Why we cannot isolate the Israeli/Palestinian conflict (with an audio interview)

  Denver, CO, March 2, 2013 – John Davies-Schley (16 years old, Denver Center for International Studies)This is a reflection of John Davies-Schley following his interaction with former Israeli soldiers and his interview with Denver locals on the complexity of the Israeli/Palestinian issue. The dirty little secret about complexity is that it’s everywhere. Consider that…

Denver artists turn up the volume on Middle Eastern hip-hop, uprisings (radio show segment)

A few local, Denver artists decided to come together recently to talk about the importance and beauty of contemporary Middle Eastern hip-hop. In this portion of KGNU’s Sunday show “Eclipse” (airs on Sundays at 7-9pm, see below) Dave Ashton (KGNU Denver’s program manager and hip-hop artist) and I discuss some popular MidEast hip hop stars…

How has the globalization of hip-hop affected East African Youth?

The spread of hip-hop onto the global sphere can present somewhat of a paradox. On the one hand, hip-hop is a symbolic fight by the weak against oppressive forces; forces who have dominated social, economic, and political wealth throughout time.  On the other hand, hip-hop has become such a global phenomenon that the “invisible hand”…