. She tells us about working with Professor Gene Sharp, what issues are on the cutting edge of nonviolence, and future problems for nonviolent movements.

Arab Tyrant Manual
Arab Tyrant Manual
026 - The Power of Nonviolence, with Jamila Raqib
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025 – Bombs, Ballots and Bullets: the Battle for Libya’s Future

Ahmed Gatnash (@gatnash) discusses Libya with Nadine Dahan (@NadineDahan), a journalist and independent analyst focussed on Libya, human rights and transitional justice in the MENA region. As well as analysing the current crisis, started by Haftar's attempt to invade the capital Tripoli, they also provide a run-down of what's happened Libya since 2011 and how it came to be this bad - armed militias, terrorist groups, coups, rival parliaments, allegations of slavery, a dozen international parties and a UN-sponsored diplomatic reconciliation initiative.

Arab Tyrant Manual
Arab Tyrant Manual
025 - Bombs, Ballots and Bullets: the Battle for Libya's Future
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024 – Why There Are Few Ex-Presidents in Africa

Abderrahmane Weddady, the brother of regular Arab Tyrant Manual contributor Nasser Weddady, has been charged with "spreading fake news" and jailed pending trial in his home country of Mauritania. His crime? Revealing a massive Ponzi scheme which cost 7000 families their homes, and uncovering direct links to the president's family. In this episode, Nasser tells us about his brother and what he uncovered.

Arab Tyrant Manual
Arab Tyrant Manual
024 - Why There Are Few Ex-Presidents in Africa
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023 – Raed Fares: The Man Who Built a Civil Society in a War Zone

On Friday, November 23nd, Raed Fares was assassinated in northern Syria by masked gunmen suspected of being affiliated with al-Qaeda. This episode features an interview we recorded with him at the Oslo Freedom Forum in 2017, in which he told us what the Syrian revolution meant to him, and why he would not give up hope. Raed will be remembered forever as a visionary, and this interview shows why.

Arab Tyrant Manual
Arab Tyrant Manual
023 - Raed Fares: The Man Who Built a Civil Society in a War Zone
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022 – Fauré Must Go!

In Togo, protests are gathering steam against the 50-year rule of the Gnassingbé family. In this episode, Farida Nabourema, a blogger and human rights activist who has been a fearless critic of corruption, dictatorship and colonialism, tells Iyad and Ahmed about the Fauré Must Go movement. We may call this the Arab Tyrant Manual, but that certainly doesn't limit it to Arabs as this episode shows.

Arab Tyrant Manual
Arab Tyrant Manual
022 - Fauré Must Go!
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021 – Is There a Light at the End of 2019’s Tunnel?

Ahmed and Iyad do a roundup of major news from 2018, and discuss the outlook for the world in 2019. Where were we vindicated over the last year? Which countries will have popular uprisings this year? Why are Arab countries normalising relations with Assad again after 8 years of brutality? What are the big corruption scandals we're anticipating? And is there a light at the end of the tunnel after repression?

Arab Tyrant Manual
Arab Tyrant Manual
021 - Is There a Light at the End of 2019's Tunnel?
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020 – Sudan, Mother of Arab Revolutions

Sudan is in the middle of an uprising. That alone is notable, but Sudan is also one of the most fascinating and under-studied countries in the region, and has had more successful uprisings than any other country in the MENA region. In this episode, Ahmed @gatnash and @Anas_Abdalla take a historical dive into all the steps that have led to this juncture, from the lightest to the dark - from independence and through the coups, uprisings and civil wars.

Arab Tyrant Manual
Arab Tyrant Manual
020 - Sudan, Mother of Arab Revolutions
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