Leila Abdelrazaq

Author of Baddawi

About Leila

Leila Abdelrazaq is a Chicago-based Palestinian author and artist. Leila's debut graphic novel, Baddawi, was shortlisted for the Palestine Book Awards, and she has since created many more comix.

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Susan Abulhawa

Author of My Voice Sought the Wind

About Susan

Susan Abulhawa is from Jerusalem and currently lives in Pennsylvania. Her first novel, Mornings in Jenin (Bloomsbury 2010) was an international bestseller translated into 32 languages.

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Karín Aguilar-San Juan

Co-editor of The People Make the Peace: Lessons from the Vietnam Antiwar Movement

About Karín

Karín Aguilar-San Juan is an associate professor of American Studies at Macalester College. Her book, Little Saigons: Staying Vietnamese in America (U. Minnesota, 2009) examined the role of place for Vietnamese Americans.

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Manan Ahmed

Author of Where the Wild Frontiers Are: Pakistan and the American Imagination

About Manan

Manan Ahmed is a historian of Islam in South Asia who has been blogging at Chapati Mystery since 2004. He is an assistant professor of history at Columbia University.

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Refaat Alareer

Editor of Gaza Writes Back: Short Stories from Young Writers in Gaza, Palestine, and co-editor of Gaza Unsilenced

About Refaat

Refaat Alareer is a professor of world literature, comparative literature, and both fiction and non-fiction creative writing at the Islamic University of Gaza.

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Nora Barrows-Friedman

Author of In Our Power: U.S. Students Organize for Justice in Palestine

About Nora

Nora Barrows-Friedman is a journalist, editor, radio broadcaster, musician, and mother. She is currently an associate editor of The Electronic Intifada.

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Sheila Carapico

Editor of Arabia Incognita: Dispatches from Yemen and the Gulf

About Sheila

Sheila Carapico is widely recognized as a leading expert on Yemen. She is the author of numerous other books, book chapters, and articles about Yemen, the Arabian Peninsula, and the region.

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Daniel Demeter

Author of Lens on Syria: A Photographic Tour of Its Ancient and Modern Heritage

About Daniel

Daniel Demeter is a photographer who has traveled to more than 35 countries around the world. He lives in San Luis Obispo with his wife and cat, where he studies cultural anthropology and maintains a photo website of Syria’s cultural and historic sites.

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Larry Derfner

Author of No Country for Jewish Liberals

About Larry

Larry Derfner is an Israeli journalist who writes for Haaretz and numerous other outlets. He emigrated to Israel from Los Angeles, California in his youth and currently lives in Modi'in with his family.

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Zohra Drif

Author of Inside the Battle of Algiers

About Zohra

Zohra Drif is an icon of the Algerian independence movement. A member of the National Liberation Front fighting against French colonial rule, after independence she has practiced law and served as a senator.

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Laila El-Haddad

Author of Gaza Mom, co-author of The Gaza Kitchen, and co-editor of Gaza Unsilenced

About Laila

Laila El-Haddad is a public speaker, a talented writer, political analyst, a social activist, parent of three, and a policy advisor for Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network.

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Richard Falk

Author of Palestine: The Legitimacy of Hope and Chaos and Counterrevolution: After the Arab Spring

About Richard

Richard Falk is a renowned international law and international relations scholar who recently completed a six-year term as UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Occupied Palestine.

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Joshua Foust

Author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from

About Josh

Josh Foust is a writer, speaker, social media pro, former pundit, former consultant, and former intelligence analyst. He is currently a National Security Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

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Chas W. Freeman, Jr.

Author of America's Continuing Misadventures in the Middle East and Interesting Times: China, America, and the Shifting Balance of Prestige

About Chas

Ambassador Chas Freeman served for three decades as a career diplomat. During this time, he negotiated on behalf of the United States with over 100 foreign governments. He was appointed U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia in 1991.

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Gabe Huck

Co-author of Never Can I Write of Damasus: When Syria Became Our Home

About Gabe

Gabe Huck has been a lifelong social justice activist. He worked at a Catholic publisher for 24 years before he and his wife Theresa Kubasak moved to Syria to work with Iraqi refugees.

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Frank Joyce

Co-editor of The People Make the Peace: Lessons from the Vietnam Antiwar Movement

About Frank

Frank Joyce, a lifelong political activist, heads the board of a media production nonprofit supporting the anti-hate movement Not In Our Town (NIOT). For many years he has been on the board of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR).

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Hatim Kanaaneh

Author of Chief Complaint: A Country Doctor's Tales of Life in Galilee

About Hatim

Hatim Kanaaneh is a retired physician living in Galilee. He left his native village of Arrabeh in 1960 to study medicine and public health at Harvard University. Then he returned, serving as Arrabeh's only doctor and organizing medical care for the greater Palestinian community in Israel.

