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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.

"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.

 

The Man Behind Wikileaks

2010-12-25

by Barbara Nimri Aziz

He did not impress me initially, although from the first exposé, the video “Collateral Murder”, I was impressed by the organization’s work.Now with the tensions, threats, and internet war that have developed in the wake of the release of the U.S. diplomatic cables, the exceptional character of this young man is more and more evident.

First, I am completely convinced that these leaks were some government scheme to find a reason to control the internet. For those of us who use alternative news sources and our own intelligence to understand the malice and chicanery that Washington indulges in, much of the information in the cables is not new to us. But the Wikileaks program, especially the most recent release of hundreds of thousands of cables is an astonishing accomplishment that will become a historical watershed.  

Activists and enterprising, courageous journalists have been trying in their own way to inform and motivate the public and confront the excesses of American empire.  But none have succeeded like Wikileaks promises.  

Street protests and inquiries are just not enough. And today we have many angry and bright young people whose can combine their ‘hacking’ abilities with their sense of justice to bring new rules to the game of people and power. Whistle blowing has come of age. And thanks to Wikileaks, they have the outlet they need to disseminate the awful information we now find ourselves poring over. 

With the release of Assange from a British prison, he has become much sought after. On the one hand certain government s  want him. And on the other, the media have found him a person of real significance. Before his recent imprisonment, on more than one occasion, he abruptly ended interviews when the agenda changed and his host went beyond what was probably agreed beforehand. Walking out of an interview with a major network is a rarity in modern-day media.  That it itself tells us something about Assange. 

Also contrary to others who might be advised to stay away from media while under house arrest, Assange is making himself available to the media--some media. In the past few days he has given interviews with Al-Jazeera Arabic as well as the BBC and Al-Jazeera English. I had a chance to watch David Frost’s lengthy talk with Assange on his December 20th Al-Jazeera English program “Frost over the World”. It was a tour de force. Not by the veteran media personality Frost, but by the guest-- Julian Assange. This is a very bright and courageous man who knows exactly what he is doing and what his organization is capable of.  

On David Frost’s side, he like many celebrity journalists, has become rather conventional. He has lost his investigative bite. So that most of his conversations today are polite chats, lacking both challenges and revelations. This interview was  different and the camera focused on host Frost often enough to allow us to witness the awe which his guest’s replies inspired in him. This was a real interview, not a polite chat or a spar. It was apparent that Frost was captivated by the careful, articulate statements of Assange. That itself speaks much. 

By now most of you will have listened to Assange yourself. There are no evasions, no platitudes, no arrogance. He is brilliant in representing his organization, his aim and his legal problems. Normally lawyers might advise a client who is under police investigation not to speak to media.  But I would guess Assange’s legal team understand his special ability to address issues head on and to avoid entrapments or baiting.  

Having also heard Assange answer questions from Al-Jazeera Arabic TV host in another lengthy interview last week, I have even great admiration for his courage and lucidity. Many questions from Al-Jazeera were directed to forthcoming information from US-Israel diplomatic cables. This is perhaps the most sensitive of all US relations, and Assange prepared us that there would be some ‘controversies’ aroused by them. Simply to announce that cables directly related to Israel are forthcoming is in itself an act of immense courage. Stay tuned.  

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