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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.

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  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

 

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Pope Francis:

 

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"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 view of Al-Jazeera TV from the Middle East.

2010-12-10

by Barbara Nimri Aziz

Although I am not in Doha, Qatar itself I watch the Al-Jazeera networks daily along with a host of other Arabic language channels. I refer not to Al-Jazeera English, which many Americans (mis)understand as the famous Arabic language TV network that came to prominence after the first Gulf War in 1991.  Al-Jazeera (Arabic) attracted worldwide attention and admiration for alternative views it offered with the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan. Today it remains a top news source where one can also find excellent critical views of US foreign policy and solid reports of developments around the world that never reach the US public.

The original Arabic Al-Jazeera is still an unrivalled world news source for Arabic speakers. It is a network (65 bureaus globally) with highly professional correspondents, excellent news sources, and a roster of Arab-speaking experts on a wide range of subjects. It features hard hitting debates led by provocative hosts—men and women; it maintains an unflinching support for Palestinian independence, and offers sound criticisms of Israel and US policies in particular.  

But Al-Jazeera (English) is a different and weaker creature. The Al-Jazeera that some Americans (especially those identifying themselves as progressives) look to as an hard-hitting alternative source on the Middle East is not the original Al-Jazeera.  

Much has changed in the last 6-7 years. Al-Jazeera Network now has five 24/7 Arab language channels: Besides (the original Arabic) Al-Jazeera News, it now includes Al-Jazeera Sports, Al-Jazeera Documentary, Al-Jazeera Mubasher (Live), and Al-Jazeera Children. Al-Jazeera Documentary frequently broadcasts translations of English language historical, political and science specials, often programs originating in the US. Al-Jazeera Children also takes a lot of material from western sources. 

Then there is Al-Jazeera English (English.aljazeera.net). It started up April 16, 2007. While this channel is generally supportive of Palestinian independence and seeks out alternatives to what one finds on CNN or BBC, it does not carry the hard-hitting programs and in-depth political analyses one finds on its parent Arabic news channel. Nor it as aggressively and uncompromisingly critical of US and Israeli policy as the Arabic channel.  

Al-Jazeera English is more akin to Free Speech Radio News (FSRN.org), the daily radio news radio program known to many Pacifica listeners. Unlike BBC and CNN, but like FSRN, Al-Jazeera English correspondents are primarily from within the country they are reporting on. Which means a story from Guinea Bissau will be reported by a Bissauan journalist, a story from Indonesia by an Indonesian journalist, and so on. These correspondents are excellent. The network also seeks out commentators who will, for example, dare to mention Israeli activities within Iraq, or to criticize UN policies, corruption and ineffectiveness. Welcome as they may be, criticisms of taboo subjects are limited, even on Al-Jazeera English.  

Then we have English Al-Jazeera’s in-depth interviews like that hosted by Riz Khan, and the debate program ‘Empire’ led by Marwan Bishara. Points of view broadcast in these discussions come close to what you might find on ‘Democracy Now’. (Al-Jazeera English is not a Middle East-focused channel.) 

This week Pacifica announced that its four US-Pacifica Radio stations will carry a one hour news feed from Al-Jazeera daily. This will, I expect be English Al-Jazeera; and since the original is a 24 hour service, the one hour of Al-Jazeera for Pacifica will, by necessity, be heavily edited. 

Will this edited English Al-Jazeera be a real addition to Pacifica? I suppose it is worth a try. But do not expect the hard hitting, real alternative news Arabic Al-Jazeera News provides Arabic speakers in the rest of the world. Alas. 

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