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Yigal Kipnis

Author of 1973: The Road to War

About Yigal

Dr. Yigal Kipnis is an Israeli historian who has been a farmer and resident of the Golan Heights since 1978. He teaches at the University of Haifa and researches the settlement geography and political history of Israel.

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Theresa Kubasak

Co-author of Never Can I Write of Damascus: When Syria Became Our Home

About Theresa

Theresa Kubasak was a teacher for forty years before she moved to Syria to study Arabic. There, she and her husband Gabe Huck founded the Iraqi Student Project to help refugees attend college in the U.S.

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Shanthini Naidoo

Author of Women Surviving Apartheid's Prisons

About Theresa

Shanthini Naidoo is a former journalist Africa's Sunday Times who now works in content marketing. She has also worked for The Times and O Magazine.

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Miko Peled

Author of The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine and Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five

About Miko

Miko Peled is an Israeli peace activist currently based out of the U.S. Born into a strongly Zionist family in Jerusalem, he now lectures around the world to promote justice, democracy, and equal rights for Palestinians and Israelis.

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Gareth Porter

Author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare

About Gareth

Gareth Porter is an investigative journalist, historian, author, and policy analyst on U.S. foreign and military policy. He is the 2012 winner of the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism.

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William Quandt

Editor of Troubled Triangle: The United States, Turkey, and Israel in the New Middle East

About Bill

Bill Quandt is Professor Emeritus of Politics at the University of Virginia. Prior to becoming a professor, he was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He twice served as a staff member on the National Security Council (1972-1974, 1977-1979).

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Jonathan Randal

Author of The Tragedy of Lebanon: Christian Warlords, Israeli Adventurers, and American Bunglers

About Jon

Jon Randal had a distinguished career as a foreign correspondent for a number of newspapers, including the New York Times and the Washington Post. He has reported from numerous war zones, including Vietnam, Eritrea, Iran, and Lebanon.

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Brant Rosen

Author of Wrestling in the Daylight: A Rabbi's Path to Palestinian Solidarity

About Brant

Brant Rosen is the Midwest Regional Director for the American Friends Service Committee and the rabbi of Tzedek Chicago. His blog Shalom Rav explores the intersection between Judaism and social justice, with a particular emphasis on Israel/Palestine.

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Alice Rothchild

Author of Condition Critical: Life and Death in Israel/Palestine and On the Brink: Israel and Palestine on the Eve of the 2014 Gaza Invasion

About Alice

Alice Rothchild is a Boston-based physician, author, and filmmaker. Her documentary film, Voices Across the Divide, premiered at the Boston Palestine Film Festival 2013 and co-won the Audience Award.

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Mohammad Sabaaneh

Author of White and Black: Political Cartoons from Palestine

About Mohammad

Mohammed Sabaaneh is a Palestinian graphic artist living in Ramallah in the West Bank. He is the principal political cartoonist for the Palestinian Authority’s daily newspaper, and his work has been featured around the world.

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Maggie Schmitt

Co-author of The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey

About Maggie

Maggie Schmitt is a writer, researcher, translator, educator, and social activist. Schmitt works in various media exploring the daily practices of ordinary people as a way of understanding political and social realities in the Mediterranean region.

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Gar Smith

Editor of The War and Environment Reader

About Gar

Gar Smith is an award-winning journalist. A veteran of Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement, Smith has been imprisoned for First Amendment and peace actions. He has covered revolutions in Central America, sailed on the Rainbow Warrior, and engaged in environmental campaigns on three continents.

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David Swanson

Author of War is a Lie

About David

David Swanson, author of War Is a Lie, is an activist, journalist, public speaker, and radio host. Swanson serves as director of World Beyond War, and host of Talk Nation Radio.

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Reidar Visser

Author of A Responsible End? The United States and the Iraqi Transition, 2005-2010

About Reidar

Reidar Visser is a research fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. He has published extensively on the history of southern Iraq and issues of federalism in Iraq.

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Ian Williams

Author of UNtold: The Real Story of the United Nations in Peace and War

About Ian

Ian Williams is a prolific writer who has been covering the United Nations for decades. He has personally known four secretary generals, and innumerable
diplomats and officials worldwide.

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Matt Zeller

Author of Watches Without Time: An American Soldier in Afghanistan

About Matt

Matt Zeller is the CEO and Co-Founder of No One Left Behind, a non-profit to resettle Afghan and Iraqi translators who served with the U.S. military. Matt is a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, a Fellow at the Truman Project for National Security, and an Adjunct Fellow at the American Security Project.

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Rami Zurayk

Author of Food, Farming, and Freedom: Sowing the Arab Spring and War Diary: Lebanon 2006

About Rami

Rami Zurayk is an agronomy professor at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and a longtime activist for political and social justice. After the July 2006 Israeli war on Lebanon, he created a post-war development program called Land and People.

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