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The LevantX Podcast
25 minutes | Dec 28, 2021
Has the 'Metaverse' taken us further away from the crises we face in reality? Elissa Freiha shares her opinion
During this episode Sophie Ghaziri talks to Elissa Freiha, founder of womena, about the metaverse and the role Womena would play in that digital space. How can we transform ourselves and our businesses? Is the metaverse a playground for the rich?
24 minutes | Dec 21, 2021
She Fighter: Lina Khalife serves justice in Amman, Jordan - find out how...
During this episode Sophie Ghaziri talks to Lina Khalife, the founder of She Fighter in Jordan. Domestic abuse and violence has escalated across the world due to the pandemic but in the Middle East it is considered a crisis. Lina teaches women how to defend themselves, builds their self confidence and teaches them techniques to combat fear. In 2020, a brief report entitled “Women in Jordan: Continuing Violence and Absent Protection”, Euro-Med Monitor highlighted the outburst of violence against Jordanian women, where the country recorded 21 cases of female murders – a three-time increase compared to 2018 which saw seven murders only.In the same year, 6,965 women fell victims of violence, 810 were able to get aid from the five battered women shelters belonging to the Ministry of Social Development while the rest, especially who live in the remote areas, were marginalized and consequently left to face more violence. Lina's work is crucial, hear what she has to say!
21 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
Is Racism prevalent in the SWANA region? Amuna talks to us about Arab policy and how KAFALA system is an example of this
During this episode Sophie asks Amuna what she is working on and trying to achieve with her Black Arab Collective initiative. Amuna, an activist of Ethiopian decent, is working on educating and creating awareness about Racism in SWANA and how change begins at home. Why? because she believes that the way things are now, policy wouldn't be able to make a difference.
19 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
Beirut's Drag scene is at risks as more safe spaces shut their doors due to the crisis, Zuhal tells us what it's like.
During this episode Zuhal tells Sophie what it is like to be a Drag Queen in Lebanon. Zuhal is a Drag Performer and wants to use his social media status to help drive change and pave the way for others in the SWANA region. Lebanon is seen by many as an open and democratic country, but what some may not know that it is not safe and Zuhal along with many others are constantly trying to survive. To ensure we keep bringing you episodes, please become a member and buy us a coffee:
20 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
Lebanon's Elections a facade? Jad Ghosn seems bewildered by the Parliaments latest actions in Beirut
During this episode Sophie Ghaziri and Jad Ghosn talk about the Lebanese Elections that are set to take place in 2022. The elections were to be held in May, however, the government and parliament have made several changes, one in bringing the elections forward to March and to let the diaspora vote for the full 128 seats available. What does this mean? and it is just smoke and mirrors?
29 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
The Road To Kabul: An independent, first-hand account by Oliver Marsden
During this episode Sophie Ghaziri talks to fellow colleague Oliver Marsden about his journey through Pakistan and Afghanistan. She hears first hand what Oliver experienced, how he felt as he witnessed the aftermath of the Taliban takeover. For more episodes like this, you can head to our page on Buy me a coffee & ensure we continue to provide transparent and independent content: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/levantx
15 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Film Censorship and Solutions for Lebanon - Sam Lahoud from Beirut's Film Society gives us his idea of the future
During this episode Sophie Ghaziri talk to the Co- Founder of Beirut Film Society, an NGO that started working in 2007 but was only registered 10 years later. As Lebanon's film scene continues to grow and those who have a vision for a new country share their ideas, will Beirut City take a seat on the international stage?In order to keep listening and watching our exclusive content make a one time donation or sign up for an annual membership: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/levantx
36 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Islamophobia: An Western agenda? Listen to expert, Khaled Beydoun elaborate on this thought...
During this episode Sophie Ghaziri talks to Khaled Beydoun about Islamophobia, the American- Muslim future, the marginalization of Black-Muslim's and the Israel Palestinian conflict. If you want to know why Islamophobia is still a problem in the USA, expert Khaled Beydoun has also written a book that can be bought in stores. To hear more unfiltered content and to make sure we continue to provided exclusive material head to our Buy me a coffee page - you can make a one time donation or sign up to be a member and receive access to more! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/levantx
20 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
Darine Hotait opens her heart to us about filmmaking and her inspirations
During this episode Darine talks to Sophie about filmmaking and cinema. Darine is a Director & Writer and has just released her new film Talahasse - to hear more about her latest work and how she wants to impact the industry tune in!For more content like this please help us continue by donating or signing up for a membership: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/levantx
45 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
LGBTQI+ Community devastated by Aug 4 Beirut Bomb Blast.. Find out why with Oxfam
During this episode Sophie speaks to Ribal and Dana from Oxfam Beirut. The NGO has recently released a report about the Queer community in the country and what effect the aftermath of the Beirut Blast had on them. We find out the driving factors behind the suffering, the hopelessness and the future of the community in the country. Will the local NGO's in partnership with Oxfam help bring hope and stability back to a community that is lost and battered? Find out what has been done and what is yet to come as the 1 year of the August 4 blast in Beirut gets closer. Donate: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/levantx Oxfam Report: https://www.oxfamamerica.org/press/queer-communities-at-huge-risk-in-lebanon-oxfam-research-warns/
36 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Can love revolutionize society? Stephanie tells us more about her film
During this episode Sophie and Stephanie discuss the film they are currently producing together. Stephanie is the Writer & Director of the film, she approached Sophie months ago to Produce it for her. This film is about 2 women falling in love in the heart of beirut. Surrounded by melancholy, pain, destruction, but also hope. Beirut is also a large character in this film that defies taboos, stigma's and judgement on the Arab Queer Community. Sophie and Stephanie are both trying tirelessly to raise the funds to produce this independent film and maybe listening to the hardships, challenges and excitement they have for this film may just inspire you to make your own! If you would like to donate to help this film be executed these two wonderful ladies would really really appreciate it! https://bit.ly/itsjustuscrew
33 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Are we REALLY connected with our intimate selves? Rotana opens her heart to us
During this episode Sophie and Rotana discuss what it's like to be a Female in Arab, Muslim society. What did they face, how did Rotana find her voice and what is coming up in her new series F**D & Blessed? Sophie also manages to get Rotana to talk about her issues with the country she calls home and how she may never be able to step on Saudi soil again. To help us bring and create unfiltered content we need your support: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/levantx
31 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Sophie, Louay and Nareeman give you a rare chance to get to know who's Behind the Mic...
