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“This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak today?” Frederick Douglass, WHAT TO THE SLAVE IS 4TH JULY? 07.05.1852 (full text in blog)

Senator Elizabeth Warren "We're a country that is built on our differences; that is our strength, not our weakness"

 

"We are more alike than we are different"v  Maya Angelou

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

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"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.

 

May 29, 2012 Memorial Day: Remembering the “Nakba”

2012-04-29

by Barbara Nimri Aziz

Memorial day. Radio Tahrir marks the 64th year of the “Nakba”, Palestinians expulsion from their lands in 1948. Our two hour special on WBAI radio features two outstanding interviews from our 22-year audio archive.

First is Intissar Al-Wazir Um Jihad in 1990 in Ramallah speaking about early Palestinian strategies--at that time called “The Intifadah”--  to regain their rights and return to their lands, and the early career of Abu Jihad, assassinated in 1988.

 Accompanying this is our interview with Dr. Adel Samara, Marxist writer and commentator, discussing the flawed Oslo Accord with the sabotaging of the Palestinian economy and general deterioration of Palestinian rights within a year of the much celebrated treaty. This audio, produced exclusively for WBAI audiences, includes contemporary Palestinian poetry.

With this audio CD, we offer a copy of the banned DVD “Valentino’s Ghost: the Politics of Images” by director W Singh. A highly sophisticated 90 minute documentary featuring some of the best informed people on Middle East history and the Nakba, “Valentino’s Ghost” was produced for a major American TV network but withdrawn because of objections raised by Zionist parties about its honest depiction of Palestinian and Israeli history.

Ideal as a gift to your school, college and community radio. Copies can be obtained with a pledge to WBAI, listener-sponsored free speech radio in NY (www. wbai.org). Ask for the May 15 “Nakba Special”.

Watch for upcoming special when our regular broadcasts resume on June 5; special guests in June include Egypt’s Bassim Youssef, and Naif Al-Mutawa creator of “The 99”.

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