Welcome to the relaunch of Muftah’s podcast series! Over the past few years, we have welcomed civil rights activists, lawyers, experts, and citizen journalists to share their stories and first-hand accounts about events across the Middle East and North Africa region, and beyond.

To relaunch Muftah’s podcast series, we spoke with three people who are advocating for a better world: Jamil Dakwar from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Kuwaiti human rights defender, Nawaf al-Hendal, and Trita Parsi from the National Iranian American Council (NIAC).

We hope you enjoy the series and encourage you to share your thoughts with us via Twitter, Facebook, and in the comments section of each podcast article.

The State of the War on Terror—from the Torture Report to Police Militarization

Andrew Klein speaks with Jamil Dakwar, director of the ACLU’s Human Rights Program, about the prospect of holding key architects of the U.S. torture regime accountable for their crimes.

The GCC “Security” Pact Is Undermining Human Rights in the Gulf

Erin Kilbride speaks with Nawaf al-Hendal, Kuwaiti human rights defender, about the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) “security” alliance that allows Gulf rulers to share information about, investigate, and even arrest each other’s citizens, placing human rights activists in severe danger.

The Global Implications of Iranian Nuclear Negotiations

Andrew Klein speaks with Dr. Trita Parsi, founder and president of NIAC, about the historic course of Iran’s nuclear negotiations, and what the future may hold for U.S.-Iran relations.

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