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
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 16 podcast. Fawzia Afzal Khan on parallel US-Muslim agendas-- diverging or supporting?
March 8, podcast Women's Day special: poet and author Mohja Kahf
Jan 8 podcast ALGERIA: past and presernt:
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.
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)
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?--- Bubakar Murad
Who but we preened these poems?
To whom else do sand dunes yield
A land aglow with golden jewel?
See a rare pride.
See how this sand breathes sand;
How these brown arms
Render harsh earth so supple.
How these brown arms
Lift away trouble.
See, from sun’s hot rays of El-Souf
light enters any dark crevice.
(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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
"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.)
- 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.
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.
It always seems impossible, until it is done.
- a poem.. a song..
- Rumi's "I am You"
by translator and interpreter Shahram Shiva Flash
AbdalHayy Moore reads from 'Ramadan Sonnets' --www.danielmoorepoetry.com
- Book review
- G Willow Wilson's
The Butterfly Mosque
reviewed by BN Aziz.
- Tahrir Team
- Read about Dean Obeidallah in the team page.
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