Nov 5, 7:45am Two noteworthy upstate NY races:--CD 19, and NY State Senate 42. From Egypt and Tunisia new films by and about women-- "Youm el-Setat" and "El-Jaida"

Sept 24 Do war memoirs really advance education.? Attacks on BDS and Americans' freedom of speech continues.

Sept 17-- Sport stars and politcal dissent stemming from Kaepernick's actions. Comment on NY State's Sept 13 Primaries

Sept 10  Assessing Muslim Americans' ongoing fight for Muslim rights, and in the context of today's election cycle.

Aug 27, Where are Muslim Americans in the US administration's immigrant purge?

Aug 20 Celebrating achievements-- Sam Anderson and Rosemari Mealy. And still more published memoirs fro Middle East peoples

August 1- The inexorable struggle for Palestinian rights

July 2, WBAI Radio  Exploring EXILE in American literature:--  "Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits", and "In The Light of What We Know".

June 25 EXILE in literature: a review of the novels "Cutting For Stone" and "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers".

June 18, The vicissitudes of Nepal's fledgling democracy. And a review of White House Ramadan "iftar" ceremonies.

June 11 The rentier economy of Jordan and current public protests. How the UK and US use Jordan. And celebrities' role in news.,

June 4 "Naila and The Uprising" a film memory of Palestinian resistance. And: why is Tariq Ramadan imprisoned?

April 30 How could detante in Korea affect other conflicts? And a look at our own role in plastic pollution.

April 23  The US mission creep into Syria, and more reviews of children's books about refugees. 

April 16  Why are Islamist rebels are being escorted out of the so called liberated areas, and where are they going? and a review of new Arab American memoirs 

April 9; Saudi Arabia's long and deep times with the US film industry. And we review the plethora of Arab women's memoirs

April 2 documenting war trauma. Do some war traumatized matter more than others? 

March 26 Iraq's neglected agricultural industry, and the persecution of Swiss-Arab Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan

March 19, Iraq today. And the legal challenges facing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against apartheid Israel.

March 12,Commentary on the fall of Myanmar's Ang Sang SuKyi; and recent observations for Iraq.

Jan 8, 7:45 am Film review of "Land of the Pomegranates", and an introduction to the American organization "Muslimish"

Nov 27, Russia and Syria: commentary on this longstanding relationship in the current international scene

Nov 20. A look at the new crisis created around Lebanon PM Hariri's resignation. Comments on a culture that's infused and spilling over with sexual predators.

Nov 13 Update on Kirkuk, Iraq. Veterans Day USA: Is celebration of war heros increasing?.

Nov 6, WBAI  News of Kirkuk, N. Iraq after the failed Kurdish referendum; Accusations towards male religious figures in ongoing sexual abuse exposes.

Sept 25: Syria update: the changing status quo and resulting change in US media coverage.. The Kurdish referendum

Sept 18: Myanmar's Ang San Su Kyi's eary history; beware of simplistic sectarian analyses

Sept 11: women as pawns in justifying American "wars to protect"

August 28, 7:45 am WBAI. Linda Sarsour, Arab American and US Muslim community leader: in her defence. Margo Shetterley author of "Hidden Figures"

Aug 21, WBAI Palestinian-American Rasmea Odeh, stripped of citizenship and deported this week.

Aug 14: BN Review of the anti-Israel boycott action in the US Congress. WBAI, 90.5 fm

July 10:  Nepal just completed its first election in 20 years for nationwide local admin posts.

July 3, WBAI Radio. "All politics is local":-- the hard work of using local news resources.

June 26: WBAI Radio We ask why is there no anti-war movement in the US? And: “Martyrdom”—an archaic phrase but a concept we need to think about today.

June 19  On the 50th anniversary of the 1967 war, and Israel's seemingly unstoppable political, diplomatic and territorial march, it’s remarkable that the Palestinian voice is heard at all.

June 12  The dilemma of 'moderate Amercian Muslims; following ReclaimNY , a child of Steve Bannon and Robert Mercer.

May 1, Workers Day, WBAI 99.5 fm. BN Aziz highlights the rise of the 'gig economy'

April 24, 7:45 WBAI 99.5 fm. A check on our progress as American Muslims; and, Lynne Stewart: the Peoples' Lawyer. 

See Ramzy Baroud's assessment on how our Muslim community misuses celebrity Muslims as surrogates for their own stuggle.


Monday April 17 WBAI Radio, NYC. Why is there essential no anti-war movement in the USA?

