Forthcoming

April 17 Monday 7:45 am, 99.5 fm on WBAI Radio, NYC. Why is there essential no anti-war movement in the USA? BNAziz raises this question with host MG Haskins, then offers her doubts about the authenticity of the US backed White Helmets, the award-winning.Syrian humanitarian agency.

April 10;  A critical look at media coverage of the US assault on Syria; and an update on ReclaimNY.

B. Nimri Aziz continues her weekly radio commentary on events around the globe and in the USA. Listen in at 99.5 fm, or online www.wbai.org where we are livestreamed.

 

"We are more alike than we are different"

  Maya Angelou

March 8, Women's Day Radio Specials  10-11 am on WJFF Radio, 90.5 fm, and 11:am on WBAI, 99.5 New York: B. Nimri Aziz interviews director Amber Fares about her new film "Speed Sisters" --a profile of 5 Palestinian car racers. Orther segments are from 2009-2010 interviews with professional women in Damascus Syria, Nadia Khost and Nidaa Al-Islam.

 

 

As a Black writer, I was expected to accept the role of victim. That made it difficult in the beginning to be a writer.      James Baldwin

I often feel that there must have been something that I should’ve done that I didn’t do. But I can’t identify what it is that I didn’t do. That’s the first difficulty. And the second is, what makes you think you’re it?   

         Harry Belafonte, activist and singer at 89

 

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble; It's what you know for sure that just ainst so.

Mark Twain

 

You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.

Mary Tyler Moore

 

 You can’t defend Christianity by being against refugees and other religions

Pope Francis:

 

"I don't have to be what you want me to be". Muhammad Ali

 

"The Secret of Living Well and Longer: eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure"  attributed to Tibetan sources

 

 

 

Recent audio posts include interviews with Rumi interpreter Shahram Shiva, London-based author Aamer Hussein, South African Muslim scholar, professor Farid Esack, and Iraqi journalist Nermeen Al-Mufti's brief account of Kirkuk City history. Your comments on our blogs are always welcome.

 

 

 

Features

Saadia Aslam

Portrait of Saadia by Myrna

Malcolm X

Excerpt from Malcolm AlHajj Malik Shabazz' comments in the debate "Black Muslims vs Sit-ins" with James Baldwin and head of the NAACP.
sound Sample 6:07

Munir Bashir

Iraqi composer and oud virtuoso, from our 1991 interview in Baghdad.
sound Sample interviewed in Baghdad, 1991; English tanslation and voice by Mari Kadi 7:00

Hanan al Shaykh

author of several highly praised novels, Al Shaykh's latest book is "The Locust and the Bird: My Mother's Story".

During a brief visit to New York in September, Hanan visited Tahrir at WBAI and we had a long talk with her about her mother's story.

This is a short clip from our studio interview.
sound Sample 3:18

Omar Mullick

NY-based documentary photographer, interviewed by S. Malaika and S. Aslam
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Iranian musician Kayhan Kalhor

Kalhor, Iranian musician, impresario of kamancheh, speaks with Tahrir about his work and life between Brooklyn, India and Iran.
With interludes from his CD Crossing The Silk Road.
sound Sample Kamancheh virtuoso Kalhor in collaboration with Shujaat H. Khan; an excerpt from our 55 min. interview 7:30
sound Sample Kamancheh virtuoso Kalhor interview excerpt 9:30

Naomi Shihab Nye reads "Half and Half "

and talks about her latest books. With BN Aziz
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Ahmed Ahmed, stand up comedian

Ahmed Ahmed: trained as an actor, now a standup comedian. Ahmed is featured in the 4th annual Arab American Comedy Festival, New York, November 2006.
He performs across the USA, and internationally.

sound Sample from our WBAI studio interview 6:08

Houda Ghenim

after Vermeer's 'Girl with the Pearl' by Houda Ghenim, student artist; Algeria, 2008

2011 co-producers

Sarah Malaika, Saadia Aslam, BNimri Aziz, Aydin Baltaci

Shahram Shiva

Rumi interpreter and translator Shahram Shiva talks about the Sufi poet and performs Rumi with music.
sound Sample Shahram Shiva in conversation with BN Aziz 6:42
sound Sample by translator and interpreter Shahram Shiva 2:37

Nidaa Al-Islam Hussein

Broadcaster Nidaa Hussein talks about her work at Syria Radio and her studies at the new Open University in Damascus. Produced by BN Aziz, S. Sharif, R. Nasr
sound Sample 5:40

Burhan Al-Mufti, artwork2


Nisrin Elamin

Sudan activist Elamin, working with Sudanese women worldwide to support self-help work in Darfur, came into our studio to tell us about her country. Go to our Dec 8, 2009 podcast for the full interview.
sound Sample 6:17

Walid Khalidi

Palestinian historian Professor Khalidi addresses the United Nations on the history of Jerusalem; Nov 2009.Part 1. See our Dec. 29, 2009 podcast for the full lecture.
sound Sample Lecture: Jerusalem History 5:13
sound Sample 5:00

Rana Husseini

Journalist and author of the newly released "Murder in the Name of Honor: When a Woman's Life is Worth Less than Honor," interviewed by BN Aziz in Amman in Sept. 2009. Complete interview, broadcast Sept 15 is now available free on our podcast (radiotahrir.org)
sound Sample 4:46

Professor Huda Ammash


Leading Iraqi environmental biologist, PH D in molecular biology from University of Missouri, Columbia. Former Dean at Baghdad University and highly regarded scholar.

Recently released from a US military prison in Iraq after being detained by US authorities without charge for 31 months.*
During the period of the UN embargo, Ammash was engaged in important research on the effects of toxicity created by the 1991 war and embargo on the Iraqi population and environment.
See her article "Toxic Pollution, the Gulf War, and Sanctions" which she wrote for "Iraq Under Siege", South End Press, 2000, Boston.
(* Two days after Ammash's release, her husband, Dr. Ahmed Mekki, also a scholar, was taken into custody and remains in detention, held by US military authorities.)

Ammash speaks about war related pollution in Iraq in the accompanying talk with Barbara Nimri Aziz, Baghdad, 1998. (An excerpt from the first of two interviews.)
Environmental Ruin in Iraq by BN Aziz
sound Sample Professor Ammash, excerpt part 1, reporting research on public health effects of 1991 war and embargo 6:22

Shadia Mansour

HipHop Palestinian vocalist visits our WBAI studio. Interviewed by Phil Kai; see her tribute to Mahmoud Darwish in our "Poems and Songs"
sound Sample 6:16
sound Sample by vocalist Shadia Mansour; also see Shadia's interview under Features 3:35
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Civil Rights Attorney Lynne Stewart,from prison

Tahrir Diwan

a poem.. a song..
poem "I Am Palestinian", by Mohja Kahf
read by poet and author Mohja Kahf

See poems and songs list

Flash
poems
poem Qur'an Surat Al-Qadr, 'Night of Destiny'
Quranic recitation by women is as much a gift to the divine

See audio list

Book review
LailaLalami's
The Moor's Account
reviewed by BN Aziz.

See review list

Tahrir Team

Aydin Baltaci
Read about Aydin Baltaci in the team page.

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