Forthcoming

April- podcast, Egyptian director Yusri Nasrallah; 1996 Tahrir archive special

March 26  Our latest interview - poet and novelist Sam Hazo; podcast.

February 10, Poet Etel Adnan interview, Tahrir archive podcast

Dec 21, 2013 podcast Detroit Unleaded Director Rola Nashef. Author Evelyn Shakir's 2007 interview (archive). 

1997 featured archive podcast: comment by Hussein Ibish, poet Lisa Muhammed and film reviewer Anissa Bouziane

Sept10 podcast "Fen Majnoon with Dean and Maysoon" 2005 archive

April 30, 2013 podcast "The First Muslim" author Lesley Hazelton; biography of Prophet Muhammad.

April 23 podcast Adameer: Ramallah Palestine Prisoners Agency (archive); humorist Amer Zahr

April 16 podcast. Fawzia Afzal Khan on parallel US-Muslim agendas-- diverging or supporting?

April 9 podcast. Poetry Month selections; The Campaign to Free Lynne Stewart

April 2 podcast Poet Samuel Hazo on his novel The Time Remaining

March 19, podcast novelist Willow Wilson; author Hanan Al-Shaykh (archive)

March 8, podcast Women's Day special: poet and author Mohja Kahf

Jan 8 podcast ALGERIA: past and presernt: 

Dec 18 podcast. Algeria's Rai music tradition (1997 archive with Anissa Bouziane); filmmakers Yasmina Adi and Ruba Nadda.

Nov 27  podcast Before the the UN vote on Palestine. Poets Suheir Hammad and Lisa Majaj.

 

Nov 20 podcast  Salma K Jayyusi on modern Arabic literature; NY Arab Comedy Festival  (2005 archive).

 

 Sept 18  podcast American Muslims: advances and setbacks, with author Stephan Salisbury, attorney Fahd Ahmed, DRUM-NY and Adem Caroll of ICNA. Sayyid M. Sayeed discusses Islamophobia 13 earlier (1991 archive).

 Aug 21 podcast "From Cordoba to Baghdad", Arab Music with virtuoso Simon Shaheen

Aug 14  podcast Naif Al-Mutawa creator of “The 99”and CEO of  Teshkeel Media speaks about his challenges, his vision, his plans for this international superhero young people's project. The City of Cairo with Kadry Al-Arabi (1994 archive); some Ramadan poetry.

 

Aug 7 podcast Mustafa Davis California-based filmmaker & photographer producer of “Deentight”.

 July 3 podcast. Attorney Omar Mohammedi  assesses Congressman King's hearings and Islamophobia; London-based S. Asia fusion vocalist 'Najma' ('94), and Farid Esack ('97 Tahrir archive)  

 June 26 podcast MT Medhi on airport profiling in 1997 (WBAI news archive); Three Veils director Rolla Selbak, and  review of gay/lesbian activists ('97 Tahrir archive) with host Dave Hall. 

June 5 podcast,  Muslim students talk about their experience after revelations of infiltration by US intellegence agencies  of their student assemblies. Also, a  Tahrir archive  profile: the early 20th C. Egyptian feminist Doria Shafiq

April 24 podcast Actor/film-director Newark-born Usman Sharif  

 March 27 podcast "Water in the Middle East"-a radio documentary from our archive, with updates.  

Sept 27 podcast. Mohammed Ghani Hikmat ,Iraqi sculptor (1929-2011); and BN Aziz' report on her 1993 visit to Gaza at the time of the Oslo Accord (archive) 

 

Articles

Algerian Agricultural Experiments in the Sahara

April 01, 2006
Soufi from the River, Soufi from the Sand
by Barbara Nimri Aziz

Who else but we built our domes?
Who but we preened these poems?
To whom else do sand dunes yield
A land aglow with golden jewel?
Come,
See a rare pride.
Come,
See how this sand breathes sand;
How these brown arms
Render harsh earth so supple.
How these brown arms
Lift away trouble.
Come.
See, from sun’s hot rays of El-Souf
light enters any dark crevice.