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

B. Nimri Aziz weekly radio commentary on events around the globe and in the USA. Listen in at 99.5 fm, or online 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" and exerpts from 2009-2010 interviews with professional women in 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.


a Poem.. a Song..

Iraqi Drum Ensemble Tahrir theme music
"We Little Ones" Children's songs, Palestinian girls; Arabic
CheeryGirlsAndBoys by children in Lebanon; Arabic
"DiliyaDi" Childen's playsong; Arabic
"My Wish", poem for South Lebanon, Arabic Umm Kayed's praise poem for the liberation of South Lebanon, Arabic
"These Words", by Lisa S. Majaj poem from the chapbook These Words
Poem "Daddy's Been Gone" Theater artist Andrea Assaf performs from the "Robin Monologues"
Ali Sayed, "Oh My Southland", Arabic traditional song of South Lebanon, Arabic
"The Poem of Iraq", Arabic read by Bushra Bustani, poet and Professor of Arabic Literature, Mosel University
Tribute to Mahmoud Darwish by vocalist Shadia Mansour; also see Shadia's interview under Features
"The Man Who Makes Brooms" Naomi Shihab Nye reading
"Name of God" AbdalHayy Moore reads a poem for Ramadan
"Tears" Rachida Mohammedi reads from "Tears"; Arabic
"I Knew" Sapphire Ahmed's prose poem on Ramadan
"Arab Apocalypse" 'Arab Apocalypse', excerpt by the author
Poems from "Outrage" Rafia Mazari reads from her collection "Outrage"; French
"A Woman Who Reads Poetry"
"Don't Turn From Me" Poet and novelist Mohja Khaf
"Every Fourth Drop" written and read by Andrea Assaf
"Grandfather's Farm" children's playsong; Arabic
"What She Said", by Lisa Majaj A poem from Palestinian experience
Darwish: "On A Day Like Today" read by Fady Joudah from The Butterfly's Burden (2006) translated by Joudah
"We are Born with Names" by Marian Haddad
Iranian poet Farrokhzad Iran's leading lady poet Farrokhzad is remembered by Fatemeh Keshavarz
Friends Poet Ali Anned; Soufi popular poetry from South Algeria
"Obama"poem (Arabic)
"Al-Najjar" the Carpenter; Children's playsong, Arabic
"Olives and bread" by children in Lebanon; Arabic
"NajwaTil Hasiba" Children's playsong; Arabic
Naomi Shihab Nye reads "Return" America's award-winning poet, Naomi Shihab Nye
"I Am Palestinian", by Mohja Kahf read by poet and author Mohja Kahf
"Claims", by Lisa S. Majaj from the chapbook "These Words" by Lisa S. Majaj
Popular Palestinian Vocal traditional song of The Homelands, Arabic
"Land Holy" by Suheir Hammad written for young Mohammed Dura, killed by Israel troops, at his father's side
"13%", a poem by Amal Bishara A young Palestinian woman comments on what's left of her homeland
Lawrence Joseph reads "August Abstract"
Rumi's "I am You" by translator and interpreter Shahram Shiva
"Soft Facism" read by novelist/poet Mohja Kahf
"I Am From" Lisa Mohammed reads "I Am From"
poem "Mish Kalem" Poet Rania Khalil reads "Mish Kalem"
"Write This" by poet Kazim Ali
"Unyieldingly" Lawrence Joseph reading
"Comply" by Zaid Shlah "Comply" from Taqsim, read by Zaid Shlah
Hacked By Mido Jo Etel Adnan reading from 'The Indian Never Had A Horse'
"I Wash My Body in Beirut" Summer, 2006 from Lebanon, by performance artist Andrea Assaf
"In The Heart of the Heart of Another Country"; Interview 2 "In the Heart of the Heart of Another Country"; a passage, recorded in 2006
"Nations Against Nations"; Arabic poem by Elias AbuSaba
Darwish: "Sonnet V" read by translator Fady Joudah (English/Arabic)
"Malfunctioning Flowtron" by Marian Haddad
"Al-Quds" by Ameer el-Shu'ara, Palestinian poet, in Arabic
"Jerusalem" by Naomi Shihab Nye

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Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

Tahrir Diwan

a poem.. a song..
poem "The Man Who Makes Brooms"
Naomi Shihab Nye reading

See poems and songs list

poem Qur'an Surat Al-Shams
from 'Approaching The Qur'an', CD.

See audio list

Book review
Michio Kaku, scientist and talk-radio host's
The Future of the Mind
reviewed by BN Aziz.

See review list

Tahrir Team

Hanan alShaykh and Tahrir members
Read about Hanan alShaykh and Tahrir members in the team page.

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