Forthcoming

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

 

Nov 5, 2018 A report on two pstate 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. 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 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" 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.

 

Tahrir's Production Team wishes you Happy NewYear

2010-01-01

by Barbara Nimri Aziz

This fall, Tahrir ran its annual three-month program for interns. We offer this course in radio journalism for young people from our community. What a delight it has been this year.

Lea came from France for a diploma in journalism at a city university but joined us for three months to learn what WBAI offers as an alternative media. Before returning to Paris last week she completed a powerful audio review of the book “Palestinian Walks”; it aired on Dec 15. Her previous journalistic work in France had limited her to short news pieces. Very short: 2 minutes! Here at WBAI we have the liberty of extended features and news stories that explore an issue in depth. Her piece for us was almost 9 minutes, and she learned how much one can do in this longer format. Lea intends to return to NY in the spring. Meanwhile in Paris, she plans to produce an interview for us with the preeminent expert in the field of Iraqi music, Scheherazade Hassan. This will compliment a recording of Iraqi music to offer as a gift to listeners on our next fund-drive.

Sally is using this year after her graduation and before she takes up graduate studies to work with us. She is interested in the marketing side of journalism, and is astonished by the way this free-speech listener sponsored WBAI works. Contrary to her and my own expectations, Sally’s been drawn towards audio production. With coaching on how to read for radio, Sally seemed transformed. And she took easily to audio editing on Adobe Audition, our basic tool in radio journalism today. Her interview with her sister, NJ college basketball star, showed us her interviewing skills. As any good journalist, Sally was impressed by her first interviewing assignment. “I learned much about my own sister I had not known before”. That aired on our Dec 29 broadcast.

Sarah Malaika is now a seasoned producer, having been with Tahrir three years. She has opened new doors to the wider artistic community through her wok as a museum curator and her interest in music. Listen to her enchanted interview (Nov 10) with Hafez Nazeri, the young Iranian musician who, with his father, gave an inspired concert in New York last month. I liked her interview with visual artist John Jauji after the Queen’s exhibition “Tarjama”.  Sarah takes charge of the program when she hosts and I can attend to other assignments. She has her own style, and doubtless her own listeners. That’s nice about having qualified team members, usually former interns, who continue with us. Each host brings their own style and therefore their own listeners.

Another intern is Ramatu. As a deeply involved activist in the NY community of African immigrants, Ramatu brings a wider network of community resources to Tahrir. She also writes for a community paper. Ramatu speaks Hawza language and prepared a Hawza promotional ID for WBAI. When Hawza speakers in our listening area hear this 30 second spot for the radio station, they are delighted. They are proud to hear their language, however briefly, on New York City airwaves. And so are we. Ramatu is now preparing a review of the edited volume of writing from Africa, “Gods and Soldiers”. It’s now a question of converting a written critique for radio, and that’s the new skill. Writing for radio is very different from writing for print media. But these interns catch on quickly.

Our fourth intern, Nehal, wasn’t with us for more than a month because of approaching exams. (She’s at the New Jersey Institute of Technology). Nehal took to sound production the first day however, and decided within an hour of placing her hands on the mixing board, that she preferred the engineering side of radio work. She also has a good voice.

A special quality of WBAI production is that we learn to do everything. First we identify the individual or issue for a story, then do the research to prepare sources, then undertake the interview with a quality recorder, then transfer that to the editing program, then edit, then prepare and read and edit-in the introduction and sign off, and finally select and mix in the music.

Last weekend at the film showing of “Islam on Capitol Hill” which Hassen Abdellah organized, I again met Adeeb. Adeeb joined us when he and Reem came on board two years ago. He was attracted to radio because of the scope it offers for music, and music is Adeeb’s primary interest. When we reached the point of our training in ‘reading for radio’ Adeeb found he had another talent. We all realized he is an excellent speaker. When I met him last week he told me about a new endeavor. He’s collaborated with a colleague to form the company AllSmiles.tv. He’s the artist development director. Congratulations Adeeb!

We miss Fatima and we know she misses us. She is a dynamic host in any gathering. But her new job in government doesn’t allow her to work in public media. We send out another congratulations, to Fatima and Ibrahim!

Reem has been with us for more than a year now. She is a second-year journalism student at a nearby university but there she has no opportunity to work in radio. It’s primarily print assignments; besides, the politics at the university is completely different. They actually assume that what they teach means journalists are totally objective. Of course at WBAI we know this is nonsense. Reem will spend the winter semester in Prague on an overseas course arranged by her university. She will specialize in radio journalism while there, so we’ll benefit from that when she returns.

Tamara originally an intern, rejoined us as a producer following a three year hiatus while she completed her degree in English literature and spend a year abroad as a Fulbright scholar. We went to the Nuyorican Café together with Saadia to see the play “Domestic Crusade” after which she interviewed the director. Tamara wants to produce book reviews when she has time; she helps us a lot by translating audio of interviews I completed not long ago in Syria

A lot of talent in our house, channeled into high quality journalism to serve our communities. Besides learning so much, we enjoy the work, and being together. Special thanks to ICLI for the intern training grant to Tahrir.

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