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All content by Karam Weigert

Table Talk: Earthquakes Don’t Kill People, Imperialism Does

Karam Weigert, Podcaster March 15, 2023

Episode 10 Listen in as host Karam talks about the recent earthquakes in Syria and Turkey. They cover how climate change isn't the sole cause of the damage the earthquakes caused, but rather stem from...

Palestine: Part 3

Karam Weigert, Podcaster March 15, 2023

Episode 9   Welcome back to the long-awaited third (and final) episode of our series on Palestine. In this episode, Karam focuses on the culture of Palestine and it’s contemporary implications—from...

Palestine: Part 2

Karam Weigert, Podcaster March 15, 2023

Episode 8 Join Karam for part two of the series on Palestine. This episode focuses on how the current state of Israeli-Palestinian affairs came to be, what the occupation looks like, and how it is maintained.   Listen...

Palestine: Part 1

Karam Weigert, Podcaster March 15, 2023

Episode 7 Join Karam for the first episode of a 3-part deep dive into Palestine. They discuss, among others, the implications of the Hellenistic and Byzantine periods on Palestine and the history of...

An Ode to Morocco!

Karam Weigert, Podcaster March 15, 2023

Episode 6 Join Karam for an impromptu episode as they discuss the implications of Morocco's success in the World Cup. From being the first African nation to reach the semi-finals, to the matches being,...

Table Talk: Qatar World Cup

Karam Weigert, Podcaster March 15, 2023

Episode 5 Listen in as Karam talks all things World Cup. They have a lot to discuss, from the controversy surrounding the World Cup being in Qatar (including the country’s treatment of LGBTQ+ people...

Syria: From Socialist Uprising to Civil War

Karam Weigert, Podcaster March 15, 2023

Episode 3 Join host Karam Weigert as they discuss the history of colonization in modern-day Syria, the different players within its ongoing Civil War, the persistent foreign exploitation of its natural...

Iraq: Looking into the Cradle of Civilization

Karam Weigert and Meysane Sekulic March 15, 2023

Episode 2 Join hosts Karam and Meysane as they discuss the contemporary history and geography of Iraq, centering on the brutal regime of Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath Party and how his allyship with the US...

The Middle East? Middle of What? East of Where?

Karam Weigert and Meysane Sekulic March 15, 2023

Episode 1 Join hosts Karam and Meysane as they discuss the colonial origins of the term "Middle East", how usage of the term does a disservice to the vast diversity of the region, and which terms should...

Charging for School Lunch is Unethical

Karam Weigert, Contributor October 16, 2022

There are very few things in this world I consider purely evil. They include: pineapple on pizza, George W. Bush, and lunch debt. While one is a culinary crime against humanity and the other committed...

Meet Lisa Gore: the DC Council at-large candidate with everyone’s interests at heart

Karam Weigert, Contributor June 27, 2022

A special agent. A public servant. A Jackson-Reed mom. Lisa Gore is running for DC Council At-Large in order to ensure justice for all Washingtonians. Endorsed by the DC National Organization for Women...

Recipe: How to make Manaeesh

Recipe: How to make Mana’eesh

Karam Weigert, Contributor May 2, 2022

Found all over the Levant as a popular street food that comes with many different toppings, Mana'eesh is a kind of flatbread that is eaten at all times of day from the morning breakfast table to the stands...

Conversations with a communist: being a leftist at Wilson

Conversations with a communist: being a leftist at Wilson

Karam Weigert December 17, 2021

I am a communist, and I know what you’re all thinking...yes, I touch grass and I do enjoy adequate amounts of sunlight, thank you for asking. I proudly wear the words “Free Palestine” on my mask,...

Our education needs to be radicalized

Our education needs to be radicalized

Karam Weigert June 25, 2021

For 14 long and grueling years of our lives, we sit in a classroom and, well, “learn.” It’s about time that we change the way we’re taught by throwing out the playbook and starting from scratch. Our...

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