--- Bubakar Murad
(Translation: Rachida Mohammedi)

At the entrance to a private experimental farm near the city of El-Oued in the Algerian sahara stands a modest statue of an early settler of this oasis: the ‘rammaal’. He is neither a camel trader nor a herdsman, although El-Oued is home to both. Rimal means sand in ‘arabic’, and rammaal is the humble farmer and sand porter whose muscle and plodding determination made El-Oued’s early date palms grow.

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Algeria Open For Business

October 28, 2005

It’s confirmed by the US government. Algeria is back on the map, according to the United States. Less than two weeks after the country’s national referendum on peace and reconciliation (Middle East International 7610), the American embassy in Algiers announced that it was to reopen its consular office after a ten-year gap.

It is no coincidence that the American announcement comes 12 days after President Bouteflika’s success in the referendum with little opposition or significant violence.

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Iraq, International Women's Day, 2003

March 08, 2003

March 8, 2003. International Women's Day!

So what? It's still war mode for Iraqi women as well as their sons and sisters, their fathers, their brothers and babies.

In Mosul, 400 km north of the Iraqi capital, it is a glorious spring day. How could a war be looming? How could thousands of tanks be lined up along three borders, ready to mow over us?

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Iraqi Scientists Outside History

September 01, 1996

Archeologist Walid al-Jadir was one of those scientists who somehow connect everything they see and hear to their work. His task was to reveal the ancient history of Iraq. “See those hillocks on the landscape?” he once asked me pointing to the dull, winter farmland we were passing on the way to Sippar, the site of his research. “Every one of those hills could be a tell,” he continued. “Probably under each one lays an ancient city. The entire country of Iraq is a treasure.”

Al-Jadir felt a sense of urgency about uncovering his country’s distant past. He was proud of the role his ancestors—the inhabitants of Mesopotamia—played in human civilization as long as 5,000 years ago.

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Gravesites: Environmental Ruin in Iraq

March 09, 2006
The chain of death created by the Gulf War is a scary thing.  I'm not talking about black skies over the blazing oil wells of Kuwait, or charred remains of soldiers on the sand or the incinerated families who had sought protection in a bomb shelter.  Those are familiar images of death, recognizable, and however painful, they are finite.  With the end of hostilities, they disappear.

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"Scheherazade's Legacy: Arab Women Writing" edited by Susan M. Darraj. Foreword by BN Aziz;

September 07, 2004
Inevitably, a time arrives in a people’s history when a shared awakening occurs. In varying degrees of awareness, driven by the feeling that “It is up to me to tell my people’s story,” we begin. Or, we are compelled simply to tell my own story. James Baldwin, when he emerged as a political voice, concluded, that he could not accept what he once believed --that he was an interloper, that he could have “no other heritage (than the white heritage) which I could possibly hope to use”, and he would simply have to accept his special attitude, his special place in the world scheme. At one time, he had believed that otherwise, “I would have no place in any scheme”. (Autobiographical Notes, p. 7, Notes of A Native Son, 1955.)

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Move Over

January 10, 2000

Move Over is the title of a poem by Mohja Kahf. And for me it is a statement that Western feminists need to hear. It is time for Western feminists to step aside and let women from other parts of the world speak. Why is it that feminists who serve as book editors and conference organizers urge me to talk about my victimization at the hands of my brother, husband, or another Arab man? Why won’t they hear me explain the injustices of Western actions, for example, in the Gulf War? These women, perhaps more than my Arab brother, are an obstacle to my true liberation.

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Demolishing Palestinian Homes--a daily occurance up to the present

April 05, 1996
It's quite a spectacle, a Palestinian home being blown apart. Furniture, dishes and clothes, hastily removed, are deposited helter-skelter in the path or road. Villagers stand by, silent and grim. Heavily armed soldiers are massed to prevent any disruption. And confused, awed children turn sullen.

Americans are not accustomed to seeing Israel's 'demolitions policy' at work. Most recently, this policy has been aimed at the families of suicide bombers. But all Palestinians, from toddlers to the elderly, are familiar with it.

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