During this episode Sophie talks to Nareeman and Louay from levantx, who host their own podcast in Arabic called Kalam Casual on Podeo. This is the first time the three of them have teamed up to divulge their secrets :) Why do they podcast? and what do you think they picked as their favorite episode. To keep providing unfiltered content we need you - www.levant.com - click the donate button :) Every little helps!
38 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Brady Black tells the tales of Beirut's street children
During this episode Brady Black talks with Sophie about his struggle to adopt Akram and how he came to meet him. Brady also has an unusual past time, he heads to his street corner and paints the children who are doing anything to survive. Some of those children are burying in trash bins, others are pick-pocketing & most just chase every passer by for a little bit of change. How do you think you would handle this? Brady enlightens us to some of the hacks you can use to both make a difference for these children and not get overwhelmed in the process. To hear more experiences, we need your help - DONATE NOW by clicking this link: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/levantx
19 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Storytelling isn't just about 'BREAKING NEWS' it's understanding a culture - hear more from Diego Ibarra
During this episode Diego Ibarra, a Spanish Photographer, talks to Sophie about traveling Asia and highlighting stories of hope in some of the hardest times. Diego now finds himself in Lebanon, he has been covering the protests, the humanitarian crisis, the lack of public resources and infrastructure, along with the daily struggle people face. It is inspiring to see talents and professionals from all over the world flock to Lebanon, a country they love, admire and adore. The tales of those forgotten and the stories that if not given a voice will never be told.
25 minutes | May 25, 2021
Changing the world can be done 1 Woman at a time - Let's hear more from Caroline Fattal
During this episode Caroline Fattal Fakhoury speaks to Sophie Ghaziri about #GenderInequality #InvestingInWomen. Caroline expresses how investing in women is the backbone of a country. Named more than once on Forbes, Caroline is an expert in Business and has made it her mission to help other women around her. Based in Lebanon, her NGO 'I Stand For Women' is supporting, financing and keeping afloat female entrepreneurs that are struggling to keep their doors open. Lebanon as many know is facing a multitude of crises and the population still fighting to keep their country going are the women that have been left behind. Today we take the opportunity to introduce to a successful, leading Arab woman. If you would like to support us in our mission to bring a platform to the marginalized and silenced click here to donate! Every little helps! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/levantx
40 minutes | May 17, 2021
The Lawyard talks facts about Palestine, the Beirut Blast & the Captagon King
In this episode Sophie speaks to Zeinab and Lynne, two lawyers behind the instagram page 'The Lawyard'. During the Lebanese revolution in 2019 and up until today The Lawyard has been a source of both up to date and factual information for us living on the ground. Now, that events and conflict has kicked off in Palestine, we are talking to them to find out more. Is this ethnic cleansing? Will we receive a verdict on the Beirut Blast Investigation? and how did the Captagon King manage to execute the largest drug this century?
24 minutes | May 11, 2021
A unique call from the WILD - Michel ZoghZoghi tells us more
In this episode Michel Zoghzoghi talks to Sophie about his hobby (shooting big cats int he wild) and his love for his country. He told Sophie "I won't leave" - but we all know that isn't completely true as Michel will jet off now and then for months at a time capturing the world's largest cats but there is comfort in knowing that he will always come home. Michel works tirelessly to keep his private business alive as the country drowns in turmoil. To help us continue to create unfiltered stories, we would need you love and support. Please head to https://www.buymeacoffee.com/levantx
34 minutes | May 4, 2021
It's time to FROZ - both our brains and our waste!
In this episode we speak with FROZ an eco friendly e-commerce platform born in Lebanon. Raymond and Alex, professional architects, walked out of their industry because they made it their mission to educate, create and build a more sustainable & eco-friendly planet. They chose to start in Lebanon, their home, given the country was drowning in garbage. But, with all that is going on and the country being so disconnected, will this even be possible? Listen to what they have to say and their hopes for a GREENER Lebanon.
19 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
An endless fight for the disregarded - The Kafala System: Patricia Head Tells Us More
Under the Kafala system a migrant worker's immigration status is legally bound to an individual employer or sponsor (kafeel) for their contract period. The power that the Kafala system delegates to the sponsor over the migrant worker, has been likened to a contemporary form of slavery. Lebanon 961 is an NGO that is continuously working to abolish the Kafala system and both treat and aid those who have fallen victim to it's cruel and inhumane treatment. Patricia tells us more about the cases in the country and the region and how they are working around the clock to make substantial and concrete changes.
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